Single passenger flights: The daily woes of airlines, and the crew still working

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(Reuters) – When Reuters photographer Carlos Barria boarded American Airlines flight 4511 from Washington Reagan National Airport to New Orleans on Friday for an assignment, he was the only passenger on the 76-seat jet.

A flight attendant waits for the departure of a one-passenger flight between Washington and New Orleans as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“There were some awkward moments,” Barria said.

Like when the gate agent announced a formal boarding process only to remember that Barria was the sole passenger who would board, or when the pilot approached

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Capital One says it won’t use CFTC waiver related to oil lending

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lender Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N) said on Saturday it would not use a U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) waiver after commodity price volatility lifted the bank’s derivatives exposure toward a key regulatory threshold.

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a Capital One banking center in New York’s financial district January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The exemption relieved the firm from a requirement to register as a “Major Swap Participant,” or MSP, even though its growing energy swaps exposure was expected to require that by the end of the next quarter. The CFTC had

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An interview with the CDC director on coronavirus and an agency gone quiet

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Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describes the coronavirus pandemic as the greatest public health crisis in a century.

And yet the storied agency that Redfield leads — one that has been used as a model by countries around the world, including the China CDC — has played a largely invisible role in the nation’s response since the White House took over communications about the outbreak last month.

CDC experts, who held regular briefings to update the public about previous health threats such as the H1N1 flu pandemic and the Zika outbreak, have been silenced.

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Mexican president calls on Russia, Saudi Arabia to end oil price war

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Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico April 1, 2020. Mexico’s Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Saturday called on Russia and Saudi Arabia to reach a deal soon and end their oil price war to avoid deepening the oil price crisis.

Mexico and others have seen the prices for their crude exports battered in recent weeks after the fallout from the new coronavirus eroded

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