Also in the news this Tuesday: the 10 cities Lonely Planet says you should visit next year, Carter takes a fall and more parents pleading in college admissions scam.
Most dangerous celebrity online: Be careful when clicking
Actress Alexis Bledel has been bookish and sweet on "Gilmore Girls" and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." But the actress herself is now officially dangerous.
Cybersecurity firm McAfee on Monday crowned Bledel the most dangerous celebrity on the internet in 2019. No other celebrity was more likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware.
Trailing Bledel at No. 2 is talk show host James Corden, followed by "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner, actress Anna Kendrick, movie star Lupita Nyong'o, talk show star Jimmy Fallon, martial arts master Jackie Chan, the rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and finally Marvel actress Tessa Thompson at No. 10.
The survey is meant to highlight the danger of clicking on suspicious links. Bad actors will attach malware and malicious links to famous names, hoping fans searching for videos on the internet will fall victim. McAfee urges internet users to consider risks associated with searching for pirated content and always apply updated security fixes.
"Consumers may not be fully aware that the searches they conduct pose risk, nor may they understand the detrimental effects that can occur when personal information is compromised in exchange for access to their favorite celebrities, movies, TV shows or music," Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee, said in a statement.
Davis explained that Bledel and Turner likely landed on the list this year due to their respective roles in the popular shows "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu and "Game of Thrones" on HBO, both subscriber-based services.
Talk show hosts Corden and Fallon probably landed on the list due to viral videos of their shows, while interest in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" likely put Nyong'o so high. Lil Wayne's summer tour with Blink-182 may have prompted fans to search for illegal downloads.
Chan's name on the list may be a surprise since he has kept a relatively low profile of late, but Davis explained that rumors circulated this year that the actor might return to the big screen in "Rush Hour 4" and "The Karate Kid 2." His team denied the gossip, but cybercriminals jumped in, hoping to "target fans who were overcome by nostalgia and less cautious about their personal security."
Bledel takes over top spot from Ruby Rose, who led last year's list largely because of interest in her playing Batwoman. This year's list also indicates interest in reality stars may have waned. Kristen Cavallari and Kourtney Kardashian, who both found themselves in last year's top 10 list, dropped to No. 214 and No. 222, respectively.
Roadkill on the table? Another state may make it legal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — You may not be a fan of putting the animal you accidentally ran over earlier on your dinner table, but many states allow you to do so.
California may be the latest.
Senate Bill 395 was among a handful of other bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week and opens the door for a killed-turned-grilled kind of dinner.
The bill, brought forth by Sen. Bob Archuleta, authorizes the state's Fish and Game Commission to develop a pilot program which, through the help of an online portal, would issue free permits to anyone who wants to take the animal they killed on the road home to eat.
To get permits, residents would have to record in the portal " the location, type, and description of the animal salvaged, the date and time of salvage, the basic characteristics of the incident and a description of the vehicle involved... and the destination where the carcass will be transported," the legislation says.
That will apply to deer, elk, pronghorn antelopes and wild pigs.
More than 20,000 deer alone are hit on California roadways each year, the bill says.
"This potentially translates into hundreds of thousands of pounds of healthy meet that could be used to feed those in need."
The commission can only start creating the pilot program -- which would cover limited areas of the state -- once they receive funding from the legislature.
The legislation merely gives the commission authority to create the pilot program and once created, it would cover a maximum of three areas identified as having a high number of vehicle-animal collisions.
They'll have until January 1, 2022 to create it, if they receive funds.
The purpose of the program?
Archuleta says the law would help the California Department of Transportation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife "identify where roadway defenses can be enhanced and where future wildlife highway over-crossings should be located."
Once this experimental program concludes, the bill says, officials will report to the commission the number of collisions during a certain time period, barriers to their collection of data and whether it's possible to make the system state-wide, as well as the estimated costs.
Jimmy Carter in the hospital after fall at Georgia home
Former President Jimmy Carter is in the hospital again after falling and fracturing his pelvis Monday evening at his home in Plains, Georgia.
Carter Center spokeswoman Deanne Congileo described the fracture as minor. Her statement said the 95-year-old is in good spirits and looking forward to recovering at home.
This is the third time Carter has fallen in recent months. He first fell in the spring and required hip replacement surgery. Carter fell again this month and despite receiving 14 stitches, traveled the next day to Nashville, Tennessee to rally volunteers and help build a Habitat for Humanity home.
Carter is the oldest living former president in U.S. history. He and his wife, 91-year-old Rosalynn, recently became the longest married first couple. They surpassed George and Barbara Bush with more than 73 years of marriage.
Singer stands up to heckler who told her to take her top off
After being heckled on stage and told to "free the nips" at a Texas concert on Saturday, singer Maggie Rogers voiced her anger about the harassment and shared a message of strength.
"I step on stage every night and give every part of me," the singer posted on Instagram on Sunday. "And my community shows up every night and together we create a safe space to amplify each other."
Rogers wrote that she was angered after she heard a man yell "take your top off" and another yell "you cute, though" as she was giving a speech of gratitude before the acoustic encore of her show, which she described as the most "vulnerable part of the set."
"i was stunned. furious. fuming. confused. and also — on a really basic level — it really hurt my feelings," she wrote.
"There is no space for harassment or disrespect or degradation of any kind at my show."
Rogers rose to fame after showcasing her song "Alaska" to Pharrell Williams during a masterclass at New York University in 2016. That song currently has more than 14 million views on YouTube and she was the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in November 2018.
On Saturday night, Rogers performed in Austin, Texas, at The Moody Theater for Austin City Limits Live. While she was giving a heartfelt speech about how the fans have allowed her to continue to pursue her passion in music, a man starting yelling to "take your top off."
In videos from the concert, at first Rogers dismissed the comment but then a concertgoer yelled "free the nips."
"Don't tell me to take my [explicit] top off in the middle of my sentimental speech," she says as the crowd cheers.
She starts to play her next song and then stops as heckling continues.
"I feel really uncomfortable," she said. "I don't quite know what exactly I want to say in this moment."
Rogers continued her set and posted the statement on Instagram the next day.
"Be kind to each other out there," she ends the post.
More parents in college admissions scam flip to guilty pleas
Four parents who initially fought charges in the college admissions scam have agreed to plead guilty over the past few days, according to the US Attorney's Office in the District of Massachusetts.
The plea changes come as federal prosecutors are expected to file additional charges against some defendants who pleaded not guilty in the case, a law enforcement official told CNN. The additional charges, which are said to include bribery, could be filed as early as Tuesday, according to the official.
Douglas Hodge, Manuel Henriquez, Elizabeth Henriquez and Michelle Janavs have each agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, prosecutors said. All four have plea hearings set for Monday.
The threat of future charges reflects prosecutors' carrot-and-stick approach to this case as they use potential charges to try to get defendants to plead guilty.
"The carrot is, 'Take a quick plea and get your best shot at a lower sentence,'" CNN legal analyst Elie Honig said in April. "And the stick is, 'We have additional charges that we'll bring if you don't plead by that date.'"
Prosecutors initially charged more than 30 parents with conspiracy fraud in March. Those who fought that charge, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, were then charged with a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a superseding indictment in April.
Federal prosecutors say at least 50 people were involved in a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, including wealthy parents, Hollywood actresses, coaches and college prep executives. Ten parents have been sentenced, including actress Felicity Huffman.
The four parents expected to plead guilty on Monday all come from wealthy business backgrounds.For example, Hodge is the former CEO of the Pacific Investment Management Company. He pleaded guilty to agreeing to pay $200,000 to facilitate his daughter's admission to the University of Southern California as a soccer recruit and submitting false soccer credentials on her application. He also paid Rick Singer — the alleged mastermind of the scheme — another $325,000 to help his son get admitted to USC as a purported football recruit, prosecutors said.
Despite the possibility of more charges, several attorneys told CNN their clients would not be changing their positions.
2 US cities make the cut for Lonely Planet's top 10 to visit in 2020
It's the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the prewar home of the family that inspired "The Sound of Music."
And if that wasn't reason enough to visit, next year it's the centennial anniversary of the world-famous Salzburg Festival, an annual summer celebration with music, theater and cultural events taking place across the city.
Salzburg, Austria, has just been named Lonely Planet's top city to visit in 2020.
An example of an ecclesiastical city-state, the city's historic center was ideally located between Northern and Southern Europe. The result is an intact Baroque town where the mixing of Italian and German cultures is evident on a stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Why visit these cities?
This year's top 10 travel list, like its predecessors, is a happy mix of well-known spots and hidden gems: popular cities already getting attention for their attractions and events; lesser known towns worthy of your attention or a second look; and wonderful places to visit that need our help.
For the 15th annual list, Lonely Planet editors asked its staffers and hundreds of contributors from around the world for nominations. They picked 10 cities, regions, countries and value destinations to recommend for its Best in Travel 2020 lists.
"These are the places to experience in 2020," says Tom Hall, Lonely Planet's vice president of experience. "This year our Best in Travel list puts particular emphasis on the best sustainable experiences around the world, ensuring travelers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go."
Those places include second place Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States; third place Cairo, Egypt; fourth place Galway, Ireland; and fifth place Bonn, Germany.
The spotlight will be on Washington, D.C., in a presidential election year and with the centennial anniversary of the US Constitution's 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. (Mostly white women benefited from the amendment until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.)
Washington could be on this list every year, says Hall, because of the sheer volume of free activities, including all Smithsonian museums in the city, and the constant trend of reinvention.
When the Grand Egyptian Museum opens next year at Giza, just outside Cairo, it will be the largest museum in the world -- at 5.2 million square feet -- devoted to a single civilization.
The $1 billion project will include treasures from the crowded Egyptian Museum in central Cairo's Tahrir Square, but with much more space and 17 labs devoted to rescuing and restoring centuries of Egypt's relics -- all with views of the Great Pyramids.
And Cairo, which is so enormous and chaotic and noisy, is worth exploring, says Hall. "It's so in your face that you can't miss the feeling of excitement of being there," he says.
Lonely Planet's top 10 cities
1. Salzburg, Austria
2. Washington, D.C., United States
3. Cairo, Egypt
4. Galway, Ireland
5. Bonn, Germany
6. La Paz, Bolivia
7. Kochi, India
8. Vancouver, Canada
9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
10. Denver, United States