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One piece of conventional wisdom circulating in the wake of Bernie Sanders' withdrawal from the Democratic presidential primary is that the COVID-19 pandemic proves he was right about health care. In truth, it proves him half right. The pandemic is causing millions of people to lose their jobs and their health insurance just when they are most in need of coverage. If this country had universal ...

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As U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the presidential race on Wednesday, he leaves behind a Democratic Party reshaped by his two White House bids. No candidate this year, or in modern campaigns past, has hammered the issue of the nation's wealth inequality as vociferously and effectively as Sanders. He has attacked the barriers to health care, education and housing, raising the pitch of ...

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I never supported Bernie Sanders. I believed this year, just as I believed in 2016, that he could not win a general election campaign against a Republican presidential candidate, and that, if by some miracle he did win, he wouldn't be able to fulfill the broad, sweeping, intoxicating promises of his utopian campaign. But now that he's getting out of the race, I already miss him. Who else will ...

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During the NBA shutdown, Heat center Meyers Leonard has a goal. Through Leonard's love for video games, particularly "Call of Duty," he hopes to help "feed over one million people in the month of April" amid the coronavirus pandemic. That had Leonard gaming for 24 consecutive hours from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, streaming his play on the Twitch video platform to raise $70,000. ...

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Money will soon be sent to the masses as part of the coronavirus pandemic economic relief package. That brings out the scammers like dark and damp brings out the roaches. So fraud warnings have been issued by local, state and federal agencies. "We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn't going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can ...

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What do a tidal wave, a lethal injection and masses of thin white worms have in common? They are all images that have cropped up in dreams people are having about the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are reporting more vivid dreams while self-quarantining, taking to social media to comment on the phenomenon. Take a moment to think back on your dreams over the past few weeks. Have they seemed ...

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It is now clear that President Donald Trump is using the coronavirus pandemic to advance his own reelection bid - actively, daily and relentlessly. - For his own political reasons, he is firing nonpartisan watchdog inspectors general charged throughout government with getting at the truth. - He has tried to block the truth about such things as his administration's purposeful two-month lag in ...

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CHICAGO - As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to surge worldwide, scientists and health experts, including University of Illinois researchers who helped diagnose a New York zoo tiger with the disease, are now looking into how animals are affected by the new coronavirus. Earlier this week, the Bronx Zoo revealed that a 4-year-old Malayan tiger tested positive for the new ...

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WASHINGTON - Many college graduates in 2020 will likely face bleak job prospects as the coronavirus pandemic drives the economy in recession. Combine that predicament with high rates of student loan debt - which many have to start paying as soon as they graduate, regardless of whether they have an income to pay the debt - and new grads are potentially in for a world of financial hurt. Some ...

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WASHINGTON - Bernie's Sanders' abrupt exit from the presidential race is a moment of deep disappointment for the progressive movement, which only two months ago began to truly believe that the democratic socialist from Vermont could win the Democratic nomination and radically alter the party's political direction. But even on a day of mourning, many liberal leaders say they remain steadfastly ...

MIAMI — Parece que casi todos los días un feligrés se dirige al padre Reginald Jean-Mary con la misma petición: Rece por nosotros, tenemos miedo. No podemos regresar, no ahora. Viven con el temor de un regreso forzado a Haití, el país donde nacieron y al cual aman, pero el que ha sido paralizado por la pobreza, las protestas violentas y una debilitante epidemia de cólera. Temen aun más por sus ...

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On April 2, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) ordered schools statewide to close through April 30. This made it the 50th and final state to issue a statewide school closure. Previously, Reynolds' office had recommended schools close from March 15 to April 13 but left the decision to close up to individual school districts.

DETROIT - So, the plan would be to essentially create a virus-proof biodome in the desert that would quarantine all 30 Major League Baseball teams, each with 50-man rosters (as has been discussed to counter the grueling schedule), front-office personnel, training and medical staffs, chefs and others essential to the operation – like umpires, clubhouse attendants, television crews and media – ...

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New York reached a grim new milestone Wednesday in the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting 779 new deaths, the state's highest number yet for a single day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the state's flags lowered to half-staff as the confirmed death toll there reached 6,268, more than double the fatalities in the 9/11 terrorist attack. "It is breathtaking," Cuomo said. Nationwide, health authorities have ...

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Put another one in his "good guy" ledger. Heath Ledger refused to present an award at the 2007 Oscars because of a "Brokeback Mountain" joke in the script, his costar in the 2005 film Jake Gyllenhaal told fashion magazine Another Man. "I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it," Gyllenhaal said. "And Heath refused." Gyllenhaal, ...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a growing number of state officials are now recommending that people wear face coverings or masks when out doing essential tasks such as grocery shopping and going to medical appointments. But how do you keep your coverings clean? The California Department of Public Health recommends frequently washing cloth face masks - ideally after each ...

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BALTIMORE - Convicted former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has been assigned to serve her sentence at an Alabama facility nearly 900 miles from home, and is asking for a delay in reporting so that she can resolve pending state charges and try to get a new prison assignment. The disclosures come in a new filing from her defense attorneys in U.S. District Court asking that her reporting date ...

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Texas Rangers Hall of Fame member Josh Hamilton was indicted Monday on one count of injury to a child with intentional bodily injury, a third-degree felony, stemming from a Sept. 30 incident in which he allegedly injured his oldest daughter. Hamilton pleaded not guilty Oct. 31 after turning himself in on Oct. 30 and was released on a $35,000 bond. But the case will be delayed indefinitely ...

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When young people beat you up for telling them the truth about the coronavirus - that they, too, can acquire the disease, need hospitalization, and die from COVID-19 if they don't practice social distancing - we're in another kind of pandemic. This one is of immense selfishness, recklessness, and at this extreme, criminality. The beating in the head with baseball bats of a 61-year-old father ...

TAMPA, Fla. - Tom Brady said that he knew before the start of the 2019 season that it would be his final one after 20 years with the New England Patriots. "I don't think there was a final, final decision before it happened," Brady said Wednesday during an interview on the Howard Stern Show. "But I would say I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year. I knew that ...

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The Trump administration intends to block Iran's application for a $5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund. Tehran claims it plans to spend the money on dealing with the coronavirus epidemic. But the U.S. has excellent grounds for rejection: It is confident a loan would make it easier for the regime to continue financing its vast network of terrorist groups and proxy ...

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Self-employed workers like Uber drivers and piano teachers who have lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic will have to wait weeks before they can apply for financial assistance under the federal relief law. The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which includes benefits for the self-employed, was signed into law March 27. Late Sunday, the federal ...

A coalition of about 50 labor groups is asking congressional leaders to reject Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi's proposal for a new legal category that would allow the company to keep treating its workers as independent contractors while affording them partial employee benefits. In a letter sent Wednesday, the organizations - which include the National Employment Law Project, AFL-CIO, ...

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"Tiger King," the Netflix Inc. documentary about a big-cat trainer who goes by the name of Joe Exotic, has become the runaway hit of the global pandemic, attracting 34.1 million U.S. viewers in the first 10 days after its release. The program debuted March 20, just as much of the country was hunkering down under coronavirus stay-at-home orders. As a result, it's become a cultural phenomenon, ...

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LONDON - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "improving" in intensive care, the British government said on Wednesday, as it reported a new daily record of 938 deaths linked to novel coronavirus infections. Johnson was moved to intensive care late Monday, following his admission to hospital on Sunday for tests after he experienced "persistent symptoms" of the coronavirus. He reported his infection ...

As we shelter in place, hunkered down, washing our hands, it's easy to feel helpless, and worse, to feel useless. We endlessly refresh our browsers and inboxes for news about the progress of this pandemic. Overwhelmed hospitals and health workers. Unemployment and economic instability. The news is all there, all the time, along with the pain and suffering. But what can we actually do to help, ...

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LOS ANGELES - The Pacific Princess cruise ship and its 115 passengers are heading for Los Angeles in hopes of docking at the San Pedro port on April 24, according to the cruise line. Princess says no one has been tested for COVID-19 because none of the passengers has shown symptoms. The ship left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 5 for a 111-day world cruise that was cut short in mid-March after ...

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FedLoan and Navient, two of the nation's largest federal student loan servicers, have notified millions of borrowers that they don't need to make monthly payments through Sept. 30 under the $2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package, the firms said Tuesday. But social media postings show that borrowers are confused. A leading advocate also warned on Tuesday that perhaps nine million ...

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The weeklong drama that ended Tuesday with the resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is all the more tragic because it didn't have to happen. None of it. Not the firing of USS Theodore Roosevelt Capt. Brett Crozier for a letter he wrote about a coronavirus outbreak on his ship. Not the subsequent tirade aboard the Roosevelt that led to Modly's resignation. Not the fear and ...