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Trump campaign drops Pennsylvania allegation; SpaceX launches 2nd crew; Dustin Johnson wins Masters
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Trump campaign drops Pennsylvania allegation; SpaceX launches 2nd crew; Dustin Johnson wins Masters

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Today is Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Trump's campaign dropped a central part of its lawsuit in Pennsylvania as the president sends mixed messages on defeat; SpaceX sends second crew into space; and emotional Dustin Johnson wins his first green jacket.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


Top stories

Election 2020 Protests Philadelphia

A sign hangs in front of an American flag, as a handful of supporters of President Donald Trump continue to protest outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. 

Trump campaign retreats from key claim in Pennsylvania suit

President Donald Trump’s campaign is withdrawing a central part of its lawsuit seeking to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump to capture the state and help win the White House.

Ahead of a Tuesday hearing in the case, Trump’s campaign dropped the allegation that hundreds of thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots — 682,479, to be precise — were illegally processed without its representatives watching.

The campaign's slimmed-down lawsuit, filed in federal court on Sunday, maintains the aim of blocking Pennsylvania from certifying a victory for Biden in the state, and it maintains its claim that Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters. Read more:

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SpaceX Crew Launch

In this photo provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi onboard, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

SpaceX launches 2nd crew, regular station crew flights begin

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company.

The Falcon rocket thundered into the night from Kennedy Space Center with three Americans and one Japanese, the second crew to be launched by SpaceX. The Dragon capsule on top — named Resilience by its crew in light of this year’s many challenges, most notably COVID-19 — reached orbit nine minutes later. It is due to reach the space station late Monday and remain there until spring. Read more:

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APTOPIX Masters Golf

Dustin Johnson is hugged by Paulina Gretzky after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. 

Dustin Johnson buries some major memories, wins the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — In this one-of-a-kind Masters that had no fans and no roars, Dustin Johnson made sure it had no drama. And when he polished off his five-shot victory Sunday with lowest score in tournament history, he had no words. Only tears. Read more:

In other news today ...

  • Joe Biden's scientific advisers will meet with vaccine makers in coming days as the presidential transition remains stalled because of President Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election.
  • Demonstrations over President Donald Trump's loss at the polls have resulted in charges against nearly two dozen people in Washington, including a person accused of setting off a commercial firework and four people accused in an assault that left the victim unconscious on the street.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron faced the potentially uncomfortable position Monday of meeting U.S. President Donald Trump's top diplomat, having already congratulated President-elect Joe Biden for his election victory.
  • A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota is sweeping over the western Caribbean and has become a very dangerous Category 4 storm early Monday as it heads for the same part of Central America battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago.
  • Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Sunday that their 93-year-old former manager was in intensive care and resting comfortably at a hospital in Orange County. Lasorda lives in Fullerton.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

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APTOPIX SpaceX Crew Launch

Crowds on the beach in Cape Canaveral, Fla., watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew Dragon on its Crew-1 mission carrying four astronauts, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in this 3 1/2-minute time exposure. The rocket was launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 7:27 p.m. Sunday evening. 

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