The London Bridge attackers tried to hire a seven-and-a-half tonne lorry to carry out their attack, police say; but the three men failed to provide payment details and the vehicle was not picked up, prompting them to use a smaller van from a DIY store instead; the men drove into pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing people in Borough Market seven days ago
25-year-old Michael Johns starts GoFundMe page with eye to raising £1,000 to help get homeless man who helped victims in aftermath of Manchester terror attacks off the streets; ended up raising 'life changing' amount of money; has had nightmare tracking homeless Chris down and arranging for £52,000 to reach him; came to agreement with several trustees including charity group and accountant; Chris reportedly 'actively not engaging with support'; in meantime, Michael accused online of trying to benefit financially from situation; regrets starting campaign
Left-wing media outlets such as the Guardian, CNN and the Independent continue to smear the president relentlessly re alleged Russia ties despite a disappointing testimony from Comey who admitted to helping orchestrate deliberate leaks from meetings to the NY Times; today's events outline the bias of various left-wing news sites that continue to call for impeachment in a cretinous bid to delegitimize Trump despite a glaring lack of concrete evidence; if Trump has done wrong and there's proof then fine but, until then, the character assassination talking place is simply undemocratic and ugly
Scientists used to believe humanity originated from a specific 'Garden of Eden'-type location in East Africa; this new discovery in Morocco (North Africa) suggests that human life sprung up all over Africa; "I would say the Garden of Eden in Africa is probably Africa — and it’s a big, big garden,” said Jean-Jacques Hublin, author of the new study
---> Comey encouraged friend to leak info re Russian investigation to NY Times ---> Claimed Trump's justification for firing him, i.e, FBI in disarray, were "lies, plain and simple ---> Believed Trump may lie about meeting; took notes as precaution ---> Still not sure why he was fired ---> Unwilling to accuse Trump of obstruction of justice outright ---> Acknowledged publicly that Michael Flynn was the subject of a criminal investigation
Britain's having a general election tomorrow after incumbent PM and leader of Conservative party Theresa May called for an early one to consolidate power; in UK the PM may call an election at any time; she faces Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party; some of the key issues are Brexit negotiations, immigration and planned responses to growing threat of terror from Islamic extremists; as an aside, the number 10 in the photo refers to the address: 10 Downing Street, the UK equivalent to the White House
28-year-old homeless Canadian woman jailed after being brutally raped in Edmonton in 2014; she went to police but was locked up for failing to answer questions; ended up in holding cell next to victim and the pair were transported to court in same van; victim forced to testify in shackles; justice system failure
Harvard bars students for posting 'obscene' memes on private Facebook page; the memes cost ten students a place at the Massachusetts university, according to the college paper; messages were said to contain injokes about child abuse, sexual assault, paedophilia and the Holocaust; free speech advocates criticised Harvard's actions, calling the punishment was "draconian"
Uber fires more than 20 staff following internal investigation into harassment after scathing blog post exposé; the post prompted the company to launch two investigations; Uber said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture; more and more evidence is piling up to suggest Uber is just a sucky company to work for with poor ethics
The hearing in Massachusetts heard that Michelle Carter, who faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter, allegedly texting her boyfriend to – among other things – “just do it” before he took his own life in 2014; at the time he was 18, and she was 17; if convicted, Carter could face up to twenty years behind bars
Federal contractor charged with leaking docs outlining how Russian military hackers targeted US voting infrastructure days before election; Reality Leigh Winner, 25, appeared in court Monday after being arrested at home over weekend; the report is believed to be the most detailed US government account of Russia’s interference to date
Donkey pushed into tiger's den at China zoo following argument between zoo and shareholders; donkey was devoured by tigers in front of horrified visitors; zoo claims shareholders tossed donkey to tigers in "a fit of rage"; shareholders believed the zoo was cheating them out of returns; zoo "deeply sorry" for incident
French police shot a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris; man shouted "this is for Syria" during the attack; prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation; officer suffered only minor injuries; suspect was wounded in the chest when another policeman opened fire; suspect being treated in hospital; tourists fled for cover as attack unfolded; comes just three days after London Bridge terror attack; France in state of emergency since attacks by jihadists in Paris killed 130 people in 2015
Jeremy Christian's political leanings were confused and erratic, to say the least; by the time of the attacks it seems he had arrived at a far-right stance, though to paint him as a clear-cut white supremacist seems like a stretch; he has expressed liberal traits in the past and supported Bernie whilst deriding Hillary and Trump during the primaries; his crimes were utterly deplorable of course but watch out for simplified narratives regarding his politics; the guy's a total headcase, unsurprisingly
Many residents of Manchester, the English city targeted by Islamic terrorists last week, have adorned themselves with worker bee tattoos to promote solidarity in the face of evil; the worker bee has been synonymous with Manchester, England, since the Industrial Revolution, symbolizing hard work, family, teamwork, and togetherness; last week saw hundreds queuing outside various tattoo shops to get theirs done, with the proceeds going to victims' families; there are studios involved in New York, LA, Australia and all over Europe
Kiefer Sutherland of '24' fame (amongst other things) is embarking on a short tour of the UK including an appearance at Glastonbury festival; the actor released his first album, entitled 'Down In A Hole', last year and it reached Number 35 on the US Top Country Albums chart; Sutherland has already toured the US in support of the album
Mike Dubke served for three months before tendering his resignation on May 18; he offered to stay on during President Trump's overseas trip and the President accepted; Dubke is still working as comms director for the time being and his last day has not yet been set; he said: "The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration."
Tiger Woods was discovered by police early on Monday morning asleep at the wheel with the engine running in the right lane; when police woke him his speech was slurred and he failed all but one of the roadside tests; police say he was "cooperative", but "confused"; the resulting DUI arrest, along with the unflattering accompanying mugshot, is likely the last thing the golf ace, who fiercely guards his privacy, wants after working hard to rebuild his image following the highly publicized extra-marital affairs sandals of 2009; it should be noted that Woods blew zeros for all breathalyzer tests suggesting no alcohol was consumed; he claims his intoxication was caused by "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications"
Tiger Woods was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida and charged with Drinking Under the Influence (DUI); he has since claimed that alcohol was not a factor and that it was in fact "an unexpected to prescribed medication" which impaired his ability to drive; despite this, Woods said: "I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions"
Germany's top politicians have stepped up criticism of US President Donald Trump, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel said the US and UK were no longer reliable partners; the BBC's Berlin correspondent, Jenny Hill, described a general disdain for Donald Trump amongst Germans; however, she reported that Germans recognised the need to maintain a transatlantic relationship; Germany has general elections coming up in September
Tiger Woods was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida (of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' fame); he was released after promising to cooperate with future legal proceedings
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If the liberals get their way and Trump gets impeached, followed by VP Mike Pence, then what happens? Well, the next in the line of succession is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a role currently filled by Paul Ryan, a guy who just made the news for being snubbed for a photo op by a bunch of 8th graders - at least, that's how the Washington Post spun it although, looking at the above photo, he seems to be doing alright... #fakenews; see link for full line of succession
Alex Cruz, BA chief executive, said he won't resign following Saturday's IT system failure which saw 75,000 passengers affected across 170 airports in 70 countries; despite having been criticized in the past for ruthless cost-cutting, Cruz said the crash was not a result of outsourcing IT jobs from the UK to India; there is also no evidence that problems were caused by a cyberattack; Cruz has apologized "profusely" to all affected passengers
Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery; Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters; he was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said; Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for sexual offences in areas it controls in Somalia
UK terror threat down from critical to severe; large part of Manchester attack network detained, police say; Katie Hopkins leaves LBC radio show after ‘final solution’
UK police end suspension of intelligence sharing with US; all 22 victims of Manchester Arena bombing named;
Jeremy Corbyn: ‘war on terror is simply not working’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussion on climate change had been "very unsatisfactory", adding "we have a situation of six against one"; Trump said they'll have his answer in a week but others have said the deal will go ahead regardless of Trump's input
Actor John Boyega, who played Finn in the recent Disney Star Wars installment, was evacuated from the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo, London amidst fears of a security breach, along with hundreds of others; on social media, theatregoers said they and the cast had been moved to the nearby Imperial War Museum gardens; police said the incident was now over; Boyega is playing the lead role in the play Woyzeck at the theatre
Two men have died in the US trying to stop a man abusing two women of Muslim appearance, Oregon police say; the abusive man turned on the two men on a commuter train and fatally stabbed them; another passenger was wounded before the attacker was arrested; the council on American-Islamic relations urged President Trump to speak out against increasing Islamophobia in the US; it accused the president of exacerbating the trend with his statements and policies
BA has cancelled all flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow following an IT outage; "our IT teams are working tirelessly to fix the problems," BA CEO Alex Cruz said in a video posted on Twitter; "we believe the root cause was a power supply issue and we have no evidence of any cyberattack"; the problems have caused long delays for thousands of passengers
Gregg Allman, blues-rock legend, song-writer, vocalist and organist of 70s rockers The Allman Brothers Band, has passed away, aged 69, after struggling with health issues for some time; he died peacefully in his sleep, according to family; Allman had been touring with his band up until recently, an activity he considered medicine for his soul; him and his late brother Duane penned such classics as 'Midnight Rider', 'Melissa', and 'Whipping Post'; he is survived by Elijah Blue and other children Michael, Devon, Delilah and Layla
Greg Gianforte, the GOP candidate for Montana's congressional seat, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he "body-slammed" Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground, allegedly breaking his glasses; Gianforte is a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump who became annoyed with Jacobs because of unwelcome questions about the Republican healthcare plan; campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon blamed Jacobs for the altercation, saying that he “entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions"; classic journo - all mouth, no trousers
My Friend Dahmer is scheduled to come out this autumn; the film will examine the infamous serial-killer's high-school years, before his first kill, when he was just a normal-ish kid harbouring an obsession with bones, conducting grizzly experiments in his backyard lab and, surprisingly, enjoying some popularity as a class clown
Two explosions at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, caused mayhem on Monday night and have resulted in 'confirmed fatalities' according to police; the details are yet to emerge but Manchester Arena is being treated as a crime scene by police and terrorism has not been ruled out
The tech giant has a new campus that will be opening soon and one of its features is a special kind of pizza box; the container is so original that Apple filed for the patent back in 2010, and the circular design includes “a series of holes that have been drilled into the lid of the box, allowing steamy air to escape and give the eater ease of mind that their pizza crust will not be soggy”; is there anything they can't do?
How's that for a headline? Giuseppe Dainotti, 67, was shot in the head as he cycled along a street in Palermo; police claim this is a warning that Cosa Nostra ("Our Thing") is far from dead; this comes 25 years - almost to the day - after anti-Mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone was killed in a bomb blast on a motorway on the Italian island; witnesses who called the police after hearing gunshots on Monday said they thought Dainotti, who was released from prison in 2014 after serving time for murder, was executed by two killers who pulled up alongside him on scooter
"Dirty Harry wouldn't have been made today", said Clint Eastwood, lamenting the demise of controversial, potentially offensive movies; "We're really in a pussy generation", he told Esquire, "everybody's walking on eggshells"; Clint added, during the interview in Cannes, that ‘someday’ he might return to appearing in front of the camera; Eastwood's highly controversial racially-charged 2008 hit 'Gran Torino' may not have enjoyed the same reception had it been released in today's 'snowflake' climate (pun intended)
The US Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina unfairly took race into consideration when drawing congressional district boundaries, in effect quarantining black voter to reduce their overall political clout; the court was unanimous on upholding the ruling on one of the districts and split 5-3 on the other, with three conservatives dissenting
The FBI is looking into whether the fatal stabbing of a black student by a white student at the University of Maryland was a hate crime; Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, was arrested on murder charges in the death of Richard Collins III in the early hours of Saturday, according to police; Mr Collins, 23, was visiting friends at the College Park campus when he was stabbed in the chest with a knife; the victim was commissioned as a US Army lieutenant two days earlier and was set to graduate from Bowie State University on Tuesday
US President Donald Trump has told Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that Iran will never have nuclear weapons; he suggested the Iranians thought they could "do what they want" since negotiating a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015; Mr Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia, where he sought to win Arab states' support for fighting extremism; he has called for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians
A professional big game hunter from Tzaneen, Theunis Botha, 51, died on Friday afternoon during a hunt in Gwai, in Zimbabwe, when a member of his group fired at a storming elephant cow and the animal fell on him; poetic justice?
Facebook's internal rulebook has leaked and it contains some inconsistencies; death threats are mostly okay as long as they're not directed at politicians or other public figures; violence against animals is permitted as long as it's depicted in photo, not video; violent deaths of humans are allowed as long as they have a graphic content warning; racism is mostly not allowed with some exceptions; it's a strange place, Facebook
Bitcoin, the digital 'cryptocurrency' invented in 2009, is booming once again, having today topped $2000 per coin for the first time ever; as of 2:30pm, ET, the value of a single bitcoin is $2031; recent political scandals along with Japan's decision to legalise the currency have triggered the recent uptrend which began about a month ago; the price has doubled in 30 days; the bitcoin market is now worth well over $30 billion and the cryptocurrency market as a whole is worth more than $60 billion
Incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, beat his rival Ebrahim Raisi to extend his time in office; with all the votes in Friday's poll counted, Rouhani was re-elected with 57 percent, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli said on Saturday; "of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 ... and won the election," he said in remarks carried live by state TV
Mexico was second only to war torn Syria, with 23,000 deaths in 2016 to Syria's estimated 50,000; Mexican drug wars are largely believed to be responsible for the high rate of fatalities; the Mexican government lashed out at the reports' writers, claiming that the report misrepresents the extent of the so-called 'drug wars'; they also disagreed with the methodology of the report
Reports suggest as many as 140 people, including civilians, may have died in an attack on a Libyan airbase; originally it was thought that 60 people died when a government-allied militia tried to take over the Brak al-Shati base on Thursday; the UN-backed government's defence minister and the commander of the militia have both been suspended pending an investigation; the prime minister's office has denied ordering the attack
Robin Wright, who plays Claire in the hit Netflix show, joked (we think): "Trump has stolen all of our ideas for season 6... I don't know what we're going to do, seriously"; as unpopular as Trump is amongst certain groups, surely he isn't as bad as Frank Underwood, House of Cards' murderous POTUS, played by Kevin Spacey at his most lecherous... is he?
Disney World is scared to add the current president of the United States to its ride, which features robotic versions of all the presidents of the United States, because some people might get offended; what a time to be alive
Two former BBC radio presenters had sex against a tree in full view of underage schoolboys whilst invited others to "come and have a play", a court heard; veteran broadcaster Tony Wadsworth, 69, and his wife Julie, 60, are accused of having sex in front of a group of boys as well as sexually touching each other in woods near to a school; the ex-BBC Radio Leicester (UK) presenters allegedly had sex in front of a group of boys who were "mainly 14" but Mrs Wadsworth is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with boys as young as 11; the couple have denied five counts of outraging public decency between 1992 and 1993
It just gets better and better... The New York Times reported how Trump dismissed ex-FBI director Comey as a nutjob to Russian officials, going on to add how firing him had eased great pressure; despite the scandal, many Trump supporters claim comments Trump made to Comey don't add up to anything sinister and, as such, the widespread calls for impeachment amount to little more than unsubstantiated hyperbole from the left
Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has tearfully pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor; the charge stems from sexually charged text messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old girl last year; Weiner's estranged wife Huma Abedin filed for divorce from him on Friday, just hours after his admission of guilt
Joanne Mogavero, from Florida, suffered first and second degree burns when the lid popped off a cup of coffee at a Starbucks drive-thru in 2014; her lawyers argued that Starbucks should warn its customers that lids could behave this way; the jury awarded Ms Mogavero $85,000 for pain and suffering and more than $15,000 to cover medical bills
Police in Bangladesh stormed a community center outside the capital of Dhaka early Friday and arrested 27 men suspected of being gay; police said they recovered illegal drugs and condoms in their possession and the men would be charged with drug offenses rather than Bangladesh’s colonial-era sodomy law, because they were detained before they had sex; however, a different RAB spokesman said the men had been arrested “for homosexuality” and that it had not yet been determined how they would be formally charged; homosexual acts are illegal in more than 70 other countries in the world, including neighboring India
China has, for the first time, extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply; Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough; methane hydrates - also called "flammable ice" - hold vast reserves of natural gas; many countries, including the US and Japan, are working on how to tap those reserves, but mining and extracting are extremely difficult
Syria and Russia have condemned strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border; Russia described the move as a blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism; the convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf; a US defense official said the convoy had not responded to numerous warnings that it was "getting too close to coalition forces"
"I know that he loved our children and he would not
hurt them by intentionally taking his own life", said wife Vicky Cornell; she also said her husband was slurring his words when she spoke with him after his Soundgarden show which he attributed to Ativan, the benzodiazepine medication he was taking; Chris Cornell, grunge legend and father of two, was 52 when he died on Thursday
Sweden has dropped its rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange; Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden for rape charges and US where he could face trial for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified US military and diplomatic documents; police in London said they would be obliged to arrest him if he left
Jean-Paul Laborde spoke to reporters after officials decided not to ban laptops from aircraft cabins on flights to the US from EU countries; Mr Laborde also said ISIS fighters returning to Europe would be "more dangerous" than previous waves; ISIS is losing territory in Syria and Iraq, and Mr Laborde said these fighters, originally from Europe, would be hardened from years of war
American queer-punk duo PWR BTTM have denied sexual assault allegations leveled at member Ben Hopkins; "this allegation was devastating to me as it is contrary to the intentional way I seek to interact with those around me," wrote Hopkins, in a lengthy statement; following the outcry, PWR BTTM's tour was canceled, a touring member quit the band and their label, Polyvinyl, removed their second albumfrom all streaming services; Father/Daughter Records, who released the band’s first album, Ugly Cherries, also cut ties with the band, pulling that record from streaming services as well; the alleged victim told her side to feminist gossip site Jezebel shortly after the story broke on social media
A British man who won a £101m (approx. $131m) Euromillions jackpot does not have to "cough up" financial support for his son "whenever asked", a court has ruled; spoilt son Michael, 32, was given £1.6m, but funds stopped after an argument regarding Michael and civil partner James' outrageous spending habits; the pair gave up their jobs and spent nearly £1.6m (approx. $2.1m) over two years; the judge ruled that Mr Dawes' previous "largesse" did not give rise to an expectation of further bail-outs
Horrific scenes in Times Square, New York, after Bronx-resident Richard Rojas, 26, intentionally drove his car into a crowd of nearly two-dozen people when he floored it up to West 45th Street just before noon; an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, identified as Alyssa Elsman, was killed in the carnage; she was visiting the Big Apple with her family when Rojas killed her and injured her 13-year-old sister; it seems Rojas was attempting 'suicide-by-cop'; “You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them", he told police, according to sources
Following ex-FBI director James Comey's allegations - outlined in Comey's memo of the pair's meeting - that Trump asked him to abandon the Michael Flynn investigation, Vladimir Putin has come forward to support Trump; the Russian president claims he has a record of the meeting which will exonerate the US president from any wrongdoing; he said he will happily release the record to congress, if asked
Infamous Lazarus group, who carried out Sony Pictures attack in 2014, may have been behind Friday's cyberattack; the China-based group are widely believed to act on behalf of North Korea; security experts are now cautiously linking the Lazarus Group to this attack after similarities were found between code found within WannaCry - the software used in the hack - and other tools believed to have been created by the Lazarus Group in the past
Arguably Britain's most notorious kid-killer Ian Brady died today, in a high-security prison hospital, aged 79; him and his lover Myra Hindley murdered five children and teenagers in and around the northern English city of Manchester between 1963 and 1965; Brady was convicted of three of the murders in 1966 and later confessed to two more; the body of one of their victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, was never found, despite numerous pleas from the bereaved family to Brady and Hindley to reveal the location of the burial site; Hindley died in 2002, aged 60
19-time Swiss Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will sit out this summer's French Open and the rest of the clay-court season to rest up for the ATP Tour; the 35-year-old, who's fifth in the world rankings, said he made the decision with an eye to continue playing on the ATP Tour "for many years to come"; the French Open begins May 22, with Rafael Nadal the favorite to win it
Meet Harmony - the sex doll that can move and talk; with a relatively realistic body, along with blinking eyes and moving mouth, Harmony will do all the things your real girlfriend won't; on sale later this year, there will be two versions of Harmony - one with computer vision that enables it (her - sorry!) to recognize faces ($10,000) and a cheaper version without vision ($5,000); get saving nerds!
According to new research the asteroid which allegedly struck the earth 66 million years ago, causing the dinosaurs to become extinct, may not have had such a devastating effect on life on earth had it have hit elsewhere; Researchers recovered rocks from underneath the Gulf of Mexico, an area rich in deadly gypsum and other materials which obscured sunlight and brought forth the long winter known as the ice age; so, if the rock hit elsewhere or even just a few seconds later so as to be further from the coast and into deep ocean water, we might still have bloody T-rex's to content with! Dodged a bullet there, ey? (*read in Austrailian accent*)
Rumors have been circulating over the past week or so regarding the fate of Canadian 'Complicated' and 'Sk8er Boi' singer (and popular noughties crush) Avril Lavigne; according to internet legend, she died some years back and was replaced by an impostor; all the signs are there: cryptic album titles hinting at foul play and rebirth, inexplicable changes in attire and a growing penchant for darker more disturbing lyrics; scary stuff indeed; but, joking aside, this mad theory is getting substantial attention from mainstream news providers such as the BBC, the Guardian and Rolling Stone - WTF!
A tunnel was uncovered by police in a Reynosa prison; it was stashed with drugs, alcohol and sharp tools; police in Tamaulipas state said the hole, which had been hidden by bricks, was as deep as 16 feet; it was unfinished and no one managed to escape; in 2015, drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped via tunnel from Altiplano prison; he was recaptured six months later after being interviewed by Sean Penn in a bizarre turn of events and was later extradited to the US where he is currently awaiting trial
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, accused North Korean leader Kim Jong-un of being in a "state of paranoia", following another ballistic missile test; South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in said it was a "reckless provocation"; US President Donald Trump has called for "stronger sanctions" against North Korea, despite recently stating it would be an honor to meet Kim Jong-un
Yellowstone officials euthanized a severely injured wolf after hikers found the animal suffering in the northern edge of Yellowstone park, near Gardiner, Montana, on April 11; the 12-year-old wolf was the alpha female of a group of wolves dubbed the Canyon Pack and a popular target for photographers; the park offered a $5,000 reward and the Montana group 'Wolves of the Rockies' followed up with another five grand; the search continues
Germany has begun confiscating privately owned properties in order to house some of the estimated 1.2 million migrants who have arrived in the last two years; Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district, near the city center; the units, which are owned by a private landlord, are in a state of disrepair and, as such, will need to be renovated; unbelievably, the cost of this is to be billed to the landlord; this is permitted under a 1982 law, updated by the city’s government in 2013, which enables the city to seize any residential property unit that has been vacant for more than four months
Friday's ransomware cyber-attack affected more countries than the 76 initially reported; Europol (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) chief Rob Wainwright called the act "unprecedented in its scale"; amusingly, however, he said that, so far, "remarkably" few payments have been made by victims of the attack; according to analysis from the BBC, as little as £22,080 (approx. $30k) was paid to the hackers, who call themselves the Shadow Brothers... lame, lame, LAME
Popular dating apps like Tinder lower self esteem and leave users feeling insecure about their looks, according to a new study published in the journal 'Body Image'; men on Tinder reportedly suffered from the lowest self-esteem; the linked DM article calls this 'surprising' but it isn't really; apps like Tinder send women's egos through the roof because, no matter what they look like, they'll find the attention and validation they're looking for because men, for the most part, aren't very picky; men, on the other hand, often lose out; this is for two reasons: market saturation ('sausage-fest syndrome') and women who vastly over-estimate their market value
Andrea Kuiper, 26, was run over on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach in 1990; she carried no ID and her injuries left her unrecognizable; her story aired on 'Unsolved Mysteries' in '95; Kuiper’s fingerprints remained on file in a national missing persons database and last week the Orange Country coroner finally got a hit, 27 years later, thanks to a new partnership with the FBI
The recent spat of cyber-attacks - allegedly orchestrated by the hacking collective known as Shadow Brothers - was carried out using a super-weapon created by a US government agency, according to reports; Microsoft 'patched' (fixed) the issue earlier this year but only recent versions of Windows; many UK computers still run Windows XP (no longer supported) which is why they were particularly vulnerable to attacks
North Korea has carried out a ballistic missile test launch near Kusong, north-west of Pyongyang; the missile flew 430 miles; this is the latest in a series of missiles North Korea has tested this year; two tests last month failed, with the rockets exploding minutes after launch
North Korea would hold talks with the Trump administration "if the conditions were right", according to South Korean media reports; this comes not long after President Trump said it would be an honor to meet Kim Jong-un; tension had previously been high between the two nations because of Kim Jong-un's worrying nuclear posturing which has taken taken place over the past month or so
A UK security blogger came across a 'kill switch' in the malicious software of yesterday's attack 'by accident'; during a week's vacation from work, the 22-year-old, who goes by the pseudonym MalwareTech, was up all night investigating the ransomware after hearing about the global cyber-attack; whilst testing a theory he triggered the software code's inbuilt 'kill switch' which stopped the attack's spread but did nothing to repair machines that had already been affected; his boss even gave him an extra week off work as a reward
#WithFewExceptions is currently trending on Twitter following Trump's lawyer's admission that the President gets no income from Russia "with a few exceptions"; this comes after Trump's controversial decision to fire FBI director James Comey amidst rumors of a pending FBI investigation into the administration's business ties with Russia
A blast close to a post office and United Nations building in Rome is suspected to have been orchestrated by anarchist groups as a 'demonstrative act'; tourists were evacuated from the Colosseum and other attractions as a precaution; a homemade device is believed to have been planted in between two parked cars and was detonated on Friday afternoon in Via Marmorata; nobody was injured
Mysterious hacking collective called the Shadow Brothers have stolen an NSA super-weapon to carry out an international cyber attack, affecting 74 countries; the UK's national health service was hit along with various British hospitals, the Russian government and German railways; the malicious self-spreading software was blocking access to computers and demanding payments of as much as $600 to restore access to scrambled data ; so far, the USA seems to have been spared
President Trump claimed he isn't having his business ties with Russia investigated by the FBI in his first interview since firing FBI Director James Comey; he also described Comey as a "showboat" and a "grand-stander" and dismissed the probe as a charade despite Comey's successor, Andrew McCabe, calling it "a highly significant investigation"
A Russian blogger named Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, has been handed a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence after being arrested for filming himself playing Pokemon Go in a local Orthodox church with a special camera pen and posting the video online; he was found guilty of insulting religious believers and inciting hatred
Should a country attempt to rid itself of the unpleasant parts of its history? Is having a statue of Jefferson Davis akin to validating or, worse, advocating or even celebrating slavery? New Orleans City Council's decision, in 2015, to remove four Confederate landmarks was opposed by some, supported by others and both removals have drawn crowds from both sides along with a sizable police presence.
The hashtag #CelebrateWomen is currently trending on Twitter for some reason; Google search offered nothing in the way of an explanation; these sorts of celebratory days or events or whatever you want to call them are a lot like raising awareness for diseases in that they are mostly exercises in futility which, when all is said and done, amount to little more than pointless virtue signalling
People on the latest HIV drugs have a 'near normal' life expectancy, according to a new study in The Lancelot; starting treatment early is crucial; twenty-year-olds who started treatment in 2010 can expect to live, on average, ten years longer than those who first began antiretroviral therapy in 1996; the researchers looked at 88,500 HIV patients from Europe and North America
Snap - the company that owns Snapchat - reported its first-ever quarterly public earnings on Wednesday following its March IPO and they weren't well-received; Snap fell short of Wall Street targets and user growth has eased off; Facebook's 'Instagram Stories' is now used by more people than Snapchat
French prefer Putin, Xi and Merkel to US President Donald Trump, according to a recent poll conducted by Suffolk University; Trump was the most disliked of all politicians included with an 82% disapproval rating among French people
Bitcoin, the world's best-performing currency year-on-year since 2010 (excluding 2014), is currently trading at well over $1,700 a coin; launched in 2009, Bitcoin was the world's first decentralized digital currency and remains by some margin the most valuable; bitcoins are traded over the internet for all sorts of goods/services and are usually stored in digital 'Bitcoin wallets' which often come in the form of apps on smartphones
Another arrest has been made in connection to an alleged armed forces conspiracy to assassinate high-ranking German public figures including former German president Joachim Gauck and Justice Minister Heiko Maas; the suspected right-wing extremists wanted to frame refugees for the attack, prosecutors allege; the accusations have sparked nationwide debate on suspected right-wing extremism in Germany's armed forces
US President Donald Trump has authorized the supplying of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria, according to the Pentagon; Turkey views the Kurdish rebels as terrorists and wants to prevent them from taking more territory in Syria so the move will undoubtedly cause tensions with Turkey to increase
After Wendy's challenged 16 yo, Carter Wilkerson, to get 18 million retweets for a free year of nuggets, he has officially broke the Twitter retweet record; currently at 3.4 million retweets; though he didn't receive 18 million, for breaking the record, Wendy's has awarded him a free year of nuggets; Wendy's also donated $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; talk about good PR!
Millions of South Koreans are heading to polling stations to elect a new president following a two-month electoral race; Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, was impeached in December of 2016 following a major scandal
Drivers in North Carolina might soon be allowed to plow through protesters illegally blocking roads and highways; House Bill 330 was drafted in response to significant traffic disruptions caused by last fall's protests in Charlotte, NC and will become law, pending state senate approval
Emma Watson’s performance in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast won her the MTV gong for best actor in a movie; the category featured male and female nominees; despite Watson's success, the Guardian still found something to moan about
Facebook has taken steps to tackle so-called 'fake news' on its platform; the social media giant has published a series of ads in British newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph advising users on how to identify misinformation ahead of next month's UK general elections
US and Afghan officials have announced the death of Abdul Hasib, head of Islamic State in Afghanistan; died ten days ago during a joint special forces offensive in eastern Nangarhar province, according to the US military; ISIS is yet to acknowledge Hasib's death
Focusing on two tiers: longer, bigger budget shows (similar to TV network shows) and shorter, less expensive shows that would be 5 - 10 minutes released every 24 hours; means FB will have a more hands-on role of controlling content on its platform and will compete with the likes of YouTube and Netflix
NYT technology reporter, Mike Isaac, covers a federal inquiry into Uber's use of its Greyball tool; allowed co to deploy a fake version of the ride-hailing app to evade law enforcement agencies trying to crack down on the service
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