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Navy hospital ships deploy in US for first time
Navy hospital ships deploy in US for first time

March 30, 2020 - The USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, hospital ships operated by the U.S. Navy, have deployed to assist Los Angeles and New York City with caring for patients to free up space in hospitals for COVID-19 patients.

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domestic: adjective;related to home, a home state or home country; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of March 30

celestial: adjective; related to the stars and outer or deep space;
Discover your local history

delicate: adjective; fragile, weak, not strong;
USFWS firefighters helping Australia

drastic: adjective; severe, serious;
WHO declares COVID-19 pandemic

drastic: adjective; severe, extreme, serious;
WHO declares COVID-19 pandemic

epidemiological: adjective; related to epidemiology, the study of the incidence and spread of disease and other medical conditions;
Epic epidemiological effort underway

intensive: adjective; very aggressive, with high degree of attention to solve a problem or provide care;
COVID-19 cases skyrocket

proactive: adjective; aggressive, early, in advance of;
CDC: Risk of coronavirus is low

reluctant: adjective; hesitant, not ready to do something;
Women who flew through the clouds to reach the stars

undeniable: adjective; cannot be denied or acknowledged, true;
WWII hero honored on MLK Day

Today In History

March 30

1981: Just months after taking office, an assassination attempt was made on the life of President Ronald Reagan in Washington DC when he was shot in the chest by John W. Hinckley Jr. Hinckley was committed to a mental hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity. Hinckley was released in 2016 with restrictions as to what he can do and where he can go.
 
1964
: Jeopardy!, the popular television game show that is still being produced and aired today, premiered. The format of the show changed over the years but in 1984, Alex Trebek took over as host and the show returned to its original format.

1853
: Vincent Van Gogh, artist known for his brilliant use of color, was born in Holland.

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