5 things to know Wednesday

President Biden will be tested again for COVID-19

President Joe Biden will be tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday after an initial negative antigen test on Sunday and a PCR test on Monday. The president was in close contact with a White House aide on Friday who tested positive on Monday. The announcement came amid an increase in coronavirus infections caused by the delta variant and as health officials brace for another spike caused by the omicron variant. The unidentified White House aide spent about 30 minutes “near the president” on Air Force One as Biden flew from South Carolina to Pennsylvania on Friday, the statement said.

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SpaceX rocket brings Christmas gifts and supplies to ISS astronauts

SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule began its journey to the International Space Station early Tuesday and arrived Wednesday morning to deliver supplies. Among the 6,500 pounds of cargo and science experiments, Christmas cheers were included for ISS astronauts and cosmonauts, according to NASA. Roasted turkey, green beans, smoked seafood, shellfish, fruit cake and gifts for the crew were part of the special delivery. The autonomous capsule will spend about a month docked with the ISS before returning to Earth with garbage and the results of science experiments. SpaceX’s successful takeoff on Tuesday put the finishing touches on the 2021 cadence of the Space Coast, which ends the year with 31 launches, matching the number in 2020.

NBA and NHL Take Different Approaches As Both Face Rising COVID Cases

Due to the growing number of positive cases of COVID-19, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have agreed to start their Christmas break earlier. The league will resume practice on December 26th and the regular season schedule will resume on December 27th. Originally there were 10 games scheduled for Tuesday, but only one was played as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vegas Golden Knights. The COVID outbreak will also prevent NHL players from competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, according to a source. An official announcement is expected on Wednesday. Meanwhile, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN on Tuesday that his league had considered several options but did not yet see a reason to end or suspend the 2021-22 season. Silver’s assessment came despite more than 70 players entering health and safety protocols in December.

Send your Christmas gifts as soon as possible

Wednesday is the last day to ship gifts if you expect them to arrive before Christmas Day with FedEx (2 Day FedEx) and UPS (2nd Day Air). destination in time for gatherings and holiday celebrations, ”Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement. This week is set to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season, the USPS said, with nearly 2.3 billion mail items, including greeting cards and parcels, which should be processed and delivered. For procrastinators: Retailer shipping times for online orders vary, and many stores will offer curbside and in-store pickup until Christmas Eve.

Christmas is coming early for several new movie releases

Whether you want to dress up at the movies or stay more comfortable on your couch at home, several new films arrive Wednesday. If you’re into The Matrix movies, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for a fourth installment of the sci-fi action saga in “The Matrix Resurrections” (in theaters and on HBO Max). A prequel to the first two “Kingsman” spy films, “The King’s Man” combines the usual antics with a more serious war story. And, “Sing 2 ″ brings a high profile newcomer to the voice cast for the star-studded animated sequel: Bono as Clay Calloway, a reclusive lion rock star.

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