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Joe Torre: My fear for many children during the Covid-19 pandemic
Joe Torre, thinking back to the presence of domestic violence in his home growing up, writes that he often found solace at school or playing outside, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, many students -- including those that his organization, Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, serves -- are forced to stay home in violent situations.
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Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul team up in fight against coronavirus
"Stay home and stay well. Good spirits will get us through."
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Take 40% off your entire Puma purchase
Puma is bringing people together at its Friends and Family Sale, where your entire purchase is 40% off when you use promo code PUMAFAM at checkout.
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Kristaps Porzingis: ‘Little details’ changed everything in Mavericks adjustment
Kristaps Porzingis still remains hopeful that the NBA can resume this summer, but the former Knicks star fully understands why he might not get the chance to appear in postseason play for the first time. Porzingis’ current team, the Dallas Mavericks, were in the No. 7 playoff position in the Western Conference — 10 games...
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AT&T taps Gillespie to head Washington office
Brownstein Hyatt signs 17 clients for coronavirus-related work — Restaurants ask Congress for more help
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NYC to get 50,000 coronavirus test kits from charitable Indiana city
The Big Apple is getting 50,000 coronavirus tests donated by an Indiana city that has way more than it needs, its mayor announced Thursday. The city of Carmel is home to a new lab, Apex Medical, that can churn out 12,000 kits per day — and expects to have enough material to make as many...
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Airlines and TSA report 96% drop in air travel as pandemic continues
The number of people traveling by plane has dropped by about 96% amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple metrics.
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Heart-pounding house fire rescue of 8-year-old boy left for dead
When police arrived at this blazing house fire in South Hedlund, Australia, they learned one child, named Liam, was still inside. Watch the newly released bodycam footage of the March 27 rescue as cops search for the 8-year-old boy. He was found “unresponsive” on the floor of the fiery suburban house and taken by the...
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6 Easter recipes for a scaled-down, but still festive holiday feast
Whether with many or few, with eggs or without, Easter is a moment of culinary joy.
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Having weird dreams in quarantine? You’re not alone.
Getty Images/Tetra images RF Why so many people seem to be having vivid dreams right now, explained by an expert. The blog I Dream of Covid is a surrealist collection of dreams submitted by readers around the world in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that, apparently, has had far-reaching effects into our collective subconscious. One San Francisco resident dreamed about walking around the city in Crocs and stepping on a needle contaminated with the coronavirus. Another person from Georgia recalled a dream where a doctor sprinkled salt on their thigh, tasted it with her fingers, and told them, “You are positive for Covid-19.” As people around the world hunker down in quarantine or otherwise adjust to the disease, many have anecdotally reported having weirder, more vivid dreams than usual — some related to the coronavirus, some about mundane life in the pre-pandemic world, and some just plain strange and inexplicable. Some people have said they’re more restless, thereby getting less sleep than usual. (For those struggling to have a good night’s rest or grappling with nightmares, the National Sleep Foundation recommends sticking to a consistent sleep schedule, or taking a short 30-minute nap.) Meanwhile, others have reported sleeping more, and consistent deep sleepers (like myself) rarely recall the dreams they have. been having the most vivid complex dreams every single night of quarantine— Hannah (@hannahg11) April 5, 2020 For sleep researchers, it’s a ripe time to collect dream content for analysis. Some theorize that this onset of vivid imagery is a result of changing sleep schedules: Most people have vivid dreams during the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep, and they tend to have longer and deeper REM cycles as the night progresses. If a person wakes up in the middle of a REM cycle, they’re more likely to remember their dream content and the details involved. Others attribute this vividness to the emotional and physical chaos many of us are experiencing. In previous research, scientists have determined that the limbic system — parts of the brain involved in behavioral and emotional responses — are activated during dreams that are highly bizarre or emotional. I spoke with Dylan Selterman, a social psychologist who runs the Dreams, Relationships, Emotions, Attraction, and Morality (DREAM) Lab at the University of Maryland, on how something like the Covid-19 outbreak could be affecting our sleep and our dreams. How does stress about, say, a global pandemic affect our dreams? There is not a grand unified theory of dreams among researchers, but there are several different theories with some validity to them. You’ve probably heard of the continuity theory of dreams, which hypothesizes that people dream about the stuff they’re thinking about and doing while they’re awake. If we feel some degree of stress about the pandemic, or about work or family, then it’s normal for those types of themes to appear in our dream content. Some researchers believe that dreams have a functional purpose to prepare us for difficult or challenging situations when we awake. Normally, what happens during a stress dream is that your mind appears to be working a problem out. There are also researchers who believe the inverse of that; for example, if you’re experiencing difficulties in your current life and dream about them, that can predict your future mental health. Those are some possible explanations as to why some people might have stressful dreams. We’re trying to work through this situation emotionally, trying to prepare for the future. It’s not surprising to me to hear that some people are having dreams related to the pandemic. Both my wife and I have had dreams that involve social distancing, where we try to maintain physical distance from people around us, because that’s what we’re doing when we’re awake. Is there any truth to the feeling that lots of people are having similar types of dreams all at once? The biggest variables that influence dream vividness have to do with your regular sleep habits. If it’s a very traumatic personal event, in clinical research, there’s evidence of people experiencing nightmares. It could be that people are changing their sleep schedules, and if they get more sleep, they’re likely to have more vivid dreams. Another possibility is that people are thinking more about their dreams. Studies show that when you focus on your dreams more while you’re awake, you tend to remember them better. This has been shown in diary studies, for example. If a person starts a dream diary for even just a few days, they start to recall more imagery from their dreams. If you want to get more into dream philosophy rather than scientific research, you can look into Carl Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious. I haven’t read any literature on similar content in dreams after a traumatic event, like a terrorist attack, that caused millions of people to dream about that specifically. (In the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, scientists from the Tufts University School of Medicine analyzed dreams of 44 participants. The post-attack dreams had more intense images, which is “very consistent with findings in people who have experienced trauma of various kinds,” the head researcher said, but there was no dream content involving airplanes or tall towers.) Is there any way a person can manifest better, less-scary dreams? There’s some research in clinical psychology — and I’m not a clinical psychologist — that people who suffer from chronic nightmares or PTSD can benefit from lucid dreaming therapy. I can only speak anecdotally from this, and I used to lucid dream a lot more frequently when I was younger. This can be a way for people to overcome negativity and experience more fulfillment in their dreams by controlling the content they encounter. Stephen LaBerge is the premier researcher on lucid dreaming, and if you’re interested, he has published several books on the topic and how to induce these dreams. During our talk, Selterman cited several other researchers who’ve made significant contributions to dream theory, including Rosalind Cartwright, author of The Twenty-four Hour Mind,who has studied how dreaming regulates our mental health and emotions, and Robert Stickgold of the Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep, whose research delves into how memory is consolidated during sleep. In several years, it’s possible that sleep researchers — those currently collecting anecdotal dream content — could come to some conclusions about our quarantine dreams. The crowdsourced I Dream of Covid blog has the potential to be a fascinating trove of dreams for future understanding, much like The Third Reich of Dreams, a record of 75 dreams compiled by Charlotte Beradt under the Nazi regime. Her book is organized by recurring symbols, and while it is not a study or psychoanalytic text, it “reinforces the premise that links between waking life and dreams are indisputable,” according to the New Yorker. In the meantime, if you’re an avid dreamer, it could be helpful to start a dream journal, regardless of whether you believe your dreams hold intrinsic meaning or not. Selterman added: “The way that dreams are understood by people can be filtered through their own beliefs as to what those dreams mean.” Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Macron meets with controversial chloroquine doctor touted by Trump
Didier Raoult defends a controversial treatment for the coronavirus.
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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s podcast looks at married life in quarantine
If you haven’t seen their story in the Oscar-nominated autobiographical dramedy “The Big Sick” (and what better time than now to seek it out on Amazon?), writer Emily V. Gordon and comedian Kumail Nanjiani are a couple who got married following the most extreme of adverse circumstances. During their early dating days, she became seriously...
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Joe Exotic Juror Says 'Tiger King' Star Faked Tears During His Murder-For-Hire Trial
"He wasn't the same guy. He was much quieter."
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Scientist asks for breast milk to study coronavirus treatment
Could the cure for coronavirus be abreast? Medical researcher Rebecca Powell, Ph.D., is asking mothers of newborns to donate breast milk to her study, with hopes of analyzing its healing powers. The human milk immunologist made the strange request on social media recently, asking specifically for samples in the NYC area. “Are you a healthy,...
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The UK PM 'is in extremely good spirits' after being moved to a regular hospital ward, Downing Street said
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A Heavy Lift For The Fitness World As Home Workouts Replace The Gym
Swimmers, runners, weight-lifters are getting creative with home exercises. Out-of-work fitness instructors are doing tricky math: whether to offer their hard-earned skills on the Internet for free.
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Trump team ramps up scrutiny of funds to WHO
The State Department and others have been told to get extra approvals before sending funds to the World Health Organization.
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Dr. Manny's diagnosis for America: "The patient is critical but stable'
Despite the challenges posed by the outbreak, Dr. Manny noted there are positive developments in the country's fight against the virus.
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British PM Boris Johnson leaves ICU, still in hospital with coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been released from intensive care, but remains hospitalized in London on his fourth day battling coronavirus.
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Melania Trump encourages face mask use with photo of herself
First lady Melania Trump shared a photo of herself wearing a cloth face mask in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first member of the Trump family to publicly don a face covering.
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Arizona pizza place uses new method to battle coronavirus: robots
Robots can’t feel love, but they also can’t get sick.
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Senators demand more information from Trump on ousting of intel community inspector general
It is "our responsibility to confirm that there are clear, substantial reasons for removal," bipartisan senators wrote in a letter to Trump.
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NYC Could Need Up To 45,000 Additional Medical Workers This Month, Mayor Says
In what he calls a "worst-case" scenario, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will be unable to meet the demand for medical workers without help from the federal government.
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UK PM Johnson leaves intensive care, remains under observation
Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening as he continues to recover from COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said on Thursday.
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'Saturday Night Live' is producing new original content remotely amid coronavirus
After going dark because of the coronavirus pandemic, "Saturday Night Live" will be back this weekend with new original content that will be produced remotely, NBC said on Thursday.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus shows off her makeup skills for coronavirus PSA
The "Veep" star is stranded without her usual glam squad.
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Trevor Bauer, Rob Gronkowski and others display beer pong skills in Ballina Cup
Rob Gronkowski, Trevor Bauer and Post Malone are among the beer pong competitors in the Ballina Cup, a wacky virtual tournament that peaks this week.
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Judge orders ICE to release four California detainees because of coronavirus risk
Coronavirus: A federal judge orders ICE to release four immigrants detained in California because of health risks.
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States Can Use the Coronavirus Response to Go After Insulin Price Gougers
For the diabetics who will lack insurance during the crisis, insulin costs could outpace government assistance with catastrophic consequences.
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Linda Tripp wanted to make history. Instead, it nearly destroyed her.
America cast former White House secretary Linda Tripp as the villian in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Out of Intensive Care After Hospitalization for Coronavirus
"He will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," a statement about the prime minister's condition said.
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Trump discusses potential timeline to reopen economy
Jobless claims are surging as businesses are forced to shut their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, President Trump is considering when the economy will reopen. CBS News White House correspondent Ben Tracy joins CBSN with the latest.
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The Top 10 women Joe Biden might choose as his VP
Thursday marks Joe Biden's first official day as the de facto 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
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Jimmy Fallon enlists Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell for a quarantine soap opera
Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell teamed up via video chat to create "The Longest Days of Our Lives," a hilarious, quarantine-inspired soap opera.
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NYC could ease coronavirus restrictions in late May, but hampered by lack of testing
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Melania Trump promotes wearing face masks. Her husband, not so much.
The first lady on Thursday posted a picture of herself wearing a mask on Twitter.
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Suicidal man accused of killing wife tried to shove ring down her throat, cops say
The 64-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, fled into Wine Heaven on Third Avenue in Turtle Bay to escape her knife-wielding husband John L. Foster
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Why the Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” Is the First Chart Topper of the Coronavirus Era
America’s new No. 1 song took over social media just as we began social distancing.
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Nevada man charged with stealing 200 masks from VA hospital, prosecutors say
A Nevada man was arrested this week for allegedly stealing hundreds of surgical masks from a Veterans Administration medical center, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
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The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13
This Saturday will mark a half-century since the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon launched from the Florida coast on April 11, 1970. Apollo 13 was planned to be NASA’s third manned mission to land on the lunar surface, and, despite a few minor issues, went according to plan—until disaster struck about 56 hours into their journey. As the crew were approaching the moon, an explosion took place on the Service Module, blasting open a panel, damaging equipment, and venting oxygen into space. Rapid calculations and actions by the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston were able to salvage life support systems, alter course to return to Earth (skipping the lunar landing), and get the crew safely home. Events that could have resulted in tragedy became stories of ingenuity, perseverance, and survival. Below, a few images from those eventful days 50 years ago.
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This Republican mayor is taking a more aggressive approach to stop coronavirus than his GOP governor
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mayor G.T. Bynum says one of the worst days of his life was the day he decided to shut down the restaurants.
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Coronavirus: China asks Switzerland to ramp up production of key component for ventilators
China has asked Switzerland to ramp up its production of key components for ventilators after Beijing producers complained they were struggling to keep up with global demand. 
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Rebecca Black of 'Friday' fame says she is queer
Rebecca Black said she has "made a conscious decision to not, like, 'come out.'"
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The political fight over oversight of the $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, explained
The oversight -- and Trump's attempts to weaken it -- can be broken down into three parts.
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Is Tucker Carlson the Most Powerful Person in Media?
"He rightly gets credit for shooting from the hip," said one media expert.
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Dermatologists in France have uncovered another unusual coronavirus symptom
Fever, fatigue, a dry cough and shortness of breath. These are among the most common COVID-19 symptoms, but they’re not enough to confirm an infection from the novel coronavirus. You’d have to get tested to be certain, but only if you qualify and there are enough tests to go around in your area. This diabolical...
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Ohio Department of Health director overcame poverty to lead the state's battle against coronavirus
When she was a child growing up in Ohio, Amy Acton says, people looked down on her and her brother because they were poor -- really poor.
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Calif. taco shop now selling masks, toilet paper
A Southern California taco restaurant has become its community's go-to spot for pandemic essentials. The Masataco restaurant in Whittier has been selling masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, rice, beans and tortillas for the past month. (April 9)       
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