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This Maryland nurse is joining N.Y.'s COVID-19 front lines 'for the greater good'

More than 1,900 people have died from COVID-19 in New York state, a number Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls "staggering."

What is 'Zoom bombing'? Scientist threatened while defending PhD online

A Duke University student turned to the video conferencing software Zoom to defend her PhD when she became a victim of what’s being called “Zoom-bombing” — when malicious actors take over digital meetings and cause mayhem.

Meet the volunteers sewing masks for hospitals and nursing homes

Canada Sews started as one woman with a sewing machine, and has since blossomed into a network of more than 1,700 people making and distributing homemade masks to health-care facilities across four provinces. 

Fake News: 5 best April Fool's gags from As It Happens

Every year, on April Fools Day, we slip one fake story into our lineup in the spirit of the holiday. Here are some of our best gags from over the years.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

April 1, 2020

Ontario 'doing everything possible' to help care homes combat COVID-19, says minister

An Ontario nursing home ravaged by an COVID-19 confirmed Tuesday that three more residents have died, bringing the total number of fatalities among residents to 12. 

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck in nose while trying to fight face touching

An Australian astrophysicist says it was a combination of goodwill and boredom that caused him to get several powerful magnets stuck in his nose on Thursday.

This locked down Welsh town has been overtaken by goats

While the U.K. undergoes strict lockdown measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, one group of Welsh residents is flouting all the rules.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

March 31, 2020

From our archives: Swedish man creates giant snow penis to say sorry for destroying smaller snow penis

Emilian Sava used a snow blower to create the 70-metre long drawing after people online objected to him brushing away a much smaller drawing on a frozen waterway in Gothenburg.

Great Barrier Reef's latest 'mass bleaching' linked entirely to climate change: scientist

Mark Eakin of Coral Reef Watch tells As It Happens that coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is more widespread but hopefully less severe than in recent years.

'They need help,' pleads son of resident in Ontario nursing home where 12 died of COVID-19

The Ontario town of Bobcaygeon is devastated following the deaths of at least 12 people from COVID-19 at a local nursing home. 

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

March 30, 2020

'I just felt ill,' says woman whose mastectomy was cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis

Sydney Loney has been waiting for weeks for her cancer surgery. And now, because of the demands on the Canadian health-care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, her double-mastectomy has been put off indefinitely.

From our archives: Ontario man finds live WW I-era artillery shell in neighbour's trash

Danny Vellow was pretty certain what he was looking at, set on the curb with his neighbour's trash — an antique artillery shell, possibly 100 years old.

'I know you from somewhere': Ex-NHLer delivers takeout for his wife's restaurant

Retired Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomáš Kaberle might not be on the ice anymore, but he's still busy working — this time for his restauraneur wife.

Beast of burden, or animal athlete? Donkeys were used for polo in ancient China, study finds

Researchers have uncovered the first archeological evidence that donkeys were used for more than just work, but for the sport of polo.

Need a break from pandemic news? Check out these 5 funny stories from As It Happens

In these extremely trying times, everyone needs to give themselves a little mental break from the overwhelming pandemic news.

Book about a random Sunday in the U.S. proves 'there's no such thing as an ordinary day'

Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten has a mantra: if you've got the patience to find it, and the skill to tell it, there's a story behind everyone and everything. 

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

March 27, 2020

'We have nothing,' says Spanish ER doctor on front lines of COVID-19 crisis

Dr. Ana Giménez has a dire warning for Canadian health-care professionals: Get ready for the worst. 

Egyptian women jailed for protesting prison conditions during pandemic

Ahdaf Soueif was protesting the conditions of Egyptian prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic when she became one herself.

Uninsured U.S. cancer patient with COVID-19 says $50K hospital bill might bankrupt her

Danni Askini had to fight tooth and nail just to get tested for the coronavirus. Now she's fighting to cover the cost of her treatment.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

March 26, 2020

Asterix illustrator Albert Uderzo left behind a 'magnificent legacy': author Cressida Cowell

Albert Uderzo, co-creator and illustrator of Asterix comics, died Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 92.