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  • A bizarre incident played out on I-95 in Massachusetts on Saturday morning, where armed men claiming to not abide by any laws were apprehended following a standoff. According to ABC News, "The group was dressed in military-style uniforms, carried tactical gear like body cameras and helmets and had long guns slung over their shoulders."
  • The Wall Street Journal has a timely piece tracing the origin of the word "fireworks," and how it "moved in more metaphorical directions."
  • New York City's official Twitter account is getting major backlash after tweeting an avalanche of shade at the City of Cleveland. The number of dunks is atypical compared to its regular number of likes/retweets.
  • Twenty people are reported missing in a city in central Japan following a massive landslide that "engulfed everything in its path."
  • Greg Noll, considered the "Babe Ruth of Surfing," has died at the age of 84. Noll was known for his decades-long search for the perfect wave around the world.
  • The waters at a section of the Gulf of Mexico were literally on fire after the country's state-owned gas company said a pipe underneath the sea had ruptured.
  • As part of its bankruptcy case, the Boy Scouts of America has agreed to pay out $850 million to 60,000 victims of child sex abuse in what could be one of the largest amounts in American history involving cases of sexual abuse.
  • A ransomware attack on hundreds of small businesses using a business management platform began Friday just ahead of the July 4th weekend -- NBC News notes that "Ransomware hackers often time their attacks to start at the beginning of a holiday or weekend to minimize the number of cybersecurity professionals who might be able to quickly jump on and stop the malicious software's spread."
  • And finally, just like children, puppies are quite stubborn when it comes to bedtime: