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The government wants to start sending millions of Americans a check. Here’s how to use it wisely

The government wants to start sending millions of Americans a check. Here’s how to use it wisely

Finance
AndreyPopov | Getty ImagesSome good news – in the form of money – may be coming to Americans soon.On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the Trump administration plans to move "immediately" to send money to Americans as the coronavirus cripples the economy."Americans need cash now," Mnuchin said, indicating checks could come in the next two weeks.The announcement follows much discussion over how the government could act to help shore up American workers' bank balances now, with so many businesses temporarily closed or operating at reduced capacities.A thousand dollars for everyoneSen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said this week that he wants the government to send every adult $ 1,000.Details on how big the checks the Trump administration hopes to deploy have not been disclosed. Of
Climate change: Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?

Climate change: Will planting millions of trees really save the planet?

Science
From Greta Thunberg to Donald Trump and airlines to oil companies, everyone is suddenly going crazy for trees. The UK government has pledged to plant millions a year while other countries have schemes running into billions. But are these grand ambitions achievable? How much carbon dioxide do trees really pull in from the atmosphere? And what happens to a forest, planted amid a fanfare, over the following decades?How many will the UK plant?Last year's...
Justin Bieber among millions to have details leaked in MGM Resorts hack

Justin Bieber among millions to have details leaked in MGM Resorts hack

Technology
Singer Justin Bieber and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey are thought to be among the 10.6 million people to have had their details leaked following the hacking of MGM Resorts.The stolen information, which was said to have been hacked from the hotel group last summer, was posted on a hacking forum earlier in the week, according to ZDNet, and included names, addresses and passport numbers from people who had stayed at the resorts. It is thought the data stolen concerns anyone staying at the resorts up until 2017. Image: 2013: Justin Bieber at the MGM Grand Members of the public, major celebrities, company CEOs, journalists and government officials were all spotted as part of the data dump earlier in the week - though MGM would not confirm s...
WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones

WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones

Technology
Messaging service WhatsApp will no longer work on millions of smartphones from 1 February.Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the Facebook-owned app. WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security of its users. Smartphones using Android 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 8 or older, are those affected by the update. The operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices.Most users will simply be able to update their operating systems in order to continue using the messaging service. WhatsApp: Indians among those 'targeted' by spyware Facebook's Sir Nick Clegg criticised over What...
China coronavirus: Fears infections will rise as hundreds of millions travel

China coronavirus: Fears infections will rise as hundreds of millions travel

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device China is battling to contain a deadly coronavirus in its Hubei province, as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to travel over the Lunar New Year.Beijing and Hong Kong have cancelled some major festivities to prevent large crowds gathering together.Wuhan and other cities in Hubei have seen far more draconian measures, with curbs on public transport.All but one of the 18 deaths have been in Hubei, but there are more than 600 cases, including several abroad.It was the low number of confirmed cases overseas - currently 11 - that was one of the reasons the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declined to designate the virus an "international emergency". "It may yet become one," said the WHO's...