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Thursday, January 9, 2020

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The most powerful passports in the world in 2020, ranked

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:48 AM PST

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  • The Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of the most powerful passports in the world based on how many countries the holder can enter without a visa, was just released.
  • Japan secured the top spot with access to 191 countries this year, a position it previously shared with Singapore.
  • Asia dominated the list, with Singapore landing in the No. 2 spot while South Korea tied with Germany for No. 3.
  • A US passport provides access to 183 countries in 2020, giving it an eighth place ranking. Passports from 16 other countries provide better access than the US. The country is also slipping in rank — last year it placed sixth.
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A passport from Japan opens more doors than a passport from anywhere else in the world, according to the newly released Henley Passport Index.

The index is an annual power ranking of passports determined by the total number of countries a passport holder can enter without a visa. 

A Japanese passport promises uncomplicated travel to 191 other countries. In 2019, the passport promised access to 189 countries and tied with Singapore's passport for the world's most desirable travel document.

Singapore maintained access to 189 countries and placed second this year, followed closely by South Korea and Germany with access to 187 countries.

Passports from countries like Canada, the UK, and the US all slipped in the rankings from 2019 to 2020 — but they are still desirable, with access to over 180 countries. For comparison, passports from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria offer access to less than 30 countries.

Keep reading for a look at the countries with the most powerful passports, ranked by ascending number of visa-free travel options. We also included a comparative look at how each of these passports ranked in 2019.

10. Those holding the following passports can visit 181 countries without a visa in 2020:

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Hungary

2019 ranking: 11 (access to 178 countries)

Lithuania

2019 ranking: T9 (access to 180 countries)

Slovakia

2019 ranking: 10 (access to 179 countries)



9. Those holding the following passports can visit 183 countries without a visa in 2020:

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Australia

2019 ranking: T9 (access to 180 countries)

Canada

2019 ranking: T6 (access to 183 countries)

Czech Republic

2019 ranking: 8 (access to 181 countries)

Malta

2019 ranking: 7 (access to 182 countries)

New Zealand

2019 ranking: T9 (access to 180 countries)



8. Those holding the following passports can visit 184 countries without a visa in 2020:

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Belgium

2019 ranking: T6 (access to 183 countries)

Greece

2019 ranking: T6 (access to 183 countries)

Norway

2019 ranking: T6 (access to 183 countries)

United Kingdom

2019 ranking: T6 (access to 183 countries)

United States

2019 ranking: T6 (access to 183 countries)




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8 of the biggest misconceptions people have about Native Americans

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:48 AM PST

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  • As one of the few Native American people in the entertainment industry, I'm used to being asked bizarre questions about my culture.
  • Many people seem to think that all Natives live in teepees and look like caricatures from the 1700s.
  • Here are some of the weirdest and wildest misconceptions people have about being Native American today.
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As one of the very few Native American people working in the entertainment industry, I'm used to being asked bizarre questions about my culture and upbringing. 

Growing up on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington state, I was ill-prepared for how little your average person knows about Native issues. 

For context, according to a recent study by the Native run nonprofit IllumiNatives, 87% of United States schools don't cover Native American history beyond 1900. And that fact isn't more apparent than when a grown adult — who went to college and should really know better — asks me if I was born in a teepee.

To head some of these questions off at the pass, I'm here to clear up some of the weirdest and wildest misconceptions people have about being Native American in the 21st century.

We weren't all born In teepees.

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You'd think I wouldn't need to tell people that an entire race of people wasn't born in teepees or doesn't currently live in them. But if the multiple times I've been asked if I was born in a teepee is any indication, it's very important that I address this question first.

Teepees were mainly used by tribes located in the Great Plains region of the United States, as well as in the Canadian Prairies. As members of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, based in and around southern Washington state, my people most likely didn't live in teepees. We traditionally lived in longhouses, which are large homes made out of cedar and shared by half a dozen to a dozen families.

So the real question is, "was I born in a longhouse?"

The answer to that question is no. It's 2020. I was born in a hospital in a big city, like you probably were. Why would you ask me such a weird question?



We don't all look like a caricature from the 1700s.

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As a lighter-skinned Native with short hair, I'm regularly asked by non-Natives if I'm "really Native."

You know when I wasn't asked this question? When I had long hair.

Natives are often forced into a small cultural box by non-Natives, which severely limits how we're allowed to present ourselves to claim our Nativeness. Women have to look like Disney's Pocahontas, who, if you aren't already aware, is a literal cartoon character. Men have to look like the crying Indian from those old anti-littering PSAs, who, by the way, was played by an Italian guy.

Native film and television actors often lose acting roles for not fitting into this stereotype, and many are literally painted on set to make their skin appear more "red" for the camera.

Are there Natives out there who have long hair and wear traditional buckskin? Sure. But there are Natives with hair of all lengths and colors and skin in any tone imaginable. Just because someone doesn't look like an extra from an old John Wayne movie, with flute music playing every time they talk, a stoic expression always stuck to their face, and a best friend who is a literal eagle, that doesn't make them more or less Native.

Note: I reserve the right to change my answer to this question if and when I become best friends with an eagle.



We're not all the same tribe.

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I am an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. This is not to be confused with the Cherokee Nation, the Nez Perce tribe, or the Lakota tribe. In total, there are 570-plus federally recognized tribes in the United States, hundreds more at the state level, and a ton more that are not federally recognized.

Tribes have their own cultures, languages, aboriginal lands, traditional outfits, and everything in between. The cultural differences from one tribe to another could be as big as the cultural differences between the United Kingdom and Egypt.

To assume that all Natives wore loincloths or buckskin, or hunted buffalo, or whatever your elementary school teacher told you about Native American people while you made a construction-paper headdress the week before Thanksgiving is probably wrong, and in the case of the headdress, more than a little racist.




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Kim Kardashian takes fans inside her massive walk-in refrigerator and it's the size of your apartment

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:47 AM PST

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  • Kim Kardashian West gave fans a tour of her kitchen on Wednesday night, after a photo of her posing in front of a bizarrely empty refrigerator caused a stir online earlier in the week
  • "Since the inside of my fridge is so baffling... I'm gonna give you guys a tour of my fridge," Kardashian West said in an Instagram story video. 
  • The reality star then proceeded to walk through her gigantic pantries, showing off numerous, well-stocked refrigerators and other special features (including a frozen yogurt machine) along the way. 
  • Kardashian West's tour culminated with a stop at a huge, restaurant-style walk-in fridge, that's filled with organic fruits and vegetables. 
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Kim Kardashian West gave a tour of her massive kitchen, pantries, and refrigerators Wednesday night after a photo of her posing in front of a bizarrely empty fridge caused a stir earlier this week

"Since the inside of my fridge is so baffling, and I saw all these news reports ... I'm gonna give you guys a tour of my fridge," Kardashian West said in a video posted to her Instagram story. 

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I went to North America's only indoor ski and snowboard park with real snow — here's what it was like

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:47 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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Vladimir Putin personally oversaw Russia's latest test of a hypersonic missile

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:44 AM PST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw military exercises from a naval vessel in the Black Sea near Crimea, including the test launch of a hypersonic air-launched Kinzhal missile, the Kremlin said.

A pair of MiG-31K interceptor jets test fired the Kinzhal (Dagger) missile at a target on a military test site, the Kremlin said. The exercise involved several navy vessels.

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Electric scooter injuries among millennials in cities more than doubled in a single year, new study finds

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:43 AM PST

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  • With the rise of electric scooter companies like Lime and Bird in cities, there has been a sharp increase in the rate of injury while riding said scooters.
  • Between 2014 and 2018, the number of electric-scooter-related injuries jumped from about 4,500 to nearly 15,000, according to a new study.
  • People between the ages of 18 to 34 who live in cities are the most likely to get injured.
  • Between 2017 and 2018, e-scooter injuries reported by millennials more than doubled, to over 5,300 from around 2,100.
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Electric scooter-riding millennials in cities are the most likely group to get injured while riding a scooter, according to a new study published this week.

Of the nearly 15,000 electric-scooter-related injuries sustained in 2018, over one-third were sustained by Millennials aged 18 to 34. Over 12,000 of the nearly 15,000 injuries took place in cities.

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There's new evidence that drinking tea at least 3 times a week might help you live longer

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:42 AM PST

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  • Drinking lots of tea is associated with living longer, according to a new study.
  • The study, conducted on over 100,000 Chinese adults, concluded that habitual tea drinkers in the country could expect to live 1.2 years longer than non-tea drinkers.
  • The study did not account for diet or lifestyle, and more research needs to be done before making any conclusive statements.
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Tea, the second most popular beverage in the world, is a drink beloved by everyone from the Queen of England to rapper Snoop Dogg. It's perceived as a healthy, beneficial beverage, and there's evidence that it just might be. 

A group of eighteen researchers spent seven years trying to figure out if tea is associated with living longer. The resulting study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, concluded that habitual tea drinking might be associated with reduced risk of heart disease and longer life expectancy.

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I'm investing in the stock market while paying off $80,000 of debt, and it's finally convinced me I can be good with money

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:40 AM PST

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  • When I got serious about paying off $80,000 of debt a few years ago, I thought at first that I would have to be totally financially solvent before I started investing for retirement, but realized I couldn't wait any longer.
  • Now that I'm on track to pay off all my debt in 2020, I'm very happy that I decided to take a two-pronged approach to financial health by both paying off debt and investing.
  • Aside from the cold hard numbers showing that retirement savings have earned me thousands of dollars, there's an emotional high from knowing that I'm not as inept with money as I thought I was.
  • SmartAsset's free tool can find a financial planner to help balance your own financial goals »

I always assumed investing in the stock market was something you did when you were rich — or at the very least, had a positive net worth. I didn't grow up learning much about stocks; all I remember is telling my grandmother "Disney" when I was asked which company's stock I'd like as a gift (smart move, young me).

So when I got serious about paying off $80,000 of debt — including credit cards, back taxes, and personal loans — a few years ago, I thought at first that I would have to be totally financially solvent before I started investing.

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I was always told not to color my hair — here's why I'll never regret finally taking the plunge

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:39 AM PST

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  • Since I was young, I was always warned that coloring my hair would damage it, and I should avoid hair dye at all costs.
  • I spent years straightening my hair everyday, which eventually put a strain on my natural hair color and gave me endless split ends and dry hair. I learned that the entire heat process was just as damaging as dying my hair. 
  • I experimented with going natural for a while, but then I decided to explore highlighting, which allowed me to explore my hair and identity in a healthy way.
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My mom always told me that the color of my natural hair was so beautiful and rare, warning me to never change it. For years I listened to her. She would blow dry it straight most days, or I would wear it natural in beautiful ringlets down my back. 

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Coco Gauff called out her dad for cursing while he was mic'd up at the Auckland Open

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:37 AM PST

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  • Coco Gauff lectured her dad for cursing while mic'd up during her Thursday match at the ASB Classic.
  • When her father and coach, Corey, let a "damn" slip while giving his daughter a pep talk heading into the second set, the 15-year-old wunderkind smiled and told him "you can't curse."
  • The endearing exchange caught the attention of fellow young tennis star Naomi Osaka, who shared the video with the caption, "Dude my heart can't take thisssss."
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Coco Gauff may play far beyond her years on the court, but when it comes to squabbles with her dad, she's not too far off from any other 15 year old.

After winning her first set against Laura Siegemund at the ATP Auckland Open — better known as the ASB Classic — on Thursday, Gauff conferred with her father and coach, Corey, about how to close out the second-round match and advance to the quarterfinals.

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An American soccer star has left a training camp in Qatar because he 'did not feel comfortable' amid tension between the US and Iran

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:36 AM PST

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United States international Sergino Dest has left an Ajax training camp in Qatar because he "didn't feel comfortable" amid the ongoing political tensions between the US and Iran.

The US launched a missile strike which killed Iran's elite Quds Force commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad last Thursday.

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I used to recommend the Chase Sapphire Reserve to everyone, but now it really only makes sense for 4 types of users — everyone else should get the Sapphire Preferred

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:36 AM PST

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  • One of the most popular rewards cards, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, is getting new benefits like DoorDash credits and 10x points with Lyft. The annual fee is also increasing by $100, to $550.
  • You still have time to apply for the Sapphire Reserve and secure the lower $450 annual fee for your first year — make sure you apply by January 12.
  • I used to recommend the Chase Sapphire Reserve to everyone, but in light of these changes I think it's really best for a few different types of users.
  • If you travel a lot, the card can still be worth it. The new benefits could also make up for the increased annual fee if you use food delivery services like DoorDash and frequently use rideshare apps like Lyft.
  • For everyone else, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is a better pick, and it still offers great perks.
  • Click here to learn more about the Chase Sapphire Reserve »

In the world of rewards credit cards, you can pretty much assume that new perks will come with an increased annual fee. That's certainly the case with the latest update to the ultra-popular Chase Sapphire Reserve: Starting on January 12, 2020, the card will add 10x points on Lyft rides and up to $60 in statement credits for DoorDash delivery this year and in 2021 — and the yearly cost will increase from $450 to $550. 

That puts the Chase Sapphire Reserve on par with the Platinum Card® from American Express, which increased its fee to from $450 to $550 in 2017. While I'm happy to pay a high annual fee when a credit card makes it easy to recoup that value in rewards and benefits, I'm starting to worry that this increasing fee trend is reaching perilous heights.

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The rise and fall of Pier 1, the once-beloved destination for stylish and cheap home goods and decor

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:32 AM PST

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Pier 1 announced this week that it plans to close 450 stores following a period of dwindling sales, after decades or serving as a thriving destination for home furnishings and decor. 

The forthcoming closures, which were announced in an earnings call on Monday, will effectively shutter nearly half of Pier 1's 942 stores and are expected to compromise the jobs of thousands of employees. The company also plans to downsize its corporate staff and close select distribution centers. 

Like countless other retailers, Pier 1 has suffered under increased competition from e-commerce giants like Amazon and Walmart, while also struggling against the rise of off-price and discount brands like TJ Maxx and Wayfair. 

"While the market is growing, so too is competition," GlobalData Retail's Neil Saunders told Retail Dive in April 2019."As much as it is true that Pier 1's aesthetic used to make it distinct, others are now replicating this — at least in parts of their offers."  

However, before its sales woes, Pier 1 spent decades selling stylish yet affordable home goods to a demographic largely comprised of young adults furnishing their first homes and starting families. It brought styles like the Papasan chair to the US, becoming an emblematic part of 1960s culture and aesthetics. 

As the fate of Pier 1 hangs in the balance, we took a look at the company's humble beginnings as a standalone store in California through its rise to a national home decor destination and its current freefall into possible bankruptcy. 

Pier 1 Imports was founded in San Mateo, California, in 1962, originally under the name Import Cargo.

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The company described the early customers of its single-store location as "post-World War II baby boomers looking for beanbag chairs, love beads, and incense."

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Source: Pier 1



Pier 1 spent its early years embracing a targeted demographic of counterculture youth with its unique and eccentric inventory of cheap home goods.

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Get a sneak peek into the most trusted social media platforms of 2019

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:31 AM PST

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Digital trust is the confidence people have in a platform to protect their information and provide a safe environment for them to create and engage with content. Consumers' trust in social platforms impacts how they interact with ads, and benchmarking trust can help social platforms win ad dollars and instruct advertisers how to allocate budget effectively.

In our third annual Digital Trust Report, we evaluate consumer perception of seven major social networks – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Pinterest – across six different pillars: Security, Legitimacy, Community, User Experience, Shareability, and Relevance.

The complete 2019 Digital Trust Enterprise Edge Report is available exclusively for Business Insider Intelligence Enterprise subscribers — our corporate clients.

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How to do laundry when traveling and all the things you need to do it

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:31 AM PST

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  • Doing laundry while traveling can be downright annoying — from pricey hotel laundry fees to finding a local laundromat.
  • We've broken down the steps and products you need to make washing clothes while traveling hassle-free.
  • Start by packing low-maintenance, lightweight clothes that are quick drying, and bring along few compact laundry supplies like a stain removal pen, detergent sheets, a travel clothesline, and mesh laundry bags. You'll be able to have fresh, clean garments for every leg of your journey.
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The last thing you want to deal with when traveling, whether for vacation or business, is laundry. With baggage fees and restrictions on airlines and cruise ships, packing light is practically essential, but you still need clean clothes for an extended trip. 

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Boris Johnson's Brexit bill passes in historic vote clearing the way for Britain's exit from the EU

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:29 AM PST

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  • Boris Johnson's Brexit legislation has been backed by Members of Parliament by 330 votes to 231.
  • It marks a historic moment in the Brexit process ahead of the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on March 31.
  • Theresa May failed repeatedly to pass her Withdrawal Agreement with the EU through the House of Commons.
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Boris Johnson's Brexit bill has passed through its final stage in the House of Commons, clearing the path for Britain to leave the EU at the end of January.

With a 80-strong majority, Johnson's government raced the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through all three of its stages in the Commons in just three days.

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How to merge multiple YouTube accounts by re-uploading your videos

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:29 AM PST

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There is no direct way to merge YouTube accounts or to transfer videos from one account to another.

If a YouTube user wants to put videos on a different account, they'll have to first download the video from the original account and then upload the video to the new channel. Here's how.

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'Emotional chaos': What it's really like psychologically for military families when troops are deployed

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:27 AM PST

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  • The US is sending 3,500 troops to the Middle East, meaning many military families have to part with their loved ones. 
  • Deployment brings new obstacles for military spouses, like increased anxiety and poor health habits, research shows.
  • Children of deployed parents are more likely to suffer from depression, among other consequences. 
    Increased social support and therapy can help military families survive hard times. 
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 #WWIII, #NoWarWithIran, and other trending Twitter hashtags from the past week reveal the anxiety people across the globe are feeling amid near-boiling-point tensions between the US and Iran. 

The US is sending 3,500 Army paratroopers to the Middle East, reports Tuesday revealed, adding more uncertainty — especially for military families.

To add to that distress, those being deployed have been told to leave their cellphones at home.  

Eighteen-year old Melissa Morales is one of those family members caught off guard. Her twin sister, Cristina, is scheduled to leave Wednesday, she said in an interview with CNN

"As her twin sister, it kind of hurts. It stings," she told the outlet. 

Research shows deployment can have a very real psychological impact on family members, particularly military spouses and children.

Among a range of feelings, studies have shown that families of deployed military personnel experience a range of challenging emotions. 

Learning of a spouse's deployment can mean "emotional chaos."

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A qualitative study of 11 women married to deployed Army Reserve military members had a heart-wrenching finding.

Nearly all of the women described the moment they learned their husband would have to deploy fell into a category researchers call "emotional chaos," or experiencing a range of emotions — like stress, disbelief, and sadness — all at once. 



Partners of those deployed report higher levels of anxiety and stress.

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One study of 130 US military spouses (68 spouses of non-deployed servicemen and 62 spouses of servicemen deployed to a combat zone) took a close look at stress. 

Spouses of deployed servicemen had markedly higher stress scores than spouses of non-deployed service members, the study found. Additionally, anxiety levels were "significantly higher in spouses of deployed versus non deployed servicemen," the researchers found. 



Spouses are at an increased risk for substance abuse.

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UK-based King's Centre for Military Health Research collected data from 405 women in military families with at least one child. 

These women reported higher rates of binge drinking than women in the general population, 9.7% compared to 8.9%, respectively. They also reported higher rates of depression, 7% compared to 3%. 




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Trump claims Iran's top general was plotting to blow up the US embassy in Iraq — but didn't detail the evidence he has to back it up

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:25 AM PST

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  • President Donald Trump claimed during a press conference on Thursday that the top Iranian general the US military assassinated last week was plotting to bomb the US embassy in Iraq. 
  • "We did it because they were looking to blow up our embassy," Trump told reporters. "We also did it for other reasons that were very obvious. Somebody died, one of our military people died, people were badly wounded just a week before." 
  • Trump didn't offer any evidence supporting his assertion that Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani had planned an imminent attack on Americans or the embassy. 
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President Donald Trump claimed during a press conference on Thursday that he ordered a deadly strike on Iran's top general last week because he was plotting to bomb the US embassy in Iraq. 

"We did it because they were looking to blow up our embassy," Trump told reporters. "We also did it for other reasons that were very obvious. Somebody died, one of our military people died, people were badly wounded just a week before." 

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RETAIL ROUT: Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, and JCPenney slip on dismal earnings and weak holiday sales

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 09:15 AM PST

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  • Bed Bath & Beyond reported dismal 2019 fiscal third quarter earnings Wednesday, sending its shares plummeting Thursday. 
  • Also on Thursday, Kohl's and JCPenney released holiday sales numbers that missed Wall Street expectations, weighing on shares of the retailers.
  • Here's how much each retailer lost on negative reports this week. 
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It's been a rough week for retailers as many have kicked off 2020 with weak earnings or less-than-anticipated holiday sales numbers. 

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, and JCPenney all posted double-digit losses Thursday. The less-than-stellar reports from the retailers came after a shaky end of 2019 where a number of companies in the sector slashed full-year profit outlooks ahead of the ever-important holiday shopping season.

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