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Sean Crawford, of United Auto Workers 598, rallies outside the Marriott Renaissance Hotel while the UAW GM Council holds a meeting inside the hotel in Detroit, Sunday Sept. 15, 2019. The United Auto Workers union announced that tens of thousands of its members at General Motors plants in the U.S. will go on strike Sunday night because contract negotiations with the automaker had broken down. (Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press via AP)

No deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

- Associated Press

More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.

Dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. If approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, AB5, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, would require companies like Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers like employees. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Uber vows to keep fighting sweeping California labor bill

- Associated Press

California lawmakers confronting the changing definition of work have approved sweeping legislation designed to give many contract workers new pay and benefit protections, but tech giants Uber and Lyft vowed to keep fighting the changes, possibly by bankrolling an expensive fight on the 2020 ballot.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, leaves a news conference alongside state transportation secretary Pete Rahn after discussing the state's transportation infrastructure in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Hogan said the state will contribute about $168 million to the planned Purple Line rail system in the Washington suburbs instead of nearly $700 million. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Maryland lawmakers urge state to fix Metro issues, release funds

- The Washington Times

Lawmakers and officials from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have asked Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn to release to Metro more than $50 million that he is withholding because of “an ongoing pattern of fiscal obfuscation and a lack of cooperation” at the regional transit agency.

This March 12, 2013, photo shows the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) ** FILE **

U.S. issuing hacking alert for small planes

- Associated Press

The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft.

In this image made from video from Geo Tv, shows volunteers working at a train crash site in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A passenger train rammed into a freight train in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least many people and injuring others, an official said. (Geo Tv via AP)

Train collision in Pakistan kills at least 16

- Associated Press

A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 16 people and injuring 78 others, hospital officials said.

In this April 27, 1966, file photo, Volkswagen workers drive their Beetle cars from the parking lot on their way home at the end of the workday at the world's largest single auto plant, the Volkswagen factory (seen in background) in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model in July 2019 at its plant in Puebla, Mexico, the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. (AP Photo, file)

From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle

- Associated Press

Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning the eight decades since 1938.

In this June 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump listens in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. More than 20 state governors are backing California leaders in a showdown with the Trump administration over mileage standards. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

23 U.S. governors join Calif. in opposing Trump mileage freeze

- Associated Press

Citing climate-damaging tailpipe emissions, 23 U.S. governors signed a pledge backing California leaders in their showdown with the Trump administration over its plans to relax vehicle mileage standards .

CSX Transportation is one of seven Class 1 freight train firms with annual operating revenues of $450 million or more. Despite a report of longer trains creating lengthy railroad crossings, CSX states that longer trains are a "tried and proven way to increase efficiency." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Longer freight trains create delays, safety concerns

- The Washington Times

U.S. freight trains have been growing up to three miles long, creating lengthy delays at railroad crossings for emergency responders and raising concerns about potential derailments, according to federal auditors.

In this June 11, 2011, file photo, former Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger talks to the media in front of the US Airways flight 1549 aircraft at the Carolina Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane. Sullenberger, the captain who safely landed a disabled jetliner on the Hudson River in 2009, is also expected to testify. He has said that Boeing was more focused on protecting its product, the Max, than protecting the people who use it. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Pilots criticize Boeing for mistakes on its grounded jet

- Associated Press

Retired pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger told a congressional panel Wednesday that pilots should practice the failure of Boeing flight-control software on simulators, not planes full of passengers.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks before signing auto insurance legislation on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. Whitmer signed the overhaul of Michigan's car insurance system that will let drivers forego unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries in which she declared it an "historic day" because the cost of auto insurance will go down. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Michigan governor signs overhaul to cut high auto premiums

- Associated Press

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a “historic” overhaul of Michigan’s car insurance system that, beginning in 13 months, will let drivers choose their medical coverage instead of them being required to buy unlimited benefits.

In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, the Fiat logo is mounted on a 2019 500 L on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Fiat Chrysler is proposing a merger with French carmaker Renault aimed at saving billions of dollars for both companies. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

New auto giant? Fiat Chrysler wants to merge with Renault

- Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler proposed on Monday to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker and combine forces in the race to make new electric and autonomous vehicles.

President Donald Trump speaks about modernizing the immigration system in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump delays decision on tariffs for imported autos, car parts

- The Washington Times

President Trump announced Friday that he’s delaying a decision for up to six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts from Europe and elsewhere, based on his administration’s findings that the imports pose a national security threat.

In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

NTSB: Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer

- Associated Press

A Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.

Emergency response crews transport an injured passenger to an ambulance at the George Inlet Lodge docks, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Ketchikan, Alaska. The passenger was from one of two float planes reported down in George Inlet early Monday afternoon and was dropped off by a U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot response boat. (Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

NTSB to investigate in Alaska after deadly midair collision

- Associated Press

A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes.

This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on an iPad in Baltimore. Uber is about to embark on a wild ride on Wall Street with the biggest and most hotly debated IPO in years. Uber's shares begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Uber begins trading nearly 7% below its IPO price

- Associated Press

Uber began trading as a public company at $42 per share Friday, nearly 7% below its initial public offering price on an already volatile day for the markets.

In this March 15, 2017, file photo, a sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are planning to turn off their apps to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Uber, Lyft drivers plan to strike in cities across the U.S.

- Associated Press

Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are planning to turn off their apps to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors.

The Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Scores of people died when the Aeroflot airliner burst into flames while making the emergency landing at the airport Sunday evening, officials said. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

41 dead in Moscow plane fire; experts hunt for reason why

- Associated Press

Russian emergency workers have recovered 41 bodies and two flight recorders from the wreckage of a plane that caught fire during an emergency landing in Moscow, officials said Monday as they sought to discover the cause of the disaster.

In this June 28, 2018, file photo, rolls of finished steel are seen at the U.S. Steel Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Ill. United States Steel Corp. reports financial results Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

U.S. Steel plows $1B into western Pennsylvania operations

Associated Press

U.S. Steel will invest more than $1 billion on state-of-the-art facilities in western Pennsylvania that it says will improve its steelmaking efficiency and reduce emissions at its Mon Valley Works operations, the company said Thursday.

Safety advocates say Wednesday's passing of the Florida Senate's bill to establish insurance guidelines for on-demand ride companies that use self-driving cars is another step toward the state becoming a dangerous "testing ground." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Safety advocates slow Florida’s rush for driverless cars

- The Washington Times

A unanimous Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to pave the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to deploy fleets of driverless vehicles. But safety advocates say the Sunshine State’s rush to regulate self-driving cars is adding to a nationwide patchwork of conflicting rules amid an absence of federal guidelines.

Emergency crews work at the scene of a construction crane collapse near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue near Interstate 5 Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Seattle. Several people were killed and others wounded when the crane collapsed Saturday afternoon in downtown Seattle, pinning cars underneath. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)

4 dead after construction crane crushes cars in Seattle

- Associated Press

Four people were killed and three injured when a construction crane collapsed Saturday in downtown Seattle, pinning six cars underneath, Seattle’s fire chief said.