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Controversial Kenyan railway plan divides conservationists

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A controversial Chinese-designed railway that would go over a beloved protected wildlife park in Kenya’s capital has divided conservationists in this East African country known for its safari tourism. Some are staging protests even as other wildlife experts insist the project is environmentally sound. Nairobi enjoys …

Futuristic plan for NY includes LED bridge lighting in color

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a far-reaching futuristic plan for the city that includes color LED illumination of bridges, completely automated toll booths and driver facial recognition cameras for tighter anti-terrorism security. “So much in today’s world is about the immediate, it’s about the here and now, …

Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails

ZARAZA, Venezuela (AP) — It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America’s first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains. Now all but abandoned, it has become a symbol of economic collapse — and a strategic relationship gone …

Chance of “transportation Armageddon”? 25 percent says study

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lengthy environmental studies could increase the likelihood that the 106-year-old rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York City would have to close for repairs before a new tunnel is built, a situation one lawmaker has referred to previously as a “transportation Armageddon,” a study released …

Cambodia’s zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

BOUSRA, Cambodia (AP) — For generations, the indigenous Bunong were famous as the great elephant keepers and masters of the forests in eastern Cambodia. They called the fertile, rolling hills of their ancestral homeland “meh ne,” or mother — a source of food, livelihoods and self-identity. From its rich red …

WiFi, cell service: Big changes coming to NYC subway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dropped calls, lost connections and sputtering phone batteries will soon be a thing of the past on the New York subway system, thanks to efforts to bring the nation’s busiest transit system into the 21st century. Wi-Fi service will be extended to all underground subway stations …