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May 23, 2020

As Spain emerges from the coronavirus lockdown, the country is setting its sights on salvaging as much of its tourism industry as possible.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday the country will reopen to overseas visitors starting July 2. He encouraged people to begin planning their summer vacations — foreign and domestic — though he said safety measures will be in place to protect both tourists and Spanish residents from infection. "Spain needs tourism, and tourism needs safety in both origin and destination," he said. "We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks, nor will they bring any risk to our country."

Sánchez didn't divulge much information on the actual plans, but he did say Madrid and Spain's regional governments have been working together to bring tourism back for weeks.

The prime minister also gave Spain's top professional soccer league, known as La Liga, permission to return June 8. There have been 234,824 confirmed coronavirus cases and 28,628 COVID-19 deaths in Spain, but the daily infection and fatality rates have steadily declined since the country went into a strict lockdown in March. Read more at The Guardian and ESPN. Tim O'Donnell

January 21, 2020

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he's battling Parkinson's disease, opening up about his diagnosis in an emotional new interview.

The rock star spoke in an interview with Good Morning America that aired Tuesday, saying he was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease after a fall last year.

"It's been terribly challenging for us all," Osbourne said, though his wife, Sharon Osbourne, described the diagnosis as "not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination."

Osbourne previously postponed his planned 2019 tour dates, citing his health. "Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now," he said at the time. He reiterated to GMA that he "can't wait" to get back on the road again. "That's what's killing me," he said. "I need it, you know."

Now that he's revealed his diagnosis, Osbourne told GMA "I feel better," adding he hopes his fans "hang on and they're there for me because I need them." Osbourne, who's set to release a new album Ordinary Man next month, also promised, "I ain't going to go anywhere yet." Brendan Morrow

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