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  • Israel Returns to Virus Lockdown as Cases Mount

    JERUSALEM (AP) --Israel went back into a full lockdown on Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting.

  • Ex-Pence Adviser Says Trump Bungled Virus; She's For Biden

    WASHINGTON (AP) --A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake...

  • Satellite Images Show N. Korea Preparing for Military Parade

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) --North Korea is preparing for a massive military parade in its capital to mark the 75th anniversary of its ruling party next month, satellite images indicated Friday, even as the country strengthens its anti-coronavirus measures.

  • Trump Heats Up Culture War in Appeal to Wisconsin Voters

    President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago.

  • FBI Director Says Antifa is an Ideology, Not an Organization

    WASHINGTON (AP) --FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group.

  • Peru President Faces Impeachment Vote Amid Pandemic Turmoil

    LIMA, Peru (AP) --Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra's job is on the line Friday as opposition lawmakers push through an impeachment hearing criticized as a hasty and poorly timed ouster attempt in one of the countries hardest hit by the...

  • Tropical-like Storm Batters Greek Islands, Causes Outages

    Hurricane-force winds and heavy rain battered several islands off the western coast of Greece, causing power outages and road closures Friday as authorities in nearby mainland areas remained on alert.

  • US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail

    A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

  • Global Shares Mixed on Friday

    Global shares were mixed Friday, with investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • USDA will likely release details of a new coronavirus aid program once President Donald Trump makes an announcement. The new aid program comes as Congress debates adding money to the Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) and farm groups push for more money in the fund. (DTN file photo)

    More Aid for Ag, But Also for Oil

    President Donald Trump will go into a Wisconsin rally to announce a new $13 billion aid bill, while at the same time, his administration is drawing scrutiny over reports that the oil industry could get direct subsidies from a USDA fund. The Commodity Credit...

  • Wall Street Slumps on Big Tech

    Another slide in technology companies helped pull stocks lower on Wall Street Thursday, extending losses from the day before.

  • Wall Street Slumps Thursday

    U.S. stocks are slumping Thursday morning as Wall Street continues to swirl after the Federal Reserve said it will keep interest rates at nearly zero for years to help nurse the wheezing economy.

  • DTN Oil

    Oil futures and Brent crude moved mixed in overnight trade following Wednesday's rally and ahead of a compliance meeting among members of the OPEC and Russia-led allies scheduled for Thursday afternoon when the producer group is expected to extend...

  • Biden Under Pressure to Unveil List of Potential Court Picks

    ATLANTA (AP) --Joe Biden is resisting calls from President Donald Trump and even some fellow Democrats to release his list of potential Supreme Court picks seven months after he pledged to name the first Black female justice.

  • Barr Takes Aim at Prosecutors Inside His Own Justice Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) --Attorney General William Barr took aim at his own Justice Department on Wednesday night, criticizing prosecutors for behaving as “headhunters" in their pursuit of prominent targets and for...

  • UK Defends Planned Brexit Deal Breach as Biden Slams Move

    LONDON (AP) --The British government struggled Thursday to overcome American opposition to its plans to breach the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union, after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden became the latest U.S.

  • In Reversal, Intelligence Panels to Get Election Briefings

    WASHINGTON (AP) --The Trump administration has agreed to provide in-person briefings on threats to the November election to key members of Congress, backing down from a decision last month to provide that information only in writing.

  • Fed Sees Rates Near Zero Through 2023, Perhaps Longer

    WASHINGTON (AP) --With the economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic recession, Federal Reserve policymakers signaled Wednesday that their benchmark short-term interest rate will likely remain at zero at least through 2023 and possibly...

  • Mayors Vow to Launch Guaranteed Income Programs Across US

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) --A growing number of mayors across the country support giving cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they can spend it — part of a growing movement to establish a guaranteed minimum income to combat...

  • At Least 1 Dead, Hundreds Rescued After Hurricane Sally

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) --Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, killing at least one person, swamping homes and forcing the rescue of hundreds as it...

  • Trump Disputes Health Officials, Sees Mass Vaccinations Soon

    Openly contradicting the government's top health experts, President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus could be ready as early as next month and in mass distribution soon after, undermining...

  • Report: Feds Considered Using 'Heat Ray' on DC Protesters

    WASHINGTON (AP) --A military whistleblower says federal officials sought some unusual crowd control devices — including one that's been called a “heat ray” — to deal with protesters outside the White House on the June day that...

What DTN Is Watching

Friday's only official report is the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, set for 9 a.m. CDT. Exports sales remain closely watched as do the latest weather forecasts for the U.S. and South America. Federal Reserve officials continue to share their views in public talks after the Fed said Wednesday it was committed to keeping interest rates near zero.

Weather

Another day of dry and mild conditions is in store for all major crop areas Friday. This pattern remains favorable for row crop ripening and harvest along with winter wheat planting. Tropical Depression Twenty-Two in the western Gulf of Mexico will be monitored for possible impact on the south Texas coast. Meanwhile, wildfire danger and smoke issues remain in effect throughout the West.