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Coronavirus complicates California wildfire preparation; raises worry over evacuation shelters
By the time fire season arrives, officials hope the spread of COVID-19 will taper off, but preparations are already being made.
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latimes.com
A.J. Styles on Wrestlemania 36, a ‘different’ Undertaker feud and his last WWE contract
AJ Styles will take on The Undertaker in a “boneyard match” at WrestleMania 36 (April 4-5, WWE Network and FoxSports.com). Before the 42-year-old Styles faces The Deadman, he took a go at a Q&A with The Post’s Joseph Staszewski. (Edited for brevity) Q: I’m sure The Undertaker has a say in who he gets to...
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nypost.com
Eight Cruise Ships Still Carrying Passengers At Sea As Coronavirus Cases Grow Around The World
Among the ships are the Coral Princess, which announced Thursday that 12 people on board tested positive for COVID-19
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newsweek.com
Column: Could unemployment reach Great Depression levels? Yes, but ...
Without minimizing the scale of the economic plunge, it's proper to place comparisons between today's figures and economic situation and those of the Depression in perspective. In short: The differences are greater than the similarities.
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latimes.com
How one violinist is rebuilding her musical community — one minute at a time
Jennifer Koh’s “Alone Together” series will showcase new short works by 42 composers online.
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washingtonpost.com
John F. Kennedy’s grand-niece and her son, 8, missing after boating accident: report
A grand-niece of former president John F. Kennedy and her son disappeared off the coast of Maryland — and search crews have been scrambling to find them for nearly 24-hours, according to a report Friday. Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean — who is the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy — was at her mother’s home in...
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nypost.com
10 Ideas for Supporting Your Community While Self-Isolating
This pandemic, this long road, isn't being traveled alone. There are millions of others out there who are feeling like you and many who might need a little extra help to get through it. Here are 10 ideas for supporting your community while you self-isolate and social distance.
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newsweek.com
Facebook Global VP: We've learnt from our mistakes
Nick Clegg, Facebook VP of Global Affairs and Communications, talks about how they're tackling misinformation during the pandemic.
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World Food Programme chief on contracting COVID-19
David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme, describes his experiences after contracting coronavirus and how the WFP's work can continue amidst a pandemic.
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White House implements rapid coronavirus test for anyone interacting with Trump, Pence
The White House said Friday those who come into close proximity to President Trump or Vice President Pence will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test to protect the commander-in-chief and his number two from coronavirus.
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McConnell warns of 'glitches' in implementation of coronavirus relief bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday warned that there will be “glitches” in the roll-out of the massive stimulus package that went into effect last Friday to address the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Ohio coroner reports 6 overdose deaths in 24 hours amid coronavirus social distancing
Coronavirus social distancing may have contributed to a spike Friday in six overdose deaths in an Ohio county in a 24-hour period.
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On coronavirus, 'partial measures don't work'
Surgeon and public health expert Dr. Atul Gawande says failure to take a complete national approach leads to higher rates of infection and death.
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Bill Withers' 10 greatest songs
There's much more to Bill Withers' catalog than his immortal hits "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." Here, a deeper dive into his short but brilliant career.
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latimes.com
Trade groups already have complaints about small business loans
Capuano registers to lobby — Hospitals look for their share of $100B fund
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politico.com
The FCC and FTC warn phone firms to stop passing along coronavirus robocalls
The FCC and FTC are clamping down on robocalls touting free COVID-19 test kits and coronavirus home HVAC cleaning services.       
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usatoday.com
Mitt Romney's former Utah mountain retreat seeks $15.5 million
In the hills of Utah, a scenic retreat once owned by Sen. Mitt Romney is on the market for $15.5 million.
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Louisiana gov.: Lack of ventilators is main issue
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the biggest issue for the the state right now is getting enough ventilators during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Louisiana confirmed a 42% spike in coronavirus cases Thursday. (April 3)       
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Coronavirus cases increase dramatically in L.A. County in 48-hour period as testing ramps up
The number of new cases increased by more than 1,000 in 48 hours. Los Angeles County has emerged as California's coronavirus epicenter.
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N.J. Governor Wants More Ventilators From Stockpile: 'We Need The Feds To Step Up'
Phil Murphy says he asked federal officials for 2,500 ventilators and has so far received 850. Of those he's received, some "were not at the level they needed to be."
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Peter Weber and Kelley Flanagan dating, ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ alum Clay Harbor confirms
"Homegirl’s dating Peter, right?”
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Russian-drafted coronavirus resolution that swiped at US fails at UN
A Russian-drafted U.N. General Assembly resolution on the coronavirus that took a number of swipes at the U.S. was shot down by the U.S. and its allies -- a significant defeat for Moscow as members chose instead to pass a more neutral resolution urging action on the virus.
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A Comedian Coughed — And Came Up With 'Coronavirus Rhapsody'
A cough on his couch led comedian Dana Jay Bein to write the parody song "Coronavirus Rhapsody." Then he tweeted it — and the Internet took it from there.
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Did a high-end wedding lead to a violent episode between a millionaire husband and wife?
When police arrived at a wealthy couple's Florida home in 2018, they found a husband and wife both bleeding from stab wounds. Mike Reuschel told authorities an intruder broke in and started attacking, but his wife Sue has a different story. "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant joined CBSN to preview this week's episode, "Reuschel vs. Reuschel."
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People living in vans and RVs are getting squeezed during pandemic
Living full time in a van or RV has become increasingly popular, but that life is now getting tougher as parks close and free campsites shut down.
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Here's when Disney's delayed movies are coming to theaters
Disney on Friday announced new release dates for films that were delayed because of coronavirus, including two of its biggest movies this year, "Mulan" and Marvel Studios' "Black Widow."
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Here's how to spend your spring break volunteering with your kids when you're stuck at home
For many kids spring break is just around the corner. Instead of breaking off to the beach this year, however, many families will find themselves in the same place -- home.
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Wisconsin governor asks Legislature to delay primary election
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Friday signed an executive order calling the state Legislature to meet for a special session on Saturday in a last-minute bid to delay the state's primary election.
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AOC calls to drop Medicare age to ‘zero,’ approach coronavirus relief through ‘lens of reparations’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Friday cited the coronavirus crisis in renewing calls for sweeping political changes, demanding the Medicare eligibility age be reduced to zero while also saying that coronavirus relief should be viewed through a “lens of reparations.”
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New York is merging all its hospitals to battle the coronavirus
New York hospitals are beginning to operate as one system under a new plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the state tries to increase its medical capacity to stop the coronavirus pandemic. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images “We’re in an almost apocalyptic crisis, which requires cutting through the bullshit.” Right now, New York’s hospitals are no longer operating as independent facilities. Under the plan announced this week by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, there is effectively one big New York state hospital system fighting off the coronavirus. As one VoxCare reader who works in health insurance put it to me, “This verges on the socializing of the entire system.” To be clear, they were being descriptive, not pejorative — and while that is a little hyperbolic, it’s not as far off as you might think. Cuomo announced this week that he had met with New York hospital leaders and come up with a plan to, in effect, merge them into one operating system with many different locations. From Buffalo to NYC, hospitals will be sharing staff, patients and supplies for the foreseeable future, with Albany overseeing the distribution of resources. ”It’s not unusual for a time of an emergency for regulatory authorities to basically say, ‘Hospitals, you must do this.’ Usually there are provisions in state law that enable that to happen,” Susan Dentzer, a senior policy fellow at the Duke University Margolis Center for Health Policy, told me. Hurricane Katrina is one recent example she gave. But the plan is still remarkable. There are about 200 hospitals in New York state, totaling 53,000 beds before Cuomo told them to double their capacity. About 20,000 of those beds are in New York City. It is a matter of necessity, as New York has already seen more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,500 deaths — with the peak still projected to be a week away, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s estimates, requiring as many as 100,000 beds. ”This is on a scale that has not ever happened in the United States ever, with the possible exception of 1918,” Dentzer said. “Nothing on this scale has ever happened in at least 100 years.” I asked Peter Viccellio, associate chief medical officer at the Stony Brook emergency department in Long Island, about the New York hospitals plan. I want to share his response in full: We’re in an almost apocalyptic crisis, which requires cutting through the bullshit. If hospital A has resources and hospital B doesn’t, it’s in the best interest of the patient that hospital A and B work together. Protective equipment should be available to all health care providers, not just those who work at a place with a better procurement officer. We ALL need the proper equipment to treat the patient, and adequate space. Fighting against each other for resources – this isn’t the time. Resources need to be distributed in a rational way. The current rugby scrum is nonsense. The top priority in Cuomo’s plan is moving staff from less affected hospitals to those buckling under a surge of Covid-19 cases. Doctors and nurses from upstate hospitals will be transferred to NYC facilities. Likewise, hospitals will try to send patients from overcrowded hospitals to those with available beds. Ventilators, which support critical patients’ breathing, could also be shuffled between hospitals based on need. The New York state department of health will manage the movement of staff and resources, in conjunction with hospitals. It will set certain thresholds for the number of occupied ICU beds or ICU Covid-19 cases that would trigger some of these transfers. The state will also coordinate the distribution of the protective gear that helps keep doctors and nurses healthy and able to work from the various state and hospital stockpiles. (You’ve probably seen the news about the hospital ships and Central Park tents and Cuomo calling for medical volunteers, but the rest of the state has a lot of existing capacity that can be put to use without requiring new construction or traveling across the sea.) It is an unprecedented organizing challenge — but we are dealing with an unprecedented crisis. ”My impression is that now more than ever, we need to recognize that health is a public good,” Karen Joynt Maddox, assistant professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, says. “It’s not just an individual state of being. And it’s to everyone’s benefit to work together to try to get people healthy.” Joynt Maddox said that in St. Louis, the three big hospital systems have been holding frequent calls to share data on admissions and ICU transfers so they can better plan how to increase their capacity when and if cases surge there. This kind of coordination is relatively commonplace within a single hospital system that has multiple facilities. What’s unique here is the scale: an entire state merging all of its hospital systems into one. And that will present plenty of challenges both logistical (what happens when patients move from an in-network hospital to an out-of-network one?) and personal (are patients going to be moved far away from their families?). A few more questions, via the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt: What are the payment rates and who is paying? Do hospitals have to pay each other when one sends another resources? ”I do think it’s going to be incredibly messy and complicated to sort out reimbursement of all this on the back end,” he said. Another one: Is Congress going to provide more funding to bail out hospitals in New York and elsewhere, which have taken a brutal financial hit as they cancel elective surgeries to free up more beds and staff to battle Covid-19? We’ll need answers to those questions. But the time for radical action is here. As Joynt Maddox put it, “If not now, when?” ”This is the kind of organization we need in a pandemic, with very clear guardrails around the scenarios under which it’s put into place and under which it no longer applies,” she said. “I can see plenty of potential problems, but plenty of upside too.” New York is the first state to take such a dramatic step as the coronavirus takes its toll there. But it may not be the last. This story appears in VoxCare, a newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Sign up to get VoxCare in your inboxalong with more health care stats and news. Join the conversation Are you interested in more discussions around health care policy? Join our Facebook community for conversation and updates.
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Democrats say paid leave law's business exemptions too broad amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Trump administration and Democrats remain at odds over who should qualify for paid leave amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Martha Stewart is missing her glam team during quarantine
"I think about you all daily as I attempt my own daily ablutions and preparations."
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nypost.com
Over 4,400 new NYC coronavirus cases, 180 deaths reported in 24 hours
Queens continued to top the five boroughs with the most coronavirus cases at 17,832 as of Friday morning.
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Another cougar visits Chilean capital amid coronavirus lockdown
SANTIAGO – Chilean authorities captured a second cougar in little more than a week late Wednesday after the cat was spotted strolling through an upscale suburb of Santiago amid the evening quiet imposed by a nationwide, nighttime curfew due to the coronavirus pandemic. Video taken by a resident shows the cougar, a 48.5-pound female bounding...
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Marvel's 'Black Widow' rescheduled for November, Disney dates 'Captain Marvel' sequel in 2022
With studios scrambling due to the coronavirus, Disney set a November release for delayed "Black Widow" film and a 2022 date for "Captain Marvel 2."        
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Former CDC Chief Tom Frieden: Coronavirus – These simple steps can make a real difference
Reducing the spread of COVID-19 means disrupting many of our normal activities, but physical distancing and good hygiene are our best defenses.
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foxnews.com
NJ family pleads for experimental drug for man on life support
It’s been a “difficult time" for the family of Michael Goldsmith, a 34-year-old father of two who is on life support after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. 
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What could 'Phase 4' coronavirus bill include?
Here's what to expect with a potential "Phase 4" coronavirus response bill, which could be passed by the end of April.
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foxnews.com
Google data reveals massive plunge in movement, the communities obeying coronavirus orders
Google location data released Friday presents a stark picture of how the coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of more than 3.9 billion people -- half the world's population -- who are under some form of lockdown, causing massive shifts in human behavior.
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Brooke Baldwin tests positive for coronavirus
Jake Tapper shares that CNN's Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for coronavirus.
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edition.cnn.com
Republicans Want Twitter to Ban Chinese Communist Party Accounts. That’s a Dangerous Idea.
Removing the Chinese Communist Party from Twitter would push forward the agenda of those seeking to replicate national borders online.
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slate.com
Comptroller Scott Stringer’s mom dead from coronavirus
Arlene Stringer-Cuevas, a former city councilwoman in the 1970s and mother of Comptroller Scott Stringer, passed away Friday morning from complications of the coronavirus. She was 86 years old. The comptroller announced his mother’s death on Twitter Friday, saying it’s a “heartbreaking moment for me, my wife, and our entire family.” Stringer called the Bronx-born,...
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nypost.com
The Earth is shaking less under coronavirus lockdowns
During the coronavirus pandemic, people are moving less — and so is the planet.
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cbsnews.com
How Staples Center fund is helping concession workers, others during coronavirus shutdown: 'Burden being lifted'
Lakers, Clippers and Kings, along with Staples Center, started fund to pay workers affected by coronavirus shutdown. Here's how that money is helping.        
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usatoday.com
When examining maps, understand their strengths and limitations
With the coronavirus pandemic, maps conveying information are everywhere. Inspect them critically.
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washingtonpost.com
Lockdowns and Curfews Are Nothing New on the West Bank
"The Israelis stopped my freedom to move before; what does it change that I have no freedom to move now?”
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slate.com
Kushner: The federal stockpile is ours, not the states'
CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's recent comments on the strategic national medical stockpile.
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