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What if you were receiving the $600 every week and then it stopped? Your COVID-19 money questions, answered

It’s hard out there. And, in this time of uncertainty, USA TODAY is working to find answers to your money questions – anything from stimulus checks or unemployment benefits to your 401(k) or retirement plans. You can submit your questions here and read earlier answers below.

We will be updating the Q&A, so check back often. But, also look to these places:

… Will it continue or has it stopped for New Jersey? Do you need to contact anyone?

If you are still receiving unemployment benefits, the extra $600 should continue until July 25 in New Jersey. If the missed money doesn’t show up in your next payment, you should contact the state’s unemployment benefits office.

If you are back to work full time, you will no longer receive jobless benefits. If you are back to work part-time, you can receive partial unemployment insurance which should include the extra $600 … Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Back-to-School Spending

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping parents from hitting the back-to-school sales, but it may be changing what’s on their shopping lists.

Back-to-school spending for children in grades K-12 is expected to hit $28.1 billion — or $529 per student — which is relatively flat from last year, when $27.8 billion was spent, according to the 2020 Back-to-School survey by international accounting and professional services firm Deloitte, released July 8.

However, the uncertainty over whether students will be learning in-person or virtually is driving many parents to spend more on technology upgrades.

Improving the learning experience with technology

As the school season nears, parents have a lot on their mind. Two-thirds of the parents surveyed said they were anxious about sending their children back to school this fall because of the pandemic.

In addition, a majority of parents were not satisfied with their children’s learning experience during the last school year.

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As Premieres Go Virtual, They Create New Rules For Celebrity VIPs

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Red carpets remain rolled up; theater reopenings are uncertain. And if you’re a publicist responsible for touting the latest in VOD, that means redefining success. Their goals are the same — make people want to see the movie or TV show and raise the profile of the project — but what does that look like when themed premieres and Instagram moments are nonstarters?

“Since social media results are the most salient ROI for virtual events, we’ve adjusted our lists slightly to focus more on filmmakers and influencers who have a voice on social media,” said Darin Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer Consulting. “While there are of course key tastemakers like Paul Thomas Anderson who aren’t on social media that we’ll always invite, we’ve definitely given priority to those who have a productive voice on social media.”

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Johnny Depp dangled Amber Heard’s pet dog out of a speeding car window, court hears

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London - Victoria Jones/PA
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arriving at the High Court in London – Victoria Jones/PA

Johnny Depp dangled his former wife’s pet dog out of a speeding car window during a furious row in which he physically assaulted her, a court has been told.

During the argument in March 2013, early in their relationship, the Hollywood superstar grew so angry with Amber Heard that he also allegedly tried to set fire to a painting she owned, accusing her of having an affair with its painter, the artist Tasya van Ree.

The High Court in London was told on Wednesday that as the row continued on the way to a film set the next morning, Mr Depp – said to be still high on cocaine and whisky – held Ms Heard’s tiny terrier Pistol out of the speeding car window.

A few weeks later he sent a series of disturbing texts

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11 Side Gigs You Can Do From Home

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The rapid changes we experienced worldwide to slow the spread of the new coronavirus were, to put it lightly, tough on the wallet.

Whether your work hours have been reduced, you’ve been laid off from a full-time job, or you need a break from gigs that don’t allow social distancing like ride share or grocery delivery, finding a new source of income without leaving home might be daunting. 

You can always find work-from-home jobs though our portal. But maybe you just need something to get by for now until this all blows over.

Side gigs are a great way to bolster your bank account, and you can find a ton of online gigs that never require you to leave the

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How ‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio Is Supporting Indigenous Filmmakers in Mexico

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Two years after her historic Oscar nomination for “Roma,” Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has yet to star in another movie, but she’s found another way to stay busy: In the midst of throwing her support behind efforts to support the indigenous film community in Mexico, Aparicio has become one of the country’s foremost activists for its historically marginalized people.

Cultural spaces — including movie theaters — have historically been inaccessible for indigenous communities across Mexico. By and large, these spaces tend to concentrate in major cities and, and more importantly, economic inequality makes them financially off-limits for most. But as the country begins to reckon with its centuries-old issues of race and class affecting the vast majority of the population, individual towns have launched enterprises to bridge the gap and function as local windows into the world at large.

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The best credit cards for groceries of 2020

Shop for groceries with these credit cards, and you can clean up the rewards in aisle three.
Shop for groceries with these credit cards, and you can clean up the rewards in aisle three.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Groceries are an essential living expense—especially now that you may be spending more time stuck at home and less time visiting friends or dining out. Not only are Americans currently spending more on groceries, the price of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and other goods has steeply increased.

Maybe you already have a card in your wallet that rewards you for paying recurring expenses like your telephone bill or gym membership. Adding a grocery rewards card to the mix can help

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Key points at a glance

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his summer economic plan to help the UK economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It includes plans to protect jobs, help younger workers and encourage spending with measures such as a VAT cut for leisure activities and a restaurant voucher scheme.

Here is a summary of the main points.

‘Job retention bonus’ to encourage firms to retain furloughed staff

  • A one-off £1000 payment to employers for every furloughed employee retained to the end of January 2021
  • Applies to workers earning over £520 per month, UK-wide
  • Cost estimated at up to £9.4bn

Six-month VAT cut for restaurants, hotels and attractions

  • Value added tax cut from 20% to 5% from 13 July to 12 January 2021 for selected areas
  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks in restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as hot takeaway food will be covered
  • Accommodation in hotels and B&Bs and admission
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6 Work-From-Home Myths You Should Stop Believing Now

Despite years of research that shows workers are, in fact, competent and capable grown-ups who can get work done at home, a lot of people still seem very worried about the idea.

The prospect of working from home — whether because your company is shuttered for the pandemic or your dream job happens to be in another state — conjures images of distracted loners and freeloaders wasting company time.

I’ve been working from home in some form for a decade, and I can attest this is not what it’s about.

Working from home is a wonderful gift technology has given us, one that lets us find the jobs we want, no matter where we live; live the lives we want, no matter what we do for work; and make money on our own terms.

In support of my ongoing quest to turn more workers and employers on to the joys … Read More

Business interruption insurance claims are a worry, BoE says before court rules

By Carolyn Cohn and Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – The biggest uncertainty now facing insurers is whether they will have to pay for a raft of business interruption claims, the Bank of England said, as a court prepares to rule on whether existing policies cover big losses caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Anna Sweeney, the BoE’s executive director for insurance, said the sector has remained robust in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on assets they hold and on liabilities.

“The highest level of uncertainty remains around business interruption,” she told a City & Financial online event.

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority goes to court this month to clarify whether an array of wordings in business interruption insurance policies back claims for compensation for disruptions caused by pandemic lockdowns.

“A number of insurers are taking steps to make sure there is no ambiguity about who is and isn’t covered for

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