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15 candidates who won the Iowa caucus, but lost the presidency — and the 3 presidents who won both

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:31 AM PST

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  • Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first time Americans vote for a potential president.
  • The outcome can change presidential races. The winner gets a spurt of momentum and media attention. But the majority have not gone on to be president.
  • Only three politicians have won a contested Iowa caucus and become president — Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
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Iowa is no guarantee, but it promises momentum.

The Iowa caucuses, which have only been around since 1972, are the first time voters have a say in who could be the next president. As Alex Altman wrote for Time, "Iowa is the kind of place where a candidate can win on sweat and gas money."

Only three politicians have won a contested Iowa caucus and become president — Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

But 15 others have won Iowa and not become president. The other times, sitting presidents won the caucuses when they were running unopposed, or with little competition.

Carter's 1976 presidential run was the first time the Iowa caucuses changed everything. He campaigned vigorously on the ground, and by winning Iowa, he turned an unlikely run into a successful presidential campaign by harnessing the media's attention.

It happened again in the 2008 election. Before the caucuses, Obama was trailing Hillary Clinton, but the early victory was enough to bolster his reputation, and by Super Tuesday, he had taken the lead in polls.

Here are all of the contested Iowa caucus winners and what happened to them after winning.

In 1972, Democrat Sen. Edmund Muskie won the Iowa caucuses, but didn't get the party's nomination. A number of factors led to his faltering campaign, but one event that's often referred to was a press conference where he started crying. He claimed it was melted snow. Regardless, the outburst hurt his chances.


Sources: US News, Politico

In 1976, Republican Gerald Ford won the Iowa caucuses. It was the first time Republicans held a caucus in Iowa. Ford got the party's nomination, but he lost to Jimmy Carter in the presidential race.

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Source: The Atlantic

In 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter won the Iowa caucuses, with 27% of the vote. He got the Democratic nomination, and became president. According to The Atlantic, his early victory, built upon intense local campaigning, changed how Iowa impacted a presidential campaign. Before winning Iowa, he wasn't taken seriously, but after he won, the media portrayed him as a real candidate.


Sources: The Atlantic, The Conversation

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Wuhan, China, and at least 11 other cities have been quarantined as China attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus. That's about 33 million people on lockdown.

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:31 AM PST

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Twenty-six people have died from a coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, and at least 900 people have been infected across nine countries.

The virus, which is marked by fevers and pneumonialike symptoms, likely originated in a wet market in Wuhan, an 11 million-person city in China's Hubei province.

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CULTIVATED: MedMen CEO says the company will turn things around, cannabis-infused beverage startup raises $5 million, and more

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:30 AM PST

How to stop receiving Facebook emails regarding your notifications

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:27 AM PST

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  • You can stop Facebook emails from going to your inbox by changing your email preferences. 
  • Facebook may email you when you receive new friend requests, comments on photos or videos, and more. 
  • Stopping Facebook emails will not affect your notifications on the Facebook website or app.
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If you're like most people, your inbox is constantly flooded with emails from friends, colleagues, and most annoyingly, websites and companies you use, but don't need to hear from every day. 

If you're on Facebook and no longer want to receive emails from the site every time you get a new friend request, comment on a post, or anything else, for that matter, there's a way to stop them altogether. 

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Oil is on track for its worst week since July amid coronavirus fears

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:26 AM PST

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Oil prices slumped Friday, putting the commodity on track for its worst weekly performance in six months amid mounting worry that the coronavirus outbreak in China will curb fuel demand. 

Futures of West Texas Intermediate crude slipped 2.72% to $54.08 per barrel, and ICE Brent crude fell 2.6% to $60.44 per barrel as of 12:22 pm in New York. Prices are set to drop as much as 6.8% this week, the largest weekly drop since July. 

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A Chinese embassy in Paris tracked down a woman who gloated on social media about cheating airport detection with a medicine that lowered her fever

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:24 AM PST

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  • A woman who traveled from Wuhan to Europe allegedly gloated on social media that she had a low fever but took medicines to reduce her symptoms and evade airport health checks, the BBC reported.
  • She left China before the government put multiple cities that are home to nearly 30 million people on lockdown.
  • Once in France, she also shared a photograph while eating a meal in Lyon.
  • Her posts drew the ire of other social media users and came to the notice of the Chinese embassy in Paris. 
  • Officials tracked her down and administered medical care. She is no longer displaying symptoms, they told BBC.
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A woman who traveled from Wuhan — the epicenter of an ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak — allegedly gloated on social media that she had a low fever but took medicines to reduce her symptoms and evade airport health checks. 

"Just before I left, I had a low fever and cough. I was scared to death and rushed to eat [fever-reducing] medicine. I kept on checking my temperature. Luckily I managed to get it down and my exit was smooth," the BBC reported the unnamed woman saying on WeChat.

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Women are told to balance their ambition with motherhood. It's a losing battle.

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:23 AM PST

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  • When I became self-employed after a decade in the news business, I thought it would make me the ideal picture of a working mom.
  • Instead, I realized that trying to balance my ambition with motherhood was a foolish endeavor. My work provides me with benefits my child can't, and vice versa.
  • Trying to make sure each day is perfectly split between my two worlds is useless. Instead, I do my best each day, and if I fall short in one way or another, I forgive the guilt.
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Hot tears streamed down my son's face. Snot-flecked sobs, incoherent exclamations, and excited utterances, all yelled at the top of his four-year-old voice. He was a blubbering mess. 

"Mommy, can you just go back to your office and do your work?" 

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LIVE: House prosecutors make their final opening arguments in Trump's historic impeachment trial

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:19 AM PST

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  • House impeachment managers made their final opening arguments for President Donald Trump's removal from office on Friday.
  • Trump was impeached last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
  • On Wednesday, the impeachment managers, who act as prosecutors in Trump's Senate trials, gave a broad overview of the charges against him and the timeline of his alleged misconduct.
  • On Thursday, they turned their focus to his alleged abuse of power. On Friday, they targeted his alleged obstruction of Congress.
  • Scroll down to watch the trial and follow Insider's live coverage.
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This week, the Senate's impeachment trial against President Donald Trump began in earnest with opening arguments from House impeachment managers — who essentially act as prosecutors in the case — as to why the president should be removed from office.

Trump was impeached last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Both charges relate to his efforts to pressure Ukraine to launch politically motivated investigations against his rivals ahead of the 2020 election while withholding vital military aid and a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately sought.

Trump is the third US president to be impeached. His trial officially began last week, and opening arguments started on Wednesday, with House impeachment managers presenting their case first.

On Wednesday, House Democrats laid out a broad yet detailed overview of the president's scheme to pressure Ukraine into acceding to his personal demands while freezing security assistance and dangling a White House meeting for Zelensky.

Impeachment managers gave the Senate, and the public, an intricate timeline of how Trump's efforts played out, and the lengths he went to conceal them until they were publicly revealed.

On Thursday — day two of opening arguments – House prosecutors began by discussing the constitutional grounds for impeaching Trump, and why his actions rise to the level of impeachable conduct. During the second half of the day, they turned their focus to Trump's alleged abuse of power and all the ways his conduct went astray of official US policy.

They drew on testimony from Trump's own officials who said his actions were "wrong," "inappropriate," and "improper."

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the lead House impeachment manager, ended the second day of opening arguments by skewering Trump for putting his own desires above those of the country: "The American people deserve a president they can count on to put their interest first."

On Friday, House managers shifted their focus to Trump's "unprecedented" obstruction of the impeachment inquiry.

The trial resumed around 1 p.m. ET.

C-SPAN and TV networks are relying on the Senate's live feed of the trial.

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A summary of what happened on day 2 of opening arguments


On the second day of opening arguments, House impeachment managers hammered President Trump for boxing Ukraine into a corner while allegedly abusing his power.

They also detailed the constitutional and legal precedent that they said supports Trump's impeachment and removal from office.

Impeachment manager Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, opened for the prosecution by detailing what he described as the "ABC's of high crimes and misdemeanors."

  • "Abuse of power."
  • "Betrayal of nation, particularly through foreign entanglements."
  • "Corruption, particularly corruption of elections."

"The framers believed that any one of these standing alone justified removal from office," Nadler said.

Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff appeared several times throughout the day to underscore what he said was the illegality of Trump's conduct.

"If the truth doesn't matter, we're lost," Schiff said in his closing arguments.

A summary of what happened on day 1 of opening arguments

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Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, gave a broad overview of the timeline of the president's pressure campaign in Ukraine.

It centers around a July 25 phone call Trump had with Zelensky, during which he repeatedly pressed Zelensky to launch investigations targeting former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over the latter's employment on the board of the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings.

Trump also asked Zelensky to look into a discredited conspiracy theory started by Russia suggesting Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.

But Schiff and the six other impeachment managers detailed that the phone call was just one data point in what turned out to be a months-long effort by Trump and his allies to leverage US foreign policy to bully Ukraine into acceding to the president's personal, political demands.

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This $200 heated razor makes me feel like I'm getting a professional hot-towel shave in my own bathroom — here’s why it’s worth the price

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:17 AM PST

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  • Almost all men use some form of heat to make shaving easier and reduce irritation. Hot towels, running blades under hot water, and shaving in the shower are some of the most common techniques.
  • Gillette developed a $200 razor that delivers heat directly to your face while you're shaving. It has 5 blades, a warming bar with two heat settings, and FlexDisc technology to contour your face and neck. 
  • I usually prefer to shave with clippers or an electric razor, but I put the GilletteLabs Heated Razor to the test to see if it's worth the hype and the steep price tag — and it worked remarkably well.
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From advanced face-contouring systems and multi-blade razors to soothing balms and moisturizing aftershaves, grooming companies are constantly working to come up with products that make shaving a more pleasant and comfortable experience. 

But one thing that almost all guys can agree on is that the most important thing to stave off irritation is heat. Hot towels, running blades under hot water, and shaving in the shower are just some of the tricks that help.

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Inside 12 of the wildest celebrity closets

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:15 AM PST

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  • In the past few years, celebrities like Kylie Jenner, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez have all shared tours of their closets online.
  • Jenner's space stands out thanks to her massive collection of designer handbags.
  • Lopez's closet, on the other hand, is home to dozens of jeans and her famous Versace dress.
  • Khloe Kardashian dedicated an entire closet to her fitness attire, organizing her clothing by color and length.
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Kris Jenner has a multi-room closet filled with bejeweled purses and black blazers.

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In August 2018, Jenner gave a tour of her closet to Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, the creative director of luxury brand Judith Leiber Couture.

She revealed in the video that her "glitter and fun gowns" are stored in one room, while her shoe and handbag collections are kept in other sections.

Much of the space is also taken up by black blazers and Judith Leiber Couture clutches — which typically cost thousands of dollars each.

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Model and TV host Olivia Culpo revealed on YouTube that she stores her Miss Universe crown in her closet.

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As you can see in Culpo's video, the space is also home to designer handbags, diamond jewelry, dozens of sunglasses, and tons of heels. Culpo keeps almost all of the mentioned pieces in carefully organized drawers, as well as on clean white shelves.

Inside the model's second closet are her boots, sandals, and sneakers. She also stores T-shirts, sweaters, and onesies inside, alongside the dress she wore while judging the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. At the time, Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner.

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Tyga's closet has an open-floor plan that allows him to display tons of designer fashion.


Though he owns tons of designer handbags and clothes, Tyga's closet is mainly filled with sneakers, as seen on Complex's YouTube channel. Speaking to host Joe La Puma, Tyga said he often only wears shoes two or three times, especially if they're white, to keep them clean.

The rapper also stores sunglasses, belts, and fur clothes in closet drawers, all of which are labeled with detailed stickers.

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The FBI lured a 9/11 informant with a fake picture of a 5-year-old kid who looked like him and his underage wife

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:09 AM PST

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  • An FBI agent investigating the 9/11 attacks reportedly lured an informant by fabricating an image of a 5-year-old child who looked like the suspect and his then-underage wife.
  • The Puerto Rican girl had converted to Islam and married Mohdar Abdullah on September 10, 2001, the night before the 9/11 attacks, under a tree at a Denny's parking lot.
  • "I knew I had a kid!," Abdullah said to an FBI agent.
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An FBI agent investigating the 9/11 attacks lured an informant by fabricating an image of a 5-year-old child who looked like the suspect and his then-underage wife.

Former FBI agent Daniel Gonzales, who worked out of the San Diego field office before retiring to help the family members of 9/11 victims, was one of the principal law enforcement officers assigned to find a potential connection with the Saudi kingdom — a campaign now known as "Operation Encore," according to a joint investigation by The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica.

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Amtrak's new trains are at 'significant risk' of being delayed thanks to poor management — and that could be terrible news for riders on its busiest line

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:08 AM PST

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Amtrak failed to fill a key engineering position for its new Acela trains for six months, the railroad's inspector general found in a new report. That's just one example of managerial oversights that pose a "significant risk" of the $2.1 billion "Acela 21" project being delayed yet again, the nearly 30-page report found.

Amtrak's Acela — the United States' closest thing to true high-speed rail — is critical to the railroad's ambitious profitability goals. The new Acela 21 trainsets currently under construction are the company's largest single investment in its 49-year history, scheduled to begin service in 2021 and eventually replace the current Acela fleet that dates back two decades.

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10 shows you should watch if you love 'Fleabag'

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:08 AM PST

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  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge's tragicomedy "Fleabag," which follows a self-destructive, sex-obsessed young woman dealing with grief, loneliness, and faith in London, was one of the biggest shows of 2019.
  • Although the actress confirmed that the show won't return for a third season, there are a number of similar series that you can stream to satisfy your desire for more "Fleabag."
  • Waller-Bridge's other shows ("Crashing" and "Killing Eve") are also filled with her distinct, incisive writing.
  • Other comedies, like Netflix's "Chewing Gum" and "Dead to Me," explore similar themes of loss and the messy process of coming into one's own.
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge's tragicomedy "Fleabag" was one of the biggest shows of 2019. The BBC/Amazon series follows a self-destructive, sex-obsessed young woman, known only as the titular Fleabag, as she deals with grief, loneliness, and faith in London.

"Fleabag" has been hailed as one of the best shows of the 21st century, and Waller-Bridge has won multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG and Critics' Choice Awards for its second season.

Although the actress and writer has confirmed that the show will not return for a third season, there are a handful of other series to watch if you need to quench your desire for more "Fleabag." Waller-Bridge's other two shows (the quirky comedy "Crashing" and the stylist spy thriller "Killing Eve") are full of her distinct style of darkly funny, incisive writing. 

Other comedies, like Netflix's "Chewing Gum" and "Dead to Me," explore similar themes of loss and coming into one's own.

Here are 10 shows to watch if you're a fan of "Fleabag."

1. Waller-Bridge's first TV show was the 2016 BBC miniseries "Crashing," which also detailed the misadventures of young adults in London.

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Synopsis: A comedy series following the lives of six 20- and 30-somethings living together as property guardians of a large, disused hospital.

Where to watch: Netflix

2. The "Fleabag" creator was also the showrunner of the first season of BBC America's stylish thriller "Killing Eve."

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Synopsis: After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.

Where to watch: Hulu

3. Like "Fleabag," Netflix's "Chewing Gum" follows a 20-something coming into her own and obsessing over sex.


Synopsis: The life of Tracey and the mishaps of her neighbourhood, friends and family, and of course, her boyfriend.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Some YouTube content moderators are reportedly being told they could be fired if they don't sign 'voluntary' statements acknowledging their jobs could give them PTSD

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:05 AM PST

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  • Some YouTube content moderators are being forced to sign documents that acknowledge their jobs could lead to PTSD and negatively impact their mental health, according to a new report in The Verge.
  • These employees work out of a site in Austin, Texas, operated by Accenture, one of the companies that hires contract workers to review content for big networks like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • It's possible these documents are a step Accenture is taking to absolve itself from legal blame as more content moderators come forward with lawsuits alleging their jobs directly led to PTSD symptoms.
  • There's a sordid, well-documented history of content moderators reviewing graphic and disturbing imagery —  jobs that have taken tolls on their mental health and led to psychological trauma. 
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Some YouTube moderators are reportedly being told they could lose their jobs if they don't sign a document acknowledging that these jobs — which often involve often gruesome and disturbing content — could lead to PTSD and serious mental health problems.

The Verge reports that content moderators based in Austin, Texas, were given statements to sign about the impact of their jobs on their personal well-being. The document was distributed to employees only days after a report in The Verge shared that several content moderators at that location were struggling with PTSD and psychological drama as a result of their jobs.

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Brad Pitt reveals he's not on Tinder after being told subscriptions 'went up like crazy' after he joked about the app: 'I'm not even really sure how it all works'

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:04 AM PST

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  • Brad Pitt denied that he has a Tinder profile during an Extra TV interview on Thursday at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
  • The reporter asked if he was aware that the dating app subscriptions surged following his 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards acceptance speech, in which he said he'd add the win to his Tinder profile. 
  • "No, I'm not on it," the actor responded. "I'm not even really sure how it all works. I just thought it was funny to say."
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Brad Pitt shut down speculations that he's on Tinder during an Extra TV interview on Thursday at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The reporter told Pitt that Tinder subscriptions "went up like crazy" the day after his 2020 SAG Awards acceptance speech, in which he said he'd add the win to his Tinder profile

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THE DIGITAL BANKING ECOSYSTEM: These are the key players, biggest shifts, and trends driving short- and long-term growth in one of the world's largest industries

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 10:01 AM PST

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The banking industry is in the grips of an identity crisis. Leaders of the world's largest banks — such as Citi, BBVA, and Goldman Sachs — have begun describing themselves as technology companies with banking licenses.

However, this description is still aspirational. Executing the vision will require billions of dollars in investments, the restructuring of teams, a reimagining of the entire banking technology stack, and the adoption of a far more customer-centric business view. 

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The 5 best and 5 worst airports in the US, ranked by food options

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 09:59 AM PST

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Airports aren't exactly known for their restaurants, but some locations definitely have more eateries and better options than others. 

Recently, the travel site Wanderu released a list of the best and worst airports in the US, based on food selection.

The site looked at the 50 busiest airports in the US and used Yelp reviews to see how many restaurants each airport has. Eateries needed at least 20 Yelp reviews to be included in the data and Wanderu classified them as highly-rated if they scored above a three-star average on Yelp. 

From there, Wanderu ranked airports based on their total number of highly-rated restaurants. If any airport tied, they gave the edge to the one with fewer total restaurants, which meant they had a higher overall percentage of good food.

Read on to see which busy US airports had the best and the worst dining selections.

Coming in fifth place, Logan International Airport has a pretty great food selection.

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Although Wanderu reported that this Boston, Massachusetts, airport only has 28 qualifying restaurants (which is on the lower side compared to many of the other airports on the list), it still came up in the top five because half of them were highly-rated. 

According to Yelp data, the best eatery in the airport is Shojo, a Chinese restaurant with a few locations throughout Boston. 

The stop features modern Asian cuisine and it opens at 5 a.m. for even the earliest travelers to have breakfast. It also stays open until 30 minutes before the last departing flight. 

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has a number of stand-out restaurants.


With 48 qualifying restaurants, 15 of which are highly-rated, Arizona's Phoenix Sky Harbor is nearly leading the pack.

The airport offers a range of options including vegan fare, brunch food, and upscale meals. 

One spot you won't want to miss is The Refuge Coffee & Wine, which Yelp says is the top-rated restaurant in the airport. The spot serves up wine, coffee, brunch, and more. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has almost 90 qualifying restaurants.

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This Georgia-based hub has more restaurant choices than any other airport on Wanderu's list, and 18 of those are highly-rated.

It has 88 qualifying options, which range from cafe food to high-end eats.

Based on Wanderu's report, the airport's top-rated eatery is One Flew South, the first upscale dining experience in the Atlanta-based airport.

It's located near Concourse E and it serves up "Southernational" food that's inspired by world travels.


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The best online deals and sales happening now

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 09:47 AM PST

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We rounded up the 11 best sales and deals happening online today, with savings on lenses and frames from EyeBuyDirect, shoes from the Sperry Outlet, mattresses and bedding at Leesa, and more. 

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons.

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1. Save 30% on lenses and 20% on frames at EyeBuyDirect


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EyeBuyDirect makes stylish yet affordable prescription glasses and sunglasses. For a limited time, you can save even more with 30% off lenses and 20% off frames when you use the promo code "SPECSALE" at checkout.

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2. Buy an unlocked Google Pixel 3a and save $50, plus get a $100 e-gift card from Best Buy


Buy a 64GB unlocked Google Pixel 3a from Best Buy for $349.99 (originally $399.99) [You save $50] + get a $100 Best Buy e-gift card

Despite the Google Pixel's eldest sister — the Pixel 4 and 4 XL — being the newest model on the market, the Google Pixel 3a still boasts an impressive camera and plenty of other great features. Best Buy currently has a double deal where you'll automatically save $50 when you purchase an unlocked 64GB Google Pixel 3a and you'll also receive a $100 Best Buy e-gift card when your order is fulfilled.

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3. Save up to 60% off clearance items at the Sperry Outlet store


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From sneakers and loafers to boat shoes and sandals, Sperry has shoes for any occasion and any season. The outlet store is currently holding a clearance sale where you can save up to 60% off select styles through January 29.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Netflix show takes us behind the scenes at Goop. There's plenty of fodder for her critics.

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 09:46 AM PST

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow's wellness company, Goop, worth an estimated $250 million, released a six-part Netflix show on Friday, called "The Goop Lab."
  • The show introduces six areas of wellness, including psychics, psychedelic drug therapy, and an "energy healing" chiropractor.
  • Paltrow feeds her critics, admitting she doesn't know what "vagina" means, and promoting regular extreme diets.
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Just over a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow started sending out a newsletter of recommendations — restaurants, hair salons, recipes — to friends.

Those were the humble origins of Goop, the actress-turned-CEO's controversial wellness brand, now worth a reported $250 million. 

Under the mentorship of a venture capitalist, Paltrow built her blog into a website that publishes articles from "wellness practitioners" on alternative therapies, diets, fitness, skincare and more. The company also sells things, like a hairdryer for $249; a water bottle with a crystal in it for $80; a $1,590 dress; a $250,000 ticket to space

Now, Goop also runs annual wellness summits. For $2,500, ticket-holders get access to two days of talks with Paltrow and other celebrities (Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, and Busy Philipps appeared last year), a market of luxury goods, wellness classes, and treatments such as facials and vitamin injections.

This year is a big one for the company, with the launch of Goop At Sea (a $750 cruise across the Italian Riviera with hers truly) and a brick-and-mortar partnership with the make-up store Sephora. They're all building blocks to cement Goop's position as a major player in the $4.2 trillion wellness industry

But first: Netflix. The highly-anticipated behind-the-scenes series, "The Goop Lab," hit screens today, and it is just as Goopy as fans and critics had hoped. 

The six-part show introduces viewers to six different areas of wellness that Paltrow and her team test out.

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There is plenty of fodder for Paltrow's critics, who have accused the former film star of elitism, quackery, and ignorance.

The vast majority of her team's experiences are only accessible to an elite crust of society (flying to Jamaica to take "magic" mushrooms; getting an "exorcism" from Julianne Hough's chiropractor; the luxury of a tailor-made diet).

Each episode starts with a disclaimer that this is entertainment, not advice. Even Paltrow's most vocal critics appreciated the gesture, but say a disclaimer is not enough to balance some of the more outlandish ideas, like extreme fasting and speaking to the dead.

In the first episode, Goop staffers go to a retreat in Jamaica to try "magic" mushroom therapy.


The team meet shamans who give them each large doses of psilocybin ("magic" mushrooms), and guide them through a trip.

Elise Loehnen, Goop's chief content officer, giggles and writhes around while one of her colleagues goes through "five years of therapy in five hours."

Paltrow, who stays home, says she has done MDMA once on vacation in Mexico, but suggests mushrooms might be a good way for her to tackle insecurities. 

The shaman tells viewers that even celebrities like Paltrow struggle with mental health issues and feeling insecure. 

"We're all human." 

The second episode sees Goopers take a trip to snowy Lake Tahoe for "cold exposure therapy."


Dutch "iceman" Wim Hof teaches a handful of Goop staffers different breathing techniques and exercises – first inside covered in blankets, then in the snow in their swimsuits. 

Some of Hof's techniques are accepted, but he's come under fire for claiming he has trained his body to withstand cancer and E. coli. 

Gwyneth stays home. 

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Posted: 24 Jan 2020 09:46 AM PST