The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Monday August 20)

August 20, 2018

Here are links to some of the stories making world news today.

New York Times ‘stands behind’ its article after attacks by Trump

The president went on a tirade against the newspaper, condemning its article posted online Saturday that said White House counsel Don McGahn is cooperating “extensively” with the special counsel probe. The story, by Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, said McGahn has provided the Mueller investigation with “detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice.”

‘How could this happen again?’ Why this Catholic abuse scandal seems worse than 2002

If the Catholic sexual abuse scandal that came to light in 2002 slowly unspooled through news reports, Pennsylvania’s grand jury report landed like an atom bomb, dropping its online horrors all at once.

Putin makes flying visit to Austrian foreign minister’s wedding

Russian President Vladimir Putin was a surprise guest at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding on Saturday, in a move that has been criticized by opposition leaders.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ exceeds expectations, takes top spot at box office

The Warner Bros. romantic comedy opened to an estimated $25.2 million at the domestic box office this weekend. That was enough to give the film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding the top spot at the box office. The film has made $34 million over its five day opening, which exceeded industry expectations that haditbringing in closer to $25 million.

At least 14 fans at Backstreet Boys concert hurt as storm rolls through

At least 14 people were sent to the hospital Saturday after a storm knocked over concert entrance trusses at an Oklahoma outdoor concert venue hosting the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, a spokeswoman for the property owner said.

Egypt’s Sisi ratifies new internet control law

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed a new law on Saturday tightening the government’s control of the internet, state media reported.

16 nurses at this Arizona hospital are pregnant

There’s a baby boom in an Arizona hospital and it’s not coming from the maternity ward.

Google CEO to employees: We’re ‘not close’ to launching search in China

Pichai, at a town hall meeting on Thursday, said he’s not rushing to launch a search product for China. The meeting was the first such event since media reports detailed Google’s efforts to build a censored app for the country.

Omarosa: Trump Wants ‘A Race War’

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman tore into her former boss Sunday, calling President Donald Trump a racist and a “performer” who she believes “wants to start a race war in this country.” Manigault-Newman, speaking with the Rev.

NY Lawmaker Wants To Make Calling Cops On Innocent Black People A Hate Crime

A week after a self-described supporter of President Donald Trump called the police on a black state senator in New York who was campaigning on the street, the lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make calling 911 on an innocent black person a hate crime. State Sen.

Former Doctor Sentenced To Zero Jail Time For Raping Sedated Patient

A Texas doctor found guilty of raping a sedated patient in her hospital bed has escaped facing any time behind bars. Instead, a court sentenced 46-year-old Shafeeq Sheikh on Friday to 10 years probation. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender for life, BuzzFeed News reports.

How Kofi Annan Once Reacted To Being Mistaken For Morgan Freeman

With the passing of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, stories of his kindness and good humor have come through with the many condolences. One such story involves Annan being mistaken for actor Morgan Freeman while vacationing in Italy. Annan was looking for a respite from public life after leaving the U.N.

Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas Celebrate Engagement In Beautiful Hindu Ceremony

After months of silence and a sly Instagram reveal, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have made their engagement official. In the couple’s first public acknowledgment of their upcoming nuptials, Chopra posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Taken.. With all my heart and soul.” Jonas replied in the comments with, “Wow congrats…

Cyprus extradites EgyptAir hijacker

An Egyptian man who hijacked a plane and diverted it to Cyprus has been deported to his home country after a two-year extradition battle. Seif al-Din Mustafa is accused of using a fake suicide belt on an internal EgyptAir flight and forcing it to land in Larnaca in Cyprus in March 2016.

White House lawyer co-operating with probe

The top lawyer in the White House is “co-operating extensively” with the Russia inquiry into election meddling, the New York Times reports. Donald McGahn has spent 30 hours sharing detailed accounts of episodes at the heart of the probe, it says. President Donald Trump later said he had authorised Mr McGahn’s co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller.

WWE star hits back over ‘body shaming’

WWE stars have shared their support for fellow wrestler Peyton Royce, who criticised a journalist for his comments about her weight. Wrestling Observer Newsletter journalist Dave Meltzer said in a radio interview that Royce used to be “a lot lighter” and agreed with the interviewer that she “was more attractive” before she left WWE’s NXT brand in April 2018.

Elon Musk enjoys world’s gentlest softball interview with Marques Brownlee after total meltdown

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has the whole world on his shoulders, but you sure wouldn’t know it watching a new interview with popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee. The 17-minute conversation, supposedly conducted on August 15 and published on Friday, is filled with hot air about traction control, making “products that people love,” and the upcoming Tesla Roadster that Brownlee pre-ordered sight unseen.

Jack Dorsey says Twitter’s ‘left-leaning’ bias doesn’t affect content decisions

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is still trying to convince conservatives that his service treats them fairly. Speaking to CNN’s Brian Stelter in an interview that aired Saturday, Twitter’s top executive again reiterated that the social media company does not make content decisions on the basis of political views, even though Twitter itself has a “more left-leaning” bias.

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The #DeleAlliChallenge has people attempting to make an unusual hand gesture

The #InMyFeelings challenge is going to have to take a seat for just a second. The next internet craze is upon us: People are trying, and mostly failing, to copy a pose Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli did after he scored a goal against Newcastle this week.

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