Colts Owner Jim Irsay Buys John Lennon's 'Sgt. Peppers' Piano for $718,750

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay added one of the most iconic pieces of music memorabilia to his collection. Per TMZ Sports , Irsay spent $718,750 at an auction for the piano John Lennon used when the Beatles recorded their legendary Sgt...
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7-year-old boy who fell from 9th-floor window in the Bronx dies
The 7-year-old Bronx boy who survived a harrowing nine-story fall from his family’s apartment last week has died as a result of his injuries, his mother told The Post Thursday. Rossy Mancebo said her son, Kingston, died shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, and that the family is donating his organs because it was “the right...
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Venice, Italy copes with the worst flooding in 50 years
High tides and a heavy storm surge have caused severe flooding in Venice, Italy – swamping historic sections of the city. CBS News producer Erin Lyall joined CBSN from Venice with the latest details.
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Ex-Marine walks into police station, confesses to killing parents, dogs: sheriff
A decorated former Marine walked into a Florida police station and calmly confessed to killing his parents and two family dogs, authorities said. Jacob Daniel Price, 30, had blood on his shirt when he entered the Crestview Police Department early Wednesday. Deputies later found the bodies of Robert Price, 56, and Jolene Price, 51, in...
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Watch Xbox’s X019 event live from London right here
Where to watch Xbox's X019 event? You can click right here to see it playing live. microsoft is going to discuss news about its many services.
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Hear Bill Clinton's message to Trump after school shooting
Former President Bill Clinton reacts to the shooting at Saugus High School in California and urged President Donald Trump and Congress to work together on solving gun violence.
What Nickelodeon Shows Are Coming to Netflix?
Nickelodeon is coming to Netflix... But what shows will you be able to stream?
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'Deep, Dark Conspiracy Theories' Hound Some Civil Servants In Trump Era
Some pro-Trump news outlets are singling out federal employees and accusing them of trying to sabotage the president. The targets have often worked for decades in government outside of the spotlight.
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China moves one step closer to 2020 mission to Mars
HUAILAI, China – China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year. China is on track to launch its Mars mission, Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, said on Thursday, speaking to foreign diplomats and the media...
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'Queer Eye' star Jonathan Van Ness reveals the biggest grooming mistake men make, and 14 more things you didn't know
Jonathan Van Ness is the grooming expert on Netflix's "Queer Eye" reboot and recently released a bestselling memoir titled "Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love." He answered some rapid-fire questions for Insider about his flourishing career, the person he most dreams of working with, his partnership with Planters, and more. Visit Insider's homepage for more. Jonathan Van Ness rapidly became a household name when Netflix's "Queer Eye" reboot premiered in early 2018. As the show's grooming expert, Van Ness was lauded for his empathy, enthusiasm, and celebration of self-care.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:Jason Momoa isn't ready for his 12-year-old daughter to start dating: 'She is gonna be a nun'Kelly Clarkson had her kids interview Jason Momoa, and they asked him where Aquaman uses the bathroomCarrie Underwood serenaded unsuspecting customers at a boot shop in Nashville, and their reactions were priceless
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2020 Ford Explorer XLT test drive: Party in the rear
The pony SUV.
Adam Gase to remain New York Jets head coach in 2020, team CEO says
Adam Gase will remain the head coach of the New York Jets for the 2020 season at the very least, team CEO Christopher Johnson said Wednesday.
Google's search results can now help you pronounce tricky words (GOOG)
Philippe Huguen/Getty Google released a new feature that can correct your pronunciation, giving feedback as you practice. Speech-recognition and machine-learning technology help the tool understand what you're saying, and teach you how to pronounce the word. Images will also accompany nouns in search results starting today, and Google plans to expand the list. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google on Thursday made pronouncing tricky words a little bit easier with a new feature that shows you how to pronounce a word and gives you feedback on your own pronunciation. To use it, just search as you normally would, for example "how to pronounce quokka." GoogleSee the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:Today is the last day that Spotify subscribers can claim a free Google Home Mini speaker — here's how to get yoursMotorola just announced its stunning new $1,500 Razr foldable smartphone — here's everything you need to knowApple's head of marketing slammed Chromebooks, calling them 'cheap testing tools' and saying kids who use them in school won't succeedSEE ALSO: This tiny $55 device sold in Apple Stores lets you easily connect your AirPods to in-flight movies on an airplane
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Eric and Jessie James Decker pack on major PDA at 2019 CMAs
The Deckers are never ones to shy away from PDA.
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A new Sesame Street for Syrian refugee kids
The new show won't focus on numbers and letters as much as emotions like fear, anger, loneliness and caring. Lesley Stahl reports, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT
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Corbyn says Labour will not put an arbitrary target on immigration
Party leader defends ‘value of migration to society’ as Tories pledge to cut numbersFollow the latest general election news – liveJeremy Corbyn has said Labour will not put an arbitrary target on immigration, as he defended the “value of migration to society” in the face of the Tory pledge to cut numbers.As the Conservatives and Labour clashed over immigration, Corbyn strongly rejected the idea of a limit on the number of people entering the country, saying: “Putting arbitrary figures on it as successive governments have done simply doesn’t work.” Continue reading...
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Walmart hired off-duty police officers at its El Paso locations ahead of reopening the store where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting
Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters Walmart has hired off-duty police officers to safeguard its locations in El Paso, months after a mass shooting in one of its stores. On Thursday, Walmart reopened the store where the deadly shooting took place. El Paso police union president Ron Martin said that city police and sheriff's deputies are taking on the off-duty jobs. Walmart declined to comment on its security measures. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. EL PASO, Texas — Walmart has quietly hired off-duty officers at its stores in El Paso, Texas, where a police say opened fire in a store in August and killed 22 people. Walmart plans Thursday to reopen the store where the attack happened and amid ongoing lawsuits over safety. Walmart didn't have a guard in the store the day of the mass shooting.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:McDonald's worker says in a $5 million lawsuit that a manager pinned her against a wall in a freezer and assaulted herChaotic photos show what it looks like when Alibaba sells $38 billion worth of merchandise on China’s biggest shopping holiday and breaks recordsChipotle's new steak might become a permanent addition to the menu. Here's why that would be a great idea for the chain.SEE ALSO: The NRA nearly doubled its ad spending on Facebook for 3 weeks after the El Paso and Dayton shootings READ MORE: Which gun control policies could prevent mass shootings, according to a gun violence expert SEE ALSO: Trump bowing to the NRA and refusing to support background checks could be a death blow to the GOP winning back suburban women
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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Thought About Joining 2020 Presidential Race
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban won't be throwing his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate in 2020. Speaking to TMZ Sports , Cuban noted he would have moved into politics for next year's race, but "my family voted it down...
How to verify your identity on Venmo, in order to send and receive money in the app
Shutterstock You need to verify your identity on Venmo in order to carry and use a balance on the platform.  To verify your identity, Venmo asks for your legal name, address, date of birth, and Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number. Venmo may request more information if they cannot verify your identity, including a US passport or driver's license.  Here's what you'll need to do to verify your identity on Venmo. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you plan on carrying and using a balance on Venmo, you'll have to verify your identity through the app.  To do that, you need to provide basic information, like your name, address and the last four digits of your Social Security Number (or your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to change your Apple Watch to military time in 4 steps, using the Watch app on your iPhoneHow to find someone on Venmo in 3 different ways, to pay them or send or a payment requestHow to flip your Apple Watch screen by changing its orientation, in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: The best iPhone for every type of person and budget
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University of Florida student president is being impeached over a Donald Trump Jr. speech
In a reflection of the federal government in miniature, the student body president of the University of Florida is facing impeachment for allegedly abusing his power to benefit a Trump.
Trade wars have big impacts on tech companies. Here’s why you should follow the relationship closely
CME GroupBy Jim Iuorio for CME Group Over the past two years, the Unites States trading relationship with China has been a major market risk. What began as a discussion quickly graduated past dispute and landed on trade war. Up until this point, the preferred weapon has been tariffs. Both sides have threatened and, in some cases, instituted ever increasing tariffs in an attempt to bring the other side closer to a deal. So far, no luck. Outside of agriculture, no sector has been more affected than technology.  Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and many other US tech behemoths have relied heavily on Chinese manufacturing — and now this has become a liability. How much of a liability is anybody's guess, as the political backdrop continues to change and intensify pressure. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Smartphones are getting weird again, and it could be a sign that the industry is on the brink of another huge changeHere's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the raceWhy Federal Funds futures are a key barometer for financial markets
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This vintage double-decker bus was transformed into a short-term rental that's parked on a farm in Wales. Take a look inside.
Courtesy of Independent Cottages A double-decker bus in Wales was turned into a short-term rental.  The bus, which sleeps six, costs $179 a night. There are two bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed and a wash closet, as well as an outdoor deck that overlooks beautiful farmland. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Whether you're staying in the most expensive hotel room or a popular Airbnb, there are always unique accommodation options for travelers. But there's one that stands out in the UK: a double-decker bus.  You'll usually find these buses whizzing through the streets of London — or in the "Harry Potter" movies — but this one is parked on a farm in Wales, and you can stay there overnight through Independent Cottages. Keep scrolling to see what it's like inside. It took a year to transform the double-decker bus into a livable space. Courtesy of Independent Cottages The vehicle is a vintage 1964 Leyland Titan double-decker bus that was turned into a space for people to rent. The owners describe the construction process as a "labor of love." You can stay for $179 a night. Courtesy of Independent Cottages The bus sleeps six people for £139 (approximately $179) per night, with a two-night minimum stay.  On the ground floor, you will find a kitchen and a living room. Courtesy of Independent Cottages The kitchen has a gas stove, an oven, a fridge, a sink, and cooking utensils.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:You can stay in a house featured on 'The Crown' that comes with a royally trained butler and a corgi afternoon tea50 of the most beautiful photos taken in 2019You can now rent a suite in a real-life royal palace on Airbnb, and it comes with a private butler
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Uber has to pay New Jersey nearly $650 million in employment taxes
Uber may insist that its drivers are contractors and not employees, but New Jersey isn't buying that argument. The state's labor department has slapped Uber and its Rasier subsidiary with a nearly $650 million bill for overdue unemployment and disab...
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The Spurs have a LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan problem
The Spurs are struggling because of their biggest stars. San Antonio’s stars are letting them down. The San Antonio Spurs are talented enough to compete for a playoff spot, and deep enough to endure the wear-and-tear of a full 82-game season. Gregg Popovich remains one of the very best coaches in the NBA. Their bench is packed with veterans who are superb in their roles like Patty Mills and Rudy Gay. But right now, it’s San Antonio’s stars who are dragging them down. If the season were to end today, the Spurs would be in the lottery. They sit No. 9 in the West at 5-6, and they might be even worse than their record shows. Two of their wins (against the Wizards and Blazers) came by just one possession. On the year, their net rating is -1.8, only 11th-best in the West and worse than the Magic, Cavaliers and Thunder. The bottom of the Western Conference playoff race is up for grabs with the Warriors plummeting due to injury and the Trail Blazers struggling to win despite Damian Lillard’s MVP numbers. But Spurs fans should be worried. The team opted to compete instead of rebuild when they traded Kawhi Leonard, and it isn’t working. What’s wrong with the Spurs? At the heart of the issue is the team’s supposed best players. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan have superstar pedigrees, but neither has played up to them this season. It’s the same issue that plagued San Antonio last season into just the No. 7 seed and a knockout during the first round of the playoffs. On the surface, it looks like the pair are producing. DeRozan and Aldridge both post good raw numbers. DeRozan is averaging a team-high 20 points per game on 51 percent shooting with five assists, and Aldridge is posting 18 points and six rebounds on 52 percent shooting. But they haven’t resulted in winning basketball. The Spurs are losing by a wide margin when either of these guys play. When Aldridge is on the floor, the Spurs are outscored by 11 points per 100 possessions and when DeRozan plays, they’re outscored by nine points per 100 possessions. Broken down even further, it’s their play on the defensive end that’s hurt more than the offense. The Spurs are about even scoring the ball when DeRozan plays or sits — which is still a problem for someone paid to be a superstar — and the Spurs are scoring 3.9 fewer points per 100 with Aldridge playing. But on the defensive end, it gets so much worse. Opponents are scoring seven points per 100 possessions more with Aldridge in action, and nine points per 100 possessions more when DeRozan plays. There’d be less reason to panic if this was merely happening in the opening month of the season. But this is a problem that stretches back to last season, too. The Spurs were 0.8 points per 100 possessions worse when Aldridge played last year, and 4.4 points per 100 worse with DeRozan. This tandem isn’t working. Can the Spurs fix this? The Spurs still might make the playoffs because they have an excellent head coach. But Popovich will have to make tough decisions along the way. San Antonio has a very strong bench that needs to play more frequently. The team’s second-most used lineup includes Derrick White, Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli, Rudy Gay and Jakob Poeltl. In a 49-minute sample size, they run a quicker-paced offense by more than seven possessions than the starters, and share the ball better, with a 67 percent assist percentage. It makes sense given this unit’s ability to stretch the floor better than one with two stars who can’t shoot well from range. Poeltl and Gay are also much stronger defensive options that Aldridge and DeRozan. This bench group outscores opponents by 0.8 points per 100 possessions, while the starters (Aldridge, DeRozan, Trey Lyles, Dejounte Murray and Brynn Forbes) have instead been outscored by 2.6 points per 100 possessions in a 120-minute sample size. They’re the only five-man group in the NBA to play more than 100 minutes together yet hold a negative net rating. Pop is going to have to get creative with his lineups, because this starting unit isn’t working. DeRozan and Aldridge aren’t playing well together, and even last year, the two only hardly posted a positive net rating when they both shared the floor (0.5 points per 100 possessions.) The short-term answer probably involves staggering their minutes with Gay and Poeltl’s. What about trades? No matter how Pop plays with this lineup, the Spurs aren’t a championship contender. This group is going to compete for a playoff spot, but it’d probably be shocking for them to win a series against the top-heavy West, and that’s not what the Spurs are used to. The solution is easier said than done, but for San Antonio to remain a serious competitor, they should deal either DeRozan or Aldridge. This is the hole San Antonio dug itself after dealing Leonard for much less than his worth. Kevin Love’s name is sure to float around the trade deadline, and Cleveland could sell despite a surprising start. Maybe a deal involving Aldridge and a player like Lonnie Walker or Keldon Johnson along with picks would be enticing. San Antonio could also look to sell off their stars for future assets. Aldridge and DeRozan are each only locked up through next year (with DeRozan holding a player option for the 2020-21 season he’ll likely exercise). There is no simple out for the San Antonio Spurs. But with Aldridge at 34 years old and DeRozan at 30, the product you’re seeing is unlikely to get a whole lot better. Losing debatably the best player in the world is just so hard to bounce back from.
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How to change your Apple Watch to military time in 4 steps, using the Watch app on your iPhone
Abigail Abesamis/Business Insider You can change your Apple Watch to military time in the Watch app on your iPhone. Only digital-style watch faces will show the 24-hour clock for military time on an Apple Watch, and you can add a digital watch face in the Watch app.  If you change your Apple Watch to military time, it will not sync with your iPhone, and vice versa — you'll have to change it on both devices.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Changing your iPhone and Apple Watch to military time is a simple and straightforward process.  The only catch is that you'll need to use your iPhone to make this change.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 use the Compass app on your iPhone to stay on track and figure out your exact locationHow to tell if your iPhone has water damage — even if it's water-resistantHow to flip your Apple Watch screen by changing its orientation, in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: The Apple Watch Series 5 is available now from Best Buy, Apple, and more for $399 and up
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The Mavs Won the Porzingis Trade by a Large Margin Says Howard Beck
Howard Beck says it is pretty obvious that the Mavericks won the Porzingis trade. By a long shot. KP has found success with Luka Doncic, and the Knicks are in a tailspin again...
Dog 'miraculously' survives spike impaling chest: 'A complete freak accident'
He was (almost) shot through the heart.
Rising temperatures put US troops at greater risk of illness
About 2,800 troops suffered illnesses from dehydration to heat stroke last year. That number is 50 percent higher than it was five years earlier, according to a study published Monday and will only get worse as global temperatures continue to rise. The military’s hottest bases clock in at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, MacDill...
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Fed's Bullard: 'More normal' yield curve bullish sign for 2020
The way U.S. bond markets responded to recent Federal Reserve interest rate cuts could be "bullish" for the economy, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Thursday, adding he was ready to keep rates on hold and see how it plays out.
Black-throated finch wins 2019 bird of the year with tawny frogmouth second
Highly endangered finch, which is under threat from the Adani Carmichael coalmine, harnessed support of conservationists The black-throated finch has been voted Australian bird of the year for 2019, beating the tawny frogmouth in a landslide.The highly endangered finch, which is under threat from the expansion of the Adani Carmichael coalmine, was backed by a highly organised online campaign linking it to deforestation, the climate emergency and opposition to the mine. Continue reading...
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The new Muppets for Sesame Workshop’s show aimed at Syrian refugee children
Sesame Street is bringing a new gang of Muppets to the Middle East for a show created with Syrian refugee children in mind. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday
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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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Netflix will amend its docuseries 'The Devil Next Door' after the Polish prime minister criticized it
Netflix Netflix will amend its docuseries "The Devil Next Door" after the Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki complained of misleading elements in the show. Morawiecki wrote a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings last week complaining that maps in the series placed Nazi concentration camps within the borders of modern-day Poland. Netflix said that it will amend the series by adding on-screen text to clarify that the camps were in Nazi-occupied territories. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix will amend elements of its documentary series "The Devil Next Door" after the Polish prime minister and others complained to CEO Reed Hastings about the show, which centers on the trial of John Demjanjuk who was accused of being a notorious Ukrainian concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible. Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki wrote a strongly worded letter to Hastings last Sunday contending that the series was inaccurate. Central to his complaint were maps seen in the series that place Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz within the borders of modern-day Poland. Screen shots of the maps were shared on social media.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this weekDisney rides high on its theme parks and 'The Lion King' box office, on the eve of the launch of Disney PlusCritics hated Adam Sandler's movie 'Murder Mystery,' but we just got more evidence audiences loved the Netflix comedy
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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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Harry Styles made a statement in a sheep-print sweater, and people are comparing it to one Princess Diana wore
Splash News/Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images Harry Styles sported a sheep-print sweater vest over a collared shirt, offering a whimsical take on the "ugly sweater" look. Fans are comparing the singer's sweater to one worn by Princess Diana in the '80s. GQ style writer Rachel Seville Tashjian was among the first to make the connection between Styles and Princess Diana. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following a Tuesday evening rehearsal for his upcoming "Saturday Night Live" appearance, former One Direction member Harry Styles stepped out in a sheep-print sweater vest that many fans are comparing to one worn by Princess Diana in the '80s. Styles offered his trendy take on an "ugly sweater" look in a Lanvin vest adorned with rows of white sheep.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:Kacey Musgraves took Gigi Hadid as her date to the CMA Awards, and they posed in coordinating outfits on the red carpetKim Kardashian shared photos of times she 'taped up' her breasts to show people how to use her new body tapeJennifer Lopez is the latest celebrity to sport the monochromatic trend, wearing head-to-toe teal with matching Jimmy Choo pumps
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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. 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