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Peter Tork, The Monkees bassist, dies 
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Peter Tork, The Monkees bassist, dies 

Remembering Peter Tork, Bassist and Singer for The Monkees

Peter Tork, The Monkees bassist, dies 

Peter Tork, the bassist for the ‘60s rock group The Monkees, has died, The Washington Post is reporting.

Tork’s sister, Anne Thorkelson, confirmed that he died Thursday at the age of 77. 

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The Monkees were a creation of NBC executives, with the bandmates selected for their looks instead of how well they made music, specifically for the television show that aired starting in 1966 and ran for only two seasons originally. It won an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy during that time and spawned hit songs like “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” the Post reported.

Tork was the oldest, at the age of 24, and one of two actual musicians when the show premiered. The other was Mike Nesmith, Variety reported. Tork called his role as the “dummy” of the group, performing as a version of himself he created when he was a folk musician in Greenwich Village, the Post reported. He played bass and keyboard for the Monkees and sang lead on and wrote some songs like “Your Auntie Grizelda.”

Tork left the band in late ‘60s, after the group released the movie “Head,”  and the band eventually broke up, but reunited for tours with various members over the years, according to Biography.com.

In 1986, he returned for the band’s 20th anniversary as it released a new collection “Then and Now” that included the new song “That Was Then, This Is Now.” In 1987, the band released a new studio album, “Pool It!”.

He also formed a new group in the ‘90s, “Shoe Suede Blues,” according to Biography.

He released a solo blues album in 2018 called “Relax Your Mind,” Variety reported.

Tork was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009, a cancer that affected his tongue, according to the Post.

He toured with The Monkees in 2012 through 2016, but gave no reason why he ended performing with the band, Rolling Stone reported.

In October, Tork wrote on Facebook, “While it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I’m feeling pretty good.”

He also called it private time and that he would not be updating fans on his condition, Rolling Stone reported.

Tork was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 1942 before his family moved to Mansfield, Connecticut, in 1950, the Post reported.

His cause of death and where he died were not released.

Bandmate Davy Jones, died in 2012Variety reportedMicky Dolenz and Nesmith are the remaining surviving members.

Tork is survived by his wife, Pamela Grapes, daughter Hallie from his second marriage, son Ivan from his third marriage, daughter Erica from another relationship, as well as a brother and sister, the Post reported.

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Four more companies, including Evenflo in Piqua, will begin mass production of face shields next week with a goal of producing 650,000 shields across the state within four weeks. “Our manufacturers have been busy, rapidly doing the hard work required to transform production lines, design products and source materials from supply chains to make the PPE that is critical to keeping our front line workers safe,' said Phil Ratermann, director of FastLane, the group coordinating the effort, according to WHIO-TV. >> Read mo>> Read more on WHIO.comre on WHIO.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recovering from COVID-19, ‘must rest up,’ father says Update 10 a.m. EDT April 10: The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that his son “must rest up” after he was moved Thursday out of intensive care at a London hospital. “He almost took one of the team and we’ve got to make sure we play properly now,” Stanley Johnson told BBC News on Friday. A spokesman for 10 Downing Street told the news network that Johnson is in an “early stage' of his coronavirus recovery and that he “continues to be in good spirits.' Johnson spent three nights in an intensive care unit at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital. He tested positive March 26 for COVID-19. Atlanta buildings light up in blue in support of front line workers Update 9:55 a.m. EDT April 10: Landmarks and buildings across the country are being lit in blue to show appreciation for workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, WSB-TV reported. >> Read more on WSBTV.com A few places in metro Atlanta joined the #LightItBlue campaign Thursday, including the Braves’ Truist Park, according to WSB-TV. Washington working to release nonviolent offenders from prison, governor says  Update 9:45 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and state Corrections Secretary Steve Sinclair said Thursday that officials were working to release some nonviolent offenders from prison due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KIRO-TV reported. The announcement came less than a day after more than 100 inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex “revolted” when they learned six fellow inmates and five prison staff members all tested positive for the coronavirus. No one was injured, according to KIRO-TV. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Fauci: Officials discussing possibility of immunity certificates Update 9:20 a.m. EDT April 10: Federal officials are mulling over the possibility of having Americans carry certificates of immunity as authorities continue working to contain the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.-'This is something that’s being discussed. I think it’s something that might actually have some merit under certain circumstances.' Antibody test will be available to Americans ‘in a week or so,’ Fauci says Update 8:50 a.m. EDT April 10: Americans wondering whether they’ve unknowingly had and recovered from COVID-19 will have access to antibody tests in about a week, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday. “In the period of a week or so, we’re going to have a rather large number of tests that are available,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday. “These antibody tests are tests that we do on other diseases but they need to be validated. You need to make sure that they’re consistent and that they’re accurate. And that’s what we’re doing now.” Fauci said the tests will be particularly useful while figuring out when to allow businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic to reopen. “It’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated the society because it’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic and did not know they were infected,' Fauci said. “If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate a kind of strategy about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable of getting infected. This will be important for health care workers, for first line fighters -- those kinds of people.” Global coronavirus deaths approach 97K, worldwide cases top 1.6M Update 8:02 a.m. EDT April 10: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 96,787 early Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 1,612,646 people worldwide. Five countries – the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany and France – have now confirmed total infection counts well above China’s 82,940 cases. • The United States has reported 466,299 cases, resulting in 16,686 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 157,022 cases, resulting in 15,843 deaths. • Italy has reported 143,626 infections, resulting in 18,279 deaths. • France has confirmed 118,785 infections, resulting in 12,228 deaths. • Germany has reported 118,235 cases, resulting in 2,607 deaths. • China has recorded 82,940 cases, resulting in 3,340 deaths. • Iran has recorded 66,220 cases, resulting in 4,110 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 65,872 cases, resulting in 7,993 deaths. • Turkey has recorded 42,282 cases, resulting in 908 deaths. • Belgium has confirmed 26,667 cases, resulting in 3,019 deaths. NY hires contractors to bury dead as coronavirus toll continues mounting Update 7:06 a.m. EDT April 10: After three consecutive days of record-breaking coronavirus deaths, New York City officials have hired contract laborers to bury the dead in its potter’s field on Hart Island. Since the 19th century, the city has used the site off the coast of the Bronx borough for primarily indigent burials and those for whom no next of kin could be located, Reuters reported. Read more here. WeWork proposes redesigned shared-office layouts for a post-coronavirus workforce Update 5:31 a.m. EDT April 10: WeWork has a few tweaks in mind for shared office space in a post-coronavirus world, The Washington Post reported. The shared workspace company has proposed in an email to clients and real estate brokers, obtained by the Post, the adoption of new floor plans, the addition of sanitizing capabilities and foot traffic-flow reviews, The Washington Post reported. WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani stated in the email the adaptive steps will be implemented over the next six weeks and will include enhanced cleaning techniques, the posting of new capacity signage for meeting rooms and the adoption of “every other” desk occupancy in private offices. Yemen confirms 1st novel coronavirus case Update 5:20 a.m. EDT April 10: War-torn Yemen confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday. According to The Associated Press, the national emergency committee for COVID-19 infections in Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramawt said in a tweet the patient is in stable condition and receiving treatment. Nasser Baoum, the minister of health for Yemen’s internationally recognized government, told the AP the case involves a 73-year-old Yemeni national who works at the al-Shahr port in Hadramawt. Amazon developing own coronavirus testing lab after workers in 64 warehouses fall ill Update 4:58 a.m. EDT April 10: In a bid to fast-track the return of operations to normal, Amazon announced Thursday it is developing its own laboratory to screen its workers for the novel coronavirus. In a blog post made public Thursday, the Seattle-based e-commerce juggernaut said it has begun assembling the necessary equipment to build the testing facility and is hopeful testing for “small numbers of our front-line employees soon.” According to The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, employees in at least 64 of the company’s warehouses and shipping facilities have tested positive for the virus. “Regular testing on a global scale across all industries would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running,” Amazon wrote in its blog post, adding, “But, for this to work, we as a society would need vastly more testing capacity than is currently available.” In reversal, coronavirus testing sites to maintain threatened federal funds if desired Update 3:15 a.m. EDT April 10: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reversed course Thursday, announcing community-based novel coronavirus testing sites across the country will continue to receive federal funding. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the HHS announced local authorities can now opt to maintain federal oversight and assistance or transition to state control which would still include federal technical assistance as well as supply requests through traditional FEMA channels. FDA warns Infowars founder Alex Jones to halt promotion of unapproved coronavirus cures Update 2 a.m. EDT April 10: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned InfoWars founder Alex Jones to remove several products advertised on his website as potential coronavirus cures. In a letter to Jones, the FDA singled out products such as “SuperSilver Whitening Toothpaste,” the “SuperSilver Wound Dressing Gel” and “Superblue Fluoride Free Toothpaste” as both 'unapproved” and “misbranded” in violation of agency regulations. Specifically, the letter requests Jones “take immediate action to cease the sale of such unapproved and unauthorized products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19.” US coronavirus deaths hit 16,690, total cases top 466K Published 12:47 a.m. EDT April 10: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 466,000 early Friday morning across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 466,033 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 16,690 deaths. U.S. cases now more than triple the 153,222 reported in Spain and the 143,626 confirmed in Italy. Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 7,067 – or roughly 42% of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 1,709 in New Jersey, 1,076 in Michigan, 702 in Louisiana and 551 in California. In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 161,799 confirmed cases – more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 51,027, Michigan with 21,504 and California with 19,950. Five other states have now confirmed at least 16,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • Massachusetts: 18,941, resulting in 503 deaths • Pennsylvania: 18,633, resulting in 365 deaths • Louisiana: 18,283, resulting in 702 deaths • Florida: 16,826, resulting in 371 deaths • Illinois: 16,422, resulting in 528 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia and Texas each has confirmed at least 10,000 novel coronavirus infections; Connecticut and Washington state each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Indiana, Colorado and Maryland each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases; Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; North Carolina, Missouri and Arizona each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.