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Hurrah, a beer for athletes
It contains electrolytes from “aloe salt.”
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Carole Radziwill happy to be in NYC after ‘cruise from hell’
"We're happy to be here back in New York," she said.
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This $78M mansion is a piece of Hollywood history
Here’s a Los Angeles pad that’s reel nice. This recently built Holmby Hills dwelling, which was once home to late Hollywood exec Brad Grey, has hit the market for a mighty $77.5 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Grey — who was the CEO and chairman of Paramount Pictures — died of cancer at age...
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James Van Der Beek and wife expecting fifth child
"...some people are probably wondering if we’re out of our minds."
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Bullied NFL lineman posts shotgun photo, forces high school to close
Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. Martin became the victimized face of NFL bullying in 2013 when he charged teammates, namely fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito, with harsh treatment in the locker room. On Thursday, he posted an Instagram story that featured a...
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NYC agencies put on ‘watch list’ for escalating spending
Comptroller Scott Stringer placed three city agencies on a new “watch list” Friday, saying he’s very concerned about their escalating spending. Stringer rolled out the list – which targets the Department of Homeless Services, Department of Education and Department of Correction – while releasing an analysis of Mayor de Blasio’s $88.7 billion preliminary budget for...
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Deals: T-Mobile Launches iPhone/Apple Watch S3 Offer, Belkin Debuts Weekend Sale, and More
T-Mobile's iPhone and Apple Watch offers, announced on Wednesday, have now launched on the carrier's website today. The iPhone deal nets you a $200 rebate when purchasing the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, or 7 Plus on an Equipment Installment Plan, received through a prepaid MasterCard card that you'll get in the mail about eight weeks after the order date. Check out our original blog post for more information, and head to T-Mobile's store to browse the available iPhones under the sale. T-Mobile also shared new information on its Apple Watch deal, which lets you purchase one Apple Watch Series 3 device on an Equipment Installment Plan, with an Apple DIGITS plan on the same line, and get another one for 50 percent off (up to $215). The Apple Watch rebate amount isn't received through a MasterCard like the iPhone offer, but instead via 24 monthly bill credits, which typically begin on your second bill cycle. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. The company said that it's requiring new devices to use its Apple DIGITS wearable plan "specifically because it's the right plan for Apple Watch Series 3," which lets your phone number work on any compatible LTE-enabled smartwatch. The company listed a few of the Apple Watch Series 3 models you can get with the offer, along with the monthly costs and full prices, which you can see below. Head to T-Mobile's Q&A page for more information. Apple Watch S3 38mm ALM: $0 down and $16.67/mo. x 24, full price $399.99. Apple Watch S3 38mm SS: $167.99 down and $18/mo. x 24, full price $599.99. Apple Watch S3 Nike+ 38mm ALM: $0 down and $16.67/mo. x 24, full price $399.99. Apple Watch S3 42mm ALM: $0 down and $17.92/mo. x 24, full price $429.99. Apple Watch S3 42mm SS : $217.99 down and $18/mo. x 24, full price $649.99. Apple Watch S3 Nike+ 42mm ALM: $0 down and $17.92/mo. x 24, full price $429.99. There are a few other notable discounts going on today and heading into the weekend, including a new sitewide sale over at Belkin. The accessory maker today debuted a trio of savings that will let you save $10 on orders of $50 and over, $25 on orders of $100 and over, and $50 on orders of $150 and over, with no promotional code required. There are a handful of exclusions in the sale, including Belkin's Boost Up Qi Charger for iPhone, a few USB/Thunderbolt docks, a USB car charger, the QODE Ultime Lite Keyboard Case for iPad, and all Belkin routers, Wemo and NetCam products. Otherwise, compatible products will see the discount applied automatically upon checkout, and you have until Sunday, February 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT to place your order. Costco members can also get a pair of AirPods for $139.99 today, down from their regular price of $159.99. The members only sale includes free shipping and is expected to last for a limited time only. At Amazon, you can save up to 40 percent on iXpand's flash drive with combination Lightning connector and USB 3.0, allowing you to easily transfer data from an iPhone/iPad to a Mac or other computer. A collection of iOttie's iPhone compatible car mounts have also been marked down at Amazon, with the savings -- up to 47 percent off -- lasting until Monday, February 26. Lastly, as part of its Daily Deals today Best Buy has select models of the 12-inch MacBook refresh from last year marked down by $250. There are two models on sale in all colors: Intel Core M3, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage for $1,049.99, down from $1,299.99; and Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB Flash Storage for $1,349.99, down from $1,599.99. That's some of the best prices for these models online, with retailers like B&H Photo pricing the same MacBooks at $1,219.99 and $1,519.99, respectively. Head over to our Deals Roundup for even more sales info, including DirecTV Now's ongoing offer for the 32GB Apple TV 4K.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums
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The best ramen in every state
Flickr/City Foodsters Infinitely customizeable and fiercely beloved, our nation's obsession with ramen knows no bounds. The ubiquitous instant packs have long been a staple of college students' diets, but the dish's mass appeal has solidified it as both a cultural phenomenon and a global food craze — which is why we decided to find the best bowls of ramen in the US. To help us locate the nation's best bowls, we consulted Yelp and created this comprehensive guide on where to get the good stuff in each state.ALABAMA: O Sushi in Hoover O Sushi/Yelp Customers go crazy over the pork ramen noodles here. Check out its Yelp reviews here. ALASKA: Ramen House in Anchorage Andrew H/Yelp Both the soup and staff at Ramen House will warm your heart. Check out its Yelp reviews here. ARIZONA: Hachi Ramen in Tempe Joyce W/Yelp Haci Ramen actually closes for two hours midday in order to prepare their broth — it's made fresh daily. Check out its Yelp reviews here. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:9 surprising things you should know before cutting meat out of your dietFast food employees reveal the worst things they've seen on the job17 people reveal the most cringe-worthy wedding dances they've ever seen
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Nordstrom spikes on report it's finalizing plans to go private (JWN)
Markets Insider Shares of Nordstrom spiked as much as 6% to more than $53 Friday after a Reuters report said management was finalizing plans to take the luxury retailer private before it releases earnings on March 1. The Nordstrom family, which owns 31.2% of the company’s shares, according to regulatory filings, has been working for months to take the company private again, but the report Friday citing anonymous sources is the closest yet to a final deal. Shares have gained 15% in the past year. NOW WATCH: Microsoft President Brad Smith says the US shouldn't get 'too isolationist'See Also:'I've never been so unimpressed by a person in my life': Parkland shooting survivor delivers a biting critique of her phone call with TrumpCanadian PM Trudeau roundly mocked for political, fashion blunders during disastrous trip to IndiaWalmart's recent struggles have been hugely profitable for one group of investors
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Lexi Thompson incurs 2-stroke penalty in Thailand
Lexi can’t seem to escape unusual penalties, with her latest violation costing her two shots in Thailand. Lexi Thompson believed she was two strokes closer to the second-round lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand but when she went to sign for a 6-under score after Friday’s second round, the 2016 winner of the Thai event learned she had incurred a two-shot penalty for improperly dealing with an obstruction. Thompson, who went on a birdie barrage, with six during an eight-hole run, posted a 68 instead of the 66 she believed she had scored, thanks to a double bogey-6 on the par-4 15th at Siam Country Club. She learned of her infraction in the scoring area. The unfortunate situation unfolded on No. 15, when Thompson moved an advertising sign after her ball came to rest near it. In this case, the signage was considered an immovable — rather than a moveable — obstruction, but Thompson was unaware of the difference until an official gave her the bad news before she signed her scorecard. “During the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, Lexi Thompson incurred a two-stroke penalty on hole 15 for breach of the Local Rule regarding temporary immovable obstructions as prescribed in Appendix 1,” the LPGA said in a statement, according to Golf Digest. “The Supplementary Rules of Play for the Honda LPGA Thailand state that advertising boards are temporary immovable obstructions.” Unusual penalties seem to be par for the course for the nine-time tour winner. While Friday’s violation was not as onerous as the four-shot mishap during the 2017 ANA Inspiration, nor phoned in by a TV viewer, Thompson’s latest breach put her at 10-under for the week — six shots off the 16-under pace set by 36-hole frontrunner Jessica Korda, who set a new course record with a 62 in her second round. We’re guessing the next time Thompson faces a questionable situation on the course, she’ll call an official over to help her navigate the dos and don’ts of the rules of golf.
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Melting pots: Some models of America’s favorite kitchen gadget are overheating
If you own an Instant Pot, you might want to double check the model number and batch number to make sure that your device isn't prone to overheating and melting. If you do have the device, Instant Pot says to stop using it. The post Melting pots: Some models of America’s favorite kitchen gadget are overheating appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Australia says he's inspired by US tax cuts
President Donald Trump says "a lot of good things" will come from Friday's meetings with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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I Was a Marine. Now I’m a Teacher. Don’t Give Me a Gun
Even trained police officers have trouble deciding whether to use lethal force
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Lulu returns to West End after three decades for 42nd Street
She takes over from Sheena Easton as the vengeful Dorothy Brock at the Theatre RoyalLulu is returning to the West End stage after an absence of more than 30 years to star in 42nd Street as the veteran diva Dorothy Brock.She has been a star since she was 15, with a career in pop music, film and theatre stretching back to the 1960s, and the unforgettable opening bellow of Shout!, her first hit record. She won the Eurovision song contest in Madrid in 1969 with Boom Bang-a-Bang. Continue reading...
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Colorado police turned to Snapchat to solve a drug murder
Newly unsealed documents show Snapchat played an unexpected role in the investigation of an apparent drug murder in Colorado in 2016. Devon Smeltz disappeared in August 2016, shortly after a late-night disturbance was captured on surveillance video near his home in Fort Collins. Eight days after the incident, Smeltz’s body was discovered in rural Morgan County, one hour east of the city, launching an investigation by Fort Collins police. The prime suspects in the disappearance were a group of five associates from Cincinnati. Shortly after Smeltz’s disappearance, the group was stopped by Illinois highway police driving a white Mercedes sedan registered to Smeltz. A subsequent search of the car turned up a loaded firearm, traces of blood,... Continue reading…
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Tesla’s new “workplace charging” program would corner office parking spots
Apartment dwellers are an untapped market for EVs. Creative solutions are needed.
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The NRA Just Awarded FCC Chair Ajit Pai With a Gun for His 'Courage'
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joined the pack at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday alongside fellow conservative commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr—the architects of the recent order repealing net neutrality protections passed under the Obama administration.Read more...
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Drug dealer arrested in doctor’s fatal heroin overdose
A drug dealer who allegedly sold a top Manhattan doctor the heroin that killed him has been busted — thanks to cops who tracked him down using a stamp on a package of the dope, law-enforcement sources said Friday. Jeffery Cortez, 33, was hit with federal charges in connection with the death of Dr. Ravindra...
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The fight between Elizabeth Warren and Trump's budget director is starting to get ugly
Pete Marovich/Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images Mick Mulvaney fired back at Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday after the senator asked about recent decisions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which Mulvaney leads. Mulvaney said he "rejected" the Democratic senator's insinuation that he loosened rules on payday lenders due to campaign donations. The CFPB acting director then suggested that Warren was in favor of a rule that ended forced arbitration clauses in customer contracts because of donations from trial lawyers. The war of words between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the Trump administration's budget director reached a fever pitch on Friday as the two sides clash over rules on payday lenders. In a letter to Warren on Friday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney pushed back against the Massachusetts Democrat after she questioned some of his decisions as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to make America great — according to one of the three cofounders of Black Lives MatterSee Also:We visited the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America — and what we discovered should terrify KFC and Chick-fil-A'I've never been so unimpressed by a person in my life': Parkland shooting survivor delivers a biting critique of her phone call with TrumpCanadian PM Trudeau roundly mocked for political, fashion blunders during disastrous trip to IndiaSEE ALSO: Trump just gave his most freewheeling, wild speech in months
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WNYC radio says it’s bringing back Gothamist
Three public radio stations on Friday said they had pooled resources to acquire the Gothamist news site from its billionaire owner Joe Ricketts, who abruptly shut it down four months ago after its workers voted to unionize. “In a deal largely funded by two anonymous donors, WNYC is acquiring the news site Gothamist, including its...
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Martin Rowson on the Chequers awayday – cartoon
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What Tech Companies Such as Snapchat and Their Users Should Remember When Updates Cause Outcry
It seems that every time a major tech platform introduces a new feature or redesign, people get mad.
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Bonus Daily Cartoon: Snow Job
Barry Blitt’s Daily Cartoon shows a wintry pursuit.
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Marc Anthony chops $1M off price of LA-area home
The singer originally purchased the Tarzana, California, residence in 2015 for $4.1 million.
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How Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi built a dynasty — in fantasy football
Just this past Christmas, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi composed a text message to a select number of his players. The 16th week of the NFL season had come to a close, and Zaidi intended to gloat. Only kings understand each other, so Zaidi sent the group the iconic image of Michael Jordan...
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Union’s Beth Gibbs, No Sesso create streetwear with a fresh perspective
The collection is the second between Elizabeth Birkett Gibbs' label No Sesso and Bephie.
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Here are the Russian indictments as read by Metal Gear’s Colonel Campbell
United States special counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted 13 Russians on charges of attempting to influence the 2016 election, so Metal Gear voice actor Paul Eiding read them in-character. The post Here are the Russian indictments as read by Metal Gear’s Colonel Campbell appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists invent floating ‘firefly’ light that rides ultrasound waves
TOKYO — Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping. Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, the featherweight levitating particle weighs 16.2 mg, has a diameter of...
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Labour party general secretary stands down from position
Iain McNicol’s departure signals further consolidation of power by Jeremy Corbyn, with a Corbyn ally now likely for the roleIain McNicol, Labour’s longstanding general secretary, has stepped down, in the latest sign that Jeremy Corbyn is consolidating his grip on party machinery. McNicol had become a controversial figure for those on the Labour left after a row over the rules for the 2016 leadership race.He is now expected to be replaced with a left-winger, consolidating the number of key Corbyn allies in senior party roles. Recent elections to Labour’s ruling NEC saw a series of victories for the left, including for Momentum founder Jon Lansman. Continue reading...
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10 products we loved testing so much we bought them for ourselves
Products like the Instant Pot, Wustof Chef's Knife, and L. L. Bean Backpack are expert tester approved and so great, we bought them ourselves.        
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Not all teas are safe to drink during pregnancy — here's what you need to know Like with food, there are some more surprising drinks that pregnant women shouldn't consume. Some teas are safe during pregnancy, but others might not be a great idea. If you're pregnant and a tea-drinker, you need to know which fall under which category. When you find out that you're pregnant, there are immediately a lot of changes that you have to make. You learn that you should avoid certain foods, that you should watch out for caffeine, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and pretty much all medication. Well, one thing you may not realize can be potentially harmful to pregnant people is tea. We rounded up everything you need to know about drinking tea when you're pregnant.Ginger tea can help with morning sickness. Shutterstock Ginger tea is considered an herbal tea and, according to Manglani, it's OK for pregnant women to drink, as long as they don't overdo it. "I recommend ginger tea to women who are experiencing nausea and vomiting as well as uterine cramping in early pregnancy, as ginger can help with nausea and cramping," she said. Since ginger's known to calm the stomach, you might find that ginger tea works well when you're facing down morning sickness and other pregnancy-related nausea too. Black tea is typically safe, but don't overdo it. REUTERS/Noor Khamis Though you might think that black tea is something you'd need to avoid during pregnancy because of its caffeine content, black tea is typically safe. Kara Manglani, CNM, a New York City-based midwife, told INSIDER that black tea is "generally considered safe," but that she recommends women limit their consumption to fewer than four cups a day, just in case. Plus, you do have to watch the caffeine content, so make sure you're not drinking too much caffeinated tea. Choosing a decaf version might help. Green tea is also thought to be safe, but be aware of your caffeine intake. Manglani said that, like black tea, green tea is usually thought to be safe for pregnant women, but, again, you need to watch out for the caffeine content. Limiting how much you drink and choosing decaf over caffeinated when possible should ensure that you're safe. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:5 real crimes that were solved in unbelievable ways17 people reveal the most cringe-worthy wedding dances they've ever seen10 essential oils and the surprising ways experts recommend using them
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YouTube reportedly plans to spend 'hundreds of millions' on Red originals
While Facebook and Netflix are (reportedly) spending billions on new programming, YouTube is said to be holding its investments at current levels. Google's video wing is only spending "a few hundred million" on original shows for Red this year accord...
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UConn Coach Randy Edsall Calls for NCAA to Pay Players Amid Corruption Scandal
Connecticut head football coach Randy Edsall said coaches are likely "nervous" about the FBI probe into college basketball and called on the NCAA to pay players in a series of tweets Friday.    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.
Rival Russians, United by Fate, in the Women’s Figure-Skating Final at the Winter Olympics
Sarah Larson on the women’s figure-skating finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics, in which Alina Zagitova won the gold over her Russian teammate Evgenia Medvedeva.
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Immigration agency scrubs ‘nation of immigrants’ from mission statement
America is no longer a “nation of immigrants.” The US Citizenship and Immigration Services scrubbed that very phrase from its mission statement late Thursday and now refers to itself as administering “the nation’s lawful immigration system.” The agency that controls the nation’s citizenships, green cards and visas also updated its statement to say its tasked...
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New defensive missile is ‘like hitting a bullet with a bullet’
Threats to the United States are evolving every day and the technology is getting significantly more advanced. A new missile in development that was recently tested in rural New Mexico takes the technology of THAAD (Thermal High Altitude Area Defense), which can knock an intercontinental ballistic missile out of the sky, and puts it into...
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France v Italy: Six Nations – live!
Six Nations updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offCalcutta Cup can reveal real England and test ScotlandFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.16pm GMT This is what the inside of the Italy changing room looks and sounds like. Disappointingly quiet, really.#Italrugby allo stadio Velodrome di Marsiglia Alle 21 il kick-off di #FRAvITA in diretta su @dmaxitalia 7.05pm GMT Hello world!Here are some wooden spoons, delightfully described as “a bouquet of spoons” in the caption supplied by the agency responsible for the photograph. As the only winless teams after two matches in this season’s Six Nations, it seems likely that one of these teams will be the recipients of the notional wooden spoon, though they are unlikely to think of them as bouquets of any sort. Continue reading...
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Doug Marrone, Dave Caldwell, Tom Coughlin Agree to New Jaguars Contracts
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone to contract extensions through the 2021 season. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported the news Friday. Tad Dickman of Jaguars PR provided a statement from owner Shad Khan about the new deals: The Jags were one of the league's most surprising teams in 2017. They posted a 10-6 record to win the AFC South and then advanced to the AFC Championship Game, where they held a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before the New England Patriots stormed back for a 24-20 win. Afterward, Marrone called the season-ending loss "sad." "When you come so close and you know it's right there and you have the ability to take it … it's tough," he told reporters. "Even when you come back, and we came back last night, we had a ton of fans here … The support of them, at the end of the day, it just hurts even more that you feel like you let—I know, personally—I feel like I've let so many people down." Jacksonville should get most of its key assets back to make another run next season, though. Wide receiver Allen Robinson and cornerback Aaron Colvin are the only high-impact players among the team's group of potential free agents, per Spotrac. Getting the new contracts settled for the key figures now should allow the Jags to focus solely on free agency and the draft over the next couple months as they seek the pieces they need to take it one step further into the Super Bowl next season.
‘Horror House’ kids learning about modern technology — and toothbrushes
The seven adult siblings rescued from a California house of horrors are learning about everything from Harry Potter to iPads – after spending their lives having “never [even] really seen a toothbrush before,” their lawyers and officials said Friday. The seven — who were among 13 rescued brothers and sisters — are working on their...
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Scottish Labour MSP withdraws invitation to controversial US academic
Prof Priscilla Coleman authored highly criticised study into link between abortion and anxietyA Scottish Labour MSP has withdrawn her invitation to a controversial academic who has linked abortion to mental health issues to speak at the Holyrood parliament after fellow MSPs raised concerns about the event. Elaine Smith, Scottish Labour spokesperson on poverty and inequality, invited colleagues to a meeting titled Abortion in Scotland: a solution or a problem? at which US professor Priscilla Coleman had been asked to speak. Coleman was the author of study that looked at the link between abortion and anxiety, mood, and substance abuse disorders, which has been heavily criticised. Continue reading...
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Fans are slamming Gigi Hadid for her comment on a photo that shows boyfriend Zayn Malik smoking
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Zayn Malik was bombarded with comments from concerned fans after he posted a photo of himself smoking on Instagram. Gigi Hadid responded by complimenting her boyfriend’s good looks with a comment with heart, fire, and happy-face emojis. Several fans turned to criticizing Gigi for not putting a stop to her boyfriend's unhealthy habit. If you follow Zayn Malik on Instagram, you know that his comments section is typically filled with thousands of comments fawning over his good looks. However, instead of compliments about his jawline, the 25-year-old singer’s Instagram recently took a turn when he was bombarded with comments slamming him for smoking and promoting an “unhealthy habit.” The former One Direction member came under fire on Friday when he posted a shirtless selfie of him smoking. The artsy snap, which showed Malik blowing a stream of smoke from his mouth, didn’t reveal exactly what he was smoking, but fans weren’t happy with him inhaling possibly harmful chemicals.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: No one wants to host the Olympics anymore — will they go away?See Also:Figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir once had their own reality show, and the footage will make you even more upset that they're not dating'Black Panther' fans are freaking out after an airport in Atlanta announced flights to 'Wakanda'Sophie Turner celebrated her 22nd birthday by jamming out to her fiancé's ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift
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Jeff Fairburn's tin ear makes Persimmon the home of executive greed
He finally gave up a small fraction of his ‘preposterous’ bonus but too late in the gameJeff Fairburn didn’t buckle when his chairman, as well as the head of Persimmon’s remuneration committee, resigned in December over his insistence on taking his £100m bonus in full. Nor did he waver in the media storm that followed. He’d make a donation to charity, he eventually conceded, but never got round to defining what he meant by a “very meaningful” sum.Now a faint tinkle of common sense has penetrated Fairburn’s tin ear. The chief executive will take a cut in his share-based incentive windfall – to £75m, based on the current share price. Continue reading...
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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial renamed Gateway Arch National Park
Say goodbye to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, named for Thomas Jefferson before the arch was built.        
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These are the biggest sibling rivalries in the clothing business
H&M and Facebook/COS Some of the world's largest and most popular clothing brands are being superseded by their sister labels. Many of these smaller sister stores are able to respond to changing trends more quickly.  Gap, Abercrombie, H&M, and American Eagle all have popular sister stores.    Sibling rivalries are the clothing business' latest trend.  Increasingly, some of the most popular apparel stores are finding themselves outpaced by the very brands they created. This week, Racked reported that J.Crew would be bringing its successful sister brand Madewell to some of its stores. Madewell is known for its denim but prides itself on its effortless and timeless clothing that doesn't chase after fast-fashion trends. While J.Crew has struggled in recent years, Madewell has become one of the company's sweet spots. J.Crew isn't alone. H&M, American Eagle, Abercrombie, and Gap have all increasingly found themselves being outshined by their sister labels, which are helping to boost sales at the parent company overall. Take a look at some of these stores and their wildly popular sister brands:J.Crew and Madewell Facebook/J.Crew and Madewell As customers leave J.Crew, citing poor quality and expensive prices, Madewell's sales are soaring.  Same-store sales have been down at J.Crew for the past three years, dropping by 8% in 2016 following a 10% decrease the year before. In its most recent earnings report, in the third quarter of 2017, sales had dropped by 12%. The company has not yet released its fourth-quarter results. Meanwhile, Madewell's same-store sales grew by 5% in 2016 and increased by 10%, 11% and 13% in the first three quarters of 2017. The company is now rolling out Madewell products in some of its J.Crew stores in an effort to revitalize sales, Racked reported Friday. J.Crew did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the arrangement. Madewell has been around since 1937. It was founded in New England by Russian immigrant Julius Kivowitz, who originally sold bib overalls, jeans, and dungarees for factory workers and fishermen. It was acquired by J.Crew in 2006 under the direction of former CEO Mickey Drexler. Drexler set his mind to make it huge and put Somsack Sikhounmuong, who started out at J.Crew, in charge of design in 2013.  "We are cleaning and simplifying, so we're steering the collection towards the classic, straightforward, and effortlessly sexy design and taking the things Madewell has done best — tomboy pieces, denim, and leather — and giving them a bigger platform," Sikhounmuong told WhoWhatWear in 2013. The secret to Madewell's success has been knowing its customer and not jumping on fast-fashion trends. Its focus is on good-quality, longer-lasting clothing, which historically had a lower price point than at J.Crew.  Drexler said that increasing prices contributed to J.Crew's downfall.  "We gave a perception of being a higher-priced company than we were — in our catalog, online, and in our general presentation," Drexler told the Wall Street Journal in May 2017. "Very big mistake." Gap and Old Navy Facebook/Gap and Old Navy Former J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, who oversaw the takeover of Madewell, was also responsible for creating another popular sister brand during his time as CEO at Gap Inc.  In 1993, Drexler set up Old Navy as a more budget-conscious store to appeal to low-income shoppers.  Old Navy has become the parent company's saving grace. While Gap Inc. has struggled in recent years, Old Navy has seen positive same-store sales growth for the past five years. The store has a cult following of price-conscious customers who choose it over Gap because of its lower prices.  "Maybe there is a little bit of difference [in quality], but not enough that is making me feel like I need to spend more money," Dana McKay, a 39-year-old mother of two who does all her shopping at Old Navy and has done so since her college days, told Business Insider in May 2017. Old Navy is better at jumping on trends than its sister brand Gap.  "I wouldn't call it fast fashion but they are replenishing the merchandise more frequently. You are constantly getting new stuff into the store and it tends to be what the consumer is craving," Bridget Weishaar, an analyst at Morningstar, told Business Insider. Old Navy also has an efficient system in place whereby it can trial products in smaller batches in order to see how successful they are before rolling them out on a larger scale, a spokesperson for the brand told Business Insider. This helps the brand to gauge what sells well. Gap Inc. did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.  American Eagle and Aerie Facebook/American Eagle and Aerie American Eagle's sister brand Aerie has taken the underwear market by storm, winning over the hearts of millennial shoppers with its body-positive ad campaigns.  In the fiscal year of 2016, American Eagle's same-store sales grew by a modest 1%, while Aerie was up 23% in the same period. This growth gap defined 2017 as well. Same-store sales at Aerie were up 25%, 26%, and 19% in the first, second, and third quarters of the year. Meanwhile, at American Eagle, same-store sales grew by 1%, 0%, and 1% in the same period.  Aerie's decision to nix airbrushed ads has paid off and helped sales to skyrocket in the past four years. It's been an effective way to appeal to customers who favor authenticity over anything else. Meanwhile, American Eagle has fallen out of favor as there is greater competition among teen and low-cost fashion retailers such as H&M and Forever 21. American Eagle did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here are all the brands that have cut ties with the NRA following gun-control activists' boycottsWe went to one of H&M's sister stores and saw why it's become a secret weapon for the brandWe visited the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America — and what we discovered should terrify KFC and Chick-fil-ASEE ALSO: We went to Old Navy and saw why the brand is Gap's secret weapon
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