• Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers that subsidize...

  • In about-face, Ryanair recognizes unions to avert strikes

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Budget carrier Ryanair said Friday it is reversing its longstanding refusal to recognize pilots' unions in a bid to avert strikes in several European countries over the busy Christmas season. Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the airline wants to ease customers'...

  • Berlin's much-delayed new airport slated to open in 2020

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Officials say they plan to open Berlin's new airport, a project notorious for repeated delays, in 2020 — nearly a decade after it was first slated to start operations. News agency dpa reports that supervisory board chairman Rainer Bretschneider said Friday that managers...

  • Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt signed a deal on Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break, officials announced. Moscow suspended flights to Egypt after a bomb by the local Islamic State affiliate...

  • Germany extends facial recognition test at rail station

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. The tests used high-quality pictures of more than 200 volunteers to identify them as they passed...

  • Montana Republican gets behind Yellowstone mining ban

    Yesterday

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is sponsoring legislation to withdraw land near Yellowstone National Park from future mining, after describing an identical Senate measure as "dead on arrival" in the House. Gianforte spokesman Travis Hall said the Republican has...

  • More than 200 people sickened onboard Ovation of Seas cruise

    Yesterday

    More than 200 people became sick and five were hospitalized in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship earlier this month. Symptoms were reported by 209 guests among the 5,796 people aboard Ovation of the Seas ship, according to Royal Caribbean...

  • AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year's

    Yesterday

    Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Auto club AAA said Thursday that 107 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1, a 3.1 percent increase over last year. It's the ninth straight...

  • Greenway, Ellis to be in South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame

    Yesterday

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two former professional athletes are being inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame next year. Linebacker Chad Greenway of Mount Vernon led Stickney-Mount Vernon to a state football title, earned All-American honors at the University of Iowa and then...

  • Thousands of passengers affected by Niki airline's grounding

    Yesterday

    BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of European travelers could be left stranded by the bankruptcy of Austrian budget carrier Niki. The airline ceased flight operations Thursday. Hopes for a swift rescue of Niki, a division of bankrupt Air Berlin, were dashed Wednesday when Lufthansa dropped its...

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