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Virginia nursing home's coronavirus death toll soars to 33
Fatalities at one nursing home near Richmond approaches number of deaths at Washington state facility that was an early epicenter of the coronavirus.       
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usatoday.com
How to Boil Water: Perfect English roast potatoes
Boiled then shallow-fried in the oven, perfect English roast potatoes are fluffy inside and exceedingly crunchy outside.
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latimes.com
Alexander, Blunt call on Azar to declare antibody tests free for patients
The antibody tests could help determine the true size of the U.S. outbreak and determine who has immunity against reinfection.
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politico.com
Opinion: Coronavirus proved Bernie Sanders right. But only partly
The pandemic showed how valuable universal health coverage would be. But Sanders' version of it, Medicare for All, is not the only way to make sure everyone is insured.
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latimes.com
Sanders exits as pandemic redeems his core ideas
Van Jones writes that in the age of the coronavirus, Sanders' ideas no longer seem like radical throwbacks to 1960s idealism. Today, they feel like hard-headed responses to the deadly challenges of the 21st century.
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California nursing facility forced to evacuate after many staffers failed to show up amid coronavirus, officials say
A skilled nursing facility in Riverside, California was evacuated Wednesday after staff members failed to show up to care for residents, nearly three dozen of whom have been infected with coronavirus.
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foxnews.com
Senator to dump her stocks after coronavirus sales uproar
Lawmaker denies wrongdoing in trades she and her husband, who heads New York Stock Exchange, made before market crash.
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cbsnews.com
10-year-old gets birthday surprise while sheltering at home
"This is no emergency. This is all about having a good time," the boy's father said as firefighters and police officers dropped off presents.
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cbsnews.com
German charity takes coronavirus aid directly to homes
Throughout the world, the coronavirus pandemic is especially hard-hitting for poor families, even in rich countries like Germany. A small Christian charity that provides help to about 1,300 poor families across Germany is now delivering food, diapers, soap and children’s games to their doorstep.
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foxnews.com
UFC 249 set to be hosted on tribal land in California: report
Dana White has reportedly found a home for UFC 249.
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foxnews.com
Biden search for a VP comes into focus as Sanders suspends campaign
With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders bowing out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday, attention is now turning to who former Vice President Joe Biden will tap to join him on the ticket in the general election.
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foxnews.com
The internet says you should use soap to clean your groceries. Don't listen.
Contrary to viral videos, the FDA says to not use dish soap to wash fruits and vegetables because soap is not meant for human consumption and could make you sick.
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latimes.com
Democrats urge White House to step up as minority communities hit hard by coronavirus
“One wonders if you begin to identify this as a ‘black virus,” says Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.
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politico.com
ESPN to televise HORSE competition featuring NBA and WNBA players
Oklahoma City's Chris Paul, Atlanta's Trae Young and Chicago's Zach LaVine are expected to compete in HORSE competition televised by ESPN.        
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usatoday.com
Congress Should Give Trump a $10 Billion Stimulus Payment to Resign
Really, why the hell not?
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slate.com
'This is very real': from their window, New York couple sees refrigerated trucks remove bodies
A New York couple has seen the cityscape outside their Brooklyn apartment change dramatically in recent weeks, as refrigerated trucks line up in the lot below to receive the remains of COVID-19 victims as they exit the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.
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reuters.com
Karen Gravano is back on MTV with ‘Families of the Mafia’
Gravano is back on MTV with "Families of the Mafia," a remodel of the short-lived show "Made in Staten Island."
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nypost.com
Wisconsin Elections Commissioner: Tuesday’s Vote Was “A Stain on our Democracy”
“I just didn’t think they would sacrifice people’s lives on the altar of partisanship.”
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slate.com
Amid coronavirus outbreak, California property taxes are still due. Here's how to get help
Many Californians, suddenly out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic, wonder how they will pay their property taxes by Friday.
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latimes.com
Detroit bus riders given free surgical masks
Those riding Detroit's public buses are being given a free surgical mask when they board. (April 8)       
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usatoday.com
Canadians brace for 'worst jobs report' in modern history
Justin Trudeau warns that Thursday's employment update is going to hurt.
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politico.com
Pence and Fauci hint at plan to return to ‘normality’ — but no timeline
The vice president delivers some rare positive news on about the pandemic in a call with lawmakers.
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politico.com
Chalian on 'dramatic' drop in poll: Can't remember anything like it
A CNN poll found that only 39% of Americans saw the economy as doing well, but 67% remained optimistic that the economy will bounce back relatively quickly after the coronavirus pandemic.
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Congress could vote on another “interim” coronavirus relief bill as soon as this week
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hold a press conference on President Trump’s 2021 budget request on February 11, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Democrats and Republicans still need to work through their disagreements of what it should include. Congress won’t be back in town until April 20, but lawmakers are already considering passing another “interim” coronavirus relief package as soon as this week. The timing depends, of course, on whether Democrats and Republicans can agree on what the bill should include. Everyone can get behind at least one measure:Lawmakers from both parties support allocating more money to small businesses, via a new loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. In the CARES Act, $349 billion was set aside for PPP, which includes forgivable loans for small businesses and nonprofits that have been hurt by the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Already, more than 220,000 applications have been processed, accounting for $66 billion in loans, since the program launched last Friday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called for another $250 billion for the program, in the wake of the overwhelming demand. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, too, supported a vote specifically on these funds. “I will work with Secretary Mnuchin and Leader Schumer and hope to approve further funding for the Paycheck Protection Program by unanimous consent or voice vote during the next scheduled Senate session on Thursday,” he said in a statement. At this point, McConnell’s statement only includes support for the narrow increase in funding to PPP. Democratic leaders, meanwhile, want the latest funding boosts to be a bit more expansive. In a proposal they released on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for an “interim” spending bill that includes $100 billion for hospitals and health systems, $150 billion for state and local governments, and more support for SNAP (also known as food stamps) along with the additional small-business funding. “As Democrats have said since Day One, Congress must provide additional relief for small businesses and families, building on the strong down-payment made in the bipartisan CARES Act,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. The passage of more money this week will be heavily dependent on whether the two parties are able to sort out their differences once more. Congress approved $2.2 trillion in relief money. It’s not nearly enough. While Congress has already approved well over $2 trillion in relief funds to respond to the outbreak’s effects on the economy, it’s likely far from enough given how much the illness — and related social distancing measures — are hurting businesses and workers. Take the intense demand that the small-business loan program has seen since it began last Friday. In the past few days, PPP has processed hundreds of thousands of loans, with thousands of organizations continuing to submit applications. Because of the immense interest in the program, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has repeatedly warned that money for PPP could run out before all the businesses and nonprofits that need it are able to apply. Rubio had estimated that existing funds would likely be depleted by June 6. Both Republicans and Democrats are backing more money to ensure that small businesses and nonprofits will be able to use the program. Democrats, however, are interested in adding a few other items to the bill. One of their stipulations is some conditions on the small-business money. Pelosi and Schumer would like to see half of the new funds, or $125 billion, allocated to community-based financial institutions to increase access for this money to businesses that have been less likely to seek out funds from the large banks. As the Wall Street Journal reported, minority-owned businesses and rural businesses are among those that are less likely to have relationships with larger banks. Additionally, one of the biggest issues to emerge with the PPP is that institutions like Bank of America, TD Bank, and Chase require businesses to have an existing relationship with the bank in order to even apply to the program. That limitation is shutting out many small businesses and is an issue that Democrats are trying to address by putting requirements on how these funds are distributed. Additionally, Democrats are urging the allocation of more funds to hospitals and states as they continue to grapple with surging costs of resources that are needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Their requests, which include $100 billion for hospitals, community health centers, and health systems, are intended to help bolster the funds these organizations need for personal protective equipment and other coronavirus-related needs. As NPR reports, hospitals are struggling to deal with the uptick in costs related to fighting the coronavirus, while they simultaneously suffer from reduced revenue as other medical procedures are tabled. This money would be in addition to $100 billion that was allocated to help hospitals in the CARES Act. The $150 billion requested for states is also aimed at supplementing what’s already been allocated: The CARES Act had previously been criticized by state officials for including just $150 billion for states and cities — an amount many deemed insufficient for the scale of the problem. Democrat leaders are pushing for funds that can help expand the maximum SNAP support families can receive by 15 percent as well. Democrats argue that these adds are straightforward and necessary commitments, while at least one Republican has accused them of being obstructionist. “Senate Democrats should drop their shameful threat to block this funding immediately. Our small businesses desperately need help — now,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said in a statement. A vote on this spending bill is complicated again by the current recess McConnell had signaled that he’s interested in holding a vote for this spending measure via unanimous consent in the Senate or voice vote, both methods that don’t require all lawmakers to be physically present. The House, too, could try to use similar approaches. Even if Democrats and Republicans can find common ground on a proposal, however, the bill could encounter procedural stumbling blocks, much like the CARES Act did. Since lawmakers in both chambers are working remotely from their home districts, opposition by even a single member could mean some would have to physically return to the Capitol. For the CARES Act, for example, House leaders had planned to hold a vote via voice vote — which garnered pushback from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY). Because of Massie’s focus on getting a physical quorum, many lawmakers needed to fly back to the Capitol at the last minute in order to participate in the vote. Massie has already tweeted his disappointment with the possibility of a voice vote or unanimous consent for the latest spending bill, indicating he might try to pull a similar maneuver this time around. Before lawmakers even get to that point, however, Democrats and Republicans will need to figure out exactly what it is Congress will be considering.
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vox.com
Allen Garfield, 'Nashville' and 'Conversation' star, dies of COVID-19 complications
Allen Garfield was a well-known character actor of the 1970s who starred in films including 'Nashville,' 'Conversation, 'Bananas' and 'The Candidate.'
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latimes.com
For Counties, The Coronavirus Brings Major Budget Problems
County executives across the United States are worried about budget problems as the coronavirus pandemic deepens. As more people request help, government leaders struggle with how to pay for it.
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npr.org
Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of US senator from Hawaii, dies
Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K
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washingtonpost.com
Maryland police find body of missing Kennedy child after five-day search of Chesapeake Bay
Police have recovered the body of Gideon McKean, the missing 8-year-old great-grandson of Robert F. Kennedy.        
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usatoday.com
Asian companies help equip the medical industry to fight the pandemic
Chinese tech giant Alibaba lends its AI technology to medical professionals, former Alibaba CEO sends test kits, face masks and protective suits to countries in need and Vietnam's Vingroup is turning its resources to ventilator production.
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How to say ‘thank you’ to your favorite essential worker during coronavirus
Thank a bus driver, a nurse or a restaurant worker with this guide.
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nypost.com
Group of engineers turn old breast pumps into ventilators, amid shortage
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Nurse recovers from COVID-19, shares experience
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Family battles COVID-19, loses family member
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Police give happy birthday house call to boys
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City lights up night sky to thank health workers
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Girl rings 'cancer free' bell despite pandemic
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Woman inspired to create motivational music video
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Further requirements for retail social distancing
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Painted rocks spruce up park, send positive vibes
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Children's bodies found in house fire, Mother charged
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Live Stream White House's Coronavirus Wednesday Briefing: How to Watch Trump's Latest COVID-19 Update
Members of the White House's Coronavirus Task Force will discuss national COVID-19 statistics and response plans during its daily briefing Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. EST.
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newsweek.com
Divers find body of Robert F. Kennedy's 8-year-old great-grandson
Divers found the body of 8-year-old Gideon McKean, a great-grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
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White Supremacist Groups are Recruiting With Help From Coronavirus – and a Popular Messaging App
On March 24, Timothy Wilson, 36, was shot and killed by the FBI as he prepared to attack a hospital in the Kansas City area where patients with the coronavirus were being treated. The FBI had previously identified Wilson as a “potentially violent extremist” who had considered attacking a mosque, a synagogue, and a school…
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time.com
Body of Gideon McKean, great-grandson of RFK, found after 5 days
The body of his mother, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, was recovered two days earlier.
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cbsnews.com
Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire in five-year Yemen war
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said on Wednesday it was halting military operations nationwide in support of U.N. efforts to end a five-year war that has killed tens of thousands and spread hunger and disease.
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reuters.com
US suicide rate climbs 35% since 1999, new report finds
The suicide rate in the United States continues to rise, increasing 35% for almost two decades from 1999 through 2018, according to a new data brief released by the National Center for Health Statistics on Wednesday. The report included mortality data from the center's National Vital Statistics System.
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Jessica Tarlov: Bernie Sanders won't be Democrats' nominee — Here's the real reason why
Sometimes it really can be as simple as Democrats want to support Democrats.
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foxnews.com
Alters, Moore & Vuong: Coronavirus fallout – hold China accountable for virus failures
Even in times of global crisis, China staunchly refuses to cooperate with the rest of the world.
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foxnews.com