The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Monday February 19)

February 19, 2018

As we start the new week, here are links to stories making global headlines.

Trump: ‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’ over Russia investigations

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

Sri Lanka government in crisis after comeback of ex-leader

The return of Rajapaksa to public life marks an unlikely turnaround for the two-time former president, who was unceremoniously voted out of office in 2015, amid allegations of corruption, nepotism and war crimes.

Passenger plane crashes in Iran with 66 aboard, report says

The Aseman Airlines plane was flying from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj when it disappeared 50 minutes into the flight, according to a post on the airline’s Instagram account. The flight, which departed at 7:55 a.m. local time (11.25 p.m.

‘Black Panther’ brings in a record-breaking box office weekend

” Black Panther,” Marvel’s first film directed by an African-American, brought in an estimated $192 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend. That’s the fifth biggest opening of all time. The opening for the film starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B.

Parkland students say, ‘We are going to be the last mass shooting’

“We can respect that. We’ve lost people. It’s important to mourn,” junior Cameron Kasky said Sunday. “Here’s a time to talk about gun control: March 24. My message for the people in office is: You’re either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around.”

Donald Trump’s golf swing? It’s pretty good

As far as presidents go, Donald Trump swings a golf club pretty well, for a big man in his 70s. If not exactly dynamite off the tee, he is at least solid. And while his technique around the greens is quirky, he somehow makes it work.

Netanyahu attacks ‘dangerous Iran tiger’

Israel’s prime minister has launched a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich it is the “greatest threat to our world”. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would “not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose of terror around our neck”.

American teens demand ‘Never Again’

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were well practised on how to respond in an active shooter situation – the school has lockdown drills, security systems and restricted entrances. But a sole gunman on Valentine’s Day was still able to kill 17.

Tsvangirai mourned at Harare service

Zimbabwe’s president has called on all citizens to unite to mourn opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week. A memorial service for Tsvangirai was held in a packed church in the capital Harare, while outside hundreds of supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) gathered.

After 10 Years, Here’s Why I’m Over Online Dating

Ten years is a really long time to be single. It’s also a good amount of time to see the natural evolution of a thing. Since I was born in 1982, online dating is one thing I’ve gotten to observe.

Trump Cites Facebook Executive In ‘Fake News’ Twitter Rant Over Russian Indictments

President Donald Trump went on a “fake news” Twitter attack over the Russian indictments Saturday, citing a Facebook ad executive who said the Russians’ “main goal” was not to sway the presidential election.

Black Panther’s Powerful Vibranium Suit Explained With Real Science

“Black Panther” hit theaters this weekend, and people unfamiliar with the Marvel universe might have some questions about the fictional nation of Wakanda’s technology. For instance, how does Black Panther’s suit allow a regular human to become superhuman? Black Panther’s suit is made out of a material the comic’s authors call vibranium.

Trolls Are Posting Fake Stories About Being Attacked At ‘Black Panther’ Showings

Audiences for this week’s ” Black Panther ” premiere went all-out in celebration, and the film’s opening weekend is expected to break records at the box office. Unfortunately, the superhero movie, which boasts an almost entirely black cast and has been hailed for its positive representation of black people and African culture, has also brought the racist trolls out of the woodwork.

Trump Joins Mar-a-Lago Disco Party After Visiting Survivors Of School Shooting

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a party at Mar-a-Lago on Friday just hours after visiting first responders and wounded survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 people. The event was a Studio 54-themed disco party, according to CNN’s Kevin Liptak.

‘Black Panther’ just had the biggest box office debut ever for a Marvel solo movie

We knew Black Panther would be a hit. And now, the box office figures are here to prove it. The latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened with an estimated $218 million earned over the weekend, including Monday’s holiday. That’s enough to give King T’Challa’s adventures in Wakanda a second-place finish among all other MCU movie openings.

Watch Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright freestyle a ‘Black Panther’ inspired rap

The best freestyle rapper in Wakanda is clearly Letitia Wright. Celebrating the release of the already-smash-hit Marvel superhero movieBlack Panther , co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright decided to share a few impromptu bars. “The Black Panther lives… and so does Troublemaker!” Nyong’o wrote on Friday. “Introducing MC Underbite, best freestyler in Wakanda.”

Elon Musk gets permission to do a little digging for his Hyperloop

It’s been far easier for Elon Musk to send a rocket to the Mars than move a pebble in Washington, D.C. That could be changing, according to The Washington Post . The SpaceX entrepreneur’s tunnel digging company, The Boring Company, recently received vague permission to do some exploratory digging at 53 New York Avenue NE.

There’s a striking difference between Obama and Trump’s responses to school shootings

On Friday, President Donald Trump visited Parkland, Florida in the wake of a school shooting in a high school that left 17 people dead. But Trump has faced criticism over the way he carried himself during that visit.

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