The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday April 21)

April 21, 2017

Here are some of the stories making global headlines today.

Mockery, anger in South Korea over USS Carl Vinson ‘bluffing’

But its no-show has caused some South Koreans to question his leadership and strategy regarding their unpredictable neighbor in the north. And as the country prepares to vote for a new president on May 9, the claim could have far-reaching implications for the two countries’ relations.

China criticizes North Korea, praises US on nuclear issue

A day after North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister said Pyongyang would test missiles weekly and use nuclear weapons if threatened, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing was “gravely concerned” about North Korea’s recent nuclear and missile activities. In the same press conference, spokesman Lu Kang praised recent US statements on the North Korean issue.

North Korean nuclear test site now… a volleyball court?

North Korean monitoring service 38 North says satellite images from April 16 show what appears to be “three volleyball games underway at different locations throughout” at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The analysts say the games could indicate the test site has “transitioned to a stand-by status” and that personnel were “being allowed some downtime for recreation.”

Sources: Fox News payout to Bill O’Reilly will be tens of millions of dollars

“It is a staggering amount,” said a source personally involved in the exit maneuverings. 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly’s representatives will not acknowledge the existence of a payout. A confidentiality agreement limits what the two sides can say. But two well-placed sources confirmed to CNNMoney that O’Reilly does have a parachute.

GM says its plant in Venezuela has been illegally seized

GM described the takeover as an “illegal judicial seizure of its assets.” The automaker said the seizure showed a “total disregard” of its legal rights. It said that authorities had removed assets including cars from company facilities.

They want to kill the euro

“The eurozone has failed. It was a bad experiment,” he said. “It was wishful thinking.” The 34-year-old economist wants Spain to abandon the euro. He’s far from alone: 25% of the people who use the common currency want to ditch it, according to the latest European Union poll.

Meet the Russian ‘father of all bombs’

The Russian military says it’s the most powerful thermobaric bomb of its kind, four times more powerful than the American “mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal and the largest non-nuclear bomb the United States has ever used in combat.

China’s first cargo spacecraft launch a ‘crucial step’ to space station

The Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China’s southern Hainan province, on track to dock with the orbiting space lab Tiangong-2. The launch was the latest in a series of major announcements by the Chinese space program, which celebrated its longest-ever space mission in November.

Emirates president Tim Clark says United passenger incident a ‘disgrace’

“Let me say it was a disgrace. It shamed the airline industry as a whole,” Emirates Airline President Tim Clark told CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor John Defterios. “We don’t go about our business in that way. It’s symptomatic of a corporate culture within that company from the board and chief executive downwards.”

A dating app for marijuana users

One year ago, Chloe Lebbate and Dakota Shyface were single marijuana users in their 20s, living in Las Vegas and looking for “something.” But love, friendship and connections evaded them on mainstream social networks like Tinder and Match, they said, because the sites failed to weed out people who disapproved of their marijuana use.

Manchester United kings of the PFA Team of the Year award

The Premier League team of the season was announced on Thursday morning Four player from each of Chelsea and Tottenham were named in the side But over the last 25 years, Manchester United have come out on top The Red Devils have had a total of 79 selections out of a possible 275 Looking back through the Premier League teams of the season since the competition began in 1992 reads like a who’s who of English football over the last 25 years.

Eden Hazard denies rift with Jose Mourinho: ‘We were always close’

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard says he and Jose Mourinho were ‘always close’ Mourinho was dismissed in December 2015 after ‘palpable discord’ with players But Hazard has denied any notion of a rift between himself and the Portuguese Belgium international says he had a ‘super rapport’ and is close to Antonio Conte Eden Hazard has moved to once more deny a falling out between himself and Jose Mourinho, claiming he was always close to his former manager during their time together at Stamford Bridge.

Wenger insists winning the FA Cup will not change his Arsenal future

Arsene Wenger says his future will not change if Arsenal win FA Cup The Gunners meet Manchester City at Wembley in the semi-final on Sunday But Wenger says he has not told anyone about his future at the club Arsene Wenger’s future will not be decided by Arsenal’s FA Cup progress, the Gunners boss has insisted.

Chelsea and Tottenham dominate PFA Premier League Team of the Year

The PFA Team of the Year has been dominated by Chelsea and Tottenham Both of the two title rivals have four places in the team after stunning seasons Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool are also represented in the team Chelsea and Tottenham lead the way in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year with four players each.

Barcelona are out the Champions League, but is this the end of an era?

Barcelona news: All the latest from the Nou Camp Barcelona are at a crossroads with manager Luis Enrique set to quit the club They are no longer an all conquering force and face a very uncertain future Signings such as Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer have failed to impress Barcelona could chase Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the summer They also look likely to appoint Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde The image of Lionel Messi falling flat on his face on to the Camp Nou turf on Wednesday night seemed to sum up Barcelona’s exit and their current state.

Tech CEOs are looking more and more like politicians

Last week, Dennis Mitzner, an Israeli tech journalist, published a blog post on his website claiming an overemphasis on social justice had “contaminated” tech journalism. He grumbled about how a press visit to a Nokia factory had, in his mind, been derailed.

Apple Originals

Apple Originals They’re up to something in Hollywood – but no one knows what. Not even Apple. by Saba Hamedy Apple Originals They’re up to something in Hollywood – but no one knows what. Not even Apple. by Saba Hamedy Heartfelt shout-outs to Tim Cook from the Emmys and Oscars stages — how would that sound?

Take a peaceful moment to watch this baby hippo shower

Come enjoy a moment of secondhand joy. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden shared an adorable video of their baby hippo Fiona taking a shower, and it’s safe to say: this baby has fully achieved zen.

Dustin from ‘Stranger Things’ wins Best Actor at Shorty Awards

Maybe the 2017 Oscars were a cautionary tale. Ahead of the 9th Annual Shorty Awards, the team behind Shorty decided to announce over a dozen big winners ahead of time before Sunday’s award ceremony.

It’s easier than ever to delete old apps from your Android phone

Google Play is rolling out an update to make it easier than ever to get rid of apps you never use. As Android Police reports, the new layout to “My apps & games” is giving users more organizational controls. Now you can view your apps by ones that have pending updates, all the apps installed, everything in your library (i.e.

A French presidential candidate held 7 rallies at once with this technology

A French presidential candidate is trying to squeeze in all the rallies he can before the first round of voting begins in a matter of days – and the best way to do that is to be in multiple places at once. Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke simultaneously at seven rallies on Tuesday.

‘The Daily Show’ takes a look at some of Bill O’Reilly’s most racist moments

Yesterday was a beautiful, beautiful day for television. After advertisers dropped the show on the heels of several sexual harassment allegations, 21st Century Fox announced yesterday that The O’Reilly Factor host and longtime enemy of all things progressive Bill O’Reilly was let go from the network.

Bill O’Reilly Leaves Fox News With A Payout Of Millions Despite Sexual Harassment Scandal

Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly will receive $25 million as part of his settlement to leave the network in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, according to a source familiar with the matter. O’Reilly’s most recent contract provides that he can receive a maximum of one year’s salary upon departure, according to a second source familiar with the matter.

Trump Has Moved To Dismantle Criminal Justice Reform In His First 100 Days

In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America, a nation where “crime and gangs and drugs” are causing “American carnage” in its cities. The address echoed Trump’s campaign, in which he sold increases in homicides in a handful of cities as a nationwide crime wave and presented “more law enforcement, more community engagement and more effective policing” as the solution to a nonexistent problem.

Gisele Posts Anti-Trump Tweet On Day Of Patriots’ White House Visit

One hundred and forty characters can say 1,000 words. On the day of the New England Patriots’ White House visit to celebrate their Super Bowl win, Gisele decided to post a message that made her political stance quite clear.

Oprah Only Gave One Tiny Detail About Vacationing With The Obamas

What happens with Oprah, stays with Oprah. At least when you’re on vacation together in French Polynesia. The media mogul recently sailed away on a star-studded vacation with Barack and Michelle Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Sarah Palin Finally Made It To The White House

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, finally made it to the White House thanks to an invitation from President Donald Trump. A great night at the White House. Thank you to President Trump for the invite!

Patriots Celebrate Super Bowl At Trump’s White House — Some Of Them, Anyway

The New England Patriots visited the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl win alongside President Donald Trump, an annual tradition for the winner of the NFL championship. Well, half of the Patriots did, anyway.

The Arctic Ocean Is Becoming A ‘Dead End’ For Your Trash

The Arctic Ocean has become a ” ” for the plastic floating through our oceans, scientists say. A new study published Wednesday in Science Advances found that the Arctic Ocean is accumulating high concentrations of plastics ― specifically in the Greenland and Barents seas .

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