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‘Star Wars’ loses two original “family members” due to COVID-19

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — Star Wars superfans are mourning the losses of former sound engineer Ken Nightingall and publicist Charles Lippincott.  Nightingall, 90, passed away due to COVID-19, according to his son. Lippincott, 80, died in a Vermont hospital after suffering a heart attack, but while confirming his death, his wife listed him as among the “90,000 plus” who’d died from the virus. Nightingall’s name was relatively unknown to …

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Survey says two in three locked-down Americans can’t remember the last time they wore real pants

iStock/SeanShot(NEW YORK) — With millions of people working from home due to COVID-19, “workplace casual” has taken on a whole new meaning: A new survey says two in three Americans can’t remember the last time they actually wore real pants.  Four in five respondents said their nine-to-five uniform is now either PJs or other comfy clothes.   The non-scientific survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned …

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Another 2.4 million apply for unemployment as pandemic keeps businesses closed

glegorly/iStock(NEW YORK) — An additional 2,438,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits the week ending May 16, according to numbers released this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The number represents a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week’s numbers, which were revised down by 294,000, from 2,981,000 to 2,687,000.  Some 38.6 million Americans have now applied for unemployment benefits …

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Stylists stage Operation Haircut to protest Michigan’s strict lockdown orders

Photo by Elaine Cromie/Getty Images(MICHIGAN) — The growing protest against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s strict COVID-19 lockdown orders got downright snippy Wednesday, when dozens of stylists showed up to the state capital to perform al fresco cuts as an act of civil disobedience that’s been dubbed Operation Haircut. Over the past month, thousands of Michiganders have rallied against Whitmer’s prohibitions, which prevent …

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Gonna stream now! Sylvester Stallone is hosting a livestream of ‘Rocky’ on Facebook tonight for COVID charity

Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage (NEW YORK) — For those of you who’ve wished they could watch Rocky with the Italian Stallion himself, wish no more: Sylvester Stallone is hosting an online watch party of his Oscar-winning film on Facebook this evening.  At 7 p.m. Eastern time, you’ll be able to watch and chat along with Sly live on movie studio MGM’s Facebook page — …

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Global COVID-19 infections now exceed five million

onurdongel/iStock(NEW YORK) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide has now exceeded five million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  That increase represents a jump of 106,000 cases in 24 hours, which is the largest single-day increase since the pandemic first originated in Wuhan, China, said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a Wednesday statement.  The number of …

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Korean soccer team fills empty stadium with WHAT amid COVID-19 pandemic?

JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images(SEOUL) — What could possibly be wrong with a soccer stadium full of polite fans, tastefully dressed in their home team’s respective colors, wearing masks and practicing proper social distancing?  Nothing — unless they’re sex dolls. That stunt drew South Korea’s FC Seoul soccer club a fine of $81,410 from the Korea Professional Football League on Wednesday — the most the …

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COVID-19 cases spike worldwide in highest one-day increase

iStock/ffikretow  (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Over the span of 24 hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe jumped by 106,000.  That is the singular largest day increase since the pandemic first originated in Wuhan, China, says WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a Wednesday statement.  Roughly two thirds of all the new cases originated in four separate countries. Dr. Ghebreyesus also said …

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COVID-19 cases spike worldwide in highest 1-day increase

iStock/ffikretow By MEGAN STONE, ABC News (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Over the span of 24 hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe jumped by 106,000.  That is the singular largest day increase since the pandemic first originated in Wuhan, China, says WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a Wednesday statement.  Roughly two thirds of all the new cases originated in four …

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Survey says nearly half of Americans fear they won’t get their pre-quarantine bodies back

iStock/spukkato iStock/spukkato (LOS ANGELES) — As scientists battle COVID-19, millions of Americans in lockdown are finding themselves losing the battle of the bulge. The need for comfort food, coupled with increased alcohol intake and the fact that thousands of gyms are still shuttered, has led to the average American gaining nearly five pounds since the quarantines began, reveals a poll commissioned by …

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