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Stephen Colbert is sending his DNA into space as part of video game designer Richard Garriott's Operation Immortality. Colbert's DNA will be digitized and archived on the International Space Station as an off-site backup of humanity -- who better to resurrect humankind  than Colbert, says Garriott in a statement.

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According to the Verge, many US states are not including positive results from rapid COVID-19 testing in their case numbers.

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