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Almost half of people don’t change underwear daily: study
Almost 50 percent of people don’t change their underwear every day, according to a disturbing survey. The research – by underwear maker Tommy John – revealed that 45 percent have worn the same pair of briefs for two days or longer. Even worse, 13 percent of those surveyed admitted that they’d sported the same undies...
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‘Ford v Ferrari’ review: Christian Bale and Matt Damon’s long ride
Even if you’re Christian Bale, there’s only so much acting you can do from behind the wheel as your speeding car rounds a hairpin turn for the umpteenth time. And “Ford v Ferrari,” clocking in at a ponderous 2¹/₂ hours, spends an awful lot of time on those turns. If only director James Mangold had...
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Ex-Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein suggests ‘tribalism’ is in Elizabeth Warren’s DNA
Lloyd Blankfein mocked Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American heritage on Thursday after she called him and other billionaires out for greed in a new ad — cracking that “maybe tribalism is just in her DNA.” “Surprised to be featured in Sen Warren’s campaign ad, given the many severe critics she has out there. Not...
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Carlos Beltran doubles down as Mets unfazed over MLB sign-stealing scandal
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – As Carlos Beltran maintains his innocence, the Mets appear in no hurry to question their new manager about his involvement in the Astros’ alleged sign-stealing scheme. A day after The Athletic reported that Beltran and Alex Cora played a key role in the Astros’ sign stealing in 2017 – which included the...
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Senate Confirms Controversial Judicial Nominee, Flipping Court That Will Decide Trump Subpoena Cases
Steven Menashi’s inflammatory writings and controversial work for Trump did not bother most Senate Republicans.
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The Second Moon Landing Was Much Rowdier
The journey was just as perilous. But the second American moon landing was less dramatic than the first, and there’s no better example of the change in mood than what the mission’s commander said as he stepped out onto the surface: “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me.”That was Pete Conrad, the Neil Armstrong of Apollo 12. Conrad was indeed shorter than Armstrong, but the astronaut was trying to make a point. Back on Earth, a reporter had suggested that NASA told astronauts what to say, and Conrad was determined to prove her wrong.Conrad could only get away with this because Apollo 12 was a sequel. The United States had pulled off the impossible feat four months earlier. The mission had been a massive success, and its crew members were deemed heroes.Space travel was still a dangerous enterprise, with safety paramount, but there were fewer people watching—literally, as the Apollo 12 crew had destroyed their color camera when Alan Bean accidentally pointed it at the sun. Everyone back on Earth could follow only the audio of their adventures. (The networks ended up switching to actors in spacesuits or marionettes simulating the moonwalks in studios, a peculiar decision that cost them viewers in the moment and fueled conspiracy theories about the veracity of moon landings for years to come.)[Read: What is the Apollo 11 moon landing site like now? ]The mishap stung, but it was not catastrophic. Conrad, along with crewmates Alan Bean and Dick Gordon, weren’t poised to become household names. They were under considerably less pressure, and that created a little more tolerance for error—and fun. Whoopie!The Apollo 12 crew launched from Cape Canaveral on a rainy day, November 14, 1969. Trouble struck seconds into the flight when warning lights lit up the inside of the crew capsule. The rocket had been struck by lightning—twice—and the capsule’s electrical systems had failed. But the rocket kept climbing, and flight controllers managed to quickly guide the astronauts to restoring the systems.The mission unfolded smoothly from there, and displays of playfulness started sneaking in. Sure, Armstrong and Aldrin bounced around the lunar surface with glee, but Conrad and Bean could moonwalk without the weight of a nation on their shoulders. “You know what I feel like, Al?” Conrad said to Bean at one point. “What?” Bean replied. “Did you ever see those pictures of giraffes running in slow motion?” Conrad said. “That’s exactly what I feel like.”The Apollo 11 astronauts had ventured out for less than three hours, long enough to collect some rocks, stick a flag into the dust, and call the president. Conrad and Bean made two trips outside their lander, spending nearly eight hours exploring the surface, even visiting a spacecraft that NASA had landed nearby two years earlier. “The high spirited, exuberant Apollo 12 lunar excursions were a welcome contrast to the formal, tension filled, Apollo 11 lunar walk,” according to Hamish Lindsay, who oversaw transmissions for the Apollo mission from Honeysuckle Creek, a NASA tracking station in Australia. Lindsay wrote that astronauts “entertained us as they whooped, hummed, joked, and rollicked around, already quite at home in this alien new environment.”The merry tone came from the personalities of the sequel’s cast. Armstrong was, in public, reserved and stoic, but Conrad was known for his free-spiritedness, exemplified by his random bouts of dancing. Bean called everyone “babe.” The Apollo 12 transcript is full of swearing too NSFW to include here, including a surprisingly crude reference to a porcupine. “If you can’t be good, be colorful” was Conrad’s motto—a worthy tagline for round two.[Read: One small controversy about Neil Armstrong’s giant leap]It is difficult to imagine, for instance, that colleagues would have pranked 11’s crew like they did 12’s. During moonwalks, astronauts wore little books on their wrists, full of instructions for their activities. When they flipped through the pages, they came across pictures of topless women. The mission’s backup crew had snuck several photos of well-known Playboy models into the instructions, apparently without NASA’s knowledge.The joke—which certainly wouldn’t fly today—wasn’t discovered until years later. “We didn’t say anything on the air,” Bean later told Charles Fishman, the author of One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon. “We thought some people back on Earth might become upset if they found out we had Playboy playmates in our checklists. They would have said, ‘This is where our tax money is going?’”When the moonwalkers blasted off, ready to reunite with Gordon and the command module in orbit for their trip home, Conrad let Bean take the controls of the lander. Like the rest of the astronaut corps at the time, Bean was an experienced pilot, but it was Conrad’s job as commander to fly the spacecraft.“I said, ‘The people in Mission Control aren’t going to like this.’ They would notice the thrusters were firing, and they would be wondering why they were firing, and they could also tell it was my hand controller. They might think there was a failure,” Bean told Hamish in an interview. “Pete said, ‘Well, we’re over on the backside of the moon, they won’t know a thing about it.’”NASA sent five more missions to the moon after Apollo 12. These trips garnered less public interest, with the exception of Apollo 13, during which the crew famously discovered that “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Like most Apollo astronauts, Conrad, Bean, and Gordon only visited the moon once. Conrad died in a motorcycle accident in 1998. Gordon and Bean died in 2017 and 2018, respectively, in their late eighties. Of the 12 men who have walked on the moon, four are still alive. As the world marks the 50th anniversaries of the other missions, the stories will be told by those who remain, and in troves of transcripts and crackly footage. And there’s plenty of footage; after Apollo 12, astronauts handled the cameras a little more carefully.
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Wall Street slips after Cisco's gloomy outlook
Wall Street's main indexes slipped from near record levels on Thursday, as a dour forecast from tech stalwart Cisco Systems raised fresh questions about the global economy's health and overshadowed a strong report from big box retailer Walmart.
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The Rock's first superhero movie, DC's 'Black Adam,' now has a release date. But he's been teasing the project for years.
Instagram/@therock Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirmed the release date for his first superhero movie, "Black Adam," in an Instagram post on Thursday. The movie will hit theaters in December 2021, seven years after Johnson first confirmed that he was cast as the character. Warner Bros. and DC have been focusing on standalone stories rather than a connected movie universe after "Justice League" disappointed at the box office in 2017. The character Black Adam is a frequent foe of Shazam in the comics, who starred in his own solo movie earlier this year. It remains to be seen how "Black Adam" will crossover with "Shazam!," if at all. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the highest-paid actor in the world, is finally starring in a superhero movie. Johnson confirmed the release date for Warner Bros. and DC's "Black Adam" in an Instagram post on Thursday. The movie will hit theaters on December 22, 2021 and Johnson called the role "unlike any other I've ever played in my career."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:Smartphones are getting weird again, and it could be a sign that the industry is on the brink of another huge changeThe best cash-back credit cards — updated for 2019Here's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the race
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The best leather sneakers for men
Leather sneakers can up your style game whether paired with a suit or a sweater and jeans.  We chose the Greats Royale Sneaker as the best overall for quality, style, and a great price for handcrafted sneakers that are made in Italy.  Today's office dress codes have led to the slow demise of dressing formally. Employees are no longer required to wear ties, while athleisure wear now has blurred the line between your workout and your workday. The casual work attire also ushered in the popularity of leather sneakers — footwear with the poise and refinement of a dress shoe, but also with the comfort of a running shoe. This list is focused on the kind of sneakers that are versatile enough to get you from the office to a dinner date or semi-formal event without hurting your feet or compromising your sense of style. Generally speaking, the name of the game when it comes to dressing up sneakers is minimalism. Sleek monochrome sneakers won't call unwanted attention to themselves and will instead add to the overall effect of your outfit. Whether they're white, black, gray, or even a bright primary color, the cleaner the shoe's design, the easier it will be to pull them off in a dressier situation. And yes, you can wear white sneakers in winter. Pair them with brighter colored denim or chinos and a thick neutral-toned wool sweater for a clean, refined winter look.  The suit-and-sneakers combo has by now become commonplace but even so, it takes a little finesse to pull it off. If you're planning on achieving this look, a modern, tailored, slimmer cut works best. Go with pants with no break or a slight break (the break is where the material creases just above the bottom of the pant leg opening) that just brush the top of the sneaker. We chose the Greats Royale Sneaker as best overall because of its classic good looks, high-quality, solid construction, and price point for handcrafted shoes made in Italy. They're $179, which may seem pricey until you learn these sneakers are made in the same factories in the seaside town of Civitanova Marche, that luxury brands use for their sneakers that sell for twice or three-times the price.  Here are the best leather sneakers for men you can buy: Best leather sneakers overall: Greats Royale Best leather sneakers on a budget: Adidas Superstars Best leather sneakers for dressing up: M. Gemi Lucente Best leather sneakers for traveling: Kizit New York Best hybrid leather sneakers: Cole Haan Zerøgrand Wingtip Oxford The best leather sneakers overall Greats Beautiful handcrafted Italian-made sneakers at a reasonable price, The Royale from Greats is our overall favorite.  Greats is a Brooklyn-based direct-to-consumer brand launched in 2014 with the idea of disrupting the luxury sneaker market, a goal they're managing to achieve. The Royale, their best-selling style, is handcrafted in Italy's Le Marche region, which is famous for its shoemaking tradition. The sneakers are made from full-grain Italian leather with a molded footbed and waxed cotton laces. The Royale is the most accessibly-priced luxury sneaker from Italy in the world, according to Greats CEO Ryan Babenzien. "We have been able to democratize luxury so a broader audience can buy a sneaker of this quality made in Italy that was previously unattainable," Babenzien told me in an email.  The sneakers have a minimalist aesthetic and come in seven color combinations. The all-white version — the Blanco — and the one in black — the Nero — are the company's biggest sellers. They also make a stunning chocolate-brown version and also regularly drop limited editions. The Royale not only looks great but are exceedingly comfortable straight from the box. The entire upper, inside, and tongue are made of a soft buttery full-grain leather. The footbed and outsole provide good support while still being comfortable and responsive. They have a generously padded heel and tongue for added comfort. Some of the reviews said these sneakers ran slightly large, by a half-size, but I found mine fit true to size.  I haven't had my pair long enough to speak of how they hold up over time, but a commenter on Reddit claimed his two pairs of Royales still looked great and have "held up extremely well" after three years and several hundred uses, with the leather becoming softer over time. The Royale has received numerous positive reviews from the media as well.  The company is also attempting to tackle sustainability issues. The Royale is made with 25% reclaimed rubber in the soles; the insoles also use reclaimed materials. Greats also has a knit version of the Royale made from a combination of 100% recycled single-use plastic and ocean plastic. The biggest news may be that next year the company is introducing a Royale made from 100% recycled leather using an innovative Japanese process, according to Babenzien. Greats doesn't use any plastic packaging and their shoe boxes are made from recycled cardboard. There's also the sustainability aspect of creating a high-quality and timeless sneaker that isn't going to get thrown out like a cheaply made pair of fast-fashion shoes. Greats also only works with factories that treat their employees fairly and ethically, according to Babenzien. "The goal is to continue to make the best footwear we can while limiting our impact on the earth as much as we can," he said.   Pros: High quality, handsome sneakers made by an ethical, sustainably-minded company Cons: A high price but worth it for all the reasons listed above The best leather sneakers on a budget Adidas The affordable Adidas Superstar is a classic that never goes out of style.  For 50 years the Adidas Superstar has been just that: a superstar. They've been worn by legendary basketball stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, had a hip-hop song dedicated to them — "My Adidas" by Run-D.M.C. — and have graced the feet of countless style icons of the music, fashion, and art worlds.  While they've again become super popular over the last few years, many people are rocking the white version with contrasting stripes (black and red being the two most popular) or the black with white stripes. We recommend the white on white or black on black. These two colorways are a bit more subdued, which is what you want if you're looking for versatility in your sneakers. The Superstar will get you from a casual office setting straight to the club. If you're ready to go full-on rockstar, pair a slim fitting suit with one of the bright solid colors, like the vibrant Shock Mint. The Superstar features a full-grain leather upper — a much higher quality leather than many other similarly priced sneakers — and has a distinctive rubber-shell toe. Customers love the sneakers for their comfort, versatility, and durability. The biggest complaints we've read seem to be about sizing, with recommendations for getting a half-size smaller than you'd regularly wear. Some customers also complained about the initial stiffness of the leather before the sneakers have been broken in.   Adidas is getting high marks for sustainability, including how the company treats its employees, and its pledge to only use recycled plastics in all its shoes and clothing by 2024. Pros: A classic sneaker at a fair price from a company that's taking sustainability seriously Cons: Some customers said the sneakers run large and that the leather is too stiff before being broken in The best for dressing up M. Gemi The Lucente from M. Gemi is a pair of super minimalist sneakers that look amazing with a suit and could easily sell for several times the price.  M. Gemi is another direct-to-consumer footwear brand that's disrupting the luxury market. The company was launched in 2015 with the idea of creating "postluxury" shoes. It has kept the quality and artistry of the luxury market without the price tag and limited access, according to the company.  The Lucente has a leaner silhouette, tonal stitching, and less ornamentation than the other sneakers on the list, making it perfect for pairing with a suit or for just elevating a super-casual weekend look, like joggers, T-shirt or henley, and a black bomber jacket.  While M. Gemi makes a stunning version in white, I love the Lucente in a monochrome light gray for its subtlety and ability to easily pair with whatever color combinations and level of formality my outfit of the day happen to be.  The Lucente is crafted by hand in Italy in small family-owned workshops. The upper is made from calf leather with the same type of leather in a light tan lining the inside. The upper is hand-stitched (rather than glued) to a matte rubber tonal sole made by Margom, a highly respected Italian company known for its product quality and performance.  These sneakers are exceptional — soft leather, beautiful design, and great attention to detail — and really comfortable right out of the box; I didn't find any need for a break-in period. While they are expensive, compared with other high-end brands they're a great deal for what you get. They only come in European whole sizes; the website has a sizing chart to help you figure out your size. For half-sizes, the company recommends getting the next full-size down. I typically wear a 9.5 US and got the Lucente in size 42, which fits perfectly. A few customers reported that the sneakers were on the narrow side. M. Gemi offers complimentary shipping and returns in case you have any sizing issues.  Pros: A superbly made minimalist Italian sneaker perfect for dressing up Cons: Costly, but well worth the price, only come in full European sizes, some customers found them to be rather narrow See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:28 unique and unexpected gifts from UncommonGoods they haven't seen beforeHere's a breakdown of the very best ESPN+ originals, including series and films exclusive to the streaming platformWalmart has already launched early deals in anticipation of Black Friday — here's what's on sale now and what to expect on November 29
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What to Do If You Think Your Child Has a Tic Disorder
My nine-year-old’s record for clearing her throat is 33 times in one minute. I counted. It’s a noise so distracting sometimes you can’t really do anything else but count how many times it happens.Read more...
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Judge rules ‘ISIS bride’ Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen
“ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen — and America is under no obligation to let her back into the country, a federal judge ruled Thursday, according to a new report. Judge Reggie Walton found there was enough evidence to prove Muthana — the US-born mom who fled her home in Alabama to...
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13.1 million TV viewers watch opening day of U.S. impeachment hearings
The first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday attracted 13.1 million viewers across six broadcast and cable networks, according to preliminary ratings data released by CNN on Thursday.
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Genetic Evasion: using genetic algorithms to beat state-level internet censorship
Geneva ("Genetic Evasion") is a project from the University of Maryland's Breakerspace ("a lab dedicated to scaling-up undergraduate research in computer and network security"); in a paper presented today at the ACM's Conference on Computer and Communications Security, a trio of Maryland researchers and a UC Berkeley colleague present their work on evolutionary algorithms as a means of defeating state-level network censorship. Geneva develops countermeasures to deep-packet-inspection-based censorship systems that monitor network traffic for forbidden keywords and use packet-injection to break connections to forbidden resources. Geneva's approach is typical of genetic algorithms: drawing on an arsenal of evasion techniques, Geneva attempts to circumvent filters, and the techniques that work are reinforced and then randomly varied to produce new generations of algorithms, and the best of these are then reinforced and allowed to reproduce, etc, etc. The researchers describe this as a kind of inversion of the usual method for censorship evasion, in which researchers first determine how the censorship works, and then develop an evasion countermeasure. With Geneva, the system automatically probes censorship systems and develops countermeasures, and by evaluating which countermeasures work, researchers can infer how the censorship is accomplished. The researchers used Geneva to successfully evade the Great Firewall of China, as well as national censorship systems in India and Kazakhstan. They propose that this kind of evasion tool could run continuously on the server side, providing a continuous stream of new tactics for bypassing censorship systems. They also note that censors could use Geneva to find defects in their own systems and so they can fix them, but say that some of the fundamental errors in the assumptions of the censorship systems might be impossible to fix. Read the rest
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Facebook inks Hudson Yards lease for 1.5 million square feet
Facebook is making friends with Hudson Yards. The social media giant has leased more than 1.5 million square feet of office space in the massive West Side development, Hudson Yards officials announced Thursday. The deal — which marks a major expansion of Facebook’s presence in the Big Apple — encompasses 30 floors across three buildings,...
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British tourists are the most annoying, according to Americans
The 4,200 people surveyed said that irritating visitors from the UK and other countries overcrowd local areas, don't tip enough and often behave in drunken or disorderly manners.
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Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin concedes to Dem Andy Beshear in reelection bid
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded in his reelection bid against Democrat Andy Beshear on Thursday afternoon, over a week after the initial vote results were too close to call.
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This week on "Sunday Morning" (November 17)
A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the #1 Sunday morning news program
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Chris Jericho Dishes on First Year at AEW, Stolen Title, More in B/R Exclusive
No early All Elite Wrestling signing was as impactful to the casual wrestling fan as Chris Jericho. It’s early, but less than a year later Jericho’s in-ring impact has proven to be just as important and probably more so...
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Documentary about the life and death of Terry Davis, creator of TempleOS
TempleOS was one of the last bizarre wonders of the Internet, a 64-bit operating system made entirely from scratch by one man, Terry Davis, in pursuit of singular religious goals. Davis was mentally ill and died tragically at 43. The BBC's Elizabeth Ann Duffy set out to find out what he made, and what made him: "Perhaps we shouldn't think of TempleOS as a technical achievement, but an artistic one." When a homeless man was accidentally killed by a train on the 11/08/18 in The Dalles, Oregon, no one realised how many people it would effect. The man was a computer programmer called Terry Davis and he was on a mission from God. He'd designed an entire operating system called Temple OS and according to Terry its creation had been a direct instruction from God himself. As a fellow programmer explained it, 'you can imagine how over time one man might build a house, but this is like building a sky scraper, on your own!' And this was all done while Terry battled a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Aleks Krotoski searches the emails, web posts and live streams to piece together the life of a remarkable individual who's work touched so many and is now celebrated not just as a technological achievement but an artistic one. Devotion: artist/illness [BBC] Read the rest
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Miguel Andujar is a popular trade target by rival GMs
The Yankees have big plans for Miguel Andujar in the 2020 season. They apparently are not alone. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed on Wednesday that there have been substantial inquiries into what he plans to do with Andujar, who missed the majority of last season with a partial labrum tear. “I’m definitely getting a...
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'Squad' member seeks to ban life sentences, allow transgender inmates to choose their prisons
A resolution released by Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley seeks to make sweeping changes to the criminal justice system.
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Success Academy officials, parents say defunct Catholic school won’t meet space needs
Success Academy officials and parents are fuming after City Hall rejected their request for public school space in Queens and instead offered up a defunct Catholic school. Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Karin Goldmark on Tuesday identified the former site of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy on Rockaway Boulevard in South Jamaica as the building that...
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How to add a column in Microsoft Excel in 2 different ways
Porrakij/Shutterstock You can add a column in Excel by right-clicking or using the "Insert" option in the "Home" tab. These features are helpful for quickly inserting a space for new data as you work within a spreadsheet. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Columns organize data in Excel, and are often used as categories with headers to sort cells. You can simply right-click on an existing column to add another column immediately before it. To add multiple columns, highlight the desired number of columns before clicking "Insert." You can also insert cells from the "Home" tab in your spreadsheet.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to hide and unhide columns in Excel to optimize your work in a spreadsheetHow to filter data in Microsoft Excel to organize and sort your spreadsheetHow to turn off Airplane Mode on your Windows 10 device in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy
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The Dutiful Feminism of the New Charlie’s Angels Made Me Miss the Sleazy Camp of the Old Ones
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How Evo Morales lost control of Bolivia
Last Friday night, with Bolivia's most important city paralyzed by demonstrations against leftist President Evo Morales, the police unit tasked with securing the presidential palace met to help decide the nation's future.
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World Para-Athletics Championships: Teruyo Tanaka wins world silver, aged 60
Japan's Teruyo Tanaka wins T52 100m silver at the World Para-Athletics Championships in Dubai - at the age of 60.
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Clippers' Patrick Beverley Won't Play vs. Pelicans with Calf Injury
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley will miss Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with a sore left calf, according to The Athletic's Jovan Buha ...
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Facebook research suggests pretrained AI models can be easily adapted to new languages
In new research, Facebook scientists suggest that certain pretrained AI models can be easily adapted to new languages using existing techniques.
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Council leaders demand huge funding rise after floods
Politicians in northern England warn of lasting damage, after 1,758 properties badly hitLeaders of councils across northern England have called for “massive” increases in funding to deal with major incidents, as the Guardian learned that around 1,800 homes and businesses have been badly flooded in the region.Dozens of weather warnings remain in place around the country, from Oxfordshire to Yorkshire and across the West Midlands, where more than 100 schools were forced to close on Thursday. Continue reading...
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Some of the jobs most at risk for suicide and depression are the most important to society. Here's a rundown of mental-health risks for doctors, childcare workers, first responders, and more.
BSIP/ Getty If you have a stressful job, your career can negatively impact your mental health. Nine professions stand out for their impact on mental health: veterinarians, emergency medical technicians, construction workers, childcare workers, doctors, nurses, restaurant workers, humanitarian workers, and lawyers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Work in America is leading to burnout and spurring a mental health crisis among professionals — particularly in occupations like medicine and construction work. Suicide rates across the country are the highest they've been since World War II, according to TIME, and depression among millennials is at a high. US employees are increasingly pointing to work as a source of mental health stress, with more than half of workers saying their job contributed negatively to their mental health. Business Insider analyzed research on Americans that work in 9 professions who face disproportionately higher rates of suicide and depression. From doctors to restaurant workers, here are the professions where workers are struggling with mental health challenges the most. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.Suicide rates among veterinarians have been rising for the last three decades. Rafi Letzter/Business Insider The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report in 2018 which found that suicide rates among veterinarians were much higher than those of the US population. The CDC found female veterinarians were 3.5 times as likely to die from suicide as the general US population. Male veterinarians were 2.1 times as likely, and 75% of those veterinarians who died from suicide worked at a small animal practice.  TIME Magazine reporter Melissa Chan broke down some challenges animal-care workers face: having to euthanize pets with treatable illnesses because their owners can't afford surgeries or medicine, cyberbullying and verbal attacks from pet owners, and stress from carrying high rates of student loan debt. Emergency medical technicians, including firefighters and paramedics, have a higher rate of of suicide than the general population. Mark Wilson/Getty Images One recent study compared causes of death for EMTs to the general population, and found that 5.2% of deaths among EMTs between 2009 and 2015 were from suicide, more than double the 2.2% share of suicide deaths among non-EMTs. The researchers attributed the higher rate of suicide to chronic on-the-job stress and substance abuse. A study published by researchers at Florida State University in 2009 found as many as 40% of EMTs could suffer from high-risk drug and alcohol use. On top of on-the-job stress, MONEY Magazine's Kristen Bahler reported many first responders juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet. Bahler found being an EMT is one of the lowest-paying medical jobs, earning about 30% less per year than the average American worker as of 2018.  Construction workers have some of the highest rates of suicide among the entire US working population. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Among the US male working population, men working in construction had the highest rate of suicide in 2012 and 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Seventeen percent of construction workers also qualify as "heavy drinkers," defined as drinking five or more drinks at once on five or more days in the past month — the second highest rate among all occupational groups. A survey published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management found fears about job security and little time to spend with family are some of the factors that contribute to construction workers' poor mental health. Fear of on-the-job injury might also play a role, as construction deaths are skyrocketing in cities like New York. One in five worker deaths in 2017 were in construction, according to the Department of Labor. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:10 things you should do if you're worried about your future after a round of layoffs, according to career expertsOffice romance has given us Bill and Melinda and Barack and Michelle — and ended CEO tenures. Here’s a rundown of the most famous and infamous workplace relationships.One woman's story about a meowing colleague highlights the role silent witnesses play in workplace harassmentSEE ALSO: Lonely, burned out, and depressed: The state of millennials' mental health in 2019
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Swiss tourist dies after vehicle crushed by giraffe in South Africa accident
A tourist from Switzerland who was critically injured when a giraffe was struck by a minibus and fell on his safari vehicle over the weekend at a national park in South Africa died from his injuries at a hospital on Wednesday, according to officials.
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Facebook risks employee unrest with its sponsorship of an event featuring Brett Kavanaugh as a speaker (FB)
Andrew Harnik/Getty Images Facebook is sponsoring an event at which US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is speaking. Facebook employees previously protested after a senior executive supported Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings, and the sponsorship risks inflaming internal tensions. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies. Activists are now targeting Facebook employees with ads about the sponsorship to try and get them to challenge it. Facebook says the sponsorship is part of its long-running support for political groups on both sides of the aisle. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook is sponsoring an event at which US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is speaking — a move that risks employee unrest, and that has sparked immediate protests from activist groups. On Thursday, political newsletter Popular Information reported that Facebook will be a "gold sponsor" for an upcoming convention by conservative law group The Federalist Society, at which Kavanaugh will appear as the keynote speaker on Thursday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:Instagram is launching a new video tool that’s nearly a copycat of popular video app TikTokFacebook's new payment service will let you send money without fees across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and MessengerFacebook users are noticing a bug that lets the app access their iPhone's camera while they're scrolling through their newsfeed
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How to hide and unhide columns in Excel to optimize your work in a spreadsheet
Shutterstock You can easily hide and unhide columns in Excel by individually revealing hidden columns or using the "Format" option to unhide all hidden cells. Hiding columns is helpful, especially when working in large documents or hiding information you won't need until later, but don't want to delete. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can easily hide columns when working within an Excel spreadsheet — and just as easily unhide them. Excel is great for sorting large amounts of data, whether it involves alphabetizing, adding, or merging cells. While organizing this data, you may find it helpful to hide columns you are no longer using, but don't want to delete from your document.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:How to filter data in Microsoft Excel to organize and sort your spreadsheetHow to restart Windows Explorer using your computer's Task Manager toolHow to turn off Airplane Mode on your Windows 10 device in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: The best budget laptops
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Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer: ATP Finals – live!
Updates as the world’s No 2 and 3 players collide in LondonBerrettini hails ‘unbelievable season’ after beating Thiem Email Daniel or tweet him with your thoughts on the match 11.06am GMT Well! Is the playing field finally level? These two meet tonight having both lost to Dominic Thiem, while Rafael Nadal was beaten by Alex Zverev then only just sneaked by Daniil Medvedev. It’s taken years and skipped a generation – we’ve seen the false dawns of your Griggsys, your Nickys, your Miloses and the rest – but finally, aged 127, 109 and 106 respectively, the big three are losing big matches to children. Quite how tennis copes with that, I’ve not a clue – for a decade, it was the best sport in the world in terms of how good its greatest were, and it’s inconceivable that these will be anywhere near them – but we’re good for a change, and it looks like we’re getting one. Whoever wins tonight will join Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, with Zverev and Medvedev fighting over the final sport tomorrow. I’d be buzzing for that if I wasn’t replete with buzz for this – we don’t know how much more of these boys we’ve got, so it’s our duty as human beings to wade right into them while we can. Yalla yalla! Related: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face off with Wimbledon memories fresh Continue reading...
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Wendy Williams recalls ‘intimate’ relationship with Eric B
Williams opened up Thursday about her past with Eric B — DJ for rap icon Rakim — who was recently arrested on a 17-year-old warrant.
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Nets’ Caris LeVert out indefinitely after undergoing thumb surgery
DENVER – The Nets’ Caris LeVert fears were realized, with the young wing requiring surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb. Brooklyn had sent LeVert back to New York from its road trip to be evaluated by specialists. And after being looked at, LeVert promptly had a procedure performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at...
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The 13 most horrifying stories of tourists behaving badly over the last decade
Shutterstock It seems like tourists are behaving worse and worse. Turns out, that's not actually new behavior. With a new decade upon us, we looked back at the most shocking reports of tourists behaving badly. One British family was accused of being so troublesome in New Zealand that their passports were revoked. A man purposely kicked and destroyed a stalagmite that was thousands of years old in a cave in China. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Are terrible tourists taking over? It seems like every day brings new reports of a traveler doing something offensive in a foreign place. Unfortunately, tourists behaving badly isn't new. As the constant stream of news stories about them threatens to inundate us, we've decided to look back at the last decade to pick out the very worst reports.A teenager defaced a 3,500-year-old carving inside an ancient Egyptian temple. Manu Brabo/AP In May 2013, a 15-year-old Chinese teenager scrawled his name on Egypt's 3,500-year-old Luxor Temple, writing "Ding Jinhao was here" on top of ancient hieroglyphics. He was caught after other visitors uploaded a picture of his handiwork to social media. His parents issued a public apology.   Two tourists tried to steal bricks from the crematorium of a concentration camp as a souvenir. Alik Keplicz/AP In 2018, two Hungarian tourists tried to steal bricks from the crematorium at Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp that was located in occupied Poland during WWII. It's estimated over 1 million people died there between 1940 and 1945. In July 2018, USA Today reported that the tourists were charged with theft of a cultural asset, each fined $405, and handed a one-year prison sentence on probation. The tourists said that they wanted to take home a souvenir and didn't understand the consequences. Two peacocks are believed to have died from shock after they were manhandled by tourists using them as selfie props. Kerstin Joensson/AP Visitors to Yunnan Zoo in Kunming, China, are believed to have caused the death of two peacocks in February 2016. Zookeepers told Chinese news outlets that the birds are thought to have died of shock after some visitors picked them up for photos and reportedly even plucked out some of their feathers. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:10 tourist attractions opening in 2020 that we're excited forI lived at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month, and I felt like royaltyTHEN AND NOW: 7 tourist attractions that stopped being popular in the 2010s
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Sign Up to Beta Test GitHub's New iOS and Android Apps
Github is an excellent resource for programmers of all levels and serves as a great repository of readily available software and development tools. The website is a chore to use on anything other than a desktop, but that could soon change thanks to a new dedicated app that GitHub is asking you to help beta test.Read more...
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On Russia and EU enlargement, Macron pushes a radical agenda
French President Emmanuel Macron's stark description of the "brain death" of transatlantic military alliance NATO grabbed headlines last week, but his views on Russia and European Union enlargement may well have greater long-term impact.
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Booker T. Jones says Obama preferred ‘Green Onions’ over ‘Hail to the Chief’
Memphis, Tenn.-born and raised Booker T. Jones was just 16 when he started writing the soul-rocker instrumental tune “Green Onions,” which would become a huge hit for Booker T. & the MGs, the house band for Stax records, in 1962. “I started writing it in my music theory class,” Jones tells The Post. He says...
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Online banking isn't just for millennials anymore — it's quickly becoming the norm
d3sign/Getty Images Americans of all ages are open to online-only banks, according to a survey by banking comparison site Finder.  About 30% of Americans have an account or plan to open an account with an online-only bank, Finder found. Thanks to low overhead, online banks like Ally can offer financial products with relatively big returns like high-yield savings accounts. Read more personal finance coverage. Dwindling are the days of brick-and-mortar banks and tellers behind counters. Now, banking is all about what happens on a screen, from traditional banks offering apps to online-only banks you'll never meet in person. Looking at data from Finder's Neobank Adoption survey ("neobank" is the technical term for an online-only bank), it's obvious that digital banking isn't a niche market.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:How much do you have to make to file taxes? Here are the benchmarks for the 2019 tax yearA retiree who 'never made big money' says owning property made his retirement possible, and young people shouldn't overlook it75% of Americans don't have a high-yield savings account — and they're leaving free money on the table
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Carrie Underwood wears eight dazzling outfits at 2019 CMA Awards
The singer wore an array of super sparkly gowns to host the award show.
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Dinosaurs with feathers once roamed the South Pole: scientists
The beat the chill — with quills.
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Rockets fired from Gaza after ceasefire between Israel, Islamic Jihad
Militants in the Gaza Strip fired six rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, hours after an Egyptian-mediated truce went into effect in the three-day escalation of violence that killed 34 Palestinians, including eight children and three women. Before the ceasefire was reached with Islamic Jihad, a pre-dawn Israeli airstrike killed eight members of the same...
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You can now buy designer puffer coats for your dog
Poldo Dog Couture Moncler and Poldo Dog Couture have teamed up to create a designer line of puffer coats. In addition to jackets, the pet line also includes vests, hooded raincoats, and leather leashes. The dog clothes range in price between $275 to $575. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Need to update your pet's winter wardrobe? Look no further than Moncler's collaboration with Poldo Dog Couture, an ultra-luxe line of clothing and accessories for Fido. Building on Moncler's 2018 collaboration with the dog clothing company, this year's range updates classic Moncler styles in four-legged cuts.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:Bella Thorne has dyed her signature red hair a vibrant shade of greenNike is selling festive metallic silver-and-gold sneakers covered in starsLaverne Cox is keeping the 'naked' trend alive in an almost entirely sheer lace dress
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Tesla could shed more than 40% if it's overtaken as the leader in electronic vehicles, Credit Suisse says (TSLA)
Reuters Tesla's position as the top electric-vehicle maker in the US could slip and send shares down more than 40%, according to a Thursday note from Credit Suisse.  On Sunday, Ford is expected to announce the Mach-E, its Mustang-inspired electric SUV, the company announced Thursday. This could pose a threat to Tesla, according to Dan Levy of Credit Suisse, as it "marks an increased effort by the legacy US automakers to be relevant in electrification."  Watch Tesla trade live on Markets Insider. Tesla might be running out of time to capitalize on its position as the leading electric-vehicle carmaker, according to a Thursday note from Credit Suisse.  "Tesla has a window of opportunity now with a clear competitive lead," wrote Dan Levy of Credit Suisse. "Yet to the extent Tesla continues to struggle with the basic 'blocking and tackling' of the auto business (i.e., manufacturing, delivery logistics, service), it risks not capitalizing on this opportunity." 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:The best cash-back credit cards — updated for 2019Here's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the race10 tricks for remembering everything you read
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