The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday August 28)

August 28, 2018

Here are links to select stories from major sources.

John McCain’s final message for the President

In Washington, even death is political — a fact John McCain well understood as a sought-after eulogizer himself, and by planning his funeral rites to exclude President Donald Trump, he will making an unmistakable posthumous statement directed at the White House.

WH drafted a statement on John McCain, didn’t release it

White House aides drafted a fulsome statement for President Donald Trump on the death of Sen. John McCain, but it was never sent out, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

Can Ethiopia’s selfie prime minister become one of Africa’s greats?

Young, democratic and preaching peace, Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed is the leader the country has been waiting for. Can he live up to the hype?

‘No more apologies’: Pope’s visit fails to soothe Irish fury over abuse

As the Pope asked for forgiveness in Mass on Sunday, protesters in Dublin said the Pontiff’s apologies failed to address their fury over a long list of church-related abuses in Ireland.

Macron says Europe can’t rely on US for security

French President Emmanuel Macron told France’s overseas ambassadors gathered in Paris on Monday that Europe can “no longer rely” upon the US for its security.

Congo Ebola outbreak: 2 recover after treatment

Two of the first 16 people to receive an experimental treatment for Ebola have recovered in the latest outbreak, which has infected 111 people, including 72 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Spaghetti mystery that stumped famous physicist is finally solved

The late physicist Richard Feynman would be thrilled to know that the mystery of how spaghetti breaks has finally been solved, writes Don Lincoln

Facebook removes top Myanmar military official, others from website

(Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday it was removing certain Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an Instagram account to prevent the spread of “hate and misinformation” after reviewing the content. “Specifically, we are banning 20 Burmese individuals and organizations from Facebook – including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network,” Facebook said.

Investors to get their say after Musk scuttles Tesla buyout

(Reuters) – Investors on Monday will render their verdict on Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk’s decision to abandon a proposed $72 billion buyout to take the luxury electric car maker private. Musk said in a blog post late on Friday that his decision to scuttle the proposed deal was motivated in part by existing Tesla shareholders who said they wanted the company to remain publicly-traded.

Ugandan court grants bail to lawmakers charged with treason

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A Ugandan judge granted bail on Monday to 12 opposition politicians, including popular songwriter Robert Kyagulanyi, who have been charged with treason over their alleged role in the stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy this month.

North Korea to release Japanese tourist

North Korea has said it is freeing a detained Japanese tourist on humanitarian grounds. There is very little information available on Tomoyuki Sugimoto, but he was known to have been arrested earlier this month. North Korea has not said why he was arrested, only that he was breaking the law.

Uber ‘to focus on bikes over cars’

Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel. He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future.

Rival gamers killed in Florida shooting

Two professional video gamers have been named by US media as the victims of a rival player in a shooting at an eSports tournament in Florida. Eli Clayton, 21, and Taylor Robertson, 27, were both well-known players of the Madden NFL American football game.

Frisky dolphin sparks French swimming ban

A mayor on the north-west coast of France has ordered a halt to swimming and diving on local beaches because of potential risks from a rutting bottlenose dolphin. For weeks the dolphin, nicknamed Zafar, has been entertaining children near the Breton city of Brest and swimming with bathers and kayakers.

John McCain Had A Tremendous Sense Of Humor, Especially About Himself

Sen. John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 after discontinuing cancer treatment. The former Republican presidential nominee was often spoken of as a military hero, a political maverick and as someone with a bit of a temper. But he was far from a humorless politician.

Obama, Bush Asked To Speak At McCain’s Funeral

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been asked to deliver eulogies to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81, had asked that the former presidents speak at his funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Saturday, according to CBS News.

This Is Why Some White T-Shirts Sell For $5 And Others Cost $125

If you’ve ever looked at a $5 H&M white T-shirt, you’ll notice it doesn’t look all that different from a plain white designer tee that sells for upwards of $300.What’s the deal with the price difference? Is the designer tee just ridiculously marked up, or is there more to it than that?

Ferrari race car sells at auction for record-making $48.4 million

A 1960s race car that originally cost $18,000 (that’s $151,203.60 in today’s money) shattered records with a nearly $50 million auction sale this weekend. The valuable 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, a two-seater coupe, sold at an RM Sotheby’s auction in California for $48.4 million. This is the highest auction price ever for a vehicle.

Instagram returns to Facebook roots with university-based groupings

When Facebook started off it was essentially an online yearbook based entirely on where you went to college – you could only log in if you had a .edu email address. In the intervening 14 years the social media platform has changed the digital landscape (to put it mildly), acquired other networks like Instagram, and moved far from its university-based networks.

Missy Elliot shares a sentimental tribute on the 17th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death

The 17th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death was Saturday, and friends and fans of the legendary singer paid tribute to her life and work. Missy Elliott, a frequent collaborator of the late pop star, shared an incredibly touching note and message to honor her close friend.

Bugatti already sold out 40 of its new $5.8 million super sports car

Named for French racing driver Alberto Divo, Bugatti’s latest sports car was revealed this week as an ultra-ultra super sports car. The Divo – not to be confused with the French automaker’s $3 million Chiron – is a lighter sports car (77 pounds to be exact) with a subtly different look and improved cooling system.

Asking people to Google their questions about the LGBTQ community is appealing – but risky

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community, chances are you’ve been asked the same questions over and over. Did someone or something make you gay? What does transgender even mean? Why do there have to be so many pronouns?

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