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Georgetown owed credit for overcoming lots of controversy

On Dec. 3, Patrick Ewing kicked two of his best players — starting point guard James Akinjo and key forward Josh LeBlanc — off the team. That was supposed to ruin this season of high expectations on the Hilltop. Georgetown was now down to seven scholarship players. The last two games, that number has been...
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Pakistani Court Overturns Murder Conviction in Death of Journalist Daniel Pearl
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh could go free unless the government chooses to challenge the court decision, his lawyer said
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Australian Airline Qantas Under Investigation for Suspending Cleaner Who Raised Concerns About Coronavirus
The cleaner was let go in February after saying it was not safe to work on a flight from China.
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Patrick Novecosky: Pope John Paul II, who died exactly 15 years ago, taught us to have hope in troubled times
Fifteen years ago, the world bid farewell to a tenacious world leader whose life and words have much to offer us today.
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Florida Man Breaks Quarantine Order to Travel Around Hawaii, is Arrested by Police
Under rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, there is a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine order in place for all incoming visitors to Hawaii that asks them to stay indoors. But one man from Tampa didn't listen.
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Music never dies: “Bolero” busts out of coronavirus lockdown
Even with its members scattered far and wide by the coronavirus, an orchestra in France has managed to make sweet music in lockdown
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Coronavirus deaths top 5,000 in US as more states issue stay-at-home orders
Grim news of coronavirus infections and fatalities continued in the U.S. on Wednesday, with the number of confirmed cases rising above 200,000 and the number of deaths surpassing 5,000.
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Powerball Results, Numbers For 4/1/20: Did Anyone Win the $170 Million Jackpot on Wednesday (Last) Night?
The jackpot in last night's Powerball lottery draw was an estimated $170 million and the Power Play was X2.
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WHO Director Says World Will Reach 1 Million Coronavirus Cases and 50,000 Deaths in the Next Few Days
"I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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Coronavirus crisis, cruise ships' arrival, Storytellers Project: 5 things to know Thursday
Michigan's governor will hold a coronavirus town hall, two more cruise ships are set to arrive in Florida and more news you need to know Thursday.       
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Chinese city bans eating dogs and cats in response to coronavirus
A city in southeastern China is banning the consumption of dogs and cats as well as wild animals due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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39 US states have ordered residents home after experts continue pushing for aggressive measures to fight coronavirus
Coronavirus deaths across the US have topped 5,000 and all but 11 states have issued sweeping orders for residents to stay home -- affecting nearly 90% of the country's population.
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Arizona's Hair and Nail Salon Workers Call on Governor to Take Them Off List of Essential Services: 'Absolutely Ridiculous'
Governor Doug Ducey has issued a stay-at-home order for Arizona, but the list of essential businesses to remain open includes barber shops and salons.
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Coronavirus Gives Cities Taste of a Post-Overtourism World
The world’s most-visited cities are deserted. When the virus passes, they will be durably changed.
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LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be Jets’ option in NFL Draft 2020
When you make a list of the Jets’ biggest needs, it is easy to overlook running back. It is not as glaring of a hole as offensive line, cornerback, edge-rusher or wide receiver, but the Jets definitely need to add at this position and that could come in the draft. Despite plenty of speculation, Le’Veon...
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Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl
A Pakistani court Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl.
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Trump's Covid-19 lapse gives China an opening
Charles A. Kupchan writes that Donald Trump's bumbling Covid-19 response is pushing Europe toward China at the same time that the United States is pushing Europeans away from its close partnership with America.
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South Africa rounds up homeless people into a sports stadium during lockdown
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South Africa gathered homeless people into a sports stadium. Here too, coronavirus divides rich from poor
So far more than 1,300 people have been confirmed with the disease in South Africa, but authorities are bracing for the worst.
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The magnitude of the crisis confronting Trump -- and the rest of us
With President Trump warning of “a very, very painful two weeks” -- and obviously it could be longer than that -- the reckoning seems to have arrived.
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Scrambling for Cash? Cut Out the Middle Man
British conventions protecting shareholders are being sacrificed for speedy and decisive cash injections. The trade-offs are worth it.
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Coronabonds Could Save Europe, or Sink It
It’s too bad the European Union is talking about “euro bonds 2.0” again, when it should be talking about “Hamilton bonds.”
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Newsom and Cuomo have been top leaders in the coronavirus crisis. Don't count on them to challenge Biden
Both governors are doing a statesman-like job leading their states through the surging coronavirus pandemic.
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The Beekeeper Making Electronic Music With Bee
Everyone’s buzzing about Bioni. He’s a British beekeeper and producer making electronic music incorporating the sounds of bees. You can’t really bring bees into a recording studio, of course. They’d swarm the mic. So Bioni records the insects buzzing in their hives using homemade equipment. He extracts samples from the recordings and data, and processes the sounds through his Hive Synthesizer, which uses honey as an organic electrical resistor. People at music festivals all around the world can dance to Bioni’s beats and learn about colony collapse disorder at the same time. Bees have been dying at an alarming rate, and we need to save these pollinators if agriculture is to survive.
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When Giants could look for Saquon Barkley backup in 2020 NFL Draft
There is no debate as to the quality of the player, but the debate rages on as to where Saquon Barkley was taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. Should a running back ever go off the board at No. 2? The Giants said yes two years ago. Based on positional value, evidence a serviceable player...
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Los Angeles mayor tells 4 million to wear masks
The mayor of Los Angeles urged 4 million residents to wear masks to combat the coronavirus when they walk out in public. Mayor Eric Garcetti reminded people to practice safe social distancing as he donned a black cloth mask to make his point. (April 2)       
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Lori Loughlin and 13 other defendants move to dismiss charges in college admissions scandal
Attorneys for parents in the college admissions scandal case, including Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, filed a collection of motions to the dismiss charges against them in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday.
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Malaysian government apologizes after advising wives to avoid 'nagging' during coronavirus lockdown
The Malaysian government was forced to apologize after its Women's Development Department published a series of sexist "tips" to help deal with the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, including advising women to continue to wear makeup and to "avoid nagging."
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Court overturns conviction in killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
A court in Pakistan on Thursday overturned the death sentence and murder conviction of a British-born militant for the 2002 slaying of journalist Daniel Pearl. A lawyer for the militant, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, said his client’s sentence had been reduced to seven years in prison for the charge of kidnapping, according to Agence France-Presse....
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Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks, and the rest of the world is coming around
In the coming weeks, if they have not already, your government is likely to begin advising you to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus.
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America sees its deadliest day yet from coronavirus and stops shipping personal protective equipment overseas
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Duterte warns those who violate coronavirus lockdown will be shot dead
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police and military in the country on Wednesday to kill troublemakers who violate coronavirus lockdown measures.
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Virginia man jailed in killing of wheelchair-bound wife
A Virginia man is accused of shooting and killing his wheelchair-bound wife, and a judge has ordered him held without bond
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Women use code words at pharmacies to escape domestic violence
On Sunday, a woman walked into a pharmacy in the French city of Nancy, one of the few public places still open after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus.
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How Jets gained some flexibility after NFL free agency
Jets general manager Joe Douglas recapped his free-agency attack on Wednesday, saying the team wants to be “strategic and disciplined.” “I feel like we needed to really build a foundation moving forward of the right type of people and the right kind of depth on our team,” Douglas said on a conference call with reporters....
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Coronavirus live updates: cases top 930,000 globally
The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to impact countries worldwide, particularly in Europe and the US. Follow here for live updates.
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Trillions in Rescue Aren’t Coming From China
Breaking out special last-ditch bonds won’t raise stimulus to levels the world hopes. Beijing is too constrained.
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Coronavirus updates: U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 215,000
More than 5,000 people have died from the disease nationwide. Emergency room doctors tell CBS News the pandemic scares them more than anything they've ever dealt with.
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An Elegant Exit Strategy for Covid-19 State Aid
Sovereign wealth funds would be a simple way for governments to attach strings to Covid-19 state aid, while ensuring they can influence corporate policy for the future.
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Coronavirus Live Updates: States Plead for Resources and Order Residents to Stay Home
The U.S. government has nearly emptied its emergency stockpile of protective medical supplies.
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The Threat Refugees Can’t Escape
Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here.For weeks, Robbi has been making his way up and down the hilly dirt paths that crisscross a huge refugee camp in Bangladesh, lugging with him a box filled with small supply kits containing gloves, soap, and sanitizing liquid to donate to families. He hands out surgical masks to wiry men, curious children, and women in brightly colored headscarves, showing them how to properly fit them over their nose. Along the way, he pauses to make announcements through a small megaphone about proper hygiene and social-distancing measures. Along with a handful of others, Robbi is working, he told me, “block to block, door to door, shack to shack, to try to educate the people” about the coronavirus pandemic tearing across the globe.Hundreds of thousands of refugees in Bangladesh, most of them Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar, live in camps such as this one, but authorities last year cut off internet access in the camps and imposed restrictions on phones, actions they described as necessary security measures. The curbs, which were briefly eased yesterday before being reinstated, have greatly limited the amount of reliable news refugees can access. “People aren’t getting much information, but they are getting rumors,” said Robbi, a Rohingya refugee who asked to be identified by a nickname, because the outreach he is doing is unsanctioned. For those like Robbi who manage to evade these communication restrictions, the incessant news updates have made for grim and ominous reading. He watched as countries with robust health-care systems, such as Italy and the United States, failed to stop the spread of the virus, their hospitals pushed to the breaking point and their death tolls racing upward daily. If these places were unable to contain the outbreak, he wondered, what could happen in Bangladesh? The thought, he said, frightened him. “This virus is very strong,” he said. If it makes it to the camps, he fears that “no one can stop it. Many people will die.”With cramped living conditions, poor hygiene infrastructure, and a lack of health-care facilities, the camps in Cox’s Bazar, on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in southeastern Bangladesh, have the qualities that make them a tinderbox for the spread of the virus. But it is not just there that alarm is growing over an outbreak erupting among refugee and displaced communities. Of the about 25.9 million refugees globally, more than three-quarters live in developing countries, where health-care systems are already weak and, in some cases, where humanitarian crises are ongoing, further compounding risks. In Kenya and on Greek islands, in northwestern Syria and along the U.S.-Mexico border, some fear that an outbreak of a disease even wealthy countries have been unable to halt would prove catastrophic.[Read: The case against waging “war” on the coronavirus]Refugees “have lost all of what is needed to defend yourself against the virus,” Jan Egeland, the secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, told me. “The displaced have lost their homes, their communities, their space, their hospitals.” Egeland warned in March that the virus could “decimate” refugee groups if preventative measures were not taken. (Last month, the United Nations appealed for hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus spreading among displaced people.) Driven from their home by war, violence, or natural disasters, he said, displaced people have been forced to seek refuge in areas they believed to be out of the way of danger. “They have crowded these places that they thought were safe,” he said, “and now, of course, these are the places that can be the most unsafe places possible.”In Cox’s Bazar, a patchwork of 34 refugee camps houses about 855,000 refugees, and more than 400,000 Bangladeshis live in close proximity to the camps. A risk report on the possibility of the spread of the coronavirus in the Cox’s Bazar camps produced in March by ACAPS, a Norwegian humanitarian-analysis group, found that the population density in the camps averages 40,000 people per square kilometer, but increases to 70,000 in the most cramped areas. By comparison, ACAPS said, the overall population density in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, is 6,000 people per square kilometer. Since being hastily erected in 2017, the Cox’s Bazar camps have precariously survived despite nearly constant threats from monsoon floods, cyclones, and rampaging elephants, but the spread of the virus would be the “worst nightmare come true,” Egeland said.The camps’ density, combined with their poor infrastructure, makes it hard to follow much of the advice coming from experts on how to slow the spread of the virus, such as maintaining distance from one another. “The measures which all health experts globally are putting forward are social distancing and isolation, which are simply not an option,” says Deepmala Mahla, the Asia director for CARE, a humanitarian agency with more than 1,000 staff members in Bangladesh, including some 450 in the Cox’s Bazar camps. Mahla told me that many people in the camps suffer from poor nutrition and have underlying health issues. Wash areas and public toilets are often crowded, with women in particular standing in long lines. “The situation is so risky, I shudder to think what could happen,” Mahla said.Difficulties within the camps are compounded by the global response to the crisis, which has at times hampered humanitarian work, Egeland said. Restrictions on movement and curfews imposed by governments have kept aid workers from doing their jobs, forcing NGOs to scramble to find work-arounds. The collapse of air travel, both domestically within countries affected and internationally, has created logistical hurdles in moving around staff members too. “If we cannot do that,” Egeland said, “we cannot sustain the operations.”Bangladesh, a poor country of more than 160 million, is, like many other places with large refugee populations, gravely unprepared for a wider outbreak. The authorities have imposed a near-total lockdown, shutting down public transportation and roads, and so far the country has recorded 54 cases of the virus and six deaths. But fewer than 2,000 people have been tested for the virus, health officials said Sunday, and the country’s health-care system is in dire condition. A response plan compiled by the World Health Organization and obtained by Netra News, a Bangladeshi news outlet, estimates that without interventions, 500,000 to 2 million people in the country could die from COVID-19. “These figures are not surprising when considered against modeling in other countries but they are astounding and should serve as a call to action,” the memo says.[Read: The problem with China’s victory lap]The document, which the WHO confirmed in a statement to be authentic, notes that an estimated 9 million people moved out of Dhaka, the nation’s capital, before the government announced the lockdown on March 26, possibly quickening the spread of the virus. The WHO also warned of a “complete saturation” of the country’s already weak health-care system and “rampant” exposure of health-care workers to the virus due to a lack of personal protective equipment and extremely high patient densities at hospitals.Last week, the first case of the virus was detected in Cox’s Bazar, and Bangladesh’s Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner began imposing new measures within the camps. Officials closed learning centers and madrasas, and ordered tea shops and nonessential stores to shut down. They also limited access to the camps to only essential services, in an effort to limit the number of people going to and from them. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said these restrictions should be further tightened. But with people reliant on manual-labor jobs, staying home is not a viable long-term option. Khin Maung, the founder of the Rohingya Youth Association, says he is worried about a coronavirus outbreak, but also notes that the restrictions are already keeping people from working and earning money, leaving them “suffering for their meals,” he said in an interview.Louise Donovan, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency in Cox’s Bazar, says the organization has been preparing for the arrival of the virus in the camps for the past few weeks, implementing education campaigns and working to increase the number of isolation beds, from 400 to 1,500. CARE has also ramped up its work in the camps, installing more hand-washing stations, trying to keep the number of people gathering in public areas to a minimum, and liaising with a private ambulance service, a preemptive measure in case government services are overwhelmed. But, Mahla said, the outlook is daunting in the face of the virus. “However much we do, it will not be enough,” she said. “It will definitely not be enough.”Cape Diamond contributed reporting.
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Asian markets mixed, while US stock futures rebound after a rough start to Q2
Asian markets were mixed Thursday while US stock futures were up following a rough start to the second quarter for global stocks, as investors continue to grapple with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
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Biden ‘doubts’ Democratic National Convention will be held in July
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday night that he believes the Democratic National Convention will be delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak. “I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early-July,” Biden said on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” “I think it’s going...
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University of California system eliminates SAT, some grade requirements for admissions
The University of California school system Wednesday announced it will be eliminating some admissions requirements for prospective students weeks after high schools across the country closed due to the coronavirus.
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Democracy in danger as pandemic spreads
While people in Europe are giving up some hard-won freedoms to contain the cornavirus, the pandemic is being used by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a cover for a power grab. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
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Top Israeli officials to isolate after health minister contracts coronavirus
JERUSALEM — Israel’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials, has the new coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced Thursday. Yaakov Litzman and his wife, who also has contracted the virus, are in isolation, feel well and are being treated, the statement said. Requests to enter isolation...
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NFL Draft 2020: Ranking the top 10 running backs
The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his Top 10 running backs in this year’s 2020 NFL Draft: 1. D’Andre Swift, Georgia, 5-8, 212 Soft receiving hands allow Swift to be a three-down back and a Day 1 starter for a team drafting in the mid-to-late first round. 2. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, 5-10, 226 Incredible production, but...
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US to deploy Navy ships near Venezuela to deter drug smuggling
MIAMI — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro. The announcement came at the start of the daily White House press briefing to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, which has left much...
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The first US coronavirus patients are being treated with convalescent plasma therapy. Will it work? Not even the doctors know.
Will it work? Convalescent plasma therapy has a mixed history of success, but doctors are willing to try amid ongoing efforts against the pandemic.       
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