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Overwatch Role Queue system will change the metagame, for better or worse

Blizzard attempts to make Overwatch matches "fair and fun" with the Role Queue system, which forces teams to be made up of two heroes in each role. The feature's sudden entry into the Overwatch League will shake up the metagame.
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Yale study shows same-sex sexual behavior provides species-wide benefits
A team of researchers from the Yale school of Forestry and Environmental Studies recently published research indicating scientists have been looking at ‘same-sex sexual behavior‘ (SSB) all wrong. Rather than being anomalous or abnormal, the researchers suggest that SSB is intrinsic to evolution and that ‘different-sex sexual behavior‘ (DSB) shouldn’t be considered a baseline for sexual activity in the animal kingdom. The reason why? Because the other way doesn’t really makes sense. According to a Yale press release: Researchers argue these behaviors may actually have been part of the original, ancestral condition in animals and have persisted because they have… This story continues at The Next Web
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Browns star loses appeal for brawl punishment
The NFL had suspended the Cleveland Browns star indefinitely for hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback with his helmet.
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Trump's 'killing machines' comments show he fails to grasp the basics about the US military he leads
Brendan Smialowski/Getty President Donald Trump's comments like the US military is training "our boys to be killing machines" show the commander in chief is out of touch with the force he leads. The business of the US military is ensuring the lawful use of force, and that any service member suspected of violating this or committing any crime is investigated and prosecuted with an opportunity to defend themselves. "His instincts are anathema to what the modern American military's instincts are," a national security expert told Insider. The fastest way for the US military to lose its credibility with the foreign populations it must protect to defeat the enemy is by desecrating dead bodies or letting "killing machines" go unpunished.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump, who has butted heads with his national security team again and again, quipped early this year that he would've made a "good general." But mounting evidence suggests otherwise. "His instincts are anathema to what the modern American military's instincts are," constitutional law professor and national security expert Deborah Pearlstein told Insider.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:Trump is taking extra steps to protect alleged war criminal Eddie Gallagher after he already pardoned himTrump's Syria retreat is giving ISIS 'time and space' to strike the West, blistering Pentagon report saysWe went inside Secret Service boot camp where recruits get top secret training for their 'zero-fail mission'SEE ALSO: The defense secretary begged Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminals
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Wall Street ends slightly lower; investors stay to sidelines
U.S. stock indexes dipped slightly on Thursday as investors moved to the sidelines with mixed messages and no concrete signs of progress on U.S.-China relations.
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Adidas ‘Star Wars’ collection: UltraBOOST kicks for super fans
May the footwear be with you.
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Trump pushes back on Navy review that could expel Gallagher from SEALs
President Trump tweeted Thursday the Navy would not strip Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher of his status in the elite force
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A Michelin-starred chef told us why people shouldn't feel intimidated by fine dining
Hollis Johnson Though fine dining can be an intimidating phrase, many high-end restaurants are shifting away from the old, white-tablecloth model.  Benno, the restaurant tucked away in the back of the Evelyn Hotel in Manhattan, received a Michelin star in the 2020 guide after being open for less than a year. The New York City restaurant centers itself around approachability and inclusion.  Insider sat down with chef Jonathan Benno, wine director Aaron Von Rock, and general manager Andrea Verardo to talk about fine dining, the philosophy at Benno, and all things Michelin.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  If you want an inside look at fine dining, look no further than Benno, the restaurant tucked away in the back of the Evelyn Hotel in Manhattan — the star-studded team is a veritable encyclopedia of restaurant knowledge.  Jonathan Benno is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in kitchens run by top-name chefs including Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Tom Colicchio. He also served as chef de cuisine at Per Se, which was awarded three Michelin stars under his watch, and executive chef at Lincoln Ristorante, which was awarded one star. Aaron Von Rock, the wine director, and Andrea Verardo, the general manager, also have illustrious, Michelin-starred careers at a slew of fine-dining establishments around the world. Insider sat down with the trio before service in the elegant dining room of Benno's eponymous restaurant to talk misconceptions surrounding fine dining, the philosophy at Benno, and all things Michelin.  Chef Jonathan Benno told Insider that while all of the Michelin stars he has received over the course of his career are special, the star that his eponymous restaurant, Benno, was awarded in the 2020 guide was a particularly memorable accomplishment. Hollis Johnson/Insider But while the Michelin-starred restaurant — which is tucked in the back of the first floor of the Evelyn Hotel in Manhattan — is named after him, Benno said he couldn't have done it without his team. "We have an incredible team here, I have partners here, and I'm certainly not going to say that I did it on my own," he explained.  Benno said that overall, he's pleased with the way his menu has evolved over the last year, noting that the shift from a prix fixe menu to a la carte was done in the name of accessibility. Hollis Johnson/Insider "A big part of our evolution is that we opened with a prix fixe format," he explained. "It was three-course, four-course, five-course, but the guest chooses the menu. Based on guest feedback, based on the perception of being a tasting menu restaurant, a special occasion restaurant, we made the decision several months ago to go with an a la carte format in the dining room." Of the many dishes on his menu, Benno said he wished more customers would give tripe, or stomach lining, a shot. "I wish people would give tripe a chance," he said, chuckling. "Tripe kind of comes on and off our menu. It never really seems to sell very well, and I accept it." Benno told Insider that a common misconception about fine dining among young people is that service can be prim and proper — and not fun. Hollis Johnson/Insider He explained that people who eat at fine-dining establishments more often — usually older customers who have the resources to do so — realize that eating at restaurants like Benno can be a blast.  Of the Michelin star, Benno is grateful but knows he and his team can't rest on their laurels. "We just got the Michelin star, which has really helped with awareness and bringing people through the front door," he explained. "Then it's up to us to deliver an experience that isn't just going to say 'Wow,' it's also going to stick in someone's memory so they come back with their significant other, a business colleague, a private event."  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A couple took their wedding photos on an abandoned island in New York, and the pictures are stunningIn a political landscape dominated by class warfare, 2019 was the year movies ate the rich10 of the most overrated travel destinations of the year, so far
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Republican critical of Trump hints about how he'll vote
Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) delivers remarks on the fifth day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
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Ukraine's president denies request to release Trump call records
The call is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry
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Australian tourist attacked by mob in India after allegedly ‘misbehaving’ with women
An Australian tourist in India was bound and beaten by a group of villagers this week after he “misbehaved” with the local women while drunk, officials said. The 35-year-old Melbourne man was seen in pictures lying in a hospital bed with a rope still tied around his wrists. His body was covered in dirt, blood...
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Navy veteran was dead for 3 years before he was found in apartment
A Navy veteran who lived in Texas was dead for around three years before his body was found inside his apartment, officials said. The body of Ronald Wayne White was discovered on the kitchen floor of his Dallas home by apartment complex staffers checking last week on units not using water, news station WFAA reported....
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California justices reject law requiring Trump tax returns to get on ballot
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, a unanimous state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court said the law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, was unconstitutional because it required...
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Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina St. prediction, line: Take the fave
The Post’s Howie Kussoy, aka The Pigskin Profit, takes a shot on Thursday night’s college football game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the visiting North Carolina State Wolfpack: GEORGIA TECH (-2½) over North Carolina State: I’m going to be nice (I’m due) and ignore the 55 points the Wolfpack allowed to Clemson. Excluding...
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Half-Life: Alyx minimum specs mean you may need to upgrade your gaming PC
Valve If you’re excited about the first new Half-Life game in 12 years and you’re seriously thinking about a VR headset, you should know that it may not be your only expense. In fact, some people who already use headsets may need to shell out extra cash. That’s because, as Ben Kuchera at our sister site Polygon notes, the minimum system requirements for Half-Life: Alyx are higher than what VR has traditionally asked for. While the VR minspec has stayed relatively stable ever since the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first appeared on the scene in 2016 — a fast dual-core CPU, Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX480 or better, and 8GB of RAM — Alyx now demands a quad-coreCore i5 chip or better, a GTX 1060 or better with 6GB of video RAM, and 12GB of system... Continue reading…
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Verizon’s new 5G coverage maps show just how sparse the network is
Verizon maps show small pockets of 5G, and 4G everywhere else.
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Trump set a deadline to impose car tariffs. Then nothing happened.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images President Donald Trump said he would decide this month whether to follow through with threats to levy steep tariffs on car imports to the US. But the White House allowed a self-imposed deadline for that decision to pass without an announcement on November 13. That has left the auto industry in the dark on what might come next.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump said he would decide this month whether to follow through with threats to levy steep tariffs on car imports to the US, a move that was expected to raise the price of vehicles by thousands of dollars. But the White House allowed a self-imposed deadline for that decision to pass without an announcement on November 13, leaving the auto industry in the dark on what might come next. 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:GOLDMAN SACHS: Equity traders are expecting an economic acceleration — and these 12 stocks are best positioned to skyrocket as conditions improveTrump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering votersTrump hails 'cash' coming from US aid package to farmers caught in the China trade war's crosshairsSEE ALSO: Trump says Democrats want a 'nice, big, juicy recession'
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Nicolas Cage once lived in this breathtaking $30 million Malibu mansion
Nicolas Cage’s former Malibu home will be “Gone In 60 Seconds.” Listed for $30 million, the newly renovated California property has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a swimming pool and floor-to-ceiling views of the Pacific Ocean.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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The Best Way to Break Awful News to a Kid, According to Reddit
Breaking bad news to our kids is awful. A divorce, a serious illness, the death of a pet, the death of a family member ... there are all kinds of difficult things they will experience in their lives that we can’t fully shield them from. We have to tell them because if we don’t, someone else will; and it’s always…Read more...
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Hillsborough police chief does not accept he admitted failings, court told
David Duckenfield’s answers at 2015 inquests taken ‘out of context’, argues defence at trialThe South Yorkshire police officer in command at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough when 96 people were killed does not accept he has clearly previously admitted that his failings caused the disaster, his barrister has told a jury.Benjamin Myers QC, making his closing speech in defence of former chief superintendent David Duckenfield to a criminal charge of manslaughter by gross negligence, said the prosecution has taken “out of context” Duckenfield’s evidence to the 2014-16 inquests into the disaster. Myers also said it is not unfair at this trial to criticise another police officer, Inspector Harry White. Duckenfield said at the inquests that it was unfair to criticise White and that he did not blame him.At the March 2015 inquests into the 96 deaths at the semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, Duckenfield, now 75, agreed under questioning that he had made a series of failures and fallen below the standards of a reasonably competent match commander. Myers told the jury at Preston crown court that these answers were made with the benefit of hindsight, and that explanations he gave have been disregarded and to present them as admissions of failure is “very unfair and very inaccurate”. The prosecution alleges that Duckenfield was grossly negligent after he ordered a large exit gate to be opened to alleviate a crush at the 23 Leppings Lane turnstiles, which had been allocated to the 24,000 people with tickets to support Liverpool. Duckenfield, the jury has heard, did not take steps to close a tunnel which led people into the crowded central “pens” of the Leppings Lane terrace where the lethal crush took place.At the inquests, Duckenfield was asked by Paul Greaney QC, representing the Police Federation, about the failure to close the tunnel and his view of White, who was in charge of two “serials” of officers in the area around the tunnel: “Whatever the cause of your failure, whether freezing or ignorance, it was your failure and nobody else’s; do you agree?” Greaney asked. “Yes, sir,” Duckenfield replied.“You said that you do not at all seek to blame Inspector Harry White or … serials 14 or 15 for the failure to close the tunnel. That’s your position, is it not?” “I don’t blame anyone, sir,” Duckenfield said.“Any reasonable person reading your assertions in the past may have taken it that you were criticising Inspector White and his serials?” “That’s a possibility, sir,” Duckenfield said.“Can we take it that you have realised that any criticism of those serials or their inspector would be unfair?” “It would be unfair, sir,” he replied.Myers told the jury at Preston crown court that it “isn’t unfair” to criticise White, and it is “more than a possibility” that he should be criticised.Of Duckenfield’s answer to Greaney that it would be unfair, Myers said: “That’s Mr Duckenfield dealing with this question at that time at the inquests.”Myers asked the jury of eight women and three men to return a not guilty verdict, saying there were many failings that caused the disaster, for which Duckenfield was not responsible. These included the safety flaws at the Leppings Lane terrace itself itself, a “defective” police plan which Duckenfield inherited, an “impossible” allocation of seven turnstiles for the 10,100 people with standing tickets to support Liverpool, “unexpected late arrivals” of large numbers of Liverpool supporters, and failing police radios. Of the prosecution case, Myers said: “That isn’t gross negligence manslaughter, that is grossly unfair.”The judge, Sir Peter Openshaw, began his summing up of the evidence by telling the jury to “put aside” emotion and sympathy, “and decide the case with a cold, calm and dispassionate review of the evidence”.He will continue his summing up on Friday. Continue reading...
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Daily Fantasy: Christian McCaffrey, OBJ Headline Week 12 Ultimate Lineup
Christian McCaffrey has been a machine so far this year, but which other players can help you make the ultimate fantasy lineup for NFL Week 12? Watch the video above for B/R Fantasy Football Analyst Gary Davenport's ultimate lineup picks...
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Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe
Facebook Inc has agreed to turn over additional documents after the California state attorney general's office went to court earlier this month to compel the social media firm to comply with requests for information in its privacy investigation.
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Hill interjects, "Could I actually say something?" to address partisan divisions
Several Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee chose not to ask National Security Council expert Fiona Hill any questions, instead using their time to speak at length about their view of the impeachment proceedings. "Could I actually say something?" Hill said after Rep. Brad Wenstrup finished speaking. "I think that what Dr. Wenstrup said was very powerful, about the importance of overcoming hatred and certainly partisan division," she said. "I think all of us that came here under legal obligation, also felt that we had a moral obligation to do so. We came as fact witnesses."
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Prince Andrew stepping back: What does it mean for the royal family?
After his controversial Jeffrey Epstein interview, Prince Andrew is canceling himself from royal duties, maybe permanently. Will it quell critics?        
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Sexual misconduct, due process and the military
Colonel Don Christensen is the president of Protect Our Defenders, an organization dedicated to helping those in the military combat sexual assault, and he is also the former chief prosecutor for the U.S. Air Force. Christensen explains some of the struggles the military has when it comes to addressing sexual assault claims and why he felt leaving the military was the best way to make an impact.
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GM's electric pickup to hit dealer showrooms in fall 2021: CEO
General Motors Co's first electric pickup truck model will go on sale in the fall of 2021, the company's top executive said, around the same time that electric carmaker Tesla Inc's own model is expected to debut.
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I bought the highest-rated pair of jeans on Amazon under $25 and will never buy jeans in-store again
Erin McDowell/Business Insider I rarely purchase clothes through Amazon, but I was tempted to see if I could find a great pair of affordable jeans. I ordered the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label skinny jeans in the color "Immaculate" for $24.99, not including taxes and fees. Not only did the jeans fit perfectly, but I was highly impressed by the quality — especially at such a low price. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jean shopping isn't easy. I've tried countless fits, washes, and styles over the years, and have yet to find my perfect pair, though I did come close with a $245 pair from a clothing rental service. I usually like to try clothes on in the store to ensure they fit before buying them, especially when it comes to jeans. However, this week, I decided to try something a little different. I shop on Amazon for most things, from laundry detergent to socks and cookware. However, I rarely buy clothes through the global online retailer. I decided to put Amazon's reviews sections and incredible prices to the test and order the highest-rated pair of jeans on Amazon under $25, not including taxes and fees. Here's what happened when I tried a pair of Amazon-approved jeans.First, I adjusted my search filters to find the best pair under $25. Amazon I made sure every pair I was viewing had received an average rating of more than four stars and was priced under $25. I also only considered jeans that could be delivered with Prime shipping. Right away, I noticed a couple of pairs that were more out-of-the-box than I was going for. For this experiment, I was looking for a pair of classic jeans that would never go out of style and maybe, just maybe, last for years. It was then that I decided on a pair of Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label skinny jeans. Amazon Marked as an "Amazon's Choice" item, the jeans were $24.99 with Prime shipping. I ordered them in a size 6 regular, my usual size, in a medium to dark wash. I figured these jeans would be a safe bet and they looked like they would be decent quality. Knowing the Levi brand, I had high hopes for the jeans. The jeans had an average 4.5-star rating from 3,829 reviews, which was extremely positive compared to other jeans I saw on the site. Amazon One reviewer said she loved them so much, she wanted a second pair, while others showed off their jeans in photo reviews. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Here's when stores will open their doors for Black Friday salesFrom Casper to Glossier, these 12 new brands transformed the world of retail in the last decadeeBay exec reveals why the company is picking its battles with Amazon and embracing its role as a platform for small business ownersSEE ALSO: I tried Trader Joe's new Chocolate Lava Gnocchi and was disappointed to find potato and chocolate don't belong together
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AI is coming for white-collar tech jobs. Here's what that will mean for your pricey STEM degree.
White-collar, college-educated workers in business, tech, and finance are at greatest risk of having artificial intelligence impact their jobs, according to a new study from Brookings.  The report raises questions on how profitable or employable STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) college graduates will be in the future. STEM grads currently have higher median household incomes and lower unemployment rates compared to the general graduate population. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Majoring in engineering might not guarantee you a lofty job much longer. A new study from Brookings found that workers with bachelor's and graduate degrees are five and four times more likely, respectively, to get impacted by AI than people with just a high school degree. Brookings can't predict whether the impact would mean job loss, but the technology will likely replace some job functions.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:Pete Buttigieg is running for president in 2020. Here's everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.14 things millennials do completely differently from their parentsNew research suggests that artificial intelligence could start taking over popular white-collar jobs, from legal professionals to marketing specialistsSEE ALSO: 20 high-paying jobs you can get with just an associate degree
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How to recognize AI snake oil
Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan (previously) has posted slides and notes from a recent MIT talk on "How to recognize AI snake oil" in which he divides AI applications into three (nonexhaustive) categories and rates how difficult they are, and thus whether you should believe vendors who claim that their machine learning models can perform as advertised. Narayanan's categories are: * Perception, such as facial recognition and song identification, where there is a definitive correct answer, which is making "genuine, rapid progress." * Automating judgment, such as spam detection, copyright violation, essay grading, where humans routinely make judgments that can be used to train a model, which is "far from perfect, but improving," albeit with limits, because "reasonable people can disagree about the correct decision." * Predicting social outcomes, such as predictive policing, predicting terrorist risk, predicting which kids are at risk, which is "fundamentally dubious" because regression analysis and other statistical tools do not work better than "manual scoring using just a few features" -- and this doesn't work very well (and that's before you get into areas like training data bias, etc). Moreover, the use of AI to predict social outcomes doesn't just produce bad predictions, it also drives demand for more surveillance to feed the machine-learning models, and uses up energy that could be deployed on better-performing techniques for mitigating these harms. This is a great, compact presentation, but I feel the need to weigh in critically on Narayanan's claim that ML can be used for judging "copyright violation": this is a common misconception among computer scientists who lack a nuanced understanding of copyright law and its limitations and exceptions. Read the rest
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Sensor Tower: Minecraft Earth dug up 1.2 million U.S. downloads in its first week
Minecraft Earth hhit 1.2 million downloads in the U.S. in its first week. The game is techincally still in an early access phase.
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How to watch "unicorn" meteor outburst tonight
Another "unicorn" meteor outburst isn't expected to happen until 2043
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15-year-old boy stabbed at Bronx subway stop
A group of men stabbed teen on a Bronx subway platform Thursday morning, cops said. The 15-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times in the shoulder while he was on the southbound No. 6 platform at the Westchester Square-East Tremont Avenue station around 11 a.m., according to cops. Witnesses told police they saw seven men running...
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A wave of violence in a major Mexican border city is being directed from inside a nearby prison
REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez Authorities say a wave of violence in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city bordering El Paso, Texas, was directed from inside a state prison in the city. Imprisoned members of the Mexicles, a Juárez gang allied with the Sinaloa Cartel, stoked the violence to stop a search of the prison to find weapons, drugs, and other contraband. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A wave of violence in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, this month was directed from inside a state prison in the border city, according to authorities. There have been 91 homicides in Juárez in November and 50 bomb scares at factories, schools, businesses and government offices. At least 37 vehicles have also been set on fire, killing eight people.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Mexico has just one store where you can legally buy a gun and it's located on a heavily-guarded military baseSee Also:6 weird military habits that stick with you long after you leave the serviceIran has a growing problem in IraqWatch the Army's elite Night Stalkers conduct nighttime helicopter air-to-air refuelingSEE ALSO: Mexico is still safe to visit, but there are few things you need to remember while you're there
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Day 5, Part 7: Committee members question Hill and Holmes
The fifth day of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry included five-minute rounds of questioning by Intelligence Committee members, which they could yield to colleagues. Watch this portion of Fiona Hill's and David Holmes' testimony.
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These holographic-flame nail stickers are next level
Flame nails are a huge nail art trend on social media. Holographic nail stickers take the trend to the next level. Rapper Missy Elliott is even a fan of the design. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  See Also:NASA astronaut rates space movies based on how realistic they areThis artist creates portraits using thousands of LEGO bricks10 beauty trends that should disappear by 2020
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Teen migrants found hiding in car seat, dashboard in attempted smuggling
The teens, 17 and 19, from the Sub-Saharan nation of Guinea, were attempting to enter Melilla, a Spanish enclave in north Africa bordering Morocco, when Spain’s Guardia Civil authorities stopped the car for a routine check, The Daily Mail reported.
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Chris Brown is a dad again, ex Ammika Harris gives birth, source says
It's his second child.
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Firing Mark Sampson only fixes one symptom of soccer’s rampant racism
Firing Mark Sampson doesn’t make up for the criticism, alienation and gaslighting that Eni Aluko experienced for speaking out against the manager. Mark Sampson, the caretaker manager of League Two side Stevenage, has been charged by the English Football Association with alleged racist language. The investigation has been ongoing since September and was started after a former coach made the allegations. Sampson has had previous incidents of racism. He is, of course, the former manager of the England women’s national team who was found by an independent investigation to have “on two separate occasions made ill-judged attempts at humour, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on the grounds of race” to former national team player Eni Aluko. The independent investigation was initiated following an inquiry by the FA that had cleared Sampson following Aluko’s claims of racism. There’s no victory for Aluko or her supporters in Sampson being charged again. The vindication she received was little in the face of what she suffered for reporting his behavior. Sampson’s punishment is inconsequential because racism is as rife in football as it is in society. What has been enlightening since Aluko first complained about him has been the open and clear display of not only how racism is maintained, but how victims are lambasted and gaslighted for speaking out about the abuse that they suffered. Lest we forget, Aluko was shut out of the national team after making the complaint against Sampson, along with teammates who made similar charges. Afterward, her former teammates celebrated the manager, signaling which side they had chosen. The FA’s actions after her complaint were also an effort to silence the victim rather than find truth or justice within the matter. The FA mishandled the situation from the start, initially clearing Sampson, then withholding half of Aluko’s settlement in response to a tweet she sent criticizing the organization. It eventually fired the manager for entirely different abuse allegations, saying he should have never been hired in the first place. Then there were certain media members, like Matthew Syed, who wrote in The Times that, “Perhaps the most troubling thing of all is that so many young people are among those who rush to be vicariously offended by remarks that have not been substantiated, still less contextualised.” One of the comments Sampson made against Aluko, who is of Nigerian heritage, was that her family would bring Ebola with them to England, to which Syed said, “I don’t think the Ebola comment was inappropriate per se. Context is crucial, here.” Former England goalkeeper David James also said, in a now deleted tweet, that the source of Aluko’s allegations was that she wasn’t good enough for the team, rather than the racism that she complained about. This just added to the abuse from the standard social media trolls, who love to espouse about how everyone who brings up racism is complaining too much. Everything that happened after Aluko’s initial allegations, from the FA’s actions to the abuse to the smallest internet trolls, was a rabid reaction that tried to not just dismiss the abuse, but to convince her that her reaction was unjustified. Those who accused Aluko of embellishing events wanted her to believe that she was being hysterical. That she wasn’t abused, and she was just angry at not being good enough for the team. That she was being too easily offended. Luckily for those individuals, they could hide behind the FA, which attempted to sweep the incident aside. Had an independent investigation not reviewed the case, she would have surely been condemned forever as a petty has-been who wanted to take down an innocent man. But now everyone’s quiet. The tweets have been deleted. The settlement money has been paid out and the FA has moved on without making any reform to the same system that hired Sampson to begin with, and then tried to shield him from accountability. And Sampson has now been charged again, unsurprisingly, for the same issues. Many people in football like to act perplexed about how racism manages to thrive in the sport, how such a disease has lasted so long. Some of those people are in English football. There’s no real secret to it. The Aluko case shows exactly how bigotry survives anywhere. The individual perpetrators of racism are bad and should be expunged from the game, but they don’t exist alone. They’re often supported by institutions and fans, who are quick to sympathize with the person accused of racism over the victim, and who never stop to ask themselves why that dynamic exists. When the one who has suffered is eventually proven right after losing everything but their integrity, all of those voices who rose up to defend the abuser won’t be found anywhere. They take no blame in anything. They do nothing to reckon with their role in maintaining bigotry, and the world goes on and racism lives on. Unfortunately, until organizations and people treat racist allegations properly, the cycle of victims being retaliated against will continue. Football and racism should not be synonymous, but as long as people like Sampson get the immediate support and assistance of institutions like FA over the victims, the status quo will continue and we’ll keep pretending that we don’t know how the disease of bigotry keeps infecting the game.
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Christmas tree shortage could hike prices this holiday season
With the holiday just weeks away, some experts are predicting a “tight supply” of the evergreen firs in some parts of the country this year thanks to hot weather and heavy rains.
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This 1,016-horsepower tractor has just been crowned the world's fastest after it traveled more than 150 miles per hour
J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd. (JCB)  JCB, a British tractor maker, has created a new version of the world's fastest tractor: the Fastrac Two. The tractor achieved a speed of over 135 mph, breaking the world record that was held by its first iteration, the Fastrac One. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. JCB has created the world's fastest tractor: the Fastrac Two, which achieved 135.19 mph. JCB is a manufacturing company that specializes in construction and agricultural equipment. It currently has a range of over 300 products made in 22 plants worldwide, operating in countries like the US, China, and the UK. The original Fastrac — aptly named the Fastrac One — was deemed the "world's fastest tractor" after it set the record in June, achieving the title at a speed that was over 30 mph slower than the Two's record. "When we reached 103.6 mph with the Fastrac in the summer, I was convinced we could go even faster, and the JCB team has risen to the challenge by setting this new record," JCB chairman Lord Anthony Bamford said in a statement. "It's an amazing achievement delivered by a young and enthusiastic engineering team. Everyone involved should be very proud of the part they have played in showing off JCB engineering at its very best." The second iteration of the Fastrac tractor family is stronger, more streamlined, and 10% lighter than its predecessor, according to JCB. The world record run was done at Elvington Airfield in the UK. The manufacturing company is no stranger to breaking world records. The "Land Speed Record" for diesel-powered cars was set in 2006 with JCB's Dieselmax, which achieved 350.092 mph. Take a look at the speedy tractor and the team behind it.The record was set by a modified JCB Fastrac tractor, the JCB 8000-series. J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd. (JCB) The unmodified tractor has a top speed of 43 mph, making it the world's fastest production tractor, according to JCB. J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd. (JCB) Fastrac Two almost tripled its unmodified cousin, reaching 135.91 mph. J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd. (JCB) See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A former British Airways exec has been indicted in New York on allegations of corruptionHere are all the cool cars, SUVs, and concepts we're looking forward to seeing at the 2019 LA auto show2 luxury yachts worth over $20 million were completely destroyed by a fire in Florida — here's what happenedSEE ALSO: Meet 'Big Carl,' the world's largest crane, which can lift 3,000 tons and takes 250 trucks to move
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Optane 101: Memory or storage? Yes.
Intel wants "Optane" on everyone's radar, but are you up to speed on the new technology's basics? In this first of two parts, we cover the essentials.
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U.S House Democrats see progress on USMCA, passage still possible this year
U.S. House Democrats said they ironed out some differences with the Trump administration on Thursday about a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and that Congress could still vote on the deal - one of President Donald Trump's top priorities - this year.
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Pelosi says progress was made on USMCA in meeting with Lighthizer
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that progress was made on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact in a meeting she held with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Richard Neal, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Microsoft's bizarre AirPods competitor has been delayed until next year
If Microsoft's dinner-plate-shaped wireless earbuds were on your holiday wishlist this year, you might want to cross them off. The company is delaying its $249 wireless earbuds — originally slated to go on sale this year — until next spring, Microsoft's chief product officer Panos Panay announced. "Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time…sometimes more than we planned on," Panay said in a tweet. "To ensure we deliver the best possible experience for you, our fans & customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch worldwide in Spring 2020." Panay didn't give a reason for the delay or a more specific date for eventual launch.  Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Microsoft, Surface Earbuds, and Tech
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Target praises 'well-organized' back rooms in earnings call after reports of overcrowded conditions
Courtesy of an anonymous current Target employee In an earnings call with investors on Wednesday, Target executives praised a new process for inventory management in stores.  The new system — called "modernization" internally — calls for a change in how stores function nationwide and includes the elimination of some overnight and back room shifts. "Our teams are telling us that their back rooms have never been so well-organized going into a holiday season," Target's chief operating officer, John Mulligan, said in the earnings call on Wednesday. Since the program was rolled out in August, Business Insider has spoken with more than 50 former and current Target workers, many of whom said the modernization program had changed their stores for the worse, making their back rooms increasingly overcrowded. Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Target just reported stellar earnings for its third quarter, including a comparable sales increase of 4.5%. In a call with investors on Wednesday, executives praised the company's new initiatives, including the national rollout of a new model for stocking and replenishing inventory, elements of a program that is internally dubbed "modernization."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: At its peak, Forever 21 made $4.4 billion in revenue. Here's what led to the brand's downfall and bankruptcy.See Also:Here's when stores will open their doors for Black Friday salesLowe's quietly removes kitchen scales from its website after viral internet post pointed out the product imagery contained a weed-like herbTarget kept a store open after an employee died during his shiftSEE ALSO: Photos show a harrowing situation in Target stores across the country as the retailer cuts shifts and back rooms become overcrowded with merchandise
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Projector throws stable 1000fps image on a rough or moving surface
Dynaflash is a projector that maps a moving, deforming surface at 1000 frames per second, meaning that it can cast a stable image on it no matter how wild its gyrations. One caveat: it requires the target surface to have an invisible infrared grid on it. Our method can obtain the deformation robustly at 1,000 fps by using an originally proposed marker "Deformable Dot Cluster Marker", even when the target causes large deformation and occlusions. Using these base technologies including DynaFlash and Deformable Dot Cluster Marker, we realize a new dynamic projection mapping onto deforming non-rigid surface. In this demonstration, by drawing the marker on the target with IR ink, we allow the marker to be invisible to human and enable robust sensing independently of the projected images. In our technology, both the projection and sensing are operated at a speed of 1,000 fps. Therefore, it is possible to keep the projection consistent with the deformation and extend the real world as if the projected image is printed or existed as an original (digital) texture on the target. Read the rest
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Olympics blow for Russia after officials charged with doping obstruction
• Athletics president protected high jumper Danil Lysenko• Documents claimed athlete too ill to provide whereaboutsRussia’s efforts to lift its suspension from international track and field before next year’s Olympics suffered a damaging blow on Thursday when its top athletics officials were charged with trying to obstruct a doping investigation into a high jumper.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) confirmed it had charged and suspended the Russian Athletics Federation president, Dmitry Shlyakhtin, and the executive director, Alexander Parkin, for “serious breaches of anti-doping rules” – including forging documents in an attempt to explain “whereabouts” violations committed by the 2018 world indoor gold medallist Danil Lysenko. Continue reading...
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Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch
Reuters The requirements to make the sixth Democratic presidential primary debate in December are the strictest the DNC has set so far, and it could make for the most intimate debate stage yet. Candidates must both secure 200,000 individual donors and earn 4% in four DNC-approved national or early-state polls, or 6% in two early-state polls to qualify for the debate. So far, just six candidates have met both qualification thresholds, but a few more can still qualify.  The December debate will be co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico on Thursday, December 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The requirements to make the sixth Democratic presidential primary debate in December are the strictest the Democratic National Committee has set so far, and it could make for the most intimate debate stage yet. Candidates must both secure 200,000 individual donors, of which 800 must be from 20 different states or territories, and earn 4% in four DNC-approved national or early-state polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada.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:Here are the 9 biggest moments from the Democratic debate in AtlantaBiden said we need to 'keep punching at' domestic violence, and the internet was not amusedAndrew Yang says if he's elected president, he'll tell Putin: 'I'm sorry I beat your guy'SEE ALSO: Here's everything we know about the net worth and personal finances of each 2020 Democratic presidential candidate
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