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In an attack that British Muslims say was aimed directly at them, a man plowed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring 10 people. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident.
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  • Of the nation’s 100 most populated cities, only one was deemed the best of the best for Fourth of July: Atlanta. » RELATED: Atlanta festivals and Fourth of July weekend events | July 1-4 Based on five key dimensions (celebrations; affordability; attractions and activities; safety and accessibility and Fourth of July weather forecast), analysts at personal finance site WalletHub named our very own metro the top city in the nation to celebrate Independence Day. Analysts examined 18 relevant metrics to reach the verdict, including legality of fireworks, number of festivals and concerts, walkability and prices of beer, hamburgers and more. » RELATED: America’s 10 biggest and brightest Fourth of July fireworks shows They used data from the Census, Council for Community and Economic Research, Eventbrite and several other sources for the ranking. Atlanta earned a total score of 78.01, making it in the top 10 for the celebrations and attractions/activities dimensions — and rightfully, so. Check out all the happenings around town for the big holiday: The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade Chamblee 4th of July Celebration Fourth in the Park on Marietta Square 4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park Fourth of July at Stone Mountain Park Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia The AJC Peachtree Road Race And most of those celebrations listed don’t even include the endless list of fireworks extravaganzas, including the popular Atlanta Braves fireworks, the Star-Spangled display at Mall of Georgia or the Callaway Gardens Beach Party show. Remember, the popular Lenox Square fireworks are a thing of the past, but the mall announced it is partnering with Centennial Olympic Park for “a more spectacular fireworks show than ever before.” » RELATED: More 4th of July fireworks, parades and attractions in Atlanta Rounding out the top five on WalletHub’s list of the best places to celebrate Independence Day were San Francisco, California; Buffalo, New York; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego, California. The worst places to ring in the Fourth, according to the ranking? Newark, New Jersey; Jersey City, New Jersey; Gilbert, Arizona; Lubbock, Texas; and San Bernardino, California. More about the WalletHub ranking and its methodology.
  • Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk was one of multiple European companies to fall victim Tuesday to a cyberattack as Ukrainian government officials reported a “large-scale hacker attack” across the country. >> Read more trending news Attacks were also reported in several other countries, Russia cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statement, including the United States, Russia, Poland, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
  • The public should be careful of what they touch. As the opioid drug epidemic grows, Marietta police are warning of a possible hidden danger that could be lurking in public places such as restrooms, hotel rooms, even rental cars. Officer Chuck McPhilamy tells WSB, 'What happens to the average hotel worker that's at any hotel in the city cleaning a room that happened across some residue?'   Anyone who comes in contact with drug residue could be at risk.  McPhilamy says drugs laced with Fentanyl can be absorbed simply by touching it. He says 'That changes the game,' and 'changes our concern level.'  McPhilamy says, 'It can be inhaled through your nose or your mouth, it can be absorbed through your skin or your eyes.' A concern is the average person may have no idea what the drugs look like.  McPhilamy says, 'Fentanyl itself can come in so many different forms it's not like I can tell you just look for one substance.' There have been no reports of this happening in Georgia.  McPhilamy says he doesn't want to cause a panic, but he wants people to be aware. Even if a person is not a drug addict, they may come across people who use or sell these potentially dangerous drugs.  He says, 'I think we're talking about two different cultures intersecting.' If anyone sees something that looks suspicious, police say call 9-1-1, and if one should start feeling ill, get medical attention immediately.    
  • A 2-year-old Idaho boy died after he was left over the weekend for more than six hours in a hot car near St. George, Utah, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities found the boy after they were called around 6:40 p.m. Saturday to a report of an unresponsive child at a home in Winchester Hills, St. George News reported. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, the news site reported. The Washington County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine whether any charges will be filed, although sheriff’s office spokesman David Crouse told The Salt Lake Tribune that it appeared the child’s death was “a tragic accident.” >> Related: 4-day-old baby left in hot car in Massachusetts In a statement released to St. George News, deputies said the 2-year-old boy was one of as many as 35 children brought to St. George for a family reunion. The group traveled to St. George for an activity. Deputies believe that the 2-year-old fell asleep on the trip back to Winchester Hills, but no one noticed that he didn’t get out of the van. Meanwhile, a majority of the adults got ready for a religious meeting in St. George. >> Related: 10 ways to prevent a hot car death Crouse said at a news conference Monday that teenage family members were watching the children as the adults went to the meeting, KSTU reported. When they returned to Winchester Hills, the boy’s absence was noticed. His father found him in the van, according to deputies. >> Related: Waze traffic app includes feature to remind parents kids are in car It was not clear how long he had been left in the vehicle, although Crouse told the Tribune that the boy appeared to have been in the car for at least six hours. St. George saw a high of 109 degrees on Saturday, according to the Tribune.
  • The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week. As for whether they got enough in return? Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson will let others debate that. The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA's top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen. The three newcomers were introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. Paxson says debating which team got the better end of the deal is 'the wrong way to look at it' at the moment. He says Chicago 'defined a direction' and that he's 'not worried about perception.' ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month. The FBI said in a Tuesday statement that it's received 'numerous leads' regarding the black Saturn Astra and won't need any further information on the vehicle. Authorities also said they've developed 'several additional leads' in the investigation. FBI spokesman Brad Ware declined to give further details. Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang's disappearance has been labeled a kidnapping but police haven't ruled out other scenarios. Surveillance video on June 9 showed her getting into the vehicle. Local police and the FBI say Zhang's case is top priority. Zhang's family members have traveled to the central Illinois school and are staying in university housing as the search continues.