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Ken Shimura, popular comedian in Japan, dead at 70 after contracting coronavirus
Ken Shimura, a popular comedian in Japan, has died after contracting the coronavirus, becoming the country's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70.
NJ National Guardsman first US military member to die of coronavirus
A New Jersey Army National Guardsman died from the coronavirus on Saturday — the US military’s first loss of life from the illness, government officials announced Monday. Captain Douglas Linn Hickok had been hospitalized with the virus since March 21, according to officials. “This is a stinging loss for our military community, and our condolences go...
'Bachelor' alum Michelle Money's teen daughter on life support after skateboard accident
"Bachelor" alum Michelle Money is having "the worst experience" of her life after a skateboarding accident left her teen daughter with brain trauma.       
NYC hospitals using refrigerated trucks as temporary morgues
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed 85 refrigerated trucks to New York City to serve as temporary morgues where hospitals will place the overflow of bodies, as the coronavirus death toll climbed steadily on Monday. 
Amazon fires worker who organized strike over coronavirus response
Amazon has fired the worker at its Staten Island warehouse who organized a walkout on Monday to demand greater protections from the company amid the coronavirus outbreak. Chris Smalls, 31, a management assistant at the facility, told The Post he was canned in a phone call following Monday afternoon’s strike. “They pretty much retaliated against...
How coronavirus chaos is impacting everything in the property world
There’s no single clear trend — other than fear and confusion — as the property world waits out the coronavirus fallout. The chaos impacts development, leasing, finance and all points between. Here are our takes on several key situations. RETAIL RENT PAYMENTS: The situation’s in flux after the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Nike...
NCAA Division 1 Athletes Get Another Shot At Spring Sports
Schools have been authorized to offer spring sport athletes whose schedule was shut down by the coronavirus an extra year of eligibility so they can play an extra season.
Tucker blasts feds over medical masks, says 'stop lying to us' about why we shouldn't buy them
Tucker Carlson claimed Monday that the federal government has not been forthright about the supply of crucial N95 medical masks amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Mac and cheese? Noodle soup? Top chefs share their go-to comfort foods
Comfort food knows no geographical boundaries. Wherever you are in the world, there will always be a dish that your fellow citizens are more than happy to gravitate towards. Here are 10 such dishes from around the world, as recommended by top chefs.
AdultFriendFinder helping engaged couples broadcast nuptials
The site says it’s adapting so that betrothed couples can broadcast their nuptials to their social-distancing loved ones.
Site of U.S. Open Tennis Tournament to House Temporary Hospital
New York state and city officials are trying to increase hospital capacity by up to 87,000 beds to handle the outbreak
Bend it like the Bay Area: Doctors hopeful about curve 2 weeks into shelter-in-place
Coronavirus delays man's life-saving liver transplant
A man born with a rare liver disease was told he may have weeks to live when his uncle was no longer able to donate his liver after the coronavirus pandemic put elective surgeries on hold. CNN's Randi Kaye has more.
'The Voice': John Legend uses his only save after twinning moment on this Beatles classic
Team John Legend's Nelson Cade III and Darious Lyles went head-to-head during the second night of Battles, showcasing their similar sounds and style.        
Here’s what Trump should do about falling gas prices
How’d you like some good news for a change? Here it is: The price of gasoline is tumbling and this week the average in the US should go below the $2-a-gallon level. That’s a cruel irony, of course, because part of the reason for the drop in prices is that Americans and drivers throughout the...
Coronavirus in Italy: Some of the most surprising excuses people have used to leave home
Despite tough restrictions imposed by the government in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged Italy, some people there have been finding ways to venture outside.
Toy sales surge as coronavirus pandemic keeps kids home
Social distancing may be a damper on most industries — but it’s proving a boon to toy makers. With the tots stuck at home and play dates and parks largely off-limits, parents have been buying toys in bulk in hopes of keeping the little one occupied and away from the TV while they work. Adam...
'Tiger King' podcast host wants Margot Robbie to play Joe Exotic
Margot Robbie's next gig could be a unique one if the "Tiger King" podcast host gets his way.
Corona-fleeing New Yorkers now ruining the Hamptons’ Stop & Shop
“It was way overcrowded, with some aisles having 20 or 30 people."
U.S. judges stop Texas, Ohio, Alabama from curbing abortions during coronavirus crisis
Federal judges on Monday blocked officials in Texas, Ohio and Alabama from banning most abortions in those states as part of their orders to postpone surgeries and other procedures deemed not medically necessary during the coronavirus crisis.
'This is weird': Kristen Bell hosts star-studded Nickelodeon coronavirus special for kids
Monday night's "#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall" brought many celebrities together – by way of videos and video chats, of course.        
A man allegedly teaching his dog to drive was arrested after leading troopers on a high speed chase
A Washington state trooper who tried to corner the man's car looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver's seat while the suspect steered, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Patrol said.
FBI Reaches out to Sen. Burr Over Stock Sales Before Coronavirus Market Slide
The North Carolina Republican dumped as much as $1.7 million in stocks in the days before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy
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Bellator cancels next three shows due to coronavirus concerns
Bellator has canceled the company's May events as the worldwide coronavirus pandemic continues.       Related StoriesPFL puts 2020 season on hold due to coronavirus pandemicDaniel Cormier takes no joy in Jon Jones arrest, expects same until 'the people around him change'Kamaru Usman willing to 'risk it all' with UFC 249 title defense; Jorge Masvidal's manager calls foul 
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Police ask for leads in disappearance of Don Lewis
Carole is accused of having some involvement in her husband's disappearance in the series — rumors she vehemently denies.
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Dr. Marc Siegel describes HIV drug as 'very exciting' potential coronavirus treatment
Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Monday that an experimental drug typically used to treat HIV and breast cancer may be a promising treatment for the coronavirus.
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Brooklyn man arrested for hoarding masks, coughing on FBI agents
A Brooklyn man claiming to be infected with the coronavirus coughed on FBI agents who were investigating him for hoarding medical supplies, the US Attorney’s Office said Monday. Baruch Feldheim, 43, is facing charges of assault and making false statements to the feds on Sunday outside his Borough Park home where he allegedly peddled and...
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Who should play Joe Exotic in a "Tiger King" movie?
There can be only one Tiger King.
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Ally Shapiro felt like she’d ‘been lying’ to sperm-donor ‘siblings’
“I think if I had a deeper connection, I would have been gutted."
Brad Paisley and more stars come together to show appreciation for health care professionals with 'Gratitunes'
Brad Paisley banded with some of his music buddies to show appreciation on National Doctors’ Day, March 30, as countless healthcare professionals work tirelessly to care for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Judges in 3 states block orders limiting abortion access over coronavirus
Federal judges in Ohio, Texas and Alabama have blocked orders banning nonessential medical procedures from limiting abortion access during the coronavirus outbreak, a win for abortion rights activists as the fight over abortion rights intersects with the worsening pandemic.
Lizzo and Blueface flirting over Instagram, radio
The rapper gave her a shout-out during a radio appearance, which she responded to on Instagram.
Washington state enforces stay-at-home order
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says officials will begin cracking down on businesses or groups that violate the state's stay at home order. They could see citations, and possibly revocation of business licenses. (March 30)
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares edge up, China factories show flicker of life
Asian shares managed a tentative rally on Tuesday as factory data from China held out the hope of a rebound in activity even as other countries across the globe all but shut down.
Trump again touts unproven drugs for coronavirus, and other misleading statements
President Donald Trump made another series of inaccurate and misleading statements during his coronavirus press briefing Monday afternoon from the White House Rose Garden.
Harvard/Harris Poll: 5-in-6 Americans Want to End Immigration from Mexico
In the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, about five-in-six American adults said they want to see the United States end all immigration from Mexico.
Group of Spring Breakers Test Positive for COVID-19 After Visiting Alabama Beach
The group began their trip in Nashville, Tennessee around March 13, before then moving onto Gulf Shores in Alabama three days later.
What you can do to help close the gender pay gap
More than 50 years after the passage of the landmark Equal Pay Act of 1963, women still lag behind their male counterparts in every profession in the US.
Commentary: Trump's daily briefings are short on facts. The nightly news stepped into the breach
At a moment in which viewers are eager for facts about the coronavirus outbreak, nightly news programs and other venerable formats are delivering.
Kelly Ripa has quarantine-themed birthday message for husband Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa, who has never been shy about displaying her affection for Mark Consuelos, shares a birthday message for her husband on Instagram.
Michigan AG's office to review sex assault investigation of Michigan State basketball player
The reported sexual assault took place Jan. 19, and the player was suspended by the team on Jan. 24.
'My Pillow' Trends After MyPillow Founder Urges Americans to Focus on Religion During White House Coronavirus Briefing
"I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the Word, read our bibles and spend time with our families," Lindell said Monday.
Disgraced WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann could unload nearly $1B in stock
“People are losing their jobs while Adam makes millions.”
NCAA will let spring athletes come back for another year
The NCAA is giving spring athletes — and not just seniors —  another year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic that cut their seasons well short, the organization announced Monday evening after a vote by the Division I council. But winter athletes, who were unable to complete their seasons, will not get the same...
More than 3,000 coronavirus deaths in U.S. as large cities battle hospital bed shortages
The U.S. hit another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Monday, recording its 3,000 death as the nation's most populated cities put out cries for aid and extra hospital beds.
The Instacart strike, explained
Vanessa Bain is one of many Instacart shoppers going on strike for better working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. | Nick Otto/Washington Post Why workers at Instacart, Whole Foods, and Amazon are walking off the job in protest. Workers for Instacart, one of the most popular US grocery delivery apps, went on strike Monday, demanding better pay and health protections as they risk exposing themselves to the coronavirus to deliver essentials to people on lockdown. Instacart and other grocery delivery workers are facing soaring demand — as much as 65 percent more compared to the same time last year across the top three services in the first week of March alone. But many of them say they feel increasingly unsafe doing their jobs because the companies they work for are not providing basic support, like giving them the time and supplies to wash their hands between shifts. Instacart shoppers’ complaints echo those of other workers: Around 50 Amazon workers at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, reportedly walked off the job on Monday in protest of the company’s decision to keep the facility open despite one of their colleagues being diagnosed with Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. And Whole Foods workers are planning a national “sickout” on Tuesday to call for better protections, such as free coronavirus testing for employees and paid leave for staffers under quarantine. “We are lacking things that are essential for our safety and the safety of our customers. We are potentially going to be vectors of this disease,” said Vanessa Bain, an Instacart shopper and leader of the group organizing the strike, Gig Workers Collective. Though we don’t have an exact number of strikers, and Instacart says the protest hasn’t reduced customer orders, these actions are effective in a different way: They’re drawing the attention of the public, and politicians, to the health risks that workers are taking to keep US supply chains running during a public health crisis. These workers had been pushing for better pay and basic benefits like health care long before the coronavirus pandemic, but now there’s a renewed sense of urgency around workers’ demands when their lives, and the lives of their customers, could depend on it. “I believe this is really a time for these companies to show leadership and show that they get it,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), who represents a wide swath of Silicon Valley. “I think doing something dramatic like doubling wages for folks, for a few months, I think would be a great gesture.” Instacart has changed some of its policies in response to workers’ demands in the several weeks leading up to the strike. It began offering new worker benefits, such as providing 14 days of paid time off for shoppers who can prove they have been diagnosed with the coronavirus or placed under mandatory quarantine, as well as a new bonus based on shoppers’ performance. The company also announced plans on Friday to acquire and distribute hand sanitizer. Instacart told Recode that overall, its workforce has seen earnings increase by 40 percent in the past month compared to the month prior. When asked about the strike and workers’ concerns, a spokesperson for Instacart told Recode in a statement: In the last four weeks, Instacart has introduced morethan 15 new product features, new health guidelines, new shopper bonuses, new sick leave policies, and new safety supplies, as well as pay for those affected by COVID-19. Our team has an unwavering commitment to safely serve our shoppers in the wake of COVID-19, and we’ll continue to share additional updates over the coming days, weeks and months ahead as we further support this important community. The company also said that it respects the rights of shoppers to provide feedback and voice concerns. Why exactly are workers striking? Instacart strikers want the company to take immediate action to reduce their risk of coronavirus exposure. Shoppers — whose work requires them to interact with grocery store clerks, customers, and other shoppers — are concerned about catching and spreading Covid-19. Workers are also concerned about touching surfaces such as plastic bags and food items that could be contaminated with the virus and then passing it on to customers. (Though it may be possible to contract the disease via contaminated surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the primary mode of spread is through person-to-person contact.) Workers say that if Instacart provided access to better hand-washing facilities between deliveries, gloves, and other preventive sanitation measures, that could help mitigate the risk. In order to mitigate these risks, they’re asking four things of Instacart: First, they want personal protective supplies at no cost to workers, such as hand sanitizer (which the company has started to distribute), disinfectant solutions and wipes, and soap. Second, they want hazard pay of an extra $5 per order; third, they want the default tip in the app to be set to at least 10 percent of customers’ total orders. And fourth, they’re pressing the company to grant 14 days of sick time to anyone who has been impacted by Covid-19 and provides a doctor’s note saying as much, or if they have a preexisting condition or are at high risk for facing complications from Covid-19. “I guarantee you, if you tell a customer, there’s a chance there’s a shopper who is handling your product and packaging your groceries has coronavirus, they would say, ‘no thank you.’” said Bain. What impact is the strike having? Since organizers aren’t counting how many people are participating in the strike, all we have are numbers from Instacart itself. And in a reflection of how many Americans are turning to the service during the pandemic, the company says business is doing just fine — even better than before — during this strike. “As it relates to today’s actions, we’ve seen absolutely no impact to Instacart’s operations,” a spokesperson for Instacart wrote in a statement. The company said that on Monday, it saw 40 percent more shoppers on the platform compared to the same day and time last week, and that over the past 72 hours, it sold more groceries than ever before. It also said that in the past week alone, 250,000 new people signed up to become Instacart full-service shoppers, and 50,000 of them have already started shopping on the platform. Regardless, the strike is raising awareness about worker issues in the gig economy. And Instacart’s new leave policy, which it enacted on March 10, is at least a start in addressing some of workers’ concerns. “We have to recognize the courage of these workers at Instacart and Amazon, who risk their own safety doing essential work that’s allowing us to have food for our family and our kids, and to have basic supplies,” Khanna told Recode. “While many of us are sheltering in place and working remotely, these workers are doing the essential services to keep our society functioning. So the least we can do is make sure they have safe conditions.” Khanna said he supports the strikers at Instacart in demanding more from their employers, and that he also sees a role for the government to help essential workers in the grocery and shipping industries. He said he is in discussions about proposing what he’s calling a “GI Bill” for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, such as emergency and health care workers, as well as people like Instacart shoppers and Amazon warehouse workers. The bill would have the government distribute special bonuses to these workers, among other benefits. Labor activists and other labor-friendly politicians such as Khanna have also called on gig economy companies such as Instacart, Uber, and Lyft to follow new legislation in California, AB 5, that was intended to compel companies to convert their contracted workforce to employees, entitling them to benefits such as health care and paid time off. Most companies have been largely ignoring the legislation, arguing that the new rules don’t apply to their workers. What will happen next Organizers of the Instacart strike have said that they will continue to strike until their demands are met in full. In the meantime, their action, especially in light of concurrent protests from workers at Amazon and other companies, is emphasizing more starkly than ever how the gig economy puts its workers in a precarious place, even as more people rely on their services. “I think that consumers are seeing how reliant they are on these particular workers and how essential in this pandemic their work is, so it’s a particularly powerful moment,” said Veena Dubal,alaw professor at UC Hastings, who researches the gig economy. Instacart has positioned its workers as a community of “household heroes” — providing a critical service to Americans during a global crisis. It remains to be seen, though, if these workers can successfully negotiate for the better working conditions they’ve long been asking for — and not just during these unprecedentedly difficult times.
Florida coronavirus order could further delay MLB 2020 season
Major League Baseball is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday he’s going to sign a “safer-at-home” executive order for four counties in southeast Florida. The order, if it goes into effect, would last through mid-May and would make it unlikely any form of spring training could occur in...