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Chesa Boudin, son of jailed Weathermen radicals, is new San Francisco DA

Candidate supported by Bernie Sanders declares victoryParents Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert were jailed in 1981

The son of two anti-war radicals who went to prison for murder has won a tightly contested race for district attorney in San Francisco, after campaigning to overhaul the criminal justice system.

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Browns-Steelers fantasy football takeaways: JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner
The Cleveland Browns picked up a much-needed win on Thursday night against AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a wild game riddled with ejections and injuries to key players, such as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and James Conner. A four-interception game by Rudolph proved costly in the 21-7 loss. The Browns improved to...
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Here's how working in the sex industry prepared me to be a wife and mother
shapecharge/Getty Images Melissa Petro is a freelance writer, teacher, wife, and mother living in New York City. In college, she worked as a sex worker. Later in life, when she became an elementary school teacher, she was forced to resign after administrators were alerted to her writing about sex work. She says that working as a stripper and call girl prepared her for knowing what she wanted in a marriage — a partner who would invest equally in a relationship.  Being misunderstood as a sex worker also prepared her for the hostility and misunderstanding leveled against mothers. And it helped her when it came to hustling to get all of the jobs of motherhood done, and being honest about what she was experiencing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.   People want strippers, prostitutes, and porn stars to leave the industry. But when we do, they shun us.  The loss of my career as a elementary school teacher in 2010 — when the media alerted school administrators to the fact that I was writing and sharing stories about working as a stripper and call girl prior to becoming a teacher — makes my point all too salient. Even though my competence as a school teacher was never called into question, I was humiliated in the media — all while parents who'd never met me clutched their pearls and clucked their tongues.  Certainly, in the eyes of many people, sex workers are not "marriage material." They're unfit to be around young people. Yet, rather than disqualifying me, sex work prepared me for my life as a wife and mom.  Four years after the loss of my teaching job, I met and married my husband. A year later, we had our first child. I am currently pregnant with my second baby. Though my life looks very different today, my past will always be a part of me.  Working as a stripper and call girl more than paid for my education — it was an education in and of itself. As a result of my unique journey, I've learned a lot, including one big lesson: Mothering and sex work are two of the hardest jobs that a woman can do — and the ways both mothers and sex workers are compelled to stay silent about our realities makes these difficult jobs that much harder.I knew what I wanted from a marriage melissa.petro/Instagram For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted the kind of "normal" family I'd never had growing up. Then, in college, I needed cash fast while living as a student abroad: I became a sex worker, starting as a stripper while living abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.  With that one impulsive decision, my dream of normalcy felt forever compromised. Yet, the actual job duties were surprisingly familiar.   As a stripper, you get paid to do the emotional labor women are expected to perform for free. Men paid me to sit silently and listen while they complained about their jobs or talked trash about an ex. Working as a call girl was similar: Much of the job was emotional, rather than physical labor. The sex itself was not very different than encounters I'd had as a civilian. Sometimes pleasurable, it was much more often unmemorable. By the time I met my husband, I was tired of putting men's needs first. I wanted a partner prepared to invest as much in our relationship as I would. I wanted a healthy sexual relationship. There's a stereotype that women don't enjoy sex as much as men do, and the men I met professionally often complained about their "frigid" wives. As a wife, I would have no problem pleasing my husband — but I expected to enjoy our sex life, too.  I found all that when I met Arran. Unlike men I'd dated before him, Arran was relatively understanding when it came to my sexual past. With our marriage, I felt a certain level of social acceptance — until motherhood ushered in a whole new host of misconceptions. I got used to being misunderstood melissa.petro/Instagram Sex work defines the people who do it more than any occupation. No matter the realities of our experiences, we are thought of as victims and as inherently damaged — either before or as a result of our profession. Current and former sex workers are considered a danger to society and unfit for serious public service. Stereotypes like these cost me my career. These days, stigma leveraged at sex workers threatens my relationship to my children.  Without a doubt, the sex industry — and women who participate in it — are uniquely misunderstood; but modern motherhood, too, is cloaked in misconception.  As author Sady Doyle observed for Elle, mothers are caricatured as either magical or miserable. We're either — as Doyle puts it— "the glowing, selfless Madonna who spends every minute in rapt contemplation of her child's perfection," or else we are "the harried, frazzled, three-days-without-a-shower woman who tromps through life in sweatpants covered in baby urine and milky spit-up."  While mothers who work outside the home are misunderstood, stay-at-home moms fight their own host of stereotypes. As a stay-at-home mom, I'm painted as a lazy, self-indulgent woman who spends her idle days lunching with fellow unemployed mommies, or frittering away her hardworking husband's salary on shopping. The stay-at-home mom — much like the "high-class hooker" — is a lightning rod for class resentments, never mind the fact that I was as economically coerced into surrendering my career as I was situationally compelled into selling sex.  Initially, I was bewildered by the animus aimed at mothers, but I've learned to handle the hostility in stride — just as I've learned to cope with the hatred aimed at sex workers. I learned how to hustle melissa.petro/Instagram Prior to full-time parenting, I assumed it would be easy. Instead, fantasies of relaxed days spent introducing my infant to educational toys while baking homemade bread and beautifying my home, then working on my own career while he napped, failed to reflect my experience. Full-time mothering — like stripping and prostitution — is hard work.  Thanks to having worked in the sex industry, I know how to hustle. When Oscar was still an infant, I could do the dishes, feed the baby, change him twice, make the bed, and fold a good portion of the laundry all before his first nap. My first year and a half of parenting flew by, a blur of momming and chores. It was nonstop eight to six, at which point my husband came home and we'd split the "second shift."  Sex work taught me how to do it all while wearing the reassuring smile my toddler relies on. What's more, my former career helped me long ago get over any prudishness related to my body. Parenting boards are shockingly priggish, whereas I had no problem asking an online mommy group about hormone-related vaginal dryness. As an infant, when Oscar would act up in public, I'd have no qualms about whipping out a boob.  I'm a good mom not in spite, but because, of my sex work past. I'm not perfect. No mom is — and we shouldn't have to pretend to be. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:It's time to kick your adult children off of your family phone plan — here's how to do it right22 founders share the one thing they wished they'd known before starting a business5 ways you're sabotaging your progress without even realizing it, according to a life coachSEE ALSO: My husband and I have a 'family meeting' every week, and it saved our marriage after I became a mom
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3 crypto startups miss SEC deadlines to repay millions of dollars, report
Three cryptocurrency startups have missed deadlines to refund investors who participated in their illegal digital token sales, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The companies, which raised a combined $40 million during 2017’s cryptocurrency bull run, agreed on the deadlines as part of their settlements with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). As a result, they were given reduced fines. Airfox, which offers mobile banking services in developing countries, and Paragon Coin Inc, which applies blockchain tech to the cannabis industry, both agreed to pay $250,000 each after settling with the SEC in November last year. Gladius Network LLC,… This story continues at The Next Web
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Off-duty officers rushed to Saugus High after hearing shots: 'Their actions saved lives'
Three off-duty officers were the first to arrive at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita after a shooting. One rushed back after dropping off his kid.       
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The Celtics have no ceiling
The Celtics are invigorated with hope at the start of the season. Boston has ditched malaise for hope at the start of a new season. Ten games is the traditional moment when we take a look at the NBA standings and begin to make assessments. There is nothing magical about the number 10, but it’s more than a little and less than a lot so it will do as a starting point. After 10 games, we can say with some degree of certainty that the Lakers are for real, the Suns are better than we thought, and the Cavs are feisty. We might also add that the Blazers are in trouble and the Pistons’ treadmill of mediocrity is headed toward a dark date with obsolescence. Some of those things won’t be true after 20 or 30 or even 60 games, but most of them will hold up over the 82-game season. It’s in that spirit that we take stock of the Celtics midway through November. After getting drilled on opening night by the Sixers — the presumptive Eastern Conference favorites — the C’s have rattled off nine straight wins en route to claiming the best record in the league. A few weeks ago, it was suggested by me that competing for a championship was not a realistic goal for this team. That may still be true but we can only weigh the evidence as it comes to light. At this point, it would be foolish to place restrictions on what this group is capable of achieving. Still, there are reasons to suggest this won’t hold. Their strength of schedule ranks in the lower third, per basketball-reference, and they are about to head out on a five-game West Coast road trip that will test their resolve with matchups against the Clippers, Nuggets, and Suns. Their defense remains the prime concern. While it has been better than advertised, it’s certainly not elite. Scoring 140 points against the Wizards was nice. Giving up 133 was not. The C’s rank 12th in points allowed per 100 possessions, which is fine. It’s even a bit surprising considering they lost Al Horford and Aron Baynes in the offseason roster shuffling. Third-year big man Daniel Theis stepped into the breach and became a shot-blocking menace. He’s also been banged up and this is the first time in his NBA career that he’s being asked to play more than 12-13 minutes a night. They also rank in the lower third in defensive rebounding percentage, which figures to be a season-long problem. After gobbling up steals and deflections in the opening weeks, their turnover percentage has leveled off. Ending possessions will be a major theme of their season. Especially since the Celtics do an admirable job of defending initial attempts, ranking sixth in effective field goal percentage defense. They also have Marcus Smart who is an early entrant in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation. Smart is simply everywhere. When not taking charges, he’s swiping at loose dribbles and mixing it up with big men under the glass. You know how analysts always talk about the ability to guard one-through-four? Smart actually does it, and doesn’t mind adding fives to his repertoire. On offense, Smart is an underrated ballhandler and unselfish passer who has become a better-than-average long distance shooter. Smart no longer gives back on offense what he has taken away from opponents on defense. Perhaps most importantly for this perimeter-heavy team, he has no qualms about starting or coming off the bench. Smart has reached the point in his career when he knows exactly who he is and what he’s about. Those things simply don’t bother him. You can make a case that Smart is the Celtics most valuable player, even if he’s not technically their best one. That honor might belong to Kemba Walker or Gordon Hayward. Some nights it’s Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum. Those four plus Smart are the core of this Celtics’ team and it will be fascinating to see if such a perimeter-heavy group can sustain their winning formula over 82 games. Where the C’s have truly excelled is on the offensive end. They rank first in offensive rating thanks in large part to the play of their perimeter scorers. All four are averaging 18 points a game or better, and all four are getting between 14-18 shots per game. That’s a twist on the traditional Brad Stevens formula that has typically combined excellent defense with so-so offensive results that relies on or two playmakers. Walker has been as advertised, a big-shot maker who soaks up possessions in an efficient manner. Before suffering a fracture on his left hand, Hayward looked every bit the player the Celtics signed from Utah three summers ago. Brown has been fantastic, combining an improved handle with the freedom and confidence to create offense that was lacking last season. Tatum has struggled amid occasional signs of brilliance. It says a lot about this team that they haven’t had to rely on any one scorer to carry the load. With so much depth, they can pick each other up when one is out with an injury, like Hayward or Brown, or when one of them shoots 1-for-18 as Tatum did against the Mavs. Perhaps the most important thing to watch this season is how well all four are able to play together when everyone is healthy. What we have learned about the Celtics through 10 games is they will play hard and defend their home court. They have also displayed an admirable togetherness despite early-season injury adversity. There is so much more left to discover, but one thing is absolutely certain — last season’s malaise is gone and that alone is reason to take them seriously.
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Vergecast: Apple releases 16-inch MacBook Pro, Motorola announces a new Razr, and Disney+ launches
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge This week on The Vergecast, hosts Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller go through the two big products announced this week: Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro and Motorola’s new Razr foldable phone. How much has Apple changed the upgraded laptop? Is the new Razr worth the $1,500 price tag? You’ll probably find out if you listen. In the second half of the show, Verge reporter Julia Alexander stops by to cover Disney’s launch of its new streaming service Disney+. Find out how it is and how it will affect competitors in the ongoing streaming wars. There’s a whole lot more in between all of that — like Paul’s weekly segment “I’m taking my talents to artificial general intelligence” — so listen through to get it all. Stories this week: The everything town in the middle of nowhere Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro is here, and it has a good keyboard A fully loaded 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $6,099 Apple’s new Mac Pro is shipping next month Google’s rollout of RCS chat for all Android users in the US begins today Motorola resurrects the Razr as a foldable Android smartphone John Carmack stepping down as CTO of Oculus to work on AI Disney+ experiencing ‘unable to connect’ errors on launch day The Mandalorian’s first episode shows that Star Wars can work on the small screen Disney+ doesn’t have to sell anyone on streaming How to get a year of free Disney+ from Verizon The Simpsons’ aspect ratio is messed up on Disney+ Verizon’s new set-top box is possibly the worst option out there for streaming Apple could bundle news, TV, and music into one subscription as soon as 2020
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US F-35 fighter jets are all still 'below service expectations' for all the services that have them
US Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King Each service branch's F-35's are falling short of combat readiness goals, according to the Pentagon's top testing official. One reason for falling short of service expectations is that "the aircraft are breaking more often and taking longer to fix," the official said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Even though the F-35 program is making strides, each of the Joint Strike Fighter variants is still coming up short on combat readiness goals, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester. Based on collected data for fiscal 2019, the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy variants all remain "below service expectations" for aircraft availability, Robert Behler, director of the Pentagon's Operational Test and Evaluation Office, said Wednesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: These are the small, agile new aircraft carriers meant to take F-35s into battleSee Also:From leech collectors to knocker-ups, here are 16 weird jobs that no longer existSmartphones are getting weird again, and it could be a sign that the industry is on the brink of another huge changeHere's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the raceSEE ALSO: The Air Force wants the F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters to talk to the secret X-37B space plane
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Stars including Selena Gomez and Gigi Hadid have come out in support of Taylor Swift after she accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of blocking her from performing old songs
Tony Barson / Contributor/Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/ Celebrities have come to Taylor Swift's defense after the singer accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, who founded her former label Big Machine Records, of impeding her upcoming performance at the American Music Awards. In a lengthy statement tweeted on Thursday, Swift asked fans "to talk some sense into the men who are exercising control" over her after she was told she couldn't perform her old music at the AMAs. Artists like Halsey, Lily Allen, Tinashe, Selena Gomez and Jordan Pruitt all showed "solidarity" with Swift. Other celebrity friends including Gigi Hadid and Ruby Rose also tweeted their support.  "These people are protected because they inspire complicity with fear," she said. "Banking on the illusion that people will not stand up for her. That the world will say she's overreacting. You're barking up the wrong tree," Halsey posted on her Instagram story.  #IStandWithTaylor is trending on Twitter and a fan-made Change.org petition has amassed more than 68,000 signatures at the time of writing. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Celebrities are supporting Taylor Swift after she said record label owners Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta were impeding her upcoming performance at the American Music Awards. Swift made a direct plea to fans via Twitter and Instagram on Thursday night asking them "to talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control" over her.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Taylor Swift accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of blocking her from performing old songs at the AMAsEvery song that hit No. 1 on the chart in 2019, so farKristen Bell says 'Frozen 2' animators troll the actors by adding random fart noises to their dialogue
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10 of the best educational and developmental toys in the UK
Anyone with any experience of attempting to raise a child will know all too well how difficult it is to engage them in educational play. When they aren't glued to a screen for hours on end, they somehow end up covered in mud with some worrying bumps and bruises.  We're not saying that a little screen time is a sin, and we're definitely not suggesting that a roll around in some dirt doesn't have its benefits, but a little more time spent learning and developing new skills probably wouldn't go amiss.  SEE ALSO: The best LEGO sets for hardcore fans in 2019: 'Star Wars', 'Harry Potter', STEM, and much more Read more...More about Tech, Lifestyle, Science, Toys, and Educational IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR SPELLING Orchard Toys Match and Spell Game Develops reading and spelling, and encourages matching and memory skills. £7.73 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR INTERACTION GILOBABY Smart Robot Toy Provides hours of fun and gives your kids some experience with robotics and advanced technology. £23.99 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR TELLING TIME Peppa Pig Wooden Puzzle Clock Movable hands and number pieces encourage children to count, sort, and place the shapes in the correct order. £14.99 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR STEM GraviTrax Starter Set Kids build impressive tracks and set the spheres rolling to learn about basic engineering concepts. £31.97 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR CODING Sphero BOLT Robotic Ball Get creative and have fun by driving and coding this app-enabled robotic ball. £149.99 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR MATHS BrainBox Maths Fast and fun memory game based on maths concepts taught in years 3 and 4. £11.99 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR SCIENCE National Geographic Fossil Dig Kit Dig for dinosaurs, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites, and more with this dig kit. £29.99 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR CREATIVITY Lego Movie 2 Movie Maker Build a movie stage with two interchangeable background images, an adjustable smartphone stand, and much more. £44.99 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR MUSIC Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano Empowers young musicians to create their own tunes with real piano sounds. £35.78 from Amazon IMAGE: Amazon BEST FOR MOTOR SKILLS Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Board Entertaining and educational activity board that helps kids develop dexterity. £17.99 from Amazon
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Irish parliament invites young people into lower house to debate climate change
In what has been described as a "major first," Ireland's parliament was taken over by 157 young people from across the country on Friday as they discussed climate change in Ireland's first Youth Assembly.
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Factbox: Quotes from Trump impeachment hearing in U.S. House
The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its second public hearing on Friday in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The witness was Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
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Germany says two citizens detained in Hong Kong
Two German citizens have been detained in Hong Kong and are receiving consular support, a source at the German foreign ministry said on Friday.
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White House releases transcript of first Trump-Ukraine call
The White House has released a rough transcript of the first phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, dated April 21, 2019.
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"Mobituaries": Thomas Paine and the death of a forgotten founding father
Mo Rocca pulls out all the stops to honor the Revolutionary author whose pamphlets lit the fuse for American independence but who remains little-remembered today
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White House releases transcript of Trump’s first call with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky
The White House on Friday released the transcript of President Trump’s first call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky – in which he congratulated him “on a fantastic election.” The president had promised several times to release the transcript of the April 12 call, which he described as more important that the one about two weeks...
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Mexican Walmart employees strike to demand wages
I've spent a lot of time in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It's a beautiful place, filled with friendly people and an insanely low cost of living... if you're from somewhere further north in North America. In my experience, Mexicans are a hard-working people. They want to earn their way. That's not easy to do in a nation where many citizens, when they can find work are forced to work for pauper's wages. In some cases, the only compensation for doing your job in Mexico comes in the form of tips from those willing to help you get by. The folks that bag groceries and other consumer goods in big box stores like Walmart? Nothing but tips, baby. With any luck, at least in Cancun, this could soon change. From Riviera Maya News: With the support of la Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC) workers at Walmart stores including Sam’s Club, Bodega Aurrerá, Superama and Walmart demanded a salary for their work. The workers, who are grocery baggers at the various Walmart outlets, are not paid anything beyond tips. El Comité Ejecutivo Nacional of CROC says that the Walmart chain has refused talks to solve the lack-of-pay issues with its workers. El Comité Ejecutivo Nacional says the American chain store violates their labor rights. The workers protested outside a 24-hour Cancun Walmart where they demanded a salary and legal benefits for the packers since their tips have drastically decreased due to the ban on plastic bags. Hard work for a fair wage? Read the rest
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Google smart speaker shipments plummet amid industry growth
Smart speaker shipments continued to grow at a torrid pace in Q3 2019, with global shipments swelling 45% year-over-year (YoY) to 28.6 million, according to the latest report from Canalys. Amazon accounted for more than one in three smart speaker shipments — a particularly impressive stat considering it has essentially no presence in China, the world's largest smart speaker market by shipments. Alibaba and Baidu drove growth in the Chinese market, with Alibaba shipping 3.9 million units in Q3 (+78% YoY) and Baidu shipping 3.7 million units (+290% YoY).  Despite strong growth in the segment overall, Google saw a YoY decrease in smart speaker shipments in the quarter. For the second consecutive quarter, Google saw a YoY decline in smart speaker shipments: The company shipped 5.9 million smart speakers in Q3 2018, but only 3.5 million in Q3 2019, representing a 40% decline YoY. Amazon shipped nearly three times as many smart speakers as Google in Q3 2019, while just a year prior, the companies were nearly equal. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Lemonade postponed its plans to go public this year due to concerns about current market conditionsTata Group is seeking EV partners for Jaguar Land RoverZego has become the first UK insurtech to get its own insurance license
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Wendy's is giving away free food in honor of its 50th birthday — here's how to get some
Irene Jiang / Business Insider Wendy's is celebrating its 50th birthday with free food. Customers can access the free options by downloading the Wendy's app and using the scanner on a Wendy's cup or take-out bag. The chain released also released a new Birthday Cake Frosty in honor of the occasion.  The free-item promotion lasts through January 3, 2020, Thrillist reported.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Wendy's is turning 50 and celebrating with free food.  Customers who download the Wendy's app can use the scanner tool on any Wendy's cup or takeout bag that comes with a purchase. This will unlock free menu items that can be redeemed on another trip to Wendy's and can include a cheeseburger, fries, a frosty, and more, Thrillist reported. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Rare Italian white truffles cost over $4,000 per kilo — here's why real truffles are so expensiveSee Also:35 haunting photos of abandoned shopping malls that highlight the impact of the retail apocalypse over the past decadeMcDonald's worker says in a $5 million lawsuit that a manager pinned her against a wall in a freezer and assaulted herChaotic photos show what it looks like when Alibaba sells $38 billion worth of merchandise on China’s biggest shopping holiday and breaks recordsSEE ALSO: 'Ghost kitchens' are taking over fast-food chains from Chick-fil-A to Wendy's
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Shelf mythology: 100 years of Shakespeare and Company
A century after the Paris bookshop opened as a haven for modernist pioneers, it has become a tourist must-see. How did that happen?There are currently 4,000 reviews of Shakespeare and Company on TripAdvisor. Many of them describe the shop as “magical” or “a dream”. Some mention its pedigree – the famous writers including F Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway who went there, the films and TV programmes shot there. Even those that don’t rate the shop – who think the stock isn’t good enough or complain that it’s too crowded – recommend visiting, talking of its history and its proximity to Notre Dame. As a Paris landmark, which turns 100 this month, it is ranked below the Eiffel Tower and above the crumbling angels of Père-Lachaise cemetery. But how does a bookshop become a place of pilgrimage, a tourist trap and an emblem for a city, all at once?There are no Shakespeare and Company equivalents in any other city. Britain’s capital has the London Review Bookshop, its tote bags beloved by fashionable kids in Seoul, but the clientele just want to visit a well-stocked bookshop. None of the bookshops in London are so deeply stitched into the mythos of the city that they have become part of any presumed sightseeing tour, alongside Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. None have become an attraction for those otherwise uninterested in the literary landscape of their holiday destination. Continue reading...
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Jeremy Lin's Dominance Continues as Beijing Ducks Beat Jiangsu Dragons
Beijing Ducks guard Jeremy Lin scored 26 points in a 100-91 victory over the Jiangsu Dragons on Friday. Entering the showdown with the Dragons, Lin had averaged 26.0 points on 44...
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Leaf blowers fatal to declining insects, Germans warned
The government says leaf blowers are "fatal to insects", which are in dramatic decline in Germany.
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If your family needs a second car, make it a fun, compact EV
Earlier this month, Volkswagen began production of the ID.3. It's a small, electric four-door hatchback with three different battery sizes, meant for a variety of driving lifestyles. The interior feels like the future, and if it drives anything like...
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Bribery allegations over fishing rights rock Iceland and Namibia
‘Fishrot files’ lead to head of Samherji fishing company and Namibian ministers stepping downTwo Namibian government ministers have resigned and the boss of Iceland’s biggest fishing company has stepped aside amid a spiralling scandal over alleged bribes paid to officials in the southern African country in exchange for trawling rights.Þorsteinn Már Baldvinsson, the CEO of the Icelandic fishing firm Samherji, and Namibia’s fisheries and justice ministers, Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala, are the first heads to roll following revelations this week of a vast corruption case. Continue reading...
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GRAPHIC-Take Five: Fighting fires
1/ NOT SO FAST How big a risk is a global economic recession? Recently, hopes of a fledgling growth turnaround were doused by data showing China's factory output growth slowing in October and Japan's economy grinding to a standstill in Q3. And Germany only narrowly avoided a recession in that period.
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Impeachment inquiry: White House releases rough transcript of Trump's earlier call with Zelensky
Trump spoke with Zelensky in the hours after he won the presidency in April, preceding the July phone call between the two leaders that launched an impeachment inquiry.       
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These six firefighters are battling the Australian bushfires. They're all over 70
What will you be doing when you're 70? For most people, the answer probably isn't fighting fires.
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How to check your AirPods’ battery percentage on an iPhone
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you already have a pair of AirPods. Yes, everything’s okay, no one here is going to judge you for spending a sizeable chunk of money on those sexy little earbuds. While the joy of the AirPods is their simplicity, there’s one element of them that isn’t immediately clear: how much charge these things have left. This can be a bit annoying if you want to know if they’re going to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone
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Bill de Blasio’s ‘churro’ problem shows how terrified NYC leaders are of their own laws
New York City definitely does not have a churros-in-the-subways problem. It has a rabbits-in-public-office problem. It’s not that people are disrespectful of Gotham’s public-vending regulations, and flout them. It’s that the city’s elected leaders are terrified of their own laws, to say nothing of their own shadows. And they want them to go away. The...
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Santa Clarita shooting: Dad of Nathaniel Berhow was avid hunter who used to ‘make bullets’: reports
The late father of the teen who authorities say opened fire inside a Santa Clarita high school — killing two students and injuring at least three on his birthday — was an avid hunter who used to “make bullets,”  according to new reports. The gunman, identified in multiple outlets as 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, allegedly stormed...
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Lemonade postponed its plans to go public this year due to concerns about current market conditions
This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Fintech Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. The US-based insurtech has put its plans to go public on hold, according to Business Insider. While the insurtech never publicly announced that it planned an initial public offering (IPO), sources have said it aimed to float as early as August or September this year. Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan were both selected to help lead the IPO. Rumors about an IPO emerged in June this year, when CTech reported that Lemonade was looking to raise over $500 million during an IPO in New York, which would have valued the insurtech at $2 billion. Additionally, Lemonade hired Tim Bixby as its finance chief in 2017, who was also the CFO of Shutterstock when the company went public. Market conditions are looking increasingly tense for tech companies. People familiar with the matter, cited by Business Insider, said that there were concerns about how fast-growing fintechs were perceived by the market. Of note, Lemonade's investors include Softbank, which is one of WeWork's key investors, and it recently had to bail the startup out for $9.5 billion after a failed IPO earlier this year. So, Softbank is likely being extremely cautious at the moment to ensure that its portfolio companies can launch successful IPOs to limit damages.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Google is planning to break into banking with new checking account offeringsStarling has hit the 1 million account milestone, placing it among the three most successful UK neobanksZego has become the first UK insurtech to get its own insurance license
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Chrissy Teigen jumped out and scared her husband John Legend while he was guest hosting on 'Ellen'
Ellen / YouTube Chrissy Teigen jumped out and scared her husband John Legend while he was hosting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Legend, who has just been crowned the sexiest man alive, had just shown a clip of an edited version of his song "All of Me." The video famously features Teigen, but in the new version she had been replaced by Ellen DeGeneres dancing and gyrating in a long blonde wig. "Don't tell Chrissy guys, she'll be very, very jealous of Ellen," Legend said, before Teigen suddenly jumped out of a box beside him. "What are you f---ing doing?!" Teigen screamed, with the expletives bleeped out, while Legend yelled in surprise. She then covered her face in shock and said "I swore!" "Hello," Legend said, clearly shocked to see her, and helped her get out of the box. "That was the hardest thing I've ever done," Teigen said. "I didn't mean to swear, I'm so sorry ... Should we do it again?" "You didn't tell me you were going to be here," Legend said and Teigen responded "Honestly, I'm so exhausted." She told him she'd been hiding in the box a long time and that she had to be barefoot for the prank, even thought she "hates" her feet. She then joined Legend on the sofas for a chat, where she asked how he hadn't heard her banging around in the box. "If you wanted to cheat on me, you could probably get away with it," Legend said, to which Teigen joked "I have a million times." Watch the full clip below. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   Read more:See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.See Also:38 men who were worthy competitors for John Legend's Sexiest Man Alive title6 celebrities who have opened up about their polyamorous relationships34 of the best and most candid photos of the 'Friends' cast over the years
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White House releases rough transcript of first Trump-Ukraine call
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White House releases summary of April call with Ukraine's Zelenskiy
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White Claw billionaire Anthony von Mandl got his start selling wine out of his car. Here's how he built a $3.4 billion fortune off the hard seltzers and lemonades that have redefined booze for bros.
Kristen Norman/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images; Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Before releasing White Claw, Canadian billionaire Anthony von Mandl built a fortune off of Mike's Hard Lemonade — and used that wealth to create an empire of fine wineries throughout British Columbia.  Von Mandl currently owns four wineries, including a $35 million estate that was visited by Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2016, according to Bloomberg. Von Mandl has been called "Tony Baloney" because of his talent for creating compelling stories to sell products, Business in Vancouver reported in 2014. The 69-year-old has a net worth of $3.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Billionaire Anthony von Mandl may now be known as one of Canada's best vintners, but he owes the majority of his still-growing fortune to two beverages generally considered more low-brow — Mike's Hard Lemonade and White Claw.  Von Mandl's wineries have gotten him visits from Prince William and Kate Middleton and awards from Queen Elizabeth (among others), but it was the success of Mike's Hard Lemonade (launched in Canada in 1996 and brought to the American market in 1999) that first made him wealthy. Now, his latest venture, hard seltzer brand White Claw, has become so popular that stores are struggling to keep it adequately stocked on their shelves. Representatives of von Mandl's company, the Mark Anthony Group, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on von Mandl's career, net worth, or personal life from Business Insider. Keep reading to learn more about von Mandl's life, career, and wealth.Von Mandl was born in Vancouver, Canada, but spent his childhood in Europe. Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic Von Mandl's parents were European immigrants, according to a biography on the website for one of his wineries, Mission Hill. The family moved back to Europe when von Mandl was 9 years old, according to the biography. He later returned to Canada to attend the University of British Columbia, where he studied economics. The winery's site does not specify which European country von Mandl's family is originally from or where in Europe he spent his adolescence. Von Mandl first entered the alcohol business by selling imported wines from his car in Vancouver after graduating from college in the early 1970s, according to wine writer John Schreiner. Rachel Askinasi/Business Insider He also worked out of "a little office about the size of a cupboard in the back of a building," according to Schreiner. Von Mandl then did an apprenticeship in wine-selling after college, which inspired him to open an importing business in Vancouver, according to his biography on his winery's website. Through his importing business, von Mandl saved up enough money to buy his first vineyard, Mission Hill, at 31. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC Von Mandl said in 2003 that, at the time, he wondered "if I had made the biggest mistake of my life" in buying the winery, Bloomberg reported. Von Mandl also starting selling hard cider that he described as "awful" to help cover the cost of operating the winery, according to Business in Vancouver. Unlike other Canadian breweries, von Mandl did not reuse the glass bottles the cider was sold in and relied on other businesses' buyback programs to help his company meet national waste regulations. When breweries that previously used the same bottles as von Mandl stopped buying back the cider bottles, the Canadian government fined the business "several million dollars," Business in Vancouver reported. The financial strain of the bottle fiasco led von Mandl to start brewing a beer called Clark's Great Canadian Beer, according to Business in Vancouver. Von Mandl also opened another business on Annacis Island in British Columbia focused on sustainability called Turning Point Brewery. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Billionaires' success boils down to a set of 3 personality traits that aren't directly tied to intelligence, a new report says7 nannies who work for the rich and powerful share one thing they wish their bosses knew — but would never tell themThe world's largest brewer, which produces Corona and Budweiser, is about to get even bigger. Meet AB InBev's famously private CEO, who has only one hobby and doesn't like company perks.SEE ALSO: Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive, 35-year-old Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 DON'T MISS: 15 people who became billionaires in 2019 — and 14 who lost their status in the three-comma club
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It’s bad tech etiquette to take other peoples’ phone chargers
The unofficial guide to tech etiquette Technology turns people into weird creatures — and not the Instagram filter kind. It breeds gross behavior, like texting on the toilet, or tempts you into swiping through somebody’s entire camera roll when they show you just one picture. Illustration by Dami Lee / The Verge Since there’s no official manual to tech etiquette and everyone has their own opinions, we’re launching an animated series documenting our personal tech peeves. Will airing these out finally put an end to one-word, no punctuation “hey” messages? Or stop your grandmother from sending her entire email message in the subject line? Maybe. Or maybe not. Our new series Tech Etiquette is about calling people out the weird, quirky, and sometimes infuriating things humans do with technology. May these personal confessions be the unofficial guide to tech etiquette we all need. Nothing inspired this series more than working in an open office where your phone charger is up for grabs to literally anyone within reach. The first episode is all about these lawless creatures. View this post on Instagram It’s bad tech etiquette to take other peoples’ phone chargers. A post shared by The Verge (@verge) on Nov 15, 2019 at 6:00am PST Let us know in the comments: what are some of your biggest tech peeves?
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6 reasons why I have both the Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum — despite their high annual fees
The Points Guy I have both the Platinum Card® from American Express and the Business Platinum® Card from American Express, and I'm happy to pay the annual fees for both. While several benefits overlap, each card has meaningful perks of its own. If you can use the Business Platinum card's WeWork Platinum Global Access benefit (you must enroll by December 31, 2019), that alone is worth far more than the annual fee. And with the personal Platinum card, I can add three authorized users for $175, and they'll get airport lounge access, hotel elite status, and more perks. Read more personal finance coverage. For years, the American Express Platinum card has been synonymous with premium travel experiences. And while many other banks have joined the premium travel card market with personal credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Citi Prestige® Card, the Amex Business Platinum remains at the front of the pack of premium business credit cards. A quick comparison of the Amex Platinum and Amex Business Platinum might make you wonder why anyone would keep them both — especially because both cards have high annual fees. The Amex Platinum costs $550 per year, while the Business Platinum card has an annual fee of $595.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:The best rewards credit cards — updated for November 2019Your credit card could get you a free drink and a comfortable place to relax at the airportThere are different types of credit card rewards — but this is the best one
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