The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday June 18)

June 18, 2019

Here are today’s top stories.

Hong Kong extradition bill: Organizers claim 2 million march as protesters demand leader’s resignation

A temporary calm had returned to Hong Kong Monday Morning, hours after the city stunned its leaders and the world with a second record-breaking protest in a week against a controversial extradition bill with China.

Why New Balance turned on Trump over China tariffs

American sneaker company New Balance welcomed President Donald Trump’s tough trade stance in 2016 — but now the athletic footwear manufacturer is strongly opposing the President’s latest threat to expand tariffs on China.

USWNT dominates Chile at Women’s World Cup

It may have received some criticism for the ruthless dismantling of Thailand in its opening game at the Women’s World Cup but the USWNT was in no mood to go easy on Chile.

Saudi teenager arrested at 13 spared from execution, source says

Murtaja Qureiris, the 18-year-old who had been facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, has been spared execution and sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Rat infestation plagues New Zealand town

A beachside New Zealand suburb known for roaming chickens and yoga has become infested with hordes of unwelcome guests: large, writhing rats.

Suspected home intruder who got hit with a machete and escaped from the hospital has been caught

It’s been a crazy 48 hours for Jataveon Dashawn Hall.

The $450 million question: Where is the ‘Salvator Mundi’?

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN When bids for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” hit $200 million there was an audible gasp in the auction room. At the $300 million mark, onlookers broke into applause. By the time the painting sold for $450.3 million, Christie’s in New York had witnessed one of the most dramatic moments in recent art history.

Why Nintendo, Google and others may want to move some manufacturing out of China

Nintendo and Google are reportedly moving some manufacturing out of China, joining the many who have considered expanding their production networks in light of trade tensions. But China is unlikely to lose its dominance as a manufacturing hub.

Barack and Michelle tour turrets of Chateau on vacation in France

Former first family celebrated Father’s Day with tour of Palais des Papes, the biggest gothic palace in world They then enjoyed dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Mirande in Avignon on Sunday evening Family was also joined by friends at restaurant where guest table rate is 95 euros per person,

Did Philip say ‘One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them’?

Philip thought to have made the comments when the couple became serious It is also thought William may have given his own piece of relationship advice Despite their alleged advice, Harry proposed to Meghan after a year of dating Prince Philip warned Harry against tying the knot with Meghan Markle telling him: ‘One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them’, it is claimed.

Trump kicks own Chief of Staff OUT of the Oval Office for coughing

President Trump asked White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to leave the Oval Office during his interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Mulvaney coughed while Trump was giving an answer about his financial statements, prompting an angry president to snap at him ‘If you’re going to cough, please leave

Trump ‘to fire pollsters’ after leaked data showed him trailing Biden

President Donald Trump reportedly believes his own pollsters leaked that he’s trailing Joe Biden in polls from March 13 to March 28 Trump is behind in Virginia by 17 points, Minnesota by 14 points, Maine by 15 points and Michigan by 13 points POTUS lacks in Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio which he carried in 2016 election Biden leads by 10-13 points in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida In Texas, Trump only leads by two points.

O.J. Simpson denies fathering Khloe Kardashian with Kris Jenner


Someone wanted a Mariah Carey birthday cake. They got Marie Curie instead.

Mariah Carey or Marie Curie? A not-so-common mix-up, but one that saw quite the birthday blunder. In a tweet, author Harriet Alida Lye explained that her cousin, Siobhan, told her colleagues in England she wanted a cake with singer Mariah Carey’s face on it – a perfectly reasonable request for one’s birthday.

Of course there’s a deepfake of Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’

“Eating Things,” a Youtube channel usually dedicated to making videos about eating incongruous meals in the middle of famous movie scenes, leveled up with a deepfake featuring Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of Game of Thrones.

Amazon shuts down its social network that you forgot existed anyway

Amazon Spark, we hardly cared about knew you. The shopping social network (a kinda gross concept to start with) disappeared from the internet and Amazon’s app some time in the past couple days, according to a report from TechCrunch. Spark launched in July 2017, and was described by your friends at Mashable as ” the grossest, purest thing on the internet.”

Brazen L.A. hawk refuses to leave the hood of a moving car

On an otherwise normal, sunny day, a bird of prey rode around on the hood of a moving car near downtown Los Angeles. The hawk, likely a red-tailed hawk common to the city, landed on the car and wouldn’t budge for 15 minutes, reports The Eastsider.

People are changing their profile pictures to blue to show solidarity with Sudan

As news of the crisis in Sudan spreads, the color blue has become a symbol of solidarity with protestors in the country on social media. People are changing their profile pictures to blue in an attempt at raising awareness of the extreme violence inflicted upon civilians by the military rulers.

Chill, that terrifying amusement park ride video is fake

Some amusement park rides are too good to be true. A famous drop ride in Seoul, Korea got a CGI update and it has people’s heart rates spiking. The ride in question is the Gyro Drop, a 315-foot tall tower at the amusement park Lotte World Adventure.

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