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Amazon will open the first building in its new northern Virginia headquarters complex this fall, with new employees moving into a temporary space in June, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Amazon vice president of workforce development Ardine Williams said in a blog post that it's "on pace to create 400 new jobs this year" and has started to hire for the office. Some in the region are nervous that the expected influx of tech workers associated with the Virginia project will displace current residents, especially low-income people. Similar concerns sunk a planned headquarters expansion in New York.

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Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.