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  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • Investigators at Alaska site of plane crash that killed 9 Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 12:47 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Federal prosecutors say a former special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to plead guilty in connection with the theft of digital currency during an investigation into online drug market Silk Road. Details of the plea agreement between the government and Carl Force of Baltimore, Maryland, were not disclosed in...

  • Total debt: Fiscal year 2015 debt service is $56 million, representing 6.6 percent of BART's operating budget. Funding sources: Fares, a 75 percent share of a half-cent sales tax in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and a dedicated property tax assessment in those counties. Age of system: The Chicago Transit Authority began full operations on Oct. 1,...

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Perhaps the most ambitious highway-conversion plan is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where hills and the namesake body of water are natural barriers to mobility.

  • Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:. "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court— the Affordable Care Act...

  • June 25- Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Thursday announced flights between the United States and two islands in the French Caribbean, hinting that more routes and heightened competition with U.S. carriers are to come. Bilateral agreement allows Norwegian to fly between the United States and any point in European Union territory. Norwegian has expanded rapidly...

  • OWINGS MILLS, Md.— Authorities: Man shot by officers who thought he had gun has died; police say he was unarmed.

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday it "defies any sense of logic" that IRS employees mistakenly erased computer backup tapes containing thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal. The IRS inspector general told the committee that IRS workers erased hundreds of computer backup tapes that "most likely"...

  • New era in police recruitment: courting hearts and minds Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and elsewhere, America's police chiefs are looking for compassionate men and women who are in the field to do good. Take Victor Ransom, whose first assignment as an officer in Jersey City, New Jersey, is bringing him to familiar territory: his own...

  • *Retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart stop selling flag. COLUMBIA, S.C., June 23- An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern states.

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans Tuesday proposed cuts to community health centers, national service, and grants to help children from low- and moderate-income families attend preschool as they unveiled the largest domestic appropriations bill, a $153 billion measure that's sure to attract a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The author of the bill, Roy...

  • June 23- A former federal agent has agreed to plead guilty to stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road and secretly soliciting payment from the operator of the online black market for information on its probe. Neither Force's lawyer nor a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco responded to requests for comment.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A proposal by Ohio lawmakers would do away with taxes on feminine care products. Greta Johnson, an Akron Democrat, said at a news conference that women spend $6 to $10 of taxable dollars every month on the products, and it's time to help them save money on the essential purchases. Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey already...

  • A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama's hopes for a 12- nation Pacific-rim trade agreement, a keystone of his effort to expand U.S. influence in Asia. The trade pact would be a high point in a foreign policy that has otherwise been consumed by crisis management, and would give Obama a rare legislative achievement in the Republican-controlled Congress.

  • WASHINGTON, June 21- Surging investment by Chinese companies in U.S. research labs is yielding a fast-growing trove of patents, part of a push to mine America for ideas to help China shift from being the world's factory floor to a driver of innovation. Even without a treaty, China is pouring capital into U.S. research as well as buying other assets.

  • June 19- The lawyer for convicted Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht said Friday an ex-Secret Service agent's expected guilty plea to stealing more than $800,000 of bitcoins during a probe of the black market website shows the investigation was corrupt. Bridges and a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Carl Force, were charged in March for stealing...

  • *Market intelligence firm Genscape reports Cushing draws. NEW YORK, June 18- Oil prices settled up for a third straight day on Thursday, boosted by a slipping dollar and reports that data showed a draw in crude this week at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for U.S. crude futures. On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration also cited the first weekly...

  • *Market intelligence firm Genscape reports Cushing draws. NEW YORK, June 18- Oil prices rose for a third straight day on Thursday, helped by a weaker dollar and data showing draws this week at the delivery point for U.S. crude futures. Market intelligence firm Genscape reported a draw of about 870,000 barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for crude in the...