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‘Horror house’ parents said goodbye to friends before arrest
“Horror house” parents David and Lousie Turpin may have known their sick jig was up before their arrest — the depraved couple said their goodbyes to friends, claiming they were going out of town, a new report claims. “They said they needed to say ‘goodbye’ because they were getting ready to leave town,” a source...
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Stormy Daniels porn searches soar over alleged Trump affair
The Donald Trump effect on the popularity of porn star Stormy Daniels has been nothing short of “yuge.” Pornhub Insights — the data analytics blog of porn streaming mecca Pornhub — shows worldwide users’ online searches for the porn star peaked at 375 percent above the two-week average on Jan. 14, just two days after...
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'Last Flag Flying': an anti-war war movie
Actor Bryan Cranston describes "Last Flag Flying" as a male bonding enlightenment anti-war road movie while Richard Linklater admits it's the closest he'll get to directing a war movie. (Jan. 18)        
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Trial cyclist vs the obstacle course that is Düsseldorf Here's two minutes of Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill doing astounding bike tricks in Düsseldorf, making his bike leap from one narrow ledge to another, climb over walls and fences, and many other feats of daring, coordination and balance. There's a full 26 minutes of this on Ali Clarkson's Vlog 69. (via Kottke)
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Morgan Stanley tops estimates on underwriting, wealth management
(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley's adjusted quarterly profit topped Wall Street estimates on Thursday as strength in underwriting and wealth management offset a sharp but expected decline in bond trading revenue.
Justin Timberlake gets political with 'Supplies' music video
Justin Timberlake released the second single, "Supplies," off his new album, Man of the Woods, Thursday. It comes with a politically charged music video that doesn't quite fit the lyrics of the song. "Supplies" is catchy, featuring elements of trap music thrown behind lyrics about how Timberlake is a good guy and generous lover; he can take care of the women in his life because he got supplies. Those aren't bad themes, but they don't pair well with what's in the music video. The video starts with Timberlake watching several news broadcasts at once, showing images of alleged serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein, protests, people holding up #MeToo signs, images of war, and what appears to be a white-hooded member of the KKK. Most of the rest of the video has Timberlake participating in various protests and gatherings, with some other less political scenes thrown in to cleanse the palate. Read more...More about Music, Music Video, Justin Timberlake, Supplies, and Man Of The Woods
YouTube is taking down videos of people eating Tide pods
CBS This Morning/YouTube People are eating laundry detergent pods as part of the Tide Pod Challenge and poisoning themselves. Major social media sites are trying to put a stop to it by taking down videos of people doing it. The Tide Pod Challenge is a growing worry among product safety organizations.   YouTube is taking down videos of the Tide Pod Challenge in an attempt to stem the growing trend of people biting into the candy-colored detergent pods and poisoning themselves. "YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm," a Google spokesperson told CNN. "We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies." Facebook and Instagram have also been removing videos of people biting into Tide Pods, according to CNN. Facebook told CNN it also removes videos where users harm themselves. Joking about eating Tide Pods has long been a meme. They're colorful and a lot of people think they look like candy. In 2015, The Onion even published a satirical op-ed from the perspective of a child yearning to consume one. But in the past month, people — often kids — have transitioned to actually eating them and posting videos to social media. The viral phenomenon seems to only be growing. Tweet Embed: thought y’all were so weird for talking about eating Tide pods but now I been thinking about how weird it is for so long that now I’m thinking it might not be weird and I wanna eat one too what is thisTweet Embed: pods-satisfying gush-amazing mouth feel-pretty colors-delicious smell Embed: to vape Embed: many licks does it take to get to the center of a tide pod?Tweet Embed: tide pods we eating the cotton candy behind the walls now The Tide Pod Challenge led the American Association of Poison Control Centers to issue an alert, saying it received more calls about people being exposed to laundry pods in the first two weeks of this year than it did in the entirety of 2016. "A recent trend among teenagers ingesting the packets — and uploading videos to various internet platforms including video-sharing websites, social media, and vlogging platforms — has caused significant concern among poison control centers," the association said. In the past five years, eight people have died from eating laundry detergent pods, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The viral challenge also led Tide to wage an advertising campaign against it, recruiting New England Patriots team member Rob Gronkowski to tell people not to eat Tide Pods. Tweet Embed: should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else.Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our friend @robgronkowski to help explain. "We are deeply concerned about conversations related to intentional and improper use of liquid laundry pacs and have been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies," a representative for Procter & Gamble, Tide's parent company, told CNN. Sign up here to get INSIDER's favorite stories straight to your inbox.NOW WATCH: These monster machines are changing the world of construction
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Dylan Farrow shares details of 1992 alleged sexual assault by Woody Allen in first TV interview
Woody Allen's adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow decided to share her full story on CBS This Morning on Thursday in an interview with Gayle King. Farrow shared details of her alleged sexual assault by Allen back in 1992. Allen has always denied the allegations and insisted that Dylan was manipulated and coached by her mother Mia Farrow during the couple's acrimonious divorce. SEE ALSO: Woody Allen's actors are turning against him, and it's about time Farrow told Gayle King that she was taken to the attic by Allen, then allegedly assaulted while playing with her brother's toy train (upon Allen's instruction).  Read more...More about Entertainment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, Woody Allen, and Allegations
Iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot says the 'vast majority' of women who have come forward in the #MeToo movement are 'hypocritical and ridiculous'
AP French film icon Brigitte Bardot called the #MeToo movement "hypocritical and ridiculous" in a new interview with the French magazine Paris Match. The 83-year-old actress said that many actresses claim sexual harassment for publicity.  Bardot said that she was "never the victim of sexual harassment."   French actress Brigitte Bardot criticized the #MeToo movement as "hypocritical and ridiculous" in an interview with the French magazine Paris Match on Wednesday, as translated by French 24.  "The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous," she told the magazine of actresses who have come forward with stories of sexual misconduct. "Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed."  Criterion Collection.Bardot added that she was "never the victim of sexual harassment," and that she "found it charming when men told me that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside."  The 83-year-old actress came to prominence in international cinema with her performance in 1956's "...And God Created Women." Bardot's comments follow the French actress Catherine Deneuve, who signed a letter with 100 other French women last week, denouncing the #MeToo movement and its French counterpart, #Balancetonporc, or "Expose Your Pig." Deneuve subsequently apologized to victims of sexual assault on Monday, after the letter drew international criticism.NOW WATCH: We asked the host of HQ Trivia 12 questions to see how much he knows about game shows
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Adidas joins Carbon’s board as its 3D printed shoes finally drop
 In its three and a half years of existence, Carbon has become a leading light in the industry-wide push to bring 3D printing to manufacturing. The company’s proprietary CLIP tech has sped up the process of additive manufacturing by leaps and bounds. It’s also found the perfect partner in Adidas, whose Futurecraft 4D shoes are about as good a poster child for the tech as one… Read More
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Nintendo just unveiled an ambitious, bizarre new project called 'Labo' — here's how it works
What in the world is this? It's a cardboard piano, and that's the Nintendo Switch game console right there in the middle. But the combination thereof is something else entirely: It's Nintendo Labo, the latest creation from the Japanese gaming powerhouse.  Labo is a surprising new project that Nintendo unveiled on Wednesday afternoon, and it's coming out really soon (in April!). Here's how it works:First and foremost, a warning: Nintendo Labo is an add-on for the Nintendo Switch console. You must own a Switch to use Labo. Nintendo You cannot use Nintendo Labo without a Nintendo Switch, outright. Labo doesn't come with a Switch — you buy the Switch separately, which costs $300. Beware! So, what is Labo? It's a DIY construction kit that uses cardboard to turn your Switch into something new. Nintendo Nintendo Labo is a lot of things. Broadly, it's a do-it-yourself construction set where you build new ways to play and control the Nintendo Switch. As seen in the example above, Labo can be constructed into a variety of different structures. The idea is simple: You buy Labo and open it, follow the instructions to build whichever construction you've purchased, and then you slap the Switch in there and play games. In case it wasn't clear, playing games is the whole point here: Each Labo construction has a corresponding game that Nintendo made for use with that particular design. Nintendo The "Robot Kit," seen above, is specifically made to play with a game where you play as a giant robot that's smashing buildings. In the first image on the left, you see a visor of sorts being constructed. On the far right, the backpack provides resistance as you use your arms to act as the robot's arms. And in the middle, of course, is the game itself being played with the full Labo constructed. Pretty intense! Here's another example, where a set of motorcycle handlebars were constructed using Labo for a racing game: Nintendo The game looks fairly rudimentary, but it's entirely possible that the image is just a placeholder for now. In the case of the motorcycle Labo, each of the Switch's "Joy-Con" gamepads are inserted into the handlebars, and the Switch itself (the screen) is placed in the center. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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The best wrench sets for home repairs
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The Insider Pick: If you’re like me, and it seems like you never have the right wrench on hand, you need a full wrench set. The GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set is our top pick because it comes with 20 or 32 high-quality wrenches in both inches and millimeters, so you’ll have the right wrench at the right time. There’s a saying among those who rely on tools to do their work: If you want to complete a job successfully, you need to use the right tool. Combination wrenches may be the ultimate example of needing the right tool for each job. As a combination wrench has a specific size that is not adjustable, trying to use the wrong wrench on a nut will go poorly. With wrenches, you also have to deal with both SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers — AKA inches) and metric sizes. Trying to use a combination wrench that’s even 1/32 of an inch off won't end well. So when you want the peace of mind of having the right combination wrench on hand for the job, it’s helpful to own a wrench set. These sets will contain several wrenches of varying sizes, giving you a much better chance of having the right wrench on hand. Common types of wrenches Although most wrench sets consist of a collection of combination wrenches, you may find any of the following types of wrenches in a wrench set. Combination: This is the most common design for a wrench set piece. It features a crescent or open-end wrench on one end and a box-end or ring on the other end. Sometimes, the box-end will have a ratcheting feature built into it. Both ends of the wrench will be the same size, but because they each provide a different function, it's a two-in-one tool. Crescent or Open-End: This style of wrench has crescent or open-end styles on both ends of the wrench. Each end will have a different size, giving you two sizes in one tool. Ratcheting: If the wrench has a ratcheting feature, it means you can move the wrench back and forth while continuing to tighten or loosen the nut. This means you don’t have to lift the wrench off of the nut each time you want to turn the nut, allowing you to work much faster.  Stubby: According to ToolVersed, a stubby wrench works well for tight spaces, because the stubby wrench has a much shorter handle than a typical wrench. The stubby wrench doesn’t offer as much torque as a regular sized wrench, though. In our guide, we've included combination, ratcheting, and stubby wrench sets to suit a variety of needs. Read on in the slides below to learn why the GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set is our top pick and why you should also consider the TEKTON Combination Wrench Set, the GearWrench SAE Master Ratcheting Wrench Set, the TEKTON Stubby Combination Wrench Set, and the SYM Tools Combo SAE and Metric Wrench Set.The best wrench set overall GearWrench Why you'll love it: The GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set comes with SAE and metric measurements, a ratcheting ring end, and stubby and full-size wrenches. If you want a versatile wrench set that will cover almost any task, you’ll really appreciate the GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set, which is available in a 32- or 20-piece set with a carrying rack. The 32-piece set includes a dozen stubby wrenches, which operate well in tight spaces. These combination wrenches feature a ratchet on the ring end, which is extremely handy, as well as a standard open-end on the other end. The combination wrenches vary in SAE sizes from 1/4 to 13/16 inches and in metric size from 8 mm to 17 mm. The stubby wrenches also are available in inches and millimeters. This set is a great option for working in tight spaces, such as with a vehicle, according to one Amazon buyer, because of the inclusion of the stubby wrenches. In its review, The Spruce says these GearWrench wrenches perfectly combine functionality, variety, and affordability. The wrenches look great and have a sharp-looking finish, according to an eBay reviewer, although a few larger sized wrenches would’ve been nice to have in the set. Most buyers rate the wrench set highly in their reviews. One Amazon reviewer appreciates the overall build quality of the GearWrench 32-piece set but says the ratchet end could break when trying to loosen a particularly tight bolt. Plus, these combination wrenches ratcheting ends tend to slip a bit before engaging, says one Amazon buyer, so keep that in mind. Pros: Versatile collection of wrenches in both metric and SAE measurements, ratchet capability on one end, 32-piece set includes a dozen stubby wrenches for working in tight spaces Cons: Set doesn’t contain large wrenches, the ratcheting end slips a little bit Buy the GearWrench Drake Combination Wrench Set on Amazon for $84.65 (32 Pieces) or $59.96 (20 Pieces) The best traveling wrench set TEKTON Why you'll love it: The TEKTON Combination Wrench Set comes with store-and-go racks for easy transportation and organization, so you're ready for any job. One of the toughest things about maintaining a good set of wrenches is keeping them organized as you take them from job to job. The TEKTON Combination Wrench Set fixes that problem by putting the wrenches on two storage racks that are easy to carry and don’t take up a lot of room. This travel wrench set is available with either 22 or 30 pieces. The 30-piece wrench set has 15 SAE wrenches between 1/4 inches and 1 inch and 15 metric wrenches between 8 mm and 22 mm. The TEKTON wrenches have a durable build quality, thanks to a premium chrome vanadium steel construction. The Garage Tool Advisor likes the two store-and-go racks for holding the wrenches because you can carry them anywhere while keeping them organized. The wrench racks are color coded to keep SAE and metric wrenches separate, too, which is a great feature. These wrenches can’t stack up to some more expensive sets from other manufacturers, according to one Amazon reviewer, but they are more than durable enough considering the price you’ll pay. These TEKTON wrenches do not have a ratcheting end, either, so keep that in mind. The discovery was a disappointment to one Amazon buyer. Pros: Nice collection of different wrench sizes in both SAE and metric measurements, good build quality for the price, store and go racks make carrying the wrenches wherever they’re needed an easy process Cons: Build quality doesn’t stack up to some more expensive sets, no ratcheting feature Buy the TEKTON Combination Wrench Set on Amazon for $99.99 (30 Pieces) or $55.85 (22 Pieces — originally $59.99) The best ratcheting wrench set GearWrench Why you'll love it: You can use the GearWrench SAE Master Ratcheting Wrench Set in small spaces, thanks to the small swing arc needed to operate the ratchets. When you want a ratcheting end on your wrenches, it helps when the ratchet requires a small swing arc, because you can move the wrench back and forth faster. The ratchets in the GearWrench SAE Master Ratcheting Wrench Set only need a 5-degree swing arc to work, which is perfect for working in small spaces. This 13-piece combination wrench set uses ratchets on one end and open-end wrenches on the other end. These are SAE wrenches only, ranging in size from 1/4 inches to 1 inch. The Spruce likes how these GearWrench wrenches are built to fit in tight spaces, such as when you're working on car engines. Buyers rate these wrenches highly, and one Amazon buyer says these wrenches are a great investment because they can handle a variety of jobs. Another Amazon reviewer likes that these combination wrenches are versatile, although the ratchet end operates with a bit of looseness and doesn’t grip the bolt immediately. Pros: Small arc swing required to move the ratchet end of the wrench allows for fast performance, good range of wrench sizes in the set, wrenches work well when operating in tight spaces Cons: No metric sized wrenches in the set, ratchets on a few of the wrenches may slip a bit Buy the GearWrench SAE Master Ratcheting Wrench Set on Amazon for $87.95 See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aim to enchant during visit to Wales
With four months to go before the wedding, Prince Harry introduces fiancée Meghan Markle to Wales in latest stop of the "Meet Meghan" tour of Britain.        
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These are the five leaders in the self-driving car race (GOOG, GOOGL, GM, F)
GM Tech companies and auto companies are all racing to be the first to roll out self-driving cars onto the road. The stakes are high for everyone involved. The self-driving revolution and the prevalence of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft threatens to reduce individual car ownership, which would eat into a sizeable piece of automakers' core business. Meanwhile, tech companies are jockeying for a piece of the self-driving car market, which Apple CEO Tim Cook dubbed "the mother of all AI projects." These companies are all looking to deploy self-driving cars as part of a commercial ride-hailing service that would operate similarly to how Uber and Lyft do now. In a new free report, BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, takes an in-depth look at the most expansive self-driving car tests taking place in the US, and offers insights on the leaders in the self-driving car race. To get your copy of this free report, click here.
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Amazon just dropped a major hint on where it wants its new headquarters to be
Mark Wilson / Getty Images On Thursday, Amazon announced its short list of the 20 cities in the running for HQ2 on Thursday. Three different locations surrounding Washington, DC appeared on the list. This indicates that Amazon may have selected DC as its ideal HQ2 location, but that doesn't mean incentives couldn't swing it somewhere else. Amazon announced its short list of locations for its new HQ2, but it didn't narrow it down much. In line with expectations, the list has spots like Austin, Boston, New York City, and Raleigh, North Carolina. One surprise on the list was its focus on the Washington, DC region. Three separate DC metro area locations made the short list: Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and DC proper. Both Northern Virginia and Montgomery Country border Washington, DC, and they are the only proposals being considered that are not from a major city. That may indicate that Amazon is going out of its way to shortlist locations around DC, and that it's selected DC as its favorite city to locate its new HQ2. The three locations now must battle each other, each throwing in their best location and incentives, while all the other qualities of being in the region are basically equal. This will likely be the fiercest battle, and no other locations on the short list are at this disadvantage.  There are a few other reasons Amazon may choose DC. The region meets all of the criteria Amazon set for HQ2, including the region's transportation system, education, workforce, and livability. Amazon already has its lobbying operation set up in DC, and Amazon's job openings in DC suggest the office is expanding already. DC is already Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' home away from home. The billionaire bought the largest mansion in the city in 2017. He also owns the city's Washington Post newspaper, and he already reportedly splits his time between running the two companies, according to a New York Times profile. While making its chief executive's life easier probably isn't the number-one criteria for choosing HQ2's location, all else being equal, it could swing the favor.NOW WATCH: Why most jeans are blue
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Tom Hardy is rehousing abandoned puppies he found in a London park
Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Actor Tom Hardy sent out a plea to his 520,000 Instagram followers to help rehome a box of deserted puppies.  Battersea Dogs and Cats home reported that all puppies have now found a home.  Hardy recently lost his dog, Woody, to a muscle disorder.  Is there anything Tom Hardy can't do? After transforming his body for film roles, taking on journalists questioning the presence of female characters in his movies and reading bedtime stories on CBBC, the 40-year-old has now added rehoming dogs to his impressive CV. Hardy rescued a litter of abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies in London on January 16 and, taking to Instagram, sent out a plea to his 520,000 followers to find the pups a new place to call home. Instagram Embed: 658px "New Staffies found and brought to Battersea this am in a box found in park. Look at them. I want to house them all 8 weeks old. Go see them xxx," he wrote, prompting an outpouring of interested parties. Hardy himself is clearly a dog lover, frequently posting snaps of himself with canine friends on his social media. He also wrote an emotional tribute after his dog Woody passed away from muscle disorder polymyositis last year. Instagram Embed: 658px Thankfully, this latest tail tale has a happier ending, as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home later reported that all the dogs had found new owners. Intake Manager Steve Craddock confirmed (via Yahoo! News): "These puppies had a lucky escape. The whole experience must have been very frightening for them. It was a cold day and they could have easily got hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration. "Fortunately, they were found in time and — after a drink, a sleep and some TLC — made a full recovery, and now they're charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm." See, Tom isn't as gruff as his on-screen persona makes out! MORE FROM DIGITAL SPY:  First Venom photo hides spoilers for Tom Hardy's film 9 actors who followed massive flops with massive hits Which celebrities are the same age as you? Will Tom Holland's Spider-Man be in the Venom movie? Everything you need to know about Tom Hardy's Venom NOW WATCH: Here's how the map of the United States has changed in 200 years
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Wall Street slips as healthcare, energy stocks drag
(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes edged lower on Thursday as declines in healthcare and energy stocks paused a rally that had driven the Dow to its fastest ever 1,000 point gain.
Trials confirm the use of psilocybin for depression without the "dulling" effects of traditional antidepressants
The prohibition on psychedelics was memorably described as "the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus and Galileo" by former UK Drugs Czar David Nutt, and despite the ban, there has been a consistent, determined, very promising (sometimes surprising) drumbeat of scientific papers about the use of psilocybin ("magic mushrooms") and other psychedelics in treating a range of chronic illnesses, including mental illnesses. (more…)
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Amazon releases shortlist of 20 cities still in the running for HQ2
Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. It's been a few months since the deadline passed to apply for Amazon's second world headquarters — and all the jobs and economy boosts that come with it — and the tech behemoth has finally released its shortlist, a group of 20 cities still in the running. SEE ALSO: How three underdog cities are fighting for Amazon HQ2 In a blog post, Amazon even took care to publish a map since it's 2018 and many Americans are probably still not entirely sure where Pittsburgh is or if Denver is actually real. Read more...More about Amazon, Amazon Hq2, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Amazon names 20 “finalist” cities in its new headquarters beauty pageant
Expansion candidates include most major East Coast cities, plus a few surprises.
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Why I helped bring the Dutch case over Britons’ EU rights | Jolyon Maugham
This could transform the Brexit fate of UK citizens abroad, and also the negotiations as a wholeSpare a thought for the million-odd UK citizens living in Europe.The Conservative manifesto of 2015 promised to scrap the rules barring those who had lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting. Still, long-term British expats were denied the chance to vote in the EU referendum the following year. Continue reading...
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One of these 20 locations could be the home to Amazon's newest headquarters (AMZN)
f11photo/Shutterstock Amazon has narrowed its search for the site of its next headquarters, dubbed HQ2, to 20 cities.  The list of candidates include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Columbus, Ohio. The company said it will make a final decision this year. Amazon has waded through 238 proposals from cities across the US eager to become the home of its new headquarters, HQ2. Today, the company announced that it has reduced the list to 20 finalists, which included Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., and New York City.  In the next few months, Amazon will be working with these locations to investigate the proposals in more detail before making a decision. The new headquarters is expected to create thousands of jobs in the area. Amazon said it plans to invest over $5 billion and accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.  "Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy said in a statement to the press. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."  Atlanta, Georgia ESB Professional/Shutterstock Austin, Texas Reuters Boston, Massachusetts Sean Pavone/Shutterstock See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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Bourge Design’s wireless charger is beautiful and expensive
Bourge Design, the company behind the Arc Hub — one of the best USB-C hubs around — is back with its next device, a wireless charger named Venus. Much like the Arc Hub, Venus is a simple idea combined with high-end materials. It’s made from glass and aluminum, and features simple tweaks that should make charging your smartphone a bit easier. Spec-wise Venus hits all the marks. Its a 10W Qi charger powered by USB-C, which means it can fast-charge any current smartphone. It comes an additional USB-C port on the front and a USB 3.0 fast charging port to top off your other devices that may not support wireless charging. The company says the triangular design was used so that Venus could work with phones that have camera bumps to avoid disconnections. There’s an aluminum bar near the bottom to keep your phone from sliding on the glass surface, and it features an LED indicator to let you know that your phone is actually connected. Venus also supports both landscape and portrait charging. Photo: Bourge Design You can also pair two Venus units to create a charging hub for multiple devices. While the design is great and the technical aspects seem to be in line, the issue for most people will be the price. Venus currently costs $89 if you preorder it, and will cost $99 when it’s officially released in Q2 of 2018. That’s not exactly cheap, and with our top pick coming in at $50, it’s a hard sell. But if you favor great design over everything, Venus is a strong option. You can preorder Venus today from Bourge Design’s website.
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Repeated hits, not concussions, cause CTE, study finds
The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday. - RSS Channel
Man with HIV can train as airline pilot after ban is reversed
Man says he is ‘overwhelmed, shocked, elated and humbled’ by Civil Aviation Authority’s rule-changeThe Civil Aviation Authority has cleared a man with HIV to start training as a professional airline pilot after reversing its previous ban.The man, known as Andrew, came forward last year to disclose that the CAA had refused to allow him to start training as a pilot for EasyJet because he was HIV positive. Continue reading...
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Camelot Unchained isn’t in the dark ages anymore after raising $7.5 million
The former creator of Mythic Entertainment’s The Dark Age of Camelot is back with a new game, and he has raised $7.5 million for the online fantasy game dubbed Camelot Unchained. The new game could feature as many as 2,000 players fighting in a battle at the same time. Mark Jacobs still wanted to make […]
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Chris Tarrant fined and banned for drink-driving
TV presenter admits he ‘made a mistake’ after driving home from pub while over the limitChris Tarrant has been fined £6,000 and banned from the roads for a year after admitting drink-driving after a lunchtime pub visit. The television presenter, 71, got behind the wheel of his Mercedes on 16 December after drinking in the Bladebone Inn in Bucklebury, a mile and a half from his home in Berkshire. Continue reading...
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Sexual Harassment Is Pervasive in the Restaurant Industry. Here’s What Needs to Change
Linus-Gelber/Alert the Medium/Getty Images Scores of recent stories have exposed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in industries such as Hollywood, tech, politics, and academia. Less attention has been given to lower-paying jobs, such as those in the service and hospitality industry, where the problem runs rampant. More sexual harassment claims in the U.S. are filed in the restaurant industry than in any other, where as many as 90% of women and 70% of men reportedly experience some form of sexual harassment. While the industry has had its share of high-profile stories (with a number of well-known chefs and TV personalities being accused of inappropriate behavior), even more insidious is the routine harassment of service workers by managers, coworkers, and, importantly, customers. There are several factors that make restaurant employees particularly susceptible to sexual harassment. First, men make up the majority of management and higher-paying roles in the U.S. restaurant industry. The typical frontline restaurant employee is young, female, and working for a male manager: 71% of restaurant servers nationwide are women, making an average of $15,814 a year. Women, particularly minority women, are often placed in jobs with lower status and are more likely to be hired for lower-paying segments like quick-serve and family-style than for higher-paying segments like fine dining. This difference in power can create an environment where sexual harassment is tolerated, ignored, or normalized, because employees do not feel comfortable confronting others about their inappropriate behavior. The industry’s high turnover rate — 70% annually — can also contribute to this culture, as targets of harassment are likely to leave before making any complaints. Second, restaurant culture still praises the customer as “always right.” Qualitative studies show that service employees face harassment and mistreatment from customers on a daily basis, but often refrain from complaining or reporting these incidents. When they do, management tends to ignore them or change servers instead of confronting the customer. Managers can also be more forgiving of sexual harassment from customers. In an experimental study we conducted with 162 managers from various hotel and lodging departments, we found that managers perceived the same sexually harassing behavior as less negative when it was done by a customer than by an employee. In addition, because restaurant employees in the U.S. often rely on tips, customers play an integral role in the both the evaluation and pay of restaurant employees — which can both lead customers to sexually harass employees and make employees and managers less likely to speak out against it. For example, one report found that sexual harassment is more common in states that rely on the tip system than in states that have a minimum wage. Third, the restaurant industry is a “looks” industry, in which women are expected to use their appearance as part of the service experience. Restaurants often have strict grooming and uniform rules, requiring employees to maintain certain “looks.” But a culture that emphasizes and rewards looks can help customers and managers justify sexual harassment toward employees. And our other research shows that women who are perceived to have used their looks to get ahead are seen as more “deserving” of sexual harassment. What Women Experience We wanted to hear from women about their experiences, so we conducted a study following 76 female college students working in food and beverage service jobs, mainly restaurants, over a period of three months in 2017. On the first day of every month, the women read a list of 16 sexual harassing behaviors and reported which ones they’d experienced at work. 20 of them reported at least one sexual harassment incident during one of the months; 23 reported an incident during two of the months; and 33 reported an incident during each of the three months. Over the three months, the women reported 226 incidents of sexual harassment; 112 of the incidents involved coworkers, 29 involved a manager, and 85 involved customers. Of the 16 behaviors listed — all of which are from the legal and psychological definitions of sexual harassment, which do not include violent behavior like rape or assault — the most frequent behaviors selected were when someone at work “told suggestive, sexual stories” (49%), “made offensive remarks” (46%), “made crude sexual remarks” (45%), “made sexist comments” (42%), and “attempted to discuss sex” (33%). We also found that 2.4% reported being “afraid of poor treatment” for not cooperating, 2.4% reported experiencing “consequences for refusing advances,” and 7.1% reported it was “necessary to cooperate to be well treated” (7.1%). The frequency of sexual harassment was routine and consistent over time. During the first month, 75% reported an incident, 70% reported one during the second month, and 74% reported one during the third. Follow-up qualitative interviews with 10 participants revealed that harassment was often ignored or taken to be “part of the job,” by both targets of the harassment and the coworkers who witnessed it. Specific examples we heard included a customer telling a server “The food is as good as you” and another saying “Are you on the desert menu? Because you look yummy.” Despite feeling uncomfortable and threatened, servers saw it as part of the job and rarely complained to their managers. Many mentioned failing to complain or report the harassment because of fear of retaliation. In fact, the more sexual harassment they experienced, the more they reported fear of retaliation. We also saw that both men and women normalized sexual harassment. For example, Mary, one of the respondents we interviewed, explained that one of her female coworkers often directed sexualized comments to everyone, including their manager, who ignored it instead of reprimanding her. What Restaurants Can Do to Reduce Sexual Harassment Failing to protect employees from customer sexual harassment can have negative legal implications for restaurants. For example, in Lockard v. Pizza Hut, the employer (a Pizza Hut franchisee) was found liable for sexual harassment when its manager ignored an employee’s complaints of a customer who sexually harassed her on two occasions. The franchisee ignored Pizza Hut’s corporate policy that managers should first inform the customer to stop sexually harassing their employees and then ask the customer to leave if they persist after the first warning. By ignoring this policy, the franchisee was ordered to pay the employee around $38,000. There is no question that employers have a legal obligation to protect their employees from customer sexual harassment, but monetary losses from lawsuits are not the only consequences of ignoring sexual harassment. A high-profile sexual harassment claim can have a negative impact on an organization’s reputation (for instance, people called for a boycott of Mario Batali’s restaurants after multiple women made allegations of sexual harassment). And ignoring sexual harassment can damage employee morale: Research shows it increases employee stress, anxiety, burnout, and turnover intentions. So how can restaurants eliminate the notion that harassment is simply “part of the job”? First, because employees are more likely to engage in sexual harassment when they perceive that their organization accepts, ignores, or doesn’t care about it, restaurants need to make clear to all employees and managers that sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Developing and enforcing anti-sexual harassment policies is a start. But organizations also must establish procedures for employees to follow if they need to file complaints and for managers to follow to address complaints fairly and consistently. Managers are often responsible for handling sexual harassment complaints, but if they are the perpetrators of sexual harassment, then employees should have a separate mechanism for reporting sexual harassment. For example, personnel websites should include online forms for employees to report sexual harassment to the appropriate human resource department. Restaurants often conduct internal audits of service quality by sending “secret shoppers” in. They should use this model by sending human resource specialists to make site visits and interview employees about any sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviors. Second, managers should be required to complete training on sexual harassment. If organizations have the best anti-sexual harassment policies, but managers do not implement them, nothing will change. Managers should be trained to recognize different forms of sexual harassment, understand the legal requirements of maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment, and learn the proper steps in addressing complaints. In addition, all employees should take bystander intervention training so that witnesses of harassment know how to identify it and how to help women who experience it. For example, employees are often trained to disrupt harassment by making themselves known to the harasser and asking the target for help with something. By removing the target from the situation, bystanders can stop the harassment, demonstrate their awareness of the issue, and talk to the harasser later about their behavior. Third, the restaurant industry needs to firmly address customer-based sexual harassment. Restaurant policy should charge managers with protecting their employees from unwanted behavior from customers, and it should mandate training them on how to deal with harassing customers. For example, if a server complains that they are made uncomfortable by a harassing customer, managers could move that employee off that table and be prepared to inform the customer that servers should be respected. If customers do not comply, managers can ask customers to leave and ensure that the server has not lost their tips by assigning them to other tables. Restaurants can also be more proactive and explicit in communicating that sexual harassment of staff will not be tolerated. Restaurants already have policies for refusing service to unruly customers, such as intoxicated patrons who threaten other customers or employees. They can signal to customers that this includes sexual harassment. They can also post a statement prohibiting sexual harassment of staff on menus, front doors, tables, and other places where they have signs about their right to refuse service. In light of the #MeToo movement, organizations are under increasing pressure to address and root out behavior that harms their employees. Businesses’ reputations and bottom lines are at stake, as employees can bring unwanted attention and legal action against companies that do not protect them from harassment. It is clear that service workers are particularly susceptible to sexual harassment, and it’s time the restaurant industry steps up to counteract this.
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Brentwood's Eli Brooks tackling biochemistry and college football at MIT
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When it comes to estate agents, the future could be purple
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Facebook Messenger Bug Preventing Some iPhone Users From Being Able to Type Messages
Many Facebook Messenger users have taken to social media today to point out a frustrating keyboard bug occurring within the iPhone app (via TechCrunch). According to the affected users, Messenger is "totally broken" and freezes after they type a few words in a chat window. Users have tried force closing the app, as well as deleting and reinstalling it, but nothing has yet fixed it. Facebook confirmed that it is looking into the bug, "but for now there's no word from the company on what is causing it and how it plans to fix it." DearFacebook, pleaseFix messenger so ICan typeMoreThanA couple wordsThanks— Adam Colgan 🏳️‍🌈 (@nerdenator) January 18, 2018 There also appears to be no workaround, so those needing to contact someone on Facebook Messenger will need to use another device or visit the social network on the web. Complaints on Twitter about the problem show that issues began late last night and have persisted into the morning. One user reported that the bug caused their iPhone 6s Plus to crash, and another theorized that the source of the problem might be with the app's autocorrect function. Earlier this week, Facebook vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, admitted that Messenger's mobile app has become "too cluttered." In response to this, the company will invest in "massively simplifying and streamlining" Messenger in 2018.Tag: Facebook MessengerDiscuss this article in our forums
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Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere Reportedly Close to Signing New Contracts at Arsenal
Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are reportedly close to signing new long-term contracts at Arsenal. The Sun's Daniel Cutts exclusively reported as much, with both players said to be eager to remain at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the season, when their current deals expire. An unnamed source at the club said: "Mesut loves it here. He loves living in London and has made it clear he wants to stay. "Jack is Arsenal through-and-through and wants to become club captain next season. He wants to be a legend. "They've both got the contracts on the table and there's not much else to iron out really. They should be all sorted soon." Per James Olley of the Evening Standard, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed the Germany international will not be sold this month: While that could be because he does not wish to lose him and Alexis Sanchez in the same window, it could equally be an indication that there remains a possibility of tying him down. The German has contributed four goals and five assists in 18 Premier League appearances this season. Though it has hardly been his best campaign in an Arsenal shirt, the standard of his play has been solid and generally higher than Sanchez's, whose form has dropped off a cliff compared to last year. Meanwhile, Wilshere has successfully reintegrated into the team after breaking his leg while on loan at Bournemouth last year and recaptured some of the form that once saw him hailed as Arsenal and England's future. Football writer Matt Spiro suggested his contract should be Arsenal's top priority: ESPN FC's Mattias Karen has noted his importance to the Gunners on more than one occasion in recent weeks: Given his injury record, a long-term deal could have been seen as something of a gamble, even if Wilshere has managed the relatively impressive feat of completing 90 minutes in each of Arsenal's last seven Premier League matches, which stretch back to the punishing festive period. However, the structure of the deal will mitigate the risk, per David Ornstein on BBC 5 live Sport: It's a shrewd move from the Gunners, and if Sanchez ends up being the only player to leave, they'll have done well to avoid a disastrous scenario of three key players departing. There's plenty of rebuilding still to be done at the Emirates, but having Ozil and Wilshere there during that process should make it far smoother.
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Fox moves away from Sega for next Alien game set in persistent universe
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The Spurs are always ready to go, no matter who is dressed to play
Alabama at its relatively weakest is better than all but a few at their best. College football didn’t have a standout team for most of the 2017 season. One didn’t really emerge until the second half of the Playoff National Championship, when the sport reverted to its default state: Alabama winning the title. Before that, no one dominated. Alabama had very few wins over good teams, lost a game by 12, and nearly lost another. Clemson had a loss to Syracuse. Ohio State and USC had two pretty quick losses each, with one apiece coming ugly. Wisconsin and UCF faced schedule-strength skepticism. Georgia had a blowout loss. Oklahoma had an Oklahoma defense and a loss to Iowa State. Miami was always unproven or injured. In another year, Alabama would’ve been the year-long dominant team. The Tide weren’t this time, and they won the national championship anyway — with what the numbers say is their worst team since 2008, Nick Saban’s second year in charge. Based on S&P+’s play-by-play data and schedule-strength formula, Bama’s been either the best or second-best team in the country in all of those years except 2010, a three-loss campaign that ended with Greg McElroy quarterbacking a Capital One Bowl win over Michigan State. After that, 2017’s team performed the worst. The Tide weren’t the same wrecking ball they were in 2016, when they went 14-1 with a last-second National Championship loss to Clemson. Bama’s true quality was merely elite in 2017, as opposed to the usual super elite. The Tide got beaten badly by Auburn, had a close call against Mississippi State, and got outgained by LSU. And Bama’s lack of an incredible schedule (No. 22 in schedule strength, per Sports-Reference, which had the Tide No. 1 there in the previous two full years) manifests in the advanced stats. We’re splitting hairs, because Alabama’s still better than everyone else. But it made some sense that this year’s team would be down. Alabama assistants leave for other jobs all the time, but the program had more turnover than usual this year on its offensive staff. Three-year coordinator Lane Kiffin left for FAU during the previous season’s Playoff. Tackles and tight ends coach Mario Cristobal left for Oregon. Receivers coach Billy Napier left for Arizona State. Kiffin’s replacement, Steve Sarkisian, left for the Falcons shortly after his lone game in charge, and new coordinator Brian Daboll hadn’t coached in college this millennium. The Tide lost bunches of their best players from 2016, as always. They entered the year 73rd in returning production. That wasn’t much of an anomaly; the Tide were 99th in returning production the year before. It’s still a lot to replace 10 draft picks, up from seven or eight in each of the previous three classes. Seven of those 10 were on defense, meaning neitherside of the ball had much continuity. The program’s injury list was huge by the end of the season. Alabama had most of its linebacking corps in and out of the lineup all year and was missing a couple of key starters by the national title game, including Mike linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton for the second year in a row. The Tide had a lot to overcome. Alabama, of course, now looks deadlier than ever. The 2017 signing class is the second-highest rated since they started tracking these things. That group of players hasn’t come of age yet, but it was still true freshmen who led the Tide’s comeback on Georgia in the title game. Bama has problems. They’re just different than the problems that face everybody else. Their first-year offensive coordinator left for the same job with the Bills, so they’ll have to find some other highly renowned assistant to be the third Bama offensive coordinator in a row to lead a Playoff run in his first year on the job (not counting Sarkisian). They’ll have to pick a QB for next year between a rising junior who’s 26-2 as a starter and a five-star sophomore whose only meaningful experience is replacing the other guy before leading a 13-point comeback in the biggest game of the year and throwing the most memorable touchdown pass in recent college football history. Brutal! Oh, and Bama’s top running back decided to skip the draft and play another year in Tuscaloosa. How do you find carries for the No. 1 offensive recruit in the country from 2017 who just led your team in rushing in a title game as a true freshman? Bama problems. Everyone else might’ve just missed their shot. Alabama was weaker this year than usual, just one team in a mass of good ones at the top of the polls. In a world where the Ohio State-Iowa score flipped or USC didn’t lose a weird Friday night game at Washington State, the Tide would’ve been out of the Playoff instead of its No. 4 seed. That didn’t happen, and Bama looks as strong as ever.
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Justin Timberlake says he and Janet Jackson made up after he 'stumbled through' the backlash following that Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction
Frank Micelotta/Getty Images Justin Timberlake is reflecting on his notorious 2004 Super Bowl halftime performance before he returns for the 2018 show.  In an interview for Apple radio show Beats 1, the 36-year-old musician spoke with Zane Lowe about his halftime show with Janet Jackson and the infamous wardrobe malfunction.  "I stumbled through it," the singer said of the aftermath. "I had my wires crossed, and it's just something that you have to look back on and go like, 'OK, well, you know, you can't change what's happened, but you can move forward and learn from it.'" He also confirmed to Lowe that he and Jackson "resolved the situation." "I don't know that a lot of people know that," he said. "I don't think it's my job to do that because you value the relationships that you do have with people."  The full interview airs Thursday at 7 a.m. ET on Beats 1. Watch a clip from the interview below.    Youtube Embed: 800pxHeight: 450pxNOW WATCH: Here's what losing weight does to your body and brain
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‘What a life. What a legend’: tributes paid to cult TV star Peter Wyngarde
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Amazon announces 20 finalist cities for its second headquarters
Amazon has narrowed the search for its second headquarters down to 20 cities, which it intends to work with to make a final pick by the end of 2018. The finalists are: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York City, New York; Northern Virginia, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto, Ontario, and Washington, DC. Now that it’s down to a final list, Amazon says that it plans to “dive deeper into their proposals” and evaluate whether these locations can actually support the company’s plan to add up to 50,000 jobs. The final list is full of mostly expected choices. Amazon is looking primarily at major metro areas with lots of people, transit options, and access to airports. The contest continues The release of this list also continues the reality show that Amazon has essentially been conducting in the search for its second home. Last September, Amazon announced that it would accept proposals from cities interested in hosting its second headquarters, which turned into a big series of publicity stunts both for cities and Amazon itself. In total, 238 proposals came in throughout North America, Amazon says. Amazon’s very public competition is likely to continue now that it’s announced finalists, as these cities all do their best to woo the new jobs and money it’ll bring in. That said, it’s easy to imagine that Amazon has an even shorter list of finalists that it’s looking at internally and is using this mix of larger and smaller cities to help it bargain with the locations it truly believes would be best. Ultimately, that’s what this contest has been all about: a way to get cities to offer Amazon some great perks before it makes a commitment.
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Smaller cryptocurrencies are leading a comeback from the crypto bloodbath
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Many of the mid-sized cryptocurrencies are leading the broader comeback of the market. The crypto market is trying to bounce back from a drop of around $300 billion. Watch all the major cryptocurrencies trade in real time on Markets Insider. The past couple of days have been rough for crypto traders. Bitcoin and Ethereum, the two largest cryptocurrencies, are down around 20% over the last week in what many referred to as a "bloodbath." But, the coins that aren't at the top of the market capitalization heap are faring a bit better on Thursday, and are bouncing back faster than the major coins. Many of the cryptocurrencies with mid-sized market caps are posting double-digit gains on Thursday, as angst from possible Asian market crackdowns fades. The potential for increased regulation or a shutdown in South Korean and Russian exchanges wiped around $300 billion of value from the cryptocurrency markets over the course of a couple days. According to some market watchers, the bone-chilling declines were just part of a regular pattern for cryptocurrencies, though. "Today's correction might seem cataclysmic to those that are new to the scene, but crypto has been through this roller coaster numerous times before," David Sonstebe, the founder of the IOTA cryptocurrency, told Business Insider's Frank Chapparo. Here's a roundup of some of the mid-sized cryptos and their moves on Thursday. Prices are of 9:30 AM. Starcoin +16.75% to $0.72 NXT +12.80% to $0.3317 NEO +13.46% to $152.76 Ethereum Classic +11.63% to $31.33 Monero +8.15% to $334.3297 Zcash +5.85% to $523.2218 Litecoin +6.42 to $199.5191 Bitcoin Cash +5.47% to $1,844.6937 Dash +8.96% to $839.72 Read more about the cryptocurrency bloodbath and comeback here. Markets InsiderNOW WATCH: The chief global strategist at Charles Schwab says stocks will keep soaring in 2018
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Dylan Farrow went into emotional and disturbing detail about her alleged sexual assault by Woody Allen in her first TV interview
CBS/YouTube On "CBS This Morning," Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow gave co-host Gayle King more disturbing details about her alleged sexual assault by Allen. Allen has denied the accusations, and said that Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, brainwashed her. Dylan Farrow told King that it's shocked her that the story that she was brainwashed by her mother seems to some more believable than her story.    On "CBS This Morning" Thursday, Dylan Farrow gave a detailed and emotional interview about her alleged sexual assault by her adopted father, filmmaker Woody Allen. Farrow said that Allen touched her "private parts" while she played with a toy train at her Connecticut home in 1992. She was seven.  Farrow, now 32, has recently criticized actors, including Justin Timberlake, who have supported the anti-harassment Time's Up initiative (and the #MeToo movement) while continuing to work with Allen. On "CBS This Morning," Farrow gave co-host Gayle King more disturbing details about the alleged assault than she has ever shared publicly.  "I was taken to a small attic crawl space in my mother's country house in Connecticut by my father," Farrow said. "He instructed me to lay down on my stomach and play with my brother's toy train that was set up. And he sat behind me in the doorway, and as I played with the toy train, I was sexually assaulted. As a seven year old I would say, I would have said he touched my private parts." Farrow said that as a 32 year old, she would now more precisely describe it as "he touched my labia and my vulva with his finger." Farrow also told King that Allen would behave inappropriately with her, asking her to get into bed with him while he was in his underwear. Allen, who has denied the accusation for years, said in a statement to CBS that "the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation." King asked Farrow about the contention of Allen and her brother, Moses, that her mother, Mia Farrow, brainwashed her into telling this story to get revenge on Allen for cheating on her with their other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, whom Allen had an affair with and has been married to for 20 years.  "What I don't understand is how is this crazy story of me being brainwashed and coached more believable than what I'm saying about being sexually assaulted by my father," Farrow said. Farrow told King that every step of the way, her mother encouraged her to tell the truth, and never coached her. King played a clip from a previous interview Allen did for "60 Minutes," in which he denies the alleged assault. In the interview, Allen said, "I could if I wanted to be a child molester, I had many opportunities in the past." Farrow cried while the clip played. "I thought I could handle it," she said. "He's lying and he's been lying for so long. And it is difficult for me to see him and to hear his voice. I'm sorry." Watch the full interview below: Youtube Embed: 560pxHeight: 315px In a statement to CBS, Allen, who was never charged with a crime in this case, said: "When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare. They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.  Dylan's older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother doing exactly that – relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator. It seems to have worked – and, sadly, I'm sure Dylan truly believes what she says. But even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn't make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."NOW WATCH: We asked the host of HQ Trivia 12 questions to see how much he knows about game shows
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