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No one knows why so many people were mailed child porn
About two dozen envelopes containing child porn were mysteriously found in Tempe, Ariz., mailboxes, according to a report. The sickening images were stuffed into white envelopes and generically addressed to “neighbor” in Tempe, ABC15 reported. The letters didn’t have a return address – but contained a flyer for an event with a phone number and...
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The Smartphone Made by the Creator of Android Is Now Much Cheaper
Andy Rubin's Essential phone is getting a $200 price cut
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Caps forward Andre Burakovsky misses Monday's practice with 'upper-body' injury
Burakovsky appeared to hurt his left hand on Saturday night.
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Everything we know about Stranger Things’ second season
The nine-episode second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things will begin streaming on October 27th. It’s been more than a year since the kids from Hawkins first faced the otherworldly monsters from The Upside Down. The show was a huge success, and this new season faces enormous expectations from fans. Stranger Things’ eight-episode first season leaves off after the Hawkins kids confront The Upside Down’s Demogorgon and a slew of federal agents trying to contain the situation. Meanwhile, Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) travel to the other world, where they finally discover and rescue Joyce’s son Will. The monster discovers the kids, but Eleven destroys it and vanishes. The show then jumps forward a month, showing that everything is starting to get back to normal, until Will coughs up a slug-like creature and has a vision of the world he just escaped. It’s a clear setup for more dealings with The Upside Down and its creatures. Here’s everything that we know so far about what to expect from this next season. Caution, there are likely some light spoilers ahead. The second season takes place about a year after the events of the first Season 2 begins on Halloween 1984, about a year after The Upside Down first threatened Hawkins. Will has been trying to cope with his experiences. According to series co-creator Matt Duffer, he’s been seeing images of the place, and it “seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.” The other kids are mourning the loss of Barb Holland and Eleven. Joyce has begun dating a former classmate, Bob, while Hopper is trying to keep the events from season 1 under wraps. As we’ve seen in the first teaser trailer and Comic-Con trailer, those events aren’t going away, and there appear to be bigger problems on the horizon. Thematically, season 2 is a movie sequel The Duffer Brothers have said on a couple of occasions that they had an idea of where the show would go after season 1. Since the first season was loosely modeled after films like E.T., Alien, and The Goonies, the second season is modeled after sequel films like Aliens or Terminator 2. The Duffer Brothers singled out James Cameron as a huge inspiration: “One of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is, he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original.” Recently, Finn Wolfhard (who plays the Stranger Things’ Mike Wheeler) described the second season as “Stranger Things but just sorta hopped up a little. It’s almost like season 1 was drinking a Coke and season 2 they drank a Red Bull.” Expect season 2 to be more horror-oriented As the action and drama in season 2 is ramped up from the first, expect it to be darker and more oriented toward horror, according to Wolfhard. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given what the characters went through. Netflix has teased much bigger challenges ahead for the kids and the town of Hawkins. In this more horror-flavored season, we know to expect a couple of big things: Will Byers will continue to deal with the fallout of his time in The Upside Down, and the characters will be going back there, according to the trailers. People around Will aren’t sure what’s going on with him; we’ve seen him visiting doctors, but they’ll quickly realize that the events of season one aren’t past them yet. We can also expect a much bigger monster: a spidery shadow creature that Will sees in visions, which we’ve seen in various trailers for the next season. According to TV Guide, the show’s young stars say it’s horrifying, and they refer to it as “The Shadow Monster.” In the latest trailer, Hopper says, “It’s not like it was before: it’s grown,” which certainly sounds like he’s talking about a creature. The entire cast will be back, including Eleven While Eleven vanished at the end of season 1, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that she’s back. Netflix released an image back in November that featured the entire cast, and she’s since appeared in the season’s first trailer. In particular, we know Eleven will be returning because we’ve seen her in the trailers, but Netflix also released a clip that shows how she gets back to the real world. The one exception to the “everybody’s back” promise: Barb. She’s apparently really dead, but her death will have a major impact on the events of this season. There will be a bunch of new characters While season 1 introduced audiences to an excellent cast and their characters, season 2 will bring in a bunch of new faces. One look at an episode’s script reveals Keith, an arcade employee. There are also some big names joining the show. Sean Austin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies) will play Bob, Joyce’s former classmate and now boyfriend. Paul Reiser (Aliens) will play a “high-ranking member within the Department of Energy,” who is in town to help contain the mess made in season 1. Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen (The Desert) will play a character named Roman, “an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child.” Comedian Brett Gelman will appear as Murray Bauman, a former journalist who peddles conspiracy theories, who happens to be in town investigating a cold case. Also joining the character roster are Max and Billy. Max (played by Sadie Sink) is described as a “tough and confident 13-year-old female.” She’ll be a series regular. Billy (played by Dacre Montgomery) is her stepbrother, a “super muscular, overconfident 17-year-old.” We know the titles of all the episodes, and who’s directing them. When Netflix announced the show would get a second season, it did so with a short video that revealed the titles for season 2’s episodes, which seem to contain some references. But the company apparently recently changed that lineup, and a new tweet introduced the current titles for the first six episodes: “MadMax” “Trick or Treat Freak” “The Pollywog” “Will the Wise” “Dig Dug” “The Spy” The tweet says the last three episode titles are unknown, but here’s what was originally listed: “The Secret Cabin” “The Brain” “The Lost Brother” We also know who’ll be directing them: while the Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy are returning to helm most of the season’s episodes, the show has attracted some big names, such as Pixar director Andrew Stanton, who will direct two episodes. There are plenty more nostalgic references The first teaser trailer opened with an Eggo waffle commercial, and cameos of classic video games such as Dragon’s Lair, Galaga, Asteroids, and Pac-Man. Cultural references have always been a part of Stranger Things’ marketing, with posters that harken back to Stephen King and tons of classic 1980s horror movies. Synth band SURVIVE will once again provide the score The first season’s soundtrack was an unexpected delight, provided by synth band SURVIVE, which is returning to provide the score for season 2. The soundtrack will be out on October 20th, and the track listing features some minor spoilers. From the sounds of things, it’s going to keep the same tone and feel. We already know a third season is on the way There are 10 episodes in this next season, but fear not: we know that the show is already coming back for a third season. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but given the voracious appetite for the show, we’ll probably be seeing hints about plans for that season as soon as the second season airs. There’s likely still more to come: Ross Duffer teased the possibility of a fourth season earlier this year, telling Vulture, “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” Matt Duffer added: “We just have to keep adjusting the story. Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” And there’s been some talk about a fifth season as well: producer Shawn Levy told EW that “hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors’ agents.” He says “there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
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Justin Timberlake to perform Super Bowl 52 halftime
The Grammy Award winner made the announcement on Twitter in a video co-starring his friend and late night TV host Jimmy Fallon. This will be Justin Timberlake's third halftime performance.        
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Apple and Samsung are headed back to court... again
The case that never ends is going back to court. Back in 2012, Apple won a lawsuit against Samsung that sought damages for a handful of patent infringements involving smartphone functionality and design. At the time, Apple was awarded $1 billion, but...
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NASA discovers that Mars has an invisible, magnetic tail
Jupiter has a bunch of moons, Saturn has rings and Earth has life (that’s pretty cool,) but what about Mars? Well, as it turns out, the Red Planet has a tail! Yep, NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) spacecraft just revealed that Mars has a tail…only you can’t actually see it. The planet’s...
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With heavy heart, Kirk Cousins ready for showdown against division rival Eagles
Redskins quarterback shares news of his grandmother's passing on eve of matchup against Philadelphia Eagles
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CBS has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for a second season
The USS Discoverywill continue to explore the galaxy. CBS announced this morning that it has renewed the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise for a second season. CBS noted that the show has been successful at bringing in new subscribers to its streaming service All Access, and has earned acclaim from fans and critics. Following the season’s premiere, CBS announced that sign-ups for the service had reached their highest level to date. CBS did not announce an episode count for season 2, nor when it would begin airing. Star Trek: Discovery is set roughly a decade before the events of The Original Series. The show follows Michael Burnham, a disgraced Starfleet officer who serves aboard the USS Discovery following the outbreak of war between the Federation and Klingon Empire. Presently, CBS has aired six of the first season’s 15 episodes, and it has split the season into two “chapters.” The first nine episodes are set to premiere on a weekly basis through November, while the second half will premiere in January 2018. CBS also didn’t indicate what direction the story will take for the second season. At New York Comic Con, the cast noted that the first season’s story would be self-contained. Original showrunner Bryan Fuller envisioned Discovery as an anthology show, in which each season would be set in a different era of the franchise. That idea was apparently dropped when Fuller departed the series, but it remains to see whether it might be revived as Discovery continues.
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Cisco Systems buying BroadSoft for $1.9 billion cash
Cisco Systems Inc. will pay about $1.9 billion cash to buy BroadSoft Inc. in a move aimed at expanding its communications software offerings. The networking technology giant is paying $55 per share, marking a 2% premium to Broadsoft's closing price on Friday. Gaithersburg, Md.-based BroadSoft provides...
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8 Best Dream Cars of 2018 for Entrepreneurs
Whatever your needs, we've got the ride for you.
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Blind and deaf man’s emotional reaction to live soccer match
A Colombian soccer fan is still able to enjoy going to games despite being both blind and deaf. Jose Richardson brings an interpreter to the matches with him, who is able to use his hands to describe the plays and crowd reactions.
New York Post
Trump is 'open to' golf date with Japan's PM
He has already played rounds of golf with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and women's world No. 3 Lexi Thompson.
Watchdog threat to RBS over treatment of small business customers
Financial Conduct Authority ‘focusing on whether there is any basis for further action’ following independent report The Financial Conduct Authority is considering whether it can take action against Royal Bank of Scotland over the way it treated its small business customers. Publishing a summary of a report it commissioned on the bank’s controversial Global Restructuring Group (GRG), the FCA said that lending to small businesses and other companies is largely unregulated. Continue reading...
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Cardi B blames temporary breakup on the ‘Bronx girl’ in her
The "Bodak Yellow" rapper has been dating Offset from the rap group Migos.
New York Post
Suns star tweets he wants out, and NBA chaos erupts
PHOENIX — The Suns fired coach Earl Watson just three games into the NBA season, and just hours after their star tweeted he wants out. The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters, with assistant coach Jay Triano being named the interim coach. Phoenix is 0-3 and two...
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Italian Scientists Report Patient Who Sweats Blood
Profuse sweating can lead to embarrassing pit stains and discomfort, sure. But you are sweating sweat. This Italian patient sweats blood.Read more...
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Man accused of killing daughter described her as Satan, jury told
Text messages from Matthew Scully-Hicks to husband and friends also referred to adopted toddler Elsie as a divaA fitness instructor accused of murdering his adopted toddler daughter, whom he described in text messages as “Satan” and a “diva”, told police she was a happy child, a court has heard.Matthew Scully-Hicks is on trial at Cardiff crown court accused of killing Elsie Scully-Hicks, who was 18 months old when she died in May 2016. Continue reading...
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October hotel roundup: The latest openings, renovations, brand updates
Hoteliers are on a positive trajectory with a slate of new openings, renovations and other updates.        
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Netflix’s Expiring Shows And Movies: A Complete List Of What’s Leaving In November
How I Met Your Mother is - wait for it - leaving this November.
New York Post
What Pete Phoenix has learned from 30 years of direct action: ‘You have to be relentless’
The veteran protester has been at the heart of direct action since he was 19 – this week, he is exhibiting his life and a global history of activism for everyone to rememberIn a busy London cafe, Pete Phoenix pushes his vegan mash aside and starts producing laminated sheets from his bag. He is talking me excitedly through the past three decades of direct action – the anti-roads protests, Reclaim the Streets, Occupy and much more.The old photos, flyers and ancient VHS videotapes he and fellow activists have collated form a remarkable social history of the UK and global protest movement, and incidentally tell Phoenix’s own life story. Because whether it was the M11 protests, a gigantic Reclaim the Streets party or the occupation of a landmark building in central London (symbolising for the protesters everything that is wrong with capitalism), Phoenix was there. Continue reading...
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South Korean Olympic organizers downplay concern over N. Korea
The Feb. 9-25 games will go ahead as scheduled.
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EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate
The agency has kept three scientists from appearing at an event.
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A unique cycling bridge has been printed entirely from scratch
Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology found a way to 3D print an entire bridge, with the purpose to serve hundreds of cyclists daily in Gemert.  The bridge is part of a large road construction project led by BAM Infra. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Bridge, 3d Printing, Netherlands, and Cyclist
Soccer goalkeeper celebrates early before realizing missed PK is BOUNCING BACK INTO THE NET
What are the odds!? Normally we’re all about subscribing to the idea that you should never celebrate early, but honestly who can blame this keeper? Never ever celebrate too early in a penalty shootout.— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) October 21, 2017 It’s one of those freak things that just happens. The amount of backspin on the ball to carry it all the way to the goal is impressive, and you’ve got to feel for the keeper who did his best to sprint back only to see it cross the line. Some are saying that the goal shouldn’t have been legal, claiming the ball is dead after it hits the crossbar — but the referee allowed it. We’ve seen this kind of thing before, but it doesn’t make it any less impressive.
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Bengals rookie: Give me the ball, I’m better than Le’Veon Bell
Joe Mixon knows the problem with the Bengals offense. Not enough Joe Mixon. “It’s frustrating. I feel like I’m seeing [Le’Veon Bell] got the ball 35 times, and I got it seven in the first half and then don’t touch the ball again,” Mixon said, via ESPN, after a 29-14 loss to Bell’s Steelers on...
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Martavis Bryant rips teammate, trying to force way off Steelers
The trade rumors were true. There were whispers last week that Martavis Bryant wanted a trade off the Steelers, which he promptly denied to reporters. After the Steelers beat up on the Bengals, 29-14, Bryant made the reality clear on social media. “JuJu is no where near better than me, fool,” Bryant told a fan...
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Prospect Park to permanently go car-free
Prospect Park will be permanently car-free year-round starting next year, city officials announced on Monday. The move comes after more limited road closures were made within the popular green space in recent years — including this past summer. “It needs to be a place for everyone and it needs to be a place that’s safe...
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WH: Trump likely not to visit Korea's DMZ during Asia trip
President Donald Trump is not currently planning to visit the militarized border between North and South Korea known as the DMZ when he visits Asia next month
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How Hospitals Are Using Patient-Reported Outcomes to Improve Care
Phil Ashley/Getty Images Increasingly, physicians’ every action and outcome is measured and reported. The data-gathering process can be frustrating, and many clinicians are growing skeptical of its clinical value. For them, outcomes measurement may seem like just another reimbursement requirement or process compliance task. However, measuring patient-reported outcomes (PROs) — patients’ own accounting of their symptoms, functional status, and quality of life — can and should be a clinical tool. In the past year, there has been a flurry of announcements by international organizations and governments declaring their commitment to making PROs a centerpiece of quality assessment. As outcomes-measurement programs move from individual hospital-led initiatives to large-scale, top-down efforts, it’s critical that clinicians are engaged in the change and understand the potential for PRO measurement to improve the care they provide. Here we describe three examples of clinicians who are using outcomes measurement to improve clinical care. Communicating successes like these is a powerful way to bring other physicians on board. Streamlining Conversations and Improving Assessments Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Shehzad Niazi had a problem. He wanted to build an electronic program for measuring depression and anxiety outcomes to systematically capture ICHOM’s Depression and Anxiety Standard Set — a set of PROs and clinical outcomes that matter most to patients. However, he knew that if he emphasized only the quality assessment uses of outcomes reporting, his clinicians were unlikely to embrace the program. Therefore, Dr. Niazi designed his program to focus on using outcomes to improve the quality and productivity of clinical care conversations and reduce the time needed for documentation — all of which matter greatly to clinicians. Ultimately, he plans to use the outcomes data from the measurement program to compare his department’s performance with others’ in order to find ways to improve, but this was not touted as the central benefit. Insight Center Transforming Health Care Sponsored by Medtronic How leading providers are delivering value for patients. Introduced in Dr. Niazi’s psychiatry clinic in January 2016, PRO questionnaires are completed by patients and used to populate automated survey reports. The reports identify patients’ high-priority concerns and symptoms in areas such as depression, anxiety, pain, social support, and extent of functional impairment. Computer adaptive testing methodology and branching logic reduced the burden on patients completing PRO questionnaires. Individual symptoms in each domain, such as sleep, appetite, energy, and concentration, are categorized using color-coding — red (severe), orange, light orange, or green (absent or mild) — to flag patients’ top-priority concerns. Dr. Niazi’s PRO data is immediately available at the point of care, guiding the entire clinical interaction and grounding treatment planning in priorities indicated by the patient. Dr. Niazi’s team has found that inviting patients to report on a standard set of outcomes facilitates the discussion of topics that may be overlooked or are difficult to talk about. Further, longitudinal data collection during return visits allows for the review of treatment outcomes during follow-up visits so that patients can see their progress. Patients give the program high ratings, and Mayo doctors are happy too; natural language processing and strategically-designed automated-report generators are saving them time — 15 minutes per initial evaluation per patient, on average. The program converts PRO responses into narrative paragraphs that are individualized to each provider using their own vocabulary to effectively complete almost 75% of the clinical note. Dr. Niazi’s team has used Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing to prove that this program is cost effective, and is currently collecting data to assess its impact on patient outcomes. Several features of the program have already been expanded to other providers at Mayo. Prompting Difficult Discussions and Calling for Consults Dr. James Willig of the University of Alabama at Birmingham saw the potential of PRO tools to improve the quality of clinical conversations and care delivery at his HIV clinic. He knew there were also downstream benefits of capturing outcomes, but was more concerned with how they could improve the care he provided patients today. Following three years of program development, Dr. Willig and colleagues are using electronic PRO surveys to raise topics often missed or avoided in clinical consultation, flag signs of suicidal ideation, and trigger psychiatric or case-management interventions to improve safety and effective care delivery for patients. In HIV clinics, topics of medical relevance can be taboo and stigmatized and so may be avoided by patients and physicians alike. PRO tools can help stimulate those conversations. Dr. Willig found that two-thirds of patients who committed suicide were seen in a health care setting in the month before their deaths. PRO responses, he reasoned, might save lives by flagging unaddressed symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as signs of suicidal ideation. In collaboration with Dr. Heidi Crane at the University of Washington, he built a model that can reveal suicidal ideation based on outpatient survey answers and coordinate a response to it. The team used PRO data to identify factors associated with suicidal ideation, such as severity of depression or current substance abuse. The clinic now uses surveys to detect warning signs or worrisome symptoms to screen for suicidal ideation as well as signs of partner violence. When prompted, the system will notify a member of the psychiatry team to join Dr. Willig in the consultation room for support, counsel, and follow-up. This system significantly enhances detection of suicidal ideation, referral for appropriate care, and, potentially, the overall cost-effectiveness of HIV care through timely mental-health interventions. A number of unanticipated benefits of PROs measurement have been uncovered through this program. Real-time monitoring of completion times alerts administrative staff when a patient is struggling with the survey (perhaps because of illiteracy), and the system provides staff with prompts to assist them. In addition, academic clinicians at the university are using PRO responses to tag patients eligible for clinical studies targeting pain, substance abuse, and compliance with medication regimes. Aligning Expectations and Enhancing Care Seeing a groundswell of interest in the use of outcomes data to support personalized care and involving patients in making medical decisions, Dr. John Spertus of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, is developing algorithms to predict outcomes of treatment for heart failure. Using his own PRO tools and data from thousands of clinical-trial patients, Dr. Spertus is leveraging outcomes data to improve decision quality, reduce anxiety related to treatment decisions, and counsel patients and their families on expected results of care. Since 2002, Dr. Spertus and colleagues have been correlating quality-of-life PRO data with treatment outcomes for heart failure and stroke. The Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) assesses the patient-reported effects of heart failure, including shortness of breath and fatigue. One of Dr. Spertus’s models uses KCCQ data and other preprocedure patient characteristics to predict the likelihood of survival and quality of life six or 12 months after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). By integrating harm to quality of life into the definition of a poor outcome, the program prioritizes what matters most to patients and helps them better understand the procedure’s risks and their prospects for recovery. By producing a comprehensive predictive outcomes and risk report, the program helps physicians, patients, and family caregivers decide whether to proceed with TAVR or to pursue alternative treatment. This work is an extension of Spertus’ efforts to integrate patient-specific estimates of risk (calculated based on patient characteristics) into individualized consent documents that improve patients’ understanding of their risks and their participation in making decisions with their physicians. Patients’ increased awareness of appropriateness and suitability of interventions leading to modified decision behavior have resulted in marked reductions (45% and greater) in adverse outcomes during the treatment of heart failure (for example, bleeding and acute kidney injury). While the focus of measurement programs is frequently on their long-term benefits, the potential for clinicians and patients to use outcomes data today is equally profound. At present, programs such as the ones described here are concentrated within a small group of pioneers, but they have tremendous potential to be emulated and scaled. The task today is to ensure that governments and hospitals refocus the aims of their outcomes collection efforts to ensure that they prioritize its use to improve clinical care. That those data can also support long-term quality assurance programs is a substantial benefit — but should not be the principal goal of outcomes collection efforts.
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Trump to press China on North Korea, trade during Beijing visit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will press Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing next month to do more to rein in North Korea and to cease what Washington sees as unfair trade practices, a senior White House official said on Monday.
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Beauty Entrepreneur Bobbi Brown Shares Her Secrets to Building a Brand With a Cult-Like Following
In our upcoming episode of 'Tough Love Tuesday,' the woman behind the namesake beauty brand will share what it takes to get a tribe of people to adore your company.
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What This Company Learned When It 'Fired' All Its Managers
Employees were tasked instead with actually doing the work they were originally hired to do.
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Watch This Billionaire Define Entrepreneurship and Give Advice on How You Can Get Your Start
John Paul DeJoria is the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems, Patrón Spirits and ROK Mobile.
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The life of an elite 'Super Mario 64' speedrunner
Allan Alvarez can complete the game Super Mario 64 faster than anyone in the world, which means that most days he gets out of bed around 4 PM. Afternoons consist of errands -- lately, finding a new apartment and office space with reliable internet f...
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Tillerson says room for Taliban in Afghan government
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there is a place for moderate elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan's government as long as they renounce violence and terrorism and commit to stability
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Tech Support Gore
My new favorite subreddit is r/techsupportgore, where people who fix computers post the nightmare scenarios they find themselves in. It's not always the grand-guignol horror of Playstation 4 cockroach farms or, as pictured, loaves of solidly-baked dust. Some of them are subtle problems that can take a while to spot or which might even be invisible to nontechnical folk. Sometimes, the name is literal. Previously: Toner Explosion.
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Renée Zellweger to star as Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’
The movie will recount the icon’s battles with management and relationships with musicians and fans.
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401(k) savings can help you save on income taxes
401(k) investors will be able to sock away $18,500 in their retirement accounts in 2018, which will lower taxable income if they max out.        
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Astronaut explains how to use the bathroom in space
What does space smell like? And how on earth do you go to the bathroom in zero gravity? These are just two of the most common questions British astronaut Tim Peake gets asked — and having spent six months on the International Space Station, he is sharing his insights in the new book, “Ask An...
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Amazon's unlimited subscription service for avid readers is $40 cheaper right now
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. Amazon In honor of the Kindle's 10th anniversary, Amazon has discounted one- and two-year subscriptions of its Kindle Unlimited service. You don't need a Kindle device to take advantage of the service. Your subscription lets you read (or listen, if the title is available as an audiobook through Audible) to millions of titles on your phone or tablet, too. The discount works out to a savings of $40 if you buy a one-year subscription, and $80 if you go for two-year subscription. Looking for the perfect gift for the avid reader in your life — or yourself? Amazon is celebrating the Kindle's 10th anniversary with a discount on Kindle Unlimited, it's all-you-can-read digital book service. You don't need a Kindle to use Kindle Unlimited — it's not about the device, it's all about the books.  If you've never heard of Kindle Unlimited before, it has three major components: digital books, audiobooks, and a technology called whispersync.  The first two are pretty self-explanatory. Kindle Unlimited subscribers will have access to thousands of digital books and audiobooks through the Kindle Store. Think of it as having a Spotify subscription, but for books. The audiobooks come courtesy of, who Amazon acquired a few years ago. This is important to note because the quality of Audible's audiobooks is phenomenal. I've been an on-again, off-again subscriber for years and have yet to find a bad-sounding book. Not all books sold through the Kindle store are accessible for free with Kindle Unlimited, but hundreds of thousands are. The same is true for audiobooks; only Kindle Unlimited-eligible books with an audible version come free with your subscription.  Whispersync is the technology that makes this subscription really cool. Because the free apps for Kindle and Audible are available on multiple platforms, you're likely to pick up and leave off books in different places. You might read a book through the Kindle app before going to bed, and pick up where you left off on your phone during your commute. Or, you might listen to the Audible version of a book during your commute, and look to keep reading the Kindle version after dinner.  What whispersync does is keep track of where you leave off, so you can pick up exactly at that place later on. It doesn't matter how you consume the book, or through what device. It'd be a hassle to keep track of that on your own, so this technology is a major value add for subscribers. Of course, it's also available for any Kindle book and Audible audiobook, so if you already own multiple copies of the same book in multiple formats, you can take advantage of whispersync now.  If you know someone who's always searching for something to read, I can't think of a better gift to give them. They'll have more options of what to read than ever before and won't be penalized for reading whenever and however fits their lifestyle. 1-Year Kindle Unlimited Subscription, $80.32 (originally $119.88), available at Amazon [You save $40]
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U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl's sentencing hearing delayed until Wednesday
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - The sentencing hearing for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who could go to prison for life for deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, was postponed on Monday for two days due to an emergency for a lawyer in the case.
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Loretta Lynn returns to stage after stroke
The country music icon suffered a stroke in May.
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The Sackler Family: best known for philanthropy, they made billions promoting Oxycontin
Purdue cynically created the American opiod epidemic through a combination of bribing medical professionals to overprescribe Oxycontin, publishing junk science, and aggressively lobbying regulators at every level to turn a blind eye to the destruction of the lives of millions of patient; while the company settled a record-setting criminal case, the name of the secretive family of billionaires who run Purdue and profited from the Oxy epidemic is best known for philanthropy, not profiteering: the Sackler family. (more…)
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John Hancock Offers Apple Watch Series 3 to Vitaly Life Insurance Customers for Just $25
Life insurance provider John Hancock has announced that new and existing members of its Vitaly program can receive an Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS only for an initial payment of just $25 plus tax. Additional fees apply for customers who choose a cellular model or other more expensive models. The cost of the Apple Watch is actually split up into 24 monthly payments, which can be paid off by walking, running, biking, swimming, or completing various other exercises. Vitaly members must earn at least 500 fitness-related Vitality Points per month over two years to avoid owing any of the instalments. Vitality rewards are available with select John Hancock life insurance policies in the United States. The free Apple Watch Series 3 offer will be available starting November 6 everywhere except New York. John Hancock, owned by Manulife Financial, first started offering Apple Watches to a limited number of members last year. About half of the people who received the device achieved their monthly goals and did not pay for the device, John Hancock senior vice president Brooks Tingle told CNBC. John Hancock is the first life insurance provider to offer the Apple Watch at a discounted rate to its members. Health insurance provider Aetna offers a similar program to its employees, and may expand it to 23 million customers soon.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 4Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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The 21st-century Hollywood: how Silicon Valley became the world’s trend capital
Forget Los Angeles. If you want to get rich and famous fast, in anything from food to fashion, San Francisco is the place to be. But will handing that kind of power to a new global elite come at a price?The strangest thing about Bulletproof Coffee isn’t stirring a pellet of grass-fed butter and a dollop of coconut oil into your morning cup and calling it breakfast, weird though that is to swallow. No, what makes Bulletproof really unusual is the trajectory the trend has followed. The craze started with the Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey, who turned the alleged weight-shedding, brainpower-enhancing benefits of caffeine turbocharged with fat into a mini-empire. He took the idea to Santa Monica, where he opened a cafe. David Beckham started dropping in.From there, it spread to fashion. Vogue has called it “the new green juice”; at the recent fashion shows, it was on the way to replacing espresso and egg-white omelette as the standard front-row breakfast. Dan Brown, whose Robert Langdon novels surely give him zeitgeist bragging rights, has been telling interviewers how 4am writing sessions for his latest book, Origin, were fuelled by Bulletproof. Asprey’s ready-made, cold-pressed Bulletproof products are about to go on sale in Whole Foods Market stores, at which point the journey from Silicon Valley quirk to bona fide hipster lifestyle trend will be complete. Continue reading...
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