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In Germany, High Hopes For New COVID-19 Contact Tracing App That Protects Privacy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she welcomes development of a COVID-19 tracing app that protects data and doesn't store users' locations. It uses Bluetooth to log proximity to other cellphones.

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Train Engineer Says He Crashed In Attempt To Attack Navy Hospital Ship In L.A.

"People don't know what's going on here. Now they will," the engineer allegedly told a California Highway Patrol officer who apprehended him immediately after the incident.

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Pentagon Says FEMA Wants It To Find 100,000 Body Bags For Pandemic Fatalities

The request from FEMA to the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.

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Putin Extends No-Work Order For Russia Until May Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Russia reported a spike of 771 new coronavirus patients on Thursday, sharpening a dreaded upward curve in cases. It has now confirmed more than 3,500 coronavirus cases.

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9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now?

Recovery will take years, and other lessons from "education in emergencies" around the world.

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5 Comics to Catch Up on While Self-Quarantined

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 09:00
Are you being a good citizen and staying at home? Good. Here are some comics to pass the time.
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A Dismal Record: Nearly 10 Million Filed For Unemployment In Last 2 Weeks

The staggering number of people claiming jobless benefits set a new record for the second week in a row. Much of the country has been ordered to stay at home, bringing the economy to a lurching halt.

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HTC Vive Cosmos Elite Review: One Step Forward, Several Steps Back

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:00
I had hoped the high-end headset would provide an escape from the real world. It didn’t.
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How a Crispr Lab Became a Pop-Up Covid Testing Center

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:00
As the government fumbled Covid-19 testing, researchers at UC Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute stepped up—with their own time and funding.
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China Flexes Its Soft Power With ‘Covid Diplomacy’

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 08:00
Initially criticized for covering up and failing to control the virus, China is rebranding its response as a symbol of leadership and strength.
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Remembering Adam Schlesinger, One Of Pop's Great Collaborators

Schlesinger's creative tendrils extended into the catalogs of many other brilliant artists.

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The Coronavirus Lockdown Is a Threat for Many Animals, Not a Blessing

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:00
You may have seen recent videos of goats roaming an empty town. But for more vulnerable species, like rhinos, this shutdown poses a great danger.
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Disney Is Donating 100,000 N95 Masks to Covid-19 Relief

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 07:00
Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling has some new treats for Potterheads stuck quarantining at home. 
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Pandemic Delays International Climate Change Negotiations

Many countries were expected to release ambitious new climate plans at a conference this fall, but United Nations officials say governments are focusing on the coronavirus crisis.

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Exclusive: California Company Under Scrutiny For 'At-Home' Coronavirus Test Claims

The Wellness Matrix Group has offered customers an "at-home kit" for coronavirus testing that is "FDA Approved." But the agency has not approved any such tests, and customers say they feel scammed.

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A President Is Not Able To Order A National Quarantine, Experts Say

President Trump floated ordering a quarantine in the Northeast, and there are calls for a national stay-at-home order. But the president's powers are limited.

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Grocery Workers Keep America Fed, While Fearing For Their Own Safety

Many low-wage workers with essential jobs — like grocery store cashiers and stockers — can't stay home to protect themselves and their families. The protections they receive vary widely.

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With Rallies Off The Table, Trump's Reelection Moves To Virtual Campaigning

Rallies where President Trump would tout a booming economy were to be central to his 2020 reelection campaign. The coronavirus has changed everything.

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Doctors Say Hospitals Are Stopping Them From Wearing Masks

Healthcare workers say some hospitals are punishing them for wearing personal protective gear in the halls or that they brought from home.

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Social Distancing Means Mourners Must Find New Ways To Cope And Connect

With limits on social gatherings, Americans have to mourn their dead through online memorials and virtual funerals.

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