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A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan 10 minutes before midnight on Tuesday, causing buildings to collapse in the city of Hualien. The USGS said the 6.4-magnitude quake was recorded at 11:50 p.m. and was centered about 14 miles northeast of Hualien, a city of 110,000 on Taiwan’s east coast. Two people were killed and at least 200 were injured. Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, wrote on Twitter. “Relief measures are underway. Stay safe.” Taiwan’s government said that at least seven buildings had partially collapsed or were left leaning at dangerous angles. Images carried by Taiwan media outlets showed one multistory building pitched at a severe angle. Multiple buildings in Hualien collapsed and efforts to rescue people inside were underway, Hualien is near the entrance to Taroko National Park, one of Taiwan’s most famous scenic areas. The region is less populated than Taiwan’s west coast. Tuesday was the second anniversary of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck northeast of Pingtung City in southern Taiwan, killing 117 people. A magnitude-7.6 quake in central Taiwan killed more than 2,300 people in 1999.
SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars. The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Center, as thousands jammed surrounding beaches, bridges, and roads to watch the rocket soar. Two of the boosters were recycled and made a simultaneous touchdown at Cape Canaveral, while the third, brand new, set its sights on an ocean platform some 300 miles offshore. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk owns the onboard Tesla Roadster, which is shooting for a solar orbit that will reach all the way to Mars. The typical ballast for a rocket debut: concrete or steel slabs, or experiments. While the shuttles had more liftoff muscle than the Heavy, the all-time leaders in both size and might were NASA’s Saturn V rockets, which first flew astronauts to the moon in 1968. The Heavy is intended for massive satellites, like those used by the U.S. military and major-league communication companies. Even before the test flight, customers were signed up for the Falcon Heavy. At the convertible’s wheel is SpaceX’s “Starman,” a dummy in a white-and-black-trimmed spacesuit, and on the soundtrack is another nod to David Bowie: his 1969, pre-Apollo 11 song “Space Oddity,” featuring the memorable line “Ground Control to Major Tom.” SpaceX showed live shots of the car and "Starman" from onboard cameras, once the protective enclosure came off and the car was fully exposed. Not counting 3 Apollo moon buggies, the Tesla Roadster is the first automobile to speed right off the planet.
Stocks closed sharply higher on Wall Street after another turbulent day of steep ups and downs. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 567 points, or 2.3 percent, recouping nearly half of the 1,175-point plunge it took the day before. The index of 30 big-name U.S. companies ended up at 24,912. On its way there, the Dow took several harrowing turns during the day, opening with a plunge of 567 points — coincidentally, the exact same amount it wound up gaining at the closing bell. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 46 points, or 1.7 percent, to 2,695. The Nasdaq climbed 148, or 2.1 percent, to 7,115. Big drops Friday and Monday erased the Dow’s gains for the year. By Tuesday, it was once again slightly higher for 2018. The Dow is still up 21 percent over the past 12 months, and the S&P 500 is up 15 percent.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would “love” to see another government shutdown as Republicans and Democrats in Congress worked to reach a budget deal that would prevent federal agencies from having to close their doors this week. Trump said he would welcome a shutdown if a spending deal did not include changes to immigration laws, challenging Democrats on the issue that led to a three-day partial closure of government agencies last month. He spoke even as Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate said they were closing in on an agreement that could dramatically raise spending levels for both military and domestic programs and ensure that the government will keep operating when temporary spending expires on Thursday. The deal could potentially put an end to the brinkmanship over spending that has periodically roiled Washington and that resulted in funds running out for the government in January. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the agreement would include an increase for domestic programs like drug treatment and broadband infrastructure that Democrats have sought, as well as a military spending increase championed by Republicans.
The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday night to release Democrats' rebuttal to a GOP memo that accused the FBI and the Justice Department of improperly getting a secret court warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Democrats harshly criticized the committee's Republican majority, and specifically Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), for releasing the GOP memo, which Democrats criticized as intentionally misleading. The Democratic document now goes to the White House. President Trump will have five days to decide whether to block its release. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump "will consider" the Democratic memo just as he did the Republican one, which he allowed to be made public despite objections from the FBI.
President Trump's lawyers are urging him not to agree to a wide-ranging interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, The New York Times reported Monday, citing four people briefed on the matter. Trump has said publicly that he is eager to talk to Mueller to move past questions about Russia's election meddling and possible collusion by Trump associates. The president's lawyers, however, reportedly are concerned that he could make false or contradictory statements and be charged with lying to investigators. Attorneys John Dowd and Jay Sekulow reportedly want Trump to avoid an interview and think Mueller won't subpoena him, but Ty Cobb wants Trump to cooperate and has been dealing with Mueller in trying to set up an interview.
A British judge on Tuesday upheld a U.K. arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving him still a wanted man in the country where he has spent more than five years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy. The judge rejected a call from Assange’s lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes. It was issued in 2012 for jumping bail. The 46-year-old Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since he took refuge there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors were investigating allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two women in 2010. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case last year, saying there was no prospect of bringing Assange to Sweden in the foreseeable future. But Assange was still subject to the British warrant for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Assange's lawyer said his client has several serious health problems including depression and argued that the five and a half years he has spent inside the embassy were more than adequate punishment for his actions. He also cited a U.N. report in support of Assange. The judge said she would rule on those arguments Feb. 13.
Two former senior managers of the Vatican bank have been found liable for mismanagement and ordered to pay damages by the city state’s court. The ruling was the result of civil legal action launched by the bank in 2014, the year after the election of Pope Francis, who has prioritized cleaning up Vatican finances and breaking with the bank’s murky past. The spiritual home of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has been praised for making progress in financial regulation but urged to deal more aggressively with people suspected of crimes like money laundering and step up prosecutions. The bank, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), did not give any details of the type of mismanagement or the value of the damages.
A tsunami alert sparked panic across the US after a test warning was sent to thousands of phones in error. Mobile users with the popular app AccuWeather received the alert for the US East Coast and beyond on Tuesday, claiming a tsunami warning was in effect. The National Weather Service, which was listed as the source in the alert, confirmed about half an hour later that it had issued a monthly test that some users received "as an actual tsunami warning". The incident comes less than a month since people in Hawaii were warned of an incoming missile, only for it be confirmed as a "false alarm" 38 minutes later. In a message on Twitter, AccuWeather said: "The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning this morning was a TEST. No Tsunami warning is in effect for the East Coast of the US." The National Weather Service tweeted: "THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING. A Tsunami Test was conducted earlier this morning, that did have a TEST in the message.
John Mahoney, a prolific actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly father on Frasier (1993-2004), died in hospice care in Chicago on Sunday, his manager said Monday. He was 77. Mahoney, who moved to the U.S. from his native England at age 19, quit his job as a medical magazine editor and started acting full-time in his late 30s at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, after meeting co-founder John Malkovich in 1977. Along with his stage career, Mahoney's film credits include Moonstruck, The American President, In the Line of Fire, Tin Men, Reality Bites, and Say Anything, where he was the father of John Cusack's love interest. Mahoney's awards include a Tony and a SAG Award, along with two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations.
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