The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Monday January 14)

January 14, 2019

Here are today’s biggest stories.

Washington Post: Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin

There are no detailed records of five personal meetings President Donald Trump has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing US officials.

Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russia ‘insulting’

President Donald Trump on Saturday said the idea that he ever worked for Russia was “insulting,” and he slammed a New York Times article regarding his potential ties to Russia as “the most insulting article.”

How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi probably thought his messages to a dissident were cloaked in security. In reality the messages were compromised — along with the rest of the phone, which was allegedly infected with a piece of malware made in Israel but linked to a growing number of countries.

Dwayne Johnson says UK tabloid fabricated ‘snowflake smackdown’ rant

Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” has hit out at a British tabloid for publishing what he calls a “100% fabricated” interview that quotes the American actor criticizing millennials and “smacking down snowflakes.”

Traffickers at the El Chapo trial say drugs aren’t smuggled through open parts of the border

Most drugs are smuggled into the United States onboard fishing boats, trains, tractor-trailers and ordinary cars that come into the country at legal ports of entry, according to former cartel members who’ve testified in the trial of notorious cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Someone stole a giant bronze hippo, and the owners want it back

A 1,500-pound, 6.5-foot bronze hippo was reported stolen from Chilstone Garden Ornaments in Kent, England.

Our galaxy is due for a catastrophic collision, study says

While astronomers estimate that the Andromeda galaxy will collide with our own Milky Way galaxy 8 billion years from now, they now believe that another collision will happen even sooner.

Megyn Kelly leaves NBC with all of her $69 million contract intact

Two years after she signed with the network amid much fanfare, Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially parted ways.

US Democrats make bids for presidency

Two senior Democratic politicians have announced that they will challenge for the US presidency in 2020. Julian Castro launched his campaign on Saturday, and Tulsi Gabbard has said she will make a formal announcement within a week. Mr Castro is expected to be the only Latino in the race, and Ms Gabbard is the first Hindu member of Congress.

World’s longest aircraft grounded

The world’s longest aircraft has been permanently grounded as developers prepare to start work on a new model. The £32m Airlander 10 – a combination of plane and airship – had completed six test flights before it collapsed to the ground in November 2017.

How does Tshisekedi’s victory in DR Congo add up?

Felix Tshisekedi has been named as the provisional winner of presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a historic victory for an opposition leader. But questions have been raised about the accuracy of the results amid accusations of a power-sharing deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila.

Trump Concealed Details Of Putin Meetings From Administration Officials: Report

President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to conceal details of his personal interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin , including on at least one occasion when he seized the notes of his own interpreter, according to The Washington Post . Citing current and former U.S.

Mike Pompeo Rips As ‘Absolutely Ludicrous’ NYT Story On Alleged FBI Inquiry Into Trump

A recent New York Times report alleging that President Donald Trump was investigated by the FBI as a potential national security threat as well as a Russian agent has sent shockwaves through the nation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed it off as absurd.

Missy Elliott To Be First Female Hip-Hop Artist Inducted In Songwriters Hall Of Fame

The “Work It” artist made headlines in November when her nomination for the honor was announced. Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers announced the six new inductees on Saturday. Elliott joins fellow 2019 inductees Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf/Cat Stevens.

LG is experimenting with rollable smartphones

LG, the company behind the mind-bendingly cool rollable television, is looking to bring the same flexible display tech to smartphones, according to one of the company’s top executives. The CTO of the Korean electronics company confirmed in an interview with Tom’s Guide that the company is experimenting with rollable and foldable phones.

SpaceX is laying off 10 percent of its workforce

After a banner year of successful rocket launches for Elon Musk’s private space flight company SpaceX, so far 2019 sees the company coming back down to Earth hard and fast. The company announced on Friday that it would be laying off 10 percent of its workforce, according to Reuters.

Verizon is testing a Netflix-style gaming service that features the latest hits

We’re fast approaching the moment when expensive hardware will no longer be the deciding factor in which video games you can and can’t play. And it looks like Verizon wants to be one of the first contenders aiming to disrupt an entrenched market.

Megyn Kelly is done at NBC and no one can believe she left with $69 million

For most employable humans on this planet, saying racist things in public would be grounds for immediate termination with no pay. Megyn Kelly isn’t most people. Almost three months and $69 million later, the disgraced TV host who got suspended for her thoughtless on-air remarks about blackface in late 2018, is no longer an employee of NBC.

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