Millions of people along the southeast coast of the United States found themselves in harm’s way on Friday morning as Hurricane Matthew made landfall. The Category 3 hurricane is the most powerful storm to hit the US in a decade, having first developed at sea just over a week ago before making its way northwest toward the US. Officials are now saying that more than 300 people — at least 339 at the time of this writing — were killed by the storm in Haiti alone as it tore across parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and then Cuba. Now, Matthew has made its way to the US and hundreds of thousands of people are already being slammed my excessive winds and heavy rain. More →
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the terror suspect accused of planting bombs across New York and New Jersey this past weekend, reportedly used eBay to source a number of components used in his explosive devices.
According to a complaint filed yesterday in New York City, Rahami didn’t even take serious measures to hide his identity during the planning stages of the attack. Using the user ID “ahmad rahimi,” Rahimi perused the popular online auction site to purchase items such as hundreds of ball bearings, electric igniters and other materials commonly associated with homemade explosive devices. On top of it all, all of the above items were delivered directly to Rahami’s former place of employ.
Photos and videos have begun to flood social media sites like Facebook and Twitter following reports that a SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket exploded on a SpaceX launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. The news has not yet been confirmed by SpaceX, and it is unclear if there were any injuries as a result of the blast. There was no rocket launch planned to take place today, though it’s likely that the company was making preparations for its next scheduled launch in just two days on Saturday, September 3rd. More →
It seemed as though this day would never come, but it has: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said something so remarkably stupid that he actually had to pretend he wasn’t being serious at the time.
The run up to the 2016 presidential election in November will go down as one of the most bizarre and, quite frankly, sad times in the recent history of American politics. No matter who wins come November, we all lose. Of course, there’s losing and then there’s losing. And speaking of losing, an interesting series of events unfolded this week that forced Trump to finally walk back one of his ridiculous comments — something we really never thought we would see. More →
We’re all currently living in a horrible parody movie written by the Wayans brothers. It’s the only plausible explanation for the road to the 2016 election, which will take place this coming November unless the Earth opens up before then and swallows us all.
Monday night’s kickoff of the Republican National Convention was a spectacle that didn’t just meet our expectations, it exceeded them. Wildly. Every twist and turn on Trump’s campaign trail led up to this, so it was only right that the RNC had its fair share of drama. And as it turned out, not even the Wayans brothers could have dreamt up the ridiculousness that unfolded in Cleveland, OH last night. More →
Facebook Live, which lets users broadcast live video across the social network, has been thrust further into the spotlight following Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.
The shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista. His post, which was widely cited in the media, had been viewed more than 5.2 million times and racked up more than 141,000 shares Friday. More →
Officers were probably preparing for the worst when hearing an increasing amount of noise coming from one of the floors of the Parker County jail on June 23rd. And at first it appeared as though their worst nightmares were coming true — camera footage showed inmates breaking out of a cell, with a security guard lying unconscious on the floor. Of course, things aren’t always as they appear. More →
Facebook Live is supposed to be a quick way to share fun memorable experiences with friends and family as they happen. But Lavish Reynolds used to stream an event nobody wants to live stream, the aftermath of a brutal police shooting that left her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, dead. The video gained plenty of traction online, but it was removed early on Thursday from the social network. Initially, it was believed that Facebook might have censored it due to its graphic content, but that was not the case. The video was reinstated, but numerous media outlets picked it up before it disappeared.
Facebook has since denied reports said that it deleted the video, with Reynolds claiming that it was police who accessed her phone and Facebook account to remove the incriminating evidence. More →
The following video, as heartbreaking as it may be, shows the power of the modern smartphones and social media. Lavish Reynolds recorded a disturbing video after a police officer shot and killed her unarmed boyfriend as he was pulling out his wallet from his back pocket, even after telling the officer that he was carrying a licensed weapon.
Much has been written about ISIS using encrypted devices to plan and coordinate highly sophisticated terror attacks in the western world as well as in other countries, many close to what ISIS calls home. The organization may indeed use encrypted programs for communications, though reports detailing the recent incidents in Paris proved that’s not the main way attackers communicated. As it turns out though, they do use these apps for at least one horrific purpose: To communicate about selling sex slaves.
While you were out celebrating our nation’s independence by eating far too many burgers, drinking far too many beers and watching far too many fireworks shows, we were busy running a leading technology and entertainment news site. OK, fine, so we might have enjoyed some barbecuing and a couple of beers ourselves, but not before making sure that our readers remained informed and entertained.
In this post, you’ll find a roundup of all the best stories you might have missed on Monday. And trust us, there are a few gems in there you’ll be happy we caught you up on. More →
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Flying on commercial airplanes is already nerve-racking enough as it is, but you’re never going to want to set foot on an airplane again after seeing this video. The footage shows Singapore Airlines flight SQ368, which took off for Milan, Italy shortly after 2:00AM local time early Monday morning before turning around and landing back in Singapore. It’s a good thing the pilot did turn around, and you’re about to find out why. More →
Donald Trump’s campaign has been nothing if not controversial. The republican presidential hopeful knows exactly how to push everyone’s buttons. Among his supporters he can do no wrong and among his critics he can do no right. But whichever side of the fence on which you stand, you have to appreciate the fact that Trump has an uncanny ability to steal the spotlight and evoke strong responses from his supporters and from the opposition.
This past weekend, things came to a head when a 19-year-old British man made an attempt on Trump’s life. More →