Judges scrutinize Obama-era truck trailer emissions rule

By Alex Guillén 09/15/2020 01:45 PM EDT A panel of federal judges struggled in a court hearing on Tuesday with questions over whether the federal government can set fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits for truck trailers separately from the tractor cabs that pull them. The Obama administration issued the first-ever fuel economy and […]

United CEO sees low air travel until a widely available vaccine

By Jesse Naranjo 09/13/2020 01:33 PM EDT United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said on Sunday that, while he believes it’s safe to fly now, he doesn’t see air travel returning to pre-pandemic levels until a coronavirus vaccine is developed and widely distributed. “Our view is, demand is not coming back, people are not going to […]

California, 5 other states removed from tri-state quarantine list

By Anna Gronewold 09/15/2020 03:22 PM EDT Travelers from California and five other states will no longer have to quarantine upon arriving in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to the latest list released Tuesday. For the next week, at least, the tri-state travel advisory includes 30 states and territories. In addition to California, […]

Newsom to meet with Trump on wildfires privately near Sacramento

By Carla Marinucci 09/14/2020 12:18 AM EDT OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom will join President Donald Trump for a Monday wildfire briefing near Sacramento with state fire and emergency officials, but the meeting will be private, Newsom officials announced Sunday night. Newsom will then depart separately for his own tour of active fire areas of […]

Houses passes bill to stop forced labor imports from China

By Doug Palmer 09/22/2020 03:57 PM EDT The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation aimed at ensuring that clothing and other products made with the forced labor of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region of China do not enter the United States. “In recent years, the world has […]

FDA unveils long-awaited food traceability rule

By Helena Bottemiller Evich 09/21/2020 05:21 PM EDT The FDA on Monday released a proposed rule that outlines new traceability requirements for the food industry — a move that comes nearly a decade after Congress asked for the policy. The nearly 200-page rule would mandate new recordkeeping requirements for entities manufacturing, packing or storing certain foods that […]

USDA readies $14B more in payouts to farmers

By Ryan McCrimmon 09/18/2020 11:23 AM EDT The Trump administration will begin paying farmers and ranchers a new round of coronavirus aid starting on Monday, which will include money for certain wheat growers who were left out of the first round of payments. How it works: The additional $14 billion is on top of the roughly […]

What’s next in the Senate’s colossal Supreme Court fight

By Kyle Cheney 09/18/2020 11:32 PM EDT Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday instantly ignited a power struggle over whether President Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Senate would choose her successor ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed quickly to hold a vote on a nominee and Trump is expected to make a […]

Where are all the kindergartners? Pandemic creates rare gap year

By Mackenzie Mays 09/18/2020 07:10 PM EDT SACRAMENTO — Amy Neier carefully wrote “first day of kindergarten” on a whiteboard and posed her 5- year-old son Hunter with the sign to capture the milestone she had long waited for. Then Hunter headed off for another year of preschool instead. Neier and parents across the nation […]