Strasbourg Manhunt Continues, China Arrests Second Canadian Businessman, Report Finds Fault With Parkland Shooting Response

Strasbourg Manhunt Continues, China Arrests Second Canadian Businessman, Report Finds Fault With Parkland Shooting Response, And More
  • ​Authorities continue to search for the gunman suspected of opening fire on Strasbourg's Christmas market earlier this week, killing three people and injuring a dozen others. Police are looking for Cherif Chekatt, 29, who is known to have developed radical religious views while in jail, Reuters reports.​

  • China arrested a second Canadian businessman in what appears to be retaliation of the detention and arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. "Accusing the two men of national security crimes—as yet unspecified—signaled a serious escalation of the diplomatic crisis that began when Canada detained Meng Wanzhou…at the request of American prosecutors on charges of bank fraud related to violating sanctions against trade with Iran," according to The New York Times.

  • A shortfall in the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, may have made the incident worse, a Florida commission report found. In a draft report released yesterday, the commission highlighted a range of school and law enforcement failures that likely contributed to the deadliness of the shooting, including that seven other sheriff's deputies who raced to the scene after shots fired remained outside the building and that a campus security monitor saw the gunman enter the building but did nothing to alert students.

  • The U.S. Congress passed legislation that legalizes hemp, which is typically used for its fiber to create products and is derived from the cannabis plant. The measure was included in the farm bill, and would change U.S. policy that banned hemp production and sale.

  • Many experts are concerned about how advances in artificial intelligence (AI) will affect humans, productivity, and the exercise of free will. Almost 1,000 technology experts answered questions from the Pew Research Center about AI, sharing their thoughts about how AI will "amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency, and capabilities."

  • In other news, British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote; U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for breaking campaign finance laws, tax evasion, and lying to Congress; and WIRED takes a look at ​self-driving cars.