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Joe Diffie, award-winning country music singer, dies at 61 of COVID-19 complications
Joe Diffie, a country music star who enjoyed a career high in the 1990s, died Sunday of complications from COVID-19.
New York Coronavirus Update: Cuomo Extends Stay-at-Home Order Through April 15: 'We Have Made It Through Far Greater Things'
The governor announced an extension for New York State's "PAUSE" policy, now in effect for at least two more weeks.
Coronavirus quarantines, stay-at-home orders lead to pollution drop, studies find
While the coronavirus has negatively impacted international productivity and economic activity, scientists have discovered a strange side-effect to quarantines.
Coronavirus having less of an impact on lower-income, rural areas, report finds
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks but remain comparatively low in poor and rural areas, according to a new analysis.  
MTA’s 24-hour coronavirus hotline keeps crashing as workers are ravaged by crisis
The MTA’s 24-hour hot line for workers with coronavirus symptoms is constantly crashing because it’s being flooded with calls — and higher-ups are bracing for a mass sickout, transit insiders told The Post. Bus and subway employees already called out sick at three times the normal rate last week, prompting the MTA to dramatically reduce...
Yankees star Aroldis Chapman’s muscles look ridiculous in new photo
This might help explain Aroldis Chapman’s signature fastball. The Yankees’ star closer looked swole as ever in a picture he shared to Instagram on Saturday, showing himself and a few friends playing dominoes. Chapman has spent some of baseball’s coronavirus-induced break bulking up, as shown by another social-media photo of the 32-year-old power lifting two...
I was an AmeriCorps Member in West Virginia. The Benefits and Limitations of National Service.
In a cavernous ballroom at the Hilton Hotel Philadelphia in 2009 when I was twenty-one years old, I sat at a round table with the others whose name tags had also been stamped with the double green dots meaning we were headed for central Appalachia—West Virginia, western Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. There were…
Washington nursing home residents lift spirits during coronavirus lockdown with personal notes to families
Residents at a Washington state nursing home are spreading positive energy and smiles with photos of their personal notes to loved ones who are unable to physically visit them at the center as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike Francesa eyes sports utopia when coronavirus abates
Mike Francesa sees the light at the end of this sports-less tunnel. During his return to Sunday mornings for WFAN as part of the station’s coronavirus-related weekend revamp, Francesa spoke of the potential sports utopia that awaits when sporting events can resume. The notoriously opinionated radio host is under the impression that all postponed sports...
Sen. Kennedy: Congress tried to hide 'spending porn on pet projects' in stimulus bill, but Americans noticed
In an effort to reach a compromise on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package which President Trump signed last week, Republican lawmakers had to "swallow" the "spending porn on pet projects" in the bill, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said.
Remnick: Cost of Trump's delays will be 'paid in human lives'
David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, says Trump's "lies," narcissism, and "lack of empathy" has "led to disaster. Has led to delay. And this will be -- and I think history will prove this -- this will be something that's paid in human lives. And that's an enormous tragedy."
Instacart adds safety measures, enhanced tipping tool ahead of workforce strike
The grocery delivery company said it would distribute health and safety supplies to its workers who gather food and supplies at supermarkets.       
Coronavirus Live Updates: State and City Leaders Clamor for Medical Supplies as U.S. Cases Top 135,000
The global count has passed 670,000, an official warns Britain that some kind of lockdown may last for months and Biden urges mail-in elections.
Priests offer drive-thru confessions
As the Covid-19 pandemic forces churches and places of worship to close across the country, Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative found a way around the problem.
Louisiana governor's staffer dies of virus complications
A 33-year-old member of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' staff, April Dunn, died due to complications from coronavirus.
Armed vigilantes chop down tree, block driveway to force neighbor into quarantine
A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man’s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said. A man residing on Cripple Creek Road in Vinalhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, called authorities...
Hasan Minhaj on 'combating boredom' during shutdown
Netflix host Hasan Minhaj says entertainers are "combating boredom" by creating videos and other new content for homebound fans. "It's just in us as performers, we gotta do something. I think we're just all taking it back to our open mic and improv roots, where we would do anything, anywhere," he says.
Scrutinizing why Fox parted ways with Trish Regan
Fox Business dropped Trish Regan's talk show after she referred to the coronavirus as an "impeachment scam." While that was "irresponsible journalism," S.E. Cupp says she is "outraged" on Regan's behalf because other Fox hosts who made similar comments are still on the airwaves.
4 lessons the US should learn from Italy’s coronavirus mistakes
The disastrous Covid-19 outbreak in Italy offers warnings — and lessons — for the US. | Antonio Masiello/Getty Images Italy’s coronavirus response was horrible. The US needs to learn from it to avoid a repeat. The Covid-19 outbreak in Italy offers plenty of lessons for the United States and the rest of the world — if only we would heed them. A trio of academics — Gary Pisano, Raffaella Sadun and Michele Zanini — broke down some of the key takeaways from the Italian experience in a new Harvard Business Review article. Italy reached nearly 100,000 Covid-19 cases and more than 10,000 deaths by March 29, becoming the deadliest epicenter in a worldwide pandemic. The authors called Covid-19 the country’s “biggest crisis since World War II.” Beyond the scale of the coronavirus spread there, the Italy outbreak has been marked by a halting and inconsistent response from government officials. They were slow to implement strict social distancing measures and, even once officials began to institute social distancing as Covid-19 cases began to spike, the public did not seem to respond to government directives with urgency. At this point, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US is greater than the number in Italy both in terms of raw total and with respect to confirmed case counts at the same point in our respective outbreaks. Rani Molla/Vox The Harvard researchers warn Italy suffered from “a systematic failure to absorb and act upon existing information rapidly and effectively rather than a complete lack of knowledge of what ought to be done.” The unavoidable implication is the US is already on the road to the same fate — unless it acts quickly, and pays attention to other countries’ mistakes. Here’s what the US can learn from where Italy went wrong. We have to get over our pre-existing biases First and foremost, the US has to recognize the seriousness of the situation. A couple of weeks ago, it was common to see private citizens and government officials skeptical of the Covid-19 threat pointing to low fatality numbers and asking why there was panic, given how many people die of the seasonal flu every year. But they were already dealing in the past. The coronavirus spreads stealthily, with those who contract it not showing symptoms for days, and the full gravity of their illness not becoming clear until a week or two after infection. This means that back when skeptical perspectives were still common, the seeds had been planted for the explosion in US cases and deaths seen in the last few days. Italy’s political leaders did not act preemptively despite evidence suggesting such delayed increases in cases were possible. State-of-emergency declarations were shrugged off by the public and political leaders. In one ominous episode, a group of politicians engaged in deliberate handshakes even after the Covid-19 risks were known — and one of them was diagnosed with the infection a week later. Those lax attitudes reflect the same confirmation bias seen in the United States and elsewhere, the Harvard authors state: Threats such as pandemics that evolve in a nonlinear fashion (i.e., they start small but exponentially intensify) are especially tricky to confront because of the challenges of rapidly interpreting what is happening in real time. The most effective time to take strong action is extremely early, when the threat appears to be small — or even before there are any cases. But if the intervention actually works, it will appear in retrospect as if the strong actions were an overreaction. This is a game many politicians don’t want to play. So the first step to a better pandemic response is acknowledging the current situation. In the US, President Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus threat. He’s sent mixed messages, at times seeming to suggest people could go to work even if they weren’t feeling well. And then after finally being forced to take more drastic measures as the virus spread, he has already started pivoting to a new irresponsible stance, floating an end to social distancing (and the economic toll it is taking) as soon as Easter in mid-April. But the coronavirus doesn’t care what the US and its leaders want to be true. The country’s response shouldn’t be constrained based on unrealistic expectations for how the outbreak will play out. Which leads to the researchers’ next point. We can’t take half measures to combat the coronavirus Italy started small with its coronavirus containment and only expanded it as the scale of the problem revealed itself. The country started with a targeted strategy: certain areas with a lot of infections were designated as “red zones.” Within the red zones, there were progressive lockdowns depending on the severity of the outbreak in the area. The restrictions were only broadened to the whole country when these measures did not stop the virus’s spread. In fact, these limited lockdowns might have made it worse. Because the coronavirus transmits so silently, the “facts on the ground” (number of cases, deaths, etc.) didn’t actually capture the full scale of the problem. Once partial lockdowns went into effect, people fled to less restricted parts of the country — and they may have unwittingly taken the virus with them, according to the Harvard researchers: The selective approach might have inadvertently facilitated the spread of the virus. Consider the decision to initially lock down some regions but not others. When the decree announcing the closing of northern Italy became public, it touched off a massive exodus to southern Italy, undoubtedly spreading the virus to regions where it had not been present. The US is already deep into a similarly piecemeal response. Trump did issue his recommendation that people stay home for 15 days to stop the Covid-19 spread, but he does not look ready to renew that call. States have taken very different approaches: some, like New York, California, and Washington, have almost locked down completely. Others, like Florida, have been reluctant to take the same step. Some states are already attempting to prevent people from states most affected by the outbreak, like New York and New Jersey, from entering their borders. Italy’s experience indicates that truncated social distancing periods and a mishmash of social distancing policies across different interlocked areas will ultimately only prolong and deepen the problem. Luckily, the country’s provinces that took a more proactive approach may have something to teach their neighbors — and the US. We have to learn from successful containment strategies You might wonder why the Harvard experts looked at Italy instead of South Korea or Taiwan, places that successfully managed the coronavirus threat from the start. One reason was that the US and many European countries had already lost the opportunity for those containment strategies by the time they began more aggressive measures, given the slow response to the outbreak at first. This makes Italy a much closer comparison to what the US is living through than those Asian countries — or even China — where the growth in reported cases has slowed to a crawl. But there are strategies that have worked for the Italians, and the US can borrow them. The experiences of Lombardy and Veneto, two neighboring Italian provinces that took two different strategies for their coronavirus response and saw two different results, are instructive. Lombardy has 10 million people, and it’s endured 35,000 Covid-19 cases and about 5,000 deaths; Veneto is home to 5 million people, but it’s seen just 7,000 cases and less than 300 deaths, its outbreak a fraction the size of its neighbor’s. This is what Veneto did to successfully control the outbreak within its borders: Extensive testing: both people with symptoms and people who were asymptomatic were tested whenever possible Proactive tracing: if somebody tested positive, everybody they live with was tested or, if tests weren’t available, they were required to self-quarantine Emphasis on home diagnosis and care: Health care providers would actually go to the homes of people with suspected Covid-19 cases to collect samples so they could be tested, keeping them from being exposed or exposing other people by visiting a hospital or doctor’s office Monitoring of medical personnel and other vulnerable workers: doctors, nurses, caregivers at nursing homes, even grocery store cashiers and pharmacists, were monitored closely for possible infection and given ample protective gear to limit exposure Lombardy, on the other hand, was much less aggressive on all of those fronts: testing, proactive tracing, home care, and monitoring workers. Hospitals there were overwhelmed, while Veneto’s have been comparatively spared. And yet it took weeks upon weeks for Lombardy to adopt the same strategies that were already working next door in Veneto: The fact that different policies resulted in different outcomes across otherwise similar regions should have been recognized as a powerful learning opportunity from the start. The findings emerging from Veneto could have been used to revisit regional and central policies early on. Yet, it is only in recent days, a full month after the outbreak in Italy, that Lombardy and other regions are taking steps to emulate some of the aspects of the “Veneto approach,” which include pressuring the central government to help them boost their diagnostic capacity. America’s health system, like Italy’s, is highly decentralized. Americans are likely to see different strategies across states and cities, and surely different results. In an ideal world, our government would take what works (as soon as it becomes clear) and apply it to the rest of the country. We have to be ready for the long haul The Harvard researchers also single out the importance of good data — the raw numbers themselves — which were lacking in the early days of Italy’s outbreak. These figures should focus on the important metrics like tests conducted and hospitalizations. Some questions have already been raised about whether the US is undercounting its fatality numbers, per this BuzzFeed report, and vigilance is warranted about the official numbers coming from an administration known for its obfuscation of the truth. What those numbers say, and what policies they suggest might be most effective at mitigating the outbreak, is largely a concern for policymakers, journalists, and medical professionals. But it is important everyone sees those numbers to help underscore the authors’ concluding point, which seems essential for the public to understand: An effective approach towards Covid-19 will require a war-like mobilization — both in terms of the entity of human and economic resources that will need to be deployed as well as the extreme coordination that will be required across different parts of the health care system (testing facilities, hospitals, primary care physicians, etc.), between different entities in both the public and the private sector, and society at large. Together, the need for immediate action and for massive mobilization imply that an effective response to this crisis will require a decision-making approach that is far from business as usual. “A war-like mobilization.” Even today, a couple weeks into this national emergency, it’s not clear everyone understands the depth of commitment and sacrifice beating the coronavirus might require. If that — and the massive number of lives at risk — was widely understood, the country would not have a president prematurely entertaining an end to social distancing or other politicians talking about letting our older generations die off for the sake of the economy. A new projection of the US Covid-19 pandemic came out Thursday from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. It anticipates 81,000 deaths in America over the next four months, and the rate of fatalities starting to ebb only in the first week of June, when the daily death toll is projected to fall below 10. They foresee a major risk that the number of serious cases exceeds the US health system’s capacity in hospital beds, ICUs, and ventilators. Those projections may already be optimistic, as this Twitter thread on their methodology from UW epidemiologist Carl Bergstrom suggests. But even that optimistic scenario depends on rigorous social distancing and a herculean effort to shore up the health system to prevent it from being overrun. Of the 81,000 deaths, already an alarming figure, the researchers warn: “This number could be substantially higher if excess demand for health system resources is not addressed and if social distancing policies are not vigorously implemented and enforced across all states.” The response in the US so far on both of those points has been, at best, mixed. There are already supply shortages at hospitals and permissive attitudes from some politicians and media figures, which could portend an even deadlier outbreak. The lessons needed to achieve a better outcome are already out there to learn from, as the Harvard review of Italy’s mistakes and successes makes clear. But America has to be ready to listen. Even now, two weeks into a national emergency the likes of which few people alive have ever seen, it’s not clear that it is.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform live concert special on CBS
Brooks says he will take requests for the show and will announce details about how viewers can submit them on Monday.
Stephen King's sharp critique of Trump's mixed messaging
"The fact that nobody really seemed prepared still mystifies me," author Stephen King tells Brian Stelter. King says President Trump's handling of the pandemic is "almost impossible to comprehend."
Hundreds at Louisiana Church Flout COVID-19 Gatherings Ban
An estimated 500 people of all ages filed inside the Life Tabernacle church
Edward Howard, who brought movies, bathrooms and a sense of dignity to skid row, dies at 63
Edward Howard saw hygiene as a civil rights issue and a matter of treating homeless people with dignity.
Former UFC champ Tim Sylvia says birth of son altered his fighting spirit
Catch up with former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia to see what he's been doing with his life, post-fighting.       Related StoriesShane Burgos says USADA one of the reasons he re-signed with UFCJulian Marquez looks on bright side of social distancing as he readies for UFC returnUFC free fight: Relive Tony Ferguson's debut in the 'The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale' 
Tornado rips through Arkansas, leaving trail of destruction
A tornado moved through Jonesboro, Arkansas, on Saturday. At least six people were hurt, CBSN Los Angeles reports.
Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest join FOX concert special
A slew of stars has boarded the from-home concert airing on FOX tonight.
"Sunday Morning" Full Episode 3/29
In this broadcast hosted by Lee Cowan, David Pogue looks at how to work from home without losing your mind. Plus: Jane Pauley sits down with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, who are acting together for the first time since they married 23 years ago; Chip Reid reports on how the Census Bureau will be conducting their decennial survey during a pandemic; Martha Teichner explores the qualities of government leadership during a crisis; Jill Schlesinger examines employment prospects in the wake of record-high job losses; Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg and Washington Post book critic Ron Charles offers their picks; Jim Gaffigan continues his family quarantine; and Mo Rocca checks out a popular pastime for people cooped up at home: jigsaw puzzles.
Timmy Hill wins virtual Texas NASCAR race
The stars came out in Texas.
Timmy Hill wins NASCAR iRacing event at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
Timmy Hill, considered among the top competitors in iRacing, won Sunday's Pro Invitational Series race at virtual Texas Motor Speedway.       
How do I handle a virtual job interview during a quarantine?
I had a job interview scheduled for next week, and now it’s going to be a virtual interview. I have no idea how to handle this. Any tips? Oh, you got this! If you have ever FaceTimed friends or family, or participated in a video conference, then you have a good idea of how to...
NBC's Chuck Todd Asks Joe Biden If There's 'Blood' On Trump's Hands Due to Coronavirus Response
"Do you think there is blood on the president's hands considering the slow response?" Chuck Todd asked the Democratic presidential candidate.
USNS Mercy mission aims to ease strain on Los Angeles-area hospitals, commander says
Capt. John Rotruck, the commander of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy, told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday that the hospital ship, stocked with supplies and medical personnel to aid in the coronavirus pandemic response, acts “as a relief valve to local hospitals” in the Los Angeles area.
Video shows packed NYC subway cars amid coronavirus pandemic
A fed-up straphanger went off the rails on social media over recent packed city subway cars, trashing the MTA for its alleged shoddy service and posting videos of stuffed trains in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re all going to f–king die,” the woman says in a YouTube clip shot Friday. “Packed. And then you...
Stave off boredom and sharpen your skills with free career-based podcasts
If you’re sitting at home most of the day, chances are that at some point, you’ll get bored. Let’s face it, even celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres can be found lying around on her couch with nothing to do. She resorted to calling fellow A-list celebrities like Justin Timberlake, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to...
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit Would 'Be So Surprised' if College of Pro Football Is Played This Fall Because of Coronavirus
"Next thing you know you got a locker room full of guys that are sick. And that's on your watch? I wouldn't want to have that," Herbstreit said. "As much as I hate to say it, I think we're scratching the surface of where this thing's gonna go."
Honolulu comes to standstill amid virus outbreak
Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this week as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. Hawaii officials effectively flipped the switch on the state's tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. (March 29)       
Mnuchin: Americans will begin to see $1,200 checks ‘within three weeks’
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said eligible Americans will receive direct-deposit payments as part of the $2.2 trillion rescue bill “within three weeks.” “We expect that within three weeks, that people who have direct deposit with information with us will see those direct deposits into their bank accounts, and we will create a web-based system for...
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Trump says U.S. won't pay for Harry, Meghan's security amid speculation of a move to LA
Amid speculation about a move to Los Angeles for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, President Trump said the U.S. would not pay for their security.       
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Cuomo: No one is going to treat New York 'unfairly' over coronavirus
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a message for the nation on Sunday: Although New York has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, no one will treat the state "unfairly" over coronavirus.
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For Pregnant Women Who Are Scared of Hospitals Right Now, Is Home Birth a Better Option?
A lot of women who are close to delivery have been re-evaluating their birth plans.
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Trump says US will not pay for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s security
The couple recently jetted to California from Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Country music star Joe Diffie dies from coronavirus complications at 61
"Pickup Man" and "John Deere Green" singer Joe Diffie, who confirmed Friday that he tested positive for coronavirus, has died at 61.
'Tiger King:' Where are they now?
If you haven't watched "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," don't look to us to try and recap it for you.
'Grim Sleeper' serial killer Lonnie Franklin dies on death row at San Quentin
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., the Grim Sleeper serial killer, has died while on death row.
9 takeaways from Tapper's interviews with Pelosi, Fauci, de Blasio and more
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the nation's top infectious disease expert, the mayor of America's largest city and three sitting governors joined Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning.
New Jersey Police Gives Residents a Slice of Hope Despite Coronavirus
Three police organizations in New Jersey gave residents a slice of hope by purchasing 300 pizzas for their community despite the coronavirus.
Country star Joe Diffie dead from coronavirus complications at age 61
Country star Joe Diffie has died at the age of 61 following a battle with coronavirus.
Krzysztof Penderecki, composer of works in 'The Exorcist' and 'The Shining,' dies at 86
The avant garde Polish composer whose works have featured in the Hollywood films "The Exorcist" and "The Shining," died Sunday after a "long and serious illness," the Ludwig von Beethoven Association said. He was 86.