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Elusive alligator 'Chance the Snapper' finally caught by Florida expert in Chicago lagoon

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Melissa Gorga on turning 40: ‘I feel better than ever’
"It's amazing. I feel better than ever. So I want everyone to know it's okay to turn 40!"
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Apple canceled the premiere of 'The Banker,' its first major movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, as it investigates 'concerns surrounding the film'
Apple Apple abruptly canceled the Thursday premiere of its movie "The Banker" at AFI Fest. The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline reported it was due to concerns raised involving the real-life subjects of the movie. Apple has put on hold the movie's theatrical and streaming release while it investigates "recently uncovered, and potentially damaging, charges," Deadline said. "Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention," Apple said in a statement. "We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple's first major theatrical movie is in danger of not being released. Apple abruptly canceled the premiere of "The Banker" at AFI Fest, which was originally set for Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline reported it was due to concerns raised involving the real-life subjects of the movie.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch the 20 details you may have missed in the new trailer for 'Birds of Prey'See Also:'Dickinson' on Apple TV Plus has surged ahead of its other launch shows in popularityThe top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this weekAfter the Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus launches, Wall Street analysts sketch out how the market will judge success for streaming servicesSEE ALSO: 'Dickinson' on Apple TV Plus has surged ahead of its other launch shows in popularity
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Cory Booker: A street fighter with a message of love
2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker says he got his BA from Stanford and his PhD on the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Now he's running for president on a platform of fighting hate with love.
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The 8 most surprising first-time Grammy nominees
Steven Ferdman/Getty Images, Taylor Hill/FilmMagic, and Michael Kovac/Getty Images The 2020 Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, January 26, 2020, from Los Angeles' Staples Center on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the musicians nominated this year are Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, and the Cranberries. But even though some of these artists have been making music for several years, this is their first time receiving a Grammy nomination.  Spanish singer Rosalía and rapper Meek Mill are also some of the high-profile musicians just now receiving a Grammy nomination.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  The 2020 Grammy nominations were announced on Wednesday and included some surprising first-time nominees.  Even though musicians like Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, and the Cranberries have been making music for years, this was their first time receiving Grammy nominations.  Singers like Rosalía and Billie Eilish were also nominated for awards. But although they seem like newcomers to the industry, they have both been making and recording songs for several years — proof that it can sometimes take a while to get noticed by the Recording Academy.  The 2020 Grammy awards will air live Sunday, January 26, 2020, from Los Angeles' Staples Center on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Here are eight of the most surprising first-time nominees. Lizzo is the most-nominated artist at this year's Grammy awards, but she's been making music since 2013. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images The "Truth Hurts" singer is nominated for numerous awards, including record, album, and song of the year, and, interestingly, best new artist.  Her nominations aren't a surprise to her loyal fans, who've been following her since she released her debut album "Lizzobangers" in 2013, and "Big Grrrl Small World" in 2015. And even though "Truth Hurts" is nominated for record and song of the year, among others, it was actually released in 2017 originally — and is only eligible because it was included on Lizzo's recent album "Cuz I Love You," released in April 2019.  Considering she's been active in the industry since 2013, it's surprising that Lizzo is just now getting nominated — especially for awards like best new artist. Meek Mill has released four albums and five EPs over the course of his career, but is just now being nominated for a Grammy. Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Mill released his first album, "Dreams and Nightmares," in 2012, and has gone on to have a successful career as a rapper, despite being incarcerated for several years.  Following his incarceration and release from prison, Mill has also become an outspoken activist, cofounding a criminal justice nonprofit with Jay-Z in 2018. Mill released his latest album, "Championships," in November 2018.  Even though his work is critically acclaimed, and all of his albums are either certified gold or platinum by the RIAA, Mill's nomination for best rap album this year is his first.  Maggie Rogers is also nominated for best new artist, but first went viral in 2016. Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for The Recording Academy Rogers first gained popularity in 2016, after a clip of Pharrell Williams becoming visibly moved after listening to her song "Alaska" went viral — even though the singer had already released two albums and an EP. Since then, Rogers has played sold-out shows across the US, and appeared on numerous late-night talk shows to promote her work. Considering her latest album, "Heard It in a Past Life," is her third, it's strange that she's just now getting a Grammy nomination — for best new artist.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here are all of the Grammy Awards 2020 nomineesThe 11 biggest snubs of the 2020 Grammy nominations11 artists who don't deserve their 2020 Grammy nominations — sorry
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Leak: The OnePlus 8 Pro could pack dual selfie cameras
A leak is making the rounds today claiming to include internal product diagrams for the OnePlus 8 Pro. The most interesting tidbit is on the front: if the leak is to be believed OnePlus is abandoning the pop-up camera in favor of a whole-punch camera as seen on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. The leak, published by True-Tech, was supposedly provided by a OnePlus employee. It corroborates an October leak that showed a similar rear camera setup and hole-punch camera, but only showed one camera on the front. It now appears the standard OnePlus 8 might only have the one camera, but… This story continues at The Next Web
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B.J. Hill losing chances to justify Giants’ big expectations
Imagine the surprised looks on the faces of Bears offensive linemen this week as they look for a way to prevent B.J. Hill from wrecking another game. What they remember of a pass-rushing Hill – three sacks in the Giants’ upset win last season – is not what fans or other opponents are accustomed to...
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After Disastrous Epstein Interview, Prince Andrew Steps Down From Public Duties
He also said that he was willing to help law enforcement agencies in their investigations, and that he “unequivocally” regrets the “ill-judged association.”
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Trump says looking at whether Apple should be exempt from China tariffs
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering whether to exempt Apple Inc from tariffs on Chinese imports.
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Prince Charles’ favorite artist: ‘I’ve met people far more snobbish!’
He says the painting took five hourlong sittings and isn't his best work.
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Leesa's Cyber Monday deals are already available — save up to $350 and get free pillows when you buy a mattress
Leesa/Instagram Cyber Monday, along with Black Friday, have arrived early at Leesa. Now through December 6, you can save on everything from the online mattress startup, including mattresses, bed frames, and pillows.  Leesa's mattress deals are the best deals to take advantage of from the sale. Take $150 off the Original Mattress, $250 off the Hybrid Mattress, and $350 off the Legend Mattress. With any of these mattress purchases, you'll get two free pillows (a $50 value).  To potentially save more on Cyber Monday deals this year, visit Business Insider Coupons to find the most up-to-date Leesa coupons and promo codes. Online mattress startup Leesa's Cyber Monday deals are already up and running, more than a week ahead of the official December 2 date. The Cyber Monday sale runs longer than traditional sales, too, ending on December 6. This year, all three of Leesa's mattresses are on sale, plus you'll receive two free pillows with each mattress purchase. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Leesa’s Black Friday sale has already started — save up to $350 on mattresses and get 2 free pillowsCyber Monday is on December 2, 2019 and we're rounding up all the best deals in one place — here's what you need to knowXbox's Black Friday deals start on November 24 — here are the best discounts on Xbox One consoles and games
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Did Joe Biden Make You Proud?
The frontrunner's campaign time-travels via email.
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Bolivia government proposes election bill as death toll mounts
Bolivia's interim government presented a bill on Wednesday that aims to forge a path to new elections and defuse street violence that has killed 32 people since a disputed October vote.
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WhatsApp banned over 400,000 accounts during Brazil's election
There's little doubt that Facebook had to deal with a ton of fake news during Brazil's 2018 election, but now it's clearer just how much was on its plate. A document submitted to an investigation of misinformation during the presidential election ha...
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LSU freshman dead in possible hazing incident (2017)
A Louisiana State University student is dead after what school officials are calling a "potential hazing incident," according to the coroner's office.
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Memphis' James Wiseman Suspended 12 Games, Has to Donate $11.5K to Charity
Memphis center James Wiseman will be suspended a total of 12 games before becoming eligible to play on Jan. 12, the NCAA announced Wednesday...
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7 key moments from Sondland's impeachment testimony
The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, a key witness, testified that there was a "quid pro quo" between President Trump and Ukraine
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Best Leesa Black Friday mattress deals
Leesa is giving the gift of a cozy night of sleep after rolling out its Black Friday deals a little early. For now through Black Friday you can score up to $350 off the Leesa Original, Leesa Hybrid, and new Leesa Legend mattresses. Plus, all orders include two free pillows as an added bonus.  The...
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U.S. House approves Hong Kong rights bill, sends measure to Trump for signature or veto
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday intended to support human rights in Hong Kong by requiring regular reviews of the city's special financial status, amid China's crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement in the vital financial center.
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Dagne Dover's Black Friday sale starts next week and everything will be 20% off — here's what you should buy
Dagne Dover For Black Friday 2019, Dagne Dover is offering 20% off sitewide from November 26 to December 4. If you need help finding gifts, there's also a helpful gift guide on the site. Or check out the styles we've reviewed: the Signature Classic Tote, Allyn Tote, Landon Carryall, and Dakota Backpack. Insider Picks is also tracking the best Black Friday deals and the best Cyber Monday deals, including some standouts from Nordstrom, Amazon, and Target. For up-to-date coupons to major stores on the internet, check out Business Insider Coupons. From November 26 to December 4, handbag startup Dagne Dover is offering a rare 20% off everything sitewide.  The company has great gifts starting at $35 and up, and it has curated a handy gift guide if you're stuck. Insider Picks has also reviewed the brand's weekenders, work totes, laptop sleeves, backpacks, and diaper bags, and we've been consistently impressed.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Black Friday deals on the PlayStation 4 and VR headset go live on November 24 — here are the best onesTarget's Black Friday 2019 ad came out — here's what will be on sale and what steps you can take to save even moreBlack Friday is coming — here are the 5 best things to buy and 6 things you should skip
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This cool website lets you design custom map posters and T-shirts of anywhere in the world — and the results are undeniably cool
Grafomap Grafomap is a website that lets you design custom map posters and T-shirts of any place in the world. You can make one of your hometown, your college town, your favorite travel destination, or the place where you got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination. We made posters and a T-shirt of our favorite vacation spots, and the finished products are undeniably cool. The design process was super straightforward ... and a lot of fun. Custom map posters start at just $49 without a frame, while framed ones ($104) and posters printed on canvas ($99) and metal ($119) cost more. The T-shirt prints cost just $35. Right now, Grafomaps is offering discount codes for its maps so you can save 20% on any order (20OFF), get three maps for the price of two (DEAL), or get two paper maps for the price of one (TWOFORONE). If you're shopping for holiday gifts, you can check out all our holiday gift guides on Insider Picks. I lived in my current apartment for six months before I found wall art my partner and I both liked enough to hang in it. We're picky about what we should hang on our walls. Neither of us wants to decorate our space with Van Gogh reproductions and movie posters. Like a lot of people, we want to decorate it with wall art and photos that mean something to us. A few years ago, I stumbled across an answer to our problem in the form of a website called Grafomap that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your hometown, your college town, your favorite travel destination, or the place where you got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination. Once you enter your desired location, Grafomap takes you to its poster editor where you can further customize your location down the exact address or coordinates. After that, you can continue personalizing your map by adjusting, panning, and zooming the map exactly to your liking, adding or removing text, and selecting the finish (paper, framed, or canvas), orientation, and size. Additionally, Grafomap has 11 unique color themes to choose from (including Noir, Bourbon, Minimal, and Modern) that transform your map from just an ordinary map into a work of art you'll love displaying in your home or wearing in T-shirt form. My custom map poster of Sint Maarten took all of five minutes to create, and the finished product is undeniably cool. It's also very affordable. An 18x24-inch print sets you back $49. If you want to get something that's ready to hang right out of the box it's shipped in, you can get a 18x24-inch framed print for $104, a print on canvas for $99, a print on metal for $119, or one with a hanger for $69. The T-shirts are the most affordable at $35 each. (Full disclosure: I got to try the service for free.) Right now, Grafomaps is offering discount codes for its maps so you can save 20% on any order (20OFF), get three maps for the price of two (DEAL), or get two paper maps for the price of one (TWOFORONE). Grafomaps also has a partnership with One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every map sold. Learn more about how Grafomap's custom poster editor works below. And try it out for yourself here.Start by selecting a location for your map poster. I chose Sint Maarten since my partner and I have been vacationing there together for years. Grafomap Once you enter your desired location, Grafomap takes you to its poster editor where you can continue personalizing your map by adjusting, panning, and zooming the map to your liking, adding or removing text, and selecting the size, frame, and orientation. Grafomap I most enjoyed toggling between color themes. My favorites were Wheatpaste, Modern, and Carbon. Grafomap See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Your ultimate guide to holiday gift ideas for 2019 — from gifts under $100, $50, and $25, to the coolest tech gifts out there55 hilarious White Elephant gifts under $50 that are guaranteed to get a good laugh50 thoughtful gifts for mom that won't cost you more than $50
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What's going on with TikTok?
TikTok has over 1 billion monthly active users and is dominating the App Store. TikTok lets users easily share short funny clips which can go viral really easily. But TikTok has been criticized by US senators for censorship, privacy, and child safety. Because TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance there are concerns that TikTok might censor content that doesn't appease China. Although TikTok has stated that it handles moderation separately for different regions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world. It's been downloaded over a billion times in the two years that it's been around. And it has produced countless memes. Even Mark Zuckerberg sees TikTok as a threat. But its rise hasn't been seamless. US senators have criticized TikTok for censorship, privacy, and child safety. So, what's going on with TikTok? Shona Ghosh: TikTok has a bit of a complicated history. It's owned by a parent company called ByteDance, which is from China. ByteDance is one of the most valuable startups in the world. It's thought to be worth about $75 billion, which is massive. There are definitely concerns in the US about TikTok being a Chinese app that has become hugely popular in America, and, frankly, that's probably a mix of Americans being worried that their own homegrown companies, like Facebook, Google, etc., being outdone by a Chinese firm, but secondarily, you know, this concern feeds into the wider backdrop of the US-China trade war.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Apple details plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin ahead of Trump's visit to its Texas factoryAmazon says police can keep videos from Ring doorbells forever and share them with anyoneMark Zuckerberg's sharp criticism of China is reportedly not going down too well with Facebook's base of Chinese employees
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NBA City Edition jerseys for 2019-2020, ranked
Which NBA City Edition jersey is your favorite? From the best (Nuggets) to the worst (Mavericks), here are Nike’s new NBA City Edition jerseys. Nike has brought the NBA another crop of “City Edition” jerseys. For the third straight year, each team in the league will wear a jersey designed specifically for its city. You might remember last year’s amazing purple Timberwolves jerseys dedicated to Prince, and the teal and pink Heat jerseys as 2018-19 faves. Now, the 2019-20 jerseys are starting to leak, so we’ve compiled them right here on this page. As always, some rule, some are forgettable, and some absolutely suck. Seriously, Mavericks. Why? Anyway here they all are. The champ Denver Nuggets Introducing the best uniforms in the league! #RiseOfTheRainbow pic.twitter.com/1nOn6nkpRU— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 20, 2019 PUT THIS JERSEY ON MY BODY IMMEDIATELY! Gary, please smile. It’s a good jersey. The ones I’d buy Los Angeles Clippers The @LAClippers unveil their new City Edition uniforms on the cover of SI https://t.co/7pyGtSQNai pic.twitter.com/hf7Rh14TYd— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 15, 2019 Memphis Grizzlies Vintage Vibes pic.twitter.com/nOQHglwGmC— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 18, 2019 Minnesota Timberwolves The Timberwolves City Edition uniforms are here. pic.twitter.com/PQGriRr0KP— Danny Cunningham (@RealDCunningham) November 20, 2019 The ones that represent their city well Atlanta Hawks View this post on Instagram You don't have to wait much longer. The 19-20 Nike City Edition Peachtree Jerseys drop Nov. 27 Get notified at hawks.com/peachtree - - - - #PeachUpATownDown A post shared by Atlanta Hawks (@atlhawks) on Nov 20, 2019 at 11:00am PST Chicago Bulls Introducing this season’s City Edition uniforms, inspired by the Chicago Flag and the lake and rivers of Chicago. pic.twitter.com/Q0Yf3eoApO— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 20, 2019 Houston Rockets Our City Edition Uniforms Have Arrived! #OneMission pic.twitter.com/4IsGFNFnys— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 19, 2019 Milwaukee Bucks It’s BACK!!All the details on the return of the Cream City Jersey!!#CreamCity— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 20, 2019 Oklahoma City Thunder It worked last year, let’s do it again Utah Jazz 19/20 City Edition ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xQJUbW04lP— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 19, 2019 These ruled last season, so no reason to change. Do note that the Jazz said this would be the last year for them, though. These are fine Orlando Magic .@OrlandoMagic new orange trimmed “City Edition” uniforms. pic.twitter.com/qrGiZtxviR— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) November 15, 2019 Philadelphia 76ers #OnBrand x ⁦@StubHub⁩ x ⁦@UniWatch⁩ x #76ersCrossover pic.twitter.com/yvXWI6QPTt— Chris Heck (@chrisheck76) November 19, 2019 Phoenix Suns First look at the Suns new City Edition jerseys. (via @JeffEisenband) pic.twitter.com/u8QVDX9HFx— Suns Nation (@SunsNationNBA) November 20, 2019 Portland Trail Blazers Our City. Rip City.Introducing our @biofreeze 2019-20 “Rip” City Edition Uniforms: https://t.co/WLtVylyUr0 pic.twitter.com/nk8XiuhsxU— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 19, 2019 Sacramento Kings View this post on Instagram This year, we rep the . In . A post shared by Sacramemeto Kings (@sacramentokings) on Nov 20, 2019 at 8:02am PST Washington Wizards BB3 #RepTheDistrict | @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/US8w5aNLgV— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 20, 2019 What the hell is this? Boston Celtics The Celtics new city jersey is out now pic.twitter.com/8iwYw4jdnG— FG ☘️ (@ForeverGreen_) November 18, 2019 Delete this while you still can, Celtics. Don’t use Microsoft Paint next time. HELL NO Dallas Mavericks here's two promotional shots of the new mavericks city jersey from a new press release: pic.twitter.com/9UjCkJ1S99— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) November 19, 2019 Barf. Just barf. this looks like a disney channel original movie https://t.co/otXMKzjIpX— Haley O'Shaughnessy (@HaleyOSomething) November 19, 2019 definitely designed in the free graphics editing program GIMP— Justin Carter (@juscarts) November 19, 2019 a swing and a miss— Seth-Michael (@seth_michael45) November 19, 2019 pic.twitter.com/bZodcMdKqz— JP (@TheJohnPearson) November 19, 2019 pic.twitter.com/N8wwXIvXZY— Savvy P (@Pierce92) November 19, 2019
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Celebrated LGBT priest Bernard J. Lynch abused Bronx Catholic school student: suit
A Pennsylvania man claims that a gay Irish priest — who is celebrated for his work advocating for LGBT and AIDS causes — abused him 40 years ago at a Bronx Catholic high school, according to a new lawsuit. The 57-year-old, who filed the court papers anonymously, says he was 16 when Campus Chaplain Bernard...
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Trump officials are quietly negotiating with the Taliban — which is now ranked the world's deadliest terror group
The US is still trying to negotiate with the Taliban, which was found to be the world's deadliest terror organization for 2018, according to a report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).  The US envoy for the Afghanistan peace talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, facilitated a prisoner swap between the US-backed Afghan government and the Taliban on Tuesday, in which the Afghan government released three Taliban leaders in exchange for two Western hostages and 10 members of the Afghan Security Forces. The IEP's Global Terror Index (GTI) shows that the Taliban was responsible for nine of the 10 deadliest terror incidents in 2018, including the deadliest, which killed 466 people in Ghazi, Afghanistan in August 2018. It surpassed ISIS as the deadliest terror group in the world for the first time since 2014.  Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories.  Officials in the Trump administration continue to attempt negotiations with the Taliban to broker a US withdrawal from Afghanistan, as that group becomes the most deadly in the world, according to data for the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).  Official peace talks between the US and the Taliban were declared "dead" in September after a Taliban bombing in Kabul killed a US soldier and scuttled President Donald Trump's attempt to bring Taliban officials to Camp David. But Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy to the Afghanistan peace talks, has been working to restart the talks since then. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal  reports, the US-backed Afghan government freed three senior Taliban officials with ties to the deadly Haqqani network, in exchange for the release of two westerners, one American and one Australian, abducted from the American University of Afghanistan in 2016. The Taliban also stated it would hand over 10 members of the Afghan security forces.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heralded the move as "a good step," but cautioned, "it's only that," indicating that the prisoner swap is part of an ongoing process to get direct talks between the US and the Taliban back on track, this time including the official Afghan government in Kabul, which the Taliban has referred to as a "puppet" government. The three Taliban leaders released are part of the Haqqani network, the most ruthless and bloodthirsty faction of what is now the world's deadliest terror group, according to the IEP's Global Terror Index. The Taliban has overtaken ISIS as the deadliest terror organization in the world as of last year. Reuters The Institute for Economics and Peace's annual Global Terror Index finds that the Taliban overtook ISIS as the deadliest terror group in the world in 2018, for the first time since ISIS's brutal rise in 2014. In 2018, total deaths from terror incidents fell globally, but Afghanistan shouldered 46% of the 15,952 deaths from terror, with 7,379 fatalities from 1,443 incidents. The Taliban was, according to the GTI, responsible for 83 percent of those deaths, and for nine of the 10 deadliest terrorist attacks in the world. The Taliban has also increased its control over land in Afghanistan; the report estimates that the Taliban controls approximately 17% of Afghanistan's 229 districts. The Taliban perpetrated 2018's deadliest terror attack, in the city of Ghazni in August, killing 466 people. While the group often attacks military and political targets, it also attacks civilians, to a much lesser extent.   ISIS's lethality decreased significantly in 2018, as the US-led coalition made significant progress in defeating ISIS's territorial caliphate. Associated Press While the ISIS caliphate, which covered a swath of land across Iraq and Syria the size of Great Britain, was declared officially defeated in March of 2019, it had lost significant territory — as well as subjects, fighters, and sources of income — by 2018. Its swift and brutal rise in 2014 put ISIS at the top of the GTI's list of deadliest terror groups from 2014 through 2017. Last year, the GTI reports, ISIS was responsible for 1,328 deaths around the world, a 69% decrease from 2017, and an 85% decrease from 2016. ISIS's deadliest attacks occurred in Syria, including one in Deir Ezzor, Syria, which involved 10 suicide bombers and four vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDS) and killed at least 51. Although GTI counts the terror group's affiliate, the Islamic State Khorasan chapter (ISIS-K), as a separate terror enterprise, the group has pledged its allegiance to the global ISIS enterprise, which has moved fighters to Afghanistan to stage attacks from there. According to GTI, ISIS-K's fighting force has declined to about 600 to 800 from a peak of about 3,000 to 4,000 in 2016. The number of attacks they've staged have decreased as well — but they've become deadlier, as 2018 marked the highest number of deaths from ISIS-K attacks since the group's formation in 2014.  Last year, ISIS-K was responsible for 1,060 deaths — most of them in Afghanistan. Overall, deaths from terrorism are down globally. Associated Press As of 2018, deaths from terrorism have fallen 53% from their peak in 2014, according to the GTI. That year, 33,555 people were killed in terrorist attacks. While the decrease is impressive, it's essential to remember that terrorism thrives in places of conflict, Stephen Killelea, the founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace, stressed to Insider that 99% of all terror incidents happen in countries where conflict is ongoing. "95% of deaths from terrorism occur in a conflict setting," he said.  "The intensity of terrorism dropped markedly," according to Killelea, but "we have an increase in the breadth of terrorism," and "it's still very real, still a major issue globally."  One surprising trend, Killelea said, was the increase in far-right terror, which has increased 320% over the past five years, the report finds. While deaths from far-right terror incidents, like the Christchurch shooting in March of 2019, make up a small percentage of all terror-related deaths — 26 people died in 2018 from far-right terror attacks — the incidents are on the rise and perpetrated almost exclusively by individuals not tied to any particular group. "Far right terrorists are remarkably successful," Killelea said.  See Also:Trump's Syria retreat is giving ISIS 'time and space' to strike the West, blistering Pentagon report saysTaliban returns American and Australian hostages as part of a prisoner swap after holding them for over 3 years4 US B-52 bombers just got back from a month flying all around Europe — here's what they were up toSEE ALSO: Trump's Syria retreat is giving ISIS 'time and space' to strike the West, blistering Pentagon report says SEE ALSO: Trump's retreat in Syria could be an intelligence coup for Russia. The leaked Iran cables show how that may play out.
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams speaks at 2019 Women Leaders Global Forum
Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and chair of the Nobel Women's Initiative, speaks at the 2019 Women Leaders Global Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Iranian Americans Struggle to Reach Family Amid Internet Blackout
As Iran's countrywide internet shutdown approaches a full week, Iranian Americans are increasingly desperate to connect with friends and relatives.
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Ready for change? Britain's Labour unveils 'radical' manifesto
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will unveil his opposition party's election manifesto on Thursday, setting out how in government he plans to transform Britain with "the most radical and ambitious plan" in decades.
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Owner reunited with cat found 1,200 miles from Portland home
The cat disappeared from the US state of Oregon and was discovered in New Mexico five years later.
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Bad air traffic control procedures in Florida are creating 'hazardous' risks of mid-air plane collisions, according to a whistle-blower complaint that was confirmed by investigators
Rafael Cordero/Getty Air traffic controllers at a Florida station have been non-compliant with FAA safety standards, according to a whistle blower. When managers found out, they changed the station's standard operating procedures, instead of taking corrective action, according to a new report from the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC). An FAA investigation corroborated the whistle blower's complaint, but the administration did not take any action to fix the situation, according to the OSC report. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Air traffic controllers in Florida have not complied with FAA safety regulations, leading to a greater risk of planes colliding in mid-air, according to a new report from the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC report stems from a whistleblower complaint from an air traffic controller at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Hilliard, Florida.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's why in-flight WiFi is so slow and expensiveSee Also:We drove a $44,000 Nissan Leaf Plus to figure out if this 2019 Car of the Year runner-up is ready to take on TeslaBoeing sold 60 of its 737 Max plane in the first days of the Dubai Air Show, ending a dry spell since the jet was groundedAir travel can pose health risks — even some deadly ones. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself.SEE ALSO: The NTSB says Boeing should redesign the engine housing on its 737 jets, which was partly to blame for a deadly Southwest accident
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DNA test shows Hunter Biden fathered child with Arkansas woman: report
Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, has denied having had sex with the woman and agreed to the test in an effort to prove his claim.
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Pau Gasol Released by Trail Blazers Amid Unsuccessful Rehab from Foot Injury
The Portland Trail Blazers waived veteran Pau Gasol on Wednesday as the veteran big man has been unable to successfully rehab his way back from left foot surgery, Gasol told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski ...
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Interview with Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari
Daisuke talks netcode, game development, and the future of the franchise
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Up to Westpac to weigh CEO's future amid money-laundering scandal, Australian PM says
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday it was up to the board of Westpac Banking Corp to decide whether Chief Executive Brian Hartzer should resign in the wake of Australia's biggest money laundering scandal.
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Trump Just Flipped a Court That Will Decide Crucial Voter Suppression Cases in the South
Trump has now flipped three powerful appeals courts, increasing conservatives’ control over the judiciary.
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Ex-LSU student gets 5 years for the hazing death of fraternity pledge
A former Louisiana State University student was sentenced to five years in prison in the 2017 hazing death of 18-year-old fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver, a court official told CNN.
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White House: Sondland testimony 'exonerates' Trump
The White House seized on one portion of the testimony from U.S. envoy Gordon Sondland during a House of Representatives' impeachment hearing on Wednesday and said it "completely exonerates" President Donald Trump.
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Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, turns 93
She’s still baby-faced. The original Gerber baby — pictured on the iconic little glass jars of mushed up food — celebrated her 93rd birthday Wednesday. Ann Turner Cook, now a great-grandma, was only four months old in 1927 when a family friend, Dorothy Hope Smith, sketched a charcoal drawing of the angelic-looking child from Tampa...
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'Even the brave cry here': Marines in North Carolina put their gas masks to the test
US Marine Corps/Cpl. Dominique Osthoff US Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina went through gas-chamber training earlier this month. The Marines were ushered into a small, dark, brick room with a sign above the door: "Even the brave cry here." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A sign hanging above the doors to the gas chamber reads, "Even the brave cry here." A dozen at a time, Marines are ushered into a small, dark, brick room. A thick haze of o-Chlorobenzylidene Malononitrile, more commonly known as CS gas, fills the air. Marines with Deployment Processing Command, Reserve Support Unit-East (DPC/RSU) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted gas chamber training November 8, 2019, on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. "During qualification, which can take about four to five hours, Marines are taught nuclear biological and chemical (NBC) threats, reactions to NBC attacks, how to take care of and use a gas mask, how to don Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear, the process for decontamination, and other facts relating to NBC warfare," said Cpl. Skyanne Gilmore, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) specialist with the 26th MEU."The gas chamber training teaches Marines how to employ gas masks in toxic environments, and to instill confidence with their gear during CBRN training. Training in the gas chamber is essential because a service member can never know when they could be attacked," Gilmore said. US Marine Corps/Cpl. Dominique Osthoff According to Gunnery Sgt. James Kibler, Alpha Company operations chief with DPC/RSU, the unit conducts gas chamber training once a month due to the rotation of service members preparing for deployment. The 26th MEU was training to complete Marine Corps Bulletin 1500, a biennial requirement for active-duty Marines. With the enemy not having a clear or visual face, or wearing any organized uniform, it's critical Marines be mission ready in case of chemical attacks. US Marine Corps/Cpl. Dominique Osthoff During the training, CBRN Marines monitor individuals who may be struggling in the gas chamber. US Marine Corps/Cpl. Dominique Osthoff "We calmly talk to them, and we take them step by step of what to do," Gilmore said. "If they're freaking out, we have them look at us and breathe. If we have to, we pull them out of the gas chamber and let them take their mask off and get a few more breathes before we send them back in there so they can calm down and realize they're breathing normally." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Marine prosecutors are scrambling to save their cases after judge ruled it was illegal to arrest Marines in front of 800 people8 aircraft the US Air Force could get rid of to pay for other thingsTestimony by the former US ambassador to Ukraine shows US foreign policy is 'in shambles,' former Pence adviser saysSEE ALSO: US Marines and British soldiers teamed in North Carolina to practice handling POWs and finding bombs
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5 credit cards that can help you save even more at Costco, no matter what you buy
ablokhin / Getty Images Costco is considered the mecca of savings for shoppers, but there are ways to reap even more discounts and benefits from using the right credit cards. The Costco Anywhere® Visa Card by Citi is an obvious choice for any regular Costco shopper, but more flexible cards including the Chase Freedom Unlimited and the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card can help you earn bonus rewards, too.  The Chase Freedom card, for instance, offers 5% back on rotating quarterly categories once you activate — and one of those categories is big-box stores like Costco. Read more personal finance coverage. When you need a really good deal on everyday grocery items like bulk frozen food, a massive bag of baby spinach, and almond milk, or larger purchases like car tires, a 600-bottle wine cellar, or funeral caskets, Costco is the place to go. You can even fill up your gas tank on the way out at prices ten to twenty cents lower per gallon than nearby stations, or take a $1.50 jumbo hot-dog and soda combo to go. 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:The best rewards credit cards for earning travel points, cash back, and moreIntimidated by points and miles? Here are 8 steps for beginners looking to earn travel rewardsThe best cash-back credit cards — updated for 2019
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Notes in hand, Trump states his case about impeachment
Sometimes it helps for a president to have notes.
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Congress: House Democrats tap Carolyn Maloney to chair Oversight Committee
House Democrats elected Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York to lead the House Oversight and Reform Committee, making her the first female to chair the panel
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Proposed bill would decriminalize marijuana at federal level
New York Congressman Jerry Nadler has called for a committee vote to push forward a bill that would decriminalize marijuana nationwide. It would remove the drug from the federal Controlled Substances Act and allow states to set their own policies. CBSN New York's Tony Aiello reports.
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FBI wants to interview whistleblower in Trump impeachment effort: report
The FBI is reportedly looking to interview the whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s Ukraine call sparked the ongoing House impeachment proceedings. The federal agency has twice reached out to the whistleblower’s legal team requesting their cooperation in a probe that appears to be in its infancy stages — but which the whistleblower doesn’t appear...
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Fed shows little appetite for bold policy change sought by Trump
As U.S. Federal Reserve officials hone their monetary policy playbook in preparation for the next economic downturn, it appears they will eschew more controversial approaches tried by other global central banks, including one that President Donald Trump has called on the Fed to try.
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The 11 biggest snubs of the 2020 Grammy nominations
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images The 2020 Grammy Awards nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Tyler, The Creator, Rosalía, and The 1975 were all snubbed in major categories. Beloved artists like Halsey, BTS, and Solange were completely ignored. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday morning. A lot of new talent was recognized as Lizzo, Billie Eilish, and Lil Nas X led the pack for the 62nd annual ceremony, which will air live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on January 26, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Veteran pop stars Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey finally received recognition in major categories for the first time in their careers. But while there's plenty to celebrate about this year's crop of nominees, there are also ways in which it feels woefully inadequate. There were beloved albums, hit songs, and renowned artists that were left out entirely. Keep reading to see Insider's picks for the 11 biggest snubs, in no particular order.Of the three major categories, Taylor Swift was only nominated for song of the year. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic While Swift's song "Lover" certainly deserves its nod for song of the year — especially considering she's the lone songwriter credited on the track, and this award recognizes excellence in lyricism — her album "Lover" should have received wider recognition. It was thankfully nominated for best pop vocal album, but inexplicably shut out of album of the year, despite its near-universal critical acclaim (Rolling Stone called it a "career-capping masterpiece") and Swift's status as a Grammys darling. Maren Morris was widely considered a lock for album of the year, but she didn't even get a nomination for best country album. Terry Wyatt/Getty Image Back in October, Billboard reported that "five albums seem like locks" for album of the year at the 2020 Grammys, including "Girl" by Maren Morris. But not only was Morris' excellent album ignored in the major categories, she was barely even recognized in the country-specific categories, securing a lone nomination for best country duo/group performance. Considering that "Girl" literally just won album of the year at the CMA Awards, this seems like an obvious oversight. Rosalía's "El Mal Querer" should have been nominated for album of the year. Erika Goldring/FilmMagic Rosalía's sublime sophomore LP was nominated for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album, but extending that honor to the Grammys' most prestigious category would have been a more inspired choice. No artist has ever introduced traditional flamenco stylings so successfully to such a massive audience — let alone combine that sound with reggaetón, trap, and celestial vocals to create a "relentlessly gorgeous" concept album that's based on a 13th-century novel. Put simply, Rosalía is one of a kind, and her most recent album isn't just pushing boundaries, expectations of Latin music, and imagined lines between genres. It's demolishing them. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:11 artists who don't deserve their 2020 Grammy nominations — sorryHere are all of the Grammy Awards 2020 nomineesHere's the complete list of the 2019 American Music Awards nominees
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Trick your family this Thanksgiving with this turkey cake
This lifelike raw turkey cake is the perfect Thanksgiving treat. These realistic cakes take days to make, and a turkey like this would cost over $600 to order.  Sarah Hardy makes a wide range of realistic confectionery. From zombie cakes to lifelike chocolate hearts. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: This turkey isn't what it seems. That's because it's not actually a raw bird, but a meticulously decorated cake.  Sarah Hardy makes incredible realistic cakes and chocolates by hand. From realistic chocolate fossils, to severed head cakes, her work is often creepy and incredibly lifelike.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Gruyère cheese outsells Mozzarella and Emmentaler in Switzerland — here's why45 ways to eat eggs'Cake Boss' made Carlo's Bakery famous, but the New Jersey bakery was a staple for Italian pastries 100 years before the show aired — here's why
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White House handling of U.S.-Japan trade deal angers Democrats
House Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration for not consulting sufficiently with Congress while negotiating a mini trade deal with Japan, failing to provide details about it and refusing to testify at a congressional hearing.
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