Government, Business, Safety

Negotiators Near Agreement on Long-Delayed COVID-19 Aid Bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by Associated Press Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) by Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Top congressional leaders are closing in on an agreement on a long-delayed COVID-19 relief package, hoping to seal a deal as early as Dec. 16.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Drones Could Help Bridge the Economic, Social Divides for Vaccine Distribution

Drone in the air Drones could be used to get the COVID-19 vaccines to remote and impoverished areas off Florida's coast. (Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg News)

The challenge of ensuring equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is one of global scale, and the city of Miami provides a backdrop for the social and economic divides that the medical community must overcome.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
December 16, 2020
Government, Business

Retail Sales Fall 1.1% in November for Biggest Drop in Seven Months

Nearly empty strip mall parking lot A nearly empty parking lot at the Mall of New Hampshire on Dec. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, the biggest drop in seven months, as Americans held back on spending at the start of the holiday shopping season.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Seeks Liability Protections as Congress Debates New COVID-19 Aid

Truck driver wearing mask A truck driver wears a mask. American Trucking Associations in a Dec. 11 letter asked congressional leaders to include provisions on the matter of liability protection for truckers. (andresr/Getty Images)

As lawmakers work on legislation that will provide additional relief funds to the transportation sector, the trucking industry is asking Congress to include provisions that ensure liability protection for motor carriers on the front lines of the coronavirus relief effort.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Trucks Carry First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Hospitals Across the US

UPS truck leaves Pfizer A UPS truck loaded with COVID-19 vaccine leaves the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant on Dec. 13. (Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press)

As the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine begin to ship, trucking experts on the ground level of the distribution effort said the logistical elements are in place for a successful rollout of an estimated 50 million doses of the vaccine between now and the end of January.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 15, 2020
Government, Fuel

OPEC’s President Says Oil Cartel Cannot Rush Output Increases

Oil production Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News

The president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries reiterated that the oil producers’ cartel shouldn’t rush to increase output early next year and said energy demand was still fragile with the coronavirus raging across parts of the world.

December 15, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Crunch Time for COVID-19 Relief as Bipartisan Bills Unveiled

Capitol Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers was unveiling a detailed COVID-19 aid proposal Dec. 14 as Congress labored toward a final agreement on a new round of virus relief.

Andrew Taylor | Associated Press
December 14, 2020
Government, Business

The Coronavirus Crisis

Government, Business, Logistics

Federal Maritime Commission Worries About Delays at Ports

Port of New York Port Jersey Marine Terminal in 2018 by Craig Warga/Bloomberg News

The leadership of the Federal Maritime Commission says it is becoming worried that ocean carriers may be assessing unfair detention and demurrage charges at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 14, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

UPS, FedEx Trucks Begin Vaccine Shipments

A UPS truck loaded with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine A UPS truck loaded with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine leaves the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., Dec. 13, 2020. (Morry Gash, Pool/Associated Press)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States headed Dec. 13 from Michigan to distribution centers across the country, with the first shots expected to be given in the coming week to health care workers and at nursing homes.

December 13, 2020

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