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‘Bachelor’ alum Ben Higgins engaged to girlfriend Jessica Clarke
They were first linked in early 2019.
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nypost.com
CDC issues travel advisory to residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
A woman walks across an unusually empty Park Avenue in New York City on March 26, 2020. | Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images Trump talked about quarantining the tri-state area but settled on a travel advisory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory on Saturday night calling on residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid “non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The travel advisory was far less stringent than the “enforceable” tri-state quarantine that President Trump had floated several times earlier on Saturday, an idea that caught New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)off guard and that causedconfusion about the legality and logistics of such a maneuver. Trump tweeted late on Saturday that he asked the CDC to issue the guidance after consulting with the three state’s governors, and decided that “a quarantine will not be necessary.” Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that Trump settled on the advisory after “very intensive discussions” at the White House Saturday evening. “After discussions with the president we made it clear and he agreed, it would be much better to do what’s called a strong advisory,” Fauci said. “The reason for that is you don’t want to get to the point that you’re enforcing things that would create a bigger difficulty, morale and otherwise, when you could probably accomplish the same goal.” According to the CDC, the travel advisory does not apply to “employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.” The agency says that the governors of the three states have “full discretion” to implement the advisory. Trump’s decision to go with a travel advisory after causing confusion — and anger — over his seemingly spontaneous suggestion of an “enforceable quarantine” underscores the extent to which his leadership during the coronavirus crisis has been defined by chaotic messaging and poor coordination with states. The short-lived possibility of a three-state quarantine, briefly explained President Donald Trump said around noon on Saturday that he was considering an enforceable short-term quarantine in certain parts of the New York metro area after a conversation with Cuomo. “I just spoke with Andrew Cuomo, I just spoke with [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis. We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot” of coronavirus cases, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that some time today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut.” But Cuomo, who was giving a press briefing at the same time that Trump spoke to reporters, said he had not discussed that idea with the president and expressed concern about it. “I haven’t had those conversations,” Cuomo said when asked about Trump’s statement. “I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable,” Cuomo said at his press conference in Albany. “And from a medical point view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing.” ”But I can tell you, I don’t even like the sound of it,” he continued. The disconnect between Trump and Cuomo over a potential quarantine was the latest instance of public clashing between the two politicians while trying to coordinate a response in a region that has become the epicenter of the American coronavirus crisis. As Vox’s Aaron Rupar has explained, Trump has insinuated that governors need to stop criticizing him and to “treat [the administration] well” if they wish to receive federal help. Complicating things further was the fact that it was difficult to know how seriously to take Trump’s quarantine statement, given his habit of making false claims about coronavirus-related policy launches in recent weeks, such as his haphazard rollout of the Defense Production Act, during which he and a Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator revealed different timelines for directing the production of protective gear and life-saving medical devices. However, Trump seemed to double down on the idea of a quarantine in the tri-state area later in the day after his first talk with reporters. After his initial comment he tweeted, “I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing ‘hot spots,’ New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.” And when speaking to reporters another time Saturdayafternoon before boarding Air Force One to Norfolk, Virginia, Trump signaled again that a decision would be imminent. “We’re looking at it, and we’ll be making a decision,” Trump said. “A lot of the states that aren’t infected that don’t have a big problem, they’ve asked me if I’d look at it so we’re going to look at it. It’ll be for a short period of time if we do it at all.” When asked for details about how he’d pursue a quarantine, he told reporters that he would talk about it later with Cuomo. New York is in crisis. Trump hasn’t responded with urgency. Federal and state policymakers have been scrambling to figure out how to respond to the explosion of cases coming out of New York City. Earlier in March, Cuomo used the National Guard to create a one-mile ”containment zone” around New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City, to help slow a cluster of cases. On March 27, New York City accounted for over a quarter of all confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the US. Vox’s Jen Kirby and Emily Stewart report that New York is expected to get worse: “Though the state, including the city, has been under strict stay-at-home orders since Sunday, New York is not expected to reach its peak in coronavirus cases for at least another three weeks. On March 25, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted that, in a city of 8 million, half the population should expect to get coronavirus before the pandemic ends.” But Trump has struggled to work productively with Cuomo on mounting a response to the crisis. Earlier in the week, for example, Cuomo complained that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to send New York 400 ventilators from a national stockpile was entirely inadequate for the scope of the crisis. “You want a pat on the back for sending 400? We need 30,000,” said Cuomo on Tuesday. Trump fired back later that the governor “should have ordered the ventilators” when he had a chance, and has also downplayed the state’s need for them. Trump’s quarantine idea — and the fact that Cuomo was evidently in the dark about it — suggested he was contemplating pushing for what could be a hugely consequential policy change without consulting the relevant local policymakers. “The specifics & impact of this new directive by tweet are unclear & uncertain,” tweeted Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT) on Saturday. “The effect may be more confusion than confidence.” Moreover, it was unclear if Trump was issuing a new policy orwas simply floating an idea that he hadn’t actually thought through and had no real intention of implementing. In recent weeks, Trump has made dozens of false claims, such as falsely promising that anyone who wants to get tested for coronavirus can get tested. Trump has also been touting hydroxychloroquine as a miracle drug for Covid-19, even though there has been no substantial evidence proving whether it’s effective, or even safe. Meanwhile, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients are experiencing a shortage of the drug as people heeding Trump’s message are stocking up. Trump’s slapdash messaging surrounding a possible New York quarantine seemed par for the course in his ongoing response to the coronavirus crisis.
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Dr. Jon LaPook on the value of antibody tests
With the friction between treating COVID-19 and protecting the populace from infection vs. reopening businesses, testing for immunity to coronavirus is urgently vital. Dr. Jon LaPook explains the importance of serology (or antibody) testing for the virus, and why it needs to be done now.
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cbsnews.com
Jake Tapper thanks medical workers battling coronavirus
Jake Tapper pays tribute to medical workers who are fighting the coronavirus outbreak as the pandemic continues to spread around the world.
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edition.cnn.com
Rhode Island repeals order targeting New Yorkers after Cuomo threatens lawsuit
ALBANY — Facing the threat of a lawsuit from New York, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo repealed a controversial executive order penalizing New Yorkers for traveling into the state mandating that they self-quarantine for 14 days amidst the coronavirus outbreak. The new order was revised and signed late Saturday night to say “any person coming...
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nypost.com
De Blasio tries to deflect blame for rapid spread of coronavirus in NYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday tried to wave off his instructions for New Yorkers to “go about their lives” in the lead-up to the city’s coronavirus crisis — refusing to consider whether he shares any blame until “after this war is over.” The mayor on CNN’s “State of the Union” was confronted with a...
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nypost.com
Mnuchin says checks from coronavirus bill coming "within 3 weeks"
As part of the stimulus package passed by Congress last week, Americans who make up to $75,000 will receive $1,200 checks, plus $500 per child.
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cbsnews.com
Nancy Pelosi Says Trump's Response to Coronavirus Has Been 'Deadly': 'As the President Fiddles, People Are Dying'
"And now I think the best thing to do is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up," the House Speaker warned.
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newsweek.com
#NewDisneyQuarantineRides Trends as Twitter Users Imagine Coronavirus Theme Park Rides with Toilet Paper and Hand Sanitizer
Some Twitter users joked about social distancing, hygiene guidelines, and travel restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
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newsweek.com
Dr. Birx: States should copy New York on medical preparations
“We are asking every single governor and every single mayor to prepare like New York is preparing now,“ she said.
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politico.com
50 TSA screening officers and 19 more employees test positive for coronavirus
Fifty TSA screening officers and 19 additional TSA employees across the United States have tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks.      
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usatoday.com
Iran Defends Its COVID-19 Response, Citing Economic Concerns
Iran has suffered the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East
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time.com
Stephon Marbury plans to deliver 10 million masks to NY amid coronavirus crisis
Former Knicks star Stephon Marbury wants to deliver the Big Apple something it needs even more than an NBA title — 10 million N95 masks for hospital workers and other first responders handling the coronavirus pandemic. Marbury, who played in the NBA 14 years before moving overseas to become a legend in the Chinese Basketball...
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nypost.com
The Hippocratic Oath
The exhausted doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus are our best hope, unwavering in their sacred task to tend the sick and suffering, even as they put themselves in danger
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cbsnews.com
Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump's quarantine idea
Public health experts have criticized the idea of instituting statewide quarantines in “hot spots” like New York.
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politico.com
Follow these steps to keep your personal finances in check during the coronavirus pandemic
Most of the checklist items are reasonably easy to implement, without requiring much heavy lifting. Many are actions you should take at any time.       
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usatoday.com
Daytime TV Stars Pay Tribute to 'All My Children' Actor John Callahan After His Death at 66
"May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever," said his former wife Eva LaRue.
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newsweek.com
Nature: Antelope Island
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Antelope Island State Park in Utah. Videographer: Derek Reich.
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cbsnews.com
Nurse who battled coronavirus on the front lines dies from illness herself
A Miami nurse was killed by coronavirus after working on the front lines to help patients hit by the dangerous bug, according to a report. Araceli Buendia Ilagan, 63, came down with the illness while working in the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, news station WSVN reported. The Jackson Health System, which runs...
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nypost.com
Trump strikes friendly tone on China with trade in mind, as his top officials point fingers over pandemic
As coronavirus cases in the US surge, President Donald Trump isn't focused just on those statistics, administration officials say, but is also watching another set of numbers: exports to China.
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edition.cnn.com
Life under lockdown: Recommended books
Washington Post book critic Ron Charles offers suggestions for these challenging, cloistered times
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cbsnews.com
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Coronavirus highlights Venezuela's socialist failures – after Maduro, US can help them rebuild
In a failed socialist country like Venezuela, hospitals cannot come close to meeting the needs of patients suffering through a pandemic.
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foxnews.com
Major beer distributor comes to bars and restaurants' aid during coronavirus shutdowns
As restaurants and bars across the United States have had their dining rooms shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, many are bracing for tough times ahead.
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foxnews.com
Cut off because of coronavirus? Connect with Marco Polo walkie-talkie video app
Marco Polo walkie talkie video chat app is seeing success amid COVID-19. You record and receive video greetings on your time, unlike FaceTime or Skype       
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usatoday.com
'Reading Rainbow' Host LeVar Burton Wants to Host a Coronavirus Reading Time Livestream for 'Folks Who Could Use Some Diversion'
Burton is known for his acting roles in the 1970s television miniseries 'Roots' and the seminal sci-fi show 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.'
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newsweek.com
Biden: Trump Needs to 'Stop Thinking Out Loud,' Start Thinking Deeply
Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," 2020 hopeful, former Vice President Biden said President Donald Trump needs to stop thinking out loud and start thinking more deeply on the coronavirus pandemic.
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U.S. cities warn medical supplies running out, call for federal help to fight coronavirus
New York City, New Orleans and other major cities expect to run out of ventilators and other medical supplies within days as the United States grapples with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
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reuters.com
Sweden remains open as other countries lock down over coronavirus
While other countries take extreme measures, Sweden has adopted a more relaxed policy towards a pandemic.
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foxnews.com
Transcript: Steven Mnuchin on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that aired Sunday, March 29, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
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cbsnews.com
Coronavirus sickens boss of NYC's subways, commuter trains
The man in charge of New York City’s subway, buses and commuter trains has tested positive for the coronavirus.
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foxnews.com
Biden calls for widespread application of Defense Production Act
Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images “I would do the same thing for masks and gowns ... why are we waiting?” Speaking on Meet The Press Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden called for widespread invocation of the Defense Production Act to not only meet the need for ventilators but also to scale up production of “masks and gowns ... and shields and all the things our first responders and doctors need.” “Why are waiting?” Biden asked, “We know they’re needed.” WATCH: Former VP @JoeBiden says he would be "moving rapidly" on the Defense Production Act if he was president. #MTP #IfItsSundayBiden: "I would do the same thing for masks and gowns ... and all the things our first responders and doctors and nurses need. Why are we waiting?" pic.twitter.com/ISdCNiJ5Wc— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 29, 2020 The former vice president is referring to widespread shortages of masks and other personal protective equipment that health care providers are reporting. This equipment takes several forms and the terminology gets confusing at times. But the key piece of equipment that health care personnel need are N-95 respirators, tight-fitting masks that when applied correctly can prevent people who need to interact closely with sick patients from infection. The respirator shortage has become so acute that medical personnel are relying on surgical masks, looser-fitting garments that offer a lower level of protection. US officials have been mostly coping with a comprehensive equipment shortage by discouraging ordinary citizens from using surgical masks, in contrast to the widespread practice of community mask usage in Asian countries. But experts are increasingly questioning the wisdom of the “don’t wear a mask” guidance, noting that they can be broadly useful in three ways — preventing asymptomatic patients from inadvertently spreading virus they don’t know they have, reminding yourself not to touch your face, and signaling to others in the community the importance of social distancing. If respirators and masks were more widely available, perhaps through DPA-induced production hikes, it would be easier for public health officials to worry less about who is getting masks and just make plenty available — for health care providers and those outside of medicine alike. Meanwhile, grassroots groups like Helpful Engineering have been mobilizing to make face shields (relatively simple plastic guards that cover the whole face) to help meet the urgent need for PPE — a need that seems it could become more dire as the world’s largest glove manufacturer is warning of impending shortages. The Defense Production Act would allow the federal government to essentially conscript America’s domestic manufacturing capacity into making more of these supplies. It could be particularly potent with regard to the surgical masks, since they are simple to construct (people who know how to sew can make them easily at home) and many facilities that work with any kind of fabric could be making them in principle. The Trump administration has thus far been reluctant to invoke the act, suggesting that to do so would create a Venezuela-like economic situation. In practice, however, it’s the administration’s inability to get the virus under control that’s creating an unprecedentedly rapid economic collapse, and anything that helps bolster the public health situation will almost certainly improve the economy as well.
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vox.com
Pope Backs U.N. Chief: Wants Global Ceasfire to Help Stem Coronavirus
Pope Francis on Sunday added his voice to a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for an end to global conflict so all resources can focus on fighting the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
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breitbart.com
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's great chemistry, on stage and off
The actors are working together for the first time since they married 23 years ago in the (now-delayed) return to Broadway of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite"
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cbsnews.com
U.S.-Led Forces Pull Out of Third Iraqi Base This Month
A rocket attack on the base in late December killed one American contractor
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time.com
Pelosi on Trump's statement: It's ridiculous
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticizes President Trump after the President seemed to brush aside a provision in the coronavirus stimulus bill that would provide oversight into how the Treasury loans out money to businesses.
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edition.cnn.com
Coronavirus closures 'blessing in disguise' as tornado rips through Jonesboro mall
A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, damaging several buildings including a mall and airport.        
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usatoday.com
Sick and angry: Some public health officers are showing stress of coronavirus
In the Bay Area, one public health officer has been infected with COVID-19. Others are feuding, and one issued an emotional public warning that peers have criticized.
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latimes.com
Column: Suns star Devin Booker uses 'Call of Duty' to pass time, stay connected
All-Star guard Devin Booker says playing "Call of Duty" helped him stay in touch with his friends long before he was told to quarantine at home.
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latimes.com
WFH with a roommate or loved one? 5 ways to avoid killing each other
Many employees working remotely in the midst of the coronavirus crisis are competing with roommates for limited space, internet connection and attention.
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latimes.com
What's Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2020? Full List of Releases
There are a few new Amazon Prime Video originals releasing on the streaming platform next month, including the Cannes Film Festival winner 'Invisible Life.'
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newsweek.com
The Rec Room: The Times' favorite sports books
Los Angeles Times sportswriters and editors pick their favorite sports books.
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latimes.com
Italian doctors demand protective supplies as coronavirus deaths climb
At least 50 doctors have died from COVID-19 while trying to help the sick in Italy — having been sent “unarmed” to fight a “war” without essential protective supplies, their association claimed. Italy’s National Federation of Orders of Surgeons and Dentists (FNOMCeO) released a list of names of the dead doctors amid a blistering attack...
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nypost.com
Louisiana governor calls on feds to send ventilators as coronavirus spreads
Edwards told "Face the Nation" that the state has also reached out to vendors and placed orders for 1,000 more ventilators.
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cbsnews.com
'Hard to know' if imperfect stimulus bill will help everybody: Larry Kudlow
Larry Kudlow has faced criticism after claiming in February that the U.S. had "contained" the coronavirus.
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abcnews.go.com
CDC Asks NY, NJ, and Connecticut Residents to “Refrain” From Nonessential Travel
President Trump backtracked from his quarantine threat after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the idea.
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slate.com
Leadership in times of crisis
The present pandemic is not the first time in our history that the nation's governors have stepped up to offer guidance, action and straight talk
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cbsnews.com
Jim Gaffigan: Life in quarantine is like a sitcom
Comedian Jim Gaffigan says holing up with his wife and five kids mirrors a situation comedy – and the episode never ends.
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cbsnews.com
Life under lockdown: Time to catch up on TV
Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg offers new and classic series for those housebound by the pandemic, now that we have more time to binge-watch
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