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Trump Administration Says U.S. Border With Mexico To Close To Nonessential Travel

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:56

The agreement is similar to one announced earlier this week to partially close the U.S. border with Canada. Both will go into effect on Saturday, Trump administration officials said.

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State Department Halts Routine Visa Services Worldwide

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:48

The U.S. is temporarily stopping visa services at its embassies and consulates due to the coronavirus, as it urges U.S. citizens overseas to return home or be prepared to shelter in place.

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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Says '100% Of Workforce Must Stay Home' Due To Coronavirus

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:15

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking what he calls "the ultimate step" in his state's effort to stop the spread of a deadly coronavirus.

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Getting Bored? Here's A List Of Free Things That Weren't Free Before Coronavirus

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:07

From Broadway plays to playwrights giving writing lessons to online courses from Ivy League schools, here's a look at some things (but not everything!) that have suddenly become free.

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How The Novel Coronavirus And The Flu Are Alike ... And Different

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:03

There are definitely similarities between COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, and influenza. But there are critical differences as well, including the death rate.

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Tax Deadline Extended To July 15 Over Coronavirus Pandemic

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:38

"All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.

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The Challenges Of Preparing For Coronavirus In Syria

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:16

"We're scared of coronavirus and we don't know what God has written for us," says an aid worker. "The precautions being taken here are very little and very weak."

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Nikki Haley Resigns From Boeing's Board Over Coronavirus Bailout Bid

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 10:55

The former U.S. envoy to the U.N. said she "cannot support a move to lean on the federal government for a stimulus."

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Can Stocks Stay Higher 2 Days In A Row?

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 09:33

The Dow and other U.S. stock indexes opened up on Friday after inching up a day earlier. It could be a sign that stocks, which have been mostly plunging for weeks, are taking a breather.

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Coronavirus: 100,000 More People Worldwide Got Infected In Less Than 2 Weeks

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 09:18

More than 200,000 people so far have contracted the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The first 100,000 were infected over more than three months. The rest got it in just 12 days.

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How Fans Can Support Artists And Music-Industry Workers During The Outbreak

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 08:10

Independent artists' bottom lines are shrinking as the coronavirus outbreak continues — here's what you can do to help.

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Resources For Music Businesses And Industry Workers In Need Amidst The Pandemic

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 08:10

Small businesses and those working behind the scenes in music have been affected dramatically by the ongoing outbreak — here are some options for help on alleviating these new financial burdens.

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Seattle Nurses Scrounge For Masks To Stay Safe On Pandemic's Front Lines

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 07:00

The first U.S cluster of coronavirus cases began in the Seattle area, and the case count is growing. Now nurses face shortages of protective gear, and confusion and fear about how to stay safe.

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With College Sports Shut Down, NCAA Hopes To Give Senior Athletes A 2nd Chance

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:02

Student athletes normally are ineligible to continue playing after graduation. But with college careers cut short by the coronavirus, the NCAA may allow Division 1 seniors to play next year.

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There Goes The Bride: Coronavirus Is Hitting The Wedding Industry

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:02

Weddings in the era of coronavirus are, well, they're not happening. It's a disappointment for couples — and a financial loss to the planners, caterers and musicians who depend on weddings for income.

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FBI Adjusts To Persevere Through Pandemic As Much Of America Shuts Down

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:01

The bureau can't stop work in the way many Americans have in response to the coronavirus. Special agents are interviewing remotely, staggering work hours and wearing protective gear.

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Trump Administration Seeks $46 Billion For Agencies To Deal With The Coronavirus

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:00

The White House is asking Congress to approve billions for agencies and programs across the federal government. Here's a breakdown of what each agency would get.

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Louisiana's Chemical Corridor Is Expanding. So Are Efforts To Stop It

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:00

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the U.S. boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.

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Mask Shortage Straps Pharmacists Who Need Them To Keep Medicines Pure

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:00

Fifteen percent of hospital pharmacists who prepare injectable drugs are going without the the protective masks they typically rely on, or are using substitutes for the masks.

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Some Stock Up On Guns And Ammunition During Coronavirus Crisis

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:00

In some states, ammunition and gun sales have soared as the coronavirus pandemic grows. Lines have formed at gun stores as many gun buyers say they want to be ready with protection if there's panic.

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