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Government, Business

Hurricane Delta Now Category 2, Roars at Mexico’s Yucatan

An Oct. 5 NASA satellite image shows the close proximity of Tropical Storm Gamma, left, and Hurricane Delta, lower right. An Oct. 5 NASA satellite image shows the close proximity of Tropical Storm Gamma, left, and Hurricane Delta, lower right. (NASA via AP)

Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds Oct. 6 on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then grow to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 on approach to the U.S. Gulf coast this week.

October 6, 2020
Government, Safety

US Traffic Deaths Fell 2% in 2019 for Third Straight Yearly Drop

Early rush hour traffic rolls along I-10 in Phoenix on Jan. 24. Early rush hour traffic rolls along I-10 in Phoenix on Jan. 24. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

Traffic deaths in the U.S. fell for the third consecutive year in 2019, the government’s road safety agency reported.

October 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Lawmakers Propose Tighter Rules for New Airplanes

A Boeing 737 Max jet heads to a landing following a test flight in Seattle on June 29. A Boeing 737 Max jet heads to a landing following a test flight in Seattle on June 29. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Lawmakers who criticized regulators over the way they approved the Boeing 737 Max will propose changing the way that the Federal Aviation Administration certifies new plane designs and uses private-sector employees to perform safety analysis.

September 29, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Gulf Coast Braces for Second Round of Flooding in Sally’s Wake

A boat is washed up near a road in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 16. A boat is washed up near a road in Orange Beach, Ala., on Sept. 16. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Homeowners and businesses along the soggy Gulf Coast began cleaning up Sept. 17 in the wake of Hurricane Sally, even as the region braced for a delayed, second round of flooding in the coming days from rivers and creeks swollen by the storm’s heavy rains.

September 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Hurricane Sally Unleashes Flooding Along the Gulf Coast

A resident watches as flood waters move on the street in Pensacola, Fla. A resident watches as flood waters from Hurricane Sally move on the street in Pensacola, Fla., on Sept. 16. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore in Alabama with 105 mph winds and torrential rain Sept. 16, swamping homes and trapping people in high water along the Gulf Coast as it crept inland for what could be a long, slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.

September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

OPEC Forecasts Lower Demand; BP Sees ‘Peak Oil’ in 2020s

BP says it expects demand for crude oil to peak in the early 2020s. Bernard Looney, CEO of BP, is photographed in London on Sept. 11. The company said it expects crude oil demand to peak in the early 2020s. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Developing countries’ difficulty in containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will keep a lid on global oil demand, particularly in India, the OPEC cartel said Sept. 14 as it cut its forecasts.

September 14, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

House to Investigate DeJoy’s Possible Campaign Law Violations

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be investigated by the House Oversight Committee. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, speaking here during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Aug. 24, will be the subject of a House investigation into possible campaign law violations. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via AP)

House Democrats said Sept. 8 they will investigate whether Postmaster General Louis DeJoy encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance laws.

September 8, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Judge Orders USPS to Provide Info on Service Changes

A judge has ordered the USPS to turn over information regarding service changes. A person deposits mail in a box outside a post office in Cranberry Township, Pa., on Aug. 19. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

A federal judge in Washington state is giving the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service 10 days to turn over records and information about service changes that critics say could undermine mail-in voting in the November election.

August 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Laura’s Leftovers Move East, Leaving a Disaster in Louisiana

Benjamin Luna helps recover items from an Orange, Texas, church destroyed by Hurricane Laura. Benjamin Luna helps recover items from the destroyed children's wing of the First Pentecostal Church in Orange, Texas, on Aug. 27. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.

August 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls

NHTSA is rolling out a free mobile app for auto recall alerts. Early rush hour traffic rolls along an interstate in Phoenix in January. NHTSA is rolling out its SaferCar app, which alerts users to auto recalls. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

The U.S. government’s road safety agency is offering a smartphone app that will alert drivers if their vehicles are recalled.

August 27, 2020

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