The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday June 25)

June 25, 2020

Here are today’s top stories.

The electoral map just keeps getting worse for Trump

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of national polls — all of which show former Vice President Joe Biden with high-single digit lead over President Donald Trump.

A surge in cases shows the coronavirus won’t go away soon

As much of the world emerges from months of coronavirus lockdown, new spikes in Covid-19 cases suggest that lifting restrictions could be a trickier task than imposing them.

Trudeau attacks China’s ‘political’ detention of two Canadians as pressure builds

The decision by China to charge two Canadians with espionage was clearly political, the country’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said Tuesday, after a top Chinese diplomat warned him to “stop making irresponsible remarks” about the case.

Ron Jeremy, porn star, charged with sexually assaulting four women

Porn star Ron Jeremy has been charged with forcibly raping three women and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents dating back to 2014, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Tuesday.

EU mulls recommendation to bar Americans and other nationalities due to coronavirus

As European Union nations continue to ease coronavirus restrictions, EU member states are discussing barring visitors from several countries, including the US, according to EU officials speaking to CNN. These sources, who are involved in the talks, say they have not seen any lists mentioning specific countries.

The historic Saharan dust plume is darkening skies in the Caribbean and will soon stretch into the US

The current Saharan dust episode is leading to the worst dust storm in the Caribbean in decades.

Judge orders Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has been ordered by a federal judge in Brasilia to wear a face mask in public or face a fine.

She’s on the frontline of a rape epidemic. The pandemic has made her work more dangerous


Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after Adria Tour event

Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus following an exhibition event he organized in Croatia.

India suspends three China business deals as border tensions rise

Authorities in India are pausing plans to carry out $600 million in business deals with Chinese companies in the wake of a deadly border clash with China last week.

Charlize Theron denies she was engaged to Sean Penn

There was a whole bunch of excitement back in 2014 when people thought Charlize Theron was engaged to Sean Penn.

Microplastics found in gut of animal on one of the most remote islands of the world

Microplastics have been discovered in the gut of an animal on a remote island in the Antarctic, raising concerns that plastic pollution could be prevalent in the region’s ecosystem.

Trump Says He Wasn’t Joking About Slowing COVID-19 Testing: ‘I Don’t Kid’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his comment over the weekend about asking staff to “slow the testing down” for COVID-19 wasn’t a joke. “I don’t kid. Let me just tell you. Let me make it clear,” the president told reporters before insisting the U.S. had the greatest testing program of anywhere.

Woman Who Deliberately Coughed In Baby’s Face Is Wanted By Police

Police are searching for a woman who appeared to intentionally cough on a 1-year-old boy in a store after accusing the child’s mother of failing to socially distance herself. The incident took place in a Yogurtland store in San Jose, California, on June 12.

Trump Family Moves To Block Tell-All Written By President’s Niece

President Donald Trump ‘s family has asked a judge to block the publication of his niece Mary Trump’s tell-all, which is set to be released next month. The president’s younger brother, Robert Trump, filed for a temporary restraining order Tuesday, saying Mary Trump is violating a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2001 following a bitter court battle over the estate of Trump’s father.

Porn Actor Ron Jeremy Accused of Raping 3 Women, Sexually Assaulting Another

Porn star Ron Jeremy has been charged with allegedly raping three women and sexually assaulting another in West Hollywood, California, since 2014. The 67-year-old actor is scheduled to be arraigned in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday afternoon on an eight-count criminal complaint, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Barcelona Opera House Reopens With Concert For 2,292 Plants

Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opened to a full house on Monday for its first concert since it closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet not a single person had tickets – and that’s because each one of the hall’s 2,292 seats was occupied by a houseplant.

Apple’s privacy-focused ‘nutrition labels’ for apps are only a start

Do you trust companies like Facebook to accurately and completely tell you how, and to what extent, their apps monitor and track you both on your phone and across the entire internet? The question is not a rhetorical one, as Apple’s latest privacy push relies on the answer to that question being “yes.”

Why Google Maps might lose EV owners to Apple Maps (seriously)

After WWDC, electric car owners might want to consider Apple Maps over Google Maps. In iOS 14, Apple Maps will show drivers routes based on the availability of public charging stations. They’ll be personalized, factoring in a driver’s battery status, range, and EV model. That’s huge for road trips.

Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for Blackface sketches

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has issued a statement apologizing for wearing Blackface to impersonate various Black celebrities over the years. “There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” Kimmel said in a statement.

Twitter flags another Trump tweet for ‘abusive behavior’

The damn has broken. Twitter once again slapped a label on a Donald Trump tweet Tuesday, writing that the president’s ramblings about using “serious force” violated the company’s abusive behavior policy. This move comes less than a month after Twitter fact-checked a series of Trump tweets, and then flagged another one for threatening violence against protesters.

James Corden’s interview with a magician takes a deeply awkward turn

James Corden’s team have truly mastered the art of the awkward sketch. In the clip above, James “interviews” a magician called Andrew (who is actually a Corden staffer who’s appeared in many similar sketches before), only to discover he met the guy a long time ago – and he’s held a longtime grudge against James.

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