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R. Kelly's crisis manager resigns for 'personal reasons'

R. Kelly's crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, has stepped down for "personal reasons," he said in a text to CNN Monday.
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Texas cop allegedly coerced woman into sex act at traffic stop
A Texas cop was suspended after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he pulled over for running a stop sign, officials said. Arcola Police Officer Hector Aaron Ruiz, 24, was arrested Wednesday after the victim reported the alleged incident, according to news station KHOU. The 23-year-old woman told authorities that Ruiz stopped her on Nov. 16...
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Tesla Cybertruck: all the news about Elon Musk’s futuristic pickup truck
Image: Tesla The Blade Runner-inspired Cybertruck is here Continue reading…
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Nick Carter granted 1-year restraining order against brother Aaron Carter
A Las Vegas court has granted Nick Carter a one-year restraining order against younger brother, Aaron Carter.
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Google Assistant will now help you read to your kids from across the world
Image: Google Google today launched a nice new Assistant feature called My Storytime that lets parents simulate reading to their kids when one parent is away from home. A parent will be able to record themselves reading chapters of stories, and the other parent (or babysitter) can ask Google Nest to read those recordings to the kids. Google says that, once the feature is set up, the person at home just has to say “Hey Google, talk to My Storytime” to their Google Nest, and they will be able to pick the recording of the chapter they want to listen to with their children. Just say “Hey Google, talk to My Storytime” Recording a story takes a bit of initial setup, but it’s pretty easy to do. Visit the My Storytime website, log into your Google account... Continue reading…
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Apple tells Congress: iPhones are too risky for normal humans to repair
Fixing your iPhone is a very dangerous task that's clearly only fit for Apple itself, says Apple. So, don't try and be a hero?  Back in July, Kyle Andeer, Apple's Vice President of Corporate Law, stood before Congress to address questions about its repair policy and now, four months later, we have the receipts!! On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law released a copy of its Q&A with Andeer, Motherboard reports.  Regardless of how it may appear to the public, Apple denies that it's in the business of creating a repairs monopoly. In fact, the company readily admits it currently makes no profit from its repair service. When it comes to repairs, Apple's official line is that it's just looking out for the safety of its customers. Read more...More about Apple, Repairs, Iphone 11, Iphone 11 Pro, and Iphone 11 Pro Max
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Browns teammates didn’t see Myles Garrett racial-slur twist coming
Myles Garrett’s accusation that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur came as news to several Browns players. None of them, according to Thursday’s open locker room, accused the suspended defensive end of lying about what he heard in last Thursday’s brawl on Thursday with the Steelers, but it was new information. Facing an...
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Immigration hardliners gain key Trump posts in USCIS shake-up
A shakeup at USCIS, the agency which oversees the nation's immigration system, has seen the promotion of two officials who once worked for an anti-immigration organization described as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Booker campaign says he has crossed fundraising threshold for December debate
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker hit the fundraising threshold for the December presidential debate, his campaign said Thursday.
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Impeachment witnesses say foreign research on opponents not ‘appropriate’
Holmes and Hill were asked by Nunes if they think "it's appropriate for political parties to run operatives in foreign countries to dig up dirt on their opponents?
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Country star arrested for DUI in Nashville
Country singer Sam Hunt was arrested early Thursday for allegedly driving under the influence, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by CNN.
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Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch Help WWE NXT Beat AEW for 1st-Time in Ratings
The ratings war between AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT waged on Wednesday night with NXT coming out on top for the first time in the eight-week battle...
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The Republican National Committee spent almost $100,000 to buy up copies of Donald Trump Jr.'s book
John Minchillo/AP Images The Republican National Committee spent almost $100,000 to buy up copies of Donald Trump Jr.'s book, and it was probably a big reason he made it to The New York Times bestseller list. "Triggered" debuted at the top of the next week's New York Times best-seller list with a dagger symbol indicating a large percentage of the book's sales came from "special interest" or bulk purchases.  In a new campaign finance filing, the RNC revealed it spent $94,800 at Books-a-Million just days before "Triggered" was released, telling a Times reporter it bought several books to keep up with demand.  As Times reporter Nick Confessore noted, the RNC got more than its money's worth for the apparent bulk purchases of the book. Trump Jr. raised money for the Republican Party while promoting the book. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Republican National Committee spent almost $100,000 to buy up copies of Donald Trump Jr.'s book, and it was probably a big reason he made it to The New York Times bestseller list.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:'He loves your a--': Trump's ambassador to the EU testifies that he and the president use 'lots of 4-letter words'Cameras captured Trump's Ukraine talking points, written in giant Sharpie letters: 'I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.'Republicans are grasping at straws after EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland blew up one of their last defenses of TrumpSEE ALSO: Donald Trump Jr.'s wild interview on 'The View' went off the rails while he tweeted attacks on the show's hosts
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The Wizards—yes the Wizards—have the NBA’s most shockingly good offense
The Wizards’ offense has come out of nowhere. The Wizards are a scoring juggernaut. Seriously. The Washington Wizards aren’t a total disaster. Just as nobody predicted, they’re actually an offensive force. The team doesn’t have John Wall. They let Tomas Satoransky walk to the Chicago Bulls. Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre left in midseason trades. They picked up little-known players in the offseason. Yet 12 games into their season, they run the second-most efficient offense in the NBA. This year is an experimental one in Washington for all players not named Bradley Beal. With Wall expected to return next season, everyone else is auditioning for their place on a team that should be competitive a year from now. In the mix is rookie Rui Hachimura, young prospects Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown Jr., and Mo Wagner, and veterans Isaiah Thomas, Davis Bertans, Ish Smith and C.J. Miles. It’s a bizarre mixture of talent, but everyone’s capable of one thing: scoring. Scott Brooks is coaching his team to score 115.11 points per 100 possessions, per basketball reference, second only to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, and nearly 2.5 points per 100 possessions better than the next-best Houston Rockets. That’s incredible for a team with limited talent. There is, of course, a downside. The Wizards rank second-worst in defensive rating, which is why they only have a 4-8 record. But nobody was expecting anything from this team, and their offense deserve a helluva lot of praise. The Wizards’ bigs are making their teammates’ lives easier on offense Most of Washington’s sets run out of high pick-and-rolls because every big they put on the floor is a threat. Bryant and Wagner are good scorers and especially effective screeners, leaving their guards with easy reads out of the action. Bryant averages the third-most screen assists per game of all players in the league at 5.6 per night, and they’re resulting in 12.8 points. Wagner, in fewer minutes, also ranks in the top-40 with 2.6 screen assists for 6.1 points. What makes those two especially dangerous is their speed and soft touch. Either can pick-and-pop as options along the top of the key. Bryant might not shoot well (only 30 percent from deep for his career), but he’s taking more than two tries per night and the defense needs to respect his tries. Wagner has been incredible, and hit 16 of his 31 three-point attempts so far. Bryant and Wagner have been a blessing for Beal in particular. Now the first option for the Wizards, Beal’s running more than 10 pick-and-roll plays per game now, up from six each of the last two years, and he’s scoring nearly one point per play (.98), his best-ever mark. Beal’s scoring the most points per 100 possessions of his career on an elite 58 percent true shooting percentage. And even Isaiah Thomas, the second-most frequent pick-and-roll ball-handler on the team is enjoying a nice scoring resurgence, making 44 percent of his shots from the floor and a career-best 42 percent shots from deep. IT time! ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/nzR9AS1UOt— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 14, 2019 Bryant and Wagner’s screens are super efficient off the ball, too. The Wizards best players are constantly in motion, finding open looks off curls. Beal is scoring the fourth-most points in the league off screens at 3.3 per game (behind just Bojan Bogdanovic, Paul George and J.J. Redick), and Bertans and Miles rank in the top-50, too. ✔️ Three ✔️ Steal ✔️ Layup Bertans can do it all! pic.twitter.com/AVfNPzXUVJ— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 21, 2019 The Wizards’ floor-spacing is amazing, too Washington isn’t taking the most threes per game, isn’t generating many corner threes (the most efficient non-dunk or layup shot in the game), and isn’t among the game’s best at scoring in the paint. They actually take the fourth-most mid-range shots in the league. But they’re so, so good at spacing the floor, that sometimes the selection doesn’t matter as much. They’re getting so many open looks. Defenses are struggling to defend Washington because they have so many shooting options off the high pick-and-roll. Not only are the ball-handler and roller an issue, so are the three guys who surround them. It’s really difficult to help off a Wizards player because they’re all able to hit the open three, and so willing to make the extra pass. Washington’s primary pick-and-roll ball-handlers, Beal and Thomas, are both averaging career-highs in assists per 100 possessions. This ball movement! #RepTheDistrict | @Intel TrueView pic.twitter.com/mSRpGLGI2Y— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 21, 2019 The Wizards are a very good shooting team, even if they aren’t taking shots with a Rockets-like precision on analytics. They only rank No. 16 in frequency of three-point shots taken, but are shooting 37.6 percent from deep-ball range, sixth-best in the league. They key has been getting spot-up shooters open. Washington’s ability to keep the ball moving throws defenses out of rotation. Helping off one able-shooter to the next, defensive units are flustered, leaving someone in red, white and blue inevitably open on the wing to fire in rhythm. Spot-up shots, where players can load and shoot without any dribbling, are the most efficient way to shoot, and no team in the league is scoring more frequently off them than the Wizards. Great spacing has helped the Wizards rack up the most assists per 100 possessions in the league at 27 per night. That coupled with them turning the ball over the seventh-least per 100 possessions in the league has made them a high-powered offense. Of course, the defense is still a mess A lot of the Wizards rotation is young or new. Hachimura is 19, Brown Jr., Wagner and Bryant could still be in college, and this is Bertans and Thomas’s first year in D.C. Things were bound to get messy, and none of these guys were lauded for their defense coming in. Defensively they haven’t been merely bad, though. They’ve been awful, only besting whatever’s left of the Golden State Warriors. Despite having the second-best offense in the league, they’re being outscored by 5.7 points per 100 possessions, which is brutal. Focus on the good with this unit, though The Wizards have guys worth keeping for the future. Wagner, Bryant, Brown Jr. and Hachimura feel like pieces to build off of, and Beal’s a superstar who just inked a two-year extension. Add a healthy John Wall, and Ian Mahinmi’s contract off the payroll, a high draft pick (read this 2020 NBA Draft primer, Wiz fans), and Washington might be building somewhere out of mediocrity. Finally.
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Will Hurd Isn’t Sold
If there’s one Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Democrats could reasonably hope would vote to impeach President Donald Trump, it’s Representative Will Hurd of Texas. But even he isn’t sold yet.Hurd, a moderate former CIA analyst who announced this summer that he would not seek reelection next year, joined every other House Republican in voting against a package of rules for the impeachment inquiry last month. But he had been more open-minded than most of his colleagues and gave little indication of his leanings during the committee’s hearings over the last two weeks. His questions of witnesses were serious and not overtly partisan, neither adopting the dismissive tone of his fellow Republicans toward impeachment nor signaling the alarm that Democrats have at the revelations so far.This afternoon, however, Hurd used his allotted five minutes to update everyone on his thinking. “An impeachable offense should be compelling, overwhelmingly clear and unambiguous. And it’s not something to be rushed or taken lightly,” Hurd said. “I have not heard evidence proving the president committed bribery or extortion.”The congressman’s short speech was in the vein of a pox on both your houses. He said that during the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump’s mention of former Vice President Joe Biden and his request that Zelensky do him “a favor” by investigating him was “inappropriate, misguided foreign policy.”Read: [Trump’s first impeachment win]But Hurd also criticized Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s handling of the impeachment hearings, calling it “a very partisan process.” He said he wanted to hear both from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, and from Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president whom Democrats have refused to subpoena. And Hurd said he wanted to hear from the original whistleblower, whom Democrats initially said they would call but have chosen not to, apparently out of concerns for the person’s safety and anonymity. While other Republicans have pushed to out the whistleblower publicly, Hurd said the person could testify privately in a way that does not compromise his or her anonymity.Hurd’s “wrong-but-not-impeachable” assessment of Trump’s conduct may be a preview of how Republicans in the Senate receive the House’s case for removal. There are still a few others in the broader House Republican conference, such as retiring Representative Francis Rooney of Florida, who could yet vote for impeachment. But despite hours of seemingly damaging testimony against Trump by current and former members of his administration, Hurd’s statement is the strongest signal yet of which way the impeachment winds are blowing. If Democrats can’t draw a Republican lawmaker like him to their side, they likely won’t be able to win over any at all.
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Microsoft's Black Friday deals start on November 22 — you can save hundreds on the Surface Pro 7, the Surface Laptop 3, the Xbox One, and more
  Microsoft has been making some of the best Windows 10 devices over the past few years in its Surface lineup. For Black Friday, Microsoft is discounting some of its best devices, including the new Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, the Xbox One consoles, and more. Some of the deals start on November 22, but you'll have to wait until November 28 for other deals, so keep an eye on this page. Microsoft's Xbox console lineup is also seeing discounts for Black Friday, so we've rounded up the best Xbox deals here. You can check out the rest of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage on Insider Picks. Black Friday is upon us, bringing with it a huge range of impressive deals on all kinds of products. From gaming devices to computers and laptops, there are deals out there for everyone. Microsoft, in particular, has been building some of the best Windows 10 hardware of the past few years, and there are plenty of Microsoft device deals coming this Black Friday. 5 best Microsoft Black Friday deals in 2019: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover, $799 (originally $1,029) [Save $230 on 11/22] Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, $999+ (originally $1,299+) [Save $300 on 11/22] Microsoft Xbox One, $149+ (depending on the model) [Save up to $150 on 11/24] Microsoft Surface Go, $299+ (depending on the model) [Save up to $150 on 11/28] Microsoft Surface Book 2, $1,599+ (depending on the model) [Save up to $500 on 11/28] Does Microsoft have Black Friday deals? Thankfully, yes. Microsoft will be having a range of Black Friday deals on all kinds of Microsoft hardware, and we've listed the best ones here. Does the Microsoft Store have Black Friday sales? While third-party stores might have their own deals on Microsoft devices, the Microsoft Store also has deals.  How do I get the Microsoft student discount? To get the Microsoft student discount, you'll need to access the Microsoft Store straight through the Microsoft Student and Military Discounts website, log in, then hit the Shop Now button.  Will there be a Surface Book 3? At this point, it's unknown as to whether or not there will be a Microsoft Surface Book 3. The device has not been officially announced, though some rumors suggest that a Surface Book 3 will be released.Microsoft Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover Microsoft This deal starts on November 22. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the latest and greatest 2-in-1 laptop in the highly popular Surface Pro lineup. The tablet is sleek and stylish, and with this bundle, it can be used as a laptop too, thanks to the inclusion of the Type Cover keyboard. This particular variant of the Surface Pro 7 offers an Intel Core i5 processor, along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which should be more than powerful enough for the vast majority of people. There are discounts on other Surface Pro 7 variants too, so if you need better performance, it's worth configuring better specs. This deal begins on November 22. Get the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover from Microsoft, $799 (originally $1,029) [You save $230] Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Hollis Johnson/Business Insider This deal starts on November 22. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a sleek and stylish laptop. It's perfect for the professional who needs a powerful laptop that's relatively portable. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 comes in 13.5-inch and 15-inch models, and has the beautiful Alcantara covering around the keyboard for a softer touch. All models of the Surface Laptop 3 are available at a discount of up to $300 off, except the base model which comes with an Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. If you upgrade to 256GB of storage, you'll get a discount. This deal is available starting on November 22. Get the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 from Microsoft, $999+ (originally $1,299+) [You save $300] Microsoft Xbox One Walmart This deal starts on November 24. If you're a gamer looking to get your hands on one of the most powerful gaming consoles out there, then it's worth considering Microsoft's deals on Xbox One bundles. These bundles include the Xbox One S or more powerful Xbox One X, along with a game — like the new "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order." These bundles are on sale for up to $150 off their normal price. Microsoft's Xbox deals are available starting on November 24. Get the Microsoft Xbox One from Microsoft for $149+ [You save up to $150] See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best online deals and sales happening nowBlack Friday is coming — here are the 5 best things to buy and 6 things you should skipBlack Friday is coming up next week — here's when the biggest Black Friday sales start and end in 2019
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Rise in French murders points to a domestic violence crisis
Every three days a French woman is murdered by her partner. A national debate is now raging around the way country's media defines violence against women.
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Tim Cook blew a big chance to stand up to Trump
Apple CEO Tim Cook had a chance to stand up to Donald Trump. Instead, he stood silently by as the president spouted lies and attacked the free press.  It's impossible to make everyone happy, especially in these tense times. But the CEO of one of the most valuable and influential companies in the world had a chance to speak out. And instead he did nothing.  Texas two-step On Wednesday, Trump flew to Austin, Texas to meet with Tim Cook at a plant where Apple would be producing its new cheese grater Mac Pro computer. Speaking to the press after a tour, Trump made a reference to Apple building plants in the U.S. — which is not quite true.  Read more...More about Apple, China, Donald Trump, Tim Cook, and Tech
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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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Tesla to Unveil Plans for an Electric Pickup Truck
Elon Musk’s electric car company has long promised the truck, which will be revealed on Thursday. But you probably won’t be able to buy it for a while.
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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
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Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe
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Sexual misconduct, due process and the military
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GM's electric pickup to hit dealer showrooms in fall 2021: CEO
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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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