Plane With Over 100 on Board Crashes Shortly After Take-Off from Havana Airport

A plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Cuban city of Havana on Friday. The Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737 fell from the sky in a fireball just after leaving Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Friday, according to Cuba’s state-run television. Cuba’s state-run newspaper Granma also reported the crash happened in the Santiago de las Vegas neighborhood near the airport just after noon. The reports were confirmed by CBS and CNN, among other outlets. The domestic flight was headed to Holguin approximately 500 miles from Havana. There were 104 passengers on board as well as the crew. CNN is reporting at least three survivors. CNN obtained video of the scene reportedly showing a huge plume of smoke coming from the crash site.

Lawyer Who Went on Viral Xenophobic Rant Banned From His NYC Office

The New York City man whose xenophobic rant was captured on video at a Midtown restaurant Tuesday is no longer welcome at his office. The incident captured the man, a New York City lawyer identified as Aaron Schlossberg, at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan berating workers because they spoke Spanish. Schlossberg said that his “guess” was that they were “undocumented,” and added that his “next step” was to call ICE. Following the Tuesday tantrum, a GoFundMe page was set up to troll Schlossberg outside his office with a Mariachi band and taco truck. Then, on Thursday, WABC-TV’s Derick Waller reported that the band and taco truck were the least of Schlossberg’s worries. Schlossberg, according to Waller’s report, is no longer welcome inside the building where he rents office space.

WATCH: Pro-Trump Lawyer Has Meltdown When Deli Worker Speaks Spanish in NYC

A pro-Trump lawyer was caught on video berating workers at a Midtown Manhattan deli because they were speaking Spanish to one another. “Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America,”  a man identified by The Forward as Aaron Schlossberg shouted while other people were just trying to get salads at a Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue. Then, when the manager confronted him, he just wouldn’t shut up. “Your clients and your staff are speaking Spanish to staff when they should be speaking English,” Schlossberg kvetched. “My guess is they’re undocumented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them taken out of my country.” He then said this about the people who clearly had jobs and were just trying to do them: “If they have the balls to come here and live off my money—I pay for their welfare. I pay Continue reading "WATCH: Pro-Trump Lawyer Has Meltdown When Deli Worker Speaks Spanish in NYC"

CNN Panel Clashes Over Giuliani: ‘Didn’t This Bulldog Just Make a Bigger Mess on the Paper?’

A CNN panel got heated Friday night over a discussion of President Donald Trump‘s new legal ‘bulldog” Rudy Giuliani. “What the president does have now… is some bulldogs,” former campaign spokesperson Jason Miller said, before naming Emmet Flood and Marty and Jane Raskin. Then after the panel pointed out the Raskins and Flood are not going to be out in the media, Miller said that the president “deserves” to have people defend him. “But didn’t this bulldog just make a bigger mess on the paper?” Anderson Cooper interjected, referring to the mess Giuliani created when he went on Sean Hannity‘s show. Miller then tried to downplay the disaster and subsequent damage control, insisting Giuliani actually “clarified it a little bit today.” Democratic strategist Maria Cardona, though, was not having it and snapped back that Trump actually made it a bigger mess when he came out and Continue reading "CNN Panel Clashes Over Giuliani: ‘Didn’t This Bulldog Just Make a Bigger Mess on the Paper?’"

It’s mostly older people who watch TV news. Can Netflix and Facebook change that?

If they build it, will the young viewers come? 2018 is likely to finally be the year that more Americans get news online than from TV (we were almost there last year). Right now, it’s primarily an older crowd that watches TV news: 58 percent of those over 65 often get news from cable, for instance, versus just 10 percent of those 18 to 29, according to Pew. But — young people have to get their hard news video somewhere, right? (Uh…right?) Enter Facebook and Netflix. Twin reports yesterday: Facebook is launching a hard news section on its Watch portal (as Campbell Brown had previously suggested at Recode’s Code Media conference). Axios’s Sara Fischer reported that “Facebook is in touch with both legacy and digital-first news publishers to test a daily video feature that would run for at least a year,” and content would need to be at least Continue reading "It’s mostly older people who watch TV news. Can Netflix and Facebook change that?"

WATCH: Two Penguins Find Camera in Antarctica and Manage to Take Painfully Adorable ‘Selfie’

It’s a really good idea to leave cameras filming where penguins can find them, because they take really delightful videos. According to ABC News, Eddie Gault, a member of the Australian Antarctic Program, left his camera at the Auster Rookery, a penguin breeding ground. And two penguins sidled up to it and put all your best Snapchat vids to shame. The Australian Antarctic Program shared the video today, saying that “it didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie.” Philosophical distinction: A selfie is technically defined as “an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.” This writer, for one, believes the term refers solely to a still image, so there’s no such animal as a “selfie video.” Discuss. [image via screengrab]

For social publisher LittleThings, Facebook’s “prioritization of friends/family content over publishers was the last straw”

The happy-news-focused, video-dominant, Facebook-dependent publisher LittleThings has some unhappy news. After four years spent accumulating more than 12 million followers on Facebook, doing a lot of video programming (including investment in Facebook Live shows), and building a team of 100 employees across the country, LittleThings is shutting down and laying off all its staff. The closure, announced on Tuesday and first reported by Digiday, is in large part a result of Facebook’s latest news feed changes that re-emphasized friends and family sharing and de-emphasized passive consumption of video. (LittleThings had also been crossposting its shows onto Facebook’s new pet section Watch, though wasn’t monetizing that video, according to Digiday.) LittleThings CEO Joe Spieser and president Gretchen Tibbits wrote in a memo to staff about the company’s closure that Facebook’s news feed changes were “catastrophic” and led to a 75 percent drop in organic traffic for the publisher. “No Continue reading "For social publisher LittleThings, Facebook’s “prioritization of friends/family content over publishers was the last straw”"