David Schaper David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

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U.N. Agency Sets New Standards For Tracking Aircraft In Flight

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Winter Storm Snarls Air Traffic Throughout Northeast

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One of many relatives who waited in vain for news of loved ones aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The NTSB hopes to get faster answers by requiring better technology, especially on planes that fly over large bodies of water. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

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Private Sector Included In Plan To Finance Infrastructure Repairs

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NTSB: D.C. Metro Incident Highlights Need To Improve Transit Safety

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FAA Clarifies Fuel Tax Rule, Municipalities To Lose Needed Funds

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In Midwest, Bitterly Cold Temps Keep Students At Home

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Chicago Officials Spar With South Dakota Over Airport Ads

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Fuel prices have plummeted this year, but airfares have remained high. The International Air Transport Association estimates that the world's airlines will rake in nearly $20 billion in profits this year. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

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A couple walks on the beach in the resort area of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is home to upscale hotels and resorts that cater to foreign tourists, but there aren't yet enough to handle a potential influx of Americans. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

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Thomas Harden of Chicago pumps gas into his truck. He says he wouldn't support a gas tax increase. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

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Thanksgiving Travelers Will Need An Extra Helping Of Patience

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