A 2016 Dodge Ram 1500, one of the vehicles allegedly involved. Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $500 million in a settlement announced Thursday with the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that it installed software on some diesel vehicles that produced lower emissions results.

Why it matters, via Axios' Amy Harder: Following a much larger scandal at Volkswagen in 2015 that resulted in billions in fines for the German automaker, it's a reminder that vehicles' efficiency shouldn't be taken for granted. Politically, the settlement highlights a sense of continuity between the Obama and Trump administrations' enforcement actions in this area.

The big picture: The settlement does not include any admission of wrongdoing from the automaker or a reprimand from the EPA. As the New York Times notes, the U.S. government's investigation found Fiat Chrysler's actions "much less serious" than the Volkswagen scandal.

  • Fiat Chrysler will have to pay $305 million in civil penalties as well as dole out compensation to affected owners that could cost up to $185 million — and recall affected vehicles in order to reinstall their software. The automaker is also on the hook for a bevy of smaller civil penalties surrounding environmental and import issues.

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Trump calls Fauci a "disaster" on campaign call

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During a campaign call on Monday, President Trump slammed infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, calling him a "disaster," and that "people are tired of COVID," according to multiple reporters who listened to the call.

The big picture: CBS's "60 Minutes" aired an interview Sunday night with the NIAID director, where he said he was "absolutely not" surprised Trump contracted COVID-19 after seeing him on TV in a crowded place with "almost nobody wearing a mask."

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8 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week

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8 states set new highs last week for coronavirus infections recorded in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project (CTP) and state health departments. Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming surpassed records from the previous week.

Why it matters: Cases and hospitalizations are rising in Michigan, a state that initially fought the pandemic with strict mitigation efforts, alongside states that took less action against the spread of the virus this spring.

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