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DHS calls for new airline security measures


The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday called for new airline security measures, including increased screening, for flights into the U.S. from around the world.

“We send a clear message that inaction is not an option,” DHS Secretary John Kelly said in Washington.

U.S. officials briefed on the plans told Fox News that the DHS will push for the measures on domestic and foreign carriers coming into the U.S. from all 280 ports of departure across 105 countries. Officials said the changes will be “seen and unseen” and will include increased explosive screening as well as a beefed-up security posture across the board.

“The idea is to raise the bar on global airline security,” a senior DHS official said.

The department will need cooperation from airlines, since the DHS does not have jurisdiction over airports in foreign countries.

DHS officials said that if the measures are not fully implemented, they could potentially pursue additional steps. This could include banning electronic electronic devices larger than a phone — the so-called “laptop ban” which was being discussed and already is in place at 10 airports overseas.

Officials are operating off a deadline, but did not want to publicly give a precise date — saying they’d rather not give the “bad guys a timeline.”

Jake Gibson is a producer working at the Fox News Washington bureau who covers politics, law enforcement and intelligence issues.



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Jason Chaffetz to join Fox News Channel as a contributor



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Fox News Channel (FNC) has signed soon-to-be former Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to a contributor role.

He will offer political analysis across FNC and Fox Business Network’s (FBN) daytime and primetime programming, starting on July 1st.

Prior to joining FNC, Chaffetz represented Utah’s Third Congressional District beginning in November 2008. In May, he announced that he would resign from Congress effective June 30th.

During his time as congressman, he served as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He also served on the Homeland Security Committee.

Chaffetz had an integral role in many government investigations, including the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, the Benghazi terrorist attack, the IRS targeting scandal and the Secret Service investigation.

Prior to running for Congress in 2008, Chaffetz worked as campaign manager and chief of staff to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. (R).

Before his political career, Chaffetz worked in the local business community for 16 years, specializing in corporate communications work and later owning his own communications firm, Maxtera Utah Inc.

He attended Brigham Young University, where he was a starting placekicker on the football team and later graduated with a B.A. in communications.

Watch Chaffetz’s recent appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures,” during which he explained why Congress needs to be a watchdog over special counsel Robert Mueller as he conducts his Russia investigation.


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'Petya' ransomware: Experts tout 'vaccine' to protect computers from crippling cyber attack


Security experts say that a digital “vaccine” can protect individual computers from the crippling Petya ransomware.

Petya sparked mass disruption after it emerged Tuesday. Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the U.S., the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.

Cybereason security researcher Amit Serper found a way to prevent the ransomware affecting computers, according to the Bleeping Computer security news site, which notes that other experts agreed with his findings. Users can create a read-only file called ‘perfc’ in their C:/Windows folder to ‘vaccinate’ their computers and stop Petya.

However, while this approach can stop the ransomware on individual computers, experts have not yet found a so-called “kill switch” that would completely stop the ransomware attack.

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Petya’s pace appeared to slow as Tuesday wore on, in part because the malware appeared to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.

The malware’s origins remain unclear. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked U.S. National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. taxpayer-funded tools.

Symantec Security Response reported Tuesday that the latest round of ransomware is harnessing the same EternalBlue Windows exploit as the WannaCry ransomware that wreaked havoc across the globe last month.

Microsoft issued a patch for EternalBlue in March.

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Experts say that Petya highlights the need for organizations to keep their systems up to date with the latest security measures.

“It’s alarming that we’re seeing another large-scale, global ransomware attack on the heels of the recent WannaCry incident,” said Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of cloud security company, RedLock, in a statement emailed to Fox News. “Every company and consumer connected to the internet needs to immediately install the patch that Microsoft released back in March to fix the EternalBlue vulnerability that the new Petya ransomware attack is leveraging. For companies that forego implementing the latest security patches and updates, vulnerabilities like EternalBlue are ticking time bombs.”

“The recent attacks associated with WannaCry and Petya have re-enforced the lack of accountability and focus on basic IT and security fundamentals,” added James Carder, chief information security officer LogRhythm, in a statement emailed to Fox News. “Core IT operational competencies, such as patch management, backups, disaster recovery, and incident response are not well implemented or maintained.”

On Wednesday, the mysterious Shadow Brokers group also re-emerged to taunt the NSA. It’s a possible hint at the shadowy spy games being played behind the scenes of the cybersecurity crisis.

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The Shadow Brokers, who have spent nearly a year publishing some of the American intelligence community’s most closely guarded secrets, posted a new message to the user-driven news service Steemit carrying new threats, a new money-making scheme and nudge-nudge references to the ransomware explosion that continues to cause disruption from Pennsylvania to Tasmania.

“Another global cyber attack is fitting end for first month of theshadowbrokers dump service,” the group said, referring to a subscription service which purportedly offers hackers early access to some of the digital NSA’s break-in tools. “There is much theshadowbrokers can be saying about this but what is point and having not already being said?”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Terrifying video released of Detroit bus crash


Incredible video showing the moment a Detroit Department of Transportation bus crashed into a Detroit has been released.

The crash happened back in May at Dexter and Doris. The bus driver, the driver of the escape, and some bus passengers were hospitalized

The video shows a driver in a Ford Escape ignoring a stop sign and hitting the bus, sending it into the Sun Valley Foods building.

No one inside the building was hurt.

Click here for more from Fox 2. 

 



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NFL star Logan Ryan pays off his brother's student loans


A local NFL star is lending a helping hand to his own brother, just months after signing a new contract to play for the Tennessee Titans.

Logan Ryan, a Berlin, New Jersey native, surprised his older brother this week by paying off his student loans.

Ryan presented his brother with a check for $82,000, and shared a photo of he and his brother holding a large check.

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In an Instagram post, Ryan went on to explain that his brother was accepted to Drexel University, graduated with honors, and now works as an engineer. Despite all of his hard work, Ryan explains that his 29-year-old brother continues to live with a ‘ridiculous amount’ of student loan debt.

“The system is broke and makes no sense!!” Ryan wrote in the post, “I’m fortunate and blessed to be able to take care of that for him.”

Logan Ryan played high school football at Eastern High School in Voorhees, before playing college football at Rutgers.

The defensive back was drafted by the New England Patriots back in 2013, and won two Super Bowls with the team before moving on in free agency.

Ryan, 26, signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Titans this offseason.

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Asteroid collision possible?


Asteroids are one of the most serious threats to life as we know it, but scientists and skywatchers have gotten pretty good at predicting exactly when and where the dangerous rocks will appear, and how close they’re going to come to our planet. One massive space rock, called 99942 Apophis, is going to make a very close pass of Earth in 2029, and that flyby could determine the fate of our planet in the not-so-distant future.

“We can rule out a collision at the next closest approach with the Earth,” Astronomer Alberto Cellino told Astrowatch. “But then the orbit will change in a way that is not fully predictable just now, so we cannot predict the behavior on a longer timescale.”

The flyby in 2029 will be extremely close, with the rock expected to pass within 20,000 miles of Earth’s surface. That’s a ridiculously close shave by space standards, and it’s such a tight squeeze that the gravity of Earth is expected to alter the path of Apophis in such a way that its future passes will become much more unpredictable until further forecasting can be accomplished.

The threat from Apophis is particularly dire because of its size. The asteroid has a diameter of over 1,200 feet, and a collision with our planet would be a catastrophic event by any measure. Scientists have forecasted the potential impact, estimating that the rock would strike with an amazing 750 megatons of energy. By comparison, the Tunguska event — which flattened a huge forested area in Russia’s Siberia — is thought to have only been about 10 megatons of force.



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2 new strains of fentanyl may be resistant to Narcan, authorities warn


Georgia authorities have confirmed two new strains of fentanyl so potent that they may be resistant to the lifesaving antidote naloxone, also known as Narcan. Georgia Bureau of Investigators (GBI) warned on Tuesday of acrylfentanyl, which has been linked to at least 44 overdose deaths in Cook County, Illinois, this year, and tetrahydrofureon, which is so new that it’s not on Georgia’s banned synthetic designer drugs list.  

According to GBI, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office submitted forensic drug evidence containing the two new drugs in March. The state officially outlawed acrylfentanyl in April, with officials warning that it’s not clear how the body will respond to either drug.

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“There are multiple reports showing that this drug is resistant to naloxone,” Nelly Miles, of the GBI, told Channel 2 Action News of acrylfentanyl.

Police are also warning that simply touching any form of fentanyl or fentanyl residue could result in a life-threatening overdose.

“We’re talking about such trace amounts that literally the size of one grain of salt can kill,” Marietta Police Office Chuck McPhilamy told First Coast News.

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Georgia was hit with a rash of overdoses in June, which was believed to be linked to a street version of Percocet and resulted in four fatalities and more than a dozen hospitalizations. At the time, the overdose clusters were concentrated in southern and central areas of the state. It is not clear if the two new strains have appeared outside of Forsyth county.

Opioid overdoses, including prescription drugs and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than half of the fatalities involved a prescription opioid. 



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ONE STEP CLOSER Border wall models set to be rolled out in summer


The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico later this summer.

Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, said Tuesday that four to eight companies will get contracts for prototypes in San Diego that could be models for the roughly 2,000-mile border. Companies will have 30 days to complete the models.

Vitiello says it’s impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles of border where there are already natural barriers, like lakes or canyons.

Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 includes $1.6 billion for 74 miles of wall in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego. There are currently 654 miles of fencing.

Earlier this month, Trump mentioned building the wall with solar panels.

“Think of it,” Trump told a crowd at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “The higher it goes, the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination, right?”

Trump has been criticized by some of his supports for what they see as a lack of attention to one of his key campaign promises. Construction has not begun and there has been resistance from Congress. The White House insists that the plan is on track.

Days after taking office on Jan. 20, Trump signed an executive order calling for a “physical wall along the southern border.” But the order didn’t include specific details or say how it would be funded or how much it might cost.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



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Playground slide explodes, burning 9-year-old boy


A young Wisconsin boy was injured last week after a slide he was riding bubbled up and exploded.

Giuseppe Storniolo, 9, was at the Reservoir Park in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, with his parents, sister and brother when the incident occurred, according to WTMJ.

“I just heard like a big explosion so I thought maybe something fell,” Storniolo’s mother, Diana told the news station.

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She ran over to the playground to see what happened and saw her injured son near the distorted slide.

The slide exploded when a hole was created at the bottom of it causing it to bubble up. Storniolo just so happened to be on the slide when it burst.

“It was like the slide had almost been inflated,” Dan Devine, mayor of West Allis, said. “It just opened up, bubbled.”

The young boy suffered second-degree burns on his leg due to the incident, his mother said.

Devine said the city took action immediately by closing the slide then taking it down completely.

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Police said the incident does not appear to be suspicious but officials are investigating why the slide exploded.

“We had been in touch this morning with the manufacturer, with the designer, the installer, none of them had never seen anything like this before,” Devine said.

“They have put these structures (slides) all over the world, in all sorts of climates, all different countries,” he said.



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Iran accuses US of 'brazen plan' to change its government, violating UN charter


Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter.

Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Tuesday that Tillerson’s comments are also “a flagrant violation” of the 1981 Algiers Accords in which the United States pledged “not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran’s internal affairs.”

Tillerson said in a June 14 hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the 2018 State Department budget that U.S. policy is to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons “and work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government.”

“Those elements are there, certainly as we know,” he said.

Kohshroo said Iran expects all countries to condemn “such grotesque policy statements and advise the government of the United States to act responsibly and to adhere to the principles of the (U.N.) Charter and international law.”

He noted that Tillerson’s comments came weeks after President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election to another four-year term and local elections in which 71 percent of the Iranian people participated. Rouhani is a political moderate who defeated a hardline opponent.

“The people of Iran have repeatedly proven that they are the ones to decide their own destiny and thus attempts by the United States to interfere in Iranian domestic affairs will be doomed to failure,” Kohshroo said. “They have learned how to stand strong and independent, as demonstrated in the Islamic Revolution of 1979.”

He said Tillerson’s statement also coincided with the released of newly declassified documents that “further clarified how United States agencies were behind the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh, the popular and democratically elected prime minister of Iran on Aug. 19, 1953.”

At the June 14 hearing, Tillerson said the Trump administration’s Iranian policy is under development.

“But I would tell you that we certainly recognize Iran’s continued destabilizing (role) in the region,” Tillerson said, citing its payment of foreign fighters, support for Hezbollah extremists, and “their export of militia forces in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen.”

U.S. lawmakers have long sought to hit Iran with more sanctions in order to check its ballistic missile program and rebuke Tehran’s continued support for terrorist groups, and on June 15 the Senate approved a sweeping sanctions bill..

The bill imposes mandatory sanctions on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The measure also would apply terrorism sanctions to the country’s Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo. It now goes to the House.

Senators insisted the new Iran sanctions won’t undermine or impede enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal that former president Barack Obama and five other key nations reached with Tehran two years ago.



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