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First death in Asia's biggest slum raises concerns over the spread of coronavirus
Coronavirus 1 hour ago
Dharavi, a community in Mumbai which has more than a million people living in a five square km area, reported the death of a 56-year-old from COVID-19. Around 300 flats and 90 shops were sealed while authorities stamped and quarantined those who came into contact with the victim. Many are worried about the spread of the coronavirus in the densely populated slum.
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FDA requests that all Zantac and ranitidine products be taken off the market due to carcinogen risk
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The US Food and Drug Administration said it found N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in some ranitidine products increase with time and temperature posing a risk to consumers. Over-the-counter ranitidine users are advised to dispose of the drug, and prescription users are advised to speak with their health care professional about other treatment options.
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Whoopi Goldberg spars with Bernie Sanders over his refusal to withdraw from the 2020 election
Politics 4 hours ago
The View co-host pressed the Vermont senator on Wednesday to detail his possible path to victory in the Democratic presidential primary, and asked him why he refused to withdraw from the nomination contest. "Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote," he replied. Sanders, who trails former vice president Joe Biden in pledged delegates for the nomination, admitted this week that his path to victory is a "narrow" one.
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It's been 35 years since Sports Illustrated pulled off one of the greatest baseball hoaxes of all time
MLB This afternoon
In 1985, writer George Plimpton convinced baseball insiders and fans that Sidd Finch, a french horn player with no baseball experience and a super-fast arm, was joining the Mets for spring training.
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Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger dies of COVID-19 complications
Coronavirus 3 hours ago
Songwriter Adam Schlesinger died in hospital on Wednesday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, his lawyer, Josh Grier, confirmed. Schlesinger is being remembered by friends and fans for his extensive songwriting career.
US intelligence community finds China concealed the extent of its COVID-19 outbreak, Bloomberg reports
Coronavirus 4 hours ago
According to multiple sources in the US intelligence community, Chinese officials intentionally underreported total cases and deaths from the coronavirus disease in the country, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday. According to state figures, lockdown measures taken by authorities in the country had resulted in lower rates of transmission in Hubei province, where experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic originated in late 2019.
Treasury reverses on tax return requirement for some to get $1,200
Update: The Treasury announced late Thursday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment and no longer must submit anything extra.
Trump administration expands counter-narcotics operation in the Caribbean
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The US Department of Defense will deploy additional ships, aircraft and ground forces to the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in an effort to stop drug trafficking in the region. The announcement follows last week's indictment of Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro on narco-terrorism, drug trafficking and weapons charges.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine could be granted an early release from prison, XXL reports
Coronavirus 5 hours ago
The rapper could leave prison and move into house custody due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues stay-at-home order following mounting pressure
Coronavirus Earlier today
DeSantis announced a stay-at-home order for the entire state starting Thursday, which is expected to last at least 30 days. DeSantis has resisted the move for weeks despite the state reporting nearly 7,000 coronavirus cases.
Their Mom Died Of COVID-19. They Had To Say Goodbye Via Walkie-Talkie.
Sundee Rutter, 42, a single mother of six and breast cancer survivor, died as a result of COVID-19 on March 16. All six of her children as well as her sister and mother were outside her hospital room to say goodbye via a handheld radio device.
Little Women fans are freaking out over water bottles left onscreen
After fans noticed water bottles in the background of a scene in Greta Gerwig's 2019 film 'Little Women,' the memes and inevitable comparisons to the 'Game of Thrones' coffee cup started pouring in.
Admission requirements relaxed at all UCs: No SAT or minimum grades
The University of California announced Wednesday that it will ease some admission requirements for fall 2020 and beyond, eliminating SAT test scores and minimum grades due to the coronavirus crisis.
Tractor-trailer full of toilet paper goes up in flames in Texas
US news 4 hours ago
Thousands of rolls of toilet paper were ablaze after an 18-wheeler crashed on I-20. The driver and his dog, Moochie, are doing just fine.
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Economic sanctions amid coronavirus pandemic could lead to food insecurity, UN expert warns
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Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, called for the lifting of "crippling economic sanctions" on Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba and other countries to ensure their populations receive "sufficient and adequate food" during the coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested a possible ease of sanctions on Iran and proposed lifting sanctions in Venezuela under a new "democratic transition" plan that would require both Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó to cede power until new elections are held. In response, Iran's president said the US missed a "historic opportunity" to lift sanctions, and Venezuela's foreign minister rejected the transitional government proposal.
Ina Garten Is Out Here Making Giant Cosmos, and It's a Quarantine Mood
Truly sticking to the "it's 5 o'clock somewhere" mindset, Ina Garten took to Instagram around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to share her favorite cocktail recipe — one that could easily serve four to five people but is solely intended for her, no less.
New York could face 16,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, model projects
Coronavirus This afternoon
Citing the Gates Foundation-funded IHME model, Governor Cuomo stated that New York could see upto 16,000 fatalities from the pandemic. The state has seen at least 1,900 deaths and 83,000 positive cases as of Wednesday.
Is wearing masks effective in protecting yourself against the coronavirus?
Coronavirus Earlier today
In light of the debate around the usage of masks as a protective measure against COVID-19, the WHO recommended that masks should be used by sick people and those caring for them. In addition, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures such as social distancing, according to WHO guidelines.
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How Bollywood inspired the Britney Spears hit, 'Toxic'
Britney Spears' hit, "Toxic," drew from a 1981 Bollywood musical and the Bond franchise theme song. Insider spoke to classical Carnatic vocalist Manasi Prasad and classically-trained composer Adam Ragusea about the link between Indian and spy music.
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This looks like a depression, not a recession
Until we have a vaccine, we are barreling towards economic catastrophe .