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Florida game shop owner arrested for violating lockdown: deputies

The owner of a Florida gaming shop was arrested for flouting a “safer-at-home” order multiple times while selling collectible card games to customers, authorities said. Galen Trent Wood, who runs Kitchen Table Games in Pinellas Park, was taken into custody Thursday at his business following multiple complaints that the store was still open despite being …

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Temperature Checks at the Shoe Store? Social Distancing While Browsing for Handbags?

Salespeople taking the temperatures of customers before they can enter stores. Strict limits on the number of shoppers allowed to browse the aisles. Hospital-grade disinfection of any surface on which someone might lay a hand. These are some of the measures that Rod Yates envisions for the reopening of his sprawling outlet mall near Omaha, …

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Supplies sent to Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island following complaints from staffers

Following alarming claims of shortages, masks and other supplies were delivered Thursday to a city hospital on Roosevelt Island being used to treat[1] COVID-19 patients. Last week, staffers at Coler Specialty Hospital put out an urgent[2] video on YouTube complaining they were given cheap masks, not the more protective N95 masks. “The reality is this …

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Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders

While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus[1] pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and the labeling of some workers as “essential” arbitrary. “It enrages something inside of you,” said Ackison, who was among those who protested …

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Instagram star ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ catches coronavirus in Iranian jail

A human rights organization says that a jailed Iranian Instagram star[1] — known for her transformation into a “zombie Angelina Jolie” — is currently on a ventilator after contracting the coronavirus in custody. Lawyers for Fatemeh Khishvand, known on Instagram as “Sahar Tabar,” had asked for her to be released amid the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, …

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China’s Economy Shrinks, Ending a Nearly Half Century of Growth

BEIJING — The coronavirus outbreak has brought China’s extraordinary, nearly half-century-long run of growth[1] to an end — a stark reminder of the enormous task ahead for world leaders trying to restart the global economy. Chinese officials on Friday said that the world’s second-largest economy shrank 6.8 percent in the first three months of the …

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Ireland to quadruple WHO contributions after US halts funding

Ireland plans to quadruple its contributions to the World Health Organization after President Trump’s suspension of US funding amid the global coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday. The country will raise funding to more than $10 million next year, pending a review, according to Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. “#Ireland …

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