The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday June 12)

June 12, 2020

This is what’s making news stories from around the world today.

Trump is getting his reopening even as the virus takes another swipe

President Donald Trump is getting what he wants: The country is opening up come what may, despite alarming indications that the coronavirus pandemic is intensifying its assault.

Trump campaign demands CNN apologize for poll that shows Biden leading

President Donald Trump’s campaign is demanding CNN retract and apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Medical supply company threw out products after Trump toured its facility

A medical supply company said Tuesday that it discarded the products it had produced during President Donald Trump’s visit to its headquarters in Maine last week.

Brazil’s big cities start to reopen, fueling fears of another deadly coronavirus wave

With the death toll in Brazil now over 38,000 and rising, stores and shopping malls in Sao Paulo are cracking their doors open for the first time in three months.

NASCAR bans Confederate flags at all races, events

On Monday, the only full-time African American driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series called for the auto racing body to ban Confederate flags from its events. Two days later, his dream came true.

‘Revenge spending’ in China is giving luxury brands some hope

Chinese shoppers are finally starting to snap up high-end handbags, shoes and jewelry again, giving the luxury goods industry hope that a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is on the way.

Michael Jordan and crew reel in 442-pound marlin in fishing tournament

If we learned anything from “The Last Dance” documentary, it was that Michael Jordan really doesn’t like losing.

Why Anna Kendrick compares filming ‘Twilight’ to surviving a ‘hostage situation’

“Twilight” devotees loved the movie but filming it was not much fun, according to Anna Kendrick.

Growing calls for government to cut 2m rule

The government is facing calls from Tory backbenchers to drop the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule in England. MPs, including former cabinet ministers Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Damian Green, say it is essential for the economy. The government has said it is constantly reviewing its coronavirus lockdown guidance.

JK Rowling responds to trans tweets criticism

JK Rowling has said she spoke out about transgender issues in part due to her personal experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The Harry Potter author addressed criticism of her response to an article that described “people who menstruate”.

Coronavirus pandemic set to cost Premier League clubs £1bn in 2019-20 – Deloitte

Premier League clubs face a £1bn reduction in their revenues in 2019-20 because of the coronavirus pandemic, says financial services firm Deloitte. The 20 English top-flight clubs had a combined revenue of more than £5bn for the first time in 2018-19.

Football fan Finley’s Fifa 20 joy spreads online

A nine-year-old boy who made it through to a computer game cup final received VIP treatment from his dad – to the delight of thousands on social media. Finley Stimson lifted the Carabao Cup – albeit a plastic one – after his beloved Peterborough Utd beat Spurs 2-1 in the Fifa 2020 video game.

Joe Biden Doubles Down On His Stance Against Defunding The Police

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) has some ideas about how to improve policing without defunding it. Despite calls from activists to completely overhaul the policing system, the Democratic presidential nominee said he was against the concept in an op-ed published Wednesday, floating instead an additional $300 million investment in community policing as part of several proposals for police reform and rooting out systemic racism.

How single people are dealing with the ‘sex ban’ in England

Being single during the pandemic is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the pressure to date has finally lifted. On the other, I bitterly regret not having more sex before lockdown.

Someone paid $2.6 million in fees to move $134 worth of crypto and oops

There are typos, and then there are typos. Someone appears to have made a mistake this morning when transferring the cryptocurrency ether (ETH), the younger sibling to bitcoin, from one digital wallet to another. After all, when moving around $134 dollars worth of digital currency, it hardly seems like anyone would intentionally pay a $2.6 million fee – and yet that’s exactly what happened.

Amazon says cops can’t use its facial-recognition tech for a year, but not much else

When it comes to publicly pushing back against an ever-encroaching police state, the devil is in the details – or, in Amazon’s case, the lack of them. Amazon announced Wednesday – in the most passive voice possible – that, for a year, police will no longer have access to its controversial facial-recognition tool dubbed Rekognition.

Tesla’s new feature gives car access to another driver – like a robotaxi

A new Tesla feature called “Car Access” is rolling out to users, allowing Tesla car owners to grant another driver the ability to access their car – and it reminds us a lot of something Elon Musk promised last year.

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