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In this July 16, 2019, file photo United Auto Workers President Gary Jones speaks during the opening of their contract talks with General Motors in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Gary Jones, UAW president, steps down as GM sues rival over union bribery

- Associated Press

United Auto Workers President Gary Jones abruptly resigned Wednesday, capping a tumultuous day that saw union leaders move to oust him, and General Motors accusing rival Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit of bribing union officials to get more favorable contract terms from the UAW.

An Emirates Airline A-380 leads the "Al Fursan", or the Knights, a UAE Air Force aerobatic display team during the opening day of the Dubai Airshow, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. The biennial airshow opened as major Gulf airlines rein back big-ticket purchases after a staggering $140 billion in new orders were announced at the 2013 show before global oil prices collapsed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Emirates announces order for 50 Airbus A350s worth $16B

- Associated Press

Dubai-based carrier Emirates announced on Monday it would be buying 20 additional wide-body Airbus A350s, bringing its total order for the aircraft to 50 in a deal worth $16 billion at list price.

In this image made from video, Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane lands at Sydney airport in Sydney, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Australian airliner Qantas completed a non-stop flight from London to Sydney used to assess the effects of ultra-long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.(Australia Pool via AP)

Australia’s Qantas operates 19 1/2 -hour London-Sydney flight

- Associated Press

Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19 1/2 -hour, nonstop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultralong-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.

In this July 17, 2014, file photo, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site of MH17 passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, that left 298 people killed. An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, that evidence suggests links between Russia and rebels in the region were closer than previously believed. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels

- Associated Press

An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links between Russia and separatists in the region were closer than previously believed.

In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Gary Jones, United Auto Workers president, speaks during the opening of their contract talks with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Auburn Hills, Mich. Jones is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation of corruption in the union. The UAW said Jones requested the leave, which is effective Sunday, Nov. 3. The federal government has been investigating fraud and misuse of funds at the UAW for more than two years. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

UAW president taking leave amid corruption probe

Associated Press

The United Auto Workers announced Saturday that President Gary Jones is taking a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation of corruption within the union.

In this Jan. 2, 2014, file photo, a Fiat logo pictured on a car in Milan, Italy. Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, confirmed that it is in talks with French rival PSA Peugeot, its second bid this year to reshape the global auto industry facing huge challenges with the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot to create fourth-biggest carmaker

- Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot said Thursday they have agreed to merge to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker with enough scale to confront big shifts in the industry, including a race to develop electric cars and driverless technologies.

WTO says U.S. can slap $7.5B in tariffs on EU goods for Airbus case

- Associated Press

The World Trade Organization says the United States can impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of goods from the European Union as retaliation for illegal subsidies that the bloc gave to plane-maker Airbus — a record award from the trade body.

First lady Melania Trump, center, and Department of Interior assistant secretary Rob Wallace, left, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington to re-open the Washington Monument, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. The monument has been closed to the public for renovations since August 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Melania Trump joins schoolchildren in reopening of Washington Monument

- The Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump kicked off the Washington Monument’s reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Jeff Reinbold and fourth-graders from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Southwest Washington, among others.

In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks during a major infrastructure investment announcement at transportation headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

Elaine Chao ethics probe heats up in House

- The Washington Times

The House Oversight and Reform Committee stepped up its conflict of interest investigation into Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, demanding Monday that she turn over documents related to communications with her family’s shipping business.

United Auto Workers picket on the south side of the General Motors Lake Orion Assembly plant in Lake Orion, Mich., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)

Auto strike idles more than 50 GM factories and warehouses

- Associated Press

More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday against General Motors, bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill in the union’s first walkout against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade.

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.

In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa listens to questions from the media during a news conference at the global headquarters in Yokohama, west of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Nissan board says chief has resigned, successor to be named

- Associated Press

Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa tendered his resignation Monday after acknowledging that he had received dubious income and vowed to pass the leadership of the Japanese automaker to a new generation.

A girl on a bicycle pedals around the Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument in the background in Washington Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Tourism officials say Washington drew a record 20.2 million visitors last year, with increases in international and domestic visitors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

‘Not safe for us’: Plan for bike lanes divides Woodley Place

An eight-year conflict has engulfed a narrow slice of Woodley Park, pitting residents against bicyclists in the Northwest neighborhood — and their struggle reflects similar tensions in other parts of the District.

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.