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March 18, 2020 GMT

MORE WIPES, NO JEANS: AMAZON LIMITS SHIPMENTS TO WAREHOUSES

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon said Tuesday that it will only accept shipments of cleaning equipment, medical supplies and household goods from suppliers at its warehouses for next three weeks to fill surging demand. The online retailer has been sold out of items like disinfecting wipes and toilet paper as the new coronavirus spreads in the U.S. Amazon said the restrictions will last until April 5. It applies to large vendors and third-party sellers who list items to sell on Amazon.com directly. The announcement Tuesday is another sign of how much pressure Amazon’s delivery network is facing as more people stay home and shop online.

SHUT-OUT BY VIRUS, GAMBLERS TURNING TO ONLINE BETTING

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Some gamblers who suddenly can’t go to a casino to play slot machines, cards or roulette are migrating to internet casinos as the coronavirus shuts down most things involving large gatherings. As of Tuesday, casinos in about three dozen states had been shut down. So far, just a handful of states offer internet gambling for casino games or poker: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Online gambling providers say they’re seeing a significant spike in volume and revenue in recent days, including the Golden Nugget and Resorts casinos in Atlantic City, and the FOX Bet, PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers online sites.

BARR: FBI PROBING IF FOREIGN GOV’T BEHIND HHS CYBER INCIDENT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General William Barr is vowing swift and severe action if a foreign government is behind disinformation campaigns aimed at spreading fear in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic or a denial of service attack aimed at federal networks. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr says the FBI is actively investigating to determine if foreign actors had anything to do with a “cyber incident” reported Monday involving the computer networks of the Department of Health and Human Services. He says the Justice Department would pursue anyone trying to take advantage of the crisis or foreign governments trying to spread misinformation.

FACEBOOK: BUG BLOCKING CORONAVIRUS NEWS

UNDATED (AP) - Facebook says a bug in its anti-spam system is blocking the publication of links to news stories about the coronavirus. Users are complaining about links to news stories about school closings and other information related to the virus outbreak being blocked by the company’s automated system. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, said on Twitter Tuesday that the company is working on fixing the problem. Rosen says the problems are unrelated to any changes to its content moderator workforce. The company reportedly sent its human moderators home this week.

TO KEEP SENIORS SAFE AT HOME, MEDICARE EXPANDS TELEMEDICINE

WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare says it will immediately expand telemedicine coverage nationwide to help seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus. Medicare administrator Seema Verma says the change allows millions of older people to take care of ongoing medical problems as well as any new concerns, while also heeding public health advice to stay home during the outbreak. For example, a patient with diabetes wouldn’t have to postpone a regular follow-up visit with the doctor to keep safe. He or she could do it via Skype instead. Medicare acted following a directive from Congress and emergency declarations by the Trump administration.