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Trump attends wedding of key White House aides
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went from the Daytona 500 on Sunday to attending the wedding of two top members of his administration, senior adviser Stephen Miller and Katie Waldman, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.Shortly after landing at Andrews Air Force Base after a busy day in Florida, the president made a quick stop at the White House. The presidential motorcade then made a five-block jaunt to the Trump International Hotel where the White House announced after press queries that the president was attending “the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Miller”
Trump takes Daytona 500 warmup lap in presidential limousine
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is giving an election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans. He's the second president ever to attend the Daytona 500 and as grand marshal, he had the honor of commanding drivers to start their engines. The presidential motorcade took to the track to join in a warm-up lap after he had told the crowd that the racers and their teams were competing “for pure American glory.” Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight.
GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments. The company says in a statement Sunday that it will wind down sales, engineering and design operations for its historic Holden brand in Australia and New Zealand in 2021. It also plans to sell its Rayong factory in Thailand to China's Great Wall Motors and withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Thailand by the end of this year. CEO Mary Barra says the company wants to focus on markets where it can drive strong returns. She says GM will support its employees and customers in the transition.
China sees rise in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105
BEIJING (AP) — Mainland China has reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and an increase by 105 in deaths caused by the illness for a total of 1,770 since the outbreak began. The new number of 2,048 cases came after three days of declines but was up by just 39 cases from the previous day's figure. Another 10,844 have recovered from COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, and have been discharged from hospitals.
CHINA OUTBREAK-QUARANTINED AMERICANS
Americans who left cruise trade one quarantine for another
TOKYO (AP) — A group of Americans cut short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. But they will have to spend another quarantine period at U.S. military facilities to make sure they don't have the new virus that's been sweeping across Asia. The U.S. State department says two charter flights carrying Americans have departed Tokyo and are on the way to the United States. They will be flown to Travis Air Force Base in California and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
ELECTION 2020-THE LATEST
The Latest: Nevada's lieutenant governor endorses Biden
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Biden has picked up another endorsement from a top Nevada politician, with Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall announcing that she will back the former vice president’s White House bid. Marshall joins two of the state’s four U.S. House members, Dina Titus and Steven Horsford, in backing Biden. Marshall plans to campaign with Biden on Monday in Reno. Biden has spent the weekend campaigning alongside Titus and Horsford in and around Las Vegas ahead of next Saturday's caucuses. Nevada is key to Biden’s hopes for a comeback after finishing fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire.
Floods put Mississippi capital in 'precarious situation'
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — People in and around the Mississippi capital of Jackson are bracing for more flooding as the rain-swollen Pearl River continues to rise. In a suburb of Jackson, John and Jina Smith were rowed to their home to check on flood damage and discovered about a foot and a half of water was inside. Jina Smith said they packed up as many possessions as they could on Thursday and left when the water got high. The Pearl is expected to crest Monday at 37.5 feet. With more rain expected, the governor says it will stay high for three to four days.
All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe
CHICAGO (AP) — As expected, this All-Star weekend has been largely about paying tribute to the life of Kobe Bryant. The first All-Star MVP award named for him was being handed out Sunday night. And when the NBA legends gathered for their annual game-day brunch Sunday, remembering the lives of Bryant and Commissioner Emeritus David Stern was very high on the agenda. Before the game began Sunday night, Jennifer Hudson, wearing the Lakers' deep purple, performed a pregame tribute to Bryant and sang “For All We Know." Common, in his pregame tribute to Chicago, also paid homage to Bryant, saying that “even in the darkest times, you'll feel Kobe's light."
USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away in his sleep at his Colorado Springs home Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting pneumonia in October. Stratton was one of the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that killed 1,100 Arizona crew members. Following Stratton's death, Lou Conter and Ken Potts remain the last living members of the Arizona's crew.
He's still standing: Elton John to finish New Zealand tour
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Elton John intends to play his remaining shows in New Zealand this week after illness caused the singer to lose his voice and cut short a performance. Video clips posted online by fans showed John breaking down in tears as he ended the concert Sunday night in Auckland. The 72-year-old singer thanked the fans who attended and apologized for ending the show early. His post on Instagram said he had walking pneumonia but “I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more."
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