Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 07/05/2011

Fireworks over the U.S.; Secret Service investigates Fox hack; and more morning news


(Ian Sean Livingston)
NATIONAL: Happy Fourth of July!

Ian Sean Livingston captured the above photograph thanks to a firework shell exploding near the ground level behind the Lincoln Memorial. Celebrations around the country rang in the 235th birthday of the United States of America. Check out Marvin Gaye’s performance of the National Anthem here.

TECH: Secret Service investigates Fox News Hack

For nine hours, Fox News Politics Twitter news stream had graphic and false posts up about a presidential assassination all due to some idle anonymous pranksters who reportedly chose to hack into Fox because “their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting.” The Post’s William Wan writes, “The tweets, six in total, included gory (and entirely bogus) details: two shots at an Iowa restaurant, hitting the president in the pelvis and neck, etc.” The Secret Service said it will be investigating the hack.

WORLD: News of World hacked missing girl’s phone

The phone hacking scandal in Britain that has pitted celebrities against journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s “News of the World” has taken a disturbing turn. The Guardian reports that along with tapping into the phones of Prince William and Sienna Miller, employees of the British tabloid hacked into the phone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler who went missing in 2002, and was later murdered. While in her phone system, the hackers allegedly deleted some of her messages, giving her family false hope she was still alive and potentially damaging police efforts to find her.

WORLD: Obama officials think Pakistan spy agency is tied to journalist’s death

On May 29, Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani journalist working on a report about militants infiltrating his country’s military, disappeared. He was shortly discovered dead in Islamabad. Now, Obama administration officials say senior officials of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, or Inter-Services Intelligence, directed the attack on Shahzad to silence his criticism, the New York Times reports.

RETRO: Marvin Gaye sings the National Anthem in 1983

There are no words.

(Via Lizzie O’Leary)

By Melissa Bel  |  09:02 AM ET, 07/05/2011

 
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