The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday August 8)

August 8, 2019

A look at today’s top headlines from select sources.

Obama takes on hate and Trump takes on Obama

It is a strange fact of unfolding American history that the country’s first black President should be followed in office by a President who has openly said racist things.

2 countries issued travel warnings about the United States after a weekend of mass shootings

Two countries issued travel warnings to their citizens about the United States following two mass shootings that killed 31 people.

Tucker Carlson tells his viewers that the country’s white supremacy problem ‘is a hoax’

“White supremacy is the ideology that has killed more Americans than any other terroristic ideology in the history of America,” Wesley Lowery said on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.”

Texas police department apologizes after photos emerge of officers on horseback leading a handcuffed black man

The Galveston Police Department apologized for its treatment of an African-American man that the police chief said caused the man “unnecessary embarrassment.”

Curiosity rover makes new discoveries on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been acting as our detective on Mars this summer and investigating an area once full of streams and lakes on the red planet.

UK seizes nearly $50m worth of heroin, one of its largest heroin busts ever

In one of the largest ever seizures of heroin in UK history, British law enforcement have seized £40 million ($48.7 million) worth of the drug after an international operation, the country’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said Tuesday.

A millionaire charged in his wife’s murder has been caught after more than four years on the run

California millionaire Peter Chadwick has been apprehended after spending more than four years on the run as a suspect in his wife’s death, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Domino’s is stockpiling pizza ingredients to protect against a disorderly Brexit

Pizza chain Domino’s has spent £7 million ($8.5 million) to stockpile imported ingredients that might not be available if Britain crashes out of the European Union.

US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman resigns

US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has submitted his resignation letter to President Donald Trump and plans to move back home to Utah, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

Trump to visit mass shooting sites amid criticism

Donald Trump is to visit the sites of mass shootings in Ohio and Texas amid warnings he will not be welcome. The attacks in Dayton and El Paso left 31 people dead. President Trump spoke out on racism and hatred following the shootings but has been accused of stoking the same sentiments he sought to condemn.

Millions in Zimbabwe ‘facing food crisis’

The UN has stepped up its emergency appeal for Zimbabwe, warning that more than five million people – a third of the population – are in need of aid. The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a $331m (£270m) appeal as the country battles the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis.

The ‘eternal’ city of death – BBC Reel

‘You come here to see a necropolis but instead you feel the eternal life’, says historian Ludmila Ruslanovna Gaboeva. ‘Stories about this mysterious place have been heard from early 20th century.’ BBC Reel visited one of the most mysterious and beloved places in Russia, the necropolis of Dargavs, also known as the ‘City of the Dead.’

Pop star charged with ‘annoying’ Uganda’s leader

Ugandan pop star and presidential aspirant Bobi Wine has been charged with intending to “alarm, annoy or ridicule” President Yoweri Museveni. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has also been charged with inciting violence after being accused of calling on his supporters to physically harm the president.

Africa Live: Machete gang attacks Kenyans in turf war

Rwanda is going to stop students crossing the border every morning to study in schools in neighbouring Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, over Ebola fears. Health Minister Diane Gashumba said the students were going to be enrolled in schools in Rwanda instead.

Walmart faces backlash over gun sales after shootings

Walmart, scene of two recent gun horrors, is under pressure to use its corporate power to help crack down on the sale of weapons in the US. The country’s biggest retailer, often cited as its biggest gun seller, has faced criticism before over arms sales.

Congress Calls On 8chan Owner To Testify On Extremism After Mass Shootings

Lawmakers have called on the owner of 8chan, an online forum that amplifies the voices of violent extremists, to testify before Congress after the shooter in one of the weekend’s two massacres was believed to have posted on the website.

Twitter Says It May Have Shared User Data With Ad Partners Without Permission

Twitter apologized this week after admitting that it may have mistakenly shared user data with third parties and used data for personalized ads without first obtaining user permission. The company explained in a Tuesday blog post that the lapse had stemmed from issues with the platform’s settings.

Beto O’Rourke Fires Back At Trump: No, I Won’t ‘Be Quiet’

2020 presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke told President Donald Trump in a searing Twitter message on Tuesday that no, he “will not be quiet.” O’Rourke has been unapologetic in his criticism of the president in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso.

The 15 best family-friendly movies now streaming on Netflix

Welcome to Small Humans , an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2019 and we have the entire internet to contend with.

Monica Lewinsky to produce ‘American Crime Story’ season on Clinton impeachment

American Crime Story returns in 2020 – with Monica Lewinsky as its producer. On Tuesday, FX Networks confirmed the next installment of its Emmy Award-winning anthology true crime series. Titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, the series’ third season will tackle the 1998 impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, and premiere on Sept.

Google commits to recycled materials in all hardware by 2022

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Disney announces Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99

Disney+ is looking even more appealing thanks to the deal that Disney revealed in an earnings report on Tuesday. The company announced a bundle that combines its upcoming streaming service Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+, The Verge reported Tuesday. The bundle will cost $12.99 a month when it launches on Nov.

Stephen Colbert uses Super Mario to make a point about Trump blaming violence on video games

Following the tragic mass shootings that took place in Texas and Ohio, a number of Republicans rolled out a tired scapegoat: video games. Despite evidence to the contrary, video games have often been singled out as a cause of violence in U.S. society.

Let Michelle Obama soothe all your college nerves in a YouTube Original series trailer

Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! Like the perfect text from your mom to uplift you up when you need it most, Michelle Obama is here to empower you or your undergrad-to-be through some of the scariest parts of going to college.

Pilot crashes plane and proceeds to vlog his rescue from the Canadian wilderness

After crashing his plane somewhere in the Quebec wilderness, pilot Matt Lehtinen began vlogging his rescue efforts. Lehtinen starts his vlog by explaining that he wants people to “learn from this experience.” “Reality’s setting in that this could be a while,” he told the camera. “The bugs are so bad.”

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