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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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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 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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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
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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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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The 8 US airlines people like and hate the most (AAL, UAL, DAL, LUV, JBLU, ALK, SAVE)
JetBlue JD Power's 2019 North America Airline Satisfaction Study found consumer satisfaction to be at an all-time high. Airlines continue to struggle with in-flight entertainment, connectivity, and dining. Southwest and JetBlue tied with the highest score overall and among low-cost airlines, and Alaska Airlines once again finished with the highest score for a traditional airline. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The 15th edition of JD Power's North America Airline Satisfaction Study found consumer satisfaction to be at an all-time high. Over the past year, airlines in the US and Canada scored an average of 773 points on a 1,000-point scale, beating last year's record-setting score by 11 points. According to JD Power, the increase in customer satisfaction has been driven by airlines' investments in reservation and check-in technology along with an infusion of new aircraft. "Airlines continue to deliver on the operational side of air travel," Michael Taylor, the travel intelligence lead at JD Power, said in a statement. "New technology investments have dramatically improved the reservation and check-in process. Fleets are newer and travelers generally feel that they are getting great value for their money." Read more: The 20 biggest airlines in the world, ranked Seatback entertainment, food service, and WiFi remain the lowest-ranked parts of the flying experience. "The one area where both traditional and low-cost carriers can still improve, however, is in in-flight services," Taylor said. "It continues to be the lowest-ranked factor in the study, as many airlines still struggle with in-flight entertainment, connectivity, in-seat power, and food service." For the third consecutive year, Southwest was the highest scoring airline in the study and among low-cost airlines. This year, it tied with its fellow low-cost carrier JetBlue with 817 points. With 801 points, Alaska Airlines once again earned the highest score for a traditional airline. It has now earned that distinction in 12 straight years. Airlines in the study are judged on performance in seven categories. In order of importance, they are cost and fees; in-flight services; aircraft; boarding, deplaning, and baggage; flight crew; check-in; and reservations. The JD Power study is based on data gathered from 5,966 business and leisure passengers who flew on major US and Canadian airlines from April 2018 through March 2019. Several notable airlines such as Hawaiian, Allegiant, and Air Transat were not included in the study. Here is a closer look at how the US airlines performed on the JD Power 2019 North America Airlines Satisfaction Study. This article was originally published by Benjamin Zhang in May, 2019.8. Frontier Airlines: 702 points David Zalubowski/AP     7. Spirit Airlines: 711 points Spirit 6. United Airlines: 723 points David McNew/Getty Images See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I flew from Beijing to Shanghai on China's domestic budget airline. It had strikingly good legroom, but the food was an odd surprise.Boeing's CEO is about to face Congress in an inquiry on the 737 Max. Here's the complete history of the plane that's been grounded since 2 crashes killed 346 people 5 months apart.The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a reputation for being a great van — and I finally got to drive oneSEE ALSO: I flew in Delta's extra-legroom seats to Iceland, and the flight was fine, but the extra space comes with a catch
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MTA floods NYC subway entrance because ‘climate change is real’
Courtesy of Kaye Blegvad A flooded subway entrance stopped Brooklyn commuters in their tracks yesterday. For four hours on Wednesday, the staircase leading down to Broadway Station in Williamsburg was blocked off and completely submerged. The sight was even stranger since it hadn’t rained in New York City that day. “It just looked very surreal and weird” It turns out that the flooding was intentional; the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority was testing one of the gadgets it has put in place to protect the subway system from a future super storm. In the case of a real disaster, a “flex gate” seals off the entrance to the station and can hold back up to 14 feet of water. The MTA says that it was checking to make sure that a new gate at the Broadway Station was... Continue reading…
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Fiona Hill Testifies ‘Fictions’ on Ukraine Pushed by Trump Help Russia
A former top White House adviser denounced a theory embraced by Mr. Trump that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 elections, calling it a “fiction” planted by Russia.
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Radar scans locate 145 graves on Florida high school campus
The graves are believed to be part of the one-acre historic Ridgewood Cemetery, a paupers' burial ground in Tampa, Florida, dating back to 1942.
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Impeachment inquiry: Sonland's 'domestic political errand'
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The mother of Hunter Biden's secret child is asking him to cover the $11,000 cost of taking up the paternity case
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP A DNA test revealed that Hunter Biden was the father of a baby in Arkansas, according to court documents filed on Wednesday in Independence County, Arkansas. The baby's mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts, filed a petition to prove paternity in May, asking that Biden pay child support and healthcare for the child. After a DNA test revealed Biden was the child's father, Roberts filed court documents asking she be awarded $11,057.80 for the legal fees she incurred in the case.  Her lawyers said the costs were incurred "as a direct result of [Biden]'s refusal to continue to support his child and the course of the litigation in this case." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After a DNA test revealed Hunter Biden was the father of a baby in Arkansas, the child's mother has asked Biden to pay the $11,000 cost of her paternity case. According to court documents filed on Wednesday in Independence County, Arkansas, the baby's mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts, spent $11,057.80 trying to prove Biden was the father of her child.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:Congressional Republicans are repeating many baseless conspiracy theories in Trump's impeachment inquiry. Here's why they're all bogus.A Ukraine gas company tied to Joe Biden's son is at the center of the Trump-whistleblower scandalEverything we know about the planes of the world's top leaders, from Trump to Merkel
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Expelled students attempt to get re-enrolled after Title IX violation
Admissions consultant Hanna Stotland explains what it is like to attempt to get students who were expelled for Title IX-related issues enrolled in other schools, and why it has been harder to place students related to the college admissions scandal than it has been to place students expelled for sexual misconduct.
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Hill: Bolton's unmistakable body language caught my attention
While testifying in the impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, the White House's former top Russia expert, Fiona Hill, said her boss, former national security adviser John Bolton, instructed her to tell lawyers she was not part of the "drug deal" Gordon Sonland and Mick Mulvaney were "cooking up." - RSS Channel
YouTube will make it easier for 'edgy' creators to find advertisers
YouTube has a tricky job of making sure ads don't show up alongside videos promoting extremist, hateful views or violence, yet also making sure it doesn't strip creators, who may post things like violent video game scenes, of their revenue-earning po...
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UPDATE 1-U.S. senators urge Trump administration to halt Huawei license approvals
A bipartisan group of 15 U.S. senators urged the Commerce Department to suspend issuing licenses to U.S. firms that conduct business with China's Huawei Technologies Co, saying it could threaten U.S. security.
The Victoria's Secret fashion show is officially cancelled
AP Images Victoria's Secret is officially canceling its annual fashion show, the brand's parent company said Thursday.  The show has aired annually around the holidays since 1995.  L Brands revealed in May that it was thinking about making changes to the annual fashion show, but didn't say whether it would be outright canceled. The Victoria's Secret fashion show, which has aired annually around the holidays since 1995, is officially canceled this year. The lingerie brand's parent company, L Brands, confirmed the fate of the iconic show in an earnings call on Thursday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We went to a Champagne vineyard in France to find out why it's so expensiveSee Also:Lowe's workers say the home-improvement giant's new scheduling policies are leaving some employees feeling like they're 'walking on eggshells'If you bought anything from these 19 companies recently, your data may have been stolenMacy's tells customers their payment information may have been stolen by hackersSEE ALSO: The fate of Victoria's Secret's iconic fashion show is uncertain after model reportedly says it's canceled
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Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury might have an unexpected silver lining
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Tagovailoa will almost certainly lose money, but could wind up surrounded by much better players. Before suffering a season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State, Tua Tagovailoa was steaming toward a football wasteland. The one-time Heisman frontrunner had played well enough to emerge as a likely top-five pick — and that meant a spot in a total teardown in the NFL. Tagovailoa’s wizardry at Alabama had cemented his spot as one of the top two quarterbacks eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft, alongside LSU star Joe Burrow. There’s a chance he’ll still be the second quarterback taken off the board, but the near-certainty he’d be selected as part of grand-scale rebuilds in Cincinnati or Miami has waned as clubs wait to hear reports of his rehabilitation: Which NFL team drafts Tua Tagovailoa in 2020? Dolphins +200Chargers +350Broncos +400Bengals +500Titans +700Buccaneers +800Panthers +1200Patriots +1500Bears +2000Via @SportsLine Oddsmakers— SportsLine (@SportsLine) November 19, 2019 Tagovailoa underwent successful surgery to repair his dislocated and fractured hip earlier this week. Though concerns will linger about his ability to remain the explosive athlete who occasionally seemed superhuman under Nick Saban, his early prognosis suggests a full recovery. If he’s looking at an approximate four-month span before resuming football activities and at least six before practicing, that time off and questions about ever finding his top gear again will undoubtedly affect his draft stock. That will have a negative impact on his rookie contract and the money he’ll make as a pro. It could also be a net benefit for his NFL career. A slide to the middle of the draft would push Tagovailoa to a softer landing spot There’s still a chance the big-armed Hawaiian winds up with the Dolphins or Bengals. While he’d instantly become the centerpiece of either franchise, he’d also be playing alongside supporting casts that would need more than a season’s worth of draft picks and free agent signings to even approach league average. Whichever rookie QB ends up in Ohio or Florida will end up playing in an offense with little to offer a budding quarterback. To wit: There’s a benefit should injury concerns slide him to the middle of the first round or later. This would connect him to a handful of teams with stronger rosters and a gaping need for a franchise QB. There’s a wide range of talented-but-flawed rosters floating above the Dolphins-Bengals-Washington tier of hopelessness but below the realm of true contenders. Teams like the Bears, Titans, and Buccaneers need fresh faces behind center. The Steelers, Chargers, Broncos, and maybe even the Panthers need succession plans for aging passers. Any of those franchises would provide a softer introduction to the league than a place where Tagovailoa would be the focal point opposing defenses swarm to in Cincinnati or Miami. Chicago, who would have to trade their way back into the first round thanks to 2018’s Khalil Mack trade, could buttress him with one of the league’s top defenses. Tampa Bay would give him elite receiving help. Denver can flank him with emerging skill players like Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay, and Royce Freeman. Pittsburgh — who, like the Bears, would have to trade back into the first round — could make him the centerpiece of a new era of Steeler football. Of course, the Dolphins also have three picks in the first round of next year’s draft. It’s entirely possible Tagovailoa isn’t their first choice — as previously noted, they’ve got needs basically everywhere — and he still winds up in South Beach when the team cashes in picks acquired from the Texans and Steelers later on Day 1. Would a stronger supporting cast be worth the financial cost to Tagovailoa? There would likely be an on-field benefit to a slide down draft boards, at least for Tagovailoa’s rookie campaign. There would definitely be a financial drawback that comes with it. Here’s what last year’s Day 1 picks will make in guaranteed money over the first four years of their NFL careers: A slide of just four picks could cost Tagovailoa as much as $6 million. Falling to the very end of the first round would result in a loss of $25 million. If Miami and Cincinnati each decide he’s not a risk worth taking, there’s little chance he’d be a top-five selection — Washington and both New York franchises are likely to fill out that group on Day 1. None need a young quarterback at the moment. If the strong-armed passer’s recovery is going well, he might not lose much more than that. Slots 6-10 of the 2020 draft are currently slated to include Tampa Bay and Denver. They’re flanked by teams with a stable quarterback situation but major holes elsewhere like the Jets, Cardinals, and Falcons — all of whom would be happy to trade down in the first round to accumulate assets and fill out rosters in need of talent. Even with a relatively loaded crop of veteran talent set to hit next spring’s free agent marketplace, NFL franchises remain ever-thirsty for a young, dynamic passing talent who can clear salary cap room with a relatively inexpensive rookie contract. So where could the Alabama quarterback fall? We’ve seen injury derail the draft stock of a handful of players in recent years. Jaylon Smith’s knee injury pushed him from a potential top-five pick and into the second round, where he emerged as a bargain pickup for the Cowboys. Myles Jack followed a similar path with the Jaguars. Last year, Jeffrey Simmons tore his ACL in February 2019, still wound up as a first-round pick by the Titans (19th overall), and made his NFL debut seven months later. None of those players were quarterbacks. Playing the most important position on the field raises Tagovailoa’s stock. None of them had to deal with a dislocated hip either, which tempers some of that value and makes his 2020 stock much more volatile. Some mock drafts have him keeping his position in the top four. Others have him languishing on draft boards until Day 2. Since it’s roughly five-and-a-half months until the draft, almost all of these educated guesses will be wrong. One recent trend in the pre-draft process is that many quarterbacks, even flawed ones, tend to pick up steam in the dead zone that follows the Super Bowl, thanks to the league’s desire for young over-performing passers. Baker Mayfield went from a first-round hopeful to the first overall pick. Mitchell Trubisky and Daniel Jones worked their way into top-six selections despite underwhelming college careers. Tagovailoa will be subject to similar scrutiny that weighs his strengths (a national championship and a career 87:11 TD:INT ratio) against his weaknesses (a sub-optimal build at 6’1 and, uh, a broken hip). His fortunes won’t rise on the strength of his throws at the Combine or based on what scouts are saying about his locker room demeanor. His hopes hinge on the reports his doctors give and how much NFL teams buy in to that prognosis. If even one quarterback-needy team sees value there, he could be off the board before 2019’s contenders can begin dreaming about a bargain QB at the end of the first round or start of the second. Tagovailoa would be both the foundation and architect in the middle of a massive rebuild from the teams at the top of the 2020 draft. A slide out of the top five would provide a blueprint and some freestanding pieces that would make it much easier for the young passer to become a finished project as an NFL passer. That would come with a significant financial loss, but it could be a net win if he emerges as an elite quarterback in the right setting — a quarterback who’d likely sign the biggest contract extension in league history sometime in 2023.
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Man shot on tarmac of Vegas airport after attacking officers, police say
Authorities said the suspect knocked one Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer unconscious at McCarran International Airport.
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Which Cold Medicines Actually Work?
When you’re feeling awful because of a cold, you just want something to fix you—if not to cure you, at least to help you temporarily feel better. Unfortunately a lot of remedies are placebos, but some things in the drugstore work better than others.Read more...
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Exclusive: Unilever, Henkel and buyout funds eye bids for Coty's $7 billion beauty brands – sources
Consumer goods giants Unilever and Henkel and a series of buyout funds including Advent and Cinven are talking to U.S. cosmetics maker Coty to submit bids for some of its most popular beauty brands, three sources told Reuters.
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HP Cyber Monday deals include laptops, desktops, all-in-ones
Don't feel like shopping the week of Thanksgiving? You don't have to fret about missing Black Friday deals, because there's always Cyber Monday. And if you're in the market for a new laptop, desktop, or all-in-one PC, HP has some great offers lined up. HP's Cyber Monday promotion, which the company is calling its "biggest sale of the year," kicks off Sunday, Dec. 1, the day before the main event. The Pavilion Laptop 15t touch with an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor will be marked down to $529.99 ($490 off), but "the first customers" can snag it for $10 cheaper on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. PST. If that's still too expensive, the top-selling Laptop 15z will be on sale for just $279.99 ($240 off), or $30 cheaper for the first customers on Dec. 2 at 6 a.m. PST. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Rob Manfred: The statement that puts Astros in ‘serious’ sign-stealing trouble
ARLINGTON, Texas — Rob Manfred sounds prepared to turn a smoking gun on the Astros. The baseball commissioner made clear Thursday, during a news conference at the conclusion of the owners’ meetings, that the penalties for illegally, electronically stealing signs from opponents changed immediately and dramatically on Sept. 15, 2017, the day he publicly divulged...
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Catan is the latest game to make the jump to AR
Settlers of Catan is an iconic, 24-year-old board game in which players compete to establish colonies on a fictional island called Catan (the game board). It’s easy to learn, deeply strategic, and now, it looks like it’s coming to AR. As TechCrunch reported, it seems like work has begun on a new version of the classic game, called Catan: World Explorers. It would, as the game’s site put it, “[transform] the entire Earth” into a game board. (Which, in this case, probably doesn’t mean the return of colonialism?) And yes, Niantic — the company behind Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, two popular augmented reality games — is involved. While Niantic has been tight-lipped about the whole thing, it did confirm to The... Continue reading…
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A timeline of Mötley Crüe’s many arrests
"Motley" may be too weak a word, even with the umlauts.
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Trump may love selling US-made weapons to the Middle East, but he's not the first president to do it
Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump has touted the arms deals he's cut with countries in the Middle East. But he's hardly the first president to shop US military wares in the region, and a half-century of such sales have had profound effects on the region, writes William D. Hartung. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's no secret that Donald Trump is one of the most aggressive arms salesmen in history. How do we know? Because he tells us so at every conceivable opportunity. It started with his much exaggerated "$110 billion arms deal" with Saudi Arabia, announced on his first foreign trip as president. It continued with his White House photo op with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in which he brandished a map with a state-by-state rundown of American jobs supposedly tied to arms sales to the kingdom. And it's never ended.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Everything we know about the planes of the world's top leaders, from Trump to MerkelSee Also:How Trump's involvement in war-crimes cases may, and may not, affect the way troops behave in battle'It's Lt. Col. Vindman': Key impeachment witness corrects Devin Nunes for addressing him as 'Mister' during impeachment hearing6 weird military habits that stick with you long after you leave the serviceSEE ALSO: Trump's confusing orders in Syria show why it's so hard to tell how many bases the US military has overseas
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Dorktown: Bill Belichick keeps drafting good quarterbacks because he’s bored
Since drafting Tom Brady in 2000, Belichick has never had to worry about finding his quarterback of the future. And yet, he can’t help himself. Here are some charts. Sunday we saw Jacoby Brissett, who used to be a Patriots quarterback, return from injury and lead the Colts to a win after taking back the reins from Brian Hoyer, who used to be a Patriots quarterback. Elsewhere, Jimmy Garoppolo, who used to be a Patriots quarterback, engineered a game-winning drive to squeak past the Cardinals, who are coached by Kliff Kingsbury, who used to be a Patriots quarterback. In Washington, offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, who used to be a Patriots quarterback, saw his unit sputter out in a loss to the Jets. And finally, New England pulled out a win despite a lackluster performance from Tom Brady, who is currently the Patriots’ quarterback. He also, and you can’t tell me I’m wrong, used to be a Patriots quarterback. In this century, thanks to Brady, the New England Patriots have had far less reason to draft a quarterback than almost any other NFL team. Only the Saints, who dusted off their hands after neatly transferring power from Aaron Brooks to Drew Brees in 2006, have had to make fewer changes at quarterback than the Patriots. Even so, the Pats didn’t face any sort of long-term dilemma when Matt Cassel took over for the injured Brady in 2008, since they knew he was returning. Deciding which quarterback to draft is one of the toughest and most important calls an NFL team has to make, so it’s sort of comical that Bill Belichick, the smartest man in football, hasn’t even had to think about it for nearly two decades. And yet he does! He can’t help himself. It’s a particular talent of his that just can’t remain dormant. Let’s look at that chart again, this time highlighting the quarterbacks he’s chosen who have gone on to find success elsewhere in the NFL. Garoppolo and Brissett are franchise quarterbacks who are chucking some very good football for playoff contenders. Cassel was a low-potential, hyper-conservative quarterback who I love unconditionally; despite his limitations he strung together a four-year run with the Chiefs and wasn’t terrible. Hoyer, a serviceable option who has started at least one game for six different teams, is the reason I had to use “chosen” instead of “drafted” above, as he actually went unselected in the 2009 draft only for Belichick to sign him off the street the following day. Including the Patriots themselves, eight teams — exactly 25 percent of all teams in the NFL — have picked a Belichick-selected backup to be Their Guy for the plurality of a season. If we expand the definition to ex-Pats who have simply thrown a pass for another team, we’re talking about 13 franchises. That’s within spitting distance of half the teams in the NFL. These names represent a pretty wide variation in quality, from the very impressive Garoppolo and Brissett to the unfortunate Ryan Mallett. But on balance, Belichick is very, very good at drafting quality quarterbacks without spending quality picks. To understand this properly, let’s look at some bullshit. This is the most commonly-used iteration of the “Draft Pick Trade Value Chart”. It was devised by Jimmy Johnson as a means of assessing the relative value of a draft pick. For instance, the No. 1 overall pick is valued at 3,000 “points”, but only six picks later, the No. 7 pick is valued at just 1,500 points. I say it’s bullshit because it assigns a definite value to a draft pick, a thing that is wildly dependent on context, but I will acknowledge that as a very loose and general set of guideposts, it’s useful. For our purposes, it’s especially useful as insight into how NFL teams value their picks, because they themselves tend to rely heavily on this chart. The early picks are, indeed, disproportionately valuable to them. Belichick doesn’t even think about using them on a quarterback. Once he struck gold with Brady, he never had any incentive to, but it’s amazing to see what he’s done with a couple fistfuls of low-value draft picks. Unsurprisingly, the Patriots have spent far less draft-pick value on quarterbacks than the majority of NFL teams. It’s hard not to notice that the bottom seven teams on this chart — the ones who have spent less draft capital on quarterbacks than anyone — all have quarterbacks who most teams would kill for. It’s a predictable and cruel outcome. Teams who strike gold once get to settle their quarterback situation for the next decade-plus, and teams who bet big on a quarterback and miss the mark just have to go back to the well and try again. But just because it’s predictable doesn’t mean it’s not really funny. With all their numbers combined, Belichick-drafted quarterbacks hold a cumulative passer rating of 92.3. This eclipses 26 teams, most of which have spent at least three times as much draft capital on passers. What this 92.3 passer rating doesn’t reflect is longevity. Bored by the endless success of Brady, Belichick continued to flip low-value picks (or, in Hoyer’s case, a day-after-draft signing) into quarterbacks with long, successful careers. Quarterbacks he didn’t even need. Even ignoring Brady, those four represent a very strong track record, particularly since all four were had at a bargain. Let’s look again at the “combined passer rating” chart, but this time, plot New England as though Brady never existed. Seemingly for the hell of it, and with a tiny amount of draft firepower, Belichick assembled an army of quarterbacks he didn’t need that surpasses those drafted by the Vikings, Ravens, Bills, Bears, Panthers, Bucs, Texans, Jaguars, Lions, Cardinals, Titans, Jets and Browns. Thirteen teams. Nearly half the NFL. Again, passer rating accounts for quality, not quantity, so let’s look at the latter. It’s borderline crude to assess quarterbacks solely by passing yards, but it does at least represent on-the-field production. And of those 13 teams above, Belichick’s gaggle of elevated backups has out-gained eight of them in terms of yardage. This is embarrassing. This comes with an important caveat: many of these teams spent lots of draft capital on decent-to-great quarterbacks who still have a ton of football left to play (Marcus Mariota, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen). But remember that the Patriots’ figure here is probably rising even faster, as both Garoppolo and Brissett are in the same boat. Since those numbers are adding up in the service of other teams, how much has Belichick actually benefited from this wildly impressive draftsmanship? Relatively speaking, not much. He was able to flip all these picks for slightly better draft position, and in the meantime, these quarterbacks contributed a 14-6 record. While certainly significant, it’s a pittance compared to the long-term value Garoppolo and Brissett bring to the 49ers and Colts all by themselves. Belichick is magnificent at a skill he doesn’t need. And while exercising this skill for dimes on the dollar is still good football strategy, I’ve chosen to invent a narrative of my own: Belichick just loves solving football problems. There’s a scene in Belichick’s episode of A Football Life in which he’s sitting in his office, slouched in an office chair, mumbling with Brady over how the hell to play against the Ravens’ Ed Reed. These couple of frames manage to capture his personal Valhalla. Weird stack of home audio hardware that probably includes a turntable and/or Minidisc player. Jarringly mismatched furniture. Cherry-wood desk from 1994. Nothing on the walls. Framed artwork perilously set on top of the couch on the far wall. Shirt sleeves that look like they were hacked off with a pocket knife. Dell laptop that is two feet tall when closed. VGA port on laptop? Several other cords jammed into laptop. Ethernet cable in the year 2011. Quad-shielded flat gray cable that looks like it’s only sold at Home Depot and is probably plugged directly into a fuse box. External monitor faced at 90-degree angle in act of open warfare against the principles of feng shui. Monitor has either an AC jack or an audio output positioned near the top for reasons known only to God. Bose wave radio and pencil sharpener from 1979 on windowsill. Number 2 pencil. A man and his football problems. Belichick is mildly annoyed and has never been more happy. The majority of this data was found via Pro-Football-Reference’s Play Index. For more adventures in Dorktown, here’s our latest video episode about the weirdest touchdown run in NFL history:
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Waitresses fined for wearing nothing but panties and aprons
Police cracked down on these skimpy waitress uniforms at a bar in Bangkok, Thailand. Four women, ages 24 to 34, were arrested and fined roughly $66 for public indecency. Video shows the scandalous costumes as just underwear and aprons barely covering their breasts.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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Tom Hanks’ sweaters for Mr. Rogers movie took 9 weeks to knit
Yasemin Esmek has applied fringe to Adrienne Warren’s costumes in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” hemmed Santa’s pants for Radio City’s “Christmas Spectacular” and tailored Glenda Jackson’s suit in “King Lear.” But with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the new Tom Hanks film about the beloved public-television host Fred Rogers, her handiwork practically has...
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Jose Mourinho Reportedly Linked to Zlatan Ibrahimovic After Joining Tottenham
Jose Mourinho might make a dramatic attempt to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tottenham Hotspur. Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported Spurs could try to reunite Mourinho with his ...
New report shows wind and solar dropping US wholesale electricity prices
Wholesale prices are dropping, though mostly due to natural gas.
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WRAPUP 3-Netanyahu charged with corruption, says he won't resign
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would not resign despite being charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a corruption scandal that he denounced as an "attempted coup".
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Global stocks slip, dollar rebounds on rekindled trade hopes
The dollar rebounded and global equity markets pared losses on Thursday as efforts by China to smooth the path forward in U.S.-Sino trade talks helped sooth investor sentiment, though fears remained that a phase one deal might not occur until next year.
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18 gifts that make traveling better and easier
From suitcases to headphones to skin care products, we've rounded up the very best travel gifts for the holiday season.
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