Washington, DC (CNN) As states around the country issue "stay-at-home" orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, firearm and ammunition retailers have been designated an "essential service," according to updated guidance from the federal government. "Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion," the advisory states. The Covid-19 health crisis has prompted at least 30 states and the District of Columbia to issue stay-at-home orders that force the closure of "non-essential services." Firearm retailers haven't been specifically mentioned in some states' lists of essential businesses, so they're assumed to be non-essential. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued a similar order Monday, the second time he has deemed gun stores as an essential business after ordering them closed last week.
April 01, 2020 19:25 UTC
(CNN) For the first time since the final space shuttle mission in 2011, astronauts will launch into space aboard an American rocket and spacecraft from American soil, according to NASA. The agency, along with SpaceX, is eyeing a mid-to-late May launch for the manned SpaceX Demo-2 flight test from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All NASA centers are currently operating with non-mission-essential work occurring remotely, which limits employee contact with the crew, according to the agency. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are expected to be on the May flight test in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. Flight control teams for NASA and SpaceX in Florida, Texas and California have also been simulating different aspects of the mission to practice ahead of the Demo-2 launch.
April 01, 2020 19:25 UTC
I’m Shira Ovide (pronounced OH-vee-day), and I’ll be your guide each weekday to how technology is transforming our lives and world — for better or worse. I’ve been writing about technology for the better part of a decade. There will be pieces about how technology is helping us stay close and protected — or not — during the pandemic. There will be insights into how big technology companies are dealing with our changing online lives. There will be tales of people doing the best they can with virtual life.
April 01, 2020 19:24 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO — The spread of the coronavirus has meant feast or famine for technology start-ups. One of the lucky ones is Notion, a workplace productivity start-up based in San Francisco, whose tools help people organize and track their work. With more people working remotely now and turning to such products, new customer sign-ups hit a new high for Notion in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Notion said it raised $50 million from Index Ventures and other investors that valued it at $2 billion. The fund-raising was completed in 36 hours last week after the virus pushed Ivan Zhao, Notion’s founder and chief executive, and Akshay Kothari, Notion’s chief operating officer, to rethink their previous position of not relying too much on venture capital.
April 01, 2020 19:24 UTC
HCA Healthcare Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospital operators, has closed clinics and outpatient facilities and cut employees’ hours. A family-medicine practice in Dallas furloughed a third of its staff. A major 48-hospital nonprofit system will put 700 workers on temporary leave. Amid a pandemic that has sickened thousands in the U.S., many hospitals and doctors are grappling with an unexpected side effect: a financial squeeze that could deplete the health-care resources needed to meet local surges in cases and threatens...
April 01, 2020 19:18 UTC
Matters got testy on “The View” between Whoopi Goldberg and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday’s show. Goldberg pressed Sanders on exactly what sort of scenario could culminate in the presidential nomination for him. “I’m told that you intend to stay in this race because you believe there is a path to victory. “That’s not quite accurate, I worked as hard as I could to, for Hillary Clinton,” he said. Goldberg wondered if it might be “smarter” to focus on the stimulus measure than the presidential race instead of splitting his time on a presidential campaign.
April 01, 2020 19:18 UTC
The head of New York City’s teacher’s union is backing a recent order by state officials requiring educators to work through April’s previously scheduled spring break, help in the effort to ensure the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t spread. But United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew informed 116,000 union members Tuesday that their break, which was supposed to last from April 9 to April 17, would be shortened to just April 9 and 10. “I know that many of you were upset and you feel that it isn’t fair,” he told members in a video released Tuesday evening, citing concerns among Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials that a spring break could undermine the effort to contain novel coronavirus. STAY INFORMED Get a coronavirus briefing six days a week, and a weekly Health newsletter once the crisis abates: Sign up here.
April 01, 2020 19:14 UTC
Between existing streaming platforms ( Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV) and dozens of new ones (what’s Pluto?) The Wall Street Journal is distilling the most compelling movies and series, from across time and platforms. Then we will recommend what to watch based on a rotating series of sources. In fact, there’s a whole movie subgenre in which scientists see doom approaching, scramble to warn the public, and get ignored by authorities until very bad things happen. ‘San Andreas,’ 2015(iTunes, Amazon, Vudu; subscription: Fubo, TNT)The scientist: Paul Giamatti as seismologist Lawrence HayesThe threat: Following an earthquake that destroys Hoover Dam, more powerful quakes could strike California.
April 01, 2020 19:13 UTC
Mr. Glezos was imprisoned in 1943 by Italian occupation forces and again in 1944 by Greek collaborators with the Germans, enduring a beating when he tried to escape. After World War II, during the four-year Greek civil war between the government and Communist revolutionary forces, Mr. Glezos, a Communist partisan, received two more death sentences. Manolis Glezos was born on Sept. 9, 1922, in Apeiranthos, a village on the island of Naxos in the South Aegean Sea. His father, Nikolaos Glezos, died two years after Manolis was born; his mother was Andromachi Nafpliotou. After a military government came to power in 1967, Mr. Glezos, now out of prison, was arrested yet again and this time exiled.
April 01, 2020 19:07 UTC
Louisiana has seen "several hundred" cases of price gouging, according to state Attorney General Jeff Landry, as states work to keep essential supply lines open and fair during the coronavirus pandemic. But prosecuting price gouging during an epidemic rather than a natural disaster like a hurricane presents unique challenges, Landry said. "Price gouging has certainly become something that’s a subjective test … from an enforcement standpoint," Landry said. "When you have natural disasters it’s much easier to prove price gouging" because the emergency is only happening in one specific location. Landry also complimented big online platforms for doing their best to crack down on sellers who were price gouging.
April 01, 2020 19:02 UTC
A new national poll is the latest to show Joe Biden with the edge over President Trump in the all-but-certain November general election showdown. But in a potentially troubling sign for the former vice president and de facto Democratic nominee, the survey also indicates that Trump supporters are much more committed to voting for their candidate than Biden backers. Biden edged Trump 49-47 percent in an ABC News/Washington Post survey conducted March 22-24 and topped the president 49-40 percent in a Fox News poll in the field March 21-24. But looking past the topline numbers, the Grinnell survey indicates that 82 percent of likely voters who said they’ll support Trump say their minds are made up. The Grinnell College national poll was conducted by live telephone operators – with 777 likely voters questioned.
April 01, 2020 18:50 UTC
Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. A Russian-drafted resolution on the coronavirus under consideration at the U.N. General Assembly takes a number of thinly veiled shots at the U.S., while ignoring the Chinese origins of the pandemic -- despite a U.S. push to highlight that aspect. But given that the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) is not meeting right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, rules for voting have changed. UN DONATES 250,000 MASKS TO NEW YORK TO HELP WITH CORONAVIRUS CRISISThe Russian-drafted text also makes no reference to China, or that the virus originated in Wuhan. China has also faced some skepticism over the number of coronavirus cases and deaths tied to the virus being reported.
April 01, 2020 18:45 UTC
As health care workers here track the horror unfolding in New York City, where hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and deaths are increasing, they are girding for a similar surge to hit Los Angeles. “I was asked by a reporter today, ‘Is Los Angeles the next New York?’” Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles said last week. When a surge arrives, Los Angeles County emergency management officials say they plan to spread patients out among all the county’s acute care hospitals, meaning that where you live may not necessarily dictate where you end up. M.L.K., with fewer resources, hasn’t been able to move as fast on in-house testing, and still relies on commercial labs. As one of Los Angeles County’s largest hospitals, Cedars-Sinai, with its Level I trauma center and 886 beds, will most likely bear much of the brunt, both in terms of numbers and severity of cases.
April 01, 2020 18:41 UTC
As coronavirus cases have jumped in recent days, China misled the world by purposely underreporting its numbers of patients and deaths, three U.S. intelligence officials say. In a classified report sent to the White House, the officials said that China's public record of COVID-19 infections was deliberately deceptive and incomplete. CORONAVIRUS IS LATEST IN CHINA'S HISTORY OF TRYING TO COVER UP NEGATIVE INFOSince the beginning of the pandemic, China has been accused of multiple coverups. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPA U.N. report released Wednesday praised China for sharing the genetic sequence of COVID-19. On Wednesday, there were more than 847,081 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world.
April 01, 2020 18:38 UTC
A roughly €458 million ($505 million) European mutual fund with investments managed by London-based Selwood Asset Management LLP has imposed a levy on shareholders trying to exit from the fund, showing how reduced liquidity in credit markets continues to hurt investors. The credit-focused fund instituted the penalty on redemptions in order...
April 01, 2020 18:31 UTC