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Monday, January 6, 2020

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Skin-care brand Sunday Riley is lowering the price of a fan-favorite product, and the founder says it will be 'a huge hit' to the company

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:19 AM PST

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  • Skin-care brand Sunday Riley is lowering the price of its cult-favorite Good Genes product, according to an exclusive Elite Daily report.
  • The $105 lactic-acid product, which will soon cost $85, is also being reformulated to make sure the product is "as sustainable and clean as possible," the brand's namesake founder Sunday Riley said in a press release sent to Elite Daily.
  • Speaking to Elite Daily, the company's founder said the price drop will likely be a "huge hit" to her company, as it'll probably owe retailers "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
  • Riley said she believes her company is making the right choice. She's also previously spoken about working to lower the prices of her products.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Skin-care brand Sunday Riley is making big changes to one of its cult-favorite face products.

On Friday, Elite Daily's Theresa Massony exclusively reported that the Texas-based brand is lowering the price of Good Genes, a lactic-acid treatment that's said to retexturize the skin. Prices on both the regular and value-sized bottles ($105 and $158 respectively) will drop 20% starting January 21, while bundles that include samples of Good Genes will also be marked down, according to Elite Daily.

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How to turn off the vibration feature on your Xbox One controller in 2 ways

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:18 AM PST

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When it comes to gaming, immersion is key to ensuring that the product has the gamer's full, undivided attention. To that point, controller vibration provides some type of pseudo-immersion, allowing players to feel certain in-game events in real-time. 

However, the controller vibration feature can be intrusive to some. In the past, if you wanted to remove the vibration feature on your game controller, you would have to manually disable it by going into your in-game settings and turning it off. Fortunately, Microsoft now allows users to completely disable controller vibration for any games that use the feature in one place. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Thanks to a great unadvertised benefit and other perks, the United Explorer card is one of the most valuable options for frequent travelers

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:16 AM PST

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  • The popular United Explorer Card offers 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants, hotels, and United, and 1 mile per dollar everywhere else.
  • Benefits include a free checked bag, a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit, and two one-time United lounge passes each year.
  • The card also features a little-known benefits: exclusive access to the lowest-priced award flights, so you can stretch your miles even further.
  • The sign-up bonus of up to 65,000 miles (40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, and an additional 25,000 miles after you spend $10,000 total in the first six months) on a new account is worth more than enough for a free domestic round-trip flight (just pay taxes and fees).
  • See Business Insider's list of the best airline credit cards »

The United Explorer Card is a great way to save money and get better access to United awards while earning United MileagePlus miles with every dollar you spend. Regular United customers will love a free first bag for the cardholder and a companion on each trip, a statement credit worth up to $100 every four years for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, and other benefits.

United Explorer Card details

Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

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What's inside a clam?

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:15 AM PST

  • Like oysters, mussels, and scallops, clams are bivalve mollusks — aquatic invertebrates encased by a shell made of two valves. 
  • Inside their shell, you'll find some truly bizarre anatomy. They have a retractable foot, for example, which they use to bury themselves underground.
  • Research has shown that razor clams can use their foot to liquefy the ground around them, essentially turning it into quicksand. 
  • Giant clams farm microalgae. In exchange for a place to live, the algae provide the clams with byproducts of photosynthesis, such as sugars, allowing them to grow into giants. 
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What's inside a clam? A retractable foot, a siphon for sucking up water, powerful muscles, and, sometimes, a pearl. And you thought oysters were fancy.

Following is the transcript of the video.

Narrator: What you're looking at is a clam's foot. That's right, clams have a foot. And some species can extend it several inches. But as it turns out, a foot is just one of the many bizarre features you'll find inside a clam. Like oysters and mussels, clams are bivalves, a kind of mollusk that's encased in a shell made of two valves, or hinging parts. And that shell comes in all different sizes.

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Trump's 'media post' on war powers shows he doesn't understand how war powers — or the internet — work

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:13 AM PST

President Donald Trump speaks during an Associated Press

President Trump uses Twitter a lot. On December 12, for instance, he tweeted a record 112 times in one day. Trump uses Twitter to convey a range of emotions — from anger and rage at his impeachment inquiry, to unfettered glee at the failure of his opponents. But over the weekend, Trump used Twitter to inform Congress (and Iran) of his plans in the most distant-cousin-sending-you-an-email-chain-letter way possible.

"These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!" Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago Club on Sunday afternoon. 

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Frank And Oak makes sustainable, heavy-duty coats with down-free insulation — we put them to the test in blistering cold New York City weather

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:12 AM PST

Frank And Oak outerwearLes Shu/Business Insider

  • Sustainable clothing startup Frank And Oak has released a new collection of performance winter outerwear.
  • Inspired by and built for harsh Canadian winters, the outerwear collection includes a variety of parkas and puffers for adults. The down-free coats are made mostly of recycled polyester and wool. 
  • We put four of the coats to the test by wearing them in blistering cold New York City weather. 
  • Priced from $250 and up, the Frank And Oak outerwear collection is expensive, but we put four of the coats to the test by wearing them in blistering cold New York City weather and came away supremely impressed by the level of warmth they offer.

While thick down jackets with fur-trimmed hoods might seem like the only way to stay warm in blistering weather, it's still possible to find styles that are environmentally friendly and warm.

Canadian clothing company Frank And Oak is one brand proving that you don't have to sacrifice your values to stay truly warm this winter, thanks to its collection of sustainable performance coats.

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How to cancel your Xbox Live subscription using your Xbox One console or a computer

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:11 AM PST

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When you sign up for a subscription service on your Xbox One, you will be required to select a preferred form of payment for renewing your subscription.

Whether you are looking to sign up for an Xbox Live subscription to play games online, reap the benefits of free games with Gold, or receive exclusive Xbox Live discounts, there are various reasons why you might want to add an Xbox Live subscription to your gaming experience.

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The best cheap hotels in Las Vegas with prices under $100 per night

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:07 AM PST

 

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  • There are dozens of hotels on or near the Las Vegas Strip, ranging from budget-friendly accommodations to luxury suites.
  • Because resort owners make most of their money on the casino floor rather than hotel rooms, some of the finest hotels in the world are available at a fraction of what they would cost anywhere else.
  • Four star and up hotels in Las Vegas can regularly be found for under $100 per night. To narrow the field and highlight the best, we scoured reviews and guest feedback, coupled with our own experiences, to select the best affordable hotels in Las Vegas for under $100 per night in low season.
  • Real all Insider Picks hotel reviews here.

Las Vegas is filled with eye-popping entertainment and attractions — and plenty of potential ways to drop a boatload of cash. But that doesn't always extend to your hotel. Sin City can be the perfect place to score truly luxurious lodging for a price so low it could seem like a typo.

That's because Vegas resort operators make a huge chunk of their profits not on your room rate, but down on the casino floor, where the house always has the advantage. Cheap room rates also attract more guests who then spend their money on slots and tables.

But cheap prices don't mean dismal rooms. Far from it. The city sets a high bar for accommodations at any price, even for a two-figure price tag — yes, well under $100, and in many cases under $50. Beware when booking though, as a resort fee could inflate that rate much higher. I've seen rooms for $70 per night with an $80 daily resort fee.

Of course, in high season or during big events, all rates are subject to change and starting price points can soar.

To highlight the best, we rounded up hotels rated four stars or higher, with a prime location on or near the Las Vegas Strip, that are beloved by guests with top reviews on Trip Advisor, excellent Booking.com ratings — and based on our own past stays.

And if you find yourself with extra budget, read our list of the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas.

Keep reading to discover 9 of the best hotels in Las Vegas for under $100 per night, sorted by price from low to high.

Sahara Las Vegas

Booking.com

Book Sahara Las Vegas starting at $36 per night

After a stint as the SLS Las Vegas, this property has returned to the building's original roots as the Sahara Las Vegas. As part of the rebrand, the property underwent a $150 million revamp, including an updated casino, renovated hotel rooms and corridors, an upgraded spa, and new hotel lobby.

I found the entry-level rooms to be well-appointed and sleek and offered at a stunning bargain with rates regularly available under $50 in lower seasons. It's also one of the most convenient places to stay near the Las Vegas Convention Center. I even spotted prices as low as $60 during big events such as CES, proving deals can be found even at busier times.

Trip Advisor ranking: 97 out of 272 hotels in Las Vegas

Booking.com rating: 8.2 out of 10

Pros: Newly renovated rooms with a convenient location right near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Cons: While new, the hotel isn't as glitzy as some of the huge Las Vegas Strip resorts.

Read Insider Picks full hotel review of Sahara Las Vegas



Palms Las Vegas

Trip Advisor

Book Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas starting at $46 per night

Palms Casino Resort recently completed a massive property-wide $690 million renovation with newly revamped rooms and suites available at shockingly low prices. Standard rooms can be booked for as low as $50.

I felt downright pampered in my room, with a striped marble bathroom, deep soaking tub, and 65-inch TVs. The Palms is also home to a restaurant from famed chef Bobby Flay, and a brand new spa which sprawls over three stories. Plus, the buffet is only $17, a fraction of what it costs elsewhere.

TripAdvisor ranking: 125 of 272 hotels in Las Vegas

Booking.com rating: 7.8 out of 10

Pros: Gorgeous new rooms and suites are available for extremely cheap prices, with plenty of amenities, food and drink on-site. 

Cons: This property is not located on the Strip. It's an easy ride, but won't be walkable. Additionally, the $39 daily resort fee will inflate otherwise cheap nightly rates.

Read Insider Picks full hotel review of Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas



Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

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Book Planet Hollywood Las Vegas starting from $54 per night

With nice rooms available squarely in the two-figure range, Planet Hollywood over-delivers on value. I also enjoy staying here for how electric the energy feels within the hotel. The casino floor always feels lively, and there is top-tier dining from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, and designer stores at the Miracle Mile Shops, all on-site.

Planet Hollywood is also a great spot to just chill out. The Spa by Mandara is excellent and the pool boasts dozens of cabanas and the only Vegas pool with a wave machine. 

TripAdvisor ranking: 38 out of 272 hotels in Las Vegas

Booking.com rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: Excellent location right in the center of the Las Vegas Strip for easy exploring.

Cons: While the rooms appear nice, some negative online reviews cite they're in need of renovation. Book an upgraded room to avoid this risk.




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Open Banking 101: How Financial Institutions Can Take Advantage of a Global Movement

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:01 AM PST

Open banking, which has been implemented in the U.K., involves sharing customers' financial information electronically and securely, but only under conditions that customers approve.

Open banking forces lenders to offer a digital "fire hose" of data that any third party can use to get standardised access — provided the startup is registered with the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the customer agrees to share their data.

This system has already taken root in the U.K., but it could soon spread to the rest of the world. That's why Business Insider Intelligence has put together a report called Open Banking 101: How Financial Institutions Can Take Advantage of a Global Movement to Collaborate with Partners and Developers.

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The best online deals and sales happening now

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 10:01 AM PST

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We rounded up the 10 best sales and deals happening online today, with savings fitness gear at Target, clothing at J.Crew, tech and electronics at Best Buy, 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.

The best sales and deals happening today at a glance:

Additional Business Insider-exclusive deals and longer-term sales going on now:

Find the details of each sale below:

1. Save up to 25% sports and fitness gear at Target

Target

Shop the Target sale now

If being more active is a priority for you this year, you may want to invest in the right equipment. Right now, Target is having a sale on fitness and exercise gear with up to 25% off many items. The sale includes activewear, activity trackers, medicine balls, weights, workout machines, and much more.



2. Save an extra 40% on sale styles at J.Crew

J.Crew

Shop the J.Crew sale now

J.Crew is having a huge sale to celebrate the start of 2020. Now through January 7, you can save an extra 40% on sale styles by using the promo code "EXTRA40" at checkout.  The sale includes sweaters, sweatshirts, button-ups, jeans, blouses, workwear, and more.

 



3. Save up to 40% on clearance and open-box items at Best Buy

Best Buy

Shop the Best Buy sale now

Following the holiday season, retailers always get an influx of returned items. To get rid of those opened but otherwise brand-new items, Best Buy is having a massive sale. Now through January 12, you can save up to 40% on clearance and open-box items like computers, cameras, tablets, headphones, and even home appliances.




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Uber has expanded public transit options to Las Vegas (UBER)

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:59 AM PST

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  • Uber has launched public transit ticketing options in Las Vegas. 
  • It's the second market for Uber Transit after Denver, which launched in 2019. 
  • Through a partnership with Masabi, Uber customers can buy train and bus tickets as well as see real-time schedules in the app. 

Uber customers in Las Vegas now have the option to purchase bus tickets inside the app, the ride-hailing giant announced Monday.

It's the second city where Uber Transit is available, after it first launched in Denver in 2019, and is a partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).

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McDonald's CEO has a new Instagram, and it reveals the fast-food giant's efforts to erase former executives' scandals

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:58 AM PST

Chris Kempczinski McDonald'sAP Photo/Richard Drew

McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski has launched a new Instagram account in an apparent attempt to erase bad behavior from former top executives. 

On Monday, Kempczinski shared a New Year's message with all employees. The message, which was obtained by Business Insider, congratulates employees on a successful 2019. Kempczinski says in the message that he is proud of McDonald's work to create opportunities, build community, and collaborate on solutions. 

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Two Cold War-era nuclear missile silos that were abandoned for decades just went on the market in Arizona for $495,000 each

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:57 AM PST

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Arizona is apparently the place to be if you're in the market for an underground lair.

Last month, a Titan II Missile complex that was decommissioned in the 1980s lasted only ten days on the market before it was bought above asking price at $420,000. Realtor Grant Hampton told Business Insider that multiple offers were on the table, making these missile silos a hot commodity.

Now, two more of these complexes are for sale in southern Arizona. Both will be listed with Grant Hampton at Realty Executives for $495,000 each. No offers will be accepted for the first ten days to allow potential buyers from out of state, or even out of the country. 

The Titan II missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, designed to carry nuclear warheads from one continent to another. These complexes were built during heightened tensions of the Cold War, during the 1960s. The missiles were stored underground, in complexes like these, armed and ready to launch at all times for more than 20 years. The Titan II was the largest land missile ever held by the US, but it was never used.

Take a peek inside to see what lies underground in Arizona. 

The first complex, Titan II 570-1, is located near Oracle, Arizona.

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This one is easily accessible, according to Hampton, and already connected to the city's water infrastructure, which should make whatever renovations the future owner has planned easier.

Grant Hampton Realty Executives

Hampton said that this complex is in "great shape," with duct work and fixtures in place.

Grant Hampton


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Trump's 'media post' on war powers shows he doesn't understand how war powers — or the internet — work

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:57 AM PST

Donald TrumpAP Photo/Susan Walsh

President Trump uses Twitter a lot. On December 12, for instance, he tweeted a record 112 times in one day. Trump uses Twitter to convey a range of emotions — from anger and rage at his impeachment inquiry, to unfettered glee at the failure of his opponents. But over the weekend, Trump used Twitter to inform Congress (and Iran) of his plans in the most distant-cousin-sending-you-an-email-chain-letter way possible.

"These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!" Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago Club on Sunday afternoon. 

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The term 'millennial' has become so controversial that an expert says many millennials actually don't identify with it

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:57 AM PST

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Not all millennials identify as millennials

That's according to Jason Dorsey, a consultant, researcher of millennials, and president of the Center for Generational Kinetics. He told Business Insider there are two types of millennials: me-llennials, who feel behind financially and professionally, and mega-llennials, who are ahead of the game.

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The cheapest states to get gas, ranked

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:57 AM PST

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When it comes to putting gas in your vehicle, you may have to cross state lines to get the best price.

AAA keeps track of the average price of regular, mid-grade, premium, and diesel gas in all 50 states. The averages are updated daily, so you can always know whether you're scoring the best possible deal in your state. 

As of January 6, 2020, the national average price of gas in the US is $2.584. Many states across America, however, have average prices much lower than that. 

To find the cheapest states to get gas, Business Insider looked at the average prices to get regular gas in states that fell below the national average. We also included the prices for mid-grade, premium, and diesel gas in those states. 

Here are the cheapest states to get gas, listed in order of highest average price for regular gas to lowest.

28. Rhode Island

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Regular: $2.578

Mid-grade: $2.879

Premium: $3.088

Diesel: $3.040



27. Maryland

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Regular: $2.543

Mid-grade: $2.918

Premium: $3.150

Diesel: $3.026



26. Florida

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Regular: $2.526

Mid-grade: $2.852

Premium: $3.130

Diesel: $2.948




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Princess Diana's former chef told us what it was like to live with the royal family at Kensington Palace

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:52 AM PST

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  •  Princess Diana's former chef spoke to Insider about what it was like to work and live with the royal family at Kensington Palace.
  • Carolyn Robb, who lived in an apartment close to the family, witnessed firsthand how the media attention negatively impacted Princes William and Harry growing up.
  • "Whenever they'd drive out of Kensington Palace knowing there was a barrage of press photographers at the gate every morning when they went to school, [it] must have been incredibly difficult," she told Insider.
  • The chef also gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into royal life, saying that she cooked for Diana and Charles during their overseas tours so they didn't inconvenience their host country.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

"People assume that they live on a diet of caviar and lobster and foie gras, which really isn't the case," Carolyn Robb, former chef to the royal family, told Insider. 

"Because they're out and about so much and doing so many official engagements, obviously people are entertaining them and everybody wants to make sure they're well looked after," she added. 

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15 photos that prove sunglasses were the most surprising fashion trend of the Golden Globes

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:48 AM PST

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The Golden Globes were filled with celebrities, but there was one unlikely star: sunglasses. 

Celebrities wearing sunglasses filled the red carpet of the 77th Golden Globes Sunday night. Some even wore them inside the building — while others even went as far as accepting their awards while wearing their specs. 

From Brad Pitt to Patricia Arquette, these celebs showed up to the Golden Globes sporting some shades. 

Patricia Arquette accepted her award in shades.

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Patricia Arquette won the best supporting actress in a limited series award for her work in "The Act."



Bernie Taupin and Elton John also accepted their Golden Globe while wearing sunglasses.

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Bernie Taupin and Elton John, two men known for their kooky eyewear, won the best original song award for "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" in "Rocketman." Earlier in the night, Elton John attempted to present an award with his sunglasses on and said he couldn't read the teleprompter, so he had to take them off. 



Joaquin Phoenix was spotted wearing shades before accepting his Golden Globe.

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Joaquin Phoenix took home the award for best actor in a drama for his portrayal of the villain in "Joker.'




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American border officials detained dozens of people with ties to Iran at the US-Canada border amid escalating tensions

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 09:47 AM PST

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  • Dozens of people with ties to Iran were held for hours by US Customs and Border Protection officers at a port of entry on the southern border of Canada over the weekend.
  • Reports of 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans being held with no explanation sparked concerns of domestic ripple effects stemming from an escalation in US-Iran tensions.
  • An Islamic civil-rights group said it was assisting those who were detained for hours overnight Saturday and had heard of a "broad directive" to immigration agents to scrutinize those with ties to Iran.
  • CBP authorities have denied detaining people on account of ties to Iran, blaming wait times at the port, but also said in reported statements that agents are "operating with an enhanced posture" based on the current "threat environment."
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US Customs and Border Protection officers detained dozens of people with ties to Iran at a port of entry on the southern border of Canada in one of the first domestic effects from an escalation in US-Iran tensions.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil-rights group, reported in a press release Sunday that the group was assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans who were detained and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington.

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