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Christchurch shooting: Gunman Tarrant wanted to kill ‘as many as possible’

Christchurch shooting: Gunman Tarrant wanted to kill ‘as many as possible’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in 2019 had plans to target a third mosque, his sentencing hearing has heard.Brenton Tarrant also planned to burn down the mosques, wanting to "inflict as many fatalities as possible". The Australian has pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of terrorism.Tarrant, 29, faces life in prison, possibly without parole - a sentence never before imposed in New Zealand.He was confronted by survivors and relatives of the victims in court on Monday."You gave yourself the authority to take the souls of 51 innocent people, their only crime - in your eyes - being Muslims," said Maysoon Salama, whose son Atta Elayyan wa...

Second $1,200 stimulus checks could be coming. For many, that won’t cover the rent

Finance
Tenants and housing activists in Brooklyn, New York, protested in a Bushwick park on July 5.Erik McGregor | Getty ImagesNegotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus package on Capitol Hill ended the week in a stalemate.But there's one form of help lawmakers reportedly agree on: a second set of stimulus checks.This week's political impasse prompted President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on Saturday aimed at providing immediate relief in certain areas including extra unemployment benefits, extending the federal moratorium on evictions, deferring some student loan payments and initiating a payroll tax holiday.That's as the unemployment rate fell to 10.2% in July. While that is an improvement, about 1 in 10 Americans can't find work.More from Personal Finance:How negotiations over ...
Chancellor: There is hardship ahead for many people as furlough ends

Chancellor: There is hardship ahead for many people as furlough ends

Business
The chancellor has warned there is hardship ahead for many people as the furlough scheme winds down over the next few months.Rishi Sunak told Sky News that ending the scheme was "one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in this job". He added: "If you look at it from start to finish, the government will have been stepping in to help pay people's wages for almost eight months - an extraordinarily long period of time."I think most reasonable people would look at that and say that's not something that's obviously sustainable in the long run."In common with many other countries around the world - their versions of this are all coming to the end towards the end of this year." ...
Survey: Many parents worry children will catch COVID-19 at school

Survey: Many parents worry children will catch COVID-19 at school

Health
July 28 (UPI) -- More than 40% of parents worry their children will catch COVID-19 at school this fall and pass the virus on to more vulnerable family members, a survey released Wednesday by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio found. Just under 40% fear their youngsters will fall behind academically and socially if online learning remains the norm when the school year starts, the researchers who conducted the survey said. Advertisement "It's no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has created many concerns and uncertainties about the upcoming school year," Parker Huston, one of the researchers who headed up the survey project, told UPI. "Each area of the country is managing different local and regional expectations and regulations, so there is not a single correct answer to how schools can bes...

Back on campus or distance learning: Many students are conflicted

Finance
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of U.S. colleges have said their campuses will remain closed through the fall semester. Still, students are heading back to school as soon as this weekend. For some, there is nowhere else to go.About 52% of high school and college students said going back to school in the fall is a bad idea, according to one survey of over 7,000 people by research and opinion firm TruePublic. Others are more worried about the risk of living with vulnerable family members during the public health crisis, or don't have an option.More from Personal Finance:Here's the short list of colleges offering tuition discountsColleges slash degrees in the face of budget shortfallsPost-pandemic, remote learning could be here to stayNicole Toms, 22, ...