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Let's start today with a massacre a mosques in New Zealand, to Senate vote to challenge President Trump, and the departure of two Facebook executives.
Dozens killed in attacks on the New Zealand mosque
At least 49 people died and dozens more were injured today after the two mosque shootings in Christchurch in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "an extraordinary and unprecedented act". A man in his twenties was charged with murder. Here are the latest updates.
The attacks occurred during Friday prayers and the authorities asked New Zealand mosques to close. Two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that the police had stopped.
reported: Shortly before the shooting, someone who appeared to be the armed man published links to a white nationalist online manifesto, including a link to a Facebook page where a 17-minute live video of the assault was subsequently broadcast. .
The account of the air traffic communications involving the pilot, Yared Getachew, who had 8,000 hours of flight experience, provides much more detail on what was happening in the cockpit.
As we know: A person who examined the communications shared the information with The Times, talking about the condition of anonymity because the messages were not made public.
reported: After a similar incident in October, Boeing officials told the American pilots' unions that they intended to upgrade the 737 Max jet software by the end of the year. The couriers are still waiting for a solution.
U.S.C. makes scandal again
The University of Southern California was once called "the university of spoiled children", but over the years it began a profound revision to become a high school.
This effort has been threatened by a series of corruption investigations, including this week's revelation that the university is at the center of an admissions scandal involving federal corruption and cheating.
Closer look: The coaches charged, including some at U.S.C., are some of the most important in their fields.
Column: The rich have another advantage in gaining admission to many private colleges and universities: the ability to pay four years in taxes, board and lodging – perhaps $ 300,000 – without financial aid. Our editorialist explains.
If you have 8 minutes, it's worth it
A mafia leader who was "basically a ghost"
Frank Cali led the remains of one of the five mafia families of New York, the Gambinos, but was, according to a police officer, "the exact opposite of John Gotti", one of his showy predecessors.
Despite his low profile, Mr. Cali encountered a classic execution by a monster on Wednesday, shot outside his home on Staten Island. Two reporters tell the story
Here's what's happening
Departures on Facebook: Two top managers, including the WhatsApp messaging service manager, leave after disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg, the managing director.
Volkswagen charges: The Securities and Exchange Commission accused the automaker on Thursday of "massive fraud" and lying to investors as part of a diesel emissions scandal.
Brexit rating: Parliament voted in postponing Britain's departure from the European Union but, in a rare victory for Prime Minister Theresa May, failed to wrest control of the process from her. It is not clear how long the delay will be.
Reject the gun industry: The Connecticut Supreme Court paved the way for a lawsuit against the companies that manufactured and sold the used semi-automatic rifle in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.
Climate protest: Students from over 100 countries are planning to skip school today to push for action against climate change. We examined the roots of the demonstrations, which began with a teenager in Sweden.
snapshots: Above, snow-covered trees in the mountains of northern Japan. Tourists come from Asia to see the "juhyo", known in English as ice monsters, but scientists say yes increasingly threatened by heating temperatures.
In memoriam: Birch Bayh, the former liberal senator from the Indiana, was a driving force behind the laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education and guaranteed the right to vote for eighteen-year-olds. He died Thursday at age 91.
News quiz: Did you follow the titles this week? Challenge yourself.
Modern love: In this week's column, a woman asks, "How do you break with someone you like to be around but can't see a future?"
What we are reading: This piece in the Los Angeles Book Magazine. Chris, your writer Morning Briefing, says: "The South is famous for preserving its past, but in this essay, originally from Atlanta, it reflects on two road trips, taken more than 20 years later, and how little he knew the story of his hometown. "
Now, a break from the news
And Mercury is retrograde. For once, scientists and astrologers are in agreement: You don't have to be alarmed.
And now for the Back Story on …
The appointment of a court
A reader asked this week to learn more about E. Barrett Prettyman, whose name is on the courthouse described on Wednesday's Back Story. The court is the place where Paul Manafort, former president of President Trump's election campaign, was sentenced.
Elijah Barrett Prettyman, born in Virginia, was a lawyer, professor and journalist before President Harry Truman appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served from 1945 to 1962. From 1958 to 1960 he was chief judge.
He was admired in judicial and government circles. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy turned to him to solve difficult legal problems. He has passed years of congressional resistance to make changes in the D.C.
The US court, seat of the court where he served, was nominated for him in 1997, 16 years after his death.
His son, E. Barrett Prettyman Jr., also had a distinguished legal career, playing a crucial role backstage in the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court school-desegregation.
That's all for this briefing. See you next time.
To Eleanor Stanford, James K. Williamson and Mark Josephson for the break from the news. Andrea Kannapell, the briefing editor, wrote today's Back Story. You can contact the team at email@example.com.
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