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Oprah's Book Club Names Robert Kolker's 'Hidden Valley Road' the New Pick For April
Robert Kolker's new book was released on Tuesday.
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newsweek.com
All L.A. County residents can now get coronavirus tests. Here's how it works
Los Angeles County is expanding coronavirus testing to more people. Here's how to get in line.
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latimes.com
Khloé Kardashian says she may ‘never date again’
"I'm focused on myself and True," she said in a "KUWTK" sneak peek.
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nypost.com
Olympic flame removed from public view amid postponed Tokyo Games
The Olympic flame is removed from public view as the coronavirus prompts a state of emergency in Japan after the postponement of the Tokyo Games.
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latimes.com
Trump slams HHS watchdog for report on hospital shortages, rips WHO
President Donald Trump on Tuesday again lashed out at the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, accusing her of political bias after she compiled a report about serious shortages of supplies and equipment at many US hospitals. “Why didn’t the I.G., who spent 8 years with the Obama Administration (Did she Report on...
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nypost.com
Nissan, Honda to furlough US workers as demand for cars sputters
Nissan and Honda on Tuesday said they had furloughed thousands of workers at their US operations as the coronavirus pandemic slashes demand for cars in the country.
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nypost.com
Best shot at fighting 'a virus that knows no boundaries'? Stay inside
Statewide, officials are pushing the public to boost social distancing efforts and adhere to stay-at-home orders.
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latimes.com
Baby of mom with COVID-19 dies after premature birth
"Had [the mother] not been COVID-19 positive... likely she would not have gone into preterm labor and there would have been a different outcome," an official said
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cbsnews.com
This deep-sea ‘giant’ is actually made up of millions of ‘clones’
Just in case you didn’t think the ocean wasn’t alien enough, researchers off Western Australia have filmed an otherworldly underwater creature comprised of millions of interconnected “clones.” Ecstatic scientists are calling the specimen the largest ever discovered. “Check out this beautiful *giant* siphonophore Apolemia recorded on #NingalooCanyons expedition,” read a Monday Twitter post by the...
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nypost.com
Vanuatu hit by worst cyclone in years
Vanuatu has been hit by cyclone Harold, one of the strongest recorded storms to ever hit the tiny Pacific nation.
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edition.cnn.com
Third cougar captured amid city's coronavirus lockdown
A third cougar has been captured in the Chilean capital Santiago amid the city’s coronavirus lockdown.
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foxnews.com
Trump sidelines watchdog tapped for virus rescue oversight
President Donald Trump has sidelined the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion rescue package for businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus
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abcnews.go.com
Tom Basile: WHO-China coronavirus failures — time for US to do this at the United Nations
The WHO becomes the latest in a long list of United Nations-related organizations to trust an authoritarian power at the expense of the safety and security of the world.
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foxnews.com
The Coronavirus Is Turning the States Against Each Other
What Ron DeSantis’s “Floridian nationalism” tells us about our political future.
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slate.com
Myles Powell adds to college basketball accolades with Jerry West Award
The novel coronavirus pandemic took away Myles Powell’s postseason, but he’s not headed to the professional ranks empty-handed. The Seton Hall superstar guard from Trenton will be leaving the New Jersey school with plenty of hardware. Powell’s latest honor was the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s top shooting guard, it was announced Tuesday...
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nypost.com
World Health Day honors nurses on the frontlines. Meet the heroes dealing with coronavirus
April 7 is World Health Day, an annual recognition of nurses and midwives. The observance started in 1948. But this year it could easily pass unnoticed; the nurses are just too busy.
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edition.cnn.com
Queen Elizabeth II Wishes Boris Johnson a 'Speedy Recovery' as U.K. Prime Minister Remains in Intensive Care
Three generations of the royal family have sent best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with messages from Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William.
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newsweek.com
NBA explores 'diabetes-like' coronavirus testing with rapid results: report
The NBA is stepping up measures to create a situation where the season could resume play in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and this includes exploring the use of a multiple blood-testing device that would provide rapid test results, reports say.
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foxnews.com
Jon Bon Jovi: 'We all can make a difference'
Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi joins Amanpour to discuss his new song inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, "Do What You Can," which he's writing with fans from across the globe.
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edition.cnn.com
Celebrities detail coronavirus stories in their own words
Some stars, such as singer Pink and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, while others are hardly experiencing symptoms.
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latimes.com
Wisconsin’s Election Day is a public health disaster
A couple leaves after casting their ballots during the April 7, 2020, election in Kenosha, Wisconsin. | Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images The coronavirus has a chance to spread through long voting lines and cramped polling stations. In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin is voting on Tuesday. Gov. Tony Evers (D) has repeatedly tried to delay the state’s elections, citing fears that in-person voting could bolster the spread of coronavirus. But Wisconsin Republicans and the state’s Supreme Court, which is controlled by conservatives, rebuffed Evers. Republicans also fought off Evers’s efforts to mail ballots to every voter and allow ballots to be counted beyond the original April 7 election date. The result is long lines at the polls as voters turn out for the presidential primary and a batch of local and state elections, including a particularly controversial Wisconsin Supreme Court race. Polls open in minutes. Here’s a look at the line in Waukesha, the city’s only polling location pic.twitter.com/Uqg08gannt— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) April 7, 2020 Public health experts are not mincing words: This is not good. People across the country are being asked to stay home as much as possible to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 disease. Requiring them to show up to long lines and cramped schools, gyms, and churches to vote obviously goes against that. As of April 7, Wisconsin has 2,440 reported coronavirus cases and 83 deaths. The state is currently under a stay-at-home order. Jen Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, called the decision to continue on with Election Day “a serious unforced error” and “very unwise.” While it’s theoretically possible for people to do their best at social distancing under these circumstances and keep six feet away from each other, Kates explained, that will require a lot of coordination and can be especially risky to poll workers, who could spread the virus to the rest of their community once this is all over. “This is a highly infectious virus with no cure or vaccine,” Kates said. “Anything that public officials can do to minimize crowding is critical.” Tara Smith, an epidemiologist at Kent State University, said that the long lines are “really concerning”: “It puts voters and poll workers at risk. I doubt they’re going to be consistently able to maintain distance, and either way they’ll be touching the same objects inside the voting areas and the doors when they enter and leave.” Citing her own state’s experience, Smith argued that “this doesn’t have to be a partisan issue.” Ohio, under the leadership of Gov. Mike DeWine (R), postponed its primary election from March 17 to April 28, citing concerns about the coronavirus. Wisconsin Republicans, however, refused to do the same — and now people are at greater risk for Covid-19.
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vox.com
How to make the best pantry sauces during coronavirus quarantine
We’ve all been there — reaching into the backs of our pantries and cabinets for something, anything that could constitute a balanced meal. Too tired to go to the store, you scan your kitchen and spot a head of garlic, canned tomatoes, dried seasoning and some vegetable scraps. You’re smartly stocked-up on wine — to...
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nypost.com
Spain couple married 65 years recovering from coronavirus together
The smiling elderly couple who waved from their window as they returned home after beating coronavirus summed up a cautious feeling of hope in Spain where the death rate has appeared to slow down in recent days.
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foxnews.com
Report: MLB, Players Union Eye Plan for May Restart in Arizona
Major League Baseball and its players union are showing interest in a plan that could allow the season to start in May at several stadiums in Arizona, ESPN reported Tuesday.
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breitbart.com
11 times Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus
President Donald Trump has consistently underplayed the severity of the coronavirus and its impact on the country over the past few months. And who has comes to his defense? Vice President Mike Pence! Chris Cillizza runs through some of the top moments President Trump has belittled the threat of coronavirus.
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edition.cnn.com
Coronavirus concerns: People are panic-buying baby chickens, reports claim
Cluck cluck.
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foxnews.com
Senate Dems call for 'hazard pay' fund in 4th round of coronavirus spending
Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled plans to create a giant new fund to boost the pay of health care staff, first responders and essential workers -- and made clear they'll demand their hazard pay proposal in any fourth round of coronavirus spending.
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foxnews.com
Gary Cohen pitches 25-game season after ‘weird, fun’ virtual Mets call
Like everyone else, Gary Cohen doesn’t know if there will be a baseball season. The novel coronavirus has postponed it for now, along with all the other professional sports. But the Mets’ SNY play-by-play announcer believes MLB should hold out as long as possible, even if it means starting as late as September, before canceling...
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nypost.com
Labor Secretary Scalia: Getting virus under control is first step to reopening economy
As the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits broke a record high for the second week in a row during the coronavirus crisis, Department of Labor Secretary Steve Scalia on Tuesday explained how America will transition into reopening the economy.
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foxnews.com
"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli wants prison release to fight COVID-19
The disgraced pharmaceutical entrepreneur believes he's uniquely positioned to fight the coronavirus disease.
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cbsnews.com
UK PM Johnson 'stable' in intensive care, needed oxygen after COVID-19 worsened
British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday he was confident that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in intensive care with a coronavirus infection, would pull through because "he’s a fighter".
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reuters.com
Wisconsin primary underway amid virus
Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election. (April 7)       
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usatoday.com
Where to Find Walgreens Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Sites in Louisiana, Florida, Texas and More
In an announcement Tuesday, Walgreens disclosed plans to administer COVID-19 tests at 15 new drive-thru locations across seven states.
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newsweek.com
Wisconsin shows the fragility of democracy
The Supreme Court fails to ensure a safe and orderly election.
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washingtonpost.com
Attorney Generals urge Trump to increase production of coronavirus safety gear
More than a dozen attorneys general from across the country are urging President Trump to order more companies to ramp up production of protective gear and testing supplies — as he has done with with face masks and ventilators. The group, including New York AG Letitia James, asked the president in a letter to invoke...
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nypost.com
Dr. Peter Hotez: Getting back to 'normal' will be up and down process over years
In America after the coronavirus, getting back to a sense of normalcy will be an "up and down" process spanning years, Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine Dr. Peter Hotez said Tuesday.
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foxnews.com
11 lap desks to make working from home more comfortable
Whether you're working from your couch, your bed or your kitchen table, a lap desk is probably a very good idea right now.
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edition.cnn.com
We Could Be Taking Psychedelics to Help Treat Mental Illness in Just Five Years
The war on drugs which stopped research on psychedelics was "one of the worst examples of censorship of human research in the history of science," according to the authors of a commentary in the journal Cell.
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newsweek.com
The Supreme Court’s Hypocrisy Is Going to Get Americans Killed
Today, lines outside Wisconsin polling places illustrate the cruel stakes of a decision the Supreme Court handed down Monday night. The Court forced Wisconsin residents to choose between voting and staying safe. Some voters, it appears, are willing to risk their own death in order to ensure that American democracy still lives.But they should not have to make that choice. The five conservative Justices on the Supreme Court forced them to. In a 5-4 decision, the Court rolled back an absentee-ballot extension that would have given voters an extra week to get ballots in by mail. The decision is an ominous sign about what the Court will allow elected officials to get away with during the coronavirus outbreak, even at great harm to our representative democracy.[Read: Wisconsin’s warning for the November election]The election happening today includes the presidential primary in addition to non-primary races for an important seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and other state and local judges. Voters, understandably, want to have a say in who fills these seats. But Wisconsin, like the rest of the United States, is staring down the threat of the coronavirus. And the state is subject to a stay-at-home order to minimize the spread of the virus and prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed.It is fairly obvious how voting in public during the pandemic is not compatible with safety. The federal government’s health experts have recommended that people stay home and keep a physical distance from one another. Voters would have to disregard that life-saving guidance in order to cast their vote. That is why experts and advocates have strongly recommended that the United States move to a system of mass absentee voting (i.e., voting by mail) for the upcoming election. Doing so would ensure that people can exercise the franchise and that America remains a representative democracy without threatening millions of lives.That’s precisely what Wisconsin voters were given: more time to secure absentee ballots and more time to send them in. The governor had only ordered residents to stay at home as recently as March 24th, and many voters who requested their ballots at that point did not anticipate receiving them in time to return them for today’s election, because the state recently received an extraordinary number of absentee-ballot requests. Some of these voters filed a lawsuit, and successfully obtained a federal court order allowing residents to cast absentee ballots as long as the ballots were postmarked by April 13—a one-week extension.On Monday, the Supreme Court undid that order, and as a result, officials are now requiring any absentee ballots to be postmarked by today, April 7. Voters without absentee ballots therefore have a choice: Don’t vote, or risk your life in order to do so.The Court did little to explain its decision. It first maintained that the residents never requested the extension (though the dissent referenced a portion of the transcript where they did). It then cited a prior decision, Purcell v. Gonzalez, that reasoned that courts should be reticent to disturb election procedures close to the date of an election. But that principle is based on the idea that elections should not be riddled with last-minute chaos. It has little applicability to the circumstances the country is facing now—namely, an election that is already riddled with the last-minute and sweeping chaos resulting from the coronavirus.Who will benefit from the Court’s decision and who will be hurt—and possibly killed—by it is entirely predictable. The Court’s decision will depress voter turnout in the all important judicial elections. The president recently said out loud what Republican voting strategists have long seemed to believe: Lower voter turnouts benefit Republicans. With higher levels of voting, as Trump put it, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”[Jeffrey Davis: How Donald Trump could steal the election]At the same time, the Court’s decision particularly puts African American voters, the historic backbone of the Democratic party, to a life or death choice. There are more than 2,500 coronavirus cases in Wisconsin, and some populous cities (of more than 70,000 people) have only one polling location. And early data shows that African Americans die of coronavirus at a higher rate than whites—perhaps because of racial disparities in the healthcare system or socioeconomic disparities that prohibit poorer communities from availing themselves of various preventative measures. The area in Wisconsin with the largest black population (Milwaukee) has only five polling places (whereas it used to have 180).The Court’s decision is an ominous harbinger for what the Court might allow in November in the general election. Imagine, for example, that states do not allow absentee voting or voting by mail even though the coronavirus remains a serious threat to public health. Imagine also that the president, continuing to minimize the threat posed by the coronavirus, tells his supporters that they should go out and vote anyways. Monday’s decision suggests the Supreme Court wouldn’t care.There is a brazen irony to the Court’s indifference to Wisconsin voters. Before the Court issued the Wisconsin order, the Court indefinitely postponed hearing all of the cases that were originally scheduled to be argued in March or April of this year, including a major argument over whether the House of Representatives can subpoena the president’s financial records. In the order explaining its decision to postpone the hearings, the Court cited the historic and unprecedented nature of the coronavirus and the threat it poses. But while the Court is more than happy to make accommodations for the sake of its own health and members of the Supreme Court bar, it refuses to do the same for voters who are merely trying to participate in democracy.The Court’s Monday-night order contains a window into the Court’s thinking. The conservative majority went out of its way to say the dissenting Justices’ f “rhetoric” was “quite wrong.” In the midst of a pandemic threatening our elections, in order words, the majority took time to criticize the tone that the dissent used. It was too much for the Court’s conservatives for the dissenters to point out (quite rightly) that the question in the case “is whether tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens can vote safely in the midst of a pandemic,” an issue that is of “utmost importance” to, among other things, “the constitutional rights of Wisconsin’s citizens, the integrity of the State’s election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation.”The Court’s insistence that the dissent adopt a more measured tone is an appalling exercise of the Court’s authority. The Court demanded respect and deference even though it does not deserve it: There is nothing respectable about giving cover to elected officials to suppress voters in the midst of a pandemic.
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theatlantic.com
Trump and Biden should agree on this: Fed Chair Powell deserves a second term
The Federal Reserve has quickly responded to the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States. That's why presidential candidates should acknowledge the Fed's efforts and pledge to keep current chair Jerome Powell on the job.
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edition.cnn.com
Cam Newton’s free agency hopes cut further by coronavirus
Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy. Then he was first-overall pick in the NFL Draft. Then he was the Rookie of the Year. Then he was the MVP, starting in the Super Bowl. Now, the soon-to-be 31-year-old quarterback is grappling with the reality of being unwanted for the first time in his career after being...
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nypost.com
'I am negative': Rand Paul recovers from coronavirus
The Kentucky Republican is out of quarantine.
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politico.com
New York's Cuomo sees state nearing coronavirus plateau even as daily death toll hits high
New York is nearing a plateau in the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized, a sign of optimism even though the number of the deaths in the state hit a single-day high, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.
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reuters.com
Senate Dems push for pay increase for frontline workers in fourth rescue package
“No proposal will be complete without addressing the need for essential workers," Schumer says.
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politico.com
Hundreds gather for rabbi's funeral, defying social distancing
The NYPD broke up the crowd and said "these gatherings must cease immediately."
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cbsnews.com
Polish parliament approves election by postal vote only
WARSAW, Poland — Polish lawmakers voted late Monday to conduct the country’s forthcoming presidential elections exclusively through postal voting due to the lockdown imposed for the coronavirus pandemic. Parliament also empowered house speaker Elzbieta Witek to push back the date of the election, if necessary. Both decisions by parliament require approval from the Senate and...
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nypost.com
Essential Workers Would Get up to $25,000 Boost Under Senate Democrats' New 'Heroes Fund' Stimulus
The hazard pay would go to employees deemed essential during the pandemic, including those who work in drug and grocery stores, and in health care, sanitation and transportation.
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newsweek.com
Wisconsin’s election nightmare is a preview of what could happen in November
We could have a fair and inclusive election — but not if Republicans have anything to say about it.
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washingtonpost.com