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Courtesy of UPS

File this under a growing list of circumstances in which drones might one day be able to deliver packages. UPS tested a delivery Monday where a drone was launched from a delivery truck. The company says that the device would be used to aid drivers, not replace them on their routes.

"It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery." — UPS SVP of Global Engineering and Sustainability Mark Wallace

How it works: A driver puts the package into a cage attached to the drone without leaving the truck. The aircraft then takes off from the truck and heads for its destination. It comes back to the truck once the product is delivered.

Broader context:

The company has previously tested drones to make deliveries to remote areas. But it says this is the first test that could presage the use of the vehicles to make "non-urgent residential deliveries" in "day-to-day operation." UPS is not the only company moving towards delivery-by-drone — with Amazon being a major proponent of the idea.

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Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate voted 69-28 to pass legislation Thursday night to fund the government until February 18.

Why it matters: The move staves off a government shutdown but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in a few weeks and Democrats are trying to pass their behemoth social spending bill.

DiDi to delist from NYSE under Chinese govt pressure

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Chinese ride-hail giant DiDi said it will delist from the New York Stock Exchange, following a Chinese government crackdown on foreign listings.

Why it matters: This reflects how geopolitical tensions are bleeding into the capital markets.

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