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NASA astronaut steps down from Boeing Starliner crew so he’ll be on Earth for daughter’s wedding

A former NASA astronaut is bowing out of Boeing’s first crewed space flight due to the gravity of an upcoming family commitment— his daughter’s wedding.



Christopher Ferguson in a blue shirt: Chris Ferguson is showing that space is not his top priority.


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Chris Ferguson is showing that space is not his top priority.

In a post on his personal Twitter account Wednesday, Chris Ferguson said he was stepping down as commander of the Boeing Starliner crew and skipping next year’s trip to the International Space Station so he could keep his feet “planted here firmly on Earth.”

He called the decision “difficult and personal,” but one that “prioritizes my most important crew — my family.”

“I’m deeply committed to human space flight. I’m dedicated to the Starliner program, and I’m passionate about the team that has built her. But next year is very important for my family,” Ferguson, who previously piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis, said in a video attached to his post.

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What the Hell is Biden Beauty?

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Image: Courtesy of Biden Beauty

A new “beauty brand” was announced on Wednesday called Biden Beauty—yes it is named after Joe Biden but no it’s not coming from his campaign. Despite labeling itself as a beauty brand and being represented by a beauty PR company, Biden Beauty sells but a single beauty product: the Biden Beat, which is a blue makeup sponge priced at $20.20, clever. Other merch on BB’s page includes a hoodie, a tote, and some pins and stickers all devoted to “Joe Biden’s natural beauty” but not items that will do anything for the wearer’s beauty. It’s unclear whether this is a cosmic joke, a makeup school final project gone wrong, or something sponsored by Ellen (seriously those hoodies look like Ellen’s show font). It also is very confusing why Joe Biden, who is an average-looking man at best, inspired this product, but it’s 2020 and

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Coronation Street wedding day hell as evil Geoff targets a new enemy

Coronation Street is yet to see a wedding run smoothly…

Coronation Street villain Geoff Metcalfe is up to his old tricks once again next week as he tries to sabotage son Tim’s secret wedding to Sally.

With Tim now aware of Geoff’s (Ian Bartholomew) sinister ways, he is adamant that he doesn’t want his dad anywhere near his wedding.

Coronation Street spoilers: Tim Metcalfe choose Geoff over Sally?

Tim is worried that Geoff is going to ruin their wedding (Picture: ITV)

But while the bride and groom have tried their best to hide the plans for their big day from Geoff, he finds out what is happening and sets about ruining their wedding.

Geoff cooks up trouble 

The trouble starts when Abi, Faye and Gail all enjoy a low-key hen party with Sally in the back garden.


But while they’re celebrating the fact Tim and Sally will soon officially become Mr and Mrs Metcalfe, Geoff overhears them talking.

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Covid ‘Testing Hell’: Devices Given to Nursing Homes Bring New Problems

“There’s no mechanism in place for reporting,” said Kim Schilling, the vice president of health services at Friendship Haven, which runs a nursing home in rural Iowa. “We were on the phone yesterday trying to figure this out with the department of public health and it was very overwhelming for them too.”

Katie Smith Sloan, the president of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said the Trump administration’s focus on fines and stringent reporting requirements were the wrong approach to addressing a crisis that was aggravated by federal inaction in the early months of the pandemic.

“For seven months, nursing homes have been saving and protecting lives while dealing with staffing shortages, testing and personal protective equipment challenges and growing unexpected costs,” she said.

David Grabowski, a health care policy expert at Harvard Medical School, described the federal rapid-test program as “a positive step but late in

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