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  • A $5B question: How should New York spend surplus? Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— As government problems go, it's not a bad one to have: How should New York spend a $5 billion surplus? The $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. The money comes from big settlements with banks and insurance companies like BNP Paribas SA and Bank of America Corp..

  • Feds investigating drone sightings at NYC airport Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Federal officials are investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached New York City's Kennedy Airport this week. The FAA says the latest incident occurred Wednesday as a JetBlue flight from Savannah, Georgia, reported spotting a drone when it was about two miles from the runway.

  • Allegiant announces non-stop New Orleans service Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Discount airline Allegiant Air will begin nonstop service to New Orleans from four destinations beginning in early February. Officials with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said Tuesday that Allegiant will have nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Florida's Orlando-Sanford International...

  • TSA: Ice skates OK on plane; fake saw stays home Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Transportation Security Administration displayed thousands of items on Tuesday that were confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at New York's Kennedy Airport. Four tons of prohibited items are collected every year at Kennedy alone. "Say you've got a knife; this is something that you like to carry with you, as this person did," TSA...

  • Bane of the Northeast Corridor is due for upgrade Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    A regular cause of delays on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston, the 104- year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in northern New Jersey is viewed as the embodiment of aging railroad infrastructure in dire need of upgrading to accommodate increasing demand in the region. While major projects such as the...

  • Houston approves ridesharing companies at airports Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    HOUSTON— The Houston City Council has approved allowing ridesharing companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate at airports. The Houston Chronicle reports Uber and Lyft arrived in Houston in February, hoping to persuade city officials to modify paid ride rules to accommodate them. The companies must pay the same fees as cabs— $2.75 at George Bush...

  • PARIS, Nov 13- Indonesia's Lion Group is pushing forward with revived plans for a 2016 initial public offering now designed to fund an airport vital to securing its growth, chief executive Rusdi Kirana said. The 51- year-old former travel agent captured international attention when he announced record purchases of jets from Boeing and Airbus to serve...

  • Dubai port firm to buy free-zone company for $2.6B Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Port operator DP World said on Thursday it has reached a deal to buy the Dubai government-linked operator of free-trade zones in the Middle Eastern commercial hub for $2.6 billion. EZW's main business is running the 57 square kilometer commercial and logistics park next to Jebel Ali, the Mideast's busiest port, which DP World...

  • Mansion-gate: Mexican leader hit by house scandal Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 3:42 PM ET
    Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto

    A scandal is engulfing Mexico's president, but it's not likely to disrupt energy auctions scheduled for next year.

  • Allegiant Air adding Pittsburgh-Florida flights Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Discount carrier Allegiant Air says it'll soon be landing in Pittsburgh. Allegiant says it'll make four flights a week from Pittsburgh to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport serving the Tampa Bay area, four flights a week to Punta Gorda and two flights a week to Jacksonville. Allegiant says it'll be the only airline flying the...

  • Biden pitches infrastructure improvements Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    HOUSTON— Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual convention of the American Association of Port...

  • AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is getting near-daily reports— and sometimes two or three a day— of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. Michael Toscano, president of a drone industry trade group, said FAA officials also have verified the increase to him.

  • Foxx, South Dakota officials talk transportation Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 7:13 PM ET

    About 42 miles of those mostly derelict tracks from Chamberlain to Presho will soon be restored with the help of a roughly $12 million federal grant. Rehabbing that stretch of railway will open up grain-shipping opportunities for farmers in south-central South Dakota who currently must use trucks to transport their grain to faraway railways.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- A decision by the U.S. aviation regulator has moved forward plans by a small Georgia airport to begin commercial airline service, despite strong opposition by Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, the local county authority said on Friday. The approval by the Federal Aviation Authority, related to the handling of federal grants for the Paulding...

  • Nov 7- Four people were hospitalized after a rough landing at Edmonton International Airport in Alberta late on Thursday, the Air Canada Express flight's operator said on Friday. Airport spokeswoman Traci Bednard said the flight, operated by Jazz Aviation, had been diverted to Edmonton before the incident. Chorus Aviation Inc.' s Jazz Aviation was operating...

  • Nov 7- An Air Canada Express flight was involved in an accident while landing at the Edmonton Airport in Alberta on Thursday night, an airport spokeswoman said. Jazz Aviation said the accident involving a Q400 aircraft occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Centre Mountain Time. The flight, AC8481, was en route to Grande Prairie from Calgary.

  • Nov 7- Three passengers sustained minor injuries in an accident involving an Air Canada Express flight while landing at the Edmonton Airport in Alberta on Thursday night, an airport spokeswoman said. Jazz Aviation LP, operating as Air Canada Express, said there was an accident involving a Q400 aircraft at about 8:30 p.m. Centre Mountain Time.

  • SAN JUAN, Oct 30- Puerto Rico will begin overhauling its tax system and financially shoring up its highways and transportation authority in coming months, commonwealth officials said on Thursday, as the commonwealth fights to gain budget stability. Under the reforms, which were designed in consultation with KPMG at a cost of $4.7 million, Puerto Rico would...

  • MADRID, Oct 30- The Spanish government has decided to postpone its plans to privatise airport operator Aena with a $10 billion public share offer, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. The sale of a 49 percent stake in the world's biggest airports operator had promised to be the largest initial public offering in Europe this year.

  • LIMA, Oct 28- Hundreds of indigenous community members took control of a small Amazonian airport inside Peru's biggest oil block, tribal leaders said on Tuesday, part of a dispute with Argentine energy firm Pluspetrol and the government over pollution and use of local resources. The airport, in the district of Andoas in Peru's northern region of Loreto, was...