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Nikki Haley's political chess move on Trump

Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, raised eyebrows Friday for defending President Donald Trump by stating that she believes the President did not commit an impeachable offense in his dealings with Ukraine.
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Tao delivers another sceney NYC restaurant with Cathédrale
Cathédrale in the Moxy East Village hotel “harkens back to a much earlier era,” its publicity material says. And yes, the festive, jumbo place is a rollicking return to the ancient 1990s. But the food’s a lot better than that epoch’s hangar-size restaurants usually served. The Tao Group’s 250-plus-seater not only nails the pre-millennium party...
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2020 Dems urge DNC to call for Comcast probe of 'toxic culture'
Days before a debate hosted by MSNBC, four presidential candidates want commitments from Comcast, parent company of MSNBC and NBC, that it will investigate its "toxic culture"
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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro has a mysterious new ‘lid angle sensor’
Image: iFixit Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro not only has a bigger screen, but it returns to a scissor switch keyboard, has louder speakers, a better mic, and a... lid angle sensor? MacRumors found the mention of the new sensor in a service document that was sent to Apple Authorized Service Providers. It shared the info with iFixit, which found the small sensor inside the computer and also noticed that the MacBook Pro’s hinge has a magnet inside it with an arrow that indicates the hinge’s polarity. But that’s as much as we concretely know about the lid angle sensor. Based entirely on the name, it seems likely that the sensor can track the exact angle of the lid in some way. iFixit also speculated that the sensor helps keep a history of how much the... Continue reading…
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Ex-British Airways exec took $5M in bribes in pay-to-play scheme: AG
A former British Airways exec allegedly took $5 million in bribes in a pay-to-play scheme for lucrative airport contracts, Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday. Steven Clark, 61, allegedly took monthly bribes of up to $18,000 from the ex-CEO of Ground Services International (GSI), Jeff Kinsella, 59, for five years in exchange for getting his...
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Donald Trump and Melania Trump register to vote in Florida
President Donald Trump is officially a Florida man.
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Volker changes testimony based on new information
Former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker’s testimony Tuesday in the House impeachment inquiry differed markedly from his October deposition, as the veteran diplomat said he had learned new details since then. “Since I gave my testimony on Oct. 3, a great deal of additional information and perspectives have come to light. I have learned...
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Kurt Volker completely reverses his previous impeachment testimony and now says he thought discussions about political investigations were 'inappropriate'
AP Photo/Susan Walsh Kurt Volker, the former US envoy to Ukraine, made a substantial change in his testimony during Tuesday's  impeachment hearings before Congress.  Volker has been accused of working with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump's political opponents. During his previous closed-door testimony, Volker said there was no mention of the investigations Giuliani was pushing for during a July 10, meeting with Sondland and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.  But during the public impeachment hearing on Tuesday, Volker said during that meeting Sondland "made a generic comment about investigation," which Volker and others found "inappropriate." Volker also appeared to have provided seemingly contradictory testimony about his knowledge of the link between the Ukrainian gas company Burisma and Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of the company. Follow along with our live coverage of the hearings here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Kurt Volker, the former US special representative to Ukraine, made a substantial change in his testimony during Tuesday's  impeachment hearings before Congress.  Volker worked with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, to pressure Ukraine to conduct Trump's desired investigations. He was part of the so-called "three amigos," which consisted of Volker, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Sondland; other diplomats have said described their workings as an alternate channel withing Ukraine policy.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:Fox News' primetime shows are framing impeachment as a win for Trump and a 'disaster' for DemocratsRepublicans tried to smear Alexander Vindman by implying the US military officer has dual loyalty to UkraineHere's everyone testifying in the public hearings on the possible impeachment of Donald TrumpSEE ALSO: Republicans tried to smear Alexander Vindman by implying the US military officer has dual loyalty to Ukraine
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How to change the email address on your PS4 account in 2 different ways
Shutterstock It's easy to change your email on a PS4 on the console or through the PlayStation website.  You may want to change the email associated with your PS4 if you're using a new email address or want to keep your account secure.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Changing your email on a PS4 allows you to update privacy information, especially if your account houses an email you no longer use or no longer have access to.  More importantly, you will need to remember the email associated with your account in order to login and verify your account, reaffirm your personal information is protected, and get any updates about your account. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to block or unblock someone on your PS4, and manage who's allowed to message youHow to change your avatar on a PS4, to customize your profile and better represent yourself onlineHow to report someone on your PS4 for breaking PlayStation Network rules, through their profile or your private messagesSEE ALSO: 8 affordable PlayStation 4 accessories that'll help you make the most of your console
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Not a Roma 'Tourist' After Arsenal Loan, Talks Nicolo Zaniolo
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said he's not at Roma to be a "tourist" following his loan move from Arsenal and has talked up the talents of his young team-mate Nicolo Zaniolo...
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Cynthia Bailey says her wedding dress ‘will not be traditional’
"I kind of march to the beat of my own drum," she told us.
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Four witnesses publicly testify in high-stakes hearings today
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) joins The Lead.
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White House expert tells impeachment hearing that Trump made improper demand of Ukraine
A White House official told impeachment investigators on Tuesday that President Donald Trump's request that Ukraine investigate a political rival was an improper demand as he fended off Republican efforts to cast doubt on his competence and loyalty to the United States.
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Airbus unveiled a battery-powered sports aircraft, which will compete in the world's first electric air racing competition in 2020
Reuters Airbus unveiled the world's first electric race plane at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday. The aircraft can reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour and has a 220-pound lithium battery, which is under the fuselage of the plane and provides enough power for about five minutes of high-intensity racing. The plane is set to participate in Air Race E in 2020, a pioneering electric air race that will see eight teams racing around a 3-mile oval course, 33-feet above the ground. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. White Lightning is the name of Airbus' first electrically-powered racing aircraft, which was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday. It will be taking part in the first-ever air racing competition — Air Race E — at the end of 2020, according to a press release. The custom Cassutt racer can reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour. During races, the 220-pound lithium battery, which is under the fuselage of the plane, will provide enough power for about five minutes of high-intensity racing — just long enough for a race. There is still enough energy for 10 minutes of reserved flying at reduced power, however. The aircraft is built by the British company Condor Aviation.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: What it takes to be a first-class flight attendant for EmiratesSee Also:Boeing's 737 officially lost the title of world's most popular airplane. Airbus' competitor just passed it in sales.The 10 car brands that give owners the fewest problemsWhat it's like to attend one of the world's most exclusive air shows, where billionaires tour private jets and hundreds of planes are soldSEE ALSO: Elon Musk congratulated Ford on its all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, a threat to Tesla
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Philip Rivers’ unfortunate legacy will be all the games he didn’t win
Philip Rivers has thrown an interception in the final minutes of four of the Chargers’ losses in 2019. No quarterback has lost more one-score games in the Super Bowl era than Philip Rivers. The Chargers had a chance to force overtime against the Chiefs in Week 11. After a defensive stop, Los Angeles got the ball back with just under two minutes left in the Monday Night Football matchup. Rivers needed to move his team 91 yards down the field for a game-tying touchdown. Before the drive even began, everyone already knew how the game would end, though. For those of you who are watching your first Chargers game in a while/this season/ever. The defense is going to make a stand again here. It's going to finish a 1 score game. There will be "hope" until it's over.— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) November 19, 2019 Alas, they were right. Rivers got the Chargers to the Kansas City 14-yard line before his throw to the end zone was intercepted by the Chiefs. Game over. Los Angeles came up just short ... like always. All seven of the team’s losses in 2019 have been decided by a margin of seven points or less. One week earlier, the Chargers only needed to drive into field goal range to beat the Raiders. Facing a 26-24 deficit with about a minute left, Rivers had seven consecutive incompletions (one was nullified by a penalty) followed by a game-ending interception. Philip Rivers' two-minute drill to end the night. Not pretty! pic.twitter.com/x1zFPLPWcy— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) November 8, 2019 Maybe a younger version of Rivers would’ve pulled off a pair comebacks in those games. He has 32 career game-winning drives over the course of his career, including two in 2019. Unfortunately, those moments aren’t Rivers’ legacy. His career — which may only have a few games left — will probably be remembered for what he didn’t accomplish rather than what he did. Philip Rivers loses more close games than any QB The loss to the Chiefs in Week 11 was the 61st time in Rivers’ career he’s dropped a one-score game. According to ESPN, that’s a record among quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era. That reflects poorly on Rivers, especially after finishing his last two losses with interceptions. He also threw a pick in the final minutes against the Lions in Week 2, and another against the Steelers in Week 6. But it isn’t all his fault. Melvin Gordon fumbled on the 1-yard line earlier this season to ruin a chance to beat the Titans. There was also that time in 2017 when the Chargers opened the season with back-to-back losses due to missed field goals in the final seconds. The team’s reputation for last-minute implosion is more synonymous with the Chargers than Rivers, specifically. Even receiver Keenan Allen has acknowledged as much on Twitter: Shit sad https://t.co/ZmxEUKPQJb— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) October 14, 2019 Still, when the Hall of Fame eligibility window opens for Rivers, the talk will center around all the times he couldn’t get the job done. He’s an eight-time Pro Bowler who’s sixth all-time in both passing yards and touchdowns. All that production has yielded exactly zero trips to the Super Bowl and just one AFC Championship appearance, way back in January 2008. Dolphins legend Dan Marino, who never won a Super Bowl, had to battle the same criticisms during a record-breaking career. The difference is that Marino at least made it to one and ended his career in the top spot in both yardage and touchdowns. He was then elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot. Rivers may not be afforded the same slack for his lack of accomplishments. And 2018 may have been his last chance to change that narrative. This is close to the end of the road for Philip Rivers Last season was one of the best ever for Rivers. He posted a 105.5 passer rating with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record. It had all the makings of a perfect ending to his career, but — like so many years before — it ended with a frustrating postseason defeat. Rivers completed just 25 of his 51 passes in a 41-28 loss to the Patriots that wasn’t even as close as the score indicates. Plenty has changed since then, though. Rivers turns 38 in December and his play has fallen off a cliff. The Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston is the only quarterback in the NFL throwing more interceptions than Rivers, who has 14. His passer rating of 85.5 is his lowest in a season since 2007, his second year as the Chargers’ starter. He’s only thrown 15 touchdowns on over 400 pass attempts; that 3.6 percent rate is the lowest of his career. And his interceptions aren’t just late-game desperation heaves, either. The inexplicably poor decisions by Rivers have happened throughout games. Kyle Fuller intercepts Rivers and almost returns it to the house! #LACvsCHI #Bears100: FOX: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/a16R5wPShJ pic.twitter.com/pjzIzc80UA— NFL (@NFL) October 27, 2019 Unless a miracle happens, the team won’t be making the playoffs. Rivers’ contract expires in the spring and, for the first time, he’s been more of a negative than a positive for the franchise. Even if Rivers decides he wants to return in 2019, there’s a good chance the Chargers choose to move on. Their offseason could revolve around either finding a quarterback of the future to take over for Rivers. There are also a few veteran options expected to hit the market who could start be a stopgap starter for the Chargers in 2020. There are a few teams that could probably use a veteran presence like Rivers to temporarily take the wheel — like the Bears or Buccaneers, for instance. But it’s also hard to imagine Rivers moving his large family out of Southern California (imagine changing all those schools!). He didn’t even leave San Diego when the Chargers did, opting instead for a daily 80-mile commute in a tricked out SUV. One way or another, Rivers’ career is nearing its conclusion and it’s hard to envision it ending with confetti. Sadly, it’ll probably end with Rivers being remembered as a quarterback who — like he did against the Chiefs — always came up just a little short.
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The UK's election debate shows Johnson and Corbyn need to get better at politics
The UK's general election campaign has finally had its first proper moment, as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn faced each other in a head-to-head debate.
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Millennials might not be buying multimillion-dollar ranches, but Kanye West sure is
Agostini/Invision/AP; J. P. King Auction Company There's a surplus of multimillion-dollar luxury ranches out west because they are becoming less appealing to younger generations, according to Katherine Clarke from The Wall Street Journal. But in the midst of this surplus, rapper Kanye West has been snapping them up — and he's not the only celebrity on a luxury-ranch spending spree. Over the past few months, West has purchased two massive multimillion-dollar ranches in Wyoming. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's no secret that millennials are reshaping the US real-estate market.  From a lack of interest in traditional country clubs to a growing focus on factors like walkability when buying luxury real estate, sectors of the real estate market that were once considered the epitome of luxury are now struggling to attract young buyers.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:The 25 most expensive ZIP codes in America in 2019The 15 most expensive homes sold in the US over the past decade, rankedHere's the income you need to live comfortably in every state in the USSEE ALSO: Millennials aren't buying baby boomers' luxury ranches — and it's a sign of a much larger problem in the US real-estate market DON'T MISS: Traditional country clubs with their no-jeans dress codes and formal dining options are failing to attract millennials — but clubs are making 5 keys changes to pull in a younger clientele
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'The Mandalorian' creator Jon Favreau just shared the first design of 'Baby Yoda' and people can't handle the cuteness
Disney/Lucasfilm Disney Plus' new series "The Mandalorian" features an unfairly adorable baby creature that looks like a mini-Yoda.  The show's creator, Jon Favreau, shared the first concept artwork of "Baby Yoda" on Twitter. "Star Wars" fans are beside themselves over how cute the little child looks.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Star Wars" fans already can't get enough of the "Baby Yoda" character on Disney Plus' new series "The Mandalorian," and now the show's creator Jon Favreau is melting hearts all over again.  In a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, Favreau shows fans the original concept art for this mysterious "child."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:15 tweets and memes about 'Baby Yoda' on 'The Mandalorian' that prove the character is the best thing in 'Star Wars'Disney Plus doesn't have all your favorite movies and TV shows. Here's how you can request the ones you want.Anthony Mackie says being 'given the helm of Captain America' as a black man is 'very emotional'
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Bonkers pricing of “free” flu shots shows what’s wrong with US healthcare
In broken US health system, a flu shot can cost triple what it should.
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Woman risks her own life to rescue a koala from wildfire
Australia's bushfire season has claimed at least six lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. One woman risked her own life to rush into the flames to save a koala.
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Maria Butina's ex-boyfriend to plead guilty to money laundering and wire fraud charges
Paul Erickson, the former boyfriend of Maria Butina, agreed to plead guilty this week to two charges in South Dakota federal court -- money laundering and wire fraud -- with one of the criminal transactions sent to a person with the initials "M.B."
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How to change your background on a Windows 10 device using your settings or a shortcut
Business Insider You can change your background on Windows 10 in two different ways.  If you already have your new background image saved on your computer, simply right-click on it and choose to set it as your desktop background.  You can also navigate through your settings to change your background and customize it as you wish.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Windows 10 is an extremely popular operating system, and while the default Windows 10 blue background is alluring in its own right, it can also be considered quite bland. Fortunately, you have the option to customize the Windows 10 background as you see fit.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:How to add a text box on a Google Docs page to make certain text stand outHow to remove blank rows in Microsoft Excel to tidy up your spreadsheetHow to test your microphone on a Windows 10 computer, and make sure your PC is using the right inputSEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy
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White teen accused of plotting deadly attack on black church
The teen allegedly targeted the church because of the race of church members; students told of plot
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A racist cop bullies two black men for "acting suspicious," and he actually gets fired
Crazed Indiana officer Daryl Jones was fired after bullying two black men for "acting suspicious" after they bought a bunch of goods from Nordstrom Rack. The unhinged officer came up to the men, who were sitting in their car in front of the department store, and asked for their ID. When the Nordstrom customers repeatedly asked why, the officer's only response was that they were acting suspicious. When they asked for the officer's name, he wouldn't give it to them. When they questioned his behavior, he said, "I got my rights to do anything I want to do, I’m a police officer." Finally the now ex-officer called for backup, who realized what a jerk the officer was and let the guys go. Good thing the guys videotaped the incident (things get going at 1:15). Two hours after the chief constable watched it, Jones was fired. A refreshing ending to a common horror story. According to NBC: In the video posted to YouTube on Nov. 13, the description says the two men first noticed the officer watching them while they were at a Nordstrom Rack store in the Castleton neighborhood of Indianapolis... According to the description of the 17-minute video posted a day after the incident, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times as of Tuesday morning, the men started filming when they began to exit the parking lot and the officer screamed he was going to run their plates. "He watched us buy everything, and then followed us to the car," the YouTube video description says...The men repeatedly ask the officer, identified as Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones by NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis, why he approached them in the parking lot and why he wanted to see their driver's licenses. Read the rest
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Volker: Allegations against Biden are "not credible"
Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, said he would have "objected" to Ukraine opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. He added that he considers the allegations about Biden to be "not credible," and said he did not realize Mr. Trump saw the request to investigate Burisma as the same as investigating Biden until the July 25 call.
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Give charter schools a chance and other commentary
From the left: Give Charters a Chance In The New York Times, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) boldly argues that Democrats, especially presidential hopefuls, need to discuss “practical solutions to ensure that every child in our country can go to a great public school” — and “that discussion needs to include high-performing public charter schools.” Though...
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U.S. House Speaker Pelosi says enforcement is key to USMCA trade deal
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday an agreement with the Trump administration on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal can be reached if it is enforceable.
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Wacky Japan tech gadgets, from a shoe odorizer to a foot massager
On a recent trip to Japan, we checked out some unusual products not sold here in stores. We love the LG Styler, but who has electricity in the closet?       
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Opinion: Vindman's poignant message to his dad
The most poignant, the most telling moment in Tuesday's impeachment hearing came near the end of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's opening remarks, when he addressed his father, the man who brought his family to America. "Dad," he said, "my sitting here today ... is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States." He went on: "Do not worry, I will be fine for telling the truth."
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Vindman's poignant message to his dad
Vindman and the other witnesses who have defied Trump administration orders not to testify, have-- one after the other--explained their unquestioning commitment to their country, writes Frida Ghitis. To battle these high-minded public servants, the President attacks them, and his Republican supporters question their loyalty, insult them.
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What We Learned Today From Impeachment Inquiry Hearings
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman and Jennifer Williams testified Tuesday morning in front of the House Intelligence Committee.
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CBS first major TV network to bail on impeachment hearings
CBS on Tuesday became the first big television network to hit the breaks on wall-to-wall coverage of the impeachment hearings. The network ended their special report of the hearings around 12:20 p.m., amid Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony — though coverage continued on it’s news app and digital platform, CBSN. “Strange… CBS ended its special...
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NASA discovery fuels hopes in search for life beyond Earth
"We are on the cusp of exploring what may be the best place in our solar system to look for life beyond Earth," NASA says of Jupiter's icy moon
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Report: Rockets' P.J. Tucker, Nike Nearing Contract Agreement for Shoe Deal
It's no secret that Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker is a sneaker aficionado. And now, he may be nearing a shoe deal with Nike...
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Psychologists debunk 25 mental-health myths
Business Insider asked three clinical psychologists to debunk TK of the most common myths about mental health and therapy.  They explain that schizophrenia is not having multiple personalities, but experiencing a break with reality, and that obsessive-compulsive disorder is not just about being neat.  They also talk about therapy, explaining that it's not like having a paid friend — and that it doesn't last forever. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is the transcript of the video. Laura Goorin: So, the myth that all neat freaks have OCD is a common one. Most people who are clean just actually care about being clean, and that's totally different than having OCD. Also, there are no five stages of loss. It's just a myth. Narrator: That's Laura Goorin, one of three psychologists we brought into our studios to debunk some of the most common mental-health myths.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here's what you're actually seeing when you spot a meteor showerWhat if the Earth stopped orbiting the Sun?Here's where you should really go to stay safe during an earthquakeSEE ALSO: 2 experts debunk sleep myths, from snoring is just annoying to stay in bed if you can't fall asleep
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Teacher on leave for apparent punch during student melee
A Pennsylvania middle school teacher trying to break up an after-school fight apparently slugged one of the brawling students, disturbing video shows. The all-out melee involving an unidentified male teacher at Middletown Area Middle School and two students remained under investigation Tuesday after police received a complaint from one of the pint-sized pugilists, Lower Swatara...
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How to add a text box on a Google Docs page to make certain text stand out
dennizn / Shutterstock.com You can add a text box on a Google Docs page at any time in a few simple steps.  Text boxes in a Google Doc allow you to highlight certain information in your document so that it stands apart from the rest of the information in your file.  Text boxes are completely customizable and easy to move around a document. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While Microsoft Office used to be the standard, these days Google's family of programs offer a free and popular web-based alternative to Microsoft Office products.  Google Docs in particular is a highly customizable word processing program with no shortage of formatting and layout options, including the ability to add text boxes. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to remove blank rows in Microsoft Excel to tidy up your spreadsheetHow to freeze columns in Microsoft Excel to compare data throughout your spreadsheetHow to test your microphone on a Windows 10 computer, and make sure your PC is using the right inputSEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy
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13 places in the US where it's probably not worth investing in real estate for the next decade
Elaine Thompson/AP Hot real estate markets aren't forever.  With changes in the way people work, live, and spend, some US markets that were once hot are cooling off. Markets seeing quick declines include neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Seattle, along with neighborhoods in Miami Beach, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.  These changes probably mean you'll want to look elsewhere to invest in real estate in the near future, but markets are cyclical, and home values are changing all the time. Read more personal finance coverage.  Many people argue that buying a home is an investment. However, it doesn't always work out like that.  Consumer trends expert Beatrice de Jong of Opendoor says many factors influence the rise or fall of a neighborhood's value, including job availability, school districts, and affordability.  Data from Zillow shows which US housing markets are currently cooling the fastest, but there's no need to panic if you've been eyeing these locales. "The real estate market is always cyclical," de Jong says. "It's hyper-local, but it's also cyclical." Here are the 13 US real estate markets losing value the quickest, along with their projected decrease in value over the next year and each area's median home price as calculated by Zillow.13. Greater San Antonio, Mountain View, California Stephen Lam/Reuters Home to many large tech companies, this neighborhood of Mountain View, California is seeing prices decline.  De Jong says these west coast markets are cooling after the height of the tech boom. "Seattle, Palo Alto, and Mountain View are big tech hubs," she says. "Most of those cities have a lot of new jobs, high-paying jobs, bringing people up to the area. That really created a spike in the real estate prices." Current median home value: $1,224,900 Year-over-year forecasted value drop: 5.83% 12. East Village, New York City, New York Alexander Spatari/Getty Images New York City's real estate market is one that de Jong says can be vary widely even by the block and change quickly. "New York is so hyper-local, even just to the neighborhood in Manhattan," she says. Real estate is even affected by something like a subway line being under construction, because that affects people's daily commutes."  In places like East Village, it's a buyers' market right now, though many people might be looking elsewhere.  Current median home value: $1,247,400 Year-over-year forecasted value drop: 5.83% 11. Explorers, Foster City, California Andrei Stanescu/Getty Images This Foster City neighborhood is seeing home values fall, despite its proximity to lots of high-paying jobs in Silicon Valley.  Current median home value: $1,258,500 Year-over-year forecasted value drop: 5.9% See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I've worked over 100 weddings as a professional bridesmaid, and I see couples make the same 5 money mistakes over and over again5 years ago I made $6,400 working for myself. This year, I'm on track to break $100,000 thanks to a few smart choices.Who has the best cheap car insurance in Tennessee?
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Rob Manfred wants us to think Astros were alone — and he’s ready to hammer them
As MLB investigates possible illegal sign stealing, commissioner Rob Manfred says the league is zeroed in on the Astros and not other clubs. “Right now we are focused on the information that we have with respect to the Astros,” Manfred told reporters Tuesday after touring the Rangers’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas, the site of...
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Election debate: Johnson and Corbyn clash over NHS future
Labour leader claims service will be sold by PM, who keeps repeating Brexit mantraFull coverage of the debateBoris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over which of them is best placed to safeguard the NHS if they win the general election, with the Labour leader accusing the prime minister of being ready to sell it off to US corporations.In a testy live debate on ITV, during which the prime minister repeatedly returned to the claim that he would “get Brexit done”, both men lavished praise on the NHS, but Corbyn said Johnson would put it up for sale. Continue reading...
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The best vacuum blenders
Smoothies made the right way don't separate or oxidize over time. A good vacuum blender will help you make the best smoothies by removing excess air from your concoctions. The Tribest Dynapro not only has plenty of vacuum suction to remove excess air for delicious smoothies and other frozen beverages, its powerful operation allows it to handle even the toughest bits of ice and frozen fruits with ease. There's no denying that homemade smoothies taste delicious. However, they have a tendency to separate and oxidize, especially if you're trying to save the leftovers. Not only does this make the smoothie look much less appealing, it can also alter the taste and texture. Running the blender again could solve the problem, but the real solution lies in the form of a vacuum blender. This innovative type of blender hasn't been around long, but smoothie drinkers may want to check vacuum blenders out. Vacuum blenders don't look much different than your average household blender. In fact, depending on the vacuum mechanism, there's virtually no difference between the two aside from a vacuum attachment that can be placed on top of the blender jar to suction out air. Vacuum blending involves a manual or electric vacuum pump accessory that removes excess air from the finished product. A tightly formed seal helps prevent any extra air from leaking out.  We've rounded up the best vacuum blenders at a variety of price points. Some of them are best for smoothies while others can make everything from soups to juices. Here are the best vacuum blenders you can buy: Best vacuum blender overall: Tribest Dynapro Best vacuum blender for smooth blending: OMorc Vacuum Blender Best vacuum blender for juice: PADO Ozen 500 Updated on 11/19/19 by Caitlin Petreycik: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added related guides. The best vacuum blender overall Tribest The Tribest Dynapro is a powerful commercial blender that distances itself from competitors with its robust motor, large carafe, and generous warranty. Don't be fooled by its designation as a commercial vacuum blender — the Tribest Dynapro can be used at home as well. While its powerful motor, large container, and noteworthy vacuum blending technology makes the blender a top choice for commercial use, it works just as well for getting the job done at home. The robust 2.5 HP motor (1,865 watts) has plenty of power to get through ice, leafy greens, frozen fruits and vegetables, and more. This vacuum blender also comes with an integrated blade to chop up veggies, ice, and fruit as quickly and efficiently as possible. The container holds 64 ounces of liquid, making it a solid choice if you're trying to make enough for a family or crowd. Its vacuum blending technology is what really helps distance this Tribest blender from competitors. The blender comes with a vacuum pump, which removes extra air from inside the blending container and ultimately prevents oxidation. The pump runs on batteries and simply connects to the top of the container. Just push the button to suction out extra air. If you're concerned about the temperature of the food or beverage you're whipping up, you'll probably find the raw temperature indicator quite useful. The indicator is comprised of a star, which turns blue when the temperature inside the container is lower than 118 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature gets above that mark, the star will turn white. You can also pay attention to the changing colors if you simply need to know whether the temperature is outside of the raw range. You'll need to pay attention to the temperature if you're trying to avoid going outside of the raw range, though, because there isn't a built-in indicator. Many shoppers consider not only the price tag, but also the features and overall size. This commercial-grade blender isn't the smallest on the market. According to the Tribest website, the measurements are 9.7 inches wide, 10.6 inches deep, and 17.9 inches high. We came across one online review by a buyer who finds the wider carafe easier to clean than smaller ones. The larger top opening is another perk, as you can easily add ingredients without spilling. If height may be a factor in your kitchen, it's worth noting that the vacuum pump adds extra height when it's inserted into the top of the blender base. Pros: Powerful, commercial-grade construction, generous 15-year warranty for home use Cons: A bit loud, bulky design, pricey The best value vacuum blender Amazon From its powerful operation to its user-friendly design, the Ninja Smart Screen Blender has just as much to offer as many of its pricier competitors. One of the main reasons why this particular Ninja blender stands out in terms of overall value is that it's more than just a blender. In addition to a blender, you're also getting a food processor. For the blender, you can choose between a 72-ounce vacuum pitcher and a 20-ounce cup that's ideal for single servings. Both the pitcher and cup have Ninja's innovative FreshVac technology, which removes air before blending to create a smoother texture, richer taste, and less foam. Having enough blending power can make the difference between delicious, creamy results and ones that aren't quite there, no matter what you do. If you're searching for the best blender, you'll want to invest in one that has at least 500 watts of power, according to Allrecipes. This Ninja blender has a maximum power output of 1,400 watts. While it's not as powerful as the Tribest Dynapro, there's still plenty of power for most home blending needs. Whether you're planning on making your favorite smoothie, sauce, dips or more, the vacuum blender delivers the necessary blending power for delicious results. Ninja blenders generally stand out for their versatility and ease of use, and the Smart Screen blender is no exception. You'll find several pre-set programs for tasks such as making pizza dough, milkshakes, salsa, and more. Each program has its own unique pattern for pulsing, pausing, and speeding up or slowing down when necessary. Pros: Touchscreen display, 1,400 watts of blending power, including multiple pre-set programs Cons: Blender attachment is very tall, very sharp blender blades, not the best for making dough The best vacuum blender for smooth blending Amazon If you prefer your frozen goods to be creamy and fluid, you'll enjoy the OMorc Vacuum Blender. If you prefer your blended goods without chunks of frozen fruit or ice, you'll want to go with a blender that has enough power and performance to ensure smooth end results. With an 800-watt motor and speeds of 21,000 RPMs, this OMorc blender isn't the most powerful or fastest on the list. However, it's powerful enough to blend up frozen fruits and veggies for smooth results. If you're a fan of comparisons, 800 watts falls just below the average 875 watts of your typical garage door opener, which is still pretty powerful. Six stainless steel blades get to work chopping up leftover bits so you can enjoy creamy and smooth beverages and snacks. The blender is especially well suited for making juice thanks to its vacuum technology. Not only is extra oxygen removed from the ingredients during the blending process, but you can also store the leftovers in a vacuum up to a day after to preserve essential nutrients. According to the company, this vacuum blender releases over three times the antioxidant polyphenols and 2.5 times the amount of vitamin C compared with traditional machines. One buyer review mentions the slightly lower amount of power might mean paying a bit of extra attention to where ingredients are placed, especially if you're making a smoothie or a beverage with ice.  They suggest layering ingredients so that the softer, creamier ones meet the blade first. A few customers note that larger chunks of ice and frozen fruit may need to be chopped up a bit if you're looking for completely smooth results. Pros: Compact design, ideal for smooth blending, an affordable alternative to some more expensive blenders Cons: Not as powerful as some competitors, can get loud, some wish it handled ice better See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best blendersThe best Black Friday store sales of 201923 cool gift ideas from 'Shark Tank' that you can get from Amazon
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The Amex Platinum card offers up to $100 in annual credits at Saks Fifth Avenue, and you can 'stack' other discounts to save more on your holiday shopping
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Prince Andrew tried to discredit the Jeffrey Epstein victim who says she had sex with the Duke of York when she was 17. His alibis don't add up.
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