Mar 17, 2019

NZ mosque attack victims' families anxiously wait to bury remains

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Workers began digging graves in Christchurch, New Zealand, but many families were still waiting for the remains of those who died in the mosque attacks to be released Sunday night local time.

Why it matters: Under Islamic law, bodies are cleansed and buried soon after death, usually within 24 hours.

What they're saying: Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities were aware of the cultural and religious needs, and they were working as quickly as possible to release the remains all 50 victims. "We have to be absolutely clear on the cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen," he said. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a small number of bodies were being returned Sunday evening. She expected all to be released by Wednesday.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Mike Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 NDAs
  2. Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges
  3. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  4. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

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Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release women identified to have signed three nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.