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Here's the latest for Wednesday November 18th: Pfizer says it's communicating with Biden's team; Acting Pentagon chief cites risks during troop reductions; FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again; Spacewalking astronauts prep for 2021 arrival of Russian lab.

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JULIAN STYLES: This is "AP News Minute." Vaccine-maker Pfizer says it's in regular communication with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team as it continues its work on the coronavirus vaccine and plans for distribution. Spokeswoman Sharon Castillo says there's no room for politics in this process.

The acting Defense Secretary says the period of US troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq in the coming weeks is fraught with risks. Speaking at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Christopher C. Miller said Wednesday that if malign actors try to undermine American efforts, US forces will strike back.

After nearly two years and a pair of deadly crashes, the Federal Aviation Administration is clearing Boeing's 737 MAX for flight. The nation's air safety agency announced the move early Wednesday, saying it was done after a comprehensive and methodical 20-month review process.

Two Russian astronauts have stepped out on a spacewalk to prepare for next year's arrival of a long-delayed lab. The pair floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday on their first spacewalk. Julian Styles, Associated Press, with "AP News Minute."