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Aug 30, 2015

Christie says criticism of FedEx-like immigrant tracking is ‘ridiculous’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pushed back on Sunday against “ridiculous” criticism of his new proposal to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages, saying government needs private sector expertise to tackle illegal immigration.

“I don’t mean people are packages, so let’s not be ridiculous,” the Republican presidential candidate told an   

Aug 20, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. government, police working on counter-drone system – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Although the research aimed at tracking and disabling drones is at an early stage, there has been at least one field test.

Aug 20, 2015

U.S. government, police working on counter-drone system-sources

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – As concerns rise about a
security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government
agencies are working with state and local police forces to
develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according
to sources familiar with the matter.

Although the research aimed at tracking and disabling drones
is at an early stage, there has been at least one field test.

Aug 14, 2015

Congress mulls measures to curb soaring drone incidents

WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are
considering steps to reverse a disturbing rise in illegal drone
flights, including new government enforcement tools to crack
down on rogue flyers, especially near airports, according to
people familiar with the matter.

Discussions in the House of Representatives and Senate
gained new urgency this week, amid heightened fears of a looming
air disaster, after the Federal Aviation Administration reported
a spike in drone sightings near crewed aircraft, including
commercial airliners.

Aug 11, 2015

Takata won’t disclose test plan details for replacement air bags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Takata Corp (7312.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which is recalling 34 million defective air bag inflators, has proposed a plan to address concerns about the safety of the replacement parts it is providing to consumers – but the details are not available to the public.

A proposed Takata testing plan, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted to its website on Tuesday, totals 37 pages. But the auto safety watchdog agency agreed to make 35 pages blank, after the Japanese manufacturer requested confidentiality over contents that include proprietary information.

Aug 7, 2015

U.S. sees small number of railroads meeting safety deadline

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Only a small number of U.S.
railroads will meet the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing new
train safety technology that experts say would have prevented
the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, officials
said on Friday.

A report to Congress by the Federal Railroad Administration
showed that just three out of 38 inter-city passenger, commuter
and freight railroads have submitted the plans necessary for
regulators to certify advanced technology systems known as
positive train control, or PTC.

Jul 31, 2015

Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler: U.S. regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday.

Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Transportation Safety Administration, said his watchdog agency is trying to determine how many car makers received wireless components from the same company that supplied Fiat Chrysler.

Jul 30, 2015

Senate approves 3-month highway fix to avoid cut-off

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted to
keep vital federal dollars flowing to road and highway projects
for three more months on Thursday, averting a funding cut-off
at the peak of the summer construction season.

The 91-4 vote on the short-term patch, which the House of
Representatives approved on Wednesday, sends the measure to
President Barack Obama for his signature. Without the money, the
federal Highway Trust Fund would become insolvent on Saturday.

Jul 29, 2015

U.S. House approves three-month fix to keep highway funds flowing

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Vital federal dollars would
keep flowing to U.S. road and highway projects for three more
months under a bill approved on Wednesday by lawmakers, moving
to avert a funding cutoff at the peak of the summer construction
season.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted
385-34 in favor of a $12-billion bill to extend highway and mass
transit funding through Oct. 29.

Jul 29, 2015

U.S. sets new final rule on oil, ethanol trains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday released a new regulation intended to prevent explosive rail disasters such as the 2013 oil train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

The new rule by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires two qualified railroad employees to ensure that handbrakes and other safety equipment have been properly set on trains left unattended while carrying dangerous materials such as crude oil or ethanol.

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