The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday August 20)

August 20, 2019

Let’s have a look at the top stories on the internet today.

Fretful Trump goes on attack as economy fears cloud 2020 hopes

President Donald Trump is not waiting for the economy to go south amid growing fears of a recession to wage what could be the defining fight of the 2020 election.

Hong Kong protesters attempt to restore peace after airport violence

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a show of solidarity for a movement that appeared on the verge of losing popular support.

He revealed a lawmaker’s affair at his funeral. Now he’s set up a hotline to out deadbeat politician dads

The governor of Nairobi has ignited an explosive debate amongst Kenyans over the issue of children born out of wedlock to powerful politicians and their lovers.

Trump: We don’t want Afghanistan to be ‘laboratory for terror’

President Donald Trump on Sunday said Afghanistan “can’t be a laboratory for terror” as discussions over a potential US withdrawal from the country persist after nearly 20 years at war.

More than 120 cases of lung disease in 15 states could be linked to vaping

Health officials say it’s still unclear whether there’s a connection between these cases or whether vaping definitively caused their illnesses — which led to multiple people being hospitalized.

Kiefer Sutherland ‘seriously injured’ during European tour

Kiefer Sutherland suffered a serious injury that has caused him to cancel the remaining three stops on his European tour, the actor and singer announced on social media.

22-month-old girl dies after being left inside a hot car in New Jersey

A 22-month-old girl has died after she was found unresponsive in a van in Lindenwold, New Jersey, according to a press release from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.

At least 6 teens are shot at a Houston ‘instant house party’ organized on Snapchat

An impromptu house party devolved into chaos when a verbal dispute led to the shootings of at least six teenagers.

‘Not for sale’: Inside Greenland, the world’s largest island

Sorry, President Trump. Greenland’s not for sale. The country’s government made that clear in a tweet Friday, following reports that Trump had looked into the possibility of purchasing the massive island nation from Denmark. The resistance came as no surprise to photographer Kiliii Yüyan, who has documented Greenland’s development in recent years.

Trump Says He’s Weighing ‘Large Real Estate Deal’ To Buy Greenland

As foreign officials continued to scratch their heads in astonishment, President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that he is considering the “large real estate deal” of purchasing the autonomous Danish territory of Greenland. He appears to think that because the U.S. and Denmark are allies, the Scandinavian country would be willing to sell Greenland.

Texas Officers Who Led Black Man By Rope Won’t Face Criminal Probe, State Says

No criminal investigation will be launched into the actions of two white police officers in Texas who led a handcuffed black man by a rope through the city of Galveston, state officials said. The officers, identified as P. Brosch and A. Smith, have reportedly also returned to their jobs.

Trump Says He’ll Stick With Pence As VP In 2020

President Donald Trump said Sunday he was “very happy” with Vice President Mike Pence and planned to keep him as his running mate in the 2020 election. “I think Mike Pence has been an outstanding VP,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey shortly before boarding Air Force One.

My Best Friend Was A Con Artist Who Scammed Me Out Of $92K. Here’s How I Got Justice.

“I can help,” she said, and with just those three words, a four-year nightmare began to unfold as I fell hard for one of the oldest cons in the book: The Inheritance Scam. But this scheme wasn’t cooked up by some fictional Nigerian prince soliciting me through a sketchy email.

Elon Musk’s spacefaring Tesla Roadster finishes its first trip around the sun

A year in the life of Starman lasts about 557 of our Earth days. The Tesla Roadster that SpaceX sent into outer space in Feb. 2018 has now completed one full orbit around the sun. The distance “driven” amounts to roughly 762 million miles which, according to Where Is Roadster?, means the car’s 36,000 mile warranty has been exceeded more than 21,000 times.

Marvel refused to publish an essay from the ‘Maus’ author because of a Trump joke

Marvel Comics wants to steer clear of politics. Even in the introduction to an anthology spanning the period of time during and immediately after World War II. Marvel: The Golden Age 1939-1949 was originally supposed to include an intro penned by Art Spiegelman, the famed graphic novelist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Maus – a personal story about the Holocaust, featuring a cast of cartoon animals.

Chaos erupts as a rare Porsche seems to auction for a record-shattering $70 million

Going, going, going, going… The 1939 Porsche Type 64 was expected to auction for at least $20 million at Monterey Car Week in California over the weekend, but a confusing start with the auctioneer and excitement in the room meant the bidding process on the rare vehicle was more than bungled.

George R.R. Martin is so relieved ‘Game of Thrones’ finally ended on HBO

Now that the HBO series is over, George R.R. Martin is feeling good about the future of A Song of Ice and Fire. The books that provided the narrative foundation for HBO’s Game of Thrones is still an ongoing and not-yet-finished series.

Stunning Hubble photo catches an aging star’s giant ring of space gas

Just like people, stars get old. Also like people, aging stars release a lot of gas. This newly captured image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows us NGC 2022, a planetary nebula in the Orion constellation. Yes, it’s a star and not a planet; it’s called that because of the rounded shaped produced by the star’s expanding ring of gas.

Elizabeth Warren is literally running in the latest 2020 campaign meme

Elizabeth Warren is running. She’s running for president, sure, but she was also seen physically running across a nicely manicured lawn as she waved to a crowd of people and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” played in the background.

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