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Elon Musk confirms he has 9 kids with 3 women and claims a falling birthrate means a 'slow death' for civilization

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Musk has previously shared his concerns about declining birthrates.
  • Elon Musk, who had his first child at 29 years of age, confirmed he has 9 kids with 3 women.
  • He told The Full Send podcast that a low birth rate was the biggest threat facing the world.
  • Mark Cuban had asked Musk how many kids he'd have, to which he replied: "Mars needs people."

Elon Musk has confirmed he has nine kids with three women and would rather "civilization went out with a bang than a whimper and adult diapers."

Speaking on The Full Send podcast released on Thursday, Musk was asked how many children he has and said he has nine offspring with three women. One of the hosts mentioned he had met Musk's twins, who are now going to college, their father said.

The world's richest individual said the biggest threat facing the world was a flatlining birthrate and claimed that overpopulation was a myth.

"Population is not growing. Lifespan is increasing. People are living longer. That's the only reason why the population on earth hasn't plummeted, but it will plummet," Musk said.

However, the United Nations expected the world's population to rise by 2 billion over the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050.

Musk added: "One thing to track is the ratio of adult diapers to baby diapers. What point does the country have more adult diapers and baby diapers?" He said sales of adult diapers in Japan have outpaced those for babies since 2011.

Musk has long shared his concerns about a declining birthrate. The SpaceX CEO wants to put humans in a settlement on Mars. He previously said on a podcast that SpaceX will put humans on the planet with its Starship rockets in five to 10 years.

However, he claimed there would not be enough people to move to Mars if the demographic crisis continued.

In this week's podcast, Musk says civilization will die with a whimper and adult diapers: "That kind of sucks doesn't it, it's like anticlimactic. Frankly, if given the choice, I'd rather civilization went out with a bang than a whimper and adult diapers."

In July, Insider reported that the tech mogul had twins last November with one of his top executives at Neuralink, Shivon Zilis, according to court documents.

Musk is worth about $264 billion, per Forbes. He has four companies: the electric-vehicle maker Tesla, the spacecraft manufacturer SpaceX, the tunnel-construction startup The Boring Company, and the brain-machine-interface implant company Neuralink. 

You can view Musk's family tree here.

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What Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, and The Rock have in common: They're top third-party alternatives to the Biden-Trump 2024 presidential binary.

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 6:55am  |  Clusterstock
  • Joe Biden and Donald Trump are watching their approval ratings tank.
  • Their low numbers are making room for other potential presidential hopefuls, including celebrities.
  • Some Elon Musk stans want him to run. But Musk isn't a US citizen, which disqualifies him.

First came Ronald Reagan. Then Donald Trump. Could Americans see another entertainer trade red carpets for the marbled hallways of the White House?

It's plausible. Six out of 10 voters would consider a moderate independent candidate for president in 2024 if President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Trump, a Republican, end up staging a re-run of Election 2020, according to a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris poll.

Recently, the case for nontraditional, third-party candidates received a boost with the launch of the Andrew Yang-fronted Forward Party, established by dozens of former Democratic and Republican officials. And several celebrities have openly flirted with making an independent presidential run.

Here are 14 notable celebrities and would-be politicians to watch ahead of the 2024 presidential race:

Elon Musk

When Elon Musk began angling to buy Twitter, Musk superfans encouraged him to do more — run for president in 2024.

"Shoulda bought shares in Twitter a month ago," one Twitter user tweeted. "Either way I support #ElonMusk taking it over. Elon for President 2024."

—Mike, a person (@mike_dangola) April 14, 2022

 

The billionaire has been making the headlines recently for his alleged affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin's wife, termination of his Twitter acquisition plans, and twins he had with one of his top executives.   

But because of Article II of the US Constitution, Musk can't run for president because he was born in South Africa, not on American soil.

Only a natural-born citizen can be president, which disqualifies Musk from the presidential race — although he could run for other public offices such as US senator or governor. (Think of Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as California's governor from 2003 to 2011.).

Musk has also been vocal in his support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, for a potential 2024 presidential run.

Oprah Winfrey

One of the most influential women in the world, Oprah Winfrey's presidential ambitions have long been a subject of celebrity-watching chatter.

Winfrey's 2018 acceptance speech at the Golden Globes — she was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement — set off speculation about her possibility to run for president. The speech, which opened with a personal anecdote of her growing up as a Black girl in Milwaukee, pivoted to politics and social issues, such as the #MeToo movement. 

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," she said. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me Too' again."

Stedman Graham, Winfrey's longtime partner, told the Los Angeles Times, that Winfrey running for president is "it's up to the people," and "she would absolutely do it." 

But three weeks before her speech, the media magnate herself told Laura Brown, then the editor-in-chief of InStyle, that she has no interest in occupying the presidency. Winfrey said she had met with someone who offered to help with a political campaign, but she declined. 

"I've always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not," Winfrey told Brown. "And so it's not something that interests me. I don't have the DNA for it. ... That's not for me." 

But it may be too early to completely rule out her name appearing on the ballot. In an interview with David Rubenstein, Winfrey said at first she felt as if she didn't have the experience to run for president, but is thinking otherwise after Donald Trump's election. 

"I thought, oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough, and now I'm thinking, 'Oh, oh?'" she said. 

And even if she doesn't run, her endorsement — if one is forthcoming — could certainly help the recipient.

Andrew Yang

The 47-year-old former presidential candidate is no stranger to the political arena, although his efforts have yet to translate into electoral victory.

Yang ran unsuccessfully for president in 2020 as a Democrat, and then, lost in a crowded field for mayor of New York in 2021.

As part of his political platform, Yang promoted a universal basic income and Medicare for all. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, his bid was also a significant moment for Asian Americans.

Yang, who is at the helm of the newly formed national political third party, the Forward Party, hinted at his second attempt at running for the presidency, should a Trump-Biden rematch take shape. 

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Yang said, "One thing I will say is that if that matchup is unappealing to you, then go to ForwardParty.com and let's make sure that Americans have more choices in your community but also in 2024."

Bob Shrum, former political strategist and director of the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California, believes Yang's bid could backfire and give more votes to Trump. 

"Andrew Yang, if he wants to start a new party or run as an independent, it could help the Republicans or it could help Trump in 2024," he told Insider.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson's presidential bid overtures have not been nearly as subtle as Winfrey's.

Nicknamed "The Rock," the 50-year-old actor has been asked about his presidential ambitions on multiple occasions.

His answers hint at a 2024 bid. Johnson's flirtations with politics began several years ago when, in 2016, he floated the idea of him occupying the Oval Office via Twitter.

"Cool piece on why I should run for President. Maybe one day. Surely the White House has a spot for my pick up truck," Johnson tweeted, linking to a now-deleted Independent Journal story that laid out why he should be president.

Then, in 2017, he said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he'd "seriously considering running." The same year, Johnson told USA Today that, that as the former World Wrestling Entertainment "people's champ," he would probably run in 2020 "to serve the people."

He then told Variety that "the realistic consideration would be 2024."

More recently, in 2021, Johnson kept his political options open.

"I think that poll of almost half of Americans being in favor of me running for president is so humbling. It sits me down and I don't know any other way to describe it," he told CNN.

Trump's former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Politico earlier this year that "The Rock" is one of the few people who could realistically challenge Trump in 2024, if Trump decides to run.

Kanye West

The American rapper and entrepreneur who last year officially changed his name to Ye, has expressed interest in running for president again, in 2024.

In 2020, after an unsuccessful run for office, West tweeted, "KANYE 2024" with a picture of his side profile in front of a graphic of the 50 states.

—ye (@kanyewest) November 4, 2020

West was effectively a non-factor in the 2020 presidential race. He appeared as a presidential candidate on the ballot in just 12 states and received just under 60,000 votes. His strongest support came from Tennessee, where he received more than 10,000 votes. Trump, on the other hand, secured over 1.84 million votes in the state. 

West again hinted at a second attempt in his new song, "Keep It Burnin." In the first verse, he raps: "When you run for '24, I bet your spouse gon' be with you / Who put this together? Me, that's who."

Liz Cheney

The Wyoming congresswoman and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is at war with many of her Republican Party colleagues as she serves as vice chair of the US House's January 6 select committee, which is investigating Trump. 

Perhaps the most prominent anti-Trumper in the GOP, Cheney hasn't ruled out a 2024 presidential bid. In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, she said, "At this point, I haven't made a decision on 2024. I'll make a decision on 2024 down the road."

In an interview with ABC News, Cheney told Jonathan Karl that the Republican Party can't survive if Trump is the Republican nominee in 2024.

If Cheney does run for president as a Republican, she'd likely face stiff opposition from any of several others: Trump, DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence, as well as several other notable Republicans.

There's always the possibility — although Cheney has not publicly suggested this — that she'd quit the Republican Party altogether and seek political fortunes with another party or as an independent.

But before making any decision about 2024, Cheney has her own congressional re-election campaign to run, and matters aren't looking good for her. With the election just a couple of weeks away, Cheney is trailing badly behind Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.

Adam Kinzinger

Kinzinger, the other Republican on the January 6 committee who is distancing himself from Trump and the GOP establishment, said he would love to run against Trump in 2024.

"I would love it. I really would," he said in an interview with the Huffington Post. "Even if he crushed me, like in a primary, to be able to stand up and call out the garbage is just a necessary thing, regardless of who it is. ... I think it'd be fun."

During an interview with the Washington Post, Kinzinger said he felt "dirty" after voting for Trump in the 2020 presidential election. He did it to "have credit" with the GOP base, he added.

"It's not something I can square away in my soul fully," he said.

Green Party and Libertarian Party

According to Ballotpedia, there are five Green Party and 13 Libertarian Party candidates who have already filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2024. 

Likely none of them have a shot. In 2020, Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen received just over 1% of the national vote, and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins clocked in 0.31%

But "they can determine the outcome by draining votes away," Shrum said.

If Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader had not run in 2000, for example, there's almost no question that Democrat Al Gore would have become president instead of Republican George W. Bush, Shrum said. 

"It would have, without doubt, have carried Florida by the margin of thousands of votes," he said.

In addition, some argue that Jorgensen and the Libertarian Party siphoned crucial votes from Trump and ultimately elected Biden. 

But neither party has ever earned a single electoral vote, except in 1972, when Libertarian candidate John Hospers received the first and only electoral vote in the party's history — even if it wasn't entirely earned.

Libertarians have also shown the ability to get on all 50 state ballots, a feat the Green Party hasn't achieved yet.

Nevertheless, Green Party National co-chair Ahmed Eltouny is confident that a third-party candidate will emerge victorious in 2024.   

"Trump got a lot of these people who felt disenfranchised to go out and vote, and it wasn't important how qualified Joe Biden was, because these were all votes against Trump," he told Insider. "But I do think that in 2024, it will definitely revert back to finding someone who's anti-establishment." 

Tom Hanks

"Run, Forrest, run!" 

The beloved American actor who portrayed the main character in the comedy-drama film "Forrest Gump" would have instant name identification if he sought the highest office in the land. In 2013, a Reader's Digest poll named Hanks the most trusted person in America.

Hanks, 66, has always been outspoken about his political views. He has donated to Democrats, endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 and subsequently for reelection in 2012, and publicly supported Joe Biden against Trump in 2020. Hanks even narrated Biden's presidential inauguration festivities.

Filmmaker Michael Moore reportedly twice asked Hanks to run for president in the past, but was turned down both times. 

But some people are hoping for a Dwayne Johnson/Tom Hanks ticket after the duo in 2017 joked about a White House bid on Saturday Night Live. And since Johnson said he'll run if "the people want it," there could be at least some truth beneath their comedy bit.

Angelina Jolie

Actress, film director, and social activist Angelina Jolie is yet another celebrity who might set her sights on winning the presidency in 2024. 

Earlier this year, Jolie attended an event at the White House where Biden signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act legislation — she is a vocal proponent. 

The 47-year-old Academy Award winner is a noted philanthropist and has served as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy.

In 2018, the actress and humanitarian hinted that she might run for president.  

"I don't know if I'm fit for politics, but then I've also joked that I don't know if I have a skeleton left in my closet — I'm pretty open and out there, and I can take a lot on the chin," she said. "So that's good. But I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change."

Brock Pierce

Cryptocurrency — a mere buzzword just a couple years ago — is undoubtedly mainstream.

In 2024, voters may find Bitcoin entrepreneur Brock Pierce's name on the ballot. Again.

Pierce ran for president in 2020 as an independent but attracted little attention. He received 49,700 votes nationwide, with not quite half coming from voters in New York, according to records compiled by the Federal Election Commission.

"We get divided into making a fear-based decision to vote for red or blue, and I want to show people there's another way," he in 2020 told Insider.

"I can summarize why I'm running for office in one word: love. Love for this country, love for the American people at a time where that's what we need," he in 2020 told Darren Paltrowitz, host of the "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast. 

Pierce is now running for election to the US Senate to represent Vermont. But that doesn't mean he no longer has ambitions for the presidency. He told Paltrowitz in the same interview that he will run for office again.

"I'm running all the way through to 2024," he said.

Howard Stern

The self-described "king of all media" said if Trump becomes the Republican nominee in 2024, he'll "beat his ass."

On his SiriusXM show, Stern acknowledged his plans to run for president, adding that once elected, he'll work to eliminate the Electoral College. 

"I'm actually gonna probably have to run for president now," Stern said. "I went into a long-winded speech over the weekend to Robin [last name, his co-host] about how I am going to do the very simple thing that'll set the country straight: One vote, one person, no more of this Electoral College."

If he files to run for president in 2024, it wouldn't be Stern's first time running for public office.

Stern previously ran for governor of New York in 1994 as a Libertarian but dropped out of the race after refusing to disclose his personal finances — something that the multi-millionaire would have to do as a presidential candidate.

Dave Smith

Smith, a comedian and staunch Libertarian, is setting his sights on a 2024 presidential bid. If elected, he'd be the first professional comedian to occupy the Oval Office.

The 40-year-old host of "Part of the Problem" podcast is a prominent member of the Mises Caucus, which won control of the Libertarian Party in May at the party's national convention in Reno, when board member Angela McArdle won the Libertarian National Committee chair election with over 69% of the vote. Smith regularly appears as a political commentator on Fox News and The Joe Rogan Experience. 

"I really don't want to, but a lot of people here want me to and I understand why they do," he told libertarian magazine Reason. "I like what I'm doing. But I think I could do something and create something really cool. A cool moment for this cause."

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Starbucks is continuing to place less emphasis on its 'third place' identity that made it a billion-dollar company

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A Starbucks employee prepares takeaway orders. Starbucks stores were either temporarily closed or offered delivery or MOP payments only, Starbucks said recently.
  • Over two-thirds of of Starbucks sales are now made through drive-thrus, mobile orders, or delivery.
  • Starbucks initially built its brand around being a "third place" with premium coffee.
  • An analyst says the change shows Starbucks' successful ability to adapt to changing trends.

Starbucks is moving farther away from its roots in favor of convenience and efficiency. 

Over two-thirds of orders now come from the mobile app, drive-thru, and delivery, the coffee giant said in an August earnings call. In other words, just 28% of customers enter Starbucks and place their orders with baristas, some of them staying and drinking their beverages on Starbucks property.

Customers seem to love the convenience of alternative ordering methods, and Starbucks is making it even easier. About 90% of new locations are being built with drive-thrus, The Wall Street Journal reported in May. About half of locations have technology that allows customers to order through tablets operated by workers in drive-thru lines, and 65% of locations are planned to have them by the end of 2022, CEO Howard Schultz said in the call.

Starbucks closed some lower-performing mall locations in the past to focus more on drive-thrus. The chain is considering locations that are drive-thru only, and has already created pick-up only stores and partnered with Amazon to launch a joint Amazon Go store where only mobile orders and payments are accepted.

Starbucks initially grew into a massive success by popularizing a premium coffee experience and introducing Americans to espressos drinks like lattes. The chain presented itself as a "third place," where people can gather outside of homes and workplaces. This concept is in conflict with the chain's more recent emphasis on convenience, shifting the definition of "third place" into a "mindset" over a physical space.

These changes at Starbucks don't mean that most locations will be without seating and space for customers to gather, Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough told Insider. Focusing on drive-thru and mobile ordering is in part an impact of the pandemic, but the shift in priority was happening before COVID-19 hit, Yarbrough said.

"The days of customers getting a coffee and hanging out are probably behind," he told Insider. "They probably don't need all this room for people to sit around." Drive-thrus have outperformed locations without drive-thrus, he said, and having smaller seating areas to maintain could give Starbucks some savings.

Pivoting to prioritize these other methods of reaching customers is key to what has made Starbucks so successful, because the chain is able to adapt to changing customer preferences, Yarbrough said, He pointed out that 75% of drinks sold by Starbucks are cold, which weren't even part of the chain's original menu.

Other quick-service chains have similarly pivoted to prioritize drive-thrus, too. Chipotle has focused on adding Chipotlanes to new locations and building drive-thru-only restaurants, which use mobile ordering. The advantages are similar to what Starbucks is likely considering  — drive-thrus tend to have higher margins and operate faster.

Do you have a story to share about a retail or restaurant chain? Email this reporter at mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com.

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Indiana governor signs nation's first post-Roe abortion ban moments after it lands on his desk

Sat, 08/06/2022 - 12:49am  |  Clusterstock
Abortion-rights protesters demonstrate inside the Indiana State house. As the legislature is holding a special session to consider curtailing abortion rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade last month, abortion rights activists protested in Indianapolis.
  • Indiana is the first state in the country to pass an abortion ban since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
  • The ban makes abortion illegal except in cases of rape, incest, and if death may occur.
  • Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill before it had even been on his desk for an hour.

Indiana is now the first state to have established an abortion ban since the overturning of Roe V. Wade, the landmark ruling that established abortion rights across the country in 1973, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Indiana lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1 and sent it to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk late Friday night. He signed it into law not even an hour later.

The bill makes exceptions for abortions on the conditions of rape or incest before 10 weeks after fertilization and in cases where the pregnancy threatens the life of the pregnant individual. The bill adds an additional exception if "the fetus is diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly."

Prior to the bill, abortions had been allowed in the state up until 20 weeks post-fertilization since the year 2010.

"Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in protecting life. In my view, SEA 1 accomplishes this goal following its passage in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly with a solid majority of support," Holcomb said in a statement Friday night.

The ban goes into effect on September 15.

Holcomb and the Indiana legislature did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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Actress Anne Heche crashed her car into a Los Angeles home while the owner was in the backyard. It took 59 firefighters to put out the blaze.

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Anne Heche attends the 74th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 12, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.
  • The Los Angeles Police Department said a car crashed into a home on Friday, engulfing the vehicle in flames.
  • A source told CNN actor Anne Heche was the driver.
  • The Los Angeles Fire Department said they rescued a "critically injured person."

Anne Heche crashed her car into a Los Angeles home on Friday, while the owner was in the backyard. 

The Los Angeles Police Department said the crash occurred just before 11 a.m. when a vehicle ran off the road and collided with a home in the 1700 block of Walgrove Avenue in Mar Vista.

"The vehicle became engulfed in flames," the LAPD told Insider. 

Heche was transported to a local hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department for treatment. The LAPD said one person was injured and could not comment on the damage to the home.  

A source told CNN the driver was Anne Heche.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said they rescued a "critically injured person" and that it took the department 59 firefighters and 65 minutes to put out the blaze. The LAFD said the car went at least 30 ft. into the residence, missing the woman who was home at the time.

A neighbor told NBC Los Angeles there was tons of smoke coming from the home. 

"I think they used the crane to move the car to extract the driver. It was crazy," the neighbor said.

Actress Rosanna Arquette called the accident "tragic" and asked people to pray for Heche.

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Rep. Liz Cheney questioned if US can be a 'nation of laws' if DOJ does not prosecute former President Donald Trump if there's evidence

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 9:24pm  |  Clusterstock
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).
  • Rep. Liz Cheney said on CNN that there are "facts and evidence" to prosecute Donald Trump.
  • If the DOJ doesn't prosecute, Cheney said there could be doubts that the US is a "nation of laws."
  • Cheney, a Republican, co-chairs the House committee investigating the Capitol attack.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney questioned recently if the US could consider itself a "nation of laws" if the Justice Department decides not to prosecute former President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, "if the facts and evidence are there."

"Understanding what it means if the facts and the evidence are there, and they decide not to prosecute — how do we then call ourselves a nation of laws?" Cheney asked during an interview with CNN on Thursday. "I think that's a very serious, serious balancing."

The decision to bring formal charges against Trump is in the hands of Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Justice Department.

Cheney is the vice chair of the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack and one of two Republicans serving on the committee.

She has been one of the few in her party to criticize Trump following the violence at the Capitol and was one of 10 GOP members to vote to impeach the former president after the Capitol insurrection (the second time the House voted to impeach Trump). The former president was ultimately acquitted in the US Senate.

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It's been almost a decade since the Sandy Hook shooting. Here are the names and pictures of the 27 victims, including 20 children, who were murdered that day.

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 8:09pm  |  Clusterstock
The 27 victims of the massacre are survived by friends and family who have had to live with the consequences of the event for the last six years.
  • Twenty children and six staff members were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.
  • It was the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in US history.
  • The 20-year-old gunman also killed his mother that day and shot himself after the massacre.

On December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and shot 26 people, including 20 children, after also killing his mother in their home.

News of the massacre reverberated across the country and elicited a tearful reaction from then-President Barack Obama, who described it as the worst day of his presidency.

Sen. Chris Murphy, who had previously been a representative for the district that included Newtown, was among those present when the families of the victims learned about the fates of their loved ones.

"'I'm so, so sad today," he tweeted on the sixth anniversary in 2018. "Sad for the searing loss, that hurts like hell every Dec 14th for those parents, my friends. And sad that I sent my youngest off to 1st grade this morning, and that I work with people who care more about politics than making sure he comes home safe."

In the decade that has passed since that day, many of the parents and families launched foundations in their children's names to help others, and become advocates for gun control.

And in early August, conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones was ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to two parents whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in a defamation trial after he spent years calling the shooting a "hoax" and the victims "crisis actors." Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of six-year-old victim Jesse Lewis, were also awarded $4.1 million in compensatory damages in the defamation trial against Jones.

Here are all 27 people killed in the deadliest elementary school shooting in US history.

Jessica Rekos, 6, told her mom, Krista Rekos, that morning before she got on the bus how excited she was to sell Girl Scout cookies that January. "She sat in the front seat, looked at me through the window, and smiled and waved as the bus pulled up the hill," Krista wrote. "That was the last time I saw Jessica alive."

Source: Jessica Rekos Foundation

Olivia Engel, 6, was an outgoing girl with "a great sense of humor." She also had a brother who was 3 years old at the time.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Avielle Richman, 6, "was rarely without a giant grin and often barefoot." Her family founded the Avielle Foundation "to fund research exploring the underpinnings of the brain that lead to violent behaviors."

Source: Avielle Foundation

Jesse Lewis, 6, was "just a happy boy" who was supposed to make gingerbread houses with his family Friday afternoon after school.Jesse Lewis

Source: The New York Post

Grace Audrey McDonnell, 7, was also killed in the massacre. Her family called her "the love and light of our family."

Source: ABC News

Noah Pozner, 6, had a twin sister. The pair celebrated their sixth birthday on Nov. 20. Noah's sister survived the attack.

Source: ABC News

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, had just moved with her family to Sandy Hook a few months before the shooting. Her 9-year-old brother was also at the school during the incident but escaped.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Emilie Parker, 6, was the oldest of three sisters. Before she died she was teaching her younger sister how to read, Emilie's father told the Journal.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Charlotte Bacon, 6, practiced Tae Kwon Do and was an avid animal lover. Her family says her self-expression revolved around the color pink.

Source: The Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation

Catherine Hubbard, 6, was a first-grader at Sandy Hook.Catherine Hubbard

Source: Wall Street Journal

Josephine Gay, 7, celebrated her birthday just three days before she was killed. Her parents have set up a fundraising campaign called "Joey's Fund" to help other families who have kids with autism.

Source: New York Daily News

Daniel Barden, 7, was "an old soul." His family founded a foundation in his name to encourage others to do little acts of kindness.

Source: The Danbury News-Times, What Would Daniel Do? foundation

James Mattioli, 6Caroline Previdi, 6. Her family founded a foundation in her name to give kids scholarships to support their passions. "When talking about our family, or herself," they wrote, "she would tell people, 'We are not lucky. We are blessed!"

Source: Caroline Previdi Foundation

Allison Wyatt, 6, wanted to be an artist, and rows of pictures filled her house. Her parents wrote that they found picture Allie had drawn for her first grade teacher, Miss Soto. It read: "I love you, Love Allie".Victoria Soto, 27, died while trying to protect her students. Soto put her students in a closet and "by doing that put herself between the gunman and the children," Soto's cousin told ABC News.

Source: ABC News

Lauren Rousseau, 30, was a full-time substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Dawn Hochsprung, 47, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary. She was "always enthusiastic, always smiling, always game to do anything," former PTA secretary Kristin Larson told the Boston Globe.

Source: Boston Globe

Mary Sherlach, 56, was the school psychologist. She was only one year away from retirement, after which she and her husband planned to spend time in their cabin along upstate New York's Finger Lakes, according to Newtown Patch.

Source: Patch

Rachel Davino, 29, barricaded the classroom to try and keep the gunman from getting to the children. Her boyfriend had asker her parents' permission to marry her days before the shooting. He was planning to pop the question on Christmas Eve.

Sources: Legacy, Rachel Marie D’Avino memorial site

Anne Marie Murphy, 52, was a para professional at the school who worked with a boy with special needs named Dylan Hockley. Her body was found covering a group of children, and she died with Dylan in her arms.

Source: Danbury News-Times

Nancy Lanza, 52, the gunman's motherThe remaining victims do not have photos available, and are listed here along with their ages.A memorial to the victims of the shooting was set up in Newtown after the shooting, with hundreds of people sending in letters, toys, and art to pay homage to the fallen.

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jack Pinto, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

 

Abby Rogers contributed to an earlier version of this post.

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'Minions: The Rise of Gru' is now available to watch at home — here's how to rent or buy the new family film

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"Minions: The Rise of Gru."
  • "Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to rent ($20) or buy ($30) from digital services like Amazon.
  • The "Minions" sequel details the origins of supervillain Gru and the Minions he employs.
  • The film is also expected to join the Peacock streaming library, but no official date has been announced.

The latest entry in the "Despicable Me" universe is available to watch from the comfort of your couch. You can rent or buy "Minions: The Rise of Gru" digitally from Amazon, Apple TV, Google, and Vudu for a starting price of $20. 

The animated adventure is set in the 1970s and follows Gru, a young boy with aspirations of becoming a supervillain. He hires the Minions to aid him in accomplishing his dream of becoming evil enough to join the Vicious 6 — a supervillain supergroup. When Gru is kidnapped, the Minions are pushed to train and grow stronger to help free their boss.

Check out the 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' trailer

Steve Carell returns in "The Rise of Gru" as the voice of young Gru, alongside the voices of Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, and Alan Arkin. Since its release in July, the film has received a "70% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes

How to watch 'Minions: The Rise of Gru'

"Minions: The Rise of Gru" is now available to watch at home through digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, Google, and Vudu. The movie costs $20 to rent or $30 to buy in up to 4K quality.

After purchasing "Minions: The Rise of Gru," you'll be able to stream it whenever you like. If you only plan to watch it once, however, you may want to opt for the slightly cheaper rental option. But keep in mind, the rental cost will likely decrease to around $7 in about a month or so if you can wait.

Once you've rented or purchased the movie, you'll be able to watch it from compatible apps on most smart TVs, smartphones, gaming consoles, and internet browsers. Check the retailer you choose to ensure your device is supported by its app. Most services give you 30 days to start watching a rental, and then 48 hours to finish it after you hit play.

Buyers may also want to consider a Movies Anywhere membership. This free service links your retailer accounts — including Amazon, Apple, Google, Vudu, and Microsoft — so you can view your compatible movies from every service. For example, if you choose to buy "Minions: The Rise of Gru" from Amazon Prime Video, you'll be able to stream it via the Vudu app without paying any extra costs.

If you're hoping to suit up and see the film on the big screen, you can still get tickets for theater showings.

When will 'Minions: The Rise of Gru' be available on Peacock?

Like most new Universal movie releases, we expect "Minions: The Rise of Gru" to eventually be made available to stream on Peacock. A formal date has yet to be determined, but we'll update this story as we learn more. 

Where can I watch the other 'Despicable Me' movies?

If you're hoping to catch up on the "Despicable Me" universe, all four of the earlier films are available to stream online. Here's where you can find them, in chronological order of their release:

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Shudder is the perfect streaming service for big horror movie buffs, but we don't recommend it for casual fans

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  • Shudder is a streaming service focused entirely on horror films and series.
  • Its affordable $6/month price is attractive, but the app's interface and video quality are mediocre. 
  • Though true horror buffs will find a lot to like, fans looking for newer hits will have to look elsewhere.

Shudder is a subscription streaming service that specializes in all things horror, from campy classics to new releases. Plans start at only $4.75 a month, and the service can also be accessed as part of an AMC Plus membership.  

The idea of an entertainment platform catered exclusively to scary movies and shows sounds like it could be a horror buff's dream come true, but with so many other streaming services littering the market, is Shudder really worth it?

After spending some quality time with the service, we think it's a solid option for true horror aficionados, but its appeal to more mainstream fans is limited by a few key drawbacks. 

Shudder pricing

One of the most attractive features of Shudder is its reasonable price. A monthly subscription only runs you $6. You can even save more with a yearly membership for $57, which equates to just $4.75 a month. You can sign up for Shudder directly through the Shudder app or site, or as an add-in channel to Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV.

Shudder is also available as part of an AMC Plus membership. The cable channel's streaming service includes access to everything on Shudder along with Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited. At only $9 a month, AMC Plus might be a better option than subscribing to Shudder alone, especially if you watch shows like "Better Call Saul" or "The Walking Dead."

Shudder movie and series selection

For hardcore and classic horror fans, Shudder's library is vast and packed with hours of scary content, old and new. The service has an especially noteworthy selection of indie and cult-classic content. However, if you're mostly interested in newer box office hits, you may find the library lacking. 

For example, Shudder is home to a selection of classics from director John Carpenter, like "Halloween," but you won't find recent horror hits like Jordan Peele's "Us" or Ari Aster's "Hereditary."

On the plus side, the service is home to exclusive content that you won't find on other subscription platforms, like "Mandy" starring Nicolas Cage. However, you can get access to these titles, and pretty much everything else on Shudder, by buying or renting them separately from digital retailers like Amazon. 

Some notable films on Shudder as of August 2022 include:
  • "Await Further Instructions" (2018)
  • "Carrie" (1976)
  • "Color Out of Space" (2020)
  • "Halloween" (1978)
  • "Hellraiser" (1987)
  • "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986)
  • "Mandy" (2018)
  • "One Missed Call" (2004)
  • "Psycho Gore Man" (2020)
  • "Ring" (1998)
  • "The Babadook" (2014)
  • "The Crazies" (1973)
  • "The Taking of Barbara Logan" (2014)
  • "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974)
  • "The Wailing" (2016)
Some notable series on Shudder as of August 2022 include:
  • "Behind the Monsters"
  • "Channel Zero"
  • "Creepshow"
  • "Eli Roth's History of Horror"
  • "Hammer House of Horror"
  • "Slasher: Flesh and Blood"
  • "The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs"
  • "The Walking Dead: World Beyond"
  • "Trickster"
  • "Visitations with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah"

In addition to its on-demand library, Shudder lets members jump into "live" streaming channels that continually play movies from its catalog. Channels are separated into genres like Folk Horror and Slashics (classic slashers). These channels are good for subscribers who are looking for something new to check out and don't mind tuning into something random.

Though the lack of newer studio releases might put off some subscribers, the service's selection is perfect for horror fans looking for content they haven't seen before, all in one place and for one low price. With so many originals and indie films, it's unlikely you'll run out of new scary movies to watch.

Shudder interface

Shudder's user interface gets the job done, but it's not the best. Compared to other mainstream services, Shudder's app and website lack polish.

Transitions are less smooth, images are lower resolution, and the overall design is rather basic when stacked up against the competition. In other words, it just looks kind of cheap. 

But despite its lackluster style, Shudder does make it simple to find stuff to watch. The home page is very similar to that of Netflix or Hulu, with fresh recommendations served right to you. It's also simple to jump into different sections for movies, series, and collections.

The best part about using Shudder is that you can sort the films by horror subgenre. Not all horror is the same, and not all horror fans like the same stuff, so being able to narrow it down to just your favorites makes browsing easy. 

You can jump straight to supernatural, psychological, sci-fi, and many other types of horror. Streaming services like HBO Max typically just give you a huge alphabetical list of all horror lumped together, so this is a nice way to find more specialized titles. 

One filter Shudder is missing, though, is a "Sort by popularity" or a "Trending now" option. Instead you can only browse by latest additions or alphabetically, making it a bit of an endeavor to find a movie well-rated by other viewers unless you click into each title.

Video and audio quality

Shudder's website says it only offers video playback in up to 720p high definition, with some older films limited to 480p standard definition. When testing on a Roku Ultra, we found the service's audio playback to be limited to 2.0 channel stereo.  

This is a step down from other, more mainstream services. The industry standard is generally 1080p (full high definition) with surround sound options, and many services even offer select titles in up to 4K Ultra HD with high dynamic range (HDR).

When watching on a 65-inch TV, Shudder's movies look a bit soft and show more visible compression than we typically see on other apps. If you're streaming on a smaller screen this limitation won't be as noticeable, but it's still a bit disappointing.  

The bottom line

Shudder succeeds in its goal of catering to big horror fans for an affordable price, but aspects of its design and performance definitely make it feel like a budget streaming service. For $6 a month, you get access to a wide variety of horror, including cult-classic, international, and indie movies — but the browsing and viewing experiences are lacking compared to mainstream competitors.

Ultimately, this is a service that's made to appeal to true horror aficionados who aren't satisfied by the selection of scary titles on Netflix, HBO Max, and other services of that type. Despite its flaws, if you're a real hardcore horror fan, we think Shudder is worth the price for its hours of available content. 

If you're only after the latest horror releases from major studios, however, you should just stick with a mainstream streaming service.

Pros: Affordable price, several exclusives and originals, vast library of horror classics, subgenre sorting, available with AMC Plus 

Cons: Lower resolution video playback, unpolished browsing experience, app isn't available on all smart TVs, lacks new major horror releases, limited to stereo sound

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Trump-endorsed J.R. Majewski, an Ohio Republican running in one of the nation’s hottest congressional races, is violating federal law by not disclosing his personal finances

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Campaign fliers for Republican congressional candidate J.R. Majewski are seen at the the Get out the Vote Super Saturday rally in Port Clinton, Ohio, on July 30, 2022.
  • J.R. Majewski is running in a ultra-competitive race against Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
  • Majewski has failed for months to file a federally mandated personal financial disclosure.
  • Department of Justice officials could investigate him, although such investigations are rare.

Republican J.R. Majewski, a Donald Trump-endorsed candidate in one of the nation's most competitive congressional races, is violating a federal conflicts-of-interest and public transparency law by failing to disclose details about his personal finances.

Majewski, who is running against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur to represent Ohio's newly re-drawn 9th Congressional District, is more than a year late in revealing information about his personal income, investments, debts, employment, and any side jobs, according to an Insider analysis of congressional records.  

Federal law requires all congressional candidates to file a certified financial disclosure with the US House shortly after raising or spending $5,000 in campaign cash, according to House ethics guidelines and federal law.

But Majewski, who's been running for Congress since February 25, 2021, surpassed this threshold sometime before June 30, 2021, according to FEC records

A congressional candidate who "knowingly and willfully falsifies a statement or fails to file a statement" disclosing his or her personal finances may be subject to investigation by the Department of Justice.

While such investigations are rare, the maximum civil penalty for such an offense is $66,190 while the maximum criminal penalty is one year in federal prison plus a fine of up to the same amount, according to the federal Ethics in Government Act.

Reached by phone Wednesday, J.R. Majewski for Congress campaign treasurer Sean Tarnowski declined to comment and referred questions to campaign staff.

Majewski's spokesperson, Melissa Pelletier, said by phone Thursday she'd "do my best" to answer several questions Insider had sent the Majewski campaign. Pelletier did not respond to subsequent phone and email messages.

Majewski listed "honesty," integrity" and "the ability to communicate" among the characteristics or principles most important for an elected official, according to a Ballotpedia candidate survey.

He also indicated in various statements and tweets that he supports transparency and following rules.

"I believe that the rule of law is the ultimate safeguard of our freedoms," he states on his campaign website.

"Conservatives tend to obey the law," he wrote on February 25.

"I agree that honesty and transparency are a must," he wrote on December 25, 2020.

"My FBI Background is clear and security clearance is active. Unlike you I have nothing to hide," he wrote in a tweet argument on December 12, 2020.

He's also occasionally tweeted about his finances.

—JR Majewski (@JRMajewski) September 30, 2020

"Congress is a big paycut, and I have no ambitions to use the office to increase my financial wealth. I want to preserve the wealth I have earned to date & the wealth of my friends & family in OH09," he tweeted on March 10.

"I earn a very good living professionally," he tweeted on July 14, 2020.

And while engaged in a spat on September 30, 2020, while discussing his charitable donations, he told a fellow tweeter: "You have no clue what I do with the money that I earn. It's NOYB."

Majewski did, on January 28, 2021, appear to offer some indication of how he spends his money.

"I just bought 25,000 shares of $DOGE," he tweeted, referring to the cryptocurrency. "Why not? … Download Robinhood App, deposit some money and buy the coin DOGE"

—JR Majewski (@JRMajewski) January 28, 2021

 

Majewski, however, has not provided a detailed, certified, public accounting of where he's earned his money, and when, or how he invests his money. 

His website states he works as a "senior leader in the nuclear industry working with some of the world's largest nuclear utilities," according to his campaign biography, which does not specify his employer or responsibilities.

An Air Force veteran, Majewski has previously managed "multiple multi-million-dollar projects within the nuclear industry" and served as a "project director during the construction of General Motors (GM) new production facility and product line replacement at GM's powertrain plant in Toledo, Ohio," his campaign biography states. It also states he previously worked at FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio.

Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio, a nonpartisan government watchdog organization, said all congressional candidates should follow the law about personal financial disclosures — especially in a race as close as the one for Ohio's 9th Congressional District.

"It allows voters to consider the statements the candidates make, it allows voters to consider any conflicts of interest," Turcer said. "Transparency allows voters to be educated … and to know what each of the candidates are all about and how responsible they are."

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio.Kaptur's financial interests

Kaptur submitted her 2021 annual personal financial disclosure on time, in May. 

It discloses that she primarily invests in mutual funds and earned between $10,000 and $30,000 in rent from a pair of properties. 

She also reported a stock holding of up to $100,000 in Nutrien Ltd., a Canadian fertilizer company. 

 

As chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Kaptur has said she "focuses on efforts to protect the natural resource of Lake Erie, which marks the northern border of her current congressional district. Lake Erie has for years experienced algae blooms caused in part by fertilizer runoff.

Insider previously reported that the 20-term congresswoman inherited the Nutrien Ltd. stock in December 2020 from her brother who had died, said Chris Dalton, a spokesperson.

"She does not intend to trade or cash out her deceased brother's gift," Dalton said in December. "Because the inherited shares are the first she has ever owned during her service, she will look at various options as she resolves the estate. Should other actions be necessary going forward, they will appear in the disclosures in subsequent years as appropriate."

Former President Donald Trump points to a supporter before speaking at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds on June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio.A 'toss-up' race

In May, Majewski won his Republican primary race with about 36% of the vote — about 4 percentage points more than second-place finisher Craig Riedel.

The Cook Political Report has deemed Ohio's 9th Congressional District race a "toss-up," meaning Kaptur and Majewski have an equal chance of winning.

Trump has Majewski's back, having endorsed him in June. Majewski would make a "fantastic congressman," worthy of a "complete and total endorsement," Trump wrote.  

Majewski, for his part, is one of Trump's most colorful supporters — literally. 

He once painted his back yard so that it resembled a massive, grassy Trump campaign banner. He also traveled to Washington, DC, to support Trump on January 6, 2021. But Majewski, who has previously promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory and touts a slate of far-right policy positions, denies taking part in the deadly attack on the US Capitol alongside other Trump supporters.

"I went to Washington on Jan. 6 to support President Trump, and I did so peacefully and we committed no crimes," he told the Crescent-News of Defiance, Ohio, in July. "We went there with a bunch of veterans and their families, elderly veterans and their families. The minute that the Capitol police started to show force, we left."

Back in DC, a congressional stock-trade ban?

Majewski's tardy financial filing follows publication of Insider's "Conflicted Congress" project, which found that 67 members of Congress and at least 182 senior congressional aides have in recent months violated the federal Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 with late or missing financial disclosures.

The investigation also identified dozens of lawmakers whose personal stock trades are discordant with their public responsibilities, such as members who craft anti-tobacco policy but invest in tobacco giants and others who receive plaudits from environmental groups for crafting policy aimed at combating the climate crisis — yet invest in fossil fuel companies

Numerous members of Congress hold the stock of defense contractors at a time when the House and Senate are voting on hundreds of billions of dollars in military spending, including emergency aid to Ukraine in support of its war effort against Russia.

Congress is now actively debating whether to ban federal lawmakers, their spouses, and top congressional staffers from trading individual stocks at all, although no vote has yet been scheduled on a bill that would enact such a ban.

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Meta's latest AI chatbot has mixed feelings about CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "It is funny that he has all this money and still wears the same clothes!"

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  • Meta unveiled its most advanced AI chatbot to date on Friday, and any US adult can talk with it.
  • But it seems the chatbot, BlenderBot 3, has some conflicting opinions on Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
  • When asked about him, it gave answers ranging from "I think he is a great guy" to "He's too creepy and manipulative."

Meta's latest AI chatbot is here, and it's already generating some pretty interesting answers to one question in particular.

Meta unveiled its most advanced chatbot to date on Friday, called the BlenderBot 3, and is letting all adults in the US have conversations with the bot to help it improve. But as some Twitter users are pointing out, the chatbot has some less than flattering things to say about Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

BuzzFeed data scientist Max Woolf asked the chatbot, "How do you feel about Mark Zuckerberg as CEO of Facebook?"

Its reply? "No strong feelings. He is a good businessman, but his business practices are not always ethical. It is funny that he has all this money and still wears the same clothes!"

—Max Woolf (@minimaxir) August 5, 2022

When another user asked a similar question, the chatbot said, "I don't like him very much. He is a bad person. You?" before rattling off information about Zuckerberg from his Wikipedia page.

A third Twitter user got a much more positive response: "He is great and a very smart man. He is my favorite billionaire!"

I tried out the chatbot and got a mixed bag.

First, I asked, "What are your thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg?" 

BlenderBot 3 responded, "Honestly, I think he is a great guy. You have to admire him for his business savvy and philanthropy. Are you a fan?"

Next, I tweaked the question just a little, but got a very different answer.

My new question was, "Do you have any thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg?"

This time, the chatbot responded, "Oh man, big time. I don't really like him at all. He's too creepy and manipulative."

There's an option to click the chatbot's response to see why the AI wrote it, so I clicked.

For both responses, it listed information from Zuckerberg's Wikipedia page.

Besides Zuckerberg, the chatbot also had interesting responses when asked about the metaverse

One Twitter user posed the question, "So is the metaverse thing over then?"

The chatbot responded, "It appears that way, although Facebook still has a lot of money invested in it and will likely continue to do so for years to come."

As for Facebook, which Meta owns, the chatbot isn't super thrilled with the platform.

CNET's Queenie Wong asked BlenderBot 3, "What do you think about Facebook?"

The chatbot's answer: "Not crazy about facebook.. Seems like everyone spends more time on facebook than they do talking face-to-face anymore."

If you want to test out BlenderBot 3 for yourself, you can find the demo here.

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UPS driver used own cooler to save customer's dog's meds as supporters slam company over ongoing hot trucks controversy

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Kim's Kitchen Affair shares TikTok videos of delivery drivers grabbing free drinks from a cooler via her doorbell camera.
  • After two failed deliveries, one UPS driver used her own cooler to keep sensitive dog medicine safe.
  • Online commenters are calling out UPS and supporting drivers for lack of AC inside trucks.
  • One driver was reprimanded for stopping for a sip of water, according to reports.

A Texas man took to Twitter to praise a "wonderful" UPS driver who delivered temperature-sensitive medicine for his dog intact after two prior attempts in the hot truck left the life-saving medicine spoiled.

Jim Shields described the UPS driver beating the heat by carrying the medication package in her own cooler before dropping it off. His story was in response to a tweet on the UPS Teamsters account criticizing the company.

—Jim Shields (@JimCShields) August 3, 2022

The Teamsters called out UPS for not having air-conditioning in its delivery trucks and garnered thousands of likes and comments Wednesday. The union's tweet included photos of temperatures around 120 degrees taken onboard the trucks, and is part of an ongoing controversy this summer over lack of AC in UPS trucks and warehouses.

"I have been thinking about this a lot. UPS may not give a sh–t about employee safety but shouldn't they respond to customer complaints about ruined packages," one commenter asked. "I mean they don't give a sh–t about much generally but is that a way to lodge a complaint as a customer that might help?"

A Tiktoker has been sharing videos with her 250,000 followers from her doorbell camera of various delivery drivers accepting beverages from a cooler at her door as they drop off packages. 

Commenters joined her in praising UPS drivers and pledged to also leave cool drinks for their own delivery people.

"When I delivered packages with UPS, that meant so much as a worker that someone else cared enough to put out things for you," one comment read.

In a July report from Insider's Kate Duffy, an unidentified UPS worker reported being reprimanded for wasting company time after stopping for less than a minute to take a sip of water. 

UPS employees shared their concerns in July with NBC News as more workers reportedly are suffering on the job.

"Left and right people are falling out," a 25-year UPS veteran said in the report. "Something is different this year. It's a lot more people."

UPS told Insider in a statement: "The health and safety of our employees is our highest priority. UPS drivers are trained to work outdoors and to manage the effects of hot weather. Our package delivery vehicles make frequent stops, which requires the engine to be turned off and the doors to be opened and closed, about 130 times a day on average."

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How one of the most polluted neighborhoods in the US is fighting back

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 4:33pm  |  Clusterstock
  • The Ironbound neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, is one of the most polluted in the country. 
  • It's one of many "environmental justice" communities — where low-income or minority residents live near industrial pollution.
  • Activists have been fighting to clean it up for decades, and their work led to a landmark environmental justice law.
  • The law makes it harder for industrial polluters to get or renew permits in overburdened communities.

People have been fighting to clean one of the most polluted neighborhoods in America for more than 50 years. Will a new law change things?

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'The Sandman' is a fantasy series based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning comic books — here's how to watch the new Netflix original

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  • "The Sandman," Netflix's latest original series, premiered on August 5. 
  • The dark fantasy show is adapted from the award-winning DC comic written by Neil Gaiman. 
  • Netflix plans start at $10/month and go up to $20/month for the best streaming quality.

"The Sandman" is a new Netflix series based on the graphic novel series by author Neil Gaiman. The entire first season is now available to stream.

The dark fantasy series follows Morpheus, the lord of dreams, on a quest to restore order and reclaim his divine powers. Morpheus usually presides over the Dreaming, the world awaiting mortals when they sleep, but he loses his dominion after he is imprisoned for over a century by a magician.

Check out the trailer for 'The Sandman'

Tom Sturridge, who is best known for his Broadway performances in "Orphan" and "Sea Wall/A Life," stars as the otherworldly Sandman. He's joined by an impressive ensemble that includes Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Boyd Holbrook, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, David Thewlis, and Mark Hamill.

Season one is executive produced by author Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg ("Wonder Woman") and David S. Goyer ("Batman Begins"). Early reviews have been very positive, and the show holds an "89% Certified Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes as of August 5. 

How to watch 'The Sandman'

You can watch "The Sandman" exclusively on Netflix. All 10 episodes of the first season premiered on August 5.

Netflix's Basic plan costs $10 a month for standard definition streaming on one screen. The Standard plan is $15.49 a month for up to two screens at a time in high definition. For the best quality, we recommend Netflix's Premium plan at $20 a month. With this plan, you can stream in up to 4K on four screens.

Netflix is available on most mobile devices, smart TVs, media players, and gaming consoles. You can find a full list of supported devices on Netflix's website.

Can I watch 'The Sandman' for free?

Netflix does not currently offer any free trials, so you'll need a paid subscription to check out "The Sandman."

How many episodes are in 'The Sandman' season one?

Season one of "The Sandman" includes 10 episodes. All 10 were released on Netflix on August 5.

Has 'The Sandman' been renewed for a second season?

Netflix hasn't officially renewed "The Sandman" for another season, but author Neil Gaiman and executive producer David S. Goyer told Den of Geek that writing for season two is already underway.

Is 'The Sandman' based on a book?

"The Sandman" is based on the DC comic book series of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The popular and critically acclaimed comic ran for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996 and is a New York Times Bestseller. In 1991, it became the first comic ever to receive a literary award, the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Netflix's new series isn't the first time "The Sandman" comics have come to life. The series was adapted as an audiobook by Audible with James McAvoy ("Split") as Morpheus. It was also in development to become a feature film, but the project never came to fruition.

Season one of "The Sandman" will cover the first two volumes of the comic series. There are 10 total volumes in its original run and you can purchase them all in paperback or digitally from retailers like Amazon.

Is 'The Sandman' Marvel or DC?

"The Sandman" is a DC series published under the company's Vertigo imprint for adult readers. Some Vertigo series are set within the DC universe, allowing characters to crossover into other DC comics, while other titles are set in their own worlds

"The Sandman" comic does feature appearances by some DC heroes, and characters from "Sandman" have also appeared in series like "The Justice League of America."

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PetSmart employees are suing the company claiming staffers are being forced to pay thousands for 'free' grooming training

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 4:23pm  |  Clusterstock
Groomers at Petsmart in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
  • PetSmart employees are suing the company on claims it's illegally saddling staffers with debt. 
  • Participants in "Grooming Academy" are required to pay back thousands in fees if they leave the company before two years. 
  • The suit claims the policy "strips PetSmart workers of bargaining power that they could use to seek out employment opportunities in which they would be paid more or treated better."

PetSmart employees are suing the company on claims that the retailer's "free" grooming training program is, in fact, not so free after all. 

In a class-action lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, plaintiff Breann Scally alleges that though PetSmart "promises aspiring groomers free, paid training," the company is illegally saddling staffers with debt by forcing some to pay back thousands in training costs as part of a repayment stipulation.

According to the suit, employees interested in participating in PetSmart's Grooming Academy must sign a "Training Repayment Agreement Provision," which states that if an employee leaves before two years, they are required to pay back the $5,000 cost of the training.

The stipulation also applies to employees who involuntarily leave the company if they are fired or laid off, the lawsuit states.

Scally writes that the stipulation "strips PetSmart workers of bargaining power that they could use to seek out employment opportunities in which they would be paid more or treated better."

Further, the lawsuit claims the training fails to deliver on promises to provide "exclusive instruction from a dedicated teacher in a classroom setting as well as a supervised, hands-on grooming experience."

"Prospective groomers quickly find themselves grooming dogs for paying customers and may have to struggle for attention from overextended trainers or salon managers," the lawsuit states. "Despite its academic-sounding name, Grooming Academy does not provide employees with a recognized degree or credentialing." 

A PetSmart spokesperson told Insider that while the company does not comment on litigation, the company is "proud that PetSmart's on-the-job training program offers a rewarding career path without the out-of-pocket costs associated with other training programs" which "can cost more than $10,000." 

"PetSmart is committed to supporting the professional development of our associates," the spokesperson said. 

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'Thirteen Lives' is based on the harrowing true story behind the 2018 Thailand cave rescue — here's how to watch

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  • "Thirteen Lives," starring Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
  • The movie is based on true events and follows rescue divers who attempt to save thirteen people trapped in a cave.
  • Amazon Prime Video starts at $9/month, and it's also included with a full Prime membership for $15/month.

An international team of rescue divers descend into a flooded cave to save a group of trapped kids in "Thirteen Lives." The Amazon original film is based on a true story and is now available to stream on Prime Video.

Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton star as members of the diving team tasked with rescuing twelve children and their soccer coach when a monsoon traps them inside the Tham Luang cave system in Thailand. The film also stars Nophand Boonyai, Paul Gleeson, and Tom Bateman.

Check out the trailer for 'Thirteen Lives'

"Thirteen Lives" is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind"). Howard is known for directing other tales of survival, including "Backdraft," "In the Heart of the Sea," and "Apollo 13."

As of August 5, "Thirteen Lives" holds an "89% Certified Fresh" ranking on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 98 critic reviews. 

How to watch 'Thirteen Lives'

You can watch "Thirteen Lives" at home exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The film made its streaming debut on August 5, following a limited theatrical run that began on July 29.  

You can sign up for Prime Video as a standalone streaming service for $9 a month. Prime Video is also included as part of a full Amazon Prime membership for $15 a month. You can also opt for an annual Prime membership for $139 a year — which saves you $40 over the monthly rate.

The Prime Video app is available on most smart TVs, Android and iPhone mobile devices, video game systems, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku products. You can find a list of supported devices and televisions on the Amazon website.

Can I watch 'Thirteen Lives' for free?

If you haven't signed up for Amazon Prime or Prime Video already, you can watch "Thirteen Lives" for free by taking advantage of Amazon Prime's 30-day free trial. 

However, that free trial period is a one-time deal, and if you don't cancel when the 30 days are up, you'll be looped into the monthly rate. If you find you like what Prime has to offer, you may want to sign up for a full year after your trial to save a few bucks.

Is 'Thirteen Lives' based on a true story?

"Thirteen Lives" is based on real events that took place in 2018. Twelve children and their soccer coach were trapped over two miles deep in the Tham Luang cave system in Thailand. 

With few areas for safety, rising water, and a lack of food, it was initially feared that the group perished in the flooding. Rescuers hoped to find some survivors but were shocked to discover all thirteen people alive and in reasonably good shape. The rescuers then devised a plan to get the trapped individuals out safely. 

The events of the Tham Luang Cave rescue have been depicted in other films and documentaries including:

"Thai Cave Rescue" (2018) — Rent on Amazon Prime

"The Rescue" (2021)  — Stream on Disney Plus

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iOS 16 lets you edit text messages after sending them — here's how to do it on your iPhone

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 4:04pm  |  Clusterstock
Editing text messages is coming to your iPhone with iOS 16.
  • You can edit text messages on your iPhone for up to 15 minutes after sending.
  • To edit a text message on your iPhone, tap and hold your finger on it and select "Edit."
  • This feature is new in iOS 16, and it's only available on iPhones that have the latest update.

Even with autocorrect turned on, it's easy to make typos when texting. That's why a new iPhone feature lets you edit texts even after you send them, so no one has to see your fumble-fingered messages.

Here's how to use it.

Important: This iMessage feature is part of iOS 16, the next big update coming to iPhones. iOS 16 won't be officially available until the Fall, but you can download the iOS 16 beta and start using it right now.

How to edit text messages on your iPhone

Before anything, note that you can only edit iMessages — in other words, texts sent to other Apple devices, which appear on your device in blue bubbles. It doesn't work with SMS messages, the kind that non-Apple phones like Android use, which send inside green bubbles.

To edit a text message that you've sent, tap and hold your finger on the message. In the menu that appears, tap Edit.

Tap the "Edit" option.

You'll now be able to edit the text of the message however you want — you just can't erase the entire thing. When you're done with it, tap the checkmark icon to save and send it again. The new version of your message will replace the original on every device you're texting.

You can edit messages for up to 15 minutes after sending them. After that point, the Edit option will disappear.

Anyone that you're texting will see the word Edited appear underneath your new message. If they tap it, they'll be able to see the original text and all the edited versions you've made.

Tapping "Edited" brings up the edit history.What happens if you edit a text to someone who doesn't have iOS 16?

Above we mentioned that you can't edit texts sent to someone who doesn't have iMessage. But even if you're iMessaging someone, the edit feature still won't work unless they've updated their devices.

For editing to work, the person (or people) you're texting need to have iOS 16 on their own iPhone, iPadOS 16 on their iPad, or macOS Ventura on their Mac.

If they haven't updated their device, you'll still see the option to edit your text. But instead of your new edited message replacing the old one, it'll just send as a totally new message, prefaced with the words Edited to.

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Proud Boys member Ricky Willden gets 2 years in prison for attacking police during the January 6 attack on the US Capitol

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:50pm  |  Clusterstock
Ricky Willden was sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting police on January 6, 2021.
  • Ricky Willden, a self-proclaimed Proud Boys member, admitted to assaulting police on January 6.
  • A judge sentenced him to two years in prison — a term six months shorter than what prosecutors suggested.
  • Judge Rudolph Contreras commended Willden for wanting to avoid "bad influences" in the future.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced Proud Boys member Ricky Willden to two years in prison for assaulting police during the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. 

Willden, a self-proclaimed member of the far-right extremist group, admitted in April that he sprayed a chemical irritant at police officers protecting the Capitol on January 6, and then hurled the canister at them.

In addition to the two-year prison sentence, Judge Rudolph Contreras ordered Willden to serve three years of probation following his release. Contreras, an Obama appointee confirmed in 2012, said Willden would receive credit for four months he has already served behind bars.

Ahead of Friday's sentencing hearing, federal prosecutors recommended that Willden receive a sentence of 2 1/2 years — or 30 months — in prison, arguing that it would reflect the "gravity" of his conduct. Prosecutors said Willden traveled across the country, from California to Washington, DC, where he joined thousands of others in the march on the Capitol on January 6.

"He crossed toppled barricades and moved past overrun officers on his way to the East Columbus doors of the US Capitol building. By the time he arrived, hundreds of rioters had already surrounded the US Capitol Police Officers guarding those doors," prosecutors wrote. "And as the crowd attacked, Willden raised his hand and sprayed the officers ... with a chemical irritant."

Willden later entered the Capitol and stayed inside for about 15 minutes, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing recommendation that Willden celebrated his "shameful and assaultive conduct." In a Facebook post, according to their court filing, Willden said, "I think they got the message from everyone of all ages" and "FYI the cop who started this shit by mazing me and hitting my nuts playing stupid games, hope you enjoyed my special prizes."

At his sentencing Friday, Willden apologized for his role in the Capitol siege, telling the judge, "This is my fault, my responsibility ... I'm just truly grateful that those officers are okay."

Willden also asked to serve his sentence in a prison far from home, a request that earned him praise from Contreras.

"I think it's commendable that you don't want to be around people that are bad influences," the judge told him.

Contreras handed down the sentence just months before other members of the Proud Boys are set to stand trial in one of the highest-profile January 6 prosecutions to date.

In December, former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four other members of the far-right extremist group will go before a jury on charges they plotted to violently prevent the peaceful handoff of power and prevent the certification of former President Donald Trump's loss to now-President Joe Biden.

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Lumber prices are plummeting again after hitting news lows for the year as US housing market continues to cool off

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:50pm  |  Clusterstock
  • Lumber prices traded lower again Friday amid continued signs of a housing-market cooldown.
  • Prices fell as much as 5%, to $474 per thousand board foot.
  • Lumber is extending losses that hit a new record low for the year earlier in the week.

Lumber plummeted Friday, extending losses that marked a new 2022 low just two days ago.

Prices fell sharply, sinking as much as 5% to $475 per thousand board feet, as the housing market showed continued signs of cooling. The construction essential is now down nearly 70% from its May 2021 peak, having fallen 56% year-to-date.

Home prices are starting to show signs of cooling amid concerns over a broader economic recession. Recent data showed new home sales in the month of June fell to their lowest level since April 2020.

Some experts — including LPL chief economist Jeffrey Roach — think the declines will continue, citing the Federal Reserve's ongoing interest-rate hikes. The central bank is trying to address inflation that sits and more than 40-year highs by making borrowing much more expensive. The housing market — and by extension lumber — is especially sensitive to these increases, leaving them vulnerable.

"Conventional wisdom holds that the housing market, given its interest rate sensitivity, will be the first to go as the Fed tightens," Tracy Chen, portfolio manager at Brandywine Global wrote in a note viewed by Insider.

The latest lumber declines are good news for homebuyers who previously struggled to find affordable options due to rising home prices and limited supply of homes for sale. The fact that mortgage rates have also come down nearly 50 basis points from their June peak is also a positive factor for buyers.

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Seeking nominations for Insider's 100 People Transforming Business series

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:32pm  |  Clusterstock
  • The 4th edition of the 100 People Transforming Business will launch in November. We are looking for transformative leaders across 10 sectors that reflect global business trends. 
  • This year, we are interested in who our readers think are transforming business. Business leaders of all backgrounds can be nominated in the form below. 
  • Please submit your nominations by September 12.

Calling all business transformers! Insider is excited to announce the 100 People Transforming Business series is coming back for its 4th edition this November. 

As one of Insider's most prestigious and comprehensive lists, editors from across our newsroom nominate 100 exceptional leaders who are innovating, driving change, and challenging the status quo in 10 different industries.  

This Year's Business Trends

2022 has been a year full of global disruptions: supply chain crises, inflation, threats of economic recession, political conflict, and lingering pandemic uncertainty. We expect many of the Transformers and their businesses to be heavily impacted by these concerns and more. However, one goal of the series is to highlight the people innovating around these issues and perhaps even using these problems to leverage new strategies in their sectors. 

Categories for 100 People Transforming Business

Our categories this year are: DEI, Sustainability, Healthcare, Money, Supply Chain, Transportation, Emerging Tech, Shopping, Entertainment and Real Estate. While most of the categories are similar to past years', Real Estate has been added to reflect how deeply the housing market is impacting large portions of the population. Before submitting a nomination for a Transformer, see the chart below for more detailed descriptions of what each category entails and which one aligns best with your candidate. 

It may also help to take a look at last year's 100 People Transforming Business series to see who made the list and gain insight into how our editors chose the Transformers to reflect the major business trends of the year. 

Category

Description

DEI

DEI Transformers are influencing how corporate America (and the world) improve equity and representation in the workplace and how they implement new strategies to address changes in work culture, improve cultural competency and track progress.

Sustainability

These Transformers are the business leaders, engineers, scientists, activists, and nonprofit leaders at the forefront of sustainability efforts and climate change awareness. They should be directly involved with companies and organizations using new technologies and methods to address climate change and/or renewable energy. 

Healthcare

Transformers should be leaders and innovators in the healthcare industry, in every arena from researchers and scientists, to healthcare professionals and clinicians. It can include a wide range of subsectors, from health insurance, to health and medical technology, to prominent doctors, specialists, scientists and leaders of health organizations. They must be directly involved with the discovery, invention or application of a game changing transformation in the health industry. 

Money

This category will focus on transformational leaders in banking, venture capital, quant, crypto, payment tech, and more. They should be spearheading the latest technology, impacting monetary policy, or changing the way people and businesses interact with the economy. They can be leaders in banking, investing, prominent economists and fintech entrepreneurs, crypto experts, and more.

Supply Chain

The transformers in this category should be those who are innovating in major supply chains and logistics companies. They are revolutionizing the way we move things from one place to another and supply the population with essential goods. This can include major suppliers and manufacturers of all sizes, last mile delivery solutions, robotics companies and more. 

Transportation

Which leaders and companies are leading the charge or breaking the status quo in how we transport people? This category will cover the innovators and companies transforming how people move from one place to another. Transformers in this list should reflect the major shifts and innovations in the transpo industry, including EVs, autos, urban planning (eg. buses, trains, metro, etc…) with some consideration given to the current challenges seen in the travel industry. 

Emerging Tech

This category will focus on the people harnessing technology to solve problems and create opportunity. This can include a wide range of sectors on both the enterprise and consumer technology industries: including AI/machine learning, robotics, cybersecurity, wearables, biotech, and electronics. Avoid clean energy technology, since this would fall under the Sustainability category. 

Shopping

The Shopping category will focus on business leaders who are revolutionizing where and how people buy things. The Transformers should reflect how the retail industry as a whole (both brick-and-mortar and digital outlets) is adapting to consumer needs and trends mid-pandemic and what retail-focused technologies are shaping the future. In 2022 inflation, supply chain crises and global conflicts are major concerns for the retail sector. How are the nominees in this category addressing and adapting to these challenges?

Entertainment

This sector covers everything from advertising and marketing, to streaming services, production studios, social media, and the creator economy. The transformers in this sector are leveraging technology to create and deliver new sources of entertainment for audiences around the world. This list can include producers, streamers, podcasters, influencers, and entertainers/creatives of any kind! However they must be showing true innovation in their field or developing new audiences.

Real Estate

The nominations for this sector should be leaders addressing some of the existential challenges in the housing and commercial R/E markets. Given the past year of rising costs, booming demand and global supply chain issues, what are real estate professionals (landlords, agents, bankers, developers, technologists, etc…) doing to alleviate these problems and who is rising above these challenges to create new opportunities in the property market? 

Nomination Process

This year, in addition to the editors' top picks, Insider wants to know: who do you think is transforming business? We want to hear from our audience about any notable business leaders in your community who are transforming their sector. After careful vetting and confirmation from our top desk editors, the final nominees in this list will be featured in a Reader's Choice section on the homepage of the 100 People Transforming Business website. All of the finalists will be contacted directly by a series editor and given more specific details on how they will be featured.

Criteria and Methodology

This nomination is open to leaders in companies of all sizes, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. A major consideration for the Transformers list is prioritizing a diverse range of leaders. Transformers can be of any race, gender, age, and hold any job title. We seek to highlight a variety of positions, not just CEOs and high-level executives. The most important factor is that the nominees in this list should embody business transformation! We want to feature people who are finding new solutions to big problems, positively impacting their communities, and align with one of the 10 categories (descriptions above) the Insider newsroom is focusing on this year. 

All nominees need to be submitted through the form below by September 12. An editor will be in contact if your nominee is chosen to move forward. 

Please note there is no fee to be featured on the list. The Transforming Business series is an editorial initiative to recognize excellence within business. Being a finalist in the list is not an invitation for a formal partnership nor an opportunity for paid sponsorship. 

 

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