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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Symptoms, Small Businesses And Child Care

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions about COVID-19 symptoms, economic relief available to small businesses and child care.

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White House Announces New Guidance For How Critical Employees Can Return To Work

The new rules apply only to workers in critical infrastructure jobs, a broadly defined group that includes employees in fields from health care to financial services.

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Some Critical Medical Supplies Now Need Feds' Approval To Be Exported

N95 Masks and gloves are among critical medical supplies under scrutiny under new US crackdown on PPE exports.

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Linda Tripp, Clinton Sex Scandal Whistleblower, Dies At 70

The Pentagon aide's secret recordings of conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky helped lead to the impeachment of President Clinton in the late 1990s.

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10,000 Cases and 500 Deaths in Africa. Health Officials Say It's Just the Beginning

Millions of people in Africa are at high risk for COVID-19 and lack reliable access to doctors or medical equipment. Health officials are focusing on preventing the spread of the disease.

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The US Hitches Its Final Ride to Space From Russia—for Now

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 18:23
Thursday’s launch to the space station will mark the end of America’s dependence on Russia for human spaceflight, but NASA may buy more seats on Soyuz rockets. 
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Broadway To Remain Closed Until June Because Of Coronavirus

Producers and theater owners say Broadway will stay dark until at least June 7, dealing a further blow to New York's biggest tourist attraction.

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For Counties, The Coronavirus Brings Major Budget Problems

County executives across the United States are worried about budget problems as the coronavirus pandemic deepens. As more people request help, government leaders struggle with how to pay for it.

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Watch Live: White House Holds Briefing As Economic Relief Debate Escalates

President Trump and congressional Democrats are haggling over the size of the next bill designed to help Americans through the crisis The White House has scheduled a briefing for 5 p.m. ET.

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Amid Divisions, European Finance Ministers Fail To Reach Coronavirus Support Deal

European finance ministers spent the overnight hours arguing over the best way to offer financial support to southern members badly hit by the coronavirus. The row highlights a north-south divide.

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Expat In Post-Lockdown Wuhan: 'Things Will Never Be The Same'

Pisso Nseke, a Cameroonian living in Wuhan, China, describes venturing out for the first time in nearly three months and how grateful he is to be alive. But, he says, he doesn't feel truly free yet.

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CDC Hospital Data Point To Racial Disparity In COVID-19 Cases

In a study of the early coronavirus epidemic in the U.S., a third of people who were hospitalized were African American. Top risk factors were high blood pressure and obesity.

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Easy-to-pick “smart” locks gush personal data, FTC finds

Ars Technica: “A padlock—whether it uses a combination, a key, or “smart” tech—has exactly one job: to keep your stuff safe so other people can’t get it. Tapplock, Inc., based in Canada, produces such a product. The company’s locks unlock with a fingerprint or an app connected by Bluetooth to your phone. Unfortunately, the Federal Trade Commission said, the locks are full of both digital and physical vulnerabilities that leave users’ stuff, and data, at risk. The FTC’s complaint (PDF) against Tapplock, released Monday, basically alleges that the company misrepresented itself, because it marketed its products as secure and tested when they were neither. A product—any product—simply being kind of crappy doesn’t necessarily fall under the FTC’s purview. Saying untrue things about your product in your advertisement or privacy policy, however, will make the commission very unhappy with you indeed. “We allege that Tapplock promised that its Internet-connected locks were secure, but in fact the company failed to even test if that claim was true,” Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a written statement. “Tech companies should remember the basics—when you promise security, you need to deliver security.”…”

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CFOs looking to make remote work, telecommuting more permanent following COVID-19

ZDNet – Gartner Survey – The move to remote work may be a bit more permanent than many managers and employees realize. “The new normal telecommuting may be a bit more permanent than realized, as 74% of CFOs say they expect to move previously on-site employees remote post-COVID-19, according to a Gartner survey. The survey, which had 317 CFO respondents on March 30, highlighted how remote work may become more of the norm as companies look to cut commercial real estate costs. One of my working theories about the COVID-19 crisis was that the percentage of telecommuters would swell as enterprises realized they could be as effective and save money on commercial real estate. We’ve chronicled the remote work shift week to week during the COVID-19 pandemic…”

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Millions Didn't Pay Rent Last Week Amid Pandemic Woes

With so many people out of work, there was a steep jump in renters not paying on time, a trade group says. It says next month could be much worse if government help doesn't reach people in time.

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Google Stadia now free to anyone with a Gmail address

Polygon: “Google’s video game streaming platform, Stadia, is now free to anyone with a Gmail address, the company announced on Wednesday. To sweeten the deal, Google is also giving new users two months of Stadia Pro — including access to nine games — for free. Existing Stadia Pro subscribers won’t be charged for the next two months of the service, Google said…”

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Bernie Sanders Is Out—but He Transformed Campaigning For Good

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:07
Over the course of two presidential campaigns, Sanders showed how effective a digital-first movement could be.
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iPads Are Crucial Health Care Tools in Combating Covid-19

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 13:51
Hospitals are deploying tablets and smartphones to protect staff, preserve protective equipment, and help patients connect with loved ones.
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Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears

As the coronavirus pandemic peak approaches, local officials say the federal government is ending support for COVID-19 community-based testing sites.

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New York City's Latinx Residents Hit Hardest By Coronavirus Deaths

Preliminary data released Wednesday showed that Latinos represent 33% of the deaths in the country's coronavirus epicenter. The virus' impact has also been disproportionately high on black residents.

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