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In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, a Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver's car next to an Uber sticker in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) **FILE**

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

Associated Press

A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state’s gig economy law.

Founder of GM electric truck partner quits amid allegations

- Associated Press

Shares in electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup Nikola plunged on Monday after the company’s founder resigned amid allegations of fraud — just two weeks after signing a $2 billion partnership with General Motors.

The captain of the El Al airliner, which will carry U.S. and Israeli delegations to the United Arab Emirates, waves to spectators as the plane prepares to take off on the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE, at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP)

Saudi Arabia says flights to, from UAE can fly over kingdom

- Associated Press

Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that flights to and from the United Arab Emirates “from all countries” will now be able to use its airspace — a statement apparently allowing flyovers by Israel following a deal to normalize UAE-Israel relations.

U.S. Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner, center right, and U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, center left, pose with members of the Israeli-American delegation in front of the El Al's flight, which will carry the delegation from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, at the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Menahem Kahana/Pool Photo via AP)

First direct Israel-UAE flight lands in Abu Dhabi amid deal

- Associated Press

A Star of David-adorned El Al plane has landed in Abu Dhabi after flying in from Israel, carrying a high-ranking American and Israeli delegation in the first-ever direct commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates.

FILE - In this April 21, 2013, file photo, Israeli El Al planes are parked at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, for Abu Dhabi, which would be Israel's first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israel lists first commercial passenger flight to UAE

- Associated Press

Israel has listed an El Al flight taking off Monday for Abu Dhabi, which would be Israel’s first commercial passenger flight to the United Arab Emirates after the two countries agreed to a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations.

Virus pandemic reshaping air travel as carriers struggle

- Associated Press

In a bid to survive, airlines are desperately trying to convince a wary public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway while landing at the airport in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo)

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

- Associated Press

A special flight carrying Indians stranded abroad because of the coronavirus back home skidded off a hilltop runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 people and injuring 123 more, police said.

In this March 31, 2020, file photo, American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa.  There will be no more attempts at social distancing on American Airlines flights. The airline said Friday, June 26,  that it will start booking flights to full capacity next week. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file) ** FILE **

American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

- Associated Press

American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.