Authorities confirmed the death of Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer, 37, after a gunman opened fire in a Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond on Thursday shortly before 3pmET. At least two civilians were also injured. A gunman, whose name state officials have obtained but not yet released, also died in the incident. He reportedly started shooting at state troopers who were there for a training exercise but no official motive has been announced by authorities though officials say he appeared to be “mentally disturbed.”
The Presidential Daily Brief
They dug through rubble all night. Taxis were smashed and body parts strewn across the scene when a Calcutta overpass that’s been under construction for seven years suddenly collapsed onto traffic yesterday, killing 23 and wounding scores. More than 90 were rescued from the debris, and while they believe many could still be buried, one official says there’s no hope of finding more survivors. Meanwhile, police have opened a homicide investigation over the incident, which could bring construction safety to the forefront ahead of next month’s regional elections.
He’s the last man standing. Abdeslam is the only surviving suspect of the Nov. 13th terrorist attacks in Paris — his brother was one of the suicide bombers — and his arrest on March 18th was thought by some to be the impetus for the Brussels attacks a few days later. The French citizen, 26, had fought to stay in Belgium — but he swiftly reversed that and consented to be extradited to France. Today a Belgian court ruled that he can be, though it’s not yet clear when or how he’ll be transfered.
He’s thought it over … twice. The Republican front-runner stands by his call for a ban on abortion but has walked back from earlier comments about punishing women who undergo the procedure if it’s made illegal. The remarks drew scorn from pro-life and pro-choice advocates, and the billionaire recanted to say only abortion providers should face legal consequences if abortion is banned. OZY’s Nick Fouriezos says the episode shows that Trump still lacks a clear message regarding women, who will likely represent a majority of voters come November.
The sleeping dragon is roaring mad. Beijing slammed the new student-led Hong Kong National Party, calling it “a prank” and its members “political hooligans.” The party, which was launched Monday in the wake of 2014’s Umbrella Revolution, is challenging the authority of the so-called Basic Law, which legitimizes Beijing’s control over Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous government. They’re hoping to transform the city into an independent republic, while China maintains that the city will always be Chinese territory. Now Hong Kong’s government says it plans to take unspecified legal action against the party.
Got that sinking feeling? The ice could fall apart faster than scientists thought, raising sea levels as much as three feet by 2100. New research reveals that Antarctic ice sheets are particularly susceptible to minor changes in climate. If the average surface temperature of sea-facing ice sheets climbs even a few degrees celsius, it could send the whole thing crashing into an already warmer ocean — triggering a dramatic rise in sea levels. Which means that if emissions remain unchecked, coastal cities like Miami and New Orleans could soon be under water.
Can they get it together? Seven members of the U.N.-backed Presidential Council — brokered in a deal last year to help the terrorist-choked nation — arrived by boat yesterday because Tripoli’s airspace was closed to block them. The Government of National Accord is meant to replace the two rival governments, one in Tripoli, the other in the East, that have been battling for control of Moammar Gadhafi’s homeland. The militia-supported Tripoli government has denounced the “illegitimate infiltrators,” and early reports of gunfire signal a rocky road ahead.
They’re revving their engines. Crude’s price dip in recent years has primed American demand for gasoline — which hit a record high this month. U.S. oil prices, in turn, have rallied by nearly 50 percent since early February. A mild winter’s good driving conditions, an additional 200,000 jobs for the U.S. economy in February and March and the fact that people are increasingly gravitating toward gas-guzzling cars are all helping to pump up sales. Gas alone can’t fuel oil’s return, but it can help level off the slippery slope.
War crimes court finds Serbian ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj not guilty. (BBC)
South African court orders President Zuma to repay housing expenses. (Reuters)
U.S., China agree to sign on to Paris climate agreement next month. (ABC)
Washington Nuclear Security Summit gets underway with focus on terror. (CBC)
Argentina agrees to pay its U.S. creditors. (DW)
Brazil’s sports minister resigns just months before Rio Olympics. (CNN)
Bold as brass. That’s how one colleague described the curved buildings of this Baghdad native and Iraqi-British architect, who died of a heart attack in Miami yesterday while suffering from bronchitis. Structures like the London Aquatics Center, Germany’s Vitra Fire Station and China’s Guangzhou Opera House helped define Hadid’s signature style, featuring swooping and seemingly gravity-defying curves. The first woman ever to win the acclaimed Pritzker Architecture Prize, Hadid even had a plan — scrapped months before her death — for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
Check the label. New guidelines are now in place for prescribing the drug mifepristone that could make it easier for women to get the abortion-inducing pill in states where legislators have tried limiting its use. Lawmakers in several states have tried discouraging doctors from prescribing it by requiring that they use the previously FDA-recommended 600mg dose — no longer favored by the health care industry because it can cause severe side effects. Additional changes could allow women to take the medication at home and no longer require two clinic visits.
Breathe deep and face east. Apparel designer Lululemon, whose pricy yoga pants have conquered vinyasa flow classes across the U.S., has expanded into several lucrative Asian markets — and CEO Laurent Potdevin says sales in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Seoul have exceeded expectations. China is a must-have market for luxury retailers, so Lululemon has to convince Chinese consumers to spend their renminbi on “athleisure” wear instead of Louis Vuitton. But with yoga on the rise in China, the brand expects to see $8 million this year just from its Hong Kong outlet.
Hold the phone. The FBI will help police in a town near Little Rock unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to a pair of teens accused of killing a couple — just days after feds broke into the phone of the San Bernardino shooter. By accepting the request, the Justice Department undercut its narrative against Apple about only unlocking phones in exceptional circumstances, and made it clear that they don’t need the computing giant’s help to beat encryption. One suspect’s trial has been postponed until June to allow authorities time to crack the code.
Flying robots might win the race. Rural Africa is short on usable roads, and some say drones — cheaper than infrastructure — could be the key, delivering medical supplies and allowing locals to sell what they make to the world. Neighboring Kenya has banned drones for fear of terrorism, and a lack of regulation is a serious concern for those who remember late 20th century drone bombings in the region. But Rwanda still hopes to have the world’s first drone port by late next year — and that others will follow its lead.
It’s high time for pain relief. The co-host of The View and avowed weed smoker is launching a joint venture with businesswoman Maya Elisabeth on a line of cannabis products to help women with overwhelming menstrual pain. Goldberg, who was originally told the line would be too “niche,” says the products — cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs and a bath soak — are meant to be relaxing, not get you “high high.” The line, called Whoopi & Maya, will hit California dispensaries next month.
This isn’t how you make friends. The rookie point guard is getting the cold shoulder after taking video of teammate Nick Young discussing affairs he had while engaged to hip-hop star Iggy Azalea. A third party published the video, which quickly went viral. The tension in L.A.’s locker room reportedly contributed to the team’s franchise-tying 48-point loss to Utah on Monday. Coach Byron Scott is not interfering, and his players are leaving an apologetic Russell, expected to be the face of the franchise for years to come, alone on the bench.