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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s inaccurate boasts on China travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defending early missteps in the U.S. response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump has repeatedly boasted of travel restrictions on China that he suggests he decided on his own over the objections of health experts and saved “thousan

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Seniors won't have to file tax returns for stimulus check, but some disabled and veterans will

The Treasury Department has partially reversed their initial decision to throw up unnecessary bureaucratic hoops for seniors obtaining the $1,200 one-time stimulus payment. Originally the administration was going to require them, as well as disabled people o
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Seniors won't have to file tax returns for stimulus check, but some disabled and veterans will

The Treasury Department has partially reversed their initial decision to throw up unnecessary bureaucratic hoops for seniors obtaining the $1,200 one-time stimulus payment. Originally the administration was going to require them, as well as disabled people on Supplemental Security Income and veterans receiving pensions, to file tax returns in order to get the check. They've relented following mass outrage, at least for seniors. But not for SSI recipients and veterans, unless they also receive Social Security. «This is entirely unacceptable,» Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, said in a statement Thursday. «Our government has the tools to send these groups, who are among the poorest and most vulnerable in America, their benefits automatically. It must reverse this part of its misguided policy, as well, and prioritize these payments, too.» Rep. Jan Schakowsky and her fellow House Democrats agree. They are calling on the Treasury to «IMMEDIATELY ensure all older Americans, can automatically get the stimulus checks they need to survive the #COVID19 crisis.» Sign the petition: Stimulus checks must not leave out disabled people and veterans.

'August or September': Khabib gives update on next possible date for Ferguson fight

A clearly frustrated Khabib Nurmagomedov has given more insight into the barriers leading up to his seemingly doomed UFC 249 fight with Tony Ferguson and offered a prediction about when their UFC title scrap will finally be held. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'August or September': Khabib gives update on next possible date for Ferguson fight

A clearly frustrated Khabib Nurmagomedov has given more insight into the barriers leading up to his seemingly doomed UFC 249 fight with Tony Ferguson and offered a prediction about when their UFC title scrap will finally be held. Read Full Article at RT.com

Georgia Republican says widespread vote by mail would be 'extremely devastating to Republicans'

Georgia isn’t delaying its May 19 primary at this time, but the secretary of state’s office is mailing out absentee ballot applications to every one of the state’s 6.9 million registered voters. That has some Republican lawmakers very unhappy.  Stat
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Georgia Republican says widespread vote by mail would be 'extremely devastating to Republicans'

Georgia isn’t delaying its May 19 primary at this time, but the secretary of state’s office is mailing out absentee ballot applications to every one of the state’s 6.9 million registered voters. That has some Republican lawmakers very unhappy.  State House Speaker David Ralston was absolutely blunt about his objection. “This will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia,” he said in an interview. “Every registered voter is going to get one of these. … This will certainly drive up turnout.”

From PPE to hospital laundry, COVID-19 outbreak exposes America’s dependence on incarcerated labor

Rapid response efforts to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus are revealing deeply embedded structural inefficiencies within countless institutions in American society—the criminal legal system being no different.     Earlier this month, New York
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From PPE to hospital laundry, COVID-19 outbreak exposes America’s dependence on incarcerated labor

Rapid response efforts to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus are revealing deeply embedded structural inefficiencies within countless institutions in American society—the criminal legal system being no different.     Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s new hand sanitizer would be manufactured by incarcerated laborers at New York’s Great Meadow Correctional Facility. The announcement made visible just one of the ways prison labor is typically used to address the needs of the public, and drew outrage both within New York and nationally. More often, though, labor performed by incarcerated laborers goes unnoticed and unreported, even as it supplies goods and services critical to the operation of our society, from license plates to laundry.

Covid-19 cases reach 1 MILLION worldwide as pandemic continues to ravage the globe

The coronavirus pandemic has passed its landmark moment, as over one million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease, according to figures from the AFP news agency. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Covid-19 cases reach 1 MILLION worldwide as pandemic continues to ravage the globe

The coronavirus pandemic has passed its landmark moment, as over one million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease, according to figures from the AFP news agency. Read Full Article at RT.com

Moscow extends coronavirus lockdown until May 1 as Putin prolongs paid leave period

Moscow, which is a major hotspot of the dreaded Covid-19 outbreak in Russia, has extended its strict home isolation regime until the end of April following President Vladimir Putin‘s decision to extend nationwide paid leave. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Moscow extends coronavirus lockdown until May 1 as Putin prolongs paid leave period

Moscow, which is a major hotspot of the dreaded Covid-19 outbreak in Russia, has extended its strict home isolation regime until the end of April following President Vladimir Putin‘s decision to extend nationwide paid leave. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Facebook launches coronavirus fact-checker for WhatsApp users in Italy - CNET

The service lets users run content from the messaging service through a fact-checking tool to see if it's legit.
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Facebook launches coronavirus fact-checker for WhatsApp users in Italy - CNET

The service lets users run content from the messaging service through a fact-checking tool to see if it's legit.

Coronavirus movie delays: All the 2020 and 2021 blockbusters postponed - CNET

Wonder Woman, James Bond, Black Widow and Top Gun get hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with 2021 films like Uncharted, The Batman and Matrix 4 disrupted.
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Coronavirus movie delays: All the 2020 and 2021 blockbusters postponed - CNET

Wonder Woman, James Bond, Black Widow and Top Gun get hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with 2021 films like Uncharted, The Batman and Matrix 4 disrupted.

Amazon reportedly working on cloud gaming platform code-named Project Tempo - CNET

The online mega-retailer plans to release two big budget games in May as part of a much larger push into online gaming.
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Amazon reportedly working on cloud gaming platform code-named Project Tempo - CNET

The online mega-retailer plans to release two big budget games in May as part of a much larger push into online gaming.

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Google and USCF collaborate on machine learning tool to help prevent harmful prescription errors

Machine learning experts working at Google Health have published a new study in tandem with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)’s computational health sciences department that describes a machine learning model the researchers built that c
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Google and USCF collaborate on machine learning tool to help prevent harmful prescription errors

Machine learning experts working at Google Health have published a new study in tandem with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)’s computational health sciences department that describes a machine learning model the researchers built that can anticipate normal physician drug prescribing patterns, using a patient’s electronic health records (EHR) as input. That’s useful because […]

COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promise in first peer-reviewed research

A potential COVID-19 vaccine, delivered by microscopic needles, produces antibodies specific to the virus when tested in mice. This is the first peer-reviewed paper describing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The next step is a human clinical trial.
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COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows promise in first peer-reviewed research

A potential COVID-19 vaccine, delivered by microscopic needles, produces antibodies specific to the virus when tested in mice. This is the first peer-reviewed paper describing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The next step is a human clinical trial.

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp

Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state and changed its magnetic properties. The technique can be used to study and design a broad range of materials for use i
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A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp

Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state and changed its magnetic properties. The technique can be used to study and design a broad range of materials for use in things like sensors and detectors.

Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues

An international team has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts.
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Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues

An international team has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts.

Disney debuts its streaming service in India

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the larges
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Disney debuts its streaming service in India

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 […]

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Dr. Fauci's face will soon be on a bobblehead

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The United States' top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead. The creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee features Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how th
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Dr. Fauci's face will soon be on a bobblehead

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The United States' top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead. The creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee features Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to “flatten the curve” ...

Synchronized Starling Flocks Undulate in Mesmerizing Patterns Captured by Photographer Xavi Bou

 For starlings, there’s truth to safety in numbers. “In winter, starlings join in flocks of thousands of individuals to try to confuse the hawks that attack them, doing a mesmerizing dance,” said Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou, wh
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Synchronized Starling Flocks Undulate in Mesmerizing Patterns Captured by Photographer Xavi Bou

 For starlings, there’s truth to safety in numbers. “In winter, starlings join in flocks of thousands of individuals to try to confuse the hawks that attack them, doing a mesmerizing dance,” said Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou, who recently released a video chronicling the birds’ synchronized swooping. In “Murmurations,” a name that refers specifically to the phenomenon, Bou captures the avian movements through a series of gray lines that swell and undulate with each obfuscated turn. More

Ill-fated cruise ships awaiting approval to dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Two ill-fated cruise ships waited just off Fort Lauderdale's shores on Thursday to learn when they'll be allowed to dock at Port Everglades after Carnival Cruise Line reached a conditional agreement with authorities in Florida. Br
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Ill-fated cruise ships awaiting approval to dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Two ill-fated cruise ships waited just off Fort Lauderdale's shores on Thursday to learn when they'll be allowed to dock at Port Everglades after Carnival Cruise Line reached a conditional agreement with authorities in Florida. Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine said on Twitter that a ...

Saudi Arabia mandates 24-hour curfew in holy cities Mecca and Medina

Saudi Arabia has instituted a 24-hour curfew for two of its holy cities, Mecca and Medina, in a move to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The extended curfew comes just days after officials made a plea to people who are planning an annual Hajj holy pilgr
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Saudi Arabia mandates 24-hour curfew in holy cities Mecca and Medina

Saudi Arabia has instituted a 24-hour curfew for two of its holy cities, Mecca and Medina, in a move to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The extended curfew comes just days after officials made a plea to people who are planning an annual Hajj holy pilgrimage to Mecca to ...

Anthony Fauci: Restricting domestic travel is on the table

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, on Thursday confirmed they are eyeing potential restrictions on domestic travel within the United States. «We look at that literally every day,» Dr. Fauci said on «CBS Th
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Anthony Fauci: Restricting domestic travel is on the table

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, on Thursday confirmed they are eyeing potential restrictions on domestic travel within the United States. «We look at that literally every day,» Dr. Fauci said on «CBS This Morning.» "It really depends on what city you're talking about ...

The Latest: World Medical Assoc. dismisses China's figures

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: - - World Me
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The Latest: World Medical Assoc. dismisses China's figures

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: - - World Medical Association says China's figures on ...

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For NBA coaches, the new schedule involves waiting, wondering and planning

NBA coaches are all spending more time at home, not able to run practices, but none seem to be sitting idly, either.
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For NBA coaches, the new schedule involves waiting, wondering and planning

NBA coaches are all spending more time at home, not able to run practices, but none seem to be sitting idly, either.

A short history of interesting March Madness game-winners

A sad fact: In a world in which the coronavirus didn’t exist, this weekend would have been Final Four weekend (and I would have been in Las Vegas).  Oh, what could have been … Now I'm stuck at home in Ohio, where I conducted an exhaustive review of ever
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A short history of interesting March Madness game-winners

A sad fact: In a world in which the coronavirus didn’t exist, this weekend would have been Final Four weekend (and I would have been in Las Vegas).  Oh, what could have been … Now I'm stuck at home in Ohio, where I conducted an exhaustive review of every single game-winning shot in NCAA Tournament history  while social distancing. Unfortunately, two of the game-winners date to the 1940s, when highlight film of many games was unavailable. So attempting to rank the best of the 124 game-winners (click here for game-winner criteria) would be fruitless. (Plus, there’s plenty of “Best of March Madness” YouTube clips out there for you to watch.) Instead, let's focus on the most interesting and absurd factoids from tournament games that involved game-winners.  The first game-winning shot in the NCAA Tournament came in the 1944 national championship game. With score tied at 40 in the waning seconds of a Utah-Dartmouth overtime «thriller,» the Utes' Herb Wilkinson caught a pass from Wat Misaka and buried a championshi

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