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Boris Johnson says tax cuts bring in revenue. But we now know that’s a myth | Polly Toynbee

The Tory leadership candidate is fond of citing the Laffer curve theory – yet it’s no more credible than a magic money tree

This time next week the tumbril calls for Theresa May, that removal van freighted with symbolism. Boris Johnson will kiss hands the next day, not elected by us, not with our consent, no “one nation” unifier but leader of a dysfunctional, disunited kingdom. He will get the usual goodwill poll bounce: May and Gordon Brown had theirs. Skipping spring-heeled across the Downing Street threshold, full of vacuous optimism and “let the sun shine in” self-intoxication, he may bring smiles to the faces of admirers.

His honeymoon will barely pass a hundred days before he hits the Brexit wall

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Mark Sanford Ends His Primary Challenge Against President Trump
The former South Carolina governor and congressman said that "impeachment has made my goal of making the debt, deficit and spending issue a part of this presidential debate impossible right now."
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Schiff sets stage for impeachment hearings, warns GOP about going after Bidens
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff set the stage for the first public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry by vowing to keep questions at Wednesday's lead-off session focused on the Ukraine controversy -- in an implicit shot at Republican members who have signaled an interest in turning the tables on Democrats as they defend President Trump. 
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The world's largest brewer, which produces Corona and Budweiser, is about to get even bigger. Meet AB InBev's famously private CEO, who has only one hobby and doesn't like company perks.
JASPER JACOBS/AFP/Getty Images Carlos Brito is the CEO of the brewery group Anheuser-Busch InBev, which produces popular beers like Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, and Stella Artois. AB InBev announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Kona Brewing Co. parent Craft Brew Alliance, according to the Wall Street Journal. Brito convinced former Brazil tennis star Jorge Paulo Lemann to fund his time at Stanford, according to the Financial Times. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The world's largest brewer is about to get even bigger. The brewery titan Anheuser-Busch InBev is said to be acquiring Craft Brew Alliance, according to the Wall Street Journal. The deal will add Kona Brewing Co., Omission Brewing Co., Redhook Brewery and Cisco Brewers., into AB InBev's already extensive portfolio of beers. Despite the ubiquity of the company, AB InBev's Brazilian-born CEO is known to be extremely private. Keep reading to take a look into the life of Carlos Brito.Carlos Alves De Brito, 59, was born in Brazil. He has said he uses his heritage to guide his business decisions. Shutterstock Brito has cited Brazil's business culture as a reason for AB InBev's success, according to the BBC. The Brazil-based InBev leadership team was known for its tendency to implement sharp cost-cutting measures without hesitation, the BBC reported. According to the Financial Times, Brito showed up at Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis headquarters to start making changes just 24 hours after its acquisition by InBev was announced. Brito now lives in New York, according to Fortune. Brito has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Steve Castillo/Wikimedia Commons Brito earned a bachelor's degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, according to Bloomberg. Before getting his master's at Stanford, he was an executive at Shell. Brito persuaded the former Brazil tennis star Jorge Paulo Lemann to fund his time at Stanford, according to the Financial Times. He has since returned to Stanford to speak with MBA students, NBC News reported. Brito is a private person. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for CAMFED The AB InBev leader rarely gives interviews, and not much is known about his personal life. NBC News reported that the company even declined to confirm that Brito was married and had four children, saying "We don't give details on his private life." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Meet Amancio Ortega, the fiercely private Zara founder who's worth $68.5 billion and owns properties in Madrid, London, and New York CityTake a look inside the gala Marc Benioff hosted for USC, where the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed, James Corden emceed, and billionaires dined with Ashton KutcherThe 7 biggest yacht debuts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat ShowSEE ALSO: What George Soros' life is really like: How the former hedge-fund manager built his $8.3 billion fortune, purchased a sprawling network of New York homes, and became the topic of international conspiracy theories DON'T MISS: French billionaires have made more money this year than their ultrawealthy counterparts in any other country — and they partially have China to thank
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The Simpsons’ aspect ratio is messed up on Disney+
All 30 seasons of The Simpsonsare available for fans to stream on Disney+ starting today, but there’s one glaring problem: the aspect ratio is off. Every episode of The Simpsons is currently streaming in a 16:9 ratio, meaning it looks stretched and shots are cropped to fit a widescreen format. There isn’t an option to change the aspect ratio, either. This ultimately means there’s a plethora of gags from the first 20 Simpsons seasons that don’t land because the cropping prevents the joke from being fulfilled. The Simpsons originally aired on Fox in 1989, and it was broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The show relies heavily on visual gags — an aspect of joke-telling that wouldn’t become an issue until near the end of 2009, about a third of the way through The Simpsons’ 20th season — when the show’s aspect ratio switched from 4:3 to 16:9. This has long been an issue that Simpsons fans have contended with, some even making memes about the situation. Things seemed likely to improve in 2015, though, when Fox’s FXX network announced that early Simpsons episodes would be available to stream in a 4:3 ratio on the Simpsons World app. All the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ are in cropped widescreen format -- this means you miss out on tons of great visual jokes, like how Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry all come from the same tube. pic.twitter.com/cTy9adulFl— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019 Fans and critics hailed FXX for giving subscribers more technological freedom. Many assumed the same setup would apply to Disney+ following the company’s announcement that all 30 seasons would live exclusively on Disney’s streaming service. That’s not the case. Twitter is full of complaints about Disney not offering an option to stream the episodes in 4:3, with some calling it a step down from FXX and Simpsons World. Even Simpsons writer Bill Oakley tweeted his disappointment with the setup. Disney hasn’t suggested via social media if changes are coming to the platform to address subscribers’ concerns. The Verge has reached out to Disney for comment and will update when more information becomes available.
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Trump bashes Europe for 'terrible' trade barriers
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his criticism of European Union's trade policies, saying it has "terrible" barriers that are unfair to U.S. producers.
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Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available as more of a service pack
Microsoft is releasing its latest Windows 10 November 2019 Update to devices today. While most of Microsoft’s significant Windows 10 updates usually come with a host of new features, this one is much more like the service packs you’d find with previous versions of Windows. Most of the changes are minor, and you won’t see a lot of them as they’re behind-the-scenes improvements focused on stability, performance, and more. That doesn’t mean nothing has changed, though. The biggest changes can be found in the improvements that Microsoft is making to the notifications experience in Windows 10. This new November update has a manage notifications button in the notification center (Action Center) that leads to a better settings area where you can customize notifications. You’ll also be able to hover over notifications that appear and tap a settings button to permanently mute notifications from a particular app. Microsoft is even offering the ability to customize the number of notifications you see from apps. Elsewhere, there are a few changes to the Start menu and task bar. You can now hover over the Start menu hamburger menu without having to click it, and you’ll also be able to add events to your calendar from the task bar. Microsoft is also updating the search functionality inside File Explorer. It’s now powered by the same Windows search backend as the Start menu, so you can find files on your local PC or even cloud storage on OneDrive. Microsoft is starting to roll out the November 2019 Update to Windows 10 users today, and you can grab it directly from Windows Update by heading into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and checking for updates.
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Republicans plan to focus on Trump's 'state of mind,' intentions about Ukraine call
House Republicans plan to focus on Trump's 'state of mind,' intentions surrounding Ukraine call, during the public impeachment hearings this week.
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Twitch Studio’s streamlined streaming suite hits open beta
Twitch Studio is going into open beta today with the goal of enabling anyone to become a livestreamer.
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Disturbing details reveal university student's last moments before her death
Alexis Crawford, the missing Atlanta student at Clark Atlanta University, was strangled to death.
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What if Freddie Kitchens had a terrible celebrity chef doppelganger?
HOST: Hi, I’m Zack Bertman, and welcome back to The Inner Monologue of a Chef: But Now It’s Outer!, Netflix’s top-ranked fourth-tier chef vanity show. We’re taking you all over the world to some of the hottest, fanciest, and most innovative restaurants, and finding out what makes the people behind them tick! [busy and frankly unappetizing montage of the host and his friends eating a variety of foods] HOST: Today, we’re visiting a long-running restaurant that has fallen on some hard times, but hopes to revitalize itself under an up-and-comer who’s manning a kitchen as head chef for the very first time. [exterior shot of a restaurant] HOST: This is Le Fourrière, once a beloved institution in Cleveland. The classic French restaurant was once the place to go in town if you were celebrating something big — birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, pre-merger NFL championships. [black-and-white photo of Frank Sinatra being restrained by tuxedo-clad bouncers from punching local celebrity “Big Chuck” Schodowski] HOST: Changing tastes and poor management plagued the restaurant for years, however, and it closed for several years before a new restaurant group tried to revive the flagging brand — without much success. [color photo of Drew Carey not appearing to enjoy a meal in 2001] HOST: It looked like Le Fourrière might go the way of the automat or the Arch Deluxe, but last year the ownership decided to shake things up, promoting a line cook all the way to head chef. He brought a brash new energy to the staid institution, shaking up the menu and casting off the once-stodgy atmosphere. That man? Our guest today: the one, the only — Frédéric Footballfields. FRÉDÉRIC: Hello. HOST: Freddie, you gotta tell me. This was a big jump. Most big restaurants like this, they have a real hierarchy, a way of doing things in a certain order. If a head chef leaves or gets fired, usually there’s a favored sous chef ready to step in, or they’ll hire someone with experience running a kitchen. It’s almost unheard of for someone to jump from the line straight to the toque, but you did it. How? FRÉDÉRIC: The owners, you see, they are easy to persuade. The man who owns this restaurant? He sells counterfeit T-shirts to discount stores. He is a businessman, but he is not a food man. Last year, our head chef, well, he had a very bad time. First, he had an entire night, he served no food. Just forgot. He swore it would never happen again, but it happened again. Then he fell in a lake. HOST: That’s rad. FRÉDÉRIC: So the owners, they do not like the sous chef. He is not a pleasant man. He would pay waiters cash bonuses for spitting in critics’ food. I tell them, I will run your restaurant, and we will get four Michelin stars. HOST: To be clear, no restaurant in the world has more than three. The scale only goes up to three. FRÉDÉRIC: The T-shirt man does not know this, and he respects bold ideas. HOST: So you took over, and suddenly business was booming. It was the talk of the town. Sold out for weeks. Suddenly the local press is saying you’re an innovator that’s going to bring this old gray mare into the 21st Century. What were some of your big ideas? FRÉDÉRIC: You know Taco Tuesday, the idea? HOST: Oh yeah. Rad stuff. FRÉDÉRIC: I put on Taco Threesday. I served tacos, but three different ways. HOST: Wow. Wow. FRÉDÉRIC: Hard shell, soft shell, and something I call “in-between shell”. HOST: That’s wild. Wild stuff, man. Reminds me of a meal I had inside an abandoned factory in Berlin, and — [an explosion is heard from inside the kitchen] HOST: Do you need to check on that? FRÉDÉRIC: On what? HOST: [mildly concerned, but continuing] OK, so you get through the holiday rush season last year, everyone’s talking about Le Fourrière again, and suddenly expectations are high. Ownership opens their wallet, and loads you up with talent. Top sous chefs, a world-class pastry chef, a sommelier from France, even one of New York’s top sushi chefs! How did you incorporate his sushi into your menu? FRÉDÉRIC: We do not have sushi on our menu. HOST: So, what are you doing with — OK, nevermind, nevermind. [another apparent explosion is heard from within the kitchen] HOST: Are things going according to plan for you this season? FRÉDÉRIC: There have been some growing pains. SOUS-CHEF [chef’s whites blackened by soot]: I’m sorry to interrupt, Chef, but the salmon dish you planned for tonight keeps exploding. I think it might be all the gunpowder causing the problem. I think maybe we should try a different — FRÉDÉRIC: [with unearned confidence]Add a quarter-cup more gunpowder. SOUS-CHEF: I just don’t think that — FRÉDÉRIC: If it does not work, blame me. SOUS-CHEF: I want to be very clear, everyone blames you for everything. That is not in dispute. FRÉDÉRIC: [thoughtfully]Make it a half-cup. SOUS-CHEF: [sighs, returns to kitchen] HOST: I understand you’ve had some struggles. FRÉDÉRIC: It takes time to implement a plan. HOST: There was the night you gave everyone in the restaurant food poisoning. Even a few people just passing by on the street got it. Didn’t even eat the food. Didn’t know that was possible. FRÉDÉRIC: That’s on me, and I’ll take the blame for that. HOST: All of your kitchen appliances were stolen. FRÉDÉRIC: I have started locking the door every night after this. It’s a lesson learned, and we’re growing as a staff. HOST: Several diners have gone missing while eating at your restaurant. FRÉDÉRIC: Everyone’s experience is going to be their own, and we’re just going to have to keep doing things according to our plan. The results will come. HOST: You attempted to officially challenge a magazine’s review. FRÉDÉRIC: I thought that was the rule. SOUS-CHEF: [arrives at the table with plate of food] The chef’s specialty; Salmon ala trinitrotoluene. HOST: Wow. This looks dynamite. SOUS-CHEF: [pleading with his eyes for the host not to try it] It literally is. HOST: [ignoring him] Now, Fred, I have to ask — you’ve got a very unusual family name, that’s not one you hear much. Did you ever consider going into football coaching? Maybe there’s something to nominative determinism, perhaps your bombastic style would be more suited to the sideline than the prep line. [both glance over at a television, where the Cleveland Browns are currently attempting to “go for four,” and the referees don’t seem to know what to penalize them for] FRÉDÉRIC: No, of course not. Imagine a man of my kitchen talent on a football field. It would be a disaster. HOST: Well, I’m sure glad you — [takes bite] [explodes] VOICEOVER: Shortly after this episode aired, management of Le Fourrière removed Frédéric Footballfields from his position, citing “a culture of winning,” and also numerous health-code violations. The restaurant has been rebranded as a Perkins.
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Twitch makes it easier for first-time streamers to get started
Twitch wants to make streamer easier for newbies. Launching today, the Twitch Studio is a new streaming app designed to help gamers go live for the first time with minimal fuss or to up their game if they're still new to the scene. Features include a...
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Intel Failed to Fix a Hackable Chip Flaw Despite a Year of Warnings
Speculative execution attacks still haunt Intel, long after researchers told the company what to fix.
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Hate crimes see slight dip in 2018, FBI says
Hate crimes dipped slightly in 2018 from last year, but experts say "charged" political rhetoric in public discourse is matriculating into acts of violence.
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Cute "mouse-deer," long lost to science, has been photographed again
This is a silver-backed chevrotain, aka "mouse-deer," from Vietnam. Until this and other camera trap photographs were taken in the last two years, no scientific evidence of the rabbit-sized animal had been collected in three decades. From Nature: The animal was first described in 1910 from four specimens, but since then only one verifiable record exists, from the early 1990s. The Red List of Threatened Species maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the silver-backed chevrotain (Tragulus versicolor) as ‘data deficient’. Indigenous people living in the Nha Trang forest suggested where the scientists should place their camera traps to get the animals on film. “To these local people our camera-trap evidence that the silver-backed chevrotain survives in Vietnam is not new,” says (Global Wildlife Conservation scientist Andrew) Tilker. “But to the wider scientific community, we are comfortable saying that our findings constitute a rediscovery.” Read the rest
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6 celebrities who have opened up about their polyamorous relationships
Jim Spellman, Denise Truscello / Getty As the idea of polyamorous relationships becomes more common, more celebrities are coming forward about their own non-monogamous dating styles. YouTube stars and social media influencers like Tana Mongeau, Jake Paul, and Bella Thorne have been vocal about their "open" dating.  Here are six celebrities who have spoken out about being polyamorous.  Visit Insider's homepage for more. Polyamory is having its moment in the spotlight, with public curiosity about non-monogamy on the rise and more celebrities speaking openly about their non-traditional approaches to love.  Not to be confused with polygamy, Psychology Today defines polyamory as the "practice of having multiple intimate relationships, whether sexual or just romantic, with the full knowledge and consent of all parties involved." In simpler terms, polyamory involves sustaining a relationship with more than one person in which everyone is aware of the other partners involved.  While there are a number of prominent celebrities rumored to be engaging in non-monogamous relationships, here are six who have spoken about their polyamorous preferences.Actress Bella Thorne has been in a number of publicly non-monogamous relationships. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Bella Thorne, actress, model, and adult film director, is far from camera shy when it comes to displaying her non-monogamous dating style. Thorne first publicly confirmed she was in simultaneous relationships with rapper Mod Sun, or Dereck Smith, and YouTuber Tana Mongeau in an interview with Gay Times magazine. "I don't think anybody will really understand the bonds that I share with Mod or Tana," Thorne told the publication. "Yeah, we joke around about [polyamory], but we aren't in the sense that we don't put a word, a box or label too many things. It is what it is." Thorne ended her relationships with both Mongeau and Mod Sun earlier this year, but hasn't stopped displaying her open dating preferences on social media. Thorne's current boyfriend, Italian singer Mascolo, expressed his support of Thorne's newest romantic interest, Alex Martini, after Thorne posted a picture of her and Martini on Instagram. While Thorne has not labeled her simultaneous relationships with Martini and Mascolo as polyamorous, a slew of fans and publications have expressed support for the actress promoting non-monogamous visibility in mainstream media.  YouTube star and Instagram influencer Tana Mongeau discussed her polyamorous relationship with Thorne in 2019. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images Tana Mongeau opened up to her 5 million YouTube subscribers in January 2019 about her relationship with Thorne. Thorne and Mongeau confirmed they were dating in September 2017 while Thorne was in another relationship with Mod Sun. "It's funny because meeting Bella and going into it, in the beginning, I felt like there was this tension between Mod and I … " Mongeau said in the video. "Here I am just coming in and Bella wants me here but she has a whole a--- boyfriend and he wasn't my boyfriend and I didn't want him to be my boyfriend. He didn't want me to be his girlfriend. It was this weird thing of him and I sharing her. But after time, it became so harmonious and absolutely normal to us."  Thorne and Mongeau dated for over a year, and announced their split publicly in February 2019. "Being in that relationship taught me so much about myself and polyamory and openness and how close-minded the world can be — and how open-minded the world can be," Mongeau said in a video. Mongeau and YouTuber Jake Paul tied the knot this year. Paul later confirmed the pair’s marriage was an “open” one during an interview with ET Live. Denise Truscello / Getty Images YouTube superstar Jake Paul began his relationship with Mongeau in April 2019.  Paul and Mongeau got married this past July.  Paul confirmed in a later interview with ET Live that the couple had always had an "open" arrangement after hosts Denny Directo and Cassie DiLaura questioned Paul about Mongeau and singer Noah Cyrus possibly hooking up. "Since the start of our relationship it's been, like, an open type of thing because that's just how we both are," Paul said.  The YouTuber added that he would be more than fine with his wife and Cyrus sleeping together, "especially if I could be there." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:27 incredible places you couldn't visit a decade ago16 of the most shocking beauty YouTube transformations of all timeA photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley. Here are 15 of his most breathtaking photos.
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Chuck Schumer wants the US Army to think twice before using TikTok
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) raised concerns over the US Army’s use of the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok to find recruits in a letter directed to the military branch’s top official last week, as first reported by BuzzFeed News. “While I recognize that the Army must adapt its recruiting techniques in order to attract young Americans to serve,” Schumer wrote. “I urge you to assess the potential national security risks posed by China-owned technology companies before choosing to utilize certain platforms.” In his letter, Schumer asks Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy whether the Army was in contact with intelligence officials over its decision to use the TikTok platform recruiting and if it “conducted an analysis of alternative recruiting platforms” before moving to do so. McCarthy has until December 6th to respond. There’s been a broader movement in the Senate building over concerns that TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, could threaten US national security or the privacy of American users. Last month, Schumer co-authored a letter to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) asking that he investigate the company and determine whether it poses any security risks. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) demanded that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) conduct a full review of TikTok’s acquisition of the app Muscal.ly, which led it to enter the US market. That investigation has reportedly begun, according to Reuters. One of the Senate’s leading China and tech hawks, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), held a hearing last week aimed at analyzing TikTok’s relationship with the Chinese government. The company did not send someone to represent it. “We appreciate Sen. Hawley’s invitation. Unfortunately, on short notice we were unable to provide a witness who would be able to contribute to a substantive discussion,” a TikTok spokesperson told The Verge at the time.
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Trump barks at Fed but offers no fresh details on trade in NY speech
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday took aim once again at the Federal Reserve for its interest rate policy in a highly anticipated speech that offered no fresh details on his administration's long-running trade war with China.
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34 of the best and most candid photos of the 'Friends' cast over the years
NBCU Photo Bank It's been 25 years since "Friends" first hit television screens, yet the show still remains one of the most popular sitcoms in history. A study last year revealed that it was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 with Netflix reportedly paying up to $100 million to stream it for another year.  To celebrate the milestone, Insider has rounded up some of the show's best and most candid pictures from on and off set. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Back in the early 90s, writers and producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman delivered a simple one-line pitch to NBC for a feelgood sitcom called "Friends." "This show is about six people in their 20s who hang out at this coffee house," they wrote.  After the show got the green light, the director James Burrow had such a "good feeling" about it that he flew the six virtually unknown actors to Las Vegas for what would be their last public outing without being bombarded by paparazzi. "I took them [the cast] to Vegas ... I had me and six of them and I said: 'This is your last shot at anonymity. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded,'" Burrow told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016. Burrows was right. Their faces have since been screened in households across all six continents, making it not only a cultural icon but one of the most highly syndicated shows in television history.  And even 15 years after its final episode in 2004, the enduring success of "Friends" shows no signs of slowing down. A study last year revealed it was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 with Netflix reportedly paying up to $100 million to stream it for another year. To mark the 25th anniversary, Insider has rounded up some of the best photos of the "Friends" cast either on set or out and about, ranked in chronological order.1994: Jennifer Aniston revealed that initially, the girls were 'nervous' to work with Matt LeBlanc due to his modeling history (he used to model for Levis). 'He thinks it's very funny now. And actually, he can sit down and comfort me just like Courteney or Lisa could,' Aniston said. Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Source: People. 1995: Coffee size does matter. The archetypal oversized mugs served at the gang's favorite cafe, Central Perk, became a cultural icon. Here's the cast showing them off at an NBC Press Tour party. Ron Davis/Getty Images 1995: Roommates Joey and Chandler were as thick as thieves throughout the series, often going on hilarious but miscalculated adventures together. But sadly according to E!, their real-life bond was 'never as close' as the lead actresses. Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank Source: E! See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here's what it's like to live at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month16 of the most shocking beauty YouTube transformations of all time27 incredible places you couldn't visit a decade ago
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Supreme Court divided over future of DACA program as justices weigh Trump bid to end program
The future of the DACA program for young illegal immigrants remained uncertain, as the Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to lack consensus on whether the Trump administration's plans to rescind legal protections for so-called Dreamers were proper.
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Mark Sanford suspends 2020 presidential campaign
Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman who two months ago launched a longshot primary challenge to President Donald Trump, suspended his candidacy Tuesday, his spokesperson Sarah Allred confirmed.
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E-bikes are coming back to San Francisco after Lyft resolves issues with battery fires
Lyft is bringing its rentable, pedal-assist electric bikes back to San Francisco five months after several battery fires forced the company to pull them from service. The e-bikes were only in service for two months when Lyft pulled a thousand of them from service to investigate a handful of reported battery fires. The bikes were also pulled from San Jose and Oakland. Lyft had previously been forced to ground its fleet of e-bikes in New York and Washington, DC after a braking malfunction injured several riders. It is still unclear when those bikes will be returned to service. Last week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said it struck a four-year deal with Lyft to operate a “hybrid” model of bike-sharing that includes docked and dockless bikes. Under the agreement, Lyft will begin to deploy 4,000 e-bikes in December, with a fuller rollout expected by April 2020. The announcement marks the end of a tumultuous summer for Lyft After investigating the “root causes” of the battery fires, Lyft said it made the decision to switch suppliers. The company is now testing the new batteries and reassembling its fleet of e-bikes in preparation to redeploy them in San Francisco “in the coming weeks and months.” The announcement marks the end of a tumultuous summer for Lyft, which owns the largest bike-share operator in the US. In addition to the battery fires and the braking malfunctions, there was also legal wrangling between the ride-hail company and the city of San Francisco. The company sued the city in June to prevent San Francisco from seeking other third-party contracts; Lyft claims it has a 10-year contract that gives it sole control of the dockless bike-share market. SFMTA argued that Lyft only had exclusive rights over docked bikes in the city. In July, a San Francisco judge issued a preliminary ruling in favor of Lyft and enjoined the city from permitting more dockless bike providers. The judge also distinguished between pedal bikes and e-bikes and gave the city and Lyft 90 days to negotiate a new provider deal for e-bikes. According to SFMTA, the new e-bikes will work as “hybrids” that can be docked at stations but also locked to bike racks around the city. This model will help “expand the reach of the system and provide citywide access to bikeshare,” the agency says. As for Uber, it will be allowed to continue operating its fleet of 500 dockless Jump e-bike in San Francisco until at least March 1st when its permit expires. “We applaud the City of San Francisco for not waiving its right to challenge Lyft’s claimed bikeshare monopoly in court, and we look forward to protecting riders’ rights to choose the transit option that fits them best by continuing our operations in San Francisco,” a spokesperson said.
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Kristen Stewart’s dating timeline: From R-Patz to hot models
Kristen Stewart’s love life has taken several twists and turns since she was linked to her “Twilight” co-star, Robert Pattinson. Today it’s no surprise to see a beautiful woman on this “Charlie’s Angels” star’s arm. Find out which men and women have landed in K-Stew’s little black dating book.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Dominika Cibulková retires from tennis at age of 30
Former world number four and 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulková announces her retirement from tennis.
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Facebook Pay lets you buy goods and send money inside Facebook's apps
Libra isn't Facebook's only big leap into the payment world. The social media giant has unveiled Facebook Pay, its bid at simplifying both purchases and money transfers. Once you've set a payment method, it's theoretically quick and easy to buy tic...
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Do you still have a black and white TV licence?
We want to hear from people who have spurned colour sets, half a century after the advent of colour television. More than 6,000 homes across the UK still have black and white television licences, according to the latest figures published by TV Licensing. Half a century after the advent of colour on the BBC, there are still 1,311 black and white permit holders in London, while has 323 and Manchester has 245.We want to hear from people who still watch television without colour. Was your decision fuelled by nostalgia? Is your household ‘old-fashioned’ in other senses? Do you do it because it’s cheaper than paying for a colour licence? Does it make it difficult to watch modern programmes? Continue reading...
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Pit bull puppy rescued after sicko set him on fire with blowtorch
A pit bull puppy has been saved in New Jersey after a sicko set him on fire with a blowtorch. The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland said adorable 3-month-old Tyler was one of two dogs believed to have been attacked — with the fate of the other one as yet unknown. “Tyler was found, injured,...
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Rad Power Bikes’ lineup of e-bikes is discounted ahead of Black Friday
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Rad Power Bikes makes some capable e-bikes, like the RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike that The Verge’s Andrew Hawkins calls “a legitimate car replacement” for his needs. This model and several other electric bicycles are up to $200 off ahead of Black Friday, and you can take advantage of these deals online and at Rad Power’s Seattle location. These bikes are rarely discounted, but starting today you can save $200 on the following models: RadRover Electric Fat Bike ($1,299) RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike ($1,299) RadMini Electric Folding Fat Bike (High-Step and Step-Thru models; each cost $1,299) RadCity Electric Commuter Bike (16-inch, 19-inch, and Step-Thru models; each cost $1,299) Rad Power Bikes is offering a few other discounts, like $100 off its new RadRunner Electric Utility Bike, bringing it down to a more reasonable $1,199. If you plan to buy two e-bikes (hopefully one of them is for you), you can save $200 on your order. Lastly, all accessories are 25 percent off for returning customers.
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How wallpaper cleaner became one of the most popular toys ever
During the early 20th century, Kutol Products was the world's biggest manufacturer of wallpaper cleaning products. But once coal heating in homes was replaced with oil, gas, and electricity, dirty wallpaper became less of a problem and Kutol was in trouble. So in 1956, they pivoted. From Smithsonian: Joseph McVicker was trying to turn around the struggling company when his sister-in-law read an article about how wallpaper cleaner could be used for modeling projects. Sister-in-law Kay Zufall, a nursery school teacher, tested the nontoxic material with children, who loved molding it into all kinds of shapes. She told McVicker of her discovery and even suggested a new name: Play-Doh... Originally available in white only in 1956, Play-Doh soon expanded to include basic colors red, blue and yellow. It is now sold in a panoply of hues, including Rose Red, Purple Paradise, Garden Green and Blue Lagoon. The Putty line includes metallic and glittery tints. The recipe has gone through minor modifications over time. At one point, the amount of salt was reduced so the product would not dry out so quickly. But, for the most part, the mixture has remained the same. Read the rest
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As a McDonald’s worker, I hope this is the last time I have to go on strike | Lewis Baker
Despite three previous days of industrial action, we still face poverty pay, insecure hours and a lack of basic respectIt’s time for McDonald’s to give its workers a new deal. I’ve worked at McDonald’s for six years, and today I’m on strike for the fourth time. McDonald’s workers everywhere face poverty pay, insecure hours and a lack of basic respect. But we are growing bigger with every strike, and together we will win.We made history when we first went on strike in 2017. We won the biggest pay rise McDonald’s workers have had in 10 years, and showed that when we come together and fight, we are strong. In the branch I work at in south London, conditions improved for a while. A manager who had been abusive and made the workplace a hostile environment lost their job. Other managers had to think twice about how they treated us when they knew there was a union presence. Continue reading...
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Indiana must pay killer $425K after throwing him in solitary confinement for 4 years
The state of Indiana must pay a convicted killer $425,000 after keeping him in solitary confinement for more than four years without conducting a single review to determine whether he should remain segregated, according to a new report. Jay Vermillon, who is serving time for murder and other offenses, entered solitary confinement at Westville Correctional...
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Google defends amassing health data on millions of people
Google has come under scrutiny after a report in The Wall Street Journal noted that a newly signed cloud computing deal with a healthcare customer could give the tech giant “detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states.” The deal, which was previously announced on Google parent company Alphabet’s July earnings call, is...
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You'll have to spend $2,500 to visit this store Santa
Harrods in London says its store Santa is only available to big spenders "in recognition of their loyal" patronage
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Boris Johnson finally gets his mop out but only makes things worse
Glacial responses to situations requiring leadership such as the UK floods have become the PM’s forte To say access to Boris Johnson is heavily controlled for this election would be to understate it. There are areas beneath the floorboards behind the fridge in Antarctic ice stations that are more accessible than the prime minister, who now makes Theresa May look like someone who couldn’t wait to get out there amongst it all.Even a walk to Whitehall’s Cabinet Office Briefing Room A has appeared a bridge too far for the past few days. With both Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, making visits to the flood-affected Doncaster area on Tuesday, it is a mystery why Johnson left it quite so long to chair a Cobra meeting on the situation. The mystery is not so much the failure to empathise – that might be expected given his crisis formbook, of which more later – but the failure to realise he must LOOK as though he empathises. Without wishing to distract the prime minister from whatever it is he is up to in seclusion, you’d think one or other of his advisers might have noticed that a general election was indeed occurring, and that appearing to give at least a quasi-toss about a section of voters might be a helpful position for him to adopt. Continue reading...
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Dell says it will power all of its facilities with renewable energy by 2040
Dell has announced new sustainability initiatives as part of the "Progress Made Real" plan the company shared on Tuesday. The centerpiece of the company's new climate change plan is to source 75 percent of the power for all of its facilities from ren...
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Taliban release US, Australian hostages in prisoner swap with Afghan government
The Taliban have released U.S., Australian hostages in a prisoner swap with the Afghan government.
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U.S. pork prices rise as fatal pig disease hits Asia: Tyson Foods CEO
U.S. pork prices have increased in recent weeks as a fatal pig disease in Asia is reducing global meat supplies, the chief executive of Tyson Foods Inc said on Tuesday, after the company posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings.
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Taking It All In: Hasan Minhaj’s Week
What the host of “Patriot Act” watched, read and listened to this week.
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Give me some of that: Trump renews call for negative U.S. interest rates
President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his criticism of the Federal Reserve's raising and then cutting of interest rates, saying the central bank had put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other countries and calling for negative interest rates.
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4 of the most expensive watches at America's biggest luxury watch event, including the $800,000 Breguet that Cristiano Ronaldo was seen wearing
Jaquet Droz WatchTime New York is the largest luxury watch event in America. The event is attended by high-end watch retailers, casual buyers, and collectors alike. The timepieces on display can range from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Among the most expensive watches displayed at the event were a Breguet model that Cristiano Ronaldo recently wore and an Armin Strom watch inspired by a medieval European clock tower. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. America's largest luxury watch event took place on October 25 and 26 in New York City. A total of 37 brands were presenting their high-end timepieces at WatchTime New York 2019, an annual showing hosted by watch magazine WatchTime. These included centuries-old watchmakers like Omega and Breguet, as well as younger independent brands like Romain Gauthier, Armin Strom, and Tulloch, the latter of which made its worldwide debut as a company at the event. While some of the most inexpensive watches went for $16,500, many were priced well into the six-figure range. To keep prices in context, a vintage Patek Philippe sold at auction on Saturday went for a record-smashing $31 million. Here's a look at four of the priciest timepieces that were on display at WatchTime's annual event.1. Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance Armin Strom Released in a limited collection of just 10 pieces, this watch celebrates the 10th anniversary of Armin Strom. The company also touts it as the world's first and only resonance chiming wristwatch, offering two complications — resonance and minute repeater — in one timepiece. According to press materials, the watch was inspired by the Zytglogge, a watch tower that's been standing in Bern's center for more than eight centuries. Armin Strom The Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance is valued at $350,000, a spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider. 2. Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater Jaquet Droz Touted by the company as "the only one of its kind in the world," this 2018 model is inspired by a tropical landscape. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both proposed taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Here's how much poorer America's 10 wealthiest billionaires would be under a moderate wealth tax.A $20 million 3-deck superyacht made in Dubai won best in show at the world's biggest in-water boat event. Here's a look inside.Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive, 35-year-old Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018SEE ALSO: The woman who found a $250,000 Rolex in her thrift-store couch 'did all the right things,' according to the expert collector who later bought her watch himself DON'T MISS: One of the world's biggest luxury watch shows is undergoing major changes in 2020
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Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford suspends presidential race bid
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has suspended his 2020 presidential race two months after announcing his protest bid.
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Cat commotion! Group of strays caught darting through woman’s car
Watch out! Some seriously crazy cats leaped right into a woman’s car window in Hemingway, South Carolina. The energetic bunch backflipped, ran and bounced their way around the vehicle before finally scattering. See the hilarious moment the fast-moving felines were caught completely tearing up the car.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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My family's favorite holiday tradition has replaced typical gift-giving, and we don't miss the presents at all
Courtesy Kelly Burch Each year, my extended family works together to buy presents and food for a family in need, rather than purchasing gifts for each other.  This lets us enjoy Christmas shopping without feeling like we're being frivolous.  It also helps us save money, because we're purchasing fewer gifts.  Read more personal finance coverage. Each year my mother, sister, and I go Christmas shopping together. We have our list, and we usually need to check it twice, because we're never quite sure who we're shopping for.  That's because for the last five years, we've shopped for strangers. Rather than buying gifts for each other, my family (my husband, mom, and three siblings) "adopt" a family in need, buying them gifts and necessities to make their season brighter. 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:My free Credit Karma app helped my credit score spike by 50 points overnightThe first personal finance book I ever read completely changed the way I think about and manage my moneyA Southern California couple who worked 'blue collar' jobs plans to retire comfortably thanks to 3 strategies they started years ago
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How to sharpen an image in Photoshop automatically, to reduce blurriness in your images
Sharaf Maksumov/Shutterstock You can sharpen an image in Photoshop easily by using the aptly named Smart Sharpen tool. Sharpening an image in Photoshop can be useful, especially if you weren't able to snap a sharp picture by yourself. Only three quick steps are required to sharpen up a shot in Photoshop 2020.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Capturing sharp images is ideal, but not realistic in all photo scenarios. Taking a picture with little to no blur is particularly hard in low light conditions, settings where the color of your subject approximates the color of the background, or in action shots where you need to account for motion.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:How to add text over an image in Photoshop, and adjust the font or colorHow to resize a layer in Photoshop in 4 simple stepsHow to remove the background of an image in Photoshop using 2 different methodsSEE ALSO: The best keyboards you can buy
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Christian Serratos looks stunning as Selena in Netflix series
Netflix has confirmed: “The Walking Dead” actress Christian Serratos will play iconic singer Selena Quintanilla in the streaming giant’s upcoming take on her rise to fame. In a teaser trailer for the upcoming drama series Serratos applies lipstick, dances in her living room as her mother watches on, then performs in her famous purple sparkly...
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Most destructive hurricanes hitting US more often than ever
WASHINGTON — Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the US three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study. Experts generally measure a hurricane’s destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but that hit only sparsely populated...
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Trump slams Federal Reserve during speech before Economic Club of New York
Trump said his administration had worked to bolster the economy despite what he said were too many interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.
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Nigel Farage faces backlash from 'betrayed' Brexit party candidates
Leader’s decision to not contest Tory-held seats upsets some candidates who planned to stand Politics live – general election campaign coverageNigel Farage’s decision to unilaterally stand down more than half the Brexit party’s candidates has prompted fury from some of the hopefuls, with one candidate saying he only learned the news when a passing driver asked him why he was still campaigning.Darren Selkus, who was the candidate for Epping Forest, said Farage had “betrayed my incredible volunteers and thousands of constituents who will have no one to vote for” by pulling out of all 317 Conservative-held seats. Continue reading...
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Here's what it's like to live at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month
Ben Mack / Insider Dubai's Princess Tower was the tallest apartment building in the world until 2015. With a roof height of 1,286 feet, it is taller than the roof of the Empire State Building. It's so tall that sometimes clouds will form below the upper floors. Despite its lofty height and being in Dubai, rent is surprisingly affordable — you can get a room in an apartment for $1,400 a month or less, with utilities, access to amenities like a pool and gym, and daily cleaning included. For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the building, on the 88th floor. Despite not being fabulously wealthy, it made me feel like royalty. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  It's possible to live in the sky — even if you're not fabulously wealthy. One of the tallest steel trees in Dubai's glittering forest of skyscrapers is the Princess Tower. At 1,358 feet, it's the second-tallest tower that's open in Dubai, behind only the world's tallest building, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa. Until 2015, the Princess Tower was the tallest residential building in the world, but its crown was swiped by 432 Park Avenue in New York City. But unlike 432 Park Avenue — where, as Katie Warren wrote in February, penthouses can cost many millions of dollars — rent for apartments in the Princess Tower are surprisingly affordable: in fact, for 5,000 United Arab Emirates dirhams ($1,362) and under per month, they come in at barely half the monthly median rent in New York City (which is now more than $2,700). For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the Princess Tower, on the 88th floor (out of 97 above ground). Here's what it was like to live at such a lofty height on a modest (read: non-six-figure) salary.The Princess Tower is tall — until 2015 it was the tallest apartment building in the world. Ben Mack / Insider Dubai is known for tall buildings — but even by its standards, the Princess Tower is tall. In fact, from 2012 to 2015, it was the tallest apartment building in the world, recognized as such by the Guinness World Records. It's even taller than the Empire State Building. Ben Mack / Insider With a roof height of 1,286 feet, the Princess Tower stands more than three basketball hoops (which, of course, are 10 feet high each) higher than the Empire State Building, which has a roof height of 1,250 feet. Located in the Dubai Marina, the area around it is also the world's tallest residential block. Francois Nel/Getty Images for XCAT Six of the world's 10 tallest residential buildings are next to each other in the Dubai Marina. In a way, with so many supertall towers right next to each other, it makes them individually look shorter than they actually are. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:You can now rent a suite in a real-life royal palace on Airbnb, and it comes with a private butlerTourist attractions that became obsolete in 2019I stayed in a 182-square-foot room on the world's largest cruise ship, where no space was left unused. Here's what it's like inside.
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