TIME tennis

Roger Federer Wins Another Set — of Twins

Roger Federer at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis tournament, April 16, 2014.
Roger Federer at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, April 16, 2014. Imago/Zumapress

The Swiss tennis star and his wife Mirka Vavrinec welcomed twin boys on Tuesday, five years after having twin girls. "Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening!" he tweeted

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka Vavrinec had a second set of twins on Tuesday.

The world-famous tennis player announced the birth of the baby boys on his Twitter account a few hours after revealing he was pulling out of a tennis tournament in Madrid to be at the birth.

“Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening!” he wrote, hashtagging the post “#TwinsAgain” and “#Miracle.”

The couple had their first set of twins, two daughters, in 2009.

TIME South Africa

South Africa Goes to the Polls Amid Protests and Unemployment

Voters queue to cast their ballots in Bekkersdal near Johannesburg
Voters queue to cast their ballots in the election in Bekkersdal near Johannesburg on May 7, 2014. Mike Hutchings—Reuters

The governing ANC party is expected to maintain its two-thirds majority, but dissatisfaction with the jobless rate and recent corruption scandals may cause it to lose ground, especially among young voters

Voting has begun in South Africa’s fifth general election since apartheid ended two decades ago, and the first in which the generation born after the end of apartheid casts its ballots.

Though the governing African National Congress is expected to maintain its nearly two-thirds majority and grant Jacob Zuma another five years as President, the party is also expected to lose voters, BBC reports.

Polls have shown that many South Africans are dissatisfied with the government over a series of corruption scandals and ongoing high unemployment, which is currently about 25%.

Protests over the failure of local officials to deliver on basic services are also steadily worsening. A University of Johannesburg report recorded 470 such demonstrations in 2012, compared with just 13 in 2004.

Results of the voting are expected on May 10.

[BBC]

TIME Security

Microsoft Fixes Internet Explorer Security Bug

The security glitch that allowed data thieves using a network computer to get around security protections and access personal information has been taken care of

Microsoft has fixed the security glitch in Internet Explorer that caused the Department of Homeland Security to advise users not to use the browser until the problem was resolved, the tech giant announced on Thursday.

Most users will not have to take any action as the fix will be downloaded automatically, but customers who haven’t enabled automatic updates are encouraged to apply the update manually as quickly as possible.

The security glitch, which was announced by Microsoft last weekend, potentially gave data thieves using a networked computer the same level of access to personal information as the legitimate user.

Web users who are still using Windows XP were especially vulnerable.

TIME Law

A Marijuana Bank for Colorado? Not Right Now

The marijuana business in Colorado is having serious problems finding places to put the vast amounts of cash it earns. Weed firms have struggled to find a way to handle the cash they make, because the funds are derived from a substance that remains illegal under federal law

An attempt to create a banking system for Colorado’s now legal marijuana businesses survived only a few hours before being effectively killed off Thursday.

The plan, which would have created a credit union for pot-related businesses unable to gain access to the regular banking system, cleared a state legislative committee early Thursday, paving the way for the world’s first financial system for the bud trade.

However, another committee killed the plan shortly after by amending the bill to require Colorado to keep trying to find a way for the marijuana businesses to enter mainstream banking.

Marijuana firms in Colorado and Washington state, the two states that have legalized pot for recreational use, have struggled to find a way to handle the large amounts of cash they make, because the funds are derived from a substance that remains illegal under federal law.

In February, the Justice and Treasury departments issued guidance suggesting that banks could offer basic services to marijuana dealers, but financial institutions remain wary. Consensus is growing that it will take an act of Congress to change the situation.

“I have long said the issue cannot be solved at the [state] capitol, and I don’t hold the current Congress in high esteem to get anything done,” the bill’s co-sponsor Pat Steadman told the Denver Post.

“But this bill would lay it squarely at their feet and force the conversation.”

TIME Crime

Police: Teen Suspect Planned School Massacre

Waseca Police Captain Kris Markeson, left, and Waseca school Superintendent Tom Lee spoke at a news conference on May 1, about the 17-year-old arrested in plot to kill family and massacre students at Waseca school.
Waseca Police Captain Kris Markeson, left, and Waseca school Superintendent Tom Lee spoke at a news conference on May 1, about the 17-year-old arrested in plot to kill family and massacre students at Waseca school. Glen Stubbe—The Star Tribune—AP

Authorities said they foiled an alleged attempt by a 17-year-old to kill his family and schoolmates in a Columbine-style massacre following a tip about a person behaving suspiciously at a storage facility

A 17-year-old in Waseca, Minn., has been arrested for allegedly planning to conduct a school massacre and kill his family.

The young male had the resources to carry out the attack and had planned it meticulously, Waseca police captain Kris Markeson told reporters Thursday.

“I am very disturbed by the amount of weapons he had,” Markeson said during the press conference, stressing that an “unimaginable tragedy” had been avoided.

The suspect was planning to carry out the attack within a week or two and was believed to be acting alone, Markeson said. The police arrested him after a tip-off about a person behaving suspiciously at a storage facility. Items allegedly belonging to the teen that could have been used for bombmaking, such as gunpowder, a pressure cooker and chemicals, were found there.

The suspect was then brought to the police station for an interview, where authorities said he told them about his plans and handed them the key to a safe where he kept his guns. Upon searching his home, officers found seven firearms, ammunition, several bombs and a notebook detailing the attack.

The Waseca County News reported that the teenager told police he wanted to conduct the attack on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20 but postponed it, as that was a school holiday.

On Thursday the suspect was charged with four counts of premeditated first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree damage to property and six counts of possession of an explosive device and sent to a juvenile correctional facility. He has admitted to having tested explosives in areas around Waseca in late March.

TIME Nigeria

Nigerian Militants Sell Kidnapped Schoolgirls as Child Brides

Nigeria Kidnapped Girls
Wednesday hundreds of protesters demonstrated in front of Nigerian government buildings, calling on the government to do more to free the kidnapped girls. Gbemiga Olamikan—Associated Press

Abducted children are reportedly being sold off as brides for as little as $12. Outrage over the government's failure to free the young captives is growing in Nigeria with mass protests in recent days

Nigerian officials say they are negotiating with local rebels over the release of about 180 abducted schoolgirls, many of whom have reportedly already been sold as child brides.

The Boko Haram militants, who abducted the children ages 12 to 17 two weeks ago, are demanding an unspecified ransom from Borno state officials, a community leader told the Associated Press. He also said that two of the girls, who were taken after completing their final exams and driven off to the remote Sambisa forest, have died from snake bites.

On Wednesday reports emerged that the girls were being sold for $12 each and forced to marry. Some have been taken across the border into Chad and Cameroon, their families say.

Outrage over the government’s failure to free the captives is growing among Nigerians, and on Wednesday several hundred protesters took to the street to press authorities toward decisive action. Senator Ali Ndume has called for international help to free the abductees, saying the government must do “whatever it takes, even seeking external support to make sure these girls are released,” as he believes the Nigerian military has been proved incapable of rescuing them.

Others complain about the security forces’ slow response. The girls have reportedly been driven around in open trucks by the militant group, which has taken over large swaths of the country’s northeast.

“What bothered me the most is that whenever I informed the military where these girls were, after two to three days they were moved from that place to another. Still, I would go back and inform them on new developments,” Senator Ahmad Zanna told the Nigerian news group Persecond News.

Boko Haram is vehemently opposed to Western education and aims to create a strict Islamic state in the northern part of the country. The kidnapping of the girls is seen as one of the most brazen attacks in the five years since the group grew to prominence.

TIME celebrities

Report: Peaches Geldof Died From Heroin Overdose

Peaches Geldof on Feb. 25, 2014 in Paris.
Peaches Geldof on Feb. 25, 2014 in Paris. Julien Hekimian—Getty Images

A coroner's report to be released on Thursday is expected to show that the 25-year-old television presenter and socialite, daughter of Irish musician Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose last month, just as her mother did nearly a decade and a half ago

Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose, according to a coroner’s report due to be released on Thursday and obtained by the London Times.

The 25-year-old television presenter and former model was found dead in her home near London last month.

The daughter of Irish musician Bob Geldof, she shared the same tragic fate as her mother, British television personality Paula Yates, who died from a heroin overdose when Peaches Geldof was 11 years old.

Geldof left behind her husband Thomas Cohen and two sons.

[The Times]

TIME China

Wanted: Li Fangwei, Alias Karl Lee. Reward: $5 Million

A military truck carrying Shalamcheh missiles drives past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014 in Tehran Atta Kenare—AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. is offering a huge reward for information on Chinese businessman Li Fangwei, alias Karl Lee, after accusing him of being a “principal supplier” of ballistic-missile parts to Iran. He faces several charges and if caught and convicted could face decades in prison

The U.S. has put a $5 million bounty on a Chinese businessman accused of selling ballistic-missile parts to Iran, authorities said Tuesday.

U.S. authorities have also put eight trading firms that were allegedly operated by Li Fangwei on a sanctions list and seized close to $7 million attributed to Li’s front companies.

Li, who is better known by the alias of Karl Lee, has been prohibited from doing business with U.S. companies since 2006.

“Li Fangwei has used subterfuge and deceit to continue to evade U.S. sanctions that had been imposed because of his illicit trade in prohibited materials with Iran,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Previously having been exposed as a violator of those sanctions, Li spun a web of front companies to carry out prohibited transactions essentially in disguise.”

Li is charged with substantive violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, two charges of conspiracy to violate it, conspiracy to launder money, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. If caught and convicted, he faces decades in prison.

The U.S. doesn’t have an extradition agreement with Li’s home country China, and according to U.S. officials, he hasn’t traveled to any countries where they could seize him. Any information leading to the arrest of Li will be rewarded with up to $5 million, the U.S. State Department said.

TIME Congress

Congressman Caught Kissing Aide Won’t Seek Re-election

Republican Rep. Vance McAllister
Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, right, and his wife Kelly, check in at Monroe Regional Airport on their way to Washington, in Monroe, La., Monday, April 28, 2014. Emerald Mcintyre—The News-Star/AP

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican who focused on family values during his election campaign, says he will serve out the rest of his term but won't run for Congress again after he was caught on tape smooching a female aide

A married Republican Congressman from Louisiana who was caught on video kissing a female aide will not seek re-election.

“Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election, but I will continue to be that voice and will uphold the office to which I was elected to serve for the remainder of my term,” Representative Vance McAllister said in a statement Tuesday.

The 40-year-old, who won a vacated seat in the House of Representatives in November, touted his Christian beliefs and family values during his election campaign. In the statement, he acknowledged that he has fallen short of those values.

“I’ve failed those I care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent them. I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done,” he added.

McAllister’s wife flew with him to Washington, D.C., this week, and has said she is “behind him 100%” and that their marriage remains intact. The object of his illicit affections, however, has resigned from her post on his staff.

TIME Asia

North Korea Holds Live-Fire Drill Near Disputed Maritime Border

Undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 26, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a shelling drill of an artillery sub-unit under Korean People's Army Unit 681 at undisclosed place in North Korea.
Undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 26, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a shelling drill of an artillery sub-unit under Korean People's Army Unit 681 at undisclosed place in North Korea. KNS/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea conducted live-fire exercises near its disputed maritime border with South Korea on Tuesday, five hours after notifying Seoul of its intention to do so and just weeks after a similar drill caused the exchange of hundreds of artillery shells between the adversaries

Updated: Tuesday, 7:13 a.m. ET

North Korea conducted live-fire exercises near its disputed maritime border with South Korea, launching rockets into the sea.

The drill started five hours after Pyongyang sent a fax to Seoul on Tuesday announcing its intention to start firing, the Korea Herald reports. The exercises follow a similar drill in late March, which caused the exchange of hundreds of artillery shells between the two adversaries.

“The North notified us there would be live-fire drills today north of the [border] near Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong islands,” a Defense Ministry spokesman told AFP. The South Korean military was “fully prepared” for the drill, he added.

South Koreans living on or fishing near the islands have been told to evacuate to safe areas until the exercises cease.

The drill begins days after South Korea warned that increased activity at a nuclear test site suggested Kim Jong Un’s regime may be preparing to conduct another nuclear test.

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