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Pumpkin Icebox Cake Is a Perfect Thanksgiving Dessert for Lazy People
Icebox cakes are not a traditional Thanksgiving dessert, but perhaps they should be. These cakes are essentially a pile of whipped cream and cookies—which is a good thing—and require no time in the oven at all, which means you have more room for casseroles. Read more...
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Ex-ambassador to Russia joins Utah governor's race
After serving as ambassador to Russia in the Trump administration, Jon Huntsman, Jr., is ready to try for a second term as Utah governor
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At least three wounded after shooting at California school: media
Authorities in California said on Thursday they were responding to an active shooter situation at a high school in Santa Clarita, a city north of Los Angeles, and local media said there were at least three victims.
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‘Ruthless’ murderer killed again less than a month after he arrived in the UK
A Romanian man who was allowed into the UK despite two previous murder convictions fatally stabbed someone less than a month after he arrived in the country, according to a new report. Dumitru Palazu, 48, had just been released from prison for his second murder when he arrived in the UK on March 13 —...
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Here's how the impeachment hearings will work
The first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump began this week, with Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testifying together on Wednesday, and another witness appearing before Congress on Friday.
There's a headband that creates natural, bouncy curls without heat
The Aurora Band creates natural-looking curls without any heat. The headband was created by Aurora Hair Products and transforms your hair into glamorous curls overnight. It costs $19.99 and is available at Aurora Hair Products. Visit for more stories. See Also:A stylist creates carnival-inspired hairstyles complete with pony figurinesPeople pay $500 for these custom cannabis-infused mealsColor-changing furniture pieces are painted by hand
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry share never-before-seen Archie photo
The Sussexes shared the photo in a birthday tribute to Harry's father, Prince Charles.
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Massachusetts fire lieutenant dies saving firefighters trapped in burning building
A Massachusetts fire lieutenant died while saving two firefighters who were trapped inside a burning building, according to officials. Worcester fire Lt. Jason Menard, 39, died while helping one colleague to some stairs and another escape out a window during the four-alarm fire in the early hours Wednesday, according to The Boston Globe. He was...
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Charles Schwab saw trading accounts surge 31% in one month after slashing commission fees
REUTERS/Jim Young Charles Schwab added 142,000 brokerage accounts in October, a 31% surge from the previous month boosted by its elimination of trading fees. Analysts feared the firm's slashed fees would cut into its margins, and the monthly jump in trading accounts counters some worries. The company reached 12.2 million total active brokerage accounts in October, and total client assets climbed to $3.85 trillion, according to a Thursday press release. Watch Charles Schwab trade live here. Charles Schwab added 142,000 brokerage accounts in October, a 31% surge from September boosted by its elimination of trading commission fees. Schwab's October 1 announcement of slashed trading fees led many analysts to expect greater pressure on the brokerage's earnings. Commission fees represent a key revenue stream for the company, but the firm's namesake founder said the change would bring in investors who wouldn't have done business with Schwab otherwise.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:Here's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the race10 tricks for remembering everything you readGOLDMAN SACHS: Owning companies with high foreign sales has quickly become the top-performing strategy of this year. These 13 stocks are best-positioned to continue profiting from it.
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Sri Lanka's Front-Runner Strikes Fear Among Tamils Who Blame Him For Disappearances
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the civil war-era defense secretary, is considered a hero to many majority Buddhists but the prospect of his winning Saturday's presidential election terrifies some minorities.
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Amazon is offering 4 months of access to its music-streaming service for $1 as an early Black Friday deal — here's how to take advantage
Amazon Music Facebook Black Friday 2019 is on November 29, but deals have already begun to surface.  As an early Black Friday deal, Amazon Music Unlimited is offering new members access to tens of millions of songs for $0.99 for the first four months (regularly priced at $7.99 per month).  There are plenty of other deals coming up soon on Amazon, but you can expect some of the retailer's best Black Friday deals will be on its own products and services. The competition for the best Black Friday 2019 deals is already heating up, despite the fact that it doesn't actually begin until November 29. Amazon is already offering deals, like four months of access to its premium streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited for just $1 (for new subscribers only).  Amazon Music Unlimited is basically the retailer's version of Spotify. It gives you access to over 50 million songs, including new releases, and you can listen commercial-free on pretty much any device — including your computer, tablet, and phone — via an app.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Walmart has already launched early deals in anticipation of Black Friday — here's what's on sale now and what to expect on November 29Here's what to expect from Gamestop's Black Friday sale — plus early deals you can already take advantage ofAll the best TV deals to expect on Black Friday 2019SEE ALSO: Here are the main differences between Amazon's two music streaming services, Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited DON'T MISS: Black Friday 2019: The best deals on the internet
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Fossil's New Smartwatch Is Just the Thing Pebble Fans Have Been Waiting For
It’s a truth universally known to smartwatch reviewers that inevitably, a Pebble fan will eulogize their faithful but dying smartwatch in your inbox, comments, and DMs. Nevermind that Pebble bit the dust years ago. These loyal diehards are genuinely, rightfully bereft, holding on to aging devices because the other…Read more...
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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner host book party on first night of impeachment hearings
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, two of President Donald Trump's senior advisers, threw a book party on the evening of the first public impeachment hearings.
Democrats, Republicans clash on impeachment messaging after first public hearings
Republicans and Democrats remain entrenched in their respective arguments over impeachment after the first day of public hearings. Leslie Sanchez, a CBS News political contributor and Republican strategist, and Antjuan Seawright, a CBSN political contributor and Democratic strategist, joined CBSN to discuss.
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England unrest, Bale v The World and tweeting – Football Weekly Extra
Elis James, Barry Glendenning, Nick Ames and Ceylon Andi Hickman on the England camp bust-up, the latest on Gareth Bale, Northern Ireland’s outside chance and being people’s dads without it being weirdJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We start by discussing Raheem Sterling’s omission from the England squad for their 1,000th game, against Montenegro at Wembley, as a result of a bust-up with Joe Gomez. Continue reading...
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Alicia Keys to return as host for 2020 Grammy Awards
The "Girl on Fire" singer previously hosted the 2019 Grammys
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Top diplomat to Ukraine reveals staffer heard Trump talk about investigating Bidens
In the first public impeachment hearings, top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor revealed details of a previously undisclosed phone call between President Trump and Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland. CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid, and former U.S. deputy assistant attorney general Bob Litt joined CBSN to discuss major takeaways from yesterday's hearing and what to expect next.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joins 2020 presidential race
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officially entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Thursday. His announcement comes less than three months before primary voting begins. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joined CBSN to discuss.
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State Department watchdog finds Trump appointees smeared career employee
High-ranking Trump administration political appointees within the State Department improperly retaliated against a career civil servant, according to a long-anticipated report by the department's watchdog released Thursday.
The biggest star of the first day of impeachment hearings was apparently George Kent's water bottle
AP Photo/Susan Walsh George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, testified before House Intelligence Committee lawmakers in the first televised hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday. He brought a massive 64-ounce Nalgene water bottle with him to the hearing. The water bottle was featured in dozens of photos of his testimony. People on social media had a field day making jokes about the the huge bottle and West's unquenchable thirst. Nalgene even posted an ad for the product in the middle of the hearing.  A Fox News contributor made fun of Kent for hydrating, saying his Nalgene looked "like a medical sized water silo." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasian affairs, brought a massive 64-ounce water bottle to the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday, and people on social media made it the day's biggest star. Kent testified before House Intelligence Committee lawmakers alongside the US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:People are comparing Ambassador Bill Taylor's voice to Walter Cronkite's as he testifies in the Trump impeachment hearingTop US diplomat Bill Taylor revealed details of a previously unknown phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland in his bombshell impeachment hearing testimonyState Department official George Kent accuses Rudy Giuliani of 'infecting' US-Ukraine relations with 'false information' and a 'smear campaign' in impeachment hearing testimony
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Blake Shelton gave John Legend a pair of bedazzled booty shorts on 'The Voice' for being named Sexiest Man Alive
NBC Singer Blake Shelton gifted John Legend a pair of bedazzled booty shorts in celebration of Legend being named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.  Shelton was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, and gifted Legend the sparkly cutoffs during Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice."  The shorts had "VEGOTSMA" emblazoned across the rear in rhinestones — a reference to Legend's EGOT awards and his win on "The Voice" last year, in addition to his new designation as Sexiest Man Alive. Legend, for his part, graciously accepted the hilarious gift, thanking Shelton for teaching him "his sexy ways."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  Singer Blake Shelton gave John Legend a pair of bedazzled booty shorts in celebration of Legend being named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.  Shelton, who received the Sexiest Man Alive title in 2017, gifted Legend the sparkly cutoffs during Tuesday night's episode of NBC's "The Voice." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:Jason Momoa isn't ready for his 12-year-old daughter to start dating: 'She is gonna be a nun'Carrie Underwood serenaded unsuspecting customers at a boot shop in Nashville, and their reactions were pricelessChrissy Teigen gives a hilarious retort to People naming John Legend Sexiest Man Alive: 'All downhill from here'
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New York to Use 18,000 City Workers to Identify and Help Homeless
The effort is the latest attempt from Mayor Bill de Blasio to tackle street homelessness, an intractable problem throughout his administration.
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Banned from Youtube, Chinese propagandists are using Pornhub to publish anti-Hong Kong videos
China's state disinformation campaigns against the Hong Kong protesters are unwelcome on Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, with the mainstream platforms shutting down accounts that spread propaganda videos; but increasingly these blocked videos are available on Pornhub, something that has been jubilantly announced by mainland Chinese social media influencers on Wechat. Six of them were from a channel named “CCYL_central” that joined three months ago, and has so far uploaded 11 videos in all. Its videos on Hong Kong ranged from Hong Kong citizens expressing their praise for Hong Kong police, to news clips from Chinese state broadcaster CCTV condemning the protesters for violent behavior. The channel describes its acronym as standing for the Chinese Communist Youth League—but it’s unlikely to be actually affiliated with the youth wing of the Communist Party. The channel, which said its favorite book is one written by Chinese president Xi Jinping on politics, has so far garnered 9,000 views and 32 subscribers. Another account shared six videos, mostly about how protesters are advocating for Hong Kong independence and praising Chinese students overseas for clashing with Hong Kong “separatists.” And a handle called “John97,”—an account that was only registered yesterday—reposted a single graphic video that had been earlier shared on YouTube by Nathan Rich, an American living in China who creates videos that counter criticism of China. The video has been viewed 3,000 times on the platform. China’s messaging against the Hong Kong protests has found a new outlet: PornHub [Jane Li/Quartz] Read the rest
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Investigation finds makeup samplers tested positive for deadly diseases
These makeup samples may make you feel prettier -- but they may also make you sick.
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Hong Kong's protestors are turning college campuses into improvised weapons factories
Protests in Hong Kong against the government in Beijing have dragged on since June, which demonstrators say has forces them into taking a harder line. On campuses across the territory, students and others who have joined the protests have set up workshops to produce makeshift weapons and fortifications. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Under a November full moon, hundreds of young people dressed in black set about turning several of Hong Kong's top universities into fortresses, well stocked with improvised weapons. At City University, protesters used ping pong tables, potted plants, furniture, sports equipment, and bamboo to form a network of barricades to block roads and fortify the entrances to the student residence complex. Hundreds of protesters wearing gas masks and helmets tore up piles of paving bricks and ceramic tiles to hurl at police, while others stockpiled dozens of petrol bombs, distributing them to their forward positions. Small groups sat chatting as they fashioned garden hose and nails into spikes to puncture car tires. The scene this week was repeated at nearly half a dozen campuses across Hong Kong, where demonstrators say they have been forced into taking a harder line by the government. Some protesters have changed their tactics. Reuters / Tyrone Siu Until now, the anti-government protesters have used fast-moving, hit-and-run tactics to "be like water" and avoid arrest in clashes with police. But now with protesters beginning to wield bows and arrows and occupying improvised breastworks, the tactics threaten to take the pro-democracy campaign to a new level of risk for all sides. The protesters say their non-violent efforts have been met by brutal police tactics, and their weapons are needed to protect themselves. Police have shot and wounded at least three protesters. "It has never been a fair war zone," said 23-year-old Josh, as he watched protesters practice shooting arrows at Baptist University (BU). Protesters are trying to respond to what they say is increasing police brutality. Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS "We have nothing, only masks and the police have guns. We're only trying to defend ourselves." Another protester said he had begun to throw bricks after seeing police attack demonstrators. "We try every peaceful means but we fail," said Chris, 19, a student from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. "We would probably throw petrol bombs and bricks because we don't want our friends to be injured," he said, breaking into tears as he described police crackdowns. "I'm willing to die for Hong Kong." The protesters seem increasingly intent on forcing a showdown, as small raiding parties vandalize shops and block roads, tunnels, and rail lines in widening areas around their campuses. Students say they are only protecting themselves against a police force that has turned the city into a war zone. Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS Authorities said protesters had turned the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) into a "weapons factory," prompting a crackdown on Tuesday that left many people injured in fiery clashes. Students accused police of turning the campus into a war zone and said they have no choice but to defend themselves. Protesters have fortified parts of the campuses of Polytechnic University and University of Hong Kong (HKU), in addition to CUHK, BU, and City University. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:These are 10 of the toughest and most important battles US Marines ever foughtThe US Marine Corps turns 244 — check out these awesome photos of the Devil Dogs in action7 never-before-seen artifacts from the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden are now on display at the 9/11 MuseumNOW READ: Protester is called Hong Kong's 'tank man' for standing between crowd and police aiming guns SEE ALSO: Hong Kong protesters are calling for massive ATM withdrawals in an economic warning to China
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An Irish footballer scored a phenomenal 75-yard goal from his own half of the pitch, and it was longer than the furthest field goal in NFL history
BBC Sport Irish footballer Conor McDermott scored an astonishing 75-yard goal from his own half on Saturday. The 22-year-old first lifted the ball over an opposition player's head before taking a touch and rifling the ball half the length of the field into the net. "The ball sat nicely after the flick and I saw the goalkeeper off his line so thought 'Why not?'" the Cliftonville midfielder told News Letter. He then celebrated like Cristiano Ronaldo, lifting his shorts and pointing to his quadricep. Read more of our soccer coverage here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by Matt Prater for the Denver Broncos in December 2013. It was 64 yards. On Saturday, the Irish soccer player Conor McDermott shattered that feat when he scored an astonishing 75-yard strike from his own half.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Chelsea FC players have to pay $25,000 every time they're late for training, according to a leaked list of the club's finesReal Madrid is reportedly considering spending more than half a billion dollars to snatch PSG's 20-year-old French forward Kylian Mbappe away from BarcelonaRaheem Sterling has been dropped from England's next match after he grabbed a teammate 'by the throat' during a behind-the-scenes clash
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It’s Narnia on the wards: the NHS is in permanent winter crisis now | Polly Toynbee
The Boris Johnson show can always move on to another A&E. For the health service as a whole, there is no such easy optionBoris Johnson would be well advised to stay away from hospitals. His manicured photo-op visits cause extreme indignation to staff, who are kept well away, his presence unannounced to them for fear they would barge in and tell him a few truths. But his advisers still reckon the picture of the prime minister with a nurse or doctor with an ostentatious stethoscope is worth the mostly unheard aggro below stairs when it’s over.Often these visits come with half-promises made to the local press of untold largesse, silencing managers for fear of the money evaporating. At one recently, a director, who wouldn’t let me breathe the hospital’s name publicly, told me that despite the large sums announced at the visit, all they were left with for certain when the PM had gone was a little extra for outdoor canopies under which patients could queue. Continue reading...
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California is becoming a nightmare. Here's why the state is getting unlivable, according to science.
Matthew Simmons/Getty Images In the last decade, California has seen a devastating drought, enormous and deadly fires, and a skyrocketing homeless population. Taken together, these factors are making the state increasingly unlivable. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. California is becoming a precarious place to live. Seven of the state's 10 most destructive fires in history have occurred in the last decade. From 2011 to 2015, the state endured a major drought that forced families in the Central Valley to bathe from buckets and drink water from plastic jugs to avoid contamination. California's homeless population has gotten so high that it now makes up a quarter of the national total.  These problems are only getting worse. Rents are climbing throughout the state, and the effects of climate change have become more pronounced, posing fundamental threats to the safety and livelihoods of California residents. Here's how the California dream is turning into a nightmare. California fire season is getting longer and more destructive. Noah Berger/AP The annual wildfire season in the Western US is now 78 days longer than it was 50 year ago.  In California, the portion of the state that burns from wildfires every year has increased more than five-fold since 1972. Nine of the 10 biggest fires in the state's history have occurred since 2003. The 2018 Camp Fire was the deadliest fire ever in California, and the sixth deadliest fire in US history. It claimed 85 lives. To minimize the risk that sparking power lines could ignite more blazes, California's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers this fall. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images From June 2014 to December 2017, PG&E power lines prompted more than 1,500 California wildfires. Many engineers and energy experts have attributed these fires to the company's failure to trim trees and upgrade its infrastructure. The company was responsible for the Camp Fire last year, and a broken jumper cable on a PG&E transmission tower may have started the recent Kincade Fire in Sonoma County.  In October, PG&E initiated multiple rounds of blackouts, affecting an estimated 2 million Californians, to lower the risk that its lines could ignite more fires. The company has said it will continue to instate blackouts when wildfire risk is high.  "We'll likely have to make this kind of decision again in the future," the company's CEO, Bill Johnson, said at a news conference on October 10. Read more: PG&E has announced power outages for 2 million Californians, after acknowledging that a broken wire may have sparked the Sonoma blaze From 2011 to 2015, California was the driest it's ever been in recorded history. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith Millions of trees died and thousands of lawns disappeared as homeowners were encouraged to tear up their grass. That emergency situation has ended, but the effects still linger. Some parts of Central California are still "abnormally dry," according to the US Drought Monitor. As global temperatures continue to warm, California's risk of drought is expected to rise. A 2018 study predicted the state will see an increase of between 25% and 100% in extreme wet-to-dry seasonal swings. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Vintage postcards of San Francisco reveal the city's early cable cars, amusement parks, and the 'Painted Ladies'Amazon is building a homeless shelter inside its Seattle headquarters — here's a look insidePhotos from space reveal what climate change looks like, from melting Arctic ice to rampant California firesSEE ALSO: Why San Francisco is a nightmare, according to science
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One of Wall Street's biggest Disney bulls says the company's Disney Plus guidance could be conservative
Disney Rosenblatt Securities analyst Bernie McTernan said after Disney Plus reached north of 10 million sign-ups in its first few days that Disney's five-year guidance for subscribers could be conservative.  Disney said during its investor day in April that it expects Disney Plus to have between 60 million and 90 million subscribers by the end of 2024.  McTernan's $170 price target for Disney is tied for the highest of any major analyst on Wall Street.  Watch Disney trade live on Markets Insider. One of Disney's biggest fans on Wall Street thinks the company's projections for Disney Plus could be conservative.  "Initial sign ups today, reinforces our bullishness towards Disney+ and belief that FY'24E guidance could be conservative," Rosenblatt analyst Bernie McTernan wrote in a note to clients Wednesday, referring to the announcement made by Disney that its new streaming platform surpassed 10 million sign-ups. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:Here's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the raceThe best dining tables10 tricks for remembering everything you read
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Security robots are mobile surveillance devices, not human replacements
Photo: Knightscope Security robots are slowly becoming a more common sight in malls, offices, and public spaces. But while these bots are often presented as replacements for human security guards — friendly robots on patrol — they’re collecting far more data than humans could, suggesting they’re more like mobile surveillance machines than conventional guards. A new report from OneZerosheds some light on the scope of the data collection, featuring marketing material and contracts between Knightscope and various city councils. Both show that the main purpose of these robots is gathering data, including license plates, facial recognition scans, and the presence of nearby mobile devices. It’s the sort of constant low-level surveillance that only a machine can perform. Exactly what each robot collects differs, as Knightscope leases its bots rather than selling them outright, tailoring each contract to customers’ needs. But it’s a fair bet that if you’ve seen one of these machines in person, it’s recorded your presence in one way or another. Image: Knightscope Knightscope’s robots are leased out to patrol hospitals, casinos, and other large buildings. As an internal report by California’s Huntington Park Police Department (HPPD) published by MuckRockbackin August noted, “Knightscope’s secret to the K5 robot is simply sensors — lots of them.” HPPD started leasing a Knightscope K5 robot to patrol parks and buildings this June, and the robot soon made headlines when a passerby pressed its emergency button to report a nearby fight, to no effect. According to NBC News, the bot ignored the woman and continued moving down its preprogrammed path “humming an intergalactic tune” and pausing to tell visitors to “please keep the park clean.” Stories like this suggest that, as a replacement for human security guards (people who can respond intelligently and spontaneously to emergency situations), Knightscope’s machines are lacking. But as surveillance devices, they have a lot of potential. The report from the HPPD notes that the robots can identify nearby smartphones over an unknown range, recording their MAC and IP addresses. In Knightscope marketing material published by OneZero, this is a central part of the company’s sales pitch, with one slide telling customers: “90%+ of Adults Have Smartphones And Use WiFi When Available.” Recording the presence of cellphones is a subtle form of surveillance Scanning phones is a subtle form of surveillance with a far-reaching impact. It’s not as invasive as identifying someone by name, but it can be a rich source of information, telling you a lot about someone’s daily routine, like how often they visit a certain area and how long they stay there. As Knightscope says, it can also be used as a proxy to keep out unwanted individuals: just create a whitelist of approved devices, and scan for unfamiliar ones. It’s a job these robots are well-suited to. They’re dogged and consistent, with the patience of a machine. They can run 24 hours a day, have infrared cameras to see in the dark, and are, in a way, are less conspicuous than humans performing similar surveillance duties. A robot might be a novelty the first few times you see it, but machines become invisible, blending into the background while continuing to scoop up data. Knightscope’s robots certainly aren’t physically capable enough to apprehend wrongdoers. They can’t run down criminals or even navigate stairs. And when they’ve made headlines in the past, it’s usually for some sort of pratfall, like when one of their bots drowned itself in a fountain or when another knocked down a toddler in a mall. So what are they good for? Knightscope maintains that its robots are essentially supplementary devices, meant to compensate for a lack of personnel, to spot trouble and call the police. But in an age when automated systems are replacing humans in more and more fields (think: algorithms making decisions in areas like hiring and benefits), it’s likely they’ll gradually take on a more prominent role, leaning on their surveillance skills. As roaming security cameras, they’ll continue to make an impact. As John Santagate, an analyst at IDC, told Recode last year, these robots can’t respond to emergencies, but they can intimidate people. “I use the analogy of the police car parked at the corner,” said Santagate. “Even when no one is in it, people around the car adjust their behavior.”
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Walmart in El Paso to reopen months after mass shooting
The Walmart in El Paso will reopen its doors after the mass shooting.
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Start your holiday shopping at L.L.Bean's sitewide sale
L.L.Bean, known for seasonally-appropriate cult favorites, is offering 25% off their entire site right now.
Gym-goers clock each other with exercise equipment in wild brawl
British dumbbells used workout equipment to attack each other during a terrifying caught-on-camera gym brawl. The wild footage shows one workout warrior screaming obscenities as he swings around the metal bar from a pull-down machine — smashing it against a counter that another gym-goer had just leaped over. As other gym-goers abandoned their workouts to...
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Which election videos are getting the most attention online?
Our dashboard team provides a snapshot of the video content gaining traction this weekWe’re just over a week into the formal election campaign and the parties have set out their digital stalls. But, as is so often the case in politics, there is a chasm between the messages politicians want us to take away and our reactions to them.In the latest instalment of our twice-weekly guide to the digital election trail, we look at what people are actually talking about. Are political party messages cutting through? Are campaign groups, thinktanks and commentators having a greater influence than parties on what is shared online? Continue reading...
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Google Maps translate feature will speak local place names
Google Translate text-to-speech options let you communicate during foreign travel.
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Doorbell camera captures woman’s chilling screams for help
Police are investigating a possible kidnapping in Los Angeles after a doorbell camera captured a woman’s chilling screams for help, according to a report. The Ring device installed at a Leimert Park home recorded a sobbing woman Tuesday night repeatedly saying, “Somebody help me!” news station KTLA reported. In the video, the woman’s pleas come...
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Multiple victims injured in California high school shooting; police are hunting for the gunman
YouTube/NBCLA Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a California high school Thursday morning. Authorities said they were searching for a male, Asian suspect wearing black clothing. There are reportedly three victims, but their conditions are unclear. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a California high school Thursday morning, and authorities were searching for a teenage suspect, local news outlets reported. The shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita was first reported just before 8 a.m. local time, according to the Los Angeles Times.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:10 tricks for remembering everything you readA black man was put in handcuffs after a police officer stopped him on a train platform because he was eatingCalifornia police are looking for an archer they say shot arrows into a homeless encampment and struck 2 men in the stomach
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He coached little league. Decades later, his players are calling him a predator.
“I didn’t want him to do to any other child what he did to me when I was 13,” one accuser told NBC News.
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Shooting reported at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County
Authorities in Los Angeles County were responding to reports of a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita.      
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Leila's Dinette: A proud legacy of good food and a 'save haven' for activists
On Thursday, Leila Williams will celebrate her 107th birthday in the presence of friends at the Glenwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur
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Trump claimed tariffs have 'no impact' on Walmart. But the retailer has said it would raise prices because of the trade war.
Reuters President Donald Trump claimed Thursday the punitive tariffs levied in a 19-month dispute with China have not hurt Walmart, the largest importer of goods in the US.  But in May, Walmart warned that tariffs would "lead to increased prices." More than half of Walmart's revenue comes from food and grocery sales, potentially allowing the retailer to manage pressure from tariffs.  Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump claimed Thursday the punitive tariffs levied in a 19-month dispute with China have not hurt Walmart, the largest importer of goods in the US.  "Walmart announces great numbers. No impact from Tariffs (which are contributing $Billions to our Treasury). Inflation low (do you hear that Powell?)!" the president wrote on Twitter, referring to the Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:10 tricks for remembering everything you readA quant expert warns the largest investors are facing a new, post-crisis danger that could lead to several years of losses — and explains how they can start limiting the damageThe chief global strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management lays out 3 reasons why the Fed's recent rate cuts could hold the economy back for 10 years — even as investors celebrateSEE ALSO: Trump says US could 'substantially' raise China tariffs if deal isn't reached
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Fake it to make it: the best faux leather – in pictures
From jumpsuits to mini-dresses and snake-print skirts, fake leather adds edge to any outfit Continue reading...
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With a single bead of plastic, scientists tease interactive 3D
British scientists have developed moving three-dimensional images with sound and touch sensations based on a tiny plastic bead moved at high speeds.
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Berrettini hails ‘unbelievable season’ after beating Thiem at ATP Finals
• Big-hitting Italian lifts game to beat Austrian 7-6 (3), 6-3• Thiem finds world No 8 too lively over an hour and quarterWhether it was his own lassitude or his opponent’s fighting spirit that spoiled Dominic Thiem’s spotless progress to the semi–finals of the Nitto ATP Tour Finals, the Austrian had to concede that Matteo Berrettini was too good for him in two sets here on Thursday afternoon.Having earlier become the first player to beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer back at this tournament, Thiem found the world No 8 – a Finals debutant at 23 who lost his matches against opponents with 36 slam titles between them – too lively over an hour and a quarter. Continue reading...
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Hong Kong protests: "Might as well go down fighting"
Zeynep Tufekci (previously) has been in Hong Kong reporting on the protests for months, and she's witnessed firsthand the failure of every prediction that the uprising would end soon -- but despite the mounting numbers and militancy of protesters, she reports that the protesters are not animated by hope or optimism, but rather, a fatalistic understanding that they will lose eventually, and a determination to go down fighting. The protesters that Tufekci has spoken to invoke Xinjiang province, where millions of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been imprisoned in hundreds of concentration camps where they are subjected to torture, rape, and brainwashing. The Hong Kong protesters understand that President Xi and the Beijing establishment have declared war on dissenters in China, and that further integration with the mainland could lead to the disappearance, torture and murder of their loved ones. The protesters have formulated a program with five demands on it: withdrawal of the extradition bill, independent investigations of police violence, dropping riot charges against protesters, amnesty for the arrested, and universal sufferage -- the right to nominate and vote on their own leaders, without those nominations being subjected to a veto by the mainland Chinese state. Universal sufferage is the most urgent of these demands (though all of them are non-negotiable -- as the popular slogan goes, "Five demands, not one less"). The protesters understand that their fate depends on being able to elect their own leaders, and that without a legitimate, accountable state, they will ultimately be sold out to the mainland. Read the rest
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