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Pink has recovered from COVID-19, is making $1 million donation: "This illness is serious and real"

Andrew MacPhersonFirst, the bad news: Two weeks ago, Pink tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the good news: She's recovered, and now her test results are negative.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the singer writes, "Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago, we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative."

Pink then goes on to criticize the government's response to the pandemic.

"It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real," she writes.

"People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities."

The "What About Us" star then announces that she's donating $500,000 to Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in honor of her mom, who worked there for 18 years, and another $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

Pink finishes her note by thanking "all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones."

"You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home," she writes.


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COVID-19 changes: Disney shuffles Marvel slate, 'Indiana Jones 5', others

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney has announced a host of changes to its upcoming movie release schedule because of the COVID-19 crisis.

The moves affect nearly all of its properties, from Marvel heroes like Black Widow and The Eternals, to the man in the hat, Indiana Jones.

The young adult book adaptation Artemis Fowl, which was to hit theaters May 29, will debut instead on Disney .

Disney's Mulan has been bumped to July 24, 2020, which was when Dwayne Johnson's Jungle Cruise was to open.  That film will be bumped to July 20, 2021, though Mulan's new date hinges on whether theaters will be back up and running by then.

In the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Scarlett Johansson's stand-alone adventure Black Widow, which was set to open next month, will now open November 6; that date was formerly occupied by The Eternals, which has been shifted to February 12, 2021. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will debut on May 7, 2021; Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will open Nov. 5, 2021; and Thor: Love and Thunder will now hit theaters Feb. 18, 2022.

The sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel have also been moved, to May 6, 2022, and July 8, 2022, respectively. 

Indiana Jones 5, which has yet to start production, was bumped from a summer, 2021 date to July 29, 2022.

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Indian police wear coronavirus-shaped helmets to spread COVID-19 awareness

NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images(HYDERABAD, INDIA) -- They say if you can't beat them, join them, and that seems to be the motto police in India have taken to heart. 

The South Asian country, like many around the globe, is doing what it can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. That apparently includes raising awareness by dressing up as the virus itself. 

Authorities in cities across India have been sporting spiky helmets resembling what coronavirus looks like under a microscope. Hyderabad City Police shared photos of their officers on motorbikes in complete uniform as they held signs educating the population on how they can remain safe during this dangerous time. 

"Avoid social gatherings," one sign warned, while another urged citizens to "practice social distancing."

Another photo showed members of the police department with even more tips, but ironically they didn't seem to be following their own social distancing rules, standing closer than the recommended six feet as they interacted with citizens.

On March 24, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country would impose a 21-day "total ban" on Indians venturing outside their homes. 

As of late Friday afternoon, there were a reported 2,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India, with 72 reported deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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'Reading Rainbow''s LeVar Burton will read adult and children's stories aloud on Twitter Livestream

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- LeVar Burton will stream his LeVar Burton Reads podcast on Twitter, reading adult and children’s stories for families self-quarantining at home.  The first book he'll read is Neil Gaiman's 1989 short story We Can Get Them for You Wholesale, which Burton describes as Gaiman's "best" [work]. 

Burton, who starred in The Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, will host three weekly livestreams, doing what he loves most: reading. For a week, he contemplated ways to contribute during COVID-19 pandemic, searching for accessible stories to read aloud. 

"I figured that during this difficult time I could contribute by reading aloud to folks who could use some diversion for themselves and their families," Burton tweeted

When he expressed concern about copyright issues, several authors, including Gaiman, granted him permission via Twitter to read their short stories and books.

Children’s fiction will be read on Mondays at 9 am PT/12 pm ET, followed by young adult stories on Wednesdays at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET. Fridays are for adults.

"I would like to believe that this is a short-lived effort,” Burton tells Forbes. "In the sense that there wouldn’t be such a need once life gets back to normal or more resembling normal than it does now."

For more than 20 years, Burton hosted PBS' The Reading Rainbow, encouraging children's literacy. The show won over 200 awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Children's Series. The show was canceled in 2006 but revamped by Burton as an app years later. 

The first live-stream of LeVar Burton Reads begins today at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET. 

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Dr. Fauci is getting a "high quality" collectable bobblehead figurine made in his honor

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, is coming to a store near you as a collectible bobblehead.

Says the Bobblehead Hall of Fame, which is producing the figurine, Fauci deserves to have a bobblehead in his honor because he "has become America’s voice of reason as one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force."

The company continues, "This is the first bobblehead of Dr. Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984." 

The figurine, which will stand a full seven inches tall, is certified "high quality" and is for pre-sale now for $25 bucks.  The bobblehead is expected to reach American doorsteps by July 2020.

While this is most definitely a PR stunt for the company, it's also doubling as a charity event.  The Bobblehead Hall of Fame says they "will be donating $5 from every Dr. Fauci Bobblehead sold to the American Hospital Association in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge," to help provide protective msks for medical personnel fighting COVID-19.

Visit the website to see an oversized Dr. Fauci head bobbling on a tiny body, and maybe buy one to support a good cause.

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Jane Fonda joins TikTok and revives the Jane Fonda Workout to save the planet

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Jane Fonda is bringing back the 80s.  The actress, who ignited a side-career in exercise with her popular Jane Fonda Workout Method, is bringing her famous moves to TikTok in order to keep fans on their feet during quarantine. 

The Grace & Frankie star rolled out her yoga mat to make the big announcement on Thursday.  "Hello TikTok, my name's Jane Fonda and I'm gonna bring back the Jane Fonda Workout for your home sequestration," she announces in the video, where she's all ready and dressed for an intense round of choreography.

The VHS workout tapes sold 17 million copies during their run in the early 80s.  

While she left the sparkle spandex suit, the sweat bands and big hair at home, she opted for comfortable black yoga pants and a fitted long-sleeved red shirt.  

Laying on her side, the 82-year-old starts the exercise off with a round of leg lifts.  

However, she abruptly changes her tune by revealing that it was a stunt to bring the globe's attention to another crisis besides COVID-19, which is climate change. 

"You know what," she remarks, now dressed in a puffy red jacket, "There's too many workouts happening right now on television and on computers."

Rubbing her hands together, she pleads, "What I would really like for you to do is workout with me for the planet.  There's a climate crisis that's a real emergency and so, whether you're on your couch or your yoga mat, will you join me for the virtual Fire Drill Fridays?"

The actress, who has been arrested during numerous "Fire Drill Friday" protests, encourages, "the future needs you... I need you." 

The Friday event will kick off at 11 a.m. PT on her TikTok.  You can learn more by texting "Jane" to 877-877.

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TLC announces '90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined'

TLC(NEW YORK) -- Ready for a blast from the past? Well, that's exactly what fans will get with TLC's new miniseries 90 Day Finacé: Self-Quarantined. 

The five-episode limited series will check in on both couples and individuals that have been featured on the show -- from the veterans from its 2014 launch all the way up to its most recent cast -- to see what they have been up to and learn how their lives are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the network's press release. 

"Over the past six years, TLC has traversed 34 countries around the globe to capture couples as they’ve battled distance and obstacles along their path to love, but like the rest of us, they’ve never endured a challenge quite like this," said Howard Lee, President and General Manager of TLC.

"So many fans have been curious about how their favorite couples and individuals are holding up during the crisis, so we’ve asked them to self-film and share their lives in quarantine with all of us," he continued. "Their stories hold a lens to the world, from anxiety and cabin fever to laughter and inspiration.  We’re humbled and pleased they’ve opened their hearts and homes to TLC audiences during this unprecedented time."

90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantined premieres Monday, April 20 at 9 PM ET/PT.

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Jennifer Aniston & Kimmel surprise COVID-19 positive nurse with $10K from PostMates

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- On another installment of his ABC show-from-home Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel -- along with his famous friend Jennifer Aniston -- surprised a young nurse who is quarantined after contracting COVID-19. 

Kimmel got to know Kimball Fairbanks, a cardiovascular nurse from St. George, Utah, and has been following her condition since she's tested positive. While she's furloughed from work and away from her two kids, she explained, she's been taking care of herself and ordering food. 

That's where Aniston came in. She surprised Fairbanks via video, and the pair informed her that they're going to be gifting her with $10,000 worth of food delivery from PostMates. 

"But you have to use it all in one shot," Kimmel quipped. "One huge meal." 

"On top of that, PostMates has generously donated gift cards to all the nurses on your floor," Kimmel added. 

Fairbanks said she should be able to get back to work -- and see her kids -- on April 8. 

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Adam Sandler reveals his "Quarantine Song" on 'The Tonight Show'

NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) On Thursday night's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler videoed in to Jimmy's remote show to catch up, and debut his "Quarantine Song."

Wearing sunglasses to hide the fact he was reading the lyrics, Sandler brought some levity to the COVID-19 situation, while praising those who are fighting the disease while the rest of us are at home.

"Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need/And I hope they save us soon because I'm really, really sick of my family" Sandler sang. 

Another verse praised doctors and nurses all over the world.

"We've got to build some more ventilators and make some more masks, we've got to do it now so let's all come together,' Sandler sang. "I'm teaching math to my kids and that can't be good for America."

Sandler's song continued, "Stay home as much as you can, be sure to wash your hands, let's make this damn thing go away/We love you doctors and nurses, you're saving lives every day."

He implored, "Find a cure for this s**t 'cause I really, really miss hugging my mailman."

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COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) -- Here's the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus as of 9:30 a.m. ET.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 1,030,628.  The global number of reported cases surpassed one million late Thursday.
Global deaths: 54,137
Number of countries/regions: at least 181
Total patients recovered globally: 218,771

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
At least 245,573 diagnosed cases in 50 states the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam.  This is now more than any other country. 
U.S. deaths: at least 6,058

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 92,743 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.  The province of Hubei, China, is next, with 67,802 confirmed cases out of a total population of 58.5 million.

Latest reported deaths per state
Visit https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.htmlfor the latest numbers.

School closures
For a state-by-state interactive map of current school closures, please visit the Education Week website, where numbers are updated once daily.

There are 98,277 public schools and 34,576 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.

The latest headlines
US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 6,000, worldwide cases soar over 1 million
At least 6,058 people have died in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of Thursday, and confirmed cases climbed to 245,573 in the country, which remains the highest tally of any single nation in the world.  Globally, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections surpassed one million late Thursday.  As of Friday morning, the total global cases stands at 1,026,974, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  There are 218,771 reported cases of people having recovered from the virus.  The hardest-hit area in the U.S. remains New York City, with 51,809 cases and 1,562 deaths.  New York state has 92,743 confirmed cases in all.

Economy lost 701,000 jobs in March; record unemployment claims filed
Nearly 10 million unemployment insurance claims were filed in March, according to figures released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That’s a new record, and doesn’t include insurance claims filed in the last two weeks.  The economy lost 701,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate rose to 4.4%, which is an increase of 0.9%, the report shows.  That’s the largest over-the-month increase in the unemployment rate since January 1975, and the first jobs decline since 2010.  Hardest-hit are the leisure and hospitality industry, which shed 459,000 jobs.  Health care and social assistance lost 61,000 jobs, with professional and business services, retail trade and construction also hard hit.

ABC/Ipsos poll: fewer than half of Americans believe their daily routine will return to normal by June
Fewer than half of Americans believe their regular daily routine will return to normal by June 1 amid sharply rising concerns over contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday. Just over nine in 10 Americans polled now say that the outbreak has disrupted their daily routine, showing the reach of the pandemic's impact. Among those saying this, 44% said they think they will be able to resume their regular routine by June 1, including 13% who said by May 1, while a combined 84% believe that will happen by the end of the summer.

Report: Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks
Despite continued mixed messages about whether wearing face masks is necessary or useful if you don’t have COVID-19, the Trump administration is reportedly preparing new guidance to recommend that Americans wear face coverings in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.  The guidance could be announced as early as today.  The recommendations, which are expected to apply to those living in communities hardest-hit by the pandemic, will reportedly suggest people wear non-medical masks, T-shirts or bandanas to cover their nose and mouth if they must venture outside of their homes.  People will continue to be asked not to use or purchase medical-grade masks, such as N95 respirators, which are in desperate short supply for healthcare workers.

Millions of Americans could wait months for mailed stimulus checks
You could be waiting longer than expected for your share of that $2 trillion stimulus package recently passed by the Senate.  A House Democratic memo obtained by ABC News, which summarizes conversations with the Treasury Department and IRS, says early May is likely when people will begin seeing paper checks from the government.  The IRS expects to mail out some five million checks a week, the memo declares, with it taking an expected 20 weeks to disburse all of the payments to eligible Americans.  The memo states lowest-income Americans will be the first to receive their check.  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said last Sunday that Americans would begin seeing checks “within two weeks.”

White House considers plan to cover medical bills for millions of uninsured Americans
With more Americans being laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are also losing health care coverage.  The White House has already refused to re-open enrollment into the Affordable Care Act, but the administration is considering an alternate plan to cover America's unpaid medical bills, which many include reimbursing hospitals with cash payouts.  Vice President Mike Pence said the proposal would likely draw upon part of the $100 billion in funds already earmarked to directly compensate hospitals for treating uninsured Americans, of which there are some 28 million.  Pence said a final decision would be made Friday.

Good news!
Century-old man beats COVID-19
What’s it take to knock Angelo "Ralphie" Trotter off of his feet?  Apparently, more than COVID-19.  As WPVI reports, the 102-year-old Bensalem, PA resident has recovered from the coronavirus.  As if that weren’t enough to fight, Trotter also had a blood infection, a urinary tract infection, and is in the early stages of dementia.  At one point, he was running a 104 fever, but with the help of the staff at St. Mary Medical Center, and some heavy-duty antibiotics for the non-COVID-19 infections, Trotter just tested negative for the coronavirus.  One more negative test, and they’ll send him home to recover.

COVID-19 pandemic pushes pet adoption increase
If there’s a bright side to the nationwide quarantine, America’s homeless pets are reaping the benefit. 
Shelter-in-place orders have created a surge in demand for pets to provide both companionship and comfort. "There is now a huge interest in fostering dogs and cats," said Tracy Elliott, president of the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. "We have hundreds and hundreds of people waiting." The society had also experienced an uptick in the number of pet adoptions before they, like other businesses, were forced to close their doors by government order.  And it’s happening everywhere across the U.S., apparently.  "We saw a nearly 70-percent increase in animals going into foster care through our NYC and Los Angeles foster programs, compared to the same time period in 2019," the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Texas A&M veterinary labs donating 2,000 COVID-19 sampling kits
Did you know you can re-purpose animal viral sampling kits for use on humans?  Likely you didn’t, unless you’re a veterinarian.  But more than 2,000 COVID-19 sampling kits will soon be on their way to hospitals across the state, thanks to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station. The sampling kits -- which are generally used on pigs, cows and chickens -- are being assembled from lab supplies already in stock at the university’s four labs across the state and repurposed for use on humans. Once assembled, they’ll be shipped to hospitals in cities with a Texas A&M System campus to help meet the surge in the need for test kits, and delivered first to communities with the greatest need.

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'Tiger King' star transferred out of coronavirus isolation to prison medical center

Netflix(TEXAS) -- Tiger King's Joe Exotic is on the run from COVID-19. 

The star of the Netflix series, aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was transferred to a Fort Worth, Texas prison medical center as coronavirus fears grow at the jail he was previously kept at, according to People.

Inmate records obtained by the publication reveal that the former Oklahoma zoo owner is currently at Fort Worth FMC, a medical center operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Joe is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison for the attempted murder of his arch-enemy Carole Baskin. 

Prior to the relocation, the eccentric animal collector filed off a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service, and two former associates based on claims that he was the victim of malicious prosecution and discrimination and was falsely arrested and imprisoned. 

Joe is seeking a whopping total of almost $94 million in relation to the lawsuit. 

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'Grey's Anatomy's' Ellen Pompeo posts urgent plea for people to stay home during COVID-19 pandemic

ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is the latest celebrity urging people to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey on the long-running ABC medical drama, posted a video to her Instagram page imploring followers not to go outside if they can avoid it.

"The healthcare professionals, the doctors, the nurses, anyone who works in a hospital, they're at their wits end and now they're starting to die," the 50-year-old actress explained. "We're not doing enough. Everybody, just please stay home. And if you know someone who is not taking this seriously and who isn't staying home, please talk to them. We have to stay home. It’s all they're asking us to do. It’s not that hard."

Pompeo shared another video message back in March to thank real-life healthcare workers risking their own health to save others.

"Many of us have the privilege to self-quarantine and isolate and try to stay healthy and none of you have that privilege," Pompeo noted.  "So this is just from me and my family to all of you, to say thank you."

"We appreciate you.  We love you.  Stay safe.  Nurses rock.  Doctors rock.  And anyone who works in a hospital or the health care industry, you rock. We love you. Stay safe," she added.

Ben Stiller, LaLa Anthony, Danny DeVito and Robert De Niro have also asked New Yorkers to stay inside to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The number of cases worldwide reached one million on Thursday, with a leading 245,573 of them in the U.S.  The hardest-hit area in the U.S. remains New York City, with 51,809 cases and 1,562 deaths.  New York state has 92,743 diagnosed cases in all, more than any other state.  

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US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 6,000, worldwide cases soar to over one million

ChakisAtelier/iStock(NEW YORK) -- At least 6,058 people have died in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic as of Thursday, and confirmed cases climbed to 245,573 in the country, which remains the highest tally of any single nation in the world. 

Globally, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections surpassed one million late Thursday.  As of Friday morning, the total global cases stands at 1,026,974, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  There are 218,771 reported cases of people having recovered from the virus.

The hardest-hit area in the U.S. remains New York City, with 51,809 cases and 1,562 deaths.  New York state has 92,743 diagnosed cases in all.  

Due to the staggering numbers, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged all residents to wear masks, scarves or bandanas to cover their face and noses during the pandemic.  

During his daily briefing, the mayor said, "I want to emphasize this … the reason for this guidance is studies show some asymptomatic people may be transmitting the disease."  When it comes to wearing surgical masks, the mayor ordered, "Leave those alone, leave those to the people who need it to save lives."

For scarves and bandanas, the mayor said to wash those articles with soap and water after wearing them and leave them to dry.

The guidance came from city Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. 

In addition to covering their face, residents are strongly encouraged to abide by social distancing rules and to temporarily suspend going outside for nonessential errands.

However, New York City could be eclipsed by other areas in the nation, with Louisiana reporting a 42 percent spike in cases in one day, with the state reporting 9,159 cases as of Friday morning.

Other areas being monitored for an increase in cases are Miami, Florida and Texas.

Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, said of Texas, "I think Texas is going to be the next hot spot. We can already see the cases starting to increase, it is start of an exponential rise."

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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 forced numerous "non essential" businesses to shutter and force other businesses to reduce the amount of employees at their respective jobs or work from home.  

The service industry has shed the most employees due to the pandemic, followed by the accommodation and food industry.  Other hard-hit industries were health care, manufacturing, retail, social assistance and construction.

Prior to the outbreak, President Donald Trump touted that the employment rate had reached a 50-year low.

Despite the depressing numbers out of the DOL, the stock market saw improved numbers on Thursday.  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 450 points, over two percent, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq gained 2.3 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.

The rise was due to soaring oil prices, which transpired shortly after President Trump assured that Saudi Arabia and Russia were about to end their price war.  

The president claimed on Twitter, "Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President [Vladimir] Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!"

However, a representative of Putin claimed no such call took place and prices for Brent crude oil spiked over 23 percent.  U.S. benchmark oil jumped over 24 percent. 

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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 in your bio that you're interested in “virtual babysitting,” and get connected with prospective caretakers. The website is offering free, premium access for frontline workers and seniors during the COVID-19 crisis.

Plus, if you’re someone looking for a new source of income while still staying safe in your own home, this could be your new side hustle.

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