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Record-shattering 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment due to COVID-19 pandemic

iStock/Gwengoat(NEW YORK) — As COVID-19 tightens its stranglehold on the American economy, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that an additional 6,648,000 people filed for unemployment in the week ending March 28.  This is roughly three million more cases since last week’s report. The previous high, before the COVID-19 pandemic, was set in 1982 with 695,000. The pandemic has …

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Care.com offering “virtual babysitting” for parents working from home

iStock/fizkes(NEW YORK) — Having a tough time working from home and wrangling your kids? Why not try virtual babysitting? Care.com is making it possible for parents to hire a childcare worker to play with and entertain their kids for a few hours …online. All you have to do is sign up for Care.com account, note your preference for “virtual babysitting,” …

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Oprah Winfrey donates $10M to COVID-19 relief organizations

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah Winfrey has ponied up big time to try to help those battling the COVID-19 pandemic, to the tune of ten million bucks. She revealed on Instagram that she’ll give a million-dollar donation to the charity America’s Food Fund (AFF), and nine million dollars will be distributed to various coronavirus relief organizations.  AFF was launched by Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple and the …

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ flying to new release date amid COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Scott Garfield. © 2019 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — For fans eager to feel the need for speed with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, you’re going to have to wait a little longer.  The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit had already been bumped a year to June 23, 2020, to accommodate the movie’s flying sequences.  It’s now …

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Showtime delays Don Cheadle’s ‘Black Monday’, moves up ‘The Chi’ in response to COVID-19

Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) — Showtime is making some major scheduling changes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The premium cable channel announced on Wednesday that the Don Cheadle and Regina Hall-led comedy Black Monday will have to air its upcoming episodes in two parts due to the show’s production delays. The series will now air its first six episodes starting …

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Sophie Turner calls Joe Jonas a “psychopath” for wearing jeans while in quarantine

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Sophie Turner is staying inside with her husband Joe Jonas during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it seems the two are having a little disagreement when it comes to his quarantining style.   The topic came up during an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s COVID-19 version of his TBS talk show, Conan at Home, on Wednesday, in which she labeled Jonas a “psychopath” …

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In birth announcement, Rachel Bloom mentions collaborator Adam Schlesinger, who died of COVID-19

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Rachel Bloom’s baby girl is finally here.  The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress, along with husband Dan Gregor, showed off their new bundle of joy on Wednesday. “She’s here. She’s home,” captioned a relieved Bloom as she shared an adorable photo of her snuggling her newborn.  “Having a baby in the NICU during a pandemic while a dear friend was in the hospital 3,000 miles …

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On ‘Kimmel’, Samuel L. Jackson reads COVID-19 bedtime story, ‘Stay the F*** at Home’

ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Samuel L. Jackson, the man who years ago so memorably narrated that children’s book for snooze-deprived parents, Go the F*** to Sleep, has a new fable for the age of coronavirus: Stay the F*** at Home.  Jackson, appearing from his home theater via video on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, read the children’s book sequel, which stressed, as only the Pulp Fiction Oscar …

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What are the long-term effects of COVID-19?

Branimir76/iStock(NEW YORK) — More than 202,000 people from the 952,171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered so far, and medical professionals are now able to begin observing the long-term effects of the virus. China reports that 80 percent of its COVID-19 cases were mild and most patients who recovered from the illness had “no lasting effect.”  But Dr. Shu-Yuan Xiao, …

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