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Kim Kardashian posted adorable photos from a photo shoot with North West: 'I always dreamed of having a baby girl'
Kim Kardashian West posted a set of photos with her eldest daughter and "bff," North West, on social media. "North came to visit me on set & said momma can we do a photo shoot together just me & you!" Kardashian West wrote. "I followed her poses & direction so here it is! I always dreamed of having a baby girl & she’s perfect!" People are fawning over the adorable photos. Kim Kardashian West posted a set of photos with her eldest daughter and "bff," North West, on both Twitter and Instagram Tuesday morning. The 38-year-old "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star revealed that North came to visit her on set and asked her mom if they could do a one-on-one photo shoot together.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The legendary economist who predicted the housing crisis says the US will win the trade warSee Also:RANKED: The 19 Kardashian moments that captured our attention in 2018, in order of shock valueKanye West dragged Travis Scott into his messy feud with Drake — here's what you need to knowKendall Jenner shared a passionate love letter she received with the name blacked out — here are all the fan theories for who it could be from
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A woman films her grandfather's reaction every time she visits him and it's melting the internet's heart
Jennifer Barclay/ Twitter Jennifer Barclay of Scotland visits her grandfather, Robert, every week and films him greeting her at the door. She created a compilation video of his adorable reaction to her arrivals and posted it to Twitter.  The video has now been viewed over eight million times.  A woman in Scotland is capturing the internet's attention after filming her 87-year-old grandfather greeting her at the door.  Although Jennifer Barclay visits her grandfather, Robert, once a week, he charmingly greets her like it's been years since they've seen each other. She decided to record his reactions each week. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Bernie Madoff was arrested 10 years ago today — here's what his life is like in prisonSee Also:10 times the royals broke their own protocol in 2018The 11 biggest photo-editing scandals of 2018These strings of Christmas lights spell out hidden words — can you solve all 3 brainteasers?
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Kim Kardashian, Kylie, and Kendall Jenner all put their own spin on the 'naked' dress trend in the span of a week
Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images In the span of seven days, Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner all rocked the "naked" dress trend, which swept Hollywood in 2018. First, Kendall wore a sheer, long-sleeved dress to the British Fashion Awards on December 10. Three days later, Kylie shared a photo of herself wearing a similar long-sleeved dress on Instagram. And on Monday, Kardashian West posted a photo of herself draped in a see-through sparkly fabric on Instagram. Kim Kardashian West just became the third Kardashian-Jenner sister to wear the "naked" dress trend in the past week. On Monday, the beauty mogul posted a photo of herself draped in sheer, shimmering fabric on Instagram.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Bernie Madoff was arrested 10 years ago today — here's what his life is like in prisonSee Also:Priyanka Chopra wore a sparkly, embroidered lehenga to the lavish wedding of Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest manJennifer Lopez wore head-to-toe neon orange, but her $4,995 tiny purse stole the showMiley Cyrus wore an unzipped jacket with nothing underneath, and people were confused about how it stayed in place
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A Michigan sheriff asked not to be arrested on drunk driving charges: 'Jesus Christ, I'm a sheriff'
Nick Starichenko/Shutterstock On November 16, Michigan sheriff Scott Stephenson was arrested on suspicions of drunk driving after leaving a deer hunting camp. He can be heard saying in footage WJRT obtained that he couldn't be arrested, adding, "Jesus Christ, I’m a sheriff." Stephenson was found asleep behind the wheel of his car, which was parked on the side of a highway. A breathalyzer test reportedly showed that Stephenson's blood alcohol content (BAC) was nearly three times the legal limit in Michigan. He has since pleaded guilty in the case. On November 16, Michigan sheriff Scott Stephenson was arrested on suspicions of drunk driving after going deer hunting. But when Kalkaska County deputy sheriff Ashley VanSloten approached him, Stephenson asked not to be arrested on DWI charges, according to footage of the incident obtained by local ABC affiliate WJRT.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to be a big cat keeper — from getting hands-on with cheetahs to feeding huge white tigersSee Also:A police officer wrote a letter to an 18-year-old they pulled over for driving 100 miles per hour, and the powerful message has gone viralSome evidence and details in rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine's criminal case will be kept secretA malfunction involving a cash-filled Brinks truck blew money all over the highway, and people ran onto the highway to pick it up
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Goldman Sachs and Salesforce backed a company that helps call center workers tell when you're angry. Now, it's helping doctors fight depression.
Cozine/Shutterstock Cogito, a tech startup out of MIT, has raised $73 million with backing from Goldman Sachs and Salesforce Ventures. It boosts the quality of call centers' customer service by analyzing customers' voices and flagging when they're unsatisfied. This month, Cogito spun out a new company focused on detecting mental illness based on the sound of your voice. A growing cluster of health-tech CEOs, clinicians, and entrepreneurs say voice is the future of healthcare.  For Sub Datta, the fight for better tools to identify severe bouts of depression is deeply personal. Datta lives with clinical depression. He's also the first leader of a new company that's using data collected from smartphones — including the sound of a user's voice — to detect acute episodes of mental illnesses like his.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's what happens to your brain when you get blackout drunkSee Also:Amazon is dipping its toes into a $300 billion healthcare-technology market, and it has analysts wondering if the retail giant has a shot at disrupting itI opted out of health insurance and then had a medical emergency. Here's how Medicaid is rescuing me from $50,000 in medical bills.The man who helped build Silicon Valley's premier education startup is diving into the antiaging fight with a fresh $18 millionSEE ALSO: A Silicon Valley startup is growing 'mini brains' to create new drugs for schizophrenia and autism — and big pharma is investing millions DON'T MISS: Your phone and smartwatch may soon tell doctors if you're entering a depressive episode — and Olympian Michael Phelps is on board
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Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' just got renewed for 2 more seasons
Netflix "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" is coming back in April for a second season. But even ahead of that premiere, the show was just renewed for a third and fourth season. There will be 16 episodes spread between the two.  Netflix has conjured up some excellent news for "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" fans: The Kiernan Shipka-led drama series has been renewed for seasons 3 and 4, TVLine has learned. The streaming giant has ordered 16 more episodes of Sabrina, which will release in two parts (officially called parts 3 and 4). Production on the new installments will kick off in 2019.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The world's largest cruise ship just landed in Miami — here's what it's like on boardSee Also:The 4 movies and TV shows coming to Netflix this week that are worth watching, including 'Avengers: Infinity War'RANKED: The 54 best Netflix originals this year3 great TV shows to watch on Netflix this week
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Sweetgreen is testing dinner plates as it works to go beyond salads
Sweetgreen Sweetgreen is testing heartier dishes to appeal to people who don't eat salads and bring in customers during dinnertime hours.    These meals are being trialed in its testing lab and store in Culver City, California, just south of Los Angeles. Sweetgreen raised $200 million in a new round of funding led by Fidelity Investments in November. The company is now valued at over $1 billion. Sweetgreen may have locked down your lunchtime order, but now it wants to serve you dinner.  The wildly successful salad chain, which was launched in 2007 by three Georgetown University classmates, is diversifying away from its salads in an effort to win over more customers and boost sales outside of lunchtime hours, Nicolas Jammet, cofounder and chief product officer at Sweetgreen, told Business Insider during an interview at the chain's Nolita store in New York on Monday. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Millennials and teens are making Gucci cool again — here's how the brand nearly doubled its sales in 2018See Also:We visited American Eagle and Abercrombie to see which resurgent teen store was better to shop at — and the winner was clearA cult-favorite sock startup said it was forced to turn off its phone line after being flooded with complaints of incomplete or disappearing ordersMore than 1.4 billion pounds of cheese are reportedly stuck in warehouses — and millennials' refusal to eat American cheese is part of the problemSEE ALSO: We tried 2 hugely popular coastal salad chains that are being fueled by millions in VC money — and the winner is unmistakable
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A reliable stock-market indicator is rolling over, and its a 'warning' sign for investors
Drew Angerer/Getty Images Margin debt has seen a steep decline from its record high hit earlier this year. That's a warning sign for US stocks, according to a new report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This measure has proven to be something of a solid stock market indicator, particularly around notable selloffs during the dotcom bubble and the financial crisis. Margin debt hit a record high back in May. It's gone mostly downhill from there. The notable decline is a negative development for US equities, according to a new report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Margin debt, or the debt investors take on against their portfolios, recently slumped to its lowest level of the year as stock markets' recent carnage has accelerated. This measure of risk has proven to be a somewhat reliable leading indicator for the stock market.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The equity chief at $6.3 trillion BlackRock weighs in on the trade war, a possible recession, and offers her best investing advice for a tricky 2019 landscapeSee Also:Goldman Sachs scoured 3,500 company updates and formulated a stock trading strategy that can help you crush the market in early 2019We interviewed Wall Street's 8 top-performing investors to get their secrets for success — and their best ideas for 2019BANK OF AMERICA: Investors are about to put the global economy through a 'major stress test' — and the risks of failure are high
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9 things you probably didn't know about 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'
Food Network "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" started airing on the Food Network in 2007. The show features Guy Fieri as the host and is currently in its 29th season. It's a road-trip style TV show – Guy travels around the US, Canada, and some other international destinations to try out restaurants, diners, and hidden gems alike. "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" (affectionately known as Triple D) is currently in its 29th season on the Food Network, making it one of the network's biggest hits and features the recognizable Guy Fieri as the host.  He travels around the US to meet restaurateurs and business owners. They share their signature dishes, and he gets to see how the dishes are made and sample them. We took a look at some entertaining facts about the show that you may not know.There are lots of websites dedicated to the show. Food Network Fans of the show created a website with all locations visited by Guy on Triple D. Not only does the site categorize the locations by city, state, cuisine, and food type – you can also use it to plan a road trip. The folks running the website update it weekly, so you can stay up-to-date on the latest from Guy. There's also another fan-run site called FlavortownUSA, which also helps to organize the stops on Triple D. Guy's ride is an important part of the show. Food Network As in the theme song and ending credits, you've seen Guy drive his signature Chevy Camaro SS. Guy currently drives a '68 convertible Camaro, which has become a signature part of the show.  Guy has published three books about "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" Amazon Fieri has published three books over the years: "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip … with Recipes!," "More Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: Another Drop-Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest," and "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown: America's Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food."   See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:15 of the best places to go for a winter beach getaway5 ways to nail your holiday baking while saving time and money10 underrated places in North America for your next girls trip
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The season is over for 17 NFL teams and there is a 4-way race for the top pick in the 2019 draft
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images There are two weeks remaining in the NFL season, but for 17 teams, there is no realistic shot at the playoffs. If the season ended today, the Arizona Cardinals would have the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but three other teams are still in the hunt. There are two weeks remaining in the NFL season, but for some teams, it is already over, and it is time to start looking towards the 2019 NFL Draft. Whether it is a lack of talent, some key injuries, or just plain ol' bad luck, there are already 17 teams that have been effectively eliminated from playoff contention. Of those, four are in a race for the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with the Arizona Cardinals in the lead. Here are the 17 teams that won't make the playoffs, ranked by the chances to receive the top pick in the 2019 draft. 1. Arizona Cardinals Ralph Freso/Getty Images Record: 3-11 538's chance to make the playoffs:  0% (officially eliminated) DVOA's chance to get first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft: 74.5% One thing to know: If the Cardinals lose their final two games, they would have the first pick in the draft based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker over the Raiders.  2. Oakland Raiders Marc Serota/Getty Images Record: 3-11 538's chance to make the playoffs: 0% (officially eliminated) DVOA's chance to get first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:  17.5% One thing to know: The Raiders have three picks in the first round of the 2019 Draft. Their own will almost certainly be in the top five. Also, they have first-rounders from the Bears and the Cowboys. They will also have a new GM as they fired Reggie McKenzie this week. 3. New York Jets Michael Reaves/Getty Record: 4-10 538's chance to make the playoffs: 0% (officially eliminated) DVOA's chance to get first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:  4.3% One thing to know: The Jets are 1-7 in their last eight games, but the win over the Bills was costly. If the Jets had lost, they would be tied for the top pick in the draft, and they would likely win the tiebreaker over the Cardinals and the Raiders. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:6 NFL teams are competing for 1 playoff spot — here's how each one can lock it upThe 15 most disappointing sports teams of 2018NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 15
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El Chapo's wife was absent from his trial for the first time since it started 6 weeks ago
AP Photo/Seth Wenig Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, missed the accused Mexican drug lord's trial in Brooklyn on Monday. Until Monday, Aispuro had attended every day of Guzman's federal trial. Guzman pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges, and Aispuro previously called him a "normal, ordinary person." Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's wife was absent from the accused Sinaloa cartel leader's trial on Monday for the first time since it began six weeks ago.  Emma Coronel Aispuro's absence appeared to confuse Guzman, who was seen scanning the courtroom for Aispuro, according to The New York Post.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: I'm a diehard iPhone user who switched to Android for a week — here's what I loved and hated about the Google Pixel 3 XLSee Also:El Chapo's beauty queen wife says the drug lord is a 'simple' and 'normal' guy who the media made 'too famous'A man was trapped in a grease vent at a deserted restaurant for 2 daysThe former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape has been banned from the campus of his current university, UT-Dallas
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Disappointing photos show what Venice looks like in real life, from extreme overcrowding and devastating floods to pollution from cruise ships
Shutterstock/Mariia Golovianko, Getty Images Venice, Italy is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The city sees between 26 million and 30 million visitors per year. But despite its beauty, the hordes of tourists, devastating floods, and cruise ship pollution may make you think twice about visiting Venice.    Venice goes by many nicknames, "The Floating City," "The City of Bridges," and "The City of Canals" among them. Whatever you call it, it's one of the most popular destinations in Italy, with between 26 million and 30 million people visiting per year. But despite its beauty, the city suffers from massive overcrowding, devastating floods, and pollution from the massive cruise ships that pass through every day. While many people may still consider a trip to Venice worthwhile, these disappointing photos show the reality of the less glamorous aspects of the city.Venice, a city on Italy's northeastern coast, is one of the country's most popular destinations. Shutterstock / canadastock Nicknamed the "Floating City," Venice is situated on 118 small islands. Reuters Source: UNESCO, Venice Gondola These islands are connected by more than 400 bridges, earning the city one of its nicknames: "The City of Bridges." Getty Images Source: UNESCO See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I visited the iconic New York City holiday market with shops and an ice skating rink just steps from Times Square, and the experience was nothing like what I expectedA Colorado ski resort is open to just 13 members who pay upwards of $2.8 million for private access to 1,750 acres of untouched powderMillions of tourists flock to Bangkok every year, and now a resort 2 hours outside the city has been named the world's 'best private villa' for $150,000 a weekSEE ALSO: The top 10 trips Americans wanted to take in 2018, according to Google DON'T MISS: Inside the world's largest underwater restaurant, which has a 36-foot window that looks right out into the seabed so guests can watch marine life swim by as they eat
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The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — here's what that means for stakeholders
This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Current subscribers can read the report here. Business Insider Intelligence The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — preferences that are causing digital payment volume to blossom worldwide.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — here's what that means for stakeholdersBofA has announced updates to its mobile appsMoneyGram and Xoom have announced platform expansionsSEE ALSO: These are the four transformations payments providers must undergo to survive digitization
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James Harden had a hilarious answer for reporters after getting called out for a blatant travel on his signature step-back move
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images James Harden's step-back move sparks near-constant debate about what constitutes a travel in today's NBA, but the reigning NBA MVP took his signature move to a new level Monday night against the Utah Jazz. Harden got away with a blatant travel on a double-step-back and managed to draw a questionable foul from Utah's Ricky Rubio. The call sent Harden to the line with 54.6 seconds on the clock and the Jazz trailing by three and may have tipped the game in favor of Harden's Houston Rockets. Harden didn't deny that the referees missed the call on the play and gave a funny response to reporters when they called him out during after the game. James Harden's stacked stat sheet against the Utah Jazz Monday night included 47 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and one blatant travel. With 54.6 seconds on the clock and the Jazz trailing by three, Harden attempted to force separation from Rubio with his signature step-back but took three extra steps after picking up his dribble. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The true story behind the name 'Black Friday' is much darker than you may have thoughtSee Also:LeBron James and the Lakers played defense with their hands behind their backs vs. the Rockets to protest foul callsStephen Curry says his moon-landing comments were a jokeESPN's Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser blast Stephen Curry for saying the moon landing was fake: 'Does that mean you don't believe in slavery?'
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America's year in war: All the places US armed forces took or gave fire in 2018
US Marine Corps The US military gave or took fire in some form or another in at least seven countries in 2018: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. At least 15 US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2018 in a war that entered its 18th year in October. The US military also continues to be active in Iraq and Syria in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group, conducting airstrikes and advising local forces on the ground. Under Trump, the US has also dramatically increased the number of drone strikes in places the US is not currently at war.  The US military gave or took fire in some form or another in at least seven countries in 2018: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. Here's a breakdown of America's military involvement in each country.  Read more: Trump inherited Obama's drone war and he's significantly expanded it in countries where the US is not technically at war Read more: The most elite US-trained forces in Afghanistan routed by the Taliban, another sign the war is a lost causeThe war in Afghanistan U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey At least 15 US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2018 in a war that entered its 18th year in October. The deadliest incident of the year occurred in late November, involving a roadside bomb that ultimately claimed the lives of four US service members. This marked the largest loss of life in a single incident for the US in Afghanistan since 2015. There are currently roughly 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan.  The fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria US Marine Corps The US military also continues to be active in Iraq and Syria in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group, conducting airstrikes and advising local forces on the ground. At least 10 US service members were killed in Iraq in 2018, though none of the deaths were a direct result of enemy action. Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar was killed by a roadside bomb in Syria in late March.  Human rights groups have accused the US-led coalition of reckless behavior and "potential war crimes" in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. While civilian casualties are still being assessed for 2018, a report from the monitoring group Airwars said the US and its allies may have killed up to 6,000 civilians via strikes in Iraq and Syria in 2017 alone. The US has been waging a campaign against the Islamic State group since August 2014.  In April, President Donald Trump also authorized missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, targeting chemical weapons facilities in concert with the French and British.  Missile strikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thomson Reuters In April, President Donald Trump also authorized missile strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, targeting chemical weapons facilities in concert with the French and British. The US fired more than 118 missiles, more than twice the number it used in an attack on Syria's Sharyat Airbase on April 7, 2017. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:6 things you probably didn't know about the Supreme Court class photoRyan Zinke is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so farWho's next? Jared Kushner now among the 8 potential replacements for John KellySEE ALSO: America's 'war on terror' has cost the US nearly $6 trillion and killed roughly half a million people, and there's no end in sight
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A fire in the Brazilian city of Manaus engulfed at least 600 wooden houses and led thousands to flee
Bruno Kelly/Reuters A fire in the Brazilian city of Manaus engulfed at least 600 wooden houses and sent thousands fleeing from their homes on Tuesday. No deaths were reported from the blaze, but four people were injured and more than 2000 were forced to flee. Authorities said preliminary information pointed to a kitchen incident involving an exploding pressure cooker as the possible cause. SAO PAULO (Reuters) — A fire raced through a neighborhood in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus early on Tuesday, engulfing at least 600 wooden houses built on stilts due to seasonal floods and sending thousands fleeing from their homes. No deaths were reported from the blaze, which authorities said may have been triggered by a pressure cooker explosion. Four people were injured, and more than 2,000 people were forced to flee, Amadeu Soares, head of the Amazonas state security ministry, told reporters at the scene.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Harvard scientists think this interstellar object might be an alien spacecraftSee Also:A college professor assigned his students the task of going viral, and they ended up tricking millions of people'I saw people getting shot. I can't get it out of my head': 4 people dead after gunman opens fire after Mass in Brazil cathedralA city in Spain plans to banish 5,000 pigeons after locals claimed they were 'menacing' tourists
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17 cool last-minute gifts for the music lover in your life
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Most of us listen to music in some capacity and can say we like it. But there are the people who just listen casually to whatever happens to be on the radio, and then there are the people who spend hours carefully curating playlists, filling their calendars with concerts to attend, and even playing music themselves. This gift guide is for the latter group, who argue that they don't just like music, they love it.  To fuel their passion, you can gift something that elevates the listening experience, teaches them something new about music, or puts them right in front of their favorite singer.  Shop these 17 gifts for music lovers below.  Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.A diagram of famous guitars Pop Chart A Visual Compendium of Guitars 18"x 24" Print, $30, available at Pop Chart Can they identify all the guitars held by famous rockers in this eye-catching print? They'll find the musical companions of  Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Joan Jett, among many other iconic musicians.  A limited-edition Taylor Swift instant camera Fujifilm Instax North America/Instagram Fujifilm Taylor Swift Limited Edition Instax Film Camera with Square Instant Film Bundle, $199.95, available at Amazon This camera design is inspired by Taylor Swift's "Reputation" album and has the singer written all over it (literally — it features her autograph on both the back of the camera and the borders of the prints). The die-hard fan in your life can bring the portable camera to all their concerts to immortalize the experience.  A vinyl record membership Vinyl Me, Please 3-month Gift Membership, $99, available at Vinyl Me, Please Vinyl record owners experience no greater joy than when they get to add to their collection and play a new record for the first time. Your recipient will choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. The three-month membership includes one bonus record.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best wireless Bluetooth headphones you can buy25 clever last-minute gifts for people who deserve a better night's sleep19 creative and thoughtful host gifts that go beyond the classic fruit basketSEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place
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16 celebrity babies we can't wait to meet in 2019
Sixteen celebrity babies are on their way in 2019. Links to announcements, Instagram posts of the soon-to-be-moms and dads. One of the unborn babies already has 63k followers on Instagram. There were so many celebrity babies born in 2018, and 2019 promises even more famous births.  Here are all the celebrity babies that we can't wait to meet in 2019.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The legendary economist who predicted the housing crisis says the US will win the trade warSee Also:As an anti-aging product skeptic, I decided to tried one for a month – here's what I thought7 things nutritionists order when they go out to brunchHow to get enough vitamin D without the sun
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25 clever last-minute gifts for people who deserve a better night's sleep
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The average person spends roughly a third of their life sleeping. Whether or not they're getting quality sleep is a different story. If you can't quite figure out gifts your friends and family will actually use while they're awake, giving them something that will improve their quality of sleep is a priceless alternative. From simple items like cozy flannel sheets, travel pillows, and soothing herbal teas to special items like cell-repairing sheets and sleepwear, sleep-tracking smart mattresses, and sleep sound machines, the possibilities are in great abundance. Whether you're shopping for a hard worker who could use some rest or someone who could be a professional napper, you'll find the sleep-aiding gift they've been dreaming of here. Most of these items are available for expedited shipping or will arrive within a few days. Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.A pillow for sleeping on planes, trains, and anywhere else you can get a nap in Amazon Ostrich Pillow Original, available in two colors on Amazon, $84.99 Though it looks pretty ridiculous, the Ostrich Pillow creates a personal space to make sleeping outside of your bed more comfortable. Whether sleeping on an airplane or under a desk during their lunch break, they'll be able to peacefully catch some Z's. Comfortable Bluetooth sleeping headphones AcousticSheep AcousticSheep Wireless Bluetooth Sleep Headphones, available on Amazon, $99.95 Sleeping with normal headphones can be uncomfortable, and they'll likely come out in the middle of the night anyway. The AcousticSheep Bluetooth Sleep Headphones feature a wide headband design so the wearer can comfortably fall asleep listening to music or white noise.   A machine that plays soothing white noise and nature sounds Amazon Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine, available on Amazon, $82 (Originally $89.98) [You save $7.98] The Sound+Sleep sound machine has the ability to play 30 sounds from different types of environments. With options like fireplace, waterfall, white noise, meditation, brook, rainfall, train, city, meadow, and ocean, everyone can find a sound that'll put them to sleep. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:19 creative and thoughtful host gifts that go beyond the classic fruit basketThe best wireless Bluetooth headphones you can buy26 magical 'Harry Potter' gifts even the most devoted Potterheads will love
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21 hidden gems on Amazon that make thoughtful and personal gifts
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. It's crazy to think that Christmas is just a week away. The reality is, though, that in seven days you're going to need to have all of your holiday gifts wrapped and ready to go. Haven't bought them yet? Luckily, it's no big deal because plenty of online retailers are offering fast (and in some cases free) two-day shipping to help you get all of your gifts in time.  Amazon is one of the retailers you can rely on to get you your gifts on time, especially if you're a Prime member. Yet, many people feel that finding a present in Amazon's sea of millions of products can result in gifts that feel lackluster and a little impersonal. I was in that camp as well, finding it admittedly difficult to find the hidden gems in my broad searches for "minimalist succulent planters" or "shaggy throw pillows". I recently discovered Amazon's gift finder, which helps you find curated selections of unique gifts, and I was impressed. You can search by category, interests, price, and more. If anything, this proved to me that you can in fact find gifts on Amazon that still feel thoughtful and personal. So, we curated a list of 21 personal gifts on Amazon, for everyone on your list. Keep scrolling to check out our picks below. Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here. For the musician Amazon Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable, $89 Musicians and music lovers alike can agree that nothing sounds better than vinyl. If they have a record collection, they'll appreciate this turntable. If they don't have a record collection, start them off with a record or two and introduce them to the unique vinyl sound with this record player — they'll thank you.  For the 'green thumb' Amazon Back to the Roots Garden-in-a-Can Herb Garden, $33.74 Give them the tools to keep up with their gardening habit all year long. Each garden-in-a-can is super easy to use — just add water and some sunshine — and will have them with fresh cilantro, basil, and mint garnishes in no time.  For the bookworm Amazon Alice in Wonderland Bookmark, $29 Add some whimsy to their next read with this Alice in Wonderland bookmark. It's sure to catch their attention, and you can be sure they'll never lose their place again.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:23 thoughtful gifts for new parents celebrating their first holiday as a family76 unique last-minute gift ideas from startups that are worth having on your radar36 thoughtful last-minute gifts to give your girlfriend this year — for every budgetSEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place DON'T MISS: 55 creative and unexpected gifts for her that are all under $50
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At least 20 Jesuit priests with a history of sexual misconduct were sent to live on a college campus
Franco Origlia/Getty Images Father James Poole, a priest in Nome, Alaska, was serial sexual predator, who abused at least 20 women and girls, according to court documents.  In response to his serial abuse, he was sent to live out his retirement years on Gonzaga University's campus in Spokane, Washington. And he isn't the only one: For three decades, Cardinal Bea House on Gonzaga's campus has served as a retirement home for at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual misconduct. Documents show a longstanding pattern of Jesuit officials in the an area including Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, privately acknowledging inappropriate sexual behavior, but not releasing that information to the public. This article was provided to The Associated Press by the nonprofit news outlet Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Subscribe to its newsletter: revealnews.org/newsletter. On the surface, Father James Poole seemed like the cool priest in Nome, Alaska. He founded a Catholic mission radio station that broadcast his Jesuit sermons alongside contemporary pop hits. A 1978 story in People magazine called Poole "Western Alaska's Hippest DJ . Comin' at Ya with Rock'n'Roll 'n' Religion."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: I'm a diehard iPhone user who switched to Android for a week — here's what I loved and hated about the Google Pixel 3 XLSee Also:A poacher in Missouri was sentenced to a year in jail for killing hundreds of deer, and the judge is making him watch 'Bambi' once a month'I saw people getting shot. I can't get it out of my head': 4 people dead after gunman opens fire after Mass in Brazil cathedralA city in Spain plans to banish 5,000 pigeons after locals claimed they were 'menacing' tourists
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10 times the royals broke their own protocol in 2018
Getty/Chris Jackson Royals usually follow a strict protocol that dictates their behavior, from what they eat to how they sit. But, as in 2018, they've been known to deviate from the rules. Meghan Markle hugged a fan, for instance, despite royal protocol to keep some distance. Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. And when it comes to strict rules of royal protocol, even Queen Elizabeth herself has been known to brush them aside, calling them "rubbish." Here are 10 times that members of the royal family broke their own protocol this year.Royals aren't supposed to give autographs, but Markle signed a 10-year-old girl's notebook. Getty Images Royals aren't supposed to sign autographs for security reasons: that way their signatures can't be forged. That didn't stop Markle from signing 10-year-old Caitlin Clark's autograph book with a heart and smiley face. Clark told HELLO! magazine that Markle misspelled her name and wrote "Hi Kaitlin," but that she didn't mind. "I don't really care," she said. "My heart is still racing. I've never got a royal autograph before. This is going to make everyone jealous." Royals usually stick to more formal greetings, but Markle is a hugger. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Embracing royals is usually off-limits for both security reasons and out of respect for their positions. But Markle goes right in for hugs. At an event for International Women's Day, People reports that when 10-year-old Sophia Richards told Prince Harry she wants to be an actress, he brought her over to meet Markle, who hugged her. "Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve. And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress," Richards told People. "It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day." Princess Eugenie says she "got in trouble" after taking a picture in an off-limits part of Buckingham Palace. Chris Jackson/Getty Images Members of the royal family don't have their own personal social media accounts. Instead, they share photos through Kensington Palace's official pages. The exception to that rule is Princess Eugenie, the queen's granddaughter and ninth in line for the throne, who has Instagram. During the Trooping the Colour parade in June, Eugenie snapped a photo of her father, Prince Andrew, standing in Buckingham Palace. "A wonderful and proud day celebrating Her Majesty's birthday and @hrhthedukeofyork for his first Trooping the Colour as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. #troopingthecolour," she captioned the photo. She told British Vogue that she was later chastised by palace officials for breaking royal protocol by sharing the photo. It couldn't have gotten her in too much trouble because it's still up on her Instagram. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 11 biggest Photoshop scandals of 2018A resurfaced video shows the awkward moment when Prince William was asked about Kate Middleton after the couple briefly broke up in 200713 of the most underrated honeymoon destinations, according to an expert
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10 underrated places in North America for your next girls trip
Universal Pictures There's nothing like a girls trip to strengthen even the strongest of friendships. With so many beautiful cities in North America, there are several destinations easy on the eyes and the wallet. Wine country in New York is a nice change of pace while Mexico's self-proclaimed surf town are among some of the most underrated cities for a girls getaway. Traveling with your family or significant other is great, but sometimes it takes more than a happy hour to bond with your girls. Enter girls trips. A much-needed getaway masked as a "bonding experience" for you and several of your closest partners in crime. You've solidified the crew and decided on a date, but now comes the hardest part — figuring out a place that's not only cost-effective but also bustling with endless attractions and trendy restaurants. Las Vegas, Miami and yes, San Diego, are fine. However, there boasts a bevy of underrated cities across North America that not only cater to large crowds of ladies looking to let loose but also don't make a huge dent in one's wallet. Here are 10 of the most underrated places for a girl's trip.Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is the perfect place for active ladies who enjoy the outdoors. Shutterstock Whether you fancy a dip in a hidden waterfall or a scenic hike up Dog Mountain, the Columbia River Gorge region in Oregon is a low-key yet breathtaking place for a girl's trip. With plenty of wide open road one can cruise on via bicycle or car, the scenery lends itself for plenty of Instagram-worthy shots. While you're there, take in the craft beer scene of the Pacific Northwest. Not a beer fan? Thankfully, the Willamette Valley located just an hour south boasts over 400 wineries and known for its famous pinot noir. Start planning your trip here. Squaw Valley, California is home to the largest ski resort in the United States. Shutterstock If hitting the slopes sounds more fun than laying on the beach, then Squaw Valley Ski Resort is the ideal place for a girls getaway. It's rare to find so much snow in California, and the developers of this venue have made great use of this asset. There are condo-style suites so everyone stays in one room and some budget-friendly rooms.  Everything you will need is on the property, including nearly 20 shops to fuel some retail therapy. Between The North Face to gourmet chocolate, the stores are diverse. Sedona, Arizona is for the army of ladies looking to benefit from a relaxing time. Shutterstock Located near Flagstaff, Sedona is a haven for ladies interested in escaping their day jobs for some rest and recreation. Aptly nicknamed "Red Rock Country," lodging in Sedona ranges from resorts and cabins to bed and breakfasts. Sedona is well-known for its spiritual vortexes, which their site describes as "swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration." People apparently leave feeling inspired, recharged, or uplifted after visiting a vortex. Sound like something fit for you and your girl? Start planning. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:7 things nutritionists order when they go out to brunch16 celebrity babies we can't wait to meet in 2019How to get enough vitamin D without the sun
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Some of Amazon's Alexa-enabled speakers are selling out right before Christmas (AMZN)
Amazon Some of Amazon's Alexa-enabled speakers are out of stock, and customers are being warned that they might not arrive until after Christmas.  The out-of-stock items include the second-generation Echo Show and the third generation of Amazon's popular Echo Dot. The third-generation Echo Dot was the No. 1 bestselling product on Amazon across all manufacturers and categories worldwide on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you're ordering an Amazon Echo speaker for a Christmas gift this week, make sure you read the small print. Several of Amazon's Alexa-enabled smart speakers are currently out of stock in the United States and won't be shipped until January, Bloomberg was first to report on Monday. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Almost 80% of the textbook industry is dominated by 5 publishing companies that make books so expensive most students skip buying themSee Also:Chick-fil-A is on track to become the third-largest chain in America — and McDonald's and Wendy's should be terrifiedMore than 1.4 billion pounds of cheese are reportedly stuck in warehouses — and millennials' refusal to eat American cheese is part of the problemGap is struggling to keep up with its sister brands — we visited the store and saw whySEE ALSO: Amazon reportedly wants to curb selling 'CRaP' items it can't profit on, like bottled water and snacks
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Experts think the ruling that declared Obamacare unconstitutional is 'insanity in print' and will likely be overturned
Spencer Platt/Getty Images Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling declaring the entire Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, unconstitutional took many experts by surprise. Many health-policy experts questioned O'Connor's legal judgement and pointed to his long history of favoring conservative positions and attacking the ACA. The experts also agreed that the ruling would likely be overturned. The shock decision by Judge Reed O'Connor on Friday that ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is unconstitutional was made with a partisan tinge and likely will not stand, experts said. Health-policy experts from across the political spectrum rejected O'Connor's reasoning for the decision and expected it would be overruled on appeal.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Anthony Scaramucci claims Trump isn't a nationalist: 'He likes saying that because it irks these intellectual elitists'See Also:A federal judge's ruling declaring Obamacare unconstitutional leaves the GOP between a rock and a hard placeHow often you actually need to shower, according to scienceA federal judge just ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional, threatening healthcare chaosSEE ALSO: A federal judge's ruling declaring Obamacare unconstitutional leaves the GOP between a rock and a hard place
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23 thoughtful gifts for new parents celebrating their first holiday as a family
Samantha Lee / Business Insider The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Holiday gifts for new parents tend to be a little different than the ones you get for the baby shower. They're a bit less necessary, erring more on the side of fun and cute — which are the best kinds of gifts to give, if you ask us! Though you can never go wrong with the gift of diapers (and yes, we included those in this list), it's a lot more satisfying to give a gift you know they'll cherish for years to come — and we've got plenty of those, too. Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.
A matching pair of sneakers from their favorite startup Allbirds Allbirds Smallbirds, available at Allbirds, $55 No, we're not lying... popular shoe startup Allbirds really calls their baby shoes "Smallbirds" and it's giving us cuteness overload. They come is sizes 5T to 10T.  A pillow spray to help them get a good night's sleep Amazon.com ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, available on Amazon, $29 When new parents finally get a chance to catch up on some rest, they'll love having a little something to help them fall into a deeper and more relaxed sleep. A lovely blend of lavender, chamomile, and vetivert gives this pillow spray its relaxing scent. One of our reporters swears by it for a better night's sleep. A home cleaning service they can schedule through Amazon Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Amazon Home Cleaning Services, available on Amazon, from $20 per hour You'll definitely want to coordinate with them beforehand, but there's nothing a new parent needs more than a chance to relax while someone else cleans their house. Though prices and availability vary by area, you should be able to book a cleaning professional to do any type of service around the home (including a deep clean) at around $20 per hour.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:20 thoughtful cookbooks to gift to every type of home cook76 unique last-minute gift ideas from startups that are worth having on your radar36 thoughtful last-minute gifts to give your girlfriend this year — for every budgetSEE ALSO: 55 creative and unexpected gifts for her that are all under $50 DON'T MISS: 31 clever stocking stuffers they’ll actually use — all under $10
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Here’s what you need to know about celebrating the holidays at Universal Studios theme parks
Universal Orlando Resort/Facebook Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando have several attractions that are great to visit during the holidays. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade Village will be decked out with holiday decorations and performances. You can also meet The Grinch and his dog Max during the theme park's Grinchmas celebrations. Don’t just take a theme park vacation before the year’s end — cheers to Christmas and join a yuletide gathering at Universal's theme parks in California and Florida. Literal holiday magic happens at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with immersive live performances, themed food, and exciting entertainment, while Sponge Bob Square Pants toasts to the season, Minions soar overhead, and The Grinch comes alive to (attempt to) destroy your celebrations.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Harvard scientists think this interstellar object might be an alien spacecraftSee Also:You can visit Westeros in a new immersive 'Game of Thrones’ exhibition opening in Northern Ireland next yearYou can buy a sequined throw pillow with Nicolas Cage's face on it and it would be a hilarious holiday giftA teenager smashed rare Mayan and Chinese art at the Denver Art Museum, police say
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The limited-edition rose gold AmEx Gold Card is only available by request through January 9
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. The Points Guy The new American Express® Gold Card features a new metallic design, in addition to competitive rewards on restaurants and supermarkets in the US, airfare, and more.  You can request a limited-edition rose gold version of the card, but only until January 9, 2019. New cardholders can also get a unique, limited-time welcome bonus if they apply before the same date. Here's what you need to know about the AmEx Gold Card. When looking for a new credit card or charge card, aesthetics should not be your biggest concern. Your focus — assuming you pay your bills in time and don't carry credit card debt — should be on things like rewards.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The incredibly popular Fitbit Versa smartwatch is $51 off as a last-minute holiday deal36 thoughtful last-minute gifts to give your girlfriend this year — for every budget20 useful and fun gifts for gamers they don't already haveSEE ALSO: 11 lucrative credit card deals you can get when opening a new card in December — including a 200,000-mile bonus
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Insects are slipping into the US and causing nearly $5 billion in damages every year
John Bazemore/AP Photo The hemlock woolly adelgid, native to East Asia, is slowly killing trees from Maine to Georgia. It's among the latest in a line of invasive pests slipping into the US. According to some studies, invasive pests are costing the US economy close to $5 billion a year.  Eventually, many of the ash trees in the eastern US will die due to these insects and new species will take their place. While there's nothing wrong with changes in plant and tree species, change is occuring at an alarming rate. From a distance, the hemlock trees by the Wappinger Creek in Millbrook, New York, look just fine. But forest ecologist Gary Lovett knows better. He pulls back the twigs and exposes some tiny, white fluffy balls. "These are the protective coating that's created over the top of the hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny aphid-like insect," said Lovett. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The reason some men can't grow full beards, according to a dermatologistSee Also:5 things you probably didn't know about Guantanamo Bay on its 115th birthdayBeto O'Rourke is not qualified to run for president. And that's why he might be the best bet for the DemocratsAn economist explains whether climate policies 'kill jobs'
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Both Trump and Obama published reports on fuel standards, and both were flawed. But Trump's is worse.
Win McNamee/Getty Images A 2018 study conducted by the Trump administration proposes hitting the pause button on regulations, while the Obama administration's analysis concluded the exact opposite.  First, the Trump administration's study assumes that consumers will drive twice as many extra miles if they purchase an efficient car. However, there is no justification for this. The study's second flaw is that it ignores the global impact of carbon emissions, only looking at the impact on the US. Third, the study claims that eliminating the fuel economy standards decreases the number of vehicles on the road by 6 million cars by 2029, which is inconsistent with economic theory.  Finally, the Trump administration study doubles the assumed costs of new technologies required to meet fuel standards compared to the 2017 analysis, which is hard to justify.  Fuel economy standards are an important way for the US to combat climate change. However, a 2018 study conducted by the Trump administration proposes hitting the pause button on regulations, potentially leaving billions of dollars in benefits on the table. This is a significant change from the Obama administration, which ramped up prior fuel economy standards. That administration mandated the fleet-wide fuel economy of passenger vehicles and light trucks to reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 7 things you shouldn't buy on Black FridaySee Also:5 things you probably didn't know about Guantanamo Bay on its 115th birthdayAn economist explains whether climate policies 'kill jobs'Clinton, Bush, and Obama are the ones who caused the death of global order
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The telehealth market has reached a tipping point — but a few key barriers have held some providers back from adoption
Business Insider Intelligence This is a preview of a research report from Business insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.  Telehealth — the use of mobile technology to deliver health-related services, such as remote doctor consultations and patient monitoring — is enabling healthcare providers and payers to address the US healthcare industry’s growing list of problems.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Michigan state lawmakers have stamped out telemedicine — againApple is staffing dozens of doctors amid a greater medical focusProviders are embracing digital payments amid billing woes
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19 creative and thoughtful host gifts that go beyond the classic fruit basket
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The holidays are in full swing, which means you probably already have too ugly Christmas sweater parties and family gatherings to think about. While you're busy shopping for holiday gifts, you may want to consider getting something for all the hosts that'll be making you feel welcome in their homes this season.  At a bare minimum, a host gift is a small but generous way to say "Thank you for having me." At its full potential, it's a way to make someone feel valued and recognized for all the time and effort they've spent to give you a wonderful and warm place to be. These host gifts are ones they'll remember and enjoy even after the party is over — once they're over the stress of cleanup (for which your voluntary help is probably the best host gift of all). Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.A trio of chai tea that made it onto Oprah's Favorite Things list Amazon Vahdam Chai Tea Trio, available on Amazon, $19.99 This tea trio made Oprah's Favorite Things list for 2018, so if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for your host. We've actually tried some of Vahdam's teas and were particularly impressed by its beautiful packaging. A wine tote and a nice bottle to go with it Crate & Barrel Draper James X Crate & Barrel Cheers Wine Tote, available at Crate & Barrel or Draper James, $12.97 Wine is a classic host gift, but sometimes it doesn't quite feel like enough. But wrap a bottle in this sweet tote from Reese Witherspoon's brand Draper James and Crate & Barrel and you've got a perfectly complete gift for your party host.  And if you're looking for an easy way to order wine online for the holidays, we've got you covered with this list. A never-fail candle from one of our favorite new startups Otherland Gilded Holiday Candles, available at Otherland, from $38 Otherland's candles offer the most beautiful unboxing and gifting experience. They're both a joy to give and a joy to get. You can choose candles from the newest limited-edition collection called Gilded Holiday, or go for the company's five base candles that are carried year-round. Read our full review of Otherland candles here. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:23 thoughtful gifts for new parents celebrating their first holiday as a family36 thoughtful last-minute gifts to give your girlfriend this year — for every budget26 magical 'Harry Potter' gifts even the most devoted Potterheads will loveSEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place SEE ALSO: 15 thoughtful gifts for book lovers to satisfy the bookworm on your list
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Actor Geoffrey Rush denies new sexual harassment allegations from former protege, Yael Stone
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Australia will be rocked by the latest allegations against the award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush put forward in Sunday's New York Times, this time from his one time protege, Yael Stone. Stone told The Times that she alleges Rush "danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while the two shared the stage performing at Sydney's Belvoir Theatre in “The Diary of a Madman” in 2010 and 2011. Rush denies the allegations. Alongside the other Academy Award winning Australian actor, Cate Blanchett, Rush forms a powerful double act that dominates the Australian theatre industry. The star of The King's Speech has spent much of 2018 in court and is in the process of seeking  damages for defamation from the newspaper that published recent allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the Sydney theatre scene. By airing allegations of sexual misconduct with the New York Times on Sunday night, the Australian-born actor Yael Stone faces both the challenge of confronting the most powerful man in Australian theatre, but also running the gauntlet of Australia's upside down libel laws.   A young Australian stage actor who had informally made a complaint late last year with the Sydney Theatre Company over Rush's alleged “inappropriate behaviour,” has found this out to her own detriment, being called as the star witness in a defamation case derived from her own complaint to the theatre that employed both her and Rush.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how easy it is for the US president to launch a nuclear weaponSee Also:Google built a tiny Street View car to map out one of the world's largest model cities, and the results are incredibleDemocrats erupt into laughter after Google CEO has to explain to Rep. Steve King that the 'iPhone is made by a different company'We just got the most alarming sign yet that investors are bracing for a stock market crashSEE ALSO: Michael Bloomberg suggests doubts about #MeToo movement and allegations against Charlie Rose
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Which delivery features are most important to consumers?
Digital has transformed retail possibilities. And with e-commerce sales growing at nearly five times the rate of brick-and-mortar sales, retailers need to find cheaper and more efficient ways to deliver e-commerce orders. But different age groups have different preferences for which delivery and fulfilment options are most important to them.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:These are the brands that blew up in 2018Amazon asked cities that submitted an HQ2 proposal to provide endless data, including the price of an avocado at Whole Foods and the cost of a Starbucks tall coffeeE-commerce is playing a growing role in CPG sales
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A new Miss Universe has been named — watch the crowning moment
Fox Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray, was crowned the 2018 Miss Universe winner. She is a 24-year-old with a Master's in music theory. The competition aired live on Fox Sunday night from Bangkok, Thailand. Catriona Gray, Miss Philippines, was named the 2018 Miss Universe Sunday night.  The 24-year-old  from Albay, Bicol, was one of 94 contestants competing for the title in Bangkok, Thailand in a competition that aired live on Fox.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The reason some men can't grow full beards, according to a dermatologistSee Also:Miss Costa Rica destroyed Steve Harvey with a joke about his Miss Universe mistake during the 2015 competitionMiss Universe paid tribute to its first transgender competitor, Miss Spain, and made viewers emotionalEverything coming to — and leaving — Netflix in January
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Miss Universe paid tribute to its first transgender competitor, Miss Spain, and made viewers emotional
Frank Micelotta/FOX Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, is the first transgender contestant at a Miss Universe pageant.  Though she didn't make it to the top 20, the competition honored her with a special segment during Sunday's live show. She also walked down the runway.  Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, made history at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday night as the competition's first transgender contestant.  Though she didn't make it to the top 20, the 27-year-old from Sevilla, Spain, was honored with a special segment during the live competition in Bangkok, Thailand. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Drinking too much water could be surprisingly hazardous to your healthSee Also:Miss Costa Rica destroyed Steve Harvey with a joke about his Miss Universe mistake during the 2015 competitionA new Miss Universe has been named — watch the crowning momentEverything coming to — and leaving — Netflix in January
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New report shows where Russia prevailed and failed in its mission to elect Trump and divide a nation
Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images A draft report seen by The Washington Post shows how effectively Russia twisted Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to influence the right voters and achieve its reported goal — the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. The goldmine of posts and comments provided by the big tech firms for the Senate allowed researchers the first major data dive into responses to Russian influence and is "the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign" The Post reported on Sunday. The Washington Post reported that it has seen the very first deep data analysis that covers post-by-post the social media behaviors across the known Russian accounts for a period spanning several years until the middle of 2017 when they were effectively unmasked. It is the first study of the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and it provides a new window into the many ways that Russia grasped the power of social media, built their understanding of it, and then manipulated it for the political purposes to help elect Donald Trump president.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Anthony Scaramucci claims Trump isn't a nationalist: 'He likes saying that because it irks these intellectual elitists'See Also:Ted Cruz has a beard now and the internet is deeply divided over itInfowars' Alex Jones slams Google CEO Pichai outside a congressional hearing for its 'evil' China projectDemocratic Rep. Ted Lieu tears into Republican colleagues during Google hearing: 'If you want positive search results, do positive things'SEE ALSO: Russia has allegedly been spreading far-right propaganda on Facebook to try and influence the US midterms — here it is
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Miss Costa Rica destroyed Steve Harvey with a joke about his Miss Universe mistake during the 2015 competition
Fox  Miss Costa Rica, Natalia Carvajal, joked with Steve Harvey over his Miss Universe mistake in 2015. When Harvey asked her what advice she could give a fellow television personality, she told him to read envelopes carefully.  The host announced the wrong winner at the 2015 pageant.  Steve Harvey can't live down his Miss Universe mistake. During Monday night's Miss Universe pageant, which aired live on Fox, Harvey named Miss Costa Rica, Natalia Carvajal, to the top 20 and asked her advice as a fellow television personality. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 6 airline industry secrets that will help you fly like a pro this holiday seasonSee Also:Miss Universe paid tribute to its first transgender competitor, Miss Spain, and made viewers emotionalA new Miss Universe has been named — watch the crowning momentEverything coming to — and leaving — Netflix in January
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Tom Brady makes the most un-Tom Brady play imaginable at a crucial moment in the Patriots' loss to the Steelers
Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Tom Brady threw an awful interception at a critical moment in the Patriots' loss to the Steelers on Sunday. Brady's decision to throw the ball up as the pocket collapsed around him was shockingly uncharacteristic, and gave a huge swing of momentum to the Steelers. The Patriots have now lost consecutive games in December for the first time since 2002. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday in a nail-biter, thanks in part to one critical, awful decision from quarterback Tom Brady. Heading into Sunday's game, both teams were in need of a win. The Steelers, once a lock for the playoffs, were reeling after three straight losses. Another loss would put Pittsburgh on the outside of a crowded race for the postseason in the AFC.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A Harvard psychologist reveals the secret to curbing your appetiteSee Also:NFL WEEK 15: Our official predictions for who wins this weekendThe season is already over for 14 NFL teams and 5 are in a race for the top pick in the 2019 NFL DraftDolphins players realized during their miracle final play that they were going to beat the Patriots when they saw Rob Gronkowski was on the fieldSEE ALSO: Nick Foles has the chance to cash-in big time with Carson Wentz's injury
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Traditional TV usage is declining across every demographic — here's how digital media companies are recreating content bundles
This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Current subscribers can read the report here. Business Insider Intelligence As streaming becomes an increasingly mainstream behavior among consumers, the video industry has produced new combinations of streaming video programming services to prepare for the progressive overhaul in how media is distributed.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Facebook is toying with search adsGoogle's CEO testified before Congress on claims of political bias in searchThe latest report from Australia's consumer watchdog hits on some familiar themes
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8 cities and towns where you can get a home for free — or buy one at a massive discount
Tim Boyle/Getty Images Many cities and towns have taken to giving away abandoned homes for free, or selling them at minimal prices. Some local governments even offer stipends or discounts to encourage buyers to renovate old properties. While the offerings may seem like a steal, rehabilitating a home can be quite costly. Cities may be experiencing a global housing shortage, but there are still plenty of ways to find cheap real estate. You just have to know where to look.  In areas where homes are old or unoccupied, governments occasionally offer subsidies to finance a renovation. In other cases, homeowners are willing to list their properties at little to no cost.  We've rounded up the locations where you can find a home for free or at a major discount.  The list includes small towns like Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as major urban areas like Baltimore, Maryland, and Tokyo, Japan. Take a look.Homeowners in Tokyo are listing their abandoned properties for free. pinboke_planet/Flickr Tokyo has been building like crazy, but the city still struggles to get rid of its unoccupied and deserted homes. The Japan Times recently reported that more than one in 10 homes in Tokyo are empty. Part of this has to do with the shrinking size of Japan's population, which means fewer buyers. It's also considered bad luck in Japan to purchase a home that has witnessed a murder, suicide, or "lonely death" (one that occurred in isolation).  For this reason, many properties are being given away for free on online databases called "akiya banks," a reference to the Japanese word for "empty home." Others are being sold for as little as $4. Read more: Millions of Japanese homes are abandoned, and owners are giving them away for free   New Haven, Connecticut, is giving away up to $42,500 in housing discounts to first-time homebuyers. Christian Hinkle/Shutterstock First-time homebuyers in New Haven are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to cover the closing costs or the down payments on their homes. The subsidy comes in the form of an interest-free loan, which is fully forgiven after five years. City employees, teachers, police officers, firefighters, and members of the military receive an additional $2,500 off. On top of that, the city is giving away $30,000 to those who renovate their homes using energy-saving upgrades.     Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers remote workers a 33% discount on a fully furnished apartment for three months. Tulsa Remote The Tulsa Remote program is offering a small group of digital nomads — people with the freedom to work from anywhere — up to $10,000 to move to the city. While the stipend doesn't go directly toward housing, the program offers a 33% discount on fully furnished apartments in the Brady Arts District, with utilities thrown in for free. Workers are expected to live in Tulsa for a full year, but the apartment discount expires at the end of three months. At that time, they'll have to cover their own rent, which is still among the cheapest in the nation.  Read more: Tulsa, Oklahoma, is paying remote workers $10,000 to live there. They'll even throw in a discounted apartment. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A 58-story luxury condo skyscraper in San Francisco is tilting and sinking — here's everything that's gone wrong in the past decadeBill Gates reveals his 5 favorite books he read in the past year23 must-read books that Bill Gates recommended in 2018
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Amazon reportedly wants to curb selling 'CRaP' items it can't profit on, like bottled water and snacks
Amazon is rethinking its strategy around items it sells that it refers to internally as "CRaP", which stands for "Can't realize a profit," according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. These items include things like bottles of water, paper towels, and snack foods, which are usually sold for less than $15 and are heavy or bulky, leading to slim margins or worse. It's now trying to focus on more profitable items instead, and wants to get rid of its CRaP items. Amazon wants customers to buy less "CRaP" online. The e-commerce giant is rethinking its strategy around some items it sells which it calls internally "Can't realize a profit" — or "CRaP" for short, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The true story behind the name 'Black Friday' is much darker than you may have thoughtSee Also:'Do you realize how out of touch that seems?': NYC lawmakers rail against Amazon for HQ2 helipad demand in heated hearing'Amazon has got to go': Protesters swarmed City Hall as New York's city council held a contentious hearing about Amazon's HQ2 dealThe CEO of 'the Amazon of South Korea' explains how canceling an IPO at the last minute and pivoting the company twice led it to become the country's top online retailerSEE ALSO: People are accusing Amazon of 'ruining' Christmas by sending items without their own boxes, but there's a really easy fix
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30 gift cards you can give for the holidays that'll still feel personal
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Gift cards are an ideal gift in a lot of ways. For instance, you get to give them exactly what they want — in the color, style, and exact model that they want it — without polling their closest friends, family, and private online wish lists. They also typically don't expire. Below, you'll find 30 of the best ones to give. If you want more options, there are also lots of restaurant gift cards on Amazon and plenty of other brands here. Otherwise, you might opt for stores like Best Buy with free in-store pick-up.  Below, you'll find 30 of the best gift cards to give this year: Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here. Brooklinen Brooklinen Buy a Brooklinen gift card Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the internet. Have a gift card delivered digitally, or in a gift card box. You can find a full review of Brooklinen's sheets here. Amazon Amazon Buy an Amazon gift card An Amazon gift card is a more polite version of giving them cash — with it, they can buy pretty much anything they've had on their wish list — whether it's new and exciting tech or completely utilitarian home basics. You can also buy it in a gift card box. Spotify Spotify Facebook Buy a Spotify gift card on Amazon or Best Buy They probably already have a Spotify account, but that doesn't mean they won't appreciate not having to pay for it for a while. A Spotify gift card lets you fund the next few months of something they love and use multiple times per day.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:21 last-minute holiday gifts that are still thoughtful and unique22 useful and fun gifts for coffee lovers they don't already have36 clever gifts for college students that they'll actually want to receive — according to a recent grad
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