WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deborah Hersman, who headed the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board during high-profile investigations into plane crashes and other transit mishaps, said on Tuesday she would leave the agency in April.
Hersman’s surprise departure comes as the NTSB is gearing up help with the investigation into the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on Saturday about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur with 239 passengers and crew.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has thrown out a fine by the Federal Aviation Administration against the operator of a small commercial drone, a decision that could open up the nation’s skies to more unmanned-aircraft flights.
The case involved a $10,000 fine levied by the FAA against Raphael Pirker for operating a drone while filming a commercial in 2011 for the University of Virginia, a violation of the agency’s ban on the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Electric luxury car Tesla Model S was named by Consumer Reports magazine on Tuesday as its overall top pick for 2014, while Japanese models took just five of the top 10 spots, their worst showing in the 18-year history of the annual rankings.
The Ram 1500 was named the top pickup truck, the first time a Chrysler model has cracked the top picks list since 1998. In a separate ranking of brands, however, Detroit automakers had the four lowest scores of 23 brands rated.
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. electric luxury car
Tesla Model S was named by Consumer Reports magazine on Tuesday
as its overall top pick for 2014, while Japanese models took
five spots in the annual rankings, their worst showing in the
18-year history of the ratings.
The Ram 1500 was named the top pickup truck, the first time
a Chrysler model has cracked the top picks list since 1998.
South Korean automaker Hyundai, and German brands
BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi also had models
topping the 10 Consumer Reports categories.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With federal funding for U.S. highways set to run dry within months, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress on Thursday to show “a little political courage” and come up with long-term solution to pay for roads.
The Highway Trust Fund, which relies on an 18.4-cents-a-gallon tax on gasoline to pay for the federal share of spending on roads, could run out of money “perhaps as soon as August,” Foxx said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference.
UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday directed federal agencies to develop higher fuel standards for medium-sized and heavy trucks, another step in his efforts to slash oil consumption and carbon emissions blamed for global warming.
Obama made the announcement in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, about 20 miles from Washington, at a distribution center for Safeway grocery stores, next to a trucking rig that had been redesigned to increase fuel economy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. business and labor leaders urged Congress on Wednesday to raise the federal gasoline tax to prevent a fund that pays for road and bridge projects from running out of money as early as September.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that allowing the Highway Trust Fund to run dry would slow road building and other infrastructure projects and hurt the U.S. economy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Responding to a public outcry after U.S. regulators said they would consider allowing passengers to make cellphone calls during flights, lawmakers on a House of Representatives panel on Tuesday overwhelmingly advanced a bill to ban such calls.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on a voice vote with no opposition, sent the bill to the full House. It was unclear when it would be considered there. Similar legislation has been introduced by a Senate committee.
WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The sinking of the tall ship
Bounty off the North Carolina coast in 2012 was likely caused by
the captain’s “reckless decision” to sail the vessel into the
path of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. National Transportation Safety
Board said on Monday.
Captain Robin Walbridge, 63, and a crew member were killed
when the 108-foot-long (33-meter) ship, built for the 1962 movie
“Mutiny on the Bounty,” sank before dawn on Oct. 29, 2012, about
130 miles (210 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina,
after being battered by Sandy’s 30-foot (9-meter) seas and
100-mile-per-hour (161 km-per-hour) wind gusts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate gave final congressional approval on Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers, and sent it to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.
The Senate voted 68-32 to pass the sweeping bill, which is more than a year overdue after congressional negotiations bogged down on a host of issues, including the size of cuts to the food stamp program.