The Lucid Air sedan is expected to go into production at a plant in Arizona in 2021.

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The first all-electric car from Lucid Motors is expected to set a new industry benchmark — and record — with more than 500 miles of range per charge, easily topping leading EVs from Tesla, General Motors and others.

The California-based start-up Tuesday said its Lucid Air sedan is estimated to achieve an EPA-rated range of 517 miles on a single charge. The results were verified by engineering consulting firm FEV North America.

“It’s unprecedented. It’s a big step forward,” Peter Rawlinson, Lucid Motors CEO and chief technology officer, told CNBC. “How we were able to achieve that is a holistic view of all the technology in the car.”

Most electric vehicles on the market today have a range of under 300 miles, while GM and others have said their future vehicles could top 400 miles. A version of Tesla’s industry-leading Model S sedan has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles per charge.

Lucid took a slight jab at Tesla, Rawlinson’s former employer, in a teaser video last week on social media of an odometer accelerating to 402 miles and then

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On Saturday President Donald Trump signed executive orders and memorandums halt residential evictions, provide $400 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, defer payroll taxes, and extend student loan relief until the end of the year.

This came after unfruitful negotiations between Democratic and Republican leaders on Friday for a broad stimulus bill, which would have included a second round of stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits to help Americans cope with the pandemic.

But on Monday Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared on CNBC and told viewers that the White House is still open to a stimulus bill that includes stimulus checks, another round of forgivable PPP loans, and money for schools and hospitals.

“We’re prepared to put more money on the table,” Mnuchin said Monday on CNBC. “Again, if we can get a fair deal we’re willing to do it this week.”

What’s holding up the $1,200 stimulus checks–which both parties support—and a broader stimulus bill? Simply put: Democrats haven’t come down enough in their asking price for the stimulus bill, and Republicans haven’t come up enough.

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Is it safe to go swim in public pools during the COVID-19 outbreak? How about lakes, rivers, and oceans?

There are few better ways to stay in shape or beat the heat than swimming. But fears about COVID-19 have scared many people off because of the risk of exposure to the virus in the water plus fears of the inevitable crowds.

In fact, infectious disease experts say that swimming, in itself, is low risk. What people have to be careful about is what happens outside the water: the socializing with friends, sharing of towels, and using locker rooms.

To state the obvious: When outside of the water and near others, it’s important to wear a mask. But people shouldn’t wear them while swimming, because, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blandly notes, “Masks can be difficult to breathe through when they’re wet.”

Here’s what you need to know about swimming during the coronavirus era:

Is swimming in public pools safe?

Because most well-maintained public pools contain chlorine and salt, the chances of contacting the …

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