The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday March 12)

March 12, 2019

Here are the biggest headlines today.

China grounds all Boeing 737 MAX planes

Airlines in multiple countries have suspended the use of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 aircraft over concerns about its safety, after an Ethiopian Airlines flight of the same model crashed shortly after take-off Sunday killing all 157 on board.

It was a tragic weekend for aviation with 3 fatal crashes

It was a tumultuous weekend in aviation as three planes crashed, killing all aboard in separate incidents in Ethiopia, Colombia and the US.

Manchester United suffer first domestic defeat under Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat in the English Premier League as caretaker manager of Manchester United, as his side was beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.

A jaguar attacked a woman taking a picture at a zoo in Arizona

A jaguar attacked a woman at a zoo in Arizona, leaving her with injuries that required medical attention, the fire department said.

Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod are engaged

Jennifer Lopez is engaged to Alex Rodriguez. “She said yes,” Alex Rodriguez gushed on Instagram as he posted the picture of a very large diamond on the left hand of presumably Jennifer Lopez.

The racist abuse of Meghan has put royal staff on high alert

Britain’s royal family is beefing up its social media operation amid a rise in racist online abuse targeting the Duchess of Sussex in the months after the announcement of her pregnancy, sources have told CNN.

Boeing faces questions after Ethiopia crash

US plane maker Boeing is facing questions after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 crash on Sunday killed all 157 people on board. It was the second crash in five months involving a 737 Max 8, and comparisons are being drawn with a Lion Air accident in Indonesia last October.

The country where it’s too dangerous to go to school

Desks and chairs are piled up in the corner of a school with no children. On the blackboard, the date has been written down: 15 December 2018. The headteacher says the school just outside the town of Foubé in northern Burkina Faso, which the BBC visited in March, had closed after an attack by armed men in the area.

Kim Jong-nam murder suspect freed

The Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has been freed after charges against her were dropped. Siti Aisyah had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Mr Kim’s face in Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017.

A marble world submerged in a lake – BBC Reel

Chile’s awe-inspiring ‘marble cathedral’ is only accessible by boat and has taken nature millions of years to create. Video by Tom Garmeson

New R. Kelly tape ‘shows sexual abuse’

A US man has claimed to have found a video tape allegedly showing R. Kelly “sexually abusing underage African-American girls.” Gary Dennis told reporters that he handed the tape to authorities after discovering it at his house. R. Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors.

China Airlines Told To Ground Boeing 737 Max 8s

BEIJING (AP) – China’s civilian aviation authority has ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the order was issued at 9 a.m. Beijing time Monday and would last nine hours.

Netanyahu: Israel Is The National State ‘Only Of The Jewish People’

JERUSALEM (AP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland “only of the Jewish people,” in a new jab at the country’s Arab minority ahead of April’s election. Netanyahu on Sunday addressed “slightly confused people” after an Israeli celebrity defended the rights of Israel’s Arab population.

Brie Larson Surprises ‘Captain Marvel’ Moviegoers At New Jersey Theater

“Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson surprised fans when she showed up at a New Jersey movie theater at a showing on opening weekend. Larson visited the AMC Clifton Commons theater Saturday afternoon, according to, where she chatted with moviegoers, served popcorn and thanked them for seeing the film during opening weekend.

Soccer Player Attacked By Fan Who Ran Onto The Field During The Game

A fan attending the English Championship between rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham ran onto the field during the soccer match on Sunday and threw a punch at one of the players. Aston Villa team captain Jack Grealish had his back turned when a Birmingham fan ran onto the field and sucker punched him nine minutes into the game.

YouTubers get around TikTok’s copyright takedowns with hilariously bad covers

YouTubers have found a new way to make fun of TikToks without getting hit by copyright claims, and it makes cringeworthy videos actually funny. Reaction video culture thrives off of making fun of TikTok.

Here’s what critics are saying about Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

Jordan Peele changed the horror game and won an Oscar for 2017’s Get Out, so there was a lot of pressure on Us, his new horror film that debuted at SXSW. Peele described Get Out as a “social horror” movie, and the consensus among critics is that while Us tackles different elements of societal horrors, the overarching themes of the movie play more into the personal.

Trump fans look for safe spaces with an app avoiding ‘MAGAphobic’ restaurants

Donald Trump supporters are turning to a Yelp-like restaurant review app in search of safe spaces. Dubbing the society-wide repulsion to the president’s signature red hats as “MAGAphobic,” Trump fans are using the app “63red Safe” as a guide to conservative-friendly restaurants.

‘Captain Marvel’ smashes the box office with a $153 million opening, the biggest of 2019

Captain Marvel is a hit. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened Friday, and it’s currently angling toward a U.S. opening weekend total of $153 million. Once you add in all the other regions that hosted a Captain Marvel opening, that number shoots up to a $455 million take worldwide.

Flickr announces all public Creative Commons works are now protected from deletion

Just days before Flickr mass deletes photos across its platform, the company has decided to hit its users with some good news. In a blog post on Friday, Flickr announced that it will allow free accounts to host and upload more than the 1,000 photo limit if the photos are licensed freely under Creative Commons.

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