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Amazon Diverts Masks to Hospitals, Pledges Warehouse Safety

An employee collects a package from a conveyor at the Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J., in 2018. An employee collects a package from a conveyor at the Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, N.J., in 2018. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. said it will divert sales of masks and other medical supplies to hospitals and government entities.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2020
Government, Business

IG Audit Shows a General Decline in EPA’s Enforcement, Monitoring Activities

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A new audit conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General has documented a general decline from fiscal years 2006 to 2018 in the EPA’s compliance monitoring activities, enforcement actions and enforcement results.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 2, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Appeals Court Denies Teamsters Motion in California Trucking Association Lawsuit

Traffic in Los Angeles Los Angeles-area traffic. (Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News)

A federal appeals court has denied an effort to temporarily lift a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking California from enforcing a state law that restricts how motor carriers classify independent operators.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 2, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Soars After Trump Says Saudis and Russia Will Cut Production

A drilling platform off the coast of Norway. (Carina Johansen/Bloomberg News)

Oil soared after President Trump said that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut output back by 10 million barrels or more after he spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

April 2, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Tanks at Vital Africa Hub Almost Full as Crude Floods Market

An oil storage tank during construction in Saldanha Bay, South Africa, in 2019. An oil storage tank during construction in Saldanha Bay, South Africa, in 2019. (Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg News)

Oil tanks at one of the world’s largest storage hubs on Africa’s southern tip already are almost full, limiting traders’ options as a historic flood of crude hits the market.

April 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Unemployment Claims Hit 6.6 Million, Competition Mounts for Masks

Food bank workers distribute food at a drive-through location in Omaha, Neb., on March 31. Food bank workers distribute food at a drive-thru location in Omaha, Neb., on March 31. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in a single week, and the competition for masks and other protective gear intensified amid growing evidence that people who are infected but have no symptoms can spread the virus.

April 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Pelosi Looks to Infrastructure for Next Coronavirus Crisis Response

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She says Congress "must take bold action to renew America’s infrastructure." (C-SPAN)

House Democrats’ next legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic will focus on reviving long-standing infrastructure priorities, such as improving freight and commuter mobility.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

House Democrats Push for Infrastructure in Next Coronavirus Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on March 27. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media in the U.S. Capitol on March 27. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next coronavirus stimulus bill should include at least $760 billion over five years for water projects, broadband and transportation — plus $10 billion for community health centers and more for housing and education — as a way to strengthen U.S. infrastructure and the economy.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

US, Global Manufacturing Contracted in March

Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory on March 30. Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory, recently converted to produce N95 masks, on March 30. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
April 1, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump: World’s Biggest Oil Producers to Meet on Market Crash

Lights illuminate oil storage tanks at the RN-Tuapsinsky refinery, in Tuapse, Russia, on March 22. Lights illuminate oil storage tanks at the RN-Tuapsinsky refinery, in Tuapse, Russia, on March 22. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump said the U.S. would meet with Saudi Arabia and Russia with the goal of stanching a historic plunge in oil prices.

April 1, 2020

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