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US-Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — A rocket carrying two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station has blasted off successfully. The Soyuz booster blasted off as scheduled Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launchpad in Kazakhstan. It's carrying NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Roscosmos' cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. The rocket put their...