The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday May 7)

May 7, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

Forty-one people killed in Russian passenger plane fire

Forty-one people were killed after a Russian passenger plane made a fiery crash-landing Sunday at a Moscow airport, Elena Markovskaya, a member of the country’s Investigative Committee, said.

Boeing knew about problems with the 737 Max the year before Lion Air crash and did nothing about them

A new statement from Boeing suggests it knew about a problem with the 737 Max the year before the deadly October 2018 Lion Air crash, but decided not to do anything about it.

Trump warns presidency is being stolen amid Mueller angst

Donald Trump — warning that his presidency is being stolen — sure seems threatened by Robert Mueller — especially considering his declaration that the special counsel handed him “complete and total exoneration.”

Brunei backs down on gay sex death penalty after international backlash

Brunei will not impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex, in an apparent bid to temper international condemnation following its roll out of strict new Islamic laws last month.

US deploying carrier, bomber task force in response to ‘troubling’ Iran actions

The United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, US national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

China’s Xi Jinping causes alarm with mass student trips to the country

An unremarkable Communist Party directive has sparked painful memories of past trauma for millions of people across China, with many drawing parallels with one of the most notorious policies of the Cultural Revolution.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ crosses the $2 billion mark in record time

“Avengers: Endgame” is still dominating the box office.

HBO’s apparently working on three ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs, says George R. R. Martin

“Game of Thrones” may be ending, but author George R. R. Martin says the world of Westeros will live on in three related series that HBO is developing.

Burning Russian jet makes emergency landing

A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport after a fire broke out on board. Videos on social media show passengers using emergency exit slides to escape and run away from the burning Aeroflot aircraft. The Tass news agency said at least one person died but an official toll is yet to be released.

The ‘prison’ where you can freely come and go – BBC Reel

Being behind bars seems like an unwelcome experience, but at this so called ‘prison’, visitors can experience incarceration, at their own leisure. Video by Fernando Teixeira and Izabela Cardoso

How global warming has made the rich richer

Temperatures may be rising globally, but not all of us feel the impact in the same way. Over the past half century, climate change has increased inequality between countries, dragging down growth in the poorest nations whilst likely boosting prosperity in some of the richest, a new study says.

Facebook bets on stars in quest for sales

Stars with legions of followers on Instagram will soon be able to sell products directly to users using the company’s apps. Facebook, which owns Instagram and Whatsapp, said this week that the future of shopping would depend on content “creators”. Hiring so-called influencers to shift goods is nothing new.

Well, Twitter wasn’t very happy with ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 4

Game of Thrones faked everyone out again. After last episode’s supreme twist wherein Arya killed the Night King, the show surprised its audience by dishing up a large helping of fan service followed by a steaming pile of disappointment.

‘Game of Thrones’ prepares for war in Episode 5 preview

The White Walkers are dust, the armies are on the march, and the first blood has been spilled at King’s Landing. It’s time for the last war. In this preview for the fifth episode in Game of Thrones’ final season, we get a peek at all the preparations being made as Cersei’s assembled forces prepare for the North’s onslaught.

SpaceX just blasted a critical NASA instrument into space

NASA’s carbon-detecting sleuth has left Earth. SpaceX launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) to the International Space Station (ISS) at 2:48 a.m. ET on Saturday morning aboard the company’s dependable Falcon 9 rocket. After NASA’s cargo load arrives at the ISS, astronauts will use a long robotic arm to attach the refrigerator-sized instrument to the side of the earth-orbiting station.

Emilia Clarke ‘ruined’ her first meeting with Beyoncé

Emilia Clarke discussed her first time meeting Beyoncé during an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Avengers’ stars fight in an ‘SNL’ take on ‘Family Feud’

Saturday Night Live’s May 4 cold open was a gift. It kept the tired political humor to a bare minimum and focused instead on a different kind of armageddon: the entertainment-pocalypse that sees Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it coming to an end in the space of a single month.

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