Ag, trade officials field calls to curb Mexican produce imports

By Ryan McCrimmon 08/13/2020 01:28 PM EDT Florida lawmakers on Thursday stepped up their calls for the Trump administration to take trade actions against Mexico to stem seasonal produce imports that they say are crushing U.S. fruit and vegetable growers. During a virtual hearing with agriculture and trade officials, they argued that producers in the […]

New unemployment claims fall below 1 million for the first time in five months

By Rebecca Rainey 08/13/2020 08:53 AM EDT New unemployment claims fell last week to 963,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday, the first time in months the figure has been less than 1 million. An additional 488,622 laid-off workers filed for jobless aid under the new pandemic unemployment assistance program, created for those not traditionally eligible […]

DOJ announces largest terrorism-related cryptocurrency seizure

By Kellie Mejdrich 08/13/2020 01:08 PM EDT The Department of Justice on Thursday announced its largest seizure of cryptocurrency related to terrorism- financing campaigns. One of those campaigns involved a sham website called that was funneling money to ISIS while falsely claiming to be selling face masks to protect against the coronavirus, federal officials charged. DOJ […]

Amtrak meets major PTC milestone

By Tanya Snyder 08/13/2020 02:30 PM EDT Amtrak has completed positive train control implementation on all the tracks it owns or controls, the railroad announced Thursday. What that means: PTC equipment is now installed and operable on all 550 Amtrak-owned locomotives, all 160 radio towers and all 898 route miles, and all required employees have completed training. […]

‘Reopen!’ refresh: Trump adds masks, CDC assist in plea for in-person school

By Nicole Gaudiano08/12/2020 08:28 PM EDT Updated: 08/12/2020 09:03 PM EDT President Donald Trump announced a plan Wednesday to send 125 million reusable masks to school districts throughout the country and deploy CDC teams to those that need help reopening for in-person learning. The president’s proposal, still short on public details, follows his continual plea […]

U.S. inks $1.5B deal for Moderna for 100M vaccine doses

By Zachary Brennan 08/11/2020 06:37 PM EDT The U.S. government is purchasing 100 million doses of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine for about $1.5 billion, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday evening. The deal gives the government an option to buy another 400 million doses, HHS said. The agency also said the vaccine […]

Kudlow: Trump’s executive order will stop evictions

By Sarah Cammarata 08/09/2020 11:16 AM EDT White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s executive order on evictions unveiled Saturday will put a full stop to tenants being evicted, an assertion disputed by CNN host Dana Bash. “The health secretary has the authority, working with the CDC to declare it […]