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Emergency Doctor Warns Costs for Masks 'Have Gone Up by 10 to 20 Times' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
"The supply chain is absolutely broken," Dr. Megan Ranney said.
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newsweek.com
No plans to cancel US Open tennis tournament, USTA says
The Open is set to run Aug. 24 through Sept. 13, and, "We're still planning accordingly,'' said Danny Zausner, managing director of the US Tennis Association, which runs the tournament.
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nypost.com
Turkmenistan government outlaws any mention of the word ‘coronavirus’
Turkmenistan has a special approach to wiping out the coronavirus — by completely banning any mention of the word, according to reports. The Central Asian nation is ordering citizens to stop saying the name of the deadly illness that’s sweeping the globe — and even empowered police to detain anyone letting it pass their lips...
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nypost.com
Marriott reveals second big data breach in two years
Marriott said 5.2 million hotel guests may have had their personal information accessed dating back to mid-January.
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cbsnews.com
Los Angeles supervisors remove sheriff as head of emergency operations
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors removed Sheriff Alex Villanueva as head of the county's emergency operations center on Tuesday,  a day after he reversed an order to close gun shops amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
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foxnews.com
Be a ‘Tiger King’ without risking life and limb with Google’s AR function
Calling all average Joe Exotics. Isolationist animal lovers are becoming their own “Tiger Kings,” minus the mauling risk (or serial philandering), by using Google’s augmented reality function to turn their homes into a virtual menagerie. The nifty feature debuted last year but is currently gaining popularity as people seek new ways to stave off the...
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nypost.com
Airlines pivot from passengers to cargo amid coronavirus crisis
Amid a huge drop in passenger demand because of the coronavirus outbreak, airlines turn to flying cargo only instead of people on some flights.
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latimes.com
Man uses bucket truck to visit mom amid coronavirus pandemic
He usually takes his mom out every Thursday – but during coronavirus, he had to get creative.
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cbsnews.com
Hero of the Day: Real estate exec gives free rent to pizzeria feeding hospitals
Free rent might be a pie in the sky for out-of-work New Yorkers, but this Manhattan landlord is making it a reality for a pizzeria that’s been feeding hospital workers.  “When times get bad, there’s one thing New Yorkers do, and that’s help each other,” said Ben Kraus, an asset manager at A&E Real Estate...
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nypost.com
'Picard' Is the First 'Star Trek' Series Launched By a Woman Director—Here's How She Did It
Hanelle Culpepper directed episodes of 'Star Trek: Discovery,' but by directing the first three episodes of 'Star Trek: Picard,' she became the first woman director of a 'Star Trek' series pilot.
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newsweek.com
Editorial: Newsom opens the door to more doctors and nurses, but it needs to be wider
Doctors who've gone to medical school for nearly four years and nurses who are within two months of graduation are needed during the coronavirus crisis.
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latimes.com
Storytime with Dana, featuring Dana's corny jokes
Today, I have a very special treat: My famous corny jokes!
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foxnews.com
Lenders blocked plan to protect Americans’ credit scores amid coronavirus
Cash-strapped Americans — even those who lost their jobs — can’t expect to catch a break on their credit report if they miss a loan, rent or mortgage payment because of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report said Tuesday. The powerful financial industry successfully lobbied Congress to reject a moratorium on recording missed and late...
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nypost.com
White House Promised 27 Million Coronavirus Tests By End of March, But U.S. Just Hit 1 Million
Tracking analysts see a discrepancy between White House claims and the real numbers on the testing kits.
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newsweek.com
Gun sales spike in Riverside County as confusion over gun store closures roils L.A.
After L.A. County flip-flops on whether gun stores are essential businesses, the sheriff of Riverside County rolls out the welcome mat to gun buyers.
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latimes.com
Chris Kreider embodies Rangers’ bridge from rebuild to contention
Part 10 in a series analyzing the New York Rangers. Let’s play Jeopardy. Rangers edition. For $1,000. The Answer: Jan Erixon. The question: Who is the last forward drafted by the Rangers to remain with the team until age 30? Erixon was drafted in 1981. Tony Granato, Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Tomas Sandstrom, Ulf Dahlen;...
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Sheldon Adelson reportedly donates 2M masks to heath workers in NY, Nevada
Casino owner and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has purchased 2 million masks and is donating them to first responders and medical workers to help offset a national shortage because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. The billionaire philanthropist had the masks produced in China at his expense and will deliver them to hospitals...
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nypost.com
Prince Harry’s biographer blasts Sussexes as ‘self-centered’
Prince Harry's biographer has slammed the Prince and wife Meghan Markle as self-entitled brats.
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nypost.com
NBA 2K players tournament to feature Kevin Durant, two Clippers
Sixteen NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell, will take part in an ESPN-televised NBA 2K tournament that begins Friday.
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latimes.com
Christopher Meloni to reprise ‘Law & Order: SVU’ role in new NBC series
EXCLUSIVE: A beloved TV character is coming back. NBC has given a 13-episode series order to a new Dick Wolf crime drama series starring Christopher Meloni, reprising his “Law & Order: SVU” role as Elliot Stabler. The drama, which marks the actor’s return to the Dick Wolf fold, revolves around the NYPD organized crime unit...
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College admissions scandal: Mom gets 7 months in prison despite her COVID-19 health concerns
Elizabeth Henriquez was sentenced via video to 7 months in prison for paying more than $500,000 in bribes to help get her daughters into top colleges.       
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usatoday.com
Prince Albert of Monaco recovers from coronavirus
Prince Albert of Monaco has won his battle with the coronavirus, his daughter has revealed.
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nypost.com
China exporting faulty medical equipment as manufacturing rebounds: report
China’s manufacturing rebounded in March now that Beijing began opening factories following the easing of anti-coronavirus measures, and the Netherlands became the latest nation to reject medical gear made in the country because of concerns over shoddy equipment, according to reports. The ruling Communist Party is trying to revitalize the world’s second-largest economy after it...
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nypost.com
Home of US Open to be turned into hospital
Part of the tennis center that hosts the U.S. Open will be transformed into a makeshift hospital to help New York fight the coronavirus pandemic. (March 31)       
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usatoday.com
Outbreak On U.S. Aircraft Carrier 'Accelerating,' Commander Warns Pentagon
With more than 100 sailors reportedly infected, the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier says the shipboard outbreak will keep spreading unless his 4,000+ crew is quarantined.
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Economy On Lockdown: Jobless Rate Could Be Highest Since WWII
As efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic temporarily put millions of Americans out of work, forecasters are predicting a record slowdown in the U.S. economy.
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npr.org
Jerusalem sanitizes stones of Western Wall amid pandemic
As the Jewish holiday Passover approaches, Israel is ramping up its social distancing guidelines and implementing extra safety measures.
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We’re All on the Cruise Ship Now
Some of us get the privilege of cabin fever. Others bring room service.
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slate.com
Seattle police chief tells residents to call 911 if called racist names amid coronavirus pandemic
Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best tweeted her plea to residents to call 911 if called racist names Monday night.
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foxnews.com
A day in the life of my quarantine: Read Naomi Campbell's diary
Naomi Campbell shares a day in the life of her quarantine, from what she's reading to which English treats she's splurging on.        
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usatoday.com
Coronavirus crisis viewing: 'The Office' among top picks for streamers
Nielsen found that Netflix shows, including "The Office" and "Spenser Confidential," were top picks as more than 156 billion minutes of content were streamed during week of March 16.
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latimes.com
1/26/17: Red and Blue
President Trump spent part of his day at this year's GOP retreat in Philadelphia; President Trump's pick for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, has yet to be approved
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A second pastor has been charged with violating public orders against large gatherings
For the second time in two days, police have charged a pastor with defying public orders against large gatherings by holding church services with hundreds of members.
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edition.cnn.com
How to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis With Our Rights Intact
Let’s not follow Hungary’s example.
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slate.com
NYC’s rich are paying limo drivers to deliver their mail to their Hamptons beach houses
Talk about first-class mail. A Manhattan limousine company has found a way to drive revenue now that the COVID-19 pandemic has pumped the brakes on car service around New York City: have its drivers chauffeur their elite clientele’s mail and packages from their posh city penthouses to their Hamptons beach houses, where they’ve fled to...
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nypost.com
5/2/17: Red and Blue
CBS News has learned former acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House about the possibility former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have been "compromised" by Russian contacts; Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says he isn't a lobbyist, but is reportedly offering access to the president
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cbsnews.com
5/10/17: Red and Blue
CBS News has obtained the email former FBI Director Comey's sent to colleagues after his firing; historian Jonathan Darman joined "Red & Blue" to discuss with CBS News national correspondent Chip Reid if the comparison is warranted.
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cbsnews.com
GM turns shuttered Warren plant into face mask supplier
GM is seeking paid volunteers from its workforce to start making face masks at its once-idled Warren Transmission plant in Michigan starting Monday.       
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usatoday.com
Leaked audio suggests Trump is in denial about the coronavirus testing problem
President Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House on March 30. | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images “I haven’t heard about testing being a problem,” Trump said on a call with governors on Monday. Governors and public health officials — including those on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force — have spoken often about difficulties finding and processing Covid-19 tests. In a call with governors Monday, however, Trump said he has not heard about these issues. In audio of the call published by CBS News, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) details two problems with testing. First, that his state doesn’t have enough tests, saying “we’re one day away if we don’t get test kits from the CDC that we wouldn’t be able to do testing.” And second, that the federal government has depleted the tests available on the private market. These are known issues, and are problems the Trump administration has been repeatedly criticized for not working harder to solve. But Trump respond to Bullock’s concerns by saying, “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks. We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests, and we’ll come out with another one tomorrow, that’s almost instantaneous testing. But I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.” CBS News obtained audio of a call Monday between Pres. Trump and rural state governors about coronavirus. After Montana Gov. Steve Bullock discusses difficulty getting testing equipment, Trump says, "I haven't heard anything about testing being a problem" https://t.co/ScO2YbKZAq pic.twitter.com/YhFPpw7Gni— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 30, 2020 It is true that testing capacity has ramped up in recent weeks, and that the FDA approved a new test from Abbott Laboratories that can deliver results in as little as five minutes. But testing does remain a problem, and one a number of governors have been vocal about. Monday, for example, Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan (D) and Larry Hogan of Maryland (R) published an op-ed in the Washington Post asking the federal government for more “test kits, medical supplies and other lifesaving equipment to meet the scope of this pandemic.” Trump’s response to questions of testing typically mirrors the answer he gave Bullock — that the US is doing more testing than anyone else. And this,to a point, appears to be true. As of Saturday, Adm. Brett Giroir, coronavirus task force member and assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the US had done 894,000 tests. But while that is a large number, the number of tests done per capita is much smaller: According to the Washington Post, the US had conducted 2,250 tests per million people by March 28, a figure roughly two-thirds of the per capita testing rate South Korea achieved three weeks earlier. The reason this distinction is important is that if we are to end social distancing in the next few months, rather than ending it only when a vaccine becomes available, it is imperative enough tests exist to test on a massive scale, as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has explained. “If you look at an area, any area — take one that has moderate degree of activity — you can’t just empirically say, I’m going to loosen restrictions there,” Fauci said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “You can do it, but you absolutely must have in place the capability of going there, testing, testing in an efficient way, not take a test, come back five days later, and find out if you’re infected, testing, knowing in real time if a person is infected, and then getting them out of circulation, and contact tracing.” Essentially, the way to begin to go back to something resembling normal life is to test a lot, and track who those who test positive had contact with (or, contact trace). The infected and exposed can then practice social distancing on a more individual level. Trump brags about US test numbers, but has yet to advocate for the massive testing needed to end current social distancing practices A vaccine could be as far as 17 months away, according to experts, making more strategic social distancing an attractive strategy. In the call with the governors that elicited Trump’s remark about having heard nothing about testing difficulties, Fauci attempted to learn how close those on the line were with getting to a point where limited social distancing would be a viable strategy. “Do you have any system in place that you feel can adequately identify cases and isolate them and contract-trace them, or are the capabilities and resources there that’s not something you can do with what you have?” Fauci asked Bullock. Bullock responded that Montana is nowhere near that point, leading to Trump to tout his test numbers. It doesn’t appear that Trump has bought into the idea that expanding testing could lead to a solution for the situation the country has found itself in. He has said it understands the concept. During his March 25 daily press conference, after being asked about a proposal from Dr. Ashish Jha, head of Harvard University’s Global Health Institute, that recommended testing be done broadly in order to quarantine selectively — broadly, what Fauci outlined — the president said, “I saw his statement.” “We have tested, by far, more than anybody,” Trump continued. “And our tests are the best tests. ... But if you’re saying we’re going to test 350 million people — I watched his statement; I disagree with it.” Testing each and every American isn’t necessarily needed, but as Vox’s Brian Resnick has explained, broad and regular testing is needed throughout the country “to see where the virus may be lurking, especially in cases where symptoms are mild or don’t manifest at all.” Once those places are identified, they can be quarantined on a limited basis, Resnick writes, turning “that sledgehammer of social distancing into a scalpel.” This is the approach South Korea has taken to get the coronavirus under control. Some of the huge number of tests needed to get to that point are in production — Abbott has said it can deliver 50,000 of its new tests each day starting Wednesday, but far more will be needed. My colleague Alex Ward has outlined one way to help ramp up production: Trump could invoke the Defense Production Act, which would allow the federal government to direct private companies to make the tests and other essential material like ventilators and masks. Trump has been hesitant to commit to that thus far — and certainly can’t be swayed to change his mind on the matter until he comes to understand the importance of the testing problem. Fauci has said the federal government’s top scientists have changed the president’s mind on coronavirus matters before, most recently encouraging him to extend the period of federally recommended social distancing by a month and convincing him not to lock down New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. And so it may be that the president can be made to understand why testing is still a problem, and that the federal government can do more to help governors get the tests they desperately need.
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vox.com
Defying higher authority, Pasadena church furloughs workers amid coronavirus outbreak
Workers furloughed from Pasadena's St. Andrew Catholic Church said the move has left them feeling abandoned and angry.
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latimes.com
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry buys Mark Ronson's Los Feliz villa
In Los Feliz, Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry just dropped $4.776 million on a Mediterranean Revival-style villa owned by Grammy-winner Mark Ronson.
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latimes.com
4/11/17: Red and Blue
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized his controversial - an inaccurate -- remarks that Hitler did not use chemical weapons against his own people during World War II; Hillary Clinton says she has "no plans" to run for office again
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cbsnews.com
4/12/17: Red and Blue
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in his visit to Moscow that relations between the U.S. and Syria are at a "low point;" Bryan Lowry from the Kansas City Star and Greg Bluestein from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution join "Red & Blue" to break down why these races matter -- and why they have Republicans worried.
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cbsnews.com
4/3/17: Red and Blue
As Democrats reached the vote threshold for a filibuster on judge Neil Gorsuch, Republicans said Monday they are prepared to change Senate rules so a simple majority could confirm President Trump's nominee; President Trump's budget would reduce funding in rural areas around the country that were key to his November election victory
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cbsnews.com
4/25/17: Red and Blue
With the deadline set for April 28th, Congress is racing against the clock to prevent a federal government shutdown; While "100 days" has become a popular benchmark in American presidential politics, its origins go back to nineteenth century France
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cbsnews.com
4/4/17: Red and Blue
Vice President Mike Pence was on Capitol Hill Tuesday night for his second meeting with Congressional Republicans about overhauling Obamacare; In Ivanka Trump's first interview since becoming Assistant to the President, she tells "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King about her role in the White House - and how she communicates with her father on policy.
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cbsnews.com
4/24/17: Red and Blue
Trump's 100 days; Sonny Perdue confirmed
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cbsnews.com
4/18/17: Red and Blue
President Trump is warning Americans to be "concerned" about the prospect of a nuclear war, and Vice President Mike Pence said in a trip to the Asia-Pacific region that the administration is embracing a more aggressive strategy in the Korean peninsula; The American University professor who predicted President Trump's 2016 election win has a new prediction: Mr. Trump will be impeached
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