Professor who tried to set St. Pat’s on fire sent to psych hospital

The former Lehman College professor who allegedly planned to set St. Patrick’s Cathedral ablaze will have his attempted arson case put on hold indefinitely while he undergoes treatment at a state psychiatric facility, a judge ruled Tuesday in Manhattan court. Justice Neil Ross ordered Marc Lamparello, of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, committed after two psychiatrists found...
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Are you reading this as a way to put off doing something else? When you’re done with this article, are you going to get back to work—or are you going to look for something else to distract you, just for a moment? Read more...
How to change your restrictions passcode on an iPhone in 2 ways
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images You can easily change the restrictions passcode on your iPhone, which limits access to certain apps, and can impose other restrictions. If someone learns this passcode, or if you forget it, you'll probably want to create a new one. Here are two ways to change the restrictions passcode on your iPhone, depending on the iOS version you have. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Your iPhone's PIN passcode is a great way to keep your phone secure, even if you already use fingerprint ID or Face ID.  However, did you know there's another passcode you can add to your iPhone, that further protects access to certain apps? 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:How to make sure your AirPods update to the latest firmware version, and check which version is installedHow to unblock websites on an iPhone using Screen Time, and adjust other content restrictionsHow to find your Apple Watch's serial number using your Apple Watch or iPhoneSEE ALSO: The best iPhone accessories from cases to lightning cables
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Marc and Alex Marquez united in MotoGP for next season
Sibling rivalry just took a high-speed, two-wheel twist as Moto2 champion Alex Marquez was announced as Repsol Honda's new MotoGP rider alongside his older brother and six-time world champion Marc.
Apple fixed the keyboards on the new MacBook Pro, but the smaller models still use a controversial design — here's what you need to know before you buy one (AAPL)
Apple Apple ditched the controversial "butterfly" keyboard for its latest 16-inch MacBook Pro and replaced it with a more reliable and traditional keyboard that uses a "scissor" mechanism.  But Apple didn't release updated models of the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air — those laptops still come with the butterfly keyboard.  So far, the 4th-generation keyboard included with the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have proven more reliable than previous butterfly keyboards. Even if the 4th-generation butterfly keyboard fails for some users, Apple has included it in its free keyboard repair program, which is reassuring, but also suggests that Apple itself isn't confident that the keyboard is fully reliable.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  For its new 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple went back to using a traditional keyboard design that's likely more reliable than the controversial "butterfly" keyboard design that's plagued Apple's premium line of laptops since 2016.  That's great for Mac users who want Apple's large MacBook Pro, but the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air still come with butterfly keyboards.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside the US government's top-secret bioweapons labSee Also:I took a class at Google on how to get the best search results, and I learned 5 tricks everyone should knowHow to unblock websites on an iPhone using Screen Time, and adjust other content restrictionsApple is holding a surprise event in NYC next month, and it sounds like it will be all about apps and gamesSEE ALSO: A group of YouTubers traveled around California to re-create some of Apple's iconic macOS wallpapers, and they actually pulled it off — almost
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Mark Walton cut by Dolphins after allegedly punching pregnant girlfriend
The Dolphins cut running back Mark Walton on Tuesday morning after he was accused of attacking a woman who was five weeks pregnant with his child. According to a police report obtained by ESPN, it is alleged that Walton pushed the woman into a wall and punched her several times in her face and head....
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Rosie O’Donnell addresses rumored breakup from Elizabeth Rooney
"I am a hopeful person," she said, "and I am hoping for the best."
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Watch this kind fellow help an overburdened beaver
Last month in Deggendorf, Germany, Alexander Oswald, 19, and his friends encountered a beaver on the road in the middle of the night. Afraid that a a driver might hit the animal, they stopped their car but the beaver had already disappeared. Moments later, it emerged again carrying a huge branch but was visibly struggling to drag it across the road. So Oswald lent a hand. What a nice boy. ( Read the rest
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Alexander Vindman has reached out to Army about his family's safety amid attacks by Trump and GOP lawmakers
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council official testifying publicly as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, has reached out to the US Army about the security of his family as he comes under repeated attack by Trump and his allies.
An Australian woman nearly lost an eye and needed 25 stitches to her face after she was mauled by a kangaroo while walking her dog
Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images An Australian woman was mauled by a kangaroo while walking her dog on a trail in the city of Wodonga, in the state of Victoria.  She said her dog was off-leash, and started chasing the kangaroo. When she tried to intervene, the kangaroo attacked her.  She played dead until the kangaroo left. Upon being rescued, she needed 25 stitches to her face and surgery on her leg following the attack.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A woman in Australia nearly lost an eye and needed 25 stitches to her face when a kangaroo attacked her while she was walking her dog. Dina, who declined to give her last name, told 9News that she was walking her dog on a trail in the city of Wodonga, in the state of Victoria, when she was mauled.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:A cat named Quilty has become internet famous after he was placed in solitary confinement for helping other cats escape at a Texas shelter19 hysterical winners from this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsAn awkwardly timed photo of an adorable lion cub is the funniest animal photo of 2019
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Giant panda Bei Bei leaves National Zoo for China
Bon voyage Bei Bei! The giant, beloved 4-year-old panda departed his home at Smithsonian’s National Zoo Tuesday for a new life in China. Bei Bei – after chomping down on his last American breakfast of bamboo and biscuits – left the zoo where he has spent his entire life at 9:30 a.m. for Dulles International...
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The ultimate Frozen gifts for your kids ahead of the movie’s sequel
Frozen 2 officially premiers in theaters on November 22, which means if the Frozen fever hasn’t hit your house for the second time yet, consider yourself warned: Winter is coming.
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Antonio Brown apologizes to Robert Kraft — and gets Tom Brady’s approval
Antonio Brown has reached a new level of desperation in his quest to get back in the NFL, and he appears to have Tom Brady’s support. On Tuesday, the embattled wide receiver posted an apology to Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Twitter and Instagram for mocking him after the Pats cut Brown in September. Several...
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Hear Adam Schiff's full opening statement
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivered opening remarks at a public impeachment inquiry hearing into President Trump.
AI helps discover new geoglyph in the Nazca Lines
The geoglyph spotted by AI tools is a human figure about five meters (16 feet) tall. | Image: Yamagata University / IBM Japan Scientists from Japan have used machine learning for the first time to identify a new figure among the ancient motifs of Peru’s Nazca Lines. The illustration, known as a geoglyph, is thought to date to between 100 BC and 500 AD, and was made by removing the dark stones of the Nazca Desert to reveal the white sand beneath. It’s small, just five meters in height, and it shows a humanoid figure grasping a cane or club. Like the other drawings in the Nazca Desert, its exact function is unknown, but its discovery next to an ancient path suggests it might have been used as a waypoint. “It’s a large achievement.” “It is in an area that we often investigated, but we did not know the geoglyph existed,” Professor Makato Sakai, the leader of a... Continue reading…
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Want New Taxes To Pay For Health Care? Lessons From The Affordable Care Act
When passing the ACA, Democrats touted the fact that they had included many measures to pay for the bill's expanded coverage. But nearly 10 years later, Congress has eliminated many of those taxes.
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Julian Assange rape case dropped, but he still faces hacking charge in US
Assange is in prison for skipping bail, and he faces hacking-conspiracy charge.
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READ: Impeachment Witnesses' Opening Statements For Tuesday's Hearings
The House Intelligence Committee is hearing from four more witnesses on Tuesday, including Ukraine specialist Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and former National Security Council official Tim Morrison.
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Dude pranks San Francisco by placing AirPod stickers all over the city
Losing an AirPod has become quite the source of anxiety among Apple fans, but artist and digital creative Pablo Rochat decided to have some fun with the common fear by making life-size AirPod stickers to scatter around San Fransisco. Read more...More about Iphone, Prank, Street Art, Airpods, and Tech
Schiff interrupts Nunes' questioning to make sure there is "no effort to out the whistleblower"
Congressman Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, asked Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on Tuesday to identify intelligence community officials with whom he discussed President Trump's July 25 call. Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted Nunes' questioning to curtail the apparent attempt to get Vindman to name the whistleblower.
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A man’s mysterious condition that made breathing almost impossible turned out to be a feather duvet allergy
gpointstudio / iStock A 43-year-old man in the United Kingdom told his doctor he had fatigue and trouble breathing for the past three months, even though he didn't have any pets. At first, the doctor diagnosed him with an infection in his lower respiratory tract, even though the man didn't have other respiratory infection symptoms and was a non-smoker. But when his symptoms got worse, the man underwent a CT scan of his lungs and a specialist accurately diagnosed him with hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a condition where a person's lung get inflamed because they inhaled allergens like dust, fungus, mold, or chemicals. In this man's case, his new feather duvet was to blame.  Visit Insider's homepage for more. A 43-year-old man in the United Kingdom told his doctor he'd been experiencing fatigue and trouble breathing for three months, even though he didn't have any pets, according to a case study in BMJ Case Reports published Tuesday. The doctor diagnosed him with a respiratory infection, but his symptoms got worse.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:A nursery song based on 'Wheels on the Bus' teaches women how to do a breast cancer self-examFish oil and cholesterol-lowering drugs may help ease symptoms of depressionA 17-year-old vaped so much he needed a double-lung transplant, a last resort when all other treatments fail
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European defense projects need single export license: Leonardo CEO
European defense programs should be issued with a single weapons export license so policy changes of an individual state do not affect the supply chain, the CEO of Italian defense company Leonardo said on Tuesday.
Buttigieg visits Morehouse College in effort to build black support
Buttigieg has spent recent weeks reaching out to black Democrats, from well-known senior leaders to city and community level activists, and gets high marks for being an attentive listener.
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The State of South Dakota wants you to know that it's on meth
South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi L. Noem spent $449,000 (more that $0.50 per resident of South Dakota!) on a campaign to educate state residents about the state's program to address its methamphetamine epidemic. That campaign's slogan? "Meth: I'm On It." The slogan has been widely mocked. Noem insists that this is all part of a cunning plan because "any publicity is good publicity." Appearing to respond to the backlash in a Sunday evening tweet, Noem bought into the adage that any publicity is good publicity. She suggested the campaign was successful because so many people were talking about it. In a separate statement emailed to The Washington Post, she called the anti-meth initiative “a bold, innovative effort like the nation has never before seen.” “South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign launch is sparking conversations around the state and the country,” she said. “The mission of the campaign is to raise awareness — to get people talking about how they can be part of the solution and not just the problem. It is working.” ‘Meth. We’re on it,’ says South Dakota in ridiculed ad campaign that cost $449,000 [Michael Brice-Saddler/Washington Post] (Thanks, No Name!) Read the rest
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Vizio TV owners will be able to stream Disney+ over Chromecast in December
Image: Vizio Right now, if you want to watch Disney+ on a Vizio SmartCast TV, you can only do so by sending it to the TV from an Apple device with AirPlay. That will change soon, though, as Vizio announced today that it will be rolling out a SmartCast TV update in early December that will also let you cast Disney+ to your TV with Chromecast, a feature that’s built into the company’s recent TVs. If you don’t have an Apple device, it might be frustrating that you’ll have to wait until next month before you can catch up on The Mandalorian on your SmartCast TV. Of course, you might already have a game console or something else plugged into your TV that offers Disney+ right now. But once the update lands, it’ll get a little simpler. It’d be even better... Continue reading…
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You can stay in an 'Elf'-inspired hotel suite this Christmas that would make Buddy proud
Club Wyndham The 2003 film "Elf" is a modern classic in the holiday movie genre, both because of its Christmas cheer and New York City backdrop. To celebrate the film, Club Wyndham, a vacation and ownership exchange company, is offering guests the chance to stay in a suite inspired by the movie during the 2019 holiday season.  The suite features hundreds of paper snowflakes, a wall made of gifts, and Buddy's favorite snacks, including marshmallows and spaghetti. The reservation also comes with complimentary tickets to the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. The suite will be available to the public for stays from December 2 through December 20, and it will cost $399 per night. You can find out more about the holiday suite here. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Elf" is one of the most beloved Christmas movies, in large part because of Buddy's unfailing Christmas cheer. YouTube/Movieclips The 2003 film starring Will Ferrell follows Buddy as he tries to bring Christmas cheer to New York City, making hundreds of paper snowflakes and singing as often as he can. Now, Club Wyndham, the world's largest vacation and ownership exchange company, is trying to do the same with a room inspired by "Elf" in its New York City location. Club Wyndham rooms are typically only available to members, but the organization is opening this one-of-kind suite to the public throughout December in honor of the holiday season, according to a Club Wyndham press release provided to Insider. The holiday cheer starts at the door of the "Elf"-inspired room, which looks like Buddy's iconic green suit. Club Wyndham The door is also marked with the phrase, "Oh, you must be here about the story," which is the opening line of the movie. Upon entering, guests will be greeted by a ceiling covered in hundreds of paper snowflakes. Club Wyndham The room also features a life-size toy soldier, a giant candy cane, a large Christmas tree, and a pile of presents, according to the Club Wyndham press release. However, the gifts are just for decoration, so don't try to open them if you're visiting. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:You can now book a flight on United's new 'Star Wars'-themed Boeing 737 plane — here's what it's like insideI moved to the US from China — and here are the 29 things on my US bucket listHere's what it was like on board Qantas' first nonstop, 19-hour flight from London to Sydney
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Lots of gaming controllers are discounted on Amazon
Hi, gamers. We’re going to cut to the chase on this one, because the pre-Black-Friday deals are coming in hot and we know you don’t have all the time in the world to read a long-as-hell article right now.  SEE ALSO: Shop these gaming laptops if you spot a good Black Friday deal If you need a friend to play your games with, or you just want to add a new one to your collection (or you broke your last one after throwing in at the wall in a Rocket League match that got a little out of hand), there are a few gaming controllers on sale on Amazon right now — in fact, there’s one on sale for every major console.  Read more...More about Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mashable Shopping, and Gaming Controllers
Obama aides allegedly left ‘you will fail’ notes for Trump White House staffers
President Obama’s aides taunted the incoming Trump administration in 2017 by leaving copies of books by Obama in “every” White House office — along with notes saying, “You will fail,” Trump’s press secretary said Tuesday. “We came into the White House, I’ll tell you something. Every office was filled with Obama books, and we had...
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Selena Gomez embraced fall fashion in a velvet dress with platform sandals
Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Selena Gomez attended the ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner on Sunday in Los Angeles, California. She walked the event's red carpet wearing a burnt-orange Prada dress, which was made from velvet. The dress also had long sleeves, an oversized collar, and ankle-length skirt. Gomez's $650 sandals, on the other hand, showcased her "Sunshine" foot tattoo. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Stores may be gearing up for the holidays, but Selena Gomez's latest look was a reminder that fall is still here. The "Wizards of Waverly Place" alum wore a burnt-orange Prada midi dress with long sleeves and a collared neckline on the red carpet at the ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner Sunday night in Los Angeles.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:Michelle Obama wore a bustier-style dress covered in jewels for one of her most daring looks to date20 famous men with the best red carpet styleKate Middleton repeated one of her most brightly colored outfits, sporting a magenta skirt suit and $695 suede pumps
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Trump says Pelosi delaying vote on new trade pact to get impeachment support
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi of delaying a vote to approve the USMCA trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico in order to secure support for her impeachment inquiry.
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ZecOps raises $10.2 million to automatically detect and remediate cyberattacks
Cybersecurity startup ZecOps announced that it's raised $10.2 million in seed funding for its automated threat detection and remediation technology.
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2019 "Food Issue" recipe index
Delicious menu suggestions from top chefs and mixologists, cookbook authors, food bloggers, celebrity cooks, and the editors of Bon Appétit magazine
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Recipe: Expertly Spiced and Glazed Roast Turkey
From Bon Appétit: Our chefs' mission is to miraculously roast a turkey that is well seasoned, juicy, and – can we type this loudly enough? – PROPERLY COOKED!
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Xiaomi is adding early earthquake warnings to MIUI phones in China
Xiaomi smartphone and set-top box owners in China will soon have access to potentially life-saving early earthquake warnings right on their devices. At its annual Mi Developer conference in Bejing, the Chinese electronics company said its MIUI 11-bas...
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Chrissy Teigen has a message for people who don't like John Legend's 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' remake: 'Get over it'
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Model and author Chrissy Teigen came to her husband John Legend's defense after he and singer Kelly Clarkson were criticized for updating the Christmas classic "Baby It's Cold Outside." "Oh my god, get over it," Teigen said in response to the recent backlash against Legend and Clarkson's new version of the song, which has been called out in recent years for containing coercive, potentially triggering lyrics.  The model, who appeared on a recent episode of Clarkson's talk show, also took aim at Sharon Osbourne, who'd previously slammed Legend and Clarkson for their "ridiculous" new update to the song.  "Go off, Sharon," Teigen said while rolling her eyes.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chrissy Teigen responded to haters who criticized her husband John Legend and singer Kelly Clarkson for their recent update of the Christmas classic "Baby It's Cold Outside." "Oh my god, get over it," the model and author said during an appearance on NBC's "The Kelly Clarkson Show" on Tuesday. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:Billie Eilish posted an adorable video of kids climbing all over her ahead of the release of her children's clothing lineWatch Dwayne Johnson sing a 'Moana' track in a video message to a 3-year-old boy 'in the fight of his life' says a 'racist' flight attendant called the police on him after he missed an announcement to put his laptop away
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Recipe: Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Macadamia Nuts
From "Eat Complete": Cinnamon is a top spice for antioxidant power
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People in China are bypassing its internet firewall to read explosive leaked files about Uighur oppression, and saluting an official who disobeyed Xi Jinping
OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images The New York Times published an explosive story, based on leaked documents, about the Communist Party's harsh tactics against the Uighur Muslim minority. The Times article includes the story of Wang Yongzhi, an official who was punished for quietly complaining about the party's tactics and secretly freeing 7,000 Uighur prisoners. "He refused ... to round up everyone who should be rounded up," The Times cited the documents as saying about Wang. Shortly after the piece's publication, several people inside China paid tribute to Wang by posting the phrase "he refused." It suggests that they bypassed China's strict internet censors to access the Times story. The Times' website is officially banned in China. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some internet users in China are bypassing the country's stringent censors to read an explosive New York Times story detailing the Communist Party's hard-handed tactics against the Uighur Muslim minority, and paying tribute to an official who disobeyed party instructions. The New York Times piece, published Saturday, contained leaked documents instructing party officials to tell Uighur students that their family members had been imprisoned in a detention camp because they had been affected by "religious extremism," and to liken their conditions to cancer, a disease, or a drug addiction.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:Maps show 500 suspected 're-education' camps and prisons where China is locking up and torturing its Muslim minorityChina tells Uighur Muslims they are abducting their families so they can cleanse their brains like they have a disease, leaked documents showUighur activists say China is running nearly 500 detention camps and prisons in Xinjiang based on satellite images
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Renault could pull out of markets, products in strategy review: interim CEO
Renault's interim chief executive Clotilde Delbos said on Tuesday the carmaker did not rule out pulling out of some products or markets as part of a review of mid-term goals.
Microsoft announces plans to support encrypted DNS requests—eventually
In highly hedged post, Microsoft pledges support for DoH and other schemes, eventually.
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Recipe: Pancetta Brussels Sprouts with Red Lentil Succotash
From "Eat Complete": Long abused, boiled, and received with frowns, the Brussels sprout is finally having its moment
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These are the countries where Russia's shadowy Wagner Group mercenaries operate
RamiroWTF/YouTube Two members of the Wagner Group were arrested in November on allegations of spying. The two men were reportedly meeting with Saif Gaddafi, the son of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in an effort to bring the younger Gaddafi back to power in Libya.  The Wagner Group is a mercenary group that's been closely linked to supporting Russian objectives in conflict zones. In April 2018, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed that the US killed hundreds of Russians during a large firefight in Syria in early February.  "In Syria now, a handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match," Pompeo said. "A couple hundred Russians were killed." The Russians were part of Wagner Group, or Vagner Group, a private mercenary group reportedly contracted by the Syrian government to capture and secure oil and gas fields from ISIS. The Wagner Group started getting attention in 2014 when its mercenaries fought alongside Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, before moving to Syria. Here's what we know about the areas where these mercenaries are operating, and what they're doing there.1. Libya Baderkhan Ahmad / Associated Press Washington Post reporters Missy Ryan and Sudarsan Rhagavan reported on Nov. 18 that two Russian nationals accused of spying in Libya are believed to be part of the Wagner Group. Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister of Libya's UN-backed government, the Government of National Accord (GNA) said that the two Russian nationals were arrested on suspicion of attempting to influence local elections and trying to gather intelligence on some of the GNA's military operations.  A Wagner commander told RFERL in March 2018 that Wagner would be operating in Libya in the near future; Libyan and US officials believe that time has arrived, with Wagner mercenaries fighting on the side of Khalifa Haf­ter, a rebel commander fighting against the GNA. The Washington Post, citing a US official with knowledge of the incident, said the Russian government was putting "a lot of pressure" on the GNA to release the two Russians, saying the two men were part of a Russian project to expand influence in Libya. The two men were reportedly meeting with Saif Gaddafi, the son of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, in an effort to bring the younger Gaddafi back to power in Libya. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed while his father was in power.  2. Syria RamiroWTF/YouTube In 2018, there were about 2,500 Wagner mercenaries in Syria, according to the BBC, but the figures have varied. In 2015-2016, Wagner mercenaries moved from Ukraine to Syria, Sergey Sukhankin, an associate expert at the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kyiv and Jamestown Foundation fellow, told Business Insider in an email. The mercenary group was contracted by Syria's state-owned General Petroleum Corp to capture and secure gas and oil fields by ISIS, reportedly being given 25% of the proceeds, according to the Associated Press. A Russian journalist who helped break the story about the mercenaries killed by the US military in February died in April 2018 after mysteriously falling from a balcony.  3. Sudan Reuters Wagner mercenaries were sent to Sudan in January 2018, according to Stratfor.  The Wagner mercenaries were sent to Sudan "in a conflict against the South Sudan" to back up Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's government "militarily and hammer out beneficial conditions for the Russian companies," Sukhankin said. The mercenaries are also protecting gold, uranium and diamond mines, Sukhankin said, adding that the latter is the "most essential commodity." Russian President Vladimir Putin has a cozy relationship with al-Bashir. The two leaders met in Moscow in late 2017, where al-Bashir asked Putin for protection from the US. The Hague has had an arrest warrant out for al-Bashir since 2009 for crimes against humanity. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:4 US B-52 bombers just got back from a month flying all around Europe — here's what they were up toVeterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American alliesAmid tensions with Russia, NATO is trying to up its game in the waters around EuropeSEE ALSO: Russian journalist who covered Wagner Group mercenary deaths in Syria dies after falling from balcony
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The Air Force put some guys in a freezer to test out new Arctic survival gear for F-35 pilots
US Air Force/Senior Airman Beaux Hebert Airmen in Alaska tested a new Arctic survival kit for F-35A pilots this month. Several "Icemen" climbed into subzero chambers and put the suits on — then they stayed there for six hours. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska — US airmen assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing tested a new arctic survival kit for the F-35A Lightning II in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska, November 5. A team of airmen from the 356th Fighter Squadron, F-35 Program Integration Office, 354th Operation Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment and 66th Training Squadron, Detachment 1, used a subzero chamber to replicate the extreme temperatures of interior Alaska.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Look inside the Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault built to protect millions of crops from any disasterSee Also:Check out this F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft being restored for display at the Ronald Reagan LibraryUS F-35 fighter jets are all still 'below service expectations' for all the services that have themOne of the Air Force's most legendary fighter squadrons is back in the Middle EastSEE ALSO: Russia is finding new islands in the Arctic, while the US is still trying to figure out how to get up there
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How Taylor Swift will fight back against Scooter Braun during American Music Awards
One music insider tells Page Six, "Taylor will turn her AMA performance into a huge moment, and a powerful message."
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Researchers Create Trash-Talking Robot That Proves Machines Can Get Under Human’s Skin
Trash talk has long been an effective (but underhanded) tool when it comes to sports, gaming, and other competitive endeavors. But it’s been assumed that it’s a strategy that only works between humans who can deliver remarks with emotional weight. It turns out that’s not the case, as researchers from Carnegie Mellon…Read more...
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Driver misses freeway exit, causes another car to flip, then merrily drives off
A freeway driver missed their exit, and they stopped so they could back up and take it. This caused another car behind them to swerve and flip. The idiot driver then took the exit and drove off as if nothing happened. He almost missed his exit on the freeway from r/IdiotsInCars [via r/IdiotsInCars] Read the rest
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Report: 76ers' Brett Brown Finalizing Contract to Coach Australian National Team
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Australian men's national basketball team may soon have something in common: Brett Brown on the sidelines as the head coach...
Recipe: Deviled Green Eggs with Roasted Red Pepper and Capers
From "Eat Complete": A twist on the classic that packs more flavor and far more nutrition with the powers of mustard greens and roasted red pepper
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Nanny gets 30 years for producing child porn with kids in his care
Travis Elconin victimized at least five children, most of whom were 8 and 9 years old, authorities said.
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Strike-hit South African Airways says only a deal with unions will end crisis
South African Airways (SAA) resumed some regional flights on Tuesday but warned that only a deal with striking unions can resolve its current crisis, as the government said it has no more money for the cash-strapped state carrier.