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  • Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives
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    Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharpened her criticism of President Trump's early dismissal of the coronavirus, saying the delay cost American lives. His denial at the beginning was deadly,” said Pelosi to open her interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. His delaying of getting equipment — it continues — his delaying of getting equipment to where it is needed is deadly, and now I think the best thing is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up because we just don't know.

  • In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threat
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    In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threat

    In a world desperate for good news about the coronavirus, a dip in global carbon emissions caused by the outbreak's economic downturn might be seen as a silver lining. As expected, March data compiled by San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography appears to show the rate of rise of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has slowed. “This isn't the way we want to reduce emissions,” Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science at Stanford University and one of the world's leading experts on climate change, told Yahoo News.

  • A New York dad refused to let his 21-year-old son back in their house after the spring breaker partied in Texas amid coronavirus spread
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    A New York dad refused to let his 21-year-old son back in their house after the spring breaker partied in Texas amid coronavirus spread

    A New York father refused to let his college-age son back in their Nanuet home after the student traveled to South Padre Island for spring break. Peter Levine, 51, told the New York Post that he tried to encourage his 21-year-old son Matt to come home early from the trip, but to no avail. "I was aggravated.

  • Plane explosion in Philippines kills eight, including two foreigners
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    Plane explosion in Philippines kills eight, including two foreigners

    A medical evacuation plane exploded during take-off in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said. The plane, owned by a Philippines-registered charter service Lionair, had been bound for Haneda, Japan, but burst into flames at the end of the runway around 8 p.m. (1200 GMT), Manila's main airport said. Indonesian carrier Lion Air issued a statement making clear that it is unrelated to Manila-based Lionair.

  • Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus
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    Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus

    Still, Napoli, a lawyer in Rome, developed a cough and fever less than a week after Italy's premier locked down the entire nation, including the capital which had continued life as usual while the virus raged in the north. Until that day, Napoli was following his routine of work, jogging and swimming. He received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 three days later.

  • The Justice Department is reportedly investigating actions by US lawmakers who dumped stocks before the market plunged over coronavirus fears
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    The Justice Department is reportedly investigating actions by US lawmakers who dumped stocks before the market plunged over coronavirus fears

    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Justice Department is investigating the actions of US lawmakers who dumped stocks before the market plunged amid coronavirus fears, CNN reported. According to the report, the investigation is still in its early stages and the DOJ is working with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the matter. As part of the probe, the FBI has reportedly reached out to North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who dumped up to $1.72 million in stocks before the market tanked.

  • Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison
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    Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison

    A 47-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at a Louisiana federal prison where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus, officials said. The death of Patrick Jones is the first COVID-19-related death of an inmate in the federal prison system, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said. Jones was locked up on drug charges at a minimum-security prison in Oakdale that is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, according to the Bureau of Prisons and union leaders.

  • Trump boosts virus aid, tells governors to be 'appreciative'
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    Trump boosts virus aid, tells governors to be 'appreciative'

    After days of pleas from governors across the country, President Trump took steps to expand the federal government's role in helping produce critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic and warned the leaders of hard-hit states not to cross him.

  • Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus, urges people to stay home, warns of dire consequences
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    Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus, urges people to stay home, warns of dire consequences

    As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticized for what many called a lackadaisical posture — urging people to hug, shaking hands and kissing well-wishers as he stumped and extolling his personal talismans: Catholic scapulars, a shamrock and $2 bill. “Continue bringing the family to eat in restaurants,” López Obrador advised compatriots, arguing that such activity bolsters “the popular economy.” Although still avoiding curfews and mandatory stay-at-home orders, Mexican authorities are now abruptly citing a final chance to avert a national catastrophe that would inundate the country's limited healthcare infrastructure and probably result in many deaths.

  • Europe, US virus tolls surge as Trump reverses on New York lockdown
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    Europe, US virus tolls surge as Trump reverses on New York lockdown

    The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 dead in one day, as US President Donald Trump pulled back on putting the hard-hit New York region under quarantine. Up to one-third of the world's population is under lockdown as the virus leaves its devastating imprint on nearly every aspect of society: wiping out millions of jobs, straining health care services and weighing heavily on national treasuries for years to come. Globally, the death toll has surged past 30,000 and officials in some countries say the worst still lies ahead.

  • Kremlin Fights U.S. Sanctions, Backs Maduro in Rosneft Deal
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    Kremlin Fights U.S. Sanctions, Backs Maduro in Rosneft Deal

    The Kremlin's sudden shift of ownership of multi-billion-dollar oil projects in Venezuela shields oil giant Rosneft PJSC from further U.S. sanctions but keeps Moscow firmly behind embattled President Nicolas Maduro amid a wider stand-off with Washington. Russia is not walking away from Maduro and will seek to thwart U.S. efforts to depose him,” said Vladimir Frolov, a former diplomat and foreign policy analyst in Moscow. Moscow is just shielding Rosneft from sanctions which could result in a blanket embargo on all Rosneft exports.

  • North Korea hails 'super large' launcher test as virus timing condemned
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    North Korea hails 'super large' launcher test as virus timing condemned

    North Korea hailed a test of "super large" rocket launchers, just hours after the South condemned the state as "inappropriate" for pursing tests amid the global coronavirus outbreak On Sunday, South Korea said two short-range missiles had been fired, the latest in a flurry of tests this month. The North generally ramps up missile tests in the spring and the global virus outbreak has not deterred it. It has reported no virus cases, but experts have cast doubt on this.

  • Stay In the Lines With These Neat Science Coloring Pages
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    Stay In the Lines With These Neat Science Coloring Pages

    No money required—all you need is a printer and some colored pencils. From Popular Mechanics

  • Coronavirus triage tents installed in Central Park as city's hospitals brace for more patients
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    Coronavirus triage tents installed in Central Park as city's hospitals brace for more patients

    New York's Mount Sinai hospital system announced last week it was planning to install the temporary triage tents outside of seven of its hospitals to anticipate huge amounts of patients in the novel coronavirus outbreak. Workers began installing a 68-bed emergency hospital site in Manhattan's iconic Central Park on Sunday. Crews began constructing hospital tents on the west side of Central Park on Sunday, as New York's Mount Sinai hospital system braces for an overwhelming amount of patients in the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claims
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    Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China and believes it could have 40 times more coronavirus cases than it claims

    REUTERS/Aly Song UK government officials say there'll be "reckoning" for China over its handling of the coronavirus. Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with the Chinese state. It has accused of China of spreading disinformation and lying about the number of cases it has.

  • Thailand reports 136 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 1,524
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    Thailand reports 136 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 1,524

    Thailand saw 136 new coronavirus cases on Monday, raising the total number of infections to 1,524, said the spokesman of the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Infections in Thailand are likely to keep rising, and recently new cases have been reported more in the provinces than in the Thai capital, Bangkok, spokesman Taweesin Wisanuyothin said. No new deaths were reported, and the overall death toll stood at seven since the outbreak began in January.

  • Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions
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    Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions

    After a long, dark Scandinavian winter, the coronavirus pandemic is not keeping Swedes at home even while citizens in many parts of the world are sheltering in place and won't find shops or restaurants open on the few occasions they are permitted to venture out. Swedish authorities have advised the public to practice social distancing and to work from home, if possible, and urged those over age 70 to self-isolate as a precaution. Yet compared to the lockdowns imposed elsewhere in the world, the government's response to the virus allows a liberal amount of personal freedom.

  • Fact check: Is the coronavirus being spread 'quickly' via gas pumps?
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    Fact check: Is the coronavirus being spread 'quickly' via gas pumps?

    The claim: Coronavirus is spreading quickly from gas pumps A March 17 Facebook post warned users to be careful when going to the gas station. The post, by user Brent McDonald, claimed gas pump handles are helping to spread coronavirus. "I just spoke with a friend who got called into an emergency meeting at his hospital," McDonald wrote.

  • Nearly a dozen Liberty University students report COVID-19 symptoms after returning to campus
    The Week

    Nearly a dozen Liberty University students report COVID-19 symptoms after returning to campus

    As of Friday, at least 11 students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, have reported symptoms suggesting they have the COVID-19 coronavirus, Dr. Thomas Eppes Jr., the physician in charge of student health services, told The New York Times on Sunday. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. came under fire last week when he reopened the campus to students at the end of their spring break, despite public health officials warning against it and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) banning gatherings of more than 100 people in the state. Falwell said 1,900 students returned to campus last week, and more than 800 have since left.

  • Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges
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    Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

    A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with "narco-terrorism" along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said Saturday. "The national Attorney General learned that Mr Cliver Alcala surrendered to US authorities," the Colombian prosecutor said in a statement, adding there was no arrest warrant when he gave himself up. Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said.

  • Coronavirus: India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown
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    Coronavirus: India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown

    The Indian government has defended its handling of the coronavirus outbreak after a strict lockdown - introduced with little warning - left millions stranded and without food. The country's response had been "pre-emptive, pro-active and graded", it said in a statement. India's population of 1.3 billion was given less than four hours' notice of the three-week lockdown on Tuesday.

  • How Trump Learned to Trust Steve Mnuchin With His Presidency
    The Daily Beast

    How Trump Learned to Trust Steve Mnuchin With His Presidency

    But it's an unusual moment, and Mnuchin—personally tasked by President Trump to represent him in high-stakes congressional negotiations over coronavirus legislation—has seemingly met it, earning the trust of both parties on Capitol Hill while so far retaining the confidence of his famously mercurial boss. Over the past week, as bipartisan talks in the Senate over a trillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill broke down into angry finger-pointing, it was Mnuchin who seemed almost above the fray, serving as a go-between for the two sides. Part of power is title, part is knowledge, and part is situation,” said Jack Kingston, the former congressman and current Trump surrogate.

  • New York City is Opening an Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park
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    New York City is Opening an Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park

    As the coronavirus continues to spread through New York City, authorities have taken to setting up a makeshift hospital in Central Park as area hospitals hit capacity. The emergency field hospital will have a capacity of 68 beds as well as a respiratory unit and and an ICU unit, with doctors and nurses who are trained in infectious diseases deployed on a rotating basis, according to Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, who is in charge of the operation. The field hospital is a joint partnership between New York's Mount Sinai hospital and the North Carolina-based Christian organization, Samaritan's Purse, who also helped build the same field hospital in Northern Italy.

  • A Wuhan seafood vendor believed to be one of the first coronavirus patients says 'a lot fewer people would have died' if the Chinese government acted sooner
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    A Wuhan seafood vendor believed to be one of the first coronavirus patients says 'a lot fewer people would have died' if the Chinese government acted sooner

    STR/AFP via Getty Images Wei Guixian, a 57-year-old seafood vendor in Wuhan, China, was among the first 27 people to be diagnosed with the coronavirus, which originated from the wet market where she worked. Wei first began exhibiting coronavirus symptoms on December 10 and was admitted to the hospital less than a week later, with doctors describing her illness as "very serious" and "ruthless." Other vendors from the same market began to check into the hospital soon after.

  • Australia government says growth rate of coronavirus infection slows
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    Australia government says growth rate of coronavirus infection slows

    Australia's health minister said on Sunday there were "early, positive signs" of a slowdown in the growth rate in new coronavirus infections in the country, with the growth rate approximately halving over the past week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the slower growth in new inflections showed social distancing measures were working. "This time last week the rate of increase on cases was up around 25% to 30% a day," Morrison told a press conference.