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Today in History for February 18th

'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is first published; Jefferson Davis is sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America; 'Chicago Seven' defendants in court; Dale Earnhardt, Senior dies. (Feb. 18)       
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Trump Says 'People Aren't Gonna Die' From Taking Hydroxychloroquine
"If somebody is in trouble, you take it, I think," Trump said Tuesday. "I would."
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Lindsay Graham Promises to Cut U.S. Funding to WHO Unless There's a Change in Leadership
"They've been deceptive, they've been slow, and they've been Chinese apologists. I don't think they're a good investment under the current leadership for the United States."
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Chaos rocks Trump White House on virus' most tragic day
The chaos and confusion rocking President Donald Trump's administration on the most tragic day yet of the coronavirus pandemic was exceptional even by his own standards.
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Critic of Xi Jinping’s Coronavirus Response Under Investigation, Beijing Says
A prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of coronavirus is being investigated, Beijing says
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How far will your $1,200 stimulus check go?
Uncle Sam is doling out $1,200 in stimulus relief checks to millions of Americans soon. But many say it won't be enough to cover their bills.      
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Trump is desperately seeking to avoid blame
Jill Filipovic writes that Donald Trump demotion of Glenn Fine, the man tapped last month to independently oversee spending on the $2 trillion federal coronavirus stimulus package, shows the President "exploiting the pandemic to sack anyone who might point out just how terribly he has mangled the response."
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Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef Is More Widespread Than Ever, Scientists Say
Bleaching has struck all three regions of the world’s largest coral reef system and is more widespread than ever, scientists say
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Ride Share Drivers Should Be Employees, Judge Says, While Denying Their Request for Emergency Injunction
Lyft drivers filed a class action suit asking to be classified as employees rather than contractors, in order to get health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic.
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'Tears are a good thing': 'Schitt's Creek' cast Zoom together, share emotions watching series finale
The popular sitcom 'Schitt's Creek' wrapped up six seasons on Tuesday as creator Dan Levy and dad/co-star Eugene Levy said goodbye on social media.        
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Exclusive--Eric Eggers: Democrat Plan Could Mail Ballots to 24M Ineligible Voters
Government Accountability Insititute (GAI) research director Eric Eggers, author of Fraud: How the Left Plans to Steal the Next Election, says the Democrats' plan for nationwide mail-in voting would send ballots to 24 million inaccurate and flawed voter registrations.
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UFC 249 finds way around California’s stay-at-home order
The location of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC 249 has finally been revealed. UFC 249 will be held at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, Calif., which is situated on Tribal Land and can be held because the event does not have to be sanctioned by the state government’s stay-at-home executive order due to...
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Tesla to furlough workers, cut employee salaries due to coronavirus
Tesla Inc told employees on Tuesday it would furlough all non-essential workers and implement salary cuts during a shut down of its U.S. production facilities because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Right-wing media suggests coronavirus death toll is inflated, despite experts saying the opposite
Some of the biggest names in right-wing media are questioning the official Covid-19 death toll. Indeed, they're suggesting the numbers might be inflated in an effort to paint President Trump and/or the crisis in the worst possible light.
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Granderson: Justin Turner talks coronavirus relief, a 'Tiger King' tweet and quarantine baseball
The Dodgers' Justin Turner shares his thoughts on his viral 'Tiger King' tweet and how he feels about the latest idea to save the MLB season.
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Feds classifying all coronavirus patient deaths as ‘COVID-19’ deaths, regardless of cause
The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone’s life. Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, said the federal government is continuing to count the suspected...
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Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during coronavirus crisis
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Texas in allowing it to ban most abortions while the state is under an emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision by a lower court that...
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The Music and Entertainment World Mourns Singer-Songwriter John Prine
“No one wrote songs about humankind with more grace and wit,” wrote Seth Meyers.
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California will buy more than 200 million masks a month in coronavirus fight, Gov. Newsom says
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares turn cautious, oil rebounds in choppy trade
Asian stocks stepped back on Wednesday after two sessions of sharp gains as investors tempered their optimism about the coronavirus while death tolls were still mounting across the globe.
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Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina staying ready despite being stuck here
The coronavirus pandemic shutdown hasn’t stopped Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina from attempting to stay in shape, but it required some purchases. Ntilikina, unable to fly back to his home country of France under the NBA’s guidelines banning international travel, said some players have done group workouts via video apps. That is catching on around...
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Sheryl Crow, Stephen Colbert among celebs paying tribute to John Prine
Margo Price, Stephen Colbert and Sheryl Crow are some of the admirers saluting John Prine, who died Tuesday of coronavirus complications at age 73.
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'ARK' Update 2.25 Adds Eggcellent Adventure 5 on PS4 & Xbox - Patch Notes
"ARK: Survival Evolved" update 2.25 introduces the Eggcellent Adventure Easter event with new skins, emotes and candy to collect. Read the full patch notes here.
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Passengers to be evacuated from Antarctic cruise ship after almost 60% test positive for coronavirus
Australian and New Zealand passengers will be evacuated from a stricken Antarctic cruise ship Thursday, after almost 60% of those on board tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Trump Seeks Another $250 Billion for Small Businesses in Virus Aid Showdown
The sudden push for the hefty sum threatens to upset the fragile agreement between political leaders
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Fact check: Trump makes misleading claims about the WHO and his record on the coronavirus
President Donald Trump on Tuesday made inaccurate claims about the World Health Organization and delivered more of the false statements that have become a signature trait of his daily coronavirus briefings.
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Baltimore police launch investigation into video that appears to show an officer repeatedly coughing on residents
The Baltimore Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a social media video that appears to show an officer repeatedly coughing near citizens in Southeast Baltimore, according to the department.
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7 Essential tracks from John Prine, folk music’s Mark Twain
Some people, the songs just come out of them
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With Americans Focused on Coronavirus, Trump Goes After Government Watchdogs
As the American public remains gripped by the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump has stepped up a series of audacious moves against a pillar of government oversight, the inspectors general of the United States government, which serve as independent watchdogs to root out abuse of power, fraud and other bad behavior…
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What's on TV Wednesday: 'Modern Family' finale; coronavirus
What's on TV Wednesday, April 8: : 'Modern Family' series finale; coronavirus coverage; CMT Kenny Rogers benefit concert
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Biden describes phone call with Trump amid pandemic
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he told President Donald Trump the federal response to the novel coronavirus pandemic is "about taking responsibility" in their phone call about the outbreak.
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Doctors plead for more personal protective equipment in fight against coronavirus
A New York City doctor turned to Facebook where she made desperate pleas to local "mom groups" — and the donations started pouring in. Dr. Reem Sheikh joins CBSN to discuss what made her turn to the public for help.
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Surviving Covid-19 in the back of beyond
David A. Andelman writes about his experience self-isolating in the already remote parts of rural Pennsylvania. With food delivery services nearly unavailable, he's had to turn to alternatives -- like ordering prepared meals online that are delivered in ice.
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Do you have a loved one in a nursing facility? Tell us about their experience during the coronavirus crisis
If you have a family member or loved one in an assisted living home, we want to hear your story.
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Shopping in LA? Cover your face or get tossed, Garcetti orders
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One arrested after family argument over toilet paper turns physical
The argument erupted — and turned violent — after one member of the unidentified family was accused of hiding toilet paper.
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Court Rules Texas Can Ban Abortions During Pandemic
A federal appeals court backed the state of Texas Tuesday by allowing its enforcement of a ban on most abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.
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LA Mayor Announces Face Masks Will Be Required in Public Starting Friday
Garcetti called the new measure "a worker protection order to give our non-medical essential workers more tools to stay safe and to keep us all healthy."
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New WH press secretary downplayed Covid-19 threat in past
CNN's Don Lemon rolls tape of new White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany downplaying the threat of the coronavirus pandemic in recent interviews.
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Blaming China for coronavirus is reasonable – not racist: Goodwin
The dying started in China, but did not stop there. Every death from the coronavirus has its roots there.
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Watch Matthew McConaughey host virtual bingo for seniors
Bingo night got a little more interesting at a senior living facility outside Austin, Texas, when actor Matthew McConaughey virtually hosted the game for all the residents.
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L.A. County closes all parks on Easter Sunday to slow coronavirus
Coronavirus: L.A. County closes all parks on Easter Sunday
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John Prine, influential singer-songwriter, dies
John Prine, the raspy-voiced singer-songwriter whose homespun, witty and insightful country-folk tunes influenced legions of musicians in a career that spanned five decades, died Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was 73.
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'This is ridiculous': Wisconsin holds its primary election in the middle of a pandemic
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Trump Allies Are Helping to Push an Unproven Coronavirus Drug in Texas
Scientists warn that more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against COVID-19
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Mega Millions Jackpots to Drop in Half Because of Coronavirus
"We are concerned, first and foremost, with everyone's health and well-being. Meanwhile, these adjustments will allow the states and jurisdictions that sell Mega Millions tickets to continue generating much-needed revenue to support state budgets," one state lottery official said.
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As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns
When Shelby Law gave birth to her baby seven weeks early in late March, she and her husband freely visited their newborn in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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John Prine, folk singer-songwriter, has died at age 73
Prine was hospitalized 12 days ago after suffering "a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms."
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