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Coronavirus: Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage – Stuff.co.nz

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was pressed on his administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Fielding compelling questions about voters real-world problems, US President Donald Trump denied during a televised town hall Tuesday that he had played down the threat of the coronavirus earlier this year, although there is an audio recording of him stating he did just that.
Trump, in what could well be a preview of his performance in the presidential debates less than two weeks away, cast doubt on the widely accepted scientific conclusions of his own administration strongly urging the use of…

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Up to 12 injured in crash on SH 5, Bay of Plenty – police – Stuff.co.nz

Road reopens northeast of Taupō after three car crash.

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Police say at least 12 people have been injured in a crash on State Highway 5 in Ohaaki, northeast of Taup.
The crash involved three cars and the status of those injured ranges from moderate to serious.
The crash occurred shortly before 11am south of Ohaaki Road.
Earlier, St Johns said two people were treated by ambulance, one with moderate injuries and one with minor injuries. Police said also those injured were taken to Rotorua Hospital.
Diversions were in place at the road off State Highway…

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Family of man killed after trailer detaches from van says ‘no-one to blame’ – Stuff.co.nz

The son of Akaroa cruise boat captain Julian Yates says his dad was more than just his dad, he was his “best friend and number one companion in life”.

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Julian Yates was on his way to see his mother when a trailer loaded with glass panels detached from a van and smashed into his vehicle.
The popular 52-year-old cruise boat captain and father-of-two from Akaroa, on Canterburys Banks Peninsula, died instantly.
Emergency services were called to the three-vehicle crash on State Highway 7 (Weka Pass Rd) in Hurunui, North Canterbury, at 12.10pm on Friday.
Stuff understands Tim Miller was driving the van along State Highway 7 when the trailer detached…

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NASA ‘exciting new’ moon discovery: Start time, how to listen in – CNET

The space agency will unveil a new Moon-related find.

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A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017.
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Buckle up for “an exciting new discovery about the moon.” NASA teased an upcoming teleconference to share results from its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia), an airplane equipped with a telescope. “This new discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the moon in support of deep space exploration,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.  
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