The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 12)

April 12, 2017

Here are some of the stories making headlines today.

North Korea issues warning as US strike group heads to Korean Peninsula

The Pentagon is sending the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers following another missile test by North Korea last week. According to a statement provided to CNN by officials in Pyongyang, the “current grim situation” justifies Pyongyang’s “self-defensive and pre-emptive strike capabilities with the nuclear force at the core.”

How Kim Jong Un has tightened his grip on power

On Tuesday, the country’s political elite from Pyongyang and across the country will descend on the capital to attend the Supreme People’s Assembly, a largely symbolic meeting which Kim is expected to attend as the guest of honor. As he is once again feted by the country’s political class, how has the young leader fared over the brief course of his rule?

US missile strike took out 20% of Syria’s airforce, Mattis claims

“The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or rearm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest,” Mattis said, describing the strike as a “measured response.”

Passenger dragged off overbooked United flight

Several passengers on United flight 3411 from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky, captured video as a man was dragged off the plane by authorities after he apparently refused to leave. Audra Bridges posted a 31-second clip of the incident on Facebook, which showed three men in black shirts and black baseball caps yanking a middle-aged man out of a seat.

Pakistan to execute Indian man accused of spying

India claims the former naval officer was “kidnapped” from Iran and said his execution would be an act of “premeditated murder.” Kulbushan Jadhav was arrested in March last year, “for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan,” according to a statement released by the Pakistan armed forces Monday.

Chinese tech giant’s $2 billion deal to buy Vizio collapses

Beijing-based LeEco has pulled the plug on a plan to buy U.S. electronics maker Vizio for $2 billion. In a statement, the companies blamed “regulatory headwinds” for the deal’s collapse but didn’t elaborate. It’s a sharp turnaround from July, when LeEco touted the acquisition of the U.S.

Volcanic soil behind mystery disease outbreak

Clusters of cases were reported by local nongovernmental organizations in the Kamwenge District of Western Uganda, although the region wasn’t known to be affected or at risk for the condition. The disease is typically caused by infection with parasitic worms, transmitted through certain mosquito species.

Coca-Cola UK HQ blocked by sculpture protest

The campaign group said the sculpture, which depicts an idyllic family beach scene interrupted by birds choking on plastic, was intended to highlight what it claimed were failings by the company. In a report released on Monday, Greenpeace claimed that Coca-Cola — the world’s largest soft drinks company — sells more than 100 billion plastic bottles every year.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington weighs in on that OTHER big Jon Snow theory

For the first six seasons of Game of Thrones, we were all speculating whether R+L=J (even though Sean Bean kind of told us years ago). But now that the show – and HBO’s sneaky infographic – have confirmed that Jon Snow is in fact the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, we’ve got a new theory to fixate on.

Rogue deer tackles innocent man in a parking lot

Out of all of the animals in the world, deers may be the biggest jerks of them all. Sure, there are spiders, snakes, and bears ready and willing to harm humans in just about every corner of the world, but deers just hop around all willy nilly, dashing into traffic and windows without a care in the world.

Ludacris has ridiculously fake CGI abs in his new music video

There are some things you see that immediately burn into the back of your retinas. Come check out Ludacris’ new abs. Luda unveiled his new single “Vitamin D” on Monday, and while most were hopefully awaiting his nostalgic return, it was hard to see past the ridiculous, CGI six-pack.

Paul Walker’s mom to Vin Diesel: ‘You lost your other half’

Vin Diesel, like all of us, is still feeling the loss of his late Furious franchise co-star Paul Walker. In an interview with Sirius XM’s Maria Menounos, the actor said he thinks of Walker – who died in a fatal car crash in 2014 – often.

Tesla is the most valuable U.S. car company? You bet.

For a moment on Monday, Tesla was the most valuable U.S. car manufacturer. Well, sort of. Let’s back up a moment. News that Tesla surpassed Ford earlier in April caused a flurry of news stories, helping add even more hype to the company’s upcoming Model 3 launch in July.

Netflix remains the streaming giant, but they’ve got competition

While Netflix remains the giant in the world of over-the-top (OTT) streaming, other services are staking their own claims to the landscape. According to a new report by comScore, more than half of America’s wi-fi connected homes have at least one OTT streaming service (streaming services that don’t require an additional cable subscription).

GM comes after Tesla with its own semi-autonomous driving system for Cadillac

Make some room in the cruising lane, Tesla: Cadillac’s Super Cruise is ready for action. The long-developed product, coming as an add-on feature for the 2018 CT6 sedan, will jockey with Tesla’s Autopilot to be the best semi-autonomous experience on the highway.

The internet is trolling United so hard right now

The internet holds nothing back when tasked with the responsibility of calling out a company for wrongdoing, especially when it comes to major airlines. A shocking video of a man being forcibly removed from an over-booked United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday sent the internet into full-blown WTF Mode by Monday morning.

Flipkart is buying eBay India as competition from Amazon heats up

India’s giant ecommerce company Flipkart is stepping up its efforts as competition from Amazon heats up in the nation. Flipkart announced Monday it has signed an agreement to acquire eBay India. As part of the deal, eBay will make a cash investment in Flipkart and hand over its India business to the Bangalore-based company.

Only in Kenya!! Cows Now Being Used to Campaign Ahead of August Polls (PHOTO)

Well, here we are once again! Yet another political gimmick to share with you as we gear up for the General Elections in August.

Janet Mbugua Quits Citizen TV… Watch Her Shake It (VIDEO)

It’s now official! Popular media personality Janet Mbugua will no longer be gracing your television screens, at least not as a news anchor. Following weeks of speculation, Janet broke the news of her exit from the Royal Media Services station live on air last night.

CS Matiang’i Vows to Smoke Out Political Aspirants with Fake Academic Papers

The Ministry of Edcation has begun vetting academic credentials of aspirants seeking to contest in the August polls in a move to unmask those with fake certificates. Speaking on Sunday, Education CS Fred Matiang’i said they intend to allow only the “right people” to ascend to leadership. “I k

United CEO Blames ‘Belligerent’ Customer For Overbooked Flight Melee

United Airlines agents were “left with no choice” but to call security officers to remove a “disruptive and belligerent” passenger, the company’s CEO wrote Monday in an email to employees. Oscar Munoz said in the email, obtained by ABC News, he was “upset” by the incident Sunday in which Chicago airport security officers violently dragged a man off an overbooked United flight to Louisville.

People Are Comparing United Airlines To ‘Fight Club’ On Twitter

United Airlines is under fire yet again after one of its passengers was violently dragged off an overbooked plane on Sunday. Angered by the videos and pictures of the incident, people on Twitter dragged the airline for its terrible mistreatment of the passenger.

Donald Trump’s New York Modeling Agency To Shut Down

The president of the United States is getting out of the modeling business: Trump Models is closing down. Revenues at the New York-based modeling agency were expected to take another hit with the defection this month of a key manager who was taking several models to start up a new operation, The Washington Post reported.

Tom Hanks Says Trump Immigration Policies Go Against Common Sense

When asked at the Stand for Rights telethon to benefit the ACLU which candidate he’d like to see run for president, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore told The Huffington Post, “He’s sitting back there. His name is Hanks, first name Tom. I just told him, ‘You know, we need you to run.'” (“Run, Tom!

Reporter Who Infuriated Donald Trump In 2016 Wins Pulitzer Prize

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, whom President Donald Trump called a ” for doggedly investigating his dubious charity foundation claims, won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for national reporting. Fahrenthold not only pored over documents and called hundreds of organizations while reporting on the president’s charitable foundation during the 2016 campaign, but brought readers real-time social media updates and turned to them for additional tips.

Coke Hopes No One Notices All The Plastic Bottles Floating In The Ocean

After a recent controversial Pepsi ad incited outrage on the Internet, an advocacy group is calling on soda drinkers to express the same level of concern over the questionable environmental practices of the soft drink company’s biggest competitor, Coca-Cola.

‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt!’ Furious Arsenal fans blast players

Arsenal crashed to 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in Premier League clash Arsenal fans blasted players during second half at Selhurst Park Gunners supporters refused to give ball back to Hector Bellerin for a throw in The travelling fans followed up by singing ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ Arsenal full-back apprached fans to make peace at full-time but was booed In recent weeks it’s been Arsene Wenger who has taken most of the abuse and blame from Arsenal fans over the club’s downward spiral in form.

Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal: More misery for Arsene Wenger

Arsenal were always second best as they were beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace on Monday night Andros Townsend fired Palace into the lead after 17 minutes as he arrived late in the box to score the opener The lead was doubled just past the hour mark when Yohan Cabaye swept his shot into the back of the net Luka Milivojevic then scored from the spot after Andros Townsend was felled in the penalty area Arsenal were in a jam long before they misjudged the South London traffic and turned up late at Selhurst Park.

Aubameyang will only entertain offers from Barcelona or Real Madrid

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has attracted interest from Europe’s top clubs The Gabon striker has netted 25 goals in the Bundesliga so far this season Aubameyang and his Dortmund team-mates face Monaco on Tuesday night Borussia Dortmund chief executive has claimed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will only entertain offers from La Liga giants Barcelona or Real Madrid.

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