The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday August 24)

August 24, 2018

To end the week, these are select links to the biggest stories today.

A reckoning could be coming for Trump

After one day where truth and facts triumphed, America is back to its alternative realities.

Juror: ‘I did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty, but he was’

One of the jurors from Paul Manafort’s trial said on Wednesday that although she “did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty,” the evidence was “overwhelming.”

France knife attack: Two dead and one injured near Paris

Two people were killed and one “badly injured” in a knife attack Thursday morning in Trappes, a suburb west of Paris, according to France’s National Police.

South Africa hits back at Trump tweet on land reform

South Africa hit back at Donald Trump on Thursday after the US President criticized the country’s land reform policies in an overnight tweet.

Pop star MP Bobi Wine charged with treason in Uganda

Robert Kyagulanyi, the Ugandan parliamentarian popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been charged with treason after a military court Thursday withdrew a weapons charge against him but ruled that he should be tried for treason instead.

La Liga players ‘outraged’ over US match

Footballers in Spain are “outraged” by the prospect of competitive La Liga matches being played in the US and have not ruled out strike action, says the country’s players’ union.

Halogen light bulbs to be banned in Europe

Halogen light bulbs will be banned in Europe on September 1 to encourage consumers to switch over to the more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler tells Trump to stop playing band’s music

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler felt some sweet emotion, and a little jaded, when he heard President Donald Trump use his band’s song “Livin’ on the Edge” before a campaign rally Tuesday.

Water ice found at the moon’s poles, study says

For the first time, scientists have uncovered direct evidence of water ice on the surface of the moon’s polar regions. And the ice itself could be ancient, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

British Airways to suspend flights between London and Tehran

British Airways, owned by IAG , will suspend its flights between London and Tehran next month, the carrier said in a statement, as the route “is currently not commercially viable”.

Trump, White House deny wrongdoing after Cohen plea deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against suggestions that a plea deal struck by President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump in a crime. “As the president has said, we’ve stated many times, he did nothing wrong.

Impeach me and the market crashes – Trump

US President Donald Trump has responded to speculation that he might be impeached by warning that any such move would damage the economy. “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash,” he said in an interview with Fox & Friends.

No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy – BBC Three

For most people, sleep is a luxury – something you indulge in on a Sunday morning, curled up in bed without the pressure of an alarm clock. But for me, sleep has become my enemy. My life is pretty routine really – I’m a personal trainer in Amsterdam, where I live with my boyfriend and two other flatmates.

Arrest over fatal crash Facebook photos

A man has been arrested after “distressing” photos of the aftermath of a fatal crash were posted on Facebook. Lizzy Keenan, 30, was killed in the crash on Derby Road in Chellaston, Derbyshire, on Monday. Photos appeared online later that day. Police said a 44-year-old man had been arrested under the malicious communications act.

The Big Bang Theory to end in 2019

US series The Big Bang Theory will air its final episode in 2019, ending one of the longest-running sitcoms in US history. The programme’s 12th and final season will premiere on 24 September and is expected to conclude in May. Set in Pasadena, California, the series originally focused on two physicists and their aspiring actress neighbour.

Trump: Hush money payments came from me

US President Donald Trump has strongly denied using election campaign finances to make payments to two women who say he had affairs with them. It comes after his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating laws during the 2016 presidential election over his handling of the hush money.

Ex-Facebook Security Chief: ‘It’s Too Late To Protect The 2018 Elections’

Facebook’s former security chief warned that attacks on the American electoral system are alive and well ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, urging the country to learn from its mistakes and prepare itself to handle any threats connected to the 2020 elections. In a blog post titled, “It’s Too Late to Protect the 2018 Elections.

Trump Suggests Cooperating With Prosecutors Should Be A Crime

President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that “flipping” to make a deal with prosecutors “almost ought to be outlawed,” and falsely claimed that his former personal attorney Michael Cohen ‘s crimes “weren’t crimes.” In an interview with his favorite cable news show, “Fox & Friends,” that aired Thursday, Trump continued to lambaste Cohen, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction.

‘MacGyver’ Stunt Coordinator Seriously Injured On Set

A stunt coordinator on the TV show “MacGyver” suffered serious injuries on the set, CBS Television Studios said Wednesday. Justin Sundquist was performing a stunt when he fell from a moving vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a person close to the studio.

Ben Affleck Checks Into Rehab Again With Jennifer Garner’s Help

Actor Ben Affleck, who has wrestled with alcohol addiction previously, is returning to rehab, People reported. An unnamed source told the entertainment magazine that the 46-year-old Oscar winner “knew he needed help and was vocal about it.” Jennifer Garner, who filed for divorce from the actor last year, staged an intervention, TMZ noted.

This Instagram Account Exposes How Celebrities Edit Their Photos

Almost everyone who uses Instagram ― celebrities included ― edits profile photos in one way or another, whether it’s with filters or editing programs. But some stars go so far as to edit photos that had already been edited.

Winona Ryder And Keanu Reeves Awkwardly Confess Mutual Raging Crushes

This interview with Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves feels like it’s straight out of a romantic comedy. The two actors are promoting their film “Destination Wedding,” which opens Friday, and have been dropping interesting tidbits about their long working relationship and friendship along the way.

Facebook to pull its creepy VPN Onavo from App Store after Apple pushback

Facebook is finally, ever-so-slightly curtailing one aspect of its creepy data gathering practices, and all it took was a threat from Apple. The social media and advertising conglomerate plans to remove its Onavo VPN app from the App Store after Apple warned the company that the app was in violation of its policies governing data gathering.

DC confirms a huge ‘Superman’ character will appear in its crossover event

Super news, Superman fans. Not only is Tyler Hoechlin returning to The CW for their December crossover event, but he’ll also be joined by an old flame. Yep: The official DC Comics Twitter account announced on Wednesday that Lois Lane will also be making an appearance.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ will go away for good in 2019

It used to be that there was one thing you could count on in this unpredictable media landscape, and that was that CBS’ The Big Bang Theory would continue on until the end of time. As of today, however, that’s no longer the case. Warner Bros.

Homeland Security is worried about elections, so it’s asking hackers for help

It’s 10 a.m. at Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and the conference room is packed. Scores of hackers, cybersecurity professionals, and press have gathered at the DEF CON hacker conference to hear straight from the horse’s mouth just how bad things are when it comes to securing our elections.

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