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President Trump to attend NASA astronaut launch in Florida

Also new Wednesday: a private company — not NASA — is running the show. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station. With American shuttles no longer in use, the United States has had to rely on Russia for rides to the station.…

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Biden already working with team on transition planning

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is already working with a team to plan for his transition in preparation for winning the White House in November, he told donors during a virtual fundraiser Monday night. Biden said he has been meeting with former Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman, his longtime top aide who was…

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Trump urges states to consider opening schools before summer

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made the comments Monday in a call with governors discussing how to reopen their economies, among…

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The Latest: Germany cases uptick after lockdown easing

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Slight uptick of Germany infections, deaths remain relatively low. — India cancels testing kit order…

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Trump defends decision to furlough Mar-a-Lago employees

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his company’s decision to furlough hundreds of employees because of the coronavirus pandemic, after his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida revealed this week it is temporarily laying off 153 workers. Speaking at the White House, Trump said, “You can’t have many hundreds of employees…

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Virus misinformation flourishes in online protest groups

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of posts fly in the new Facebook groups daily. The coronavirus numbers are fake, some of the social media videos claim. “Social distancing is the new way to control you, your family and your behavior,” another commenter warns. Others say the pandemic is an overblown hoax. The loose network of Facebook…

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Wyoming governor engages with COVID-19 protesters at Capitol

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Flanked by bodyguards wearing virus-protection face masks, Gov. Mark Gordon told about 100 raucous protesters Monday he didn’t know when Wyoming would get back to normal but he’s talking with state officials about how to reopen businesses. On the one-month mark after his orders to close schools and a variety of…

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