ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska kicks off this weekend as usual, after warm winter weather nearly prompted officials to move the start hundreds of miles north to Fairbanks for the first time in a decade.
More funding is needed to address a growing "infrastructure deficit" in the United States, as aging bridges, roads and highways crumble, putting drivers at risk, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in a report on Friday. In the report to Congress, the agency said all levels of the U.S. government would need to spend between $123.7 billion and $145.9 billion per year to maintain and improve the condition of roads and bridges alone. Over two-thirds of the 604,493 bridges in the United States were 26 years old or older as of 2010. Some transit systems were running rail cars more than 30 years old, but the report found that over 75 percent of needed repairs affected other facets of transit systems, such as rail stations, trestles, and power substations.
An anti-union group representing workers at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant on Friday moved to undercut a United Auto Workers challenge of an election in which the union failed to organize the factory, the second such action this week. Southern Momentum, an anti-UAW group overseen by a Chattanooga attorney, filed to intervene in the UAW's objection to the election results to the National Labor Relations Board. In their petition to the NLRB, the workers asked to intervene in the UAW's appeal, saying the union and VW are in collusion to bring unionization to the Chattanooga plant.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Kerry Kennedy was acquitted Friday of drugged driving after she accidentally took a sleeping pill and then sideswiped a truck in a wild highway drive she said she didn't remember.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — Inside pits containing 1.7 million tons of coal ash at the Jefferies Generating Station, the hydraulic arm of a big orange excavator scooped up the toxic gray sludge and dropped it into the back of a dump truck.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regional airlines report difficulty over the past year in finding enough pilots to hire, but it isn't clear whether there is a shortage of pilots, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Both sides in Kerry Kennedy's drugged-driving trial agree she didn't mean to take a sleeping pill before she set out for the gym, veered into a truck and ended up slumped and disoriented at the wheel. But jurors now must decide whether she realized she was impaired and pulled over.