In his own statement, Navalny again criticized President Vladimir Putin and said that his rule is steadily degrading Russia.
China has taken another big step into space. The country launched the main module of its first permanent space station today. In all, the Chinese plan 11 missions to build and supply the station before sending a three-person crew by the end of next year.
Back in this country, the Food and Drug Administration today proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. They are especially popular with Black smokers, and health groups have pushed for the ban. Tobacco companies are expected to file legal challenges.
We will return to this later in the program.
The U.S. economic recovery is rapidly accelerating. The Commerce Department reported today that first-quarter growth surged ahead at an annual rate of 6.4 percent. In addition, new unemployment claims fell to 553,000 last week. That’s a new low during the pandemic.
And on Wall Street, the economic news gave stocks a boost. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 240 points to close at 34060. The Nasdaq rose 31 points, and the S&P 500 added 28 for another record close.