The Health 202: Coronavirus relief proposal on Capitol Hill would put billions toward vaccine distribution

Of the $908 billion proposal, $16 billion would go toward vaccines, testing and contact tracing.

The package has a growing number of Democratic and Republican backers, after a bipartisan group led by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) rolled out the compromise measure earlier this week. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have both said it should be used as the basis for negotiations, renewing hopes for fresh aid for small businesses, state and local government, unemployment benefits, and dozens of other priorities. A number of Senate Republicans also signaled openness to the package yesterday.

But it’s far from final: “Although there has been a sudden burst of bipartisan momentum for the package since Tuesday, it remains an incomplete legislative proposal that has not been drafted as a formal piece of legislation yet,” Jeff Stein, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim report. “Still, the rapid mobilization

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From a players’ perspective, Bruce Arena was just what the Revolution needed

From his youngest players to some of the club’s most senior members, Revolution coach Bruce Arena has been getting the most out of his talent.

After taking over a 2-8-2 team last May, Arena has the Revolution in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2014, where New England will face the host Columbus Crew at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mapfre Stadium.

On Wednesday, homegrown midfielder Scott Caldwell and second-year defender DeJuan Jones spoke about Arena’s impact on the club.

“Ever since Day One [Arena has] brought a sense of success from his history — something that we can really rely on and learn from,” said Caldwell, who assisted on Charlie Davies’ 70th-minute goal in the 2014 Eastern Conference final.

New England's DeJuan Jones likes the way Bruce Arena has handled the team.
New England’s DeJuan Jones likes the way Bruce Arena has handled the team.Stew Milne/Associated Press

“He’s really done a nice job in player management

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College Football Playoff impact games include Clemson, Texas A&M,


SportsPulse: Dan Wolken reacts to the second College Football Playoff rankings and believes Ohio State can get into the playoff without qualifying for the Big Ten championship game given the committee’s track record.


It would take some truly wild happenings to alter the playoff picture at this late stage, but truly crazy happenings have been part and parcel in college football for decades.

Even bearing that in mind, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame aren’t likely to be knocked from their perches this weekend. The Crimson Tide’s once-anticipated date with LSU is now a mere footnote thanks to the Tigers’ 2020 tumble, and the Fighting Irish host 1-9 Syracuse in what amounts to a tune-up for the ACC title game in two weeks.

We’ll turn our attention to the quest for the remaining coveted spots among the top four around the power leagues.

Here are

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Kentucky, Duke off to ugly starts in college basketball season



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The men’s college basketball season is finishing its first week following a wobbly start due to concerns and issues related to the coronavirus.  

As expected, scheduling issues will be a theme in the early stretch, as several Top 25 teams have been forced to postpone or reschedule games due to positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and quarantining. The NCAA tournament selection committee will have perhaps its most challenging assessment ever as a result of this season’s scattered schedules and potentially unbalanced schedules. 

Nevertheless, college basketball is back.

Here’s a look at four big-name teams that have struggled through a tough first week. 

1. Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks with guard Terrence Clarke (5) in the second half against the Richmond Spiders at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. (Photo: Jordan Prather, USA TODAY Sports)

The Wildcats (1-2) lost

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This Is the Ultimate Gift for the Fitness Lover in Your Life

This article was produced in partnership with WHOOP. 

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WHOOP Strap 3.0

If you’re shopping for the fitness lover in your life, the WHOOP strap really can’t be beat. Fitness is often a numbers game: How fast did you run? How far did you ride? How many pounds did you lift? What gets lost in pursuit of those numbers, though, is how well you recover. After all, that’s where the magic happens—when the body’s immune system repairs the micro tears in the muscles caused by exercise, which helps build them back stronger than before.

As recovery has become one of the fitness industry’s biggest buzzwords, technology has risen to meet the occasion. Wearables (the top fitness trend of 2020, according to an annual report by the American College of Sports Medicine) no longer track just steps and calories burned, but recovery time, energy reserves, and stress levels

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Remembering the forgotten Black heroes of baseball

Ask anyone who the original baseball great is and they’ll tell you the same name: Babe Ruth.

Earlier this year, MLB teams wore Negro National League throwback jerseys with a badge commemorating the centennary of the league.

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Earlier this year, MLB teams wore Negro National League throwback jerseys with a badge commemorating the centennary of the league.

A seven-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and a 12-time American League (AL) home run leader, Ruth played in Major League Baseball from the age of 19 until he was 40.

a group of baseball players posing for a photo: Under the ownership and management of Rube Foster, the Chicago American Giants won the first three Negro National League championships from 1920-22.

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Under the ownership and management of Rube Foster, the Chicago American Giants won the first three Negro National League championships from 1920-22.

Ruth was a vaulted star of baseball, the first great sports star in American history. He was baseball’s Michael Jordan before the Chicago Bulls great’s father was even born.

He is undoubtedly a great of the game, yet he played at a

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South Africa v England first ODI called off at last minute after Covid positive

The first one-day international between South Africa and England at Newlands was called off just an hour before the start of play on Friday after a member of the home team’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.

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Both squads underwent their latest round of testing on Thursday and, following the emergence of a positive result among the South Africa squad, a decision was made to move the start of the three-match series to Sunday in Paarl.

Related: Joe Root: ‘We can build up to the Ashes – there’s no excuse this time’

The second match will now be staged on Monday before the final fixture on Wednesday, both of which are due to take place at Newlands. It represents the third positive test result among the 24-man South Africa squad since the start of the tour.

a group of people in a field with a mountain in the background: A beautiful backdrop but no play at Newlands.

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Alicia Keys Has Finally Launched Her Lifestyle Beauty Brand ‘Keys Soulcare’

Alicia Keys looking at the camera: Alicia Keys is launching her own lifestyle beauty brand with e.l.f Beauty, 'Keys Soulcare'.

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Alicia Keys is launching her own lifestyle beauty brand with e.l.f Beauty, ‘Keys Soulcare’.

Update 04/12/20:

After much mystery, Alicia Keys has finally given us a sneak peak of the products she’ll be launching with for Keys Soulcare’s debut drop.

The singer blessed us with an Instagram tutorial of sorts to take us through the first launches for her namesake beauty and wellness brand, and we weren’t disappointed.

First up, there’s the candle (yes, we do need another candle). Keys calls it ‘the signature scent’ featuring notes of sage and oat milk, which sounds good enough to eat. Burning sage is a well known ancient spiritual ritual so it seems fitting that the herb be a part of the brand’s signature scent. Keys advised her followers to light the candle whilst repeating the mantra: ‘I shine at full wattage’ for the full feel good experience.


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Australia fall short in run chase as India open T20 series with 11-run win | Australia cricket team

Justin Langer clashed with match referee David Boon before a controversial concussion substitution allowed Yuzvendra Chahal to spin India to victory in the opening Twenty20 international.

In a dramatic match at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, Australia fell 11 runs short of India’s 161-7 – with the loss added to by a leg injury suffered by captain Aaron Finch. Australia’s chase stumbled after a 56-run opening stand between Finch and D’Arcy Short, with Chahal taking 3-25 to be named man of the match.

After starting the game on the bench, Chahal was brought in to the match as a concussion replacement for Ravindra Jadeja at the change of innings. Jadeja top edged a Mitchell Starc bouncer into his helmet while batting in the final over of India’s innings, but did not receive an on-field assessment.

Under the ICC’s rules, a doctor does not have to come on to the field immediately but

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Researchers create ingredients to produce food by 3-D printing

Researchers create ingredients to produce food by 3D printing
Food engineers in Brazil and France developed gels based on modified starch for use as “ink” to make foods and novel materials by additive manufacturing. Credit: Bianca C. Maniglia / USP

It is already possible to produce food with a 3-D printer, potentially delivering products that suit consumer preferences regarding taste, texture, cost, convenience and nutrition. In the near future, it will be possible to produce food with personalized shapes, textures, flavors and colors considered attractive and healthy for children and the elderly, for example.

A group of researchers at the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ-USP) in Brazil, partnering with colleagues in France at Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering (Oniris) and the National Institute for Research on Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), have made strides toward achieving this goal. They are developing hydrogels based on modified starch for use

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