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  • Feds probe deadly California freeway collision

    Federal authorities are wrapping up the initial stages of their investigation of a fiery collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus carrying high school students that left 10 dead in Northern California.

  • The demolished remains of a FedEx truck is towed into a CalTrans maintenance station in Willows, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash on Thursday, April 10, between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    NTSB: Claim about truck fire still uncorroborated

    Federal investigators could not corroborate on Saturday a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a freeway median, sideswiped her car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

  • The demolished remains of a FedEx truck is towed into a CalTrans maintenance station in Willows, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash on Thursday, April 10, between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in bus crash

    Federal investigators said Sunday that they haven't found physical evidence confirming a witness' claim that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California.

  • Glenn County Sheriff's officers walk past the remains of a tour bus that was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 Thursday in Orland, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash between the truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California College. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

    Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013, file photo, New York City firefighters remove an injured passenger of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry in New York, after the ferry banged into the mooring as it arrived from New Jersey to the South Street in lower Manhattan during morning rush hour, injuring more than 80 people. The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, to discuss the 2013 accident involving the high-speed passenger ferry. Four of the 331 people on board the vessel sustained serious injuries. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    NTSB: Captain's error led to 2013 ferry crash

    A captain's error, compounded by confusing controls and lax safety regulations, led to the January 2013 ferry crash that injured 80 people in Lower Manhattan, federal investigators said Tuesday.

  • NTSB: Captain's error led to 2013 NYC ferry crash

    Federal investigators say a captain's error led to a ferry crash that injured 80 people last year in Lower Manhattan.

  • NTSB: Sensors too far back in O'Hare train crash

    A sensor for an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday.

  • FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo, Metro North Railroad engineer William Rockefeller is wheeled on a stretcher away from the area where the commuter train he was operating derailed in the Bronx borough of New York. Federal investigators say Rockefeller, who was engineer on a New York commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, has a serious sleep disorder. A medical document made available Monday April 7, 2014, by the National Transportation Safety Board says he has "severe obstructive sleep apnea." The NTSB did not say whether the engineer's disorder contributed to the crash.(AP Photo/Robert Stolarik, File)

    NY rail crash engineer had sleep woes, felt dazed

    An engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, had a sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night and said he felt strangely "dazed" right before the crash, according to federal documents released Monday.

  • FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo a Chicago public-transit train rests on an escalator after it jumped the tracks at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport station. Chicago transit officials say the train operator who acknowledged dozing off before the crash was fired Friday, April 4, 2014. 30 passengers were injured in the crash. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Chicago transit agency fires driver after crash

    Chicago transit officials have fired a train operator who acknowledged dozing off before crashing a commuter train at the O'Hare International Airport station.

  • Pipe pieces from NYC explosion sent to Washington

    Federal investigators are moving to a lab in Washington to examine damaged gas and water mains from the scene of an explosion that leveled two Manhattan buildings and killed eight people.

  • Report: Kauai ultralight had recent fuel problems

    A preliminary report in the investigation of a fatal Kauai crash of a light sport aircraft says the motorized hang glider had been experiencing fuel problems.

  • FILE - In this July 6, 2013 aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. Asiana Airlines says the Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed. In a filing with the National Transportation Safety Board released on Monday March 31, 2014, the airline says there was no indication that the plane's autothrottle had stopped maintaining the set air speed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

    Asiana: Jet partly to blame in California crash

    Asiana Airlines acknowledged in documents released Monday that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International Airport but also blamed the maker of the jet, saying it did not automatically maintain a safe speed.

  • FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday March 27, 2014, the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in this fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    PG&E: Federal criminal charges likely in gas blast

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday the company will likely face federal criminal charges for its role in a fatal gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • NTSB issues safety alert on wrong airport landings

    A federal agency overseeing transportation safety is warning pilots to take extra precautions after a pair of recent plane landings at the wrong Midwest airports.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2010, file photo, a Navy Seahawk helicopter prepares to drop supplies onto the Carnival Splendor cruise ship during relief efforts in waters off Mexico's Baja Peninsula, seen from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    Captain: Cruise ships may over-rely on electronics

    Cruise operators, like airline pilots, may be relying too heavily on electronics to navigate massive ships, losing the knowledge and ability needed to operate a vessel in the case of a power failure, an expert sea pilot told a federal agency on Wednesday.

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