The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday September 17)

September 17, 2020

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

Trump fumbles during tough encounter with undecided voters

President Donald Trump faced life outside his own political bubble on Tuesday, where his self-congratulation, buck passing and audacious falsehoods conspicuously failed to meet the moment when he was confronted by undecided voters.

Two Gulf nations recognized Israel at the White House. Here’s what’s in it for all sides

President Trump and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu will join the UAE and Bahrain officials at the White House to mark historic normalization agreements between Israel and the two Arab countries. Here’s what you need to know.

Yoshihide Suga officially named as Japan’s new Prime Minister, replacing Shinzo Abe

Yoshihide Suga has been elected Japan’s new Prime Minister following a vote in the country’s Parliament on Wednesday, confirming the former cardboard factory worker and farmer’s son as leader of the world’s third largest economy.

World fails to meet a single target to stop destruction of nature, UN report finds

In 2010, leaders from 196 countries gathered in Japan and agreed on a list of goals designed to save the Earth.

Father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates dies at 94

The father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates died Monday, according to his son. William Henry Gates II was 94 years old.

Trump told Woodward that he didn’t see coronavirus as the leadership test of a lifetime

President Donald Trump said in March that he didn’t consider the coronavirus pandemic a once-in-a-lifetime leadership challenge, even as the country was going through historic shutdowns to fight the spread, according to a new interview shared by veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

Apple reveals two new watches, two new iPads and a subscription bundle

There may not be a new 5G iPhone just yet, but Apple tried to compensate for any disappointment by giving its fans several new devices to play with while they wait.

Where is the iPhone 12?

Consumers who tuned in to Apple’s signature early September event hoping to hear tantalizing details about the forthcoming iPhone 12 were treated instead to an hour-long infomercial detailing the company’s latest Apple Watch models and a refreshed line of mid-range and low-cost iPads.

Kim Kardashian West will freeze her Instagram. Here’s why

Kim Kardashian West, who has one of the biggest Instagram followings in the world, said Tuesday that she would be joining other high-profile users in a protest against Instagram’s parent company Facebook and its handlng of misinformation and hate.

Breonna Taylor settlement is among largest payouts linked to a police shooting

The $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family is a historic move for Louisville, Kentucky, but across America it’s the latest financial repercussion in a police misconduct case.

Black And Hispanic Kids Die From Coronavirus More Than White Kids Do, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) – A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients. The report examined 121 deaths of those younger than 21, as of the end of July.

India Hits New Milestone, Surpasses 5 Million Coronavirus Cases

NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s coronavirus confirmed cases crossed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the country’s feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The Health Ministry reported 90,123 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the nation’s confirmed total to 5,020,359, about 0.35% of its nearly 1.4 billion population.

Trump Blames Biden, Who Isn’t President, For Not Instituting National Mask Mandate

President Donald Trump moved to blame his Democratic competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for not instituting a national mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic. The claim, made at an ABC News town hall Tuesday with undecided voters in Pennsylvania, is misleading for two reasons: Biden has, in fact, urged all state governors to mandate mask-wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

‘Let Me Finish My Question’: Voter Confronts Trump Over Efforts To Undermine Obamacare

An undecided voter confronted President Donald Trump over his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a town hall event on Tuesday, asking how the White House planned to protect those with preexisting conditions while actively fighting to undermine protections already in place.

When My Dad Died Of COVID, I Wrote An Obituary Blaming Trump. I’m Just Getting Started.

“If I had the money, I would have written an obituary exactly like this one for my Dad,” read one of the first responses to a stranger’s tweet of my father’s obituary. The original tweet said: “Powerful obituary in today’s Arizona Republic. Regular people are starting to boil over.”

What is ‘Dune’? Everything you should know about Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic.

Are you newly Dune-curious after watching the glorious debut trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation? Well, Mashable has you covered. If you’re already well-acquainted with the spice, Melange, and you know the difference between Stilgar and a stillsuit, you’re not going to learn much here.

Are Apple One plans a good deal? We crunched the numbers to find out.

Apple officially announced its Apple One subscription bundles on Tuesday at its September event. They package Apple Music, Arcade, and more together for one monthly price. The big question: Are they worth the money? We broke down every Apple One plan to find out.

Apple unveils eighth-generation iPad and iPad Air

In addition to new Apple Watches, Apple’s also introduced a few new iPads to its lineup, including the eighth-generation iPad and the new iPad Air. Starting with the eighth-generation iPad: The new device packs a 10.2-inch display, along with an A12 bionic chip that’s 40 percent faster and graphics that are twice as fast as the previous version.

Biggie Smalls’ crown and other items for sale at Sotheby’s first hip-hop auction

The Notorious B.I.G. will forever remain a king of hip-hop, but the crown that the rapper wore in the final photo shoot before his death is about to be passed down. The signed plastic crown from the 1997 “K.O.N.Y.”

Everything Apple revealed at its September event

Apple just unveiled two Apple Watches and iPads, and a lot more. Here’s a look back at our livestream, featuring everything Apple revealed at its September event on Tuesday. Right off the bat, Tim Cook says Apple will focus on two products during this event: Apple Watch and iPad.

John Boyega sends powerful message after quitting brand over racist ad

John Boyega has taken a powerful stand after British fragrance company Jo Malone cut him out of a version of an advertisement he directed and starred in. The Star Wars actor has since stepped down from his role as global ambassador for the brand, calling the incident “not something I can condone.”

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