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The International Monetary Fund – which agreed to grant Haiti $ 229 million in loans at zero percent interest before the country's lower house of deputies dismisses Prime Minister Jean Henry C ant on March 18 – said he was on hold.

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^ Trump signs $ 7.8 billion virus bill after rising infections

CORONAVIRUS SPENDING: BLO _ President Donald Trump on Friday signed $ 7.8 billion in emergency spending for coronaviruses after the number of infections continued to rise and stocks ran out fall.

The amount of money provided for in legislation far exceeds Trump's original request – $ 1.25 billion in new funds and $ 1.25 billion from other government health and social programs. Lawmakers have said they expect Congress to have to provide more emergency funds before the virus epidemic calms down.

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^ Hires in the United States increase with 273,000 earnings before being hit by virus

US JOBS: BLO _ Jobs in the United States surged last month with the largest increase since May 2018, indicating that the job market was on a particularly solid foundation before the spread of the coronavirus intensifies.

Payroll rose 273,000 after the revision of the previous month to also reflect a gain of 273,000, according to data from the Labor Department on Friday which beat all forecasts in the Bloomberg survey, which predicted 175 000. The unemployment rate returned to a half-century low of 3.5%, with average hourly wages rising 3% from the previous year.

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^ With "Stay in Mexico" in limbo, Trump administration sends troops to border

BORDER TROOPS: SD _ The Trump administration sends 80 soldiers to the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego and 80 others to El Paso, Texas, to assist border and customs officials United States provides security, officials said Friday.

The move is the result of a decision by a panel of the United States' 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week to temporarily block the administration's "Stay in Mexico" policy, officially known as Migrant. Protection Protocols.

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^ Joe Biden jumped without a lot of money _ but now he's flocking

BIDEN-FUNDRAISING: THE _ The Wednesday evening view from the immaculately landscaped backyard of Sherry Lansing's estate in Bel-Air, with its huge pool and towering birds of paradise, suggested that the old order fundraising was quickly returning in the race for the Democrats. presidential nomination.

Dozens of affluent Angelenos paid $ 2,800 each for the privilege of taking a photo with Joe Biden. They saw Leonardo DiCaprio and mega-millionaire Richard C. Blum.

The home scene of the former head of Paramount Studios, however, barely captured reality on the pitch in this race. This primary campaign has overturned virtually all of the old axioms about how money _ and its proximity _ influence races.

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^ Court of Appeal will likely authorize Trump expulsions

IMMIGRATION-DEPORTATIONS: CON _ A panel of the Federal Court of Appeal in Washington appeared ready Friday to allow the Trump administration to expand an expedited eviction process to a wider range of immigrants who illegally entered the United States.

In argument, a panel of three judges from the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia circuit expressed skepticism that the Department of Homeland Security should follow the process of federal regulation before making the change. The panel will issue a decision at a later date.

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^ The United States will collect DNA from detained migrants and put it in a criminal database

DNA IMMIGRATION: CON _ The Trump administration has confirmed its intention to start collecting DNA samples from migrants in federal detention after attempting to cross the U.S. border.

In a notice issued Friday by the Department of Justice, the administration said its new rule, which takes effect in April, will allow DNA data samples to be shared between federal agencies. The information will be stored in a federal criminal database maintained by the FBI known as the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.

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^ Biden's rising campaign renews attention to Ukrainian probes led by Republicans

GOP-PROBES: BLO _ The resurrection of Joe Biden's presidential campaign also rekindles attention to Republican efforts in the Senate to investigate the son of the former vice president and his work with a company 39; Ukrainian energy.

While President Donald Trump promises to turn Hunter Biden's service on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings into a campaign issue, two GOP committee chairpersons in the Senate continue investigations into the Bidens.

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^ Arrest McGahn? House suspicion of possibility in court filing on subpoenas

CONGRESS-MCGAHN: CON _ The House hinted on Friday that it may be necessary to arrest former White House lawyer Don McGahn and other administrative officials Trump to force federal courts to decide whether subpoena to Congress can be applied against current and former officials in the executive branch.

Attorneys for the House Judiciary Committee made these statements in a petition asking the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia circuit to retry its trial to force McGahn to testify in a investigation into the actions of President Donald Trump.

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^ Bernie Sanders responds to Nazi flag waved at rally, calls it "beyond disgust"

SANDERS-NAZIFLAG: NY _ Bernie Sanders expressed dismay on Friday after an agitator waved a Nazi banner at one of his campaign rallies, calling the incident "disgusting".

The 78-year-old Vermont senator, who is Jewish, said he was stunned by the coup at the Phoenix campaign stop Thursday evening.

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^ Weinstein's decades of abuse exposed in detailed case by Manhattan attorneys

WEINSTEIN: NY _ Manhattan prosecutors detailed a litany of alleged assaults by convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein on Friday _ some go unreported and date back to the 1970s _ urging a judge to impose the maximum possible sentence when the producer disgrace returns to court next week, according to recently filed documents.

In the memo, deputy prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said that prosecutors had learned dozens of disturbing incidents during their two-year investigation – charges that Weinstein had raped, sexually assaulted and verbally abused men and women as he simultaneously climbed to the top of Hollywood.

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^ Boeing had 49 gaps in testing its astronaut capsule before flight failure, according to independent review

NASA-BOEING: OS _ An independent review of the decisions that led to the failure of the Boeing Starliner astronaut capsule test revealed systematic and widespread errors in the legacy company's test procedures and software development , which prompted NASA to become more involved in the agency's commercial human space flight program.

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^ CORONAVIRUS

^ Chinese scientists say there may be a second, more dangerous strain of coronavirus

^ CORONAVIRUS-STRAIN: LA_

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^ Understanding the new coronavirus is essential to finding a way to stop it. Scientists in this laboratory work there

^ CORONAVIRUS-RESEARCH: TB_

Stuck at the end of what looks like a long needle attached to a robot arm, the crystal is barely visible to the naked eye. Nearby, scientists hover around computer screens, observing the magnified crystal as well as brightly colored 3D models of the coronavirus protein.

Researchers came to the Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Purdue University and other academic research institutions to unravel the mysteries of this new strain of the coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19. The data they collect could be used to develop drugs to fight the virus, but any treatment could take at least a year.

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^ Hospital chaos due to shortage of coronavirus tests

CORONAVIRUS-TESTSHORTAGE: THE _ As COVID-19 cases increase, test kits needed to help stem the spread of the disease remain scarce, California health workers report widespread failures in federal response to the growing crisis.

Federal officials have said that nearly a million tests should be available by the end of this week. But in California, one of the hardest hit regions in the country with 60 cases, total testing capacity is limited to just 7,400 over the weekend, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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^ Search for new drugs for COVID-19 faces long chances

CORONAVIRUS-DRUGS: BLO _ Drug manufacturers are rushing to find treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus, but crossing the finish line would mean a long and disheartening story _ and it might not pay off.

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^ A second LAX tester tests positive for coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS-SCREENER: LA _ A second LAX worker tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Friday.

Little details were available about the worker, but Los Angeles County health officials said they still didn't see signs of community spread.

The first LAX worker was confirmed on Tuesday as a carrier of the virus and so far has a mild case and has been isolated, sources said. The person's family members were also tested.

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^ Festival South by Southwest canceled due to fears of a virus

CORONAVIRUS-SXSW: AU _ The South by Southwest Festival, an iconic Austin event that attracts more than 100,000 music, tech and pop culture fans to downtown in March each year, was canceled this year as global fears were growing possible coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, the city of Austin issued an order that effectively forces the cancellation of the event, said Austin mayor Steve Adler at a press conference.

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^ University of Washington suspends in-person classes in response to coronavirus

CMP-CORONAVIRUS-UW-CLASSES-1ST-LEDE: SE _ The University of Washington will cease to meet for courses on campus starting Monday, and officials are asking instructors to hold courses and exams at distance until the winter term ends March 20.

The courses will take place remotely on the three campuses of the university, affecting more than 48,000 students in Seattle, nearly 6,000 in Bothell and approximately 5,300 in Tacoma. The University of Seattle announced similar plans on Friday.

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^ Why the coronavirus epidemic is not likely to be a repeat of the 1918 Spanish flu

CORONAVIRUS-SPANISHFLU: ​​THE _ The number of people infected with the new coronavirus has exceeded 100,000 worldwide and deaths have been recorded in 18 countries and territories. Health experts say COVID-19 is more deadly than seasonal flu.

But some experts say that based on what is currently known, there is no sign that it will be as catastrophic as the worst pandemic in recent memory: the Spanish flu of 1918.

We don't know for sure, but at this point, "I think it's nowhere near as bad as 1918," said Dr. James Cherry, an infectious disease expert at UCLA.

The 1918 flu is the quintessential pandemic, which is said to have killed 50 million people worldwide and 675,000 in the United States, and is the one that public health teachers teach students to show just how much disease can spread.

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^ 3 UCLA students are tested for coronavirus and are in self-isolation off campus

CORONAVIRUS-UCLA: THE _ Three UCLA students are tested for coronavirus by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said chancellor Gene Block of UCLA to students in an early message Friday morning.

Students self-isolate off campus. Block did not disclose their relationship or possible link to an exhibit.

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^ Trump adviser Kudlow says avoid Seattle after virus outbreak

CORONAVIRUS-WHITEHOUSE: BLO _ President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Americans should avoid traveling to Seattle after an epidemic of coronavirus in the region.

"This would be a place to avoid for the moment," said Kudlow on Friday.

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^ Here's where taxpayer dollars will go from the coronavirus package Trump just signed

CORONAVIRUS-AID-EXPLAINER: THE _ President Donald Trump signed an $ 8.3 billion bipartisan aid plan to develop a coronavirus vaccine and help states fight the spread of the disease .

Congress approved the emergency spending bill earlier this week, several times the $ 2.5 billion the Trump administration had originally asked for and a little less than the chief $ 8.5 billion Senate minority Charles E. Schumer, DN.Y. had proposed as a counter offer.

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^ Preparing for coronavirus: California survival and camping companies inundated with orders

^ CORONAVIRUS PREPARATION: SA_

"Everything is going about as fast as possible," said Boyle.

Stocking up on foods with a long shelf life is no longer just for campers _ or survivors _. The coronavirus and COVID-19 epidemic has boosted demand for a wide range of food products. Buyers storm Costco, Winco and other grocery stores, cleaning bottled water supplies, canned goods and other "shelf stable" items.

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^ No, you can't use Tito's vodka to make homemade hand sanitizer

CORONAVIRUS-VODKA: DA _ Vodka is a sought after remedy for many things, but the lack of hand sanitizer caused by the panic of coronaviruses forces a brand of Texas vodka to clarify its limits.

Austin, Texas Tito vodka seems to have recently spent time informing a number of Twitter fans that its spirits do not contain enough alcohol to repel germs.

"As soon as we saw the incorrect articles and social posts, we wanted to set the record straight," a Tito spokesperson said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. "While it is good for business that our fans use massive amounts of Tito for the hand sanitizer, it would be a shame to waste the good stuff, especially if they don't disinfect (which doesn’t is not the case, according to the CDC). "

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^ California schools face the coronavirus: closings, deep cleansing and anxious issues

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF SCHOOLS: THE _ With the spread of the coronavirus in California, schools are starting to feel the effects of the virus that has sickened dozens of people across the state and killed at least one person.

There have been no widespread school closings in the state, but authorities are taking steps to close and clean up schools where there is a possibility of virus contamination.

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^ Cruise lines can cancel without losing money amid fears of coronaviruses

CORONAVIRUS-CRUISES-CANCELLATIONS: THE _ Cruise companies allow passengers fearing a coronavirus epidemic to cancel their trip without paying penalties. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea will allow travelers to cancel up to 48 hours before departure and receive full credit for cruises later this year or in 2021.

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^ ENTERTAINMENT

^ Coronavirus issues put an end to these entertainment events

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In recent weeks, film releases, film festivals, concerts and other events involving public crowds and international travel have suffered from the spread of COVID-19 respiratory disease. Even the venerable South by Southwest multimedia festival in Austin, Texas was canceled on Friday.

From "The Amazing Race" and "Sonic the Hedgehog" to the Louvre and Hong Kong Disneyland, here is an overview of what has been affected by coronavirus in the world.

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^ Hollywood's problems in China go beyond the coronavirus, says author

^ FILM-HOLLYWOOD-CHINA: BLO_

According to Chris Fenton, former president of film producer DMG Entertainment, who worked on "Looper" and "Iron Man 3," the "trillion dollar dilemma" for American businesses is how to thrive in China. without undermining their values ​​at home. Fenton explores this challenge in a new book, "Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business", which will be released on July 28.

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^ Comment: Watch & # 39; Contagion & # 39; will make you panic amid fears of coronaviruses, but it's worth it

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The 2011 film will scare you in soap and water. This makes this precaution as urgent as the inevitable moment of a horror film where viewers want to shout on the screen: "Get out of the house now!"

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^ Coronavirus fallout: directors from Japan, Italy and France cancel March appearances in Chicago

FILM-CORONAVIRUS-CHICAGO: TB _ With the worldwide spread of the coronavirus sending numerous artistic and cultural gatherings of the world in a fall of uncertainty, Chicago has its own setbacks related to COVID-19.

The Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday confirmed that famed Japanese director and director Hirokazu Kore-eda had canceled plans to travel to Chicago for a tribute on March 15. Kore-eda was to receive the prize for artistic achievement of the festival before the screening of his new film "The Truth", with Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche.

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^ Review: & # 39; Come and See & # 39;, the most surreal and devastating war film, remains a staple on the big screen

^ COME-SEE-MOVIE-REVIEW: LA_

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^ The last weapon of the war against the coronavirus? Songs you can sing and dance to

^ MUS-CORONAVIRUS-SONGS: LA_

Some are parodies and have racist or xenophobic lyrics that play stereotypes about Asian culture, but others serve as public service announcements on how to keep the virus at bay.

From China to Vietnam via the Dominican Republic and Mexico, here are some songs inspired by the coronavirus.

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^ OP-ED

^ Comment: A peace deal with the Taliban at what cost?

^ USTALIBAN-COMMENTARY: LA_

The chaining and opacity of this process sounded the alarm from the start, but many members of the international community were convinced that any agreement signed by the United States with the Taliban would not relaunch another cycle of violence or a return to serious human rights abuses and oppression of women. which has already happened under Taliban rule.

It was before I saw the terms of the deal. It is now clear that the plan contains no meaningful provision for the protection of women and the constitutional rights that underpin it.

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^ Danny Westneat: & # 39; Press 3 for coronavirus: & # 39; Even a woman at the epicenter of the epidemic can't get through the bureaucracy to get tested

WESTNEAT-COLUMN: SE _ When state and county officials announced last weekend that they were taking extraordinary measures to contain the new coronavirus, Kathy Jackson thought she had news that would interest them.

She is a salesperson for a company that serves nursing homes. Last Friday, she was touring Easttside and visited five of the facilities _ including the Life Care Center in Kirkland, which turned out to be the epicenter of the epidemic the following day. of the disease in America.

Two days later, Sunday, Jackson also fell ill. Fever, cough, shortness of breath – symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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^ SPORTS

^ Cancellation of coronavirus from Ski World Cup finals could cost Mikaela Shiffrin the title

^ SKI-WORLDCUP-CORONAVIRUS: LA_

The American skier saw her chances diminish on Friday with the cancellation of the next World Cup finals in Italy.

There had been some hope of continuing the event at Cortina d & # 39; Ampezzo later this month, but without fans. But an Italian official said that other countries represented on the emergency council of the international ski federation were concerned about the sending of athletes to the region, which was particularly affected by the epidemic.

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^ BNP Paribas Open to offer fans reimbursements amid a coronavirus epidemic

TEN-INDIANWELLS-CORONAVIRUS: _ Organized interaction between players and fans at the BNP Paribas Open will be limited and players will be required to manage their own towels without the help of the children of the ball, announced Friday the organizers by announcing additional actions to keep players, fans and volunteers safe from the coronavirus. A chair will be placed at the back of the field for players to place their towels during each match.

The main draw for the tournament will start on Wednesday.

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