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Acting Navy secretary 'had no discussions' with White House prior to firing Crozier: report
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said he “had no discussions with anyone at the White House prior to making the decision” to relieve Capt. Brett Crozier, according to a report on Sunday.
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foxnews.com
British PM Johnson in hospital for coronavirus tests but said to be still in charge
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was undergoing tests in hospital on Monday as he is still suffering coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, but the government insisted he remained in charge.
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reuters.com
Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will enter NBA draft
Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will enter the NBA draft and forego his final two seasons of eligibility.
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foxnews.com
Allen Iverson Reacts to Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan Being Selected for the Hall of Fame: 'It Doesn't Get Better Than This'
The trio will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 29 along with another five basketball greats.
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newsweek.com
Texas hires Schaefer from Mississippi State
Texas moved quickly to hire a new women's basketball coach, luring Vic Schaefer away from powerhouse Mississippi State on Sunday.
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foxnews.com
Trump calls Queen a 'wonderful woman'
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edition.cnn.com
When Are Stimulus Checks Coming From the IRS? Deposit Date and Details Explained
The IRS will start direct deposits of the economic impact payment into millions of Americans' accounts as the coronavirus pandemic wears on.
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newsweek.com
Today’s News: What You Need to Know
Coronavirus, Boris Johnson, Economy: Here's what you need to know.
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nytimes.com
Trump Says He Won't Wear a Mask for Coronavirus—Here's What Science Says about Masks and COVID-19 Transmission
Some cities have now introduced fines if people fail to wear masks in public.
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newsweek.com
1.5 Million Doses of Experimental Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir Donated by Biotech Firm Gilead
There is currently no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19.
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newsweek.com
Rwanda finds genocide grave that could contain 30,000 bodies
A valley dam that authorities in Rwanda say could contain about 30,000 bodies has been discovered more than a quarter-century after the country’s genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed.
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foxnews.com
MLS 25th anniversary remains quiet milestone amid pandemic
Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes is cautiously optimistic that Major League Soccer can still have a full season.
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foxnews.com
Spring snow and heavy rain for California
California has been battered by wind, rain and snow for much of the weekend with more in the forecast for today. CNN Meteorologist Karen Maginnis has the details.
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Spanish players criticize league's call for furloughs
Soccer players in Spain on Sunday criticized the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis.
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foxnews.com
I Don’t Have Coronavirus. It Might Kill Me Anyway.
For want of a mask and a test, my cancer treatment is on hold.
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politico.com
Marco Rubio finds his next act
The Republican senator is playing a key role in the coronavirus crisis. And he says he may run for president again in a post-Trump era.
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politico.com
Patients rushing to join studies of promising coronavirus drug
Gilead Sciences' remdesivir is farther along in testing than many other potential therapies and the studies could lead to regulatory approval.
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cbsnews.com
Pro day cancellations forcing changes to NFL draft process
With the flurry of pro days canceled because of the new coronavirus, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian who constructed multiple Super Bowl teams during his 32-year career believes it's time for a return to his throwback approach.
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foxnews.com
Fear grips Swedish soccer as virus delays start of season
Saturday was supposed to mark the beginning of a new Swedish soccer season, fuelled by the prospect of big broadcasting revenues from a new domestic TV deal and expectations of another tight title race to match last year’s dramatic finale
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Liz Peek: Pelosi's partisan coronavirus investigation – expect this reaction from crisis-weary voters
It is almost inconceivable that Nancy Pelosi is launching yet another investigation aimed at undermining President Trump.
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foxnews.com
Coronavirus school closures push out student teachers. Will US teacher shortage get worse?
Coronavirus closed schools just as student teachers were set to finish their in-classroom training. Will they be able to apply for teaching jobs?       
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usatoday.com
Mom raises money for local hospital by baking toilet paper roll cake: 'I just can't believe how crazy it all went'
Lisa Jamieson, 38, baked the chocolate fudge sponge cake on Tuesday evening.
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foxnews.com
Coronavirus lockdown: How to maintain a healthy relationship while in self-isolation
What happens when you’re self-isolating, together?
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Quibi: New video streaming service makes a bet on short-form entertainment
Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Tiegen, Chance the Rapper star in shows for Quibi. Producers include NBC, CBS, BBC and MTV.       
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usatoday.com
Could a mobile app control the COVID-19 pandemic and help reopen society?
Right now, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic is out of control. In the U.S. we don't know who has it, hospitals are increasingly overwhelmed with patients, and the only method we currently have to control the spread is to keep everyone home as much as possible for an indefinite period of time. When society does reopen, how will we trace and isolate new cases so that we don't have to shut everything down again?
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foxnews.com
'It's Madness.' Wisconsin's Election Amid Coronavirus Sparks Anger
Despite the pandemic, the state is forging ahead with its election Tuesday. But many voters, poll workers and local officials are quite upset.
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npr.org
Fed Goes All Out To Keep Economy Alive During Coronavirus Shutdown
The Federal Reserve has moved quickly and creatively to pump money into the rapidly shrinking U.S. economy in hopes of keeping it afloat long enough to outlast the coronavirus pandemic.
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npr.org
Where Social Distancing Is Impossible
Rikers Island was not built to slow a pandemic.
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slate.com
Wisconsin’s Warning for the Pandemic Election
“I’m accused of trying to conduct a voter purge in the state of Wisconsin,” Rick Esenberg told me by way of introduction. Esenberg runs the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which is suing to force the state’s election commission to remove hundreds of thousands of “inactive” voters from the rolls.I had called Esenberg to ask about the in-person election that Wisconsin is holding tomorrow even as its citizens are under a statewide directive to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak. Democrats, including Governor Tony Evers, want to conduct the election by mail so that Wisconsinites don’t have to risk their health to go to the polls. The Republican-controlled state legislature is rejecting that idea—even though some studies suggest that voting by mail helps Republican candidates more than Democratic ones.Why would Republicans oppose a measure that could make it easier—and safer—for people to vote? They’ve cited the logistical and legal hurdles of mailing every Wisconsin voter a ballot in such a short period. But at the heart of the dispute is a disagreement over the fundamental goal of the proposal—maximizing the number of people who can exercise their right to vote.“I’m not one of these people who says that’s necessarily an unalloyed good,” Esenberg told me. “To some extent, I do believe that if people are not willing to make some effort to vote, maybe that indicates that they’re not that interested and they’re not going to inform themselves, and it’s just as well that they don’t vote.”To conservatives like Esenberg, prioritizing turnout as a benchmark is a mistake.“Should we evaluate the fairness of our voting laws simply by how many people vote, and that’s sort of the sign of a functioning democracy?” he said. “I don’t know that that’s true. Everybody votes in Cuba, but nobody thinks that’s a well-functioning democracy. I don’t worry as much about how many people vote. I think there’s a lot of people who aren’t particularly interested in voting.”Wisconsin officials are proceeding with the election tomorrow in defiance of other states that have postponed theirs in recent weeks. In part, Wisconsin’s decision is due to the importance of the state’s elections. The Democratic primary between former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders is not the only contest on the ballot; voters must choose a new justice to sit for the next decade on the state’s highest court, and thousands of local offices for mayor and other positions are also up for grabs.Voters will venture out to precincts even as a shortage of poll workers due to the coronavirus has forced a drastic reduction in numbers of polling places. They’ll be able to cast an in-person ballot at just five sites in the state’s biggest city, Milwaukee; Waukesha, a city of 70,000, will have only one place to vote.What Evers is trying to do in Wisconsin—mail every voter a ballot—is what Democrats want to do nationwide in case the pandemic reemerges in a second wave this fall. Esenberg warned that if state officials tried to mail every voter in Wisconsin a ballot, “you’re going to wind up mailing hundreds of thousands of ballots to people who are not eligible to vote at that address.“That’s very problematic when it comes to ballot integrity and public trust in our elections,” he told me. “Maybe there was some reason that we should have kept these voter rolls accurate, so that we wouldn’t have this kind of problem.”Republican leaders in Wisconsin have taken the same position. They have said that the last-minute push for all-mail balloting is “logistically impossible” in so short a turnaround, and “an invitation for statewide voter fraud.”“Making such a dramatic change in how we do elections in a crisis is probably not good public policy,” Andrew Hitt, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, told me on Thursday. “That’s how you do poor public policy, by doing it in a hurry.”GOP leaders are resisting any relaxation of the state’s strict voter-ID law, which requires citizens to upload a photo to a government website before receiving an absentee ballot. A federal judge’s ruling on Thursday gave Democrats only a partial victory by extending the deadline to request and submit absentee ballots. Evers called the legislature back for an emergency session this weekend to try to force lawmakers to eliminate in-person voting entirely, but the effort failed. State officials have another several months to expand vote by mail before November, but don’t expect the additional lead time to change the Republican opposition.[Marc Elias: How to fix our voting rules before November]Four western states—Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the GOP bastion of Utah—already run their elections predominantly by mail, and mail ballots make up a large portion of the vote in California, Montana, and Arizona as well. Hawaii will transition to all-mail voting this year.“It’s not like it’s only been implemented in blue states or blue areas,” said Amber McReynolds, who as the director of elections in Denver helped design Colorado’s mail-balloting system. She now runs Vote at Home, an advocacy group pushing for the adoption of vote by mail across the country. “We’ve seen it expanded in lots of states that are very red as well, and they’re reaping the benefits not only from increased turnout but also from reduced costs,” she told me. “Certainly rural voters benefit from this type of system,” she added.But many Republicans still see these efforts—like other reforms such as automatic registration and early voting—merely as Democratic plots to rig elections to their advantage. GOP congressional leaders rejected a bid by Democrats to require states to make universal vote by mail available this fall and, in the most recent relief package, agreed to only $400 million in additional election funding instead of the $2 billion Democrats requested to help states build out their election infrastructure.In vote-by-mail states, election officials verify that ballots are valid by matching the signature of the voter to the one they have on file. In Colorado, first-time registrants also have to submit a copy of their ID. The challenge for officials in states like Wisconsin, which is already seeing a record surge in requests for absentee ballots, is that they must move quickly to prepare for the deluge in the fall, whether by changing laws or simply boosting staff and equipment. “We have to make it as efficient as possible so that it doesn’t overwhelm local clerks given that we’ve seen staffing shortages across the country,” McReynolds said.The chaos in Wisconsin ahead of tomorrow’s elections, she told me, “is illustrating why implementing vote by mail in the current laws is going to be really challenging. There’s going to have to be some shifts in thinking in order to scale it.”Judging by the partisan (and intra-party) sniping in recent days, the outlook for that shift happening in Wisconsin isn’t good. “A firestorm of public opinion is probably the only thing that has a snowball’s chance in hell of moving the GOP at this point,” the chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, Ben Wikler, told me.Hitt, the state GOP chairman, blamed Democrats for wasting time on lawsuits that they could have spent mobilizing their voters to cast absentee ballots. He said that Republicans have sent ballots to older GOP voters and filmed new tutorials on submitting the required photo ID. “Our push is to vote, to vote in any way you deem you’re able to vote,” Hitt told me.Wikler said that he wondered whether the Republican opposition to expediting all-mail voting was due to surveys that indicate GOP voters are less afraid than Democrats of venturing out to polling places during the pandemic. “It’s a moral atrocity to suggest that the strength of your immune system should determine the strength of your rights in a democracy,” he told me. “There is no defensible reason to prevent people from voting by mail without leaving their homes.”Democrats will be making this argument across the country in the weeks and months ahead, as the possibility of holding a presidential election during a pandemic becomes more likely, and the imperative to expand options beyond in-person voting becomes paramount.The endorsement of one Republican could probably make a difference: President Donald Trump. But he is no fan of expanding vote by mail, or of maximizing turnout in general.“The things they had in there were crazy,” President Trump complained on Fox & Friends, referring to the Democratic proposals to encourage mailing a ballot to every American this fall. “They had things—levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
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theatlantic.com
Arizona man arrested for allegedly coughing on gas pump handle
A 23-year-old California man was arrested after he allegedly coughed on a gas pump handle in the Arizona town of Yuma, a report said.
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foxnews.com
Cheltenham defends decision to proceed with horse race event
Cheltenham Festival organizers have defended their decision to go ahead with the meeting last month after fears were raised that the mass gathering of people for the annual horse racing event helped to spread the coronavirus more widely around Britain.
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Google Doodle Says Thank You to Coronavirus Helpers, Honors Public Health Workers and Researchers
Google has launched a new series paying tribute to all the doctors, nurses and health workers at the frontline of the novel coronavirus outbreak, more than 100 of whom have died as a result of COVID-19 while treating patients.
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newsweek.com
Federal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red Sox
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball.
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foxnews.com
Chinese tourist sites packed as country comes out of lockdown, but experts say risk still high
Large numbers of people flocked to popular tourists sites and major cities across China over the country's holiday weekend, despite warnings from health authorities that the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic remains far from over.
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Tourist sites packed as China comes out of lockdown, but experts say risk still high
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Govt Minister Claims Boris 'Still Very Much In Charge' Despite Hospitalisation
Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in hospital overnight after his admission for "tests" -- but ministers claim he is still in charge.
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breitbart.com
Big league vets with minor league deals get up to $50,000
About 370 players who were at big league spring training with minor league contracts will get advance payments of up to $50,000 each from the Major League Baseball Players Association.
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foxnews.com
Two passengers on the Coral Princess cruise ship died on board. A third died after being transported to the hospital
The Coral Princess cruise ship finally docked in Miami over the weekend after spending nearly a month at sea and by the end of the journey two passengers had died of the coronavirus and another died on the way to the hospital.
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Queen Elizabeth II Moved Many to Tears as She Invoked the War Effort in Rousing Coronavirus Address
Queen Elizabeth II addressed her nation as she sought to put her country in World War II survival mode and hoped "those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any."
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newsweek.com
AP Top Stories April 6 A
Here's the latest for Monday April 6th: Surgeon General warns of week like Pearl Harbor or 9-11; Patients removed from cruise ship; 30 coronavirus cases in California nursing home; Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus.       
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Global Lockdowns Resulting In 'Horrifying Surge' In Domestic Violence, U.N. Warns
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that reported cases had doubled in some countries "as the economic and social pressures and fear have grown."
npr.org
McDonald's Workers Go On Strike After Colleague Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Employees at the McDonald's on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles walked out, saying the company had not provided them with masks or protective equipment to keep them safe.
newsweek.com
The task for Trump’s fourth chief of staff: Control a crisis and save a presidency
Mark Meadows is taking over Trump’s White House in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, trying to succeed where three predecessors struggled.
politico.com
Chris Cuomo, Stay in Bed
He wants to show Americans what Covid-19 looks like. He should show them what a sick day looks like.
politico.com
How public health failed nursing homes
At least hundreds of long-term care centers have infections — but public disclosure is spotty.
politico.com
Dems find a rallying cry: Trump tanked the economy
Framing a coherent economic argument that all the party’s factions can rally around is proving thorny.
politico.com
'The Walking Dead' Season 10, Episode 16 Release Date: When Will the Real Season Finale of the AMC Show Air?
Season 10 is over for now, but Episode 16 is coming to bring the AMC series to a proper end later in the year alongside the "World Beyond" spin-off.
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