The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday July 11)

July 11, 2018

A look at the stories making global headlines today.

Thai cave rescue underway: Live updates

Here’s what we know 3:25 a.m. ET, July 9, 2018 Operations resume: Divers are back inside the cave and making their way to the muddy ledge where eight boys and their coach remain trapped. Dramatic rescue: Four boys were rescued Sunday after a nine-hour mission, four kilometers inside the flooded cave complex.

Kavanaugh pick was scripted end to Trump’s reality show

For all his bluster and choreographed suspense, President Donald Trump’s blockbuster Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh was all but locked in from the start.

91-year-old man beaten with brick, told ‘go back to Mexico’

Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez’s face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July.

Up to 70 people dead after Quebec heat wave

An estimated 70 people died as the result of sweltering temperatures that hit Canada’s Quebec province last week, according to health officials.

Baby survived 9 hours buried in Montana mountains

Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, was charged with criminal endangerment.

Former sworn enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared end of war

Former sworn enemies Ethiopia and Eritrea Monday signed an agreement to end the war between the countries, according to Eritrea’s Information Minister.

Australian rangers capture massive crocodile after 8-year search

Wildlife rangers in northern Australia captured a massive 600 kilogram (1,300 pound) crocodile after first spotting it nearly a decade ago.

Johnny Depp sued for allegedly punching film location manager

Johnny Depp is being sued by a location manager who worked on his upcoming movie “City of Lies” for allegedly punching the crew member during the film’s production.

George Clooney injured in scooter crash

Hollywood star George Clooney was taken to hospital after suffering minor injuries in a collision involving his scooter and a car. The accident happened in Sardinia where the US actor is filming his latest TV series, Catch-22. An official at Sassari town hall confirmed to the BBC that Clooney had been involved in a ‘minor accident’ but had no serious injuries.

Dissident’s widow ‘allowed to leave China’

The widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been allowed to leave the country, boarding a flight for Germany, reports say. Liu Xia, who had been under house arrest since her husband won the prize in 2010, took a plane to Berlin, family friends told the BBC.

Starbucks says goodbye to plastic straws

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its globally stores by 2020 to reduce environmental plastic pollution, the company says. The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year. Customers will instead be given plastic lids designed for use without a straw or with non-plastic straws.

Where a six-figure salary is ‘low income’

A family getting by on $117,400 (£87,970) in San Francisco can now be considered ‘low income’, according to US government figures. How can that be the case? That workers with six-figure salaries could be considered “poor” is something that might surprise many people.

World’s ‘oldest biological colours’ found

Scientists have discovered what they say are the world’s oldest surviving biological colours, from ancient rocks beneath the Sahara desert. The 1.1 billion-year-old pigments have a bright pink hue, but range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form. The pigments are fossilised molecules of chlorophyll produced by sea organisms, Australian scientists said.

Democrats Line Up Against Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh: ‘He Can’t Be Trusted’

Democratic lawmakers voiced near-immediate opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, on Monday, warning that he would swing the bench to the far right and likely imperil the future of abortion rights and health care access.

California Prosecutor Suspended After Vile Attack On Maxine Waters

A San Bernardino County prosecutor has been placed on leave after apparently posting vicious attacks on social media about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants and others. Michael Selyem, the lead gang prosecutor for the county district attorney’s office, is being investigated over the offensive Facebook and Instagram comments, authorities said Monday.

Opinion | Trump’s Travel Ban Is Already Hurting America’s Medical System

Last week, I began my medical residency alongside 30,000 other physicians at hospitals across the country. We represent the next generation of doctors, from surgeons training to save lives in the operating room to family physicians establishing roots in their local communities.

Trump Claimed Kimmel Used To Hold The Door For Him. Now, Kimmel Is Firing Back.

Jimmy Kimmel said President Donald Trump flat-out lied when he shared an anecdote about being on the host’s late-night show prior to his presidency. At a rally last month, Trump claimed that Kimmel waited for him outside the studio before a 2015 appearance on the show.

The World Cup’s Most Brilliant Player Can Dominate Without Scoring

If you take one lesson from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, let it be one that the striker who wears No. 9 for Belgium’s national team has been trying to teach soccer fans for years now. Romelu Lukaku is brilliant.

Elon Musk tweets photos from cave where Thai soccer team is trapped

Elon Musk is here to save the day, even though it’s probably not necessary. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX was – if his Twitter and Instagram accounts are to be believed – in Thailand on Monday touring the cave where a team of 12 soccer players, aged 11 to 16, became stuck with their coach on June 23.

Justin Bieber confirms engagement to Hailey Baldwin in gushing Instagram post

Well, it’s official. Biebs is betrothed to Hailey Baldwin. And, he proclaimed the news to the world in a very sweet Instagram post. Biebs wrote a very lengthy caption in which he gushed about his love for Hailey.

Netflix’s first original Indian horror series ‘Ghoul’ looks terrifying

From the teams behind Get Out, Insidious, and Udta Punjabcomes Netflix’s first original Indian horror series, Ghoul. And it looks pretty damn terrifying. Having dropped its first trailer on Tuesday, Ghoul follows a new prisoner at a remote military interrogation centre, who turns the tables on interrogators by dredging up some secrets and starting some demonic-looking business along the way.

This is the first 3D printed home to actually host a family

A family of five in Nantes, France, is the first to move into a 3D printed home. The 3D printing method used to create this house was developed by the University of Nantes. According to BBC, this construction method is 20% less expensive than traditional building methods.

Tom Holland remembers Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko: ‘This guy crushed it’

The Marvel universe lost one of its most influential craftsmen with the recent death of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko at the age of 90. Current Spider-Man Tom Holland took to Twitter to thank Ditko for his contributions to the crafting the high-swinging superhero.

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