The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday June 20)

June 20, 2018

These are the stories making headlines today.

Trump threatens additional tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods

The White House said Monday evening that if China goes through with its promise to retaliate against the US tariffs announced last week, the United States will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Emmanuel Macron to teenager: ‘Call me Mr. President’

Macron was on an official outing in Paris on Monday when he was greeted by one teenager with a “How’s it going, Manu?” The too-friendly nature of the greeting clearly left Macron perturbed, leading him to promptly chastise the boy in a scene captured on camera and shared across social media, including by the President himself.

The last hope for elephants: Can a Chinese law help stop the slaughter in Africa?

Posing undercover as ivory middlemen, an investigator is invited into a Chinese investment center near the international airport to talk business. The red-brick, two-story building is like many of its kind, where everything from cheap fashions to toilet seats are on sale.

How does Trump’s Space Force compare to Russia and China’s space capabilities?

Speaking at a space policy event at the White House Monday, Trump insisted that “we must have American dominance in space,” and announced he is “directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit China, Xinhua reports

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China Tuesday and Wednesday, Chinese state media announced.

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida, police say

The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store shortly before 4 p.m. when two men in a dark colored SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, said Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer.

Roman Abramovich fulfills ill children’s World Cup dreams

For 30 children who live with serious illnesses or conditions, that dream has come true courtesy of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and a group of other donors. The Russian has donated a hefty six-figure sum to the Israel-based “Fulfilling Dreams” charity, which takes children with serious illnesses to major football tournaments across the world.

Kane the hero as England scrape past Tunisia

And in a sweaty Volgograd on Monday, England kept their long suffering fans on tenterhooks until the game’s closing minutes when team captain Harry Kane headed in the winner in a 2-1 victory at Russia 2018 Kane had opened the scoring for England — his first goal in a World Cup — before a penalty from Ferjani Sassi pulled Tunisia level.

Trump: Space Force and Air Force will be ‘separate but equal’

“We must have American dominance in space. Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big step,” he said in the White House East Room during a meeting of his National Space Council Monday.

Trump threatens huge new tariffs on China

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect if China “refuses to change its practices”. The move would be a major escalation of the dispute, which threatens to take the US and China into a trade war.

World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies

The world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants. Puan, described as the “grand old lady” of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications. She had been at the zoo since 1968, and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest of her species in 2016.

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

US rapper XXXTentacion, who topped the charts as he faced domestic violence charges, has been killed aged 20. He was reportedly shopping for a motorcycle in south Florida when a gunman opened fire on his vehicle. A witness told celebrity news website TMZ the rapper, whose album ?

IBM’s machine argues with humans

On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence. The machine drew from a library of “hundreds of millions” of documents – mostly newspaper articles and academic journals – to form its responses to a topic it was not prepared for beforehand.

Musk accuses Tesla worker of sabotage

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has accused an employee of carrying out “extensive and damaging sabotage” at the electric carmaker. In an email to staff, Mr Musk said an unnamed employee made unspecified coding changes to its manufacturing operating system and sent sensitive data to unnamed third parties.

The volatile life and compelling sound of XXXTentacion

The life of US rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead outside a motorcycle dealership on Monday, was as grim and confusing as his music was compelling. Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy in south Florida, he had a troubled upbringing that was often punctuated by violence.

The email problem no one is talking about: mistaken identity

This post is part of Me, online , Mashable’s ongoing series digging into online identities. In 2009, a San Francisco web strategist named Tim – last name withheld for reasons that will become clear – opened his Gmail to find a message from a Build-a-Bear workshop in St. Louis.

Why the bizarre ‘Bus Simulator’ games are the perfect remedy for stress

When I get home from work tonight, I’m just gonna drive a bus. Yeah, I know I could fight zombies, survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, or save my princess ( who didn’t actually need any saving) from Bowser. But honestly? I’d rather just drive a bus.

A woman sued NASA to keep a vial of moon dust. But is it really from the moon?

Bouncing across the moon’s bleak, gray surface, 12 astronauts gathered hundreds of pounds of moon rock between 1969 and 1972. Sometimes, they lifted blocks as heavy as 25 pounds (in Earth weight) off the lunar surface. Other times, they raked the lunar floor to collect fine, meteorite-smashed soil.

Paul McCartney ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is on its way and it looks set to be huge

There have been some pretty huge episodes of Carpool Karaoke over the past couple of years, but this could well be one of the biggest yet. On Monday night, The Late Late Show with James Corden dropped a trailer for an upcoming episode featuring legendary Beatle Paul McCartney.

Elon Musk accuses Tesla employee of ‘extensive and damaging sabotage’

Elon Musk has discovered a saboteur. At least, that’s what he told Tesla employees in an email sent Sunday night, according to CNBC. “I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations,” wrote Musk, who’s under an immense amount of pressure to ramp up production of the Tesla Model 3 sedan.

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