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  • A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a Terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, following a fire that started in one of the plane's lithium ion batteries. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    U.S. officials defend handling of Boeing 787 mishaps

    Obama administration officials struggled Wednesday to defend their initial statements that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe, while promising a transparent probe of mishaps involving the aircraft's batteries.


  • **FILE** Boeing's newest aircraft, the Boeing 787, sits on the tarmac at Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 27, 2012, after a 3600-mile flight from Dublin. (Associated Press/The Huntsville Times)

    FAA to review of Boeing 787, but calls plane safe

    The government stepped in Friday to assure the public that Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" is safe to fly, even as it launched a comprehensive review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and other worrisome incidents this week.


  • Delays litter long road to vehicle rearview rules

    In the private hell of a mother's grief, the sounds come back to Judy Neiman. The SUV door slamming. The slight bump as she backed up in the bank parking lot. The emergency room doctor's sobs as he said her 9-year-old daughter Sydnee, who previously had survived four open heart surgeries, would not make it this time.


  • **FILE** Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, burns after crashing into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y., on Feb. 12, 2009. (Associated Press)

    Fatal air crash decline presents safety challenge

    It's been 43 months since the last deadly airline crash in the United States, the longest period without a fatal domestic accident since commercial aviation expanded after World War II. That sounds like unvarnished good news, but one consequence of having such a remarkable record is that it's difficult to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry.


  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

    Feds team up with Amtrak to fight human trafficking

    A federal partnership was unveiled Thursday involving the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, along with Amtrak, that will seek to combat human trafficking by training more than 8,000 front-line transportation employees and Amtrak police officers to identify trafficking victims and perpetrators and report suspected cases.


  • associated press
An onboard device instructs a motorist to brake during a driving simulation Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The driving simulation was part of a news event marking the start of a yearlong test of cars that can communicate with each other. Carmakers Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai/Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen/Audi all are supplying vehicles and taking part in the test. Officials say eventually this could lead to the devices going in every car.

    New technology has cars conversing

    In a few weeks, about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.


  • Feds, university test cars that can communicate

    In a few weeks, about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.


  • No elegant technical fixes for distracted driving

    When does a smartphone make you dumb?


  • No elegant technical fixes for distracted driving

    When does a smartphone make you dumb?


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