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Thai PM plans driving crackdown after deadly van crash

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister vowed Wednesday to crack down on the country’s private van transportation industry after a fiery crash that killed 25 people. Thailand has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world, and vans — especially used for commuting, but also for inter-provincial travel …

Gov’t announces new steps to protect airline consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying they want to boost competition in the airline industry, Obama administration officials issued new regulations Tuesday aimed at providing passengers with more information to compare the performance of air carriers and the cost of flights. The Department of Transportation also said it was proposing that airlines …

No clothes? No beach. Court rules against Spanish naturists

MADRID (AP) — Nudists have lost a seven-year legal battle for access to a popular tourist resort beach on Spain’s southwestern tip. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Spanish Federation of Naturism against local government legislation prohibiting nudists to use beaches within the historic port city of Cadiz. …

TSA head: Expect more airport security delays despite funds

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration warned travelers Friday to expect long airport security lines to continue during the peak summer travel season despite Congress’ shifting of $34 million to the agency. Peter Neffenger briefed officials in Chicago on Friday about efforts to address crushing delays …

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 …

Airlines dodge legislation aimed at curbing excessive fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines are unfairly gouging consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes. The Senate commerce committee approved by a voice vote a bill to continue …

Transportation Chief: 5 Airlines probed for price-gouging

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service. The Transportation Department sent letters on Friday to Delta, American, United, Southwest …