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New Rule to Thwart Railroad Efforts to Cut Train Crews to 1

MAHA, Neb. (AP) — Railroads will be required to maintain two-person crews under a new rule announced Wednesday that will thwart industry efforts to cut crews down to one person. The Federal Railroad Administration said in a rule published in …

Japan OKs Preparation Step for Fukushima Plant Water Release

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator on Friday approved details of a planned release of treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea next year. The approval by the Nuclear Regulation Authority will enable Tokyo …

Mine Fatality Adds to Pressure for Suncor Energy Changes

A worker was killed at Suncor Energy Inc.’s Base Plant mine in northern Alberta, the latest in a series of accidents that have shaken confidence in Canada’s biggest oil-sands producer and led to calls for changes in management. A contractor’s …

Unlocked Doors Were ‘First Line of Defense’ at Uvalde School

The Uvalde massacre began after the 18-year-old gunman entered the school through a door that could only be locked from the outside and then got inside a classroom that had a busted lock, experts testified Tuesday. Securing doors has long …

US Report: Nearly 400 Crashes of Automated Tech Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers reported nearly 400 crashes of vehicles with partially automated driver-assist systems, including 273 involving Teslas, according to statistics released by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautioned against using the numbers …

Can Electric Scooters Become a Safer Way to Travel?

At first, it seemed as though nothing could go wrong. Dockless shared electric scooters began showing up on the streets of the world’s cities in 2017, and the vanguard — techies, baristas, twentysomething daredevils — hopped on and rode, confident …

Aging Dams Could Soon Benefit from $7B Federal Loan Program

Eight years after Congress created the program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a first step toward offering more than $7 billion of federally backed loans to repair aging dams owned by states, local governments and private entities …

GM’s Cruise Wins First California Permit to Carry Paying Riders in Driverless Cars

OAKLAND, Calif. –– General Motors Co’s Cruise on Thursday became the first company to secure a permit to charge for self-driving car rides in San Francisco, after it overcame objections by city officials. Self-driving test cars with human safety drivers …

27 Suffer Minor Injuries After Bus Rolls on I-95 in Maryland

KINGSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Twenty seven people suffered minor injuries Sunday after a bus crashed and rolled on I-95 north of Baltimore, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. The crash occurred near Kingsville, Maryland, shortly before 7 a.m., fire …

Traffic at NYC-Area Bridges and Tunnels Hits Pre-Pandemic Levels

Traffic at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s bridges and tunnels has returned to pre-pandemic levels, partly due to changes in traveling habits, the agency’s Executive Director Rick Cotton said. “At the bridges and tunnels, the volumes …