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Conservative: Men Died for That Flag Think twice before you devalue the American flag, chides Rich Lowry at National Review. (Nike execs, ICE protesters, and a certain soccer player come to mind.) “Men have fought for the flag, and not just in the sense of fighting under it,” he notes, relating stories of “color sergeants”...
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6 celebrities who have opened up about their polyamorous relationships
Jim Spellman, Denise Truscello / Getty As the idea of polyamorous relationships becomes more common, more celebrities are coming forward about their own non-monogamous dating styles. YouTube stars and social media influencers like Tana Mongeau, Jake Paul, and Bella Thorne have been vocal about their "open" dating.  Here are six celebrities who have spoken out about being polyamorous.  Visit Insider's homepage for more. Polyamory is having its moment in the spotlight, with public curiosity about non-monogamy on the rise and more celebrities speaking openly about their non-traditional approaches to love.  Not to be confused with polygamy, Psychology Today defines polyamory as the "practice of having multiple intimate relationships, whether sexual or just romantic, with the full knowledge and consent of all parties involved." In simpler terms, polyamory involves sustaining a relationship with more than one person in which everyone is aware of the other partners involved.  While there are a number of prominent celebrities rumored to be engaging in non-monogamous relationships, here are six who have spoken about their polyamorous preferences.Actress Bella Thorne has been in a number of publicly non-monogamous relationships. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images Bella Thorne, actress, model, and adult film director, is far from camera shy when it comes to displaying her non-monogamous dating style. Thorne first publicly confirmed she was in simultaneous relationships with rapper Mod Sun, or Dereck Smith, and YouTuber Tana Mongeau in an interview with Gay Times magazine. "I don't think anybody will really understand the bonds that I share with Mod or Tana," Thorne told the publication. "Yeah, we joke around about [polyamory], but we aren't in the sense that we don't put a word, a box or label too many things. It is what it is." Thorne ended her relationships with both Mongeau and Mod Sun earlier this year, but hasn't stopped displaying her open dating preferences on social media. Thorne's current boyfriend, Italian singer Mascolo, expressed his support of Thorne's newest romantic interest, Alex Martini, after Thorne posted a picture of her and Martini on Instagram. While Thorne has not labeled her simultaneous relationships with Martini and Mascolo as polyamorous, a slew of fans and publications have expressed support for the actress promoting non-monogamous visibility in mainstream media.  YouTube star and Instagram influencer Tana Mongeau discussed her polyamorous relationship with Thorne in 2019. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images Tana Mongeau opened up to her 5 million YouTube subscribers in January 2019 about her relationship with Thorne. Thorne and Mongeau confirmed they were dating in September 2017 while Thorne was in another relationship with Mod Sun. "It's funny because meeting Bella and going into it, in the beginning, I felt like there was this tension between Mod and I … " Mongeau said in the video. "Here I am just coming in and Bella wants me here but she has a whole a--- boyfriend and he wasn't my boyfriend and I didn't want him to be my boyfriend. He didn't want me to be his girlfriend. It was this weird thing of him and I sharing her. But after time, it became so harmonious and absolutely normal to us."  Thorne and Mongeau dated for over a year, and announced their split publicly in February 2019. "Being in that relationship taught me so much about myself and polyamory and openness and how close-minded the world can be — and how open-minded the world can be," Mongeau said in a video. Mongeau and YouTuber Jake Paul tied the knot this year. Paul later confirmed the pair’s marriage was an “open” one during an interview with ET Live. Denise Truscello / Getty Images YouTube superstar Jake Paul began his relationship with Mongeau in April 2019.  Paul and Mongeau got married this past July.  Paul confirmed in a later interview with ET Live that the couple had always had an "open" arrangement after hosts Denny Directo and Cassie DiLaura questioned Paul about Mongeau and singer Noah Cyrus possibly hooking up. "Since the start of our relationship it's been, like, an open type of thing because that's just how we both are," Paul said.  The YouTuber added that he would be more than fine with his wife and Cyrus sleeping together, "especially if I could be there." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:27 incredible places you couldn't visit a decade ago16 of the most shocking beauty YouTube transformations of all timeA photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley. Here are 15 of his most breathtaking photos.
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34 of the best and most candid photos of the 'Friends' cast over the years
NBCU Photo Bank It's been 25 years since "Friends" first hit television screens, yet the show still remains one of the most popular sitcoms in history. A study last year revealed that it was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 with Netflix reportedly paying up to $100 million to stream it for another year.  To celebrate the milestone, Insider has rounded up some of the show's best and most candid pictures from on and off set. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Back in the early 90s, writers and producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman delivered a simple one-line pitch to NBC for a feelgood sitcom called "Friends." "This show is about six people in their 20s who hang out at this coffee house," they wrote.  After the show got the green light, the director James Burrow had such a "good feeling" about it that he flew the six virtually unknown actors to Las Vegas for what would be their last public outing without being bombarded by paparazzi. "I took them [the cast] to Vegas ... I had me and six of them and I said: 'This is your last shot at anonymity. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded,'" Burrow told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016. Burrows was right. Their faces have since been screened in households across all six continents, making it not only a cultural icon but one of the most highly syndicated shows in television history.  And even 15 years after its final episode in 2004, the enduring success of "Friends" shows no signs of slowing down. A study last year revealed it was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 with Netflix reportedly paying up to $100 million to stream it for another year. To mark the 25th anniversary, Insider has rounded up some of the best photos of the "Friends" cast either on set or out and about, ranked in chronological order.1994: Jennifer Aniston revealed that initially, the girls were 'nervous' to work with Matt LeBlanc due to his modeling history (he used to model for Levis). 'He thinks it's very funny now. And actually, he can sit down and comfort me just like Courteney or Lisa could,' Aniston said. Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Source: People. 1995: Coffee size does matter. The archetypal oversized mugs served at the gang's favorite cafe, Central Perk, became a cultural icon. Here's the cast showing them off at an NBC Press Tour party. Ron Davis/Getty Images 1995: Roommates Joey and Chandler were as thick as thieves throughout the series, often going on hilarious but miscalculated adventures together. But sadly according to E!, their real-life bond was 'never as close' as the lead actresses. Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank Source: E! See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here's what it's like to live at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month16 of the most shocking beauty YouTube transformations of all time27 incredible places you couldn't visit a decade ago
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Supreme Court divided over future of DACA program as justices weigh Trump bid to end program
The future of the DACA program for young illegal immigrants remained uncertain, as the Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to lack consensus on whether the Trump administration's plans to rescind legal protections for so-called Dreamers were proper.
Mark Sanford suspends 2020 presidential campaign
Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman who two months ago launched a longshot primary challenge to President Donald Trump, suspended his candidacy Tuesday, his spokesperson Sarah Allred confirmed.
E-bikes are coming back to San Francisco after Lyft resolves issues with battery fires
Lyft is bringing its rentable, pedal-assist electric bikes back to San Francisco five months after several battery fires forced the company to pull them from service. The e-bikes were only in service for two months when Lyft pulled a thousand of them from service to investigate a handful of reported battery fires. The bikes were also pulled from San Jose and Oakland. Lyft had previously been forced to ground its fleet of e-bikes in New York and Washington, DC after a braking malfunction injured several riders. It is still unclear when those bikes will be returned to service. Last week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said it struck a four-year deal with Lyft to operate a “hybrid” model of bike-sharing that includes docked and dockless bikes. Under the agreement, Lyft will begin to deploy 4,000 e-bikes in December, with a fuller rollout expected by April 2020. The announcement marks the end of a tumultuous summer for Lyft After investigating the “root causes” of the battery fires, Lyft said it made the decision to switch suppliers. The company is now testing the new batteries and reassembling its fleet of e-bikes in preparation to redeploy them in San Francisco “in the coming weeks and months.” The announcement marks the end of a tumultuous summer for Lyft, which owns the largest bike-share operator in the US. In addition to the battery fires and the braking malfunctions, there was also legal wrangling between the ride-hail company and the city of San Francisco. The company sued the city in June to prevent San Francisco from seeking other third-party contracts; Lyft claims it has a 10-year contract that gives it sole control of the dockless bike-share market. SFMTA argued that Lyft only had exclusive rights over docked bikes in the city. In July, a San Francisco judge issued a preliminary ruling in favor of Lyft and enjoined the city from permitting more dockless bike providers. The judge also distinguished between pedal bikes and e-bikes and gave the city and Lyft 90 days to negotiate a new provider deal for e-bikes. According to SFMTA, the new e-bikes will work as “hybrids” that can be docked at stations but also locked to bike racks around the city. This model will help “expand the reach of the system and provide citywide access to bikeshare,” the agency says. As for Uber, it will be allowed to continue operating its fleet of 500 dockless Jump e-bike in San Francisco until at least March 1st when its permit expires. “We applaud the City of San Francisco for not waiving its right to challenge Lyft’s claimed bikeshare monopoly in court, and we look forward to protecting riders’ rights to choose the transit option that fits them best by continuing our operations in San Francisco,” a spokesperson said.
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Kristen Stewart’s dating timeline: From R-Patz to hot models
Kristen Stewart’s love life has taken several twists and turns since she was linked to her “Twilight” co-star, Robert Pattinson. Today it’s no surprise to see a beautiful woman on this “Charlie’s Angels” star’s arm. Find out which men and women have landed in K-Stew’s little black dating book.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Dominika Cibulková retires from tennis at age of 30
Former world number four and 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulková announces her retirement from tennis.
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Facebook Pay lets you buy goods and send money inside Facebook's apps
Libra isn't Facebook's only big leap into the payment world. The social media giant has unveiled Facebook Pay, its bid at simplifying both purchases and money transfers. Once you've set a payment method, it's theoretically quick and easy to buy tic...
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Pit bull puppy rescued after sicko set him on fire with blowtorch
A pit bull puppy has been saved in New Jersey after a sicko set him on fire with a blowtorch. The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland said adorable 3-month-old Tyler was one of two dogs believed to have been attacked — with the fate of the other one as yet unknown. “Tyler was found, injured,...
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Rad Power Bikes’ lineup of e-bikes is discounted ahead of Black Friday
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Rad Power Bikes makes some capable e-bikes, like the RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike that The Verge’s Andrew Hawkins calls “a legitimate car replacement” for his needs. This model and several other electric bicycles are up to $200 off ahead of Black Friday, and you can take advantage of these deals online and at Rad Power’s Seattle location. These bikes are rarely discounted, but starting today you can save $200 on the following models: RadRover Electric Fat Bike ($1,299) RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike ($1,299) RadMini Electric Folding Fat Bike (High-Step and Step-Thru models; each cost $1,299) RadCity Electric Commuter Bike (16-inch, 19-inch, and Step-Thru models; each cost $1,299) Rad Power Bikes is offering a few other discounts, like $100 off its new RadRunner Electric Utility Bike, bringing it down to a more reasonable $1,199. If you plan to buy two e-bikes (hopefully one of them is for you), you can save $200 on your order. Lastly, all accessories are 25 percent off for returning customers.
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Indiana must pay killer $425K after throwing him in solitary confinement for 4 years
The state of Indiana must pay a convicted killer $425,000 after keeping him in solitary confinement for more than four years without conducting a single review to determine whether he should remain segregated, according to a new report. Jay Vermillon, who is serving time for murder and other offenses, entered solitary confinement at Westville Correctional...
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Google defends amassing health data on millions of people
Google has come under scrutiny after a report in The Wall Street Journal noted that a newly signed cloud computing deal with a healthcare customer could give the tech giant “detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states.” The deal, which was previously announced on Google parent company Alphabet’s July earnings call, is...
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You'll have to spend $2,500 to visit this store Santa
Harrods in London says its store Santa is only available to big spenders "in recognition of their loyal" patronage
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Dell says it will power all of its facilities with renewable energy by 2040
Dell has announced new sustainability initiatives as part of the "Progress Made Real" plan the company shared on Tuesday. The centerpiece of the company's new climate change plan is to source 75 percent of the power for all of its facilities from ren...
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Taliban release US, Australian hostages in prisoner swap with Afghan government
The Taliban have released U.S., Australian hostages in a prisoner swap with the Afghan government.
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U.S. pork prices rise as fatal pig disease hits Asia: Tyson Foods CEO
U.S. pork prices have increased in recent weeks as a fatal pig disease in Asia is reducing global meat supplies, the chief executive of Tyson Foods Inc said on Tuesday, after the company posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings.
Taking It All In: Hasan Minhaj’s Week
What the host of “Patriot Act” watched, read and listened to this week.
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Give me some of that: Trump renews call for negative U.S. interest rates
President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his criticism of the Federal Reserve's raising and then cutting of interest rates, saying the central bank had put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other countries and calling for negative interest rates.
4 of the most expensive watches at America's biggest luxury watch event, including the $800,000 Breguet that Cristiano Ronaldo was seen wearing
Jaquet Droz WatchTime New York is the largest luxury watch event in America. The event is attended by high-end watch retailers, casual buyers, and collectors alike. The timepieces on display can range from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Among the most expensive watches displayed at the event were a Breguet model that Cristiano Ronaldo recently wore and an Armin Strom watch inspired by a medieval European clock tower. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. America's largest luxury watch event took place on October 25 and 26 in New York City. A total of 37 brands were presenting their high-end timepieces at WatchTime New York 2019, an annual showing hosted by watch magazine WatchTime. These included centuries-old watchmakers like Omega and Breguet, as well as younger independent brands like Romain Gauthier, Armin Strom, and Tulloch, the latter of which made its worldwide debut as a company at the event. While some of the most inexpensive watches went for $16,500, many were priced well into the six-figure range. To keep prices in context, a vintage Patek Philippe sold at auction on Saturday went for a record-smashing $31 million. Here's a look at four of the priciest timepieces that were on display at WatchTime's annual event.1. Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance Armin Strom Released in a limited collection of just 10 pieces, this watch celebrates the 10th anniversary of Armin Strom. The company also touts it as the world's first and only resonance chiming wristwatch, offering two complications — resonance and minute repeater — in one timepiece. According to press materials, the watch was inspired by the Zytglogge, a watch tower that's been standing in Bern's center for more than eight centuries. Armin Strom The Armin Strom Minute Repeater Resonance is valued at $350,000, a spokesperson for WatchTime told Business Insider. 2. Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater Jaquet Droz Touted by the company as "the only one of its kind in the world," this 2018 model is inspired by a tropical landscape. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both proposed taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Here's how much poorer America's 10 wealthiest billionaires would be under a moderate wealth tax.A $20 million 3-deck superyacht made in Dubai won best in show at the world's biggest in-water boat event. Here's a look inside.Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive, 35-year-old Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018SEE ALSO: The woman who found a $250,000 Rolex in her thrift-store couch 'did all the right things,' according to the expert collector who later bought her watch himself DON'T MISS: One of the world's biggest luxury watch shows is undergoing major changes in 2020
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Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford suspends presidential race bid
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has suspended his 2020 presidential race two months after announcing his protest bid.
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Cat commotion! Group of strays caught darting through woman’s car
Watch out! Some seriously crazy cats leaped right into a woman’s car window in Hemingway, South Carolina. The energetic bunch backflipped, ran and bounced their way around the vehicle before finally scattering. See the hilarious moment the fast-moving felines were caught completely tearing up the car.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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My family's favorite holiday tradition has replaced typical gift-giving, and we don't miss the presents at all
Courtesy Kelly Burch Each year, my extended family works together to buy presents and food for a family in need, rather than purchasing gifts for each other.  This lets us enjoy Christmas shopping without feeling like we're being frivolous.  It also helps us save money, because we're purchasing fewer gifts.  Read more personal finance coverage. Each year my mother, sister, and I go Christmas shopping together. We have our list, and we usually need to check it twice, because we're never quite sure who we're shopping for.  That's because for the last five years, we've shopped for strangers. Rather than buying gifts for each other, my family (my husband, mom, and three siblings) "adopt" a family in need, buying them gifts and necessities to make their season brighter. 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:My free Credit Karma app helped my credit score spike by 50 points overnightThe first personal finance book I ever read completely changed the way I think about and manage my moneyA Southern California couple who worked 'blue collar' jobs plans to retire comfortably thanks to 3 strategies they started years ago
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How to sharpen an image in Photoshop automatically, to reduce blurriness in your images
Sharaf Maksumov/Shutterstock You can sharpen an image in Photoshop easily by using the aptly named Smart Sharpen tool. Sharpening an image in Photoshop can be useful, especially if you weren't able to snap a sharp picture by yourself. Only three quick steps are required to sharpen up a shot in Photoshop 2020.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Capturing sharp images is ideal, but not realistic in all photo scenarios. Taking a picture with little to no blur is particularly hard in low light conditions, settings where the color of your subject approximates the color of the background, or in action shots where you need to account for motion.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:How to add text over an image in Photoshop, and adjust the font or colorHow to resize a layer in Photoshop in 4 simple stepsHow to remove the background of an image in Photoshop using 2 different methodsSEE ALSO: The best keyboards you can buy
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Christian Serratos looks stunning as Selena in Netflix series
Netflix has confirmed: “The Walking Dead” actress Christian Serratos will play iconic singer Selena Quintanilla in the streaming giant’s upcoming take on her rise to fame. In a teaser trailer for the upcoming drama series Serratos applies lipstick, dances in her living room as her mother watches on, then performs in her famous purple sparkly...
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Most destructive hurricanes hitting US more often than ever
WASHINGTON — Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the US three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study. Experts generally measure a hurricane’s destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but that hit only sparsely populated...
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Trump slams Federal Reserve during speech before Economic Club of New York
Trump said his administration had worked to bolster the economy despite what he said were too many interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.
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Nigel Farage faces backlash from 'betrayed' Brexit party candidates
Leader’s decision to not contest Tory-held seats upsets some candidates who planned to stand Politics live – general election campaign coverageNigel Farage’s decision to unilaterally stand down more than half the Brexit party’s candidates has prompted fury from some of the hopefuls, with one candidate saying he only learned the news when a passing driver asked him why he was still campaigning.Darren Selkus, who was the candidate for Epping Forest, said Farage had “betrayed my incredible volunteers and thousands of constituents who will have no one to vote for” by pulling out of all 317 Conservative-held seats. Continue reading...
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Here's what it's like to live at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month
Ben Mack / Insider Dubai's Princess Tower was the tallest apartment building in the world until 2015. With a roof height of 1,286 feet, it is taller than the roof of the Empire State Building. It's so tall that sometimes clouds will form below the upper floors. Despite its lofty height and being in Dubai, rent is surprisingly affordable — you can get a room in an apartment for $1,400 a month or less, with utilities, access to amenities like a pool and gym, and daily cleaning included. For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the building, on the 88th floor. Despite not being fabulously wealthy, it made me feel like royalty. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  It's possible to live in the sky — even if you're not fabulously wealthy. One of the tallest steel trees in Dubai's glittering forest of skyscrapers is the Princess Tower. At 1,358 feet, it's the second-tallest tower that's open in Dubai, behind only the world's tallest building, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa. Until 2015, the Princess Tower was the tallest residential building in the world, but its crown was swiped by 432 Park Avenue in New York City. But unlike 432 Park Avenue — where, as Katie Warren wrote in February, penthouses can cost many millions of dollars — rent for apartments in the Princess Tower are surprisingly affordable: in fact, for 5,000 United Arab Emirates dirhams ($1,362) and under per month, they come in at barely half the monthly median rent in New York City (which is now more than $2,700). For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the Princess Tower, on the 88th floor (out of 97 above ground). Here's what it was like to live at such a lofty height on a modest (read: non-six-figure) salary.The Princess Tower is tall — until 2015 it was the tallest apartment building in the world. Ben Mack / Insider Dubai is known for tall buildings — but even by its standards, the Princess Tower is tall. In fact, from 2012 to 2015, it was the tallest apartment building in the world, recognized as such by the Guinness World Records. It's even taller than the Empire State Building. Ben Mack / Insider With a roof height of 1,286 feet, the Princess Tower stands more than three basketball hoops (which, of course, are 10 feet high each) higher than the Empire State Building, which has a roof height of 1,250 feet. Located in the Dubai Marina, the area around it is also the world's tallest residential block. Francois Nel/Getty Images for XCAT Six of the world's 10 tallest residential buildings are next to each other in the Dubai Marina. In a way, with so many supertall towers right next to each other, it makes them individually look shorter than they actually are. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:You can now rent a suite in a real-life royal palace on Airbnb, and it comes with a private butlerTourist attractions that became obsolete in 2019I stayed in a 182-square-foot room on the world's largest cruise ship, where no space was left unused. Here's what it's like inside.
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City regulator staff slated over 'shameful' behaviour at London HQ
FCA employees verbally abused catering staff, defecated on the floor and stole plantsThe City watchdog has warned staff to clean up their act following “shameful” behaviour at its London headquarters, including verbal abuse of catering teams and workers defecating on toilet floors.A senior boss at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – which is in charge of policing bankers and financial firms – has written to staff over their bad behaviour at the watchdog’s £60m office in Stratford, east London. Continue reading...
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‘Full House’ actress Andrea Barber details mental breakdown in memoir
It wasn't all punchlines and laugh tracks for Kimmy Gibbler after "Full House" wrapped.
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Woman charged with murder of Army vet working as pizza driver
An Ohio woman is facing charges in connection with the 2012 murder of a pizza delivery driver who was lured to her death, authorities said this week. Erica Stefanko, 36, was arrested Monday on charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse in the death of Ashley Biggs, an Army vet who...
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Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook
Facebook is launching a new payments system today, appropriately named Facebook Pay. It will be available across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and it’s designed to facilitate payments across Facebook’s popular social networks and apps. You’ll be able to use Facebook Pay to send money to friends, shop for goods, or even donate to fundraisers. The service will be separate to Facebook’s new Calibra wallet and the Libra network, and is “built on existing financial infrastructure and partnerships” according to the company. Facebook is planning to start rolling out Facebook Pay on Messenger and Facebook in the US this week, and it will initially be available for fundraisers, person-to-person payments, even tickets, in-game purchases, and some purchases from pages and businesses that operate on Facebook’s Marketplace. “Over time, we plan to bring Facebook Pay to more people and places, including for use across Instagram and WhatsApp,” explains Deborah Liu, Facebook’s vice president of marketplace and commerce. Facebook Pay will be available in the settings section of the Facebook or Messenger apps, and it will support most debit and credit cards and PayPal. Facebook is using Stripe, PayPal, and others to process these payments. Facebook isn’t revealing exactly when this payment system will be available across all of its apps, nor when it will launch internationally. Facebook Pay comes just weeks after a large number of payment companies dropped out of Facebook’s Libra project. PayPal, which is supporting Facebook Pay, was one of the first to distance itself from the Libra Association, the nonprofit organization that oversees the creation of the cryptocurrency and its rollout. Every major US payment processor has now exited the association, and it’s left Facebook with the daunting task of convincing governments that Libra is an option, just when trust in Facebook is at an all time low. That’s not stopping Facebook launching a more traditional payment system today, though. “Facebook Pay is part of our ongoing work to make commerce more convenient, accessible and secure for people on our apps,” says Liu. “We’ll continue to develop Facebook Pay and look for ways to make it even more valuable for people on our apps.”
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If Joe Biden drops out of the 2020 race, Elizabeth Warren would likely be the big winner, not Pete Buttigieg
Mike Blake/Reuters If former Vice President Joe Biden were to drop out, one candidate — Sen. Elizabeth Warren — is poised to benefit more than anyone else in the race.  About 60% of Biden's supporters say they'd also be satisfied with Warren as the 2020 Democratic nominee.  This is notable given that Warren has positioned herself as a significantly more progressive alternative to Biden and the two candidates have taken repeated swipes at each other recently. Meanwhile, half of Biden's supporters would also be satisfied with Sen. Bernie Sanders as the nominee and 40% would be satisfied with Sen. Kamala Harris. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If former Vice President Joe Biden were to drop out, one candidate — Sen. Elizabeth Warren — is best positioned to benefit more than anyone else in the race, according to recent Insider polling.  About 60% of Biden's supporters say they'd also be satisfied with Warren as the 2020 Democratic nominee. 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:Two-thirds of Bernie Sanders supporters also would support Elizabeth Warren if she's the nomineeMichael Bloomberg’s late entry into the 2020 race is motivated by fear among Democrats that Joe Biden’s campaign is in a ‘dire’ placePete Buttigieg has emerged as the heir to Biden’s dominance in the moderate 2020 Democratic lane, besting several senators in the processSEE ALSO: POWER RANKING: Here's who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee
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Scientists may have worked out why we hiccup
Although hiccups seem a nuisance, scientists have discovered they may play a crucial role in our development -- by helping babies to regulate their breathing. - RSS Channel
Artisinal gin flavored with elephant dung gets you shit-faced
Indlovu Gin is a new spirit infused with elephant dung. Gives new meaning to the term "shit-faced." It sells for about $32 per bottle. Creators Les and Paula Ansley of Mossel Bay, South Africa, came up with the concept on safari after learning that elephants have a varied diet of plants, fruits, and vegetables but less than half of it is actually digested. “As a consequence, in the elephant dung, you get the most amazing variety of these botanicals,” Les Ansley told the Associated Press. “(I recall my wife saying) Why don’t we let the elephants do the hard work of collecting all these botanicals and we will make gin from it?" From the AP: After about five sizeable bags of dung are collected for a batch of 3,000 to 4,000 bottles of the gin, the droppings are dried and crumbled, then washed to remove dirt and sand. Eventually only the remains of the fruits, flowers, leaves and bark eaten by the elephants are left behind. Those botanicals are then sterilized and dried again and placed in an airing cupboard. Think of it like a “spice cupboard,” Ansley said. Eventually, the remains are infused in the gin. (via Fark) Read the rest
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Big shareholder demands Elf Beauty put itself up for sale
A shareholder is calling on Elf Beauty — a marketer of “cruelty-free” makeup at discount stores like Walmart and Target — to put itself up for sale. In a letter to Elf’s chief executive that was revealed in a Tuesday securities filing, Marathon’s Mario Cibelli of Marathon Partners, the company’s largest outside investor, harped on...
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These Airports Let You Meet Your Family and Friends at the Gate
I’m old enough to remember what it was like to go through airport security with my family so we could all meet Grandma at the gate—and now, thanks to new TSA-approved tourist passes, some airports are allowing passengers to recreate that experience.Read more...
How to wrap text in Microsoft Excel in 2 ways, to make sure that all of your data is visible
Shutterstock You can wrap text in Excel to ensure that all the text in a cell is visible at once. There are two ways to wrap text — you can edit the settings so that cells wrap automatically, or you can manually break up lines to wrap text. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Wrapping text in an Excel cell makes it easier to view all of the data in that cell. A wrapped cell expands as you type into it, so it will always fit everything you type.  Wrapping text isn't the default option in Microsoft Excel, but it's a simple adjustment to make. There are two ways to wrap text in Excel — you can either edit the settings to wrap text automatically or you can manually enter line breaks. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:How to freeze a row in Excel so it remains visible when you scroll, to better compare data on different parts of a spreadsheetYou can play many Steam games offline — here's how to turn on and use offline modeHow to add text over an image in Photoshop, and adjust the font or colorSEE ALSO: The best keyboards you can buy
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Could Solving Loneliness Be Streaming TV's Next Innovation?
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Former Republican Congressman Mark Sanford drops bid to challenge Trump
Former South Carolina U.S. Representative Mark Sanford has abandoned his long-shot bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020, a campaign spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
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‘Days of Our Lives’ cast let go, but soap not canceled
The sand appears to be leaking out of the hourglass. TVLine has learned exclusively that the producers of “Days of Our Lives” have released the entire cast from their contracts, with the venerable soap set to go on an indefinite hiatus at month’s end. While the NBC sudser has not been canceled, the unprecedented — and...
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Bolivia seeks new leader as fallen Morales reaches Mexico
Bolivia's former leader Evo Morales landed in Mexico seeking asylum on Tuesday as security forces back home quelled violence over the long-serving leftist's resignation and opponents sought an interim replacement to fill the power vacuum.
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GOP talking points memo: Trump’s actions don’t warrant impeachment
The 18-page memo released by the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees reveals the arguments that Republicans plan to make as the inquiry shifts into public testimony Wednesday after weeks of closed-door hearings, according to The Hill.
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Hate-Crime Violence Hits 16-Year High, F.B.I. Reports
A drop in bias-related property crimes from 2017 to 2018 was offset by an increase in assaults and other forms of physical violence.
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'Monday Night Football' commentator under fire after belittling criticism of 49ers kicker for missed field goal
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime thriller on Monday night for their first loss of the season. During overtime, 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin missed a potential game-winning field goal, with play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore saying, "the moment was too big." Fans took issue with Tessitore's critique, saying he was unfairly burying a kicker who had already hit three important field goals for the 49ers earlier in the game. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in dramatic fashion on Monday night, taking a 27-24 victory in overtime to hand the Niners their first loss of the season. It was an instant-classic for "Monday Night Football" with regard to the action on the field, with both teams pulling off late scoring drives to force the best out of their opponent. But even with the great game on the field, play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and color commentator Booger McFarland once again struggled to connect with fans watching at home, even drawing the ire of some for their call on a late missed field goal.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:18 players to start or sit in fantasy football for Week 10What it costs to go to an NFL game at every stadium in the leagueNFL POWER RANKINGS: Where every team stands heading into Week 10
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If the Tories stop older veterans being held to account, the army is no longer accountable | Samira Shackle
A pledge to end historical investigations of soldiers is undemocratic. Civilians should be able to interrogate what happens in warOver the past decade, stories about British soldiers facing prosecution for alleged crimes committed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland have steadily appeared in the news. In 2013, “Marine A”, Sgt Alexander Blackman, became the first British soldier to be convicted of battlefield murder since the second world war, after being caught on camera killing an injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan. The Telegraph backed a petition calling for leniency, and the Daily Mail called for his early release, later claiming it “won him justice” after he left prison in 2017. Earlier this year, crowds gathered in support of “Soldier F”, or Dennis Hutchings, who appeared by video link at the Belfast court over the shooting of a young man with learning difficulties in 1974. Hutchings is 78 and in palliative care. Successive Conservative prime ministers and defence ministers have loudly voiced their disapproval of these legal processes.Public opinion in the UK shifted from anger about the Iraq war to anger at those pursuing cases against soldiers Continue reading...
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Mark Sanford drops GOP primary challenge to Trump
Mark Sanford, a Republican former South Carolina governor and congressman, is suspending his 2020 Republican presidential campaign.
The Democratic elite is panicked about Joe Biden, but he's far more popular with voters than donors
Reuters The Democratic donor class' collective panic over former Vice President Joe Biden's weakness in the 2020 field is driving possible last-minute entries into the Democratic field.  Just three months from the Iowa caucus, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick have floated entering the race as moderate alternatives.  "This is coming from Wall Street. They're terrified of Warren. And these guys would help Biden. But they've been in a room with him up close and they have doubts," one Democratic donor told Politico.  But the concerns of the Democratic elite are unfounded. Biden holds a commanding lead among two demographic groups critical to the Democratic coalition: voters over the age of 65 and African-American voters, especially black voters without a college degree. Biden is also widely perceived as uniquely capable of defeating President Donald Trump, an appeal that can't be replicated by swapping him out with an ideologically similar candidate.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Democratic donor class' collective panic over former Vice President Joe Biden's weakness in the 2020 field is driving possible last-minute entries into the Democratic field, but key constituencies of the Democratic Party still prefer Biden over the rest of the field.   Last Thursday, a senior adviser to former three-term New York City Mayor and billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg confirmed that after initially ruling out a presidential run in March, Bloomberg had filed paperwork to run in the Alabama primary in anticipation of a possible last-minute, self-funded presidential run.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:Michael Bloomberg is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.Michael Bloomberg’s late entry into the 2020 race is motivated by fear among Democrats that Joe Biden’s campaign is in a ‘dire’ placeMichael Bloomberg filed paperwork to run in Alabama's 2020 Democratic primarySEE ALSO: 3 glaring reasons why a potential Michael Bloomberg presidential bid might be doomed
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