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  • BERLIN, May 20- Millions of commuters faced long delays in Germany on Wednesday after train drivers walked off the job to demand higher pay and negotiating rights. The walkout is the ninth in 10 months to hit rail operator Deutsche Bahn and industry has warned that the strike could cost Europe's biggest economy up to 100 million euros a day, hurting its image as an...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on...

  • Cruise ship freed from reef off Bermuda departs for Boston Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Nearly 3,500 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark Wednesday in Bermuda after their cruise ship became grounded on a reef close to the British island as it tried to depart for Boston. The ship ran aground as it departed Bermuda after a temporary malfunction in the steering system forced it slightly off course, the company said.

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Tuesday a two-month extension of federal spending authority on transportation projects, delaying decisions over longer-term funding until the Highway Trust Fund is depleted in July. Because it relies on the remaining money in the Highway Trust Fund, the House measure requires no...

  • The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31. A Senate vote is expected later this week. Unable to find a politically acceptable solution, Congress has kept the trust fund teetering on the edge of insolvency since 2008. The extension passed by the House would expire July 31, when...

  • NEW YORK— Southwest Airlines Co. is speeding up its planned growth, which worries analysts, and American Airlines says profit margins will probably fall next year. Cowen and Co. analyst Helane Becker said there is "growing concern" about the effect that Southwest's growth will have on the rest of the industry— analysts worry that more flights will lead to lower...

  • How much will Philadelphia crash cost Amtrak? Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    Officials meet at the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, May 13, 2015.

    If Congress lifts a claims cap, Amtrak could face damages of as much as half a billion dollars from losses related to last week's crash.

  • Video shows Uber drivers how to manipulate prices Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    Uber Winter Storm

    The online video, which appeared on an Uber driver online forum, appears to show how repeatedly canceling planned pickups causes fees to increase.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 19- Brazilian miner Vale said on Tuesday it agreed to sell four large iron ore carriers to China Merchants Energy Shipping Co, as it looks to raise cash in the midst of an iron ore price slump. In a separate statement on Tuesday, the miner said it had completed the sale of four other large iron ore carriers to China Ocean Shipping Company, which was...

  • Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin said Tuesday that death certificates for everyone aboard the doomed Airbus A320 jet have been signed and turned over to officials at German airline Lufthansa, parent company of the low-cost airline. Authorities say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed the Barcelona- Duesseldorf flight into a mountain, but are...

  • ATLANTA— United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers. The Department of Justice said Tuesday that the payment settles a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former UPS employee, who will get $3.75 million.

  • UPS agrees pay $25 million to settle allegations Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:10 AM ET
    A woman walks past the logo of United Parcel Service in Chicago, Illinois.

    UPS allegedly covered up reports that it was late to deliver packages, keeping government customers from being eligible for refunds.

  • WASHINGTON, May 19- UPS has agreed to pay $25 million to settle some allegations that it submitted false claims to the U.S. government in an attempt to hide late deliveries, according court documents unsealed on Tuesday and released by the U.S. Department of Justice. The federal government as well as nineteen states, the District of Columbia and the cities of...

  • OAKLAND, Calif.— Three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport are accused of using their security clearance to get marijuana-packed suitcases past checkpoints and onto planes as part of a drug smuggling ring involving 11 other people, federal prosecutors said. The group was operating as early as July 2012, according to the complaint.

  • BERLIN, May 19- German industry warned that a train drivers' strike that began on Tuesday, the ninth in 10 months, could cost Europe's biggest economy 100 million euros a day and hurt its image as an industrial and logistics hub. Freight services in Germany were disrupted as drivers at rail operator Deutsche Bahn went out on a strike organised by the GDL union,...

  • BEIJING, May 19- China has unveiled a vision for the next stage of its economic ascent, moving from plain manufacturing to a world of prosperity from space, e-commerce, green energy and bioengineering, among others. Faced by economic growth at its lowest level in decades and rising wages and resource costs that are eroding its appeal as a low-cost factory for the...

  • Strike shuts Lisbon subway as workers fight reforms Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:27 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— The Portuguese government's efforts to reorganize the debt-heavy public transport sector continue to meet resistance, with Lisbon subway workers walking off the job for the fourth time this year. Workers with the Lisbon bus company Carris and national rail company Comboios de Portugal, both of which are also deep in debt, have also held...

  • Cathay Pacific flight attendants protest at HK airport Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:59 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Several hundred Cathay Pacific flight attendants were camped inside Hong Kong's airport on Tuesday after union members voted for industrial action to protest treatment by the airline. Union member Ada So said about 400 cabin staff had gathered in front of the Cathay check-in desks. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's biggest airline, said it has no plans to...

  • The Providence Journal reports North Kingstown's Rhode Island Fast Ferry won the 20- year contract to operate a specialized boat for construction and maintenance of a five-turbine wind farm. Rhode Island Fast Ferry will spend $4 million building the vessel. Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com.

  • BEIJING, May 19- A Chinese consortium of Ruili Airlines, a privately-owned start-up budget carrier, and two leasing firms has signed a deal to buy 60 B737 MAX jets from Boeing Co for 38 billion yuan, the official Xinhua News Agency said late on Monday. One-year-old Ruili, based in southwestern China's Yunnan province, aims to expand its fleet to 56 jets by the end of...

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