Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans

U.S. 11/27/19, 11:59

A day after bringing havoc to the Rocky Mountains, a powerful winter storm rolled across the Midwest on Wednesday, threatening to scramble Thanksgiving plans for millions of people during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. The storm, which was blamed for one death and hundreds of canceled flights, ...

2 killed when semitrailers explode on I-94 in Wisconsin

U.S. 06/19/19, 18:27

Two semitrailers exploded into flames Wednesday on an interstate in southeastern Wisconsin, killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire, authorities said. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said one trailer was southbound on Interstate 94 around 11 a.m. when it hit a construction barrier, overcorrected and crashed onto a median ...

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:20

The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human tourists because it was occupied by locals — brown bears.The ...

Feds: US Supreme Court should turn down ‘Bridgegate’ appeal

U.S. 05/16/19, 09:00

The U.S. solicitor general's office has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court not hear the appeal of two convicted defendants in the "Bridgegate" case, nudging the four-year legal saga of New Jersey's most famous traffic jam toward a conclusion."Further review is not warranted," the brief filed late Wednesday said. The ...

Update: 4 dead in fiery pileup on I-70 near Denver

U.S. 04/26/19, 11:12

The Latest on fatal pileup on Interstate 70 near Denver (all times local):10:10 a.m.Colorado officials say four people have died after a semi-truck hauling lumber plowed into vehicles on Interstate 70, causing a fire so intense that it melted the roadway and metal off of cars.In this Thursday, April 25, ...

With hurricanes, wildfires, evacuation orders fall short

U.S. 04/25/19, 05:13

With Hurricane Michael strengthening as it took aim at Florida's Panhandle, Mark Bowen and his employees watched the live footage through tears.They weren't looking at increasingly dire storm forecasts last October. They were watching cameras trained on rural Bay County's three main evacuation routes leading away from sugar-white beaches.Traffic was ...

California roads not designed to handle wildfire evacuations

U.S. 04/25/19, 05:09

Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden evacuation.A new USA TODAY Network-California ...

Ex-Christie aide gets 13-month sentence in bridge scandal

U.S. 04/24/19, 16:20

A onetime aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was resentenced Wednesday to 13 months — down from 18 — for her role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.Bridget Kelly, dabbing her eyes with a tissue at points during the resentencing hearing in federal court in Newark, cried ...

Update: Ex-Christie aide gets 13 months in bridge ploy

U.S. 04/24/19, 15:17

The latest on the resentencing of a former aide to ex-Gov. Chris Christie convicted for her role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff was resentenced to 13 months for her role in the George Washington ...

London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades

Europe 04/18/19, 09:43

Protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days say they will escalate their civil disobedience campaign if the British government doesn't step up action against climate change.Hundreds of demonstrators have blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble ...

Extinction Rebellion: Environmental protests halt traffic

Europe 04/15/19, 06:35

Environmental protesters have briefly blocked Waterloo Bridge in London and cut off access to other landmarks as they try to bring the city to a standstill.The group Extinction Rebellion is trying to block five central London locations Monday to demand the British government declare a climate emergency.The group expects thousands ...

German taxi drivers protest against liberalization plan

Europe 04/10/19, 08:51

Taxi drivers have snarled traffic in Berlin and other German cities in a slow-driving protest against government plans to liberalize the market.Taxis in Berlin converged on the capital's famous Brandenburg Gate, filling up the wide boulevard that leads west from the monument. Wednesday's protests also disrupted traffic into the city's ...

Poland’s taxi drivers hold up traffic over ride-hailing law

Tech 04/08/19, 16:25

Hundreds of taxi drivers drove at a crawl and walked in Poland's capital to protest a new law allowing and regulating ride-hailing services like Uber.The protesters who held up Warsaw traffic on Monday said the law adopted by the government last week will put cabbies out of work by subjecting ...

New York will be first US city to charge congestion toll

New York 04/02/19, 16:35

New York City is set to become the first American metropolis that seeks to ease traffic congestion, cut pollution and boost mass transit by charging motorists a hefty toll for the privilege of driving into its most crammed areas. So can it work?If the experience of other cities around the ...

LA-area police chase backs up traffic for miles on freeway

U.S. 03/30/19, 00:21

Traffic was backed up for miles for thousands of drivers Friday night on a busy Los Angeles-area freeway after a chase that lasted well over an hour and saw the driver repeatedly back into police cruisers. At one point after backing into a cruiser, the man gestured from his window with ...

New York City may try tolling its way out of traffic mess

Business 03/29/19, 13:49

Long-ringed by some of the most expensive toll roads in the U.S., New York City is poised to take things even further with a plan to charge drivers who motor into the most congested parts of Manhattan.The plan would make New York the first U.S. city to join the ranks ...

Police standoff on an Atlanta-area freeway halts traffic

U.S. 03/29/19, 11:21

A freeway standoff with an armed man brought traffic on an Atlanta-area freeway to a standstill Friday until he was apparently taken into custody. Video from a TV news helicopter showed police pulling the man from a car, apparently ending the confrontation that played out in the middle of Interstate 75. More ...

Greek police use safe driving to stop migrant-smuggling

Europe 03/27/19, 03:12

Police in northern Greece have adopted a new tactic for disrupting gangs that smuggle people into the country from across the land border with Turkey, an increasingly popular route: stopping drivers who work for the gangs and charging them with traffic violations before they can pick up their human cargo.The ...

US shuts interior checkpoints to focus on Mexico border

U.S. 03/26/19, 23:33

U.S. immigration authorities have temporarily closed highway checkpoints in New Mexico and much of West Texas, as they reassign agents and use the outposts to help process the growing numbers of Central Americans arriving at the Mexican border. The checkpoints, located up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the border, are ...

Indonesia’s first subway opens in its gridlocked capital

Asia & Pacific 03/24/19, 00:13

Indonesia's long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country's capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.Minutes after inaugurating the 16-kilometer (10-mile) transit line running south from Jakarta's downtown, President Joko Widodo presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the second ...

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