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Publisher of hydroxychloroquine study touted by Trump says the research didn't meet its standards
President Trump has been a cheerleader for the drug hydroxychloroquine, pointing in a tweet and in person to a French study as evidence that one particular drug combination might be "one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine."
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California releases limited racial breakdown of coronavirus patients and deaths
Coronavirus: California releases limited racial breakdown of patients and deaths.
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latimes.com
Loretta Lynn’s bond with Patsy Cline remains strong
Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn’s friendship in the early ‘60s created an unbreakable bond between the two country music trailblazers
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washingtonpost.com
Volcano emissions released during ancient mass extinction offer us a warning, scientists say
Volcanic eruptions that played a role in triggering a mass extinction 200 million years ago offer a sober warning for us today amid our warming climate.
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foxnews.com
The most promising coronavirus breakthroughs so far, from vaccines to treatments
Researchers from around the world are all racing to find a vaccine for COVID-19. And they’re close — a number of approaches are about to start human trials — from Band-Aid-like microneedle stickers to traditional shots in the arm. Still, experts say, widespread vaccine use could be at least a couple of years away. “If...
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nypost.com
Exclusive — FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn: Coronavirus Antibodies Testing Ramping Up, Plasma-Based Treatments on the Way
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administrator Dr. Stephen Hahn told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday that his agency is working with private industry leaders to bring more antibody testing and promising potential plasma-based treatments for the coronavirus to the American public.
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Group Nine Media, owner of The Dodo, Popsugar and Thrillist, slashing 7 percent of staff
Group Nine Media, which owns The Dodo, Thrillist and PopSugar, is eliminating 7 percent of its workforce, or just over 50 people, in the latest cuts by a digital news organization in the wake of the coronavirus. The company, one of nations five biggest digital publishers, currently has more 700 employees, sources said. It’s the...
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CDC considers relaxing coronavirus guidelines, letting some Americans return to work
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering relaxing coronavirus guidelines as early as Wednesday, allowing Americans who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are asymptomatic to return to work.
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foxnews.com
WHO fires back after Trump threatened to pull US funding
The head of the World Health Organization defended the organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic, at one point directly responding to criticisms leveled by President Donald Trump.
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Beating the Coronavirus Requires an Entrepreneur's Approach | Opinion
The government is taking two actions. First is shutting down the economy; second is following protocols and testing that seek answers with 100 percent certainty. Both realities can't simultaneously exist.
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newsweek.com
Some coronavirus patients on ventilators may not need them, report says
Some top doctors on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients say that many of them could be effectively treated with less invasive respiratory support than that provided by ventilators, a new report said Wednesday. If they are right, putting patients on ventilators could offer little help to many and could even be harmful to some...
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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
Nordstrom takes 40% off dresses, jumpsuits, and sandals for Better Together Sale
Your search for standout deals on chic fashions is over now that Nordstrom has launched its Better Together Sale. You can currently get 40% off luxury dresses, jumpsuits, and sandals from Tory Burch, Vince Camuto, Manolo Blahnik, and more. During the Better Together Sale, Nordstrom will be discounting items from some of your favorite brands,...
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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
Smokers urged quit over risk of developing severe coronavirus symptoms
Smokers are being urged to quit by health officials, who warn they’re 14 times likelier to develop severe coronavirus symptoms. Public Health England warned that the habit weakens the lungs, which puts smokers in danger of coming down with a bad case of the virus. “In light of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, there has never...
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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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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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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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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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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
Hero of the Day: NYC subway cleaner keeps essential workers safe
He’s got the dirtiest job in the city — and it’s never been more important. Subway car cleaner Corey Skinner spends 16 hours a day, five days a week sanitizing train cars to keep the essential workers who ride them each day safe. “I got a job to do, and I want to help as...
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nypost.com
Cop slugs woman after another officer is attacked in Bronx fracas
An NYPD cop was caught on camera slugging a woman in the face amid the fracas after a Bronx cop was punched by a civilian on Tuesday, new footage shows. The unidentified officer responded to the scene near 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights after Nelson Jimenez, 31, allegedly sucker-punched another cop who...
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nypost.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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MMA Junkie Q&A replay: Ferguson vs. Gaethje breakdown, UFC 249 card, Dana White's private island
Catch a replay of Wednesday's live chat with Mike Bohn and Farah Hannoun, who hit on topics including UFC 249 and Dana White's island.        Related StoriesColby Covington wants a main event with Tyron Woodley on 'Dana White's fight island'Urijah Faber respects Henry Cejudo, but 'would never rule out a fight with him'UFC free fight: Relive Anderson Silva's title-winning effort over Rich Franklin 
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usatoday.com
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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