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ASX to fall as NASA hosts first guests in space

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The ASX board showing company price changes and a recreation of what the international space station looks like in space.
The ASX is expected to fall this moring and NASA has hosted it's first guests in space. (Source: Getty)

ASX: The local market is expected to open lower this morning after being closed yesterday for the Anzac Day public holiday.

Wall Street: US stocks ended higher on Monday, erasing earlier losses in the day as concerns over an escalating COVID outbreak in China added to jitters over US economic growth.

Twitter: Elon Musk will now be the proud owner of the social media platform after Twitter accepted his $44 billion bid.

Here is how he plans to change the site.

‘Flexible’: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended a Coalition election contender who described his Government's net zero emissions pledge as "not binding".

The LNP candidate for the Queensland seat of Flynn, Colin Boyce, called the commitment "Morrison's document" and branded it a "flexible plan".

Higher pay: Aged care workers are taking their fight for higher wages to the Fair Work Commission as inflation continues to bite nationwide.

The Health Services Union, representing staff from personal care workers to catering and cleaning, are calling for a 25 per cent increase to their pay.

Economic growth: Australia's economic recovery has been faster and better than expected, with stunningly low unemployment and soaring commodity prices, but what comes next is unclear.

The latest Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook warns the current growth won't last.

Higher education: Free undergraduate education and thousands of new university jobs could be a reality if the Federal Government lifts spending on higher education, a landmark report said.

Increasing the sector's funding to 1 per cent of GDP per year would bring Australia in line with the OECD average and save public universities, think tank the Australia Institute found.

Space B&B: Three rich businessmen returned from the International Space Station with their astronaut escort on Monday, wrapping up a pricey trip that marked NASA's debut as a bed and breakfast host.

Flying back in a SpaceX capsule, they splashed down in the Atlantic off the Florida coast to close out a 17-day tour that cost them $77 million (US$55 million) apiece.

Oldest person: The world's oldest person, Japan's Kane Tanaka, has died at 119 years of age, authorities of Japan's Fukuoka prefecture have confirmed.

Born on January 2, 1903 in the old village of Wajiro, which is now part of the city of Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu, Tanaka died in a hospital in the city on April 19 at the age of 119 years and 108 days.

- With AAP

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