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TomasSereda/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — “Terrorists will not defeat us,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the crowd as candles were lit at a vigil in London’s Trafalgar Square this evening in honor of the three people killed
and dozens injured in yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack.

A police officer, a prep school administrator and an American tourist from Utah died and at least 29 others were injured in the Wednesday attack that began on the Westminster Bridge, just steps
away from the Houses of Parliament.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police after he attacked an officer standing guard outside the parliament grounds.

At this evening’s vigil, Rudd paid tribute to the slain officer, 48-year-old Keith Palmer, a husband and father who had served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police Service.

“He was courageous, he was brave. And he was also doing his duty,” Rudd told the crowd. “And he is not alone in doing that — I know that all officers of the [Metropolitan Police] are like that.”

Rudd offered her thanks to all officers and emergency responders for their “great sacrifice” and “risks” to keep people safe.

Rudd continued, “We are all connected, and today we showed that by coming together, by going to work, by getting about our normal business, because the terrorists will not defeat us. We will defeat
them. We are strong in our values and proud of our country.”

“Those evil and twisted individuals who try to destroy our shared way of life will never succeed and we condemn them,” London mayor Sadiq Khan said during a speech at the vigil.

“When Londoners face adversity we always pull together … Our response to this attack on our city, to this attack on our way of life, to this attack on our shared values, shows the world what it
means to be a Londoner,” Khan added.

A moment of silence was held and three candles were lit for the three victims.

As the brief vigil concluded, those gathered were told they were welcomed to stay at the square to contemplate and commemorate. Some people added their own candles and left flowers at the victims’
memorials.

Two people held a sign that read: “love for all hatred for none.”

The crowd gathered in Trafalgar Square today less than 1 mile from the where the bloody scene unfolded yesterday at around 2:40 p.m., when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on
Westminster Bridge.

The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was then shot and killed by police, according to the Metropolitan Police Service. The suspect was identified as Khalid Masood, a U.K. native with a
number of criminal convictions.

Wednesday’s attack, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds, recalled the vehicle attacks last year in Berlin and Nice, France.

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Heathcliff O’Malley – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Duchess Kate, appearing at the launch of an educational film series created by a charity partner of her Heads Together campaign, expressed her condolences to those affected by Wednesday’s London terror attack that killed three people.

“Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster,” Kate, 35, told a packed audience. “We will be thinking of all the families as we discuss the important issues we’re here to talk about.”

Kate was committed to carrying on her engagement to promote maternal mental health despite the heightened security around London in the wake of the attack. She was a reassuring presence to attendees, showing the world that the royal family was carrying on with business as usual and would not give in to terrorists.

Kate, the mother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, spoke about the “pressure to be a perfect parent” at the reception and conference for the Best Beginnings charity at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience,” Kate said. “However, at times it has also been a huge challenge, even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”

She continued, “Some of this fear is about the pressure to be a perfect parent; pretending we’re all coping perfectly and loving every minute of it. It’s right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains.”

Kate said that “nothing can really prepare you” for what she described as the “sheer overwhelming experience” of being a mother. Thursday’s event was designed to showcase a series of educational films promoting mental health for parents and their infants and toddlers.

“It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry all mixed tougher,” she said.

Kate, who has made mental health the cornerstone of her charitable work, told fellow mothers gathered at the event that it is OK to ask for help.

“It’s OK not to find it easy,” she said. “Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.”

Security surrounding Kate’s event Thursday was tight but police reportedly did not seem on edge despite Kate’s high profile. Just last weekend, William and Kate carried on with their tour of Paris undeterred by a terror attack Saturday morning at Paris Orly Airport.

Wednesday’s terror attack in London began around 2:40 p.m. local time, when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard, according to police.

Queen Elizabeth II, who was due Thursday to visit Scotland Yard’s new Metropolitan Police headquarters with Prince Philip, postponed her visit in light of the terror attack. She issued a statement of thanks and sympathy to all of those who demonstrated their heroism in the wake of the tragedy.

“Following the shocking events in Westminster Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today for very understandable reasons,” Queen Elizabeth wrote in a message to acting commissioner of police Craig Mackey. “I look forward to visiting at a later date.”

The monarch was at Buckingham Palace when the attack took place. She met with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May for her weekly meeting, where she was reportedly briefed about the incident.

“My thoughts prayers and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others,” the queen said in the statement issued Thursday by Buckingham Palace.

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Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) — The man police believe is responsible for Wednesday’s terrorist attack at London’s Westminster Bridge has been identified as U.K. native Khalid Masood.

Police said Masood, 52, was known to authorities and has a range of previous convictions for assaults, including grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses. His most recent conviction was in December 2003 for possession of a knife, according to the Metropolitan Police Service.

Masood was born in Kent in southeast England and detectives believe he was most recently residing in the West Midlands in western-central England. He was also known by a number of aliases, according to the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

Masood has not been convicted of any terrorism offenses, police noted.

Police said Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence regarding his intent to launch a terrorist attack.

Earlier Thursday, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May addressed members of Parliament, speaking solemnly about the “act of terrorism that tried to silence our democracy.”

“But today we meet as normal — as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do — to deliver a simple message: We are not afraid,” she said at Britain’s House of Commons. “And our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.”

May discussed what intelligence and security officials had so far gleaned about the attack, noting that the assailant was born in the United Kingdom and had been on the radar of security services.

He allegedly killed three people, including a police officer, and injured at least 29 others who were hospitalized in an attack that authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was shot dead by police at the scene, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

Police officials say they believe Wednesday’s attack was “inspired by international terrorism” and that they know the attacker’s identity but have so far refused to provide further details. Authorities are also looking at the suspect’s possible associates.

In a statement published Thursday by its media outlet, Amaq News Agency, ISIS called the attacker “a soldier of the Islamic State” and said he “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the international coalition.”

Eight people were arrested after overnight raids at six locations, including in Birmingham and London, Metropolitan Police acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley said this morning.

Wednesday’s attack began around 2:40 p.m. local time, when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard, according to police.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police. In an initial news conference Wednesday night, Rowley said the suspect tried to enter Parliament but was stopped “very close to the gate.”

The officer who died, identified as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, was not armed. Palmer, a husband and father, had served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, Rowley added.

The attack, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds, was reminiscent of vehicle attacks last year in both Berlin and Nice, France.

A spokesperson for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an American car rental company headquartered in Missouri, confirmed to ABC News that the vehicle used in Wednesday’s attack in London was rented from one of its branches in Birmingham, England. The spokesperson refused to provide additional details about the individual who rented the car, when it was rented and how it was paid for.

“We can confirm that the car used in the tragic attack in London yesterday afternoon was one of ours. An employee identified the vehicle after seeing the license plate in an image online. We ran another check to verify, and immediately contacted the authorities,” the spokesperson in a statement Thursday. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities and will provide any assistance that we can to the investigation.”

Eyewitnesses described to ABC News what they saw as the attack unfolded. One witness, Richard Tice, said he saw injured people lying on the pavement on Westminster Bridge. The car involved in the attack appeared to have jumped the curb, knocking people over, he added.

Bradford and Joanne Buck, a U.S. couple visiting London from Connecticut, said they witnessed the crashing into the fence surrounding the Houses of Parliament. They didn’t know what was happening but saw police armed with machine guns run to the scene.

“Just couldn’t believe it was happening,” Joanne Buck said in an interview Thursday morning on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

“Just saw the machine guns and knew we had to take cover quickly.”

Despite the deadly attack and heavy police presence, the couple said Londoners appear resilient and are going about their day.

“The people are great; they’re going about their business. There’s a lot of police officers with machine guns walking around, which we hadn’t seen before this happened. But the mood of the people is great,” Bradford Buck told GMA, adding that they too will carry on with their visit.

“We’re going to carry on with our vacation,” he said. “We’re not going to let it stop us and hope to finish our sightseeing while we are here in London.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — An American tourist celebrating his wedding anniversary in Europe was among those killed in the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday, a family member confirmed to ABC News.

Utah resident Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa traveled to Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and were visiting London on Wednesday, with plans to return to the United States Thursday. Cochran and his wife were both wounded in the attack. Cochran died from his injuries while Melissa remains in the hospital, according to a statement from her brother, Clint Payne.

“Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our brother and son-in-law, Kurt W. Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, Melissa. They were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday,” Payne said in the statement obtained by ABC News.

“Melissa also received serious injuries in the attack, and is being cared for in the hospital. We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries,” the statement added.

Wednesday’s attack began around 2:40 p.m. local time, when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

Three people, including a police officer, were killed and at least 29 others were injured in the attack which authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was shot dead by police at the scene, police said.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament Thursday that the suspected perpetrator was British-born and had been on the radar of security services.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Londoners returned to work Thursday morning after an attack in the heart of the city Wednesday left four people dead, including the assailant.

While most faced a more visible police presence along their commutes, some Londoners were also greeted with messages of resilience at train stations within London’s subway system, known as the Tube.

The message board at one station near the Tower of London, just 2.5 miles from the site of the attack, reminded commuters that, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

💔 Hard to write today. #Westminster #RIP #LondonIsOpen #LAS #LFB #metpolice #BTP #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/YVMiSwqXpu

— Tower Hill Station (@towerhilltube) March 23, 2017

The London Tube system has a longstanding tradition of posting quotes or inspirational messages on whiteboards inside stations around the city. With more than a billion journeys made on the Tube in a year, the message boards are a highly visible means of communication with commuters.

Leicester Square, one of the busiest stations in Central London, posted THIS message.

Another station in West London asked commuters to focus on the strength that ordinary people have in the midst of adversity. “Bad things do happen in the world … but out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” read the message board.

Empowering quote this morning at Richmond station after the events at Westminster yesterday. #WeStandTogether #WeAreNotAfraid @BBCNews @ITV pic.twitter.com/HZlJZzK64e

— Sophie Yiannouris (@SophieYiannouri) March 23, 2017

The Oval station in South London offered its condolences to the city with the slogan, “You have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling at your weakest.”

Thursday 23rd March Thought Of The Day From Oval Station #IAmLondon #wearenotafraid #Ilovelondon pic.twitter.com/Jouvwb6JvG

— Oval Tube Station (@Oval_station) March 23, 2017

Another South London station shared a story from Fred Rogers, known to generations of children as the face of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Love this sentiment at @Claphamnth tube station this morning. pic.twitter.com/PaEU5MQHOM

— Amit Bali (@amitkbali) March 23, 2017

The messages have been shared widely on social media, where they’ve resonated with grieving Londoners.

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Courtesy of Andrew Richardson(NEW YORK) — One California Starbucks barista got a surprise on March 21 when a customer returned to apologize for her behavior from the day before.

Andrew Richardson, 20, was floored when he received a handwritten card and $50 bill from his customer named Debbie, whom he admits he didn’t even think was that rude.

“On the 20th, this woman, Debbie, came through the drive through while I was working. She was extremely pleasant, and we had some friendly conversation while her drinks were being made,” Richardson, of Bishop, California, told ABC News. “She had multiple drinks, and we didn’t have drink carriers. I informed her and she was a touch frustrated like anyone would be.”

In addition to being out of drink carriers, he also couldn’t take her trash she was hoping to throw away.

“I cannot do this because it would be a California health code violation,” he explained. “She then became a bit more frustrated, but nothing that I would perceive as rudeness. At worst, she was playfully sassy. I really didn’t think too much of it.”

Richardson carried on with his day and didn’t give it a second thought.

“It was not a big deal at all in my eyes,” he said. “Being in customer service you can experience a lot of negativity and frustration. I try and counter it with positivity and patience. This was an extremely mild interaction compared to other incidents.”

But Debbie apparently felt otherwise.

“The next day, she came back. I happened to walk by the window when she was there,” Richardson recalled. “She asked me if I was working the window yesterday. I said ‘yes.’ She then became extremely apologetic. She felt genuinely terrible about our interaction the day before. I was so heart warmed to even get a verbal apology. It doesn’t happen much.”

The two chatted for a few minutes and Richardson said her in-person “genuine apology” alone was enough to lift his spirits, without even knowing what was going to happen next.

“She then handed me the card, [and] I was even more grateful and uplifted,” he said. “I thanked her for another minute and she left.”

He hadn’t yet opened the card before Debbie drove away.

“I returned to it later, opened it, and I was completely shocked,” he said of discovering the money. “Without the money, this was one of the most beautiful and heartfelt things I have ever read. It absolutely made my day when I read it. The money was unnecessary. The card alone was the best part. I would have turned the money down had I opened it when she was there. It’s hard to take things like that.”

Richardson’s supervisor told him he could keep the money.

“She handed it to him in a personal card so of course he was able to keep it,” one of the location’s supervisors, Angie Harris, told ABC News.

“I think it was great. It’s always good to see those customer connections,” she added. “We’re really proud of him.”

“Nothing like this has ever happened, it’s unprecedented,” said the humbled barista. “This was easily one of the kindest things I’ve ever received. I’m very happy to know that there are still good, caring people in this world. I’m still smiling about it.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims spiked higher last week, increasing by 15,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending March 18, the number of people filing for benefits jumped from a revised level of 243,000 the previous week to 258,000.

Now at 240,000, four-week moving average also increased by 1,000 from last week’s revised average of 239,000.

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iStock/ThinkstockYou’ve gone through your receipts, crunched the numbers, checked them twice and now you’re ready to file your taxes. But there’s one problem: You can’t pay everything you owe Uncle Sam.

Certified public accountant Richard Lavina says don’t panic.

“If you can’t just shell out one check, you know, a huge check for hundreds of thousands of dollars, what you can do is set up a payment plan,” he says. “There are plenty of CPAs that can do that. It’s a nice option, as opposed to saying, ‘Uh, ok, here’s $10,000 right here.'”

Just make sure you keep the agreement because if you don’t, the penalties add up quickly.

And remember: There’s only one way to guarantee you won’t owe the IRS.

“You could always overpay them. The IRS loves when you overpay. That’s essentially what you have when you have withholdings and they give you a refund because you paid or withheld, as an employee, too much throughout the year,” Lavina explains

If you need to change your withholdings for next year, do it now.

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Jack Taylor/Getty Images(LONDON) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament Thursday that the perpetrator of Wednesday’s terrorist attack at London’s Westminster Bridge was British-born and had been previously known to authorities.

Speaking to the House of Commons, May spoke solemnly about the “act of terrorism that tried to silence our democracy.”

“But today we meet as normal — as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do — to deliver a simple message: We are not afraid,” she said. “And our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.”

May went on to discuss what intelligence and security officials had thus far gleaned about the attack, noting that the attacker had been born the in U.K. and had been on the radar of the security services. She reiterated that police had arrested eight people at six locations in overnight raids in Birmingham and London.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Four people were killed, including a police officer, and at least 40 other people were injured in an attack in London that authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was also killed, shot by police at the scene.

Eight people were later arrested at six locations in overnight raids in Birmingham, according to Metropolitan Police acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley during a Thursday morning press conference.

Wednesday’s attack began when a driver struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

Witness Richard Tice told ABC News that he saw injured people on the pavement. According to him, the car jumped the curb, knocking over pedestrians.

The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was guarding Parliament, police said.

The suspect, who authorities believe acted alone, was shot and killed by police. In an initial press conference on Wednesday evening, Rowley said the suspect tried to enter Parliament but was stopped “very close to the gate.”

The officer who died, identified as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, was not armed, he added. Palmer, a husband and father, served for 15 years with the Metropolitan Police, Rowley said.

Police believe that the attack was “inspired by international terrorism” and that they know the attacker’s identity, but Rowley has refused to provide further details. Authorities are also looking at the suspect’s possible associates.

As police swarmed the area during Wednesday’s chaotic scene, Tom Peck, a British journalist, told ABC News from his office in London that he heard a bang, lots of screaming and then several gunshots.

Authorities said they had received different reports Wednesday of a person in the River Thames, a car that collided with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.

A seriously injured woman was pulled from the Thames and was among those who received medical treatment, an official with the Port of London Authority told ABC News.

Three French high school students were also among the injured, according to French officials.

Tobias Ellwood, a member of Parliament, was seen giving first aid to a victim.

Rowley said earlier in the day, “This is a day we plan for but hope it will never happen. Sadly, it is now a reality.”

“We will continue to do all we can to protect the people of London,” he added.

The Parliament building had been on lockdown after the attack.

The House of Commons and the House of Lords resumed normal operations on Thursday.

“Business must return to normal as quickly as possible,” Rowley said Wednesday evening.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “appalling” and a “sick and depraved terrorist attack” in a press conference Wednesday evening.

She said the location chosen for the attack was “no accident” and that Britain’s threat level will remain at severe, where it has been for some time.

“The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech,” she said.

She continued, “These streets of Westminster, home to the world’s oldest Parliament, are ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents — democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law — command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.”

May offered prayers for the victims and their families and commended the bravery of authorities during the attack “who risk[ed] their lives to keep us safe.”

“Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way,” she said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement, “There will be additional armed and unarmed police officers on our streets from tonight in order to keep Londoners and all those visiting our city safe.”

“I want to reassure all Londoners and all our visitors not to be alarmed. Our city remains one of the safest in the world,” he said. “London is the greatest city in the world, and we stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.”

He went on, “My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to everyone who’s been affected. Tragically, a Metropolitan Police officer who was doing his duty protecting our city is amongst those who have been killed, and my thoughts are with his family this evening. I want to express my gratitude, on behalf of all Londoners, to the police and emergency services who’ve shown tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

Police said a flag with the Metropolitan Police emblem is being flown at half-staff over Scotland Yard in honor of the victims.

Taylor Davis of the U.S. was at the top of the London Eye at the time of the incident.

“We saw a lot of commotion, ambulances, policemen. We kind of thought it was a car accident at first, then a bunch of black detective cars came in a line. That’s kind of when we knew it was more serious than that,” Davis told ABC News. “It was just surreal how lucky we felt. We felt very safe up there and just being in the right place at the right time.”

Anyone with videos or images of the incident is asked to turn them over to police.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday night, “Spoke to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today to offer condolences on the terrorist attack in London. She is strong and doing very well.”

And U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement, “I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference.”

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