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4.9-magnitude earthquake rocks parts of Southern California
The temblor struck 10 miles east of Anza, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its epicenter was near the Santa Rosa Mountain.        
Earthquake: 3.5 quake shakes near Tehachapi, Calif.
A magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Friday evening at 8:17 p.m. Pacific time six miles from Tehachapi, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Why I’m Coming Around On Wearing a Face Mask
The epidemiological value of masks remains controversial, but the sociological argument is shifting in their favor.
These Muhammad Ali books are absolute knockouts
During the coronavirus shutdown, each day we will bring you a recommendation from The Post’s Peter Botte for a sports movie, TV show or book that perhaps was before your time or somehow slipped between the cracks of your viewing/reading history. The Ali catalog (Various authors) The volume of fascinating books dedicated to the self-proclaimed...
Teachers outraged with de Blasio after city decides to continue learning through spring break
The New York teacher’s union slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday after the city decided to cancel spring break — requiring them to work on Passover and Good Friday. The break was originally planned for April 9 to April 17, but Schools Chancellor Richard Caranza announced Friday night that the city had decided to instead...
Steve Forbes says coronavirus hit US economy like 'a sledgehammer'
Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, reacted Friday on "The Ingraham Angle" to U.S. unemployment climbing as coronavirus spreads and its effects on the economy if the shutdown continues.
Coronavirus gives boxing gyms, trainers a different kind of fight
On March 29, Hector Roca spent his 80th birthday in his apartment along Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, practicing social distancing instead of training fighters at Gleason’s Gym like he has done for 52 years. “I’m doing good, following the rules and staying home,” Roca told The Post. “I’m trying to relax because for 80 years...
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JetBlue, United Airlines agree to fly volunteer medical workers to New York free of charge
JetBlue and United Airlines have agreed to fly medical volunteers to New York City and back again, free of charge. Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced a partnership with the airlines to provide round-trip flights to personnel coming to help fight COVID-19 in the country’s epicenter for the outbreak. “Our healthcare workers are heroes, and...
Bill Maher, 'World War Z' author agree China would 'shut down' coronavirus rumors
"Real Time" host Bill Maher raised questions about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to the "rumors" that the virus could have been developed in a Chinese laboratory.
A hairstylist is using her spare time to turn her boyfriend into Princess Leia and Joe Exotic
For hairstylist Heidi Oley, social distancing means more time on her hands to practice her skills.
Fordham athletic director David Roach to retire
Fordham announced on Friday athletic director David Roach is retiring at the end of the semester, confirming a report earlier in the day by The Post. Roach will finish out the semester, before stepping aside after eight seasons in The Bronx. Meanwhile, a decision on the future of men’s basketball coach Jeff Neubauer has yet...
Long Island doctor tries new twist on hydroxychloroquine for elderly COVID-19 patients
A New York doctor hopes to help his elderly COVID-19 patients with a treatment plan inspired by the success tentatively being reported with hydroxychloroquine — and which he says shows promising results. Dr. Mohammud Alam, an infectious disease specialist affiliated with Plainview Hospital, said 81 percent of infected covid patients he treated at three Long Island nursing homes recovered from...
Bill Maher: Trump 'favoring' states that praise him 'more impeachable' than Ukraine scandal
"Real Time" host Bill Maher blasted President Trump during Friday night's show, accusing him of "favoring" states that shower his administration with praise in order for them to receive much-needed medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Pandemic thriller, once rejected by publishers for being unrealistic, now getting wide release
What happens when a once-rejected dystopian novel turns into reality? Ask Scottish author Peter May.
Anthony Volpe opens up about brief Yankees taste, coronavirus plan
Anthony Volpe was in the middle of his first professional spring training last month when Yankees minor leaguers were quarantined after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. A first-round pick in last year’s draft, the former Delbarton School shortstop played in one big league exhibition game against the Tigers and was looking forward to...
Corbynism Will Outlast Jeremy Corbyn
Barry Goldwater’s 1964 nomination as the Republican presidential candidate was a defining moment in American politics, but not for the reasons that anyone thought at the time. Goldwater was crushed by Lyndon B. Johnson in the general election, a result, everyone agreed, that proved the type of radical conservatism Goldwater represented was dead. Everyone was wrong. Four years later, Richard Nixon was elected president, beginning a prolonged period of Republican political dominance that would culminate in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory. “Here is one time, at least,” the historian Rick Perlstein wrote, “in which history was written by the losers.”The Goldwater experience—that electoral defeat does not mark the end of a movement—has implications today, and not only for the conservative right.Even before the coronavirus outbreak, many on the “populist,” or “radical,” left insisted that globalization, climate change, automation, and inequality were creating the conditions for their own political resurgence, despite their leaders—Bernie Sanders in the United States, Jeremy Corbyn in Britain—being rejected at the ballot box. Now, in a world where governments are nationalizing wages and public services just to keep their economies afloat, such claims no longer seem far-fetched. Indeed, Corbyn, who will be replaced as Labour leader today, said the emergency economic measures being taken in Britain have proved him “absolutely right” in his demand for higher state spending, even though he badly lost an election just a few months ago after campaigning on that pledge. Is history repeating itself, accelerated by the severity of the social and economic crisis ripping through Western societies as a result of the pandemic?[Read: The meaning of Boris Johnson’s illness]The trouble with arguments claiming long-term inevitability is that they cannot be disproved. “The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs,” the economist John Maynard Keynes observed. “In the long run we are all dead.” So let me first say that the resurrection of the left is not inevitable, despite mounting claims to the contrary. Just because extreme measures have been taken to tackle the pandemic does not mean voters will want lighter versions of such policies in the long term. One example should stand as a warning in this regard: After the Second World War, Labour’s failure to end food rationing and price controls quickly enough cost the party at the ballot box in 1951, when Winston Churchill was reelected as prime minister. History can surprise: Perhaps the coronavirus will push people to the right, and voters will rally for tougher borders and more restrictive social policies. We are already seeing this in Hungary. Perhaps the concepts of left and right will not adequately contain the political demands that will follow this crisis. We don’t know.But much as Johnson biographer Robert Caro wrote that power reveals, so too does a crisis. Crises reveal the nature of power, the fault lines that run through societies, and the characters of leaders. They reveal the underlying realities of life: in the case of this pandemic, for example, that a functioning economy rests on a functioning society; that “key workers” and “wealth creators” are not so different after all; and that national borders have not been abolished, even in Europe. This pandemic has also revealed that governing during an outbreak is not simply a question of listening to experts, because experts can disagree. Instead, governing is fundamentally about judgment, the ability to communicate, to resolve, to show compassion and instinct.The ideas of the left are likely to stick around this time, then, not because of the pandemic itself and the measures taken to contain its impact, but because of what the pandemic has revealed. The sudden, crippling economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak has shone a light on systemic weaknesses that few fully understood, such as those of global-health control. But the crisis has also illuminated problems that we could already see but did not appreciate—and that were central to the left’s pitch for power under Corbyn and Sanders. Have we prized economic efficiency too much over national resilience? If a healthy economy is possible only in a healthy society, do we not need to devote more time (and funding) to the latter? How do we remove the corrupting influence of money from our politics? How do we protect living standards in the age of automation, global supply chains, and pandemics?Like mold on a bedroom wall, the left is fed by the intrinsic damp in the system: politicians selling off shares while reassuring the public that everything will be okay; health systems too frail to cope with pandemics despite years of preparation; governments powerless to protect their citizens from events caused beyond their borders. None of this is to say that the left is correct in its analysis or solutions, but merely to state the obvious: The system isn’t working.In 2008, the taxpayers of the United States, Britain, and most other Western countries were forced to take on new collective debts to bail out financial sectors that were about to collapse. After assuming these debts, voters in places such as Britain elected governments that imposed years of austerity, while incomes barely increased (if at all). At the same time, climate change continued largely unchecked, and the pay of those who caused the crisis in the financial sector remained astronomical.Will voters really endure cuts to public services again, having taken on a whole new round of debt to soften the economic blow of the coronavirus shutdown? Boris Johnson’s landslide victory over Corbyn in December was fueled by a pitch to voters to end both the Brexit chaos and the previous decade of austerity. He promised more money for health care and the police, and no tax raises. Without austerity, how will Johnson balance the books? Think tanks in Britain are already debating the answer, and one called for a new “social contract” between business and the state centered on tax. But after such a sudden economic implosion, will voters seek only moderate tweaks to the system, or will they consider more radical reform? The former British Conservative cabinet minister David Gauke told me that a move toward more communitarian politics and a bigger state is inevitable.This is not an argument for Corbyn, Corbynism, Sanders, or the Bernie Bros. While in the U.S. Sanders is technically still in the running for the Democratic nomination, here in Britain, today is the day the curtain finally falls on Corbyn’s stewardship of the Labour Party. His record is bleak. In 2015, he inherited a party that, in the same year, had suffered its largest defeat since 1983. Today, he hands it over in markedly weaker condition, having led Labour last year to its worst result since 1935. His tenure, forever tainted by the revival of anti-Semitism that happened on his watch, lasted longer than most thought possible, because of the surprise general-election result that came in 2017 when he oversaw a late surge in the poll to rob the Conservative Party of a majority. Three years on, however, the reality is that the result blinded Labour to its overall loss in the election. Celebration of the 2017 result distracted from the party’s ongoing existential crisis, its voters largely found in urban England, and its working-class and Scottish base quickly vanishing. The narrow margin of the 2017 loss, it emerged, owed more to specific circumstances than to momentous trends moving the party’s way. Unable to see its own faults, and convinced of its own righteousness, Labour condemned itself to the crushing defeat that followed two years later.[Franklin Foer: Corbynism can’t happen here]Corbyn and Sanders were—and are—flawed politicians (Corbyn more obviously so than Sanders). Their historic baggage, ideological obsessions, inability to build a genuinely broad coalition of support, and, in the case of the Labour leader, failure to adequately tackle racism in his party (the kindest possible description of Corbyn’s behavior) made the pair in some ways uniquely unsuitable to stand for the leadership of their respective parties and countries.Yet they captured a moment, representing an incorruptibility and steadfastness, a perception of moral righteousness, that many felt were needed to take on a rotten system. Sanders and Corbyn fancied themselves to be the new Reagans (or Margaret Thatchers) in terms of the imprint they would leave on their countries, but were not up to the task. The question to haunt the conservative right is, what happens if these two historically peculiar leaders aren’t the Reagans of their movements, but the Goldwaters? And what happens if—or when—the left finally finds its Reagan?
What to watch this weekend: ‘Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children’
Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5, 2020 | “The Windermere Children” on PBS.
How Giants are handling their virtual NFL Draft 2020 prep
The Giants are moving forward with their draft preparation with all their coaches, scouts and front office executives scattered across the country. Meetings are held via video conferencing, with as many as 15-20 participants at a time. For the first time, there is no physical draft board situated at the team facility. The board this...
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Los Angeles Files Charges Against Four Shops for Violating 'Safer at Home' Order
In addition to these four shops, the city attorney's office says it's considering prosecuting 30 other businesses accused of operating against city orders.
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MLB players union approves aid program for non-roster players
The Players Association approved a program Friday to provide supplemental financial support to non-roster players with previous major league service who were in camp March 13, when MLB suspended the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players Association executive director Tony Clark was looking for a way to offer aid to players who have been...
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Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk left unrecognizable by scary skate gash
Johnny Boychuk was dealing with his own medical problem at the time the coronavirus pandemic prompted the NHL to suspend the 2019-20 season. The Islanders defenseman had been sidelined indefinitely after catching a skate blade to the face, opening a gash that required 90 stitches to repair. The first few days following the March 3...
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Famed Chef José Andrés Promises Doctors and Nurses Will Eat Free at His Restaurants for a Year
"When I reopen my restaurants, I hope I will, every active Doctor and Nurse will eat for free for the rest of the year," celebrity chef José Andrés said on Twitter late Thursday night.
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Customers Fume as Wells Fargo, Bank of America Struggle With Stimulus Loan Rollout
Friday was the first day the small business loans as promised in the coronavirus stimulus package were due to be distributed, but it didn't go well.
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RFK granddaughter, 40, and son, 8, presumed dead after Chesapeake Bay mishap, family says
An active search for two members of the Kennedy family who went missing Thursday during a boating trip on Chesapeake Bay has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday, according to reports.
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'She was my everything': Read husband's memorial of Kennedy descendent and their 8-year-old son
David McKean says family was self-quarantining on Chesapeake Bay to give their kids more space before wife and son were involved in a canoe accident.       
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Mississippi State player who was critical of Mike Leach tweet announces he's transferring
Fabien Lovett did not specifically say if Mike Leach's tweet was why he was transferring, but D-lineman was publicly critical of his new coach for it.       
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Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Says He Won’t Wear a Mask, Despite C.D.C.’s Recommendation
The president affirmed that U.S. elections would take place as scheduled on Nov. 3, and he said he would appoint an inspector general to oversee the $500 billion bailout fund.
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COVID-19 brings massive change to retail: Stores require fewer customers, kids, hours; more face masks
The coronavirus is leading stores to limit shoppers while Menards is banning children and taking shoppers' temperatures.       
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Doctor fired after criticizing his hospital for coronavirus response
Dr. Ming Lin was ousted after publicly criticizing coronavirus procedures at his hospital in Bellingham, Wash. Other doctors and nurses across the country fear speaking out, even as more health workers catch COVID-19.
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Some states receive masks with dry rot, broken ventilators
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Some states and cities that have been shipped masks, gloves, ventilators and other essential equipment from the nation’s medical stockpile to fight the coronavirus have gotten an unwelcome surprise: the material is unusable. Nearly 6,000 medical masks sent to Alabama had dry rot and a 2010 expiration date. More than 150 ventilators...
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The quest for trans rights has exposed a deep divide in the UK. Scotland may show a way forward
Campaigners who spoke to CNN are wracked with apprehension after a UK-wide consultation on changing the Gender Recognition Act manifested a toxic culture war. They say reform will create a more humane and equitable society, whereas critics have pitted one of the world's most maligned minorities against a historically oppressed group: trans women against cis-gender women
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Scotland may show a way forward for trans rights in UK
Edinburgh native James Morton was 24 years old when his employers realized he was trans after he applied for a pension scheme requiring him to provide a birth certificate. He told CNN that a data protection error outed him to colleagues, who began asking Morton about his private parts and "made offensive jokes at my expense," he said.
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Coronavirus means that no one's talking about Brexit any more
The UK performed a significant U-turn in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic this week. After days of savage criticism in the press over its laggardly testing strategy, Britain's top health minister made a bold new pledge.
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WWE's WrestleMania is this weekend. Here's how to watch and what to expect
The big event starts Saturday night but it'll be slightly different than what fans are used to.
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Flying empty planes: Some airlines balk at proposed rules under federal stimulus package
Low-cost and regional carriers say the federal stimulus rules work against them, making them fly empty planes instead of helping them preserve cash.       
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As northern Italy is ravaged by coronavirus, there's trouble brewing down south
Italians from north to south are nearing breaking point just as the draconian measures have begun to show signs of stopping the spread of Covid-19.
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As northern Italy is ravaged by coronavirus, there's trouble brewing down south
Four weeks into a nationwide lockdown, very few Italians are still singing from their balconies or banging pots and pans in solidarity. Instead, flags were lowered to half-staff this week for the nearly 15,000 coronavirus victims including doctors, nurses and health care professionals who have perished since February 23.
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'Normal' will look completely different when this is all over
We are all stuck in the midst of this thing -- whether on the front lines of fighting it or just in our houses waiting for it to pass. More and more people are getting sick, and that means more and more people are being directly touched by the devastation of this disease.
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Watch these fascinating castle ruins being ‘rebuilt’ using CGI
BudgetDirect rebuilt seven of the most unique castles in Europe to show us what they looked like in their heyday.
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This Day in History: April 4
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated; Microsoft is founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen; Beyonce and Jay-Z are married; and more.
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Ask Amy: After his scam-sham wedding, friend tries again
Couple never legally tied the knot then broke up three years later.
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Hints From Heloise: What to do if you find a lost dog?
If the dog isn’t acting wildly, carefully check for a tag.
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Miss Manners: How do I tactfully point out typos?
Considerable tact is needed when no one asked for the correction.
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Carolyn Hax: How to talk to your boyfriend about the daughter he lost
He gradually opens up about the trauma, but she’s sometimes at a loss for words.
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Trump Fires Inspector General of Intelligence Community Who Handled Whistleblower Complaint That Led to Impeachment
"It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General," Trump wrote Friday. "That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General."
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FDNY firefighters applaud medical workers battling coronavirus at NYU Langone
Respect, from one life-saver to another. City firefighters in full turnout gear blared their sirens and cheered Friday night in a show of gratitude for medical workers at NYU Langone Kips Bay, one of the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. “We love you!” a firefighter could be heard shouting, as a row of FDNY members...
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Kevin Durant upset in first round by Derrick Jones Jr. in NBA 2K Players Tournament
The NBA 2K Players Tournament began Friday night with a flourish, as Derrick Jones Jr. upset Kevin Durant in the first round.       
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President Trump Says Americans Should Cover Their Mouths in Public — But He Won’t
It was a moment for President Trump to help convince millions of Americans to do something unfamiliar and inconvenient: wear a barrier over their faces to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Instead, in the White House briefing room on Friday evening, Trump conveyed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new recommendation that Americans…
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