The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. It has a deal to secure up to 100 million doses of the potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Koca said the first shipment of three million doses of CoronaVac would be shipped to Turkey on Sunday and arrive Monday. He said Turkey could get 4.5 million doses until the end of March and would have the option buy up to 30 million doses. Indonesia has reported nearly 700,000 COVID-19 cases, the largest caseload in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.1 million confirmed cases.
The Latest: Brazil is latest to ban flights from Britain
A demonstrator wears a face shield with a red handprint, mimicking blood, to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. ___NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dozens of Tennessee hospitals have stopped taking transfer patients because they are overwhelmed during one of the nation’s worst recent outbreaks of COVID-19 cases. ___DENVER — Colorado has started vaccinating correctional workers as the state sees a surge of coronavirus cases in its prisons. ___BOSTON — Help is on the way for Massachusetts small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, with Gov. COVID-19 cases have been declining in New Mexico, but the economic fallout from the pandemic continues.
Train cars carrying crude oil derail, burn north of Seattle
A firefighter sprays foam on a burning, derailed train car Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Custer, Wash. Officials say seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed and five caught fire north of Seattle and close to the Canadian border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed Tuesday and five caught fire, sending a large black plume of smoke into the sky north of Seattle close to the Canadian border, authorities said. The seven cars derailed at about 11:46 a.m. Tuesday, BNSF Railway spokesperson Courtney Wallace said at the news conference. Krogh said crude oil is volatile and there are often track maintenance concerns. "Clearly there may be more work to do.”Custer, a small town of several hundred people, is about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Seattle.
Boeing will consolidate Dreamliner production in South Carolina as demand drops
The Boeing Co. manufacturing facility stands in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on Monday, May 4, 2020. Boeing on Thursday said it plans to consolidate its 787 Dreamliner production at its South Carolina facility next year, a bid to lower costs amid weak demand, marking a blow for its Seattle-area production hub. Boeing said mid-2021 was its "best estimate" for the start of the production consolidation in South Carolina. Boeing employs about 7,000 people in South Carolina and close to 70,000 in Washington state, according to its most recent counts. "As the economy comes back and air travel returns, I will fight to bring 787 production back to Everett."cnbc.com
House lawmakers close to introducing a bill to increase FAA oversight after Boeing 737 Max crashes
An employee works near a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at Boeing's 737 Max production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. December 16, 2019. The 737 Max has been grounded worldwide for nearly a year after two crashes one in Indonesia in October 2018 and another in Ethiopia in March 2019 killed all 346 people aboard. The House committee is still seeking to interview more Boeing employees and "a lot" of communications from the FAA about the Max, DeFazio said. "The FAA has been transparent to an unprecedented degree with the Committee on matters related to the Boeing 737 Max," the agency said in a statement. In messages from April 2017, one Boeing employee told another: "This airplane is designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys."cnbc.com