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  • Sinkhole closes runway at big transit hub Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:26 PM ET
    Delays and cancellations at DFW Airport on the first day of FAA furloughs were minimal, but the ripple effect from other airports nationwide could affect operations.

    A sinkhole has closed a runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which may delay flights at one of the busiest airports.

  • UPDATE 1-Sinkhole closes runway at DFW airport Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    May 26- A sinkhole has closed a runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which may delay flights at one of the largest transit hubs in the United States. American Airlines Group Inc, which operates more flights from the airport than any other airline, has seen "no operational impact," according to spokesman David Magaña. The U.S. Federal Aviation...

  • Small business jet rolls partly off runway at Baltimore Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    BALTIMORE— Aviation officials say a small business jet rolled partly off a runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Maryland Aviation Administration spokesman Jonathan Dean says no one was hurt in the incident Tuesday morning. He says the Cessna Citation arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and was traveling from a runway to a...

  • Open skies in Australia: Will it draw carriers? Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    Australia may be weighing allowing foreign airlines to offer domestic flights, but it isn't clear the skies down under are particularly attractive.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to WABC television. Citing an unnamed senior U.S. official, ABC News said the Maryland State Police Fusion Center, which handles intelligence gathering,...

  • LONDON— With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists. Heathrow and rival Gatwick, 30 miles south of central London, have offered...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 22- Union dockworkers at all 29 U.S. West Coast ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract agreement reached in February with shipping companies and terminal operators to end months of labor strife that snarled trans-Pacific trade. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the new...

  • How IBM's big data traffic cop can reduce gridlock Friday, 22 May 2015 | 9:59 AM ET
    Traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike

    Harnessing the so-called Internet of Things might help drivers get to their Memorial Day weekend destinations more quickly and safely.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration demonstrated the Data Communications system, called Data Comm, at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. The system has been used on a trial basis since 2013 at the Newark and Memphis, Tennessee, airports. "With Data Communications, you don't have to call a friend for directions," he said.

  • Low US rail spending sparks safety concerns Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:38 PM ET
    Rescue crews and investigators inspect the site of an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia on May 13, 2015.

    For the size of the U.S. economy, it lags far behind many of the world's most developed countries in spending on rail networks. The New York Times reports.

  • The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31. A Senate vote is expected later this week. Unable to find a politically acceptable solution, Congress has kept the trust fund teetering on the edge of insolvency since 2008. The extension passed by the House would expire July 31, when...

  • How much will Philadelphia crash cost Amtrak? Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    Officials meet at the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, May 13, 2015.

    If Congress lifts a claims cap, Amtrak could face damages of as much as half a billion dollars from losses related to last week's crash.

  • OAKLAND, Calif.— Three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport are accused of using their security clearance to get marijuana-packed suitcases past checkpoints and onto planes as part of a drug smuggling ring involving 11 other people, federal prosecutors said. The group was operating as early as July 2012, according to the complaint.

  • Cathay Pacific flight attendants protest at HK airport Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:59 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Several hundred Cathay Pacific flight attendants were camped inside Hong Kong's airport on Tuesday after union members voted for industrial action to protest treatment by the airline. Union member Ada So said about 400 cabin staff had gathered in front of the Cathay check-in desks. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's biggest airline, said it has no plans to...

  • India's Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:51 PM ET
    BJP leader Narendra Modi.

    Modi's cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India's 1.25 billion people are coming in for criticism, including from within his cabinet.

  • LOS ANGELES— A Hawaii- bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 3 was about half an hour over the Pacific Ocean, on its way from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu, when a warning light on the Airbus A330 illuminated. The flight, with 290 passengers and 10...

  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. The stakes are high for Wyoming— the nation's leading coal-producing state— to find new markets.

  • NEW YORK— The trains that link global centers of learning, finance and power on the East Coast lumber through tunnels dug just after the Civil War, and cross century-old bridges that sometimes jam when they swing open to let tugboats pass. The railroad's importance became all the more apparent after Amtrak Train 188 derailed Tuesday as it sped around a curve in...