3 Things to Know Today


1 Deadly Workplace Shooting At Los Angeles Firehouse

A Los Angeles County firefighter is dead and another is critically hurt after a shooting at a fire station yesterday. Fire Chief Daryl Osby says the gunman was an off-duty firefighter who after the shooting returned to his house and set it on fire. He is also dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Neither the shooter, nor the other victims have been identified – though Chief Osby did say the firefighter that who was killed was a 20-year veteran of the department. "As a fire chief,” he told reporters at a press conference. “I never thought when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger at one of our community fire stations.” As for motive, if investigators know, they aren’t saying – other than reporting that there may have been a disagreement of some kind.

2 DOJ Seizes Control Of Domains After Hack, As JBS Regroups

The Department of Justice is seizing control of two online domains used by hackers to send malicious emails. The domains were seized after an announcement by Microsoft. They believe Russian hackers were the ones that accessed an email marketing program used by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Microsoft speculates these hackers were from the same group that compromised nine federal agencies, and at least 100 private sector groups in the past. The FBI confirmed around 350 organizations were targeted by the emails last week. As of Friday, the FBI and CISA stressed there had been no "identified significant impact.” As for the hack at J-B-S we told you about yesterday, the world's largest meat supplier says it expects most of its facilities to be operational today. JBS was forced to shut down its beef plants in the U.S. and operations at other facilities were disrupted. Who did it? Investigators believe the JBS hack has Russian fingerprints on it as well.

3 U.S. Will Outline Global Vaccine Distribution Plan

The U.S. will soon detail how it will send out 80-million COVID-19 vaccines around the world. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that the distribution effort would strive to be equitable with no political strings attached. The plan will be released within the next week or two. The news comes as nations from Brazil to India struggle with outbreaks of new more contagious COVID-19 variants. On a related note, Moderna is asking the F-D-A to fully approve its COVID-19 vaccine. It's the second drugmaker to apply, which would allow the company to market its vaccine directly to consumers. Both Moderna's and Pfizer's vaccines are currently being used under an emergency use authorization – as is the Johnson & Johnson product. To be fully authorized, the FDA requires at least six months of data. It usually takes the FDA months before it grants approval.