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Jack Burton Carpenter, Snowboarding Pioneer, Dies At 65
The founder of the massive snowboarding brand Burton Snowboards died Wednesday from complications due to cancer. He was 65.
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Everything that happened when Elon Musk unveiled the Cybertruck, including the window-breaking mistake that made him say 'Oh my f---ing god'
Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's first passenger pickup truck, the Cybertruck, on Thursday night in a town near Los Angeles. The unveiling was jam-packed with flames, people in all-black costumes, and video comparisons of the Cybertruck to the speed of the Porsche 911 and the towing capabilities of the Ford F-150. One of the most viral moments, however, is the infamous failed glass demo. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's first passenger pickup truck, the Cybertruck, on Thursday night in a dramatic showing that included flames, a "cybergirl," and a failed test. The jam-packed unveiling included the traditional presentation of the truck's specifications, but done in a glamorized and semi-failed manner. To prove the strength of its "ultra-hard" stainless steel body, Musk asked Tesla's lead designer Franz von Holzhausen to take a sledgehammer to the side of the truck. And to show-off the strength of the "armored glass," a metal ball was dropped onto an isolated panel at an elevated height without a shatter or a break. However, when the metal ball was thrown at the window of the example Cybertruck, the glass broke. Despite this, the Cybertruck was unveiled to many crowd cheers and photos, and with specs that surpass those of its potential competitors, such as Bollinger Motors fully electric all-wheel-drive B2 Pickup Truck. Production is expected to begin in late 2021. Keep scrolling to see more of the Cybertruck unveiling antics: The unveiling started out with a self-titled "cybergirl" who said: "The Cybertruck, the number one mode of transport for a cybergirl. The greatest evolution in vehicular fashion and function." Tesla There are speculations that the "cybergirl" was Grimes, Elon Musks' alt-pop singer girlfriend. "I now present to you my creator," said cybergirl. Enter Tesla CEO Elon Musk's walk out onto the stage. A short and awkward presentation followed, with Musk explaining why the Truck was a necessary and revolutionary product. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Now, cue the flames for a grandiose Cybertruck entrance that seemed more like the introduction of a celebrity boxing match. Tesla See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I bought a $79 bidet attachment for my toilet in an effort to be more eco-friendly and hygienic — and now I can't imagine not having onePOWER RANKING: Here's who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nomineeFloyd Mayweather should disappear into retirement forever, because a comeback could end in tearsSEE ALSO: The 12 coolest features of Tesla's new $39,900 Cybertruck pickup
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Lawyer looks to shutter firm over partner’s alleged work affairs
A personal injury lawyer is asking a judge to sanction the shuttering of his firm after he claims his partner hit-on and had affairs with work secretaries, according to a new lawsuit. Kenneth Marder filed the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit Friday against his partner of nine years Frank Eskesen who he says came on to...
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Aamir Griffin’s family friend was lured to her death: court papers
A 17-year-old Queens girl who was stabbed to death hours after attending a memorial for her family friend, Aamir Griffin may have been a victim of a premeditated crime, according to police Friday. Tyler Caldwell, 20, was arrested and charged on Tuesday in connection to the murder of Talasia Cuffie –- who was stabbed in the...
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Straphanger hit with hammer, thrown onto Bronx subway tracks by homophobic man
An unhinged man smacked an innocent straphanger with a hammer Friday and then threw him onto the subway tracks in the Bronx after shouting a homophobic slur at him, according to police. The 21-year-old victim was waiting for the D train at Tremont Avenue near Grand Concourse just after 1 a.m. when the man came...
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Good Boy, Bad Driver
A Labrador retriever had a dizzying adventure in a Florida cul-de-sac on Thursday after getting stuck in a car that that spun in circles like a dog chasing it’s own tail.Read more...
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Bloomberg places at least $29 million in television advertising over next two weeks
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has placed at least $29 million worth of television advertising over the next two weeks, according to data from Kantar Media/CMAG, possibly signaling that his formal entry to the 2020 presidential race is imminent.
Former CIA officer Jerry Lee sentenced to 19 years in prison
Jerry Lee was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Friday after prosecutors said he conspired to communicate, deliver and transmit national defense info to China.
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Colorado man faces new charges for plotting to bomb synagogue
An avowed white supremacist being held without bond for plotting to bomb a Colorado synagogue this month has been indicted on additional charges of attempted arson and using explosives to commit a felony, federal prosecutors said on Friday.
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In The Fight For Money For The Opioid Crisis, Will The Youngest Victims Be Left Out?
The opioid epidemic is intergenerational, with tens of thousands of babies born every year dependent on opioids. Advocates worry lawsuits against the drug industry might overlook these children.
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Tour Championship: Kim Sei-young takes control as Georgia Hall slips
Kim Sei-young shoots a second-round five under 67 to hold a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the LPGA's season-ending Tour Championship.
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Our 7 best bets for Week 13 of the college football season
Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports The college football season is hitting the home stretch. Last weekend, our picks went a solid 4-2-1 against the spread, with Alabama and Rutgers both coming through to cover in wildly different ways. This week we're back with seven more picks against the spread for Week 13 of the college football season. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. We made a tidy profit during Week 12 of the college football season. Thanks to a big win from Alabama, a gutsy cover from Rutgers, and a solid push from LSU, our picks went a solid 4-2-1 against spread last Saturday. This week, we're back this week with seven more bets, and backing some heavy underdogs and a few wild favorites to keep the winning streak going. Take a look below for our best bets of the Week 13 college football slate (* indicates home team). LAST WEEK: 4-2-1OVERALL: 45-36-3Penn State (+18.5) over Ohio State* Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports The biggest game on Saturday's schedule is also the toughest one on the board to book. Ohio State is a powerhouse, quite possibly the best team in all of college football, and has steamrolled almost every challenger they've faced so far this season. Penn State is a solid team and amongst the best in the country on their best day, and could be missing wide receiver KJ Hamler — the most dangerous offensive weapon at their disposal. Knowing Ohio State, this game could be 21-0 before the first quarter is over. Knowing the Big Ten, this game could end as a 17-13 nail-biter. Here's to hoping the Nittany Lions can at least find a way to keep things close. Arkansas (+43) over LSU* Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports LSU is cruising through the season. However, this feels like a spot where the Tigers might take their foot off the gas a bit. Playing at home with a comfortable win all but assured, how long will Joe Burrow play before heading to the sideline? The Razorbacks are not going to win this game, but if they can score twice, that might be enough to stay within the number. Arizona State* (+14) over Oregon Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Despite four straight losses, Arizona State proved they're more than capable of coming through in big spots as underdogs early in the year, and have given Oregon fits during trips played in Tempe, even beating the Ducks in 2017 when they were ranked No. 24 in the country. Look for the Sun Devils to play up for this game as the team is still fighting for bowl eligibility. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Only 10 schools still have a legit shot to make the College Football PlayoffNFL WEEK 12: Our official predictions for who wins this weekend5 biggest winners and losers in college basketball this week
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An alleged white supremacist is indicted for planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue
A man accused of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue has been indicted by a federal grand jury on hate crime and arson charges.
What’s coming soon to Disney+: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Coco’
After a successful -- though also somewhat shaky -- launch, Disney has outlined the new movies and series it plans to add over the next three weeks to its streaming service. If you subscribed to Disney+ to watch shows like The Mandalorian, you know y...
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A Tesla Cybertruck Mishap, a Massive Data Leak, and More News
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Review: The Selpic S1 quick-drying handheld printer made me want to label all the things
The Selpic S1 is a bit of a niche gadget. It’s a handheld quick-drying smart printer that works a lot like a label maker. Instead of creating stickers that you can adhere to objects, the S1 prints directly on most surfaces. It’s surprisingly fun and easy to use, but there’s a few pain points to consider before purchasing. First off, the S1 is a bit of an uproven commodity. As far as we can tell its Selpic’s first product – the company has another, the slightly larger S1+ on Kickstarter right now – but so far, there’s a lot to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Some T-Mobile prepaid customers had their account information breached
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, T-Mobile disclosed a security breach that impacted some of its prepaid customers in the United States. The company told Bleeping Computer on Thursday that a “small number of customers” were affected by the breach that was discovered earlier this month. According to T-Mobile, customer names, addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, rate plans, and plan features were all left exposed. More sensitive information like passwords, financial information, or social security numbers were not affected. “We truly regret that this incident occurred” T-Mobile told the impacted customers this week that its cybersecurity team “discovered and shut down malicious, unauthorized access” to their accounts. Shortly after, the... Continue reading…
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Beaten and blinded, Chile's protesters face violence
Last month, 39-year-old Alex Nuñez was sitting on a park bench in Maipú, a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of Santiago, when a protest began in a nearby park. - RSS Channel
Behind Biden’s slips of the tongue and other commentary
2020 watch: Behind Biden’s Slips of the Tongue The conventional narrative about Joe Biden’s gaffes has been that “his age was a problem, that he was confused and out of touch,” but, as The Atlantic’s John Hendrickson explains, few people know about the former vice president’s stutter, a condition he’s dealt with since boyhood that...
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Congress to Investigate Concert Ticket Companies Accused of 'Unfair Practices'
A group of bipartisan lawmakers has launched a formal investigation into a half dozen ticket sales companies citing what they are concerns about “potentially unfair and deceptive practices” stemming from consumer complaints and other sources.Read more...
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Clippers' Paul George 'Knew' Harden, Westbrook Rockets Pairing Would Work
The Houston Rockets (11-4) are third in the Western Conference largely because of the new backcourt pairing of James Harden and Russell Westbrook ...
Protesters cut off Bolivia's capital with renewed fury
The Bolivian capital of La Paz is becoming increasingly isolated, after five weeks of violent political clashes that have left more than 30 people dead, according to the country's ombudsman. - RSS Channel
All of Parachute's bedding and home essentials will be 20% off on Black Friday — even its new mattress
Parachute Parachute is one of the first direct-to-consumer luxury bed and bath startups to make it big.  During Black Friday, it's offering 20% off everything on its site, from sheets and towels to robes and candles. The sale is live from 12 a.m. PST on November 29 through December 2.  In addition to startup deals, we're showing you the best Black Friday deals from Amazon, Target, Kohl's, Nordstrom, and more.  To potentially save more on Black Friday deals this year, visit Business Insider Coupons to find the most up-to-date coupons and promo codes for tons of stores. Though the internet is now well-saturated with bedding startups that all want to sell you the coziest sheets, it's the early entrants like Parachute that are still the most memorable.  This Black Friday, you'll be able to save on the products that made and continue to make the Venice, California-based company famous. From 12 a.m. PST on November 29 through December 2, everything at Parachute is 20% off. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Mejuri, one of our favorite fine jewelry startups, will run a rare sale for Black Friday with up to 20% offCasper is running an early Black Friday sale that gets you 10% off any order if it includes a mattressBrooklinen’s Cyber Monday sale has already started — save 20% on bed sheet sets, towels, loungewear, candles, and more
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Multimodal learning is in right now — here’s why that’s a good thing
Despite the advantages of multimodal approaches to machine learning, ABI Research notes that platform companies continue to focus on unimodal systems.
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'Half-Life' Is Coming Back—in Virtual Reality
This is easily the biggest videogame news of the week. Also, the CEO of Activision thinks games shouldn't be political.
La Liga Table 2019: Latest Standings Following Friday's Week 14 Results
Ruben Rochina scored a brilliant winner as Levante saw off a determined challenge from Real Mallorca to win 2-1 at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on Friday. A goalless opening 45 minutes was followed by an entertaining second half...
2 arrested in connection with Halloween shooting in Orinda
Two people have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into a shooting at a Halloween party in Orinda, Calif., that killed five people last month, authorities said.
Tom Brady elbow injury pops up out of nowhere
Tom Brady made a surprise appearance on the Patriots injury report on Friday. The 42-year old quarterback is listed as questionable for this week’s matchup against the Cowboys with an elbow issue. Brady was limited in Friday’s practice but is expected to play this week, according to multiple reports. The decision to limit Brady in...
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Rep. Max Rose on “The Takeout” - 11/22/19
Freshman Congressman Max Rose, a Democrat from New York, talks about his service in Afghanistan in the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, and the impeachment hearings, as well as his experience taking on the role of elected official, on this week’s episode of “The Takeout with Major Garrett.”
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Wall Street rises modestly
Wall Street advanced Friday as both Washington and Beijing made positive comments on the potential for a trade deal. Fred Katayama reports.
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Tony Bennett has painted over 800 scenes of Central Park
"They’re signed under his given name of Anthony Benedetto.”
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Watching these Fox News hosts deflate while listening to Trump is oddly satisfying
The president phoned into Fox & Friends for a rambling nearly hour-long interview on Friday morning. During the call he ranted about the ongoing impeachment hearings, called Adam Schiff a "sick puppy," and once again, pushed a debunked conspiracy theory.  The Fox & Friends hosts didn't correct or stop the president's rant, but did appear to lose their composure the longer Trump's monologue went on. At one point, Trump complained that former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't display his photo in the embassy. He also complained that he has to deal with "Crazy Nancy" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and questioned former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's mental health.  Read more...More about Trump, Conspiracy Theories, Fox And Friends, Culture, and Web Culture
Two runners take 500-mile journey for veteran suicide awareness
Two runners are nearing the end of their 500-mile journey to raise awareness about veterans' suicide risk. CBS News national correspondent Errol Barnett joined CBSN with more on the issue.
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BBC Question Time leaders special: who came out on top?
A hostile Sheffield audience greeted – and grilled – the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and SNP leaders. But how did they fare under the spotlight?Follow reaction to the Question Time leaders specialBoris Johnson He’s only been in power for 120 days, so please don’t blame him for other Conservative governments, even when he served in them. Other than that – the same, well-drilled attack lines on an end to austerity, and “delivering Brexit”. Continue reading...
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California's housing bubble is spilling over into poor and exurban neighborhoods, creating waves of crises
California has such a huge undersupply of housing -- and oversupply of housing speculators -- that affluent homebuyers have effectively rendered the state's major cities unaffordable for all but the very wealthy, even pushing into neighborhoods that were historically undesirable due to poverty, poor housing stock and crime. As a result, everyday working people are being pushed out of cities, and they're clustering in suburbs and exurbs around the cities' peripheries, creating both a traffic crisis (California's roads are already massively overcongested) and a housing crisis for those communities, with rents going up and up as new tenants arrive, having been pushed out of the cities. Many working California families are now on a "financial knife edge," one minor blip away from homelessness -- a tiny rent increase or a medical emergency or an unexpected car repair can spell eviction. The state has enacted sweeping rent controls that go into effect Jan 1, but these will not adequately address the state's housing crisis: California needs a lot of high-density housing clustered around high-speed transit lines. There is pending legislation that would allow the state to force cities to permit this kind of construction, but it's being heavily lobbied against. Home sale prices have risen sharply, and middle-class buyers are snapping up homes in neighborhoods they avoided in the past. This has pushed many longtime residents — particularly renters — out of black and Latino neighborhoods, even as those who were able to purchase homes decades ago have seen their property values rise. Read the rest
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Ohio State vs. Penn State: An earlier game can help your wager
Is Ohio State going to roll over everyone until the Final Four? Betting markets are pricing that way. In Saturday’s much-hyped game matchups with Penn State (noon, Fox), the Buckeyes opened at -19. Sharps generally prefer underdogs in marquee matchups, and may wait to see how recreational bettors influence the line before kickoff. Penn State...
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Santa Claus calms anxious boy with autism
The boy had been trying to see Santa since he was 2, but anxiety always took over – until this year, when Santa recognized his struggle
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Stuart Hogg: ‘I was a bit scared but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made’
The high-profile Exeter signing will come up against his former club Glasgow this weekend in their Champions Cup matchNot long after Exeter Chiefs had completed the most satisfying away display in their European history in La Rochelle last weekend, the newly arrived Stuart Hogg felt Rob Baxter’s arm around his shoulder. “He said to me: ‘That’s why you signed here, for days like that,’” recalls Hogg, now resident in Devon having relocated south from his native Scotland. “He was right. I loved it.” Related: 'Hey horsey!': England rugby star Joe Marler bucks trend of dull sporting interviews Continue reading...
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Does the Dave Matthews Band Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Or should Phish be the jam band with that honor?
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Jerry Sandusky sentenced to another 30-to-60-year prison term
Judge Maureen Skerda gave Sandusky what prosecutors and his own attorney described as effectively a life term during a hearing ordered this year by an appeals court.
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Samsung's Black Friday deals are live right now — you can save up to $640 on the Galaxy Note 10 with a trade-in
  Samsung makes some of the best tech devices out there, from smartphones and smartwatches to TVs and computers. Samsung is discounting some of its best tech for Black Friday and Cyber Monday — so if you're in the market for a new device, now is a good time to buy. You can save up to $640 on the Galaxy Note 10 with a trade-in, $80 on the Galaxy Watch, $700 on a QLED TV, and more. All of the deals are available now on Samsung's website, and most will last through December 1 or 2. You can check out the rest of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage on Insider Picks. Black Friday is coming, and with it come some of the best deals that we're likely to see for the year. As usual, the biggest deals seem to be on tech, and if you're in the market for a new phone, TV, smartwatch, or laptop, Samsung has great deals. Samsung has discounted a wide range of products for Black Friday, so no matter what you're looking for, there should be something for you. Here's a rundown of the best Samsung deals we could find for Black Friday 2019. They are all available right now, and most of the deals run until either December 1 or 2 unless otherwise noted. 5 best Samsung Black Friday deals in 2019: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 w/free Galaxy Buds, $309.99+ (originally $949.99) [Save up to $640 now through 12/1]* Samsung Galaxy Watch, $269.99 (originally $349.99) [Save $80 now through 12/2] Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, $549.99 (originally $649.99) [Save $100 now through 12/29] Samsung Q80R QLED TV, $1,299.99 (originally $1,999.99) [Save $700 now through TBD] Samsung Notebook 7 Spin, $599.99 (originally $899.99) [Save $300 now through 11/30] *Discounts vary based on the value of the phone you trade in when you get the Note 10. If you don't have an eligible trade-in, you'll still get a $200 discount and a free pair of Galaxy Buds. Shop all Samsung Black Friday deals here. Does Samsung do Black Friday deals? Thankfully, yes. Samsung offers a range of excellent Black Friday deals at its online store and at other retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon. Does Samsung offer student discounts? Samsung does indeed offer student discounts, and if you're a student, you'll save up to 30%. To take advantage of the deals, you'll need to register with your qualifying school email address at this website.  What are the Samsung phone models? Samsung offers a huge range of smartphone models. At the high-end, you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, which offer similar specs, though the Galaxy Note 10 is quite a bit bigger. At the low end, Samsung boasts a range of other phones, like the Samsung Galaxy M30, the Samsung Galaxy A30, and more. Shop all Samsung Black Friday deals here or read on to see our favorites.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Hollis Johnson/Business Insider This deal runs now through December 1. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is one of Samsung's latest and greatest flagship smartphones, and it has a whole lot to offer. For example, you'll get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with 8GB of RAM and an impressive 256GB of storage. Along with those high-end specs, you'll also get a 6.3-inch screen with a small hole-punch notch, and an excellent camera. Safe to say, if you're in the market for a high-end phone, this is the way to go, especially given the discount you can get on Black Friday. You'll also get a free pair of Galaxy Buds, which are well-rated wireless earbuds. To get the Note 10 for just $309.99, you will need to trade in an eligible, recently released phone — older phones can also be traded in, but you'll get less money back and end up with a smaller discount.  If you do not trade in a phone at all, you will still get a $200 discount and free Galaxy Buds, though, which is still a good deal. We recommend clicking in to see what you can get. Get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 from Samsung, starting at $309.99 with eligible trade-in (originally $949.99) [You save up to $640] Samsung Galaxy Watch Samsung This deal runs now through December 2. If you have a Samsung smartphone or you're buying one on Black Friday, it's worth considering the Samsung Galaxy Watch too. The Galaxy Watch actually works with any phone (Android or iPhone) and offers an easy-to-use software experience, decent fitness tracking, and more. The watch is pretty well designed too, so you'll be able to wear it in any situation and with any outfit. The $80 discount makes it even more appealing. Get the Samsung Galaxy Watch from Samsung, $269.99 (originally $349.88) [You save $80] Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Samsung This deal runs now through December 29. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is one of the best tablets you can buy. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The device also has a 10.5-inch screen and comes with a keyboard accessory, so you can use the tablet like a laptop in a pinch. The $100 discount isn't huge, but it puts the tablet in the same range as the iPad Air. Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 from Samsung, $549.99 (originally $649.99) [You save $100] See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Cyber Monday is fast approaching — here are the best early tech deals and what to expect on December 2AirPods and AirPods Pros are on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart right now ahead of Cyber MondayBest Buy has announced some of its Cyber Monday deals —here's what's on sale now and what to expect on December 2
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Pep Guardiola Plays Down Rumours He Could Make Bayern Munich Return
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has played down rumours he could return to Bayern Munich as manager...
Here are the most important takeaways from every day of Trump's impeachment hearings
Pool/Saul Loeb via Reuters Over five days, a dozen current and former Trump administration officials testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Testimonies covered Trump's phone call with Ukraine, quid pro quo, former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's job loss, conspiracy theories relating to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Several key figures, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton, were implicated in pressuring Ukraine with Trump. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The televised hearings for President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry are over for now. Over five days spread across two weeks, 12 current and former Trump administration officials testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee. The hearings, some of which were explosive, revealed new information implicating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton in pressuring Ukraine. Testimonies covered Trump's phone call with Ukraine, the possibility of quid pro quo, former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch being smeared and losing her job, conspiracy theories involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and interference in the 2016 presidential election. Here's what matters most from the impeachment hearings.Day 1, Wednesday, November 13: Bill Taylor revealed a previously unknown phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland about "the investigations", and confirmed the quid pro quo of Trump withholding military aid to get Ukraine to investigate Biden. Reuters/Erin Scott Two witnesses testified: Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, a top State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy. Taylor revealed a previously unknown July 26 phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, the US's ambassador to the EU, in which they discussed the status of "the investigations" Trump wanted. Sondland told Trump that Zelensky would do anything he wanted and that he "loves your ass." A member of Taylor's staff who overheard the call asked Sondland afterward what Trump thought of Ukraine. Sondland replied that Trump "cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for." Taylor directly confirmed a quid pro quo in which Trump withheld security assistance and a White House meeting while demanding Zelensky publicly commit to investigating the Bidens and Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Kent blew a hole through all of Trump's talking points and said there was no factual basis to support allegations of Ukrainian election interference, or that the Bidens engaged in any wrongdoing. Read our full takeaways from Day 1 » And our live-blog to see how events unfolded in real time » Day 2, Friday, November 15 : Marie Yovanovitch said she was ousted from her job as the ambassador to Ukraine in a "smear campaign" while Trump attacked her on Twitter. Associated Press One witness testified: Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted US ambassador to Ukraine. Yovanovitch took aim at Trump and Giuliani and said they carried out a "smear campaign" to oust her because she refused to help them strong-arm Ukraine. The former ambassador "was shocked, absolutely shocked, and devastated" by what Trump said about her in a July 25 call with Ukraine's president. On the call, in addition to pressuring Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, Trump mentioned Yovanovitch and said she was "bad news," adding that "she's going to go through some things." Yovanovitch said a person who saw her reading the memo of the call said "the color drained from my face. I think I even had a physical reaction. Even now, words fail me." Trump publicly attacked Yovanovitch while she testified. Yovanovitch said she found his comments "very intimidating." Read our full takeaways from Day 2 » And our live-blog to see how events unfolded in real time » Day 3, Tuesday, November 19: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams called Trump's phone call with Ukraine "inappropriate", and Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison — two witnesses Republicans called to testify — undercut the party's defenses. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Four witnesses testified: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council; Jennifer Williams, a foreign service aide detailed to Vice President Mike Pence; Tim Morrison, the NSC's former official in charge of overseeing Russia and Europe policy; and Kurt Volker, the US's former special representative to Ukraine. Vindman and Williams directly listened in on Trump's July 25 phone call. They both said they found it "unusual" and "inappropriate." Their testimony directly undercut Trump's claim that the call was "perfect." Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient whose family fled the Soviet Union and arrived in the US as refugees when he was a toddler, was accused of dual loyalty. Steve Castor, the minority counsel, embarked on a line of questioning that seemed to imply that because Vindman was offered the position of defense minister in Ukraine, he had some loyalty to Ukraine. But the former army officer shot Castor down: "I'm an American. I came here when I was a toddler, and I immediately dismissed these offers. I did not entertain them." Volker dramatically altered his testimony from what he told Congress behind closed doors. When he first testified, Volker categorically denied that any investigations into Joe Biden, Burisma Holdings, or the 2016 election were raised during a July 10 White House meeting with Ukrainian officials. Volker acknowledged that Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, brought up the investigations and that he found it "inappropriate." Volker and Morrison, who were both on the GOP witness list, ended up giving testimony that hurt the Republicans' case. Morrison expressed disappointment with Trump's July 25 phone call. Volker acknowledged a link between Trump's mentions of "Burisma" and how that was really code for the Bidens. Read our full takeaways from Day 3 » And our live-blog to see how events unfolded in real time » See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:What comes next in the House's impeachment inquiry into TrumpEverything you need to know about Trump's impeachment process: What's happened, who the players are, and what comes nextPOWER RANKING: Here's who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nomineeSEE ALSO: Trump openly admitted on live TV to doing the thing he's accused of in the impeachment inquiry DON'T MISS: Everything you need to know about Trump's impeachment process: What's happened, who the players are, and what comes next
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House GOP disregards expert warnings that debunked Ukraine theory helps Russia
Expert after expert in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump testified about one key fact: That Ukraine had no role interfering in the 2016 elections to help Hillary Clinton. And one key witness sounded the alarm even louder.
Barr Announces Plan To Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native Americans
Studies find that Native Americans, especially women, are victims of disproportionate levels of violence, and state and federal databases inadequately track the crisis.
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Thousands Gather to Mourn Toni Morrison in a Star-Studded Memorial
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Donotpay adds tool to automatically analyze lengthy, terrible terms of service
Do Not Pay, the "robot lawyer" that can help you do everything from beat a traffic ticket to getting access to services for poor and homeless people, has rolled out a new service: "Do Not Sign," a tool to analyze terms of service agreements. While its true that these services are virtually always terrible, they're not all the same. Do Not Sign will flag things like obscure clauses that let you opt out of data collection and binding arbitration. Do Not Sign also flags the everyday terrors of these "agreements," such as the right to change them later without notice, the right to stop providing a service without notice, and the fact that you assume all risk when using a service. Do Not Sign uses machine learning to flag "warnings" and "loopholes" in these "agreements." “I got into this gym membership with this US company called Planet Fitness, and I didn’t realize when I was signing up that it’s basically impossible to cancel,” Browder told The Verge in an interview. “I think it just goes to show that even someone like me wouldn’t read the fine print. I don’t think regular people know what they’re agreeing to.” In the case of Planet Fitness, Browder says he eventually found a clause buried in its terms of service that allowed him to cancel the contract if he moved out of the area. In the end, he canceled his membership by telling the gym he’d moved to the UK. This is what Do Not Sign means by “loopholes.” I found one such example when I fed the system Apple’s terms of service: it informed me that I can request my personal data from the company and ask Apple to delete it. Read the rest
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