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  • JetBlue says its pilots' quick reaction averted a collision. A passenger, Megan Sikorski, tells the station that as the JetBlue plane shot upward in a defensive maneuver, she could hear the "whoosh" of the small plane beneath it. When the JetBlue plane landed, Sikorski and her mother say the pilots seemed shaken and announced that someone had been "joyriding" in their...

  • Werner beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Werner Enterprises Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $32.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Analysts expected $558.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 29- Brazilian miner Vale's mega-ships have been able to dock at five ports in China, the firm's head of investor relations said on Thursday, as a ban that had been in place since 2012 is relaxed. In 2012, China's Ministry of Transport banned the ships from the country's ports, citing safety concerns. A month later, one of the ships docked at a port in...

  • 2011 vehicle models with highest and lowest death rates Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    The Insurance Institute for Highway safety examined fatalities involving 2011 model year vehicles, looking at how many driver fatalities occurred in a particular model over the course of a year of operation, expressed as a rate per million registered vehicle years. It found there was an average of 28 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years...

  • WASHINGTON— The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved vehicle designs and safety technology have a lot to do with the reduced risk, but a weak...

  • New York lawmakers to review transportation funding Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— There's new leadership at the New York Thruway Authority but no new answers for the state lawmakers who asked Thursday about how the state plans to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. The $3.9 billion bridge now under construction is set to replace the aging Hudson River crossing between Westchester and Rockland counties.

  • Ducey explains decision to stop citing Uber, Lyft drivers Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:44 AM ET

    Doug Ducey on Thursday said he stopped state regulators from citing drivers for rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft because the policy wasn't working and was hampering job creation. It comes as the Legislature works on a deal allowing the new and growing ridesharing industry to operate legally while protecting consumers. The Legislature passed a bill...

  • Swift Transportation beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    PHOENIX _ Swift Transportation Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $58.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. Swift Transportation shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Branson AirExpress to fly from Cincinnati-area airport Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:05 PM ET

    CINCINNATI— Branson AirExpress is set this spring to start flights from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to destinations including New Orleans and cities in Missouri and Mexico. They say the airline operated by Orange Air will start flights to New Orleans and to Branson, Missouri, and Cancun, Mexico, on May 7. The airline says it will...

  • DENVER— Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. Airport executives extended the ban this month after a retailer sought a free-standing kiosk to sell the boxer shorts and similar items that played off Colorado's place as...

  • Knight Transportation beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    PHOENIX _ Knight Transportation Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $32.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Knight Transportation shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER TYR— The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew— and hundreds of Syrians as cargo. The ships are then pointed toward Europe and abandoned, the migrants' fate hanging between shipwreck and rescue. Comparatively well-off refugees are able to...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 27- Negotiators for major shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers have reached a tentative agreement on the maintenance of cargo chassis, overcoming a key hurdle in protracted contract talks for 29 U.S. West Coast ports. "A tentative agreement was reached on the chassis topic, and we are hopeful that this will allow us to move...

  • Senate bill calls for end to Seattle tunnel project Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Two state senators say it's time to scrap the stalled Seattle tunnel project and bury Bertha, the broken-down $80 million state-of-the-art drilling machine, so the transportation department can find alternatives to fix or replace the viaduct that carries traffic along the city's waterfront. Curtis King, chairman of the Senate Transportation...

  • Berkshire's NetJets avoids $500M IRS tax claim Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    A Netjets Inc. sign stands hear a new Embraer Phenom 300 jet at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.

    The private jet-sharing company has defeated an IRS lawsuit attempting to recoup more than $500 million of unpaid taxes and penalties.

  • Jan 27- After a blizzard that blanketed the northeastern United States but proved less powerful in New York City than predicted, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways resumed limited operations on Tuesday. LIRR service remains suspended on the Montauk Branch east of Babylon, Greenport to Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson Branch east of Huntington and the...

  • Berkshire's NetJets defeats $500 million IRS tax claim Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 27- NetJets Inc, the private jet-sharing company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, has defeated a U.S. Internal Revenue Service lawsuit attempting to recoup more than $500 million of unpaid taxes, penalties and interest. District Judge Edmund Sargus in Columbus, Ohio, said on Monday that the IRS was bound by guidance it gave a NetJets...

  • Dubai's airport operator released figures Tuesday showing that 70.5 million passengers streamed through the sparkling halls of Dubai International last year. Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths predicts Dubai International will handle a record 79 million passengers this year as it offers "more flights connecting more people to more destinations."

  • Heathrow hosted 68.1 million international passengers in 2014, up 1.2 percent, a Heathrow spokeswoman said. A commission is due to make final proposals by this summer, choosing between three options: a third runway at Heathrow, an extension to an existing Heathrow runway, or a second runway at Gatwick Airport. But lack of capacity at Heathrow means we have...

  • Mark Dayton unveiled a plan Monday that would resurface or replace 2,200 miles of roadway, repair 330 bridges and boost funding for local infrastructure projects— but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. His proposal would add a new 6.5 percent tax on gas at the wholesale level and hike license tab fees, with a separate sales tax increase in the Twin...