March 2020

March 31, 2020
Good news for parents: Spotify launches standalone app for kids in the U.S.

Spotify announced Tuesday that the family-friendly app has been bolstered with 30% more songs, playlists, stories and other streamable content.

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March 31, 2020
What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package...

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March 31, 2020
As those aboard the Zaandam cruise wait, Carnival, county scramble to figure out plan

Sick people on board the Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships fear they are dying as they steam toward South Florida. But Broward County and Carnival Corporation have yet to agree...

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March 31, 2020
Coronavirus leads South Florida PBS to pull bid with Miami-Dade Schools to run WLRN

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, South Florida PBS has withdrawn its bid with the Miami-Dade County school district to manage WLRN, South Florida's only public news radio station. The company announced...

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March 31, 2020
Kepak's Rustlers rising rapidly up UK top brands list

RUSTLERS, the microwaveable snack brand owned by Kepak, has become a bigger seller than Mars bars or PG Tips in Britain, according to industry bible 'The Grocer'.

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March 31, 2020
Montana timber land buyer plans to maintain public access

The new owner of large tracts of Montana timber land does not intend to break longstanding access agreements allowing people to use the lands for hunting and fishing, officials said....

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March 31, 2020
Durant, Young highlight players-only NBA 2K tourney on ESPN

Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN. The NBA, the players' association and 2K announced the...

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March 31, 2020
After workers catch coronavirus, Miami Beach supermarkets ordered to limit capacity

Supermarkets, pharmacies and other “essential businesses” in Miami Beach will be required to limit their capacity by half, keep employees and customers six feet from each other at all times,...

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March 31, 2020
Review: Paranoia seeps through a starship in ‘Providence’

"Providence” by Max Barry (Putnam) A crew of research scientists makes first contact with an alien species of creatures that look like salamanders and it all goes horribly wrong. The...

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March 31, 2020
Hospitals overflowing with bodies in US epicenter of virus

It has become a grim ritual outside New York City's hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers. A surge in deaths in the...

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March 31, 2020
Finances hurting? Watch ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Instead of watching their own finances crater, shut-in television viewers tuned in to the game show “Let's Make a Deal” in record numbers last week. TV programs across the dial...

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March 31, 2020
Too little too late? Experts decry Mexico virus policy delay

Mexico has started taking tougher measures against the coronavirus after weeks of its president hugging followers and saying religious medals would protect him. Some experts warn the sprawling country of...

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March 31, 2020
Regulators mull reversing $462M increase in PG&E fire fines

California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million for igniting a series of Northern California 2018 deadly...

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March 31, 2020
McConnell releasing ad tied to his role in virus rescue bill

Looking to capitalize on his leadership post during the coronavirus crisis, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching a campaign ad in his home state that touts his role in...

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March 31, 2020
First N95 medical mask imports finally reaching US

The first N95 medical masks to reach the U.S. since February are arriving by plane and ship this week, with trucks standing ready to speed them to coronavirus hot spots...

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March 31, 2020
Bulaga disappointed many players didn’t vote in CBA election

New Chargers tackle Bryan Bulaga voices his disappointment Tuesday over how many fellow players decided not to vote on the new labor agreement with the NFL. The CBA was approved...

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March 31, 2020
Actor Andrew Jack dies of COVID-19 at 76 in Britain

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76. The actor, who also worked as a...

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March 31, 2020
Devils make major donation to St. Barnabas Hospital system

The owners of the New Jersey Devils of the NHL have made a six-figure donation to the state's largest health care system for medical equipment for health care workers and...

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March 31, 2020
Salmon fishing in Miami-Dade’s Homestead - and no rod required

Editor's note: This story originally published in the Miami Herald print edition on March 16, 2020. More than 3 million salmon have been born in Miami-Dade County. They are swimming...

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March 31, 2020
Gillispie back in Division I close to home at Tarleton State

Billy Gillispie said he had other opportunities to get back in NCAA Division I basketball during a successful stint as a Texas junior college coach. The West Texas native accepted...

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March 31, 2020
WA to get nearly $3 billion from virus stimulus bill

A look at virus-related developments in Washington: STIMULUS MONEY Washington state is set to receive nearly $3 billion from the federal stimulus bill passed to help with the economic hit...

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March 31, 2020
Gov orders non-essential SC businesses closed amid outbreak

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in South Carolina, his latest in a stair-step escalation of measures aimed at quelling the new coronavirus outbreak. The order,...

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March 31, 2020
Little vetoes license-exemption bill for rehab center

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have carved out an exemption allowing a northern Idaho lawmaker's faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center to treat teenagers...

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March 31, 2020
Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark crude oil rose 39 cents to settle at $20.48 a barrel Tuesday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, fell 2 cents to close at $22.74 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline...

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March 31, 2020
NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the...

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March 31, 2020
How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Tuesday, ending the first three months of the year with a decline of 20%, the market's worst quarter since the dark days of the...

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March 31, 2020
Cheshire residents of all ages hold dance party from their doorsteps

Residents of a street in Cheshire have taken part in a dance party from their doorsteps to help “uplift” those in isolation.

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March 31, 2020
Auditors told Florida year after year its unemployment website was a mess. It still is.

State auditors warned Gov. Ron DeSantis last year that Florida's unemployment website was still suffering major problems, including glitches, error messages and other problems that thousands of Floridians are now...

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March 31, 2020
Stocks fall, closing out their worst quarter since 2008

Stocks are down in subdued trading Tuesday, as Wall Street's wraps up its worst quarter of performance since the 2008 financial crisis. The S&P 500 is down in afternoon trading...

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March 31, 2020
North Carolina hospitality industry says 370K out of work

North Carolina's restaurant and hotel operators pleaded Tuesday for state financial aid and tax deadline relief as closings and minimal travel from the new coronavirus have thrown more than 370,000...

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March 31, 2020
A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due. The good news is there is help available. Reach out immediately to...

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March 31, 2020
Ex wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away...

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March 31, 2020
Editorial Roundup:

Here are editorials from newspapers around Illinois. March 29, 2020 The (Champaign) News-Gazette Sausage Making at its worst In a time of national despair, Congress rushed to pass an economic...

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March 31, 2020
NHL extends self-quarantine guideline until April 15

The NHL has extended its guideline for players and staff to self-quarantine until April 15 and it is possible the coronavirus pandemic could push that back even further. Deputy Commissioner...

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March 31, 2020
NASCAR industry steps up to produce PPE’s in COVID-19 crisis

The five 3D printers at NASCAR's Research & Technology center – two delivered in February and installed less than two weeks ago -- are typically focused on composite parts and...

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March 31, 2020
AP exclusive: MLB vets get $4,775 daily during virus outset

Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by...

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March 31, 2020
North and South governments join forces for all-island fight against coronavirus

Ireland and Northern Ireland have agreed to align their emergency responses to growing Covid-19 health crisis.

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March 31, 2020
‘America’s Test Kitchen’ has the recipe to hit season 20

There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There's an upcoming digital...

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March 31, 2020
You can snag this already-affordable soundbar for even less—for now

The JBL Bar Studio 2.0 soundbar is one of our favorites, and right now you can get it on sale for even less.

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March 31, 2020
Coronavirus costs Irish couple €90m as sale price slashed for their Meath fintech firm

The final sale price of Irish fintech firm Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) has been slashed by a third by its Australian buyer, citing Covid-19 economic disruption.

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