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Disney+ has surged past 50 million subscribers in five months
The Disney streaming service's subscriber count has grown by 75% since February.
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latimes.com
Coronavirus rocks the NYC’s teacher’s union, source says
More than 30 members of the United Federation of Teachers — including retired staff — have been reported by family members to have died from coronavirus, a union source said. Shellshocked kin have been contacting the organization to alert officials to the cases in increasing numbers, the source said. While he did not specify that...
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nypost.com
Military sending doctors into New York hospitals hard hit by coronavirus as new facilities sit mostly empty
The US military is surging hundreds of doctors and nurses into some of the New York City hospitals that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus as the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, is calling for even more military help in combating the pandemic.
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Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton scandal, dies at 70
Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, has died at age 70
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abcnews.go.com
The United Nations goes missing
The coronavirus pandemic should have been a moment for global action. Instead, the U.N. is riven with dissension and self-doubt, and countries are going their own way.
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politico.com
Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton scandal, dies at 70
Her death was confined by attorney Joseph Murtha. He provided no further details.        
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usatoday.com
More than 90,000 cruise crewmembers left to battle coronavirus – at times without pay
Crew members are having just as trouble as passengers in getting off ships once their skills are no longer needed.        
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usatoday.com
US military transferred 18 Covid-19 patients after an emergency with oxygen supply at New York City hospital
A New York City hospital had issues with its oxygen supply on Tuesday night, causing the urgent transfer of multiple patients to be cared for elsewhere, Gen. Terrence O'Shaughessy told CNN.
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Gutfeld on what the bar and restaurant industry needs now
Disasters like the coronavirus pandemic destroy things, including illusions.
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foxnews.com
Pompeo says State Dept. has repatriated more than 50,000 US citizens since coronavirus breakout
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that the government has brought home more than 50,000 Americans who have been stranded abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
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foxnews.com
Linda Tripp, Whose Tapes Exposed Clinton Scandal, Dies at 70
Her secretly recorded conversations with Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton
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time.com
The best, most hilarious song of the coronavirus quarantine says what we all feel now. You need this
Instagram stars Las Cardachians, a duo of Colombian satirists, capture the zeitgeist of the moment in a song that is brief and to the point.
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latimes.com
I Love the Degrading Sex I Have With the Guy I’m Seeing. But Can That Transition Into a Real Relationship?
Our sexual connection is amazing, but I’m wondering if he’s open to more.
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slate.com
Coronavirus threatens to shrink struggling US movie theater chains
Coming to a theater near you: a marquee with no movie titles on it, but instead big letters that say “gone out of business.” With movie houses nationwide closed by the coronavirus, big cinema chains like AMC Entertainment and Regal Cinemas parent CineWorld are at risk of filing for bankruptcy in the coming weeks or...
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nypost.com
Coronavirus becomes a weapon of disinformation in Middle East battle for influence
In the battle for regional influence, coronavirus worries make Middle East countries vulnerable to disinformation campaigns.
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latimes.com
Homeless in NYC shelter ‘sitting ducks’ for coronavirus
A Manhattan homeless shelter has kicked coronavirus precautions out the door. The shelter at 127 W. 25th St. has made social distancing impossible by packing 25 people into each of two dormitory rooms on nearly a dozen floors, residents of the facility told The Post. As many as 40 people are packed into the lunchroom,...
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Nelson Mandela quote has helped Lakers GM Rob Pelinka maintain optimism about NBA resuming season
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka notes Nelson Mandela quote that "sport has the power to change the world."        
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usatoday.com
Chinese Professional Baseball League team will have robot mannequins as fans at games, team says
One team in the Chinese Professional Baseball League is getting creative with its fan base during the coronavirus pandemic.
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foxnews.com
Fox Hosts Locked Out of Twitter After Telling Followers that Quitting Quarantine Will Make Them 'Immune' to Coronavirus
"The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!" the conservative duo incorrectly told their 1.4 million Twitter followers.
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newsweek.com
Biden moves quickly to exorcise ‘the ghosts of 2016’
The former veep is mindful of the toxic dynamic that characterized Bernie’s fraught relationship with Hillary Clinton.
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politico.com
Billions "disbursed" in relief loans? Small businesses say not yet
Although details are lacking, there is little evidence that many loans have actually been made yet under the program.
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cbsnews.com
Orange County coronavirus deaths grow to 17 as cases top 1,000
Health officials on Wednesday reported one of the region's largest single-day increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths.
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latimes.com
Ilhan Omar faces pushback after defending illegal immigrants as 'American taxpayers'
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sparked online controversy Wednesday after she attempted to reframe reporting on her desire to direct coronavirus aid to illegal immigrants.
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foxnews.com
Coronavirus: 'Full House' cast reunites for quarantine spoof of show's iconic theme song
The "Full House" cast has redone their show's iconic opening sequence with a message about coronavirus: Unlike their sitcom, "this will all go away."       
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usatoday.com
YogaDownload has unlimited classes at an unbeatable price
Whether you're short on space or just looking for a way to move your body to work off stress, yoga can be the perfect home-based workout. And a workout app can be the answer you need to get yourself in the flow. With its near-perfect rating on the App Store, YogaDownload was one that caught our eye, and so we decided to put it to the test.
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Texas Attorney General says he expects abortion ban amid coronavirus to reach Supreme Court
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he expects the state's near-total ban on abortion during the coronavirus outbreak to reach the Supreme Court. CBS News reporter Kate Smith joined CBSN to talk about her exclusive interview with Paxton.
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cbsnews.com
Return to work? States, counties play it safe amid coronavirus uncertainty
Even as states begin to flatten the curve and meet forecasting targets for peak hospital use, local officials do not see the U.S. fully going back to work May 1, as President Trump hoped.
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foxnews.com
When will California stay-at-home order end? Newsom says still too early to tell
Coronavirus: When will California stay-at-home end? Newsom says a team is working on timing
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latimes.com
Listen to Episode 19 of ‘Up In The Blue Seats’: No. 2 Has His Say feat. Brad Park
It’s Wednesday, which means a brand-new episode of everyone’s favorite New York Rangers podcast “Up In The Blue Seats” with No. 10 Ron Duguay. Ron opens this week’s show talking about Brad Park, his time playing with Park and being coached by him in Detroit. I then ask Ron some questions that we received from...
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nypost.com
'Tiger King' captured 34 million US viewers in first 10 days: report
In what can only be described as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything we’ve seen before, “Tiger King” has captured the hearts of millions on its way to becoming one of Netflix’s biggest-ever original programs.
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foxnews.com
‘Married at First Sight’ spinoff gives updates on successful couples
The six-episode show will be self-shot by the former contestants.
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nypost.com
Sing along to Randy Newman's new quarantine song, 'Stay Away'
Instead of recording a coronavirus public service announcement for NPR affiliate KPCC-FM in Pasadena, Randy Newman wrote a song about social distancing, "Stay Away"
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latimes.com
U.S. coronavirus deaths top 14,600, second highest in world behind Italy: Reuters tally
U.S. deaths due to coronavirus topped 14,600 on Wednesday, the second highest reported number in the world behind Italy, according to a Reuters tally.
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reuters.com
Verma-Azar feud extends into coronavirus era
Advocates for HHS secretary say his rival should have waited to let him announce $30 billion in grants to hospitals.
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politico.com
18 fascinating nonfiction podcasts (that aren’t true crime)
Zac Freeland/Vox Need a distraction? Try these fascinating nonfiction podcasts. Big news: The coronavirus pandemic sucks. As life continues with wide swaths of the world shut down, we’re all looking for ways to be social and stay optimistic amid the darkness. One method: listening to podcasts that take us away from reality, if only for a while. Podcasts are keeping people company while they do other tasks, and many podcasters have responded to their increased time at home by producing more content. Some shows are updating at an increased clip, releasing bonus episodes alongside their regular output; some hosts are branching out from their usual podcast mode. There are also more “pop-up podcasts” that serve as short, easily digestible miniseries. Recommendation lists abound online for podcasts that “make you smarter,” individual episodes to keep you distracted, and even shows that, perhaps, will keep you from feeling emptiness and solitude during social distancing. To that end, Vox writers recommended their favorite podcasts, from which we put together this quarantine listening guide. The idea is to represent series that appeal to a broad range of impulses and needs you might have while trying to endure the pandemic, rather than simply offer up selections by subject. From the top, we should mention that this list is devoid of true crime and news shows. There’s a reason for that. We know they’re two huge sectors in podcasting, but we also know many of you are probably feeling burned out on dire stories — we certainly are. We’ve instead decided to highlight shows that don’t remind us of what is our unpredictable reality right now. Below, we’ve included educational podcasts, engrossing real-life thrillers to grab your attention, cultural deep dives, and shows to hopefully help you stay motivated when the news is diverting your focus on a constant basis. Shows that broaden your historical knowledge The Allusionist The Allusionist is a podcast about language, but really a podcast about how language reflects sociocultural evolution. It canvasses large, sweeping cultural change while telescoping into the minutia of how individual words, dialects, and expressions get passed around between communities, cultures, and historical periods. Take “East/West,” a look at lost languages of postwar East Berlin, and “Joins,” a revelatory episode in which transgender and nonbinary listeners discuss the difficulty of finding the proper language to express gender identity. The Constant If you paid basically any attention in school, very little about The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong will surprise you. But there’s something refreshing about hearing all of history’s blatant mistakes, trials, errors, and retrials laid out over the course of this series. Through episodes that touch on everything from surprise submarines to made-up philosophy to that terrifying moment when all beauty products contained radiation, The Constant reminds us that the human race has no idea what it’s doing, and that no matter how far science progresses, a state of blissful ignorance is usually our default. Distillations This podcast from the Science History Institute is an often gleeful retelling of America’s brushes with science, from great moments like the victory over the ozone hole to much odder stories, like the strange hype war between butter and margarine. Like The Allusionist, Distillations uses stories of the minorand eccentric to form gateways into larger stories about science and culture, with an emphasis on applying what we’ve learned to the here and now. And many episodes — like an examination of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire — feel like a crash course in understanding the systemic response to the coronavirus. Outside/In Environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown travels the outdoors in this nature podcast, but it’s not all soothing ASMR nature sounds. Instead, Evans-Brown takes a frank look at the trials and challenges of environmental decay, climate change, habitat destruction, and the myths we tell ourselves about them all. Like Distillations, nearly every episode of Outside/In seems eerily prescient as a perspective on Covid-19, from the tale of a volcanic eruption that upended cultural practices worldwide to the study of epidemiology as shown through Lyme disease patients. If you’re up for something a little less dire but still relevant, try “Cold, Dark, and Sharky,” which uses the myth of shark attacks to probe mass hysteria and the way we deal with fear. Revolutions Feel like storming a castle or two? You’re not alone. Revolutions host Mike Duncan tackles populist uprisings from Jacobites to communism with flair, wit, and tremendous depth. The current exploration of the Russian Revolution has been ongoing since May 2019, with 40 half-hour-ish episodes and counting. Revolutions is now in its seventh year and its 10th season, a testament to Duncan’s careful excavation of history — or maybe to how much humans love rebelling against things. For a sampler, try “Citizen Genet,” a short look at George Washington’s political squabbles against die-hard Jefferson fanboys. Sidedoor This podcast from the Smithsonian showcases the museum’s massive trove of historical artifacts, while doubling as a chance to shore up your knowledge for pub trivia nights. Alternately fun and sobering, Sidedoor sweeps through the minor and major arcana of American culture, from Olympic medalist Adam Rippon’s figure-skating costume to a close and personal look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sidedoor is acutely aware that the personal is always political, and so are the many artifacts in its collection — sometimes with repercussions that are as hilarious as they are dramatic. If you’re going to start anywhere with this podcast, start with a story that’s unique to the Smithsonian’s area of expertise: “The Dinosaur War.” Thrilling, real-life (but not true crime!) tales Reply All Gimlet’s long-running internet culture podcast is no stranger to best-of podcast lists. Hosts P.J. Vogt and Alex Goldman have only gotten better over the years, as they explore the extremities and startling real-world connecting points of our modern online lives. Six years in, there are too many brilliant episodes of the series to count. But in these times of confinement and social distancing, the 2015 episode “Today’s the Day” — in which P.J. and Alex drop their investigation du jour and spend the day outside, joyously adventuring around New York — remains a warmhearted, poignant reminder that none of our online connections matter much if they don’t ultimately bring us closer to the real world around us. Scam Goddess We may be well past the summer of scam, but nobody told the scammers, who are still going strong. Each week, Scam Goddess host Laci Mosley sits down with a different comedian and brings you hilarious, often jaw-dropping tales of fraud happening all around you. The recent episode “First Date Scammer” is a fun representative hodgepodge, quarantine-flavored, of scams, from a group of Wu-Tang impersonators to a date that included a bank robbery. Scam Goddess is a great way to feel grateful you’re stuck indoors while being suspicious of every internet stranger you meet. A win-win! This Is Love Criminal host Phoebe Judge turns to happier topics here, presenting a wide range of relationships, from wolves protecting each other in the wilderness to a late-blooming cross-cultural romance. These are the kinds of hopeful stories you might be craving at the moment. But This Is Love is also a podcast about communities sharing faith and values. The episode about citizens of Cremona, Italy, holding a day of complete silence for a very special reason encompasses that beautifully — and feels especially relevant for the current moment when many cities are trying to enforce similar collective social contracts. Welcome to LA Each half-hour episode of LA public radio station KCRW’s Welcome to LA feels like a sliver of a James Ellroy novel. Deadpan host David Weinberg treats us to a rotating cast of zany characters thirsting for fame and success and then never lets you forget that these are the kinds of personalities driving the entire Hollywood machine. Especially memorable is “The Case of the Missing Sprinkles,” which unravels the story behind the creation of The People’s Court and Judge Judy, along with an excellent apocryphal detour featuring Cesar Romero. By following the dramatic world of petty lawsuits into the world of daytime television, the episode ties the allure of courtroom drama to the allure of fantasy itself. Popcorn.gif. Deep dives into pop culture Binge Mode The Ringer’s podcast about marathoning pop culture made a splash when it debuted in 2017 with a giant 60-episode season dedicated to analyzing all six seasons of Game of Thrones. As we saw in the recent debate over subtitles, a lot of people want to consume their media, even visual media, while they’re doing other things. Binge Mode is great at making you feel like you’ve accomplished a series rewatch or a book read-through without actually having to sit down and consume it. Until more shows produce audio drama adaptations, Binge Mode might be your best bet for marathoning in multitask mode. Decoder Ring Slate’s culture podcast Decoder Ring is a must-listen, and not just for the episode in which I dropped by to discuss Benedict Cumberbatch conspiracists. Willa Paskin, Slate’s TV critic, is a remarkable host with a knack for uncovering layer upon layer of insight into trends and stories you vaguely thought you knew about. One recent episode is a particular favorite of mine: “The Shop Around the Corner” uses the classic Nora Ephron rom-com You’ve Got Mail to explore both New York in a very particular moment and the broader eclipsing of mom-and-pop bookstores by corporate behemoth Barnes & Noble. That, of course, presaged the even larger demise of brick-and-mortar retail stores by the internet. It’s a typically deep dive tinged with the nostalgia I, for one, am swimming in right now. Dolly Parton’s America One of last year’s most acclaimed podcasts, Dolly Parton’s America became a favorite of culture critics longing for creative ways to explore the fracturing of America’s psyche following the 2016 election. In many ways, the music and persona of Dolly Parton both embody that complexity, even as they continue to bring us together. Radiolab host Jad Abumrad is the perfect foil for Parton in many ways — a native Tennesseean who grew up going to Dollywood, yet whose status as an Arab American from a family of immigrants pushes him to the margins of traditionally conservative country music fandom. His study of Parton’s music, and the limits and depths of Parton’s persona, becomes as much about the way we mold and shape our beloved idols into a reflection of our values as it is about America’s political divide. While you’re at it, check out Abumrad’s turn on Vox’s Switched on Pop for a glimpse into his favorite moments from Parton’s discography. The Organist Part cultural cornucopia, part geekgasm for anyone who’s really into art and aesthetics, KCRW’s The Organist covers a broad swath of sociocultural topics through the lenses of art, music, poetry, literature, and occasionally cute animals. Nearly every topic is clickbait in audio form: the brutalist aesthetic of the Ramones, an annual New Orleans competition to see who can scream “STELLA!” the best, high-fiving bears. Perhaps start with this reminder of bygone road trips — or you could just start with dogs. You Must Remember This Vox has lots of love for Karina Longworth’s spellbinding podcast about old Hollywood, which thoroughly explores a single topic over a season, from dead blondes to iconic identity makeovers. For instance, its season on Charles Manson and Hollywood was so popular that after Manson’s death in 2017, the show separated it into its own 12-episode podcast, called You Must Remember Manson. Like You Must Remember Manson, the show’s excellent Song of the South season is an illuminating dive into the making of Disney’s notorious animated adaptation of the Uncle Remus stories, including its cringey depictions of gender, race, and sexuality. Practical life tips Ask a Clean Person If you’re stuck in quarantine, you might need a push to feel productive — or maybe you just need to know you’re not alone in battling clothing stains and kitchen gunk. Although it went on hiatus at the end of last year, Ask a Clean Person is still the perfect go-to for anything unexpected you might encounter while trapped at home for a while — whether it’s tackling cat hair or cleaning your feet. Advice columnist (and Vox contributor) Jolie Kerr shares tips on everything from makeup removal to sex toy cleaning. There’s even a two-part episode dedicated to mental health. Why not start there? Organize Mindfully There are many more upscale podcasts about organization and productivity out there, most notably The Minimalists. But there’s something about the calm lo-fi tones of Mark Dillon’s podcast on mental productivity and physical space-wrangling that I prefer. Dillon’s approach is simultaneously soothing and motivating, a little like the audio equivalent of watching Bob Ross transform small paint blobs into spectacular clouds. Try the episodes on decluttering first, and then move into deeper dives on things like list-making, goal-setting, and changing your thought processes to embrace organization. This early interview with professional chef turned organizer Julie Ulmer is a nice intro: The Upgrade by Lifehacker Hosted by Lifehacker’s editor-in-chief and deputy editor, The Upgrade is an imminently practical guide to productivity on all life fronts. These range from health to work, from finance to friendships. The best part? Its weekly interviews are chatty, upbeat, and short. Of course, we can’t promise that any of these podcasts will increase your productivity, and this is only the smallest sampling of what the wide world of podcasts has to offer. But we hope that at the very least, a few of these shows will keep you feeling connected to the world outside your door — whether quarantine is upon us or not. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Refugees in Germany give back by sewing coronavirus face masks for the retired
Refugees in a small German town are giving back to the community by sewing face masks for those who are retired, a group that is at high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, according to a Wednesday report.
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foxnews.com
‘We Learned a Lesson.’ Zoom’s CEO Wants You to Trust the Company Again
'We learned a lesson,' he said regarding issues with the company's privacy practices
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time.com
Editorial: Bernie Sanders changed the Democratic Party for the better. Now it's his job to help defeat Trump
Sanders leaves the presidential race with some major accomplishments.
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latimes.com
Bernie’s congressional backers want Biden to buy in on progressive agenda
"Vice President Biden has to step up and acknowledge all the energy and enthusiasm behind all of this," says Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
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politico.com
Wisconsin Fears Spike in COVID-19 Cases After Mid-Pandemic Election
The Republican-controlled Legislature refused to cancel in-person voting
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time.com
Ellen takes down video after 'jail' joke about coronavirus self-quarantine lands poorly
Ellen DeGeneres compared being in coronavirus quarantine to being in jail as a joke on one of her episodes, and it didn't sit well with people.        
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usatoday.com
US prosecutors use biological warfare laws against alleged Covid-19 hoaxers
The Justice Department has turned to biological warfare laws to bring two new cases against alleged coronavirus hoaxsters this week.
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edition.cnn.com
A virologist answers the coronavirus questions you are too embarrassed to ask
Is it safe to have sex with my partner or with a person I met on Tinder? Can I pick my nose at home? Do I need to disinfect my groceries? A virologist answers.
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latimes.com
Playing to the balcony: clowns entertain German seniors in isolation
BERLIN – A group of clowns who usually entertain retirees in their rooms at seniors homes has taken to performing outside instead so their audience can watch from their windows or balconies while in coronavirus-enforced isolation. The clowns were determined that the seniors not be deprived of laughter by the virus, which has meant they...
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nypost.com
Kids’ coronavirus questions: Do animals at the zoo have coronavirus?
So far, one tiger in New York City has tested positive for covid-19.
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washingtonpost.com
Outrage after Ellen DeGeneres jokes self-quarantine is like 'being in jail'
One of Ellen DeGeneres' jokes backfired this week after some people called her out for comparing self-quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic to "being in jail."
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edition.cnn.com
Bernie Sanders, Coronavirus, Passover: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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nytimes.com
Bernie Sanders' revolution is far from over and other 2020 takeaways as he exits the race
With Sanders out of the primary race, former Vice President Joe Biden is now only one candidate vying to be the Democratic nominee.        
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usatoday.com