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Mississippi State coach Mike Leach apologizes for tweet
Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted.
San Francisco to house thousands of homeless in hotels amid coronavirus outbreak
Thousands from San Francisco’s growing homeless population will reportedly be housed in several of the city’s empty hotels to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a concern that became more pressing as a local shelter reported the first homeless COVID-19 case Thursday. 
NFL Draft 2020: Giants could add a WR for depth purposes
Adding a wide receiver in this draft is not an overwhelming priority for the Giants, but it is not a position they can ignore, either. They are adequately stocked with Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton, but this is not exactly an area teeming with depth. Lest we forget, Shepard endured a troubled 2019...
Florida 'Safer at Home' order takes effect, March jobs report, HBO free streaming: 5 things to know Friday
A "Safer at Home" order takes effect in Florida, the March jobs report is out, HBO offers free streaming and more news you need to know Friday.       
Pakistan, Bangladesh try to stop Friday prayers to avert coronavirus spike
Police in Pakistan will enforce a strict lockdown to prevent people from going to mosques to offer Friday prayers and fuel a rise in coronavirus infection, officials said, after failing to prevent large congregations last week.
Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli dies from coronavirus
Jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who was inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 94.
CNN's Chris Cuomo says he’s lost 13 pounds in 3 days while battling coronavirus
Chris Cuomo said Thursday night that he lost 13 pounds in three days as the CNN anchor continues to share his battle with the coronavirus.
5 steps the U.S. should take now to prepare for the next pandemic
Preparedness is not a fixed "one and done" state but a continual process, a mindset of constant readiness. We have no time to waste.       
Coronavirus deaths piling up in Ecuador
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across South America, Ecuador is coping with a rising death toll. CNN's Matt Rivers reports.
Brodie Van Wagenen bullish on Mets’ rotation despite Noah Syndergaard loss
When the Mets added Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello to their rotation in December, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen made a bold proclamation: “I think we’re probably the deepest starting rotation in baseball.” Now that Noah Syndergaard is lost for whatever becomes of the 2020 season because of last week’s Tommy John surgery, the Mets...
Pandemic politics: Trump, Biden and the virtual campaign
The presidential campaign has suddenly become an afterthought.
This Spanish town is taking isolation to another level
Zahara de la Sierra is a small town of 1,400. In response to the novel coronavirus spread around the world, it is taking isolation very seriously.
Questions raised over China's coronavirus transparency
As the US and much of the rest of the world locks down over the novel coronavirus pandemic, China is cautiously opening back up. CNN's David Culver reports on concerns over Beijing's transparency about the virus.
The show can’t go on: Virus halts circus in Netherlands
Circus Renz Berlin’s fleet of blue, red and yellow trucks have had a fresh lick of paint over the winter
Review: 'Coffee & Kareem' is one bitter cup of comedic joe
Eddie Helms and Taraji P. Henson star in "Coffee & Kareem," about a Detroit cop and his misadventures with his girlfriend's 12-year-old rapper son.
How much pressure did Trump put on China for access concerning the coronavirus?
Former vice president Biden claims Trump made "no effort" to get CDC staff into China to understand the coronavirus. But that's not correct.
Coronavirus Pandemic Could Cost the World $4.1 Trillion
The cost of the coronavirus pandemic could be as high as $4.1 trillion, or almost 5% of global gross domestic product, depending on the disease’s spread through Europe, the U.S. and other major economies, the Asian Development Bank said. A shorter containment period could limit the damage to $2 trillion, or 2.3% of world output,…
What to stream this weekend: Meghan Markle's 'Elephant' documentary, Netflix's 'Coffee & Kareem' and more
New releases are hitting streaming this weekend amid coronavirus closures, from Meghan Markle's 'Elephant' documentary to Netflix's 'Coffee & Kareem.'        
Chris Cuomo says he’s lost 13 pounds in 3 days while battling coronavirus
Chris Cuomo said Thursday night that he lost 13 pounds in three days as the CNN anchor continues to share his battle with the coronavirus. Cuomo, who tested positive for the illness on Tuesday, gave an update on his condition during a CNN “Global Town Hall” — which aired during his show’s normal 9 p.m....
'Demand has disappeared': Cathay Pacific slashes more flights after flying just 582 people in one day
Cathay Pacific is used to carrying about 100,000 daily passengers. At one point this week, it flew just 582 customers in a day.
Oil, shares slip as investors doubtful over Saudi-Russia deal
Oil prices shed some of their massive gains on Friday taking stocks in Asia lower, as doubts grew over an oil price deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia that U.S. President Donald Trump said he had brokered.
Funerals turn small town into coronavirus hotspot
A rural county in southwestern Georgia has emerged as an unlikely coronavirus hotspot. CNN's Dianne Gallagher reports that Georgia health officials believe a quarter of the state's 5,400 cases may have started at two funerals in the city of Albany.
Why Jets may not take one of the top WRs in 2020 NFL Draft
The Jets have not drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2001 when they took Santana Moss. Is this the year they change that? It has become the central question of the Jets’ draft — do they take the fourth-best tackle with the No. 11-overall pick or their No. 1 wide receiver? The...
Storm system brings snow to Midwest and severe storms to Texas
A slow moving cold front is bringing snow to areas of the Midwest and severe storms to areas of Texas. Temperatures are plummeting behind this system.
Detroit bus driver, who ranted about a coughing passenger, dies from coronavirus
DETROIT — A Detroit bus driver who had expressed anger on Facebook about a coughing passenger has died from COVID-19, officials said Thursday. Jason Hargrove felt ill about four days after posting a passionate video on social media on March 21. He died Wednesday, said Glenn Tolbert, the head of the drivers union. Hargrove, 50, posted...
100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand can now leave as rules ease
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — About 100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand since it began a lockdown last week were starting to fly to their home countries Friday. The initial problem for many tourists had been that they were banned from catching domestic flights during the strict monthlong lockdown, which is aimed at preventing more coronavirus...
Number of Louisiana virus cases spikes
Tulane University helps process coronavirus tests as number of confirmed cases statewide spikes. (April 3)
Scientists say coronavirus can spread through ‘aerosolized feces’
Closing the toilet lid is highly recommended amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report, as a group of researchers have found that the bug can spread through fecal matter that escapes from the bowl during a flush. The disease caused by the coronavirus, which scientists had already warned can be spread from fecal-oral transmission,...
One Good Thing: Restaurants deliver for hospitals during pandemic
Marmalade Cafe in Santa Monica is one of many restaurants preparing high-quality meals for doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. (April 2)
Inside a New York City Funeral Home Overwhelmed With Coronavirus Deaths
“Every person there, they’re not a body,” Pat Marmo said. “They’re a father, they’re a mother, they’re a grandmother. They’re not bodies. They’re people.”
Schumer goes on MSNBC to blast Trump for criticizing him: ‘I’m just appalled’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was aghast Thursday night after receiving a letter in which President Trump accused him of being a “bad” senator and asserted that Schumer was vulnerable to a primary challenge from within his own party.
Michigan judge jails defendants for being late to court amid coronavirus pandemic: report
A Judge in Michigan is being criticized for throwing tardy defendants in jail amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report on Thursday.
NFL Draft 2020: Ranking the top 10 wide receivers
The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his Top 10 wide receivers in this year’s 2020 NFL Draft: 1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 193 Immediate No. 1 target enters NFL with all the advanced technical finer points, much like former Alabama receiver Julio Jones in 2011. 2. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma, 6-2, 198 Played with three different NFL...
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Oklahoma newspaper apologizes for retracted April Fools' story
An Oklahoma newspaper apologized Thursday for a "poor attempt” at an April Fools' prank disguised as a coronavirus story.
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Cam Fleming looking to bring Cowboys mentality to Giants
Is it not a word spoken around the Giants when referring to their offensive line. Not for nearly a decade, that is. When it comes to describing that unit with the Giants the past several years, several colorful words come to mind. “Revered’’ does not. That is how Cam Fleming, the newest Giants offensive tackle,...
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Former NFL great talks about battle with coronavirus, 'I don't want to die here'
Tony Boselli, a three-time All-Pro offensive lineman, recently discussed the severity of coronavirus after he spent five days in a Florida hospital and lost 20 pounds following a positive diagnosis.
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The science of a storm: How a 2% tornado risk turned into seven twisters that killed 25 people and destroyed thousands of buildings
A quickly changing environment and powerful winds turned what could have been a near-miss into all-out mayhem       
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EMTs in New York instructed not to bring cardiac arrest patients to hospital if no pulse is found after administering CPR
New York City Emergency Medical Service (EMS) teams who cannot find or restart a pulse while administering CPR on adult cardiac arrest patients have been instructed not to bring those patients to hospitals to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 exposure to EMS workers, according to a memo obtained by CNN and the chair of the regional emergency medical advisory committee familiar with the edict.
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Survivor: 'In my blood, there may be answers'
When Tiffany Pinckney was seriously ill with the coronavirus, all she could do was pray that she didn't give it to her two sons or her co-workers. Now that she is recovered, she's hoping there's something in her blood that will help others. (April 3)       
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Malibu paddleboarder arrested for violating stay-at-home order
A Southern California paddleboarder was arrested Thursday for violating the statewide “Safer at Home” coronavirus order, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed. 
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Trump says scarves 'better' than masks
President Donald Trump made fewer false claims than usual at Thursday's coronavirus briefing, ceding the floor to administration officials for extended periods and trading his usual inaccuracy for some vague musings and boasts.
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Fed's dilemma: Picking winners for $4 trillion in credit
When the Federal Reserve polled Wall Street about financial stability risks last fall, "global pandemic" didn't make the list.
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Why the Mortgage Market Needs Its Fixes Fixed
When the U.S. residential-mortgage market was hit by pandemic-driven turmoil, the Federal Reserve and Congress took quick action to protect lenders and homeowners -- and keep that turmoil from upending other markets. But the side effects of those actions are now causing headaches within the mortgage universe and potentially for home buyers and sellers.
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What to watch on Friday: ‘Home Before Dark’ on Apple TV Plus
Friday April 3, 2020 | “Money Heist” returns on Netflix.
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Why We Laugh at the Coronavirus
My phone flashes bright. A new video’s appeared in the family WhatsApp group. Before I’ve even pressed play, I’m smiling—a roll of toilet paper is in shot, so it must be good. Someone replies with a video of a naked man riding a bicycle. Mud’s spattered up his backside. Another toilet gag. A third video arrives of a toddler crying because the local McDonald’s has had to close as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, forcing her to eat her parent’s cooking. And on it goes.The coronavirus pandemic has caused so many things to happen, some predictable, others not. European leaders have confined people at home and seen their approval ratings soar. Right-wing politicians have temporarily socialized their national economies. And as the world hunkers down, threatened by the worst global health crisis in 100 years, there’s been a mass outpouring of gags, memes, funny videos, and general silliness. We might be scared, but we seem determined to carry on laughing.What is it about tragedy that is so funny? Why do I find myself flicking through Twitter in the evening, alternately looking at tables of COVID-19 death rates and bidet memes? How can I find something so scary one minute so funny the next? And what is it about this crisis in particular that has spawned such an industrial output of humor? Even as I wrote this piece, looking out my window on a locked-down London, a video arrived from a neighbor featuring a stack of empty beer cans singing “Nessun dorma.” Is this some kind of hysteria?[Liz Neeley: How to talk about the coronavirus]The why of humor has long been a mystery. For ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, it was a dangerous phenomenon, something that had the potential to undermine authority and the good order of society. Laughing at those in charge was a serious issue then (and still remains the case in more autocratic parts of the world). Today, in democratic societies, we know the importance of mocking those with power, and we celebrate it, on Saturday Night Live in the United States and Have I Got News for You in Britain. On Sunday, after Boris Johnson—recently diagnosed with COVID-19—announced that he would send every household in Britain a letter urging people to follow social-distancing guidelines, I received a doctored picture of the prime minister, red-nosed with watery eyes, licking an envelope, captioned: “Whatever you do, don’t open the letter from Boris.” Johnson was being mocked, his authority undermined in a manner far more deadly than any his political opponents could manage. In a typically provocative essay for Vanity Fair, the late Christopher Hitchens expanded on the link between power and laughter by arguing that humor was “part of the armor-plate” of humanity, protecting us from life’s grim reality—that, ultimately, death wins out. How’s that for an LOL. We joke because if we didn’t, we’d cry.But humor is more than thumbing our noses at power. It is slapstick as much as satire, a man hitting another man with a frying pan; Kevin McCallister terrorizing Harry and Marv; Ross, Rachel and Chandler struggling to get a sofa up the stairs to Ross’s apartment. The late Robert R. Provine, a professor at the University of Maryland who became one of the world’s leading experts on laughter, came to the conclusion, after a decade of studying how and why people laugh, that it was actually a way of bonding. “Most people think of laughter as a simple response to comedy, or a cathartic mood-lifter,” he wrote. “Instead … I concluded that laughter is primarily a social vocalization that binds people together.” We laugh with others to give us “the pleasure of acceptance,” Provine argued—to show that we are the same. Simon Stuart, a clinical psychologist in Britain, told me that, from an evolutionary perspective, laughter is rooted in this ability to connect. It is a shared social signal.We laugh, then, to take back control and to connect—two things we have lost in our fight against the coronavirus. Not only are we unable to stop the tidal wave of infection washing over us, but we are being forced to endure this reality alone in our own home. Powerless and isolated, we’re finding that the joke is now our most reliable shield—and our warmest comfort blanket.The British comedian and writer David Baddiel told me his experience has certainly been that people turn to comedy at times like this. In his most recent public stand-up tour, before Britain implemented restrictions on social gatherings, he opened with a coronavirus gag: "It's great to see you're prepared to congregate in such large numbers at this stage in the apocalypse.” It always got a laugh. In his final gig, before his tour had to be canceled, a man in the audience performatively coughed in response, which garnered an even bigger laugh. “People want jokes,” Baddiel told me. “Partly because jokes are a relief, and they take the edge off danger; partly because they are a way of processing the experience; and yes, partly because … this is a massive shared experience.” People are looking for the release of comedy—and the knowledge that they are not alone. If we’re all finding this experience of being forced to stay at home funny, it’s reassuring, a form of collective therapy. “We can't really do much about these things, but we can laugh in the face of them,” he said. “In a godless society, it's the one eternal victory we have.”Tim Minchin, the British Australian comedian, actor, and composer, agreed. “We don’t laugh at scary things because we don’t understand their seriousness,” he told me. “We laugh because they’re serious. Making jokes gives us a sense of power over the threat.” Minchin, like Baddiel, rejected the notion that joking about serious issues was somehow inappropriate—those making that argument, he said, were actually reaching for the same thing: a sense of power over the scary. “Their weapon is signaling their moral purity,” Minchin explained. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, though. “Both the clowns and the virtuous can at times be bores or boors or bullies,” he said. Moralizing is not simply comedy’s opposite, but the flip side of the same coin. Both offer people hope or relief and the sense of a shared experience, and both have dark sides.Reflecting on these strange couple of weeks of coronavirus house arrest, I realized I have had more funny videos sent to me from neighbors in 10 days than in the past four years that I’ve lived in this neighborhood. Perhaps this is also why when we receive jokes from friends, we often immediately forward them to others. We are reaching out, establishing a shared experience. And when all the jokes are about life in lockdown, we instinctively do so even more; because we have been banned from congregating in person, we congregate online—we are a congregation.[Read: The four possible timelines for life returning to normal]We laugh together to show we’re the same. Yet here we must detour to the darker side of humor. The corollary of inclusivity for some is often exclusivity for others. Jokes can be mean and derisive, picking on those who are different, establishing who is inside the group and who is not. We laugh with people to belong, and at others to exclude. This is why being laughed at feels so horrible. It is—returning to ancient Greece—why politicians would rather be feared or disliked than ridiculed.In our current crisis, humor is everywhere because fear is too. Laughter binds us together against a common enemy. The jokes and memes being shared are not (yet) mean or exclusionary, partly because the threat is universal. But it is early days—in Britain, the lockdown began only last week. The jokes are mostly about the silliness of life locked away, the domestic farce and absurd concerns. They are about exercise routines and videoconferences, the challenges of working from home, and, of course, toilet paper. But perhaps we should be on guard in case the jokes turn, and they start to target the vulnerable or sick, or minorities who might be accused of causing the crisis.Humor also does not reach some topics, even if they are part of our collective fear. The British comedian Matt Forde told me timing was important: “If you're joking about how boring self-isolation is when the death rate is relatively low, then that probably won't offend too many people.” This may change as more people die, and the national mood changes. The psychological scientists Peter McGraw and Caleb Warren have found that jokes poking fun at the ills of the world remain funny, usually, only if they are considered “benign.” Observations about people’s behavior can be funny if they poke fun at a social norm that is being broken in a relatively inoffensive way—such as hoarding toilet paper or binge-watching Netflix. If the joke is about other types of rule-breaking behavior seen as unappealing, or disgusting and upsetting, it is much harder for it to be funny. No one is making memes about people without respirators dying in agony. We don’t laugh at the fact that child abuse may increase during periods of enforced domestic isolation, though even now some “joke” about beating their wife.Things, then, can be too serious to joke about. Humor can both bring people together and exclude. But it nevertheless remains part of human nature. We need it. We’re laughing now because we’re scared and because we’re being kept away from those we love.Of course, we’re also laughing because we’re being kept with those we love. The video that has made me laugh the most isn’t about toilet paper or online spin classes, but forced family quarantine. It features a serious-sounding narrator describing a hypothetical conundrum. “Because of coronavirus, you are going to be quarantined,” the voice informs a man on camera. “But you have a choice: Do you (a) quarantine with your wife and child, or (b)—” Before the second option is read out, the man interjects: “B,” he says, definitively. “B. B.” Laughing, I showed the video to my wife, who proceeded, somewhat disconcertingly, to laugh even louder before sending it to all her friends. The more we watched it together, the more we laughed together. It made us feel better about the ordeal ahead. It felt a lot better than looking at death graphs.
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Colorado's coronavirus death rate rising sharply, governor tells Pence
The coronavirus outbreak in Colorado is "far worse than we imagined," the state's governor wrote in a recent letter to Vice President Mike Pence, who heads President Trump's task force that is responding to the pandemic.
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Some people may not get stimulus checks until August
WASHINGTON — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. The document from the House Ways and Means Committee...
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Trump Advisers Doubt White House's Coronavirus Deaths Estimate, Expert Says It Appeared Rushed: Report
Multiple Trump advisers have reportedly balked at the administration's estimate of 100,000-240,000 deaths due to COVID-19.
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