The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday January 15)

January 15, 2020

Here are some of today’s biggest headlines.

The stage is finally set for impeachment’s dramatic, divisive endgame

The imminent final act of America’s impeachment ordeal will be played for far higher political stakes than might be expected given the all-but-guaranteed acquittal of President Donald Trump in his trial in the Republican-led Senate.

Boris Johnson says veganism is a ‘crime against cheese-lovers’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to lose weight in 2020, but won’t go vegan because it means giving up cheese.

Residents urged not to return home as Philippines volcano continues to erupt

Philippine officials are appealing to residents not to return to their homes in the danger zone of an erupting volcano as it continues to spew plumes of ash and lava fountains, with earthquakes regularly shaking the ground.

Death of student who was too poor to buy food raises poverty concerns

A college student who experienced malnutrition because she was too poor to afford adequate food has died in southwestern China, sparking concerns about poverty in the world’s second largest economy.

US citizen detained in Egypt for more than 6 years has died

A US citizen who once begged for President Donald Trump’s help has died after more than six years in an Egyptian prison.

Akon created his own city in Senegal called ‘Akon City’

(CNN) – It’s official, Akon has his own city in Senegal. Known as “Akon City,” the rapper and entrepreneur tweeted Monday that he had finalized the agreement for the new city. “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” his tweet read.

A romance novelist accused another writer of racism. The scandal is tearing the billion-dollar industry apart

The romance awards have been cancelled, major publishers have sounded off and leaders of the genre’s biggest organization have stepped down in response to allegations of racism, discrimination and exclusion.

Gigi Hadid is among the potential jurors in the Harvey Weinstein trial

Model Gigi Hadid was among 120 potential jurors called on Monday for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, according to a pool reporter inside the Manhattan courtroom for jury selection.

Queen agrees on ‘period of transition’ for Harry and Meghan

Queen Elizabeth II says the royal family has agreed on a “period of transition” during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada and the UK, after the couple announced this week they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

The World’s Oceans Were The Hottest In Recorded History In 2019

The planet’s oceans were the warmest in recorded history in 2019, according to a new analysis published Monday. An international team of researchers analyzed temperature data from sources around the globe and issued a dramatic warning that climate change is already deeply affecting what’s seen as the storage facility for any excess heat generated by a warming world.

Russians Reportedly Hacked Ukrainian Firm At Center Of Trump Impeachment Scandal

BOSTON (AP) – A U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian military agents have successfully hacked the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Donald Trump ‘s impeachment. Russian agents launched a phishing campaign in early November to steal the login credentials of employees of Burisma Holdings, the gas company, according to Area 1 Security, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in e-mail security.

Cuomo Exposes Trump’s 2020 Strategy: ‘Keep People Pissed Off And Frustrated’

Chris Cuomo says President Donald Trump is telegraphing his plan to win reelection, and it comes down to three words: “Lie, deny, defy.” On Monday night, the CNN host said that strategy was already in use on two key issues: the Iran crisis and health care.

Gigi Hadid Called As Potential Juror In Harvey Weinstein Trial

Supermodel Gigi Hadid was among the pool of 120 potential jurors called Monday for Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial. According to CNN, Hadid said she had previously met the disgraced Hollywood executive. When asked by Judge James Burke if she believed she could be fair and impartial, Hadid replied “yes.”

Trevor Noah slams the UK press over their treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan

By now, chances are you’ll have seen the news about Harry and Meghan’s much-discussed decision to take their royal duties down a notch. Trevor Noah’s one of the many people who have been watching the drama unfold, and during Monday night’s edition of The Daily Show, he broke down all the latest developments.

The new ‘Black Widow’ trailer has more Russian accents and more Florence Pugh

Marvel is celebrating Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh’s Oscar nominations with a new trailer, which kind of has a Fast & Furious vibe in that someone in it says the word “family” about a bunch of people who are clearly not related and also some things explode.

Ring hit with class action lawsuit for ‘failure to take basic security precautions’

A group of Ring camera owners who have been terrorized by hackers are now suing the company, saying the Amazon-owned firm doesn’t even do the bare minimum to protect against hackers.

The 15 most addicting reality TV shows now streaming on Netflix

Editors independently select all products and services featured here. If you buy something through our links, we may receive a commission. Do want to watch people fall in love? Do you want to watch people fall off of stuff? Do you want to watch Billy Eichner yell at unsuspecting passersby just trying to live their damn lives in New York City?

YouTuber NikkieTutorials comes out as trans

On Monday afternoon, YouTuber NikkieTutorials released a video titled “I’m Coming Out,” where she tells her over 12 million subscribers for the first time that she is trans. “Filming this video scary, but it’s so liberating and freeing,” said NikkieTutorials, whose real name is Nikkie De Jager.

A split-second cameo in the ‘Morbius’ trailer connects Sony’s Spider-Verse to the MCU

After the runaway success of Venom, Sony’s parallel Spider-Verse was destined to continue in one way or another. Morbius, starring Jared Leto, is the second villain-fronted film to come from their franchise, and its first trailer has a massive, world-shaking surprise for Marvel and Spidey fans.

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