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The Department of Defense will build a prototype mobile nuclear microreactor to meet energy demands of US military

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 2:43am  |  Clusterstock
This Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. The U.S. Department of Defense is taking public comments on its plan to build an advanced mobile nuclear microreactor prototype at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho.
  • A Defense Science Board recommended the department use small modular reactors to meet its growing energy needs.
  • In early 2022, the Department of Defense will review final prototype designs from two teams.
  • Critics told the Associated Press that adversaries could target the microreactors during transport.
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The US Department of Defense is taking public comment on a prototype mobile nuclear microreactor that it plans on assembling at the Idaho National Laboratory, the Associated Press reported.

The department's colossal energy consumption - 30 terawatt hours of electricity per year and more than 10 million gallons of fuel per day - is projected to increase significantly over the next few years, according to the project's environmental impact statement.

A Defense Science Board commissioned by the department recommended it deploy small modular reactors to meet its increasing energy needs, the environmental impact statement said. The Idaho National Laboratory defines micronuclear reactors as small nuclear reactors that produce roughly 1-50 megawatts and can operate independently from electric grids.

Two teams, BWXT Advance Technologies from Virginia and X-energy from Maryland, are developing final designs for the prototype, which will be reviewed by the department in early 2022, according to a March press release. Following the completion of the project's environmental analysis, one of the teams may be selected to build and demonstrate a prototype, the release said.

"A safe, small, transportable nuclear reactor would address this growing demand with a resilient, carbon-free energy source that does not add to the DOD's fuel needs, while supporting mission-critical operations in remote and austere environments," a March press release from the Department of Defense said.

Still, critics expressed fears to the Associated Press that microreactors could be targeted by US adversaries, particularly during their transportation.

"In my view, these reactors could cause more logistical problems and risks to troops and property than they would solve problems," Edwin Lyman, director of the nonprofit Nuclear Power Safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the Associated Press. "And unless the Army is willing to spend what it would take to make them safe for use, especially in potential combat situations or foreign operating bases, then I think it's probably unwise to deploy nuclear reactors in theaters of war without providing the protection they would need."

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'Staggeringly ignorant': Maricopa County rebuts Cyber Ninjas' charge that mail-in ballots should not have been sent

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 8:17pm  |  Clusterstock
Volunteers help voters as voters drop off their ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Phoenix. In Arizona, Maricopa County, the nation's second-largest voting jurisdiction, a steady stream of cars go in and out of the parking lot to deliver ballots at the drop box location.
  • According to the Arizona Secretary of State, voters can have mail-in ballots sent to a temporary address.
  • That vote, when cast, will be linked to their previous residence.
  • Cyber Ninjas falsely implies such votes are illegal.
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Republican-led Maricopa County on Friday rebutted claims from the company behind Arizona's controversial, partisan election review that more than 23,000 mail-in ballots should not have been cast during the 2020 election.

In its long-anticipated report, Cyber Ninjas did not find any evidence that votes were changed or that ballots were made out of Chinese bamboo. But the company - whose founder, Doug Logan, had previously claimed the election was "rigged" - appears to have tried to save face among its right-wing supporters by intimating that there was still wrongdoing.

One of Cyber Ninjas "critical findings" was that 23,344 mail-in ballots were cast by people who no longer resided at their address on file. These voters, the company asserted, "should not have received their ballots by mail because they had moved," suggesting that they had been wrongly forwarded to the voters' new address, a claim amplified by the spokesperson for former President Donald Trump.

But that is not true.

According to the office of Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican elected in November 2020, "As required by law, all election materials, such as ballots, are marked 'Do Not Forward - Return Service Requested.'" Returned ballots initiate a process of removing the person from the voter roll.

But sometimes people move in the weeks before an election; they are allowed to request that their ballot be sent to a temporary address. According to Maricopa County, 20,933 voters did so in 2020.

As for the rest? Former Maricopa County residents who are in the military and deployed overseas - and other Americans who live abroad but previously called the Phoenix metropolitan region home - have to list their "address in the state in which [they] were last domiciled" in order to participate in a federal election, according to the Federal Voting Assistance Program, "Your voting residence is your address in the state in which you were last domiciled, immediately prior to leaving the United States."

"Cyber Ninjas still don't understand this is legal under federal election law," the county posted on its official Twitter account. "To label it a 'critical' concern is either intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant."

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How to log into Instagram from a mobile device or computer, or troubleshoot if you can't log in

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 7:26pm  |  Clusterstock
You can log into Instagram on a computer or mobile device in a few steps.
  • You can log into your Instagram account as long as you have your username, email address, or phone number associated with the account.
  • If you lose or forget your password, you can request a password reset on the login page.
  • If you want to log into Instagram using Facebook, you can connect the two accounts using the Settings menu on the mobile app.
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If you have an Instagram account, you can log into it from any device - your phone, tablet or a browser on your computer. All you need are your login credentials, such as your Instagram username or the phone number or email address associated with the account, along with your password. It's also possible to log in via Facebook, if you've connected the accounts. Here's what you need to log in on any device.

How to log into Instagram on a mobile device

Logging into your Instagram account on a smartphone or tablet is the same regardless of whether you are using the Instagram app on an iOS or Android device. In general, Instagram allows you to log in using your Instagram username or the phone number or email address associated with the account - so enter any one of those three items. After that, enter your password and tap Log In.

You need your Instagram username, email or phone number to log in. How to log into Instagram on a computer

It doesn't matter whether you're logging into Instagram on a Mac or PC - the process is the same. Open Instagram.com in a web browser and then enter your Instagram username or the phone number or email address associated with the account. After that, enter your password and tap Log In.

You can log into Instagram in a web browser on your PC or Mac. How to log into Instagram using Facebook

If you link your Instagram account with Facebook, not only can you easily share your Instagram posts on Facebook, but you can use your Facebook credentials as an easy way to log into Instagram as well.

To link your Facebook and Instagram accounts, open the Instagram app on your mobile device, tap the three-bar menu and tap Settings. In the Account section, go to Sharing to Other Apps and connect Instagram to your Facebook account.

Connect your Facebook account with Instagram if you want to be able to log in without remembering your Instagram credentials.

After you connect these two accounts, you can log into Instagram using Facebook - on the login page, you can click Log in with Facebook.

What to do if you can't log into Instagram

If you've lost or forgotten the password, you may need to reset it. The process is essentially the same no matter if you have an iPhone, Android device or you're using a web browser on a computer:

1. On the login screen, under the username and password fields, tap Get help logging in (if you're using an Android phone) or Forgot password? (on iOS or a browser).

2. Enter your email address, phone number or username and tap Next (if you are using Android) or Send Login Link (in a web browser). If you're on an iPhone, choose which tab you want to use - Username or Phone - and enter the credential associated with your account, then tap Next.

3. You'll get a message with instructions to reset your password.

It's also possible you might not remember the username or other information associated with your account, or you might be entering it wrong. Here are some things to try:

  • Make sure you are spelling the username or email address correctly.
  • Don't include an @ symbol when entering a username.
  • Ask someone else who can see your profile page to take a screenshot or write down the username for you.
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How to log into Yahoo Mail or troubleshoot when you can't log into the service

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 7:09pm  |  Clusterstock
You can log into Yahoo Mail on a computer or mobile device in a few steps.
  • Once you log into Yahoo Mail on your device, the app will remember your username and password and keep you signed in.
  • If you want to log into multiple Yahoo Mail accounts on your phone, use the Y! icon to open the Manage Accounts option and add a new account.
  • If you have trouble logging in, try to recover your username and password. You can also try logging in with another browser or clear your browser's cookies.
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Yahoo is no longer the most popular webmail service - that award belongs to Google's Gmail - but as recently as 2020, Yahoo Mail boasted 225 million users.

If you count yourself among them, you might need to access your Yahoo Mail account. It's accessible on your mobile device (both Android and iPhone) and in a web browser on any computer or device. Here's how to log in.

How to log into Yahoo Mail on a mobile device

If you are using the Yahoo Mail app for the iPhone or for Android, once you sign in you typically stay logged in permanently unless you manually sign yourself out. The process to log in is simple and is the same whether you have an iOS or Android device.

1. Start the Yahoo Mail app. If you're not yet signed into any mail accounts, you'll see the Sign In page. Tap Sign in with Yahoo.

2. Type your Yahoo Mail username, email, or mobile phone number associated with the account and tap Next.

3. Enter your password and tap Next.

4. After a moment, you'll be signed in and taken to the inbox.

To sign into Yahoo Mail using a mobile app, just enter the username and password.

If you are already already signed into a Yahoo account but want to log into another, do this:

1. In the Yahoo Mail app, tap the Y! Icon at the top left of the screen.

2. In the menu, tap Manage accounts.

3. Tap Add account. (If you are using an iPhone, you will see a dialog box asking permission to open a browser window - tap Continue.)

4. Enter your Yahoo Mail username, email, or mobile phone number associated with the account and tap Next.

5. Type your password and tap Next.

6. After a moment, you'll be signed in and taken to the inbox.

To sign into a second Yahoo Mail account, use the Manage Accounts option and add a new account. How to log into Yahoo Mail on a computer

You can log into Yahoo Mail in a web browser the same way no matter what kind of computer - PC or Mac - you are using. Open a browser and go to mail.yahoo.com. Then do this:

1. Type your Yahoo Mail username, email, or mobile phone number associated with the account and type Next.

2. Type your password and tap Next.

3. After a moment, you'll be signed in and taken to the inbox.

Enter your username and password in a browser to log into Yahoo Mail on your PC or Mac. What to do if you can't log into Yahoo Mail

There are a handful of reasons why you might have trouble logging into Yahoo Mail. The most common one is that you've lost or forgotten your username or password. Thankfully, Yahoo makes it easy to recover your account by resetting your sign-in credentials. On the sign-in page, try this:

  • If you don't know your Yahoo username or Yahoo email address, tap Forgot username? under the Next button. On the next page, you can enter your recovery email address (another email address you have previously associated with the account) or phone number, then tap Continue and follow the instructions to log in.
  • Similarly, if you don't know your password, tap Forgot Password? under the Next button and follow the directions to reset your password and log in.
Use the Forgot username? or Forgot password links to sign in if you can’t successfully enter your credentials.

You might also see an invalid ID or password error when trying to sign in. There are a few common fixes:

  • This usually means you've made some sort of typo when entering your credentials. Double-check your spelling, making sure you're using the right capitalization and not confusing similar characters, such as I, L, and 1.
  • If the problem persists, try logging in on a different device or use a different web browser.
  • If you're using your browser's autofill tool, disable it and enter the username and password manually.
  • You can also try to reset your password using the Forgot password? link. It's possible you changed the password at some point in the past and didn't record the change.

If your sign-in isn't working, but you're not seeing an error message - the page just reloads after you enter your username and password - you might need to clear your browser's cookies. To do that, see how to clear your cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari.

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The GOP-led, Trump-supported 'audit' of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona election confirms Biden won

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:57pm  |  Clusterstock
US President Donald Trump listens to officials during a roundtable discussion on community safety, at Mary D. Bradford High School in in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020.
  • Arizona's so-called election audit confirmed Joe Biden's win over Trump in November 2020 election.
  • Republicans in the state senate commissioned cybersecurity company Cyber Ninjas to lead the audit.
  • Biden became the first Democrat to win in Maricopa County since President Harry S. Truman in 1948.
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A controversial GOP-led audit of Arizona's election results further validated President Joe Biden's win last November over Donald Trump.

The analysis of the election results in Maricopa County, the largest county in Arizona, was released on Friday, after a draft report leaked on Thursday. The audit resulted in Trump losing 261 votes, and Biden gained 99 additional votes.

Republicans in Arizona's state Senate commissioned Cyber Ninjas to helm the audit in April 2021 after Biden became the first Democrat to win in Maricopa County since President Harry S. Truman won in 1948.

The election autopsy was funded by right-wing groups and donors and was widely criticized, including by Arizona Republicans. Maricopa County's GOP-led Board of Supervisors said the draft reports were "littered with errors and faulty conclusions."

After a report from the Cyber Ninjas-led review leaked to the media on Thursday, Maricopa County leaders highlighted the fact that even it had found the state was not "stolen" from Trump, as Insider previously reported.

"The #azaudit draft report from Cyber Ninjas confirms the county's canvass of the 2020 General Election was accurate and the candidates certified as the winners did, in fact, win," the official county Twitter account stated on Thursday.

Outside observers have criticized the review as a partisan endeavor that deviated from best practices. A June report from the nonpartisan States United Democracy Center questioned the professionalism of those counting Maricopa County's 2.1 million ballots, suggesting flaws in the process could lead to false claims of "fraud." The final product, they argued, "should not be trusted."

Mark Lindeman, an expert on election audits at the nonprofit Verified Voting, on Friday described the Cyber Ninjas review as a "travesty."

"The spinning-wheel hand counts, the arbitrary restrictions on observers, the reckless claims of fraud (and the quiet walkbacks), the madcap search for bamboo ballots, and the endless fundraising on extremist 'media' outlets are just part of the humiliating legacy," he said in a statement.

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Here's everything you missed in Week 3 of Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:47pm  |  Clusterstock
Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos.
  • The third week of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' fraud trial has wrapped up.
  • Witnesses included a patient who got false results, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and more.
  • Here's everything that happened in the trial in its third week.
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Defense cross-examines a former Theranos scientist

Surekha Gangakhedkar, a former Theranos scientist who testified last week, returned Tuesday for cross-examination. She had testified last Friday that Theranos' Edison machines weren't ready for patient use when they began rolling out in Walgreens stores. This week, defense attorney Lance Wade responded by arguing that challenges are to be expected in developing anything. "Sometimes you have to fail before you can succeed, right?" he said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A patient speaks out on false Theranos results that indicated a miscarriage

The jury heard the trial's first patient testimony when Arizona medical assistant Brittany Gould took the stand Tuesday to explain how a Theranos test falsely suggested she was having a miscarriage when she really wasn't, according to The Mercury News. Gould had miscarried three times before but gave birth to a girl from that pregnancy. She said she and her nurse practitioner, Audra Zachman, discussed options for possibly terminating the pregnancy after getting the test results.

"You can't provide accurate patient care with inaccurate results," Gould said, according to CNBC. Gould added that she never took another Theranos test again.

Zachman also testified, saying that Gould took a test from lab giant Quest to measure levels of the hormone hCG, which is produced during pregnancy, according to The Verge. On September 30, 2014, the Quest test showed hCG levels of 1,005, which could indicate pregnancy. Zachman said these levels can double in 48 to 72 hours in a normal pregnancy. But on October 2, a Theranos test said Gould's hCG level was 12,558. Two days later, another Theranos test showed it had plummeted to 125.58; the sharp decline suggested Gould was miscarrying. Theranos later told Zachman that its second test result had a misplaced decimal and should have also showed 12,558.

James Mattis takes the stand

On Wednesday, former Defense Secretary James Mattis took the stand to describe his experience on Theranos' board. Mattis said he had invested nearly $85,000 in the now-defunct startup to "have skin in the game." He also discussed his plans with Holmes for a military pilot project of Theranos' technology. Mattis testified that "there came a point when I didn't know what to believe about Theranos anymore" after a Wall Street Journal investigation said the company's tests didn't work as advertised.

Former Theranos employee testifies

Adam Rosendorff, Theranos' former lab director, testified on Friday that he once believed Theranos was "going to be the next Apple," according to the Mercury News. As his time at the company progressed, though, he "came to realize that the company really valued PR and fundraising over patient care."

He said that, days before the commercial launch of Theranos' machines, he tried to alert Holmes that the machines were yielding inaccurate results, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"She was very nervous," he said of Holmes. "She was not her usual composed self."

Rosendorff also testified that he was expected to explain away dubious test results, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"I was often called upon to come up with reasons other than test performance," he said. "I felt pressured to defend the company's results to physicians."

More texts revealed

CNBC obtained hundreds of pages of messages between Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, her ex-boyfriend and former Theranos COO and president. One text from 2014 showed Holmes calling herself "best business person of the year." Earlier this month, prosecutors released other texts between Holmes and Balwani.

You can catch up on what happened in Week 1 here and what you missed from Week 2 here. You can read about how Holmes wound up on trial here and find out everything else you need to know about the case here.

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Photo Essay: Out at Takes the Cake, the 'drag king and thing' competition that's expanding the possibilities of drag

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:34pm  |  Clusterstock
Week 2 Winner Willy Killigan performs at Takes the Cake.

"I put the 'toxic' in toxic masculinity!"

Muscles Monty is standing on stage at Purgatory, a club in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Bathed in purple and green light, faux spiders appear to be crawling on his jacket, which is oozing neon-green slime. His face is twisted, in gruesome makeup made to look as if skin is peeling off - as if he has just fallen into a barrel of toxic waste. That is, in fact, the precise look he's going for.

It is the first night of Takes the Cake, a "drag king and thing" competition. There will be competitions on four consecutive Fridays, culminating in a grand finale on September 26 at Brooklyn's 3 Dollar Bill, a larger venue. Performers who identify anywhere on the gender spectrum are welcome.

Muscles Monty, the emcee, is part of a four-person collective called the Cake Boys, the event's host. Muscles and two others - Richard and Sweaty Eddie - are trans-identifying drag performers, while the fourth member, Senerio, identifies as queer.

The Cake Boys' Muscles Monty emcees at Takes the Cake.

New York has long been at the center of the drag scene, but drag queens have been dominant. The Cake Boys are dedicated to creating a space for drag kings, trans and nonbinary performers, and queer artists who weren't getting booked as often as their drag-queen counterparts. That's what Takes the Cake is all about.

Muscles Monty had expected a handful of people to show interest in the event. Instead, 40 performers signed up, most of whom were new to drag, and tickets quickly sold out.

"I've been watching local drag, supporting local drag, throwing dollars at local drag for years, and I saw the Cake Boys and … truly I've never seen a drag collective that's focused on drag kings and things," says Smol Papi, the runner-up from Takes the Cake's first week.

As Willy Killigan, who won Takes the Cake's second week, puts it, "it really just goes to show you that people have been thirsty for this kind of space, and it's amazing to be a part of it."

The Takes the Cake competition in Brooklyn.

The goal of the event is to "give respect to the alternative performers that may not have previously felt like they've been respected in these spaces" and "want to prove that we're just as good as the rest," says Richard, the drag king who cofounded the Cake Boys in 2019.

Richard first saw drag kings in the 2002 documentary "Venus Boyz," which showcased New York's masculine drag artists like Mo B. Dick and Dred. He started performing at a Brooklyn pageant called Mx. Nobody, which was more about cultivating space for alternative drag than about cutthroat competition.

At Takes the Cake, Richard is introduced as the "cishet of your nightmares," in a mullet and glasses. He strips out of a tracksuit and rhinestoned sneakers to take as his lover a cherry pie.

Cast of Takes the Cake, Night 1. "Queer money in circulation"

Underneath Purgatory's glittering disco ball, Takes the Cake comes to life.

Klondyke cuts open a plastic sheet and sloshes themselves through a bucket of ooze to the throb of the experimental emo rockers Brave Little Abacus.

Tuna Melt devises a rap with a message that "queer money is power and it stays with us," throwing 65 dollar bills inscribed with "Queer Money in Circulation" into the crowd.

Lucky Pierre becomes a sexy version of The Penguin from "Batman," sliding his tongue across his umbrella. Black liquid drips from his mouth.

Bucket is a tattooed janitor salaciously splashing the crowd with his mop.

For the musical interlude, Sweaty Eddie lip-syncs a mashup of Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin" and the "Silence of the Lambs" serial killer Buffalo Bill's dialogue ("It puts the lotion on the skin").

"Me, personally, I can say for sure that I'm interested in bringing delightful chaos and conflictingly evocative experiences," he says.

"Queer Money in Circulation," which was thrown into the crowd by contestant Tuna Melt.

Judges - established New York "kings and things" - offer friendly, affirming input on performers' CAQUE (pronounced either "cake" or "cock," however you prefer): concept, artistry, quality, uniqueness, and execution.

Each evening, the top four contestants participate in a wacky lip-sync roulette - it might be "Seinfeld's" wordless theme song, or Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Two winners are chosen each week. Those eight performers and four wild cards will go on to the grand finale, where the Takes the Cake winner will be crowned.

"I'm seeing art!" someone in the crowd shouted during the final night of competition before the finale.

Even as drag has gone mainstream, helped along by the massive popularity of "RuPaul's Drag Race," there is clearly an appetite for up-and-coming "kings and things" to find their voices and perform with a DIY ethos. While "Drag Race's" influence on the art is undeniable, thrusting drag into the mainstream in ways perhaps previously thought impossible, it has also perpetuated the phenomenon of mainstream drag, the high-femme drag of popular culture.

But as "Drag Race's" own Trixie Mattel once said, saying you love drag but watch only "Drag Race" is "like saying you love music" but "you only watch American Idol."

This is the idea that the Cake Boys and many others are fighting for at venues like this one. "I just feel like we're pulling away and creating a new narrative of what drag can be," Muscles Monty says.

Oliver Herface, one of the judges, performs. A performance by Week 3 Runner-Up King Charm Her. Week 4 Runner-Up Lucky Pierre.

Masculine and gender-nonconforming drag is as old as the theater itself. There was Vesta Tilley, the beloved star of the 19th-century British stage, and Florence Hines, the star of the 19th-century American stage. Japan's famed Takarazuka Revue celebrates its centennial this year.

The 1930s were rife with drag kings like Blackie Dennis and Buddy Kent, who crooned and stripped and made names for themselves in nightlife. The icon Stormé DeLarverie preferred the term "male impersonator" and performed with the touring drag troupe the Jewel Box Revue from 1955 to 1969, later becoming a Stonewall veteran. The Cockettes employed genderfuckery and glitter in large doses across both the gender spectrum and the US coasts.

In the 1990s, drag kings saw another wave of popularity with the legendary Club Casanova parties and revues assembled by Mo B. Dick, featuring performances by the iconic Dred and Murray Hill, among others. Their lineage includes Dr. Wang Newton, who has performed internationally as a drag king since 2004; Landon Cider, who won the most recent season of the drag horror competition "Dragula"; K. James of Brooklyn's Switch n' Play drag troupe; Tenderoni, a king who won the most recent Drag Queen of the Year competition; the beloved Chicago king Majic Dyke; and so many others.

The Cake Boys' Sweaty Eddie, who's also a judge. Week 1 Runner-Up Smol Papi performs at Takes the Cake. Week 2 Runner-Up Bucket performs at Takes the Cake. Contestant Bastard Motherfucker backstage at Takes the Cake.

At events like Takes the Cake, there's space to create whatever comes next for drag. It's become a haven for performers who had been seeking avenues for the drag they wanted to do.

"They saw a niche that was missing," says Mo B. Dick, who has also been a mentor for the Cake Boys and cofounded the website Drag King History. "They said, 'Wait a minute, where are the drag kings in New York City? There used to be a thriving drag-king scene - we need to bring that back.' So they are a direct lineage of the New York drag-king scene."

Week 4 Winner Klondyke performs at Takes the Cake. xx

Performers are unlimited in who they can be and how they express themselves, Senerio says.

"It could literally be a fucking mythical creature as long as it's like, Oh my God, like, bitch, you work, you came here to let the girls know, like, hey, this is who I am, and fucking eat it," Senerio says.

And really, if the Cake Boys know how to do anything, it's how to make them all eat it.

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Schools that require masks see fewer COVID-19 outbreaks, 2 new CDC studies show

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:20pm  |  Clusterstock
Kindergartner Grace Truax, 5, removes her mask before posing for a portrait during "picture day" at Rogers International School on September 23, 2020, in Stamford, Connecticut.
  • Schools that require face masks see fewer COVID-19 outbreaks, two new CDC studies found.
  • In two Arizona counties, the odds of an outbreak were 3.5 times higher in schools that didn't require masks than in schools that did.
  • Counties with school mask mandates recorded fewer COVID-19 cases among kids.
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Two new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came to a similar conclusion on Friday: Schools that require masks see fewer COVID-19 outbreaks.

One study suggested that the odds of a COVID-19 outbreak were 3.5 times higher in schools that didn't require masks than those that did. The study examined more than 1,000 K-12 public schools in Arizona's most populous counties, Maricopa and Pima.

Schools that implemented mask mandates when the school year began saw fewer outbreaks overall: Just 8% of COVID-19 outbreaks recorded from July to August took place in schools with early mask mandates. Another 33% took place in schools that implemented mask requirements late, and 59% in schools with no mask requirement.

Across the US, counties with school mask mandates have also recorded fewer COVID-19 cases among kids overall, a second CDC study found. The study examined 520 counties from July to September, 62% of which didn't have a school mask requirement.

Over the two-week period before and after school started, counties with school mask requirements saw their COVID-19 rates rise by 16 daily cases per 100,000 children, on average. Meanwhile, counties without school mask requirements saw their COVID-19 rates rise by 35 daily cases per 100,000 children, as shown in the chart below.

The studies provide evidence that students can safely attend school in-person this fall.

Indeed, a third CDC study found that 96% of US public schools were able to remain fully open for in-person learning from August to September. Just 1.5% of those schools - 1,800 in total - temporarily closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The number of school closures was highest in the South.

Masks are key until young kids can get vaccinated A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Clalit Healthcare Services in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21.

The CDC recommends a combination of strategies - masks, vaccines, testing, and social distancing - to prevent school outbreaks. But vaccines aren't authorized for kids under 12 yet.

Trials are still studying how well vaccines perform among younger age groups, and Pfizer expects to have data about the 5-to-11 age group any day now. Assuming that data is promising, the FDA could greenlight the shots for younger kids by late October. Moderna, meanwhile, expects to have data about its vaccine's efficacy among young kids later this fall or in early winter.

Even though young kids are less likely to develop severe COVID-19, they're still vulnerable.

"The Delta variant has created a new and pressing risk to children and adolescents across this country, as it has also done for unvaccinated adults," Dr. Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote in an August letter to the FDA.

The letter called upon the FDA to "ensure that COVID-19 vaccines for children can be authorized as swiftly as possible."

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What to know about futures contracts - and the 5 reasons why investors trade them

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:09pm  |  Clusterstock
Companies also use futures contracts to hedge and mitigate the risk of unexpected changes in prices.
  • Futures are financial contracts that investors can use to speculate on the direction that certain assets will move.
  • Futures contracts can derive their value from several different asset types like commodities, currencies, stock indexes, and agricultural items.
  • Investing in the futures market is considered highly speculative because of their low margin requirements and volatility.
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Much of the investing landscape is based on how an investor feels about the economic landscape and the ways in which that investor can profit or protect themselves. If you believe in a company's ability to succeed, perhaps you might buy the stock or a call option.

If you're pessimistic about a company's outlook, you may consider put options. A futures contract is another financial tool that traders can use to speculate on the price swings of assets like oil, gold and other commodities.

But what exactly are futures, how do they work, and what sets them apart from options?

What are futures?

Futures are contracts where the buyer agrees to buy a commodity or financial instrument a particular the quantity, price, and date at a later point in time - and the seller agrees to sell or deliver the asset. Futures are derivatives, which means that their value is derived from an underlying asset. For example, a futures contract on crude oil will be heavily influenced by the price fluctuations of the oil market.

Futures contracts can be critical for businesses that depend on certain input goods to operate. The airline industry is well-known for this, because of the fluctuating prices for jet fuel, and uses futures contracts to lock in prices and protect against unexpected costs.

While futures contracts based on commodities like corn, oil, and wheat are the most common, there are several other asset types that a futures contract can derive its value from. Here's a short list:

  • Commodity futures: Commodities are tangible assets, agricultural products, and natural resources used in commerce and trade. A short list of futures in this category would include soybeans, corn, wheat, crude oil, and natural gas.
  • Precious metal futures: Gold and silver are the most common metals that fall into this category. Investors who purchase futures contracts on gold or silver are usually looking to hedge against global financial uncertainty, inflation, or geopolitical events.
  • Stock index futures: Futures contracts can also derive their value from an index like the S&P 500, Nasdaq, Russell 2000, or Dow Jones. Investors use stock index futures to capitalize on anticipated movements in an index and can be sensitive to events like data releases, such as the US jobs report or statements by the Federal Reserve.
  • Currency futures: These types of futures contracts can be based on the exchange rates between countries. Some of the most popular currency futures contracts include the Canadian dollar, British Pound, Japanese Yen, and Euro.
  • US Treasury futures: The interest rates on Treasury bonds have a significant impact on a large part of the financial markets. US Treasury Futures allow investors to speculate on the potential changes in interest rates.

Quick tip: Treasury futures are not available for every type of treasury bond. Only 2-, 5-, 10-, and 30-year bonds are used for futures contracts.

Understanding how futures work

There are five key parts to every futures contract, also known as standard contract specifications.

  • Trading hours: Unlike the US stock market, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, futures trade almost 24 hours a day, six days a week, starting on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. The closing time varies between 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. ET on Friday, depending on the type of contract you're trading.
  • Contract size: Each type of contract has a predetermined size. One contract of gold will always equal 1,000 troy ounces - a unit of measure used for weighing precious metals - while one contract of S&P 500 futures will be $50 times the S&P 500 index. (So, for example, if the S&P 500 is trading at 2,300, the value of the contract would be $115,000 [$50 x 2,300]).
  • Contract value: The contract value is the current price of the contract. If gold is trading at $1,500 per ounce today, then the contract value would be $150,000.
  • Tick size: This is the smallest denomination that a contract can fluctuate and varies depending on the type of contract.
  • Delivery method: Futures contracts can be financially settled or physically settled. From the investor's perspective, these are usually financially settled, whereas businesses may choose physically settled contracts.

Quick tip: Some brokerages do not allow for physically settled futures contracts and will close the contract on your behalf if you do not do it manually. This protects the investor from receiving large quantities of unwanted items.

Futures contracts can be purchased on margin, meaning that an investor only needs to put in a small amount of money to control a much larger sum in the market. The minimum amount of money required to enter into a futures contract is known as the initial margin requirement.

These requirements are set by the futures exchange and are subject to change. Generally, the margin requirement for futures contracts is between 3%-12%. This means, depending on the price of the contract, an investor could spend $5,000 of their own cash to control a $100,000 investment, which represents only 5%.

This amount of leverage can present serious risks if the investment does not go as planned and in some cases could cause an investor to lose more than the initial amount invested.

Quick tip: Micro E-mini index futures began trading in 2019. This allows investors to enter into futures contracts on a stock index at a much lower price point. These micro futures are 1/10th the size of the standard index futures.

5 reasons investors trade futures
  1. Diversifying: Adding futures to your investment portfolio can help you gain exposure to different types of asset classes that aren't as widely available in the stock, bond, and options markets.
  2. Speculating: Investors who have an appetite for speculation may see significant gains (or losses) much quicker than in other markets.
  3. Hedging: Companies use futures contracts to mitigate the risk of unexpected changes in price. "This works particularly well for anyone that needs to control input prices for a product," says Dominique Henderson, Certified Financial Planner and owner of DJH Capital Management. If prices are rapidly increasing for a commodity, a futures contract can lock in current prices and help preserve profits.
  4. Earning tax benefits: Some futures trades can qualify for preferential tax rates using the 60/40 rule: 60% of the profits will receive long-term capital gains treatment, and the remaining 40% will be treated with short-term capital gains. This is a unique structure compared to short- and long-term gains with stocks.
  5. Short selling: Short selling is the process of profiting from downward movements in the market. For stocks, short selling usually has higher margin requirements than long positions. But with futures, the margin requirement is the same for both long positions and short positions. This means that the investor can risk less of their cash on-hand for short selling positions with futures than with stocks.
Pros and cons of futures

As with any investment vehicle, there are pros and cons that you should be aware of. These are some of the major advantages and disadvantages.

ProsCons
  • May qualify for special tax treatment
  • Generally low margin requirements
  • Longer investing hours compared to the stock market
  • Highly leveraged, meaning the investor could lose more than their initial investment
  • Highly speculative with the potential for significant losses
  • Increased complexity
Futures vs. options

Futures and stock options have many similarities - both are contracts between two parties and can allow an investor to hedge and protect their portfolio - but there are some key differences that you should be aware of.

FuturesStock options
  • Buyer has the obligation to purchase, while the seller has the obligation to sell the underlying asset
  • Cannot be purchased on individual stocks, only certain stock indexes
  • Can lock in the prices for physical goods and financial instruments
  • Buyer has the right, not the obligation, to buy or sell shares at the specified price
  • Can be purchased on nearly any individual stock or ETF
  • Options can only lock in prices for financial instruments, not physical goods
The financial takeaway

Investing with futures can be a way to diversify your portfolio in ways that the more traditional stock and bond investor can't. This additional exposure comes with a few trade offs which include higher rates of volatility, longer trading hours, and special tax advantages.

"Futures tend to be a more complex or advanced financial instrument," adds Henderson. While the potential for large profits may be tempting, carefully consider the risks before entering into futures trading. It may also be wise to consult a Certified Financial Planner to ensure that a negative move in the futures market does not threaten your overall financial security.

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Chris Cuomo accuser Shelley Ross says humiliation and public criticism isn't enough to stop sexual harassment

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:09pm  |  Clusterstock
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo
  • The woman accusing CNN's Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment told Insider her remedy for such behavior.
  • Shelley Ross said workplace trainings "clearly" haven't been effective.
  • She said she wants people to understand the "entire landscape" of what women navigate.
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The woman who has accused CNN's Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her in 2005 told Insider that society must take a new approach to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace.

"Clearly, sexual harassment training in the workplace didn't work [in my case]," Shelley Ross told Insider.

Ross, Cuomo's former boss at ABC, wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Friday that the popular CNN anchor groped her rear during a hug while they were both attending a going-away party for a colleague.

Ross said Cuomo emailed her an apology one hour later, and Cuomo confirmed to The Times that the incident occurred.

Ross suggested to Insider that certain workplace policies - particularly the most punitive ones - have been ineffective at protecting women and deterring men.

"I really think we have to find a way forward that doesn't threaten men that they're going to lose their jobs in 36 hours," Ross said.

"Clearly, humiliating Matt Lauer wasn't a deterrent for others," she added, referring to the longtime NBC personality who was fired in 2018 amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations.

Ross added that she'd seen comments on her Times op-ed suggesting that Cuomo groping her 16 years ago wasn't such a big deal. But she said that response showed that many people don't understand the scope of what women face in the workplace.

"I get that reaction," she said, noting that she experienced much more than just one incident over her decades-long career.

"I think we have to figure out a way to have external investigations, and have some sort of process where people just own the truth," she said. "And I think if we saw the entire landscape of what women are navigating, I think that that could help affect change."

Cuomo did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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How, where, and when to get your COVID-19 booster shot

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:09pm  |  Clusterstock
Jamilette Mota, 17, receives her Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Josselyn Solano at a mobile clinic in Los Angeles, on April 20.

Booster shots are here - for some Americans, at least.

US regulators published their recommendations this week as to who should get a third dose of Pfizer's vaccine. But there were slight differences between the guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The FDA authorized Pfizer boosters on Wednesday for people 65 years and older and others at high risk of severe COVID-19. That includes people who are more likely to get sick because of their health status, as well those who are at high risk of exposure to the virus due to where they live and work - such as healthcare workers, teachers and daycare staff, grocery store workers, and residents of homeless shelters or prisons.

Then on Thursday, the CDC recommended Pfizer boosters for people 65 years and older, nursing home residents, and people ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions. The agency said younger adults with underlying medical conditions or those at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their job or living arrangement could consider a booster.

Here's a rundown of how, where, and when to get a third shot based on your eligibility.

Who should get a booster shot, and when?

The FDA authorized a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine last month for people with severely weakened immune systems - including people receiving cancer treatment, those with advanced HIV infections, or organ transplant patients. Third doses are necessary for this group, since immunocompromised people don't develop the same protection from two shots as others do.

Scientists also agree that elderly people - those 65 years and older - require boosters, since their immunity from vaccines tends to wane more quickly than average.

But there's less consensus when it comes to the rest of the population.

An independent group of advisors to the CDC out forth its own guidance on Thursday, which recommend Pfizer boosters for nursing home residents, people 65 and older, and all adults with underlying medical conditions. But they do not suggest the shot for healthcare workers, teachers, or prisoners.

Scientists do agree, however, that nobody needs a booster until at least six months after their second dose.

Pfizer's data suggests that its vaccine is highly protective against symptomatic COVID-19 for at least six months. The third dose may help maintain that protection when given 6 to 12 months out.

How do you book a booster appointment?

Roughly 80,000 vaccination locations will offer boosters across the country, according to Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator. For the most part, the shots are available at the same locations where people got their first and second doses - including pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. Many states have closed their large clinics and drive-through sites, though.

Just like the first vaccines, booster shots are free.

"It will be easy. Just show your vaccination card, and you'll get a booster," President Joe Biden said last month. "No other ID, no insurance, no state residency requirement."

Both Walgreens and CVS are asking people to confirm that they meet either the FDA or CDC's eligibility requirements, though the pharmacies don't require specific documentation.

CVS said boosters will be available at 6,000 of its pharmacies and clinics starting Friday.

Walgreens said people can book appointments over the phone or online starting Saturday. Eligible people can either bring their COVID-19 vaccine card to the appointment or provide evidence of their last two vaccine doses and receive a new card. (People who lost their cards can typically retrieve their record by contacting their state health department or the site where they got vaccinated.)

What about those who got J&J?

People who got the Johnson & Johnson shot will likely need second shots in the future, even though the company has said its jab offers "strong" protection against Delta and other variants of concern.

This week, J&J announced that a second dose of its vaccine led to 94% protection against moderate to severe COVID-19.

Some health experts who got the J&J shot, however, have "topped off" with a shot from Moderna or Pfizer, even though that approach goes against the recommendations.

But do we really need boosters?

For most people, there's no need to run to the pharmacy for a booster right away. Vaccines are still highly effective in preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death.

"The real problem in this country is not that we need to boost the vaccinated - it's that we need to vaccinate the un-vaccinated," Dr. Paul Offit, who sits on the FDA's vaccine advisory committee, told Insider. "That's the problem. Until we do that, we're going to suffer in this country."

The World Health Organization also opposes any move to offer boosters to the general public while so many people in the world remain unvaccinated.

"It's too soon, really. There isn't enough evidence from enough countries around the world to suggest that the vaccines are indeed failing," Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO's chief scientist, said at a Physicians for Human Rights panel on Monday.

"The main goal of the vaccines is to prevent severe disease and death," she added. "The main goal is not to prevent infection."

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UFC 266 features 2 title matches and the return of Nick Diaz - here's how to watch live on September 25

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Alexander Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title at UFC 266.
  • Alexander Volkanovski and Valentina Shevchenko defend their championship belts at UFC 266 on Saturday.
  • Fan-favorite fighter Nick Diaz returns to the octagon after six years to face Robbie Lawler.
  • The UFC 266 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $7 a month or $70 a year.
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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will fight Brian Ortega, and Valentina Shevchenko will defend the women's flyweight belt against Lauren Murphy in the co-main event matches of UFC 266. The pay-per-view (PPV) event will stream live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 25, with the main card starting at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

UFC fan favorite and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will return to the UFC octagon for the first time in more than six years to fight middleweight Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. Diaz and Lawler fought 17 years ago at UFC 47, where Diaz finished Lawler with a second-round knockout.

Lawler has remained active in UFC but lost his last four fights dating back to 2017. Diaz versus Lawler will be the second non-main event or title fight scheduled for five rounds in UFC history.

The UFC 266 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $7 a month or $70 a year. ESPN is also offering a deal price of $89.98 for UFC 266 and one year of ESPN+; a 30% discount.

UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega fight card

Early Prelims - 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass
  • Jonathan Pearce versus Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer [Featherweight]
  • Matthew Semelsberger versus Martin Sano [Welterweight]
  • Cody Brundage versus Nick Maximov [Middleweight]
  • Uros Medic versus Jalin Turner [Lightweight]
Prelims - 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN News
  • Roxanne Modafferi versus Taila Santos [Women's flyweight]
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov versus Chris Daukaus [Heavyweight]
  • Dan Hooker versus Nasrat Haqparast [Lightweight]
  • Marlon Moraes versus Merab Dvalishvili [Bantamweight]
Main Card - 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70
  • Jessica Andrade versus Cynthia Calvillo [Women's flyweight]
  • Curtis Blaydes versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik [Heavyweight]
  • Nick Diaz versus Robbie Lawler [Middleweight]
  • Valentina Shevchenko versus Lauren Murphy [Women's flyweight title match]
  • Alexander Volkanovski versus Brian Ortega [Featherweight title match]
How to watch UFC 266

You can watch the main event of UFC 266 live on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on September 25. The event is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card.

The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPNews cable channel. The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and is an ESPN+ exclusive PPV event.

This means you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you're able to purchase UFC 266. An ESPN+ membership costs $7 a month or $70 a year. The UFC 266 PPV event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN+ subscription.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on UFC 266

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 266, you can take advantage of a discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 266 included for a total of $89.98. That's about 35% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $70.

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How to turn on dark mode in Microsoft Outlook to change your display and reduce eye strain

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 6:01pm  |  Clusterstock
You can enable or disable a dark theme on Outlook in a few steps.
  • To enable dark mode in Outlook, click the File tab, choose Office Account, and set the Office Theme to black.
  • You can toggle messages between light and dark mode using the Switch Background button at the top of the message window.
  • You can set Outlook on the web to dark mode using the Settings menu.
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Like many programs, Microsoft Outlook offers a dark mode that you can switch on to help reduce eye strain. Black text against a bright background can be difficult to read, especially in the early morning or late evening hours.

You can switch between dark mode and other color settings in Outlook manually or let Outlook follow the way you've configured Windows.

How to turn on dark mode in Outlook

You can turn on dark mode by setting Outlook's color scheme to black:

1. In Outlook, click File in the toolbar. You'll see the Account Information page.

2. In the sidebar on the left, click Office Account.

3. Under Office Theme, click the dropdown menu and choose Black.

4. Click the back button at the top left of the window to return to the inbox.

The Office Account page in the File tab is where you'll find the Office Theme menu for choosing dark mode.

Quick tip: Outlook can follow whatever color scheme Windows is using. In the Office Theme dropdown menu, choose Use system setting. If you've configured Windows for dark mode, Outlook will do the same.

How to turn off dark mode in Outlook

When Outlook is using the dark theme, you can switch dark mode on and off for the current message using the dark mode toggle button. Click the Switch Background button at the top of the message window to the left of the Reply button. The button changes from looking like a lightbulb to a moon depending on whether you've turned dark mode on or off for that message.

Use the button to the left of the message's Reply button to toggle between light and dark mode.

If you prefer, you can disable the dark theme entirely:

1. Click File in the toolbar and then click Options.

2. In the General tab, find Office Themes in the Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section.

3. Click the dropdown menu and choose White.

4. Click the checkbox to enable Never change the message background color.

Later, even if you turn on the black Office Theme, the option to toggle the message background to black will not appear.

Go to Outlook Options to disable the dark mode in message windows entirely. How to use dark mode in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

If you use Outlook in a web browser, you can enable dark mode there as well.

1. Go to Outlook.com or Outlook on the web in any browser.

2. At the top of the page, click Settings (shaped like a gear).

3. In the Settings panel, click the button to the right of Dark mode. When on, the button will slide to the right and the display will go dark.

Go to Settings to turn Dark mode on or off.

Once dark mode is turned on, you can toggle individual messages between light and dark mode. In a message window, click the button to the left of the reply button. The button changes from looking like a lightbulb to a moon depending on whether you've turned dark mode on or off for that message.

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The 6 best places to buy Halloween decorations - scary and cute decor for indoors and outdoors

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 5:57pm  |  Clusterstock

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  • We found the best places to buy Halloween decorations in a range of styles and prices.
  • Home Depot, Target, and Michael's have creative Halloween decorations for indoors and outdoors.
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It's the time of the year to fill your home with pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, and more spine-chilling decorations. For all the different styles and ways to decorate for Halloween, we've rounded up the best places to buy Halloween decorations.

If you prefer cute and non-scary decorations, Target, Michael's, and World Market have adorable decor for Halloween and Day of the Dead. For the household that likes to be the scariest on the block, Home Depot and Amazon have a variety of haunting decorations to turn your porch into a graveyard.

Here are the six best places for Halloween decorations:

Michael's

Michael's has a huge variety of Halloween decorations with creepy and cute options for indoors and outdoors. Plus, you can get decorations at affordable prices. 

15.5" Lighted Flickering Gothic Candelabra (small)Skeleton Arm Path Marker (small)8" Purple LED BOO Galaxy Pumpkin (small) Target

Target has everything from pumpkin-themed decorations (for as low as $4) to inflatable ghosts for your front yard. 

25ct LED "Beware" Halloween String Lights Orange/Purple (small)Lakeside Lighted Gothic Rose Halloween Wreath with Faux Red Rose Accents (small)16oz Halloween Mason Jars - 4ct (small) World Market

World Market has tasteful decorations for Halloween and Day of the Dead. If you're looking for pillar candles to match an eerie candle holder, World Market has a solid variety of unscented sizes.

Faceless Ghoul Halloween Hanging Figure (small)Small Multicolor Day Of The Dead Cutout Tissue Paper Banner (small)Hollowed Pumpkin With Skeleton Scene LED Light Up Decor (small) Home Depot

Home Depot is your go-to if you're looking for outdoor Halloween decorations. Especially for special effects, Home Depot has a great selection of fog machines and inflatable decorations for $15

Home Accents Holiday 7' LED Purple Willow Tree (small)5 in. Color Changing Graveyard Halloween Tabletop Shadow Lights (small)Home Accents Holiday Trick or Treat Halloween Mesh Wreath with Witch (small) Amazon

Amazon has thousands of frightening indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations that can be delivered to your door in days. 

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn has cute Halloween decorations to bring a slightly less scary look into your kitchen or living room. 

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Shelley Ross, the ex-boss of Chris Cuomo who accused him of sexual harassment, says the CNN anchor needs 'a big education in this culture war'

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 5:24pm  |  Clusterstock
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.
  • Shelley Ross, Chris Cuomo's former boss who accused him of sexual harassment, says the CNN anchor needs "a big education in this culture war" involving harassment in the workplace.
  • She told Insider she believes Cuomo has not learned about sexual harassment, citing his response to her op-ed.
  • She suggested in her New York Times op-ed that Cuomo "journalistically repent" for his actions.
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Shelley Ross, Chris Cuomo's former boss at ABC who has accused him of sexually harassing her, says the CNN anchor needs "a big education in this culture war" involving harassment in the workplace.

Ross spoke to Insider on Friday after writing an op-ed in the New York Times in which she said Cuomo grabbed her buttocks at a colleague's going away party in 2005.

She said she believes Cuomo has not enlightened himself about sexual harassment, citing his response to her op-ed.

Cuomo had told the Times in a response to her essay: "As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it."

Ross told Insider that she didn't see what Cuomo did as an "interaction," and instead said she was "groped."

"I followed Chris Cuomo as a CNN anchor. I think he's grown in the anchor chair over 15 or 16 years," she said. "And I really didn't know much about his personal life, but I would like to think that in 15 years that somebody can be enlightened. Clearly, by his response, I see he hasn't done any [work]. He needs a big education in this culture war."

In her New York Times op-ed, Ross suggested Cuomo "journalistically repent," during which he could study sexism, harassment, and bias in the workplace and report on it on air.

"Wouldn't you watch it? To watch was as he learns and watch his journey of what we're all talking about and what we're all going through that he's blind to?" she asked.

Cuomo did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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'Britney vs Spears' covers the pop star's battle to end her conservatorship - the documentary hits Netflix on September 28

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Britney Spears performs in 2017.
  • "Britney vs Spears" is a documentary covering Britney Spears' court battle to end her conservatorship.
  • The movie will be available to stream on Netflix starting September 28.
  • Netflix costs $9 a month for SD quality and $14 a month for HD quality.
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"Britney vs Spears" premieres on September 28 exclusively on Netflix. The documentary is scheduled for release one day before the next court hearing related to Britney Spears' conservatorship.

The conservatorship gives Spears' father, Jamie, and a lawyer control over some of Spears' financial and personal assets. In June, Spears requested that the court bring an end to her conservatorship. Fans of Spears who oppose the legal arrangement started the #FreeBritney movement and held protests outside the courthouse during previous hearings.

The documentary, directed by Erin Lee Carr, investigates Britney Spears' conservatorship and the court case that could end the arrangement. Carr directed a previous documentary for Netflix, "How to Fix a Drug Scandal," in 2020.

Netflix's "Britney vs Spears" follows another recent documentary, "Framing Britney Spears," which also focused on the pop star's legal conflicts. "Framing Britney Spears" premiered on Hulu in February.

Where to watch 'Britney vs Spears'

You can watch "Britney vs Spears" on September 28 on Netflix. Subscriptions to the streaming service start at $9 a month. The basic plan allows you to watch Netflix's extensive catalog of movies, TV shows, and original series in standard definition (SD) on one device at a time.

For high definition (HD) streaming, you can subscribe to Netflix's standard plan for $14 and stream on two devices at once. Families who need more screens and customers looking for the best viewing experience may enjoy Netflix's premium plan. For $18 a month, this tier supports up to 4K HDR streaming and four simultaneous streams.

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With a subscription to Netflix, you unlock access to one of the largest streaming libraries on the market. The catalog includes several popular Netflix originals, like "Stranger Things" and "The Witcher." You can also watch hit shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Schitt's Creek," as well as entertaining movies like "Uncut Gems" and "Legally Blonde."

Where can I watch other Britney Spears documentaries?

Multiple documentaries have recently covered Britney Spears' court battles. As part of a "The New York Times Presents" series, Hulu subscribers can stream the "Framing Britney Spears" documentary right now.

Subscriptions to Hulu start at $6 a month for ad-supported streaming, but prices will increase by $1 in October.

A follow-up documentary titled "Controlling Britney Spears" will be available to stream on Hulu starting September 24 at 10 p.m. ET.

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12 luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip that will make you feel like a high roller without spending like one

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  • Las Vegas hotels offer opulent luxury at surprisingly cheap prices.
  • Many five-star stays on or near the Las Vegas Strip often start under $250 per night.
  • The best luxury hotels in Las Vegas boast spacious suites, private pools, excellent views, and more.
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There's plenty to gamble on in Las Vegas, but you don't have to risk the odds when it comes to choosing a hotel.

Las Vegas is one of the few US cities where a luxury hotel can regularly start under $250 per night, sometimes as low as $75 to $100. Of course, weekends and high seasons will bring increased prices, but with a little sleuthing you might just snag a great deal so you can save those extra dollars for Sin City's casino floors, top-notch restaurants, and world-class entertainment.

Browse all the best luxury Las Vegas hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area:These are the best luxury hotels in Las Vegas, sorted by price from low to high. Signature at MGM Grand Every room here is a suite with apartment-like features.

Book Signature at MGM Grand

Typical starting/peak prices: $89/$320

Best for: Families, business travelers

On-site amenities: Pool, restaurants, shops

Pros: All rooms are quiet, apartment-style suites with kitchenettes and are close to the action but removed from the party atmosphere.

Cons: The walk to MGM Grand is long and some may view the off-Strip location and lack of a casino as a con.

The Signature is an all-suite hotel set back from the MGM Grand's main resort and casino but is still easily accessible to it by indoor walkways. There's no casino on-site, which means the crowd is less rowdy, and the hotel feels peaceful. There are fewer amenities too, though all of the restaurants, entertainment, and wellness found at MGM Grand are just steps away. 

We once used the Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book here and scored extra perks such as free upgrade, late checkout, and complimentary food and beverage credit. Spacious suites are quiet and include spa baths, flat-screen TVs, separate sitting areas, balconies, and kitchenettes for an apartment-like experience. It's a great fit for a family or someone in town for business on an extended stay.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

NoMad Las Vegas The luxe NoMad has its own sleek pool that is private from guests at adjacent Park MGM.

Book NoMad Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $99/$345

Best for: Couples, friends

On-site amenities: Spa, salon, fitness center, restaurants, Moroccan-themed pool deck just for NoMad guests

Pros: The hotel feels in-the-know and stylish, hidden away from the throngs filling Park MGM, while still offering easy access to its amenities. 

Cons: The hotel within a hotel concept is intimate, and lacks the big Vegas punch of other big resorts.

Located on the upper four floors of the Park MGM Las Vegas, the NoMad Las Vegas is the third location from the luxury NoMad hotel group with properties in New York and Los Angeles.

It's one of many hotel-within-a-hotel concepts that are popular in Las Vegas (and within this list) for a more intimate, boutique-quality that feels rare in this town of mega-resorts. Rooms are decadent and design-forward featuring hardwood floors, velvet furnishings, and standalone soaking bathtubs in the bedroom.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Aria Resort & Casino Aria has a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms.

Book Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $107/$359

Best for: Groups of friends, couples

On-site amenities: Casino, 16 restaurants, CityCenter shops, nightclub, huge spa, three pools, fitness center

Pros: Rooms boast high-end technology for an exceptionally comfortable stay and the location is very central to the Las Vegas Strip.

Cons: Food is pricey on property, as is the resort fee.

Located on the Las Vegas Strip within the CityCenter complex, Aria is a glittering curvilinear property with a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Opened just a decade ago, rooms feature fully tricked-out tech, including a one-touch room control system to adjust lighting, curtains, and more from the touch of a tablet.

Hakkasan Group's Jewel nightclub is located here, as is a huge spa with 62 treatment rooms, and three pools, including the Liquid pool club for grown folks.

Plus, the location is central, close to the City Center, conference events, and all the Strip action.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas Even the cheapest standard rooms are suites with separate living areas.

Book The Venetian Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $113/$399

Best for: Families, first-time visitors, couples, business travelers

On-site amenities: Casino, theater, night club, Grand Canal Shoppes, multiple pools, 80 restaurants, bars, spa, fitness center

Pros: Even entry-level rooms at this all-suite hotel are impressively large, and it's tough to beat taking an indoor gondola around. 

Cons: The opulent style might not be to your tastes if you prefer a sleeker, modern look. 

This five-star Las Vegas Strip resort is one of the most instantly recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it's best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.

There are 80 restaurants — including Thomas Keller's Bouchon — a glittering casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and a pool deck that covers 1.2 acres, and every room is a suite, and huge, starting at 650 square feet.

The Venetian also connects to the Sands Expo & Convention Center, and guests are granted access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club gym.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Venetian Encore at Wynn Las Vegas The Encore is the Wynn's take on a boutique hotel.

Book the Encore at Wynn

Typical starting/peak prices: $115/$410

Best for: Groups of friends, couples, families

On-site amenities: Encore-only pool, access to Wynn's mega-complex of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, spa, pools, gym, and even a golf course.

Pros: This hotel has a boutique vibe with all the perks of a huge resort that caters to a sleek set.

Cons: Room pricing is volatile and can swing dramatically in either direction.

Not to be confused with the Wynn itself, the Encore is the Wynn's take on a boutique offering. It also comes with all the benefits of being housed within a parent property.

While guests of the Wynn can't use Encore facilities, such as the pool, all those booked at Encore are allowed privileges at both. I've scored cheaper deals at Encore, though historically it's sometimes more expensive than Wynn. If you like the glitz of the Wynn but think it feels too overwhelming, or prefer a more intimate approach, the Encore offers a solid alternative.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Nobu Hotel is zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites.

Book Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Typical starting price: $116/$447

Best for: Couples, business travelers

On-site amenities: Nobu restaurant, pool, spa, the full slate of dining, shopping, and entertainment available at adjacent Caesars Palace

Pros: The hotel is quiet and private with a gorgeous Japanese-inspired design by noted architect David Rockwell.

Cons: There is a steep resort fee of $45 per night plus tax.

Inside the blockbuster 85-acre, 3,960 room resort Caesars Palace, the intimate Nobu Hotel is tucked away as a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel concept, created by the famed sushi chef of the same name. If Caesars is frenetic and bustling, Nobu Hotel is uber-Zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Staying here feels a bit like being a celebrity, with added VIP perks.

Rooms channel Japanese traditions with deep soaking tubs and come with free Wi-Fi, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and Natura Bisse toiletries, as well as priority seating at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge. 

Nobu Hotel guests also have access to a private front desk and lounge, the Venus Pool at Caesars Palace, expedited line privilege at OMNIA nightclub, a complimentary Friday social hour, and a dedicated hotel concierge.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Bellagio Las Vegas We love the Bellagio for its central location, designer shopping, and iconic fountain show.

Book Bellagio Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $119/$475

Best for: Families, first-time visitors, business travelers

On-site amenities: Casino, multiple restaurants and bars, nightlife, spa, pool, designer shopping

Pros: This is a fashionable hotel with a classy casino, excellent shopping, and a must-try buffet. 

Cons: You'll have to brave the summer heat to score cheap prices here.

The Bellagio draws a consistent crowd for its central Strip location, popular casino, designer fashion, and curated art, including the signature Dale Chihuly glass installation hanging from the lobby ceiling.

It's also a huge draw to those craning for a front-row view of the dancing fountains, and there's no better spot than a room overlooking the action. We've reviewed the balcony room facing the fountains and can confirm it's one of the best rooms on the Strip. Plus, in what's clearly a competitive field, they might have one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, though that's subject to change in a post-pandemic world. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of Bellagio Las Vegas Wynn Las Vegas The Wynn is renowned as one of the best on the Strip with world-class amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment.

Book the Wynn Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $131/$497

Best for: Groups of friends, couples, families, first-time visitors, business travelers

On-site amenities: Casino, designer shops, entertainment theater, fitness center, spa, pools, multiple restaurants and bars

Pros: No detail is overlooked at this stunning resort with a beautiful pool and spa area, beautiful guest rooms, and plenty to keep you on-site.

Cons: Some might view the Strip location as far from other attractions, and prices surge in the high season.

I once stayed at this luxury resort and casino and was blown away by the level of detail and thoughtfulness in each generously appointed guest room. The design is immaculate with a clean, modern palette and smart-enabled features that only add to an air of sophistication. 

Since then, the hotel's reputation has only continued to grow as one of the best on the Strip with world-class resort amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. There's a reason it's consistently rated as one of the best places to stay in Vegas and if you can secure a good deal, this might be one of the best places to book.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of the Wynn Las Vegas Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas A posh pool deck strikes a serene tone.

Book the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $139/$384

Best for: Couples, business travelers

On-site amenities: French restaurant, 3 pools, spa, fitness center, easy access to CityCenter complex

Pros: The Waldorf is a leading figure in luxury and this location is no exception.

Cons: A major renovation was delayed due to COVID.

Travelers accustomed to the highest level of hospitality book this five-star property known for immaculate service and spacious rooms that start at 500 square feet with extravagant soaking tubs.

With no casino on-site, it's another great option when you prefer a more blissful stay. If you come to Vegas for luxe spas, pools, and dining, this is a great bet.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Palazzo at the Venetian Spread out in standard suites with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, all the amenities of the Venetian.

Book The Palazzo at The Venetian

Typical starting/peak prices: $142/$399

Best for: Groups of friends, couples, families

On-site amenities: Pool, spa, access to the Venetian's casino, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and entertainment.

Pros: This is like a higher-end version of The Venetian with close access to all its attractions.

Cons: While prices in summer are cheap, expect them to skyrocket at other times when it's more comfortable to visit the desert.

While The Venetian is perhaps more well-known, and cheaper, consider a stay at its sister property, The Palazzo.

Newer and more low-key but equally refined, even The Palazzo's standard rooms are dubbed Luxury Suites and are not only more up-to-date than entry-level Venetian offerings but significantly larger. Spread out with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, and relish in the fact that your room is just steps from tons of the Strip's best attractions, plus all that the Venetian has to offer.

COVID-19 status and policies available here.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection Bold, sleek, decor shines on the casino floor, especially in the signature Chandelier Bar.

Book The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection

Typical starting/peak prices: $150/$500

Best for: Groups of friends, couples

On-site amenities: Celebrity chef-driven restaurants, several bars and lounges, a pool deck with dive-in movie nights, gym, Drybar salon

Pros: Staying at Cosmo offers the trimmings of a Las Vegas resort in a boutique format. The central location is one of the best on the Strip, and balcony views are hard to come by elsewhere.

Cons: In high season, expect the starting rate to at least double.

The Cosmopolitan is trendy, hip, and sophisticated, and generally feels like you're hanging out inside a chandelier (likely why they have a bar named after one). It's a favorite among those visiting Las Vegas who want to join in on nightlife action over betting at tables, though the latter is readily available too. Plus, it's one of the few hotels with balconies — request one facing Bellagio for a great view of the fountain show.

A member of the Autograph Collection of hotels, it's also a great way for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn and redeem points. Book here if you're looking to blur the lines between a glam getaway and a healthy dose of revelry.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Read our full hotel review of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas There's a private, tranquil pool area just for Four Seasons guests, plus all the perks and attention to detail associated with the brand.

Book the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Typical starting/peak prices: $250/$495

Best for: Couples, business travelers

On-site amenities: Private pool only for Four Seasons guests, all the bars, restaurants, spa of Mandalay Bay.

Pros: Enjoy top luxury accommodations with impeccable service and a private pool that is separate from the more raucous Mandalay Bay.

Cons: The Mandalay Bay crowd can be rowdy, and you still have to navigate that space to find the Four Seasons. The location is also at the far end of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Four Seasons is a symbol of luxury and one that often comes with an accompanying high price tag. However, I've seen deals around $200 per night at this location hidden within Mandalay Bay, and it's widely regarded as one of the nicest hotels in Vegas.

Rooms feel like a scintillating oasis of luxury, cocooned away from the frenetic pace of the Strip, though, it's right there when you choose to seek it out. There's a private, tranquil pool area for Four Seasons guests only, plus all the perks and indulgent attention to detail you'd expect from a Four Seasons.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Luxury hotels in Las Vegas Where is Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is located in the southern tip of the state of Nevada, near the borders of both California and Arizona. 

When will I find the best deals on Las Vegas luxury hotels?

You'll often find the cheapest hotel prices in Las Vegas midweek in summer, when scorching hot temperatures keep most travelers away, or in the winter, after New Year's Day, when it's still too cool to hit the pool. Once the temperatures turn milder, expect prices to rise.

Much of Las Vegas tourism also revolves around an annual convention calendar, which often drives up hotel prices. Holidays also see an influx of crowds.

Why are Las Vegas hotels cheap?

Because Vegas resorts make most of their profits on the casino floor, cheap room rates are intended to attract guests who will then spend their extra money on slots and tables.

As Las Vegas is located in a desert climate, you can expect hot, hot summers and cool winters. No matter when you visit, it's likely to be chilly at night. Early winter and spring, however, offer the nicest, mildest weather when it will be the most comfortable to stroll the Las Vegas Strip or lounge at the pool.

Though, if you're planning to spend most of your time indoors on the casino or convention floor, the weather likely won't be a big factor when considering the time of year to visit.

Is Las Vegas open?

Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.

However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.

Large indoor events also have masks, testing, and vaccination requirements so check before arriving both with local Las Vegas mandates, the Nevada Health Response updates, as well as your individual hotel and destination.

Is it safe to stay in hotels right now?

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. And, with added caution, experts we spoke to said it is safe to stay in a hotel

How we selected the best Las Vegas luxury hotels
  1. All hotels are five-star stays with exceptional luxury service, decor, rooms, amenities, and high-quality attractions.
  2. Hotels have been personally visited and/or vetted by our team of reviewers whenever possible, and include accompanying reviews in most cases.
  3. Every standard room in this list feels like you've upgraded to a suite or more indulgent offering.
  4. Hotels are also loved by guests with top ratings and reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor, Booking.com, and Hotels.com.
  5. All of these luxury hotels are priced under $250 per night to start in the low season. 
  6. For this guide, we looked for hotels on or right near the Strip. However, you may also want to consider some of the best Vegas hotels off the Strip too.
  7. All hotels also have updated COVID-19 policies, which we've outlined below.
  8. Hotel rooms are sophisticated and spacious, even for entry-level, standard rooms.
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How to watch college football without cable - the 2021 season continues with new matchups on September 25

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Notre Dame's college football team faces off against Wisconsin on September 25.
  • The 2021 NCAA college football season began on August 28 and runs through December.
  • Games are broadcast on local stations, national networks, and college sports channels.
  • You can watch select college football matches without cable via live TV streaming services like Sling TV.
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The 2021 NCAA college football season kicked off in late August and will continue through December. Playoffs occur after the regular season ends, and the championship game is currently scheduled for January 10.

As we enter Week Four, several exciting matchups are set for September 25. Most notably, Notre Dame faces Wisconsin at 12 p.m. ET on Fox, and Texas A&M takes on Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

College football games are primarily broadcast in one of three ways: on local channels, on cable networks, or on college sports networks. Select games will also be available to stream via ESPN+.

Below, we broke down some of the best ways to watch college football without cable, so you can stay up to date with your favorite teams.

How to watch college football without cable

You can watch local college football games for free by using an HDTV antenna. In order to watch games that are broadcast on pay-TV or college sports networks, you need a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or YouTube TV.

The core local channels with access to college football games are ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. National stations like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), and CBSSN broadcast select college football games. Additional games are available through college sports networks such as the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network.

The number of channels that broadcast college football games can be a little overwhelming, so we put together a list featuring some of the best ways to stream games without a cable subscription.

Here's a roundup of services you can use to watch college football without cable: HDTV Antenna TV Antenna (small)

If your main concern is rooting for your local college football team, an HDTV antenna is one of the most affordable options. A one-time purchase of an inexpensive antenna unlocks access to over-the-air (OTA) signals near you, and allows you to stream any available local affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. 

An HDTV antenna is a great, budget-friendly option for streaming local games and does not require any monthly subscription. The major downside is that it doesn't give you access to games broadcast on cable channels like ESPN or out-of-market games.

What college football channels you can get: 
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox
  • NBC
Sling TV TV (small)

Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services with access to college football games. Sling's two core plans, Orange and Blue, start at just $35 a month. If you want to watch games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2, then Sling Orange is a great choice. Looking for the college football games airing on FS1 and NBC? Then Sling Blue is the best plan for you. 

Sling also offers a bundle option that combines all the channels from the Orange and Blue plan for just $50 a month. New customers to Sling TV currently receive $25 off their first month of service to the Orange or Blue plans, and $30 off their first month of the combined plan.

For an extra $11 a month, you can add access to college sports channels like the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network with the Sports Plus add-on package.

What college football channels you can get: 

Sling Orange:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN 2
  • Stadium
  • ACC Network*
  • ACC Network Extra*
  • ESPNU*
  • SEC Network*
  • SEC Network+*
  • Pac-12 Network*

Sling Blue:

  • NBC
  • Fox
  • FS1
  • Stadium
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Big Ten Network*

*Available as an add-on channel

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If you want to get access to a vast library of movies, TV shows, and originals with your live TV subscription service, Hulu + Live TV could be a great fit for your needs. A subscription to Hulu + Live TV starts at $65 a month. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you get access to available local affiliate channels, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. You also unlock many important broadcast channels for watching nationally televised college football games such as ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and more. 

Unlike Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV includes access to the SEC Network and ESPNU in their basic subscription plan.

What college football channels you can get: 
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network
YouTube TV TV (small)

As a live TV streaming service, YouTube TV includes many of the same features as Hulu + Live TV without the vast catalog of on-demand entertainment. A subscription to YouTube TV starts at $65 a month.

The channels available with a YouTube TV subscription closely mirror what is offered through Hulu + Live TV. You get access to local affiliates and all the important cable channels like ESPN, FS1, and CBSSN. 

Similar to Hulu + Live TV, college sports channels, such as the SEC Network, Big Ten Network, and ESPNU are included as part of the base plan for YouTube TV. The one main difference between the two services is that you can purchase a Sports Plus add-on for YouTube TV that costs $11 a month and includes the Stadium College Sports channel.

What college football channels you can get: 
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • FS1
  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network
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FuboTV is another quality live TV streaming service with access to college football games. Starting at $65 a month, the streaming service has the same basic rate as Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.

You can watch games that air on local affiliate channels and core broadcast channels with FuboTV. The streaming service offers certain college sports channels in its base plan, like the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network, but the options are more limited than what is offered through Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

Certain channels with college football games, such as the ACC Network, SEC Network, and ESPNU, are available in add-on packages for FuboTV.

What college football channels you can get: 
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox
  • CBSSN
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU*
  • FS1
  • ACC Network*
  • Big Ten Network
  • SEC Network*
  • Pac-12 Network*
  • Stadium*

*Available as an add-on channel

Paramount Plus Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported) (small)

If your main concern is watching the SEC football games airing on CBS, then Paramount Plus is a great streaming service for you. Plans for Paramount Plus start at $5 a month and include access to the college football games broadcast on CBS.

You also get thousands of hours of on-demand movies, TV shows, and original content with a subscription to Paramount Plus.

 

ESPN+ Monthly Subscription Service (small)

ESPN+ doesn't give you access to the ESPN channel, but for $7 a month, you can live stream select college football games from the MVFC, Ohio Valley, Southern Conference, and more. 

This is a great supplemental streaming service if you want to watch more niche college football games that are often not nationally broadcast.

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How to track changes and add comments in Google Docs using Suggesting mode

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Tracking changes in Google Docs is a great way to collaborate on projects.
  • You can track changes in Google Docs by using Suggesting mode.
  • Collaborators with Commenter or Editor permissions can use Suggesting mode, however only editors can accept or reject changes.
  • Comments are another way to communicate with collaborators and flag any sections that need work.
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Google Docs is a helpful tool when working with collaborators, as it allows everyone to view the file simultaneously and see edits in real time. Gone are the days of having to save and share multiple versions of the same file - with Google Docs, everyone has access to the most updated version.

If you like using Track Changes in Microsoft Word, there's a similar feature in Google Docs called Suggesting mode. Suggesting mode has the added benefit of allowing editors to see proposed changes in real time and accept them or reject them in a more seamless, efficient manner.

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyHow to track changes in Google Docs using Suggesting mode

When you're working with other people on the same Google Doc, Suggesting mode is a helpful way for people to make edits without deleting the original text.

If you're familiar with Track Changes in Microsoft Word, it's pretty much the same thing, however with Google Docs changes can be made and accepted in real time, rather than having to save and share multiple versions of a document.

Here's how to use Suggesting mode to track changes in Google Docs.

On the Google Docs website:

1. Open a file on Google Docs.

2. Click the pencil icon on the right side of the toolbar, then click Suggesting.

Users with Commenter capabilities can only use Suggesting mode.

Quick tip: If you don't have Commenter or Editor permissions, you need to click Request edit access and wait for the file owner to change your permissions.

3. Add, rearrange, or delete text in the document. Your suggestions will be highlighted in green, with details on the suggested changes appearing with a timestamp in the right margin.

Suggesting mode allows collaborators to make changes to the Google Doc while preserving the original text until edits are accepted.

Quick tip: You can write a comment to accompany your edits. Simply click on the box detailing your change, type in the text box, then click Reply.

4. If you have editing capabilities, click the check mark icon to accept suggested changes or the "X" icon to reject them.

On the Google Docs mobile app:

1. Open a file on the Google Docs app for iPhone, iPad, or Android.

2. Tap the More icon (it looks like three dots) in the top-right corner.

Here, you can also use tools like "Find and replace" and "Word count."

3. Tap the slider next to Suggest changes to turn on the feature.

The switch turns blue when "Suggest changes" is on.

4. Make changes to the document, then tap the check mark in the top-right corner when you're finished.

How to share a document to get other people's suggestions

When sharing a Google Doc, you can set permissions for collaborators to control who can make or accept edits, who can just leave comments, and who can only view the document.

1. Open a file on Google Docs.

2. Click the Share button in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Add specific people or groups and set their permissions to Viewer, Commenter, or Editor. Write them a message (optional), then click Send. This will send collaborators an email with a link to the Google Doc.

Share your Google Doc with collaborators via email using this option.

Quick tip: You only need to give other users Commenter permissions for them to access Suggesting mode. Commenters cannot accept or reject suggested changes, only editors can do that.

4. Alternatively, get a link to share with collaborators by clicking Change underneath Get Link. Set the permissions to Viewer, Commenter, or Editor. Click Copy link, then share the link in an email, text message, or however you want.

To prevent having to enter in the name of every collaborator or individually granting edit access, consider using a universal link.

Quick tip: Of the two share options, the first method (detailed in step 3) gives you, the file owner, more control over who can access your file. Anyone not added to the list will need to request edit access from you to view the document.

How to use comments in Google Docs

Comments are a helpful way to communicate with collaborators within a Google Doc without having to make notes within the text itself.

Add and edit comments:

1. Open a file on Google Docs.

2. Highlight the section of text you want to comment on, then click the Add Comment icon on the right margin or in the toolbar.

The "Add Comment" icon looks like a speech bubble with a plus sign inside it.

3. Type your comment in the comment box, then click Comment.

You can tag specific users in a comment by typing the at @ symbol, then entering their email address. Reply to comments:

1. Click on the comment you want to reply to.

2. Enter your reply in the text box that appears below the comment, then click Reply.

Replying to comments allows you to have a discussion with fellow collaborators without interrupting the flow of the text in the Google Doc. Resolve comments:

If you are an editor, click the check mark on a comment. This will resolve the comment and hide any comments underneath the original one. If there's a specific collaborator you want to flag for a section in a Google Doc, you can assign them a task via a comment.

The check mark accepts the suggested change or resolves the comment.

Quick tip: The owner of a Google Doc will receive email updates on comments, suggested changes, and whether those changes are accepted or rejected. If there are several updates within a short time span, they will be sent together in a summary email.

How to use version history and compare documents

Google Docs makes it simple to view past versions of a file without having to save multiple versions. Simply click the Last edit was link at the top of the page to view or restore a previous version. For example, if a section was deleted from a Google Doc early on and you want to add that section back in, you can copy it from a past version and paste it into the current version.

Past versions of a Google Doc are labeled with timestamps.

There's also a new tool called Compare documents that allows you to see the differences between two documents. To access it, click Tools, then Compare documents. If you have multiple editors on your document, saving a separate version of the original will allow you to compare the differences between that and the final document.

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Shelley Ross, Chris Cuomo's former boss who alleges he sexually harassed her 16 years ago, says the CNN anchor is 'no more enlightened today than he was then'

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Shelley Ross and Chris Cuomo.
  • Shelley Ross, a former ABC producer, alleged Friday that Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her in 2005.
  • She told Insider Cuomo was "no more enlightened today than he was then."
  • Ross said she believed Cuomo hadn't done the work to better himself since the incident.
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Shelley Ross, Chris Cuomo's former boss at ABC who accused him of sexually harassing her, said the CNN anchor was "no more enlightened today than he was" when the harassment took place.

She spoke with Insider about Cuomo after writing an op-ed in The New York Times in which she said Cuomo grabbed her butt in 2005 at a going-away party for a colleague at a Manhattan bar.

Ross, who was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special at the time and previously worked as Cuomo's executive producer at "Primetime Live," told Insider she believed Cuomo hadn't done the work to better himself since the incident.

"I was hoping that in 15, 16 years that he had changed, but he's no more enlightened today than he was then, as demonstrated by his response," she said.

In response to Ross' op-ed Cuomo told The Times: "As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it."

Cuomo did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Ross said his response "demonstrated" that he had not grown from the incident.

"I don't acknowledge that there's anything that was 'our interaction.' I was not a participant," she said. "I was groped. And so to say that I acknowledge interaction, no. That shows a lack of enlightenment."

Cuomo sent Ross an email after the 2005 incident, in which he said he was "ashamed," and apologized to her "very good and noble husband" before apologizing to her "for even putting you in such a position," Ross said.

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