FOURTH OF JULY
Ransomware victim Kaseya gets master key to unlock networks
The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations crippled in the global incident. Kaseya spokeswoman Dana Liedholm would not say Thursday how the key was obtained or whether a ransom was paid. Ransomware analysts offered multiple possible explanations for why the master key, which can unlock the scrambled data of all the attack's victims, has now appeared.news.yahoo.com
Biden’s message to social media platforms on COVID-19 misinformation: ‘They’re killing people’
Departing the White House on Friday, President Biden responded to a reporter’s asking if he had a message to social media companies like Facebook regarding COVID-19 misinformation. Biden said, “They’re killing people,” and added, “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.”news.yahoo.com
US virus cases are rising again, doubling over three weeks
The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up from 11,300 on June 23, according to Johns Hopkins University data. “It is certainly no coincidence that we are looking at exactly the time that we would expect cases to be occurring after the July Fourth weekend," said Dr. Bill Powderly, co-director of the infectious-disease division at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis.news.yahoo.com
What exactly was Mark Zuckerberg riding in that viral Fourth of July video?
If you’ve been scrolling around on social media this month, then you may have noticed that over the Fourth of July weekend, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg was riding on some sort of wakeboard on a lake with an American flag in tow.
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie dies after fireworks accident
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described Monday as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, police Lt. Jason Meier said. The fire department and EMTs got to the private home shortly after 10 p.m. and took Kivlenieks to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Meier said.news.yahoo.com
2 teenagers dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Cincinnati park
Two teenagers are dead after apparently exchanging gunfire that wounded three others at a downtown Cincinnati park where hundreds of teens were gathered late on the Fourth of July, police said. It's possible others were involved in the conflict Sunday at Smale Park, but police aren't searching for any other particular suspects, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Monday. Sixteen-year-old Milo Watson died at the scene, and 19-year-old Dexter Wright Jr. died later at a hospital, police said.news.yahoo.com
In the return of Hyde Park’s 4th on 53rd celebration, families are just happy to be out
The annual parade was still on pause, but the park’s Fourth of July committee brought out carnival games, food trucks, art and music to bring an all-ages picnic to life after a year of social distancing.chicagotribune.com
Tragedy casts pall over July Fourth holiday in South Florida
The Fourth of July holiday was marked with somber tones in South Florida, where a collapsed building has left at least 24 dead and more than 120 missing under rubble. “July 4 is ordinarily a time to gather with our loved ones and to celebrate our freedom and our independence, and this year the holiday looks very different," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. A vigil was planned for Sunday night in Miami Beach for the victims of the fallen Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Surfside, Florida.news.yahoo.com
Ransomware attack before holiday leaves companies scrambling
Businesses rushed Saturday to contain a ransomware attack that has paralyzed their computer networks, a situation complicated in the U.S. by offices lightly staffed at the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Swedish State Railways and a major local pharmacy chain were also affected. Cybersecurity experts say the REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack that targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers.news.yahoo.com
Douglas Emhoff in Chicago: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine ‘is not political’
Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, said in Chicago Wednesday that as he’s traveled the country in recent months to talk up vaccination efforts he hasn’t once heard people talk about getting inoculated in political terms.chicagotribune.com
Letters to the editor: Fourth of July parade, education task force, breaching dams, Murgoitio Park, camping with dogs, COVID-19 statistics
Letters to the editor on having a Fourth of July parade in Boise, education task force, breaching dams, saving Murgoitio Park, camping with dogs and misleading COVID-19 statistics.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville ordered to turn off bridge’s Pride Month rainbow lights. A day later, they’re lighted again.
The decision on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., which came after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a much-debated transgender girls sports ban on the first day of Pride Month, appears to have been reversed Wednesday amid mounting blowback.washingtonpost.com
Sorry Virginians, there will be no coronavirus restriction changes before Labor Day
ROANOKE, Va. Given spikes seen in parts of the country after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, no coronavirus restrictions changes will be made ahead of the upcoming holiday weekend. Were seeing cases trend up, said Northam, when talking about the Southwest Virginia region. Virginia Department of Health map of regions and districts (Virginia Department of Health)On Tuesday, Radford reported 68 new cases. In the past two weeks, the city has seen an increase of about 577% in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, seeing 398 new cases in that time frame. As of Tuesday, there have been 121,615 coronavirus cases in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest welcomes visitors for Fourth of July
FOREST, Va. – Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, one of Central Virginia’s strongest ties to the founding fathers, welcomed Independence Day visitors in a different way this year because of covid-19. Poplar Forest guests could still tour the Third President’s former home, but tours were limited to ten people at a time. Everyone at Poplar Forest had to wear a mask, and the museum organized several outdoor activities to keep people at a distance. “A couple of weeks ago, we were very worried that we wouldn’t be able to do anything,” Massie said. However, the house did not open to the public until Independence Day 1986.
’It’s time to start owning some stuff’: Lynchburg Black Lives Matter rally touches on Black financial independence
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg’s Black Lives Matter chapter did not take a day off for the Fourth of July. Instead, it invited people to Miller Park for a discussion about Black independence. About a hundred people came to the rally, many of whom wore black in solidarity with the cause. “We possess so much strength, wisdom and knowledge,” said Glover-Tucker, while quoting a fellow Black Lives Matter Lynchburg member who recently passed away. “In our community, it’s time to start owning some stuff.”Hobson said home ownership is especially important because renting leaves communities at risk of displacement.
17 places to watch fireworks in Southwest, Central Virginia this 4th of July weekend
Many places cited coronavirus guidelines on social distancing as the reason for canceling. With that being said, there are still places this 4th of July weekend you’ll be able to watch fireworks light up the night’s sky. They’re set to begin at 9:30 p.m.Pearisburg: While Mountain Lake couldn’t host this year’s fireworks due to social distancing requirements, the fireworks show has been moved. Covington: The Covington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting fireworks at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Jackson River Sports Complex. Know about an upcoming fireworks display that’s not included on this list?
Wytheville to host first ever Independence Illumination, July 4th decoration tour
“It was very sad to me because I love the 4th of July,” said Amy Wickham, Wytheville resident. “We’ve tried to stay away from the name “Christmas in July” and we went with the name “Independence Illumination.” I thought that sounded really grand,” said Wickham. The first ever Independence Illumination will officially start Friday, July 3rd and run through Sunday, July 5th, giving families something to do this holiday while social distancing. I’m hoping that we’ll have such a great response that it will become an annual event for the town of Wytheville. If you would like to learn more about Independence Illumination, click here.
Narrows moves ahead with 4th of July fireworks
Narrows, Va. – Fireworks are on in Narrows this Fourth of July. The towns firework committee announced the “drive-in” show this week. The Independence Day show kicks off at 9:45 p.m. According to the committee, the best viewing locations are:Most of the high school hill areaNHS parking lotAll businesses along 460 ( please note it is illegal to park in the median )Farmers Market - Center StreetDuck Pond - Mill Pond FieldDue to the global coronavirus pandemic, you are asked to stay around your car to prevent large gatherings and the spread of the virus. The show is put together on behalf of Narrows Parks & Recreation and Narrows Firework committee.
Blacksburg, Christiansburg will still launch fireworks this Fourth of July
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – While many locations have decided to not launch fireworks this Fourth of July, that’s not the case in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Christiansburg detailsIn Christiansburg, the fireworks show will begin at about 9:15 p.m. from a property off Peppers Ferry Road. Blacksburg detailsBlacksburg’s fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. from the old Blacksburg High School property on Patrick Henry Drive. If it does rain, fireworks will not be rescheduled. Anyone in either town who is planning to watch fireworks from their car is encouraged to stay in their vehicles during the show.
Elis Cheesecake, the iconic Chicago-style sweet, celebrates 40 years, and whatever happens next
The signature dessert was served exclusively in the restaurant until 1980, when it made its street debut at the very first Taste of Chicago, a one-day event on the Fourth of July, held on Michigan Avenue. It was a smash. It became so successful that the cheesecake company thrives as a third generation family-owned business with Elis son Marc Schulman and granddaughter Elana Schulman, a James Beard award winner for her work as a video producer previously at Vice Munchies.chicagotribune.com
New York City will host 4th of July fireworks 'one way or another,' Mayor de Blasio says
New York City's annual Fourth of July celebration will go on "one way or another," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. He said that there will definitely be fireworks, although they city is still deliberating how and where they will be done. "Since 1976, Macy's Fireworks have lit the skies over many of New York City's waterways and neighborhoods. "This year's show will be a celebration of the strength and resilience of New York City and will honor frontline workers across America," he said. On Monday, de Blasio announced the city is canceling concerts, festivals and parades, including the 2020 Pride march, through June.cnbc.com
Blue Grass Fourth of July parade enjoyed by all ages
Little Miss and Master Highland, Haven Wilfong and Jaxson Will, greeted onlookers during the Fourth of July parade in Blue Grass last weekend. See more photos, page 10. (Recorder photo by John Bruce) Old Glory led the Blue Grass July 4th Parade.This antique tractor was a crowd pleaser. (Recorder photos by John Bruce)Above: The Beverage clan returned to the parade this year. (Recorder photos by John Bruce)Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam, played by Patsy and Clay Hamilton, delighted appreciative ...therecorderonline.com
Portland shelters, animal hospital busy after the Fourth
CNN image(KPTV) - PORTLAND, Oregon -- Its a busy couple days for animal shelters and hospitals, as they care for more sick and stray pets from the Fourth of July. This Fourth of July they cared for 87 animals Thursday alone, compared to their 61 patients on an average day. We checked in with shelters in the area who also had quite a few lost pets. And Multnomah County Animal Services took in 21. As for this weekend, Multnomah County Animal Services will be waiving impound and board fees through Sunday as long as the pet is picked up by Tuesday.
Man arrested for pretending to be officer, pulling over deputy
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A Hillsborough County, Florida deputy sheriff arrested a 35-year-old man on Fourth of July after being accused of pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Hastings told him "he was a law enforcement officer and his credentials were at the office." He told the deputy he could follow him back to the "station" so he could obtain and show him his credentials. Shortly after exiting on Branch Forbes, Hastings was stopped by a Hillsborough County deputy, where he was detained while they interviewed the off-duty deputy. No handcuffs or firearms were located in the vehicle," the Sheriff's Office said.
Children celebrate Fourth by reading to pets
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. - This Fourth of July has been all about fireworks, good food and good books for some children in Franklin County. Dozens of children spent part of their holiday reading to cats and dogs at the Franklin County Humane Society. "I think it's a good experience for the children," said Anita Scott, director of the Franklin County Humane Society. "If you're struggling, if you're a new reader, if you're learning, reading to pets is a really excellent opportunity to learn, and it's beneficial both ways," sad Jennifer Fleisher, a volunteer. Thursday's program not only gave children a chance to practice reading; volunteers hoped it would also help calm the animals before all of the noise from Fourth of July fireworks.
World War II veteran crosses country on foot for second time
Over the course of two years and 10 months, over 2,631 miles, he crossed the country on foot, running from California to Georgia. At age 95, the World War II veteran has decided to do it again. He's clocked 175 miles into his second coast-to-coast trek, which he began in March when he left from Georgia's St. Simons Island. He hopes to run 13 miles a week through grueling heat or freezing cold for as long as he can. As he runs, the Navy veteran is raising funds to sail a restored World War II tanker to Normandy for a D-Day anniversary, a feat that he says will cost millions.
Trump said George Washingtons army took over airports. Twitter erupted in memes
And Bags too, a Twitter user called @King_Of_Shade tweeted, along with a photoshopped image of George Washington crossing the Delaware in an airport. #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories trended on Twitter as users aired their contemporary travel problems with a 1776 twist. Trump immediately went on to speak about the star-spangled banner flying at Fort McHenry, as if this historical anecdote was also about the Revolutionary War. We are at a disadvantage #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories Rizzo Campbell (@RizzoCampbell) July 5, 2019Will my Emotional Support Animal require an extra seat? #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories pic.twitter.com/ihgZ6A0Rca LionO*s_Jungle (@jungle_os) July 5, 2019On Friday, Trump chalked up his mistakes to teleprompter problems and the rain.latimes.com
Happy Birthday, Malia Obama! First Daughter Turns 21 on Fourth of July
America's wasn't the only birthday celebrated on the Fourth of July, as first daughter Malia Obama turned 21 on Thursday. Former President Barack Obama took to social media to wish his and first lady Michelle Obama's oldest daughter happy birthday. "Happy Fourth of July, everybody! This is always a great day in the Obama family: a chance to celebrate America and Malia's birthday, too," Obama wrote on Twitter. That same year, her father spoke of the bittersweet moment of dropping her off to begin her college career.
Easiest way to get fishing license in minutes, without leaving the lake
Regardless, if fishing might be or already is on your to-do list this weekend and you don't have your fishing license for this year, we've got some good news: You can EASILY get it on your phone within minutes -- like, even if you're already on the waters with fishing pole in hand. In case you didnt know, the state of Virginia requires anyone 16 years of age or older to have licenses and permits in order to go fishing in public waters. Those who are younger are exempt from fishing license requirements. It will only take minutes and youll have a a viewable/printable lice in hand. Happy fishing!
Florida inmates will spend their Fourth comforting shelter dogs
Instead of watching fireworks, some Florida inmates will be cuddling dogs this Fourth of July. (CNN) - Instead of watching fireworks, some Florida inmates will be cuddling dogs this Fourth of July. Dogs often get frightened and anxious because of fireworks and other loud noises from July Fourth celebrations. So Brevard County designed a program to comfort the dogs as well as "help add purpose to the lives of inmates incarcerated at the Brevard County Jail." A 2007 study found that prisoners who participated in an animal program learned important values including patience and helping others.
WWII hero celebrates 99th birthday on Fourth of July
SALEM, Va. - A man who escaped death three times in World War II is marking a milestone. Retired Gen. Leo LaCasse will blow out 99 candles this Fourth of July. The Purple Heart recipient says he's not surprised at all that he's nearing his 100th birthday. He served in World War II as a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber pilot, completing 35 missions. He told me not too long ago he wasn't even talking about 99, he's waiting for the hundred.
Photos:: Trump's Fourth of July speech inserts politics and protests into national celebration
Trumps Fourth of July speech inserts politics and protests into national celebrationA plane flies through cloudy skies past a screen on the National Mall showing the American flag. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)latimes.com
Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo defend titles at Fourth of July hot dog eating contest
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on Thursday, just a few hot dogs shy of breaking the record he set last year. Joey Chestnut eats during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest on July 4, 2019, in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty ImagesWhen asked how he felt after the contest, Chestnut said, "I feel like I should eat a couple more." Spectators with foam hot dog hats, plastic noisemakers and homemade signs descended on Coney Island's famed boardwalk for the contest. Miki Sudo eats during the women's portion of the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on July 4, 2019, in New York City.cbsnews.com
What's open and what's closed on the Fourth of July
We're here to answer the most important Fourth of July questions: What's open, and what's closed? OPENStores and restaurant chains are likely to be open on July 4, but it's always good to call aheadTarget -- Open regular hoursWalmart -- Open regular hoursKroger-- Open regular hoursTrader Joe's -- All stores will be closing at 5, so don't procrastinateMovie theaters -- We can't think of a better way to ring in America's birthdayLiquor stores -- So, this depends. Your bank is probably closed, but if you need cash the ATM is always an option. Your favorite local spot -- Varies by location! In general, local restaurants will probably be closed, but some morning-only spots (things like your favorite bagel or doughnut spot) might still be open during the day.
Great white sharks invade Cape Cod just in time for the 4th
Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(CNN) - Some fin is in the water in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Locals are bracing for an influx of tourists to flock to Cape Cod for the Fourth of July weekend, and they may have a few extra visitors joining them in the water. In the past week, researchers have tagged 12 great white sharks near Cape Cod Bay. While sharks have always been a part of the waters near Cape Cod's marine environment, researchers have seen their numbers grow over the years. Even so, beachgoers must be cautious when entering the waters in Cape Cod Bay.
Pool experts offer advice ahead of 4th of July swimming
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Many local pools are expecting hundreds of kids for the Fourth of July. In Lynchburg, officials say they save an average of 50 lives a year. Experts offer some tips on how o be safe when in the water. If theres no lifeguard around, then try to reach or throw an object to them before you reach the body of water, Freitas said. Miller Park Pool will be open Thursday at 1 p.m.
The flag clothing you're buying for July 4th is technically illegal
Consumers are buying fewer items of clothing, and apparel with the flag or its colors fits the description of a timeless look. Flag Code, any clothes with the flag on it are technically illegal. "Every item of apparel that they're wearing that has an American flag on it: shirt, shorts, bikini, hat, technically is in violation of the flag code," said Marc Leepson, author of "Flag: An American Biography." The federal flag code says that "The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever." The code also bans the material of a flag from being converted into clothing of any kind.cnbc.com
Drivers will pay less for gas this July 4th than last year, despite a recent rise in prices
Gasoline prices could continue to rise into the weekend, as the East Coast market adjusts to the loss of the Philadelphia refinery, which was 27% of the region's refining capacity. But even with anticipated price increases, the national average price likely peaked in May at $2.89 per gallon, he said. Another factor in the recent rise in gasoline prices was the jump in crude oil prices in the past several weeks, in part the result of tensions in the Middle East. "The Fourth of July weekend is here, gasoline prices I expect to be more or less stable over the next week. Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Vermont and Rhode Island also raised taxes slightly.cnbc.com
Alphabet's robotaxis get one step closer to commercial use in California
Britain's big banks see 'trust' as a competitive edge amid the...Big U.K. banks like HSBC and RBS are having to evolve to keep up with the kind of offering coming out of challengers like Revolut and Monzo. Financeread morecnbc.com
Suspicious mail sent to Facebook tested negative for sarin
Cramer: Tech stocks are overvalued, but 'it's not like we've gone..."After a big run, you always hear that there are just too many bulls, too much excitement, too much optimism," but Jim Cramer's not buying it. Mad Money with Jim Cramerread morecnbc.com
11 great white sharks spotted off Cape Cod ahead of July 4th holiday
Chatham, Massachusetts Tourists are heading to Cape Cod for the Fourth of July weekend and waiting close to shore are 11 great white sharks spotted over the last two days. Marine biologist Greg Skomal tagged three of the great whites spotted off Cape Cod. Last year, a great white nearly snatched him off his research boat. Social media this year has featured video of sharks terrifyingly close to swimmers in Florida. But if people at the Cape want to keep an eye on their favorite beach, there's an app for that.cbsnews.com
Hot weather to fuel wildfires in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Meteorologists say a new wave of hot, dry weather is expected to fuel a wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula. Continued smoke and record-breaking temperatures are predicted for the Fourth of July holiday week across south-central Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News reports that a wildfire has been burning in an area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge since June 5. Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team, says that as of Sunday, the fire was at 106 square miles (274 sq. Meteorologists say that by Tuesday, another high-pressure ridge is expected to move over south-central Alaska.
July deadliest month for drunken driving
More people die in drunken driving crashes in July than any other month, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "Backyard barbecues, fireworks displays and other festivities surrounding the Fourth of July holiday often include drinking, making it one of the deadliest holidays of the year," said Helen Witty, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in a statement. The accompanying weekend is also prime for drunken driving. That year, 10,874 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes -- an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 48 minutes. Staying off the roads, using public transit, and having a designated driver are all ways to stay safe this patriotic season.
These cities have the worst traffic for the Fourth of July
New York City, Boston, Houston and Seattle are all projected to see delays at least three times longer than normal at the busiest travel times. The day and time with the largest delay multiplier varies by city, but Wednesday, July 3, is expected to be the worst day for travel delays overall. More than 80% of travelers will be driving, according to AAA, with 41.4 million people expected to hit the roads. The explosion at the Pennsylvania Energy Solutions refinery could cause prices to rise through the summer, said AAA gas price expert Jeanette Casselano, but gas prices are still down year over year. "Motorists in the Northeast and surrounding regions are likely to see gas prices moderately increase this summer due to the PES refinery closure," Casselano said in a statement to CNBC on Thursday.cnbc.com
Alabama car dealership giving away bibles, flags, shotguns
Chatom Ford(CNN) - In an appeal to patriotism, a car dealership in Alabama is giving away bibles, flags and guns for a Fourth of July special. In a promotional video titled "God, Guns and Freedom," manager Koby Palmer cocks a shotgun in front of a red truck with an American flag draped across the back. There are 161,641 registered firearms in Alabama, according to a 2017 survey from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. GOD, GUNS, AND FREEDOM CELEBRATING JULY 4th FROM NOW UNTIL JULY 31 HERE AT CHATOM FORD!!! EVERY VEHICLE... Posted by Chatom Ford on Wednesday, June 19, 2019The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI over private email server
Hillary Clinton was questioned by the FBI for her use of a private email server during her time at the State Department. She and GOP rival Donald Trump are not campaigning this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Paula Reid has more.cbsnews.com
How the FBI was able to arrest a Florida man suspected in ISIS bomb plot
A Florida man is accused of planning a bomb plot on behalf of ISIS. The FBI says he plotted to attack beaches on Fourth of July. CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell joins CBSN with more on how federal agents were able to stop the plot and capture the suspect.cbsnews.com