Study: Doctors often on board to help sick fliers
2013-06-01 16:50:47 UTC
Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is — in half of in-flight medical emergencies — and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds.
The research is the largest look yet at what happens to people who develop a medical problem on a commercial flight — ab...
5 dead in tornado in Oklahoma City area, 50 hurt
2013-06-01 05:24:54 UTC
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, trapping people in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.
Five people were killed, including a mother and baby killed near Union...
EU seeks to abolish data roaming charges in Europe
2013-05-30 17:00:39 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official says mobile phone network operators should be forced to end charging customers for data roaming when traveling across the 27-nation bloc.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes told the European Parliament on Thursday the roaming fees sh...
Recent wrecks belie improving rail safety record
2013-05-30 05:22:37 UTC
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The nation's railroads are safer than ever, despite recent high-profile accidents like this week's fiery derailment in Maryland.
Derailments and crossing accidents have steadily declined nationwide even as businesses have come to increasingly rely on trains to move the...
Derailment, blast near Baltimore rattles homes
2013-05-29 05:50:24 UTC
ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) — A CSX freight train crashed into a trash truck, derailed and caught fire Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb, setting off an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and sent a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.
In the third serious der...
Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship
2013-05-28 05:12:40 UTC
BALTIMORE (AP) — A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and the company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore where the trip began.
The fire that began at 2:50 ...
Bridge collapse a major break in trade corridor
2013-05-27 18:21:50 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — For farmers, business owners and government officials up and down the West Coast, Washington's bridge collapse on Interstate 5 represents much more than a close brush with tragedy. As much as $20 billion in freight travels to and from Canada and along the busy north-south cor...
FBI: Man tried to open exit door on Oregon flight
2013-05-27 18:08:59 UTC
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A passenger on a commercial flight from Alaska to Oregon was arrested Monday after witnesses say he tried to open an emergency exit during the plane's descent and other passengers had to help restrain him using shoelaces and seat-belt extensions.
Passengers and crew abo...
Club Med focus of buyout by top shareholders
2013-05-27 17:45:07 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Shares in Club Mediterranee rose sharply Monday on word that the iconic French vacation resort operator's two largest shareholders are launching a buyout.
The offer by Axa Private Equity of France and Fosun, a Shanghai, China-based investment company, values Club Med stock at 55...
Temporary bridges planned for fallen I-5 in Wash.
2013-05-27 04:20:52 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal investigators used 3D laser scans Sunday to study what remained of a collapsed Washington state bridge as Gov. Jay Inslee announced temporary spans will be installed across the Skagit River within weeks — if plans go well.
Sunday's announcement comes a day after ...
WHO: Scientific red tape mars efforts vs. virus
2013-05-27 04:15:49 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — International efforts to combat a new pneumonia-like virus that has now killed 22 people are being slowed by unclear rules and competition for the potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday.
Dr. Margaret Chan,...
Museum starts night tours of signs from Vegas past
2013-05-26 16:28:16 UTC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.
This Memorial Day weekend, the hulking metal come-ons are once again glinting and shimmering at night.
Police: 'Thong Cape Scooter Man' not breaking law
2013-05-26 05:48:44 UTC
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who wears thong underwear and a cape while riding his scooter through Wisconsin's capital city may be a strange sight. But police say he isn't breaking any laws.
Earlier this month, staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Madison called authorities after the ...
LA stoplights synchronized but road war endures
2013-05-25 18:02:42 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It seems that the impossible has occurred: The nation's most congested city has become a model for traffic control.
Yes, gridlock still prevails and drivers' blood pressure still spikes as LA's traffic arteries seize up during every morning and afternoon rush hour.
Thousands of bridges at risk of freak collapse
2013-05-25 17:35:45 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of bridges around the U.S. may be one freak accident or mistake away from collapse, even if the spans are deemed structurally sound.
The crossings are kept standing by engineering design, not supported with brute strength or redundant protections like their more ...
Trucker bumps I-5 bridge, sees horror behind him
2013-05-25 06:00:35 UTC
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him. Two vehicles fell into the icy Skagit...
Delta ups the ante in battle for NY travel market
2013-05-25 05:25:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Delta's formula for winning over New York travelers is simple: floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant power outlets and a burger joint with a cult-like following.
The airline opened a sprawling $1.4 billion terminal at Kennedy Airport Friday, a facility more suitable to the h...
Jersey shore eyes record-setting summer post Sandy
2013-05-25 05:10:20 UTC
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey used a record-breaking gesture Friday to celebrate its recovery from a record-setting storm, proclaiming to the nation that the Jersey shore is back in business following Superstorm Sandy.
Gov. Chris Christie and a host of volunteers carried out ...
Kerry's focus on peace talks, not settlements
2013-05-24 15:56:05 UTC
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel's government on Friday to prevent further settlement construction where possible to help revitalize Middle East peace hopes, but stressed that the Jewish state and Palestinians alike should remain focused on the larger ...
Google to add Galapagos Islands to Street View
2013-05-23 18:11:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Soon it will take only the click of a ...
NPS hantavirus response followed policy
2013-05-21 04:32:35 UTC
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.
Sally Ride to get posthumous Medal of Freedom
2013-05-21 04:17:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.
Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He says Ride advocated for innovation in science, engine...
Senators require fingerprinting at 30 airports
2013-05-20 18:11:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators working on a bipartisan immigration bill have agreed to require fingerprinting when foreigners leave the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports.
It's a step toward the more expansive biometric system favored by many senators but deemed too expe...
United to restart 787 flights on Monday
2013-05-20 17:40:56 UTC
United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air.
The planes are flying again after being grounded for four months because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another. Federal authorities lift...
Probe begins after Conn. commuter trains crash
2013-05-18 16:42:06 UTC
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Officials are describing a devastating scene of shattered cars and other damage where two trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in Connecticut. They say it's fortunate no one was killed.
Seventy people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after the c...