The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday October 16)

October 16, 2020

A look at some of today’s biggest headlines.

Biden campaign halts Kamala Harris’ travel after two people in campaign’s orbit test positive for coronavirus

Joe Biden’s campaign is halting the travel of his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, through this weekend after two people — a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen — tested positive for coronavirus.

Fox News portrayed it as one of the biggest scandals in American history. Then it fell apart

It was a conspiracy that Fox News portrayed as one of the greatest – if not the greatest – political scandals in American history.

Why Pete Buttigieg’s Fox News appearances keep going viral

Pete Buttigieg has been making media appearances as a surrogate for the Biden-Harris campaign – showing up on national TV networks and on Instagram Live. But Buttigieg’s hits on Fox News have been gaining attention for his ability to cut through the fog of Trump boosters on the network.

London and Paris bring in strict new rules as cases surge across Europe

Two of Europe’s biggest capitals are in trouble as Paris imposed overnight curfews and London banned people from different households from meeting indoors to combat the spread of coronavirus.

How QAnon uses religion to lure unsuspecting Christians

Some Christian conservatives are falling for QAnon, which uses emotionally fraught topics such as suffering children to draw converts to their unhinged conspiracies.

Kyrgyzstan president Jeenbekov resigns after unrest

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned on Thursday after days of protests over a disputed parliamentary election, saying he wants to prevent clashes and bloodshed between security forces and protesters.

Uber launches medicines delivery service in South Africa

Uber Eats’ South African unit on Thursday expanded delivery offerings, launching an app-based over-the-counter medicines service as it seeks to claw market share in the fast-growing online shopping sector in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Cristiano Ronaldo watches on television as Portugal defeats Sweden 3-0

After testing positive for coronavirus, Cristiano Ronaldo watched from home as Portugal swept past Sweden 3-0 in the Nations League.

A massive animal migration is still happening in the Maasai Mara. But the pandemic means few can see it

The bulk of Kenya’s tourists usually arrive between June and October to witness the Great Migration. But months of travel restrictions due to the pandemic have dealt a blow to the country’s tourism industry — and a valuable source of income for the Maasai.

‘Big pieces’ of Kilimanjaro ‘missing’ due to climate crisis, says ice climber Will Gadd

Will Gadd has witnessed at close hand the destruction being wrought by the climate crisis.

Coronavirus: Europe’s tough restrictions ‘absolutely necessary’

Tough restrictions are “absolutely necessary” to save lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned as Europe battles a second Covid-19 wave. It comes as millions of people in European capitals and other cities have been told they must live under strict new measures.

Why Africa’s animation scene is booming

Nigerian animator Ridwan Moshood was so determined to learn how to make cartoons, he spent hours in internet cafés in Lagos, watching YouTube lessons and taking notes. “I would go to a cyber café, watch video tutorials and write down whatever I’d learnt,” he says.

Joe Biden Shatters Campaign Fundraising Records, Nets $383 Million In September

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday that his campaign raised $383 million in September, a mammoth sum that shattered fundraising records he set just a month earlier. “To every person who chipped in a few dollars last month – thank you,” Biden wrote on Twitter, sharing a call he had with one of his grassroots supporters.

John Cena Gets Hitched!

John Cena, the actor, pro wrestler and Experian pitchman, is now a husband again, too. He married girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh at a lawyer’s office in Tampa, Florida, on Monday, People reported, citing a copy of the marriage certificate.

Trevor Noah takes a deep dive into the disturbing world of U.S. militia groups

Following last week’s news about the FBI stopping a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Trevor Noah has taken a closer look at the rise of militia groups in the U.S. In the video above for The Daily Show, the host breaks down the history of these militias in America, from their early roots to their rise during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Elon Musk says Tesla Model S price is going down to…well, you can probably guess

Elon Musk is having fun with numbers again. On Wednesday, the Tesla CEO announced that the price of Tesla Model S will be reduced to $69,420. This is not the first time Musk has referenced the number “420,” which symbolizes weed culture; in 2018, he infamously announced he’s considering taking Tesla private at $420 per share, which got him in trouble with the U.S.

Aided by teeny platinum legs, these microscopic robots are marching into the future

Imagine a future in which robots, smaller than the tip of a hair, are deployed inside the human body to perform micro-surgeries. As far fetched as it may seemed, it’s not entirely implausible anymore. Itai Cohen, Professor of Physics at Cornell University, says the crucial breakthrough was the invention of ‘legs’ that allow the microscopic robots to move, guided by electrical signals sent by humans.

Someone’s apparently been flying with a jet pack near Los Angeles Airport. Again.

It’s not every day that a commercial pilot sees a man flying around with a jet pack near an airport, but as it turns out, it’s not that rare, either. Per the Los Angeles Times, LA International Airport officials are apparently investigating reports of someone wearing a jet pack in the flight path.

Facebook finally bans anti-vaccination ads

Conspiracy theorists and promoters of misinformation have had a harder time spreading falsehoods on Facebook in recent weeks. The social media company took the fight to another group Tuesday: anti-vaxxers. However, its new policy against anti-vaccination rhetoric is still lacking. Facebook just announced it would now ban ads meant to “discourage” people from getting vaccinated.

Twitter and Facebook restrict sharing of disputed ‘NY Post’ article ahead of election

Facebook and Twitter restricted the spread of a disputed New York Post article on Wednesday. The article in question, which makes claims about former Vice President Joe Biden’s work in Ukraine, is supposedly based on a hard drive that was abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop in April of last year.

‘The Crown’ Season 4 trailer darkly foreshadows the ‘fairy tale’ of Princess Diana

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. As the historical drama of The Crown creeped closer to the 1980s, it would eventually and obviously come to cover the tragic story of Princess Diana.

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