Message Received: Italians Are Staying Home

ROME — Italy got the message. On the first day of Europe’s first nationwide restriction on movement and public gatherings to stem the rampant spread of the coronavirus, Italians steered clear of their streets, shops, churches and soccer fields. They obeyed the government’s “I Stay Home” decree, announced on Monday night by Prime Minister Giuseppe…

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Canceled Events Because of Coronavirus List

Organizers of all types of events, from the biggest international concerts and conferences to the smallest community gatherings, are facing hard questions about whether to carry on as planned. They all face the same conundrum: Is a public gathering worth the risk of spreading the new coronavirus? Here’s a brief rundown of some of the…

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How Outdoor Voices, a Start-Up Darling, Imploded

Last summer, Tyler Haney, the founder and chief executive of Outdoor Voices, appeared to be golden. In just five years, the Instagram-friendly athletic apparel company that she created in her 20s had become a sensation. There was more than $50 million in funding, nine stores and appearances on the business conference circuit. A glowing profile…

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Last Meals on Death Row, a Peculiarly American Fascination

At some point last Oct. 1, Russell Bucklew was served a gyro, a smoked brisket sandwich, two portions of fries, a cola and a banana split. We know this because, shortly after he was executed at 6:23 p.m. that day, the Missouri Department of Corrections gave details of the condemned man’s final meal request to…

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A Chicken Biryani Recipe That Brings People Together

In One Good Meal, we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. Late last year, in the Shaheen Bagh plaza of New Delhi, a protest broke out. It was a…

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F.D.A. Halts Overseas Inspections of Drugs and Devices, Citing Coronavirus

The Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that it would stop routine inspections of food, drugs and medical devices overseas through April, citing the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. The agency had already pulled back its inspectors from China, which is the largest source of raw ingredients for many drugs, like aspirin, ibuprofen and…

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California Cracks Down on Alternative Health Plans

California state officials said on Tuesday they were ordering a major Christian group to stop offering an alternative to health insurance, joining several states scrutinizing these cost-sharing programs that provide limited coverage. The plans, which have become increasingly popular, rely on pooling members’ contributions to cover their medical expenses, but they are not required to…

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Celine Dion’s Best Outfits

The five-time Grammy winner first captured our hearts in the ’90s with her glittery couture gowns and signature scrunchy curls, but lately, Celine Dion has been stepping out in more sophisticated yet edgy looks. (Dion has famously worked with Zendaya’s stylist, Law Roach.) Her decades-long fashion evolution has spanned from white pantsuits to floral trench…

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Coronavirus: Sorry, but Working From Home is Overrated

I’m writing this from the makeshift quarantine bunker in my dining room — sweatpants on, hand sanitizer nearby, snacking my way through my emergency rations. I’m getting plenty of work done, but I’m starting to get unnerved by the lack of stimulation. It’s been hours (days?) since I interacted face to face with a human…

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