American Airlines, Delta, United to require facial coverings on U.S. flights

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three of the largest four U.S. airlines said Thursday they will require passengers to wear facial coverings on U.S. flights, joining JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) in taking the step to address the spread of the coronavirus and convince reluctant passengers to resume flying.

FILE PHOTO: Canceled flights are seen on an airport screen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in New Orleans, Louisiana U.S., April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

United Airlines (UAL.O), Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) and American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O), along with the smaller

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Boeing raises $25 billion in blowout debt sale

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(Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) raised $25 billion in a bond offering on Thursday, a blowout result for the planemaker, which is shoring up its finances during the coronavirus-induced travel downturn.

FILE PHOTO: A Boeing logo is seen at the company’s facility in Everett after it was announced that their 777X model will make its first test flight later in the week in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Boeing’s capital raise, first reported by Reuters earlier this week, is the sixth-largest investment-grade bond offering of all time and the biggest year-to-date, according to Refinitiv data.

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Trump threatens new tariffs on China as U.S. mulls retaliatory action over virus

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his hard-fought trade deal with China was now of secondary importance to the coronavirus pandemic and he threatened new tariffs on Beijing, as his administration crafted retaliatory measures over the outbreak.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus response during a meeting with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Trump’s sharpened rhetoric against China reflected his growing frustration with Beijing over the pandemic, which has cost tens of thousands of lives

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Amgen studying Otezla for coronavirus, looking into other treatments

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(Reuters) – Amgen Inc (AMGN.O) on Thursday reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and said it plans to study psoriasis drug Otezla as a potential treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

FILE PHOTO: An Amgen sign is seen at the company’s office in South San Francisco, California October 21, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo

It also maintained its earnings forecast for the year, citing continued growth in sales of new drugs despite the ongoing pandemic.

Oral drugs like Otezla have benefited from coronavirus fears that have kept patients away from rival medicines that must by administered

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