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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • 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...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possible confirmation of rich oil reserves under the Chukchi Sea. A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC said that's routine. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates there...

  • 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.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Eight cruise ship passengers and their pilot died on a sightseeing excursion in Alaska when their small plane crashed in remote and rugged terrain. It was too soon to know circumstances of the crash, including whether the plane flew into the cliff, said Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Alaska emergency crews will attempt Friday to recover the remains of eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot who were killed when their sightseeing plane crashed in a remote and rugged area of southeastern Alaska. Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office, said it was too soon to know circumstances of...

  • The DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop crashed under unknown circumstances above Ella Lake near Ketchikan, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to The Associated Press. Troopers said an emergency locator transmitter activated in the Misty Fjords National Monument, and a helicopter pilot spotted the downed aircraft...

  • Savers stores agree to changes after sued by Minnesota AG Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The Savers thrift store chain has agreed to improve transparency and will not solicit non-clothing donations without compensating charities as part of a settlement with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Swanson said the agreement, approved Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, requires enhanced transparency about the amount...

  • YOUR MONEY-Auto insurance loyalty can cost you Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    June 25- When Jonathan G. Stein became unhappy with his long-time car insurance carrier earlier this year, the 41- year-old lawyer from Elk Grove, California switched to a new company. The Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel did a study showing that a consumer who has stuck with the same auto insurer for eight years could reduce the premium by 19 percent by...

  • 8. Washington Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States: Washington

    The Evergreen State climbs to the top for technology and innovation. But roads are poor, and the cost of living here is high.

  • America's top states for innovation in 2015 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States Technology and Innovation

    These 10 states lead the nation in tech investment, patents and research, which has helped reinvigorate their local economies.

  • Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives— then they retired. We like the freedom from worrying about her, " Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, New York, couple whose Jack Russell terrier died last year. A nonprofit program in Colorado helps low-income elderly and disabled people in Larimer County keep their pets as long as possible.

  • Why Alibaba and Best Buy set up shop in Washington Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:55 AM ET

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gives his take on why companies like Alibaba, HBO and Apple have set up shop in his state.

  • Ford joins competitors in growing car-sharing field Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:30 PM ET

    June 23- Ford Motor Co will test new car-sharing programs with U.S. and UK partners as part of a strategy to embrace alternatives to traditional car ownership, including more flexible on-demand models. Ford's finance arm is launching pilot car-sharing programs with Getaround in the United States and easyCar Club in London, Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark...

  • Boeing names its president, Muilenberg, as new CEO Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is stepping away from the controls after 10 years. The aircraft maker said Tuesday that President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Muilenburg will become its new CEO on July 1. He is also remaining chairman of the Chicago- based company.

  • INDIANAPOLIS— The consumer reviews service Angie's List has filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon Local, accusing the Amazon.com subsidiary of stealing provider lists and other proprietary information. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court Indianapolis where Angie's List is based alleges executives at Amazon Local, which bills itself as a...

  • 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...