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Hassett says unemployment rate could be in double digits in November

CNN - 7 hours 49 min ago
A senior White House economic adviser on Sunday again forecasted the US could see steep unemployment rates in May and June amid the coronavirus crisis, with the possibility of double-digit jobless numbers in November.

The Unexpected Joys of the Coronavirus Lockdown

NY Times - 8 hours 14 min ago
Despite the tug of our digital realm, life’s true pleasures remain in the analog world.

What we know about Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden

Washington Post - 8 hours 24 min ago
Biden addressed the allegation Friday, saying "It never happened." Here's what we know about it.

Trump economic adviser offers bleak outlook for unemployment

CNN - 8 hours 37 min ago
President Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett tells CNN's Dana Bash that the nation's unemployment rate could go up to 20 percent.

'Jaws' is disturbingly relevant now

CNN - 8 hours 38 min ago
Forty-five years ago, on June 20, 1975, America became captivated by the release of the first summer blockbuster film, "Jaws." People flocked to theaters to see Steven Spielberg's terrifying movie about a shark threatening the lives of beachgoers.

What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?

NY Times - 8 hours 39 min ago
Florida is trying to figure out the daunting prospect of asking residents to evacuate for their safety during a storm after asking them to stay at home for the coronavirus.

NASCAR to honor fallen veterans at Coca-Cola 600 race held without spectators

CNN - 9 hours 51 sec ago
NASCAR will honor the country's fallen military veterans when the Coca-Cola 600 race is held without spectators Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Vaccinologist: Here's what worries me about Covid-19 trials

CNN - 9 hours 26 min ago
Director of Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Dr. Paul Offit tells CNN's John King what concerns him about achieving a vaccine for coronavirus.

Pier 45 San Francisco: Fire Destroys Warehouses at Fisherman's Wharf

NY Times - 9 hours 33 min ago
One firefighter was injured in the four-alarm blaze at Fisherman’s Wharf early on Saturday morning, officials said.

FDA commissioner issues Memorial Day warning: 'Coronavirus is not yet contained'

CNN - 9 hours 33 min ago
The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged Americans observing Memorial Day weekend to follow federal guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, saying the deadly virus "is not yet contained."

How to stay cool without air conditioning when your house is hot and you can't go out

CNN - 9 hours 39 min ago
Being unable to afford air conditioning or wanting to save more by using it less is a normal circumstance for some of us.

Ars’ summer reading guide for our very surreal summer

Ars - 9 hours 43 min ago

Enlarge / A lot of literature in this. (credit: Liyao Xie / Getty Images)

Look, we're admittedly biased around the Ars Orbital HQ. Whether the best of times or worst of times, we routinely find comfort in a good book. COVID-19 has changed so much about our day-to-day lives, including some of our entertainment habits around things like gaming or streaming TV and film. But when it comes to precious reading time in between work and busy personal lives, we're continually drawn to the stories that grip us—as grim as some of those may be.

This year's staff summer recommendation/To Be Read list has a few newer releases, plenty of old classics, and a lot of alternate reality/sci-fi. Ars' book tastes remain nothing if not on-brand, meaning we may never get through one of these without Douglas Adams being mentioned. Here's everything, Hitchhiker's Guides and others, we've been escaping to.

The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (credit: Sparth)

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Sci-fi fans who enjoy engaging characters and story driven more by human interaction than technical wharrgarbl will enjoy John Scalzi's latest trilogy, The Interdependency. The third book just released last week, and it ties things up neatly—a first, for Scalzi. The Interdependency is an old-school galaxy-spanning empire, with a twist—habitable planets are almost impossibly difficult to find, and in an effort to curtail war, the Interdependency was designed so that no system can survive without trade with the others.

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Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory

NY Times - 9 hours 45 min ago
The prime minister’s trial is expected to last a year or more, with the first witnesses not expected to testify for months. He has long maintained his innocence.

Severe storms, flooding and excessive heat make for a messy Memorial Day weekend

CNN - 9 hours 52 min ago
Memorial Day weekend is in full swing, but if you're planning on going outside you might want to pack a poncho or umbrella. It's going to be a wet one in many areas across the United States.

A floral designer is beautifying the streets of New York with elaborate displays for health care workers

CNN - 9 hours 53 min ago
Flashes of beauty have bloomed in the most random of places around New York over the past several years -- a trash can here, a phone booth there -- with surprise displays of flowers.

Self-serve salad bars and all-you-can-eat buffets face an uncertain future in the age of coronavirus

CNN - 9 hours 55 min ago
Self-serve buffets and all-you-can-eat salad bars are, by design, hands-on affairs.
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