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Michael Douglas shares plans for dad Kirk Douglas’ 103rd birthday
Son Michael revealed their plan to ring in the “Spartacus” actor’s big day on Dec. 9.
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Group backing specialized high school exams calls Richard Carranza ‘thin skinned’
The latest tit-for-tat comes after City Hall lost its first round at the state Capitol to scrap the tests, which are required to gain admission to eight of New York's most prestigious public high schools.
New York Post
On South Korea, Trump has seriously miscalculated
Trump's vision of the US military as a mercenary force is horrifying, but even more horrifying is that he has engaged in the seemingly purposeful, if haphazard, destruction of long-term alliances, writes Jonathan Cristol
Politica
Uber tests in-car audio recordings for rider and driver safety
Passengers and drivers would be able to record in-ride audio, helping track safety issues
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These are the 5 biggest digital trends to track as we head into 2020
At Business Insider Intelligence, our mission is to bring you the most important insights, data and analysis from the digital world. So when we come across outstanding research from our partners that we think our audience can benefit from, we like to make sure you hear about it.  That's why we're giving you a preview of one of eMarketer's most popular reports: Five Digital Trends to Track as We Head Into 2020. You can download the full report here. A major shift is coming that will rock the tech world as we know it. In 2019, the focus was on collecting data on user behavior. But in 2020, the attention will be on translating these statistics into actionable insights to form authentic and lasting connections with customers.eMarketer Even the most adamant Luddites are becoming amenable to the widely spreading "anti-the-way-it-used-to-be" attitude of consumers. We'll see out-of-touch marketing strategies gradually become extinct as values, transparency, and personalized content become vital for company survival.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Samsung's plan to outsource more smartphones is a play to drive value to its Galaxy A seriesChime is set to quadruple its revenue in 2019Elavon acquires Sage Pay for $300 million to grow its market share in the UK and Ireland
Business Insider
Struggling Maple Leafs fire coach Mike Babcock
TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock. Team President Brendan Shanahan announced the move Wednesday and said Sheldon Keefe would take over as coach. In parts of five seasons under Babcock, the Maple Leafs posted a record of 173-133-45 in 351 regular-season games and an 8-12 record in three postseason...
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The Coast Guard seized 209 tons of cocaine last year and started this year with another narco sub bust
The amount of cocaine seized by the US Coast Guard declined slightly in 2019 from the previous fiscal year, marking the second straight year of declines. But major busts on the high seas remain a regular occurrence. The 2019 fiscal year ended and the 2020 fiscal year began with busts of "narco subs," stealthy vessels that carry multiton loads of the drug. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After several years of increases, Coast Guard seizures of cocaine at sea declined slightly during fiscal year 2019, but that fiscal year ended and the 2020 fiscal year, which began on October 1 and runs to September 30, 2020, began with major busts. During the 2018 fiscal year, Coast Guard personnel removed 207,907.6 kilograms, or 208 metric tons, of cocaine worth an estimated $6.14 billion, Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane said in an email.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Heart-pounding video shows a badass Coast Guardsman running down a narco-sub loaded with cocaine and pounding on the hatchSee Also:The best Kindles and ebook readersQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 72 years of marriage today. Here's where the couple — and all the other most prominent royals — live.The best earbudsSEE ALSO: The Coast Guard busted another 'narco sub' carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine
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10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot at New Jersey HS Football Game
Micah Tennant, a 10-year-old boy, died five days after being shot during a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game between Pleasantville and Camden on Friday night, according to ESPN ...
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According to concept art, Baby Yoda was always cute
Jon Favreau, creator of "The Mandalorian," recently released concept art for the show, including the art for the infantile alien. Read more...More about Entertainment, Mashable Video, Star Wars, The Mandalorian, and Baby Yoda
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Elon Musk says the Tesla 2020 Roadster 'maybe won't need a key at all' (TSLA)
REUTERS/Issei Kato Drivers of Tesla's next Roadster model might not need a key to start the car, Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday. Tesla unveiled the new Roadster in 2017, and it is expected to arrive as early as 2020. Musk has previously teased other possible Roadster features on Twitter, including the ability to customize the car horn and replace it with fart noises or goat sound effects. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A Tesla fan tweeted at Elon Musk Wednesday with a modest request for the new Tesla Roadster: a socket near the driver meant to hold the key fob. The Tesla founder and CEO responded by teasing a feature of the next Roadster: owners "maybe won't need a key at all."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:Elon Musk said Tesla's pickup truck will be able to tow over 20 times more than a Ford F-150. Here are 8 other bold claims he's made about the truck.Amazon says police can keep videos from Ring doorbells forever and share them with anyoneElon Musk said he's excited about Ford's $43,895 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV — here's how it will stack up against Tesla's $39,000 Model YSEE ALSO: Elon Musk says Tesla owners will soon be able to replace their horn with fart and goat noises
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Mike Babcock Fired, Replaced by Sheldon Keefe as Maple Leafs' New Head Coach
The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock after a 9-10-4 start to the season, the team announced Wednesday. Sheldon Keefe will take over the head coaching job...
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Why your muscles ache when you have the flu
Aidan Jones/flickr Your muscles ache when you have the flu because the virus is wreaking havoc on your body and causing inflammation.  Muscle aches should resolve when the virus clears your body. Some people may recover from the flu in a few days and others within two weeks. While mild aches associated with the flu shouldn't be a cause for concern, there is a small risk it could develop into something more serious called myositis. This article was reviewed by Graham Snyder, MD, MS, who is the medical director for the Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology branch at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. If you have the flu, you're probably spending more time in bed than usual. So then why do your muscles seem to ache all over if you haven't been using them very much? Turns out, those muscle aches aren't that different from the soreness you may feel after an intense workout. That's because the pain in both cases is the result of inflammation. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:What causes a stuffy nose and how to clear it out fastYes, you can you get the flu more than once a yearWhat you should avoid eating and drinking when you have the flu
Business Insider
Sondland describes multiple calls with Trump about Ukraine
Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, described several conversations he's had with President Donald Trump at the impeachment hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Politica
Wall Street falls on concerns about U.S.-China trade deal progress
Wall Street's main indexes ended Wednesday's session lower on concerns that a "phase one" trade deal between Washington and Beijing may not be completed this year, while minutes from the Federal Reserve's October policy meeting appeared to offer little help.
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Yorkie crushed by FedEx driver who threw package over fence, family says
A California family blames FedEx for their Yorkie’s death, saying a driver flung a package over the fence that crushed the beloved pooch, according to a report. Mitchell Galin and Keiko Napier said their dog Cooper was in the backyard of their Venice home when the FedEx driver tossed the package that landed on top...
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Vive Cosmos VR headset has an inexcusable flaw — horrid tracking
The HTC Vive Cosmos virtual reality headset is an improvement over the original HTC Vive except for when it comes to tracking, which spoils the whole thing.
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This training robot may make you better at ping pong — Strictly Robots
Using it, along with an app, Trainerbot can be used to teach you how to play ping pong. Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Ping Pong, Strictly Robots, and Trainerbot
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Opinion: Trump threw away hope for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine
President Donald Trump just killed off any hope for a peace process between Israeli and Palestinians -- and undermined US interests in the process.
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Trump and Pompeo threw away any hope for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine
Jill Filipovic writes that the Trump administration's reversal of a 40-year-old policy which says that Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate international law undermines the potential for a peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.
Politica
This insulated travel mug is completely leak-proof so your coffee will never spill in your bag — and it's under $20
Amazon Travel mugs are great in theory, but many are prone to spilling, leaking, or not actually keeping things hot, or cold, enough.  The Contigo Autoseal West Loop Travel Mug ($12-$24 at Amazon, price varies by color and size) automatically closes, is spill-proof and leak-proof, and keeps drinks hot for up to five hours, making it an affordable and convenient buy that also provides some peace of mind. It is our top pick for the best travel mug in our buying guide, and after using it myself, I couldn't agree more.  I love a warm beverage in the morning. Whether it's a freshly brewed coffee, steeped tea, or just some hot water with lemon, sitting down and enjoying a warm drink has become somewhat of a morning ritual — even in the heat of summer. The problem is, most mornings I don't have time to actually sit down and sip, so I'm forced to choose — relinquish the ritual or take it on the go.  In the past, I would just pour my drinks into any old travel mug and hope for the best; my wishful thinking was often met with leaks, spills, and hot coffee that went cold too soon. I quickly realized not all travel mugs are created equal.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:50 thoughtful gifts for mom that won't cost you more than $50Black Friday deals on the PlayStation 4 and VR headset go live on November 24 — here are the best onesPlant delivery startup The Sill makes it easy to learn about which plants are right for your home — here's how it works
Business Insider
Elle Macpherson, 55, poses in bikini while sharing beauty secrets
She isn't called "The Body" for nothing.
New York Post
Exclusive: LVMH gets access to Tiffany's books after it raises offer - sources
French luxury group LVMH has persuaded U.S. jewelry chain Tiffany & Co to provide it with confidential due diligence after it raised its bid from $120 per share to close to $130 per share, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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This portable engraver will give all of your items flair — Future Blink
Using an app, LaserPecker allows you to choose from a variety of patterns, photos, or customized patterns to etch into household items. Read more...More about Tech, Mashable Video, Engraver, Future Blink, and Laserpecker
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'Castle Rock's shocking Season 2 twist meant lying to everyone for a really good reason
Spoiler alert for Wednesday's episode of Castle Rock Castle Rock was pitched to the Hulu audience as an anthology series where every season would feature a new cast in an unrelated story. The first season dealt with the discovery of a mysterious stranger locked away in the bowels of Shawshank prison and the second focused on the early life of Misery's Annie Wilkes. Two seasons, two stories. That's the show.  Rather, that would be the show if any of that were true. After the seventh episode of its second season, which aired Wednesday, it appears that Castle's Rock's oft-promoted anthology format was the best sort of bullshit — the kind that leads up to a truly spectacular twist.  Read more...More about Castle Rock, Bill Skarsg Rd, The Kid, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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There is an ironic failure to the NFL's new pass interference review rules
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File After the 2018 NFC Championship was all but decided on a blown pass interference call, the NFL set out to make the penalty reviewable with hopes of preventing such mistakes in the future. Since the rule has been enacted, it's hardly been enforced, leaving coaches and players confused and officials looking foolish week after week. With 11 weeks of evidence as to how the rule is being interpreted, it's now not even clear whether it would have overturned the call that brought it into existence. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In the 2018 NFC Championship, the Los Angeles Rams outlasted the New Orleans Saints to reach Super Bowl LIII thanks in large part to a blown pass interference call late in the game. With just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter and the teams knotted at 20-20, the Saints were driving deep in Rams territory for what looked likely to be the game-winning score.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:The 15 richest billionaire NFL club owners, and how they made their fortuneThe Patriots ran a trick play where Julian Edelman threw a gorgeous touchdown pass to take a lead over the EaglesThe NFL's pass interference rules continue to baffle as a seemingly obvious grab prevented a Texans touchdown and didn't get overturned
Business Insider
Riot police chase down protesters in Hong Kong
Police have called on protesters to resign after they occupied the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. CNN's Anna Coren reports.
Sport
‘SNL’ has Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy and Lizzo on deck for December
“Saturday Night Live” is giving us the gift of hosts just in time for the holidays — Jennifer Lopez is hosting “SNL.” The “Hustlers” star and soon-to-be Super Bowl co-headliner will take the stage at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 7, along with musical guest DaBaby. J.Lo previously appeared on the show in 2001 and 2010,...
New York Post
Julie Andrews: Watching husband Blake Edwards direct orgy scene was ‘sweet’
“He said, ‘Julie, you’ve just gotta come on over here, it’s an unbelievable sight.’ So I went dashing over!"
New York Post
Why this monkey with a ‘human face’ can’t get laid
It's not because he bears a striking resemblance to an old, disgruntled man.
New York Post
U.S. lawmakers question Google about collection of health records
U.S. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren along with fellow Senators Richard Blumenthal and Bill Cassidy wrote a letter to Alphabet's Google on Wednesday to raise questions about its access to the health records of tens of millions of Americans.
REUTERS
These expert puppeteers create videos to help kids in the developing world — Mashable Originals
Meet husband and wife duo, puppet experts, and No Strings Productions founders, Michael Frith and Kathy Mullen. No Strings uses puppets to create short films that teach kids in the developing world a variety of topics. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Kids, Culture, Puppets, and Mashable Originals
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Trump’s F.D.A. Nominee Sidesteps Questions About Banning Flavored Vaping Products
The nominee, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, said the decision to restrict flavors would not be his, if confirmed, because it was already under final review by the White House.
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How spending a year 4,600 miles from home on an isolated Russian peninsula brought an American writer's debut novel to the final round of the National Book Awards
Getty Images / Ksenia Ogneva / EyeEm Julia Phillips' debut novel "Disappearing Earth" is one of five titles on the shortlist for the 2019 National Book Award in fiction. Phillips spent a college semester studying abroad in Moscow before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to spend a year in Kamchatka, the remote peninsula in far-eastern Russia. The novel is set in the Kamchatka capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where two young girls go missing on a summer afternoon. It is told, over the course of one year, through 12 female characters' points of view. In a recent sit-down conversation, Phillips discussed the art of writing about shock, what drew her to Russia, and how her time abroad shaped her novel. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When she was a year and a half old, Julia Phillips drowned in the pond in her backyard. At the time, the Phillips family lived in Montclair, New Jersey. Her dad pulled her out of the pond and yelled to his wife, Julia's mom, to call 911.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:The world’s first all-carbon superyacht is on sale for over $30 million — take a peek inside the flashy gold vesselMillennials might not be buying multimillion-dollar ranches, but Kanye West sure is'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers' home — in one of London's ritziest neighborhoods — just hit the market for over $6 million. Here's a look inside.SEE ALSO: I read the book everyone's talking about by the 28-year-old novelist being hailed 'the first great millennial author,' and I totally understand the hype
Business Insider
Dutch footballers will not play in first minute of matches in racism protest
Footballers in the top two divisions in the Netherlands will not play the first minute of their matches this weekend to draw attention to racism.
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Prince Andrew Steps Back From Public Duties Over Ties To Jeffrey Epstein
The news comes days after Prince Andrew sat down for an hourlong interview with the BBC over his association with the convicted pedophile. He says the scrutiny has been a "major disruption."
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You might be able to schedule tweets from Twitter’s web app starting today
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Today, Twitter announced that it’s rolling out an “experiment” of a new tweet scheduling feature that you can use right from Twitter’s web app (via 9to5Mac). The new feature could be handy to prep tweets for a coordinated product launch or news announcement, for example. But until today, it wasn’t something you could do on Twitter’s web app — you would have had to use TweetDeck or a third-party service like Buffer. If you’re part of the experiment, you’ll be able to schedule a tweet right from the compose window. Here’s what the process looks like — it seems pretty straightforward: Tweet scheduling on https://t.co/8FModRv1sl? Yes please! Starting today, we’re experimenting with bringing one of @TweetDeck’s handiest time-saving features... Continue reading…
The Verge
The ‘Thong Song’ turns 20: Sisqo says singing it is like ‘climaxing’
Today, the “Thong Song” turns 20 years old — a real blast from the past about that ass. Sisqo, the singer of the iconic novelty R&B jam released in 1999, discussed all things thong with Vice, including his favorite lingerie item, the song’s connection to The Beatles and “Star Wars” as well as its surprisingly...
New York Post
Kevin Knox’s next Knicks goal as he grinds away far from the spotlight
PHILADELPHIA — As Knicks rookie RJ Barrett held court before a throng of media types Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Center, Kevin Knox sat alone a few seats away. It’s been that way all season. The lottery-pick media glare no longer is hitting Knox in his second campaign after being the ninth pick in the...
New York Post
People and Dogs Unite to Save Koalas From Australia's Horrific Bush Fires
The past few weeks of bush fires have created a nightmare in Australia. Smoke has clogged the Sydney skyline, and state governments have issued terrifying warnings essentially urging residents to flee or risk death.Read more...
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Infant Skeletons Wearing ‘Helmets’ Made of Other Children’s Skulls Stun Archaeologists
Archaeologists in Ecuador have uncovered evidence of a previously undocumented funeral ritual, in which the heads of recently deceased infants were adorned with the skulls of other children. Scientists can only speculate as to the reasons why.Read more...
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Brooks Koepka says a knee injury will keep him from playing in the Presidents Cup
Team USA will be without the world's number one ranked golfer thanks to a knee injury.
Sport
This will be the fastest Mini Cooper on the road
Mini Cooper unveiled its fastest street legal model yet at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
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Apple just launched a new battery case for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, and it introduces a dedicated camera button for the first time (AAPL)
Crystal Cox/Business Insider Apple just released a new battery case for its iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The new case introduces a dedicated camera button, which when pressed launches the phone's camera whether the device is locked or unlocked. A long press allows you to quickly capture a QuickTake video. The cases cost $129 and are available through Apple. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Apple has quietly released a new battery case for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max that includes a dedicated camera button. The new case should make your iPhone last 50% longer, Apple's website says.  The cases are priced at $129, just like the model the company previously released for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, and are immediately available through Apple.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside the US government's top-secret bioweapons labSee Also:iOS 13 lets you connect an Xbox One controller to your IPhone — here's how to do itI tried Apple's new AirPods Pro and Sony's popular 'AirPods killer' earbuds, and if you care about sound quality, the winner is clearApple details plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin ahead of Trump's visit to its Texas factorySEE ALSO: Motorola's iconic Razr flip phone was one of my favorite cellphones ever — but here's why I wouldn't buy the new one
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Weatherwatch: Cyclone Bulbul leaves millions displaced in Bangladesh
More than 2 million evacuated as thousands of homes destroyed by strong winds and torrential rain Cyclone Bulbul brought strong winds and torrential rain to the low-lying coasts of Bangladesh and eastern India. The storm began its formation near Palau, to the east of the Philippines – 3,100 miles (5,000km) from Bangladesh. The system then crossed the Indochinese peninsula and intensified over the Bay of Bengal before making landfall on 9 November near Sagar Island in West Bengal, India. More than 200mm of rain fell in places, coupled with an extreme storm surge and winds reaching 75mph. Across Bangladesh, 2.1 million people were relocated to cyclone shelters, but 4,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. About 5,000 trees were brought down in the Sundarbans – the world’s largest mangrove forest.In Venice, Italy, 90% of the canal city has been flooded in the past week due to tides at their highest levels for more than 50 years. Water levels reached 187cm above normal on 12 November, forcing St Mark’s Square to close, while the vaporetti – the city’s famous waterbuses – were suspended. The flooding has been estimated to have caused more than €1bn-worth of damage. Continue reading...
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Chart: Year-To-Date Cannabis Investment Activity Up 40 Percent Over 2018, But It's Slowing
Are marijuana stocks still all the rage, or are they starting to level out as we head into 2020?
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How Much Should You Contribute to Your FSA?
A flexible spending account (FSA) can be a great way to cover your out-of-pocket medical expenses with pre-tax money—meaning you can save money just by putting funds aside for your medical costs that insurance doesn’t cover. But if you’ve never had one before, you might be confused about how much money to contribute.Read more...
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Sondland comments on Trump's remarks about him: "Easy come, easy go"
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Illinois, highlighted on Wednesday remarks President Trump made about Ambassador Gordon Sondland in October and November. Watch Sondland's reaction.
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How Did Pete Buttigieg Become the Front-Runner?
A year ago he was “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of.” Now he’s taking the debate stage as Iowa’s top dog.
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