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If new satellite-internet players like SpaceX or Amazon succeed, it could dramatically transform how people live and work

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:19 AM PST

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The web's hidden superhighways transport our data at blinding speed — in the ground, through the air, and even from space — and connect us via computers in our hands, cars, offices, and, recently, even toothbrushes and toilets.

To say our relationship with the web has changed radically over the past 10 years would be a gross understatement. Light beaming through fiber-optic glass, and high-frequency wireless signals beaming to and from our phones, has made possible downloading almost anything anywhere in the developing world, and at practically instantaneous speed. Children are growing up getting to know many of their relatives primarily through glowing slabs.

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Missed work shifts, 'chaotic' polls, and making new friends: Here's what people who spent hours waiting to vote on Super Tuesday saw

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:17 AM PST

Voters line up at a polling station to cast their ballots during the presidential primary in Houston, Texas on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020.MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images

  • People waited up to six hours to cast votes in the 2020 presidential primary on Super Tuesday in California and Texas. 
  • Texas has closed hundreds of polling stations in the last decade, leaving long lines at the remaining locations. 
  • In California, broken voting machines and a new voting process that allowed voters to go to any polling station they found convenient led to "chaos," one voter told Insider. 
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Voters in Texas and California faced hours-long waits at the polls on Super Tuesday as they tried to cast their votes in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary elections. 

Amid reports of broken ballot machines, fewer voting precincts, and revamped voting processes, people waited up to six hours into into Wednesday morning to cast their votes in precincts across both states.

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Brazilian pro gamer turned influencer sentenced to 116 years in prison on fraud charges

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:15 AM PST

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  • Shayene "shAy" Victorio was a Brazilian pro esports player who became an influencer with tens of thousands of followers across social media.
  • She was recently sentenced to 116 years in prison, according to a report on Tuesday from Brazilian website Universo Online. Despite the 116 year sentence, prisoners in Brazil can serve no more than 30 years.
  • She was convicted on fraud charges related to an online store she helped run between 2013 and 2017; more than 100 customers claimed they never received orders or refunds from the shop.
  • Victorio and her lawyer said they are appealing the ruling, and she pointed to a former partner in the business as the responsible party.
  • In the meantime, she's exited social media.
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A Brazilian influencer who pivoted from a former career in professional gaming has been sentenced to 116 years in prison "plus fines" due to fraud charges, Brazilian website Universo Online reported on Tuesday.

Shayene "shAy" Victorio, who is known for her competitive background in "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive," was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and faces a 116 year prison sentences as a result — despite the much longer sentence, according to Brazilian law, the maximum prison term for a single crime is 30 years.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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More than 100 Americans who were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have finally gone home. 2 shared photos and details from their quarantine on a military base.

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:14 AM PST

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  • About 140 Americans evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship finished their US quarantine on Monday and headed home.
  • Two students shared photos from their experience of being quarantined at a military base in California.
  • During the quarantine, they played soccer, scoured laundry rooms for hand sanitizer, and got their final coronavirus test results.
  • One of them described the experience as "somewhere between a zombie movie and summer camp."
  • For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider's live updates here.
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More than 100 Americans who were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship finished nearly a month of quarantine on Monday.

The ship hosted one of the largest outbreaks of the new coronavirus outside China. More than 700 people who were onboard have tested positive. Passengers were kept in their rooms on the ship for two weeks, then about 320 Americans evacuated by the US government had to complete another 14 days of isolation at military bases.

Two American graduate students, Spencer Fehrenbacher and Gordon Christoph, shared their experience and their photos from quarantine on California's Travis Air Force Base. They were released on Monday.

"I can't lie, it's great," Christoph told Business Insider while he was still on the base. "In both quarantines they took care of us, they gave us good food. The weather's been pretty good."

Fehrenbacher said the quarantine on Travis Air Force Base was completely different from his experience on the cruise ship.

"It's night and day," he told Business Insider. "If anything this experience here, being properly quarantined by medical experts, has kind of highlighted the flaws of the quarantine that we were on on the Diamond Princess."

Here's what their quarantine at a US military base was like.

Many evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship finished their second quarantine, at the Travis Air Force Base in California, on Monday.

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About 140 people who had been quarantined there loaded onto buses that took them to San Francisco International Airport, NBC Bay Area reported. From there, the former passengers and crew members went their separate ways.

All the people released had previously tested negative for the virus and had shown no symptoms during their quarantine, the CDC said.

Christoph and Fehrenbacher, both graduate students who were quarantined together in their cabin on the cruise ship, said they much preferred their time at Travis Air Force Base.

Spencer Fehrenbacher

Fehrenbacher, 29, and Christoph, 25, went on the cruise as a break from their graduate studies at Tianjin Foreign Studies University in Tianjin, China. They traveled with two other friends who declined to be named in this story.

Fehrenbacher grew up in Washington, Virginia, and Colorado. Christoph is from the Chicago area.

The US government evacuated 328 Americans from the Diamond Princess on two cargo planes on February 16.

Spencer Fehrenbacher

Christoph and Fehrenbacher didn't know it at the time, but a sealed box on the flight was holding people who had already tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Washington Post reported that CDC officials had argued against the decision to have sick and healthy people fly on the same plane. The sick people's tests had come back positive after they had already begun leaving the cruise ship and boarding their buses.

The CDC lost that argument on the tarmac, The Post reported, then insisted the agency be left out of the news release announcing that 14 infected Americans had shared a plane with more than 300 others.

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What happens to your body and brain when you're quarantined, and how to cope

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:13 AM PST

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Ken Zurek, 63, poses for a photo at his home in Highland, Ind. Zurek and his wife arrived in China days before news broke of the coronavirus. They cut their trip short because of the virus and decided to self quarantine themselves in their Highland home for 15 days, just as an extra precaution. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP)Associated Press

  • As communities across the US experience outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, people who are infected or exposed are being quarantined in an effort to protect public health.
  • Other people are working from home when they'd typically commute and some are practicing "social distancing" in order to avoid contracting the virus. 
  • While these practices can save lives, they may come with uncomfortable physical and mental effects. 
  • Here's what happens to your body and brain when you're quarantined, and how to cope. 
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You'll likely be in an "unpleasant state" after a period of social isolation, since humans thrive, and survive, on interaction.

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Humans don't just like to be social, we need to be.

In fact, people who have weaker social relationships are 50% more likely to die over a given period than those with more robust connections, according to a 2015 meta-analysis including more than 308,000 people. 

Put another way, being lonely seems to be as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

That's why depriving yourself of social connections, even temporarily, doesn't feel good: Your body is trying to tell you to mingle so that, long-term, you stay alive.  

"If we think about loneliness as this adaptive response kind of like hunger and thirst, it's this unpleasant state that motivates us to seek out social connections just like hunger motivates us to seek out food," lead study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, told Insider. 

Of course, she said, in a situation like a pandemic that requires you to reduce or eliminate your face-to-face contact, that discomfort needs to be endured to stave off more dangerous, immediate effects. 




The effects of not physically moving as much can mess with your mind, too.


Whether you're confined to a room because you've been exposed to the virus or simply working from home because your office now requires it, this reduction in physical activity can affect your mind.

Look to injured athletes for an extreme example. Athletes may experience "emotional upheaval" when they're injured, in large part because they no longer have the coping mechanism that may have kept these feelings at bay. 

That may manifest as sadness, irritation, frustration, anger, and other uncomfortable emotions.



Reducing or virtually eliminating your physical activity can also cause your muscles to atrophy.


"Use it or lose it" is a cliche for a reason: It's true. 

A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that just two weeks of inactivity can begin to negate gains to your heart and muscle mass, according to US News & World Report

Another study found that obese adults who worked out for four months and then took a month off lost most of the improvements to their aerobic capacity, insulin sensitivity, and cholesterol.

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Trump tries to stir divisions among Democrats and trolls Bloomberg for dropping out after Super Tuesday

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:12 AM PST

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before leaving the White House, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Washington, to visit the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Associated Press

  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to stir divisions between factions of the Democratic party in the wake of the Super Tuesday elections. 
  • He criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren for staying in the race despite a poor showing and harming the chances of Sen. Bernie Sanders. 
  • Trump blamed Tuesday's result, in which Sanders performed worse than some had expected, on a  "Democrat establishment" plot. 
  • He also trolled Mike Bloomberg, who dropped out of the race after notching only one Super Tuesday win despite a huge advertising spend. 
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President Donald Trump renewed his bid to stir divisions in the Democratic party after the March 3 Super Tuesday elections, seeking to stoke fears among Bernie Sanders supporters that the primary race was being stacked against their candidate. 

"The Democrat establishment came together and crushed Bernie Sanders, AGAIN! Even the fact that Elizabeth Warren stayed in the race was devastating to Bernie and allowed Sleepy Joe to unthinkably win Massachusetts. It was a perfect storm, with many good states remaining for Joe!" tweeted the president early Wednesday, after centrist Joe Biden leap-frogged Sanders and regained his status as front-runner. 

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Italy is closing all schools and universities nationwide until March 15 to contain the coronavirus outbreak

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:05 AM PST

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  • Italy's minister of education on Wednesday announced that all public schools and universities would close from March 5 to March 15 amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
  • In addition to the closure of schools, Italy plans to take other steps like canceling all public events that require people to occupy the same yard of space, according to Reuters.
  • Italy has so far experienced one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks outside of China, with more than 2,500 cases and 79 deaths reported.
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The government of Italy announced on Wednesday new steps to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, including the closure of public schools and universities for 11 days, according to Sky News and The Guardian.

Lucia Azzolina, Italy's minister of education, said schools will close from March 5 until March 15 while the nation attempts to grapple with the ongoing outbreak. At least 2,502 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country and 79 people have died.

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How to set a reminder in Slack to stay on top of your tasks and meetings

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:04 AM PST

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  • You can easily set a reminder in Slack to remind yourself of all of your tasks or meetings. 
  • There are many types of reminders you can set in Slack, including message or file reminders, list reminders, and recurring reminders.
  • For the most part, you can use the simple command "/remind" to set these up, but if you want to be reminded of a specific message or file, the process is different, though still simple.
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Slack gives you a ton of options for setting up reminders. For example, you can set reminders to do things at specific times by using the command "/remind" followed by an action and time (like 9:00 a.m. or Mondays, if you want it to be a recurring reminder), within your personal direct message area.

You would then get a message about that action at the time you set. As a variation, you can also use that format and instead tag someone else or a channel so that they get the message on time.

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The flu and the new coronavirus have similar symptoms, but the coronavirus is far deadlier — here's how the 2 compare

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:01 AM PST

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The coronavirus outbreak came in the middle of flu season in the Northern Hemisphere.

Many people have highlighted the overlapping symptoms of the flu and COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Even President Donald Trump asked pharmaceutical execs if the flu vaccine could be used to stop the coronavirus.

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AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 10:00 AM PST

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Many companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development.

But what exactly is artificial intelligence? What does it involve? And how will it help the development of future generations?

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Judge Judy's show is ending after 25 years. Here's how one of the highest-paid personalities in TV history makes and spends her $440 million fortune.

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:56 AM PST

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On Monday, Judge Judy Sheindlin announced on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that the upcoming season of "Judge Judy" will be her last. The show will have run for 25 years by the time it concludes.

She probably won't ever leave your TV screen, though — CBS bought her entire series catalog for $100 million in 2017, and her reruns may very well run in perpetuity. She also has plans for a new television show — "Judy Justice" — once "Judge Judy" wraps, though specific details about the upcoming project have yet to be revealed.

Sheindlin is famously one of the highest-paid women in daytime television — she pulled in $47 million every year for just 52 days of filming. Forbes estimated her net worth to be $440 million in June 2019, naming her one of the richest self-made women in America.

She lives primarily in Naples, Florida, with her husband and spends her fortune on real estate and memberships at the Ritz-Carlton, according to the New York Times.

A representative for Sheindlin didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on her net worth or personal life from Business Insider.

Keep reading for a look inside Judge Judy's life.

"Judge Judy," the beloved courtroom reality show helmed by Judy Sheindlin, is coming to an end.


Source: CNN

Sheindlin went on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Monday to announce the show's upcoming 25th season would be the final one.

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Source: USA Today

The 77-year-old is famously one of the highest-paid hosts in daytime television, pulling in $47 million a year for just 52 days of filming. That's equal to just over $900,000 per working day.

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She fought for the salary she wanted every three years by bringing along an envelope with demands to dinner with John Nogawski, the former president of CBS TV Distribution. Once, he also brought his own envelope, which Sheindlin reportedly refused to open. "Well, John, if I look at your envelope, it's a negotiation," she told him according to The Hollywood Reporter. "This isn't a negotiation." 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times Magazine, Parade

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How to edit or delete labels in Gmail using your computer

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:51 AM PST

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One of the easiest and most well-known ways of categorizing and organizing your emails in Gmail is through the use of labels.

Of course, times change, and you may eventually realize you don't need or use a certain label in your Gmail account anymore. 

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The best emergency kits

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:47 AM PST

  • Everyone should keep a stocked emergency kit around in the event of an unexpected emergency such as natural disasters, power outages, or big storms. 
  • There are generally two emergency kit options, as you're able to either purchase a pre-assembled kit or piece together a custom one of your own
  • Our top pick, the Sustain Supply Co. Four-72 Emergency Survival Kit, not only covers critical needs like water, warmth, sustenance, and first aid, but it also has plenty of redundancies.

Statistically speaking, it's unlikely you'll find yourself in a situation calling for an emergency preparedness kit, but preparedness is the operative word. Should a disaster strike in the form of an earthquake, tornado, civil unrest, a major storm, or something similar, you might find yourself cut off from outside help, relying on your wits and whatever rations and supplies you have on hand.

If this does happen, rations with a multi-year shelf life and any supplies included in a first aid kit like light sources, fire-starting tools, and other such essentials could be literal lifesavers. But remember, buying an emergency preparedness kit is only the first step in readying yourself and your household to respond to a crisis properly.

Making the most of your emergency kit

To get some insight into how to best use your kit, we spoke to Brent Stern, founder of the emergency kit company, Sustain Supply Co. (who also happens to make our top pick, the Four-72 Emergency Survival Kit).

"When you're in a stressful situation, your ability to problem-solve is diminished," Stern told Business Insider.

He advises people to not only procure supplies but to study what they have, too. "Take at least a half-hour to go through your kit and know what's in there and where things are in the bag. Put some cash in, too, and any prescription drugs or specific first aid needs you or a family member might require."

Ultimately, according to Stern, "a good survival kit gives you the ability to be self-sufficient." The emergency prep kits on our list below allow you and a small group to do just that, fend for yourselves for a few days as you wait for the restoration of civil support systems in your area or anything other help and support.

Here are the best emergency kits you can buy:

Updated on 3/3/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated and edited the introduction, included the sub-header of "Making the most of your emergency kit" to highlight the input from Brent Stern, checked each chosen kit to make sure they were in stock and available for purchase, and updated links, pricing, and formatting.

The best emergency prep kit overall

Sustain Supply

The carefully curated Sustain Supply Co. Comfort4 72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit offers basic needs and redundancies in critical areas such as hydration and warmth.

The Sustain Supply Co. Comfort4 72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit is my family's go-to emergency preparedness kit due in large part to how thoughtfully curated it is. There's nothing in this kit that feels superfluous and there's no glaring omission, either.

Many kits feature items like toothbrushes or hair combs that might make mornings more pleasant but they're not imperative for survival — plus, they add unnecessary weight. The Comfort4 kit, on the other hand, comes stocked with almost everything I'd have included from scratch.

It wasn't just a coincidence either as Stern explained how he used Amazon analytics to determine which prep or survival products people buy at the same time. He then made the leading choices of these discerning shoppers the products included in the kit.

Thus, the Comfort4 comes stocked with foods touting a 30-year shelf life, but they actually taste good once rehydrated and cooked. It includes more emergency drinking water than you'd find in almost any other emergency kit, too.

The kit also has all the basics, like first aid supplies, fire starters, emergency blankets, a razor-sharp knife, and more. There's no toothpaste or hairbrush but if you feel you need those, tuck them in yourself.

There's another reason I chose the Sustain Supply Co. Four-72 Emergency Survival Kit as our top pick: redundancy. The kit comes with two lanterns, two flashlights, and multiple chemical snap lights (glow sticks), so if something breaks, you always have a backup. As noted, it comes with plenty of drinking water but also has a water filter. There's enough fire starting supplies to make fires for the three days. Overall, the kit is designed to sustain four adults.

It is, however, quite expensive at $300 — but your safety is priceless. It's also a bit heavy but if you're with other adults, you can spread the weight around or pass the backpack from person to person as needed.

Pros: Thoughtful and comprehensive curation, included rations actually taste good, comes with plenty of water and with filtration system

Cons: Quite expensive compared to other options

The best emergency kit for severe weather

ER Emergency Ready

When a storm drops buckets of rain on your home, you'll be glad you have ER Emergency's waterproof bucket filled with all the supplies you need to ride out the storm.

The ER Emergency Ready Tornado/Hurricane Survival Kit is designed to help people safely shelter in place during a serious weather event. For an area prone to wildfires or earthquakes, get yourself a backpack emergency kit. If the natural disaster most likely to ravage your hometown is a hurricane, flood, or some other event involving water, this is the kit for you.

The ER Emergency Ready Tornado/Hurricane Survival Kit packs all of its supplies into a rugged and watertight bucket, so even if your home floods, your survival gear won't be damaged. Along with the gear you'd expect in any good emergency prep kit, like first aid supplies, a flashlight, and some rations, this kit also has several tools that are of paramount importance during severe storms.

These include a utility shutoff tool that helps you turn off an at-risk or ruptured gas line or water pipe, a crowbar for forcing a damaged or swollen door or window, and work gloves and face masks that help keep you safe in unsanitary conditions. 

What's missing here, though, is a good fire-starting tool. ER Emergency Ready includes decent matches but those run out over time, so toss in a fire starter kit of your own for good measure.

Pros: Packed in a watertight bucket, ideal for areas prone to flooding, comes with several multi-purpose tools

Cons: Not readily portable

The best low-cost emergency preparedness kit

Ready America

The Ready America 2-Person 3-Day Emergency Kit has the basics you'll need to shelter in place or cover some ground for a few days.

There are some notable items missing from the Ready America 2-Person 3-Day Emergency Kit. It lacks a flashlight or lantern, with the only light source being two chemical light sticks. There's also no blade or tool of any sort and it lacks fire-starting gear — not even a lighter or a pack of matches.

But here's the thing: The basic necessities needed for survival don't actually include a light source, a cutting tool, or even fire. They amount to hydration, nutrition, and protection from the elements, and this low-cost emergency prep kit has you and one other adult covered on those fronts.

The pair of emergency blankets and ponchos keep you relatively warm and dry even in harsh environs, the food and water rations keep you sufficiently nourished, and the first aid kit helps with most minor medical issues. 

Although it's basic, the Ready America 2-Person 3-Day Emergency Kit is sufficient to check the "Prepared" box off your household to-do list. I recommend you go ahead and add a light, a pocketknife, and some storm matches, though.

Pros: Great low price, high visibility backpack, covers basic needs

Cons: Lacking several key items, the backpack itself is low quality

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The James Bond movie 'No Time to Die' will be delayed 7 months because of coronavirus concerns

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:44 AM PST

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  • The next James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," has been pushed back from April to November amid coronavirus concerns.
  • This is the third time the movie has been delayed.
  • Hollywood is starting to feel the impact of the coronavirus, as production on the next "Mission: Impossible" movie has been halted in Italy and Disney's big-budget "Mulan" remake could take a hit at the global box office.
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The 25th James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," has hit another roadblock.

The movie's release date has been pushed back from April to November "after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace," the studios MGM and Universal, and franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced on Tuesday.

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It cost me $150 to take out a personal loan to help pay for my husband's education, but I was thrilled when it boosted his income by $26,000

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:43 AM PST

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  • Three years ago my husband told me he wanted to switch careers and pursue software engineering.
  • We needed about $12,000 to pay for a coding bootcamp, so I hustled to make extra money to cover moving expenses and course fees.
  • I came up slightly short and took out a personal loan of about $3,700, which I paid off in a few months. It cost me about $150 in interest and fees. 
  • When my husband finished the program, he got a job that boosted his income by $26,000 — an ROI of 17,000% on that $150 investment.
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Three years ago my husband threw me for a loop when he became disillusioned with his career choice. We'd upended our lives and moved from our horror house in Alaska across the country so he could study construction management at Colorado State University. 

He hadn't even completed his degree yet, and he wanted out. But he's my partner in crime, and I wanted him to be happy, so I got to work. 

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15 cheap eats that New Yorkers love

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:43 AM PST

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The great thing about New York — the thing that makes it the best food town in the world — is that the same people who'll spend $900 for a meal at Masa will also stand in a snaking line for an $8 chicken sandwich.

Our hunger for the exotic, the daring, and the artery-busting is so great that it's spawned a whole new landscape of cheap eats.

Joining the ranks of the $1 slice and the pastrami sandwich are crave-worthy bites like matzo meal-crusted fried chicken and sustainably caught seafood. Then, there's always the iconic New York City food trucks and carts, which offer up some of the tastiest, cheapest food in the city.

Here are 15 cheap eats that New Yorkers crave, from the perfect square slice to a taco that'll make you drool all over your keyboard.

April Walloga contributed to a previous version of this article.

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

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At this fast-casual chicken joint, the Bromberg brothers — of Blue Ribbon Sushi fame — sell their famed matzo meal-crusted fried bird alongside eight different chicken sandwiches and sides like cheesy bacon fries and hush puppies. The chicken is dusted with spices and can be topped with three different kinds of honey, hot sauce, or barbecue sauce.

What to order: A two-piece with fries and coleslaw costs either $12.25 (white meat) or $11.25 (dark meat).

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The Halal Guys

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People say the secret recipe white sauce that Halal Guys douses its gyros and combo platters with is akin to crack cocaine. Judging by the lines outside their many food carts, it's a fair comparison. The carts have now expanded to restaurants, including locations on the Upper West Side and the East Village.

The combination of the tangy white sauce, crispy meats, yellow basmati rice, and cool lettuce and tomato is the OG halal answer to a Chipotle bowl.

What to order: A small combo platter with chicken and gyro meat, yellow rice, lettuce, tomato, pita, and your choice of white sauce, tahini, and/or hot sauce is $8.99.

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Los Tacos No. 1

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New York City is full of cheap, good Mexican food. And even though it's standing room only and in the tourist-laden Chelsea Market, New Yorkers are willing to take the bad with the great to get their fix at Los Tacos No. 1.

Run by three friends from Mexico and California, the taco stand uses made-to-order corn tortillas and your choice of grilled chicken, steak, nopales cactus, or spit-roasted pork. People rave about the quesadilla, which looks like a regular taco and has a layer of sizzling cheese that's been crisped on the flat top.

What to order: The marinated pork quesadilla with cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole, and pineapple is $4.75 and tacos are just $3.50 to $3.95.

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How to change your voicemail greeting on Google Voice using a computer or mobile device

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:40 AM PST

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  • You can change your Google Voice greeting on your mobile device or computer.
  • No matter what your phone service is or what you use it for, it's important to be able to set a personalized voicemail greeting.
  • Here's how to change your Google Voice greeting using your computer or mobile phone.
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Google Voice is a Google app that allows you to make phone calls digitally, rather than using your cellular network service. 

Since Google Voice calling and texting happens online, it also means that you can make calls from your computer or tablet.

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The US Army is sending 20,000 troops across the Atlantic to see if they have the 'bandwidth' to fight a major war

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:39 AM PST

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  • The US military is shipping 20,000 troops and their gear across the Atlantic for Defender-Europe 20, which will see the largest deployment of US-based forces to Europe since the 1990s.
  • Getting those forces to Europe and then getting them around Europe will be the biggest test yet for logistical muscles that the US and NATO let wane after the Cold War.
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US Military Sealift Command cargo ship USNS Benavidez and US-flagged merchant vessels MV Resolve and MV Patriot set off across the Atlantic for Europe last month, escorted by guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf through a path made by the Eisenhower carrier strike group.

Crossing the Atlantic isn't new for the Navy, but this exercise — a convoy operation simulating an opposed transit — is the first of its kind since 1986.

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Nearly a year after it began, the Boeing 737 Max crisis still drags on. Here's the complete history of the plane that's been grounded since 2 crashes killed 346 people 5 months apart. (BA)

Posted: 04 Mar 2020 09:36 AM PST

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  • When the 737 Max was announced in 2011 and entered service in 2017, the plane was touted as the next generation of a tried-and-tested workhorse of consumer aviation.
  • The Max, a 737 with new more fuel-efficient engines and updated avionics and cabins, would have longer range, have a lower operating cost, and have enough in common with previous models so that pilots could switch back and forth between the two with ease.
  • However, two fatal crashes involving the plane within five months of each other, which killed a combined 346 people, have led to questions about the plane's design and features meant to make it easier for pilots to fly. The crashes have also called attention to training standards, regulatory oversight, and pilot experience.
  • Since the second crash in March, the plane has been grounded around the world as Boeing works to fix what appears to be a fundamental design flaw. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was fired on Monday, December 23.
  • From the first designs, to the crashes, the groundings, all the way through today, here is the timeline of the Boeing 737 Max. 
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The Boeing 737 first flew in 1967. That model plane, the 737-100, along with a slightly longer version, the -200, were the original generation.


In 1979, Boeing began to develop a major revamp of the 737. Making their debuts in the 1980s and early 90s, the 737-300, -400, and -500 came to be known as the 737 Classic series.

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In the early 1990s, Boeing began working on another 737 update. These planes, which entered service in the late 1990s and early 2000s, were known as the 737NG. The "NG" meant "next generation." Many of these planes are still in service today with orders still being delivered in 2019. The 737NG planes will likely continue to fly for many more years.


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