China Plans to Turn Hong Kong and Macau Into a Silicon Valley Rival

David Tweed, Yinan Zhao and Edwin Chan / Bloomberg China unveiled a sweeping plan to link Hong Kong and Macau with cities in southern China to create a so-called Greater Bay Area, aiming to transform the coastal region into a high-tech megalopolis to rival California’s Silicon Valley. The outline plan, published in Chinese by Xinhua News Agency late Monday, said the government will seek to turn the area into a leading global innovation hub, boost infrastructure connectivity between cities and strengthen Hong Kong’s role as an international center of finance, shipping and trade as well as the center for the … Continue reading China Plans to Turn Hong Kong and Macau Into a Silicon Valley Rival

Israel Prepares to Launch Its Historic Private Mission to the Moon

Ilan Ben Zion / AP (RAMAT GAN) — A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon. SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed “Beresheet,” or Genesis — will take off from Florida, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket on its weekslong voyage to the moon. The launch is scheduled late Thursday in the United States, early Friday in Israel. It had been originally slated for last December. SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby and Opher Doron, … Continue reading Israel Prepares to Launch Its Historic Private Mission to the Moon

16 States Sue President Trump Over National Emergency Declaration

Associated Press (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. “President Trump treats the rule of law with utter contempt,” Becerra said. “He knows there is no border crisis, he knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court.” Joining California in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, … Continue reading 16 States Sue President Trump Over National Emergency Declaration

Three Children Are Among Four Dead After a Shooting in Michigan

Associated Press (SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich.) — Authorities say three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in western Michigan. Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids. She says someone discovered the bodies and called 911. LaJoye-Young said the three children were elementary school-aged and younger but declined to provide further information about the victims’ relationships to one another. She said authorities were still confirming the victims’ identities. LaJoye-Young called the scene “a horrific thing to be … Continue reading Three Children Are Among Four Dead After a Shooting in Michigan

Roger Stone Posts and Deletes Photo of Judge With Crosshairs

Tara Law Embattled political consultant Roger Stone on Monday posted and later deleted a photo of the federal judge presiding over his criminal court case with a crosshairs graphic looming over her head. Stone, a longtime Trump ally, pleaded not guilty on Jan. 29 to charges of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. Those charges arose as a result of the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling. In a caption accompanying the Instagram post, Stone attacked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson as an “Obama appointed judge.” Jackson was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2011 and confirmed by … Continue reading Roger Stone Posts and Deletes Photo of Judge With Crosshairs

This Olympic Champion’s Case Could Change Sports’ Gender Rules Forever

JAMEY KEATEN / AP (LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field’s governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have massive repercussions throughout sports. The two-time 800-meter gold medalist from South Africa came and went from the offices of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday without addressing reporters after a marathon opening session, but her legal team and IAAF lawyers were still jockeying for position in … Continue reading This Olympic Champion’s Case Could Change Sports’ Gender Rules Forever

5 Americans Arrested and Held in Haiti on Criminal Conspiracy, Illegal Weapon Charges

Michael McDonald / Bloomberg Five Americans, one Russian and a Serb were arrested in Haiti and charged with a criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of weapons, the AFP news agency said, citing Haitian police. The group, which also included one Haitian, was arrested at a police checkpoint near the Haitian central bank with assault rifles, pistols, bulletproof vests and drones, the AFP cited the police as saying, without naming the people detained. The U.S. embassy issued a “do not travel” alert for the country last week and ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members as … Continue reading 5 Americans Arrested and Held in Haiti on Criminal Conspiracy, Illegal Weapon Charges