The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday June 7)

June 7, 2018

Here are the biggest stories of the day.

Exclusive: Trump considers dozens of new pardons

The White House has assembled the paperwork to pardon dozens of people, two sources with knowledge of the developments tell CNN, signaling that President Donald Trump is poised to exert his constitutional power and intervene, in some instances, where he believes the Justice Department has overstepped.

Guatemala volcano death toll rises as explosions ramp up

More pyroclastic flow — a nasty mix of ash, rock and volcanic gases that can be much more dangerous than lava — is streaming down the volcano once again threatening villages southeast of the volcano, Guatemala’s National Institute of Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) said in a statement.

Beijing may have removed missiles from disputed South China Sea island

The deployment of a number of missile systems to the Spratly and Paracel Islands in May sparked an angry rebuke from Washington about Beijing’s “militarization” of the sea, almost all of which is claimed by China. It was followed by a B-52 bomber flyover of the Spratlys this week, which the US said was part of a “routine training mission.”

No women in Forbes’ top 100 richest athletes list

Since the magazine expanded its list in 2010, at least one female star has always made the cut. Tennis player Serena Williams was the sole female representative last year, coming in at 51st.

We took an exclusive ride in a flying car

Rachel and I had just flown into Las Vegas for an exclusive first look at the Silicon Valley single-seat flying machine, Flyer. Kitty Hawk, funded by Google cofounder Larry Page and led by Thrun, a self-driving car pioneer, attracted nationwide attention when it teased its Flyer prototype last year.

Syphilis cases hit highest level in almost 70 years in England

Syphilis made up 7,137 of the 422,147 cases of sexually transmitted infections in 2017, a 20% increase from the previous year and a 148% increase since 2008. According to the report, gonorrhea cases also increased by 22% to 46,676.

How a positive statement made millions for this T-shirt company

The brothers embarked on a road trip along the East Coast of the United States, selling colorful T-shirts with abstract designs door to door. It didn’t go well. Four years later, business was so bad they had just $78 between them. “We were considering giving up,” Bert Jacobs told CNNMoney.

Trump-Kim to meet on Sentosa island

The much-anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place at a hotel on the Singaporean island of Sentosa, the White House has confirmed. The historic summit is scheduled to take place on 12 June, but many details are still unconfirmed.

First pictures of London hotel fire

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge.

Astronaut named Spain’s science minister

Spain’s first astronaut, Pedro Duque, has been named minister of science by the country’s new Socialist government. Prime Minister and self-labelled feminist Pedro Sánchez is expected to appoint a women-majority cabinet, in contrast to the male-dominated executives of ousted PM Mariano Rajoy. Women will take the deputy premiership, and the economy and finance portfolios.

Facebook shares data with Chinese firms

Facebook has confirmed it has a data-sharing partnership with Chinese firms including Huawei, a company US intelligence previously flagged as a security threat. The agreements gave the Chinese firms some access to users’ data to help them build Facebook “experiences” on their own platforms. Facebook said all the data collected remained on users’ phones not servers.

Twitter ‘murder mystery’ grips Spain

“Police! I have just resolved a crime via Twitter! You need to deal with it immediately,” wrote a Spanish social media user going by the name of Mr Brightside on Saturday afternoon. He then proceeded to unpick what appeared to be a murder case, in great detail over 100 tweets.

Emirates looks to windowless planes

Emirates Airline has unveiled a new First Class Suite on board its latest aircraft that features virtual windows. Instead of being able to see directly outside, passengers view images projected in from outside the aircraft using fibre-optic cameras. The airline says it paves the way for removing all windows from future planes, making them lighter and faster.

Manafort Likely To Go To Jail On Friday, Former U.S. Attorney Predicts

“Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.” Those words from the game Monopoly sum up what a former U.S. attorney said Paul Manafort should expect when he heads to court on Friday for a hearing about revising his bail.

Judge In Brock Turner Case Recalled

Residents of California’s Santa Clara County voted Tuesday to recall Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford University student Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault. Following months of sparring between opposing factions, the pro-recall campaign won the June 5 special election to remove Persky from the bench.

Hidden Camera Reveals Toddler’s Adorable Escape Method

Do we train dogs or do dogs train us? Arizona parents Chris and Nina Cardinal were puzzled to find their daughter Chloe wandering the halls in the morning since she was supposed to be asleep in her room with the door closed. At just 15 months old, she can’t reach the doorknob.

Trevor Noah: How Weird Is It That No One Wants To Visit The White House Anymore?

President Donald Trump ‘s national anthem party at the White House on Tuesday didn’t escape the notice of Trevor Noah. The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to visit the White House but the president scrubbed that event after hearing only about 10 players were planning to attend.

‘Ocean’s 8’ Cast Shuts Down The Red Carpet At Premiere

Talk about stealing the show ― literally and figuratively. The criminal cast members of “Ocean’s 8” showed up in their best and (in the case of Sarah Paulson) their brightest at the movie’s world premiere in New York City on Tuesday night.

Not A Single Woman Made Forbes’ Top 100 Highest-Paid Athletes Of 2018

Forbes magazine’s estimate of the world’s top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2018 is quite the boys club. For the first time since 2010, no female athletes made the list, which Forbes dubbed “an all-male affair.” Tennis star Serena Williams was the only woman to make the prestigious list last year, but dropped off after taking time to give birth to her daughter Olympia.

This kid politely thanking a massive truck is going super viral

When a dashcam or helmet cam video goes viral, it’s usually road-rage related. Ronnie Pickering is the main one that springs to mind. The thing is, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Just last week, in fact, we had the super cool bus driver who went viral after helping out a biker – and now we have yet another friendly social media star.

Serena Williams trolled her husband Alexis Ohanian’s Instagram Live – and it was everything

Nothing says love like a little social media trolling. On Tuesday afternoon, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian hopped on Instagram Live to chat with his followers. Those who tuned in took the opportunity to ask questions about parenting, running a business, Armenian culture, and more.

This twins’ high school yearbook photo isn’t quite what it seems

Being an identical twin probably comes with its challenges, but every now and then it must be a lot of fun, too. Take this high school yearbook, for instance. On Tuesday, Marcus Williams shared a throwback photo to the time his identical twin brother Malcolm helped him out of a tricky spot on their school picture day.

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