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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Monday said a contract for a new long-range bomber would be awarded soon, and the project would not be considered a "new start" program that could be halted if Congress fails to pass a budget for fiscal 2016.. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team made up of Boeing Co and...

  • PRAGUE— Flight attendants at the Czech national carrier CSA will go on a three-day strike over low pay. The cabin crew union says the strike begins Wednesday. The Czech government sold a 44 percent stake in the airline to Korea Air in 2013 as it sought a strategic partner for CSA.

  • US Airways recently merged with American Airlines, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas. An American Airlines spokesman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Pittsburgh was skipped over because it's not a hub for the airline. Lauer said the ceremonial flight should have included Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and LaGuardia Airport in...

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 20- Martin Leach, the former Chief Operating Officer at Ford Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California, the executive told Reuters on Thursday. Auto industry veteran Leach, who has held senior positions at Mazda and Maserati, declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "...

  • The report, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, concludes that the program that includes the mixed-oxide fuel facility at the Savannah River Site needs up to $800 million annually over the next two to three years to be viable. The issue affects an agreement with Russia to convert both nations' spent nuclear materials. Construction began in 2007 at the...

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— An automotive parts supply company based in India is planning to build a $150 million plant in Tuscaloosa and create 650 jobs, Alabama Gov. Alabama is home to three automotive manufacturing plants, an engine manufacturing plant and many other facilities that offer parts and services. The company qualifies for more than $22 million in a 10- year...

  • LAS VEGAS— An airport official says a commercial airliner bound from New York to Los Angeles made an unscheduled stop in Las Vegas after pilots reported a concern about an engine. The flight departed New York at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday and had been due to arrive in Los Angeles at 10:09 p.m.. An online schedule shows the flight departed Las Vegas just before midnight...

  • ADDIS ABABA, Aug 20- Ethiopian Airlines is powering ahead with a plan to expand its fleet and route network after exceeding its profit target for the 2014/ 15 year, its chief executive said in an interview. Ethiopian Airlines flew six million passengers in the prior year, up from 5.22 million in 2012/ 13.. Ethiopian Airlines plans to increase revenue to $10 billion by...

  • JAISALMER, India, Aug 19- Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in India's western Rajasthan state, stands empty. India has spent more than $50 million since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights- white elephants that are a reminder of the...

  • This ‘space elevator’ could launch you into orbit Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 2:40 AM ET

    A Canadian company has clinched a patent for a 12.4 mile-high "space elevator" that could launch astronauts and tourists into orbit.

  • JAISALMER, India, Aug 19- Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, the airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in India's western Rajasthan state, stands empty. India has spent more than $50 million since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights- white elephants that are a reminder of the...

  • LA PAZ, Bolivia— A Bolivian judge has rendered a guilty verdict against the owner of the bankrupt Aerosur airline for illicit enrichment and sentenced him in absentia to five years in prison. Judge Nancy Altuzarra also ordered the confiscation of an apartment building and a collection of 55 automobiles belonging to Humberto Roca. In 2013, the FBI arrested a...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 18- No decisions have been taken for resuming commercial air travel to Cuba, the State Department said on Tuesday following media reports that Washington was working to begin scheduled flights between the two countries as soon as December. "We remain in contact with the Cuban government regarding the establishment of scheduled air service,...

  • FORT WORTH, Texas— Federal safety officials are investigating an incident in which a US Airways jet struck runway lights, damaging the underside of the plane's tail, while attempting to land after the pilots reported wind shear. The Charlotte airport closed a runway after workers found debris and damage to the lights, but no other flights were affected, an FAA...

  • American to add charter service from LA to Havana Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— American Airlines says it plans to begin charter service from Los Angeles to Havana later this year, which American says will be the first nonstop flights from the West Coast to Cuba since travel restrictions to the island nation were eased. Americans still must meet certain requirements for travel to Cuba, such as visiting family.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 18- U.S. housing starts rose to a near eight-year high in July as builders ramped up construction of single-family homes, suggesting that the economy was firing on almost all cylinders. The Commerce Department report on Tuesday added to solid payrolls, retail sales and industrial output data in suggesting the economy got off to a strong start in...

  • WARSAW, Poland— The CEO of Poland's national airline, widely credited with turning around the company, unexpectedly announced his resignation Tuesday. The spokesman for the Polish treasury ministry, Emil Gorecki, said Sebastian Mikosz' resignation was accepted, but was a surprise as talks are underway with a potential investor for the airline, LOT.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. builders started work on single-family houses last month at the fastest pace since the Great Recession began in late 2007.. Housing starts in July rose 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million homes, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. "More housing starts means more construction jobs as well as confidence from real...

  • U.S. housing starts approach eight-year high in July Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 18- U.S. housing starts rose to a near eight-year high in July as builders ramped up construction of single-family homes, the latest indication that the economy was firing on almost all cylinders. Groundbreaking increased 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units, the highest level since October 2007, the Commerce...

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on July U.S. home construction Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. SLIGHT GAINS: Economists expect that housing starts last month rose 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million, according to a survey by data firm FactSet. Aided by steady job gains and low mortgage rates, sales of new and existing homes...