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U.S. capital may end weekend subway service in 2021
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The subway system serving the U.S. capital region may be forced to make devastating cuts in 2021, including ending weekend services, closing 19 stations and shrinking weekday operations if Congress does not approve additional assistance. WMATA, which is already cutting 1,400 jobs, projects it will need to cut another 2,400 jobs to meet next year’s budget. In April, Congress approved $25 billion for U.S. public transit systems, including $1.02 billion for the Washington area systems, including about $775 million for WMATA. Earlier this month, New York City warned it could cut subway and bus service by up to 40% and commuter train service by 50% as it seeks $12 billion in emergency funding. Transit agencies are urging Congress to approve $32 billion in additional assistance, while U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak seeks nearly $3 billion in additional aid.
Persons: Muriel Bowser's, Tom Brenner Organizations: WASHINGTON, Washington Metro, REUTERS, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, WMATA, U.S, Amtrak, Private U.S Locations: Washington , U.S, Washington, United States, U.S, New York City
Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus - Fox News
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Dr Scott Atlas, U.S. President Donald Trump’s coronavirus disease advisor, talks to a reporter outside the White House on Election Day in Washington, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to President Donald Trump on the coronavirus, Fox News reported on Monday, after a controversial four months at the White House in which he clashed repeatedly with other members of the task force responding to the deadly pandemic.
Persons: Scott Atlas, Donald Trump’s coronavirus, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, Donald Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Fox News, White Locations: Washington , U.S
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden receives a national security briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pennsylvania has certified its Nov. 3 election results, finalizing Democrat Joe Biden as winner of the U.S. presidential contest, the state’s governor said on Tuesday, cementing Biden’s victory in the key political battleground state. “Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States. As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Governor Tom Wolf wrote in on Twitter.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, I’ve, Kamala Harris, Tom Wolf Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, , Twitter Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Pennsylvania, United States
It also paves the way for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to receive regular national security briefings that Trump also gets. On Tuesday, Biden and Harris are expected to formally introduce their appointments to critical national security and foreign policy positions in Wilmington, Delaware. Two Trump administration officials said the Biden agency review teams could begin interacting with Trump agency officials as soon as Tuesday. The Biden transition team said meetings would begin with federal officials on Washington’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, along with discussions of national security issues. The letter came shortly after Michigan officials certified Biden as the victor in their state.
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The Biden team also gets access to federal office space, secure facilities for intelligence briefings and the succession plans for executive agencies. In a small but symbolic move hours after the transition announcement on Monday night, Biden opened a “.gov” website available only to government agencies for his transition, launching buildbackbetter.gov. Trump’s legal strategy has hinged on stopping certain states that he lost from certifying their election results, an effort that has met no success. Michigan on Monday certified its results showing Biden the winner, while Pennsylvania’s governor said on Tuesday his state had done so as well. Biden is likely to tap former Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen to become the next Treasury secretary, two Biden allies said on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, , ” Biden, Biden, Mark Esper, Kamala Harris, Tom Brenner, Critics, Mark Meadows, Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, He’s, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Alejandro Mayorkas, Janet Yellen Organizations: Democratic, Republican, Twitter, Monday, Biden, Public Service, State Department, Pentagon, Trump, National Governors Association, REUTERS, White, White House, District of Columbia, Electoral College, Michigan, United Nations, Federal Reserve, Treasury, Congress, Wall Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, U.S, Wilmington , Delaware, Nevada, Greenfield, Europe
Poland awaiting developments in U.S. before recognising Biden
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden receives a national security briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will wait to see how the political and legal situation develops in the United States before recognising Joe Biden as the new president, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said on Tuesday. Poland’s president has congratulated Biden on a successful campaign, but Warsaw has not officially recognised him as the next U.S. president. “It depends on the political and legal developments in the United States itself,” he told public radio. During the election campaign, Biden accused Trump of backing authoritarian leaders around the world, citing Poland among others.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner WARSAW, Zbigniew Rau, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Rau, , Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Trump, European Union, White, Electoral College Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Poland, United States, Brussels, Warsaw
The private bus industry — which includes scheduled service operators like Megabus, commuter shuttles, and private charters — faces a crisis of epic proportions. The way things are going, Pantuso said up to 50% of bus companies could close up shop permanently by 2021. To stave off that calamity, the bus industry is pleading for a $10 billion lifeline from the federal government. MegabusAnd yet, the private bus industry serves a vital purpose: providing low-cost transportation to millions of people annually. The private bus industry sees 600 million trips annually.
Persons: bailouts, Chad Cushman, Cushman, Eric Gay, Peter Pantuso, They've, Pantuso, Joseph Schwieterman, Schwieterman, Tom Brenner, Paul Lewis, Patrick Semansky, Jonathan DeCamp —, , DeCamp, Sean Hughes, — Hughes, Megabus, Hughes, — Cushman, we'll Organizations: Amtrak, Michigan Flyer, Indian, Trails, Big Ten, American Bus Association, Canadian, ABA, DePaul University's School of Public Service, Business, Reuters, Eno Center for Transportation, US, Relief, Transportation Services, Hurricane, New Jersey Transit, United Motorcoach Association, USA Locations: Owosso , Michigan, Midwest, , Washington , DC, New Jersey, Manhattan, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan , Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Megabus ' Washington, New York, Ohio
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File PhotoCAIRO (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdulllah expressed in a phone call on Monday with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden “keenness to continue bolstering the strategic partnership between the two countries to expand cooperation, in service of mutual interests and regional security and stability,” the Jordanian royal court said on Twitter.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, King Abdulllah, Joe Biden “ keenness Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, U.S, Twitter Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, CAIRO
Biden rolls out foreign policy and national security team
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.84   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden picked a number of people for top Cabinet and White House posts on Monday, including Antony Blinken to be secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence, his transition team said. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will act as “climate czar,” while Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated for Homeland Security secretary and Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.N. ambassador, it said in a statement.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Avril Haines, John Kerry, , Alejandro Mayorkas, Linda Thomas, Greenfield Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, White, Former U.S, Homeland Security Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, U.N
Germany hopes for joint transatlantic approach on Iran under Biden - diplomat
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.57   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden receives a national security briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany sees a chance to return to a joint transatlantic approach in tackling Iran’s nuclear programme once the new U.S. administration under President-elect Joe Biden takes office, a German official said on Monday. In May 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump quit a deal with Tehran that sought to limit Iran’s nuclear programme to prevent it from developing atomic weapons in return for the easing of economic sanctions. While the United States restored sanctions and announced a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the other signatories - Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China - upheld the agreement with Tehran. “Seeing how Iran increasingly violates its nuclear obligations, this is urgently needed,” he added after a meeting of the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain in Berlin for talks on Iran.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner BERLIN, Donald Trump, Biden, Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Germany, Tehran, United States, Iran, France, Britain, Russia, China, , German, Berlin
Biden took a step toward reversing Trump’s hard-line immigration policies by naming Cuban-born lawyer Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security. Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes, or just over 1 percentage point. Electors in each state will convene as the Electoral College on Dec. 14 to formally select the next president. In an opinion piece on Cincinnati.com on Monday, Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio urged the GSA to provide resources for the Biden transition team. Portman also said there was no evidence now of widespread fraud or irregularities that would change the election results in any state.
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REUTERS/Tom BrennerMichigan is set to certify its results Monday, and Pennsylvania is likely to move a step closer to doing so. Biden won 306 electoral votes, 36 over the 270 threshold needed to win the White House. Biden defeated Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes, and the board is required by law to validate the count. Officials in one county noted irregularities that may have affected a few hundred votes, and the Trump campaign has suggested that points to widespread fraud. Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of state, said on Sunday that Biden will announce his first Cabinet picks on Tuesday.
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Trump’s effort to prevent Biden, a Democrat, from taking office on Jan. 20 likely will be doomed if officials confirm Biden as the winner of the votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Biden beat Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes, or almost 3 percentage points, and the election canvassing board is required to validate the count. Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of state, said on Sunday that Biden will announce his first Cabinet picks on Tuesday. The Trump campaign’s focus remains on an increasingly desperate quest to delay certification of the election results in several states, an effort that has mostly met with failure. More than 100 former Republican national security officials demanded in a published letter on Monday that party leaders denounce Trump’s refusal to concede the election, calling it a dangerous and anti-democratic assault on U.S. institutions.
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“I hope that the administrator of the GSA will do her job,” Klain said, referring to GSA chief Emily Murphy. Klain said Biden will announce the first of his Cabinet picks on Tuesday but declined to reveal the choices. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File photo“Fight hard Republicans,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning as he pressed his unsubstantiated narrative of voter fraud. SOME REPUBLICANS BREAK RANKSSome of Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress are now breaking ranks though many, including the most senior ones, have not. With recounts and lawsuits coming up short, Trump has pressured Republican-led state legislatures to throw out the vote totals and declare him the winner.
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Blinken could be named as early as Tuesday, according to sources close to Biden, while Axios first reported Thomas-Greenfield’s impending nomination. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president. “Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own,” Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in the statement. Trump’s campaign also said it was appealing Brann’s decision to the 3rd U.S. Trump’s campaign has filed a petition for another recount in Georgia.
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Twitter to hand over @POTUS account to Biden on January 20
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Aakriti Bhalla | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Tom Brenner(Reuters) - Twitter Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the company said. The @POTUS account is the official account of the President of the United States and is separate from the @realDonaldTrump account that President Donald Trump uses to tweet. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. Twitter will also hand over other White House institutional accounts, like @FLOTUS, @VP, and @whitehouse, on inauguration day. It also reported that Twitter will meet transition officials of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the coming months to discuss the particulars of how the new administration will use Twitter.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Donald Trump, Biden, Kamala Harris, Trump Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, Twitter, White, National Archives, Reuters, Politico, Trump, Biden Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States, whitehouse
Twitter, Facebook to hand over @POTUS account to Biden on January 20
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Aakriti Bhalla | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Tom Brenner(Reuters) - Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the social media companies said on Saturday. The @POTUS account on both platforms is the official account of the President of the United States. It is separate from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account and the @DonaldTrump Facebook page that U.S. President Donald Trump mostly uses to write his posts. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. Politico reported earlier that the handover of the @POTUS Twitter handle requires no sharing of information between the outgoing Trump team and incoming Biden team.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Donald Trump, , Facebook, Biden, Kamala Harris, Trump Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, Twitter Inc, Facebook, Twitter, White, National Archives, Reuters, White House, Obama Administration, Trump Administration, Politico, Trump, Biden Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joe Biden on Saturday reached the two-week mark since becoming president-elect, with President Donald Trump stinging from back-to-back setbacks in his desperate, unprecedented bid to undo his election defeat. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a meeting at his transition headquarters in the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 20, 2020. That effort, which critics call an unparalleled push by a sitting president to subvert the will of voters, has met with little success. Trump will participate virtually this weekend in the last summit of the 20 biggest world economies (G20) of his term. There is a “right way and a wrong way” for Trump to contest what he sees as election irregularities, Susan Collins, the Maine Senator, said in a statement.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Brenner Biden, Trump, Brad Raffensperger, Biden, ” Trump, , Kamala Harris, Susan Collins, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Saturday, REUTERS, Democrat, Republican, Georgia, Michigan Republican, Trump, Electoral, General Services Administration, Treasury, Federal Reserve Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maine
Biden campaign sees no legal basis for overturning Michigan result
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner(Reuters) - Michigan lawmakers cannot overturn an election result in the key battleground state that helped win Joe Biden the presidency, a top legal adviser to the Democratic president-elect said on Friday. “No state legislature in our country’s history ever has done what Donald Trump is apparently agitating for the Michigan state legislature to do, which is to ignore the results of a popular vote,” said Biden campaign legal adviser Bob Bauer. “It cannot be done.”
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, , Donald Trump, , Biden, Bob Bauer Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, Democratic Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Michigan
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump did not win Georgia’s electoral votes, the secretary of state said on Friday after a recount and audit performed after a narrow victory be Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. I’m disappointed, our candidate didn’t win Georgia’s electoral votes,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who called himself a proud Trump supporter. “I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct.”
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, Donald Trump, , I’m, didn’t, , Brad Raffensperger, Trump Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, Democratic Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S
But recently Biden’s transition team has approached financial groups and lobbyists to discuss policy and regulation issues, three people said. Some lobbyists fret that appearing to court the Biden team could attract the ire of congressional allies or even Trump’s Twitter feed. The Biden transition team did not respond to requests for comment. GOOD STORYThe financial industry enjoyed a bonanza under Trump officials who relaxed rules which they said were overly burdensome and hurt the economy. He added that his group had been in communication with the Biden team and some agencies to sound them out on their plans, particularly on consumer protection and PPP issues.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Biden, Richard Hunt, Wells, , Hunt, , Donald Trump’s, “ We’ve, Brad Thaler, Ted Kaufman, Julie Siegel, Elizabeth Warren, Scott Stewart, Stewart Organizations: WASHINGTON, Financial, Democratic, REUTERS, Consumer Bankers Association, Bank of America Corp BAC.N, Citigroup Inc, CoWFC.N, CBA, National Association of, Republicans, Twitter, Biden, Trump, “ Progressives, Association Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Washington, dishing
FILE PHOTO: Lithuania’s Defense Minister Raimundas Karobli speaks during a meeting with Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller at the Pentagon in nearby Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has tested positive for COVID-19 and Anthony Tata, one of several senior U.S. defense officials who met him at the Pentagon last week, also tested positive on Thursday, the Pentagon said. The Lithuanian embassy told the Pentagon of Karoblis’s positive test on Thursday, it added. All the senior U.S. defense officials who met Karoblis on Nov. 13 and Nov. 16, including Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, were tested for COVID-19, the Pentagon said in its statement. Last month almost all of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff went into self-quarantine after two senior military officials who attended a top-level meeting tested positive for COVID-19.
Persons: Raimundas Karobli, Christopher Miller, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, Raimundas Karoblis, Anthony Tata, Karoblis, Chris Miller, Miller Organizations: Lithuania’s Defense, U.S, Defense, Pentagon, REUTERS, Lithuanian Defense, Lithuanian, Tata, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, military’s, Chiefs, Staff Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S, Lithuanian, United States, COVID
REUTERS/Tom BrennerBEIJING (Reuters) - Over 60% of American businesses in China are more optimistic about doing business in China after the results of the United States presidential election, according to a business group survey released on Friday. Most respondents to the survey, which was conducted on Nov. 11-15, did not expect trade restrictions or tariffs to increase. “Despite optimistic expectations for a better US-China business environment under a Biden administration, China should make reassurances to US companies in order to continue attracting US investment,” said the chamber in a statement released alongside the survey. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Monday the U.S. needed to negotiate with allies to set global trading rules to counter China’s growing influence. Washington and Beijing have traded sanctions and barbs over a growing list of issues including trade, a new national security law imposed on Hong Kong, the coronavirus and U.S. accusations of national security threats posed by Chinese tech firms.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner BEIJING, Biden, Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, United, American Chamber of Commerce Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, China, Shanghai, Washington, Beijing, Hong Kong
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday he had selected his Treasury secretary and would reveal his choice as soon as next week. “We’ve made that decision,” Biden told a news conference. Candidates on Biden’s shortlist include former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, current Fed Governor Lael Brainard, Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed governor, and Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Biden also said on Thursday he supported the way the Federal Reserve had managed interest rate policy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, “ We’ve, ” Biden, , Janet Yellen, Lael Brainard, Sarah Bloom Raskin, Raphael Bostic, Biden, it’s Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, Democratic Party, Fed, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Biden’s Treasury, U.S . Senate, Federal Reserve Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S
President-elect Biden discussed nationwide mask mandate with state governors
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes off his protective face mask to speak to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday he had discussed a possible nationwide mask mandate with state governors during a call, as COVID-19 case and death rates rise across the United States. Biden said wearing a mask was “not a political statement, it’s a patriotic duty” during remarks after the call with both Republican and Democratic state governors. Biden also said the federal government needs to deliver financial relief to states so they can tackle the virus.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Biden, it’s Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, United States
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