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  • State is moving to prevent spills of oil shipped by trains

    State is moving to prevent spills of oil shipped by trains
    Although most people think of oil spills in California as potential beachfront disasters, there is new anxiety in Sacramento about the surge of crude oil now coming through the state each day by train. Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want to avoid the...
  • $59 Southwest fares really were too good to be true

    $59 Southwest fares really were too good to be true
    The fares advertised by Southwest Airlines sounded too good to be true: $59 for flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Chicago or New York. They were. When would-be fliers tried to book the fares, they found no seats available on those routes. The U....
  • Economic impact of traffic accidents? About $1 trillion a year

    Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every year have an economic toll of almost $1 trillion. That includes $277 billion in actual cost, and an estimated $594 billion in "harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries,...
  • States must be warned of risky crude oil shipments, authorities say

    Calling a "startling" pattern of spills and fires an "imminent hazard," the U.S. Department of Transportation took another small step Wednesday toward addressing the growing risks of shipping oil by rail from the North Dakota region to both coasts....
  • Gov. McAuliffe in Lynchburg to thank first-responders for work on oil train derailment

    Gov. McAuliffe in Lynchburg to thank first-responders for work on oil train derailment
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe was set to be in Lynchburg Friday morning to thank first responders from last week’s oil train derailment and get briefed on ongoing cleanup efforts, his office says. A mile-long CSX tanker train carrying Bakken crude from...
  • Survey says: Visitors to national parks don't like noise

    Survey says: Visitors to national parks don't like noise
    Talk about an unsurprising finding: Visitors to remote areas in national parks consider noise from helicopters or planes an unpleasant intrusion. That is the result of a study conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal...
  • United's on-time ratings fall short of 80% goal in March

    United's on-time ratings fall short of 80% goal in March
    On-time rates in March for airlines dominant in the Chicago region recovered from weather-induced tardiness of January and February, but they were still not stellar. For example, Chicago-based United Airlines was on time nationwide 79.4 percent of the...
  • Spirit, JetBlue record higher revenue

    The dominant airlines at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport all reported higher revenue in the fourth quarter, according to federal data released Monday. JetBlue reported $1.4 billion in revenue, up from $1.2 billion a year earlier;...
  • Local Voices Lake: Feb. 27 edition

    Local Voices Lake: Feb. 27 edition
    Letters to the editor from Lake County: Distracted driving "Drop it and drive." Chances are, at some point, you've uttered a phrase like that after witnessing someone on the road talking, texting or surfing the Web on a cellphone while driving....
  • NTSB head: Oil tanker rail 'safety has been compromised'

    NTSB head: Oil tanker rail 'safety has been compromised'
    The recent spate of accidents in the U.S. and Canada involving trains carrying crude oil demonstrates that “far too often, safety has been compromised,” the head of the top U.S. transportation safety agency said today. The amount of crude...
  • Complaints against airlines reported to U.S. fell 14% in 2013

    Complaints filed by air travelers about commercial airlines dropped by 14% in 2013, compared to the previous year, according to federal statistics released Tuesday. During last year, airline passengers filed 13,168 complaints with the U.S. Department of...
  • Virgin America tops ranking of overall airline quality

    Virgin America tops ranking of overall airline quality
    California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performances, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also...