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Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia - quartz

Internet shutdowns have disrupted millions of lives in Ethiopia

A two-week internet blackout in 2019 under prime minister Abiy is estimated to have cost the country $66.9 million.
quartz - 43 minutes ago
Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor - rt

Deadly knife attack in south of France investigated by anti-terrorism prosecutor

The man who killed two people and injured five in the southeastern French town of Romans-sur-Isère had the aim of “seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror,” the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said.
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Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March - quartz

Restaurant and bars account for more than half of the US jobs lost in March

They are the hardest hit of the hard-hit "leisure and hospitality" category.
quartz - 5 hours ago
Lottery jackpots are being reduced as the coronavirus crisis hits ticket sales - quartz

Lottery jackpots are being reduced as the coronavirus crisis hits ticket sales

Powerball and Mega Millions will use ticket sales and interest rates to determine future jackpots.
quartz - 7 hours ago
‘Animal abuser tortured dog then baked it to death in roasting hot oven’ - metro

‘Animal abuser tortured dog then baked it to death in roasting hot oven’

Investigators say the incident is the worst case of animal cruelty they've ever investigated
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A Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Spent Weeks Trying to Dock. It Just Arrived in Miami With Two Dead People Aboard. - vice

A Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Spent Weeks Trying to Dock. It Just Arrived in Miami With Two Dead People Aboard.

A dozen other people on the Coral Princess have tested positive for COVID-19.
vice - 8 hours ago
The coronavirus crisis is forcing the US Supreme Court to face its technology problem - quartz

The coronavirus crisis is forcing the US Supreme Court to face its technology problem

Judicial transparency advocates have long advocated for cameras in the court and livestreaming.
quartz - 8 hours ago
Inmates to be let out early as Coronavirus threatens prisons - channel 4

Inmates to be let out early as Coronavirus threatens prisons

To relieve the pressure on jails and the NHS, thousands of inmates in England and Wales will be temporarily released on licence, with electronic tagging.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
Keir Starmer storms Labour leadership contest - channel 4

Keir Starmer storms Labour leadership contest

Keir Starmer is set to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
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New Orleans takes on Coronavirus battle 15 years after hurricane - channel 4

New Orleans takes on Coronavirus battle 15 years after hurricane

New Orleans - where tens of thousands of people crowded into the city to celebrate Mardi Gras just mere weeks ago - is fast emerging as the southern hotspot of coronavirus in the United States.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
Trump rejects CDC advice to wear masks as US virus death toll reaches 7,100 - channel 4

Trump rejects CDC advice to wear masks as US virus death toll reaches 7,100

As the number of cases across the world continue rising fast - President Trump has rejected advice from his own health experts.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
Virologists develop ‘user-friendly rapid test’ that can detect Covid-19 in 20 minutes - channel 4

Virologists develop ‘user-friendly rapid test’ that can detect Covid-19 in 20 minutes

As questions over testing continue - one virologist has been part of a team working on a test, in her spare time, in conjunction with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
Midlands coronavirus death toll worst in England - channel 4

Midlands coronavirus death toll worst in England

212 patients in the Midlands have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours - far more even than London - with hospital admission rates in the region up by almost 50%.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
Five-year-old becomes youngest UK coronavirus victim as death toll soars by 708 - channel 4

Five-year-old becomes youngest UK coronavirus victim as death toll soars by 708

An hour or two outside or the lives of those we love, and those on the NHS frontline - that's the stark choice set out by the Government today, urging the British public not to break the social distancing rules.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
A glimmer of hope in Italy, as fewer patients in intensive care for the first time & daily death toll declines - rt

A glimmer of hope in Italy, as fewer patients in intensive care for the first time & daily death toll declines

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care has fallen in Italy for the first time since the outbreak began, while the number of new deaths also declined slightly, but remains high at 681 cases in 24 hours.
rt - 9 hours ago
Iran develops homegrown AI software to speed up coronavirus tests - rt

Iran develops homegrown AI software to speed up coronavirus tests

Tehran has unveiled new artificial intelligence software to speed up detection of the Covid-19 virus. With US sanctions restricting access to testing kits, necessity forced one of the region's hardest-hit countries to innovate.
rt - 9 hours ago
ESPN2 is airing an esports marathon because Covid-19 has crimped live sports - quartz

ESPN2 is airing an esports marathon because Covid-19 has crimped live sports

Amid coronavirus fears, NBA players will compete in a basketball video game instead.
quartz - 9 hours ago
How Pape Diouf helped change the fortunes of African players in European football - quartz

How Pape Diouf helped change the fortunes of African players in European football

African footballers were well-regarded as athletes in 1980s European soccer but didn't achieve superstar status like European teammates—Pape Diouf helped change that.
quartz - 10 hours ago
Chinese communities built a donation pipeline for Covid-19 supplies to US hospitals - quartz

Chinese communities built a donation pipeline for Covid-19 supplies to US hospitals

As US anti-Asian racism spikes, Chinese communities are hard at work transporting Covid-19 medical supplies from China to US hospitals in dire need.
quartz - 10 hours ago
‘White monopoly capital’: South African radicals scorn massive donations that could help black businesses - rt

‘White monopoly capital’: South African radicals scorn massive donations that could help black businesses

White billionaires giving money to help struggling South Africans during the Covid-19 economic slump have faced a barrage of insults from anti-white radical politicians.
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Here's How Much Cash You'll Really Get From the Coronavirus Stimulus

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WASHINGTON — The massive new economic stimulus package grinding through Congress includes a provision to send four-figure checks to regular folks like you. But the details matter.

The idea is to get checks into the hands of Americans as quickly as possible to stave off the worst of the damage to the U.S. economy from the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and sent unemployment numbers through the roof.

Generally speaking, the $2 trillion rescue bill calls for $1,200 payments to individuals earning $75,000 or less, and $500 for children under the age of 17. While there’s no minimum-earning amount to qualify for the money, there are plenty of crucial details to consider. And mailed checks could reportedly take up to four months to arrive.

To qualify a payout, you’ll have to be a U.S. resident with a social security number. You don’t need to have actually paid any taxes recently, but you must have at least filed your paperwork.

READ: Here’s the $2 Trillion Plan to Save the U.S. Economy From Collapse

After a certain point, the more you normally make, the less you’ll get from this emergency rescue measure.

If you earn more than $75,000 (or $150,000 for a couple), your payment will be reduced at a rate of $5.00 for each $100 you earn over that benchmark.

That gradual phase-out means that, for example, an individual earning an Adjusted Gross Income of $85,000 would receive a check for $700. An individual who reported an AGI of $95,000 would get a check for $200.

Some people make too much to qualify for any payout at all. That includes individuals with incomes over $99,000, or head-of-household filers with one child who earn more than $146,500, and joint filers with no children who earn $198,000 or more.

READ: Democrats Blocked Trump From Handing Himself a Chunk of the $500 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

The government will calculate your payment based on your tax returns for the year 2019 if you’ve already filed them this year, or for the year 2018 if you haven’t gotten around to doing that yet.

When are the checks coming? Unfortunately, that’s still a really good question. Bottom line: It could take weeks or months. Here, again, your personal details matter.

Democratic House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Wednesday that the goal is to cut the checks on April 6.

Anyone with direct-deposit bank account information on file with the Internal Revenue Service should see their payments arrive within a few weeks of the bill being signed into law, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing Democratic aides. That’s about 70 million people.

But those who don’t will reportedly get a check by mail that might take up to four months to arrive, the Times reported.

There’s another factor, too: How long it takes Congress to fully approve the new proposal.

The Senate announced an agreement on the plan after midnight Wednesday, following days of hard-fought negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

But fresh political feuding on Wednesday afternoon between three GOP Senators and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over select provisions in the bill raised questions about the next steps, even though the White House and Congressional leaders all say they want the measure finalized as quickly as possible.

Cover: A view of people wearing masks in Times Square amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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