South Korea is reporting North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles in an act of defiance against the U.S. on this Independence Day. All seven missiles were fired off of North Korea’s east coast into the ocean. South Korea has said they believe the missiles flew at least 250 miles, AP.
Serene Williams handily won the Wimbledon women’s title today after beating her sister, Venus, n straight sets. This is the third Wimbledon championship win for Serena, BBC Sport.
The crown of the Statue of Liberty will reopen today for visitors for the first time since shortly after 9/11. Tickets for the weekend to reach the top of the statue sold out within hours of being available, MSNBC.
South Carolinian police have confirmed a serial killer is on the loose in the state’s Cherokee County. Police have linked four murders to the same person and advised that the shooter may be driving a light-gray or champagne tan 1991-1994 two-door Ford Explorer, CNN.
Yonhap reports that North Korea is preparing right now to launch a medium-range missile, according to a lawmaker in the country.
Yesterday, a U.S. official said that North Korea was preparing a long-range rocket that could possibly reach the U.S. Satellite images showed that the missile was being transported by train. The official said it would likely be launched next week, and it is not clear whether this is the same missile that is reported to be imminently launched, Press Association.
President Obama has announced that he will nominate federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor will take the place of Justice David Souter who announced his retirement last month. If confirmed, Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. She will also be one of two woman on the Court, serving with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, retired during the Bush administration. Sotomayor, whose nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the US Senate, is expected to be confirmed easily. The nominee must first be examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee which Democrats control 12 to 7. Many conservatives had talked about aggressively blocking any nominee, but Republican leaders have been backing off that tactic, New York Times. See the New York Law Journal for more information on Judge Sotomayor’s past rulings and judicial philosophy.
Obama will make the announcement of his selection at 10:15 EDT. Watch the announcement live on the Whitehouse website, Whitehouse.gov.
Coming one day after testing a nuclear bomb underground and testing two short-range missiles, North Korea has launched another two short-range missiles. South Korea is on high alert. The UN Security Council is working on a new resolution which will have stricter consequences for the unlawful tests, BBC News.
In news we’ll be watching today, California’s Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that changed the California State Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. 18,000 same-sex marriages were conducted before Prop 8 went into effect. Today’s ruling will also determine whether those marriages are still valid, CNN. Californians are prepared to take to the streets in celebration or protest once the ruling is made, Day of Decision.