NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A State Department spokeswoman says a man who ranted about national security and repeatedly screamed "I'm dead" during a flight from Hong Kong to New Jersey once worked at the agency. The spokeswoman says the passenger ended his time at the department in 2006. Officials say the man started screaming nine hours into Monday's 15-hour flight to Newark Liberty Airport.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amtrak's president says long-distance trains and some short-haul routes would be jeopardized and service in the busy Northeast corridor might have to be slowed if proposed federal subsidy cuts become reality. Iowa Republican Congressman Tom Latham is proposing a fiscal 2014 transportation budget that includes $950 million in operating and capital subsidies for Amtrak.
NEW YORK (AP) - The mayors of New York, Newark and 16 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a letter to congressional leaders, the mayors say it's time to test and evaluate approaches limiting the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages, in the interest of fighting obesity and related diseases.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - NJ Transit has expanded real-time information to 110 bus routes in northern New Jersey. MyBus Now was launched as a pilot program in the Trenton area in 2012. It was expanded to southern New Jersey and Philadelphia-area buses in April. "Smart bus" technology is used to provide customers with access to real-time bus arrival estimates.
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