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Daytime TV Stars Pay Tribute to 'All My Children' Actor John Callahan After His Death at 66
"May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever," said his former wife Eva LaRue.
Trump strikes friendly tone on China with trade in mind, as his top officials point fingers over pandemic
As coronavirus cases in the US surge, President Donald Trump isn't focused just on those statistics, administration officials say, but is also watching another set of numbers: exports to China.
Life under lockdown: Recommended books
Washington Post book critic Ron Charles offers suggestions for these challenging, cloistered times
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Coronavirus highlights Venezuela's socialist failures – after Maduro, US can help them rebuild
In a failed socialist country like Venezuela, hospitals cannot come close to meeting the needs of patients suffering through a pandemic.
Major beer distributor comes to bars and restaurants' aid during coronavirus shutdowns
As restaurants and bars across the United States have had their dining rooms shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, many are bracing for tough times ahead.
'Reading Rainbow' Host LeVar Burton Wants to Host a Coronavirus Reading Time Livestream for 'Folks Who Could Use Some Diversion'
Burton is known for his acting roles in the 1970s television miniseries 'Roots' and the seminal sci-fi show 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.'
U.S. cities warn medical supplies running out, call for federal help to fight coronavirus
New York City, New Orleans and other major cities expect to run out of ventilators and other medical supplies within days as the United States grapples with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
Sweden remains open as other countries lock down over coronavirus
While other countries take extreme measures, Sweden has adopted a more relaxed policy towards a pandemic.
Transcript: Steven Mnuchin on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that aired Sunday, March 29, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
Coronavirus sickens boss of NYC's subways, commuter trains
The man in charge of New York City’s subway, buses and commuter trains has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Biden calls for widespread application of Defense Production Act
Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images “I would do the same thing for masks and gowns ... why are we waiting?” Speaking on Meet The Press Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden called for widespread invocation of the Defense Production Act to not only meet the need for ventilators but also to scale up production of “masks and gowns ... and shields and all the things our first responders and doctors need.” “Why are waiting?” Biden asked, “We know they’re needed.” WATCH: Former VP @JoeBiden says he would be "moving rapidly" on the Defense Production Act if he was president. #MTP #IfItsSundayBiden: "I would do the same thing for masks and gowns ... and all the things our first responders and doctors and nurses need. Why are we waiting?"— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 29, 2020 The former vice president is referring to widespread shortages of masks and other personal protective equipment that health care providers are reporting. This equipment takes several forms and the terminology gets confusing at times. But the key piece of equipment that health care personnel need are N-95 respirators, tight-fitting masks that when applied correctly can prevent people who need to interact closely with sick patients from infection. The respirator shortage has become so acute that medical personnel are relying on surgical masks, looser-fitting garments that offer a lower level of protection. US officials have been mostly coping with a comprehensive equipment shortage by discouraging ordinary citizens from using surgical masks, in contrast to the widespread practice of community mask usage in Asian countries. But experts are increasingly questioning the wisdom of the “don’t wear a mask” guidance, noting that they can be broadly useful in three ways — preventing asymptomatic patients from inadvertently spreading virus they don’t know they have, reminding yourself not to touch your face, and signaling to others in the community the importance of social distancing. If respirators and masks were more widely available, perhaps through DPA-induced production hikes, it would be easier for public health officials to worry less about who is getting masks and just make plenty available — for health care providers and those outside of medicine alike. Meanwhile, grassroots groups like Helpful Engineering have been mobilizing to make face shields (relatively simple plastic guards that cover the whole face) to help meet the urgent need for PPE — a need that seems it could become more dire as the world’s largest glove manufacturer is warning of impending shortages. The Defense Production Act would allow the federal government to essentially conscript America’s domestic manufacturing capacity into making more of these supplies. It could be particularly potent with regard to the surgical masks, since they are simple to construct (people who know how to sew can make them easily at home) and many facilities that work with any kind of fabric could be making them in principle. The Trump administration has thus far been reluctant to invoke the act, suggesting that to do so would create a Venezuela-like economic situation. In practice, however, it’s the administration’s inability to get the virus under control that’s creating an unprecedentedly rapid economic collapse, and anything that helps bolster the public health situation will almost certainly improve the economy as well.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's great chemistry, on stage and off
The actors are working together for the first time since they married 23 years ago in the (now-delayed) return to Broadway of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite"
U.S.-Led Forces Pull Out of Third Iraqi Base This Month
A rocket attack on the base in late December killed one American contractor
Pelosi on Trump's statement: It's ridiculous
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes President Trump after the President seemed to brush aside a provision in the coronavirus stimulus bill that would provide oversight into how the Treasury loans out money to businesses.
Coronavirus closures 'blessing in disguise' as tornado rips through Jonesboro mall
A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, damaging several buildings including a mall and airport.        
Sick and angry: Some public health officers are showing stress of coronavirus
In the Bay Area, one public health officer has been infected with COVID-19. Others are feuding, and one issued an emotional public warning that peers have criticized.
Column: Suns star Devin Booker uses 'Call of Duty' to pass time, stay connected
All-Star guard Devin Booker says playing "Call of Duty" helped him stay in touch with his friends long before he was told to quarantine at home.
WFH with a roommate or loved one? 5 ways to avoid killing each other
Many employees working remotely in the midst of the coronavirus crisis are competing with roommates for limited space, internet connection and attention.
What's Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2020? Full List of Releases
There are a few new Amazon Prime Video originals releasing on the streaming platform next month, including the Cannes Film Festival winner 'Invisible Life.'
The Rec Room: The Times' favorite sports books
Los Angeles Times sportswriters and editors pick their favorite sports books.
Italian doctors demand protective supplies as coronavirus deaths climb
At least 50 doctors have died from COVID-19 while trying to help the sick in Italy — having been sent “unarmed” to fight a “war” without essential protective supplies, their association claimed. Italy’s National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists (FNOMCeO) released a list of names of the dead doctors amid a blistering attack...
Louisiana governor calls on feds to send ventilators as coronavirus spreads
Edwards told "Face the Nation" that the state has also reached out to vendors and placed orders for 1,000 more ventilators.
'Hard to know' if imperfect stimulus bill will help everybody: Larry Kudlow
Larry Kudlow has faced criticism after claiming in February that the U.S. had "contained" the coronavirus.
CDC Asks NY, NJ, and Connecticut Residents to “Refrain” From Nonessential Travel
President Trump backtracked from his quarantine threat after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the idea.
Leadership in times of crisis
The present pandemic is not the first time in our history that the nation's governors have stepped up to offer guidance, action and straight talk
Jim Gaffigan: Life in quarantine is like a sitcom
Comedian Jim Gaffigan says holing up with his wife and five kids mirrors a situation comedy – and the episode never ends.
Life under lockdown: Time to catch up on TV
Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg offers new and classic series for those housebound by the pandemic, now that we have more time to binge-watch
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Hit 2,000 After Doubling in Two Days
In the space of 48-hours the U.S. death toll from the Chinese cornonavirus pandemic passed 2,000 late Saturday, figures confirm.
Coronavirus claims first federal prisoner; 49-year-old drug offender dies in Louisiana
Coronavirus claims first federal prisoner in Louisiana; 49-year-old drug offender succumbs days after testing positive        
Help wanted: Coronavirus and job prospects for U.S. workers
Jobless claims have skyrocketed in the face of an unprecedented health crisis, but there are job openings at firms accommodating a nation undergoing a pandemic
Pelosi on Trump's coronavirus response: 'As the President fiddles, people are dying'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "his denial at the beginning was deadly" and that as he "fiddles, people are dying."
Pelosi: Trump fiddles as people are dying
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump's response at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic has been deadly.
London taxi driver dies after possibly catching coronavirus from cash fare
The family of a British taxi driver says he has died from coronavirus after they believe he caught the bug from taking cash fares, according to a report. Spencer Kurash, 56, continued to work as a cab driver throughout London even as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the Mirror reported. But on March 18 he began...
Pelosi: As Trump 'Fiddles People Are Dying' of Coronavirus- His Denial 'Was Deadly’
Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) described president Donald Trump of fiddling while people died of coronavirus.
How Purell cleaned up
After years of losses, a family-owned company saw their product that no one wanted – hand sanitizer – turn into a necessity
'Life may change for us all': How we respond to the coronavirus crisis will reshape US history
The coronavirus has quickly become a defining moment for the nation. But whether it is a new 9/11 or a looming Great Depression is partly up to us.       
State data indicates we’re headed for another record unemployment week
Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images From Pennsylvania to Oklahoma, things are getting worse Last Thursday, the US Department of Labor reported a record-shattering surge in unemployment insurance claims for the week ending on March 21 as coronavirus concerns caused the economy to move into shutdown mode at a totally unprecedented pace. And while nobody knows for sure what next week’s reports may show, fragmentary evidence available from state level unemployment offices shows little sign that the situation is improving. Instead of a one-off spurt, last week’s eye-popping initial claims number could be just the leading edge of a larger tsunami that will continue to press forward for several weeks. Many states are reporting no letdown in claims The state of Pennsylvania is unusual in producing timely, publicly available, day-by-day statistics on unemployment claims. They show clearly that next week’s data, for Pennsylvania at least, is on track to break last week’s record. The Pennsylvania data shows the current week’s claims running slightly lower than last week’s claims, but that’s because it only has six days’ worth of claim data for the current week. It’s pretty clear that when Saturday’s numbers are added they’ll smash through last week’s record. Some other states had even bleaker news, albeit in more anecdotal form. Robin Roberson, the executive director of the Oklahoma Employment Service Commission, predicted to local television reporter Emily Collins that “our record here in the state was set back in 1991 with over 9,000 initial claims in one week; of course last week we almost doubled that ... we will double last weeks again this week.” Colorado officials told Aldo Svaldi of The Denver Post to expect claims to triple in the week that ends on March 28 compared to the March 21 week. New Mexico reported 17,187 initial claims in the week that ended on March 21, and is now already at 32,000 initial claims based on the first four days of last week. The crush of claims is so severe that, as Arindrajit Dube and Jesse Rothstein explain in a policy brief for Economists for Inclusive Prosperity, it’s crushing state unemployment offices’ actual ability to process the claims. Dube and Rothstein advocating flipping the normal process and starting to pay benefits before doing the work to verify eligibility. Then officials could claw back and penalize illegitimate claims after the fact, rather than allowing a bottleneck of claims processing to prevent people from getting the help they need. And this massive volume of unemployment claims could only be the beginning. The bigger picture is that while claims are currently piling up because of Covid-19 related business closures, there’s a risk that we’re going to see cascading waves of failures. Job losses can beget job losses Millions of workers in the food service, hospitality, and non-grocery retail sectors are facing job losses because of lockdown measures put in place as an effort to control the spread of coronavirus. Lots of other jobs, however, continue uninterrupted despite the trouble. You can still order furniture handcrafted in Vermont from sustainably harvested North American wood. My psychotherapist friend is offering patients videoconference sessions. Apple just released a new MacBook Air. Farmers are still growing food and truckers are delivering it to grocery stores. Vox Media’s many brands are still publishing. But there’s a broad risk to the economy. The people losing jobs in March are going to have to cut back on their spending. That’s going to mean lost income for people working in other sectors, whether or not their business directly impacted by the virus. And people who are just generally nervous about economic conditions are unlikely to go out and splurge on new furniture or laptops. With sales expectations for pretty much everything pointing downward, the advertising market is drying up, creating problems for media companies who in a literal sense are gaining audience from the crisis rather than losing customers. This is what makes recessions so difficult to cope with. What starts as a discrete, albeit large, problem related to public health measures swiftly ripples out to become a general downturn. And based on the best evidence available, the pace of the economic pain is only increasing.
Tracy Anderson live-streaming workouts amid coronavirus pandemic
Anderson plans to go live on Sunday morning.
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Chicago infant dies after testing positive for coronavirus, governor says
An infant in Chicago died Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19 – becoming the youngest person in Illinois to die after contracting the novel coronavirus.  
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Pelosi: ‘As the president fiddles, people are dying’
She said the White House must further ramp up its efforts.
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Trump, Biden neck and neck in 2020 presidential race: new poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are virtually neck and neck in the 2020 presidential race, a new poll released Sunday found. Registered voters opted for Biden by 49 percent over Trump’s 47 percent, the Washington Post-ABC News poll shows — with the president closing a 7 percentage point gap from February as...
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The 2020 Census: How our nation in counting on us
The once-in-a-decade enumeration of everyone in America has been launched – and pandemic or not, the work of the Census Bureau will go on
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Ignaz Semmelweis, the pioneering doctor behind hand-washing
The 19th-century Hungarian doctor determined that proper hand hygiene could make all the difference between life and death – and his ideas were rejected
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Rhode Island begins door to door checks for New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus
WESTERLY, RI — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state. Raimondo also ordered residents to...
Here's how to use your $1,200 stimulus check from the government's coronavirus relief package
Millions will receive stimulus checks from the government as part of the coronavirus relief package. Here are tips for using that money wisely.
Stranded Holland America cruise ship where 4 died amid coronavirus outbreak granted Panama Canal passage
A Holland America cruise ship where four passengers died and at least two travelers tested positive for the coronavirus was finally granted passage through the Panama Canal to sail to Florida after the vessel remained stranded at sea for weeks, officials said Saturday.
Trump's approval rating is rising amid coronavirus crisis. What could it mean for November? | Analysis
The initial boost for Trump might indicate he's not as vulnerable as some first thought.
La. governor warns state's health care system could be overwhelmed by early April
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards appear on ABC's "This Week" to talk about how their states are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.