The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday July 28)

July 28, 2017

These are some of the stories making headlines today.

Scaramucci: ‘If Reince wants to explain he’s not a leaker, let him do that’

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director who was brought in to bring order to a press shop in turmoil, called into CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday and all but blamed chief of staff Reince Priebus for leaking information in a more then 30-minute-long interview.

Jeff Bezos dethrones Bill Gates as world’s richest person

Bezos’s net worth topped $90 billion on Thursday, allowing the Amazon founder and CEO to narrowly dethrone Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the richest man in the world, according to Forbes and Bloomberg. If Amazon stock holds steady through trading Thursday, Bezos will officially bump Gates, who has been No.

Trump transgender ban blindsides Joint Chiefs

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford, were not aware President Donald Trump planned to tweet a ban on transgender service members, three US defense officials told CNN — the latest indication that top military leaders across all four service branches were blindsided by the President’s announcement.

Melania Trump announces her first solo trip as first lady

Trump announced in a statement Thursday that she will lead the US delegation to this year’s Invictus Games, being held in Toronto, Canada, September 23-30. “In just two short years, the Invictus Games have allowed thousands of injured and wounded servicemen and women from many different countries to participate in adaptive sports competitions — something that should be lauded and supported worldwide.

Twitter now losing users in the U.S.

Despite having the most powerful person in the world as a loyal user, Twitter failed to add any new monthly active users globally during the June quarter. Even worse, it’s now losing users in the U.S. Twitter reported Thursday that its monthly user base in the U.S.

Satellite photos reveal underground construction at Chinese military base

Two images provided by Stratfor Worldview and Allsource Analysis show the base in Djibouti, located at a strategic choke point on the Horn of Africa, to be heavily fortified with three layers of security and has about 23,000 square meters (about 250,000 square feet) of underground space, according to analysis provided by Stratfor.

Inside Singapore Changi Airport’s groundbreaking new terminal

Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop * Updated 27th July 2017 The airport’s upcoming fourth terminal (T4) is promising passengers an improved travel experience with the innovative use of technology and an interior that embraces a boutique approach.

Michelle Obama rises above racist jabs

In one of her first appearances since leaving the White House, the former first lady was asked which shards of glass had cut her the deepest. In response, she referenced an incident in which a West Virginia county employee called her an “ape.”

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe urged by first lady to name heir – BBC News

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, 93, has been urged by his wife to name his successor in order to end divisions over who the next leader will be. The president should not be “afraid” to choose his heir and his word would be “final”, Grace Mugabe said.

Nigerian soldiers killed in battle with Boko Haram – BBC News

Nine Nigerian soldiers and a civilian have been killed during an operation to free 10 people abducted by militant Islam group Boko Haram, the army says. The abducted group of geologists and surveyors were rescued during the battle, it added. They were in a convoy that was ambushed as it was returning to north-eastern Maiduguri city on Tuesday.

Letter from Africa: Freed Boko Haram ‘wives’ return to captors – BBC News

In our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at why some Nigerian women have gone back to the militant Islamists who abducted them. When news emerged that some of the Chibok schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, had declined to return home with the batch of 82 freed in May, the world found it difficult to believe.

The people who want to buy a railroad

VIA Rail runs 1,700km across Manitoba, and for many remote communities, the train is the only way to connect to the rest of the world. Now the local people want to buy the tracks.

What it’s really like to be judged as ‘that fat person’ on a plane – BBC Three

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Donald Trump hovers over Melania during a speech as only Trump can

First Lady Melania Trump joined her husband at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday, and proceeded to be watched like she was a bad kid who might do something wrong at any moment. As Melania took the podium to praise her husband for winning the election, Donald Trump stood a little too close for comfort, practically breathing down her neck.

Florida school district bans homework as children rejoice

There is no better time to be a kid in Florida than at this exact moment. Elementary school students in31Marion County, Florida schools are free of homework for good after their superintendent issued a county-wide “no homework” mandate.

Gamer accidentally sets herself on fire during livestream

We love a good live stream fail, even if the situation does get a bit ~hairy~. While live streaming herself playing League of Legends, Twitch user AnaPlaying found herself in a bit of a pickle after casually playing with a lighter a little too close to her head.

Hillary Clinton’s New Book Will Be Called ‘What Happened’

Hillary Clinton ‘s book about her failed 2016 presidential campaign, slated to hit bookstores Sept. 12, finally has a title ― and it makes clear that the former presidential candidate feels some kinda way about the campaign.

Michael Moore Is Convinced This 1 Thing Will Lead To Donald Trump’s Downfall

On Wednesday, the filmmaker and activist told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert he believes the best “way to bring [Trump] down is with satire.” “His thin skin, as you’ve pointed out so well, is so thin,” Moore said. “All we need is like a thousand or a million little comedy shivs – just, you know, non-violent, don’t hurt him,” he added.

So The Last Living Beatles Just Reunited To Release A New Song

On Feb. 19, Paul McCartney visited the Los Angeles home of Ringo Starr and the two played music together. “Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass,” Starr wrote on Twitter after the hangout. “I love you man peace and love.”

Mahershala Ali Is Here To Save ‘True Detective’ Season 3

Your internet boyfriend Mahershala Ali practically saved 2016 with stirring performances in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” so if there was anyone up to the task of making ” True Detective ” good again, it’s him.

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