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New Jersey Governor Phil Murray announced Saturday he is working with major banks and mortgage lenders to extend a 90-day grace period to residents who are financially impacted by the coronavirus.

Murray announced he is working with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase, and more than 40 other banking institutions and lenders to establish a grace period for mortgages.

In a follow-up tweet, Murray urged banks and landlords to "do the right thing" by not evicting their tenants who can't afford to stay in their homes.

"I urge, and expect, our financial institutions and credit card companies to do the right thing in all areas of their business," he wrote.

"That also means lowering credit card interest rates to reflect the reality many families are living, to waive late fees, and exercise compassion. To every landlord -- now is a time to show some compassion, and to work with your renters to ensure they stay safe. You cannot convict anyone at this time. If you try to, we're not going to take that lightly, and we will male an example out of you for violating the law."

He added:

"This grace period CANNOT and WILL NOT be used to downgrade anyone’s credit rating. Lenders will also waive any late fees, or other costs which would otherwise arise, because of this 90-day grace period."

But not all New Jersey residents are appreciative of the governor's efforts to protect those less fortunate.

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Chinese researchers who analyzed over 72,000 patient records found that the Wuhan coronavirus has been more fatal in men than women.

Covid-19 primarily targets men, elderly, smokers and those with preexisting respiratory or cardiac conditions.

According to SCMP, doctors in central Wuhan are planning to conduct a study of the effects of Covid-19 on the male reproductive system after a smaller study of 81 men found that Covid-19 patients had roughly half the normal levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.

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Researchers analyzed blood samples from 81 men ages 20 to 54 who tested positive for the coronavirus and were hospitalized in January.

Previous studies show that the virus binds to ACE2 receptor cells which are found in the lungs, kidneys and testicles.

Researchers plan a long-term study which may include the collection and analysis of sperm samples as well as interviews with coronavirus patients.

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Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the rest of the Utah Jazz staff have been cleared of the coronavirus by the state's health department.

The team received the good news on Friday. Neither player was hospitalized, though Gobert said he briefly lost his sense of taste and smell.

Mitchell took to his Instagram page to share the happy news with his followers. Even though he is cleared and he can't pass the virus on to others, he said he will stay home to ease the fears of the public.

The NBA cancelled the rest of the season after Gobert tested positive. Mitchell tested positive the next day, while the rest of the Jazz players and staff tested negative.

According to the USA Today, Oklahoma City health officials took 58 tests kits to Utah's Vivant Center to test the players and staff on site because the health department considered it a "public health decision."

Other NBA players who tested positive include 2 unidentified Lakers players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, 3 unidentified Philadelphia 76ers players and 3 unidentified Nets players. The Denver Nuggets also reported one member of their organization tested positive.

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ESPN's sports reporter Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Burke, 54, covers many of ESPN's live basketball broadcasts including the NBA and WNBA playoffs. She has been with the network since 1991.

While chatting on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, Burke revealed she was tested because she has struggled with health problems recently.

Burke warned people to take the virus seriously and to comply with social distancing recommendations.

Burke is the highest profile NBA sports personality to be diagnosed with the disease. She joins 2 unidentified Laker players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and 3 unidentified Nets players.

The NBA canceled its season after Gobert, 27, was the first player to test positive. All of the players have since recovered from the virus.

Covid-19 causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in healthy adults who don't smoke.

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Americans are feeling anxious and scared as over 93,800 cases of coronavirus are confirmed and 1,428 people have died in the US.

The fear and hysteria has led some families to make rash decisions. Comedienne Luenell Campbell is among Americans who are panic-stricken amid the media-driven hysteria.

The 61-year-old kicked her daughter, Da'Nelle Campbell, out of her home after Da'Nelle apparently laughed in her face.

In an emotional post on Instagram, Luenell shared that she banned her daughter from her home for making light of the coronavirus.

"I have to make the best decision for me and my husband who is Already suffering from COPD," she wrote in the caption of her message.

"I'm sure most of the millennials think we are dramatic and overreacting because they're not as 'woke' as they think they are ... Why am I sharing this publicly? Because maybe some of You might want to think of the activities of Your children outside of your house these days as well. The millennials are not listening and not taking proper precautions. This is our LIVES we are talking about people especially if you are in a certain age category. I’m bummed but it is what it is.
#fukthesekids."

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I meant to say it breaks my damn Heart?? not my damn Geart, thats just how emotional I was when making this decision but when you choose ur friends over your Family, I have to make the best decision for me and my husband who is Already suffering from COPD. I’m sure most of the millennials think we are dramatic and overreacting because they’re not as “woke” as they think they are ? Why am I sharing this publicly? Because maybe some of You might want to think of the activities of Your children outside of your house these days as well. The millennials are not listening and not taking proper precautions. This is our LIVES we are talking about people especially if you are in a certain age category. I’m bummed but it is what it is. #fukthesekids ?

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The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives approved President Donald Trump's $2 trillion economic stimulus package on Friday, March 27.

The vote came a day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve the legislation. The president is expected to sign the bill quickly.

The package includes $1,200 checks to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year. Individuals who file as "head of household" will receive $1,200 checks if they earn less than $150,000 a year.

Couples earning up to $150,000 a year will receive $2,400. Families get an additional $500 for each child.

The bill also includes an increase in the maximum unemployment benefit to individuals by $600 a week for four months.

But not all lawmakers were happy with the bill's passage. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Republicans for refusing to give $1,200 checks to immigrants who don't have Social Security numbers.

She tweeted on Thursday:

"To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs). Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon."

AOC's Twitter followers ripped her to shreds.

One Twitter user responded: "Time for them to go home! There's no jobs here for them! Time to put Americans first!!"

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R&B crooner Tank dropped new music to calm his fans in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 44-year-old singer/songwriter locked himself in his home studio and delivered a six-song feel-good EP for R&B lovers.

Tank recorded While You Wait, accompanied only by a piano. He released the album via R&B Money to further his commitment to keeping the R&B genre alive and thriving. The EP is written, produced, and performed by Tank.

Tank states, "When I decided to do this EP, I wanted to give my fans something different and special, given the times we're in. Just my piano and me. I wanted to bring this back to the basics of R&B."

He goes on to say: "'Perfect' honors all things that make a grown man happy with his woman. Even with their perceived flaws...You're perfect for me."

Tank is best known for his chart-topping hits like "Please Don't Go", "Next Breath", "When We", and "Dirty".

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Rapper Scarface has become the latest weed-smoking musician to test positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The 49-year-old Geto Boys star opened up about his diagnosis on Thursday, March 26, during a livestream chat with bandmate Willie D.

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Scarface, real name Brad Terrence Jordan, was twice admitted to the hospital before he tested positive on Wednesday. He revealed he was given an intravenous drip and antibiotics and then discharged, before returning to the emergency room days later.

"It started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs and three or four days later my kidneys failed," he told Willie D. "I've been to the point where I felt I was gonna die."

The rap star, who lived an unhealthy lifestyle, warned fans to take the virus very seriously: "It's not fake," he said. "I'm not all the way out (of) the woods yet. People out there thinking this s**t is a game; it ain't no joke."

Scarface joins Slim Thug, Bon Jovi's David Bryan, Placido Domingo, and Jackson Browne among the musicians who have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in healthy adults who don't smoke.

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Rapper/actor Tip "T.I." Harris has been added to the cast of an upcoming Aretha Franklin TV project, Genius: Aretha. The "ASAP" hitmaker portrays Franklin's one-time lover, fashion designer Ken Cunningham.

Actress Cynthia Erivo will star as the late music icon in Genius: Aretha, an authorized limited TV series that chronicles the life and legacy of the late Queen of Soul.

Although production was halted earlier this month due to the global coronavirus chaos, show officials have unveiled new cast additions.

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T.I., 39, will play socially-conscious New York entrepreneur Cunningham, who approaches Aretha to invest in his fashion business, and ends up embarking on a relationship with the singer.

Cunningham eventually became the singer's road manager, and fathered her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, who was born in April, 1970.

Notorious star Antonique Smith and acting newcomers Tina Fears and Ethan Henry have also been added to the line-up, with Henry set to portray civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The news was released to coincide with what would have been Aretha's 78th birthday on Wednesday, March 25.

Producers at National Geographic Network marked the occasion by releasing a new image of Erivo as the "Respect" legend.

Genius: Aretha, which also stars Courtney B. Vance as the musician's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was due to premiere this spring, but will now launch at a later date.

The TV series isn't the only screen project about Aretha in the works - Jennifer Hudson is also playing Franklin in a new movie biopic, titled Respect, which is set to debut this Christmas.

The biopic was pushed back from its previously-announced October opening, according to Deadline.

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French Montana is facing a sexual battery lawsuit from a woman who alleges he was one of several men who sexually assaulted her at his California home.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, an unnamed woman, who filed the suit as a Jane Doe, is suing the hip-hop star, real name, Karim Kharbouch, a member of his entourage, Mansour Bennouna, and bosses at his label Coke Boy Records.

The lawsuit accuses French and his employee of assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and label chiefs of negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and negligence.

The woman claims she was invited back to the "No Stylist" hitmaker's home after they met at a recording studio in the early hours of March 28, 2018. She claimed she was plied with drinks, including a shot that caused her to black out.

She alleges French's employee "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, and raped" her, and the rapper, "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed" her.

Doe states the rapper and his entourage gang raped her. She remembers "several men coming in and out of the bedroom" and attacking her while she was incapacitated and that she believes French "was one of the men" who sexually assaulted her.

The alleged victim states she "regained consciousness" around 1:30 p.m with Bennouna "spooning" her and that she "felt a pain in her pelvis, lower back and vagina."

The lawsuit states that after leaving the rapper's home, she had a rape kit administered that reportedly showed the presence of semen, after which she reported the rape to the police.

She is seeking unspecified damages for "extreme emotional distress, anxiety, flashbacks and depression" she allegedly experienced and claims the trauma ended her burgeoning career as a model.

WENN has contacted French's representatives regarding the allegations.

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Rihanna surprised fans on Thursday night when she dropped her first new music in three years.

Fans had given up hope that Rihanna would ever step back into the recording booth after she abandoned the music biz to pursue a career in cosmetics and fashion.

The 32-year-old Bajan singer is featured on Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's new track "Believe It." She croons on the chorus: "Babe, best make me believe it / Believe you won't deceive me," while PND praises her "pu$$y power".

The tune is Rihanna's first appearance on the music scene since she teamed up with N.E.R.D. on their track "Lemon" back in November 2017. But she hasn't released any of her own material since she dropped album Anti back in 2016.

Reflecting on Rihanna's "Believe It" appearance, one fan wrote on Twitter: "Rihanna trending #1 in the us and #2 worldwide for repeating 5 words for the entire song is just a power that some girls can never reach."

Another added: "2020 is officially saved. @rihanna made more music."

The track is the second time Rihanna has teamed up with PartyNextDoor, after he co-wrote the tune "Work" for her. "Believe It" is also the first single to be released from the musician's new album Partymobile - his first in four years - which dropped on Thursday at midnight.

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A Missouri man was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat after he recorded himself licking personal hygiene items on a shelf in a Walmart store.

Cody Lee Pfister, 26, posted a video of himself licking a row of deodorants at the Warrenton Walmart on March 11. "Who's scared of coronavirus?" he asked as he licked the items.

Pfister was identified by outraged citizens and arrested on Monday, March 23.

The Warrenton Police Department announced the arrest on its Facebook page, saying police received calls from concerned local residents, as well as foreigners in the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom to report the video.

"We take this incident very seriously, especially with this infectious disease and the state that the country is in," Lt. Justin Unger told NBC News. "We take these things seriously to protect our community."

Pfister's attorney, Patrick J. Coyne, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client's behavior was "immature" and "impulsive" and he shouldn't be treated like a criminal.

That "public conduct that was immature on March 10 looks completely different through the lens of today," Coyne said. "Everything has changed at warp sped, but that should not work retroactively and convert a tasteless and impulsive act into a criminal terrorist threat."

Pfister is being held in jail without bail. He appeared in court Wednesday and his next hearing is set for May.

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Here's a story to take your mind off the coronavirus: Disney Plus released the trailer for "Elephant", narrated by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

The film follows one family of elephants as they make an extraordinary journey across the Kalahari Desert in Africa - an adventure that will change their lives.

The trailer does not feature Meghan's narration, but we all know what she sounds like.

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Meghan and Harry begged Disney chairman Bob Iger to give her a voiceover gig when they met him during the London premiere of the Lion King in July.

Their less than royal behavior was an embarrassment to the royal family and is partly the reason the former royal couple decided to step back from their royal duties to seek fame and fortune on their own.

"Elephant" streams April 3rd on Disney Plus.
 

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Hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic are considering "do not resuscitate" orders to let the sickest patients die so others can live.

Hospitals are struggling with a lack of ICU beds and medical equipment shortages in the hardest hit areas such as New York and California.

Usually a DNR order is a personal decision between the patient's families and their doctors. But hospitals are considering DNR orders for coronavirus patients who are not likely to survive.

"First, do no harm" is the guiding principle for doctors who are tasked with saving lives at all costs. But hospital administrations are debating whether some patients should be removed from ventilators and allowed to die to free up the equipment for patients who have a better chance of survival.

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Dr. Patrice Harris (right), president of the American Medical Association, told Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner the AMA's code of ethics provides guidance to hospitals and doctors about this difficult decision.

"That's the appropriate thing to do," Dr. Harris said. This shouldn't be an individual doctor's decision."

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says hospital intensive care units are "at capacity" during the coronavirus outbreak.

Georgia has confirmed 1,387 coronavirus cases and 7 deaths due to the virus.

Bottoms said intensive care units are struggling to find beds for the sickest patients, partly due to a water main break at Grady, the city's public hospital.

She confirmed Atlanta's hospitals aren't overrun by coronavirus patients, like hospitals in New York City.

"People have to understand that when we overrun our hospitals, people will still come in with heart attacks, people will still have car accidents," she told CBS 46.

"These things that happen every day on top of COVID-19 will make our health care system collapse in the same way you're seeing it in New York and you're seeing it happen across the globe."

Bottoms said hospitals in Atlanta are likely to be "near capacity" as the pandemic grows.

The CDC says people who have mild flu symptoms should avoid going to a hospital unless absolutely necessary.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional