The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday April 20)

April 20, 2017

Here are the stories making news headlines today.

UK Parliament expected to approve snap election

May made a unexpected announcement Tuesday that she would seek a “snap” election less than halfway through her government’s five-year term, with the aim of gaining a stronger mandate for the country’s historic withdrawal from the European Union. The announcement marked a U-turn for May, who had repeatedly said she would not seek an early vote.

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison, officials say

The 27-year-old former tight end for the New England Patriots hanged himself with a bedsheet attached to a window in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m.

Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarian ways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States.

Pentagon to test ability to shoot down North Korean missiles

The long-scheduled tests in the Pacific are part of the US military’s overall ballistic missile defense program to defend against North Korean or Iranian threats — but are, for now at least, aimed at ensuring the US can defend against a threat from North Korea, US defense officials said.

Cleveland murder suspect Steve Stephens kills himself after pursuit

An employee spotted Stephens’ white Ford Fusion in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s near Erie and called authorities. Stephens fled and Pennsylvania State Police troopers gave chase. One officer performed a “PIT” maneuver, a strategic way of ramming a car to disable it.

France is the weakest of Europe’s big 3 economies

Europe’s third biggest economyhas suffered years of anemic growth, high unemployment and budget deficits, while neighbors such as Germany and the U.K. have enjoyed a stronger recovery from the global financial crisis. The country’s economic malaise is a major issue in presidential elections scheduled for Sunday.

Winning the war against ancient diseases

At Wednesday’s Global Partners’ Meeting in Geneva, WHO recognized the goals set forth in the Neglected Tropical Diseases Roadmap and the achievements of the past decade. One billion people were treated in 2015 for neglected tropical diseases, which blind, maim, disfigure and debilitate hundreds of millions of people on the planet, according to the new WHO report.

Source: Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are talking exit

A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O’Reilly have begun talking about an exit. But this prompted a denial from sources in O’Reilly’s camp. Even one person close to O’Reilly, however, said he will probably not be back on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Africans fear US travel after border denials

Real estate businessman Femi Olaniyi travelled to Los Angeles on February 21 with a two-year multiple entry visa. He says the experience proved to be an ordeal. “When I got to the point of entry at Los Angeles Airport, an immigration officer interrogated me,” he told CNN.

Wingman is the dating app that lets you play matchmaker for your friends

Have you ever wanted to grab your friend’s phone and seize control of their disastrous dating life? Now you can. Enter Wingman, a new app launching today that lets you set up friends with only people you deem appropriate. Rubs hands together in devilish anticipation. It’s not a dating app, exactly.

Netflix burns Hulu with a brutal ’13 Reasons Why’ tweet

If you’re going to go after Netflix, you’d best be prepared to deal with an arsenal of deep cuts. That’s what happened when streaming competitor Hulu tweeted an ad with the caption “Streaming only on Hulu. Not on Netflix.” Netflix responded a leisurely three days later (were they too busy?

Man finally dies peacefully after being told Trump was impeached

Michael Garland Elliott died on April 6, but not before hearing a little white lie. The last words the 75-year-old Oregon resident heard before passing away was that Donald Trump had been impeached. Upon learning of his alleged impeachment, Elliott took his final breath, according to an obituary published in Oregon Live .

This true story of a guy running into his crush on UberPool is too cute

It’s literally a plot straight off a rom-com. AJ Tabangay was on an UberPool ride when his long time college crush hopped in. Naturally, he freaked out and live-tweeted the whole event. When your long time college crush is on the same Uberpool.

Malaysia Airlines becomes first airline to track fleet with satellites

Malaysia Airlines, whose MH370 airplane vanished with 239 people onboard three years ago, has become the first airline to track its fleet of planes via satellite. The airline signed an agreement with aerospace companies Aireon, Sitaonair and FlightAware, that will enable it to monitor its aircrafts in real time, anywhere across the world.

Malaysia Airlines becomes first airline to track fleet with satellites

Malaysia Airlines, whose MH370 airplane vanished with 239 people onboard three years ago, has become the first airline to track its fleet of planes via satellite. The airline signed an agreement with aerospace companies Aireon, Sitaonair and FlightAware, that will enable it to monitor its aircrafts in real time, anywhere across the world.

Queen Cersei gives student A+ acting advice on how to play Queen Cersei

If you want to get some top-level acting tips, you might as well go straight to the original source. On Tuesday, actor M. Browne sent a tweet to Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. He was set to play Cersei Lannister in his next class, apparently, and he was looking for some advice.

Julia Roberts Named People’s ‘Most Beautiful Woman’ For The Fifth Time

On Wednesday, People magazine announced its pick for ” World’s Most Beautiful Woman” of 2017 and ― drumroll please ― it’s Julia Roberts, who’s now earned the title a record five times. That’s right, Roberts has been named “Most Beautiful” more times than anyone else, surpassing Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Pfeiffer.

New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Trailer Features Surprising Cameo

You best start believing in ghost stories, Ms. Turner. You’re in another one! Despite previously denying a return to the new ” Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Keira Knightley is back! The actress makes a shocking appearance in a new international trailer for ” Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Jake Tapper Nails The Hypocrisy In Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Order

“The president just signed an executive order to buy American,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said on “The Lead” on Tuesday in a clip posted online by Media Matters. “So wait, does that mean that he wants me to stop buying Trump products?”

Kim Kardashian Faces Backlash Over Tweet About Flu Weight Loss

Kim Kardashian tweeting about losing weight isn’t particularly surprising, but saying her recent flu was “an amazing diet”? That raised more than a few eyebrows. The reality star tweeted on Wednesday morning that the flu is a great way to lose weight, adding that she dropped six pounds just in time for the Met Gala on May 1.

Alec Baldwin Reveals The Secret To A Perfect Trump Impression

Alec Baldwin told ” Late Show” host Stephen Colbert a little about how he prepares for his role as President Donald Trump on ” Saturday Night Live.” “It’s totally a caricature, you just pick a few things. Like I was sitting in the room, I’m going left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down,” he said on Tuesday night’s show.

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Went In Wrong Direction For Days After White House Threat

When U.S. officials claimed two weeks ago that an American aircraft carrier was heading toward waters near North Korea, it was actually sailing in the opposite direction, the The New York Times and Defense News report. Facing growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, an American official told Reuters on April 8 that the U.S.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits 41st Real Madrid hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo recorded the 41st hat-trick of his Real Madrid career in their 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. The reigning Ballon d’Or winner equalised for Madrid with a well-placed header on 76 minutes before scoring both with his left and right foot in extra time as his side advanced to the Champions League semi-finals.

Man United manager Jose Mourinho publicly criticises Anthony Martial

Manchester United host Anderlecht in Europa League quarter-final second leg Boss Jose Mourinho wants more from young attacker Anthony Martial Mourinho unfavourably compared £36m signing Martial to Marcus Rashford Jose Mourinho has warned Anthony Martial to do as he is told if the young Frenchman wants to make the most of his potential at Manchester United.

Barcelona and Lionel Messi: This might be end of an era

It is 10 years this week since Lionel Messi’s stunning breakthrough goal In the last decade Barcelona have set new standards, with Messi leading Barcelona will need all of his exceptionality on Wednesday against Juventus A whole generation thinks Barca’s extraordinary football is the norm – it isn’t It was an unusually drizzly evening in Barcelona.

Leicester’s Champions League dream is over, but their legacy lives on

Bruges, Copenhagen, Porto, Seville, Madrid. In terms of a Grand Tour, it was nigh-on perfect. These were cities of heritage and distinctive design, and rather luckily as a reporter covering a debut Champions League campaign, places not personally visited before.

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