Ethiopia flies first Dreamliner since grounding
2013-04-27 17:52:48 UTC
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January.
The Boeing ...
Controllers to return; flight delays sway Congress
2013-04-27 17:34:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Furloughed air traffic controllers will soon be heading back to work, ending a week of coast-to-coast flight delays that left thousands of travelers frustrated and furious.
Unable to ignore the travelers' anger, Congress overwhelmingly approved legislation Friday to all...
FAA: Air traffic system soon at full operation
2013-04-27 18:04:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it's suspended all employee furloughs and says air traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours.
The FAA says in a statement that the air traffic system will resume normal operations by ...
St. Lucia police detail rescue after boat sinking
2013-04-26 17:38:41 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A boat captain and his first mate swam through dangerous waters for nearly a day before they were rescued after a sinking that was also survived by their two U.S. passengers, authorities in St. Lucia said on Friday.
Marine Police Sgt. Finley Leonce told The A...
Ohioans promoting Richter scale developer legacy
2013-04-26 06:54:14 UTC
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio native Charles Richter's scale for measuring the power of earthquakes isn't as widely used as before, but he has fans determined to make sure his name and legacy don't fade away.
A road roundabout will be dedicated in his name Friday, the late physicist and seism...
Australian behind new Titanic plans political bid
2013-04-26 06:43:14 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wealthy Australian who is rebuilding the Titanic plans to do the political equivalent. Clive Palmer said Friday he intends to refloat the United Australian Party, a once dominant force in Australian politics that sank without a trace in the 1940s.
United's 1Q loss narrows as fuel costs drop
2013-04-25 16:07:25 UTC
The parent of United Airlines reported a smaller first-quarter loss on Thursday, as fuel costs declined and revenue rose 1 percent.
The first quarter is the slowest travel season of the year, and it's not unusual for airlines to lose money then. This year, though, United's biggest riva...
FAA order formally lifts Boeing 787 grounding
2013-04-25 15:50:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are telling airlines they can fly Boeing's 787 Dreamliners again as soon as they replace its problematic lithium ion batteries with a revamped battery system.
A Federal Aviation Administration safety order posted online Thursday applies to all U.S. ai...
A glance at the George W. Bush Presidential Center
2013-04-25 15:38:36 UTC
DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Center, which houses Bush's library and museum along with his policy institute, will be dedicated in a ceremony Thursday on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Here are some facts on the center:
— The about 226,000-square-foot center is...
Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts
2013-04-22 17:06:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning.
Some flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept plane...
Flight delays: Furloughs begin at airports Sunday
2013-04-19 04:35:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic controller furloughs scheduled to kick in on Sunday could result in flight delays of more than three hours in Atlanta, as well as significant delays in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York-area airports, federal officials said Thursday.
Storm woes range from sinkhole to snow to twisters
2013-04-18 17:03:34 UTC
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Middle America was overwhelmed by weather Thursday, with snow in the north, tornadoes in the Plains, and torrential rains that caused floods and transportation woes — and a sinkhole in Chicago.
Seemingly every community in the Plains and Midwest was under some...
American cancels all US flights for several hours
2013-04-17 04:47:33 UTC
DALLAS (AP) — A computer system used to run many daily operations at American Airlines failed Tuesday, forcing the nation's third-largest carrier to ground all flights across the United States for several hours and stranding thousands of frustrated passengers at airports and on pl...
Boston bombs raise worries for Olympics, World Cup
2013-04-16 17:31:32 UTC
LONDON (AP) — From London to Sochi to Rio de Janeiro, the deadly bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon raised new concerns Tuesday over safety at major sports events around the world, including the Olympics and World Cup.
The twin bombings near the marathon finish line that kill...
16 hurt in bus crash near Yosemite park
2013-04-14 16:59:23 UTC
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A bus carrying visitors from Yosemite National Park crashed on a main highway south of the park, leaving 16 people injured, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.
The bus was about 40 miles south of the park when it went off Highway 41 and over and embankment ab...
San Francisco cable car accidents costs millions
2013-04-14 16:55:47 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In this city of innumerable tourist attractions, the clanging, hill-conquering cable cars stand out as a top draw.
The quaint conveyances also stand out for the inordinate number of accidents and the millions of dollars annually the city pays out to settle...
Amtrak derails near Oakland, delay but no injuries
2013-04-14 16:52:24 UTC
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Amtrak says a passenger train carrying nearly 200 people has derailed near Oakland, but there were no injuries.
Spokeswoman Christina Leeds says the train was en route from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, when the front wheels of an engine went off the track abou...
Despite tension, NKorea lets in tourists, athletes
2013-04-14 16:20:22 UTC
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Despite North Korea's warnings that the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula is so high it cannot guarantee the safety of foreign residents, it literally trotted out athletes from around the world on Sunday for a marathon through the streets of its cap...
China WHO chief: Beijing H7N9 case not surprising
2013-04-14 04:38:20 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — A World Health Organization official said Sunday that it wasn't surprising that a new strain of bird flu has spread to China's capital after sickening dozens in the eastern part of the country.
Up until Saturday when Beijing officials reported the capital's first case of...
Feelin' queasy? More air turbulence over Atlantic
2013-04-13 16:03:44 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Tourists, exchange students, masters of the financial universe and other business travelers: It's time to buckle up.
More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travelers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the North Atl...
Investigators probe jet's crash into sea in Bali
2013-04-14 17:08:26 UTC
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators on Sunday began working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss a runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 on board.
The National T...
Egypt relaxes foreign currency rules
2013-04-13 15:29:28 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, which is in need of foreign currency, is relaxing its rules on how much cash air travelers can bring into the nation.
Egyptian airport officials say that beginning Saturday passengers will be allowed to declare more than $10,000 in foreign currency upon arr...
Spring storm socks Midwest, Deep South; 3 dead
2013-04-13 04:20:27 UTC
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, killing three people and leaving thousands without power.
The National Weather Service confirmed Fri...
At least 2 killed when bus overturns in Texas
2013-04-11 17:20:11 UTC
IRVING, Texas (AP) — A chartered bus overturned on a busy highway near Dallas on Thursday, killing at least two people and injuring several others, authorities said.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschel said the bus was carrying about 30 people when it slid ...
Calif. court: Motorist can't use hand-held map
2013-04-10 05:47:01 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.
He was startled when he looked up and saw...