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Saturday, January 18, 2020

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A plane slid off the runway and more than 800 flights were canceled as winter weather hit the Midwest

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 10:49 AM PST

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  • Winter storms wreaked havoc on airports and roads throughout the Midwest into the weekend.
  • Chicago's O'Hare International Airport saw nearly 700 canceled arriving and departing flights Friday night before around 200 flights were canceled Saturday morning.
  • Authorities issued alerts for areas across the Northeast as blizzard conditions were forecasted to move across the Great Lakes to New York and New England over the weekend.
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A plane slid off the runway at Kansas City International Airport on Saturday as dicey conditions struck airports and roads across the Midwest.

A Delta Airlines A319 slid off the runway while preparing to take off, but none of its 123 passengers were hurt, Kansas City's KMBC reported, in one of the most dramatic incidents to come out of the weekend's winter weather. 

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A 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' documentary series is set to air on Lifetime this summer

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 10:36 AM PST

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services / Handout via REUTERS

  • "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein" is a four-hour documentary series that is expected to air on Lifetime this summer.
  • The docuseries comes from the same network that produced "Surviving R. Kelly."
  • Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sex crimes and trafficking several underage girls. 
  • Epstein was arrested in July 2019 and was found dead in August in his federal jail cell in an apparent suicide, though many conspiracy theorists speculated he died by homicide.
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Lifetime has officially ordered the four-hour documentary series "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein."

The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The series was originally announced as in development last summer and is expected to air this summer on Lifetime.

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A pro-Trump meme account raised $16,000 for a Target employee singled-out by a troll for not selling him a toothbrush for 1 cent

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:59 AM PST

A Target storefront; a photo posted by David Leavitt to Twitter that shows a display for an electric toothbrush with a price tag of $0.01.Shutterstock, Twitter/@David_Leavitt

  • A man claiming to be an award-winning journalist churned up viral outrage after he says he called the police on a Target manager who refused to sell him an electric toothbrush for 1 cent.
  • David Leavitt tweeted a photo of the Target manager, a display that advertises an Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for $0.01, and a screenshot of Massachusetts law dictating that stores must sell items for the lowest price indicated on a sign or advertisement. 
  • A GoFundMe started by a third party has raised more than $16,000 so far for the Target manager, who has only been identified as "Tori" – but the GoFundMe account owner has yet to track down the real Tori, so it's unclear where the money will actually go. 
  • Leavitt, who also claims he plans to sue Target, is verified on Twitter and says he has bylines with CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and the Examiner, but his journalism credentials are questionable and he's repeatedly gone viral for outrageous, offensive tweets. 
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A self-identified "award-winning multimedia journalist" became the target of outrage on Twitter after he posted a picture of a Massachusetts Target manager and claimed he called the police on her because she wouldn't sell him an electric toothbrush for one cent. 

David Leavitt, who is verified on Twitter, tweeted pictures of "Tori" the store manager, a display for an Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush with a price tag for $0.01, and a screenshot of a webpage about the Massachusetts Item Pricing Law, which requires that stores sell items at the lowest price indicated on a sign or advertisment.

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This Harvard-educated, NASA-qualified, Navy SEAL gives his kids this simple advice every day

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:45 AM PST

Jonny KimRobert Markowitz/NASA

  • US Navy Lt. Jonny Kim, a Navy SEAL and Harvard-trained physician, graduated from NASA training and became an internet celebrity.
  • Kim said he first knew of the internet jokes after his friends and members of his Navy platoon sent him the memes.
  • Kim said none of his career decisions were prompted by chasing medals or to seek approval, and that he makes sure that he imparts that outlook to his children.
  • "I never want my children to ever feel like they need to be a SEAL, or that they need to go into medicine, or be an astronaut in order to please me — because I don't think that's very fair. I just want them to live their own lives."
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas joked that he felt "horribly, horribly inadequate" while speaking in front of a group of newly-graduated NASA astronauts on Friday.

"What the heck have we been doing with our lives," Cruz said of himself and his Republican colleague, Sen. John Cornyn, and pointed to one of the astronauts in particular, US Navy Lt. Jonny Kim.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:45 AM PST

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  • Americans speak a lot of languages.
  • Using individual-level census data, we found the most commonly spoken language at home other than English and Spanish in each state and Washington, DC.
  • German, French, and Vietnamese are common in several states.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up on Monday, and America is getting ready to celebrate his mission of resistance to injustice and the creation of an America that is truly inclusive, welcoming, and fair to all who live here.

One of the ways America shows its diverse culture is in the sheer number of languages spoken by the country's people. This map shows which languages other than English and Spanish are the most common in each state and Washington, DC.

The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey annually asks more than 1 million Americans questions about their lives, families, and backgrounds. One question asks respondents what language they mainly speak in their homes.

Using individual-level responses from the 2017 American Community Survey assembled and published by the Minnesota Population Center's Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program, we found the most common language spoken at home in each state, excluding English and Spanish.

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English is, unsurprisingly, the most commonly spoken language across the US, and Spanish is second most common in 46 states and the District of Columbia. So we excluded those two languages in the above map.

The map shows a wide variety of languages. German is the most commonly spoken non-English, non-Spanish language in nine states, with French most common in six states and D.C. Vietnamese was the most common language in six states. Pennsylvania stands out for the prevalence of an archaic offshoot of West Central German known as Pennsylvania Dutch, spoken predominantly by Amish and Mennonite communities. 

19. Aleut-Eskimo languages are the most commonly spoken language at home other than English and Spanish in 1 state (Alaska).

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Estimated number of speakers nationally: 23,665

The Aleut-Eskimo language family is spoken by native peoples throughout Alaska, northern Canada, and parts of Greenland.

This group of languages is believed to stem from a single common language 4,000 years ago, but isn't related to other languages spoken by Native Americans in what is now the US and southern Canada.



18. Somali is the most commonly spoken language at home other than English and Spanish in 1 state (Minnesota).

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Estimated number of speakers nationally: 160,940

Somalis didn't start coming to America until the 1920s, from British Somaliland. Their numbers grew after the 1960s, however, when students came to study in American colleges.

Most Somali-Americans arrived in the 1990s, after a civil war broke out. A majority has settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



17. Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Sioux languages are the most commonly spoken language at home other than English and Spanish in 1 state (South Dakota).

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Estimated number of speakers nationally: 17,023

These languages may be spoken by a collective 17,000 people, but some of them are critically endangered. The Dakota tribe, for example, is made up of 20,000 people, but only has 290 fluent Dakota speakers.




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Los Angeles police have seized $300,000 worth of fake makeup. Here's how to tell if your beauty products are the real deal.

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:43 AM PST

counterfeit makeupLos Angeles Police Department/AP

  • Lillian L. Carranza, the captain of the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, tweeted on January 9 that $300,000 worth of counterfeit makeup had been seized from the Downtown LA area.
  • The bust comes nearly two years after the LAPD seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics from Santee Alley, a shopping district known for selling knockoff goods.
  • Though counterfeit cosmetics are still commonly sold at markets and online, consumers can take measures to protect themselves when shopping.
  • Packaging typos and low prices, for example, are common indicators that a product might be fake.
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The Los Angeles Police Department has seized $300,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics.

In a tweet shared on January 9, Lillian L. Carranza — the LAPD's Captain of the Commercial Crimes Division — said the fake makeup was recovered in the Downtown LA area. The products, which were designed to look like Kylie Cosmetics and other popular brands, were found by the LAPD's Intellectual Property Crimes Unit.

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Only a fifth of Americans want Charles to be the next British monarch. More would prefer Harry and Meghan than the heir.

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:42 AM PST

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  • Britain's laws of succession dictate that Prince Charles will become the next king of the United Kingdom when his mother dies.
  • But the Prince of Wales isn't America's top choice for next monarch.
  • Insider polled more than 1,000 Americans on which member of the British royal family they'd like to see inherit the crown, throwing out the rules on succession.
  • Prince William was the clear favorite across demographics, and more people combined voted for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle than Charles.
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Americans emancipated themselves from British royal rule in 1776, but that doesn't mean they don't still have opinions about the monarchy.

Insider recently polled more than 1,000 Americans about who they would like to see become the next king or queen of the United Kingdom, throwing out the law of succession.

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The most iconic tourist attraction in 26 countries around the world

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:32 AM PST

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  • Every country has landmarks and natural wonders that are internationally recognizable.
  • You can't visit France without seeing the Eiffel Tower, or Iceland without swimming in the Blue Lagoon.
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a symbol of Italy, and Canada calls Niagara Falls to mind.
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Iconic tourist attractions are popular for a reason.

Sure, it might be a little bit cliche to snap a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or take a dip in Iceland's Blue Lagoon, but there's something powerful about finally seeing a famous landmark or natural wonder in person instead of on a postcard (or on Instagram).

Here's the most iconic tourist site in 26 different countries.

China: the Great Wall of China

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At over 13,000 miles long, the Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is the most popular with tourists, just two hours outside Beijing.



India: the Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1648. UNESCO calls it "the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture."



France: the Eiffel Tower

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No trip to France is complete without visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower, which was completed in 1889 and stands at 1,063 feet tall.




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I went to North America's only indoor ski and snowboard park with real snow, and it was an artificial winter wonderland inside a giant warehouse

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:28 AM PST

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  • Big Snow is the first indoor ski and snowboard park in North America where visitors can shred on real snow.
  • The park, located in American Dream Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, boasts 5,500 tons of man-made snow over its more than four acres of skiable terrain.
  • I'm an avid snowboarder, so I strapped in and tried out the park on Big Snow's opening day.
  • While experienced skiers and riders may get bored of Big Snow's limited options quickly, the park is a great spot for beginners or shredders looking to escape the heat on a summer day.
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Welcome to Big Snow, the first indoor ski and snowboard park in North America that has real snow.

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Located at the American Dream retail and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Big Snow is just six miles from midtown Manhattan and a 28-minute non-stop bus ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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I had the opportunity to check out the new human-made "mountain" on its opening day, and — as an avid snowboarder — I was excited to try riding indoors for the very first time.

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Rihanna is reportedly single, and fans are reigniting calls for her to release her long-awaited 9th album

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:23 AM PST

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  • Rihanna and her boyfriend Hassan Jameel have reportedly broken up after dating for almost three years, a source confirmed to Us Weekly on Friday.
  • Rihanna largely kept her relationship with Jameel private while they were dating.
  • News of Rihanna and Jameel's breakup has sparked a slew of memes on Twitter, with many fans sharing hopes that Rihanna may release new music now that she's single.
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Rihanna and her boyfriend Hassan Jameel reportedly broke up after nearly three years, a source told Us Weekly on Friday.

The musician and Fenty founder kept her relationship with Jameel, a Saudi billionaire and businessman, largely private while they were dating. The Us Weekly report of the couple's breakup comes about three months after Rihanna shared in a Vogue interview that she was in an exclusive relationship.

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Trump brags his strike on Soleimani killed '2 for the price of 1' while giving a behind-the-scenes account of the assassination to GOP donors at his Florida resort

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:10 AM PST

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  • President Donald Trump recounted the minutes leading up to the deadly US strike on top Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani during remarks to GOP donors at his Florida resort on Friday night, according to CNN.
  • The president recalled how US military officials counted down the seconds leading up to the strike, which also killed a top Iraqi militant leader and several others, outside the Baghdad International airport. 
  • Trump remarked that he assassinated "two for the price of one" and noted that the strike, which dramatically escalated tensions between the US and Iran, "shook up the world."
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President Donald Trump recounted the minutes leading up to the deadly US strike on top Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani during remarks to Republican donors at his Florida resort on Friday night, according to an audio recording obtained by CNN.

Trump told the crowd at a GOP fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago that Soleimani, Iran's top military general and the second-most powerful leader in the country, was "saying bad things about our country" before the strike. 

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How gangs 'effectively control' the prisons in one of Latin America's most violent countries

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:01 AM PST

Tegucigalpa Honduras La Tolva prisonREUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on prison conditions and criminal justice policy around the world.

Dozens of inmates were killed in a wave of violence that swept across Honduran prisons in recent weeks, as rival gangs staged a series of bloody riots and retaliatory attacks against each other.

The country's penal system has a long history of gang-driven violence, but the recent killings represent a notable uptick, says Eric L. Olson, director of policy at the Seattle International Foundation and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In an email interview with WPR, he explains why years of government reforms efforts have failed to address this issue.

WPR: What are the drivers of prison violence in Honduras? How are rival gangs able to effectively control the country's prisons?

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Eric L. Olson: Honduran prisons have long been plagued by tragic levels of violence and loss of life. In February 2012, 359 prisoners were killed in a massive fire in an overcrowded prison in the central town of Comayagua. Many of them died because prison guards were reportedly unable to find the keys to open the doors. Despite many commitments since then to change the system, rates of violence in Honduran prisons actually ticked up noticeably in the final months of 2019.

Prison violence is chronic for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most significantly, perennial neglect has led to inhumane living conditions and extreme overcrowding.

In one study, overcrowding was estimated at 193% above capacity. The prison population increased an estimated 58% between 2012 and 2018. But new prison construction has not significantly alleviated overcrowding as the prison population has continued to grow and older prisons have been closed down.

Over half of Honduras' prisoners are being held in pretrial detention; in other words, they are incarcerated without any criminal charges brought against them. To make matters even worse, security is generally very lax. Prisoners essentially police themselves. And Honduran prison officials are notoriously corrupt, so one's ability to pay essentially determines access to food, better living arrangements, conjugal visits and cell phones, not to mention weapons and drugs.

The four detention facilities the country has set up for juvenile delinquents are particularly tragic. There are an estimated 500 children in these "dormitories" — three for boys and one for girls. The most notorious is the Renaciendo juvenile detention center for boys, just northwest of the capital, Tegucigalpa, where violence and deplorable living conditions are the norm. Last December, four juveniles were killed and eight injured in a riot there. The lack of services in these detention centers create conditions in which juveniles are essentially lost to society and run the risk of being repeat offenders over their lifetimes.

I have seen these problems firsthand on visits to jails in Honduras in the past two years. Each prison population functions within a precarious power structure that can erupt with the slightest provocation and unleash horrific violence. In most cases, there are no prison guards to maintain order.

That is why it is correct to say that gangs effectively control the prisons. These may not be commonly known gangs like MS-13, but gangs inevitably form within the prison as a survival tactic. Guards are merely there to ensure the prisoners do not escape, and to control the entry and exit of prisoners.



WPR: What has the Honduran government done in recent years to reform the prison system and ease overcrowding? What does the recent wave of violence say about the effectiveness of those efforts?

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Olson: The primary focus of the government's reform efforts has been to build new maximum-security prisons, pardon minor offenders and segregate the incarcerated youth gang population from the general prison population.

Some of the older prisons in large cities like San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba have either been closed or are being phased out because they are antiquated and had become dumping grounds for gang members.

Sadly, there have been no major changes in how prisons are run. While rates of overpopulation have declined slightly, it is still a problem, especially given the elevated percentage of prisoners in pre-trial detention who may, in fact, be innocent but were nevertheless swept up in anti-crime operations, or may be falsely accused of committing a crime.

The ongoing violence within the prisons, especially the most recent spike, suggest that the government's "reforms" have not improved the situation. Segregation of gang members from the general population is inherently difficult because gang members are not using identifying tattoos as frequently anymore, and without detailed law-enforcement intelligence, which does not exist in Honduras, it is nearly impossible to tell a gang member from a dispirited teenager in a poor community.

Segregation of the prison population by gangs also means each prison is controlled by a particular gang so, to survive, anyone held in pre-trial detention must, out of necessity, join that gang or risk his life.



WPR: How has President Juan Orlando Hernandez's government responded to the prison violence? What more can it do?

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Olson: The most recent spike in prison violence occurred after President Juan Orlando Hernandez's brother, Tony, was convicted in a federal court in New York of conspiracy to import cocaine to the United States last October. During the trial, numerous cooperating witnesses directly implicated President Hernandez in the conspiracy.

Just over a week after Tony Hernandez's conviction, security cameras in a Honduran maximum-security prison captured the brutal murder of Nery Orlando Lopez, who was in jail for his alleged involvement in the drug-trafficking scheme.

Lopez was believed to have additional information about the president's involvement. His murder unleashed further unrest and retribution within other prisons. The head of the prison where Lopez was being held was fired and subsequently gunned down days later, as he was driving in the south of the country.

The Hernandez administration has responded to this latest violence by doubling down on existing policies. It has continued to move prisoners to different facilities, presumably hoping to reduce violence, and has also proposed that the Honduran National Police and the Honduran Armed Forces take a more direct role in prison security.

The United States stopped its support for prison reform in Honduras about eight years ago. The decision was based on the conclusion that Honduras was insufficiently committed to reform and ending corruption.

US assistance to provide cellphone jamming technology and better x-ray technology — to improve detection of contraband, especially drugs, phones and firearms — was often used improperly or not used at all.

The Honduran government is currently negotiating the renewal of its anti-corruption mechanism, the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity, or MACCIH, with the Organization of American States. There is talk that the new mandate will give the mission the authority to train and certify prison guards.

Details of this proposal are not known at this time, but it's an indication that there may be more international involvement in future efforts to stop what has become a bloody and disturbing legacy in Honduras.



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Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri says an episode of 'Black Mirror' inspired the decision to test hiding likes

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 09:00 AM PST

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  • For months, Instagram has been testing hiding public-facing likes from Instagram feeds worldwide.
  • In an interview with The New York Times, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said the decision was inspired by an episode of "Black Mirror" where characters rated each other based on their interactions.
  • Instagram users have had mixed feelings about the change, which is still in a testing phase.
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Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said in an interview published Friday that the company's decision to test hiding the number of likes from users on the platform was a decision inspired – at least partially – by Netflix's "Black Mirror." 

In an interview with The New York Times, the 36-year-old CEO explained the reasoning behind the company's recent decision – called "Project Daisy" internally – to test the removal of public-facing like tallies from Instagram users' feeds. 

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I visited a convenience store in Japan and it's so much better than ones in the US

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:45 AM PST

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Convenience stores in Japan, which are also known as conbini, live up to every bit of hype I have ever heard.

And after visiting Lawson, one of the biggest convenience-store chains in Japan, my expectations have officially been raised — and convenience stores in the US will never be nearly as appealing. 

Here's a look at my first experience in Lawson, a broke food lover's dream.

During my trip to Tokyo, Japan, I noticed multiple convenience stores on any given block — and all of them seemed pretty magical.

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The convenience stores I saw in Japan seemed like magical, mini grocery stores with nearly every type of foodstuff you can think of at cheap prices.

Lawson is currently one of the major conbini chains in Tokyo now, but it actually originated in Ohio in 1939.

 



When I first walked in, there were a few stalls for hot food.

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To the right of the sliding doors, I immediately saw three main sections for hot food. 

And I was already tempted to buy some — I almost purchased a sleeve of chicken nuggets just for my stroll around the store.

The first case was filled with steam buns in sweet and savory flavors like pizza with melty cheese, spicy curry with cheese, and bean paste and sesame bun. A bun costs about 120 to 180 yen, or $1 to $1.50.

Next to it was the case of yakitori (a type of Japanese skewered chicken). It contained a variety of yakitori sticks like white-meat chicken with bell peppers and chicken tenders with shiitake mushrooms.

Each stick was just over 100 yen, or around $1, and for a little more shoppers could make it a meal with onion rings and deep-fried veggies.

 

 



There was also a fried-chicken station.

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The fried chicken at Lawson is known for being delicious and it's one of the chain's most popular dishes.

It's cooked on-site and comes in a variety of styles including honetsuki (fried bone-in chicken), honenashi (fried boneless chicken), and karaage (deep-fried chicken nuggets). 

You can try the karaage in flavors you won't really find in the US, such as tempura-battered with green seaweed and smoked-butter soy sauce. The chicken also comes in a range of spice levels. 

I tried the smoked-butter soy sauce karaage and was impressed by the crunchy outside and tender inside. I seriously couldn't get enough of the slightly sweet, umami flavor.

 




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Miami's $300 million 'exoskeleton' skyscraper is complete after 7 years. Look inside the Zaha Hadid-designed tower, which comes with a private rooftop helipad.

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:42 AM PST

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Miami's eye-catching "exoskeleton" skyscraper is finally complete after seven years and almost $300 million in construction costs, Candace Taylor reported for The Wall Street Journal.

The 62-story building is one of the last designed by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed "Queen of the Curve" before her death in 2016. It has a distinctive "exoskeleton" exterior that's made up of more than 4,800 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete shipped from Dubai.

The tower, called One Thousand Museum, includes 84 luxury residences, about 64% of which have already been sold since sales started in 2013, according to the developer. The rest are selling for $5 million for a half-floor residence to upwards of $25 million for a full floor. Residents have access to lavish amenities including a private rooftop helipad, a sky lounge, a double-height aquatic center with an indoor swimming pool, a juice bar, and a beauty salon.

"We wanted it to function like a five-star hotel," one of the developers, Louis Birdman, told the Journal.

Sales and marketing are being handled by ONE Sotheby's International Realty.

Take a look inside the 700-foot luxury tower.

A Miami skyscraper designed by a legendary architect is complete after seven years and almost $300 million in construction costs, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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One Thousand Museum is one of the last designed by famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed "Queen of the Curve" before her death in 2016.



The tower has a distinctive "exoskeleton" exterior that's made up of more than 4,800 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete that were shipped from Dubai.

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A sculptural porte cochere entrance offers residents privacy from the street as they enter the building.

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Fewer Americans are binge-drinking, but those who do are drinking more per session

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:31 AM PST

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  • Americans who drink heavily are now consuming more alcoholic drinks during each binge, according to a new study.
  • Researchers found that binge-drinkers consumed 12% more alcohol per episode in 2017 than in 2011 — from an average of 479 drinks a year per person to 529. 
  • Heavy drinking, defined as 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women in a single sitting, can increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, and liver damage.
  • The study found the greatest increases in alcohol use were among people with lower incomes and education levels.
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Even as Dry January is trending and sober bars are popping up everywhere, some people are drinking more alcohol than ever, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Researchers from the CDC analyzed data from 2011 to 2017 obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual telephone survey that collects data on risk behaviors and chronic illness from more than 400,000 Americans across the nation.

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A new collection of personal photos show Giuliani's 'fixer' Lev Parnas with Trump's inner circle, despite claims they don't know each other

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:24 AM PST

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  • The House Judiciary Committee released a new trove of documents that detail the key role of Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian businessman, in working closely with President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani to seek dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. 
  • Parnas has come under scrutiny in the impeachment inquiry as a key player in pressuring Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rival, and upped the tension last week when he turned on Giuliani and Trump in a series of interviews.
  • The businessman even promised to reveal a photo of himself and Trump every time the president denied knowing him. 
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A new collection of documents released by the House Judiciary Committee show Lev Parnas, a former close associate of President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, rubbing elbow with Trump and other senior members of the administration. 

Parnas is a Ukrainian American businessman who has come under scrutiny for his apparently critical role in seeking damaging dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's 2020 Democratic opponents.

Earlier this week, Parnas blasted Giuliani and Trump in several interviews, where he revealed new details about the efforts by Trump associates and his relationships with Trump's family and other lawmakers, which the president has vehemently denied. 

After the president repeatedly denied knowing him, Parnas told CNN that the president was lying and he would release photos of them together every time the president denied their relationship. 

See some of the photos that capture Parnas' time in Trump's inner circle. 

Though Trump has said that he didn't believe he ever met Parnas, there are several photos of the two together.

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An appreciation card signed by the president and first lady Melania thanks Parnas by name for his "friendship and dedication to our cause."

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Parnas is also pictured with Trump's son, Donald Jr. several times, and is seen here with an unidentified man under a towering portrait of the president.

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Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:16 AM PST

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  • Politicians aren't good at assessing the economy.
  • It is in their interest to distort the real picture of how typical Americans are doing.
  • If we want to understand and properly address the failures in our economy, an honest assessment of the economy's current backdrop is necessary. 
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Politicians aren't the best place to go to get an assessment of economic data: they have incentives to overstate the positives and the negatives alike in ways that distort the true picture of how typical Americans are doing.

For instance, with major US stock indexes at record highs in the wake of a massive corporate tax cut, President Donald Trump is almost constantly heralding the strength of the domestic economy. While Democrats such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dismiss the stock records and argue economy is a rigged game benefiting the wealthiest only. 

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Posted: 18 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

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  • Netflix's highly-anticipated second season of its British drama "Sex Education" follows high schooler Otis Milburn, the son of sex therapist Jean, as he navigates his own budding sexual exploration while doling out sex advice to his peers.
  • Insider talked to the now-28-year-old son of a sex therapist to find out what growing up with a sex therapist parent was really like. 
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On Friday, Netflix released the highly-anticipated second season of its British drama "Sex Education."  

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Text messages show Devin Nunes' aide had extensive communications with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas about Trump's Ukraine efforts

Posted: 18 Jan 2020 07:44 AM PST

Devin NunesAP Photo/Susan Walsh

  • House Democrats released a tranche of previously undisclosed text messages on Friday night between an associate of Rudy Giuliani's and an aide to the top-ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. 
  • The records show that Parnas, who Rudy Giuliani used to communicate with Ukrainian officials, texted with Rep. Devin Nunes' aide, Derek Harvey, extensively throughout 2019.
  • The messages provide key new evidence that Nunes' team was aware of and involved in Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden. 
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House Democrats released a tranche of previously undisclosed text messages on Friday night between Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump's personal attorney, and an aide to the top-ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. 

The records show that Parnas, who Rudy Giuliani used to communicate with Ukrainian officials, texted with Rep. Devin Nunes' aide, Derek Harvey, extensively throughout 2019. And the messages provide key new evidence that Nunes' team was aware of and involved in Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden. 

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