5 P.M. WJZ Weather Update
5 P.M. WJZ Weather Update
Two Chinese hackers have been accused of stealing trade secrets from hundreds of global targets and, more recently, probing for vulnerabilities in U.S. companies involved in the development of testing, treatments and vaccines to combat the deadly coronavirus. Assistant Attorney General John Demers, chief of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said that while the suspects' activities resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, there is no evidence to indicate that they had actually obtained virus-related research or slowed the operations of the targeted firms. The accused hackers, both Chinese citizens, worked for their own benefit and at the direction of Chinese intelligence services, said Demers and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.
Britain has agreed with the United States to remove an "anomaly" which allowed the wife of a U.S. official to claim diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution after she was involved in a road accident in which 19-year-old Briton Harry Dunn was killed. The crash last August has caused friction between London and Washington after Britain criticised the United States for refusing to extradite Anne Sacoolas. Now the loophole that allowed Sacoolas to claim immunity has been closed.
Amid a moment of national reckoning on racial issues and the mourning of one of the country's most revered civil rights leaders, new numbers from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show that American voters have become significantly more aware of racial discrimination and more sympathetic to those protesting to end it, even as the country remains deeply divided over the prevalence of bigotry and its root causes. The poll finds that voters in America are now more likely to say that people of color experience discrimination, to describe athletes kneeling in protest of racial inequality as appropriate, to view the Black Lives Matter movement as a positive force, and to support the removal of Confederate monuments in public spaces. The poll — which was conducted July 9-12, before the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader — found that a majority of voters, 56 percent, say American society is racist, while 40 percent disagree.
Largely resisting the tangential, pugnacious approach he favored during his earlier appearances at the podium, Trump tried instead to rely on data to persuade the American people that his administration is “doing a good job,” in his words, combating COVID-19. At the top of his briefing, Trump unveiled a chart labeled “Case Fatality Rate” in big, bold letters. The largest bar belonged to France (17.1 percent), followed by the United Kingdom (15.3 percent), Belgium (15.3 percent), Italy (14.3 percent), Spain (10.7 percent), the European Union (10.2 percent), Canada (8 percent), Europe (7.5 percent), Sweden (7.2 percent), Germany (4.5 percent), the world as a whole (4.2 percent) — and then, at the very bottom, the United States (3.7 percent).
CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images China used the labor of persecuted Uighur people to make personal protective equipment (PPE) that was then exported to the US and other countries, a new New York Times report found. Many Chinese factories use a work program to recruit Uighur employees, The Times reported, which experts say is forced labor. China has detained at least one million Uighurs in detention camps, which it euphemistically bills as "re-education" camps, and keeps Uighurs under strong surveillance.
A Kentucky couple who declined to sign health department documents on self-isolation were put under house arrest because one tested positive with Covid-19. Elizabeth Linscott and her husband, Isaiah, told a local news station that Hardin County authorities arrived at their home last week to install ankle monitors. The couple declined to sign documents agreeing to quarantine at home with their young daughter after Ms Linscott tested positive some days earlier.
The US justice department has accused China of sponsoring hackers who are targeting labs developing Covid-19 vaccines. Officials have charged two Chinese men who allegedly spied on US companies doing coronavirus research and got help from state agents for other thefts. The indictment comes amid a US crackdown on Chinese cyber espionage.
Comet NEOWISE will come closest to Earth after sunset tonight, passing at a safe distance of 64 million miles. Add a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, and the comet and its tail will be easier to spot. In this YouTube video, Lance Lucero, product manager at scope-maker Celestron, explains how to find the comet in the night sky.
Chicago police released a video showing what they say are a group of protesters wielding black umbrellas and shields pelting officers with projectiles. Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said Monday that officers will wear full protective gear when assigned to future protests after “agitators” hijacked a protest Friday at the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park, injuring 49 police officers. Brown and Belmont Area Cmdr. Daniel O'Shea also urged people to seek out “both sides” after activists at Friday night's protest said this weekend that officers' actions left many in the crowd injured as well.
A powerful 7.8 earthquake that hit in the waters off the Alaska Peninsula late Tuesday and triggered a tsunami warning sent residents fleeing for high ground over fears of threatening waves before an all clear was given. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck Tuesday at 10:12 p.m. local time and was centered in the ocean about 65 miles south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska. A tsunami warning that was issued for much of coastal Alaska, including southern Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, was called off about two hours later with no serious damage reported.
Reuters On Tuesday, an armed gunman named Maksym Kryvosh took a bus with 13 passengers hostage in western Ukraine, while informing authorities he had a bomb set up somewhere in the city that he could detonate from inside the bus. Kryvosh had a few specific demands, including President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly recommending "Earthlings", a documentary about animal exploitation, as well as for senior Ukrainian politicians to declare themselves terrorists. Towards the end of a nearly 12-hour standoff, Kryvosh and Zelensky spoke on the phone, and three hostages were released afterward.
Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News Wednesday morning to heap praise on her boss for what news anchors have been calling his “new tone” in the previous day's coronavirus task force briefing—his first in several months. “I think it was incredibly important for the president of the United States to provide information to the public, not confrontation with some press people there who were asking questions that had nothing to do with the development of vaccines and therapeutics,” Conway said, perhaps alluding to the question about alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell that prompted Trump to admit he's met her “numerous times over the years” and “wish her well.” When the White House counselor started lecturing “all those people out there who are resisting wearing a mask,” telling them, “you'll get your liberties back sooner if you wear your mask,” MacCallum cut in to press her on why it's taken so long for the president to arrive at this messaging.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday held his first coronavirus-focused briefing in months. Dr. Anthony Fauci was not present. President Donald Trump on Tuesday held his first coronavirus-focused briefing in months, and he did so without members of the White House coronavirus task force.
The FBI on Monday said Roy Den Hollander, a self-proclaimed "anti-feminist" lawyer, is the primary suspect in Sunday evening's shooting in North Brunswick, New Jersey, which left a federal judge's son dead and husband seriously injured. Den Hollander, 69, is believed to have approached the home of Judge Esther Salas wearing a FedEx uniform before shooting her son, Daniel Anderl, 20, in the heart. Salas' husband, Mark Anderl, was also shot several times, and is hospitalized in stable condition.
A special police unit collected 420 bodies over the preceding five days in two Bolivian cities, and 80% to 90% of the deceased were thought to have succumbed to COVID-19, authorities said Tuesday. Col. Ivan Rojas, director of the special crime-fighting force, said his officers recovered the bodies from streets, vehicles and homes in the capital, La Paz, and in Bolivia's biggest city, Santa Cruz. Bolivia's Institute of Forensic Investigations said that nationally from April 1 through Sunday, its workers had recovered 3,016 bodies of people in possible COVID-19 cases.
China threatened a "forceful counter-attack" on Tuesday in response to Britain's announcement that it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong following Beijing's introduction of a national security law for the former British colony. On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told parliament the extradition treaty would be suspended immediately and an arms embargo would be extended to Hong Kong. "We will not consider re-activating those arrangements, unless and until there are clear and robust safeguards, which are able to prevent extradition from the UK being misused under the new national security legislation," Raab said.
The US is offering a reward of $5m (£3.9m) for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the chief justice of Venezuela, Maikel Moreno. The US accuses Mr Moreno of participating in transnational organised crime, which he denies. He is the latest senior official in the administration of President Nicolás Maduro for whom a multi-million dollar reward is being offered.
The NYPD has cut traffic and homeless units to focus on rising gun violence following mayor Bill DeBlasio's move to defund police, according to reports. Senior police leadership transferred 114 members of the traffic congestion mitigation and 85 members of the homeless outreach units, according to official documents seen by The New York Post. The 199 officers were reassigned to precincts to combat a recent spike in shootings across the city, an NYPD spokesperson told the Post.
Army officials at Fort Hood on Tuesday released the name of another soldier from the post who died after he was found unresponsive last week near a lake. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida, is one of at least four Fort Hood soldiers whose bodies were found near the post this year. Fort Hood officials said in a statement Tuesday that the soldier was found Friday in the vicinity of Stillhouse Lake, about 20 miles from Killeen in Bell County.