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Fuel Truck Crashes in LA, 2 Dead and Major Freeway Closed

U.S. News

A fuel tanker truck crashed and burned early Friday on a highway near Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people and causing a massive traffic jam that forced travelers to abandon their vehicles and walk off the freeway with their luggage, authorities said.

Bomb scare at Phoenix airport caused by unattended rental car; police say driver likely just getting parking ticket

FOX News

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport officials are starting to restore normal operations after temporarily closing Terminal 4. (Google Maps) The driver responsible for leaving an unattended rental car near a terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday -- and throwing Terminal 4 into chaos as a result -- will likely just get a parking ticket. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport officials announced shortly after 11 a.m. that operations were finally returning to normal after shutting down Terminal 4 "as a precaution" during a police investigation into the unattended vehicle. They had initially shut down part of the Arizona airport and evacuated all passengers after someone called to report a suspicious rental car left in a curb lane at the airport nearly 4 hours earlier, AZ Central reported. Update - Operations are returning to normal at Terminal 4. Travelers are encouraged to continue to check their flight status with their airlines. The terminal closure caused flight delays and cancellations of 34 Southwest flights.

CES 2020: A smart city oasis


Like the city that hosts the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) there is a lot of noise on the show floor. Sifting through the lights, sounds and people can be an arduous task even for the most experienced CES attendees. Hidden past the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is a walkway to a tech oasis housed in the Westgate Hotel. This new area hosting SmartCity/IoT innovations is reminiscent of the old Eureka Park complete with folding tables and ballroom carpeting. The fact that such enterprises require their own area separate from the main halls of the LVCC and the startup pavilions of the Sands Hotel is an indication of how urbanization is being redefined by artificial intelligence.

Elon Musk tweets photo of LA-area transport tunnel

The Japan Times

HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA – Billionaire Elon Musk has released a photograph of a tunnel he's building under a Los Angeles suburb to test a novel transportation concept for a system that would move people underground in their personal cars rather than by subway trains. The founder of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted during the weekend that the tunnel was 500 feet (150 meters) so far and should be 2 miles (3.2 km) long in three or four months. In August, the Hawthorne City Council granted a permit allowing an underground extension of approximately 2 miles from SpaceX property, crossing under a corner of the municipal airport and beneath city streets to a point about a mile east of Los Angeles International Airport. Musk also tweeted that hopefully in a year or so the tunnel would stretch along the Interstate 405 corridor from LAX to U.S. Highway 101 in the San Fernando Valley, which would require approval from other governments. That span is about 27 km.

How to save money on your next Lyft or Uber ride at San Francisco's airport

Los Angeles Times

Fliers traveling into San Francisco International Airport can save $3 on their next Uber X or Lyft ride by being picked up at the airport's parking garage instead of curbside. It's an effort to improve traffic congestion at SFO while keeping convenience and costs low for ride-hailing customers, according to a recent airport statement. To get the discount, passengers select "garage pickup" when they book at each company's app. The discount went into effect March 1. Last summer, the airport reconfigured its domestic hourly parking garage to provide an alternate area for ride-share companies.