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Toyota to Pay $16.4M US Fine

But automaker won't admit hiding defects from feds

(Newser) - Toyota is expected to agree today to pay a record $16.4 million US fine after a 4-month delay in reporting the "sticky pedal" defect that led to a massive recall. Toyota has decided not to challenge the government penalty, but will not admit it knowingly hid evidence of... More »

GOP's LaHood Will Take Transportation Post

Illinois congressman was retiring from seat

(Newser) - Barack Obama has chosen Illinois congressman Ray LaHood, a Republican, for the post of transportation secretary, Bloomberg reports. Obama is expected to make the announcement by the end of the week. LaHood, 63, had already announced his retirement from Congress this year after seven terms. He has a reputation for... More »

Prez Orders Action to Reduce Flight Delays

Panel will produce plan to cut traffic at Kennedy Airport by end of year

(Newser) - After a summer of nightmarish ordeals for airline passengers, President Bush yesterday ordered his transportation secretary to sit down with the airlines and do something to reduce delays and improve treatment of travelers by next summer. “There’s a lot of anger amongst our citizens about the fact that,... More »

Late Flights Hit All-Time Record

More than a million flights delayed so far

(Newser) - More than a million airline flights on the 20 biggest carriers have been late so far this year— keeping the US airline industry on track for the worst year for delays on record, reports Reuters. The flight most often delayed in the month of July was a Delta route from... More »

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