The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday April 25)

April 25, 2018

A look at some of the stories making world headlines today.

Suspect in Toronto van carnage due in court

Witnesses described the vehicle plowing into people on the sidewalk and driving in the wrong direction down the street in what police say appears to have been a deliberate act. The suspected driver, Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, is in custody, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

Former President George H.W. Bush in intensive care

Bush, 93, was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Monday. “He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant,” said McGrath.

Trump ramps up personal cell phone use

President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.

Google’s profit soars amid data privacy concerns

Alphabet , the parent company of Google, reported Monday that its profits hit $9.4 billion in the first three months of 2017, up from $5.4 billion a year earlier. The company’s bottom line was helped by the continued strength of its ad sales business. Google’s sales for the quarter jumped 26% to $31.1 billion.

What will the royal baby be named?

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge onMonday announced the arrival of their son and third child, speculation turned to a possible name. The baby boy was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London at 11 a.m. local time, Kensington Palace said in a statement.

These women stopped a secret $76 billion nuclear deal

Two female South African environment activists working for small NGOs taking on the South African government and winning a legal challenge that stopped a $76 billion dollar nuclear deal with Russia. For their herculean efforts, Makoma Lekalakala, 52, and Liz McDaid, 55, were awarded the prestigious 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday.

Toronto police quiz van attack suspect

Canadian police are questioning the suspected driver of a rented van that ploughed into pedestrians in northern Toronto on Monday, killing 10 and injuring 15. Alek Minassian, 25, was not previously known to authorities, police said. The incident appeared to be deliberate but the motive was not clear, officials added.

Avicii’s family thanks fans for support

Avicii’s family has thanked fans for their support following the DJ’s death last week. The body of the Swedish star, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found at a hotel in Muscat, Oman. His family praised fans and other musicians for their tributes, which included church bells “ringing out his music” and tributes at Coachella.

World-first penis and scrotum transplant

A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world’s first total transplant of a penis and scrotum. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan. They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

Alfie’s life support withdrawn, dad says

The life support of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans has been withdrawn, his father has said. Tom Evans said the 23-month-old’s life support was turned off on Monday but he was breathing on his own and had been given oxygen.

Gun salutes set to greet new royal baby

Gun salutes across London are set to mark the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child. The couple’s second son, who is fifth in line to the throne, was born on Monday at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, London weighing 8lb 7oz.

Flight Records Disprove Trump’s Claim About ‘Pee Tape’ Weekend Whereabouts

President Donald Trump reportedly told former FBI Director James Comey – twice – that he didn’t spend a single night in Moscow when the infamous “pee tape” was allegedly made. But Bloomberg and Politico have obtained flight records for Trump’s jet that indicate he actually spent two nights in the Russian capital when he traveled there for the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013.

Christina Aguilera And Melissa McCarthy Get ‘Dirrty’ On ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Give them some room. They’re coming through! Christina Aguilera belted out some of her biggest hits as she rode shotgun with James Corden for his latest ” Carpool Karaoke.” The “Genie in a Bottle” singer also dished some dirt to “The Late Late Show” host about what went down back in the day between her fellow “Mickey Mouse Club” costars Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling.

33 Tweets That Sum Up The Struggle Of Choosing A Baby Name

Choosing a name can be one of the more frustrating parts of preparing for a new baby. The options are seemingly infinite, and you want to make sure you get it right. You may think you’ve found a great option … until you remember that awful kid from middle school who had that name.

See Meghan Markle In A Wedding Dress Before The Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle is set to walk down the aisle at the royal wedding on May 19, but we’re getting a glimpse of her in a wedding dress (just not the wedding dress) a few weeks early. On the Season 7 finale of “Suits” that airs Wednesday, Markle’s character, Rachel Zane, will wed her on-screen love, Mike Ross, played by Patrick J.

Scientists confirm Uranus smells like farts

It’s official: Uranus smells like farts. This is a real conclusion that real scientists came to. The planet, often the butt of jokes, has an atmosphere that smells like rotting eggs because its clouds are composed of hydrogen sulfide. A study published on Monday in Nature Astronomy suggests the presence of the stinky gas in Uranus’ clouds.

Facebook just made a major change to how it polices content

With 2 billion users, Facebook’s content policies have changed a lot over the years. But one aspect that’s been the same is that users have very little, if any, say about what happens after they click the “report” button – until now.

Target plans to build hundreds of EV chargers at stores across 20 states

Target wants to make your next shopping trip worth the drive, so it’s adding hundreds of charging stations for electric vehicles to its parking lots across the country. The big-box retailer announced Monday an expanded EV charging program, offering Tesla, ChargePoint, and Electrify America charging stations for battery-powered cars that may need some extra juice while on the road.

YouTuber launches garlic bread into space just to eat it when it lands back on Earth

We’ve seen a man, a rocket, and so many other things go into space, so why not send some garlic bread as well? YouTuber Tom Scott and a group of experts tied a loaf of garlic bread onto a weather balloon in attempt to launch it into space.

The first full trailer for ‘Venom’ is here

Sony has released the first trailer for Venom, starring Tom Hardy as an antihero who gets tangled up with a mysterious and powerful symbiote. If the character sounds kind of familiar, you may recall that he’s frequently associated with Spider-Man – Topher Grace played a version of him in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.

‘Fast & Furious’ will be getting an animated Netflix series

Buckle your seatbelt, baby, because Fast & Furious is becoming a cartoon. The Fast & Furious franchise is being turned into an animated series, Netflix announced on Monday, as a part of Netflix’s deal with DreamWorks Animation. The new series focuses on the younger cousin of Dom (Vin Diesel) from the movie franchise and is aimed at a younger demographic.

Happy 13th birthday to the very first YouTube video

The first video uploaded to YouTube is finally a teen. Thirteen years ago on Monday – on April 23, 2005 – YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded this 18 second clip to the site just a few months after the domain was secured, and nothing’s been the same since.

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