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'No Plans' To Change Republican, Democratic Conventions For Now

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:39

"No one knows what's going to happen in July, so we're just not there yet," a DNC spokesperson said.

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People With Mild Symptoms Can Spread Coronavirus, European Researchers Warn

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:36

In Europe, with cases on the rise, researchers are learning more about the spread of the disease. For one, people experiencing mild symptoms appear to be able to spread the virus easily.

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VA Secretary Wilkie: 'We Are The Surge Force'

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:31

In an interview with NPR, Secretary for Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said the department was ready to deploy if called on to help with the coronavirus pandemic response.

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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Turned Away From Port — Again

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:05

The ship, which has reported no cases of coronavirus, has been repeatedly denied port. Now, Hawaii also won't accept the Norwegian Jewel or another cruise, the Maasdam, and passengers are worried.

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State Department Tells U.S. Citizens Not To Travel Abroad

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:00

The State Department is also warning Americans to "arrange for immediate return to the United States" or prepare for an indefinite period overseas.

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Coronavirus Fears Derail Friday Prayers For Muslims Across The World

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:22

"Islam doesn't permit practices that would put human life in danger," said the head of religious affairs in Turkey, one of a host of Muslim-majority countries to curtail gatherings at mosques.

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Automakers Might Retool To Make Ventilators

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:11

Ford and General Motors say they are evaluating whether they could retool their factories to produce much-needed medical equipment as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

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Eastern Orthodox Church To Halt Services Until End Of March

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:38

"This trial, too, shall pass," Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I said. "But our lives will have changed forever." He asked parishioners to stay home for their own safety and the safety of others.

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As Hanging Out Gets Difficult, More People Are Turning To Social Video Games

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:18

Online video games are proving popular as people look for a way to socialize during this time of social distancing. Some game developers are even changing games' rules to cater to the new reality.

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Italy Surpasses China's Coronavirus Death Toll

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:10

As of Thursday afternoon, the number of deaths in Italy from the coronavirus disease COVID-19 exceeds 3,400 — passing China's tally of more than 3,200 deaths.

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U.S. Orders Up To A Year-Long Break On Mortgage Payments

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:03

The federal government is telling lenders to lower or suspend mortgage payments up to 12 months for homeowners who have lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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'Every Single Individual Must Stay Home': Italy's Coronavirus Death Pass China's

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:59

The country has universal health care. But now, fighting tens of thousands of coronavirus cases, Italian hospitals and medical staff are overwhelmed, prompting anguished debate.

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The Metropolitan Opera Tells Its Union Employees They Will Not Be Paid After March 31

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:34

The nation's largest performing arts organization has told its orchestral players, chorus and stagehands they will not be paid after March 31. The company has canceled the rest of its season.

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Tractor Day Offers A (Slow) Dose Of The Freedom Every Teenager Longs For

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:01

Once a year, rural high schools across the Midwest celebrate Drive Your Tractor To School Day — which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Coronavirus Hits Older People Hardest. But Millennials, Gen-Xers Can Be Vulnerable

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:36

An analysis of preliminary data from the CDC shows that the risk of serious disease and death from COVID-19 is higher in older age groups in the U.S. But they aren't the only groups at risk.

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New York Will Waive Mortgage Payments For 90 Days Based On Financial Hardship

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:18

"That will be a real-life economic benefit," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. He also ordered that only 25 percent of workers could be in the office, except for essential services.

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5-Year-Old In Maryland Has Coronavirus; Governor Announces First Death In State

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:18

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the man who died from the coronavirus had underlying health issues. But he also said the state has seen an 88 percent increase in confirmed cases in the past 48 hours.

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In Turkey, Coronavirus Spurs A Surge In Cologne Sales

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:16

Sales of Turkish-made cologne are skyrocketing. Some colognes, made with 80% alcohol, are being embraced for disinfectant properties. Cologne is traditionally offered to house guests to rub on hands.

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New York Will Waive Mortgage Payments For 90 Days Based On Financial Hardship

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:09

"That will be a real-life economic benefit," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. He also ordered that only 25 percent of workers could be in the office, except for essential services.

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Chinese Authorities Admit Improper Response To Coronavirus Whistleblower

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:34

Li Wenliang's warnings about the virus initially got him reprimanded by authorities in Wuhan. Now, six weeks after he died of COVID-19, Chinese investigators say they should have acted differently.

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