Jun 10, 2019

Jimmy Carter, 94, teaches first Sunday school class since hip surgery

Former President Jimmy Carter. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter discussed health setbacks and a recent phone call from a "very gracious" President Trump as he returned to teach his first Sunday school class in Georgia since breaking a hip, WSB-TV first reported.

Details: He thanked members of Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains for their support and revealed that his wife, Rosalynn, had a health scare, but they're OK and have home nursing care. He said Trump thanked him for a letter he'd sent on his administration's trade issues with Japan. He recounted Trump saying "the Chinese were getting way ahead" of the U.S. "in many ways."

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned today that Americans should prepare for the outbreak to broaden here.

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Space tourism gets ready for launch

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Multiple space tourism companies are aiming to send their first customers to the edge of space before the end of this year.

Why it matters: Right now, most revenue in the space industry is tied up in government contracts, but experts say the maturing industry will need tourism to grow into the $1 trillion economy some predict it could be.