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Journalist Digs Into Years Of Corruption, Dysfunction At Border Protection Agency

Trump said he would hire 5,000 new border patrol agents, but has fallen short of that promise. Garrett Graff discusses the leadership vacuum that's plagued the agency and worsened the border crisis.
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Bloomberg expressed regret for ‘stop-and-frisk’ years ago, ex-gov says
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s public apology for “stop-and-frisk” wasn’t the first time he’s flip-flopped on the controversial crime-fighting program, The Post has learned. Former Gov. David Paterson told The Post Monday that Bloomberg — who’s weighing a Democratic bid for the White House — privately expressed regret to him over stop-and-frisk during a pair of...
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How to adjust the brightness on your iPad or enable auto-brightness
Indypendenz/Shutterstock You can adjust the brightness on your iPad through its Control Center or Settings app. In Settings, you have the option to manually adjust the brightness level or to enable auto-brightness. Auto-brightness will automatically adjust your screen brightness to fit your surroundings. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can easily adjust the brightness of your iPad screen — manually or automatically. To better see your messages, photos, and other apps, you can manually adjust the brightness level at any time in the Control Center.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to change the Notes settings on your iPhone to customize how notes are started, saved, and displayed'Can you get Microsoft Word on an iPad?': Yes, you can — here's how to download and set it upHow to use private browsing on your iPhone, and turn it off when you're done browsingSEE ALSO: The best iPads you can buy
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A professor specializing in drug crime used his knowledge to launder $2.5 million of dirty Venezuelan money, federal prosecutors claim
Lance King/Getty Images Professor Bruce Bagley wrote a textbook on drug trafficking and organized crime. Now federal prosecutors claim he used his knowledge to launder $2.5 million of dirty Venezuelan cash, according to a Bloomberg report. The professor accepted bank transfers from accounts based in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, prosecutors claim. They say he then sent 90% of the funds to an account held by an unknown person and pocketed the remaining 10%. Bagley is listed as an international studies professor at the University of Miami. His textbook, titled "Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today," was published by University Press of Florida in June 2015. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley wrote a textbook on drug trafficking and organized crime. He's now accused of laundering $2.5 million by federal prosecutors, according to a Bloomberg report. The international studies professor was charged with laundering funds sourced from Venezuelan corruption and bribery between November 2017 and October 2018. Prosecutors allege Bagley opened bank accounts through a company he owned and accepted payments from accounts based in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, both held by an unknown Colombian.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:34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancerA Stanford design professor says switching out 'but' and 'have to' from your vocabulary will help you make better decisionsThis is how the world's 5 youngest billionaires spend their time and money
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Coop's tribute to Randotti Skulls, from the golden age of Haunted Mansion merchandise
From the 1950s until the 1980s, Randy and Dotti Smith supplied a line of fantastic cast sculptures sold in Disney theme-park gift shops, especially a line of skulls sold in shops associated with the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides; these Randotti skulls haven't been sold in decades, you can still find used ones (at high prices) online, as Boing Boing pal and fabulous illustrator Coop discovered when he sourced an impressive collection of Randotti sculpts.
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This playlist of the worst songs to have sex to is delightfully cursed
On Monday, a sex playlist went viral on Twitter: But it's not just any Spotify-curated sex playlist, like Silk Sheets or Sexy as Folk. This playlist is called the "worst songs to have sex to," and its name is pretty apt. Highlights include: "Peanut Butter Jelly Time," "Everything is AWESOME!!!," and the Law & Order theme song. :/ pic.twitter.com/An2BtZcRxt — Bev Johnson (@beverlylove) November 18, 2019 While the playlist appears to have been created in 2018 — two days after Valentine's Day at that — new songs have been sporadically added. It's now amassed to being 6 hours and 9 minutes long...nice. Read more...More about Spotify, Playlists, Culture, Music, and Sex Relationships
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Leading U.S. transgender rights group sees mass employee exodus
A majority of employees have left the nonprofit National Center for Transgender Equality amid a failed attempt to oust its leader.
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Trump just upended 40 years of US policy toward Israel and may have shattered any hope of peace in the Middle East
Drew Angerer/Getty Images Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced the US will break from decades of policy and will no longer view Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as "inconsistent with international law." This marks a stark departure from the policies of previous administrations and a 1978 State Department legal opinion issued under the administration of former President Jimmy Carter. Israeli settlements are among the most heated topics in foreign affairs and this move could derail any hope of peace and a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.  Palestinian leaders decried the announcement as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Trump ally who is fighting for his political survival, expressed gratitude. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Trump administration on Monday announced a major shift in US policy toward Israel that could make it virtually impossible to advance peace efforts in the Middle East.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will no longer view Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as "inconsistent with international law."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, wins second term as Louisiana governor in a major rebuke to TrumpTrump made an unscheduled trip to a hospital for what the White House says was part of his annual physical'Sondland told Trump that Zelensky 'loves your ass'': Official who overheard a call between Trump and a US ambassador testifies Trump asked about Ukraine investigationsSEE ALSO: 30 countries where much (or most!) of the population lives in one city, like Israel, Japan, and Greece
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Italy Complete Perfect Euro 2020 Qualifying with Massive 9-1 Win over Armenia
Italy completed their perfect UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying run on Monday, beating Armenia 9-1. Ciro Immobile and Nicolo Zaniolo both scored braces, while Nicolo Barella, Alessio ...
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Meme theft has become the norm. This high schooler is trying to change that with 'credit flexes' from Elon Musk and Lil Nas X.
Reuters/Mike Blake, Screenshot Instagram/@trigomemetry Instagram meme pages are a fixture of internet humor, and many are run by teenagers for profit. Recently, the massive meme page belonging to "F--- Jerry," a social media company that promoted the Fyre Festival, faced scrutiny and lost hundreds of thousands of followers for reposting and profiting off of other people's work, sometimes without crediting them. Even before the #F---F---Jerry controversy, one meme page run by a high school senior in Virginia has been reshaping meme page discourse in his own way through the "credit flex."  Chas Steinbrugge, 18, runs "trigoMEMEtry," and his followers love that he asks for permission before reposting funny tweets. The slides showing his interactions with everyone from Lil Nas X to Elon Musk are part of what propelled his page to more than 140,000 followers.  Steinbrugge has also created a meme citations generator, which uses the MLA format to help other meme pages credit the people whose memes they repost.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the lawless chaos of the Instagram meme economy, one teenager has turned a good-faith effort to credit the people whose tweets he reposts into a meme in itself — the "credit flex." Chas Steinbrugge, an 18-year-old high school senior from Virginia, started "trigoMEMEtry" in February 2017. He "spent quite a while" looking at memes already, and even made some of his own, so he decided to try growing his own page. At more than 144,000 followers, and having advertised for TikTok, Steinbrugge has successfully carved out a space for himself in a crowded social media genre.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:YouTuber Tana Mongeau is being called out for what appears to be one of her most extreme photo editing transformations yetEvery song that hit No. 1 on the chart in 2019, so farStudent journalists at Northwestern set off an online uproar after they apologized for basic reporting practices
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Sterling Shepard takes big step with Giants return uncertain
The bye week apparently has helped the Giants begin to get healthier, but it remains uncertain how that will translate to Sunday’s game against the Bears. Sterling Shepard returned to practice after missing the past five games, as did Janoris Jenkins, as both players appear closer to returning from concussion protocol. “They’re still going through...
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William Barr Doesn’t Just Believe in Unchecked Presidential Power—He Depends on It
Even as he denounces impeachment in principle, William Barr is deeply, practically implicated in the investigation.
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Hong Kong university becomes center of tense standoff between police, protesters
Police and protesters in a tense standoff at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University
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The best Black Friday TV deals of 2019
TV deals typically top the list of what shoppers are looking for on Black Friday. And if you’re in need of a new one, you won’t be disappointed with the savings you can score this year. Retailers are rolling back prices on a wide range of TV brands and sizes, so you can surely find...
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10 must-have deals from Anthropologie's incredible sale
Anthropologie is offering 30% off select furniture items from their fabulous home selection for a limited time.       
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Horace Goes Copyright Striking
The collapse of Atari SA exposed a vast trove of obscure game brands that it left to rot. For the new owners of old characters, the law—and YouTube—offer powerful tools to dispose of unwanted fandom.
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Microsoft’s killing the Cortana app in most markets next year
The latest blow to the world’s greatest Halo shout-out, Microsoft revealed via support pages that it’ll soon be shutting down the Cortana app — not for everyone, but certainly for some of its biggest markets. The change was quietly revealed in a Cortana support article on Microsoft‘s site. Microsoft said it’s “integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps” and therefore discontinuing the app itself. Starting January 31, you’ll no longer be able to download the Cortana app. According to Microsoft, the app will be pulled from the Google Play and App Stores in UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India at… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Cortana,Microsoft
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Texas high school football player fatally shot as he played video games
A 16-year-old Texas high school football player was shot and killed as he played video games at a house party, according to a report. Marquel Ellis Jr., a sophomore at Allen High School, was struck by gunfire around 10 p.m. Saturday at a Plano home after a group of people were kicked out, the Fort...
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How to change the Notes settings on your iPhone to customize how notes are started, saved, and displayed
Denys Prykhodov/Shutterstock You can change your Notes settings on your iPhone using the Settings app. Changes to your Notes settings include how notes display and how lists sort in the app. You can also enable saving notes to your iPhone and accessing notes from your lock screen. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Notes app on your iPhone is a great way to stay organized. You can also share notes with friends or sync across multiple devices using iCloud.  Regardless of how, or how often, you use Notes, you may want to adjust your Settings to personalize the app. These adjustments are all found in the Settings app on your iPhone.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:'Does Venmo accept prepaid cards?': How to add a prepaid card to Venmo and use it to send moneyHow to use private browsing on your iPhone, and turn it off when you're done browsingHow to share reminders on an iPhone with iOS 13, and collaborate on lists with others in the Reminders appSEE ALSO: The best iPhone for every type of person and budget
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Fact checking Trump's latest 'Never Trumper' attack
Since the House impeachment inquiry started, the President has labeled several people who initially testified behind closed doors, and are now scheduled witnesses in the public hearings, as "Never Trumpers." Here's a break-down of each individual's role within the impeachment inquiry and the facts refuting Trump's accusation that they are a "Never Trumper."
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Jon Gosselin slams ex Kate Gosselin: ‘Her belief system is skewed’
There's no love lost between Jon Gosselin and ex-wife Kate Gosselin.
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Trump administration knew in May Zelensky felt pressured to investigate Bidens
US administration officials knew as early as May 2019 that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky felt pressure from President Donald Trump's allies to conduct investigations that were politically useful to the American president.
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Watch the disastrous interview Prince Andrew gave about his connection to Epstein and see why the British media is calling it 'car-crash' TV
Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Prince Andrew gave a high-profile interview to BBC presenter Emily Maitlis, speaking publicly for the first time about his association with late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The interview aired on Saturday. The Duke of York also answered Maitlis' questions about the sexual abuse allegations he is facing by one of Epstein's alleged sex-trafficking victims. Viewers, the media, and PR experts alike dubbed the interview a "car-crash," with many in agreement that his comments and perceived lack of empathy for Epstein's victims were offputting and made the prince look even worse. A representative for Prince Andrew did not immediately reply to Business Insider's request for comment. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Andrew's attempts to stem the slew of negative press he's received over his association with late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has turned into a "PR disaster." In a nearly hourlong Newsnight special interview with BBC presenter Emily Maitlis that aired Saturday, the Duke of York spoke publicly and answered questions for the first time about his friendship with Epstein and the sexual abuse allegations made against the royal himself. Most notably, Prince Andrew said that he has "no recollection" of having met Virginia Giuffre, an American woman who alleges that she was subjected to abuse by Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was underage.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:Calling all personal assistants: Tell us what it is really like to manage the lives of the rich and powerfulUnder Armour is making headlines again over its accounting practices. Here's how the company's billionaire founder, Kevin Plank, makes and spends his money.The new CEO of Trivago says travelers want the coziness of an Airbnb but the predictability of a hotel, and it's creating a new type of companySEE ALSO: Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson called him a 'true and real gentleman' following his BBC interview NOW READ: Prince Andrew told the Queen his car-crash BBC interview about Jeffrey Epstein was a 'great success' and will end criticism of him, reports say
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Study: Can Medical Cannabis Laws Improve Health And Reduce Alcohol Use?
The call for legal cannabis might increase even more following a study showing the benefits of medical marijuana.
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5 Ways to Dominate Social Media Marketing in 2020
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Las Vegas shooting victim Kim Gervais dies from injuries two years later
A California woman who was shot in the Las Vegas concert massacre died two years after gunfire left her paralyzed, according to a report. Kim Gervais succumbed Friday to her injuries from the mass murder at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in October 2017, making her the 59th victim of the deadliest mass...
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The head of the Army awarded two West Point cadets who were in the right place at the right time to save a man's life
US Army/Tarnish Pride Two West Point cadets happened to be in the same part of campus at just the right time to come to the aid of a collapsed man. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy presented both cadets with the Army Commendation Medal on November 8 ceremony. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A West Point senior and freshman converged unexpectedly at a spot on campus at just the right time for a man clinging to life. And what they did next brought them the recent attention, and commendation, from Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy. On October 19, Cadet Zachary Aloma was leaving his garrison commander's office and decided to take a historic trail he'd never walked in his three years at the US Military Academy.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: INSIDE WEST POINT: What it’s really like for new Army cadets on their first daySee Also:Austria's army says a soldier was mauled to death by service dogs he was supposed to be feedingOne of the Air Force's most legendary fighter squadrons is back in the Middle EastUS F-35 fighter jets are all still 'below service expectations' for all the services that have themSEE ALSO: Meet the identical twin brothers and Army master sergeants who have deployed together 3 times
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Yemen's Houthi rebels hijack towboat with apparent Saudi link
Boat pulling oil rig said to be South Korean, but tracking site says home port is JeddahYemen’s Houthi rebels have hijacked a boat towing a South Korean drilling rig, a Riyadh-led coalition said on Monday, with a global shipping tracker calling it a Saudi-flagged vessel.Sunday’s incident in the Red Sea follows a lull in Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia as one Riyadh official said the kingdom had established an “open channel” with the Iran-backed rebels. Continue reading...
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‘Stolen’ Banksy statue could get $1.3M at Sotheby’s auction
A Banksy statue is up for auction and expected to sell for over $1 million — but the identity of its rightful owner is in question. The anonymous artist’s “The Drinker,” a riff on Auguste Rodin’s 19th-century “The Thinker” statue, was first installed in a small square off London’s Shaftesbury Avenue in March 2004 without...
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Trump administration's dangerous plan to make it easier to export assault weapons
Jeff Abramson writes that the Trump administration's decision to move forward with a plan that would allow the export of assault weapons -- like the ones likely used to murder members of a Mormon family in Mexico -- to be less regulated by Congress goes against the will of the American people.
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Man charged with theft for removing police GPS tracker from his car
Cops tracked the man's car because they suspected he was dealing meth.
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Elise Stefanik's impeachment performance earned Trump's praise but gave her 2020 opponent an effective fundraising tool
Alex Wong/Reuters Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York became a GOP celebrity virtually overnight after emerging as a staunch defender of President Donald Trump in Friday's impeachment inquiry. Trump praised Stefanik on Twitter, referring to her as a "new Republican Star." Meanwhile, Stefanik's 2020 Democratic opponent, Tedra Cobb, raised $1 million since Friday's hearing. The results of Stefanik's impeachment performance show that going all-in for Trump can be a double-edged sword for lawmakers seeking reelection.  Here's who's scheduled to testify in this week's impeachment-inquiry hearings. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York earned high praise from President Donald Trump after going to bat for him in Friday's impeachment inquiry with former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.  But Stefanik also seems to have inadvertently offered a fundraising boost to her 2020 Democratic opponent, which shows that going all-in for Trump can be a double-edged sword for lawmakers seeking reelection. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:23 photos show the key moments of Trump's impeachment so farAlexander Vindman, Kurt Volker, Tim Morrison, and Jennifer Williams are testifying in Tuesday's impeachment hearings. Here's how to watch.The GOP's defenses in the Trump impeachment inquiry are about to blow up in spectacular fashion this weekSEE ALSO: The GOP's defenses in the Trump impeachment inquiry are about to blow up in spectacular fashion this week
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Messi scores last-minute Argentina equaliser against Uruguay
Lionel Messi scores an injury-time penalty as Argentina rescue a draw in their friendly with South American rivals Uruguay.
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How to watch Wednesday's Democratic debate
Ten candidates will appear onstage in Georgia at the November debate
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'Can you get Microsoft Word on an iPad?': Yes, you can — here's how to download and set it up
Shutterstock You can get the Microsoft Word app on your iPad through the App Store. Once you sign into your Microsoft Office account on an iPad, you will be able to create documents, view recent files, and share projects from the device. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft Word allows you to write, edit, and save documents — whether it's a shared assignment, a presentation for work, or a personal project. Although it's most commonly used on a PC or Mac computer, you can also download the app to access files on your iPad. The Word app is extremely similar to the desktop version, and allows you to create a blank document or start from a template. Additionally, you can quickly view a list of your recent files or shared projects. After downloading the app from the App Store, you'll be prompted to sign into your Microsoft Office account, or create an account if you don't have one already.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to change your primary email address on PayPal, or add and confirm a new email to use as your primaryHow to delete your PayPal account on your Mac or PCHow to delete your eBay account and the data associated with itSEE ALSO: The best iPads you can buy
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The Modern Warfare reboot is alright, but it’s no Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
A tiny speck of light reflects off the enemy’s scope and flashes in my peripheral. I’ve got a few milliseconds to react before a projectile rips through my on-screen avatar’s head. Exposed and unable to find cover, I try unsuccessfully to distract the sniper with hip-fire. I make a mental note of the marksman’s position and decide to switch to a different class when I respawn. I’m not going to shoot the enemy soldier, that wouldn’t be satisfying enough. I’m going to eat them. I’m going to burrow under the ground, explode from the dirt like a muddy phoenix, and… This story continues at The Next Web
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Donny and Marie Osmond perform final Las Vegas residency show through tears
"We had no idea it would be 11 years."
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Lionel Messi's Late Penalty Earns Argentina a Draw vs. Luis Suarez, Uruguay
Argentina and Lionel Messi drew 2-2 with Uruguay and Luis Suarez on Monday in an international friendly in Tel Aviv, Israel...
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Cameran Eubanks didn’t mean to become a professional reality star
Lights, Cameran, action!
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Did Disney+ get hacked?
Customer services still haven't caught up to demand for Disney+, which is struggling with big backlogs.       
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Liuba Grechen Shirley won’t run for Peter King’s seat, cites pregnancy
Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley — who gave longtime Long Island Rep. Peter King a run for his money in the 2018 elections — announced on Monday she won’t be running for his soon-to-be vacated congressional seat, citing her pregnancy. The 38-year-old political newcomer said in a video on Twitter that it would be too difficult...
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Somerset docked 24 points for poor pitch in title decider against Essex
• Club have 24 points deducted with 12 suspended for two years• Taunton pitch found to be ‘not the best quality’Somerset have been handed a 12-point deduction for next season’s County Championship after being found guilty of breaching pitch regulations.A Cricket Discipline Committee Disciplinary Panel ruled against the county over the poor state of the pitch for their match against Essex at Taunton in September. The rain-affected Division One match ended in a draw that handed Essex the championship title. Continue reading...
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The Man Who Could Not Sweat
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, had a long friendship with the deceased sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. Over the course of a decade, he stayed at their homes in New York and Palm Beach, traveled on Epstein’s private jet, and partied with the pair.All of this is according to the prince. But according to Virginia Robhoerts Giuffre, who says she was a victim of Epstein, the prince’s involvement in Epstein’s crimes went deeper than complicity. Giuffre has alleged that Epstein and Maxwell forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew multiple times, beginning when she was 17.In August, Buckingham Palace issued statements denying the allegations. But the prince had not spoken for himself until Saturday, when the BBC’s Emily Maitlis interviewed him in the state room of the palace.In the interview, the prince appeared loosely tethered to any notion of the potential consequences of his friendship with Epstein. The prince repeatedly caveated his denials with questions of memory and challenges to odd details. For example, Giuffre said that she met him in April 2001, and that he bought her drinks at a nightclub in London called Tramp, and then took her to Maxwell’s house, where the first alleged assault occurred. Prince Andrew told the BBC, “I don't know where the bar is in Tramps” and said a photo of him with Giuffre that evening could have been doctored, because he wasn’t wearing a suit and has never been upstairs at Epstein’s house.[Read: Callous, careless Prince Andrew]Then, possibly among the oddest details to focus on challenging, he contested Giuffre’s claim that, while they were allegedly dancing at a London nightclub, he was sweaty. Emily Maitlis: She was very specific about that night, she described dancing with you. Prince Andrew: No. Maitlis: And you profusely sweating and that she went on to have bath possibly. Andrew: There's a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat, or, I didn't sweat at the time, and that was—was it—yes, I didn't sweat at the time— In case the dubiousness of this claim is not already evident from its context, nested in a sea of dubious claims: This is a dubious claim.There are people who cannot sweat, or who sweat very little. The Times notes that Andrew’s mother, Queen Elizabeth, has been known to appear not-sweaty in hot circumstances. Such a propensity to appear cool and collected while everyone else is flushed and damp has been attributed to the enviably high-status history, but the medical condition of not producing sweat, anhidrosis, is extremely undesirable. The function is vitally important as a way to cool the body and prevent heat stroke. Covering the skin in liquid makes it able to transmit heat into the adjacent air much more rapidly than when it’s dry, as is noticeable to anyone who’s gotten out of a pool and found no towel.Nerve damage or burns can cause a person to lose the ability to sweat in part of their body. The effect is similar to the temporary action of antiperspirants. But to have no ability to sweat from any part of one’s body is a sign of significant dysfunction of the nervous system—a rare genetic condition.Though anhidrosis can be genetic, the queen is not known to have any such condition. Either way, anhidrosis is not consistent with the account Prince Andrew gave during the interview: “Because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when I was shot at and I simply—it was almost impossible for me to sweat. And it's only because I have done a number of things in the recent past that I am starting to be able to do that again. So I'm afraid to say that there's a medical condition that says that I didn't do it.”[Read: ‘Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served’]Anhidrosis is rarely temporary. The most charitably plausible explanation for the Prince’s intended meaning is this: Adrenaline bursts can cause us to sweat. When the “fight or flight” response kicks in while thinking about public speaking, for example, many of us know this as a panic attack. People who become accustomed to working in high-pressure situations, like on a battlefield, may develop a tolerance to the effects of adrenaline surges. A general sense of imperturbability could hypothetically translate into other high-pressure situations. After a deeply traumatic event, everything else can feel low-stakes. Or, at an extreme end, this is the phenomenon described in people known as sociopaths: A tendency to not worry or panic becomes an outright inability to do so.Many of Prince Andrew’s assertions in the BBC interview—see, for example, “Nobody can prove whether or not that photograph has been doctored but I don't recollect that photograph ever being taken”—are difficult to empirically challenge. But they do hint at Prince Andrew’s ease in a precarious position. As Maitlis put it in The Times this morning: “In person he is courteous, affable and eager to please. There is no question that he shies away from, no issue with which he refuses to engage.”A temporary inability to sweat would defy medical precedent. A long-standing detachment from the consequences of one’s actions would not.
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SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son told WeWork executives he wants the company to turn a profit by 2021
Koki Nagahama/Getty Images In a meeting with WeWork executives, last Thursday, SoftBank's Masayoshi Son said that he wants the company to become profitable by 2021, according to Fast Company. Son reportedly told the executives to find new ways to monetize the hundreds of coworking spaces currently owned by WeWork. WeWork's private valuation has plummeted more than 80% since its failed IPO, creating pressure on the company to cut costs and identify a more sustainable business model. The New York Times reported that the company may lay off more than 4,000 employees as part of its restructuring. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son told a group of WeWork executives in a meeting on Thursday that he wants the company to become profitable by 2021, according to a report from Fast Company's Katrina Brooker. Son reportedly said he wants WeWork to better monetize the real estate it already owns by offering new products and services, as the company attempts to identify a sustainable business model following its catastrophic attempt at going public.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:Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann can still reportedly name directors to WeWork's board, even though he left the companyWeWork is reportedly drawing scrutiny from the SEC after its failed attempt to go publicWeWork has been sending alarming noncompete letters to workers it laid off earlier this year
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A performer on the world's largest cruise ship reveals how she got the gig, and what working at sea is really like
Sophie-Claire Hoeller/Insider Ariana Mazzagatti is a performer aboard Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, as well as the aqua captain, meaning she's in charge of a team of water-based entertainers. "It's as difficult to get into a ship show as it is to get into a Broadway or a West End or a Cirque du Soleil show," Mazzagatti told Insider. Mazzagatti admits the job is often exhausting, but that she loves it: She's celebrating five years of working for Royal Caribbean soon. As a cast member, she enjoys perks like eating in the ship's restaurants, hitting the pools, checking out other shows, and exploring the ports. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Ariana Mazzagatti, who goes by the nickname Mazz, is an entertainer aboard the world's largest cruise ship, the Symphony of the Seas. She's the main aerialist for the water show "HiRO," as well as the aqua captain, meaning that she is in charge of scheduling, and keeping everyone on her team "safe and happy while on contract." She's celebrating five years working for Royal Caribbean in February, and has no plans to change careers anytime soon.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Royal Caribbean has its very own private island in the Bahamas, which just underwent a $250 million revamp. Here's what it's like to go.I've traveled all over the world but just went on my very first cruise. Here are the 22 things that surprised me the most, as well as my best tips for first-time cruisers.I went on the world's largest cruise and found getting onto a giant ship similar to boarding a flight — but way more efficient
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Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo went from “brothers” to beef
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo started as close friends. When Allen got traded to the Celtics, he became a mentor for the young Rondo, and that relationship was one of many elements that made that Boston team a champion in 2008. But Ray Allen cares very much about controlling his own fate, and as Rondo’s somewhat difficult personality emerged, so did some rumors of trades that involved not just him, but his friend Ray. That thorny connection caused a close friendship to devolve, sometimes with explosive results. But what really turned this “brotherhood” into beef was Ray’s departure in 2012 for the Miami Heat, the team that had twice prevented Boston from winning another title. Allen’s “betrayal” alienated from all of his former teammates, a development that came back under scrutiny as the ‘08 Celtics started to get honors and commemorative ceremonies in recent years, then again when Allen released his autobiography. This is a story about how any bond -- even one gilded with championship gold -- can be broken.
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Chick-fil-A is facing backlash after ending donations to controversial Christian charities — but critics are missing an important point
Mike Stewart/Associated Press Chick-fil-A is facing backlash for its decision to stop donating to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, two groups that have been criticized by LGBTQ advocates.  Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the chain "surrendered to anti-Christian hate groups."  However, Chick-fil-A will still emphasize its founder's Christian values, close on Sundays, and remain open to donating to faith-based groups.  Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Chick-fil-A is facing backlash for its decision to stop donating to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  "We made multiyear commitments to both organizations, and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018. Moving forward you will see that the Chick-fil-A Foundation will support the three specific initiatives of homelessness, hunger and education," a Chick-fil-A representative said in a statement to Business Insider on Monday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Applebee's made the best comeback of 2018. Here's how the restaurant chain turned around.See Also:Chick-fil-A is ending donations criticized by LGBTQ activists after years of backlashSara Lee Bread is flooded with sexually explicit Instagram comments that it initially tried to hide after it was the target of an 'SNL' skit starring Harry StylesOld Navy was once Gap's crown jewel, but a series of fashion misses and growing competition have caused it to stumbleSEE ALSO: Chick-fil-A is ending donations criticized by LGBTQ activists after years of backlash
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Pompeo: US to soften its position on West Bank settlements
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the US will soften its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo said that establishment of settlements was not inconsistent with the law, and that President Trump would no longer abide by a 1978 State Department legal opinion that the settlements were “inconsistent with international...
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California suing Juul for allegedly targeting teenagers
Massachusetts and North Carolina and also looking into whether the e-cigarette maker markets products to underage users
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