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Knives Out Reinvents the Whodunit for the Trump Era
Rian Johnson’s ingenious murder mystery doubles as a satire of our political moment.
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White House looks both to be in the impeachment fray — and appear above it
President Donald Trump, who spent Wednesday in meetings with visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was scheduled to address supporters at a campaign rally Thursday night.
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Hong Kong students arm themselves for showdown as police take breather
Pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways as students built barricades and stockpiled makeshift weapons, setting the stage for campus showdowns.
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Democrat Joe Biden proposes $1.3 trillion U.S. infrastructure plan
Democrat Joe Biden would invest $1.3 trillion over a decade on electric car charging stations, high-speed railroads, clean-energy research and other public infrastructure if he is elected U.S. president next year, his campaign said on Thursday.
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Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP
Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.
Apple fired a store helper accused of sending himself a woman's intimate photo while fixing her phone
Google Maps Apple fired a employee at a California store over accusations he sent himself an "extremely personal" photo from a customer's phone. Gloria Fuentes took her phone to the Apple store in Valley Plaza, Bakersfield, to get it fixed on November 5. After a lengthy check, she said she was told it was beyond repair. When Fuentes got home, she said she saw a photo she "took for my boyfriend" had been sent to an unknown number. She confronted the Apple staffer later that day. Apple said: "The employee acted far outside the strict privacy guidelines to which we hold all Apple employees. He is no longer associated with our company." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Apple fired a employee from a store in California after a customer accused him of sending himself an "extremely personal" photo from her iPhone while he tried to repair it. Gloria Fuentes wrote on Facebook on November 5 that she went to the Apple store in Valley Plaza, Bakersfield, the previous day to get her screen fixed.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to activate an Apple Watch and set it up for use, with your iPhone nearbyHow to text a GIF on your iPhone using the built-in GIF keyboard in Messages or a third-party appHow to save an entire text conversation on your iPhone
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Gaza militants fire 5 rockets at Israel hours after cease-fire declared
Five rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel just hours after a cease-fire was declared between Israel and Gaza’s militant Islamic Jihad group early Thursday morning, an Israeli Defense Force spokesperson confirmed.
Bob and Mike Bryan to retire after 2020 US Open
Bob and Mike Bryan, the most decorated doubles partnership in tennis history, will retire at the end of next season.
Ionescu surpasses 2,000 points as No. 1 Oregon routs Utah St
Oregon coach Kelly Graves had a bit of a scare when star Sabrina Ionescu went down holding the back of her right leg.
Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young Awards
Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.
The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones
Jo Swinson’s aggressive campaign to split the remain vote is a gift to Boris JohnsonThe Tory electoral strategy is straightforward: unite leave voters behind the Conservative banner. Nigel Farage’s decision to form a de facto pact with the Tories should serve as a moment of clarity. The differences between Farage and Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s two principal British allies, are merely personal: politically, they are on the same page. Both fundamentally see Brexit as a blunt instrument to reshape British society, stripping away the pesky workers’ rights and consumer and social protections that stand in the way of their hyper-Thatcherite dystopia.John Major once declared that the NHS was as safe with Johnson and Michael Gove “as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”; Farage is on record supporting its privatisation. This pact should be treated as a national political emergency: in four weeks, it may triumph and transform Britain for a generation. Continue reading...
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The app for EU citizens applying to remain in the UK after Brexit has major security flaws which mean it can be easily hacked
Reuters The UK government's official smartphone app for EU citizens registering to remain in the country after Brexit has serious vulnerabilities which could be easily hacked to steal users' phone numbers, addresses, and passport details. Over one million EU citizens have downloaded the app, which allows them to submit photographs of their passports. A spokesperson for the3million, which campaigns for EU citizens' rights, said: 'For many EU citizens, trust in the Home Office is already very low and we fear that many concerned will not apply now.' Visit Insider's home page for more stories. Over one million EU citizens who have downloaded a smartphone app designed by the UK government to help them register to remain in the UK after Brexit, risk having their private information stolen due to major flaws in the app's security. The 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app is designed to allow users applying for the UK government's "settled status" scheme, allowing them to submit photographs of their passports, and to check whether their documents are valid.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Nigel Farage says Boris Johnson's Conservatives offered to make him a Lord in exchange for standing down Brexit Party candidatesNigel Farage boosts Boris Johnson's election prospects by standing down Brexit Party candidates in Conservative seatsHow to vote tactically in the 2019 UK general election
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Lakers sit Anthony Davis against Golden State
Anthony Davis is resting his sore right shoulder for the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against Golden State.
How Republicans Are Losing the Suburbs
Democrats have overtaken their rivals in many counties around New York City, in a reversal of the historical norm.
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A&E waiting times in England hit worst-ever level
One in six patients waited longer than four hours in A&E last month, NHS figures show One in six patients waited longer than four hours in A&E in England during October – the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004, according to new data.Just 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E were treated or admitted in four hours, according to the figures from NHS England. Continue reading...
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'Start Here': What you need to know about the first impeachment hearing
It's Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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No fighting or ego biting! Homoelectric, Manchester's queer clubbing utopia
Founded in 1997, Homoelectric railed against the tacky scene in Manchester’s Gay Village with acid, techno and Italo disco. It has now scaled up to a 10,000-person festival, complete with unicorn drag queens ‘For homos, heteros, lesbos and don’t knows.” Since 1997, these words have guided Manchester’s Homoelectric. Started as a retort to the entrenched etiquette and increasingly tacky music of the bars clustered around Canal Street in the city’s Gay Village, Homoelectric grew to become one of the UK’s best-loved institutions. Prioritising a musical policy of house, techno, space disco, Italo, acid and outsider pop that was uncommonly eclectic for the time, it has survived waves of changes to Manchester’s physical landscape, as well as shifts in the wider social ones. Upscaling an independent and nomadic gay night to a 10,000-capacity festival, though? A high-stakes manoeuvre.It had been in Homoelectric co-founder Luke Unabomber’s mind for years, but repeated attempts to establish it as a summer knees-up on the outskirts of Manchester kept falling through. Suddenly, a dream spot was available. The cavernous Mayfield Depot, just a few hundred yards from Homoelectric’s first venue, Follies, and within earshot of Piccadilly station, had broken free from red tape. In 2018, Warehouse Project, the big beast of Manchester clubbing, acquired the rights to host shows there. They were keen to assist in making Homobloc a reality, but aware enough to let it be established on Homoelectric’s terms, so as best to encourage discerning Mancunian clubbers who prize independence and authenticity. From the announcement on 10 July, the hype was deafening. Continue reading...
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WeWork has been sending alarming non-compete letters to workers it laid off earlier this year
Brendan McDermid WeWork has sent alarming legal letters to people it laid off in a round of job cuts earlier in 2019, warning them not to compete with its business. The company warned it was "formally putting [them] on notice" even though there is no evidence that the workers have breached their contracts. It is normal to remind employees not to pass on confidential information once they've left a company, but UK employment lawyers described WeWork's letters as "heavy-handed" and "aggressive." WeWork declined to comment. For more stories about WeWork, click here. WeWork has been sending "aggressive" legal letters to employees affected by global layoffs earlier this year, sources told Business Insider. The letters warn the former employees to stick to the terms of their their contracts, or the company will pursue legal action.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to delete frequently visited websites on your iPhone in Safari, or turn off the feature entirelyHow to cancel a PayPal subscription, to stop making automatic payments for an online serviceHow to unfreeze your Venmo account, or contact Venmo for support if you don't know why it's been frozen
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Singapore fines UBS $8 million over deceptive bond trades
Singapore said on Thursday it had levied an S$11.2 million ($8 million) fine on Swiss bank UBS after investigations showed its advisors deceived clients over prices for bonds and structured products.
Andy Murray: I contemplated not returning to tennis despite successful surgery
He's made an impressive recovery from career-saving hip surgery, but Andy Murray says he questioned whether he wanted to return to tennis.
Hong Kong citywide protests spread
Anti-government protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways and other transport to disrupt the financial hub amid a marked escalation of violence.
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Flaming arrows and petrol bombs: Inside Hong Kong protesters' 'weapons factories'
Under a November full moon, hundreds of young people dressed in black set about turning several of Hong Kong's top universities into fortresses, well stocked with improvised weapons.
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Andy Murray optimistic about 2020 season
Three-time grand slam winner Andy Murray said that he felt like he was "coming through the end of the bad bit and entering exciting times" and was looking forward to the 2020 season.
10 Democratic Candidates Qualify For Next Week's November Debate
The requirements for the Nov. 20 debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, were stricter than they have been — and December's bar is even higher.
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UK flooding: residents of South Yorkshire brace for more rain
Heavy rain warning for already wet areas as ex-Tory minister rejects flood defence criticismResidents of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are being warned to remain vigilant as more rain is expected in previously flooded areas.The Met Office issued several alerts for ice, rain and snow across the country on Thursday, while the Environment Agency warned further flooding could occur. Continue reading...
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Lamar Jackson bossing it, halfway line goals and the best of David Villa | Classic YouTube
Also featuring a Bundesliga brawl, a unique view of the Rugby World Cup final and college basketballers shocking the USWNT1) Let’s start with a couple of halfway-line goals. First up, Sam Clucas punishes a woeful free-kick from Barnsley goalkeeper Bradley Collins with a sublime 50-yard wedge into the empty goal during Stoke’s 4-2 victory. But for us, nothing beats the cool indifference with which Conor McDermott sets himself up for this thronker during Cliftonville’s 4-0 win over Warrenpoint last weekend – and here’s the club’s own aerial shot of the wonder-strike.What a goal! ⚽️ Cliftonville defender Conor McDermott scores from his own half! ⚽️ Sportsound @bbcradioulster Live text, audio & ⚽️ goal clips➡️ Continue reading...
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Japan's Emperor has a $248 million dinner date with a sun goddess
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will take part in a ritual feast with a sun goddess on Thursday night as part of a centuries-old ceremony to celebrate his ascension to the throne. - RSS Channel
SoftBank's Yahoo Japan in merger talks with Line, shares jump
SoftBank's Yahoo Japan is in talks to merge with messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $27 billion tech giant and help the Japanese conglomerate expand e-commerce and payments services.
Travels with a Writing Brush edited by Meredith McKinney review – the joy of Japanese travel writing
Spanning more than 1,000 years, this is a remarkable work filled with wonderful vignettes of Japanese life and sensibilityIn this delightful anthology, McKinney traces the evolution of travel writing in Japan through diaries, stories, drama and poetry. She reveals how a distinctive poetics of travel emerged across more than a thousand years of literary history, very different from that of the west.She begins with the Manyōshū, Japan’s first extant work of literature, which includes an austerely beautiful example of classical poetry by an eighth-century Buddhist monk, Sami Mansei: “To what shall I compare / this world? / It is like a boat at daybreak / rowing away and gone / leaving no trace.” Continue reading...
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Trump is floating another tax cut. But the last thing we need is more breaks for the rich.
Why is it so important that the rich pay more? Those at the top benefit much more from all the public investments we finance with our tax dollars.      
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P‘Baby Shark’ Devoured Your Brain. Your Wallet Is Harder to Swallow.
A new concert tour, “Baby Shark Live!,” is an attempt to wring real money out of a video with 3.9 billion streams.
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We Spent the Night at a Bodega and Wrote It All Down
Eight hours, 322 sales, two cops, one America’s Next Top Model, and one very persistent drug dealer.
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Cat’s odd googly-eyed look earns it Instagram stardom
A cat with an unusual stare has caught the Internet’s eye.
AMP Robotics raises $16 million to sort recyclable materials autonomously
AMP Robotics, a firm developing autonomous machines that can sort recyclables, has raised $16 million in fresh venture capital.
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John Yoo: Impeachment effort won't remove Trump from office – Is it worth the trouble?
No American president has ever been removed from office by Congress. That is almost certain to remain the case at the conclusion of impeachment proceedings against President Trump that began public hearings Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
Mexico’s human rights chief draws fury for asking if journalists have been killed
At least 11 media workers have been murdered in the country since president Andrés Manuel López Obrador took officeMexico’s new human rights commissioner has questioned if journalists are actually killed in the country, which has become a cemetery for reporters over the past two decades – and has not become any safer since the arrival of a left-wing government late last year.After being elected commissioner on Tuesday night, Rosario Piedra Ibarra blithely responded to reporters’ questions on the murder of reporters in the country by asking, “They’ve killed journalists?” Continue reading...
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How Francesa, Kay and Russo have covered sign-stealing story
The Astros’ sign-stealing story has captured the attention of sports talk radio titans Mike Francesa, Michael Kay, and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, but each of these well-known voices this week have had their own unique take on the controversy. On Tuesday, the Astros announced their intention to cooperate with Major League Baseball in investigating allegations...
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Warren Wealth Tax Could Slow Economy, Early Analysis Finds
A preliminary projection by Penn Wharton researchers said a drop in investment by the richest Americans would crimp growth.
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Far from the spotlight, how presidential candidates spent the impeachment hearing
As a House committee heard testimony about the 45th president, 2020 contenders labored to get their messages out about why they should be the 46th.
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Virginia Democrats’ Chance to Gerrymander
After winning a majority in the state Legislature, Democrats can turn the gerrymandering tables back on Republicans.
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Waterproof wireless earbuds with 150 hours of battery? Step aside, AirPods.
TL;DR: Get the waterproof Kharbon IP67 wireless earbuds for $79, a 60% savings.  Everyone loves AirPods. They sound good. They look cool. They don’t have wires. Granted, they might not be the best earbuds ever invented, but they’re what the people want and, quite frankly, who are any of us to swim against the current? But on that note, if anyone did want to swim against the current, you’d be smart to do so while sporting a pair of Kharbon IP67 Wireless Earbuds. For starters — because they are 100% waterproof. They also have a relatively ridiculous 150 hours of battery life, meaning you can swim (or whatever, to be honest) while listening to music for as long as the device playing it has power. Read more...More about Wireless Earbuds, Mashable Shopping, Consumer Tech, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Need to build a Wordpress site? This tool will make it look professional for less than $50.
TL;DR: Grab an unlimited license, lifetime subscription to the WP Page Builder for $49, a 91% savings.  If Fyre Festival and WeWork are anything to go by, all you really need to make a name for yourself in this world is a "vision" and a flashy online presence. If you’re not interested in being a fraudster or tech founder, but still want to look important when people Google you, WP Page Builder can really help with the flashy online presence part (but probably not the vision). WP Page Builder lets you build a Wordpress website without any coding or similarly complex back-end stuff. Its robust features include pre-designed templates, a variety of layouts, and drag-and-drop tools that are pleasingly intuitive. Take a look: Read more...More about Wordpress, Mashable Shopping, Website Building, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Coinbase Card adds 5 more cryptocurrencies and launches in 10 new countries
Coinbase Card, the cryptocurrency exchange's Visa debit card that lets users spend crypto directly from their accounts, is expanding.  On Thursday, Coinbase added support for five more cryptocurrencies: BAT, REP, XLM, XRP and ZRX. This brings the number of supported cryptocoins to nine, with the original four being BTC, ETH, BCH and LTC.  "Since launching earlier this year, Coinbase Card has helped tens of thousands of users spend their crypto as easily as the money in their bank accounts. With Christmas approaching, the demand for Coinbase Card will be will higher than ever," said JD Millwood, Head of Marketing at Coinbase UK, in a statement. Read more...More about Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Coinbase Card, Tech, and Cryptocurrency Blockchain
Opera's latest browser update will show you how much you're being tracked
With its previous release, Opera unveiled a tracker blocker for its browser that sped it up by up to 20 percent and offered more privacy, to boot. With the latest version, you'll be able to see a list of those trackers to get an idea of just how ofte...
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UPDATE 1-Alibaba to pioneer paperless listing in break with Hong Kong norm
Alibaba's planned $13.4 billion share sale will be Hong Kong's first paperless stock market listing, a source with knowledge of the matter said, breaking with a long-held tradition of investors placing stock orders in bank branches.
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Trump impeachment witnesses' weaknesses exposed in first day of public hearings
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin rewards app Lolli among 100 most promising startups’
Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Hegel used to say: Let’s make it rock! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, November 13 2019, at a price of $8,808. That’s a minor 0.04 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$3.77. It was the lowest closing price in one day. We’re still 56 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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New York forced Trump's charitable scams out into the open. But wait, there's more.
There is a real need for the IRS to make sure Trump, Trump's family and their supposedly charitable giving did not break any further laws.
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