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  • Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.

  • Senate tires of patching highway programs Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes.

  • Westport Petroleum Inc, the Franklin, Tennessee- based shipping arm of Japanese trader Mitsui& Co, chartered the BW Zambesi, an LR1 tanker, also known as a Panamax class vessel, in mid-July for the voyage. The tanker, owned by BW Group, docked at the Galveston terminal in Texas on Tuesday, AIS data on Reuters showed.

  • Lyft's sacrifice for the sake of its NYC launch Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:51 PM ET
    The Lyft app is demonstrated on an Apple iPhone 5s.

    To enter the NYC market, Lyft cut a deal with the taxi commission that eliminated the one thing that distinguished it from its rivals.

  • Uber gets down to business     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    Emil Michael, Uber SVP business, discusses the debut of "Uber for Business" and addresses insurance concerns.

  • Uber targets corporate travel     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports Uber is debuting "Uber for Business" which aims to make it easier for users to bill trips to their company while working.

  • Disabled commuter train to NYC cleared from tracks Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    The Northeast Corridor train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 8:39 a.m. but broke down near 10th Avenue, said NJ Transit spokesman William Smith.

  • St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia— The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg has been evacuated because of a bomb threat, police said Tuesday. Anna Fedoseyeva, spokeswoman for the airport in Russia's second-largest, city said the evacuation of passengers and staff began at 3 p.m. local time.

  • Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation— billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.

  • Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe— roughly the population of New York City— step aboard an airplane.

  • UN sanctions NKorea operator of ship with weapons Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations imposed sanctions on the North Korean shipping company that operates a ship seized by Panama in July 2013 for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba ordered all countries to freeze its assets.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- FedEx Corp has hired some of the hard-hitting attorneys who represented home run slugger Barry Bonds to defend against criminal allegations that FedEx knowingly shipped packages from illegal online pharmacies. Cristina Arguedas and Allen Ruby were retained by FedEx last week, according to court records.

  • House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    The FAA said that beginning in 2006 Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners.

  • Virgin America files for IPO     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Virgin American has filed for an IPO, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Barclays and Deutsche Bank are running this IPO.

  • TORONTO, July 28- Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan said on Monday it plans to increase its ownership of Britain's Bristol Airport from the current 49 percent as Australian asset manager Macquarie Group reportedly shops for buyers for its 50 percent stake.

  • Lyft now legal in NYC     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    Meera Joshi, NYC Taxi & Limousine CEO, discusses the launch of ride-sharing service Lyft in New York City, officially taking on rival Uber.

  • FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions.

  • Connecticut seeking upgraded freight rail line Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 | 8:52 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390- mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st- century rail line in Connecticut.

  • US opens probe of Impala air bag performance Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 PM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.