USDA identifies some of the mysterious, unsolicited seeds after all 50 states issue warnings

N’dea Yancey-Bragg USA TODAY Published 3:21 PM EDT Jul 31, 2020 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified 14 different kinds of seeds in the mysterious packages that appear to have been sent unsolicited from China to people around the country. All 50 states have issued warnings about the packages some of which contain flowering plantsContinue reading “USDA identifies some of the mysterious, unsolicited seeds after all 50 states issue warnings”

Key Words: Bryan Cranston reveals he’s recovering from coronavirus: ‘Keeping wearing the damn mask’

He is the one who masks. Bryan Cranston has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 “a little while ago” — and he wants everyone to mask up and practice social distancing. The decorated Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor perhaps best known for playing chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White on the critically-acclaimed AMC series “BreakingContinue reading “Key Words: Bryan Cranston reveals he’s recovering from coronavirus: ‘Keeping wearing the damn mask’”

Dems, GOP lash out as stimulus package talks turn sour, $600 unemployment boost ends

Christal Hayes and Courtney Subramanian USA TODAY Published 1:07 PM EDT Jul 31, 2020 WASHINGTON – The discussions over another stimulus package turned testy Friday as Democrats and Republicans each blamed the other for their inability to come to an agreement just hours before a $600 weekly unemployment benefit for Americans officially ends. In dueling press conferences, White HouseContinue reading “Dems, GOP lash out as stimulus package talks turn sour, $600 unemployment boost ends”

Market Extra: What does a stratospheric rally for gold mean for the stock market?

Gold is on a historic tilt, surpassing records that have stood for decades and taking aim at a psychologically round-number level above $2,000. The rush for bullion, unsurprisingly comes amid the worst public-health crisis in generations, but what does the climb in the centuries-old haven asset mean for stocks over the longer term? Gold GOLD,Continue reading “Market Extra: What does a stratospheric rally for gold mean for the stock market?”

Biggest coronavirus vaccine deal yet: $2.1 billion to Sanofi/GSK for up to 100 million doses

Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY Published 1:29 PM EDT Jul 31, 2020 The United States announced Friday it will pay French pharmaceutical company Sanofi and Great Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline up to $2.1 billion to test and produce 100 million doses of an experimental coronavirus vaccine. More than half of the money will support further development and early-stage clinical trials toContinue reading “Biggest coronavirus vaccine deal yet: $2.1 billion to Sanofi/GSK for up to 100 million doses”

The Margin: RIP Buddy: The first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the U.S. has died

If we’re still learning about how the coronavirus spreads among humans, and why some people get so much sicker than others — then we’ve barely scratched the surface with what it does to pets.  While the number of animals infected worldwide remains relatively low, the first U.S. dog to test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the novelContinue reading “The Margin: RIP Buddy: The first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the U.S. has died”

Homeland Security gathered intelligence on journalists covering Portland protests

Kevin Johnson USA TODAY Published 11:26 AM EDT Jul 31, 2020 Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has ordered an investigation into agency’s intelligence unit which assembled reports on journalists covering the unrest in Portland. The reports focused on the reporters’ use of leaked information about the agency’s operations in Portland where the federal deployment wasContinue reading “Homeland Security gathered intelligence on journalists covering Portland protests”