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The insane timing of Christopher Johnson’s commitment to Adam Gase
Why now, Christopher Johnson? Why announce that Adam Gase will be your head coach in 2020 now? More than anyone else, it is Sam Darnold who has saved Adam Gase. Darnold told The Post Sunday after beating the Giants that he wanted Gase to guide and develop him next season. He has gotten his wish....
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Nets sign Iman Shumpert amid growing Caris LeVert concern
DENVER — Caris LeVert’s thumb injury is serious enough that the Nets have sent him for further evaluation, and added more wing depth just in case. Brooklyn added free agent guard Iman Shumpert as the 16th player on the roster, a spot opened by Wilson Chandler’s PED suspension. The move was first reported by ESPN...
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Trump meets with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, claims Kurds ceasefire is holding
President Trump Wednesday said Turkey is keeping ISIS in check and the ceasefire with the Kurds is “holding very well.” In an Oval Office meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, Trump thanked Turkey for the job they are doing at the border and said the Kurds seem “very satisfied.” “Turkey is watching the...
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Apple Music Replay lets you see and share your listening habits
Image: Apple Music Apple Music is introducing a fun new way to take a look at your listening history from over the past year. Called Apple Music Replay, the new feature will bundle up everything you’ve played in 2019, allowing you to see things like how many albums your music selections came from, or which top songs you had on repeat. To use Apple Music Replay, head on over to and click on “Get Your Replay Mix.” It will then generate a playlist with your most played songs from 2019, along with additional playlists for every year you’ve subscribed to Apple Music. So, you could indulge in recent nostalgia or dip back to revisit your favorite tracks from other years. Image: Apple Music Along with the playlists,... Continue reading…
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FCC leaks the new Moto RAZR, including several new details
Just a few hours before Motorola‘s event tonight, we’re getting our clearest look at the new RAZR phone yet. Moreover, we know this leak is the real deal: it comes via the FCC, which seems to have jumped the gun on making the phone‘s listing public. There’s a lot to peruse through, and much of it we already knew, but the documents do reveal a few facts about the phone. The phone looks pretty much identical to the leaks we’ve so far, though those have typically been marketing renders and the like. That said, we do at least get to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi tell intense story of playing for Russian spy due to low WNBA wages
This story about Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird in Russia needs to be heard to be believed. The WNBA stars’ time playing under a Russian spy underscores the WNBA’s pay problem. As a result of how poorly women are paid to play basketball in America, most of the best professional basketball players in the world head overseas after their WNBA seasons end. Athletes can only profit off their talents for so long and need to maximize earnings while their bodies are at their peak. The maximum salary in the W was just $117,500 for the 2019 season. In Russia, China, and Turkey among other countries in Europe and Asia, players can make 10 times that amount. The circumstances abroad are crappy for most. American players are typically unfamiliar with the countries they’re living in, rarely speak the native language, and often need translators to communicate with teammates and coaches. They’re usually without friends and have to leave their families for months at a time. And for Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, it meant playing for a KGB spy-turned Russian billionaire businessman. In an ESPN 30 for 30 podcast, Bird and Taurasi detailed their experience and complicated feelings towards Shabtai Kalmanovich. From a financial standpoint, he was everything the pair wished existed at home. Kalmanovich treated Taurasi and Bird like royalty, and had a real love for women’s basketball. He spoiled the hell out of them, paid them multiple-times their American salaries, and gave reason for them to want to return to Moscow each year. For the first time since they were stars at the University of Connecticut, Bird and Taurasi were treated like the best athletes in the world. Kalmanovich gave Taurasi and Bird the best sides of himself, but they knew there was another. “He wore two hats,” Bird said. Kalmanovich was a Russian spy for 17 years as he became a wealthy business man by exploiting cheap labor in South Africa. He was eventually caught for passing forged checks to the U.S. while in England, then was extradited to America, and sent to Israel, where he was arrested for espionage. He served five years in prison, was released, then re-located back to Russia where he grew as a businessman, including becoming the general manager for the Spartak Moscow basketball team. That’s where Taurasi and Bird starred for four consecutive EuroLeague championships, until one day in 2009, Kalmanovich was murdered in a contract-style hit. Kalmanovich’s pitch to sign Taurasi and Bird was something women’s basketball players can only dream of getting in the U.S. “The only reason you go [to Russia] is for money,” Taurasi said. “That is the only reason you leave your country to go to a different country to play basketball.” That’s exactly what Kalmanovich provided, and then some. While playing for another Russian team, Dynamo Kursk, Bird and Taurasi met with Kalmanovich for the first time in 2006. It was Taurasi’s first season in Russia, and she’d sworn off ever returning after feuding with the head coach. “You don’t know Russia the way I can show you Russia,” Bird recalled Kalmanovich saying. And he was right. Kalmanovich was very well-connected, so much so that during the meeting, he dialed the phone and had an Israeli passport made for Bird as a loophole to a EuroLeague rule that prevented teams from signing more than two American players. (He’d later sign Tina Thompson.) Then, Kalmanovich outlined contracts for Bird and Taurasi who, depending on bonuses, could make between $400,000 and $1 million. For the first time in their lives, this was a life-changing money offer. And it didnt stop there. When the team traveled, Kalmanovich put his players in the best hotels. They recalled a time when a commercial flight was set to leave during the team’s game, and Kalmanovich called to have it moved back so his team could make it. Bird and Taurasi were provided a mini mansion with a pool and sauna to live in. He also left them his credit card to use how they pleased. “Well now I can put up with Russia,” Taurasi said. Adjusting to basketball in America again was hard for Taurasi and Bird The Spartak Moscow team was really, really good. Taurasi and Bird won four EuroLeague titles (the best league in the region), and two Russian premier league titles. They were paid well, kept well, and treated like a men’s athletics star. But that was only for half the year. Then they played four months in the WNBA, where they’d hardly make six figures and travel in crappy conditions. “You get back to the WNBA and you’re lugging your shit around, getting on a terrible American Airlines flight at 4:45 a.m.,” Taurasi said. The league prohibits charter flights, and younger players double-up in hotel rooms. The pay disparity and treatment between men and women basketball players is drastic. This past WNBA season, Taurasi voiced her anger, saying, “We had to go to a communist country to get paid like capitalists, which is so backward to everything that was in the history books in sixth grade.” Moscow may have been freezing and snowing. Taurasi and Bird may not have spoken the language. And Kalmanovich, no matter how friendly and warm he was to them, may have had a secret, dark past, but at least they were making money they could live for a long time on. “I think about what I have in my life now from a financial standpoint, and it’s in large part due to Shabs,” Bird said. “It’s just this one person who took an interest in women’s basketball, but what would my life be without that? I can retire and be fine, and not a lot of people can say that at 38.” This podcast was about more than Bird, Taurasi and Kalmanovich. It’s about how women athletes are treated in America Kalmanovich was murdered outside the Kremlin during the 2009 season. Nobody was ever charged for his murder, though it was concluded that this was a professional hit. It likely happened as a result of a business disagreement. This was his other hat. Bird was rehabbing an injury in America at the time, but Taurasi was there, and attended his funeral. Kalmanovich’s wife met with Taurasi, and admitted she could no longer promise her the lofty salary Shabtai did, and gave her the option to play elsewhere. Taurasi opted to stay and play for free. Bird returned, and the duo won one last championship. “[Kalmanovich] viewed us as performers and entertainers and wanted to share our talents with the world,” Bird said. “He was allowing us to have a career and make money doing it. You’re able to take that home, and have a life.” “He made everything bigger than life,” Taurasi said. “And at the time, women’s basketball needed someone to make it bigger than life.” Those are statements made by American women about an ex-KGB spy. They’re no dummies. Taurasi and Bird were fully aware that Kalmanovich wasn’t the warm, helpful man he presented himself as. Taurasi noted that each team the team flew, there was a guy in a black SUV with a suitcase waiting for him. “We saw one side of Shabtai,” Taurasi said. “We knew there was another side.” But Kalmanovich cared about the women’s game enough to invest in it, provide for it, and as a result, got two of the best players of all time to want to fly halfway across the world and play for his team. They loved playing in Moscow. They welcomed Kalmanovich like a father, and ate meals at his house. This is where they felt most respected. In the current WNBA, players are making threats to not return. Brittney Griner foreshadowed an early retirement because she doesn’t feel the league protects her. Australian star Liz Cambage threatened to sit the season if she wasn’t traded. Taurasi herself, in 2015, skipped the WNBA season because her Russian team, UMMC Ekaterinburg, paid her more to rest. Change might be coming. The league and the players’ union are currently negotiating for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that may improve financial and travel conditions. But that’s a work in progress. Taurasi and Bird’s final statements were striking To conclude the podcast, the host asked Taurasi and Bird one final question: “If [Kalmanovich] were a mafia figure, what would that mean for you as a player?” Bird’s response was reasoned: If you presented me with facts that he was out there murdering people, that would be hard to detach from. It would be hard because he did mean so much to us in all these other ways, and we never saw that ever. Taurasi’s response is crushing: I can only go from how he treated me. I can only go on the basis of how he helped my career. And that’s easy for me to say, right, because he did nothing but help me. Would it be ignorant for me to be like ‘Oh it wouldn’t change my perception at all?’ I don’t know? I don’t know if it would, to tell you the truth. The good person in me say ‘Yeah of course it would.’ I should feel different. I don’t know if I would though. I really don’t.
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Professor who beheaded lover allegedly had violent tryst with another pupil
The Russian professor who beheaded his student-turned-lover and planned to commit suicide dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte had threatened to mutilate another young paramor, according to a report. St. Petersburg State University teacher Oleg Sokolov — a 63-year-old Napolean historian — had a violent tryst with another student, only identified as E.V. Ivanova, before he killed...
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Epic Games’ Battle Breakers launches for PC and mobile
Epic Games has officially launched Battle Breakers today for PC and mobile. Battle Breakers is a tactical role-playing game. The title had a soft launch in select countries back in 2017. Now the free-to-play game is available for everyone. This is the first game Epic has released since launching Fortnite, the battle royale game that […]
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Siri can add items to your Walmart grocery order
Apple users who do their shopping at Walmart might be able to ditch their pen-and-paper grocery lists. Walmart Voice Order is now available in the company's Grocery App for iOS, meaning users can tell Siri to add an item to their cart, building their...
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Shares, bond yields slip on sour trade deal sentiment
Global equity markets and government bond yields fell on Wednesday as sentiment soured that a U.S.-China trade deal can be reached soon and on fears intensifying unrest in Hong Kong may lead to a Chinese crackdown.
A Tiny Thai Restaurant In Remote Greenland Serves Up Spice (And Whale Skin Soup)
When Suriya Paprajong arrived in Greenland in 2001, he didn't even have a coat. These days, his eatery in Qaqortoq, population 3,000, is a local favorite, melding Thai flavors with an Arctic twist.
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Colin Kaepernick Is Getting An NFL Workout. Skeptics Question League's Timing
The private workout, set for Saturday, has raised questions about whether it's a PR stunt or a real opportunity for Kaepernick to return to the NFL, where's he's gone unsigned for nearly three years.
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Kristaps Porzingis realizes Knicks fans are going to boo the hell out of him
Kristaps Porzingis remains unsure exactly what his reception will be Thursday night at the Garden, but he’s certainly gotten a better idea since arriving in New York this week. The former All-Star big man admits he’s gotten a sense on social media not to expect any standing ovations when he returns to his first NBA...
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Quick timeline of Trump-Ukraine events that led to impeachment hearings
The impeachment inquiry centers on claims that President Donald Trump used US tax dollars as bait to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations that could damage former Vice President Joe Biden heading into the 2020 election.
Exiled in Mexico: Bolivia's Morales joins list of famous refugees
Mexico's decades-long history of sheltering political exiles was thrust into the spotlight this week as Bolivia's Evo Morales was granted asylum and flown to the Mexican capital on Tuesday morning in a government plane amid fears his safety was at risk at home.
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18 creative and unexpected gifts for 'Strangers Things' fans
LEGO If you binged the third season of "Stranger Things" in a day, you'll appreciate these 18 ST gifts to hold you over until the next season.  From replica bikes to bottles of New Coke, there's something for every kind of "Stranger Things" fan. Spoiler: there's also a great set of "Stranger Things" LEGOs. Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of our holiday gift guides.  If you recently spent some quality time on the couch binge-watching the latest season of Netflix's hit show "Stranger Things," you're not alone. And if you're already missing the beloved Hawkins gang, you're not alone either.  Thankfully, there's plenty of super-cool merch for the "Stranger Things" superfan in your life (or for yourself — we won't judge) to tide you over until the fourth season. Here are 18 "Stranger Things" gifts for any superfan:Stranger Things LEGO Set LEGO LEGO Upside Down Set, $199.99 LEGO lovers can build their own "Stranger Things" scene with this 2,000+ piece set. The kit includes both the real-world and Upside Down version of the Byers home. Eight mini-figures are included — Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Byers, Hopper, and the Demogorgon as well as a variety of accessories like Lucas' slingshot, Dustin's walkie-talkie, and yes, Eleven's waffle. Demogorgon Pool Float Target BigMouth Inc. Demogorgon Pool Float, $49.99 This pool float is not for the faint of heart. This 6-foot long Demogorgon inflatable is a perfect pool centerpiece for those who aren't scared of what lives in the Upside Down.  Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set Target "Stranger Things" Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set, $14.99 There has been a big uptick in interest in Dungeons and Dragons thanks to the kids in "Stranger Things" being such huge fans of the classic role-playing game. This set is an ideal way to start your own epic adventure. And yes, a Demogorgon is included. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:24 fun gifts for devoted Marvel fans46 cool stocking stuffers you can get on Amazon for under $2030 tech gifts for teens that fit all budgets and interests
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THEN AND NOW: What today's top tech CEOs were doing in 2010
As the decade comes to a close, it's worth looking at how far the biggest names in tech have come. Some of today's tech leaders, like Apple's Tim Cook, were not yet CEOs of the companies they now lead. Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had just been named TIME's person of the year. See what 13 of the biggest figures in tech were doing 10 years ago. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Technology has come a long way in 10 years. And so have the people leading the industry today. As the decade of the 2010s comes to a close, it's worth looking taking a look back at some of the biggest CEOs in tech today to see how far they've come in 10 years.  Some CEOs, like Apple's Tim Cook, had not yet ascended to the tops of their companies yet. Cook was Apple's chief operating officer 10 years ago under the late Steve Jobs. Meanwhile, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was likely enjoying a warmer public perception in 2010 — even if he was busy challenging his depiction in "The Social Network," which was released in theaters that year. Read on to see what 13 of the biggest names in tech were doing 10 years ago, and where they are now. In 2010, relative unknown Tim Cook was serving as Apple's COO. MASON TRINCA / Reuters In May 2010, then-Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook gave the commencement speech at his alma mater, Auburn University. In it, he described joining Apple as "without a doubt the best decision I ever made." In a write-up on the speech, Fast Company described Cook as "an unknown." He wouldn't be named CEO of Apple until a year later, just before the death of Steve Jobs in October 2011. Under Cook's leadership, Apple has solidified its position as one of the most powerful — and valuable — companies in the world. Getty In 2011, Apple was No. 35 on the Fortune 500 list. Under Cook's leadership, it's now in the top five. The company is worth more than $1 trillion, and Cook's net worth is estimated to total more than $600 million. In 2010, Susan Wojcicki was named Google's senior vice president of advertising and commerce. AP Photo/Reed Saxon Wojcicki, YouTube's 16th employee, made a name for herself in 2006 when she advocated for the $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube. Wojcicki discovered the appeal of user-generated video content while working on Google's own video-sharing platform, Google Video. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Inside Notion's 'secret' San Francisco office, where the startup hides from VCs that were literally knocking at the door and employees take their shoes off before enteringTikTok is reportedly trying to poach advertisers from Facebook as the rivalry between the companies heats upThere are 8 key reasons you should buy the $600 OnePlus 7T over Google's more expensive Pixel 4SEE ALSO: I live in the San Francisco Bay Area on just $50,000 a year — here's how I do it DON'T MISS: Eerie photos of an abandoned airport that hasn't been touched in 25 years
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YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge As of Tuesday afternoon, YouTube is requiring creators to label any videos of theirs that may appeal to children. If they say a video is directed at kids, data collection will be blocked for all viewers, resulting in lower ad revenue and the loss of some of the platform’s most popular features, including comments and end screens. It’s a major change in how YouTube works, and has left some creators clueless as to whether they’re subject to the new rules. Reached by The Verge, Google confirmed that this new system was the result of a landmark $170 million settlement YouTube reached with the Federal Trade Commission in September for allegedly violating children’s privacy. It’s the largest fine ever collected under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which forbids collecting data from children under the age of 13 without explicit consent from their parents. In this case, the ruling means YouTube can’t employ its powerful ad-targeting system on anyone who might be under the age of 13 — a dire problem for a platform with so many young users. “It’s hard to know if we’re in violation or not” The new system is already sending creators reeling over what exactly is considered kids’ content and what could happen if they unintentionally mislabel videos. Some of YouTube’s most popular categories falls into a gray area for the policy, including gaming videos, family vlogging, and toy reviews. “Creators are being held directly responsible by the FTC,“ Dan Eardley, who reviews collectible toys on his channel Pixel Dan, told The Verge on Wednesday. “So if the FTC decides that [we] are indeed targeting children, we’ll be fined. That is frightening.” “It’s especially scary because the verbiage of ‘kid directed’ vs ‘kid attractive’ isn’t very clear,” he continued. “It’s hard to know if we’re in violation or not.” Children’s advocacy groups like Common Sense feel that the rules don’t go far enough, and that placing most of the burden on creators rather than YouTube itself won’t do enough to protect kids online. However, the rules are “entirely consistent with what YouTube is required to do under this settlement order,” Ariel Johnson, Common Sense’s senior counsel of policy and privacy told The Verge. “I felt that the settlement order fell short for kids and families and all the protections that they need.” In theory, YouTube has always been subject to COPPA, but those restrictions have taken on new urgency in the wake of the recent settlement with the FTC. Under the terms of the settlement, YouTube is required to “develop, implement, and maintain a system for Channel Owners to designate whether their Content on the YouTube Service is directed to Children.” Under the system that YouTube rolled out on Tuesday, creators who strictly make children’s content can also have their entire channel designated as directed at children. Once a video is labeled as kids’ content, all personalized ads will be shut off, replaced with “contextualized” advertising based on the video itself. “We’re unable to confirm whether or not your content is Made for Kids. That decision is up to you” Within YouTube, it’s clear that child-directed videos will have fewer advantages on the platform. The most obvious is the removal of targeted ads, but a number of other YouTube features are also impossible without personalized data. In particular, child-directed videos will no longer include a comments section, click-through info cards, end screens, notification functions, and the community tab, all powerful tools for driving viewers back to a channel. The consequences for not labeling a video as “child-directed” could be even more severe. In its September order, the FTC made it clear that it could sue individual channel owners who abuse this new labeling system. Crucially, those lawsuits will fall entirely on channel owners, rather than on YouTube itself. Under the settlement, YouTube’s responsibility is simply to maintain the system and provide ongoing data updates. In a video explaining the changes to creators, YouTube explicitly declined to tell channel owners when to label a video. “Ultimately, we can’t provide legal advice,” it said. “We’re unable to confirm whether or not your content is Made for Kids. That decision is up to you taking into consideration these factors.” YouTube goes on to ask creators to consult with a lawyer if they need help determining whether their content appeals to younger audiences. If the FTC does take action against channel owners, it’s likely to be both selective and heavy-handed. The FTC is a small agency and doesn’t employ nearly enough staffers to tackle every COPPA failure that gets uploaded to YouTube. (Chairman Joe Simons has repeatedly called for more money to address the staff shortage.) With so much content uploaded to YouTube every day, the FTC is likely to focus on high-profile cases against popular channels. Under COPPA, the FTC is entitled to seek $42,000 for each mislabeled video, which means monetary damages could quickly grow to a staggering scale. In its video yesterday, YouTube also pledged to use machine learning and flagging algorithms to locate child-directed videos that may have been mislabeled. As with other moderation systems, creators will be able to appeal those decisions, and it’s too early to tell if these new algorithms will even be effective. If they aren’t, YouTube could stop using them entirely and face no threat from the FTC for doing so, leaving creators solely accountable and open to potentially life-altering fines from the government. “It would certainly be more helpful for protecting children and being something that the FTC could enforce and something that families could rely upon as trustworthy if YouTube was taking a bigger role and helping to identify content” and was more transparent about the consequences and rules with creators, Johnson said.
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California sued again for requiring women on company boards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge. The law requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their boards by year’s end. By 2021, boards with five members must have two women, while those with...
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Trump impeachment hearings focus on Ukraine pressure campaign in first day
The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, on Wednesday linked the president more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically.
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The top destinations Americans want to visit on a road trip
Ever felt the sudden urge to get in your car and just drive? You’re not alone – as 64 percent of Americans agree they want to hop in the car with their friends and take a spontaneous road trip, according to new research. The survey asked 2,000 Americans which regions of the United States they...
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S&P wobbles on fresh trade uncertainty; Disney lifts Dow
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock indexes slipped on Wednesday on fresh uncertainty over U.S.-China trade relations, while a jump in Walt Disney shares boosted the Dow.
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Disney and Colourpop are releasing a 'Frozen 2' makeup line for those who want to channel Anna and Elsa
Colourpop Disney and Colourpop have teamed up to create a "Frozen 2" makeup line inspired by the film's leading characters, Anna and Elsa. The line is comprised of lip gloss, lipstick, eye shadow, and glitter, with products ranging in price between $8 and $70. Fans can purchase items in the makeup line individually, or buy sets filled with multiple products. The collection launches online at 10 a.m. PT on November 15. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Since 2018, Disney and Colourpop have joined forces to create numerous makeup lines. Now, just in time for the release of "Frozen 2," the two brands have come together once again to create a line inspired by the film's leading characters, Anna and Elsa.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:Jaclyn Hill is teasing the launch of a new beauty product following her disastrous lipstick lineWe asked Insider employees for their all-time favourite beauty products, and the same ones came up time and time again10 celebrities who turned their love of makeup into successful businesses
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George Kent's full opening remarks at impeachment hearing
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testifies in the first public hearing of the House impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
Deval Patrick Tells Democrats He Will Run in 2020 Presidential Race
Mr. Patrick, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts, called several leading Democrats and allies to say that he would announce a 2020 presidential bid later this week.
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Apple Music Replay highlights your favorite tunes of the year
Apple Music has been around for long enough that you can start reminiscing about years past, and Apple is banking on that nostalgia for its latest addition. It's debuting an Apple Music Replay feature that highlights your favorite tunes not just fro...
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Don't Panic About the 'Black Death Plague'
You may have seen alarming headlines today warning of the “Black Death plague” that’s believed to have infected two people in China. But while there are real reasons for public health officials and residents in that area of the world to be concerned, there’s no reason to fear a deadly pandemic.Read more...
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Top Your Turkey With Fried Sage Leaves for Texture and Flavor
Details are often what make a meal feel special. Little extras, like nice napkins, a crackling sugar crust on your pumpkin pie, or your own personal head of roasted garlic can help the annual meal standout in years to come. Crispy, flash-fried sage leaves can do the same.Read more...
9 ways people ruined nature in 2019
Gina Ferazzi/ Getty In 2019, there have been some shocking stories of people ruining nature.  This year, landscapes like Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland and Joshua Tree in California have been badly damaged or defaced. Wildlife has also been hurt in 2019. One off-duty police officer reportedly killed a wombat in Australia by hitting it in the head with rocks.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Every year, headlines are filled with stories of people harming the environment around them, and this year was no different.  In 2019, people damaged landscapes in Iceland and national parks in California. They also put wildlife in danger, some even killing whales in the Philippines and wombats in Australia. These are some of the most shocking, heartbreaking incidents of people ruining nature this year.Two people scratched their names into a rhino's back at a French zoo. XAVIER LEOTY/AFP/Getty Images La Palmyre Zoo in western France announced in August that two people scratched their names in the layer of  "dust and dead skin on the back of the rhinoceros" after reaching into the animal's pen. The zoo posted a picture of the animal, who bore the names "Camille" and "Julien" on its back.  The zoo said it was "outraged by the stupidity and disrespect" and went on to say, "Although the vast majority of our visitors show reservations and responsibility, unfortunately, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule." The names were taken off the rhino's back with a brush, and the animal did not appear to be injured.  Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland is slowly being destroyed after being featured in "Game of Thrones." Blue Planet Studio/ Shutterstock In 2019, "Game of Thrones" aired its final episode, and Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland was prominently featured. Justin Bieber even set one of his music videos in the picturesque canyons. These cameos have made this natural wonder a popular travel destination for tourists, and the influx of travelers to the site has badly damaged it, prompting a visitor ban. Even though the ban is meant to deter people from visiting the landscape, people have continued to sneak in overnight, according to the AP, creating further environmental damage to the region.  People etched an eye into the sandstone at the Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Capitol Reef National Park/ Facebook In June, workers at the Capitol Reef National Park in Utah found an eye scratched into the rocks in an area known as the Temple of the Moon. The park said the 2-foot-wide, 17-inch-tall etching is so deep into the rock that it cannot be removed.  "It's just disturbing that people feel like they need to leave a mark on the landscape," Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Sue Fritzke told The Salt Lake Tribune. "It really bothers me." In the US, it's a federal crime to deface anything in a national park. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:50 of the most beautiful photos taken in 2019Tourist attractions that became obsolete in 2019I traveled to downtown Waco, Texas, a 'Fixer Upper' fairytale land bursting with rustic charm and tourists shopping for home goods
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Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer wants confession thrown out, claims he wasn't read rights
New, gruesome details emerged in court during a pre-trial hearing in the case of murdered 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts.
After Republican attacks, Ilhan Omar has been proven right: Stephen Miller is a white nationalist
Leaked emails show the Trump aide promoting white nationalist websites and touting Calvin Coolidge’s segregation-era policiesWhen the congresswoman Ilhan Omar called Donald Trump’s top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, a white nationalist in April, the chorus of outrage from Republicans could not have been louder.Donald Trump Jr tweeted: “I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a ‘white nationalist’ because she apparently has no shame.” Continue reading...
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Rep. Andy Biggs: Trump impeachment hearings prove that 'whistleblower' must appear and testify
The latest attempt to remove President Trump from office by Democrats rests upon the anonymous complaint of an unidentified government employee.
'You're their star witness': Quotes from the Trump impeachment hearing
Below are quotations from the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing on Wednesday into allegations about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
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Aamir Griffin shooting: NYPD offers reward for help in finding who killed Queens teenager
Police are now offering a $10,000 reward for help bringing innocent teen Aamir Griffin’s killers to justice. The 14-year-old, known as “Buddy,” was shot and killed by a stray bullet  while shooting hoops on a basketball court at Baisley Park Houses in South Jamaica shortly after 8 p.m on October 26. His death sent a...
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How to activate an Apple Watch and set it up for use, with your iPhone nearby
ChinaFotoPress/Getty You'll need to activate an Apple Watch if it's your first time using it.  To activate an Apple Watch, bring it near your iPhone — which needs to be connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — and follow the instructions on your iPhone.  If you have an Apple Watch model with cellular capabilities, you can also set up cellular when you activate your watch.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Activating an Apple Watch is very straightforward, whether it's a Wi-Fi-only watch or a model that includes cellular connectivity.  Before you begin, you should ensure that your iPhone is nearby, Bluetooth is enabled, and that the phone is connected to a local Wi-Fi network (and has a working cellular plan). See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:How to text a GIF on your iPhone using the built-in GIF keyboard in Messages or a third-party appHow to turn off AirDrop on your iPhone in 2 ways, to prevent anyone from sending you unwanted filesHow to save an entire text conversation on your iPhoneSEE ALSO: The best smartwatches you can buy
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Greta Thunberg sailing back to Europe
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is beginning a three-week sailboat trip from the U.S back across the Atlantic to attend a U.N. climate summit in Madrid. CBSN has details.
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Microsoft releases ARM beta version of Edge Chromium for Surface Pro X
Microsoft is allowing Surface Pro X owners to get access to early native ARM copies of its Edge Chromium browser today. The software giant is making the ARM version of Edge available in the daily Canary channel, and it will mean that devices like the Surface Pro X will gain access to a more capable and more performant browser. Microsoft released the Surface Pro X earlier this month with the older Edge browser preinstalled, but owners have so far had to use an x86 copy of Chrome or Edge Chromium in emulation mode. This hits battery life and performance on ARM-powered devices significantly. The Verge has been testing early Canary versions of the ARM64 Edge Chromium release, and it’s far better for performance and battery life than using Chrome in emulation. We’ve seen big improvements in switching tabs, rendering web content, and scrolling speeds. While the speed improvements are obvious, this is an early copy of Edge Chromium for ARM and tabs do occasionally crash. Still, it’s worth trying out if you own a Surface Pro X. While the ARM64 version enters into the Canary channel today, Microsoft revealed last week at Ignite that a final version of Edge Chromium won’t launch on ARM in time for the January 15th release. Microsoft will make Edge Chromium available on Windows and macOS in January, with an ARM64 release to follow. You can download the ARM64 Edge Canary version over at Microsoft’s Edge Insider site.
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​Taylor says he'd never before seen aid withheld for personal political gain
Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman asked top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor if he had ever seen another example of withholding aid conditioned on the "personal or political interests of the president of the United States." "No, Mr. Goldman, I have not," he said.
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Nikki Haley frustrated by Democrats' impeachment inquiry: 'Let the people decide' in 2020
House Democrats should let the American people decide what they think about the impeachment inquiry during the 2020 election, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday.
Netflix renews ‘The Witcher’ more than a month before it debuts
The Witcher hasn't even arrived on Netflix, and it's already being renewed. Netflix shared the news on Twitter today, and Deadline reports that production of the eight-episode second season will begin in early 2020. The second season could debut in 2...
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Bolivia's new leader seeks quick election, Morales says he could return
Bolivia's new interim president pledged on Wednesday to hold new elections as soon as possible and denied a coup had taken place, while from Mexico former leader Evo Morales hinted he could return to the South American nation.
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Air pollution in Afghanistan’s capital may be deadlier than war
KABUL, Afghanistan — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn’t escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the camp for displaced...
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US budget deficit jumps above $1 trillion for the first time in more than 6 years
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin The gap between federal expenditures and receipts grew 34% from a year earlier to $134 billion in October. Lawmakers typically have more tools to reduce the national debt when the economy is in a solid place. But recent legislation, including sweeping tax cuts that took effect last year, has continued to take it the opposite direction. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US budget deficit continued to swell at the start of the fiscal year, as government spending outpaced revenue despite solid economic growth. The gap between federal expenditures and receipts grew 34% from a year earlier to $134 billion in October, the Treasury Department said in its monthly budget statement Wednesday. That brought the 12-month deficit above $1 trillion for the first time in more than six years. 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:These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the worldChaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in commonRay Dalio thinks the dynamics of sound finance have vanished. Here are 3 reasons he sees an unsustainable future for a world that's 'gone mad.'SEE ALSO: Fed chief signals central bank will defy White House demands for further rate cuts
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Trump's interim homeland security pick clears Senate hurdle
The Trump administration's choice to run the Department of Homeland Security on an interim basis passed a hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.
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A gun known as the 'cop-killer' used in killing of Ohio detective during drug raid, officials said
Detective Jorge DelRio was working as part of a DEA task force when he was shot in the face after entering a home. He died days later.       
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Costco says a $75 coupon going viral on Facebook is fake
A $75 coupon for Costco that was circulated on Facebook is not authentic, the company confirmed on Facebook. A similar hoax circulated on Facebook last year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Don't get too excited, Costco fans. A $75 coupon that has been circulating on Facebook is not authentic, the company confirmed in a Facebook post on Tuesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:Nike, Under Armour, McDonald's, and Gap have all announced CEO departures. Here's the next generation of CEOs tasked with saving the retail industry.Alibaba's Singles Day beat Amazon's estimated Prime Day sales within an hour and crushed analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combinedA popular liquid-filled toy is bursting in Target and Walmart stores after the toy company produced a batch with a quality issueSEE ALSO: Here's what Costco looked like when it first opened in 1983
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Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for slow response to England floods
PM tells South Yorkshire residents that government has been ‘on it round the clock’Boris Johnson declined to apologise over his government’s slow response to the flooding across parts of the north of England, insisting that a “huge amount of work” was going on to help and compensate victims.The prime minister faced difficult questions over whether enough has been spent on flood defences in deluged regions of Yorkshire, the east Midlands and Lincolnshire, after giving a speech on how he would give billions of pounds to research and development. Continue reading...
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