The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday June 13)

June 13, 2019

A look at today’s top stories.

Hong Kong protests: Live updates

What we’re covering here What’s happening: People are set to take part in protests against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong. Why now? Lawmakers will debate the bill, which would enable China to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong, in a Legislative Council session on Wednesday.

China extradition bill debate postponed as protesters swarm Hong Kong streets

Hong Kong lawmakers have postponed a debate over a controversial bill that would allow fugitives to be extradited to China after protesters blocked roads and restricted access to government buildings.

Pelosi on Trump insults: ‘I’m done with him’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s Manu Raju on Tuesday that she’s “done” with President Donald Trump but would not say whether she told Democrats behind closed doors that she’d rather see Trump “in prison.”

White House planning F-35 flyover for Polish President

The White House is planning a flyover of two F-35 fighter jets during Wednesday’s visit from Polish President Andrzej Duda, according to three US government officials.

Melbourne will be the first city outside America to get Uber’s flying taxis

Uber has picked the Australian city of Melbourne as the first city outside the United States to debut its flying taxis.

You could be swallowing a credit card’s weight in plastic every week

Worldwide, people ingest an average of 5 grams of plastic every week, the equivalent of a credit card, a new study suggests.

There’s a huge mass embedded in the center of the moon, and astronomers aren’t sure what it is


Trump claims he wouldn’t have let CIA recruit Kim Jong Un’s brother

President Donald Trump said he would not have allowed the CIA to recruit the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “under my auspice.”

Marvel’s Avengers are finally Hulk-smashing into video games

Marvel’s Avengers conquered the box office. Now the franchise is ready for a new adventure.

USA 13-0 Thailand: United States claim biggest ever Women’s World Cup win

The United States recorded the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women’s World Cup as they crushed Thailand 13-0. The 2015 winners were 3-0 up at half-time, scored four times in 10 minutes in the second half and then added six more goals in the last 16 minutes.

‘I saw the damage’: Chernobyl workers assess TV series

Hours after the world’s worst nuclear accident, engineer Oleksiy Breus entered the control room of the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. A member of staff at the plant from 1982, he became a witness to the immediate aftermath on the morning of 26 April 1986.

Chaotic scenes as HK protests turn violent

It’s a full on standoff between police and protesters in Hong Kong. Police have formed a hard barricade from their plastic shields and are waving a banner saying “Warning, tear gas” in an attempt to keep protesters away, according to live coverage on local television outlets.

Lionel Messi edges out Cristiano Ronaldo to head Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, earning $127m (£99.8m) in the past 12 months, according to the Forbes top 100 ranking. Juventus’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo is second on $109m (£85.6m) with Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar in third on $105m (£82.5m).

How to tell if you’ve got ‘pre-burnout’

If you said you were suffering from ‘burnout’ in the early 1970s, you might have raised some eyebrows. At the time, the term was used informally to describe the side effects that heavy drug users experienced: the general dimming of the mental faculties, for example, as was the case with many a party animal.

Uber Air announces first international city to trial flying taxis

Uber has announced the first international city its flying taxis one day might be buzzing over. The Australian city of Melbourne will join Los Angeles and Dallas as the third official pilot city for Uber Air, the rideshare company’s ambitious project to transport people in short distances via the skies.

‘Russian Doll’ renewed for second season at Netflix

Life is like a box of timelines, and in the one we’re living in, Russian Doll is coming back for another round. Netflix announced Tuesday that it had renewed the surreal dramedy for a second season.

Amazon Restaurants food delivery service is shutting down

Sorry to those who loved ordering food deliveries from Amazon, but those days are over. More specifically, the days of Amazon Restaurants are over. GeekWire reported on Tuesday that Amazon had shut down the in-house food delivery service about four years after its launch. That means customers in more than 20 U.S.

Jon Stewart’s emotional defense of 9/11 first responders to Congress is a must-watch

Jon Stewart, comedian and former host of The Daily Show, delivered an emotional speech Tuesday that advocated for full funding of the 9/11 first responders compensation fund, and absolutely shredded Congress for its inaction.

Turns out Samuel L. Jackson is pretty good at predicting election results

Samuel L. Jackson was last on The Late Show in 2016. And back then, he (very correctly) said this about the election: “Don’t think the other thing can’t happen”. He meant Trump getting elected, of course, and watching the clip back on Monday night, Jackson visibly cringes.

Bill Gates makes very random but very heartfelt video for BFF Warren Buffett

Money is nice but friends are forever. In case you didn’t know, longtime friends and, um, fellow billionaires, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett do a lot of wholesome things together. Gates decided to commemorate these moments in a video dedicated to Buffet, entitled, “Thank you for being a friend, Warren.”

YouTube CEO apologizes, but defends decision on hate speech controversy

YouTube’s CEO has apologized to the LGBTQ community, but ultimately stood by the decision to keep a creator accused of hate speech on the platform. At CodeCon on Monday, Susan Wojcicki was asked by Axios reporter Ina Fried if she felt the company had made the right call on conservative commentator Steven Crowder.

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