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All military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday afternoon local time.

Every semiautomatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned ... Sales should essentially now cease"
— New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Details: New Zealand is also banning high-capacity magazines and anything that can modify weapons into having a semi-automatic capacity, Ardern said at a press conference outlining the tightening of gunlaws in response to Friday's Christchurch terrorist attack. Ardern announced interim regulatory changes effective immediately.

The big picture: The interim order would ensure "virtually all" of the weapons she mentioned being banned would effectively mean no one could buy these weapons without a permit from the police. "I can assure people, that there is no point in applying for such a permit," she said.

The latest: Police have now completed the identification procedures for all 50 attack victims, enabling the remains of all of them to be released to families.

  • Funerals were continuing to be held for the victims.
  • Christchurch Hospital was treating 29 patients injured in the mosque attacks — 8 were in a critical condition.
  • A girl, 4, was in a critical condition in an Auckland children's hospital. Her father was in a stable condition in another hospital in the North Island city.
  • Thousands of people attended a vigil in Dunedin, the adopted home town of mosque attacks suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28.
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What's next: Ardern expects the new gun laws to be fully in place by April 11. The New Zealand government would put in place a gun buyback scheme.

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Pacific Northwest's hottest weather on record takes aim this weekend

Computer model projection showing the jet stream winds and "misery index" of surface temperatures on June 27, 2021. (Earth.nullschool.net). The circulation of jet stream winds shows the location of the "heat dome" over the Pacific Northwest.

A "historic" and potentially deadly heat wave is on tap for the Pacific Northwest into southwestern Canada this weekend into early next week, with never-before-seen temperatures possible in cities like Portland, Ore., and Spokane, Wash.

Why it matters: The heat wave will affect a region where many people lack central air conditioning, raising the likelihood for public health impacts. In addition, power demand is likely to spike at a time when hydropower resources are running relatively low due to drier than average conditions.

Supreme Court rules for cheerleader punished by school for Snapchat expletives

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that a school district in Pennsylvania violated the First Amendment by punishing a cheerleader who used expletives in a Snapchat post sent while off campus.

Why it matters: The case pushed the boundaries of students' First Amendment rights and what schools can enforce outside school grounds, especially in the digital age.

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The mobile gaming gold rush

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Electronic Arts this morning announced that it will pay $1.4 billion to buy Playdemic, a mobile gaming studio whose titles include "Golf Clash," from Warner Bros.

Why it matters: This comes just months after EA paid $2.1 billion to buy Glu Mobile. It also resolves talk that not all of WB Games would get included in the Discovery merger.