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Socialists in lead in Spain election, but no clear winner: opinion poll

The Socialists of Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez were seen finishing first in Sunday's national election, but further away from a majority in an even more fragmented parliament with many more far-right deputies, a survey showed.
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'Joker' will cross $1 billion at the box office today, becoming the first R-rated movie in history to do so
"Joker" is set to become the first R-rated movie to make $1 billion at the global box office on Friday. The ultra-violent movie wasn't even released in China. It joins three other DC superhero movies to make $1 billion: "The Dark Knight," "The Dark Knight Rises," and "Aquaman." A sequel isn't in the works, but director Todd Phillips recently hinted at what he'd like to see in one, telling The Los Angeles Times that it "would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. "Joker" is projected to pass $1 billion at the global box office on Friday, becoming the first R-rated movie to ever do so.  The Todd Phillips-directed drama was at $999.1 million as of Thursday, according to Deadline, meaning it will surely hit the coveted $1 billion mark by Friday night. "Joker" joins three other Warner Bros.-released DC superhero movies to reach that milestone:See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:'Midway' $17.5 million opening weekend box office win marks lowest November champ in 20 years2 reasons why the 'Shining' sequel 'Doctor Sleep' flopped at the box office'Joker' director hints at what he'd want in a sequel as the movie nears $1 billion at the box office
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Study: You can tie a quantum knot in a superfluid, but it will soon “untie” itself
Research has implications for future topological quantum computers.
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Hulu + Live TV is now $55 so you might as well just get cable
Streaming services were supposed to save us from the high prices of cable and satellite subscriptions, but Hulu did its part to blur the lines between the two this week.  The Disney-owned streaming giant announced Friday that Hulu + Live TV would get a $10 price increase to a new base rate of $54.99 per month. That will still get you the same things it always has, such as access to more than 60 channels as well as Hulu's existing on-demand library, but you'll pay more for it than you did before starting Dec. 18. Hulu's press release said the new price "reflects the substantial value" of the service, but acknowledged that will probably not be enough for some consumers. You can still opt in and out of the Live TV part anytime you want, so if you need to dip in and out for any reason, Hulu won't stop you. Read more...More about Disney, Hulu, Streaming Services, Cord Cutting, and Hulu Live Tv
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At the Big Apple Circus, these clever kitties rule the ring
Delicately picking her way along an upturned ladder, Asia the Siamese has a look of haughty disdain on her face, as if she finds the stunt a bit beneath her. Disdainful or not, the fabulous feline is one of the star performers with the Savitsky Cats, now taking the Big Apple Circus by purrfect storm...
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9/11 survivors, family members beg government to release terror attacks report
A lawyer for 9/11 victims’ families on Friday blasted the Justice Department’s staunch refusal to release a 2016 report detailing everything the government knows about the terror attacks — including the name of an unindicted co-conspirator who remains at large. “We believe that every page of these reports should be revealed,” attorney James Kreindler said following...
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'You're tough as nails and you're smart as hell'- Quotes from Trump impeachment hearing
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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LeBron James Says He and Tom Brady Will 'Play Until We Can't Walk No More'
With New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady having already floated out the idea of playing until he's 45 years old , Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James may follow suit...
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Biden reacts to Saugus High School shooting: "Damn it, we have to protect these kids!"
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he is "tired of people talking about your prayers" after school shootings.
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Twitter’s political ad ban provides little oversight for fossil fuel companies
Under Twitter’s new ad policy, environmental groups and fossil fuel companies alike won’t be allowed to run ads with “the primary goal of driving political, judicial, legislative, or regulatory outcomes.” The company will also place restrictions on ads aimed at educating or raising awareness on issues like climate change. The new details on cause-based advertising were released today after Twitter’s initial announcement last month that it would end all political advertising on its platform. That decision raised alarm bells for environmental advocates who are concerned that the new ban would give an advantage to fossil fuel companies that could continue to promote their products and views unencumbered by the restrictions. “We need accountability.” “Twitter’s new ad policy will allow fossil fuel companies to buy ads defending themselves and spreading misleading info—but won’t allow organizations fighting the climate crisis to buy ads holding those companies accountable,” 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted on November 5th. “We need accountability.” “Taking all this into consideration,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted in response. After that backlash, Twitter announced that it will restrict rather than outright ban “cause-based advertising.” It is also providing more details about how advertising from advocacy groups and Big Oil and Gas will be scrutinized. “Cause-based advertising can facilitate public conversation around important topics,” Twitter’s new policy states. “Advertising should not be used to drive political, judicial, legislative, or regulatory outcomes.” Fossil fuel companies will still be allowed to purchase ads as long they avoid those topics, and any educational or awareness-raising ads from companies also need to be “tied to the organization’s publicly stated values, principles, and/or beliefs.” Advertisers will need to go through a certification process to ensure they’re not breaking the new rules. But Twitter will also be relying on individual users to flag violations. “If we see companies that are trying to push messaging that is clearly meant to be inflammatory or meant to manipulate a conversation, that’s something that we look at as sort of a one-off basis as it’s escalated,” Del Harvey, Twitter’s VP of trust and safety, told reporters on a Friday call. “We are absolutely going to make mistakes here and we firmly believe that it is far better for us to start trying to get this right and then give people a way to tell us when we’re getting it wrong, than to try to wait until we have the full fruition for every potential way that people could try to game us.” “We are absolutely going to make mistakes here.” Environmental activist group Sunrise Movement — which is behind the push for a Green New Deal — hasn’t relied on Twitter’s paid reach, but it’s still concerned about the consequences of Twitter’s new rules. “We’ll be watching closely to see how Twitter implements this policy. Fossil fuel companies like Exxon are not normal companies. Their business model is completely incompatible with what scientists say is necessary to stop climate catastrophe,” Sunrise Movement communications director Stephen O’Hanlon wrote to The Verge in an email. “When they advertise about the promise of fossil fuels, they aren’t just promoting their product — they are propagating the kind of pseudo science that got us in this mess in the first place.” Twitter’s new advertising policies will be live on November 22nd, and more details about what enforcement will look like are expected to be announced closer to that date. Makena Kelly contributed reporting for this story.
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10 Top Executives at 10 Household-Name Companies Share the Things They Wish They Knew From the Start
"If you get knocked down, keep pushing forward," says this one exec. "It's all about the process."
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Airbnb will add more oversight to its Experiences program
Airbnb is announcing new guidelines for its Experiences program, including more screening for risky or specialized experiences. Its rules are meant to improve the safety and quality of the program, which supplements Airbnb’s short-term rentals with paid activities like walking tours, scuba diving, and mushroom foraging. According to a statement, the company aims to make all experiences “100 percent verified,” repeating a promise it previously made for rental listings. It doesn’t explain precisely what verification will entail, but the process includes looking at information from guests. Airbnb is also expanding the list of activities that are considered “technically specialized.” Hosts of technically specialized experiences need to provide proof of permits for the activities, as well as certifications and licenses when applicable. The category already includes activities like helicopter flights and whitewater rafting, and it works with the Adventure Travel Trade Association to create guidelines. Hosts will soon need to provide proof of permits for outdoor activities near bodies of water, high-altitude hikes, and backcountry skiing among other experiences. They’ll also need to prove they’re getting the required permits for experiences on National Park and US Forest Service lands — in other words, complying with rules that they should already be following. Airbnb says it may also expand the list of “high-risk” activities that are banned from Experiences, which currently include outdoor skydiving, bungee jumping, and ice climbing. Airbnb said earlier this month that it would expand oversight of its short-term rentals. In that case, the news followed two major pieces of bad press: a Vice report on a major scam operation and a shooting that killed five people at an Airbnb rental. Experiences is a much smaller program, and it hasn’t produced high-profile controversies — but as Airbnb makes clear, it lets guests participate in activities that could be either unpleasant or outright dangerous when done poorly.
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Book of the Week: 'Breakthrough'
To turn your idea into a thriving business, you'll need to think big and take risks.
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Barbra Streisand tribute museum is an exhibition for the #MeToo era
The face on the banner fluttering above East 65th Street looks familiar. Why, it’s Barbra Streisand, the subject of a museum exhibit devoted to the way she was, is and perhaps always will be. Welcome to “Hello Gorgeous,” an eclectic show of costumes, photos, videos and more at the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple...
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The US economy isn't booming. In fact, it may barely grow at all this quarter
The recent euphoria on Wall Street suggests the American economy is roaring. Yet there is a growing risk that growth could grind to a near-halt during the final three months of the year.
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Missouri man gets 8 years in prison for aiding ISIS leader
A Missouri man accused of supplying cash and military equipment to a now-deceased ISIS leader in Syria has been sentenced to eight years behind bars — after which he will be deported to his native Bosnia. Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 45, of St. Louis County, was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday after pleading guilty in...
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Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez step out for Cristian Rivera Foundation gala
The star-studded event raised money for the treatment of rare pediatric cancers.
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Renault's Delbos vies for CEO post as hunt narrows
Renault's interim chief executive Clotilde Delbos has applied to take the job on a permanent basis, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the French carmaker edges toward a shortlist likely to also feature several external candidates.
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South Alabama vs. Chattanooga prediction: Jaguars will cover
South Alabama has a good combination of transfers and returning players, which has led to this team getting off to a 2-1 start with the loss coming by a single point on the road against Auburn. The Jaguars have four players averaging at least 10 points per game, with the leader being 6-foot-7 combo player...
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Apple bans vaping apps from the iOS App Store
Customers can continue using apps they've already downloaded.
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Porsche’s Taycan lives up to its EV hype
Driving a Porsche -- regardless of its body style -- is filled with expectations. The vehicle should go fast while whipping around corners. So it's no surprise that the automaker's electric Taycan (pronounced Tie Khan) offers those things. The re...
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Arizona sheriff's deputy tackles 15-year-old boy with no arms or legs
"I'd like people to imagine that this is their child," the local public defender said in an interview.
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Ease Your Way Into Sherry With the Adonis
There are many advantages to having cocktail experts for friends. Besides being excellent hosts, they often (quite generously) provide me with inspiration and recipes for this column. Usually, they end up directing me to classic cocktails I had somehow missed. It’s very helpful.Read more...
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I signed up for $1 million of life insurance before I ever had kids, and I'd tell any 20-something to do the same
Layland Masuda/Getty Images Life insurance costs typically rise with age, so locking in a policy now will get you the lowest possible rate. Even if you don't have dependents today, signing up for life insurance early can save you hundreds of dollars per year on premiums compared to waiting. You can always cancel an unneeded policy, but you can't go back in time and sign up with lower rates. Policygenius can help you compare life insurance policies to find the right coverage for you, at the right price » If you are single without kids, life insurance is probably the farthest thing from your mind. While I briefly looked at life insurance when I was 22, I didn't get serious about it until about a half-decade later, when I bought $1 million in life insurance coverage before I had my children. That delay likely cost me a little bit every single month for 30 years.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:7 times you're better off spending than savingA 53-year-old worth $3.4 million is sticking with 2 strategies to keeping building his wealthWho has the best cheap car insurance in Virginia?
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Exclusive: U.S. regulator rethinking changes to whistleblower program after backlash - sources
The U.S. securities regulator is rethinking a proposal that could weaken a landmark whistleblower program after a pushback from whistleblower lawyers and advocates, people with knowledge of the deliberations told Reuters.
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Cop violently arrests and terrorizes a 15 year old Black quadruple amputee
A sheriff's deputy in Pima, AZ was video-recorded wrestling with and screaming at a 15 year old Black teenager with no arms or legs; the cop, who was not named, was called to a group home where the teen lived, because the teen had been upset and yelling and shouting, and had knocked over a trash can. Immanuel, the child whom the policeman abused, has been in state custody since he was abandoned by his parents, and lives in the group home. A 16 year old teen who also lived in the group home, made a covert video-recording of the police violence from another room. He was also arrested by the sheriff's deputy. The video shows the officer repeatedly tackling and pinning the shirtless Immanuel, who is visibly upset and in pain. The officer screams abuse at the child, and at other children present during his assault on Immanuel. The video ends with the cop arresting the child who made the video recording (another child takes his phone and continues shooting); without warning, the cop takes the handcuffed child and smashes his head into a wall. Both children were jailed for "disorderly conduct." The officer was not wearing a bodycam. When the video surfaced, it reduced a room full of hardened public defenders to tears. After the video was aired, charges against the children were dropped. As Immanuel's public defender noted, the children in the group home have already been traumatized and have been taken from their families to protect them from further trauma. Read the rest
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‘Phony publicist’ falsely uses Paris Hilton, Lisa Rinna, Amazon to promote book party
Is this the Fyre Festival of book releases?
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Travis Kalanick sells another $164M in Uber stock as big cash-out continues
Former Uber boss Travis Kalanick sold an additional $164 million worth of the ride-hailing company’s stock this week, bringing his total sales to more than $700 million. Last week Kalanick dumped nearly $547 million worth of shares, bringing his total sales since the company’s May IPO to close to $711 million, according to Securities and...
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B/R Countdown: Trae Young's Top 10 Most Absurd Deep Threes
Trae Young has been on fire as of late, showing off his range by dropping endless deep three's. In this edition of B/R Countdown, we count down his top-10 deep three's so far this season...
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a long-term game plan for Haynesville gas
At a time when companies in a U.S. natural gas field have been losing money and exiting Louisiana's Haynesville shale basin, Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones' Comstock Resources is picking up cheap assets, betting on the field's proximity to the growing U.S. Gulf Coast export hub.
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Daniil Medvedev v Alexander Zverev: ATP World Tour Finals - live!
Updates from the group game at the 02 ArenaNadal beats Tsitsipas in gruelling three-setterAnd you can email Tumaini here or tweet him here 7.58pm GMT Here are the highlights from Medvedev’s comprehensive win over Zverev. He turned the tables on Zverev this year, but for how long? 7.56pm GMT Zverev leads the head to head 4-1, but Medvedev won their most recent meeting in the final. This will always be an interesting match-up given the contrasting routes of their young careers. Zverev broke through much earlier than Medvedev and has long since established himself as a future star, whereas Medvedev has been the revelation of the year. Their two divergent career routes reflect the fact that hat every player has their own path and they find their way in their own time. Continue reading...
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Republican Elise Stefanik tangles with Schiff to defend Trump during hearings
Representative Elise Stefanik, once best known for becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress, stepped into center stage this week as a vocal defender of President Donald Trump during televised impeachment hearings.
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Trump isn’t ready to sign China deal, White House advisers say
Getty President Donald Trump and his advisers say they aren't yet ready to finalize the terms of a trade agreement with China.  The terms announced in mid-October have not yet been put to paper. On December 15, tariffs are scheduled to be expanded to far more products. The two sides have clashed over whether tariff rollbacks should be included in the first stage of the interim agreement, as well as over rules about the forced transfer of foreign technology.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A month after the announcement of an interim agreement between the US and China, President Donald Trump and his advisers say they aren't yet ready to finalize those trade terms on paper.  Negotiators from the two sides were expected to hold a phone call at the end of the week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a Fox Business Network interview Friday. They have made progress, he said, but issues remained.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:Meet Stephen Miller, the 34-year-old White House adviser who's being called to resign after leaked emails showed him sharing white supremacist linksMeet Roger Stone: One of Donald Trump's most loyal supporters, who was found guilty of obstructing the Russia investigationChaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in commonSEE ALSO: China has been reluctant to commit to the farm purchases Trump touted
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Dozens of Colorado sheriffs say they won't enforce red flag gun law
Several sheriffs in the state of Colorado are digging in their heels against a gun law that will go into effect January 1, allowing for the temporary confiscation of firearms if a gun owner shows dangerous or threatening behavior. 60 Minutes reports on red flag laws being adopted across the country, Sunday
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Why NFL backup QBs are succeeding now more than ever
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images This is year of the backup quarterback, and that’s no coincidence. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains. There will be many ways to define the 2019 season after we’ve gotten a Super Bowl winner in February. But right now, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the backup quarterback. Never before have we seen backup quarterbacks have so much success when pressed into duty because of injury. Of course, we have instances of poor play from backups, but I’m focusing on the positive here and the No. 2 quarterbacks who have won at least a game. Just look around the league. Currently starting Kyle Allen, Panthers: 5-2 Mason Rudolph, Steelers: 4-3 Brandon Allen, Broncos: 1-0 Started for parts of the season Teddy Bridgewater, Saints: 5-0 Gardner Minshew, Jaguars: 4-4 Matt Moore, Chiefs: 1-1 That’s a 20-10 mark for those backups. I’ll leave Ryan Tannehill (3-1) out of the equation because he wasn’t inserted into the starting lineup due to injury. Same for Jacoby Brissett, who was thrust into the job after Andrew Luck’s retirement. That would add a 5-3 record. This kind of success used to almost never happen with backup quarterbacks, at least not to this extent. Mostly speaking, your season was over if your starting quarterback got hurt. And as fans of our favorite teams, we know the feeling when that happens. But no longer do we need to feel this way. Why the sudden shift now? Coaches are tweaking their offense to fit the quarterback, not vice versa The biggest reason by far is how offenses operate in 2019 as opposed to even a few years before. The game is wide open now, and this is helping backup quarterbacks succeed. While many of the best offenses in the NFL still have the core of an “old-school” offense, the field is now spread out much wider. NFL teams are making you defend every blade of grass with spread formations and attacking passing games. When you spread out, it’s easier to read the field and find the bigger windows in the zone. So, in theory, there are “easier” throws for the quarterbacks to make within an offense. There are “easier” throws to be made because plenty of playcallers are just smarter with how they game plan with backup quarterbacks now. The NFL is currently in its 100th season and I feel comfortable saying for, like, 90 years, NFL playcallers were mostly stubborn. They designed a game plan that fit their current quarterback, or they forced an offense on a quarterback who didn’t have the skillset to make that happen. When that starter got hurt, the backup quarterback just entered the offense and nothing much changed. Offenses might run the ball more or simplify the system, but rarely did they create better opportunities for the young quarterbacks. But now, when the starter goes out, the coaches adapt the offense more to fit what the backup QB does well. The best example isn’t from this season, but it’s from 2017 when Carson Wentz went out for the Eagles and Nick Foles entered the lineup. Doug Pederson, Frank Reich, and staff went back to watch Foles play in 2013, when he was successful in a Chip Kelly offense. They implemented a bunch of the run-pass option action and it completely changed their offense. This is how offenses are adapting with young backup quarterbacks. RPOs, quick throws and the screen game are staples. The increased use of play-action passes allows young quarterbacks to have minimal reads and big chunk plays. All of this gives the backups more chances as compared to how it used to be. Quarterbacks are also more advanced these days Making this come full circle with scheme and coaching are the players themselves. Most quarterbacks start at a young age with 7-on-7 camps. They head into high school and sling the rock. They are way more advanced at an earlier age. They are learning defenses and spreading them out as early as youth football. Then they are off to college with some of this advanced education and confidence, which only continues as they learn in college. By the time quarterbacks enter the NFL, they are way more knowledgeable about the game than quarterbacks in previous generations. When they are put into a game now, they aren’t scared by the moment and are comfortable with the schemes they are playing in. That’s so critical to their success. There are other factors at play here, like more rules that protect quarterbacks now. There shouldn’t be as much fear about getting hit. Plus, plenty of these quarterbacks, like Allen, Minshew, and Rudolph, have been able to play with strong rushing attacks and defenses. Lastly, some “backup” QBs are actually starters in my mind. For example, Bridgewater was a rising starter before injuring his knee in Minnesota. It feels a tad unfair to call him a backup, even though he is. Bridgewater will find himself a new home this offseason for LOTS of money. Good for him. So fans, if your starting quarterback gets hurt, don’t fret like in the past. You have a capable backup waiting in the wings. That doesn’t mean that quarterback will end up being a franchise guy, but he can at least help your team win games.
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The Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend
In the early morning hours on Monday, the Leonid meteor shower will send shooting stars across the sky. Look up on Saturday and Sunday night as well to spot bright meteors with trains streaming behind them.
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Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Block Release of His Financial Records
The new case, about a subpoena from a House committee, follows one arising from a grand jury subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors.
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Twitter unveils final details for political ad ban
Even though the company aimed to clear up how the policy will unfold, some big questions remain.
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Antonio Brown happy after marathon meeting with NFL brass
Antonio Brown’s meeting with the NFL to investigate sexual assault allegations against him lasted about eight hours, ESPN reported Friday. The free agent wide receiver is apparently happy with how it went, too. Lisa Friel, the NFL’s senior vice president and special counsel for investigations, was one of three representatives for the league at Thursday’s...
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EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years
BERLIN — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European Union member states, the bank’s shareholders....
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The clitoris isn't just for sexual pleasure, contrary to popular belief. It also may be crucial for reproduction.
Crystal Cox/Business Insider A recent study published in Clinical Anatomy found that the clitoris isn't just for sexual pleasure. The clitoris may act as a crucial part of the reproduction process, sending signals to the brain during an orgasm that increase vaginal blood flow, temperature, and lubrication as well as causing the cervix to slow down sperm.  The study reinforces the idea that the clitoris is important for both reproduction and sexual pleasure. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The clitoris has long been a symbol of female sexuality and even feminism because it was assumed to have been exclusively for pleasure.  But recent research shows that the little organ serves a grander purpose than initially thought. 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:I can't orgasm through sex alone. Is something wrong with my vagina?Most women don't orgasm consistently, and it may be because they can't quiet their mindsMost men who send unwanted pictures of their penises say the messages actually pay off
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I've traveled all over the world but just went on my very first cruise. Here are the 22 things that surprised me the most, as well as my best tips for first-time cruisers.
Abby Narishkin/Insider I've traveled to around 50 countries, but had never set foot on a cruise ship before — until now. Despite being a seasoned traveler, a lot about cruise ship life surprised me. I was shocked to feel the rocking of the waves as much as I did, didn't realize there was such a thing as "ship time," was surprised to find that formal nights are still a thing, and was blown away by the quality of the entertainment. I was also taken aback by the cost of WiFi, the fact that bottled water was extra, and by the daily gratuity fee added to my bill. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. I spent three months living in a tent while driving across Australia, have attempted (with mediocre success) to surf the longest wave in the world in Peru, have biked across Italy, and have skied mountains from the Rockies to the Alps. I've been on planes, trains, buses, and automobiles, but have never once set foot on a cruise ship. Until now. In the name of journalism, I spent a week cruising in the Caribbean. And I wasn't on just any cruise ship, I was on the world's largest cruise ship: Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas. As a seasoned traveler but cruising newbie, a lot surprised me during this week. Keep scrolling for the things every first-time cruiser should know, but keep in mind that these may have been unique to my cruise ship and personal experience.You can actually feel the ship rocking. Abby Narishkin/Insider For some reason, I was not expecting to feel the ship's movements as much as I did. I assumed that a ship of that size (the world's largest!) would feel stable despite the ocean's waves, but boy was I wrong. I felt it the most at night when lying in my bed, though the rocking put me right to sleep. Tip: While Dramamine is sold on the ship, you can get it for free at guest services.   There's something called "ship time." Sophie-Claire Hoeller/Insider Turns out, ship time can be different from "time time." Since traveling across time zones can be tricky, cruise ships tend to stick to the time zone of their port of departure (Miami in my case). I learned this the hard way when I arrived to a 9 a.m. rendezvous at 8 a.m., as my phone and Fitbit watch had both automatically switched to Atlantic Standard Time when we approached St. Maarten, which is an hour off Miami's Eastern Standard Time.  Tip: Bring an analog watch. While you can turn off your phone's automatic time zone updates, it still gets confusing. The safety screening in the beginning is just a movie. Sophie-Claire Hoeller/Insider Maybe I have an outdated idea of cruising, but I sort of expected to stand around outside and go through the actual physical process of what to do and where to go in an emergency. Instead, we were simply ushered into the ship's theater to watch an (admittedly Hollywood-level) short film on the ship's dos and don'ts.   See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The worst retail fails and controversies of 2019, so farThe 9 best movies for kids of 2019 so farThe 13 most horrifying stories of tourists behaving badly over the last decade
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NYC comptroller aims to 'clawback' pay of HIV pharma executives
The city official accused Gilead’s executives of engaging in anti-competitive practices in order to charge “exorbitant prices” for lifesaving HIV drugs.
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United joins American and Southwest in extending 737 Max cancellations into March
Joining American and Southwest, United extends 737 MAX cancellations through March 2020
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Twitter's political ad ban will also curb ads for hot-button issues
Twitter has finally outlined how its ban on political ads will work, and it's considerably clearer -- if not as clear as some would like. When the ban takes effect on November 22nd, it'll bar ads for anything referring to candidates, parties, existi...
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Trump asks Supreme Court to block disclosure of financial records to Congress
President Donald Trump on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a ruling that would require an accounting firm to hand over his financial records to a Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives committee, one of his lawyers said.
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Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Ukraine Envoy Ousted by Trump, Says She Feels Intimidated by Him
As Ms. Yovanovitch testified, President Trump tweeted insults at her, drawing charges of witness intimidation.
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A mass Christian exodus from the Middle East would be a catastrophe
What happens in the next few weeks in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is crucial for Mideast Christians — and the stability and pluralism of these countries and the wider region. Christianity was born in the Middle East, yet Jesus Christ’s followers there face a perilous moment. The Christian share of the population has shrunk to...
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