The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Friday September 14)

September 14, 2018

A look at what’s making news today.

Six nuclear power plants are in Hurricane Florence’s path, officials say

Federal officials expressed confidence the six nuclear power plants in Hurricane Florence’s path are safe, but some experts aren’t so sure, warning that flooding and torrential rains could overwhelm their defenses.

6 people are dead after shooting spree in California

Six people are dead — including the suspect — after a man opened fire at multiple locations in Bakersfield, California, on Wednesday, a local sheriff said.

Pussy Riot activist hospitalized, band members suspect poisoning

A member of Russian feminist punk band and activist group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in Moscow, according to band members, who suspect he has been poisoned.

Apple unveils iPhone XS and XS Max

The company announced on Wednesday its largest smartphone ever: the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The Max has a larger display than the usual Plus size phones but a similar body. Appe also showed off a 5.8-inch iPhone XS and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The company also unveiled an upgraded Apple Watch.

Australian politicians attack nine-year-old for not standing during anthem

A 9-year-old Australian girl who refused to stand during the country’s national anthem out of respect for the nation’s Indigenous population has been attacked by prominent politicians, who called for her to be kicked out of school.

China’s wannabe ‘Tesla killer’ is about to go public in New York

Like other high-profile Chinese companies that have gone public recently, Shanghai-based Nio has had to scale back its ambitions for its IPO. It raised $1 billion from the offering, well short of the$1.8 billion target Nio had set. The stock was priced at $6.26 per share, just a cent above the bottom of the range Nio was hoping to achieve.

First look at Boeing’s 777X jetliner

(CNN) – The world’s biggest twin-engine jetliner is almost here. Boeing has finally provided a glimpse of the upcoming 777X-9 aircraft, the first aircraft of its next generation 777s. The “fully assembled” static test plane was rolled out at the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, earlier this month.

‘How I escaped the priest who abused me for decades’

In Chile, more than 100 Catholic clergy are being investigated over alleged sex crimes and attempts to cover them up. It’s a scandal that haunts the reign of Pope Francis and has tipped the Chilean church into crisis. But it began decades ago with one man – Father Fernando Karadima, a parish priest in Santiago, who became Chile’s most notorious sexual predator.

Dead rat in soup costs restaurant $190m

A popular Chinese restaurant chain has lost around $190m (£145m) in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup. Hotpot restaurant Xiabu Xiabu’s stock hit its lowest level in almost a year, after photos of the dead rat being fished out of the broth with a pair of chopsticks quickly spread online.

Are migrants driving crime in Germany?

The claim: The deputy leader of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) said there had been “447 killings and murders” by illegal migrants in Germany last year. Reality Check verdict: The German interior ministry says that in fact last year 27 illegal migrants either committed or attempted to commit murder or manslaughter.

Spectacular super bloom transforms desert

Each spring, for a few short weeks, kaleidoscopic carpets of wild flowers transform vast swathes of arid land along South Africa’s western seaboard into a vivid explosion of colour. These “super blooms” occur in deserts and arid landscapes around the world, but few are as consistent or diverse as South Africa’s flower season.

McCain Family Slams GOP’s Use Of Late Senator In Attack Ad

The family of the late Sen. John McCain said Wednesday it was “disappointed” that the lawmaker’s image was being used in political attack ads paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The NRCC released a bevy of new political ads on Wednesday to help Republicans running for U.S.

LeBron James, Channing Tatum Raise $100,000 For Charity Doing Dares For Ellen

NBA legend LeBron James and actor Channing Tatum managed to raise $100,000 for the I Promise School by performing a series of dares for Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday. From drinking a shot of tequila hands-free (who wouldn’t?) to eating a scoop of ice cream covered in Tabasco sauce (no thanks), the pair would stop at nothing to raise funds.

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Denies Having A Gambling Problem

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied having a gambling problem in a questionnaire submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked Kavanaugh a series of questions related to a publicly disclosed email from 2001 in which the judge apologized to his friend for “growing aggressive after blowing still another game of dice” on a weekend trip.

Bob Woodward Fires Back At Eric Trump Over ‘Anti-Semitic’ Slur

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Eric Trump’s rhetoric in response to his tell-all book about the Trump White House risks setting the country back. President Donald Trump’s son was accused of making an anti-Semitic comment during an interview on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday after he said Woodward wrote Fear: Trump in the White House to “make three extra shekels.”

Everything you need to know about the big Apple Event announcements

A lot went down Wednesday morning at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple headquarters where Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team introduced three new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. Here are all the major announcements Apple made at its big event in Cupertino, California. Behold the iPhone XS.

Tim Cook trolled us all with a fake Twitter DM fail right before the Apple event

The 2018 Apple event at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California has finally arrived, and minutes before it began, CEO Tim Cook didn’t seem prepared. Just before the event was set to begin, Cook tweeted a cryptic and confusing message that the world assumed was meant to be a direct message.

I wanted a new iPhone. Apple confused the hell out of me.

I still love my iPhone 6s. The device, hailed by some as the last great iPhone (and the last one with a headphone jack), has served me well for the last three years. It runs faster on iOS 12 – the beta version, at least – than it did on iOS 11.

Holy hell, the 512GB iPhone XS Max costs $1,449

We knew it wasn’t going to be cheap, but just seeing the number makes me shiver and instinctively hug my wallet. $1,449. One thousand, four hundred and forty-nine dollars. That’s the price for the 512GB variant of the iPhone XS Max.

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