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French mayor to fine citizens for spitting in public, discarding used masks in streets amid coronavirus
The mayor of a northern French suburb will begin to enforce stricter hygiene measures during the coronavirus lockdown after receiving complaints of unsanitary conditions.
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foxnews.com
Trump hints at cutting WHO funding over coronavirus handling, says they ‘really blew it’
President Trump suggested Tuesday that he might consider cutting funding for the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus crisis and alleged role in helping China downplay the severity of the outbreak.
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foxnews.com
NFL Draft 2020: Tua Tagovailoa desperate to show teams he’s ready
Tua Tagovailoa is desperate to prove to the world he deserves to be a top-tier quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. The former Crimson Tide star has watched as the coronavirus pandemic puts his draft stock at risk after it had already taken a serious blow at the end of 2019. Tagovailoa’s most recent attempt...
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nypost.com
For USMNT, 2022 World Cup qualifying schedule uncertain after tune-up matches canceled
Americans are tentatively scheduled to begin "hexagonal" in September.
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washingtonpost.com
Harry and Meghan are launching a new charitable organization called Archewell
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have revealed plans to launch a charitable organization called Archewell.
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edition.cnn.com
Three moments of live musical Zen from Best Coast, Father John Misty and Oh Sees
California Sounds: Father John Misty shares 'Off-Key in Hamburg,' Oh Sees perform with no mosh pit and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino goes acoustic.
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latimes.com
Charlotte Flair Talks Winning NXT Women's Championship, Rhea Ripley and WrestleMania 36
"I just hope with the NXT title being defended on WrestleMania, that made a lot more NXT talent watching hungry and want to face Charlotte."
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newsweek.com
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs. There's no doubt we're in a recession
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the unemployment rate rose to 4.4% in March, up from 3.5% in February. In addition, it reported 701,000 jobs were lost.
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edition.cnn.com
National Beer Day 2020: Deals on Mixed Cases, Homebrew Starter Kits, Apparel and Equipment
Celebrate National Beer Day 2020 with drinks over video chat, home delivery and online deals on mixed cases and craft beer.
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newsweek.com
Delta donates 200,000 pounds of food to hospitals, food banks during coronavirus crisis
Delta Air Lines, which has a surplus due to service reductions, is donating 200,000 pounds of food to hospitals, community food banks and more.       
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usatoday.com
Keep the Parks Open
Across the world, from Zurich to St. Louis, authorities are closing down public parks and outdoor spaces—with many citing overcrowding, which they fear will fuel coronavirus infections. In one notable and much-discussed example, officials in London just announced in a scolding tweet that they were closing down Brockwell Park, after they claimed that about 3,000 people took to the park to enjoy the good weather.In the short run, closing parks may seem prudent, when our hospitals are overrun and we are trying so hard to curb the spread of COVID-19. But in the medium to long run, it will turn out to be a mistake that backfires at every level. While it’s imperative that people comply with social-distancing and other guidelines to fight this pandemic, shutting down all parks and trails is unsustainable, counterproductive, and even harmful.To start with, the park crackdown has an authoritarian vibe. In closing Brockwell Park, for example, pictures showed two police officers approaching a lone sunbather, who was nowhere near anyone else—well, except the police, who probably had something better to do. Such heavy-handedness might even make things worse, as it may well shift the voluntary compliance we see today into resistance.Finding sustainable policies is crucial, especially since this pandemic likely isn’t going away in a few weeks. It’s plausible that we will be social distancing, on and off, for another year. That means we need to consider how to maintain compliance with strict measures over that long of a time.[Read: The dos and don'ts of "social distancing"]Exercise, the outdoors, and sunshine are essential, not just as luxuries but as ways to sustain population health and resilience. That makes it important to set the right policies now. Once parks are closed, opening them back up will be harder. Authorities may dig in their heels and the issue may become more polarizing. Instead, we should start with sensible and viable policies as early as possible.The outdoors, exercise, sunshine, and fresh air are all good for people’s immune systems and health, and not so great for viruses. There is a compelling link between exercise and a strong immune system. A lack of vitamin D, which our bodies synthesize when our skin is exposed to the sun, has long been associated with increased susceptibility to respiratory diseases. The outdoors and sunshine are such strong factors in fighting viral infections that a 2009 study of the extraordinary success of outdoor hospitals during the 1918 influenza epidemic suggested that during the next pandemic (I guess this one!) we should encourage “the public to spend as much time outdoors as possible,” as a public-health measure.[Read: How the 1918 pandemic frayed social bonds]Mental health is also a crucial part of the resilience we need to fight this pandemic. Keeping people’s spirits up in the long haul will be important, and exercise and the outdoors are among the strongest antidepressants and mental-health boosters we know of, often equaling or surpassing drugs and/or therapy in clinical trials. Stress has long been known to be a significant suppressor of immunity, and not being able to get some fresh air and enjoy a small change of scenery will surely add to people’s stress. We may well be facing a spike in suicides and violence as individuals and families face significant stress and isolation: The Air Force Academy initially imposed drastic isolation on its cadets due to the coronavirus, but had to reverse course after two tragic suicides. Domestic violence is another real concern: Not having a place to go, even for an hour, may greatly worsen conditions in some households.Unlike poorly ventilated apartment buildings that are often very conducive to spreading infections, sunlight and natural ventilation outdoors help decrease the threat of infection. This doesn’t mean that you can bake in the sun and consider yourself sterilized, or that you should ignore social-distancing rules outside. And plain sunlight shouldn’t be confused with medical sterilization methods such as UV-C light boxes. However, there’s a good reason sunshine was used as a form of treatment and disinfectant before we had more advanced methods. From many lab and other studies, we know that “ultraviolet radiation inactivates influenza virus and other viral pathogens and that sunlight kills bacteria.” While we should not allow any park to turn into a concert-like situation, with people standing shoulder to shoulder and no space between groups, there’s no reason to panic if a few thousand people are sunning themselves in a park the size of Brockwell, which is 125 acres and can easily accommodate many thousands with sufficient distance among them.Besides, closing some parks may well cause what outdoor access remains to become even more crowded—people have already been reporting crowding elsewhere as a response to park closures. All this may avoid the pictures from parks that get people upset and encourage scolding, but it does not make us safer. Instead, our focus should be on restricting access to truly high-risk areas (such as playgrounds) while keeping open trails and lawns in a manner that is compatible with social-distancing requirements.Young people are a particular challenge for any park and outdoor policies. It’s tempting to close a park because people are congregating there! In large groups! (As the tweet announcing the closure of Brockwell Park loudly proclaimed.) Preventing in-person social activity, though, especially among young people, is a matter of persuasion. Research into the effectiveness of abstinence-only education is instructive on this point: abstinence-only education is positively correlated with higher rates of teen pregnancy, even after controlling for factors such as socioeconomic status. Persuading teenagers to completely avoid sexual activity is quite difficult, and pretending we convinced them through instruction can just drive the behavior underground without safe-sex and birth-control practices.[Read: I'm treating too many young people for the coronavirus]A similar difficulty exists for youth socialization during a pandemic. Young people have repeatedly heard that the coronavirus disproportionately affects the elderly. And also, they’re young: Their own mortality rarely works as an argument to stop them from doing something. We would do better to appeal to their altruism, by explaining that they could spread the virus to vulnerable people, but doing so requires maintaining legitimacy. Keeping parks open could even be seen as a form of harm reduction for congregating youth. If a group of 10 young people goes to a park like Brockwell and is kept six feet away from every other group, the police shooing them away may end up being pandemic theater that might increase the risk of transmission among the group members if they instead spend that time socializing anyway in a cramped, poorly ventilated apartment. Parks could even put a limit on how many people can be together at once, which again would bring about harm reduction compared with an out-of-sight but larger gathering indoors. Meanwhile, we should keep trying to persuade the youth to socially-isolate but let’s also not kid ourselves that we have been completely successful if we merely manage to improve the optics by closing access to parks.The history of disaster response is full of examples of extraordinary goodwill and compliance among ordinary people that disintegrate after authorities come down with heavy-handed measures that treat the public as an enemy. Rebecca Solnit’s book A Paradise Built in Hell details many such cases, such as the lives lost when the military was ordered into post-earthquake San Francisco in 1906 to control the dangerous and unruly “unlicked mob” that was primarily a figment of the authorities’ imagination. Unfortunately, the official response worsened the subsequent fire (which was more damaging than the earthquake itself) by keeping away volunteers “who might have supplied the power to fight the fire by hand.” Some ordinary citizens were even shot by soldiers on the lookout for these alleged mobs of looters and dangerous behavior from citizens. Similarly, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as a review of Solnit’s book summarized, “there were myriad accounts of paramedics being kept from delivering necessary medical care in various parts of the city because of false reports of violence.”When the efforts to “flatten the curve” start working and the number of known infections starts going down, authorities will need to be taken seriously. Things will look better but be far, far from over. If completely kept indoors with no outlet for a long time, the public may be tempted to start fully ignoring the distancing rules at the first sign of lower infection rates, like an extreme dieter who binges at a lavish open buffet. Just like healthy diets, the best pandemic interventions are sustainable, logical, and scientifically justified. If pandemic theater gets mixed up with scientifically sound practices, we will not be able to persuade people to continue with the latter.This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t limit park attendance at all, but there are better answers than poorly planned full closures. We could, for instance, reduce congestion by regulating inflows of people over time. In large cities with limited park space, households could be assigned days for visiting, with even and odd house numbers going on different days. This has to be mostly voluntary, of course, but this is a pandemic: Most everything has to be voluntary because there is no way to get through the next 12 months by arresting everyone who wishes to get some fresh air.Governments could make a special appeal to people who have yards to leave parks for those who do not. (Wealthier people tend to have their own yards or lots, which is another reason not to shut down parks and deny outdoor access to poorer people.) We could install number counters in parks and on trails, similar to those in parking garages or some museums, and provide sensible limits. People could make or be given six-foot-long strips of cloth to be spread in all four directions around them in the park, providing visual barriers for distance. Some bikers around the country are already using pool noodles on their bikes as such physical aids to social distancing. Walking and running trails could assign directionality so that everyone runs and walks in one direction, avoiding close encounters. Runners and walkers could even be assigned different time periods, as mixing the two seems to create more social-distancing challenges, as well as maximum numbers allowed per time period.We can also look at increasing available space for getting fresh air and exercise. Given that many people are working from home and not traveling or driving, some streets could be closed to cars and designated for responsibly distanced walking and running. Golf clubs, schoolyards, and other private outdoor spaces could be reappropriated for exercise and fresh air for the public. Just yesterday, I walked by a baseball field with a freshly manicured lawn. If the season isn’t happening, perhaps stadiums should be opened up to other people.These are just a few suggestions, and there could be many others. Even if health authorities close some parks temporarily while they assess and develop evidence-based policies and best practices, they should do so with transparency and a timeline or conditions under which the parks will reopen. That’s the best of all possible worlds: The authorities will preserve much-needed legitimacy, and the public will retain access to the outdoors under sensible conditions that reduce risk while promoting health, well-being, and resilience—and we will certainly need all of that to get through the next many months.
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theatlantic.com
De Blasio: Number of coronavirus patients who need ventilators has ‘improved’
Mayor Bill de Blasio offered up some “good news” in the city’s battle against coronavirus Tuesday, saying that the number of COVID-19 patients in Big Apple hospitals who need ventilators has “improved in recent days.” “The good news is it’s giving us some more time,” the mayor said of the development during a press briefing...
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nypost.com
What You Missed on Late Night: Stephen Colbert Blasts Donald Trump For Not Wearing Coronavirus Protection
"Well, of course, Trump is the guy saying he doesn't want to wear protection," Stephen Colbert said of the president on "The Late Show" on Monday.
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newsweek.com
Boris Johnson was warned by doctor via Zoom he needed to go to hospital for coronavirus immediately
British Prime Minster Boris Johnson was warned by a doctor during a Zoom video meeting this week that his health would soon be in peril if he did not go to the hospital for coronavirus treatment, a report says. 
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foxnews.com
Stephanie Grisham Is Stepping Down as White House Press Secretary After Never Holding a Formal Briefing
Grisham will continue working in the White House as chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump
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time.com
US debunks Berlin leaders’ allegations that it seized 200,000 face masks amid coronavirus pandemic
The U.S. government and German commentators sharply criticized officials in Berlin for manufacturing a scandal, alleging that the Trump administration improperly seized 200,000 face masks destined for police in the city during the coronavirus pandemic.
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foxnews.com
Sen. Ted Cruz & Rep. Sam Graves: Coronavirus recovery – helping airlines take wing will boost entire economy
Through no fault of its own, the entire aviation industry has been hit especially hard through this difficult period.
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foxnews.com
Coronavirus spreading through California prisons; 53 corrections officials test positive
The latest California corrections workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 are two nurses at the state's medical prison near Stockton.
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latimes.com
Why Italy's coronavirus death toll is likely much higher
At one nursing home, 33 people have died since the outbreak began, but they aren't in the country's death toll.
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cbsnews.com
Mitch McConnell's Fundraising Soars For Third Straight Quarter After Impeachment Brings In 'Record-Breaking' Cash
The Senate majority leader's re-election campaign raised $7.45 million in the first three months of the year and has the "most-ever cash on hand for any campaign" in the state's history, with $14.85 million.
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newsweek.com
Grisham leaving as White House press secretary after holding no briefings
Stephanie Grisham is leaving as White House press secretary after less than a year and holding no briefings.
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abcnews.go.com
How consumers can protect themselves from coronavirus scams
Stay home. Wash your hands. Don't click that link. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep across the world, consumers have yet another thing to worry about: scammers.
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edition.cnn.com
Ex-NFL tight end Mark Campbell on coronavirus after five-day hospitalization: 'It kicked my ass'
Mark Campbell, who played on Michigan's 1997 national championship football team and in the NFL, was not prepared for what COVID-19 could do to him        
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usatoday.com
Boris Johnson in intensive care sparks leadership questions at heart of Britain during coronavirus crisis
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to intensive care on Monday is raising fears about a potential paralysis at the heart of British government -- particularly as the British system has no clearly defined line of succession in place if a prime minister should become incapacitated.
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foxnews.com
Shuttered theme park Fantasy Island will pay out nearly $500K in refunds
A recently shuttered upstate theme park will pay nearly $500,000 to customers who booked tickets before its closure, the New York Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday. Fantasy Island — located between Niagara Falls and Buffalo — closed in February after the family owned park was bought by California company Apex Parks Group LLC in 2016....
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nypost.com
Trump ‘may look into’ case of ousted Navy captain Brett Crozier
President Trump “may look into” the controversy over a Naval captain being dismissed for sounding the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak on his ship, and then being ridiculed by acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly in an address to the ship’s crew. “I may look into it only from the standpoint that something should be resolved...
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nypost.com
Severe thunderstorms possible in Washington region Tuesday afternoon and night
Damaging winds and large hail could accompany the strongest storms that form.
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washingtonpost.com
Queen Elizabeth thanks health care workers during coronavirus pandemic
Queen Elizabeth II released an open letter on World Health Day praising health workers around the world during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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foxnews.com
Need a new quarantine read? Don Winslow drops 'Broken,' stories for our fractured times
The bestselling crime novelist plans a virtual book tour for his new title, "Broken," as the coronavirus keeps him home in Southern California.
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latimes.com
Op-Ed: Remember PG&E's planned wildfire blackouts in October? They cost California millions, and the benefits don't add up
A new Manhattan Institute analysis of PG&E's massive October 2019 power blackouts shows that costs far outweighed the benefits of reduced wildfire risk.
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latimes.com
We asked authors what they read, hear and watch in quarantine. Here's Susan Straight's diary
Quarantined in Riverside, novelist Susan Straight watches "Gunsmoke" and "Gentefied" and gives away Judy Blume and National Geographic.
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latimes.com
US coronavirus death toll doubles in first week of April
The US coronavirus death toll surged in April, more than doubling the nation's total tally in just the first week, grim new data reveal.
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nypost.com
Why 'Valorant' Has so Much Hype as The Closed Beta Officially Launches
Over 1.4 million people are watching streamers and pros test out the game in custom matches on Twitch, a massive accomplishment for a game that hasn't even been released yet.
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newsweek.com
Report: 'Hard Knocks' to feature both Los Angeles Rams and Chargers for 2020
The HBO series "Hard Knocks" is planning to feature both of the NFL's Los Angeles teams, the Rams and Chargers, in 2020, according to ESPN.        
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usatoday.com
Rent Strikes Gather Steam As Campaigners Call For Payments To Be Waived Completely To Help People Survive COVID-19 Crisis
Many tenants unions and campaigners say the only way to help renters through the coronavirus crisis is for rent payments to be waived completely until the pandemic is over.
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newsweek.com
All the Cities and States in the U.S. That Are Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
Amid the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., a number of different states and cities have begun to flatten the curve.
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newsweek.com
The Daily 202: Trump weighs intervening on behalf of ousted captain, as acting Navy secretary apologizes for rant
Teddy Roosevelt leaked a letter to help his Rough Riders facing yellow fever in 1898.
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washingtonpost.com
Peter Weber speaks out on Kelley Flanagan dating rumors
The two were recently spotted together in Chicago after Weber's "Bachelor" season wrapped.
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nypost.com
51 recovered coronavirus patients test positive again in South Korea
At least 51 patients diagnosed as having fully recovered from the coronavirus in South Korea have tested positive a second time after leaving quarantine, according to officials. The patients from Daegu all tested positive in a “relatively short time” after they were given the all-clear from their initial infections, the Korea Centers for Disease Control...
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nypost.com
Trump administration to keep critical medical supplies in U.S.: Pompeo
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said that the Trump administration will focus on keeping critical medical items in the United States given the domestic need for such materials.
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reuters.com
House panel to probe removal of Navy captain over coronavirus plea for help
"The coronavirus crisis is spreading around the world and throughout the DOD community," Rep. Stephen Lynch says.
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politico.com
Larry Kudlow: Trump working with private sector to restart blue-collar economic boom
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday that President Trump wants to reopen the economy as soon as possible while U.S. businesses are shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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foxnews.com
Two pandas tried to mate for a decade. With the zoo closed due to coronavirus, they finally did it
Zoo officials had been trying to get giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le to mate for a decade. They finally did Monday morning.        
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usatoday.com
DC delegate calls for closure of Lincoln, Jefferson memorials during coronavirus outbreak
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is calling for the chambers of the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials to be closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
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foxnews.com
White House press secretary, who never gave a news conference, replaced
Stephanie Grisham was replaced as White House press secretary after a rocky nine-month tenure during which she never gave a press conference.
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latimes.com
California pulmonologist on how he's identifying and treating extreme COVID-19 cases
A California pulmonologist explained on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday the protocol he created to help identify and treat the most extreme COVID-19 cases, saying the key is to find these patients and prevent them from going on ventilators.
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foxnews.com
Hundreds of inmates released from Chicago’s Cook County Jail as coronavirus spreads
Inmates at the Cook County Jail are fighting to be released while they await trial amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds have already been freed over health concerns. CBS Chicago’s Megan Hickey reports.
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cbsnews.com
"Dancing Chuck" busts a move outside his home
This 97-year-old World War II veteran, nicknamed "Dancing Chuck," took a break to dance outside his home in Wisconsin.
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cbsnews.com