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Friday, February 7, 2020

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An astrologer explains why Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez are compatible, according to the stars (AMZN)

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:59 AM PST

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In the year since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and media figure Lauren Sanchez have been dating in the public eye, scandal and privacy violations have plagued them. In January 2019, Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, announced they were divorcing. That same day, Bezos and Sanchez revealed that they were in a relationship, and The National Enquirer said that it had "raunchy texts" and "erotic selfies" that they had sent. 

All the attention has thrown Bezos' and Sanchez's relationship into the public eye, and led to speculation about the couple. Business Insider consulted Aliza Kelly, astrologer and host of the podcast Stars Like Us to weigh in on what the stars have to say about the famous relationship. 

Astrology has been in the limelight lately, with the popularity of apps like Co-Star and Pattern. Co-Star is just an 11-person company, but it managed to raise $5 million in VC funding, and recently released an Android version after more than 120,000 fans begged for it.

Here's what the astrologer had to say.

Because we know Bezos' birthday, Kelly explained that he is a Capricorn sun.

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo/Emojipedia/Mary Meisenzahl

Aspects of Bezos' public persona fit closely with the traits of a Capricorn, according to Kelly. Capricorns are known within the world of astrology to be hard workers, and obsessed with success. They are motivated by what inspires them professionally. Obviously, with a public figure like Jeff Bezos, most people only know the persona that he shows to the world, but what we do know fits with his sun sign.



Without knowing the exact time he was born, Kelly can only determine that Bezos has a moon either in Sagittarius or Capricorn.

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo/Emojipedia/Mary Meisenzahl

Bezos was born at the end of one lunar cycle, or the beginning of another, because the moon was moving from one sign to another that day, according to Kelly. 

"The energy that we see, from a very young age, he probably expressed a sense of knowing and was wise beyond his years" Kelly told Business Insider.

Being on the cusp of two different lunar cycles might have influenced Bezos, leading him to live many different lives. "He has scaled his life so enormously, and seen so many cycles and chapters. It makes sense that he's moved from early business into a multibillion-dollar one, and moved from one relationship to another," Kelly said. 



Lauren Sanchez is a Sagittarius sun.

Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Emojipedia/Mary Meisenzahl

Based on her birthday, Kelly told Business Insider that Lauren Sanchez is probably talkative, and loves adventure and exploring. She "wants to have fun and have a big life," which Kelly noted this fits with Sanchez's career in media. 




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14 shows you probably didn't realize 'Game of Thrones' stars have been on

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:57 AM PST

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HBO's "Game of Thrones" premiered in 2011 and has since become one of the most popular series out there. 

But before the cast was swinging swords and plotting to rule kingdoms on the iconic drama, they appeared on a handful of other series.

Here are some roles the "GOT" stars had on various other TV shows. 

Before playing Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage appeared on "30 Rock."

NBC

Before he played a Lannister, Peter Dinklage appeared on season three, episode seven of the NBC sitcom "30 Rock." 

Dinklage played Stewart LaGrange, a man who Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) mistakes for a child. To hide the fact that she thought he was a child, Lemon asks LaGrange on a date, but the pair ultimately find out that they aren't a good match. 



While playing Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," Maisie Williams was on a few episodes of "Doctor Who."

BBC

Maisie Williams played the sword-wielding fighter Arya Stark from 2011 to 2019.

While starring on the hit HBO series she also had a recurring role on the ninth season of "Doctor Who." Her character was Ashildr, an immortal puppet maker and storyteller.

 

 



Before playing Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey starred on "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Fox

Many know Lena Headey from her series-long role as Cersei Lannister but, before "Game of Thrones," she was the star of an action-packed Fox series called "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Headey played the titular character in the series, which was set after the events of the 1991 film "Terminator 2: Judgement Day."

The show was short-lived (it ran for two seasons from 2008 to 2009), but it was nominated for multiple Emmy awards. 




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'I'm not happy with him': Impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is being reassigned from the White House after Trump complained about him

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:57 AM PST

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  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is set to be ousted from the White House after angering the president by testifying in the impeachment inquiry, the New York Times reported on Friday. 
  • President Donald Trump on Friday said he's "not happy" with Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council.
  • This came after Bloomberg News on Thursday night reported that the White House was weighing a plan to dismiss Vindman.
  • Vindman catapulted into the national spotlight last year when he offered damning, firsthand testimony of President Donald Trump's efforts to strong-arm Ukraine into delivering politically motivated investigations against his rivals.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who enraged President Donald Trump and his allies by testifying before House investigators in the impeachment inquiry, is set to be ousted from the White House, the New York Times reported on Friday.

Vindman will be moved out of his position on the National Security Council (NSC) and reassigned within the Department of Defense, though it remains unclear exactly where he'll be placed, the Times said, per two senior administration officials.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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US economy beats estimates, adds 225,000 jobs in January as wages grow

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:55 AM PST

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  • The US labor market entered 2020 on a stronger-than-expected note, adding jobs for a record 112th month.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday said 225,000 nonfarm payrolls were created in January, compared with economist forecasts for 165,000.
  • Average hourly earnings rose 3.1% from the same month last year, compared with a 2.9% year-over-year rise in December.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The US labor market entered 2020 on a stronger-than-expected note, adding jobs for a record 112th month.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday said 225,000 nonfarm payrolls were created in January, compared with economist forecasts for 164,000. The unemployment rate edged higher to 3.6%, still near its lowest level in half a century.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Here's everyone who has been sentenced in the college admissions scandal so far

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:53 AM PST

Actress Felicity Huffman and husband William H. Macy leave the federal courthouse in BostonREUTERS/Katherine Taylor

  • Dozens of wealthy people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have been charged in the college admissions scandal
  • Federal prosecutors say parents paid about $25 million to get their students into elite schools like the University of Southern California, Stanford, and Yale as part of the scheme.
  • Federal prosecutors have charged 51 people, some of whom have already pleaded guilty.
  • Here's the full list of people who have been sentenced in the college admissions scandal.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Sentencings have begun for the college admissions scandal, in which federal prosecutors say parents paid about $25 million to get their students into elite schools like the University of Southern California, Stanford, and Yale. 

Court documents reviewed by Insider say the scheme involved bribing college athletic coaches to recruit students regardless of their athletic ability, and bribing entrance exam administrators to falsify ACT and SAT answers. Federal prosecutors have charged 51 people.

Prosecutors say the scheme was led by William "Rick" Singer, a so-called college-prep professional who ran a sham charity that was found to be at the center of the scandal. He has pleaded guilty.

Dozens of wealthy people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as CEOs, high-profile lawyers, and college coaches were charged as part of the scheme. 

Here's the full list of people who have been sentenced in college admissions scandal.

Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer was sentenced to one day in prison

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Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer was the first person to be sentenced as part of the college admissions scandal.

He sentenced to one day in prison, with time served. He was also sentenced to two years supervised release and has to pay a $10,000 fine.

Vandemoer was fired from Stanford and pleaded guilty to racketeering charges shortly after being indicted.

Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Vandemoer accepted $610,000 in bribes to facilitate the admissions of students as salinity recruits. Court documents say the funds were put into Stanford's sailing program.

Prosecutors had asked a federal judge in Boston to sentence Vandemoer to 13 months in prison.



Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in jail

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Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in jail after admitting that she paid $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers falsified as part of the scandal.

The "Desperate Housewives" actor pleaded guilty to fraud charges in May. She was the first parent to be sentenced in the scandal.

Along with the 14-day prison sentence, Huffman was fined $30,000 and ordered to do 250 hours of community service. She will be on supervised release for a year.

An affidavit said that Huffman arranged for her eldest daughter, Sophia, to take the SAT at the West Hollywood Test Center, where her answers were later corrected. Huffman then disguised the $15,000 as a charitable donation for disadvantaged young people.

Read more: Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college-admissions scandal

Court documents said Huffman arranged for her younger daughter, Georgia, to be part of the scheme as well but later decided against it.

"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the educational community," Huffman said in a statement in April after agreeing to plead guilty.

Prosecutors initially recommended four months in prison for Huffman but later lowered that to 30 days.



Parent Devin Slone was sentenced to four months in prison

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Devin Sloane, the founder and chief executive of a drinking water and wastewater systems business in Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to four months in prison, 500 hours of community service, 2 years of supervised release, and has to pay a fine of $95,000.

Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Sloane paid Singer $250,000 to have his son admitted to the University of Southern California as a water polo recruit.

According to the affidavit, Sloane bought water polo gear of Amazon to stage a photoshoot with his son for a USC application.

Sloane told Singer that he purchased a ball and a cap off of Amazon for the photoshoot in a June 2017 email, court documents said. Sloane's son did not actually play water polo and his high school did not have a team.

Read more: A high school guidance counselor was among the first to suspect a college admissions scandal after a student claimed to play water polo, despite there being no water polo team at the school

When consulting with a graphic designer, Sloane was advised to take the photos in an indoor pool, court documents said.

Prosecutors alleged that a false athletic profile for Sloane's son called the teen a "perimeter player" who played for the "Italian Junior National Team" and the "LA Water Polo" team.

His son's high school counselor questioned the application because the school did not have a water polo team, according to court documents.

Sloane called the questioning "outrageous," court documents said.

Prosecutors asked a federal judge in Boston to sentence Sloane to one year and one day in prison, along with one year of supervised release, and a fine of $75,000.




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The best home and furniture deals to expect during Prime Day 2020

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:52 AM PST

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Last year's Amazon Prime Day was an avalanche of over a million deals, with discounts dropping as often as every five minutes. It was also 48 hours last year, running from 12 a.m. PT on July 15 to 11:59 p.m. PT on July 16. 

There's little information about Amazon Prime Day 2020, but we can expect the timing to be around the same time and with even better deals. When the time comes, we'll be updating this post to help you cut through the noise immediately and take advantage of the best discounts before they're gone (again). Bookmark this page for the best deals in home and furniture, and we'll update it as Prime Day(s) 2020 unfolds. 

But in the meantime, here are the best home and kitchen deals from last year's Prime Day so you can start planning for 2020. 

Below are the best home and kitchen deals we saw during Prime Day:

The best bedding and mattress deals

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Prime Day is a great way to avoid the hassle and lower back pain of dragging a queen mattress up the stairs of your walk-up. Get it delivered in a convenient box, along with whatever other bedding you may need. Below are the best deals we saw last year.

Best bedding deal:

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The best mattress topper deals:



The best smart home appliance and gadget deals

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One of the biggest perks to Amazon's Prime Day is how many discounts are offered in tech. Here were our picks for the best deals on smart home devices, TVs, and more.

Best smart outlet deals:

Best smart home deals:

Best TV deals:

Best media streamer deals:

Best smart security deals:

Best router deals:



The best robot vacuum and upright vacuum deals

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Robovacs are our reward for living in a period of history defined by its technology. Buy it once, set it up, and come home to find that it has already taken care of cleaning the floors for you.

Best robot vacuum deals:

Best upright and handheld vacuum deals:




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I drove a $101,000 BMW 840i Grand Coupe to find out if this luxury 4-door is the best bimmer money can buy — here's the verdict

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:43 AM PST

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  • I tested a 2020 BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe, with a well-optioned price tag of $100,675.
  • My test car was luxurious and dashing, and its inline six-cylinder engine served up better performance than I was expecting.
  • The BMW 840i Gran Coupe is an offbeat BMW that's worth a look if you want something substantial and versatile that's fun to drive and crammed with premium appointments.
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The 2020 BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe had me at Vroom!

The entire BMW 8-Series line had been missing in action for quite some time; the original car ended production before the turn of the century. So enthusiasts' hearts leapt worldwide when a few years back BMW announced that the 8-Series was back. 

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The IRS isn't calling you — it's a scam, and here's what to do if it happens to you

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:41 AM PST

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The IRS isn't exactly modern.

If it needs to get in touch with a taxpayer, it sends a letter — not an email, not a phone call, and definitely not a message over social media. Especially in cases of tax fraud.

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You can buy your loved one a heart-shaped box of Fireball shooters for Valentine's Day

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:40 AM PST

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  • Alcohol vendors are selling heart-shaped boxes of Fireball shooters for Valentine's Day.
  • The unique Valentine's Day gift was first spotted at Vlamis Liquors in Maryland.
  • The boxes come with 10 miniature bottles of Fireball.
  • They're available in liquor stores throughout the country, and you can even have a $12.99 box delivered to you through Drizly.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Chocolates and flowers are nice on Valentine's Day, but if you really want to impress your sweetheart this year, consider gifting them with a heart-shaped box of Fireball shooters. If your other half is the type that would rather throw back a few shots than munch on candies, this unique present is sure to make them swoon.

The box includes 10 50-ml bottles, so make sure you have a designated driver before you toast to your love.

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Finland just gave both parents 7 months of parental leave. Here's why it could drastically reduce postpartum depression in the country.

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:38 AM PST

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  • Finland's government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, just approved a new policy that gives both parents seven months of leave after childbirth.
  • The policy could positively impact new mothers. Women's physical and mental health benefits with another partner at home after a child is born, research suggests.
  • In Sweden, new moms go to the hospital less and need less anti-anxiety medication when both parents take work off for childcare.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Finland may have made a significant move in reducing postpartum depression among new moms.

The country's government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, will give both new parents seven months of parental leave after childbirth. Pregnant women get an additional month of leave before giving birth.

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This dish dispenser and brush set is more sustainable than a traditional sponge and just as effective

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:36 AM PST

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  • I never particularly enjoy doing the dishes, but the chore is at least more efficient and less wasteful with Grove Collaborative's Bubble Up Soap Brush ($14.95). 
  • Compared to a regular kitchen sponge, which must be replaced often due to bacteria buildup, the soap brush is the more sustainable cleaning option. Its stiff bristles also make it the better choice for tackling tough food stains. 
  • The two-part brush is easy to set up and use, so the switch from a regular sponge should be seamless. 
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While some people love doing the dishes and consider it a meditative practice, a lot of us really don't.

So, if there's a tool or appliance out there — be it an efficient dishwasher, super-effective soap, or well-designed dish rack — that makes the chore less of a chore, chances are I'm game to try it.

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How growing consumer demand for tech solutions is accelerating innovation in financial services

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:35 AM PST

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Politicians have a long history of using food to get people to vote for them — and this year's election is no exception

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:35 AM PST

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  • In the months leading up to the Iowa Caucus, Amy Klobuchar has used a classic Midwestern meal, "hot dish," as a means to gather voters and talk about her campaign.
  • The practice of "wining and dining" for votes can be traced back as far as ancient Rome and Greece.
  • It hasn't always worked. Here's how politicians have used this strategy throughout history and during the 2020 presidential race.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Americans may be at each other's throats when it comes to talking politics. But at the end of the day, there's one thing we all have in common: food.

And our representatives are well aware of that.

Political figures have been using food as a means to boost their public image and recruit new voters for thousands of years. Some politicians, including Julius Caesar and Hannibal, placed emphasis on the simple diets of rulers and emperors, as a way to highlight personality traits and demonstrate temperate behavior.

In 1758, George Washington bribed voters by campaigning with gallons of booze in order to gain a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses. And in the late 19th century, massive political barbecues in New York were used to sway voters with oxen feasts.

Though it's technically illegal to use food or drink as a means to bribe voters in the US today, political figures have found savvy ways to win over the hearts and stomachs of the American people.

In the current election, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been touring Iowa with "hot dish," a classic midwestern recipe, trying to draw voters into her corner. She's not the only one to use that strategy.

From hot sauce to hot dish, here are some notable examples of how politicians have tried using food and booze to boost their image and gain votes.

In 1758, George Washington spent his entire campaign budget — a whopping 50 pounds — on 160 gallons of liquor in order to sway voters on election day.

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This commonly accepted method of bribing was referred to as "swilling the planters with bumbo."

Sources: National Constitution Center, Smithsonian Magazine



In New England, there's a tradition of making "Election cake" to draw in voters and boost turnout.

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The cake has a long history. In 1771, one man even sent a bill to the Connecticut General Assembly to cover the cost of making cakes for Election Day celebrations.

Sources: NPR, New York Times



In 1777, James Madison lost a seat in the House of Delegates for refusing to participate in Virginia's long-standing tradition of "corrupting influence of spiritous liquors, and other treats."

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Once his opponent brought whiskey for the voters, Madison didn't stand a chance.

Sources: Smithsonian Magazine, Library of Congress




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The best online deals and sales happening now

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:34 AM PST

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We rounded up the 9 best sales and deals happening online today, with savings at Backcountry, Madewell, 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 $120 on the eufy RoboVac 30C on Amazon

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Buy the eufy RoboVac 30C on Amazon for $179.56 (originally $299.99) [You save $120.43]

With 100 minutes of battery life and high-powered suction, you can schedule this robot vacuum to clean your house any time of day, whether or not you're there. For a limited time, save $120 on one of eufy's most powerful robovacs when you purchase it through Amazon.

Read our full review here.



2. Save $35 on the Kindle Paperwhite and save an extra 25% when you trade in any working Amazon e-reader

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Buy the Kindle Paperwhite from Best Buy for $94.99 (originally $129.99) + save an extra 25% when you trade in any working Amazon e-reader

If you're an avid reader, the Kindle Paperwhite is worth considering. This model comes with a built-in adjustable light for reading outside during the day or in bed at night, and it's waterproof too so your dreams of lounging on the beach with a good book can soon become a reality. The Paperwhite is already discounted by $35, but buyers who trade in any working Amazon e-reader can save an additional 25% off their new Paperwhite for a limited time.



3. Save up to 50% on clothing, gear, and accessories at Backcountry

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Shop clothing, gear, and accessories at Backcountry.

Backcountry is your one-stop-shop for all cold-weather gear from your favorite brands like Patagonia, Marmot, The North Face, Black Diamond, and more. Now you can save up to 50% on clothing, gear, and accessories for both men and women during its big semi-annual winter sale when you shop through February 26. No code needed.




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Trump and Xi think coronavirus could delay promised China purchases, Kudlow says

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:30 AM PST

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  • President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone call Friday that the coronavirus outbreak could delay key trade pledges.
  • But they predicted that any interference would be temporary.
  • The coronavirus outbreak has closed businesses across China and disrupted global supply chains, adding to existing doubts about steep purchase quotas.
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President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone call Friday that the coronavirus outbreak could delay key trade pledges but that interference would only be temporary, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room, Kudlow said the two leaders "agreed that while the virus may slow down US exports and Chinese purchases of US exports, it will be made up before the year is out." 

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How to manually update your Apple TV, or set it to update automatically in the background

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:29 AM PST

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  • To update your Apple TV, you'll simply need to check for updates through the Settings app.
  • You can also set your Apple TV to update automatically in the background.
  • Apple TV updates are important, as they ensure your system is safe and secure, and that your apps work properly.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Apple regularly updates its products, and the Apple TV is no exception. These updates are geared towards everything from improving functionality to fixing security issues. 

As such, it's important that you regularly update your Apple TV. You can manually check for and download updates for your Apple TV, as well as adjust your settings to ensure your Apple TV is updating automatically.

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You'll need a brokerage account if you want to start investing, and they're easy to open online

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:29 AM PST

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  • A brokerage account allows you to buy and sell stocks, bonds, and other investments through a trusted brokerage firm.
  • Brokerage accounts come in different styles for different purposes. For example, retirement investing.
  • Different types of accounts have different tax implications, so it is important to understand the type of brokerage account you have and any restrictions or requirements it includes.
  • The brokerage account you choose is important to your finances, so take the time to research the best account for your needs before opening one. However, you are allowed to have as many brokerage accounts as you want as long as you follow the brokerage and government rules.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

A brokerage account is a type of financial account you can use to buy and sell stocks, bonds, funds, and other securities. Brokerage accounts typically come from a bank or stock brokerage firm that keeps your money and investments safe while enabling you to buy and sell supported assets.

If you want to invest in the stock market, you'll need an investment account. But these types of accounts come in different forms. You may have multiple brokerage accounts for different purposes, including retirement.

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18 mattress sales happening right now — including Casper, Leesa, and Helix

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:28 AM PST

 

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Purchasing a mattress is a tough process. Doing so while balancing a budget can make the process even more difficult.

Mattress companies are no strangers to discounts — popular brands like Casper, Helix, Leesa, and Purple are offering President's Day price cuts that are hard to pass up, along with freebies to seal the deal.

But while the discounts are significant, they don't come around often. A lot of brands have just a handful of sales during the year, so shop these savings now while you can. We put together a list of some of the biggest bargains and included links to relevant mattress reviews to make your shopping experience easy enough to do in your sleep.

If you want to do a little extra research on the best mattresses out there before you shop, these guides will help you out:

Here are the best mattress deals:

Deals are current as of 2/7/2020. 

Leesa

Leesa

Shop Leesa's sale here

  • $200 off the Leesa Original through February 24
  • $300 off the Leesa Hybrid through February 24
  • $400 off the Leesa Legend through February 24

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Casper

Casper

Shop Casper's sale here

10% off any order with a mattress through February 17

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Helix

Helix

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Pewdiepie spied on his wife through their security system and his wife called it 'romantic'

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:25 AM PST

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  • Felix "Pewdiepie" Kjellberg's hiatus from YouTube is ongoing, but his wife is still sharing Instagram missives from their recent travels. 
  • The two recently enjoyed time off in Japan together, before Marzia flew home to the UK. 
  • But don't worry — the pair is staying in close contact despite the distance, thanks to their home's security camera.
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Fear not, Pewdiepie stans. After three weeks of radio silence, we finally have confirmation that your Swedish king, also known as 30-year-old YouTube megastar Felix Kjellberg, is alive and well.

This week, his wife, Marzia "CutiePie" Kjellberg shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation with Felix to her Instagram story. Although the newlyweds are currently separated, with Felix staying at the couple's second residence in Japan and Marzia at home in Brighton, England, the two have found a very innovative way to stay in touch: spying! 

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Here's how much money you have to make to be in the top 1% in different countries around the world

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 09:23 AM PST

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  • The income needed to join the top 1% of earners varies greatly from country to country. 
  • According to a list compiled by Bloomberg, it takes about $488,000 to be in the top 1% in the United States, but it takes about half that to join the top 1% in Australia. 
  • Here's a ranking of how much you need to earn to join the top 1% in countries around the world, and what the average incomes in those countries are, according to a list compiled by Business Insider
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From India to Australia to the United States, the income needed to join the top 1% varies greatly from country to country.

According to new data from the World Inequality Database and Statistics Canada compiled by Bloomberg's Ben Steverman and Reade Pickert, it takes about $488,000 to be in the top 1% in the United States, but it takes about half that to join the top 1% in Australia. 

Here's a ranking of how much you need to earn to join the top 1% in countries around the world, as well as what the average incomes in those countries are, according to a list compiled by Business Insider from World Data.

India: $77,000

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The average income in India is $2,020. 



China: $107,000

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The average income in China is $9,470. 



Italy: $169,000

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The average income in Italy is $33,560. 




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