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News Wrap: Virus delays GOP run-off for Alabama Senate seat

In our news wrap Wednesday, Alabama postponed a Republican primary run-off for a U.S. Senate seat because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race pits former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville. Also, a diplomatic feud between China and the U.S. escalated, with President Trump criticizing China’s expulsion of U.S. journalists.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Alabama postponed a Republican primary runoff for a U.S. Senate seat because of the coronavirus.

    It is being delayed until July 14. The race pits former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach. The winner faces Democratic Senator Doug Jones, the incumbent in November

    A diplomatic feud between China and the U.S. escalated today. Beijing defended its expulsion of 13 journalists with The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. It cited tighter controls on Chinese state-run media organizations in the U.S.

    But President Trump denounced the Chinese response.

  • President Donald Trump:

    Yes, I'm not happy to see it. I don't — you know, I have my own disputes with all three of those media groups. I think you know that very well. But I don't like seeing that at all. I'm not happy about that at all.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    At the same time, U.S. officials accused China today of hiding information on the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

    Back in this country, an earthquake rocked several million people around Salt Lake City, Utah, this morning. There were no major injuries, but the tremor and the aftershocks damaged some buildings and knocked out power to thousands. The city's airport also shut down for a time.

    And the famed Alaskan sled dog race, the Iditarod, finished today. Thomas Waerner of Norway crossed the finish line in Nominee just after midnight, beating his closest competitor by five hours. Small crowds turned out, despite coronavirus concerns.

    Congratulations to him.

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