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In August 2009, there were 66 flights with passengers were stranded in planes for more than 3 hours, the DOT said. In August 2010, there was only one such incident, the department said Tuesday.
U.S. airlines made the improvement without any change in the rate of canceled flights, which could have affected the data.
The lone flight delay that left passengers stranded past the DOT maximum was a United Airlines flight leaving San Juan, Puerto Rico, that was a diverted flight.
Kelly Stowe of the state Department of Transportation said the Highway 8 rest area was closed at 5 p.m. Sunday due to the bear's position in a tree between the parking area for trucks and the restrooms, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Tuesday.
"The bear is still there," Stowe said. "It's up in a tree, and so our maintenance crews are out -- they've cordoned off the area."
The state Department of Fish & Wildlife said officers can't remove the bear because it could fall from the tree and injure itself if hit with a tranquilizer dart.
The beleaguered Japanese automaker was fined earlier this month after the National Highways Traffic Safety (NHTSA) asserted that Toyota knowingly suppressed information related to faults in its accelerator pedals.
The automaker has nearly 30 days to pay the fine, which was levied on April 5 by the NHTSA. Toyota will pay the full amount within this time frame, an official told Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Toyota’s move may trigger pending lawsuits
The antitrust immunity approval by the Department of Transportation (DOT), which is subject to 90 day comment period, will allow the two carriers--part of Oneworld alliance that consists of eleven of the world's biggest airlines--to jointly price, market, and schedule flights without the fear of infringing the anti-trust law.
Hailing the approval, Will Ris, American Airlines’ senior vice president said in a statement, “We are pleased that DOT has agreed that it is in the best interest of the traveling public.”
Roger Wetherell, a spokesman for Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, said the Australian miniature shepherd, Fesgahi, escaped from its kennel about 3 p.m. Monday while it was being unloaded from an Alaska Airlines flight. The dog was discovered by airport police and wildlife officials at about 2 a.m. Thursday, the Anchorage Daily News said Friday.
Wetherell said the dog was found in some brush near the airport's fire station and its owner was called to coax the canine out of its hiding place. The spokesman said the 10-month-old dog appeared to be in good health.
Raleigh, N.C. -- A former North Carolina Department of Transportation worker who was fired after sleeping on the job five times has filed a complaint with the state.
Elsie Hinton, who was fired from her position as an artist in the department's communications office after she was caught sleeping on the job for the fifth time in July, claims in her complaint with the state Office of Administrative Hearings that she dozed off in her workplace because she suffers from sleep apnea and had been missing sleep due to a malfunctioning breathing mask, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Wednesday.
Her complaint alleges discrimination based on a "handicapping condition."
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