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U.S. Navy Captain Brett E. Crozier, the commander of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, was relieved of his command on Friday after he complained in a letter about the Navy's response to a shipboard outbreak of coronavirus. U.S. Navy hide caption

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USS Roosevelt Commander Removed After Criticizing Handling Of Coronavirus Outbreak

Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier after a highly critical letter he wrote to his superiors went public.

A Pier 39 employee wears protective gear while cleaning a sidewalk in San Francisco, Calif., on March 16, the day the county announced a local shelter-in-place order. On March 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a shelter-in-place order for the entire state. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Want To See What Your City's Pandemic Plan Says? Good Luck

NPR reached out to the public health departments serving some of the largest cities in the U.S. Most did not have their most current pandemic response plan posted publicly and many were out of date.

A firefighter takes a moment to rest outside a temporary hospital in a conference center in Madrid, Spain, that was set up as an overflow area for COVID-19 patients. More than a million coronavirus cases are now reported worldwide, putting intense pressure on health and emergency workers. Sergio Perez/Reuters hide caption

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1 Million Coronavirus Cases Have Now Been Reported Worldwide

"This virus, which was unknown to us three months ago, has exposed the weaknesses and inequities in our health systems and societies," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Henry Paulson, who served as Treasury secretary during the 2008 financial crisis, says the current Treasury secretary and the Fed chair have "got their work cut out for them." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Get Money Out To The Economy Quickly, Ex-Treasury Secretary Says

Henry Paulson, who served during the 2008 financial crisis, says sending money rapidly to people and businesses will be the key to limiting damage to the economy.

Medical staff move bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday to a refrigerated truck. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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FACT CHECK: Money-To-Hospitals Plan To Treat Coronavirus Patients Could Face Problems

Instead of reopening health care exchanges for those who don't qualify for Medicaid and don't have employer-based insurance, Trump is proposing paying hospitals directly. But it might not be enough.

The Food and DrugAdministration announced Thursday that it was reducing the amount of time gay men have to wait before giving blood amid an unprecedented shortage in the U.S. blood supply. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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FDA Loosens Restrictions On Gay Blood Donors Amid 'Urgent Need' Caused By Coronavirus

Federal rules had made such donors wait 12 months before donating. That wait is now three months. The coronavirus outbreak has caused donor centers to be closed and blood drives canceled.

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Feisty. Ambitious. Lucky. Female Writers On The Words That Undermine Women

Pretty Bitches, a new essay collection edited by Lizzie Skurnick, explores how words that sound complimentary can actually be loaded with sexism. "These words are code," Skurnick says.

Feisty. Ambitious. Lucky. Female Writers On The Words That Undermine Women

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