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Police help Astros owner Jim Crane avoid sign-stealing questions
ARLINGTON, Texas — About 20 bigwigs from major-league teams wore orange vests and hard hats here in a hotel lobby Wednesday morning, preparing for their field trip of the Rangers’ new ballpark, Globe Life Field, next door. Astros owner Jim Crane didn’t ask to keep his hard hat. He might live to regret that. Just...
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US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland spent most of Wednesday morning dismantling every argument that the Trump White House and congressional Republicans had offered to explain away the pressure campaign that the US conducted in Ukraine.
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Hibernating astronauts could make deep space exploration possible, study says
NASA is aiming to have astronauts land on Mars by 2035, but there may need to be drastic changes in how astronauts operate in space for that to happen. A new study suggests that hibernation may be the way to do it, provided the technology works.
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Aston Martin hopes to attract female customers with first SUV
James Bond’s carmaker of choice Aston Martin took a first step into the lucrative SUV market on Wednesday with an eye on winning female customers, hoping it can dig itself out of a financial black hole. Whilst around 10 percent of the buyers of its signature line-up of sports cars, including the six-figure sum DB11...
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You can now wash your hair with beer shampoo, and dermatologists have mixed reviews
Dave Martin/File/AP Broo is one of several companies selling shampoo, conditioner, and other personal-care products made with the main ingredients in beer: water, hops, yeast, and barley.  Broo's co-founder told Insider the ingredients are great for shiny, healthy hair, and that women have been using "beer rinses" for that purpose for ages.  A dermatologist said some of the ingredients in beer could theoretically benefit hair, but other ingredients lack an evidence base.  The best kind of shampoos and conditioners tend to be marketed for color-treated hair since they have gentle ingredients.  Visit Insider's homepage for more. Beer enthusiasts either have another way to celebrate suds or an occasion to mourn alcohol getting washed down the drain. A company called Broo is selling shampoo, conditioner, and other personal-care products made with barley, hops, water, and yeast — also known as the four essential ingredients in beer. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:Bella Thorne has dyed her signature red hair a vibrant shade of greenGet natural, bouncy curls without heat by wearing this headband to sleepIt's clear some stylists don't know what to do with models' natural hair, and it points to a larger problem in the industry
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GM accuses rival Fiat Chrysler of bribe scheme in lawsuit
General Motors sued Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Wednesday, accusing its rival automaker of corrupting labor negotiations with a long-running union bribery scheme. The suit — filed on the heels of a monthlong strike against the nation’s largest automaker — says GM has suffered “massive monetary damage in the form of higher costs” because of Fiat’s bribes...
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Facial recognition payments could overtake QR codes in China
This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Payments & Commerce subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. The VP of Tencent's WeChat Business Group, Greg Geng, said "In China, payment methods using QR codes have replaced cash and cards in just five years. It's possible that in the next few years, new and better products could emerge to replace QR codes" at CNBC's East Tech West conference in China, per CNBC. Tencent and Ant Financial, which operate WeChat Pay and Alipay, respectively, will likely have a hand in which payment methods take off next in China, if any, given their dominant positions in China's $6.8 trillion mobile payments market. The two firms already provide popular payment options and have access to consumers' payment information, so it may be easy for them to offer consumers new and innovative payment processes. Facial recognition payments may be the most likely next step for China's payments industry given their convenience and Ant Financial's and Tencent's interest in the technology. The payment method can create a fast and frictionless experience since users don't need to present a device or card, which may make it attractive to consumers.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:American Express is sweetening its deals for merchantsLibra has logged over 51,000 mock transactions despite regulatory pushbackElavon acquires Sage Pay for $300 million to grow its market share in the UK and Ireland
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A couple took their wedding photos on an abandoned island in New York, and the pictures are stunning
LOVE + WOLVES CO New Jersey-based couple Dasha and Taylor Milova have a love of abandoned buildings, and they wanted to celebrate this interest on their wedding day. When they got married in 2017, the Milovas chose the Admiral's House on New York's Governors Island as their wedding venue. They got married during the island's off-season, giving them the opportunity to take wedding photos in a variety of abandoned places. Their photographer captured the couple in an abandoned movie theater, a decaying church, and the Admiral's House, which is now being restored. "I think abandoned areas give people the ability to stop and reflect on the history of a place," Dasha told Insider of her and her wife's fascination with ruined spaces. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dasha and Taylor Milova have a love of abandoned spaces. LOVE + WOLVES CO The couple, who were married in 2017, loved ruined architecture independently before they met. "I've been interested in abandoned areas since I was little," Dasha told Insider. "When I was around 5, my parents and I would sneak into an abandoned hotel near our summer house in Russia, where I'm originally from." Taylor's interest began when she moved to New Jersey in 2002. "The abandoned railroad tracks and factories of yesteryear are common threads throughout North Jersey, and being able to access these spots was something I never experienced before growing up in Kansas City," Taylor said.  When they planned their wedding in 2017, the Milovas decided to make an abandoned space the backdrop for their big day. LOVE + WOLVES CO "We both are drawn to the imperfection of abandoned places and certainly did not envision a traditional space as a wedding backdrop," Taylor said. The Milovas picked the Admiral's House on Governors Island in New York City for their event, which was in disrepair at the time.  Governors Island is only open from June through October each year, according to its website. The Milovas wedding took place during the off-season, giving them the opportunity to use the whole island for their photos. "We originally wanted a destination wedding but also wanted to be surrounded by those closest to us," Taylor said of their wedding. LOVE + WOLVES CO "With family and friends coming from around the world, Governors Island was an obvious choice given the proximity to our home," she said. "It was a total dream come true," Taylor added on having the island to themselves for the wedding. The Milovas are part of a growing group interested in "ruin porn" during wedding photo shoots, as The New York Times reported. "Ruin porn" is a term used to refer to the photography of rundown buildings or cities and the romance these locations often offer. Pictures of decaying cities like Detroit or the remanents of Chernobyl fall into this category, according to CNN. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A professional bridesmaid has been in over 150 weddings in just 4 yearsYou can stay in an 'Elf'-inspired suite this Christmas that would make Buddy proudEvery single Katherine Heigl movie, ranked
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Power going out for Northern California again, thanks PG&E
As high winds, warm dry air, and extreme fire risk returns to areas of Northern and Central California today, Pacific Gas & Electric is again shutting off people's electricity to reduce fire risk. On Wednesday, some 375,000 accounts in Northern and central California lost power. PG&E is doing this to prevent live electricity lines from sparking wildfires, as they have in the past. From Associated Press: Some people in the wine country counties of Napa and Sonoma north of San Francisco lost power at about 7 a.m. Power was also cut farther north in portions of Mendocino, Lake and Yolo counties, said Katie Allen, a PG&E spokeswoman. Nearly 170,000 initially lost electricity, but the shut-offs that started Wednesday morning were expected to affect more people as the outages spread to 18 counties and last into Thursday. A virtually rainless fall has left brush bone-dry and forecasts called for low humidity and winds gusting at times to 55 mph (89 kph), which might fling tree branches or other debris into power lines, causing sparks that could set catastrophic fires in the region, PG&E officials said. Lights out in California again with high wildfire danger [AP] Read the rest
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Jussie Smollett sues city of Chicago for 'malicious prosecution'
Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has filed a counter lawsuit against the city of Chicago, claiming that authorities 'maliciously' prosecuted him.
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Why Kevin O'Leary likes Tesla, gold, and the Trump economy
Chairman of O'Shares ETFs Kevin O'Leary explains why he's investing in Tesla and gold, as well as his forecast for the 2020 election.
The world’s first robot car death was the result of human error — and it can happen again
On November 20th, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the results of its investigation into the 2018 fatal Uber crash in Tempe, Arizona, which was widely believed to be the world’s first death by a self-driving car. But rather than slap the cuffs on Uber’s robot car, investigators instead highlighted the many human errors that culminated in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. And they sounded a warning: it could happen again. “If your company tests automated driving systems on public roads, this crash, it was about you,” NTSB chair Robert Sumwalt said in his opening statement of the hearing yesterday. When the board read aloud its findings on the probable cause of the crash in Tempe, the first person to be... Continue reading…
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The Trump administration has started approving licenses for US companies to resume doing business with Huawei
ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it would allow some US businesses to resume selling goods to Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies. The agency said it would issue licenses only in "specific and limited" cases that don't raise national security concerns. The Commerce Department reviewed companies' requests to do business with Huawei in conjunction with the Department of Defense, State Department, and Department of Energy. Huawei remains on an economic blacklist that prevents US companies and individuals from doing business with it without a license. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  The US Department of Commerce said in an emailed statement Wednesday that it would grant licenses to some US businesses allowing them to resume sales to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, while it intends to deny others. The agency said it would only grant licenses in cases that "do not pose a significant risk to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States." It added that all applications for licenses had undergone an interagency review involving the Department of Defense, State Department, and Department of Energy.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Google reveal the new Nest Mini, which is an updated Home MiniSee Also:Huawei exec says its 5G base stations perform better without components from US companies, but it still wants to repair its relationship with AmericaApple is predicted to beat Samsung and Huawei to become the leader in 5G smartphones next year, even though it's late to the gameSmartphones are getting weird again, and it could be a sign that the industry is on the brink of another huge change
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Castor questions Sondland about omission from opening statement
Steve Castor, senior investigative counsel for Republicans, asked U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland Wednesday why he didn't include a "vignette" about a call he had with President Trump in his opening statement at the impeachment hearing. "It was in my previous testimony and I assumed if people had questions they would bring it up," Sondland said.
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Gett pulls the plug on its New York ride-hailing service Juno
This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Transportation & Logistics Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. To check to see if you already have access to Business Insider Intelligence through your company, click here. Israeli on-demand corporate transportation startup Gett closed its New York City-based ride-hailing service, called Juno. Gett initially acquired Juno for $200 million in April 2017 and attempted to sell the service in March 2019, but found no takers. The startup also announced a partnership with US ride-hailing giant Lyft to allow Gett's over 15,000 enterprise clients to book Lyft rides through Gett's app. This partnership is mutually beneficial: Gett can offer its clients a wider service footprint — Juno was only available in New York City — and Lyft gains access to thousands of potential enterprise clients. Juno's closure comes as many ride-hailing services are pushing for profitability. In May 2019, Gett revealed that it aims to be profitable by the end of Q4 2019, ahead of a planned IPO in Q1 2020. In October 2019, Lyft unveiled its push to be profitable in Q4 2021. And in November 2019, Uber announced that it seeks to become profitable in 2021. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Elavon acquires Sage Pay for $300 million to grow its market share in the UK and IrelandHow Brazil is leading Latin America's fintech revolutionLyft will end e-scooter operations in 6 cities and lay off around 20 staff members
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Hyundai's Vision T concept SUV looks like a driveable TIE Fighter
Hyundai took to the stage at Automobility LA 2019 to show off the latest evolution of its "concept SUV" now dubbed, the Vision T, as well as note some minor updates to its Ioniq line of eco-friendly sedans.
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Philadelphia was named the best city to visit in 2020. Here are the best things to eat there, according to a local.
Yelp/Carolina S. National Geographic just named Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the best city to visit in 2020.  I've lived right by Philadelphia for my entire life — here are the 18 things you absolutely must eat while in this bustling city.  Visitors should eat dinner at Zahav, an award-winning Israeli restaurant. They should also get a cheesesteak from Jim's Steaks or try vegan food at Charlie Was a Sinner. Visit Insider's homepage for more. Since I grew up right near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and even lived there, it's safe to say I've been enjoying the city's robust food scene first hand for my entire life. In addition, National Geographic just named Philly the best city to visit in 2020 — and I'm confident that one of the biggest reasons is because of its diverse and scrumptious food offerings. From the French fare at Parc to the sweet treats at Federal Donuts, here are 18 things you must eat in the City of Brotherly Love.Eat dinner at Zahav, an award-winning Israeli restaurant. Yelp/Lillie M. A big winner at the 2019 James-Beard awards, Zahav is one of the crown jewels of the Philadelphia dining scene. Open only for dinner, this Israeli spot is known for its hummus. Available in three varieties, it's served with homemade laffa bread, a type of flatbread. In addition to the chickpea dip, Zahav's menu includes small plates, such as halloumi cheese and fried cauliflower, and grilled specialties ranging from eggplant to Romanian beef kebabs.   Cool off with ice cream from The Franklin Fountain. Yelp/ Nick R. During the warmer months, the lines at this old-fashioned ice-cream parlor and soda counter can stretch around the block. Offering traditional (strawberry and vanilla-bean) and unusual (banana and mint-chewing-gum) flavors, The Franklin Fountain also churns out non-dairy and sugar-free scoops, as well as seasonal sorbets. If you're thirsty, you can choose from a selection of 25 soda flavors or indulge in an ice-cream float.  Those visiting Philly in the winter can order a toasty treat, like a hot-chocolate float (hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream) or a "hot milkshake" (ice cream blended with warmed baked goods and toppings).  Try anything from the Reading Terminal Market. Yelp/Chris E. Dating back to the late 19th century, this lively food hall is housed in a train shed once owned by the Reading Railroad Company. From gyros and crepes to gourmet cheese and fresh produce, Reading Terminal Market has it all — and everything is worth trying here.  In addition to food vendors, you'll also find merchants selling items such as soap, linens, and books. A few noteworthy stalls include Miller's Twist, an Amish stand rolling out hot, buttery pretzels, and DiNic's, whose roast pork sandwich was named the best sandwich in America on Travel Channel's show "Man vs. Food."    See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Interior designers reveal the 10 biggest mistakes people make when decorating a living room8 unbelievable facts about the $103 billion chocolate industryWhat 19 celebrities look like with and without bangs
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Target shares spike on strong holiday season outlook
Target raised its full-year earnings forecast on Wednesday, signaling a strong holiday season as the retailer benefits from its investments in same-day delivery services and store revamps, sending its shares up 9 percent. The big-box retailer’s better-than-expected quarterly results and forecast also helped allay fears about the health of the US consumer that were spurred...
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White House Deputy Press Secretary: progress being made on China phase-one deal text - Fox
White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere has said that talks with China are continuing and that there is progress on the text of a phase-one trade deal, Fox News reported on Wednesday.
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Man Is Stabbed and Slashed Steps Away From a Synagogue in New York
The police said the attack was under investigation and declined to say whether they believed it was a hate crime.
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Dozens descend on park to help search for missing NJ woman
Dozens of volunteers fanned out across a New Jersey park Wednesday to search for a 25-year-old nanny who disappeared after a fight with her ex-boyfriend, according to a report. More than 170 volunteers flocked to Michael Tighe Park in Freehold Township to hunt for Stephanie Parze, who vanished on Oct. 30 — the same night...
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Everyone should have a financial plan, and writing one is easier than you think
Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images A financial plan is a document that thoroughly details your financial goals. Your financial plan should include debt payoff goals, savings goals, and estate planning goals. You can create your financial plan yourself or work with a financial professional, such as a credit counselor, financial adviser, or certified financial planner (CFP). A financial adviser can help you build a complete financial plan. Use SmartAsset's free tool to find a qualified professional in your area » Most of us hope to succeed with money. But the reality is that sometimes our money can seem to have a mind of its own. A recent study by Charles Schwab found that 59% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and only 38% have built an emergency fund.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:I'm putting 100% of my savings towards retirement instead of my kids' college, and a financial planner told me it's the right thing to doWomen worried about money are more likely than men to put off buying a home and quitting a job, and it highlights the effects of the gender pay gapCompound interest is either your best friend or your enemy. Here's how to make it work for you.
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"Forgotten" African-American cemetery discovered under Florida high school
At least 145 coffins have been discovered underneath King High School in Tampa, Florida. Apparently a citizen researching area cemeteries advised the school district that in the first half of the 20th century, there was an African-American graveyard on the site. So far, ground-penetrating radar revealed 145 coffins just a few feet below the surface. From Bay News 9: The pattern of the findings matches historical records for a "potter's field," or pauper's field, called Ridgewood Cemetery, the district said. "Hillsborough County Public Schools remains committed to respecting the individuals who are buried there, and their families," officials said. This is the fourth "forgotten" African-American cemetery found in Tampa in the past year. The coffins are believed to be from Ridgewood Cemetery, which was designated by the city of Tampa as a pauper’s cemetery decades ago. The school district purchased the property in 1959, and built King High School soon after.— Emerald Morrow (@EmeraldMorrow) November 20, 2019 Read the rest
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Gordon Sondland delivers the 'John Dean' moment
Gordon Sondland's testimony to Congress rings true to anyone who knows President Donald Trump's record, both before and after his election, says Michael D'Antonio. More than 40 years after John Dean changed the course of presidential history during the Watergate hearings, Sondland has now done the same, D'Antonio argues.
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GM's bombshell lawsuit against FCA alleges years of corruption and includes claims about a failed 2015 merger (GM, FCAU, RACE)
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook General Motors filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday, alleging that "million of dollars in bribes" were paid to the United Auto Workers union. GM alleged that this racketeering scheme corrupted UAW labor agreements in 2009, 2011, and 2015. GM also alleged that the late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was a central figure in the bribery scheme. GM said the scheme was an attempt to influence a failed merger with GM in 2015. 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. LOS ANGELES — General Motors filed a bombshell lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in US district court in Detroit on Wednesday. In the lawsuit, GM alleged that "FCA was the clear sponsor of pervasive wrongdoing, paying millions of dollars in bribes to obtain benefits, concessions, and advantages in the negotiation, implementation, and administration of labor agreements over time," the company said in a statement.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Chevy has built a $37.5K all-electric car capable of a 238-mile rangeSee Also:GM has filed a lawsuit accusing Fiat-Chrysler of trying to sabotage its union negotiationsWe drove a $52,000 Cadillac XT4 crossover to see if the 2019 Car of the Year runner-up is worth the moneyAir travel can pose health risks — even some deadly ones. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself.FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content!
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De Blasio’s biggest ally on MTA board quits
The MTA’s most outspoken straphanger advocate and in-house critic will quit its board next month, City Hall confirmed Wednesday. Appointed by Mayor de Blasio in 2016, Veronica Vanterpool routinely made headlines as the rare — and sometimes only — voice of dissent on a board controlled by appointees and allies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Veronica...
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Former Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla gets 2 years for attacking girlfriend
A former Green Bay Packers tight end has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for strangling his girlfriend earlier this year, according to reports. Colt Lyerla, 27, jettisoned by the Packers in 2014 before ever playing in a regular season game, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including fourth-degree assault and unlawful possession...
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Uber tests letting passengers and drivers record audio of rides
Would Uber having an audio recording of your ride make you feel safer or creeped out? Uber plans to give drivers and passengers the option to record audio of their rides, and will first test the feature in Mexico and Brazil. Uber has not confirmed plans for a U.S. expansion, but says it's considering testing the feature in other countries, depending on what happens in Latin America.  The news comes via the Washington Post, which viewed internal communications concerning the test. Uber actually announced the program in Brazil in November, with a blog post written in Portuguese. It has confirmed the test and some of the details of the program to the Post and Mashable. Read more...More about Uber, Ride Sharing, Safety, Tech, and Transportation
'The Closest to Neymar We've Seen': Why the Rodrygo Hype Is Justified
Most eyes were on Philippe Coutinho , Alisson Becker, Gabriel Jesus, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic as Brazil and Croatia faced each other at Anfield in a World Cup warm-up match in June 2018...
How to Make uBlock Origin Even Better at Ad Blocking in Firefox
Firefox is one of the best browsers for blocking ads and crappy web trackers, and you can make it even better using “nuke-’em-all” browser extensions like uBlock Origin. Now, Ghacks and GitHub users point out that uBlock Origins is even capable of blocking new types of ads, trackers, and website content that browsers…Read more...
The best Black Friday kitchen appliance deals of 2019
From Ninja blenders and SodaStream sparkling water makers to the iconic Instant Pot, there are some major kitchen appliance deals to snag on Black Friday. Retailers are dropping prices on a range of kitchen items to unbeatable prices. So you can finally snag those appliances you’ve been holding off on purchasing to finally have the...
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Company will pay you $3K a month to smoke weed, test marijuana products
Dream of being a professional pothead? This unique gig will send your career up in smoke. New York-based online magazine American Marijuana is looking for a reliable cannabis connoisseur to try the latest goods on the marijuana market, including new strains, vape products, edibles and CBD supplements. Since more than 20 states have now legalized...
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Rare photo of Billy the Kid expected to sell for $1M at auction
The photo from 1877 — only the second confirmed image of the wanted gunslinger, who was also known as William H. Bonney — shows the 18-year-old seated with Richard Brewer, Fred Waite and Henry Brown.
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Expressive E’s Osmose keyboard feels like the synth of the future
A talented keyboard player can push their instruments to the limit, but there are fundamental setbacks to the format. You can’t typically do vibrato or crescendos on a piano, for instance. A synth keyboard often gives you more flexibility with a wheel, joystick, or other doodad to articulate your playing, but musicians are always looking for new ways to create music. Enter the Expressive E Osmose, one of the most exciting takes on a modern keyboard I’ve seen to date. The Osmose can be played just like a regular keyboard, but adds a huge amount of expressiveness thanks to 49 keys… This story continues at The Next Web
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Lyft expands Grocery Access Program to Baltimore, Chicago and NYC
This spring, Lyft announced its Grocery Access Program, which provided low-income families in select cities a flat-rate ride to the grocery store. The company's goal is to make healthy food more widely available, charging an average of $2.50 per ride...
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More than two million Americans don’t have running water, basic plumbing
Lacking access to safe water and sanitation “makes it difficult to stay healthy, earn a living, go to school and care for a family,” the report by nonprofits DigDeep and the US Water Alliance warned.
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Presidents Cup: Brooks Koepka withdraws from United States team for event in Australia
World number one Brooks Koepka withdraws from the United States' Presidents Cup team because of injury and is replaced by Rickie Fowler.
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F.B.I. Sought to Interview Whistle-blower in Ukraine Case
Agents asked to speak with him last month but never did, though the bureau made clear to his lawyers that he was not the target of an ongoing investigation.
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University students face disruption after union warns of strike
More than 40,000 staff at 60 UK universities are to hold strike over pay and conditionsUniversity students in the UK are facing disruption to their studies in the last few weeks of term and on into the new year after union leaders warned of a second wave of strike action if staff demands are not met.More than 40,000 university staff at 60 universities are preparing to go out on strike next Monday for eight days, followed by a period of work to rule, in protest over their pensions, pay and conditions. Continue reading...
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Amazon Faces Heat From Senators Over Ring Doorbell Security Practices
Citing the potential for sensitive footage “detailing the lives of millions of Americans” to fall into the hands of hackers and foreign spies, a group of a U.S. lawmakers are demanding to know more about how Ring, Amazon’s home security company, is protecting its customers’ data.Read more...
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Trade commission finds Chinese aluminum wire, cable export harms U.S. industry
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday said it had determined that U.S. industry was materially injured by below-cost imports of aluminum wire and cable from China, locking in U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties.
THEN AND NOW: How the holidays in New York City have changed over the last 100 years
Kena Betancur/Getty Images There's something magical about the holiday season in New York City. Symbols of the holidays in the city, like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the Rockettes' "Christmas Spectacular" show, have been around for decades. Other traditions, such as holiday shopping, look a little different today. Here's how the winter holiday season has changed over time in New York City. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Big Apple draws millions of people around the world during the holiday season to partake in traditions like ice skating in Central Park and browsing iconic department stores' decorative windows with hot cocoa in-hand. While some features of the holidays in the city have stayed the same over the past 100 years, many others have changed. Here's what the holidays used to look like in New York City, and what they're like now.There has been a Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Center grounds since 1931. MCNY/Gottscho-Schleisner/Getty Images The first Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Center grounds was put into place in 1931, but the official Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition started in 1933. Pictured here is the famous tree in 1934. From 1942 until 1944, the Rockefeller Center tree went unlit due to World War II. Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images Pictured here is the tree arriving in its spot in 1946. In 1949, the tree was painted silver to give it a more "wintry" look. Tom Fitzsimmons/AP The tree was only silver for the year 1949, according to the New York City's Official Convention & Visitor's Bureau. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:THEN AND NOW: 8 tourist attractions that became popular in the 2010sThe worst retail fails and controversies of 2019, so far15 of the most underrated travel destinations of the year, so far
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Frozen in Place: Americans Are Moving at the Lowest Rate on Record
Restless mobility in search of opportunity is an American hallmark, but new Census Bureau data finds more people, especially millennials, are staying put by choice or necessity.
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'This is another bald faced lie': Ex-Obama officials blast Grisham's claim they left 'you will fail' notes
"Produce the notes that back this up," said Valerie Jarrett. "I cannot imagine a single one of my former colleagues who would do this."       
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Democrats in Congress reauthorize Patriot Act, again
"Nearly every Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to fully reauthorize the Patriot Act through March 2020, extending the right of federal agents to use all sorts of secret surveillance against Americans," reports Reason. As the EFF says, "The USA PATRIOT Act broadly expands law enforcement's surveillance and investigative powers and represents one of the most significant threats to civil liberties, privacy, and democratic traditions in US history. [It] gives sweeping search and surveillance to domestic law enforcement and foreign intelligence agencies and eliminates checks and balances that previously gave courts the opportunity to ensure that those powers were not abused. PATRIOT and follow-up legislation now in development threaten the basic rights of millions of Americans." Kudos to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 9 other Democrats for voting against it! And boo to the 219 Democratic representatives who voted to deprive us of our civil liberties! Yeah that’s gonna be a no from me dog — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 18, 2019 (Image: Fred Frederickson, CC-BY, unmodified) Read the rest
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