The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Wednesday May 13)

May 13, 2020

Here are some of today’s top headlines from select sources around the world.

Trump abruptly ends press conference after contentious exchange with reporters

President Donald Trump abruptly ended his Monday press conference after a contentious exchange in which he asked an Asian-American journalist to “ask China” about her question and then refused to take a query from another White House reporter.

Kobe Bryant crash passengers were negligent, court documents allege

A relative of the pilot in the helicopter crash that killed all nine people aboard including NBA legend Kobe Bryant says the passengers had fault and were negligent, according to court papers filed recently.

China hits back at so-called coronavirus ‘lies’ by US politicians as war of words escalates

China has struck back at what it calls “24 lies” by US politicians in the most sweeping and detailed rebuke yet of accusations over its handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Trapped in paradise: Breaking quarantine could mean prison time for tourists in Hawaii

(CNN) – Roving neighborhood police patrols. Uniformed soldiers manning checkpoints. A vast surveillance network of hotel staff and health department officials on the lookout for anyone breaking quarantine. This isn’t an authoritarian dictatorship. It’s the US state of Hawaii, where officials have been enforcing some of the strictest measures in the country aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Avianca, one of Latin America’s largest airlines, files for bankruptcy

Colombian airline Avianca has filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York, marking the latest coronavirus bankruptcy in the aviation industry.

Chinese and Indian soldiers engage in ‘aggressive’ cross-border skirmish

An “aggressive” cross-border skirmish between Chinese and Indian forces Saturday resulted in minor injuries to troops, a spokesman for the Indian Ministry of Defense has confirmed.

Tesla and Elon Musk reopen California facility, defying orders meant to stem coronavirus spread

Tesla CEO Elon Musk escalated his standoff with county officials in California on Monday as he announced that the automaker would be “restarting production today against Alameda County rules.”

Hotels demolished over ‘breach of lockdown rules’

The authorities in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Rivers state have demolished two hotels over an alleged breach of lockdown rules intended to contain the spread of coronavirus. State Governor Nyesom Wike, who supervised the tearing down of Edemete Hotel and Prodest Home on Sunday, said the operators had flouted an order that hotels should be closed.

Elon Musk defies orders to reopen California plant

Tesla has reopened its only US electric car plant in California, despite local orders against manufacturing. On Monday, the company’s chief executive Elon Musk tweeted that production had restarted and he would be “on the line with everyone else”. US states and local governments are trying to determine the best way to open up after lockdown.

Coronavirus: La Liga president Javier Tebas hopes for 12 June restart

La Liga president Javier Tebas hopes Spain’s top flight will restart on 12 June and says coronavirus tests will mean “practically zero” risk to players during games. The league said on Sunday that five players had tested positive for the virus across Spain’s top two divisions.

Premier League clubs facing £340m TV refund even if season resumes

Premier League clubs have been told they could have to repay an estimated £340m to domestic and international broadcasters – even if the season resumes behind closed doors. And BBC Sport has learned the clubs were warned on Monday that figure could rise if the season is curtailed or if relegation is scrapped.

Bitcoin goes through much-hyped third ‘halving’

Bitcoin has just gone through a much-hyped adjustment that reduced the rate at which new coins are created. The world’s biggest cryptocurrency’s so-called “halving” happens roughly every four years. The digital currency relies on what are known as “miners”, who run software that races to solve complex maths puzzles in return for Bitcoins.

Trump Storms Out Of Coronavirus Briefing After Female Reporters Challenge Him

President Donald Trump abruptly ended his coronavirus press briefing on Monday after getting visibly angry with two female reporters. In the final moments of his briefing, Trump took a question from CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang, who asked him why he so often claimed the U.S.

2,000 Former Justice Officials Demand William Barr Resign Over Michael Flynn Case

Nearly 2,000 former officials of the Department of Justice have signed an open letter calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr for his “assault” on the rule of law in moving to drop charges against President Donald Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump Rails About ‘Obamagate,’ But Won’t Explain What It Is At Press Briefing

President Donald Trump tweeted the single word ” Obamagate ” on Sunday. On Monday, he refused to explain what it meant or what accusation he is making against his predecessor. Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker asked Trump about the term at a press briefing.

Trump Shredded On Twitter For ‘Meltdown’ Before Bailing From Press Conference

President Donald Trump trended for all the wrong reasons Monday after an already tense press briefing came to an abrupt end. The president hastily concluded and departed his coronavirus press conference following altercations with two female reporters, CBS’s Weijia Jiang and CNN ‘s Kaitlan Collins.

Netflix’s ‘Trial by Media’ nails true crime – but can’t crack the case

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Trial By Media, the six-part series available Monday on Netflix,asks an important question: How does the court of public opinion influence our judicial system and its verdicts?

Elon Musk gets his way: Tesla factory partially reopens

After CEO Elon Musk threw a temper tantrum over coronavirus restrictions, Tesla told workers its California factory is back in business. The company said its Bay Area factory would resume operations on Friday with 30 percent of the usual workforce per shift, according to an HR email obtained by CNBC.

Rumor has it that a new Apple TV is ‘ready to ship’

It looks like Apple has zero plans to slow down its product launches. Over the last few months it has released two new MacBooks, an iPad Pro, and an iPhone SE. Next up? A new Apple TV. Via Cult of Mac, the new 4K Apple TV will feature Apple’s A12X chip with 64GB or 128GB.

Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds and Headphones will be available next week

PowerPoint presentations are about to get a lot (well, maybe not a lot) more exciting. Microsoft announced Wednesday that its new Surface Headphones and Surface Earbuds will be out May 12. While the Headphones are the latest version of a product Microsoft launched a couple of years ago, the earbuds are the company’s first real AirPods competitor.

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