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Disney heiress says Kobe Bryant 'was not a god' in lengthy Twitter thread about rape allegations

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:57 AM PST

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  • Disney heiress Abigail Disney spoke out in two-dozen tweets Saturday about the late Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegations. 
  • The allegations never made it to trial, and though Bryant said the sex was consensual, he eventually apologized to his accuser, The New York Times reported.
  • Disney said Bryant could be mourned but said people should not "deify him because he was not a god."
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Disney heiress Abigail Disney addressed the rape allegations against late NBA star Kobe Bryant in a 24-tweet thread on Saturday that urged people to avoid turning Bryant into a god.

The 60-year-old, who is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney — a cofounder of the Walt Disney Company — had in a tweet January 29 shared an op-ed from the Washington Post about allegations Bryant faced some 17 years ago, writing "The man was a rapist. Deal with it."

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From Trump tweets to 'butt cleavage,' these are the 28 strangest prop bets you can make on Super Bowl LIV

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:32 AM PST

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When the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers take the field in Super Bowl LIV, millions will tune in to watch the game, and many will be betting on the action.

While betting on football is usually pretty straight forward, betting on the Super Bowl can get more complicated thanks to prop bets. These bets are a seemingly endless source of potential entertainment, from cheeky bets offered as a reference to an earlier game, to the wild bets that address the halftime show and the tweeting habits of the president.

Take a look below at 28 out-there prop bets you can find online heading into Super Bowl Sunday.

What will be the primary color of Demi Lovato's outfit?

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Where it's available: MyBookie

Odds: Black (+125), Red (+200), Blue (+300), Grey (+500), Green (+800), Pink (+800)

Should you bet it: After rocking white at the Grammys, Demi Lovato is likely to change up her look for her national anthem performance on Sunday. Black is a simple, respectful choice, while red or blue could both fit into the patriotic nature of the gig. I'd lean black if I had to make a choice, but none of these odds are high enough for me to find any real value.

Will Demi Lovato omit a word during the national anthem?

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Where it's available: MyBookie

Odds: Yes (+350) / No (-600)

Should you bet it: This has been a somewhat regularly offered prop online since Christina Aguilera had a minor flub during her performance in 2011. The value is always on "No." Laying $60 to win $10 never feels good, but if you have faith in Lovato to get the job done, there's money to be made.

Will Demi Lovato use a mic stand?

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Where it's available: MyBookie

Odds: Yes (-180) / No (+140)

Should you bet it: Lovato passed on a mic stand at the Grammys to let her emote a bit more with her hands, and could do something similar at the Super Bowl this year. If she opts for a more subdued performance, she'll likely hold the mic, but if you think she's going to go for it, a mic stand might be in play.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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10 invaluable things I've learned about money in the past 10 years

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:30 AM PST

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Ten years ago, I was graduating from college and had just accepted my first full-time job. Over the course of the next few years I met my now-husband, went to grad school, bought a starter home, had two children, changed careers, worked as a financial adviser and coach, and bought our dream home.

In that time, I've made financial mistakes and have celebrated financial wins. But here are the money lessons that have stuck with me:

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'Never Trump' Republicans should stop giving advice to the 2020 Democrats and focus on fixing their own party

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:24 AM PST

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  • Conservative pundits and "Never Trump" Republicans have consistently offered unsolicited advice to Democrats about who their presidential nominee should be and what policies they should support.
  • But these pundits lave out that many of the ideas they say Democrats should abandon are popular.
  • So instead of offering Democrats advice, maybe they should try and fix their own party.
  • Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spokesperson for the Justice Department, and the principal for the strategic-communications firm Group Gordon.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Out of power in the White House, the Senate, and the courts, Democrats are playing a lot of defense these days. It's nothing new. Since the rise of Reagan, liberal has become a bad word, and liberal candidates like Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale were trounced in past presidential elections.

Republicans capitalized on this opening and employed a hardline approach on issues over 40 years to pull the country to the right and to keep winning, even when they're in the minority.

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If you haven't saved a penny for retirement, Acorns Later might just encourage you to get started

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:22 AM PST

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Acorns Later is a retirement account from Acorns. The managed account encourages you to invest on a regular basis while Acorns takes care of the heavy lifting of figuring out how exactly to invest your funds.

Getting started requires a brief survey asking about your investment goals and a $5 minimum deposit. From there, Acorns will choose the best type of IRA for your needs and build you a low-cost portfolio based on your answers.

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A Harry Styles and Lizzo island concert turned nightmarish after fans were forced to evacuate into floodwaters, drawing Fyre Festival comparisons

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:14 AM PST

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  • A pre-Super Bowl concert hosted by Pepsi that was intended to feature Mark Ronson, Lizzo, and Harry Styles descended into disaster and chaos after the venue had to be evacuated, sending customers into a flood.
  • Videos and tweets from concert attendees showed them walking through dangerous floodwaters onto an island off the coast of Miami where there was no available parking – so attendees had to call Ubers.
  • One attendee confirmed to Insider that the venue itself started to flood and that the show should have been canceled hours earlier when storm forecasts predicted harsh winds and inches of rain.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

What was intended to be an unforgettable night for fans of Harry Styles, Lizzo, and Mark Ronson turned into a nightmare after the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LIV Party was evacuated after midnight due to extreme weather.

The adults-only show took place on Watson Island off the coast of Miami, and was intended to be one of several events featuring A-list performers during a weekend of parties that would precede the Super Bowl. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Tesla workers reveal 6 surprising things customers should know about their cars (TSLA)

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:13 AM PST

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  • Tesla vehicles have features that may be unfamiliar to new owners.
  • Business Insider asked five current and former Tesla employees what customers should know about their cars that might surprise them.
  • Their answers touched on production quality, regenerative braking, and durability.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Tesla vehicles have a variety features that may be unfamiliar to customers who are used to driving gas-powered cars.

Business Insider asked five current and former Tesla employees what customers should know about their cars that they might not know already. Each is either a current employee or worked for Tesla in 2019. All of them asked for anonymity due to a fear of reprisal from Tesla, but their identities are known to Business Insider.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

Here's what the current and former employees said. 

Are you a current or former Tesla employee? Do you have an opinion about what it's like to work there? Contact this reporter at You can also reach out on Signal at 646-768-4712 or email this reporter's encrypted address at

It's durable

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Despite the fact that some customers worry about their vehicle's battery wearing out, "Teslas are made to last a long time," a former salesperson said.


It can teach you how to use it

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"A lot of people don't know that there are tutorials inside their cars now," a current salesperson said. "Those are a really good thing to review after they get the vehicle." 

But it helps to do your research before taking delivery

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"We're only given 10-15 minutes to deliver their car and do their paperwork," the current salesperson added. "It's very important that they do their research beforehand because we don't have much time to spend with them."

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Watch Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth sing 'See You Again' in an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant at Friday's Lakers game

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:00 AM PST

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  • On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in LA — the first game since Kobe Bryant's sudden death.
  • Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.
  • The Lakers' game on Friday included several tributes in honor of Bryant, including a powerful halftime performance of "See You Again" performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.
  • The duo first released "See You Again" in 2015 in honor of late actor Paul Walker of "The Fast and the Furious."
  • "Love you, Kobe," Khalifa said at the end of the performance on Friday.
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Experts reveal 13 things you should never do to your cat

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:00 AM PST

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Cat owners know that every feline has its own distinct personality, but there are certain guidelines that pet owners should be aware of. 

Insider consulted with veterinarians and veterinary technicians in order to highlight a few things that cat owners sometimes get wrong. 

From exposing them to harmful houseplants to accidentally training them to scratch humans, here are a few of the worst things you can do to your furry friend.

Never force attention on your cat.

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Veterinarian Wendy Hauser told Insider that pet owners should never force a cat to socialize or cuddle when they are not in the mood. 

"Cat owners should not force attention on cats. Though cats enjoy human attention, they like it in smaller doses than dogs, and on their own terms. Owners should respect this basic need of their feline friends and never force attention on them, such as holding them against their will," said Hauser. 


Don't bring plants into your home before checking that they are safe for cats.


"Never bring plants or flowers into your house without first checking to be sure they are not poisonous to cats. Lilies, which are often found in flower bouquets, are highly toxic to cats and consumption of any part of this plant can lead to kidney failure and death," veterinarian and author Ruth MacPete told Insider. 

Lilies are so toxic to cats that even sipping the water in a vase containing Lilies can lead to kidney damage.

For a more complete list of plants that are poisonous to cats, check the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center site.


Don't let your cat play with yarn or string.


Animal nutritionist with PurringPal and former veterinary technician Jaimee Alsing told Insider that yarn is an unsafe toy for cats. 

"Ingesting yarn or string can cause what veterinarians call a linear foreign body. Intestines become scrunched and knotted as they attempt to pass the yarn. This results in the death of sections of the intestines that must be surgically removed," said Alsing. 

Toys that have been certified as cat-safe are a far better option for feline fun. Consult your vet if you're unsure about the appropriateness of any of your pets' toys. 


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Rethinking Capitalism: How the 2010s ruined the American Dream — and what should be done in the 2020s to bring it back

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 08:00 AM PST

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  • This article is part of BI's project "The 2010s: Toward a Better Capitalism."
  • Over the past two months, we have explored the ways reforming capitalism became the defining debate in America for the past decade. It has set the stage for the policies we'll see in the 2020s.
  • In the series, we explore the relationship between taxes and inequality, the renewed antitrust movement, turning talk around sustainability into action, labor rights, and what investments will best help the economy.
  • Regardless of our sources' politics or goals, all of them agreed that the US is at a turning point in its history, where it will set the stage for what it wants to look like for years to come.
  • The Better Capitalism series tracks the ways companies and individuals are rethinking the economy and role of business in society.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Back in January 2018, Insider Inc. cofounder and CEO Henry Blodget kicked off Business Insider's "Better Capitalism" series at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos. He spoke about the ways America's approach to business over the past 40 years have led to rising inequality, with the rich getting richer and the middle class declining. This shift resulted in populist anger, he said, and slowed economic growth.

But it didn't have to be that way.

Given that we recently finished a decade and began a new one, Business Insider embarked on a project called "The 2010s: Toward a Better Capitalism."

Over the two years of exploring what "Better Capitalism" could mean, we've taken a look at how the US got to historically high levels of inequality, how labor power declined, how short-termism contributed to a climate crisis, and why our current version of capitalism is not the way America has always practiced it. Along the way, we found that while these issues are 40 years in the making, it took the financial crisis and Great Recession to bring them to the forefront. The 2010s saw millions of Americans reconsidering the economy that guided their lives.

For our decade in review series, we spoke to everyone from the CEO of outdoor-apparel darling Patagonia to the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates. What's striking is that regardless our source's worldview, all agreed on one thing: The US is at a turning point in its history, and if it wants to have a healthy future, it needs structural reform.

Below, we've collected summaries of and links to each story in the "The 2010s: Toward a Better Capitalism" series.

Occupy Wall Street gave the country a vocabulary that even its initial detractors would go on to use regularly.

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The Occupy Wall Street Movement of 2011 was not particularly large, and was widely derided by establishment figures on both the left and the right. But it captured a real angst that came out of the financial crisis and recession.

The rallying cry of "We are the 99%" ingrained itself in American culture, adding a new degree of class consciousness based on the tremendous wealth gap that was on its way to reaching a level not seen since the period that led to the Great Depression and eventually WW II, where it is now.

As for the issues the Occupy protesters were once mocked for — a wealth tax, universal health care, and a general rethinking of how companies approach business — they all became mainstream by decade's end.

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The 33-year-old economist Gabriel Zucman has been at the forefront of the inequality debate this whole time.

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Three French economists have led the way in collecting and analyzing data on the rising levels of inequality around the world: Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman.

Zucman, at just 33, has been in an advantageous position, having collaborated extensively with Piketty and Saez and turning his research into proposals with a real impact.

His career began during the recession, and when he came to America in 2013, he and Saez set to work charting the degree of US inequality since 1913. They discovered that the top 0.1% owned 20% of the country's wealth, and that their share had been on the rise since the 1980s.

By 2015, they had turned toward determining solutions for an imbalance they felt threatened America's stability. They came up with a wealth tax proposal, which taxes billionaires' assets. The Democratic candidates they proposed it to for the 2016 election found it too radical for the public, but for the 2020 race, both Warren and Sanders have worked with Zucman and Saez on their own versions, and are passionately backing it.

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Elizabeth Warren helped make the call for antitrust reform a political movement once again.

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Last September, 50 American attorneys general announced an investigation into Google's domination of internet advertising and search. The Federal Trade Commission said in December it was going to investigate the fairness of how Facebook integrated its apps. Antitrust policy, aimed at preventing corporations from exerting monopoly power that harms competitors and consumers, is a regular part of the news cycle.

We spoke about this development with Matt Stoller, author of the antitrust history "Goliath," and a researcher at the Open Markets Institute who helped put an antitrust plank back into the Democratic platform for the first time since 1992.

He attributed the buzz around antitrust to Warren, who began calling for breaking up Big Tech back in 2016. Stoller, however, has seen that there is also notable Republican support for strengthening antitrust, most loudly from Trump's ally Sen. Josh Hawley.

To Stoller, the past 40 years of deregulation have resulted in a power structure that has exacerbated inequality, and antitrust is a key lever for reversing it. "We have the choice of whether we want to govern or let them govern," he said, referring to the country's largest corporations. "And that's really what's on the ballot right now."

Read more here »

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9,000 Hong Kong hospital workers are threatening to strike amid coronavirus outbreak if the government doesn't close its border with mainland China

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:41 AM PST


  • More than 3,000 doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers in Hong Kong voted in favor of striking unless the city closes its border with mainland China, the South China Morning Post reported.
  • Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she wouldn't close the border over fears of fueling discrimination. 
  • Other countries around the world, like the US, Japan, and Australia have imposed restrictions on entry from China. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

More than 3,000 hospital workers in Hong Kong have voted in favor of a strike that could begin as early as Monday in a move to pressure the Hong Kong government to close its borders with mainland China amid the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

According to a report Saturday from The South China Morning Post, 3,123 voted in favor of the strike. Just 10 people voted against the measure, while 23 others abstained, the South China Morning Post reported.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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14-year-old Alysa Liu could be the next 'Simone Biles of figure skating.' Here's what legends Adam Rippon and Tara Lipinski had to say about the rising star.

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:38 AM PST

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  • Alysa Liu, 14, defended her title at the 2020 US Figure Skating Championships last week. 
  • She made history by becoming the first American woman to land a quadruple jump at nationals. 
  • Skating greats Tara Lipinski and Adam Rippon told Insider what a big deal Liu's routine was, and what the future has in store for the teen. 
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Casual followers of figure skating would know that the US hasn't had a competitive ladies program in years. Long are the days of Tonya Harding, Michelle Kwan, and Sasha Cohen.

But that looks set to change by the time the next winter Olympics rolls around in 2022, thanks to a 4-foot-10, 14-year-old girl from the Bay Area.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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I went to McDonald's in South Korea and discovered why it's a worthy destination for any fast-food-obsessed American visiting the country

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:32 AM PST

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  • I recently visited McDonald's while traveling in Seoul, South Korea. 
  • McDonald's menu in Korea includes things you cannot find in the US, including corn chowder, bulgogi burgers, and a McChicken topped with mozzarella sticks. 
  • The McChicken Mozzarella was a sauce-laden disaster, but I would recommend the bulgogi burger to any fast-food lover visiting South Korea. 
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I visited McDonald's my first full day in Seoul, South Korea. 

My excuse for the fast-food stop is that I'm a reporter who covers the restaurant industry. A big part of the reason that I am currently traveling is to see how massive, international chains attempt to win over customers in different countries.

But, even if I wasn't on a work trip, there is something to be said for visiting McDonald's restaurants around the world. A McDonald's location can tell you a lot about different countries' preferences, highlighting long-standing demands and the latest regional trends. 

In Korea, that means serving up a chicken sandwich covered in mozzarella sticks and a burger unlike any I'd tried in the US. 

Here is what it is like to visit McDonald's in Korea. 

I visited a McDonald's in the busy Myeongdong neighborhood, dodging busy shoppers as I ducked into the store.

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With my Korean language abilities tapping out after two weeks of Duolingo, I decided to order via kiosk.

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There was even an option to order in English!

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What it takes to be an NFL referee, according to an official who spent 19 seasons in the league

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:30 AM PST

  • We talked to a former NFL referee and asked him what it takes to be an official in the football league.
  • Jim Howey worked in various capacities during his 19 seasons in the NFL, including as a back judge, head linesman, and down judge.
  • He revealed the path that led him to the league, what he did to stay in shape during the season, and how he handled angry coaches and players during games.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 

Following is a transcript of the video. 

Jim Howey: I'm Jim Howey. I was in the NFL from 1999 until 2018. My position was a back judge for many years then I went to field judge. To get in the NFL, it's kind of a long process. Almost everybody's story is the same. We start working pee-wee games, JV games, we join a local high school association. I got in the ACC in '91, worked there till I went in the NFL in '99.

[Howey spent 3 years in the NFL's European league]

I was pretty successful in Europe and they felt like I could do the job in the NFL. I was then the principal at a local elementary school. I told my secretary, if two people call, you get me on that radio immediately. The first one is my wife, and the second one is Jerry Seeman. Jerry Seeman was the supervisor of officials. He was the one that was gonna call you and let you know you gonna be in the NFL. My secretary, she said, "Jerry Seeman is on the phone." I said, "I'll be there!" So I ran up the hall. He went on to say, "We've been watching you for the last couple years" "and we want to invite you to come into the NFL."

You have seven guys on the field on each crew. All of us have different responsibilities. There's a little bit of frustration there sometimes on the coaches, not necessarily knowing where we're looking and who's looking at what. The line judges and down judges, we're counting the offense, we signal to each other we've got 11 offensive players, and then we go into the false starts, encroachments, offsides. There's a lot of communication.

I would try to let them have an opportunity to tell me in a gentlemanly way what their concern was. And I would try to respond to that in a very low-key way. Not lose my cool.

I always thought that I had a pretty good rapport with these coaches. Kind of the same way, I would let them have their say, I'd respond, and hopefully we could talk it out. I'm not gonna convince him that I'm right most of the time. Now, I have told them, "I understand, but that's enough. I don't want to hear about it anymore."

During the game, the players have an opportunity to go over to the bench and sit down. Referees never sit down. We're up the whole game. Three times a week, I would ride the stationary bikes, and then twice a week, I would swim.

It is very lucrative. We have our own union that helps us in our contract negotiations. We have a 401k. It's a lot like teacher pay. Teachers are on a scale. You start off as a starting teacher, and you bump up every year. And that's the same way it is in the NFL.

It's a part-time, full-time job. When the season is over, I would start first of February or middle of February studying the rules, looking at video. So it really never stops. One of my good buddies, Tony Steratore, he summed it up pretty good. He said, "Even when you're in church," "you're thinking about something that's going on" "in the NFL." That's a pretty good description of the way it is.

Graham Flanagan: Have you ever been in a situation where you really had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the game?

Jim Howey: Everybody does! The players, the coaches, the officials. You tell somebody on your crew, "I'm going to the restroom. Don't start until I get back." I think I was in Cleveland one time, I went running in there, and the door was locked. Somebody was in there and it was just the one stall. I'm like, "Oh, my gosh!" So I'm standing out there, waiting, waiting, waiting, looking at my watch, timing the time-out, the guy came out with about 30 seconds left and I actually was able to go in, get out, and I literally came running back in on the field as the referee was getting ready to mark the ball ready. The other six guys out there with me were just laughing and carrying on. "That's the fastest you've run in years!"

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published in September 2018. 

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Kate Middleton was crowned as the top royal fashion icon — beating out Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:22 AM PST

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  • Kate Middleton is officially the number one royal fashion icon, according to a survey conducted by the Fashion Retail Academy in London. 
  • Tatler magazine published the poll which showed that 47.8% of people surveyed favored the Duchess of Cambridge's style over other members of the royal family. 
  • Meghan Markle came in second place while Queen Elizabeth was named the third most influential royal fashion icon. 
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Kate Middleton is the top royal fashion icon, according to a new survey. 

Tatler published research done by the fashion school Fashion Retail Academy in London on Friday that showed 47.8% of people surveyed favored the Duchess of Cambridge's style compared to the 20.1% who voted for her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle. The publication stated Middleton "proved popular across a spread of age demographics." 

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The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:15 AM PST

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  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Netflix's "Sex Education" and "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and CBS All Access' "Star Trek: Picard" join the list this week.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Netflix's "The Witcher" and Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian" are still in a close race for the top spot in the audience demand rankings, but this week sees some new faces: Netflix's "Sex Education," "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and CBS All Access' "Star Trek: Picard."

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.

The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or a download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or a comment on social media, for instance.

Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

9. "Harley Quinn" (DC Universe)

DC Universe

Average demand expressions: 32,572,632

Description: "Harley Quinn has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this adult animated action-comedy series which also features Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 89%

What critics said: "It's close to being excessive, but it never quite crosses that line." — Daily Dot (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on November 29 on DC Universe. See more insights here.

8. "Sex Education" (Netflix)


Average demand expressions: 32,626,338

Description: "Sex. It's on teenage minds. It's messing with their heads. And this kid is the least likely sexpert in the schoolyard."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 97%

What critics said: "'Sex Education' imagines a more colorful, more livable, and more loving world. Even if it wasn't also hilarious, charming, and chock full of heart, that would be reason enough to love it." — Indiewire (season 2)

Season 2 premiered on January 17 on Netflix. See more insights here.

7. "Star Trek: Picard" (CBS All Access)

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Average demand expressions: 43,709,600

Description: "'Star Trek: Picard' features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 87%

What critics said: "Picard is Trek through and through, full of thorny ethical quandaries, social allegories, sinister admirals, and an undercurrent of optimism in spite of it all." — Slate (season 1)

Season 1 premiered on January 23 on CBS All Access. See more insights here.

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Why losing Kobe Bryant felt like losing a friend or a relative, according to a social psychologist

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:00 AM PST

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  • Edward R. Hirt is a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University.
  • Many people felt themselves deeply affected by Kobe Bryant's recent death — even though most never met him.
  • Hirt sees three main reasons for this: Parasocial bonds, where people develop one-way relationships that they feel intimately connected to, often through social media; the "what if" factor, making the death feel more random; and the reminder of our own mortality.
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On the afternoon of Jan. 26, I was at the Indiana men's basketball game when a chorus of cellphones in the crowd pinged, alerting them to the news of Kobe Bryant's death. I was astonished at how quickly fans' attention switched from the game to utter shock and disbelief at the news of Bryant's passing.

Soon, it seemed like the entire nation was in mourning.

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Posted: 01 Feb 2020 07:00 AM PST

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Apple is at a tipping point.

The tech giant’s fiscal Q1 2019 represented the first time in more than a decade the company saw declines in both revenue and profit during a holiday season.

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LeBron James scrapped his prepared speech at the first LA Lakers game since Kobe Bryant's death and spoke 'from the heart'

Posted: 01 Feb 2020 06:57 AM PST

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  • On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center for the Lakers' first game since Kobe Bryant's death.
  • Bryant died at 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. 
  • LeBron James gave a tribute to Bryant before the game, forgoing his pre-written speech and speaking "from the heart" about the importance of family and basketball as a celebration of Bryant's life.
  • "Tonight, we celebrate the kid that came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we've seen over the past three years," James said.
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LeBron James gave a moving speech as a tribute to Kobe Bryant on Friday night at the Staples Center ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers game facing the Portland Trail Blazers — the first Lakers game since Bryant's death.

Basketball legend Bryant died at 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. There were nine total fatalities in the crash, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

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Posted: 01 Feb 2020 06:49 AM PST

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