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Luke Voit had a new look Sunday, but the same results. After being hit in the face with a pitch Saturday, Voit was back in the lineup — wearing a face guard for added protection. The fact he started was hardly a surprise, considering Voit didn’t leave the game immediately after Chad Bettis’ 91 mph...
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Xerox threatens to take its acquisition bid directly to shareholders if HP doesn't rethink its offer
REUTERS/Chip East Xerox threatened to approach HP shareholders with a $33.5 billion buyout bid if the company doesn't rethink its rejection of the offer. The printer company was "very surprised" to hear of the rejection and is "determined to expeditiously pursue" the buyout, Xerox CEO John Visentin wrote in a letter to HP's directors. Visentin laid out a November 25 deadline for HP to rethink its choice, and warned that Xerox will approach HP shareholders with the "compelling case" if an agreement can't be reached. Watch Xerox trade live here. Xerox may take its buyout offer directly to HP's shareholders if the company doesn't rethink its decision to reject a recent $33.5 billion bid, Xerox CEO John Visentin wrote in a letter to HP's directors. The printer company was "very surprised" to hear HP's board rejected the offer, and said HP's reply "lacks a clear path forward." Visentin noted that the takeover bid represents a 29% premium over HP's 30-day average trading price, and that fears of the purchase harming Xerox's financial stability are unfounded.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:14 things millennials do completely differently from their parentsThe best Kindles and ebook readersThe Wells Fargo Propel is arguably the best no-annual-fee personal credit card to open in 2019 — here's why
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'The Mandalorian director approves of calling the show's breakout obsession 'Baby Yoda,' so you can stop arguing about it now
Disney Plus Disney Plus' new series "The Mandalorian" centers around a bounty hunter tasked with finding a small green creature who's the same species as the iconic character Yoda. Fans have taken to just calling it "Baby Yoda" for simplified discussion, even though it's not literally the child version of Yoda. Yoda's species is a mystery, so there's no good alternative name for the little being. In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," the pilot episode's director Dave Filoni says it's fine to call the child Baby Yoda. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The newest viral sensation on television is "Baby Yoda," a small green creature starring on Disney Plus' series "The Mandalorian." Some fans argue against this terminology, since the child can't actually be a young Yoda thanks to the timeline of "Star Wars." But the show's pilot episode director Dave Filoni has given his blessing for the term in an interview with reporter Ash Crosssn on "Entertainment Tonight."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.See Also:15 tweets and memes about 'Baby Yoda' on 'The Mandalorian' that prove the character is the best thing in 'Star Wars''The Mandalorian' creator Jon Favreau just shared the first design of 'Baby Yoda,' and people can't handle the cutenessDisney Plus doesn't have all your favorite movies and TV shows. Here's how you can request the ones you want.
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Demi Lovato confuses fans with fake baby bump
"Real or fake?"
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Half Life Alyx will fill in the gaps between Half-Life and Half-Life 2
New trailer helps show why Newell says "VR has energized us."
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Uber's CEO is spending millions on shares as Travis Kalanick cashes out (UBER)
Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Fortune Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi spent $6.7 million on shares of the company on Monday, November 18, SEC filings show.  Khosrowshahi now holds 1.53 million Uber shares, roughly 0.09% of the stock outstanding.  The purchase comes as co-founder Travis Kalanick cashes out. The former CEO has sold $882 million in Uber stock since the company's post-IPO lockup expiration on November 6.  Watch Uber trade live on Markets Insider.  Just as cofounder Travis Kalanick cashes in his Uber stock, the company's new CEO is buying more shares. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's chief executive, spent $6.7 million for 250,000 shares of the ride-hailing company at $26.75 per share on Monday, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He now holds 1.53 million shares of Uber, roughly 0.09% of the shares outstanding. 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:14 things millennials do completely differently from their parentsThe best Kindles and ebook readersThe chief strategist at a $1.2 trillion investing titan explains why pain for firms like Uber, Peloton, and WeWork is good news for the stock market — and helping fend off another tech bubble
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Hill says Trump ignored warnings on Ukraine conspiracy theory
National Security Council expert Fiona Hill confirmed during her testimony on Thursday that President Trump ignored his top advisors when they informed him that the cospiracy theory that Ukraine was involved in the 2016 U.S. election interference was indeed false. Asked if she believed President Trump "instead listened to Rudy Giuliani's views," she responded: "That appears to be the case, yes." State Department official David Holmes said Russia wanted to deflect responsibility for its own interference and drive a wedge between the U.S. and Ukraine.
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Tom Brady’s attitude for salvaging Patriots offense
For Tom Brady, it doesn’t sound like 9-1 is good enough, even after the Patriots won a Super Bowl LII rematch against the Eagles on Sunday. “It’s great to be 9-1, but we just have high expectations for what we’re doing as an offense,” Brady said, according to USA Today. “We’re just trying to figure...
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Half-Life: Alyx: everything you need to know about Valve’s return to Half-Life
Half-Life is back. After more than a decade, Valve is returning to the iconic sci-fi universe with a brand-new VR game called Half-Life: Alyx. The new experience takes place before the events of Half-Life 2, and it marks not only the long-awaited continuation of the story, but also the developer’s first full-fledged VR title to date. It’ll be out in March 2020, and Valve says the game will be compatible with all PC-based VR headsets. In the meantime, you can keep up with all of the latest developments right here. Continue reading…
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Serbia investigates video claiming to show Russian spy paying off official
Serbia’s president summons Russian ambassador over secret cash payout filmed and uploaded to YouTubeA video uploaded to YouTube by an anonymous user that purportedly shows a Russian spy handing over a bag of cash to an unnamed Serbian official is being investigated by authorities, the government in Belgrade has confirmedPresident Aleksandar Vučić summoned the Russian ambassador over the incident on Thursday. In the evening, he was due to chair a meeting of the country’s national security council and make a public statement on the affair. Continue reading...
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Senate Approves Short-Term Spending Bill to Avoid a Shutdown
The measure now heads to President Trump’s desk, delaying the threat of a government shutdown until just before Christmas.
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Amy Schumer hosts Jennifer Lawrence, Phoebe Waller-Bridge at David Byrne’s show
Schumer planned the A-list outing.
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Half-Life: Alyx comes to PC VR in March
Valve has revealed Half-Life: Alyx and announced that the VR game is coming to PC in March 2020. It will cost $60 on Steam.
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Gender Politics At The Democratic Debate Show How Hard It Is To Fight Like a Girl
And pulled their punches against a less experienced man
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Aramco IPO raises 73 billion riyals so far: Samba financial group
The institutional tranche of Saudi Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) has received approximately 73 billion riyals ($19.47 billion) in orders, Saudi Arabia's Samba Financial Group said on Thursday.
Anton Ferdinand: ‘Giving back to other people is where I feel I’m best’
The former West Ham defender on a tragedy shaping the next phase of his life and why he briefly gave up caring at SouthendAnton Ferdinand has faced an unenviable amount of obstacles on the way to achieving his dreams. He grew up on a council estate in Peckham where the shadow of his famous brother, Rio, loomed large over his own aspirations. From as young as nine, his resolve was hardened by the people who told him he would never follow in his brother’s footsteps and make it as a professional. But when asked about the most challenging aspect of everything he has done, he delivers his answer with clarity.“The hardest part of my career has been the year that I lost my mum,” he says. Continue reading...
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Half-Life: Alyx is officially coming March 2020, and here’s your first look
Valve ‘It’s the next part of the Half-Life story’ Continue reading…
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Valve says it would ‘love to continue pushing forward’ on new Half-Life games
Today, Valve finally unveiled Half-Life: Alyx, its first full-fledged VR game and, more importantly, the developer’s long-awaited return to the Half-Life series. The game will be out in March 2020, and it marks the first new Half-Life title since Episode 2 in 2007. And according to Valve, we might not have to wait another decade to see the series continue — but that depends on the success of Alyx. “We’ve had to explore new ways to tell stories with these characters and this world.” “It’s probably no surprise that many people at Valve have been wanting to get back to the Half-Life universe for a long time, and this experience has only reinforced that,” Valve’s David Speyrer tells The Verge. “In the process of creating Half-Life: Alyx,... Continue reading…
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Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach
Google's parent is infusing robots with artificial intelligence so they can help with tasks like lending a supporting arm to the elderly, or sorting trash.
Brooklinen's Black Friday sale is live early and all sheets and bedding bundles are 20% off
Brooklinen Brooklinen is a bedding startup that rarely discounts its products. This Black Friday is an exception: now through December 3, you can take 20% off everything on the site.  Though you can also find home deals from larger retailers such as Amazon, Target, and Walmart, Brooklinen is one of the best places online to find luxury-quality sheets for less.  With the sale, you'll get $66.40 off its bestselling sateen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen), $58.40 off the Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen), and more.  To potentially save more on Black Friday deals this year, visit Business Insider Coupons to find the most up-to-date coupons and promo codes. A soft, comfortable, and durable set of sheets can be the difference between a decent night of sleep and a great night of sleep. With Brooklinen's Black Friday sale, live now through December 3, you'll have the opportunity to bridge the gap. During this time, everything on the site is 20% off, with the exception of non-Brooklinen products from the Spaces collection. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Leesa's Black Friday sale has already started — deals include up to $350 off mattresses and free pillowsMott & Bow’s Black Friday sale starts this week with discounts up to 35% — here's what you should buyeBay is rolling out new Black Friday deals every Friday until December 13 — here are the deals you can expect
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'Half-Life: Alyx' is a VR prequel set before the events of 'Half-Life 2'
After more than 12 years, Valve is officially returning to the Half-Life universe. Half-Life: Alyx is a "full-length" VR entry into the series -- but if you were thinking we'd finally find out what happened after the events of Half-Life 2: Episode Tw...
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The Best and Worst Moments From Last Night's Democratic Debate
Capping off a long day of impeachment hearing testimonies, last night’s Democratic debate featured 10 presidential hopefuls debating over issues of sufficient paid family leave, women’s reproductive rights and Roe v. Wade, and the U.S.’ role in ongoing protests and violence in Hong Kong.Read more...
Senate passes bill funding government through mid-December
The Senate approved a stopgap government spending bill that keeps the government operating through December 20.
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WeWork Says It’s Laying Off 2,400 Employees Globally
The job cuts represent almost 20% of the company’s global workforce
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G20 has put up 'historically high levels' of trade barriers: WTO
G20 economies slapped on 28 new barriers between mid-May and mid-October covering trade worth an estimated $460.4 billion, mainly via tariff increases and import bans, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday.
Elizabeth Banks looks down after box-office bomb and more star snaps
Elizabeth Banks is back on the press circuit post-box-office bomb, James Corden makes a run for it and more...
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Two airmen killed during training mission mishap at Oklahoma base
Two U.S. airmen were killed while performing a training mission at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, the Air Force said on Thursday.
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This week’s biggest Twitter controversy? Jo Swinson’s squirrel problem | Joel Golby
Never mind the CCHQ ‘FactcheckUK’ scandal – the most explosive online ruckus was all about the Lib Dem leaderNever are the world of the dead and the world of the living as close as they are on Hallowe’en: two realms, divided by a tissue-thin, spectral net curtain. Ghosts wander lost over misty battlefields. Skeletons rattle in their graves. Then, once the moon dips and the sun rises, all is quiet again for another year. What I am saying is: this week we had a sort of Hallowe’en of our own here, an electoral equinox. The slim void between the world of the living and the world of the online was briefly breached, and chaos did reign. Shitposters walked the land. The living became them. And then: all quiet. Related: Would-be MPs are losing the battle against an almighty enemy: their online selves | Joel Golby Continue reading...
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Zack Wheeler Rumors: White Sox Pursuing Ex-Mets SP After Yasmani Grandal Signing
The Chicago White Sox are reportedly set to shift their focus to free-agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler after they announced the signing of catcher Yasmani Grandal on Thursday...
Freida Pinto engaged to photographer Cory Tran
“The best birthday present I could’ve asked for," wrote the lensman on Instagram.
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Vivendi ready to sell part of Mediaset stake at a loss to reach deal: source
French media group Vivendi is prepared to sell part of its stake in Mediaset at a loss in an attempt to reach an accord to end years of bitter legal disputes with the Italian broadcaster, a source close to the matter said on Friday.
Woman who killed twin sister sobs in court, gets 6 years behind bars
“I know there’s nothing I can say to justify what I did," Amanda Ramirez bawled before being sentenced for the June slaying of her twin, mother of three Anna Ramirez, according to
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United Auto Workers union to name new president as U.S. corruption probe widens
The United Auto Workers union international executive board will meet to name a new president, the union said on Thursday, a day after the previous president resigned following 17 months in office, but union officials said a date for the meeting had not been set.
Santa Clarita shooting weapon was a ‘ghost gun’: authorities
The weapon used in the deadly Saugus High School shooting in Southern California was a “ghost gun” constructed from various parts to make it difficult to trace, authorities said Thursday. Detectives are investigating who assembled the unregistered 45.-caliber handgun that the alleged shooter, 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow, fired at classmates Nov. 14 on the campus in...
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Watch Janelle Monae time travel to the Civil War-era South in the chilling new trailer for 'Antebellum'
Lionsgate The teaser trailer for upcoming horror film "Antebellum" was released on Thursday, and it takes a terrifying look at the Civil War-era South.  Janelle Monae stars as Veronica, a successful author who's seemingly transported back to the antebellum south.  Veronica, who's now enslaved on a white-owned plantation, witnesses unspeakably brutal acts of violence committed against other enslaved people.  The trailer also features plenty of scenes from the present, that appear to show Veronica getting kidnapped by an evil force from an unknown era. There's also a creepy white child who appears several times throughout the trailer, in both the past and present.  "Antebellum" also stars Marque Richardson II, Eric Lang, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone. It's written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz ("Kill Jay-Z"). The producer of "Get Out" and "Us" also produced "Antebellum," which will hit theaters April 24, 2020. Watch the teaser trailer below. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  Youtube Embed: // Width: 560px Height: 315px  NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Watch James Corden hilariously dance with the LA Lakers cheerleaders and nail every move'Lizzie McGuire' is getting a revival 18 years after the original show premiered. Here's everything we know so far.The first trailer for the next 'Christmas Prince' sequel is here, and it teases a royal baby and a mystery
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Davis Cup finals 2019: Novak Djokovic helps take Serbia into last eight
Novak Djokovic ensures Serbia move into the Davis Cup quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over France's Benoit Paire.
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Star Citizen’s ships get ‘Free Fly’ days as part of CitizenCon event
Star Citizen is a real video game. Don't believe me? You can see so for yourself by downloading it and playing it for free.
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The NBA world is fawning over Luka Doncic as the 20-year-old continues to dominate like the league has never seen
Richard W. Rodriguez/AP Luka Doncic is dominating at an unprecedented level for a 20-year-old. Doncic is nearly averaging a 30-point triple-double on the season, and his back-to-back triple-doubles this week have made him the youngest NBA player to accomplish such a feat. Doncic's scoring, passing, and smooth game have earned him comparisons to Larry Bird and LeBron James. Doncic was projected to be good, but he's better than anyone expected, and there's little to suggest he's going to regress — in fact, he may continue to get better. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Second-year players often make a leap in the NBA; it's expected, to varying degrees, depending on how their rookie years went. However, few could have predicted Luka Doncic's second-year would look like this. Through 14 games, the 20-year-old Doncic is averaging 29.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 9.4 assists per game, very nearly a 30-point triple-double per game.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Rob Gronkowski and Venus Williams danced with the Laker Girls in a hilarious bit with James CordenLeBron James said Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd immediately chastised him for being too sloppy with the ball after a historic triple-doubleLeBron James compared himself to Tom Brady after being asked how he wants to end his career
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Country singer Sam Hunt arrested for DUI in Nashville
He was "Drinkin' Too Much."
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One in five GCSE and A-level pupils granted extra time for exams
This summer’s record high should be investigated to ‘ensure level playing field’Record numbers of pupils sitting GCSE and A-level exams this summer were entitled to 25% additional time to complete their papers, official figures have revealed.Almost one in five exam entries (19.4%) were granted extra time as a result of access arrangements for pupils with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries, according to data published by the examinations regulator, Ofqual. Continue reading...
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Ephraim Sykes cast as ‘MJ’ in Broadway’s Michael Jackson musical
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Trump says he won't allow Navy to punish SEAL who posed with dead body
President Donald Trump has once again weighed in on potential disciplinary action against Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, appearing to override a Navy decision to initiate a review that could result in him being stripped of his status as a SEAL. - RSS Channel
I'm a driver for Uber and Lyft — here are 8 ways I can tell someone is going to be a bad passenger within 5 seconds
Clarke Bowman I've been driving for Uber and Lyft for almost a year. The majority of my passengers have been kind and considerate, but some passengers are downright terrible. And I usually know who the bad passengers are right away. Here's how I can tell someone's a bad Uber or Lyft passenger within 5 seconds. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. My name is Clarke, and I have been a part-time Uber and Lyft driver for the better part of a year now. I have given hundreds of rides to passengers from all over the world on the busy streets of southeast Florida. People seem to like me, and I have maintained a 4.99 rating on both platforms. I have learned a lot since I've started driving, including some things I wish I knew before I started the job. This gig has given me some funny stories, some heartwarming stories, and some horrible ones, but they all come with the job, and they all help to keep things interesting. I also have met some truly wonderful and inspirational people, along with some I hope I never have to see again. People always love to ask me, "Who's the worst person you've ever had in your car?" And when I start telling the stories, they all start the same way: I knew almost immediately that the person was going to be a bad passenger. Now, these stories I tell are the most extreme examples. And before I continue, I just want to put it out there that 99% of my passengers are nice, normal people. It's the 1% that make me want to pull my hair out. And with this 1% of people, I never find out they're a bad passenger 15 minutes into the ride. I almost always know right away. In my experience, bad passengers almost always immediately let you know that they're going to be bad passengers, through some sort of verbal or nonverbal communication, and I'm sure they don't even realize it. After so many rides, you get a feel of what is normal and when something is off.  It's honestly pretty fascinating how terrible some people can be in such a short amount of time. Here are eight ways I can tell someone is going to be a bad Uber or Lyft passenger within five seconds.If the passenger has a rating lower than 4.6. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images When I, the driver, receive a request for a ride, I get a few pieces of information: the passenger's name, the pickup location, and the passenger's rating.  Yes, passengers have ratings too, just like drivers. You can check your Uber rating in top left corner of the home screen, although you can't check yours on Lyft.  Now, I can, as an "independent contractor," choose to accept or deny any ride request. I personally accept almost all ride requests (because how else am I going to make money if I don't accept rides?), but a passenger's rating might sometimes sway my decision. On both apps, ratings are a number one through five. But this isn't Amazon, and the ratings are a little bit weird. Pretty much every passenger is rated between 4.5 and 5. Nobody knows the exact formula to figure out a rating, but from what I have been able to figure out, it's an average of your most recent rides, but it's somehow heavily weighted to be over 4.5. For example, if a driver rates you five stars, and the next driver rates you one star, your rating won't suddenly be a three. I hand out five-star ratings like candy. Almost every single person gets five stars from me. However, I'm not every other driver, and some are apparently very stingy with their five stars and hand out lots of three- and four-star ratings. It's also worth noting that according to both Uber and Lyft, if a driver gives a passenger a three-star rating or lower, they will never be matched with that passenger in the future. Here's what's going through my head when I see a passenger's rating, and why I tend to reject anyone with a rating lower than 4.60: 5.00 rating: You are good, but it also might mean that you're just a new user and haven't received a lot of ratings yet. Or you have lots of experience and maintain a perfect rating, and you're great. I love five-star ratings. 4.94-4.99: You are a great passenger with lots of rides, and I want you in my car. 4.80-4.93: You're a pretty good passenger, but a couple people gave you a few four-stars, maybe a three-star. No sweat, as you're still probably a great passenger. 4.70-4.79: Here we enter the "hmm" territory of ratings. You're probably still a good passenger, and I have given rides to many 4.7-ers who were great people, but you've done something in the past to tick off a few drivers. What did you do? Drivers are to proceed with caution, but they're probably OK. 4.60-4.69: OK, you have somehow earned quite a few negative ratings from a few drivers, and I don't know why. If it's very slow, I might accept, but honestly, probably not. Are you rude? Are you dirty? Are you mean? What did you do to earn such a low rating? 4.50-4.59: You have an absolutely horrible rating and have really done something to tick off many drivers. You have probably thrown up in someone's car. I will 100% not accept your rating late at night to reduce throw-up risk, and you will probably end up waiting for a very long time for a ride. I have only accepted two of these ratings, mainly out of curiosity, and both times I ended up highly regretting that decision. If they are approaching my car with a small child but don't have a car seat. Inti St Clair/Getty Images Like I said earlier, I hand out perfect ratings like candy. Some other drivers get upset when people speak too loudly on a phone conversation, or get upset when their car door gets slammed too hard, or get upset if the person seems "annoying" — I try to understand that everyone is different and everyone has their own lives. If you're any decent, normal person, you're getting five stars. But if you do something that is just out-of-line rude and disrespectful or try to do something illegal … you have just earned yourself four stars or less. There are laws in place. Everyone has their own opinion on laws, but most of them are there to keep our society safe.  One of these laws have to do with child car seats. Hundreds of children die each year because of car accidents in which they were not in a proper car seat. That is hundreds of innocent lives lost because people were negligent or too lazy to put their child in a car seat. I am not going to join one of these statistics, nor am I going to get a ticket over a $10 ride. There's some gray area in the exact laws of what size child should go in what size seat, and Uber and Lyft both essentially say to "follow local laws" on this issue, but one thing is for sure: The parent needs to supply a car seat if their child needs it. And that clearly-under-3-year-old child holding a blankie 100% needs a car seat. This has only happened a few times, and it's never ended well, but I knew right away that they were going to be a terrible passenger. If they have an alcoholic beverage in their hand, and try to get in the car with it. Getty Images This somehow all goes back to the laws. We have laws to keep us safe. I don't think I need to explain to anyone why alcohol and driving don't mix. I really don't think I need to explain to anyone why drinking inside of a moving car isn't OK. And an Uber or Lyft ride is not a limousine. This isn't a party bus. You, as a passenger, can't drink alcohol in here. Sorry. Lots of you understand this and respect this. I am grateful for all passengers that decide to take an Uber instead of drinking and driving.  But some of you decide to try and bring the party with you. No, I'm not going to interrogate you over what is in your water bottle, but I also don't think you have iced water in your red solo cup, at 7 p.m. on a Friday night, when your drop-off location is a popular bar. Arguing with me that it's just water when I smell the vodka on your breath doesn't help your case either. When you tell me with your actions that you don't respect the law, and are willing to break the law by drinking in my vehicle, where I am responsible, it just tells me that you don't respect me, my belongings, or really anything. You are going to be a terrible passenger. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Uber's founders are starting to cash out. Here's the pitch deck they created back in 2008, way before the company was a $45 billion ride-hailing giant.Shifting Gears: Tesla heads to Germany, more Boeing drama, and Uber insiders cash out10 critical tips for safe winter driving, according to expertsSEE ALSO: I drive for Uber and Lyft — here are 9 situations when you should definitely tip your driver DON'T MISS: I'm a bartender, and these are the drinks that we secretly judge you for ordering
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Hurricane season not over yet: Sebastien forecast to become rare November hurricane in Atlantic
Hurricane season isn't quite over yet. Tropical Storm Sebastien is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane later Thursday or Friday.      
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The US has blown past $6 trillion in 'war on terror' spending since 2001 — and its cost to taxpayers will keep climbing for decades, study says
1st Lt. Leland White/US Army National Guard Federal spending on post-9/11 military action in Iraq and Afghanistan stands at $6.4 trillion through fiscal year 2020, according to a new study from the Cost of War project at Brown University. Its cost to American taxpayers will keep climbing for decades to come. The staggering amount reflects spending across the federal government and not just the Department of Defense, the study noted. The report said the US government should expect to spend at least $1 trillion in benefit payments and disability claims for veterans in the years to come. Back in March, the Department of Defense estimated that the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria have cost each US taxpayer around $7,623 to date. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Federal spending on post-9/11 military action in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world stands at $6.5 trillion through fiscal year 2020, according to a new study from the Cost of War project at Brown University. And its cost to American taxpayers will keep climbing for decades to come.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:The Wells Fargo Propel is arguably the best no-annual-fee personal credit card to open in 2019 — here's why14 things millennials do completely differently from their parentsThe best Kindles and ebook readersSEE ALSO: Trump's Pentagon has expanded its secretive war on terror to 80 countries — here's what we know
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Saudi Arabian oil firm Aramco hires 25 banks to work on flotation
Near-record number of banks handling stock market listing reflects size of the IPO Saudi Aramco has hired a near-record 25 banks to work on its upcoming listing on a single stock market.Companies normally hire between one and three banks for a market debut. But the listing of the world’s most profitable company has attracted an army of international banks eager to work on one of the biggest IPOs in history. Continue reading...
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Interior designers told us the 6 things from Walmart they'd love to receive as a gift
Hero Images/Getty Images As one of the biggest shopping destinations in the world, Walmart has no shortage of items that would make ideal holiday gifts. Insider asked three interior designers which gifts they'd like to receive for the 2019 holiday season. Maggie Griffin, founder and principal designer of Maggie Griffin Design, chose a cozy plaid throw blanket. Among her picks, Windy O'Connor, founder of Windy O'Connor Art & Home, went for the Sony Alpha, a camera with a flippable screen and auto focus. Abbe Fenimore, founder and principal designer of Studio Ten 25, opted for a KitchenAid mixer. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "I have always wanted a KitchenAid Mixer, and have no idea why I didn't register for one when I got married," Abbe Fenimore, founder and principal designer of Studio Ten 25, told Insider. KitchenAid/Walmart "I know I would only use it on occasion, but it would look so pretty sitting out on the countertop," she added. This aqua model features 10 speeds and a tilted head to make it easy to add ingredients as you bake. Cost: $379 (reduced from $429) Maggie Griffin, founder and principal designer of Maggie Griffin Design, would put this throw blanket on her holiday wish list. Walmart "What could possibly be cozier than a plaid throw for those chilly winter nights?" she said. The soft blanket is machine washable, and it's designed for frequent use. Cost: $38.79 "This Gold and Blush Ceramic Planter is a cute gift that adds a modern touch to your house plants," Windy O'Connor, founder of Windy O'Connor Art & Home, said. Walmart The planter is available in three sizes, and it features a drainage hole so you can use it indoors or outdoors. The gold and blush color scheme give it an elevated look, while the ceramic material makes it durable. Cost: $45.50 - $72 See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Interior designers reveal the 10 biggest mistakes people make when decorating a living room14 pieces of junk you probably accumulated over the last decadeA royal photographer shared his favorite photos of the family from 2019
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New Formula E season makes history as Mercedes and Porsche enter the fray
• Series includes all four of Germany’s major manufacturers• Jean-Éric Vergne’s title defence begins in Saudi ArabiaFormula E will return to the track in Saudi Arabia on Friday with the first meeting of a season that will hold its finale in London during July. With the all-electric series’s main regulations solidly stable from last season and the arrival of new manufacturers in Mercedes and Porsche, the racing is expected to be highly competitive.A small piece of history will also be made in Riyadh. It will be the first time all four of Germany’s major manufacturers, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW, will compete with works teams in the same championship. Motor racing’s Bundesliga, as it has been dubbed. Continue reading...
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Former Mets target Yasmani Grandal signs $73 million deal with White Sox
Yasmani Grandal was unlikely to end up with the Mets, and now Wilson Ramos’ starting job appears officially safe. Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday as the biggest MLB free agency deal of the offseason thus far. The 31-year-old catcher was an All-Star for the Brewers in...
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