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  • Australia Asks EU to Stop Blocking Vaccine Exports

    BRUSSELS (AP) -- Australia is seeking assurances from the European Union's executive arm that future shipments of vaccines will not be blocked, after Italy banned a large export of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shots.

  • Florida Governor Faces Growing Claims of Vaccine Favoritism

    MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials came under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in Key Largo received hundreds of life-saving vaccinations as early as...

  • By Slimmest of Margins, Senate Takes Up $1.9T Relief Bill

    The Senate is beginning debate on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden's top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber.

  • Georgia GOP Leaders Who Stood Up to Trump Back Voting Bills

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won wide praise last fall for firmly rejecting then-President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud. But now that those claims have spawned an effort to tighten...

  • China Boosts Defense Spending by 6.8% Amid Debt, Pandemic

    BEIJING (AP) -- China is increasing its defense spending by 6.8% in 2021 as it works to maintain a robust upgrading of the armed forces despite high government debt and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • San Francisco Paying $16.1 Million for Homeless Tent Camps

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco is paying $16.1 million to feed and house people in tent villages as the city struggles with a swelling homeless population. But the cost worries some lawmakers.

  • Capitol Police Chief Appeals for National Guard to Stay

    Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has appealed to congressional leaders to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan...

  • Shares Slip In Asia on Friday

    World shares and U.S. futures fell Friday after surging U.S. bond yields renewed selling pressure on high-flying technology companies.

  • US Stocks Fall as Bond Yields Rise

    Technology companies led another broad sell-off on Wall Street Thursday as a spike in bond yields put more pressure on the market's high-flying stocks.

  • US Stocks Drop After Powell Remarks

    Stocks turned lower on Wall Street Thursday as bond yields made another upward spike, renewing pressure on high-flying technology stocks.

  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Senate Agriculture ranking member John Boozman, R-Ark., are taking opposing positions on President Joe Biden's aid package that senators are starting to debate. (Official Senate portraits)

    Senate Ag Split on Aid Package

    The Senate begins taking up a $1.9 trillion spending bill Thursday afternoon, though debate and votes could be delayed because Republican senators want a full reading of the $1.9 trillion spending bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman and...

  • US Stocks Turn Lower Thursday

    Stocks were lower in morning trading on Thursday as investors wait to hear from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell later in the day and ahead of the government's monthly jobs report due out on Friday.

  • DTN Oil

    Oil futures and Brent crude softened in early trade Thursday amid chatter Saudi Arabia and Russia are discussing a proposal for a joint output increase of around 1 million bpd beginning in April.

  • House Passes Sweeping Voting Rights Bill Over GOP Opposition

    House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation.

  • US-China Tensions Threaten Global Climate Change Efforts

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world's hopes for curbing climate change hinge on action by two giant nations whose relations are deteriorating: China and the United States. The two countries both say they are intent on retooling their economies to burn less...

  • Photos Show North Korea May Be Trying to Extract Plutonium

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium to make more nuclear weapons at its main atomic complex, recent satellite photos indicated, weeks after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to expand his nuclear arsenal.

  • Water Crisis Continues in Mississippi, Weeks After Cold Snap

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's largest city is still struggling with water problems more than two weeks after winter storms and freezing weather ravaged the system in Jackson, knocking out water for drinking and making it impossible for many to...

  • Police Uncover 'Possible Plot' by Militia to Breach Capitol

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic...

  • AP Interview: DOE Reviving Loan Program, Granholm Says

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its clean-energy agenda, the Biden administration is reviving an Energy Department program that disbursed billions of dollars in loan guarantees to companies such as electric car maker Tesla and the failed solar company...

  • OPEC Cartel, Allies Face Decision on Increasing Oil Output

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Members of oil producer cartel OPEC and allied countries are weighing an increase in production now that prices have recovered to near their pre-pandemic levels.

  • Dems Tighten Relief Benefits, Firm Up Support for Virus Bill

    President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate.

  • Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of...

  • House Panel Seeks Storm Documents From Texas Grid Operator

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the Texas power grid, seeking information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter storm that caused millions of power outages and...

What DTN Is Watching

Friday morning's reports start at 7:30 a.m. CST with U.S. nonfarm payrolls and February unemployment from the U.S. Labor Department and the January trade deficit from the U.S. Census Bureau. Later Friday morning, USDA will release more specific export data for January. The latest weather forecasts will also be noted, along with any export sales news that might appear.


Light to moderate rain showers are in store for much of the Southern Plains Friday. Moisture will be important for winter wheat ahead of exiting dormancy. Other crop areas will be dry. Temperatures will be much above normal in northern areas and seasonal to above normal elsewhere.