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Published 2:57 a.m. ET March 9, 2020 | Updated 6:54 a.m. ET March 9, 2020
Grand Princess cruise ship hit by coronavirus will dock in California
The Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California will begin to allow guests to disembark Monday after 21 people aboard — 19 crew members and two passengers — tested positive for coronavirus. American passengers from the ship will be quarantined for two weeks at military bases when they disembark in Oakland, California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday. Newsom emphasized that nobody currently on board would come in contact with the general public. Tests performed Thursday revealed 21 people on the ship had contracted the virus. The Grand Princess has been floating off the California coast since then, waiting for authorities to grant it approval to dock as it returned from what was supposed to be a roundtrip from San Francisco to Hawaii.
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Country music stars team up for Nashville tornado relief concert
Some of the leading voices in Nashville music are pitching in Monday night at a concert to benefit victims of last week’s tornadoes, which killed at least 25 and left thousands displaced across four counties. The concert, called “To Nashville, With Love,” will benefit local tornado relief and mental health organizations. Artists performing include Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more. The show will be at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Online donations can be made at cfmt.org/tonashvillewithlove.
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Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s last royal engagement expected
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan returned to the United Kingdom this past week to carry out a series of final engagements and surprise appearances before they return to Canada to become financially independent “free royals” in April. The couple’s last royal engagement is expected Monday when they join Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family, including Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
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‘Worm moon’ will brighten up the night sky
The first supermoon of the year is coming to a sky near you Monday – and it’s known as the worm moon, for reasons we’ll explain. A supermoon occurs when the moon is especially close to Earth while it’s full. This year, the March full moon will also be the first of three straight full-moon supermoons and the year’s second-closest full moon overall, EarthSky said. The term “worm moon,” like various other names for full moons, dates back to the Native Americans, according to the Old Farmers Almanac. “At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and other birds to feed – a true sign of spring,” according to the almanac.
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‘Onward’ hits $40 million and No. 1 at the box office
Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” topped the charts this weekend, earning $40 million from 4,310 North American locations, according to studio estimates, with final numbers expected Monday. The studio expects it to continue performing well with spring breaks starting for many students and families next week. However, the weekend overall is down about 50% from the same weekend last year because that’s when “Captain Marvel” opened to more than $153 million. So far, there is not any indication of the market taking a hit from the coronavirus, says Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
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