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18 players to start or sit in fantasy football for Week 12
Adrian Kraus/AP Each week, we're listing players to start or sit in fantasy football. As always, these are less obvious choices — players whom fantasy owners might be on the cusp of starting or sitting. Here are our start 'em, sit 'ems for Week 11 of the NFL season. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Week 12 of the NFL season is here and we're back with another start-sit for fantasy football. We're coming off a week where we hit on 50% of our picks, nailing almost all of our "sit" picks, but missing on most of our "start" picks. We'll look to rebound for Week 12, which is a big week on the NFL schedule. As usual, we try to pick less obvious choices — players whom fantasy owners might be on the cusp of starting or sitting. Here are our start/sits for fantasy football in Week 12.START: Baker Mayfield, QB David Richard/AP Team: Cleveland Browns Week 12 opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins Why you should start him: After a horrendous first half of the season, Mayfield is QB10 over the last three weeks, in part because he doesn't have any interceptions. Miami's effort has improved lately, but they still rank dead-last in defensive DVOA. Look for Mayfield and the Browns to keep rolling. SIT: Jameis Winston, QB Mark LoMoglio/AP Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 12 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons Why you should sit him: Winston presents a high ceiling, but his interceptions make him a risk each week. He has 13 interceptions over the past five games, and the Falcons defense has come out of the bye with a vengeance while stealing wins over the Saints and Panthers. START: Jeff Driskel, QB Rick Osentoski/AP Team: Detroit Lions Week 12 opponent: at Washington Redskins Why you should start him: Driskel has been viable in fantasy through two games. This week, he gets a Washington team ranked 28th in pass defense DVOA. Outside of Sam Darnold last week (QB7), Washington hasn't allowed huge fantasy performances to quarterbacks, but with the Detroit run game up in the air, Driskel may look to throw a bit more than some previous quarterbacks. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:NFL WEEK 12: Our official predictions for who wins this weekendTop 13 waiver-wire pickups for Week 12 of fantasy football11 teams have committed to attending Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout this weekend. Here are his top landing spots, ranked.
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Ravens CB Marcus Peters Says He Doesn't Have Chip on Shoulder After Rams Trade
The Baltimore Ravens will face the Los Angeles Rams Monday night, but it's not a revenge game for cornerback Marcus Peters. "I don't got a chip on my shoulder," Peters said Thursday, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN...
Trump administration begins deporting asylum seekers to Guatemala
The Trump administration has sent the first migrant to Guatemala as part of its agreement with the country to accept asylum seeking migrants from the US, according to Guatemalan officials.
Artist goes viral with pics of stars posing with younger selves
Celebrities can’t travel back in time a la “Back To The Future” to meet their younger selves — but one Dutch artist is offering the next best thing: flawless photos of stars “posing” with their fresh faces of yesteryear. Want to see “John Wick”-era Keanu Reeves rubbing elbows with his mop-topped teen facsimile from “Bill...
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Tour Championship: England's Georgia Hall makes strong start in Florida
England's Georgia Hall makes a strong start to the LPGA's season-ending Tour Championship after carding an opening round five-under-par 67.
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How to use Alexa to turn on the lights
Dan Seifert / The Verge Deploying smart home technology is one of the more appealing promises of voice control systems like Alexa. It’s tempting (and maybe inevitable) to fall down a rabbit hole of complexity when you’re setting up a smart home because there are so many options and possibilities. If you’re just starting out, it might be a good idea to keep it simple for your first step into creating a smart home. For example, let’s begin by installing a single light bulb that you can ask Alexa to turn on and off. There are many brands of smart light bulbs, and as a result, setup procedures may differ from brand to brand. I picked a Philips Hue bulb because they’re easily available, quick to set up, and well supported. Initial setup The first step is to screw in... Continue reading…
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Sam Hunt 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.
There's a huge loophole in the GOP's claim that Trump's sale of Javelin missiles to Ukraine shows his support for the country
Gleb Garanich/Reuters President Donald Trump's GOP allies in Congress have touted his administration's sale of Javelin missiles to Ukraine as evidence he's supported it against Russian aggression. But Republicans have left out that the Ukrainians cannot actually use the anti-tank missiles in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists based on the terms of the sale.  A top staffer in the US embassy in Ukraine on Thursday testified that the Javelins serve as an important deterrent but aren't "actively employed in combat operations right now." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republicans involved in the impeachment inquiry have repeatedly touted the Trump administration's sale of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine as evidence the president is supportive of the country against Russian aggression, but they've left out key details in the process. Under the rules of the sale, the Javelin missiles have to be stored in western Ukraine, which is far from the frontlines of the ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the country (the Donbas region) against pro-Russia separatists. 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:Former NSC official Fiona Hill gave a master class on what it means to be a non-partisan fact witnessAndrew Yang says if he's elected president, he'll tell Putin: 'I'm sorry I beat your guy'The best memes from the impeachment inquiry so far
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10-year-old boy dies after high school football shooting in New Jersey
A 10-year-old boy who was shot at a New Jersey high school football game has died. Micah Tennant was one of three people shot at a Pleasantville-Camden High School football game Friday night. Four men are under arrest. CBSN New York reports.
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Empty your pockets: Baby Yoda merch will arrive before Christmas
Let us now make it rain upon our lord and savior Baby Yoda. After two weeks of fans' incessant pleading, Disney has finally confirmed the arrival of Baby Yoda merchAccording to CNBC, official "The Child" apparel and accessories will be available through various retailers — including Amazon, Target, Macy's, Kohl's, Hot Topic, Zazzle, and Box Lunch — as early as Friday.  Additional merchandise will be sold through the Disney Store, ShopDisney, and at Disney Parks before the holidays. The all-important Baby Yoda plushies and toys will soon be available for pre-order, although it is unclear when those items are expected to ship.  Read more...More about Christmas, The Mandalorian, Disney, Baby Yoda, and Entertainment
McD's doesn't protect workers from violent customers, suit claims
Employees at one Chicago restaurant say their safety is jeopardized by fast-food chain's policies and store design
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GM’s first electric truck could be ready in 2021
GM plans to bring an electric truck to the market in fall of 2021, TechCrunch reports. GM CEO Mary Barra made the announcement today during GM's investor day.
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Ben Affleck to direct Congo movie, ‘King Leopold’s Ghost’
He's leaving Gotham City and heading to the Congo.
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Teen in California high school shooting rampage used 'ghost gun' made from parts
A 16-year-old boy who opened fire at his Southern California high school, killing two classmates and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head, used a "ghost gun" built from parts, the local sheriff said on Thursday.
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Carl Icahn is betting some of America's biggest malls will go bust
The legendary corporate raider's latest "big short" is against the cathedral of the American consumer
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Texans-Colts winner will remain a fringe AFC contender
Thursday night’s NFL matchup featuring the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans (8:20. p.m., Fox/NFL Network) looms intriguingly near the expanding AFC championship chase. At the beginning of the 2019 season, betting markets presumed a two-team race between the dynastic defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and last season’s AFC runner-up Kansas City Chiefs. No...
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Knowing your rights in the Title IX process
Alexandra Brodsky, a civil rights attorney and one of the founders of the organization “Know Your IX,” discusses issues students face when it comes to Title IX and due process, and what progress universities are making in processing these claims.
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Where did the Apple Store’s online reviews go?
We’ve got a mystery on our hands. Apple removed all reviews and ratings from its online store on November 17, as first reported by AppleInsider. What gives? Apple has so far done no policing of its customer reviews, as far as I’m aware. Unlike some manufacturers that try to hide negative reviews, Apple has typically kept them on display, even when products received low ratings. As far as I’m concerned, that actually makes me trust the company more. AppleInsider’s tipster noticed the reviews were removed from US, UK, and Australian Apple stores, pointing to a purposeful move rather than a mistake on Apple’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple Store,Apple
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This Japanese Hotel Charges $1—If You Live-Stream Your Stay
Last year, we wrote about the troubling problem of Airbnb rentals with hidden cameras, spying on guests. (Back in April, a family even found a hidden camera live-streaming their stay at an Airbnb in Ireland.) But in our latest edition of Hack or Wack, we ask another important, related question: Would you willingly…Read more...
The Case for The Family Circus
Cartoonist Lynda Barry’s defense of The Family Circus, Willa Cather’s 1918 novel My Ántonia, and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins.
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Trump awards 8 National Medals of Arts and Humanities
President Donald Trump awarded his first round of National Medal of Arts and National Medal of Humanities to eight recipients on Thursday.
How the flu vaccine is made
Food and Drug Administration For the 2019-20 flu season, more than 162 million doses of flu vaccines will be made in the US. There are more than 100 national influenza centers in more than 100 countries constantly collecting and analyzing influenza virus strains for the next vaccine. Flu viruses are injected into an egg or added to cell culture. Then the viruses are given a few days to replicate and grow, just as if they were inside a person. This article was reviewed by Graham Snyder, MD, MS, who is the medical director for the Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology branch at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For the 2019-20 flu season, more than 162 million doses of flu vaccines will be made in the US, alone. The vaccines start with the viral strains themselves, which are mostly grown and cultivated in either fertilized hen eggs or egg-free cell cultures. The flu vaccine is designed months in advance While flu vaccine may be widely distributed only during certain months, creating it is a year-round process. There are more than 100 national influenza centers in more than 100 countries constantly collecting and analyzing influenza virus strains for the next vaccine.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:What causes a stuffy nose and how to clear it out fastNo, you cannot get sick from being cold. But it may increase your risk.How to sleep with a stuffy nose: On your back is the best option
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23 Questions for Greta Thunberg, 19th-Century Gold Miner and Time Traveler
Some might say that individuals like Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist from Sweden, are one of a kind. Well, then, tell me what to make of this archived image showing a Thunberg look-alike in the year 1898. If there is only one blessed Thunberg, what the hell is she doing in 19th-century Yukon mining gold? Read more...
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Former Trump adviser says Ukraine meddling theory is 'fictional narrative'
President Donald Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill urged lawmakers in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry on Thursday not to promote "politically driven falsehoods" that cast doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
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How (and why) to become a tech policy activist
Caroline McCarthy is a journalist and ex-googler who now works as an ad-tech exec for a startup that Fox bought and they transfered to Disney when the two companies merged; in this great, impassioned Tedx talk, she lays out the case for being a "tech policy activist" and explains how the field of tech policy, though neglected by politicians and pollsters, is vital to many aspects of our daily lives, and how it fails to decompose neatly on left-right lines and nevertheless demands our close attention lest it be formulated in ways that disappoint or even harm us. It's a great talk, akin in some ways to Schneier's plea for "public interest technologists." Read the rest
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'Blade Runner' blew his mind. Now this artist uses AI to explore human consciousness.
Blade Runner pictures Los Angeles in 2019 with flying cars, neon signs, and massive video ads. It’s an urban portrait that looks more like today’s New York City than L.A., and watching it brought Istanbul-born artist Refik Anadol to Times Square almost eight years ago. In November, his solo exhibition "Machine Hallucination" brought him back to New York. The immersive installation, currently on display at a boiler room–turned-art space in Chelsea, marries artificial intelligence and audiovisual technology to imagine New York's cityscape in 512 dimensions.  Based in L.A., Anadol arrived from Houston the day before we met. He had just spoken at an artificial intelligence summit about the intersection of human creativity and machine learning — the subject of many of his works. Read more...More about Tech, Art, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, and Culture
China trade war worries are back on Wall Street
Concerns that U.S. won't reach a trade deal with the world's second-largest economy has turned investors cautious
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The Paralyzed Jockey Who’s Still in the Race
Andrew Lakeman was an up-and-coming jockey when his horse clipped heels in a race at Belmont Park and fell on him. He suffered countless injuries and ended up paralyzed from the waist down. But instead of quitting, Lakeman got a trainer's license, bought a horse and became a racehorse trainer. That is resilience personified.
Gamers are blaming 'overheating' Chromecast devices for games crashing on the new Stadia streaming service, but Google said the devices are 'working as intended'
Google Some Google Stadia users were blaming overheating Chromecast Ultra devices for Stadia crashing during extended gaming sessions, but that's not the case, according to Google.  A Google spokesperson said that overheating Chromecast Ultra devices are not to blame for crashing issues, and that while those devices may get hot, they are working as intended. Google Stadia is the company's new game-streaming platform, where games run on Google's cloud-connected machines that wirelessly send visuals for those games to devices like the Chromecast Ultra. It works much like streaming a video. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Some Stadia gamers using Google's Chromecast Ultra streaming device have blamed "overheating" devices for abrupt crashes encountered while using Stadia, but Google says that overheating devices aren't the issue.  One Stadia gamer on Reddit wrote that, "I was in the middle of a fight in Destiny 2 when suddenly my Chromecast died and lost connectivity to the network. I went to unplug it from the power and it was extremely hot."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:'Pokémon Sword' and 'Pokémon Shield' had the most successful launch of any Pokémon game to dateThe 9 most important details we already know about PlayStation 5, Sony's next-generation video game consoleVizio smart TVs still don't have the Disney Plus app, but the company is rolling out a major update that will let anyone with a smartphone stream Disney's new serviceSEE ALSO: I've been playing games on Google's ambitious new Netflix-like game service for the last week, and it's clear the service isn't ready for primetime
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The Air Force will change how it selects its next launch providers following Blue Origin protest
An artistic rendering of Blue Origin’s future New Glenn rocket. | Image: Blue Origin The Air Force is going to change the criteria for selecting its next round of rocket launch providers after one company competing for the gig protested the procurement process, Space News first reported. Private spaceflight company Blue Origin argued that the selection benchmarks were unfair — an argument that was upheld this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently, the Air Force is on the hunt for two companies to launch the US’s national security satellites from 2022 to 2026 as part of its Launch Service Procurement program. For rocket companies, being selected is a huge opportunity, as it could result in hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in launch contracts. The Air Force put out a call for proposals in... Continue reading…
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Trump admin tells owners it will survey land for border wall
The Trump administration has sent letters to dozens of residences in California, New Mexico and Texas notifying owners that the government is going to survey their land for future border barriers, according to two US defense officials. - RSS Channel
Gap's quarterly profit beats; says plan to split Old Navy in place
Apparel retailer Gap Inc nudged past tempered quarterly profit expectations and reiterated its plan to separate Old Navy from the namesake brand.
Over 75K pounds of salad in 22 states recalled over E. coli outbreak
Missa Bay, LLC, of Swedesboro, issued the recall of 75,233 pounds of the bagged salad products sold at Walmart, Target and Aldi -- fearing the romaine lettuce may be contaminated with the bacteria after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Saying "OK, boomer" at work can be age discrimination
Yet millennial put-downs often aren't, since it's workers 40 and older who fall into most age-discrimination categories
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Bombas is having a 20%-off sale right now that lasts through Black Friday and past Cyber Monday
For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Bombas is offering 20% off its ultra-comfortable socks and loungewear with the code "HOLIDAY20" now through December 5. We're also tracking all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so you can find great products at great prices.  Check out Business Insider Coupons to potentially save even more on your Black Friday shopping.  This Black Friday, Bombas is offering 20% off sitewide. The deal is live now, all you need to do is use the code "HOLIDAY20" at checkout. This sale will run through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, lasting until December 5.  Bombas is changing the game for the oft-forgotten piece of apparel: socks. Every pair of Bombas is thoughtfully designed to solve common sock annoyances like blisters, uncomfortable seams, and slipping. And for every pair of Bombas purchased, another pair is donated to someone in need.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Black 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 2019The Home Depot will offer Black Friday deals on appliances and tools — you can already save up to 40% on Samsung, GE, and Whirlpool
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14 celebrities with tattoos dedicated to their pets
Gregg DeGuire, Ethan Miller/Getty Images The bond between a person and their pet could be one of the strongest they'll ever have. These 14 celebrities took their love to the next level by getting permanent tributes to their pets inked on their skin. Miley Cyrus has four separate tattoos for her pets, including one for her blowfish. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When a celebrity reveals a tattoo in honor of their significant other, the entire world collectively holds its breath — or silently judges. What happens if they break up? Will they keep it, get it removed, or cover it up? Thankfully, the bond between a human and their pet is much purer, and most likely won't involve a dramatic break-up. Keep scrolling to see 14 celebrities who have shown how much they care for their pets with a tattoo (or four).Pink has two tats dedicated to her dogs: a portrait of her bulldog, Elvis, accompanied by a Bible verse and the phrase "Sir Corky Moore 89-03." Lester Cohen, Derek Storm, Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Sir Corky Moore was Pink's childhood dog, a West Highland terrier. The numbers "89-03" represent his birth year and the year he died. Her other pet tattoo is a portrait of her bulldog Elvis who died in 2007 while the "Can We Pretend" singer was away. The portrait is accompanied by the Bible verse, "A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, a time to dance, sleep in peace my darling, I release you." Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have matching portraits of their dog, Waldo Picasso, who sadly died after getting hit by a car shortly after their honeymoon. Kevin Mazur, Kevork Djansezian, Taylor Hill/Getty Images Over the summer, their Alaskan Klee Kai pup, named Waldo Picasso, died in what's been called a "freak accident." Waldo broke free of his leash and ran into incoming traffic. Just two days later, the newlyweds headed over to Bang Bang Ink, a celebrity favorite, and both got matching portraits of Waldo.   Jennifer Aniston's only tattoo is her late dog's name, Norman, on her foot. Gregg DeGuire, Ethan Miller/Getty Images Aniston had a very special bond with her Welsh corgi-terrier mix, as evidenced by this 2011 "Inside the Actor's Studio" interview — when asked what her favorite word is, she replied "Norman." The interview was just a few weeks after Norman had died at age 15. A few months later, she was spotted with her pooch's name on the inside of her right foot.   See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:24 celebrities who have ditched makeup in 201910 foods that were wildly popular in 201910 of the most overrated travel destinations of the year, so far
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Steelers quarterback denies using racial slur ahead of helmet-smashing brawl
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph denies a report he used a racial slur that sparked a helmet-swinging brawl in the November 14 game between the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. - RSS Channel
Steelers' Mason Rudolph denies report of using racial slur ahead of brawl
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph denies a report he used a racial slur that sparked a helmet-swinging brawl in the November 14 game between the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns.
Security guard charged in assault of 11-year-old shoplifter
A 225-pound security guard has been indicted for allegedly pummeling an 11-year-old girl who confessed to stealing from a Boston clothing store. Mohammed Khan, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, used excessive and unreasonable force while restraining the girl after she admitted to stealing about $175 of merchandise from Primark on June 9, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s...
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"Out of Home Advertising": the billboards that spy on you as you move through public spaces
Outdoor advertising companies are tapping location data brokers like Placeiq (which aggregates location data leaked by the spying dumpster-fire that is your phone's app ecosystem) and covertly siting Bluetooth and wifi sniffers in public space to gather data on the people who pass near to billboards: "gender, age, race, income, interests, and purchasing habits." This data is used to modify digital billboards, both in realtime (changing the ads based on who is currently present), and in aggregate (changing which ads run when, based on the typical profile of people near a location at a given time). The outdoor ad brokers also sell your data to online ad brokers, who chase you around the internet with the ads you've walked past that morning, and they buy your purchase data to see whether you've bought the things that were advertised to you. The good news is that opting out is easy! Just stop ever leaving your house, never use the internet, and stop buying things. Five Tier’s Frank O’Brien says that, just like every other industry, the out-of-home advertising business should be regulated. But for now, if you’re not comfortable with how out-of-home advertising uses your information, you don’t have much recourse. “I don't think there’s anything you can do about it,” he says. In the meantime, out-of-home advertising is charging ahead. Last summer, Adomni ran a campaign for the Ultimate Fighting Championship based on the daily travel patterns of consumers singled out as potential fans. Over the past year in Buffalo, N.Y., Lamar targeted consumers exposed to out-of-home advertising for Tim Hortons restaurants with additional ads on their mobile devices. Read the rest
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Florida state senator decries being targeted by 2016 Russian election hacking
Russians hacked Annette Taddeo's campaign playbook while she was running for Congress in 2016. Then her opponent showed up to a debate with the stolen documents and used them against her. 60 Minutes reports on Russian election interference, Sunday
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Remarkable Scans Show How the Human Brain Rewires Itself After Half Is Removed
In rare cases, patients suffering from severe epilepsy undergo an operation in which an entire brain hemisphere is removed. New research shows the startling degree to which the remaining hemisphere is able to pick up the slack.Read more...
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Ex-Baltimore mayor pleads guilty to charges stemming from book deal scandal
Former Democratic Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges stemming from a book deal scandal that led to her resignation last May. - RSS Channel
Ex-Baltimore mayor pleads guilty to charges stemming from book deal scandal
Former Democratic Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges stemming from a book deal scandal that led to her resignation last May.
Celeb lawyer Joe Tacopina’s ex-office manager admits to $2M embezzlement
Jane Anderson, 36, copped to one count of first-degree grand larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court in exchange for 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 years in prison.
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Antonio Brown-Patriots reunion rumors gaining momentum
The Patriots’ offense is scuffling and Tom Brady is unhappy. How desperate are they? One possible solution being floated around NFL circles is bringing back embattled star wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown, currently under investigation by the NFL and facing a sexual assault lawsuit, recently apologized to New England owner Robert Kraft for comments made...
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31 celebrities who had a remarkable 2019
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Plenty of celebrities had significant achievements in 2019, from releasing new music to starring in blockbuster films. Beloved stars like Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Aniston appeared in a few new movies and shows. Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, and Lizzo received several awards for their chart-topping songs. Some actors, like Billy Porter and Sandra Oh, made history with their award show wins.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.    Lady Gaga won her first Academy Award, bringing her one step closer to EGOT status. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Gaga rose to fame with pop hits like "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," but she's proven to be an impressive actress as well. Gaga took her acting career to new heights by starring alongside Bradley Cooper in a 2018 remake of "A Star Is Born." The 33-year-old's role as singer-songwriter Ally earned her recognition at this year's major award shows. She kicked off 2019 by winning the Golden Globe for best original song for a motion picture for "Shallow" (from "A Star Is Born") and earned a nomination for best performance by an actress in a drama motion picture.  Gaga went on to earn two SAG Award nominations and five total Grammy Award nominations. At the latter award show, she went home with three trophies: best pop solo performance for "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)," best pop duo/group performance for "Shallow," and best song written for visual media for "Shallow." The entertainer also won her first Oscar. "Shallow" beat out the competition to nab the award for best original song and Gaga was nominated for best leading actress. Aside from "A Star Is Born," Gaga continued her Las Vegas residency, which will end in 2020, and launched her own makeup line in September called Haus Laboratories. The collection (comprised of lip liners, gloss, and eyeliner, among other beauty products) was praised for its quality and sleek design.  Gaga's also working on her sixth studio album and is set to star in a Ridley Scott-directed film about the Gucci family. She'll play Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci.     After breaking up six years ago, the Jonas Brothers made a glorious comeback. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP In February, siblings Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas returned to the spotlight as a band and released a catchy new song called "Sucker," which reached the No. 1 spot on pop music charts. Their accompanying music video for the track also gained plenty of attention for featuring all their partners: Priyanka Chopra (who wed Nick in December 2018), Sophie Turner (Joe's then fiancée and now wife after tying the knot in Las Vegas in May), and Danielle Jonas (Kevin's wife since 2009). The band also released an Amazon documentary called "Chasing Happiness," which took viewers through their rise to fame, complete with shocking revelations and heartfelt moments. In June, they released their fifth studio album called "Happiness Begins" and embarked on a tour with shows scheduled from August 2019 through February 2020. They also planned on releasing a memoir titled "Blood" in November 2019, but it has now been pushed back to March 17, 2020. The Jonas Brothers won an MTV Video Music Award for best pop video for "Sucker," plus two Teen Choice Awards for choice summer group and the decade award. Billie Eilish was one of 2019's breakout stars. Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP  The 17-year-old Los Angeles native wasn't completely unknown prior to this year ("Ocean Eyes" was her first big track), but her debut album titled "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" added to her popularity. In April, she made history as the first artist born in the 2000s to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Eilish's dark-pop sound and whisper-like vocals, heard in songs like "Bad Guy" and "Bury a Friend," set her apart from other musicians. The accompanying music videos for those two tracks also have a combined total of more than 900 million views.  The singer also appeared at Coachella, made her "Saturday Night Live" debut with a trippy, gravity-defying performance, and embarked on a tour. In November, Eilish released a new track called "Everything I Wanted." She also got nominated for six Grammy Awards and made history as the youngest artist to be nominated in all of the show's top categories. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 8 most surprising first-time Grammy nomineesThe most baffling optical illusions of 2019Here are all of the Grammy Awards 2020 nominees
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Judge rejects move to disqualify lawyer in state AGs' challenge to T-Mobile/Sprint deal
A federal judge on Thursday rejected a U.S. government effort to disqualify lawyers representing state attorneys general in their effort to block T-Mobile US' deal to buy Sprint Corp