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Tesla's Elon Musk says ready for arrest as California plant reopens

Billionaire chief says he will join workers on the assembly line

Elon Musk looks at his mobile phone during a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Jan. 19.   © Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk on Monday said production was resuming at the company's primary vehicle factory in California and asked to be the only one arrested as he defied local officials who said the plant should remain closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The scuffle comes as states and cities around the United States are experimenting with ways to safely reopen their economies after the virus outbreak shuttered businesses and forced tens of millions of Americans out of work.

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