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Angels search for familiarity and hope following Tyler Skaggs’ death

The rhythms of the game pulled them back in and took hold again Monday, and for that small gift, the Angels were grateful.

They gladly gave in to the tug exerted by the familiar and routine, to playing catch under a cloudless blue sky and hearing the reassuring pop of the ball as it smacked into...


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What I learned as a Canadian reporting on healthcare in America — and what Americans can learn from Canada
Scott Eisen/Getty Images I began reporting on healthcare at Business Insider six months go. As a Canadian reporting on healthcare in the US, I've gained insight into the complicated and often misunderstood debate in the US over single-payer healthcare. Since my arrival to the US, I have encountered certain misconceptions about the Canadian healthcare system that I would like to dispel. There is private insurance in Canada and Canadian healthcare isn't free, but, everyone is covered no matter their income.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Growing up in Canada I never thought much about the healthcare system. When I moved to the US for graduate school, I knew it was strange to not have universal healthcare, but I had a comprehensive health insurance plan from school, so healthcare wasn't an ever-present issue on my mind.  That changed six months ago, when I started writing about healthcare as a fellow for Business Insider and needed to choose a plan for the first time. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to survive an avalancheSee Also:'I expected better from Google': Tech chiefs at 3 top US hospitals shared their concerns as health systems and tech giants get cozyThe Trump administration wants to force hospitals to post their prices, but hospitals are fighting backCompanies like Walmart, CVS, and Amazon are beefing up their healthcare strategies. Here are their plans to upend the $3.5 trillion industry.
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‘Baby Yoda’ toys coming for ‘Mandalorian’ fans in time for Christmas
Get ready for fights over Baby Yoda toys on Black Friday.
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Burger King dipping sauces affected by global horseradish shortage
Things are going to get less zesty at Burger King. A global shortage of horseradish could result in a scarcity of a dipping sauce at the fast-food chain. While not all of the sauces are affected, the popular “zesty sauce” could become harder to find. In late October, the world’s largest grower and processor of...
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Fierce competition: how a Brit makeover saved RuPaul's Drag Race
After umpteen series, the glamorous reality show felt more stale than subversive. Then along came Graham Norton, Scouse impressions, Corrie jokes – and a whole new lease of life To misquote Samuel Johnson, when you’re tired of drag queens in nine-inch heels pirouetting to Dua Lipa, you’re tired of life. And yet, when the long-awaited UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race was finally announced in December last year, fans’ anticipation had all but disappeared.Eleven seasons and four increasingly tired All Stars spin-offs in, the once gloriously irreverent programme now felt like a victim of its success. Phrases that had originated in the LGBT+ community and which the show helped popularise (“Yas queen!”, “Werk!”) had been appropriated by the mainstream and savvy corporations. Could a show whose main appeal had been its subversive boundary-breaking survive being subsumed into the mainstream? Some poorly worded comments by RuPaul to the Guardian, which suggested that openly trans women would not be allowed to take part, didn’t help. (He later apologised, and a trans contestant appeared in All Stars season four).Enter into this fraught arena the British contestants. Could they change the course of Drag Race herstory? The answer was yes. The first queen strutted into the glittery pink workroom – faithfully recreated in the mould of the US original – raised an eyebrow, and announced: “Baga Chipz here: queen of the battered sausage, and I love to be covered in daddy’s sauce.” Further quips soon followed about gin, “slags” and Coronation Street. Continue reading...
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Wall Street opens higher as trade optimism returns
Wall Street opened higher on Friday as President Donald Trump said a trade deal with China was "potentially very close", adding to optimism triggered by comments from Beijing that it wanted to reach an initial agreement.
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Elizabeth Warren called out Trump's private dinner with Mark Zuckerberg as 'corruption, plain and simple' (FB)
REUTERS/Brendan McDermid When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington D.C. for a Congressional hearing this past October, he made time for a private dinner with President Donald Trump. The dinner included Facebook board member Peter Thiel — a controversial investor and entrepreneur who cofounded PayPal and Palantir. He was also behind the legal actions that led to the shutdown of Gawker.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the previously unreported dinner as "corruption, plain and simple" in a tweet on Thursday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Elizabeth Warren came out swinging at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and President Donald Trump in a tweet on Thursday. "Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook's board members — a major Trump donor — had a secret dinner with Trump," she said. "This is corruption, plain and simple."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:Trump's 2020 campaign is attacking Facebook over fears it might change how its ad targeting worksTrump claimed he 'opened' an Apple plant in Texas on Wednesday, but it's been making Apple products since 2012Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had an undisclosed dinner with Trump and Peter Thiel at the White HouseSEE ALSO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had an undisclosed dinner with Trump and Peter Thiel at the White House
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Coldplay: If any band can do a tour the right way, it’s them | Rebecca Nicholson
It’s a great idea, not touring until they can find a sustainable way to do so. I just hope they don’t take too long finding a solutionColdplay fans are bereft at the prospect of being unable to see the band’s new double album Everyday Life performed out in the wild, after Chris Martin told the BBC that they would not be touring it.Instead, the band will spend the next year or two figuring out how best to put on a “sustainable” and “actively beneficial” live experience that places environmental concerns above scale and convenience, addressing the climate-ravaging issues of flying and single-use plastic, for example, in the live music industry. The future they imagine is a para-, para-, paradi... oh, never mind. Continue reading...
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Trump: "If weren't for me, Hong Kong would've been obliterated"
President says he told Chinese President Xi not to send soldiers into Hong Kong because it would affect the trade deal
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Everything coming to HBO Now in December 2019
Planning your viewing for the holidays? Here's what's new on HBO Now. This December, Watchmen, Mrs. Fletcher, Silicon Valley, and His Dark Materials will all have season finales. The streaming service isn't shepherding in many replacements quite yet, but there are tons of films to tide you over until January. Try out Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Unfriended: Dark Web, Her Smell, Bridesmaids, The Sun Is Also a Star, Buena Vista Social Club, and Being Julia — plus a few new HBO documentaries including Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements and Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching.  Check out everything coming to (and going from) HBO Now in December 2019 below. Read more...More about Hbo Now, Detective Pikachu, Entertainment, Streaming Services, and Movies Tv Shows
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John Ozbilgen, ex-boyfriend of missing NJ woman Stephanie Parze, found dead
The ex-boyfriend of missing New Jersey nanny Stephanie Parze — who had been named a person of interest in the case — killed himself in his home, law enforcement sources confirmed in a report Friday. John Ozbilgen, a 29-year-old stockbroker, apparently took his own life in his Freehold Township home overnight, the sources told NBC...
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Aerospace suppliers prepare for prolonged grounding of 737 MAX
* Concerns linger about MAX production getting back on schedule
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Scooter Braun pleads with Taylor Swift after alleged death threats to his family
"I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone's safety."
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How to Use Your Phone's Camera to Make GIFs of Anything
GIFs are fun and can be deployed everywhere from your Twitter feed to your workplace Slack conversations—here’s how you can create them straight from your phone’s camera, with or without extra app help, turning any moment from your life into an instantly shareable, bite-sized digital animation.Read more...
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Apple killed the option to leave product reviews on its site just as holiday buying starts
Getty/Justin Sullivan Apple quietly removed the "Ratings and Reviews" section from its online store, meaning shoppers can no longer see online reviews of Apple products before they buy. The removal comes just as Apple heads into the all-important holiday season. The iPhone maker tends to see a major sales bump through the last three months of the year thanks to people buying holiday gifts. First reported by Apple Insider, the move appears to have come into force on the US, UK and Australian version of Apple's website. Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple has removed all customer reviews of its products from its website, without apparent explanation. The removal was first reported by Apple Insider on Thursday. Specifically, the tech giant has removed the "Ratings and Reviews" section from all product pages on the US, UK and Australian versions of its site.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:'What is Keynote on iPhone?': How to use the Keynote app on your iPhone to make slideshow presentations on the goHow to log out of Hulu on your mobile device, smart TV, or computerHow to turn off autocorrect on your Mac computer in 4 stepsSEE ALSO: Amazon and Google dominate Apple in the home, and Apple is reportedly redoubling its efforts to take them on
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David Lynch-directed advertisement for Playstation welcomes you to The Third Place
Once upon a time, people had so much free time that they needed a place to go that wasn't work or home. A third place. Sony was one of the companies competing for that space, and created an entire campaign around the concept. They hired David Lynch to direct a commercial for the Playstation 2 because "He's been living in The Third Place for quite a few years." The commercial is predictably surreal, makes no detectable reference to video games, and could easily be reused for other products with equal success: Lynch received some pushback on choosing black and white, but artistic version prevailed over the color version: There is also a short documentary on the making of the commercial that feels suitably Lynchian--moments of levity amidst a murky, ominous set: You can see more commercials in the campaign here. Read the rest
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I paid $300 an hour for the VIP experience at Disneyland, and it made me realize how wealth has transformed the American Dream
MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images / Contributor In this excerpt from "How Money Became Dangerous: The Inside Story of Our Turbulent Relationship with Modern Finance", Christopher Varelas and Dan Stone write that the American dream has changed. A day as a VIP at Disneyland, paying $300 an hour to skip interminable lines, made Varelas examine how wealthy Americans use their money: to buy exclusivity. This pattern extends beyond a day at Disney. Wealthy parents "skip the line" to get their kids into college. Wealthy patients "skip the line" to get on-call concierge doctors. "Special access is not a new concept" they write. "But never before has it been so pervasive, accepted, and sought after by such a large group of people." Read more personal finance coverage. I've never tired of returning to my old stomping grounds at Disneyland every couple of years or so. On a recent visit, the weather was scorching, and the lines were murderously long. Signs posted above the entrance to each ride estimated the misery: "Approximate Standby Wait Time 150 Minutes." No one seemed overtly upset by this. Having paid hundreds of dollars to access the park, the guests had no problem standing for hours under the baking sun to board a ride that would last a few short minutes. Rumor had it that the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction over in the adjacent California Adventure Park had wait times of five full hours. Our group of ten had no intention of joining them. We stayed close behind our hostess, Michelle, who wore a plaid riding outfit — cap, breeches, boots, and all — as she led us around the waiting masses to the Pirates of the Caribbean exit, where we entered right away and took our seats in the boat. I felt a pang of guilt for skipping the line, but that quickly subsided as we drifted into the bayou among the fireflies, passing the old man sitting on the front porch of his cabin.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:The typical American heir is now a middle-class 50-something who puts the money toward retirementEveryone should have a financial plan, and writing one is easier than you thinkIt cost more than $2,500 for my husband to immigrate to the United States. Here's every dollar we spent.
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Doctor saves life by sucking urine from man’s bladder mid-flight to NYC
When an elderly plane passenger fell ill mid-flight Tuesday, a courageous doctor with a stomach of steel rose to the occasion. Dr. Zhang Hong saved the man’s life by spending 37 minutes sucking urine from his blocked bladder with nothing but a plastic tube and an empty wine bottle. China Southern Airways flight CZ3009 was...
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The Most Underrated Songs, According to Reddit
“What song is 10/10, yet hardly anyone has heard of it?” redditor depressinqq asked. AskReddit users replied with 435 songs. Redditor BubblyBullinidae put them in a Spotify playlist.Read more...
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How a Trip to Her Mother's Native Country Inspired a Luxury Handbag Brand
Ali Hynek, founder and CEO of Nena and Co., outlines building a handbag business that values her products' quality and her employees' quality of life.
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Microsoft has dropped a bunch of Black Friday deals on laptops
TL;DR: The Surface Book 2 is on offer in the Microsoft Black Friday Sale, saving you up to £630 on list price. Black Friday is contagious, and even the biggest of brands have caught the bug. Microsoft has launched its Black Friday Sale with impressive deals on a wide range of laptops. It's difficult to pick a favourite from the sale, because everyone has a different set of preferences when it comes to laptops. We highly recommend you check out the full offering before making a decision, but we reckon the Surface Book 2 deal is a winner. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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29 of the best royal family Christmas cards through the years
PA Images via Getty Images For more than a century, members of the royal family have sent Christmas cards to their subjects. Photographs selected for the front of the cards show the growing family and its changing relationships as the years go by. The photos include a portrait of the Queen aged 16, Princess Diana holding a newborn Prince Harry, and a mesmerized Princess Charlotte watching a children's entertainer during a party. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For more than 100 years, members of the British royal family have been sending Christmas cards to wish their subjects the best for the holiday season. Photographs selected for the front of these cards have charted the royal family's new additions and altered relationships. From a black-and-white portrait of King George V to a candid portrait of Prince William with his children, the Christmas cards have also captured the changing face of the royal family through the generations. Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photographs shared by the royal family to wish their subjects a "Happy Christmas" each year.1914: King George V and his wife, Mary, sent these stoic portraits to British troops to send their "best wishes for Christmas." The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images This postcard was sent to the British troops in 1914, when World War I was underway. "May God protect you and bring you home safe," the card reads. 1942: A decade before she would become their queen, Princess Elizabeth sent this card to members of the British Army. Express/Express/Getty Images The 16-year-old princess sent this card to the Grenadier Guards regiment of the British Army. Ten years later, her father, King George VI, passed away and she took over the throne. 1954: The image selected for the royal family's 1954 Christmas card showed the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne. PA Images via Getty Images The photo shows them on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:From throwing insults to talking about a reunion, here's everything One Direction members have said since their hiatusInside the life of Fred Rogers, the beloved icon behind 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' and subject of the biopic starring Tom Hanks12 winning designs from the National Gingerbread House Competition that really are good enough to eat
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Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen says odds of a recession are 'higher than normal'
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen doesn't anticipate a recession in the next year, but cited two factors in why she thinks "odds of a recession are higher than normal," CNBC reported. Yellen pointed to growing wealth inequality and the US-China trade war as critical drivers of a potential downturn. Both factors drag on consumer spending through higher prices from tariffs and diminished purchasing power. A drop in consumer spending can kick off an economic contraction as companies see revenue fall and subsequently cut jobs. The former central bank chief also warned that the Fed may not have "as much scope" to keep the economy growing after its three rate cuts through 2019. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen doesn't expect a recession in 2020, but mentioned two drivers of a potential downturn in a Thursday speech, CNBC reported. Though recession fears have subsided from their summer highs, there are still risks coming together, Yellen said. She pointed to wealth inequality and the US-China trade war as two key threats to the record-long economic expansion, and signaled that the converging risks are setting a dim tone for investors moving forward.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:'I wouldn't be surprised to go 10 more years': One expert explains why the market rally is just getting started — and why he thinks stocks are 16% undervaluedTrump hails 'cash' coming from US aid package to farmers caught in the China trade war's crosshairsA fund manager who's crushing nearly all of his peers breaks down his unique strategy for continuing to outperform during a market crash
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Google is killing Google Cloud Print
After a decade of making printing easy, Google just isn't interested anymore.
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U.S. Silica cuts 10% of workforce
Frac sand miner U.S. Silica Holdings Inc said on Friday it had cut about 230 jobs to reduce costs amid challenges in the energy market.
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Get an unmatched selection of the world's best stories with Audible
TL;DR: A four-month subscription to Audible is on sale for £3.99 per month, saving you 50% on list price. Black Friday is all-encompassing, which means even subscription services come under its blanket of discounts. Audible is not immune to Black Friday, and your first four months are now available for just £3.99 per month, saving you 50% on list price. After this term your subscription renews automatically at £7.99 per month, but you can cancel anytime if you wish to avoid this price jump. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: The best Amazon deals in the UK Audible offers an unmatched selection of the best stories and lets you pick from the world's largest selection of audiobooks and premium spoken-word entertainment. It's a great service that could be all yours for a really low price thanks to Black Friday. Read more...More about Black Friday, Audible, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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The new Amazon Echo has never been cheaper
TL;DR: The Amazon Echo (third generation) is on sale for £59.99 on Amazon, saving you 33% on list price. Amazon's Black Friday Sale has started in the best possible way, with deals on all of its own devices for the home. You can save on smart speakers, video doorbells, media players, tablets, and much more. The latest deal to make a statement is the discounted Amazon Echo. This all-new device has never been cheaper, and could be all yours for just £59.99 on Amazon. This is down by 33% on list price, saving you £30. This deal will probably stick around for the duration of the sale, but why wait? Read more...More about Amazon Echo, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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Recipe: Breadfruit Fries
An alternative to the potato, from the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network and Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden
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'American Idol' contestant gets prison time
Former American Idol contestant Antonella Maria Barba has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of the substance, the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia announced.
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Tesla Unveils Its Cybertruck (and Smashes Its Windows in the Process)
Can Elon Musk's latest machine take on the Ford F-150?
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The 100 most expensive zip codes in the U.S.
The priciest real estate markets around the country are clustered in 11 states, with one region predominant
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Trump suggests he wants to be impeached and says 'I want a trial' – live
President sounded off on public hearings on Fox & Friends, praised Giuliani as ‘one of the great crime fighters’ and called Pelosi ‘crazy as a bedbug’In this defining moment for America, support the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 2.20pm GMT Another extraordinary moment: Trump insisting that he wants to go on trial – i.e. he wants to be impeached.The president complained that Republicans couldn’t call witnesses during the House impeachment hearings, and suggested a trial would enable him to quiz the whistleblower and House intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff.President Trump just said this on @foxandfriends in a phone interview this morning:"I want a trial."The hosts tried to ask him a follow-up question about that, but he didn't stop talking to respond to them. pic.twitter.com/i54B0f2xAW 2.15pm GMT Well that interview was unusual. Even by Trump’s standards. The president actually sounded quite tired at the beginning, but whipped himself up pretty quickly as he rattled through a range of topics. One thing Trump was particularly animated about was Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine. Trump goes after Marie Yovanovitch, who has served presidents in both parties for decades: "She's an Obama person. I said 'why are you being so kind?' 'Well, sir, she's a woman. We have to be nice.'" pic.twitter.com/LVEwKUrGIgTrump on Yovanovitch: "She wouldn't hang my picture in the embassy. She is in charge of the embassy. She wouldn't hang it. It look a year-and-a-half, two years to get the picture up. She said bad things about me ... This was not an angel this woman, okay?" pic.twitter.com/mayhFy8jSG Continue reading...
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Aon pushes into SMB insurance with CoverWallet acquisition
This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Fintech Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Aon, the global legacy insurance brokerage firm, has agreed to acquire US-based small- and medium-sized business- (SMB) focused insurtech CoverWallet, per a press release; the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Founded in 2015, CoverWallet operates a digital insurance platform aimed at streamlining how SMBs buy and manage their insurance policies by providing product comparisons, tailored coverage, fast quotes, and a speedy application and approval process. The acquisition will help Aon tap into the fast-growing small business insurance market — but it'll have to convince these businesses to shop online for insurance first.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Facial recognition payments could overtake QR codes in ChinaWestpac and Microsoft are collaborating on a new intelligence hubAmerican Express is sweetening its deals for merchants
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Trump tells Fox News anchors 'I want a trial' if House Democrats vote to impeach
"I want a trial," Trump said during a Friday interview on "Fox and Friends" in which he attacked the ongoing impeachment inquiry.       
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Trump Attacks Impeachment Inquiry and Accuses a Witness of Lying
Mr. Trump said a career diplomat made up a conversation between him and his ambassador to the European Union, dismissing a critical detail in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
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Prosus CEO remains confident in bid for Just Eat
Technology company Prosus remains confident about its bid for British meal delivery business Just Eat , Chief Executive Bob van Dijk said on Friday, despite an increase in the value of rival Takeaway.com's all-share bid.
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9 NBA championship contenders, ranked again
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images A few things have changed about the NBA’s championship picture since the start of the season. Back in July, when the dust of the Kawhi Leonard money moves in Los Angeles and the star swap in Houston cleared, we ranked seven NBA championship contenders. There have been no additional major moves, but we’ve seen about a month of action from the teams we deemed contenders this summer and those who originally fell short. And some things have changed. What changed? Stephen Curry broke his hand, for one. I was firmly in the camp that believed Curry and the Warriors would have a great season. They are not. Honestly, Golden State looked awful before Curry got hurt. Now it’s a nightmare. The Warriors have the worst record in the NBA and instead of being in the league’s top pier they are firmly among the nine teams who are starting an early NBA Draft watch. Also, a few of the teams listed as honorable mentions back in July have been surprisingly good. We’ll get into those three teams and the six surviving contenders in this updated ranking of the NBA’s championship contenders. There’s just one honorable mention this time that I thought long and hard about including, but couldn’t in the end (primarily because odd-numbered lists are much more appealing than even-numbered lists, this is how the sausage is made folks): the Miami Heat. I want to see one more month of this before I buy in that they can beat the other East heavyweights in a 7-game series. 9. Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam has exceeded all of the highest expectations, OG Anunoby is fully back, and the Raptors have hardly missed a step after losing Kawhi in the offseason. Toronto is currently No. 7 in offense thanks to Siakam, Kyle Lowry, and Fred VanVleet, and No. 5 in defense thanks to Siakam, Marc Gasol, Lowry, and Anunoby. What a nice core! It would be absolutely crushing for the Bucks to lose to this version of the Raptors in the playoffs. But it’s totally not off the table, is it? 8. Boston Celtics Boston has been the biggest surprise contender (if you, like me, exclude Miami). Gordon Hayward was playing incredible basketball before he broke his hand — he should be back soon enough to regain the good vibes and push the Celtics to their highest level. And though the magical Nets trade package has been fully realized, Boston still does have a Grizzlies draft pick to play with on the trade market should a center come available. (Imagine if they’d just kept Aron Baynes!, which seems like it would have been possible had Boston known the Hornets wanted Terry Rozier enough to do a Kemba Walker sign-and-trade.) Why is Boston here if Miami isn’t? The Heat are relying quite a bit on two rookies (Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro) and one third-year player (Bam Adebayo). Boston is young, but Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have carried a team deep into the playoffs before. Add in Kemba, Hayward, and Marcus Smart, and that’s a good mix of veteran savvy and youthful exuberance. 7. Utah Jazz Utah has the No. 1 defense in the NBA, which is hardly a surprise. It’d be a surprise if they weren’t in the top three in defense. What’s surprising is that the offense is No. 23 in the league. That’s not sustainable. And frankly, looking at their roster, it’s not sustainable. It will get better. Mike Conley had a shockingly tough start, Donovan Mitchell has had some really rough shooting nights that have led to losses (Mitchell is having a good season overall, though), and the supporting cast isn’t really coming through. One note of concern: Joe Ingles has been quite bad on offense. He’s 32 years old. It’s worth monitoring. But elite defense gets you a long way, even in the West, and the Jazz still have that. 6. Denver Nuggets I am generally a Nuggets skeptic based solely on belief in Jamal Murray’s ultimate upside. But Denver has been pretty great, and it’s worth acknowledging that if things break the right way, they could find themselves in a conference finals series, and anything can happen from there these days. In a reversal from previous years, Denver’s offense is average right now while its defense is pretty good (No. 7). The offense will perk up once players start hitting shots on normal levels. If the defense holds, this is a strong out in the playoffs for any of the better teams. 5. Philadelphia 76ers The Sixers have had a super weird start to the season, including Joel Embiid’s two-game suspension for tussling with Karl-Anthony Towns. Philly should have an elite defense; the defense is ranked No. 10. With Embiid and Tobias Harris, the Sixers should have a good offense; the offense instead has been average. Things should sort themselves out, and facing Embiid and Ben Simmons in a playoff series seems perilous for the other East contenders. The Raptors are the only other team with the size at center to stand a chance on Embiid at this point, and they don’t have Kawhi to bail them out on offense this time around. That’s why I’m keeping Philly so high. 4. Houston Rockets James Harden is better than ever. Russell Westbrook has fit in remarkably well. Harden’s Rockets cause enormous problems for some of the other West contenders — we already saw Houston beat up the Clippers (albeit without Paul George and with a less-than-100-percent Kawhi). Mike D’Antoni is not coaching like a lame duck. This team could absolutely win the championship if they can conjure up a little more defensive resistance on the perimeter and one of the four L.A. superstars trips up. 3. Milwaukee Bucks Folks, we sure are talking a lot about Malcolm Brogdon given how good the Bucks look. No. 4 offense and No. 8 defense, and Giannis Antetokounmpo looks better. Better! That guy is still improving his game! The Bucks should be considered the overwhelming favorite in the East until something bad happens to them, the Celtics trade for a starting center, Chris Boucher gets fully unleashed in Toronto, or things click in Philadelphia. I just hope the Bucks end up more like the 2015-18 Cavaliers and less like the 2007-11 Magic. 2. Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers are better than expected, and have been the best team in the NBA through the first month. The defense has been a revelation — Frank Vogel can coach, folks — and L.A. is getting the best versions of its role players (not including Kyle Kuzma, who started the season hurt and is shaking off the rust still). Anthony Davis has played at an MVP caliber. LeBron James has played at an MVP caliber. Shooting remains a concern, and Davis has had some shoulder issues. But this team is fantastic, and we know how good LeBron and Davis have been in the playoffs in the past. A potential Lakers vs. Clippers series is not an easy pick. 1. Los Angeles Clippers The Clippers are just 10-5 and fourth in the West despite a huge favorable home-road split so far. But it’s scary that they’ve been this good with Kawhi and Paul George playing a total of 27 minutes together, all in a single game. Everything we thought about the Clippers is true: they have really strong depth on both sides of the ball beyond Kawhi and PG, and they are well-coached. This is just about a perfect championship contender. Kawhi’s health is the red flag: he started to look a step slow before he sat out a few games with soreness. The Raptors managed his rest more aggressively than the Clippers appear to be doing. That’s worth watching. Otherwise, nothing has dispelled the notion of the Clippers as the title favorite with the exception of the Lakers’ phenomenal start.
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Kelley Blue Book announced the best 2020 cars to purchase in its annual awards — here's the full list
Kelley Blue Book Kelley Blue Book has announced the 2020 KBB Best Buy Award winners. The 2020 Kia Telluride took the "Best New Car of the Year" title. The list also includes winners from Hyundai, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Audi, Ford, BMW, and Lexus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Kelley Blue Book has announced the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winners, and their pick for the "Best New Car of the Year" is the 2020 Kia Telluride. The KBB Awards consists of 16 categories such as best luxury car, best subcompact car, and best midsize pickup truck. Winners include cars from Hyundai, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Audi, Kia, Ford, BMW, and Lexus. KBB gave the prestigious title to the Kia Telluride because of the car's "impressive combination of innovation and value in one of the hottest segments in the marketplace," according to the car valuation and research company. "The Best Buy Awards were designed to help consumers shop confidently by doing the heavy lifting for them," Kelley Blue Book's executive publisher Karl Brauer said in a statement. The awards were based on the evaluation and testing of over 300 new 2020 car models with a focus on "quality, safety, comfort, driving dynamics, dependability, low ownership costs and affordability," according to the company. KBB also analyzed different data sets, such as reviews and sales information. The "Five-Year Cost to Own" — which includes depreciation, maintenance, insurance, and fueling, to name a few — was also taken into consideration. Keep scrolling to see the winners of KBB's 2020 Awards:Best New Model: 2020 Kia Telluride Kelley Blue Book "Simply put, the all-new Kia Telluride wowed us, boasting sophistication, practicality, comfort, and a host of standard safety features and technology, all in one of the leading segments on the market," KBB wrote in a prepared statement. The car — which KBB claims has good size, appearance, and driveability — starts at $31,690. Best Compact Car: 2020 Honda Civic Kelley Blue Book The "fun-to-drive" Civic was picked as the best compact car because of its variety of bodies, trims, and interior options, all of which are of "unrivaled value" in its class, according to KBB. The Civic sedan has an MSRP of $20,550. Best Midsize Car: 2020 Honda Accord Kelley Blue Book Even though it's been three years since this "quintessential family car" has had its last major redesign, KBB claims the Accord has good driving dynamics, value, and design. The Accord starts at $23,870. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:How Tesla's Model Y compares to Ford's first EVThis 1,016-horsepower tractor has just been crowned the world's fastest after it traveled more than 150 miles per hourGM's first electric pickup truck will go on sale in 2021SEE ALSO: The 10 best cars to buy new instead of used and get the best value, according to the data
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I compared breakfast burritos from 5 fast-food chains and Taco Bell's were the best by far
Erin McDowell/Business Insider When it comes to a delicious fast-food breakfast, what could be better than fluffy eggs, creamy cheese, breakfast meat, and crispy hash browns rolled up in a warm, toasted tortilla? I put five fast-food chains to the test in order to see who could make the best breakfast burrito: McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, or Taco Bell. Taco Bell came out on top with its budget-friendly and delicious burritos, while McDonald's fell short with a small, artificial-tasting, cheese-filled tortilla. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Ask any fast-food breakfast lover, and they'll tell you that you simply can't go wrong with a breakfast burrito.  However, not all breakfast burritos are created equal. While some are stocked full with fluffy eggs, crispy hash browns, hearty sausage, or perfectly salty bacon, others simply fall short with artificial-tasting cheese and limp tortillas. In an attempt to find the very best fast-food burrito, I put McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, and Taco Bell to the ultimate test. While each burrito had something different to offer, I found both of the Taco Bell breakfast burritos to be exactly what you would want for an on-the-go breakfast. The eggs were fluffy, the meat was flavorful, and the prices simply couldn't be beaten. On the other hand, McDonald's fell short with its small, thin burrito filled with thick, artificial-tasting cheese. For $.99 more than one of the Taco Bell burritos, it also wasn't the best value by a long shot. Here's a breakdown of every breakfast burrito that I tried, and how they ranked from worst to best according to taste and value.6. MCDONALD'S: The least expensive breakfast burrito was also the least exciting. When I opened up the bag, my first impression was that the burrito was small. Erin McDowell/Business Insider The McDonald's sausage burrito didn't look any more inviting once I removed it from its paper wrapping. The tortilla was small and thin. However, at just $1.99, it didn't exactly break the bank. Erin McDowell/Business Insider The cheese tasted artificial and was thick and overpowering. The flavor of the eggs and sausage didn't come through because both were covered in potent, gooey cheese. When I ordered my meal inside the restaurant, the breakfast burrito wasn't advertised on the restaurant's TV breakfast menu. Now, I see why. Erin McDowell/Business Insider See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I tried everything on McDonald's breakfast menu and saw why it can't just rely on iconic classics to fend off new competitionTaco Bell is launching chicken tenders in a move to compete with Popeyes and Chick-fil-AI compared kid's meals from major fast-food chains and found Chick-fil-A and Wendy's easily defeated McDonald's iconic Happy MealSEE ALSO: I tried keto meals from 5 fast-food chains and found there was a huge variety in what you can get
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Jason Derulo boasts he’s got an ‘anaconda’ in his pants with Instagram post
Derulo shared a sexy photo of himself in teeny-tiny briefs, showing his rock-hard abs, chiseled arms — and a noticeable bulge.
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Wall Street set for higher open as U.S.-China trade optimism returns
Wall Street was set to open higher on Friday as latest comments from China and U.S. President Donald Trump lifted hopes of a trade deal after conflicting headlines this week knocked stock indexes off record highs.
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'The Mandalorian' composer explains his process for creating 8 distinct scores for the 8 episodes, and how he made the show's theme
Disney Plus Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson talked to Business Insider about creating the score for "The Mandalorian." Göransson walked us through how he used a recorder flute to create the theme music and how the mixture of wind instruments and percussion with orchestra and modern-day electronic equipment led to the sound on the show. In fact, Göransson created different scores for all eight episodes of "The Mandalorian." The composer also explained that the complexities Mando goes through in episode 3 led to challenges to come up with the music.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.   Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen episode 3 of "The Mandalorian."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:'Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson describes seeing baby Yoda on 'The Mandalorian' set: 'It's so beautiful'Disney Plus' 'The Mandalorian' is the top new streaming TV show of the year so farNetflix's content boss Ted Sarandos talks Disney Plus' franchise strategy: 'I don't know if it's a luxury or a trap'SEE ALSO: "Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson describes seeing baby Yoda on "The Mandalorian" set: "It's so beautiful"
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Samsung Galaxy S11 renders show an even more complicated camera array
Reputed leaker @onleaks has unveiled new renders of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S11 that show the selfie camera shifted from the right side to the center. The images, created by 91 Mobile, also show a new rear camera array, a screen that's more curved...
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Delta CEO would consider flying the revamped Boeing 737 Max
Delta Air Lines expects to fly a record 5.2 million passengers worldwide around Thanksgiving. That’s up about 2.5% from last year. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian joins "CBS This Morning" to talk holiday travel and the big issues facing the airline industry, including concerns over the Boeing 737 Max.
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'Drunk on power and boredom': Israeli ex-soldiers depict life in the military
In a controversial new photographic exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israeli former soldiers detail abuses they saw – and perpetratedFor many Israeli soldiers, it is the mundane, day-to-day memories of their time in the military that continue to jolt them in post-army life. Regular house searches, arrest and hours at checkpoints fill their minds when they look back and wince.When several dozen ex-combatants were asked about a time that most affected them, former First Sergeant Omry Balely remembered weeks of boredom at a roadblock near the parched Palestinian city of Jericho. Continue reading...
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Trump says we have a deal with China, 'potentially very close'
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that a trade deal with China is "potentially very close" and that he stands with both the people of Hong Kong and Chinese President Xi Jinping amid massive protests in Hong Kong.
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Netanyahu rivals move to bring him down after corruption indictments
Israeli opposition parties scramble to find legal channels to strip weakened PM of powerBenjamin Netanyahu’s political opponents have moved to capitalise on a series of damning bribery indictments levelled against the Israeli leader, hoping to further weaken him at one of the lowest points in his decades-long career.The opposition Labor party was expected to file petitions to the high court of justice to force the country’s longest-serving prime minister to step down. Continue reading...
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