The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday August 8)

August 8, 2018

Here are the stories making headlines today.

Trump faces political test in Ohio as five states cast votes

President Donald Trump faces a test of his political influence on Tuesday in a special congressional election in Ohio that has become a referendum on his leadership and a last chance to gauge Democratic strength ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Elon Musk considers taking Tesla private

(Reuters) – Elon Musk is considering taking Tesla Inc private, the chief executive officer of the electric car maker tweeted on Tuesday. “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured,” Musk said. It was not clear if Musk was serious as he has a history of erratic tweets, and the company did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Former Trump lawyer Cohen under investigation for tax fraud: Wall…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in New York are examining whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, committed tax fraud in relation to his taxi-medallion business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the investigation. Cohen, who was Trump’s personal lawyer, has not been charged with any crime.

Saudi sovereign fund builds 3 to 5 percent stake in Tesla: FT

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has built a significant stake in Tesla Inc, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

BMW recalls 324,000 cars in Europe after Korean engine fires: FAZ

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German luxury carmaker BMW () is recalling about 324,000 diesel vehicles in Europe to fix a technical fault that has caused engine fires in South Korea, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) said.

Chinese state newspaper says Trump’s claims of winning trade war…

A Chinese state newspaper on Tuesday described as “wishful thinking” U.S. President Donald Trump’s belief that a fall in Chinese stocks was a sign of his winning the trade war and an example of his “ability to elasticize the truth.”

Trump warns countries against doing business with Iran

Donald Trump has warned that countries doing business with Iran would “NOT be doing business” with the US as his administration reimposed sanctions on Tuesday.

Iranians react to US sanctions as new reality begins to bite

Even before the United States reimposed a raft of sanctions on Iran Tuesday, the mere threat of them had begun to hit home for people in the capital Tehran.

Earth at risk of becoming ‘hothouse’ if tipping point reached, report warns

Scientists are warning that a domino effect will kick in if global temperatures rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, leading to “hothouse” conditions and higher sea levels, making some areas on Earth uninhabitable.

China claims to have successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft

China claims to have successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft, a big step forward in aerospace technology that could intensify pressure on the US military.

American billionaire makes $777m offer for 100% ownership of Arsenal

The takeover battle for English Premier League side Arsenal between American and Russian billionaires could be about to end.

Nigeria’s intelligence chief fired over parliamentary blockade

Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo has fired the head of the country’s intelligence agency after masked security men prevented lawmakers from entering the country’s parliament.

Couple sold son to paedophiles on dark net

A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net for sex has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany. The Freiburg court also jailed her partner, the boy’s stepfather, for 12 years. The boy was nine when the trial began in June.

US student takes alligator graduation snaps

A US college student has made sure her graduation snaps are ones to remember – after posing in her cap and sash with a 14ft (4m) alligator. Makenzie Noland is a student at Texas A&M University who will graduate on Friday with a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences.

Serena Williams says motherhood struggles led to Rogers Cup withdrawal

Serena Williams says she pulled out of this week’s Rogers Cup in Canada after feeling like she was “in a funk” and “not a good mom”. The American 23-time Grand Slam singles champion initially withdrew from the tournament citing “personal reasons”. Williams, 36, returned to tennis earlier this year after giving birth in September 2017.

Rare blue whale washed ashore in Japan

A dead blue whale calf has been found washed ashore in Japan – the first time that the rare species has been seen in the country, experts say. The carcass was discovered on Sunday at a beach in Kamakura, a city 70km (43 miles) south of Tokyo, on Japan’s southern coast.

Hidden WW2 sign revealed after gorse fire

A World War Two-era landmark that had disappeared from sight has been rediscovered along the Irish coast after a wildfire scorched the ground. The aerial sign was spotted at Bray Head, County Wicklow, by the Garda (Irish police) Air Support Unit as they flew over the area after the blaze.

Apple’s 4TB hard drives are $3,200. Samsung might have a better idea.

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. You can get a ton of storage for your new laptop – but you’ll probably have to pay an arm and a leg for it.

Texas governor gets ripped for tweeting fake Winston Churchill quote

Sharing fake inspirational quotes is a pretty pervasive thing on the internet. It’s easy to ignore and laugh off – at least until a high-ranking elected official posts a misattributed quote for all to see. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Texas Gov.

Johnny Depp’s Notorious B.I.G. movie disappears from release schedule

Johnny Depp’s next starring role in the Notorious B.I.G. film City of Lies may not actually happen. City of Lies was pulled from U.S. release by Global Road Entertainment after Depp, one of the movie’s stars, was sued by a location manager for punching him in the face.

Fraudsters are abusing Google with fake copyright complaints, and it’s getting worse

Anonymous search engine fraudsters are filing fraudulent takedown requests in an effort to game Google’s search results in their favor, according to a report from TorrentFreak. These counterfeit DMCA takedown notices are coming from imposters posing as either legitimate copyright holders or third parties authorized to file the notices on their behalf.

West Hollywood City Council votes to remove Trump’s Walk of Fame star

Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been pickaxed ( twice!), covered in stickers, surrounded by a wall, spray-painted with a swastika, and defended by fake Russian guards. It’s even inspired a popular meme. And now the West Hollywood City Council wants it removed altogether.

100 kids (and James Corden) play football against Manchester United players

It truly was a game of quality versus quantity when James Corden of The Late Late Show had his LLS Football Club (LLSFC) play Manchester United in Los Angeles, U.S. While Man United was only represented by coach José Mourinho and players Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling, Corden’s LLSFC consisted of 100 children.

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