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Impeachment witnesses suggest Hunter Biden’s Ukraine ties could be conflict of interest
A pair of White House officials testified during the House impeachment inquiry Tuesday that Hunter Biden’s sweetheart gig on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy giant while his father was vice president appeared to be a conflict of interest. Under questioning from upstate New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, Lt. Col. Alexander Vidman,...
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Selena Gomez backtracks on Instagram comments about Bella Hadid
"She is a wonderful person and it was all a misunderstanding."
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Doctors warn of severe ‘feather duvet lung’ condition
Your feather comforter could make you seriously uncomfortable. A new study published Tuesday in the journal BMJ Case Reports gives a close-up look at what it’s like to have a potentially debilitating condition called “feather duvet lung.” The report focuses on a 43-year-old man who sought medical help in November 2016 for chronic malaise, fatigue...
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White House Ukraine expert says Trump's request for Biden probe was improper
A White House official testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that a phone call the president made to ask Ukraine to investigate a political rival was improper as he fended off Republican efforts to cast doubt on his competence and loyalty to the United States.
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Trump says Republicans ‘absolutely killing it’ at ‘scam’ impeachment hearing
President Trump on Tuesday applauded Republicans for a job well done and tweeted a video slamming the whistleblower’s lawyer as Day 3 of impeachment hearings got underway. “Republicans are absolutely killing it,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “Because it’s a big scam.” At the end of the meeting, he called...
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Why are the Nets so bad?
The Nets are fading fast. The Nets have Kyrie Irving, but they’re off to a slow start. What gives? The Brooklyn Nets are off to a disappointing start after having the biggest summer in franchise history. Sure, with Kevin Durant sidelined for the year, the Nets were never going to be in the championship discussion. But 13 games in, Brooklyn wouldn’t even make the playoffs. The team has a 5-8 record, below the Hornets, Magic and Pacers. Yikes. This year is supposed to be a warmup year for Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and the Nets. They’re supposed to make the playoffs, maybe win the first round, and show fans that they’re a healthy KD away from glory. It’s the next phase of growth for an organization that shocked most by competing with the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of last year’s playoffs without Irving or Durant. Instead, the Nets look like they’ve taken a big step back. They’re being outscored by 4.09 points per 100 possessions by opponents, worse than 23 other teams. These aren’t the Nets we were hoping for, and now with injuries to both Kyrie Irving (shoulder impingement) and Caris LeVert (thumb surgery), this team could nosedive quickly. The Nets’ defense is not good Even before the injuries, the Nets’ defense stunk. Brooklyn’s lone superstar, Irving, has never been a good defender, and nobody was expecting that to change, even in a new setting. But the rest of the Nets rotation, aside from him, hasn’t been good either, and that’s a problem. The Nets rank No. 22 in the league in defensive efficiency, and it isn’t all Irving’s fault. Part of the issue is that Brooklyn allows the eighth-highest offensive rebounding rate (27.9 percent) in the NBA. Opponents are scoring 13.3 second-chance points per game, too. This is the same problem that existed for Brooklyn’s paltry defense a season ago when it allowed a 28 percent offensive rebounding rate, and 14.4 second-chance points per game. Jordan’s presence in a small Nets rotation hasn’t been the fix. Brooklyn also rarely forces turnovers. Weak ball pressure around the perimeter is causing the lowest forced turnover rate in the league (12.0 percent.) The best outcome a defense can ask for is a steal, but the Nets average just 6.2 steals per 100 possessions, fourth-worst in the league. This year is even worse than last season’s 13.1 percent forced turnover rate, which ranked eighth-worst in the league. This isn’t a starting lineup vs. bench issue. Of the four most-used five-man rotations the Nets have deployed, none is playing well on the defensive end. The Nets’ starting lineup (Irving, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen) has played 97 minutes together, and is allowing 111.5 points per 100 possessions. That’s better than the team as a whole, but would still only rank as the 16th-best team rate in the NBA. That’s bad for a group of your supposed best players. Even though the starters are scoring 110.9 points per 100 possession, which is really good, and would rank No. 7 of all NBA offenses, the bad is outweighing the good. The Nets are losing when their starting five play together. The bench doesn’t provide many fixes either. The Nets don’t employ any guards or wings esteemed for their on-ball defense. That’s why a player like Ja Morant, in his third game ever, was able to score 30 points on 22 shots against them in a one-point Grizzlies win. The Pacers’ Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points on 19 shots, and even the Pistons no-name guards, Bruce Brown and Luke Kennard, combined for 46 points on 39 shots. It’s hard to win when you’re allowing opposing backcourts to have their way. Caris LeVert is playing poorly, too The key to this year being a success for Brooklyn was LeVert taking the next step. The Nets believed in him enough to give him a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension in August, but he hasn’t played up to it. He’s scoring better than ever, averaging 17 points per game on 42 percent shooting, which is just one percent worse from a season ago. He’s upped his three-point shooting to 36 percent on four shots per night too. His ability to put the ball in the hoop has improved, but it’s come with consequences. Handling the ball more than usual, LeVert’s become a turnover machine, coughing up 17 possessions per 100 plays, nearly six more than last season. And the type of turnovers he’s committing are even more crippling to the team. So far, 21 of his 31 turnovers have been bad passes, or him losing the ball. At 19.2 points per game, the Nets allow the seventh-most points off turnovers of any team in the league. His defense hasn’t been good either. The team is better with on the floor, holding opponents to 1.6 points per 100 possessions fewer than when he’s on the bench, but the defense still isn’t good. The Nets are still allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions when he plays, which would be the 16th-best team defense in the league, just below the Bulls. Box numbers aren’t everything, but LeVert isn’t even averaging one block + steal per game. LeVert is going to miss the next four-to-six weeks to repair ligament damage to his thumb. Hopefully that period off will help him. If healthy, Kyrie Irving is probably enough to get this team into the playoffs, but don’t expect them to be much better than last year Irving is still an incredible offensive player. No matter how lackluster he is defensively, his offense will outweigh it. He’s averaging 29 points per game with seven assists and five rebounds so far, and he isn’t even shooting as well as usual yet. He’s going to will Brooklyn to the playoffs, as long as he recovers from this ominous shoulder injury. The Eastern Conference is shallow, and Irving is one of its few stars. The Raptors, Sixers, Celtics, Bucks and Heat look likely to cruise to the top-five playoff spots, and the rest are up for the taking. When Victor Oladipo returns, the Pacers will compete, but no other team is definitely ahead of the other in the rest of the pack. The Hawks might make a run with Trae Young, the Magic might figure out their offensive struggles, but the Nets would really have to tank out to miss the postseason. Yes, Kevin Durant should fix the Nets It’s fair to criticize the Nets, who are underachieving with the pieces they have, but they’re also missing a generational star. KD is one of the best players on the planet, and he’s going to make Brooklyn an elite team the second he returns. Still, this year’s Nets have been disappointing to watch. A lot of the core remains the same from last year, with the exception of Irving replacing D’Angelo Russell, and a handful of rotation pieces. The rest of the remaining group just hasn’t developed as Brooklyn hoped. At least not yet.
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James Van Der Beek makes emotional announcement on 'DWTS'
Before being eliminated from contention on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," actor James Van Der Beek announced that his wife Kimberly had a miscarriage.
PSU's Sean Clifford Says He Received Death Threats After Loss to Minnesota
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford told reporters that fans lashed out at him on social media with death threats following the Nittany Lions' loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Nov...
The League adds video speed dating to help users find better matches
When it comes to dating apps, swiping has taken over. Whether it's Tinder or OkCupid, most dating apps have defaulted to the gesture as the de facto way for people to express their interest in someone else. And for a lot of people, it's one of the ma...
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Microsoft announces Confidential Computing for Kubernetes, IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack, and KEDA 1.0
At KubeCon North America, Microsoft announced Confidential Computing for Kubernetes, IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack support, and the release of KEDA 1.0.
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Sanders campaign sets a new donations record
According to his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders surpassed 4 million donations sooner than any other candidate in history
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Takeaways: Trump request to Ukraine seen as a "demand"
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, were on the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky at the center of the Trump impeachment inquiry.       
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Goldman's online bank Marcus may have an Apple Card issue
Investment bank's consumer platform has a loan-approval method that some experts say can discriminate against women
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Brooklyn Nets’ Rodions Kurucs appears in court for domestic violence case
Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs appeared before a judge on Tuesday morning for a third hearing in his domestic violence case in which he is accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument at the couple’s apartment this past summer. The 6-foot-9, Latvia-born baller came to Brooklyn Criminal Court dressed in a dark blue plaid...
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If the Hulu and AT&T Price Hikes Piss You Off, Here Are Some Live TV Streaming Alternatives
Hulu has, very regrettably, alerted users that its Live TV plans are spiking $10 per month beginning December 18. That means that its ad-supported Hulu + Live TV package is now going to run $55 per month—an additional $120 per year. That’s a very real chunk of change for cord-cutters on a budget. Read more...
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In Praise of the Greatest Trombone Part in Broadway History
An oft-overlooked instrument becomes a breakout star of a hit musical.
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Trump says GOP 'absolutely killing it' in impeachment inquiry
The president, who said on Tuesday he was watching some of the Hill proceedings from the White House, also called House speaker Nancy Pelosi "grossly incompetent."
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Arctic sea ice hits lowest level on record
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The US research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet. In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested. University of Washington researchers left Nome on Nov. 7 on the 261-foot ship, crossed through the Bering...
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Family pleads for donations to help ill infant — and gets a cruel reply
An Ohio family who posted signs in a local mall asking for donations to support their infant son battling two rare congenital disorders was met with a cruel response — messages advising them to “let the baby die.” KC Ahlers posted six signs around the Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, providing details about the disorders...
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Hong Kong student union president: We want universal suffrage
In an interview with CNN's Isa Soares, Hong Kong Polytechnic University student union president Derek Liu said protesters must "change the democratic structure in Hong Kong" so that the Chinese government cannot interfere in it.
Syracuse University tightens security after latest racist incident, a 'white supremacist manifesto'
Security was tightened across the Syracuse University campus Tuesday after a  white supremacist manifesto was posted in an online forum.       
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Prince Andrew made racist Arab joke during dinner for Saudi royals: report
The Duke of York made a joke about camels “as worse as you can imagine” while mingling with British pols at Buckingham Palace, former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said, The Sun reported.
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Santa Clarita teen has ‘a lot of guilt’ for not saving victim Dominic Blackwell
A 14-year-old student wounded in the Saugus High School shooting in Southern California says he feels a “lot of guilt” for running for his life instead of to the aid of a mortally wounded classmate. Andrew Gardetto said a bullet struck him in the leg when the alleged shooter, 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, opened fire Thursday...
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Adam Schiff blocks Republicans’ attempts to question impeachment witnesses
Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee, repeatedly stymied Republicans’ attempts to question two witnesses in Tuesday’s impeachment hearings. The first interruption by the California congressman came as he accused ranking GOP member, Rep. Devin Nunes, of asking questions that could out the whistleblower who sparked the inquiry into President Trump....
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Ikon, Epic or Mountain Collective: Which ski pass is best for you?
Avid skiers and riders may want to consider one of three popular ski passes: Ikon, Epic or Mountain Collective. CNN Travel looks at which one might be right for you this ski season.
Israelis and Palestinians on US settlement move
The US says it will no longer consider Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank to be illegal.
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Stewart asks Vindman if he always insists civilians call him by his rank
Republican Representative Chris Stewart asked Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Tuesday about a moment earlier in the hearing in which he reminded Devin Nunes to call him "lieutenant colonel" rather than "mister," and asked if he always insists civilians call him by his rank.
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'An extremely big present': Israeli settlers welcome US policy shift
Announcement that settlements no longer considered illegal is another blow for PalestiniansMahmoud Yaqoub, a 49-year-old Palestinian farmer, is hemmed in on two sides by an Israeli settlement. Standing on his roof, he points up the hill at olive trees he says are his. But he cannot reach them as a metal fence has been erected around Efrat, confiscating part of his family’s land.Yacoub’s sheep are confined to a metal shack next to his house. He says the Israeli army banned him from shepherding them on his land as it was too close to the settlement. Continue reading...
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When it comes to gaming and gaming-adjacent deals, it’s pretty much a mixed bag. There aren’t really any hard-and-fast rules to shopping for games (either physical or digital), accessories (like controllers, headsets, etc.), or consoles. It really comes down to doing your research and a whole lot of price cross-referencing. If you want our expert advice, scroll down to the bottom of this page and peruse through our in-depth shopping guide.  But, if you’re just looking for the best gaming deals you can get today, we’ve gathered them up for you within the list below. From the most popular game accessories and tech, to the Nintendo Switch, to the PlayStation 4, to the Xbox One, to PC gaming gear, and all the games shared between them (plus the exclusive titles, too), here are the best gaming-centric deals you can snag right now. 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Taliban frees two Western prisoners, U.S. sees hope for wider Afghan peace
The Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years on Tuesday, Afghan, U.S. and Australian officials said, completing a delayed prisoner swap and raising hopes for a revival of peace talks.
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Alex Smith’s wife posts emotional video a year after gruesome injury
A year after Alex Smith suffered a devastating leg injury, the quarterback’s wife, Elizabeth, is proud to see how far he has come. On Monday, Elizabeth shared an emotional video documenting Smith’s progress, in which he had to learn how to reuse his leg. “November 18th… 1 Year and so much to be grateful for,”...
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Car slams into cyclist and speeds off in dramatic hit-and-run
Look out! Although this St. Petersburg, Florida, cyclist had the right of way, it didn’t stop these cars from speeding through the intersection. One of the vehicles hit the biker, sending him flying onto the street. After hitting the individual, the driver sped off. According to the police, the previous cyclists had pressed the button...
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Kane Williamson: New Zealand’s world-class captain who ‘wasn’t like other kids’ | Simon Burnton
The 28-year-old, who excelled at basketball, volleyball, football, rugby as a child, has become a batsman without obvious flawsAs England prepare for the start of their Test series in New Zealand, history suggests they should be wary of unintended consequences and unnecessary generosity. For the presence in New Zealand’s team of a batsman and captain of genuine world class is, at least in small part, down to their own past failure to be so.In the winter of 2001-02, while England’s cricket team toured New Zealand, Graham Thorpe gave an old bat to Mark Patterson, his former Surrey teammate. Patterson was playing for Mount Maunganui at the time, and though he failed to find a use for Thorpe’s old bat he passed it on to another Mount player, Jim Irwin. The bat laid unused in a corner of the Irwin household for a couple of years before he in turn offered it to Bill Aldridge, a keen player and coach whose son Graeme was to enjoy a very brief international career, which amounted to three limited-overs matches in the space of eight days in October 2011. Aldridge also decided not to keep it, giving it instead to a promising local 12-year-old, who thought it too big and heavy, and besides he had just bought himself a new one of a more appropriate size, so he too ignored it. The child’s name was Kane Williamson. Continue reading...
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‘Roblox’ wants you to build ‘Star Wars’ speeder to celebrate ‘Rise of Skywalker’
There's a new Star Wars film coming out soon, and Roblox is partnering with Disney to enable players to build their own in-universe vehicles. The Galactic Speedway Creator Challenge tasks you with building your own customized drift speeder and race a...
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Automatically Detect Computer Generated Text With This Chrome Extension
Artificial intelligence systems can write pretty convincingly readable text these days. A new browser extension, GPTrue or False, can test whether a given text is likely to have been generated by an AI. Read more...
Google is putting an algorithmic audio news feed on its Assistant
Google is rolling out a new service for Google Assistant that it’s calling “Your News Update.” It takes the idea of an algorithmically determined news feed — the kind you get from Facebook or on Google’s news feed — and turns it into an audio stream. To play it, you simply ask a Google smart speaker or Assistant on your phone to “listen to the news.” Google uses the information it has learned about you over the years alongside your location to custom-build a series of short news updates from partners from which it has licensed audio. It hopes to foster an ecosystem it’s calling “the audio web,” according to Liz Gannes, Google’s product manager of audio news. These aren’t podcasts so much as news bites, similar to the hourly news updates... Continue reading…
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"Softbody Tetris": what if tetronimoes were made of jello?
C4D4U's SOFTBODY TETRIS V16 is (as the name implies), the latest in a series of "softbody" simulations of Tetris, in which the tetronimoes are rubbery, jelly-like solids that glisten as they wobble into place. It's an incredibly soothing thing to watch (C4D4U calls them "ASMR for my eyes") and part of a wider genre of softbody sims. JWZ argues that this "becomes intolerable" upon the "realization that completed rows don't liquify" but if that's your thing, you need SOFTBODY TETRIS V9. Read the rest
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Pentagon: President Trump's order to withdraw troops from Syria allows ISIS to rebuild
President Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria has provided ISIS with an opening to rebuild itself, according to the Pentagon.       
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Army assessing impeachment witness Vindman's security: U.S. official
The U.S. Army will take measures to protect Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and his family if needed, perhaps by moving them to a military base, after the key witness in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump expressed concerns over his safety, a U.S. official told Reuters.
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Gareth Bale Says 'Wales, Golf, Real Madrid' Song 'A Good Bit of Fun'
Wales forward Gareth Bale has said a song from the team's supporters suggesting he prefers to play for his country over Real Madrid is "a good bit of fun...
Two jail guards for Jeffrey Epstein charged with coverup in his suicide
Two jail officers falsified records to cover up their failure to check in on financier Jeffrey Epstein in the hours before he killed himself, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.
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Trump says public impeachment hearings are a 'disgrace'
U.S. President Donald Trump said he had watched some of the congressional impeachment hearings on Tuesday, calling them a disgrace but saying it was up to Americans to make their own judgment about the witness testimony.
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Williams and Vindman say they don't consider themselves "never-Trumpers"
During the public impeachment inquiry hearing Tuesday, Democratic Representative Jim Himes asked White House aide Jennifer Williams if she considers herself a "never-Trumper." She said she would not describe herself that way. Himes posed the same question to Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who said: "I'd call myself never-partisan."
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Leonardo Bonucci Agrees New Contract with Juventus Until 2024
Juventus announced on Tuesday that defender Leonardo Bonucci signed a contract extension until 2024. The Italian champions noted on Twitter the centre-back had committed his future ...
Mass government protests continue to rage through Chile
Mass government protests continue to rage through Chile
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Seven BAME candidates fired in seven weeks – is The Apprentice racist?
Every contestant to go this series has been from a minority background, causing mass outrage – but the producers say firings are on the basis of merit aloneThis season of The Apprentice has already cemented itself in the show’s canon with the usual mix of deluded candidates – see 19-year-old “luxury womenswear consultant” Ryan-Mark, who wants “billions to lead the lifestyle I want to lead” and Jemelin Artigas, who is so hungry for success that if you cut her, “ambition comes out of my blood”. All 16 entrepreneurial upstarts have been thrown into increasingly ludicrous situations, from starting a South African tour company to designing bespoke ice-lollies and advertising Finland. We have seen seven weeks of cringeworthy and entertaining ineptitude – car-crash TV you can’t quite turn away from.But an uglier side to the show has reared its head this year. Every one of the candidates fired so far has been from a minority background, a chain of events that has caused mass outrage among fans. Continue reading...
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A notoriously bearish hedge fund manager is more convinced than ever a crash is coming — and has pushed his short bets to a record
Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Bearish fund manager Russell Clark increased Horseman Global Fund's net short position to 111% of gross assets, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing an investor letter. Clark is betting against a historically long bull market at a time when central-bank rate cuts and tempered trade-war tensions have pushed stocks to record highs. Horseman is eyeing its worst yearly loss yet, with its short-heavy strategy yielding a 27% loss on a year-to-date basis, according to Bloomberg. The manager told investors in October he "can see all the problems with the markets," and the only issue "is timing." Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Hedge fund manager Russell Clark stands to win big from a market crash. But record-setting stocks haven't been kind to his bearish investments. The Horseman Global Fund manager raised his portfolio's net short position to 111% of gross assets, Bloomberg reported, citing an investor letter sent Monday. Clark has been regularly shorting stocks since 2012, according to Bloomberg.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:'I wouldn't be surprised to go 10 more years': One expert explains why the market rally is just getting started — and why he thinks stocks are 16% undervaluedThe top researcher at a firm managing $89 billion told us the 3 ways he analyzes whether a cheap stock is set for a surge, or if it's a trapA fund manager who's crushing nearly all of his peers breaks down his unique strategy for continuing to outperform during a market crash
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