The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday January 19)

January 19, 2018

As we end the week, these are the stories making global headlines today.

Trump says ‘Russia is not helping’ with North Korea

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”

North Korea going to the Olympics: 5 things to know

Its participation, negotiated in landmark talks at the heavily fortified border between the two in little more than a week, has been hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough that could herald peace on the Korean peninsula. However, others fear that South Korea has fallen for a North Korean charm offensive and warned the international community not to be complacent.

Aunts of 13 captive children reveal years of secrecy and concerns

But her sister and brother-in-law, Louise and David Turpin, kept such a secret life that they wouldn’t let her in. “When that happens for 20 years, and it was before the kids even were there, you don’t think it’s abnormal,” Flores told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

Sweden to publish leaflets warning citizens over potential war

The leaflets, which urge citizens to prepare for “crisis and catastrophes in peacetime, but also for different kinds of attacks on society and Sweden,” is the latest step in the country’s revamped defense strategy in response to perceived Russian aggression.

This is the cognitive test the president passed

“He actively asked me to include that in it so we did,” Jackson said Tuesday while speaking to reporters about the results of the president’s physical. Trump has faced several questions about his mental fitness to be president. Last week a group of mental health professionals sent an urgent public letter to the president’s doctor requesting he test Trump’s cognitive abilities.

Poison control calls ‘spike’ due to online laundry pod challenge

Teens have been increasingly biting into laundry pods, with some posting the videos online as part of a “challenge,” according to a statement Tuesday by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The results can be potentially harmful or even deadly.

Apple pledges to create 20,000 jobs in five years

The company said in a press release Wednesday that it plans to create 20,000 jobs and invest $30 billion in U.S. facilities over the next five years. At least $10 billion of that $30 billion will go toward building new data centers — massive computer warehouses that store information to support services like Apple’s Siri, iMessage and Apple Music, the company said.

John Kelly Said Trump Won’t Build Wall Along Entire U.S.-Mexico Border: Reports

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told a meeting of Democratic lawmakers that President Donald Trump’s campaign pledges to curb immigration ― including his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border ― were uninformed, and that such a structure was unlikely to happen in full, according to multiple media reports.

Australian Politician Accused Of Floating Electric Shocks For Tired Drivers

An Australian state government minister has come under fire for appearing to suggest that tired or distracted drivers could be given electric shocks to prevent crashes. It has been a horror week on roads in the state of New South Wales, with three deadly crashes in two days, including a seven-vehicle collision on a rural highway in which two people died and more than a dozen were injured .

McDonald’s Says Its Packaging Will Be 100 Percent Green By 2025

As it aims to further burnish its environmental credentials, McDonald’s says it will make its packaging 100 percent green by 2025. The global fast-food giant on Tuesday announced plans to make all of its consumer packaging out of renewable, recyclable and certified materials within seven years.

Porn Actress Confirmed Trump Affair In Unpublished 2011 Interview

Former adult film actress Stephanie Clifford confirmed her reported affair with President Donald Trump in a previously unpublished 2011 interview with In Touch, the magazine revealed Wednesday.

20 Years Ago, Fox News Rode Clinton’s Sex Scandal To Power. Now It’s Downplaying Trump’s.

Twenty years ago today, a news site run by Matt Drudge published a story about a salacious scoop that a mainstream news outlet had killed. The intern, we’d find out later, was of course Monica Lewinsky, and the scandal that unfolded was weaponized against Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Trump’s Fake News Awards Immediately Backfire, Take Down GOP Website

President Donald Trump finally unveiled his “fake news” awards on Wednesday evening, but it didn’t exactly have a smooth rollout. Trump’s tweet plugging the awards led to a page on the GOP website, which couldn’t handle the surge in traffic and immediately crashed. “The site is temporarily offline, we are working to bring it back up.

Very relieved Hawaiians went straight to PornHub after getting missile alert all clear

Hawaii’s mistaken missile alert prompted many of us to think what we’d do in the last moments of our life if a bomb came hurtling towards us. PornHub released statistics for the island state after the alert was sent out on Saturday, revealing a sharp drop of 77 percent below the average in the minutes immediately following the emergency notification.

How Google’s ‘speed update’ will affect mobile search

Google searches on your phone are about to get an important upgrade. The company announced an upcoming “speed update” to search, which will put some slower loading pages lower down in search results on mobile devices.

HODL becomes a rallying cry in the midst of cryptocurrency crash

Cryptocurrencies are crashing. People are panicking. The crypto faithful, however, abide by one word: HODL. HODL, an intentional typo of “hold,” has become the rallying cry for cryptocurrency traders in the face of this recent Bitcoin crash, which has extended to other popular coins like Ethereum and Litecoin.

Trump’s Fake News Awards were a total disaster

President Donald Trump’s Fake News Awards were, perhaps unsurprisingly, a complete and total disaster. After weeks of anticipation the highly anticipated event turned out to be, for many, a 404 page. Earlier this month, Trump boasted that he would hold ” THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.”

Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52

A bus has caught fire in north-western Kazakhstan, killing 52 people, the interior ministry has said. Five people managed to escape and were treated by rescue workers on the spot, reports said. The accident happened at 10:30 local time on Thursday (04:30 GMT) in the Irgiz district of Aktobe region.

‘Text bomb’ is latest Apple bug

A new “text bomb” affecting Apple’s iPhone and Mac computers has been discovered. Abraham Masri, a software developer, tweeted about the flaw which typically causes an iPhone to crash and in some cases restart.

Mystery deepens over antelope die-off

A mass die-off of wild antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe. More than 200,000 saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in 2015, wiping out most of the global population. The deaths were found to be caused by a bacterial infection.

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