CALIFORNIA California to require masks at schools, though CDC says they’re not needed if vaccinated.
California said that it will continue to require masks in school settings following updated CDC guidance that said vaccinated teachers and sLA times. California will continue to require masks in school settings, state health officials announced Friday, even though federal health authorities released new guidelines saying vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to wear masks inside campus buildings.Read full story
California police officers sue city over Black Lives Matter mural.
A group of police officers filed a lawsuit against a Californian city over a mural that they said contained anti-police images. According to The Daily Post, five officers sued Palo Alto, arguing that the Black Lives Matter mural approved by the city includes images that constitute harassment against law enforcement.Read full story
Biden Warns Putin to Act Against Ransomware Groups, or U.S. Will Strike Back.
WASHINGTON — Three weeks after he warned President Vladimir Putin to crack down on criminal hackers striking the U.S. from inside Russia, President Joe Biden is under pressure to respond to the claim of responsibility by a Russia-based hacking group for what is being called the largest ransomware attack in history.Read full story
Republicans release video of all the times Democrats wanted to 'defund the police'
Republican Study Committee circulates greatest 'defund' hits as Democrats try to flip the script. EXCLUSIVE: The largest House conservative caucus on Friday released a mash-up video of the many times progressives have called for defunding the police to push back on Democrats' latest efforts to accuse the GOP of being the party that wants to cut law enforcement funds.Read full story
Biden fires top official at Social Security Administration after he refuses to resign.
President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul after he refused to submit his resignation as the President had requested, a White House official told CNN.Read full story
Donald Trump Says He Is Suing Facebook, Twitter, Google Over Bans: 'A Very Beautiful Development'.
Trump was banned from several social media platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. Former President Donald Trump claimed in public remarks on Wednesday he would lead class-action lawsuits against three of the country's biggest tech companies — Facebook, Twitter and Google — and their CEOs following his bans on their platforms in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.Read full story
Man charged after officer rescues dog from hot vehicle at River Ridge Mall.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Lynchburg Police Department officer helped rescue a dog showing signs of distress from a hot car Monday. According to police, a report about a dog left unattended in a vehicle was made at the River Ridge Mall at 3411 Candler's Mountain Road around 4:52 p.m.Read full story
Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A New Zealand academic says Twitter temporarily restricted her account after she mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady is an expert on China's attempts to exert political influence around the world and has been an outspoken critic of its ruling Communist Party. Last week, she sent tweets poking fun at the party's 100th anniversary celebrations.Read full story
Virginia Supreme Court takes up child sex solicitation case of ex-LU professor.
The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear the case of a former Liberty University professor who was convicted of soliciting sex from a minor — in actuality, an undercover cop posing as a teenager.Read full story
Bond granted for Lynchburg man charged with sex crimes against minor.
RUSTBURG — A Lynchburg man facing charges of sex crimes against a 17-year-old was granted $25,000 bond Friday. Richard Lawford Wilcox, 58, was arrested June 16 on two charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and was granted bond in Campbell Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, according to court records and argument at his Friday hearing.Read full story
Chicago crowd sets fireworks, dances on cop cars; at least 61 arrested: report
More than 90 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday evening. Officers with the Chicago Police Department are out on patrol in the city's lakefront area during Fourth of July weekend.Chicago Police.Read full story
Breaking News: At Least 31 Dead in Fiery Philippines Military Jet Crash
The Air Force Lockheed C-130 was carrying 92 people when it went down in a ball of flames in the southern Philippines Sunday morning. At least 31 members of the Philippines Air Force were killed when the Lockheed C-130 transport jet carrying 92 people crash landed in the southern part of the country on Sunday morning, sending up a ball of fire and thick smoke. The crash happened in an area where the Philippines military was engaged in a long battle with Islamist militants after the jet missed the runway and tried to regain enough power to ascend. At least 40 survivors were taken to area hospitals and officials say the death toll may rise. “Rescue and recovery is ongoing,” Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. It is unclear whether fighting in the area contributed to the accident.Read full story
LPD arrests 18 in fugitive round up.
Police shield of the Lynchburg police departmentCredit: Lynchburg Police Department. Lynchburg Virginia — The Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and United States Marshals Service (USMS) arrested 18 individuals during local fugitive roundup "Operation Summertime Blues" this week. This initiative focused on drug-related and violent crime offenses. Members of the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority (BRRJA) also did assisted in this effort.Read full story
Vatican judge charges cardinal, nine others with financial crimes
Ten people, including the Vatican's cardinal formerly in charge of naming saints, have been accused of financial crimes in connection with a sweeping probe approved by Pope Francis .Read full story
Breaking news update: The rest of the partially collapsed Surfside condo has been demolished.
The remaining structure at the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, was demolished just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told CNN in Sunday night's briefing that once the area has been deemed secure following the building's demolition, search and rescue teams will resume their efforts on the debris pile.Read full story
Republicans Who Backed Trump’s Election Lies Called Out For False Patriotism On July 4.
Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Kevin McCarthy and others celebrated freedom — and got the reaction you'd expect. Patriotic Fourth of July tweets from Republicans in Congress rang hollow for many people on Sunday.Read full story
Pets nowadays are more overweight than before, study shows.
There has been 108 percent increase in overweight or obese dogs between 2011 and 2020. More than 150,000 dogs every year are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, an inflammation in the joints, the common form of arthritis.Read full story
White House to trumpet return to normalcy despite delta variant.
The Biden administration is spreading the message far and wide this holiday weekend that the United States is getting back to normal after a grueling 16 months from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.Read full story
2 Chicago officers shot, wounded trying to break up crowd.
Authorities say two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded while trying to break up a crowd following Fourth of July gatherings. Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded early Monday while trying to break up a crowd following Fourth of July gatherings, authorities said.Read full story
2 dead, 3 wounded in shooting near downtown Cincinnati park.
CINCINNATI -- Two people died and three others were wounded in a shooting in downtown Cincinnati on the Fourth of July, police said. Gunfire broke out Sunday night in the area of Smale Park, Lt. Col. Lisa Davis told reporters at a news conference. One person died at the scene, and another died at a local hospital.Read full story