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
Timing will be everything for outdoor plans
Deep tropical moisture continues to hang over the area. The result has been for days and days of off and on downpours. Rainfall amounts have been heavy for some (greater than 3″) whereas most places have seen just the constant anytime threat, along with an actual downpour. Like Friday, we will see a shift in these conditions. Subtle but important.
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
St. Johns County prepares for Labor Day beach crowds
ST. JOHNS, Fla. This labor day weekend will look much different than Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. St. Johns County is getting ready for all the people expected to visit the beaches. Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times at county beaches. St Johns County is gearing up for the influx of people expected to hit the beach. St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday, weather permitting.
Jacksonville has deadly weekend with multiple shootings
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was a violent Fourth of July weekend for the River City. We now have details about two deadly Jacksonville shootings that happened within 90 minutes of each other on Sunday, and a third that happened Sunday evening. The second happened on Broadway Avenue, where police found a man shot to death in a yard. Sunday’s shootings follow multiple shootings that happened on Friday and Saturday. In total, 10 people in Jacksonville were injured or killed in shootings this weekend.
St. Johns County fireworks store sees boom in sales
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – With the Fourth of July right around the corner and social distancing still a major concern, many counties have canceled or postponed their firework shows. Candice Bryant, general manager of Phantom Fireworks off County Road 210, told News4Jax the store has seen a climb in sales over the last week. RELATED: St. Johns County COVID-19 cases nearly double in a weekAaron Lundy and his family walked the aisles of Phantom Fireworks Monday afternoon, looking for the perfect fireworks display. Tony Fiano, who lives in St. Johns County, wants to make sure the holiday still spreads joy despite these trying times. And with the increase in sales, the store is doing its best to keep the shelves full.
Nassau County prohibits professional fireworks for 4th of July
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Nassau County has issued an executive order prohibiting professional fireworks in the county, including for the Fourth of July. According to the executive order, which was signed Saturday by County Manager Michael Mullin, the ban does not include fireworks on a private residential property. READ: Nassau County Executive Order No. 15The order shows the county is prohibiting professional fireworks this year because the increase of COVID-19 cases in Nassau County and the state “causes concerns for activities that increase public gatherings.”A violation of the order is considered to be a second-degree misdemeanor, and anyone who violates it could face a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days in jail.
Karim Zabaneh crowned winner of ‘Oh Say Can You Sing’ competition
Four talented singers competed Thursday night in the “Oh Say Can You Sing” finale at 1904 Music Hall, for a chance to sing the national anthem just before the fireworks display over the St. Johns River on the Fourth of July. At the end of the night, Karim Zabaneh was crowned the winner! In addition to singing the national anthem during Channel 4′s “Red, White and Boom” special, Zabaneh receives a $500 prize. Like most annual events and milestones that should have happened for the past few months, the 2020 “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike previous years, open audition calls that usually created long lines at local malls and gathering places had to be moved online.
4th of July fireworks are on in Jacksonville
JACKSOVILLE, Fla. – Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that not only will the city put on its normal Fourth of July fireworks display over the St. Johns River, but Jacksonville will also provide fireworks in other parts of town to ensure people can celebrate the nation’s birthday without congregating downtown. “This year we’re looking to make it bigger, better and safer,” Curry said. As we do every year, News4Jax will televise and stream the city’s fireworks spectacular as well as others around Northeast Florida, although those will be in short supply this year. Jacksonville Beach postponed its Independence Day fireworks show to New Years Eve. St. Augustine canceled its display, but more recently decided to reconsider that decision as the event gets closer.
Jacksonville Beach officials decide to postpone 4th of July fireworks
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville Beach leaders decided Monday to postpone the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Staffopolous said other communities in Florida are also choosing to cancel or postpone the Fourth of July events. Evanoff said even though she’ll miss the fireworks this year she understands the reason for postponing. “It’s definitely another impact, another thing we have to lose out on but we have to do it for the community to be safe,” Evanoff said. Jacksonville and St. Augustine are still debating their fireworks decisions.
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
Cancellation of 4th of July fireworks still up in the air
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The city of St. Augustine addressed concerns over whether or not the annual Fourth of July Fireworks display will be held this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. A Special City Commission meeting was held Monday night where they decided to cancel the fireworks celebration based on a presentation from City Manager John Regan about similar firework cancellations in neighboring communities. Regan then issued an apology Tuesday for presenting inaccurate information about decisions from Jacksonville Beach and Daytona Beach. “I presented information regarding the City of Jacksonville Beach and the City of Daytona Beach fireworks’ celebration that was not fully vetted for accuracy. Flagler Beach has cancelled their fireworks and parade,” Regan said.
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
Because Florida: Don’t ring in the new year with gunfire
He headed for the amusement park’s first aid center after his wife noticed blood soaking his shirt. It seems like every year a new round of reports trickle in about people injured or killed by celebratory gunfire. The same CDC report found the majority of celebratory gunfire injuries are to the chest, head or shoulders. “It could come down on an object, a person or it could come down on you and injure you or even kill you. Since it’s illegal, you could also face criminal charges even if you don’t hit anyone.
Operation Knot Lit nets 370 traffic stops, 43 arrests over holiday weekend
Flagler deputy running radar dressed as Uncle Sam during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. - Flagler County deputies made 370 traffic stops during the long Fourth of July weekend, 43 people were arrested, seven of them for driving while intoxicated, according to authorities. One deputy dressed up as Uncle Sam holding a sign that read; We want you to keep your money! The Flagler County Sheriff's Office Marine unit stopped 4 boats but no arrests were made in its boating under the influence crackdown. There were no traffic deaths in Flagler County during the holiday weekend.
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.
Adorable! Atlantic Beach 2-year-old sings 'God Bless America'
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - A two-and-a-half-year-old girl sang "God Bless America" for the Fourth of July, and now everyone wants to know her story. Little Amelia Day Bubenik learned to sing the national anthem at just 29 months old -- and mastered this tune in just a few days. Her mom started teaching her the lyrics right after memorial day. Amelia's mom says the tot loves watching the videos of herself singing. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
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
Where to eat on the 4th of July
If you end up ditching the grill and decide to eat out, here are the places you'll want to check out or avoid. Hungry bargain-hunters headed up to the Pecan Park Flea market may need to look elsewhere for food. Once again, inspectors found rodent droppings- 45 of them throughout the floors and under a drink machine. Krispy Kreme Reward members can get a free dozen of Glazed donuts with the purchase of a dozen others. 4 Rivers Smokehouse is offering a free classic sandwich to all military members, veterans and first responders.
Operation Dry Water: Don't drink and drive a boat
During the national "Operation Dry Water" campaign officers will focus on removing impaired operators from the water and educating boaters about safety. The Fourth of July holiday is one of the busiest boating holidays all over the U.S., including here in Florida. MORE: FWC 2018 Boating Accident Statistics LinkHaskins said the FWC is just making sure everyone stays safe and makes it home. The accidents and tragedies that happen because individuals choose to drive impaired, on land or on the water, are preventable. The national Operation Dry Water weekend will take place July 5 through 7.
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.
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.
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. The digital age makes life so convenient, doesn't it? Having said that, click or tap here to get started on your license. It will only take minutes and youll have your digital copy in hand. [Download from the Apple app store | Download from Google Play]Its worth noting that out-of-state fishing and hunting licenses are not valid in Florida.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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