The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday July 31)

July 31, 2019

Here are today’s top headlines.

Brain drain claimed 1.7 million youths. So this country is scrapping its income tax

A new law that comes into effect next week will scrap income tax for roughly 2 million young workers in Poland.

Trump pardons, commutes sentences for 7 people

President Donald Trump on Monday issued full pardons to five individuals and commuted the sentences of two others convicted of a variety of federal crimes.

Prison riot in Brazil leaves 16 inmates decapitated and dozens more killed

At least 57 people were killed, including 16 who were decapitated, during a vicious gang battle that erupted in a prison in northern Brazil on Monday morning.

The founder of India’s biggest coffee chain has gone missing


A vacationing teacher finds a 2.12-carat diamond at an Arkansas state park

(CNN) – This Nebraska teacher will surely win show-and-tell once the school year begins. Josh Lanik, 36, was vacationing with his family when he discovered a brandy-colored gem at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. “It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it,” Lanik said, according to a press release from the park issued Monday.

A$AP Rocky’s trial starts Tuesday. Here’s what we know

A$AP Rocky is going on trial in Sweden on Tuesday after spending much of the past month locked up in jail.

Huawei sales grow 23% despite US restrictions on its business

Huawei’s sales jumped to more than $58 billion in the first six months of this year, boosted by growth in its smartphone business and an uptick in 5G network contracts, and despite US curbs on the Chinese tech company.

At least 17 dead after Pakistan military plane crashes into major city

At least 17 are dead after a Pakistani army plane crashed into a residential area in the major city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday morning, the country’s military said in a statement.

Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ was copied from a Christian rap song, a California jury says

Katy Perry’s 2013 song “Dark Horse” was copied in part from “Joyful Noise,” a 2008 song by Christian rap artist Flame, a Los Angeles jury decided Monday, according to several media reports.

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours

Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record.

A hacker gained access to 100 million Capital One credit card applications and accounts

In one of the biggest-ever data breaches, a hacker gained access to more than 100 million Capital One customers’ accounts and credit card applications earlier this year.

Tom Barrack, Longtime Trump Adviser, Faces Scrutiny Over Close Ties To Middle East

Tom Barrack, a longtime friend and informal adviser to President Donald Trump, worked to modify a major energy speech given in 2016 by then-candidate Trump to be more pro-Middle East, according to a new report released by Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday.

UN: More Civilians Killed By Afghan, NATO Forces Than Militants This Year

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – More Afghan civilians were killed by Afghan and NATO forces than by the Taliban and other militants in the first half of 2019, the U.N. mission said in a report released Tuesday. Most of the civilian casualties were apparently inflicted during Afghan and NATO operations against insurgents, such as airstrikes and night raids on militant hideouts.

Trump Reelection Campaign Rakes In Nearly $500,000 Selling Plastic Straws

President Donald Trump ‘s reelection campaign has made nearly half a million dollars selling red plastic straws emblazoned with his name, his base apparently lapping up the new merch. Last week, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale shared the update in a tweet advertising the straws, which went on sale just 10 days ago on July 19.

Trump’s 9/11 Boast Sparks Hilarious ‘Lost Trump History’ Meme

President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim on Monday that he ” spent a lot of time” with 9/11 first responders at Ground Zero has inspired a side-splitting Twitter series featuring totally fabricated moments of “Lost Trump History.”

Late night hosts are hammering Trump’s racism after his weekend of attacks

“Another weekend, another racist outburst from our racist president.” Late night hosts had plenty to work with on Monday night, with Donald Trump’s public appearances over the last weekend of July providing a wealth of wildly inappropriate, offensive, and delusional tweets and soundbites.

Watch Lil Nas X ‘fire’ CEO Jack Dorsey during his visit to Twitter HQ

We have ourselves a new “Old Town Road” remix, people. Well, sort of. Three days after Lil Nas X announced he was visiting Twitter’s New York headquarters to replace Jack Dorsey as CEO for the day, the @TwitterMusic account dropped a nearly three-minute-long video of the rapper’s time in the office, along with the words, “Old Town Road (CEO Remix).”

Google announces a bunch of Pixel 4 features, because screw leakers

Google’s fighting back against leakers. Instead of letting leakers reveal new features for its upcoming Pixel 4, Google’s taking matters into its own hands and announcing them early. In a blog post, Google revealed its next flagship Android smartphone will have a face unlock feature and a “Motion Sense” feature that uses radar to recognize hand gestures.

Woman’s car got stuck in the middle of a farmer’s market after she left it overnight

Street parking, especially in a city, is always a nightmare. There are never any open spaces, and the rules for when you can legally park are always in the fine print of a tiny sign three blocks away. Sometimes, though, parking on the street can be inconvenient for unexpected reasons.

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