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Biden filling out White House team; Trump's Pa. suit heads to court; SpaceX capsule reaches space station
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Biden filling out White House team; Trump's Pa. suit heads to court; SpaceX capsule reaches space station

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: President-elect Biden is filling out his White House team with campaign vets; Trump's lawsuit in Pennsylvania heads to court; and the SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts reaches the space station.

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

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Election 2020 The Day in Photos

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden greets Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., left, as he arrives at Columbus Airport in Columbus, Ga., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, to travel to Warm Springs, Ga. for a rally. 

Biden filling out top White House team with campaign vets

President-elect Joe Biden is drawing from the senior ranks of his campaign to fill out an increasingly diverse White House leadership team.

People familiar with Biden's initial decisions confirmed Monday that former campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon will serve as a deputy chief of staff, while campaign co-chair Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond and campaign adviser Steve Ricchetti will play senior roles in the new administration. Read more:

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SpaceX-Crew Launch

In this frame grab from NASA TV, the SpaceX Dragon capsule approaches the International Space Station, late Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. 

SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts reaches space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring.

The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above Idaho.

“Oh, what a good voice to hear,” space station astronaut Kate Rubins called out when the Dragon's commander, Mike Hopkins, first made radio contact. Read more:

In other news today ...

  • President Donald Trump is expected to cut a significant number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a smaller number in Iraq by the final days of his presidency, U.S. officials said Monday.
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday that the military organization could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early.
  • In a one-two punch, Hurricane Iota roared ashore as a dangerous Category 4 storm along almost exactly the same stretch of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast that was devastated by an equally powerful Hurricane Eta 13 days earlier.
  • In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Phoenix Suns get All-Star Chris Paul and forward Abdel Nader, while the Thunder get Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a protected 2022 first-round pick.
  • Lindy McDaniel, an All-Star reliever who appeared in nearly 1,000 major league games over 21 seasons, has died. He was 84.

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APTOPIX Thailand Politics

Riot police stand in formation as pro-democracy protesters throw smoke bombs near the Parliament in Bangkok, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Thailand's political battleground shifted to the country's Parliament Tuesday, where lawmakers are considering proposals to amend the country's constitution, one of the core demands of the student-led pro-democracy movement. 

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In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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