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AOC could potentially become the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee: report

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 4:34pm
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, center, listens during the vote for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the US Capitol on January 3, 2023.
  • AOC could potentially be the vice ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, per Politico.
  • "There's been conversations, but nothing's been finalized," Ocasio-Cortez told the news outlet.
  • If AOC were to assume the role, she'd work closely with Rep. Jamie Raskin, the ranking member.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could become the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee in the 118th Congress, according to Politico.

If the high-profile New York Democrat, now in her third term in office, were to ascend to the position of vice ranking member, she would become a key figure in going up against some of the Republican Party's most sought-out investigations against the Biden administration, from probing presidential son Hunter Biden's business relationships to Republicans' efforts to tie the Bidens to the Chinese government.

"There's been conversations, but nothing's been finalized," Ocasio-Cortez told Politico of the position.

If she were to assume the role, she would help to craft messaging to counter the Republican majority on the panel.

And Ocasio-Cortez enjoys a strong working relationship with Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the Democratic ranking member of the committee

"I have the greatest admiration for her skill, and I'm sure we're going to be able to deploy her to maximum effect on the committee, along with all these other amazing new members," he told the news outlet, while not confirming whether she would serve under him in the leadership role.

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3 men arrested after attempting to kidnap an Iranian-American journalist and activist who is critical of the country's human rights abuses, feds say

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 4:22pm
Masih Alinejad, Iranian journalist and women's rights activist, poses for a picture in New York City, New York, U.S., September 27, 2022.
  • Three men were indicted on charges of money laundering and murder-for-hire, the DOJ said.
  • The target, Masih Alinejad, told The Associated Press the FBI read her the messages the men exchanged.
  • The indictment did not say if the Iranian regime was directly involved in the murder order.

The Justice Department on Friday announced charges against three men authorities believe are part of an Eastern European criminal organization who planned to murder an Iranian author and activist living in exile in New York City.

Rafat Amirov, 43, of Iran; Polad Omarov, 38, of the Czech Republic and Slovenia; and Khalid Mehdiyev, 24, of Yonkers, New York; were charged with money laundering and murder-for-hire, the DOJ said in a statement.

While the DOJ did not reveal the identity of the activist, Masih Alinejad confirmed on Twitter that she was the target.

—Masih Alinejad

A teacher who quit and took a job at Costco says life is much better now — she has a life, can pay her bills and finally sleeps at night

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 4:20pm
Maggie Perkins, 30, spent years as a teacher before her burnout forced her to quit. Now, she's enjoying life as a Costco employee.
  • Former teacher Maggie Perkins, 30, is now an employee at Costco after quitting her career.
  • Perkins says she's much happier at her new job and no longer fears for her life.
  • In August, Perkins told Insider she'd spent two years quiet quitting her teaching job due to burnout.

A former teacher who left her career in education to work at a local Costco now she says her life has improved massively. 

Maggie Perkins quit her teaching job in 2020 after two years of "quiet quitting" because "the conditions were not sustainable to have a quality of  life," she told Insider in August. She said while passionate about teaching, she was burnt out and working 60-hour weeks for under $50,000 for five years. 

Perkins had been a public and private school teacher in Georgia and Florida during her career, working with sixth-grade through high school students. 

Now, the 30-year-old is working in the membership department at her local Costco and loving it, she told Fox Business this week.

"We grew up going to Costcos, and so I've always known that Costco employees are treated well and have a high quality of life. So when there was a new Costco being built in my town, I immediately applied," Perkins said in the interview.

She shared her story to TikTok and has garnered over 4 million views since posting the video in December. Perkins said she most days as a teacher "surviving every moment," according to one video.

"I do not miss it at all," she said in the caption. "My pace of my work life now is so much better, I am not sick or exhausted like I used to be when I was a teacher."

@millennialmsfrizz I used to be a teacher and now I work at Costco. This is my first year not having a winter break. I do not miss it at all. My pace of my work life now is so much better, I am not sick or exhausted like I used to be when I was a teacher. When I was a teacher I used my winter break basically to recover and go into the next semester of just surviving. #f#formerteachert#teacherquittokc#costcotiktokr#retailworkere#exteachertiktokc#careertransitiont#teachersonbreak ♬ original sound - Millennial Ms. Frizzle

In a more recent post about how she felt about her new gig, Perkins said she no longer fears for her life or lies awake a night. She also pursued at PhD at the University of Georgia while teaching, but now Perkins said she is focused on her current career, BuzzFeed reported.

"My passion couldn't pay my bills, and my passion couldn't help me sleep at night when I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop," Perkins said in the Fox interview.

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Former VP Mike Pence says he takes 'full responsibility' for classified documents found at his Indiana residence: 'Mistakes were made'

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 4:00pm
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., on January 27, 2023.
  • Mike Pence on Friday said he took "full responsibility" for classified documents found at his home.
  • "Mistakes were made. And I take full responsibility," he said during remarks while in Florida.
  • Classified files were also discovered in the ex-DC office and Wilmington home of President Biden.

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday said he took "full responsibility" after classified documents were found at his Indiana residence, conceding that "mistakes were made."

While speaking at Florida International University, Pence said he felt that it would be "appropriate" to go through his records after classified files were discovered at President Joe Biden's former office in Washington, DC, and Wilmington, Delaware, home.

CNN first reported on Tuesday that an attorney for Pence discovered roughly a dozen classified files at the former vice president's residence in Carmel, Indiana.

Pence had asked his attorney, Matt Morgan, to handle the search of any sensitive materials, sources told CNN.

Last year, Pence — while speaking about the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, where federal officials retrieved several boxes of classified and top secret materials — told The Associated Press that he had not left office with classified documents from his stint as vice president from 2017 to 2021.

On Friday, Pence said a "small number of documents marked classified or sensitive interspersed in my personal papers" were found, and that he and his attorney "immediately" secured the files. Once they had isolated the files, they informed the National Archives, submitted the documents to the FBI, and told Congress of the developments, the former vice president said.

"And while I was not aware that those classified documents were in our personal residence, let me be clear: Those classified documents should not have been in my personal residence. Mistakes were made. And I take full responsibility," he said.

Pence said that he instructed his counsel to "fully cooperate" in the matter.

"I welcome the work of the Department of Justice in this case," he later told reporters.

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'It's a failure for us': Migrants at the Southern US border are reportedly frustrated with the mobile app that's supposed to speed up asylum appointments

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 3:56pm
Migrants from Mexico, Venezuela and Central American countries stage a protest outside the United States Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico on Monday, January 9, 2023.
  • Migrants have expressed serious concerns about the issues on the US border control mobile app, according to the AP.
  • They were reportedly instructed to make an appointment on the app to request asylum.
  • However, the tech challenges have left some without hope, the AP reported. 

Migrants hoping to gain entry into the US at the Southern border are reportedly growing frustrated with the host of technical issues plaguing a new border control mobile app that is supposed to expedite asylum appointments. 

Many migrants at the Southern border have been grappling with numerous error messages or being prevented from logging in altogether while trying to set up an appointment on the CBPOne mobile app, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

"It freezes and it stays frozen. When we try to go in and enter our information, it takes us to this screen and then it crashes," Wilson Peralta, who was assisting another migrant with their account, told Spectrum News. "I've done everything the system has asked. When we have sent everything, then we go here to get a date and time. But we get nothing,"

The app acts as a portal for US Customs and Border Protection services. The AP reported that the appointment system is supposed to help work around Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows US officials to oust asylum seekers from the US at the border under the guise of public health concerns.

The app, the AP reported, was rolled out by the Biden administration earlier this month. 

Another problem people are facing is dealing with the language barrier due to the app only having applications in English and Spanish, which makes it difficult for Haitian migrants who may only speak French, according to the report.

In addition, migrants with darker complexions have raised concerns about the app not registering their faces when taking required photos for the process through the app as well as delayed wait times for their applications. 

Director Gustavo Banda of Embajadores de Jesus, a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, told the AP that since the process was introduced, only two people out of roughly a thousand were able to grab an appointment. 

"We're going to continue trying, but it's a failure for us," Erlin Rodriguez, who has tried to book appointments for his family, told the AP. "There's no hope."

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Department of Justice calls to bar Sam Bankman-Fried from contacting FTX employees after allegations of witness tampering

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 3:38pm
Sam Bankman-Fried testifies during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on December 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  • Prosecutors claim SBF contacted multiple current and former employees earlier this month.
  • The DOJ asked the court to stop him from contacting employees via encrypted apps like Signal.
  • Bankman-Fried's lawyers accused prosecutors of misrepresenting the message in a response filed Saturday.

Prosecutors have asked the federal judge overseeing the case against FTX cofounder Sam Bankman-Fried to prevent him from contacting current or former employees after allegations of potential witness tampering.

In a letter filed Friday in federal court, the Department of Justice claimed that Bankman-Fried contacted FTX's current general counsel, among others, using the encrypted messaging app Signal.

"I would really love to reconnect and see if there's a way for us to have a constructive relationship, use each other as resources when possible, or at least vet things with each other," Bankman-Fried allegedly texted the general counsel, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors requested that the conditions of Bankman-Fried's bond be changed so he is no longer allowed to contact employees, who the DOJ considers potential witnesses against the former executive, without a lawyer present. The letter further requests that Bankman-Fried be restricted from using encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Slack that automatically delete messages after a set period of time.

Caroline Ellison — ex-girlfriend of Bankman-Fried and former CEO of his company Alameda Research — is also cited in the letter. Ellison, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government, told investigators that Bankman-Fried formerly stated or implied that not having permanent records of messages could make it more difficult for a hypothetical future case to be built against his companies or himself.

While witness tampering is often associated with threats or intimidation, the DOJ's letter notes that conversations can also be deemed as interference in an investigation.

"Efforts by the defendant to improve his relationship with potential witnesses that may testify against him may itself constitute witness tampering," the letter states. "Were the defendant to 'vet' his version of relevant events with potential witnesses, that might have the effect of discouraging witnesses from testifying in a manner contrary to the defendant's narrative."

Prosecutors said they want Bankman-Fried's contact to be limited as soon as possible to prevent any potential witness tampering before the government can interview employees they may not have spoken to yet, the letter states.

In a response letter filed to the court Saturday morning, Bankman-Fried's lawyers proposed forbidding contact with a select list of witnesses, as they argued it is unreasonable to prohibit contact to hundreds of current and former employees.

Bankman-Fried's lawyers also said the message to FTX's general counsel is "more reasonably read" as an offer to help FTX navigate its ongoing bankruptcy case. They noted that his Signal messages no longer have the auto-delete function turned on, adding it was "irrelevant" to mention Ellison's comments about the benefits of the function.


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SBF's lawyer asked the judge to let the disgraced FTX founder access the company's assets and crypto

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 3:16pm
Sam Bankman-Fried.
  • An attorney for Sam Bankman-Fried asked a federal judge to allow him access to FTX crypto.
  • Bankman-Fried is currently facing wire fraud and money laundering charges. He's pleaded not guilty.
  • Bankman-Fried resigned as FTX CEO in November 2022 after the company filed for bankruptcy.

As a part of Sam Bankman-Fried's bail conditions, the disgraced FTX founder is barred from accessing his company's assets and cryptocurrency.

But his lawyer says that should change.

Bankman-Fried has been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He has pleaded not guilty.

On Saturday, an attorney for Bankman-Fried asked a federal judge to lift the financial restrictions on his client, according to court documents viewed by Insider.

"Nearly three weeks have passed since the initial pretrial conference and we assume that the Government's investigation has confirmed what Mr. Bankman-Fried has said all along; namely, that he did not access and transfer these assets," attorney Mark Cohen wrote in the filing. "Given that the sole basis advanced for seeking that condition has not been supported, we believe that the bail condition imposed at the conference should be removed."

The court barred Bankman-Fried from "accessing or transferring any FTX or Alameda assets or cryptocurrency" on January 3 at the request of the government, which noted that "certain crypto assets in digital wallets belonging to Alameda had recently been accessed and transferred," the filing says.

"The Government admitted to the Court that it had no evidence that Mr. Bankman-Fried was responsible, and Mr. Bankman-Fried has repeatedly denied any involvement in the transfers," Cohen wrote in the letter.

SBF's attorney also proposed that he should have unlimited contact with his father, therapist, and any foreign regulator who contacts him.

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10 things about ancient Egypt that movies and TV got wrong, according to an expert

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 3:03pm
Anthony Browder, Egyptologist, reviews ancient-Egyptian facts that movies and series got wrong.
  • Movies and television shape what people think about ancient Egypt. 
  • But they often get even the basics wrong, from cruel pharaohs to booby-trapped pyramids.
  • Here are 10 things that "Moon Knight", "The Mummy", and others got wrong and one they got right.

Movies and television have a way of influencing the way we see the world. 

When it comes to ancient Egypt, they can draw the portrait of pharaohs ruling Egypt with an iron fist, cruel torture, and wicked booby-trapped pyramids. 

But is any of that true? Insider interviewed Egyptologist Anthony Browder to assess facts about ancient Egypt in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "The Mummy" (1999), "Moon Knight" (2022), "Gods of Egypt" (2016), "The Ten Commandments," (1956), and "Cleopatra" (1963).

A normal explorer could not casually remove the lid of a sarcophagus The protagonist in Disney's "Moon Knight" pushed the lid of this sarcophagus away easily.

It's a common trope among movies and TV shows, such as Disney's "Moon Knight": one or two explorers come across a sarcophagus and push aside the lid, with moderately strenuous effort.

"All of the sarcophagi that I've seen in Egypt were made of stone," said Browder, an author of several books on ancient Egypt.

That means the top of the sarcophagus would have weighed about the same as a car — much too heavy for someone with normal strength to push aside, he said. 

When thieves broke into tombs, "there were typically several men and they used heavy-duty instruments,"  he added. 

Men and women wore kohl eyelinerElizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra.

Elizabeth Taylor rocked audiences with her portrayal of Cleopatra in 1963. Her character's intricate eyeliner, traced all the way to her temples, became quickly iconic. 

While ancient-Egyptian eyeliner, called kohl, would have been used for cosmetics, it wasn't its only use, said Browder. 

"That was used primarily as protection from the intense sunlight," said Browder.

"It's the same thing that you see on a football field or a baseball field where the athlete would put black underneath their eye to absorb the intense rays of sunlight so that they could see clearly," he said. 

It also wouldn't have been a female trait. Both men and women sported the eyeliner, said Browder. 

Queen Cleopatra would probably have been much darker-skinned than Taylor. 

"Again, the use of white actresses to depict Cleopatra is taking liberties with historical truths based on the archaeological evidence that has been found of Cleopatra's sisters and other family members," said Browder.

"She was probably closer to Halle Berry than Elizabeth Taylor," he said. 

Ushabti, figurines buried with the deceased, would not have been found in the sarcophagusIn "Moon Knight", the protagonist looks for this ushabti to free a god.

In Disney+'s "Moon Light", a god is trapped in an ushabti, a type of figurine often found in ancient-Egyptian tombs. The mini series' protagonist finds the ushabti inside the sarcophagus. 

But Browder, who has funded and led 23 archaeological missions to Egypt, said the figurine would not have been found near the body. 

"Ushabtis were never put inside of the bodies of a mummy. They were typically buried around them, outside of the sarcophagus," he said. 

Ushabtis were meant to serve the deceased in the afterlife, he said. They weren't meant to trap gods. 

Tombs would have been well-preserved and colorful — the one "Raiders of the Lost Ark" got rightIn this scene, Indiana Jones discovers an ancient-Egyptian tomb.

Tombs in movies are often covered in hieroglyphs, and these are often shown to be colorless. 

But when the tomb was first sealed, it would have been painted and colorful, said Browder. 

"If you were to walk into a well-preserved tomb, the colors would be as vibrant today as they were when the tomb was created 3,000 years ago," he said. 

"One of the most spectacular tombs in Egypt, in the Valley of the Kings, is the tomb of Seti I. And the colors are so rich, so vibrant, it looks as if it was just painted recently."

The inside of Seti I's tomb.

When Indiana Jones enters the tomb in "Raiders of the Lost Ark", that's exactly what the tomb looks like. 

Browder was also impressed by the way the hieroglyphs were painted in the movie. 

Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones, amazed at the tomb.

"The images on the wall of a priest coming before Osiris, that is an image that comes from the papyrus of Hunefer," said Browder. 

"I appreciate the attention to detail," he said. 

Imhotep, the villain in "The Mummy," was a genius and would never have met his love AnkhesenamunImhotep, played by Arnold Vosloo, in "The Mummy"

In the 1999 movie "The Mummy," the villain, Imhotep, is raised from the dead to exert his revenge for the curse bestowed upon him.

Imhotep, portrayed as an advisor to Seti I, is punished for killing the Pharoah with his lover, the Pharoah's mistress Ankhesenamun.

Ankhesenamun, played by Patricia Velásquez, in "The Mummy."

Browder says Imhotep and Ankhesenamun were real historical figures, but they were misrepresented by Hollywood. 

"Imhotep was a third-dynasty priest to the King Djoser," Browder said. Djoser ruled about a thousand years before Seti I. 

There's no mention of Imhotep murdering the king. 

A statuette of Imhotep, circa BC 600-501.

Imhotep would have held many more hats than just priesthood. 

"Imhotep is also considered to be the world's first multigenius. He was a physician, deified by the Greeks. He also was an architect and an engineer," said Browder. 

Ankhesenamun shown on the lid of the casket of Tuthamkhamun.

Ankhesenamun was also a real historical figure, but she was not a mistress. She was king Tutankhamun's wife, living about a century before Seti I, Browder said. 

The curse that set Imhotep on his murderous path in "The Mummy" has no historical basisIn "The Mummy," Imhotep was mummified alive.

In the movie, Imhotep is condemned to be mummified alive, his tongue cut out and his body bound tightly in wrapping before he is tossed into a sarcophagus filled with carnivorous beetles. 

Browder said there are no historical records of anything like this happening. 

"The reference to Imhotep's tongue being cut out, to my knowledge, that was not done," he said. 

"Mummification was a very time-consuming and expensive process, so there's no reason why a person in the past would've been buried alive," he said. 

Pyramids were not booby-trappedIn this scene in "The Mummy", a booby trap is triggered in the pyramid.

Movies like "The Mummy" would have you believe pyramids were often booby-trapped. But that's not based in fact, said Browder. 

"The idea of booby traps in ancient-Egyptian tombs is something that comes from the imagination of film writers," he said. 

"There were false doors to some tombs, a corridor designed to lead a potential thief to a dead end. There were false corridors, and there were shafts to prevent thieves from coming in to access the treasure that was buried in a tomb, but there were no booby traps that I'm aware of," he said. 

Pyramids were likely not built by enslaved people In this scene from "The Ten Commandments", an enslaved woman begs her master for relief from her pyramid-building work.

In the 1956 movie, "The Ten Commandments," enslaved people are seen dragging blocks across hot desert scenes to build the pyramids. 

Though this topic has been hotly debated, there's "no evidence whatsoever of slaves having built the pyramids," said Browder. 

"In recent years, Egyptian archaeologists have actually found the tombs of the builders of the pyramids adjacent to the Giza Plateau. That honor would not have been given to a slave. We know that it was built by master craftsmen, master masons, master engineers," he said. 

Pyramids were not built as tombs

Movies often depict pyramids as giant tombs for pharaohs. But that's wrong, said Browder. 

"The pyramids were not used as tombs. Pyramids were built over tombs," he said. 

Ancient Egyptians were not whiteMany characters in "Gods of Egypt" were played by white actors, drawing criticism.

The 2010 movie "Gods of Egypt" received criticism because the actors playing Egyptian gods were mostly white and spoke in British accents. 

"No, there were not British white guys in Egypt," said Browder.

"The original name for Egypt was Kemet. Kemet is a word which means the land of the Blacks," he said.

The idea that ancient Egyptians were paler-skinned comes from early Egyptologists, many of whom were themselves white and saw Black people as inferior, he said.

"A lot of it, unfortunately, has to do with racism," per Browder. 

"History has been used as a tool to subjugate people and to create false notions of superiority and inferiority," he said. 

There's no evidence that Cleopatra died of a snake biteElizabeth Taylor playing the death of Cleopatra.

The epic 1963 movie also concludes with Cleopatra holding an asp on her breast, which bites her, leading to her death. Browder says this is "fiction," as there's very little evidence of how Cleopatra died. 

"There is no evidence to validate that is how Cleopatra died," he said. However, ancient historians and playwrights also seemed to have heard the story. In the 1606 tragedy "Antony and Cleopatra" by William Shakespeare, Cleopatra dies after being bitten by two snakes.

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A Bangladeshi boy was playing when he got locked in a shipping container. He woke up in Malaysia nearly a week later.

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 2:46pm
Commercial shipping containers waiting to be shipped at the port in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • A Bangladeshi boy was locked in a shipping container for days, the Malaysian National News Agency said.
  • Fahim, 15, ended up in Malaysia after a six-day journey without food or water, reports said.
  • A viral video on Reddit showed a disoriented and confused Fahim emerging from the container.

A teenager from Bangladesh was accidentally locked in a container and shipped to a different country.

Fifteen-year-old Fahim, identified only by his first name, was discovered in a shipping container in West Port, Malaysia, after the ship he was on journeyed six days from Chittagong, Bangladesh, according to Malaysian National News Agency Bernama.

"The boy was just believed to have entered the container, fell asleep, and found himself here," Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said, according to the news agency. "He was the only one found in the container. A police report was lodged and as he was having a fever."

The Times of India reported that Fahim was playing hide and seek, hid in the container, and got locked inside.

On Reddit, a viral video showed the child being discovered in the container, disoriented and confused after days without food or water. The video showed authorities taking him away on a stretcher.

Ismail added that Fahim received a medical exam and that "the authorities are in the process of repatriating him through the legal channel."

Officials initially feared it may have been a case of human trafficking, according to multiple reports.

"The relevant authorities have investigated the case and their investigations found no elements of human trafficking," Ismail said, according to Bernama.

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We could be the last humans to see the green comet passing Earth for the first time since the Ice Age. Here's how, where, and when to watch it.

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 2:26pm
Comet ZTF, imaged on December 19, 2022.
  • Astronomers recently discovered a green comet approaching Earth for the first time in 50,000 years.
  • Here's how, where, and when to see Comet ZTF as it passes Earth in late January and early February.
  • It'll be near Polaris — the bright, North Star at the tip of the Little Dipper — around January 30.

We could be the last humans to ever see the green comet hurtling past Earth from the outer reaches of the solar system in late January and early February.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF), or Comet ZTF for short — the name astronomers gave this space snowball after the Zwicky Transient Facility discovered it in March — hasn't been in our cosmic neighborhood since the last Ice Age.

Researchers calculated that the icy ball of gas, dust, and rock orbits the sun roughly ever 50,000 years, which means that Neanderthals were still walking the Earth and humans had just migrated out of Africa for the first time when the comet last whizzed by.

With no telescopes or binoculars, those ancient peoples may not have spotted the comet at all. And there may never be an opportunity to see it again.

"Some predictions suggest that the orbit of this comet is so eccentric it's no longer in an orbit — so it's not going to return at all and will just keep going," Jessica Lee, an astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, told Newsweek.

So it might be worth the effort to look for Comet ZTF and become one of the few humans to ever see it up close. Here's what you need to know to maximize your chances.

When to see the green cometYou may need a small telescope to spot Comet ZTF, but binoculars could be enough.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the green comet should be visible just before dawn in late January, according to NASA. Amateur astronomers have already begun photographing the green comet to show what you could see.

A completely shaded new moon provided ideal dark skies for spying the comet on January 21.

If you missed that, your last, best chance to see the comet in the Northern Hemisphere is on and around Monday, January 30, when ZTF will be between the end of the Big Dipper and Polaris, the North Star.

Then in early February, the comet will be visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

Comet ZTF will pass about 26 million miles from Earth — the closest it will get — on February 2. That's nearly 109 times the average distance of the moon, but the comet is burning so bright that it could still be visible in the night sky.

The comet is expected to be brightest on January 31 and February 1, though the moon will be bright and the comet will be "the faintest an object can be seen without optical aid in a very clear, very dark sky," according to the Adler Planetarium.

It's important to set yourself up for success if you're trying to spot it.

How to spot the green comet

At first, spotting Comet ZTF may require a telescope, but as it approaches Earth, viewers may be able to see it with binoculars, or even the naked eye.

"Comets are notoriously unpredictable, but if this one continues its current trend in brightness, it'll be easy to spot with binoculars, and it's just possible it could become visible to the unaided eye under dark skies," NASA wrote in an update on December 29.

For the best viewing, choose a cloudless night and get yourself far from city lights, to the darkest skies possible. When the moon is dim, or at least when it's below the horizon, the sky will be even darker.

If you're near an urban area, you may want to bring binoculars or even a telescope, in case the lights drown out the comet to the naked eye.

Where to look in the night sky for comet ZTF

Look to the right stars to see the green comet. According to, the comet will pass below Polaris — the North Star at the tip of the Little Dipper — and will be visible in the star's vicinity on January 30. It will appear earlier in the evening as it approaches Polaris.

"It will distinguish itself probably from other stars because it will look a little bit fuzzy compared to other stars," Thomas Prince, director of the WM Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech, told FOX Weather.

In the Southern Hemisphere, on February 10, the comet will be about 1.5 degrees from Mars, according to Prince. That's about the width of your pinky finger when you hold it at arms length. If you can locate Mars shining bright in the sky, look just around it for the comet.

EarthSky publishes maps to help you locate the reference objects — Hercules, Polaris, and Mars — in the night sky.

Why the comet is green

The comet has a "greenish coma, short broad dust tail, and long faint ion tail," according to NASA.

Many comets glow green. Laboratory research has linked this aura to a reactive molecule called dicarbon, which emits green light as sunlight decays it.

Dicarbon is common in comets, but it's not usually found in their tails.

That's why the coma — the haze surrounding the ball of frozen gas, dust, and rock at the center of a comet — is glowing green, while the tail remains white.

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Miss Universe judge Emily Austin calls Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro 'illegitimate' after he alleged the pageant was rigged

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 2:24pm
Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel, Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel, and Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez onstage during the Miss Universe competition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 14, 2023.
  • A Miss Universe judge responded to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's comments on the pageant.
  • Maduro said at a military meeting that the title was "stolen" from Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel.
  • Emily Austin said Maduro "cheated his way" to office in an interview with Fox News published Friday.

A judge for the Miss Universe 2022 pageant called Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro "illegitimate" after the leader said the title was stolen from his country's representative.

Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel was crowned the winner of the competition on January 14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In a Twitter video shared two days later, Maduro can be heard saying the crown was "stolen" from Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel, who placed as the first runner-up.

"They stole our Miss Universe. Amanda Dudamel won on the street, well it can't be a robbery like that," Maduro said, according to a translation.

—AlbertoRodNews (@AlbertoRodNews) January 17, 2023

Latin American news site Remezcla reports that Maduro was speaking at a military meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, at the time.

Miss Universe judge Emily Austin said in an interview with Fox News published Friday that Maduro's criticism was hypocritical.

"It's so funny because Maduro is literally an illegitimate president and cheated his way there," she said. "It's like when a thief calls another thief out," said Austin.

Austin also told the outlet that Miss USA was not her first choice to win and instead wanted Miss Dominican Republic  Andreína Martínez to take the title. She added that she still thought Gabriel was "very well deserving of it" and that the Venezuelan leader should focus his attention elsewhere.

"It deters from what's really going on. And they do treat it like a World Cup. He's showing, 'Look, I have this national pride,' but he's destroying his own country," she said. "I feel like he has bigger problems to deal with than Miss Universe."

Miss Venezuela, Miss USA, and Miss Dominican Republic compete in the 71st annual Miss Universe.

The Miss Universe Organization chief executive Amy Emmerich also defended Gabriel's wins in both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in a statement to the Los Angeles Times on January 18. In October, Insider's Anneta Konstantinides spoke to several contestants from Miss USA 2022 who also thought the event was rigged.

"The allegations re: rigging of Miss Universe are false," she said. "People saying that its 'suspect' that JKN Global Group owns both Miss Universe and Miss USA aren't familiar with the history of the organizations. One of the top 4 accounting firms in the United States handled the results and verified the process."

The statement continued: "R'Bonney has been a strong and dedicated contestant. She is the rightful Miss Universe. I look forward to this much attention being focused on her non-profit work as well."

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PHOTOS: This underwater $65 million garage could be the world's most beautiful parking deck — and it will never see a single car

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 2:09pm
The city has shared videos of the process of building the new structure that took four years to complete.
  • An underwater bicycle garage has opened in Amsterdam, and it offers 7,000 spaces for bikes.
  • Construction on the new structure began in 2019 and cost $65 million.
  • Amsterdam is the fifth most bike-friendly city in the world, according to analysis by an insurance company.
On Thursday, Amsterdam opened its $65 million bicycle parking garage to the public after taking four years to complete the structure.Mark Wagenbuur of the Dutch Cycling Embassy toured the underwater facility on Wednesday and shared photos to Twitter.The massive project will fit 6,300 personal bikes and 700 shareable bikes with plans to expand to fit 11,000 bikes when a second garage opens in February, according to a report from The Verge.To enter, citizens must have a bicycle tag or a OV-chipkaart – a Dutch transportation pass that's connected to a bank account.The garage is located under the city's Centraal Station where an estimated 200,000 travelers arrive daily via rail and subway. The Verge reports that half of them also use bicycles.To park in the garage, people can enter via a street-level bike path that leads to the above-ground entrance.As part of a pilot program, Amsterdam residents can use shared bikes to travel to and from public transportation hubs in the city until June, according to the city's official website.Amsterdam was ranked the fifth most bike-friendly city in the world, according to data gathered by insurance company Luko.

Read more about the shared bikes here.

Using the garage is free for the first 24 hours and costs €1.35 for each day that follows, Bloomberg reports.As the Netherlands heads toward a future with fewer cars, and more public transportation and two-wheeled vehicles, cities are building garages to keep streets clear of parked bicycles, reports say."To reduce car dependency, you need bikes plus a high-capacity, high-efficiency, high-frequency public transit system," Meredith Glaser, executive director of the Amsterdam-based Urban Cycling Institute, told Bloomberg.A second bicycle garage is also set to open near Amsterdam's Centraal Station on Feb. 15.The additional structure will add about 4,000 spaces for bikes near Centraal Station, reports say.Read the original article on Business Insider

Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Ruben Gallego, who's trying to unseat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, says 'nobody' in the state 'has really spoken to' her she joined the upper chamber

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 2:06pm
Rep. Ruben Gallego, left, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.
  • Ruben Gallego on Thursday blasted Sen. Sinema over what he said was her inattention to Arizona.
  • "She doesn't speak to Arizonans anymore. She doesn't actually talk to them," he said on CNN.
  • Gallego on Monday announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in Arizona.

Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Ruben Gallego on Thursday blasted Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over her job performance, arguing that the lawmaker is "hardly" seen in the state and remarking that she "doesn't speak to Arizonans anymore."

During an appearance on CNN's "This Morning," Gallego — a congressman who has represented a Phoenix-anchored district since 2015 — told co-anchor Don Lemon that Sinema is "no longer popular with anybody."

"Nobody in Arizona has really spoken to her in the last four years. This is why she is where she is," he said, arguing that she would have been unable to win a Democratic Party primary. "She doesn't really have anything unscripted. We hardly see her in Arizona. She has cut off everybody unless you are a big donor."

"What matters is she doesn't speak to Arizonans anymore. She doesn't actually talk to them," he added.

Gallego on Monday launched his candidacy ahead of the 2024 Democratic primary and general election in Arizona — where he hopes to lead the party to victory in the critical swing state.

The caveat: Sinema served in the US House as a Democrat for three terms and was elected to the Senate seat as the Democratic nominee in the 2018 midterms, but became an Independent last December.

At the time, Democrats were immediately concerned about Sinema endangering the precarious 51-49 majority that they had secured after the 2022 midterms, but she affirmed that her voting record would not change and pointed to her longtime independence as a legislator.

"The national political parties have pulled our politics farther to the edges than I have ever seen. I want to remove some of that kind of that poison from our politics," she said during a CNN interview last month when explaining her decision to become an Independent. "I want to get back to actually just working on the issues, working together to try and solve these challenges."

Since the announcement, Sinema has so far continued to caucus with Senate Democrats, but her switch still puts the party in a bind.

Sinema has not yet stated her plans to run for reelection, but if she goes ahead with a bid for a second term, party leaders would be faced with the dilemma of supporting her or opting for Gallego — who would be the choice of many base Democrats, especially among its progressive wing.

Such a contest would pit Gallego and Sinema against a Republican candidate — creating an unpredictable three-way race. Potential GOP entrants into the 2024 Senate election include Kari Lake, the party's gubernatorial nominee last fall, along with 2022 Senate nominee Blake Masters and 2022 gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson.

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

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How 5 major streaming services are cracking down (or not) on password sharing, from Netflix to Hulu

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 1:05pm
Streaming services are struggling to navigate password sharing.
  • Netflix will start charging for password sharing by the end of March, according to the company.
  • Other services like HBO Max have traditionally struck a different tone on sharing.
  • Netflix expects to see increased revenue after the rollout, according to a letter to shareholders.

While Netflix prepares to end free password sharing, other streaming companies have avoided taking a hard stance on the matter. 

The company is making good on its promise to stop users from accessing the service without paying for their own account, announcing Wednesday it will soon roll out a paid-sharing model. Netflix has already rolled out a similar program in some South American countries, allowing users to pay $2 or $3 dollars to add a member to their accounts. 

Notably, password sharing is against the terms of service of virtually every streaming service, and a federal court ruling in 2016 upheld a conviction of password theft under a 1980s anti-hacking law. Still, services like HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and Hulu each have their own methods for preventing — or allowing — users to share their accounts.

Here's a look at the current state of password streaming among the major streamers. 

Netflix will introduce its paid-sharing account before the end of March.Netflix will introduce its paid-sharing account before the end of March.

While the streaming industry navigates password sharing, attempting to strike a balance between usability and profit, some experts have said policies like the one coming to Netflix can be hostile. 

"A password crackdown across the industry would lead to more volatility because people will swing to the content that they want," consultant Stephen Beck told Marketing Brew in an Interview. "They won't stick around on that service for the periods of time when the content is not fresh and not interesting." 

While Netflix anticipates the new policy may lead to cancellation, it said in a letter to shareholders last week it anticipates an overall increase in revenue. 

"We expect to see some cancel reaction in each market as we roll out paid sharing, which impacts near term member growth," the letter reads. "But as borrower households begin to activate their own standalone accounts and extra member accounts are added, we expect to see improved overall revenue." 

HBO Max allows users to share passwords, but the streaming service is changing rapidly.

HBO Max largely struck an indifferent tone around password sharing before WarnerMedia, which owned the service, merged with Discovery last spring.

Executives at AT&T, which formerly owned WarnerMedia, indicated that HBO Max has been able to manage password sharing effectively without a large-scale crackdown, Deadline reported.

However, a new life is on the horizon for the streaming service, as HBO Max prepares to merge with Discovery+ this spring, creating a new streaming service set to launch this summer, Insider's Travis Clark reported in August. 

It's unclear how the new service might handle password sharing after it launches, but for now HBO Max users seem to have no trouble borrowing passwords from one another. 

Hulu lets users share passwords, but has been strict on sharing live TV.

Hulu has typically allowed password sharing to continue on most accounts, but access to live TV can be restricted for some users sharing passwords. Users on accounts with access to live TV must intermittently login at the home where the account is based in order to continue access to live programming, according to the company's website

Amazon Prime Video allows users to add members for free, with some restrictions.

Amazon takes a slightly more friendly approach to password sharing in some instances, offering households the ability to merge accounts and add users for free. Amazon Prime members can share some of their benefits, including access to Prime Video, with other members in their household. 

The Amazon Household feature, however, restricts access to a max of two "adults," four "teens,"  and four "children." Adults are defined as users over the age of 18, and teens range ages 13-17, according to Amazon

Apple TV+ has a sharing feature which allows up to six accounts.

Apple TV+ has a Family Sharing feature which allows account holders to share video access with up to six users for free. The streaming account must be linked directly with an Apple ID, and the account holder is responsible for any purchases made by members with access, according to Apple

Apple TV+ users can also invite users with different Apple IDs to join their "family," granting them access to the service. 


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Jordyn Woods responds to woman who spent $400 on her new clothing line and compared it to the 'clearance section of Shein'

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 1:05pm
Jordyn Woods' clothing line launched on Monday.
  • A woman criticized Jordyn Woods' clothing line in a series of viral TikTok videos posted Friday. 
  • The woman said the Woods by Jordyn items were "giving clearance bin," and she was "offended" to have spent $400. 
  • Woods responded to the criticism in a separate TikTok video that same day. 

Jordyn Woods responded to a woman who criticized her clothing line on TikTok, comparing the items she purchased to the "clearance section of Shein" and a "cash grab."

The discussion around the 25-year-old model's clothing brand, Woods by Jordyn, sparked on Friday when TikToker Stella Williams shared a series of videos about items she purchased. Woods by Jordyn launched on Monday with three bodycon dresses that cost $123 each. According to one video shared on Friday, which gained more than 2.6 million views, Williams said she bought three dresses for $400. 

@thestellawilliams Woods by Jordyn, count your mf days. Be soooo ffr rn. #jordynwoods

Diaries, ex-husbands, and mowing the lawn in high-heel boots: Inside the making of Netflix's Pamela Anderson documentary, 'Pamela, a Love Story'

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 12:45pm
Pamela Anderson in "Pamela, a Love Story."
  • Director Ryan White spoke to Insider about the making of "Pamela, a Love Story."
  • He explained how they used a cargo van to transport Pamela Anderson's diaries to their offices in LA.
  • White also said that the "Pam & Tommy" Hulu series "traumatized her for months."

Ryan White will be the first to admit that making a documentary about Pamela Anderson wasn't on his career vision board.

The filmmaker recently made "Good Night Oppy," a look at the Mars Rover that explored the planet for nearly 15 years. Before that, he made the Emmy-nominated docs "The Case Against 8" and "The Keepers."

But like most who cross paths with Anderson, White quickly realized she's nothing like the sex-symbol persona that's been placed on her — and that intrigued the heck out of him.

In his upcoming Netflix documentary, "Pamela, a Love Story" (available Tuesday), we see Anderson reflective, self-deprecating, and vulnerable as she looks back on her incredible career in which she was one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, thanks to Playboy and "Baywatch," she became a modern-day Marilyn Monroe. And in that time, she essentially inadvertently launched the internet craze when intimate home videos of her and then-husband Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee were stolen and made into a sex tape that went viral before that phrase even existed.

Beyond exploring the headline-grabbing aspects of her life, what White does with his movie is show Anderson, 55, away from the spotlight. What we are presented with is an independent woman who lives on her own and is content with no longer being the obsession of the public.

But then that damn sex tape came back into her life.

Pamela Anderson.Anderson's home movies and diaries became the lifeblood of the documentary

White was first brought into the super-select Anderson bubble a few years ago when he was asked to consider making a doc about her and if he would meet with her son, Brandon.

"She wasn't someone I thought a lot about going into my adult life, especially as I became a documentary filmmaker," White admitted to Insider over a recent video chat, revealing he was reluctant to do the project.

But after a good meeting with Brandon in which the filmmaker learned Anderson no longer had an agent, manager, or any type of "team," White was intrigued and had a Zoom chat with Anderson that the director said went on for hours. It was then that White made a discovery.

"She told me, 'There's this loft in my boat house that I never go up to but I'm pretty sure there's shit tons of home videos,'" White recalled her telling him. "I said, 'Whatever you do, please don't go up there before I come.' And she said, 'Okay, I wouldn't go up there anyway.'"

White and a small production crew were on the next flight to Vancouver Island, Canada, where Anderson has lived since 2020 on a property near the sea that she bought for her grandmother decades ago.

Anderson was right, there was a treasure-trove of VHS tapes of everything from her kids' birthdays to sweet anniversaries with her ex, Tommy Lee. White rushed into town, got a TV set with a VCR from a pawn shop, sat Anderson in front of it, and filmed her as she reacted to footage she saw as she popped in tapes.

Pamela Anderson and her son Brandon looking at home movies in "Pamela, a Love Story."

"I just said to my cameraperson, 'Stay on her face the entire time,'" White told Insider. 

Anderson's reactions to the footage she comes across are some of the most touching moments of the documentary.

But that's not all White found.

"She took me up to this safe she had in a bedroom and in the safe were just stacks of yellow legal pads," White recalled. "I asked 'What are these?' and she said, 'I have no idea, I've just written my entire life; I've taken bubble baths and I write on yellow legal pads.'"

The legal pads and crates of diaries found near the VHS tapes would become the foundation for White's Pamela Anderson documentary. Every thought Anderson ever had through her life was chronicled within those pages. They had to be guarded at all costs.

So White rented a cargo van, packed all the tapes and diaries up, and enlisted associate producer Dominique Hessert Owens, with her husband tagging along, to drive all the materials from Vancouver Island back to White's production office in L.A.

"Because you don't just FedEx Pamela Anderson's life-long personal diaries and archival tapes," White said with a chuckle.

White said he and his team were so paranoid something would happen to the precious cargo on the trip that Owens and her husband would unpack everything out of the van whenever they stopped for the night and kept it all in their hotel room.

The next morning, they would reload it back in the van and get back on the road.

Pamela Anderson in "Pamela, a Love Story."Anderson was 'willing to talk about anything,' says White

Over the year and a half in which White shot Anderson for the movie, he learned that there would be no conventional shooting schedule. Camped out in the only hotel in town, White and his all-female crew would wait patiently on word from Anderson's assistant, Jonathan, for when it was a good time to come to the house and film her.

"It was very unplanned, which I love," White said. "That's why I'm a documentary filmmaker, I hate planning. We might shoot her for an hour, we might shoot her for 10 hours."

Regardless of the length, time with Anderson was always memorable.

For an interview on her couch, Anderson wore no makeup and a white negligee covered with a long sweater. What White thought would be a 30-minute conversation turned into six hours with Anderson revealing everything from her first trip out to the Playboy Mansion to being molested by her babysitter.

"Pamela, a Love Story" director Ryan White.

Then there were the ideas White would come up with that Anderson would dismiss and instead introduce something infinitely better — like White's idea for Anderson to read her own diaries for the movie.

"We would just shoot Pamela in a studio somewhere with a microphone reading her diaries and seeing how she reacted to them, and when I told her this, she was like, 'Really? I don't think that's a good idea.'"

Anderson told White she wanted to stay distanced from the actual making of the documentary, noting she wouldn't watch it once it's finished.

Instead, Dominique Hessert Owens, who by this point knew Anderson's life intimately as she was transcribing all the diaries, was asked to do the voiceover.

"She has the lightest most feathery Pamela voice," White said of Owens.

"Pamela, a Love Story."

White also recalled an idea he had of shooting Anderson by the rocky beach near her home.

"She said, 'That sounds dumb,' so I asked, 'What do you want to do?' And she said, 'Well, I was going to mow the lawn. Want to film me doing that?'" White remembered Anderson saying. "So we waited an hour and she came out in her high-heel boots and mowed the lawn and I was like, 'This is great!'"

Most shocking, however, was how open Anderson was when it came to talking about her five ex-husbands, especially Tommy Lee. (She separated from her last husband, Dan Hayhurst, while filming the documentary.)

Anderson makes clear that Lee, who she married on a beach in Cancun after knowing him for just four days, was the love of her life. Though she also admits it's best they are no longer together (Lee spent six months in jail after kicking Anderson, and they divorced soon after in 1998).

"I realized very early that this woman was willing to talk about anything and nothing was off limits," White said.

But by the end of filming, things did get challenging when the trailer for the Hulu series "Pam & Tommy" was released and opened old scars for Anderson.

Lilly James as Pamela Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee in "Pam & Tommy."'Pam & Tommy' traumatized Anderson 'for months'

Though Anderson and White were both aware a series on Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape was in production at Hulu, it wasn't until the show's first trailer came out in late 2021 that it became a reality.

"You never know with Pamela how she's going to take things," White said. "She took that so hard and so emotionally. It was awful."

He said the sex tape being thrust back into Anderson's life "traumatized her for months."

"It was the elephant in the room that we would try to avoid if we were shooting with her," said White, who by that time was filming Anderson in New York City as she was preparing for her Broadway debut in "Chicago."

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.

"We made sure our crew knew never to bring it up," White continued. "I remember we were with her when she got a text message from a friend of hers saying, 'Hey, I saw the trailer for that show, it's going to be awesome,' thinking she was involved in it. She would then try to get the trailer off of her phone that was sent to her."

As she always has, Anderson powered through adversity and once more put the sex tape behind her. But for White, seeing the love and affection people have for Anderson since "Pam & Tommy" confirmed to him that it was right move to do the documentary — because it shows the true Pamela.

"The Pamela Anderson I know is very different from the Pamela Anderson in the show," White said. "So I think the documentary is going to surprise people."

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Ron DeSantis has a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in a potential 2024 New Hampshire primary matchup: poll

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 12:29pm
Then-President Donald Trump shakes hands with then-Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis during a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla., on July 31, 2018.
  • Ron DeSantis leads Donald Trump in the critical early-voting state of New Hampshire, according to a UNH poll.
  • The survey showed DeSantis leading Trump 42% to 30%, with many GOP voters desiring a fresh face.
  • Trump on Saturday will visit New Hampshire and South Carolina as he seeks to stake his claim to the GOP nomination.

As former President Donald Trump ramps up his campaign activity ahead of the 2024 Republican presidential calendar, he finds himself trailing Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire.

In what could be a highly competitive presidential primary, likely New Hampshire Republican voters in the survey preferred DeSantis over Trump by a 12-point margin — 42% to 30%, respectively. The former president's support among GOP base voters — while still strong in many states — has nonetheless eroded in some national polls and statewide surveys in recent months.

Nikki Haley, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations and ex-South Carolina governor who could potentially launch a campaign in the coming months, came in third with 8% support.

Gov. Chris Sununu, who was easily reelected to a fourth term last November as New Hampshire's governor and has been critical of Trump's continued influence within the party, earned 4% support in the survey.

Also, former Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and former Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland each earned 4% support among the GOP respondents followed by Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota at 2%. Former Vice President Mike Pence, and Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas each received 1% support in the survey.

After Trump launched his presidential campaign last November — making him the first high-profile contender in the field — his campaign activity largely went cold.

But that will change this weekend as he heads to New Hampshire and South Carolina to speak with Republican leaders and activists as part of efforts to stake his claim in winning the GOP nomination.

Politico reported on Saturday that Trump was bringing on New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Stephen Stepanek to help lead his campaign in the pivotal state. And he will rally with Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina — an early 2016 backer — and Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Palmetto State.

In 2015, Trump entered the GOP contest and quickly took the field by storm — knocking off experienced candidates like former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, then-Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida — and drawing many nontraditional GOP voters to the polls across the country, which helped him defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the general election.

While Republicans almost uniformly laud Trump's tenure in office, he was deeply polarizing, which contributed to Democrats winning back the House after the 2018 midterms and the election of now-President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

As Trump has continued to nurse his grievances about the 2020 contest, some Republicans have argued that the party suffered in the 2022 midterms by reflecting too much on the past and failing to articulate their vision for the future.

In the poll, a little under half (46%) of Republicans felt that Trump should run for president again, while roughly 50% thought that he should definitely not run — a sharp decline from UNH's July 2021 poll, when 62% of respondents felt he should run and 35% thought that he should forgo another campaign.

Soon after the November midterms, Hogan blasted Trump over the party's performance.

"This should have been a huge red wave. It should have been one of the biggest red waves we have ever had because President Biden's approval rating was so low, one of the lowest historically, more than 70 percent of people thought the country was going in the wrong direction. And yet we still didn't perform," he said during a CNN interview at the time.

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center polled 349 likely Republican voters from January 19 through January 23; the full survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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Kanye West named a suspect in a battery investigation after a video appeared to show him throwing a woman's phone, report says

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 12:26pm
Kanye West is seen in Los Angeles, California, on October 21, 2022.
  • Kanye West is named a suspect in a battery investigation after throwing a woman's phone, TMZ reports.
  • A video shared by the outlet Friday shows the rapper confronting several people filming him.
  • "Y'all ain't gonna run up on me like that. If I say stop, stop with your cameras," he said in the clip.

Kanye West was named a suspect in a battery investigation after a video appeared to show him grabbing a woman's phone and throwing it in the street, according to a report from TMZ published Friday.

According to the outlet, the incident took place near a sports complex where West's daughter North was playing in a scheduled basketball game. Per the outlet, deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department in California were called to the scene at 4:30 p.m. and obtained video evidence of the incident.

The video, which was also shared by TMZ, begins with West talking to a woman through the driver's side window of her car after the woman used her phone to film the encounter at a stoplight. It's unclear if the woman was a photographer or a bystander.

"Y'all ain't gonna run up on me like that. If I say stop, stop with your cameras," West said.

"I know, but Kanye, you're a celebrity," the woman responded.

In the video, West then appears to take the woman's phone from her hand and throws it in the street before approaching a man with a camera near the rapper's car. The man can be heard apologizing before West points at him and tells him to turn his camera off.

Representatives for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and West did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

In another viral clip shared on Twitter Friday, West appeared to pull his car up to another person to confront them for filming him. As of Saturday, the video has 2.1 million views on the platform.

—v (@ViralMaterialz) January 28, 2023

"You want me to be running up on your kid's games like that?" the musician asks in the clip. "I want to just see my kids. Everybody got to stop when I see my kids."

When the person said they weren't doing anything wrong by filming him in a public place, West begins to drive away, adding, "It's called human rights."

The incident marks the latest controversy for West, who goes by "Ye," after he engaged in a string of anti-Semitic rants throughout 2022.

Insider's Haven Orecchio-Egresitz also reported on January 19 that the Los Angeles Police Department sent and received 19,155 emails about the rapper and his secretive private school Donda Academy in the last two years.

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I've donated my hair to charity 4 times, but I probably never will again. Here's what you need to know if you want to do it.

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 12:16pm
Before and after I cut 10 inches off in 2018.
  • I've donated my hair to charity four times, but I don't plan to again because there's less need now.
  • I've donated to Locks of Love twice, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and Children with Hair Loss.
  • Here are the details about hair donations, including how long it must be and if it can be colored.

The scissors snipped together slowly making that unmistakable crunching sound, and 10 inches of hair that I spent two years growing were gone.

But the strands didn't just fall to the ground to get swept up and thrown away.

Instead, my hair was on its way to Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit based out of Michigan that gives wigs to children and young adults in the US who have medical hair loss.

I've donated my hair to charity four times.

In my experience, donating your hair is a much more personal gift than sending a check. You're sending a piece of yourself to a kid or adult who has a disease or condition that's caused them to lose their hair.

The last time around, in 2019, I still had some major questions about the process.

Where does my hair go once it's cut off my head? Who gets the wigs? Who makes the wigs? Where do they make them? How many people can it help? Which organization is best?

Before I made that final cut, I found the answers. Here's what I learned.

Which organization should I donate to?

The first two times I donated my hair, I sent it to Locks of Love. But hearing they sell wigs to make a profit gave me pause.

Locks of Love doesn't charge kids for the wigs — but they do sometimes sell the hair if it's too short or grey. Once I dug into why, though, it made sense.

"Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and may be sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, if sold, it greatly helps to reduce costs," the organization says on its website.

Another FAQ answer reads: "We can accept donations of gray hair. Because we only provide hairpieces to children, we cannot use this hair in a hairpiece but will sell it to offset our manufacturing costs."

The third time I donated my hair, I chose Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization that partnered with the American Cancer Society to distribute free wigs to cancer patients.

Before and after I cut 14 inches off in 2016.

Deciding which organization to donate your hair to is a personal choice. I went with Children with Hair Loss the last time because I had 10 inches of hair, I wanted to help kids nationally, and I liked that they don't charge anyone for wigs.

!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(e){if(void 0!["datawrapper-height"]){var t=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var a in["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;rIs there still a need for wigs made from human hair?

In 2018, P&G spokeswoman Bilal Lakhani told Insider the program was shutting down after giving tens of thousands of wigs to patients over 12 years.

"Over the last several years, synthetic hair technology has vastly improved, giving synthetic hair wigs more of a 'real-hair feel', making them lighter, cooler to wear, and easier to style," she said in a statement.

Lakhani continued: "Due to these advancements, patients have told the ACS that synthetic wigs are now their preferred wig choice. This change in patient needs has resulted in decreased demand for real-hair, and the time has come for us to wind down the Beautiful Lengths program."

Daniela Hernandez-Salas, who goes by the handle @texaswigfairy, has been wearing, styling, and working with wigs for decades. She said synthetic wig technology has advanced so much in recent years that today, they're lighter, cheaper, easier to style, more comfortable, and less maintenance than wigs made from human hair.

Daniela Hernandez-Salas said she loves the versatility of synthetic wigs.

"Most people are taught it has to be human hair to look good and look natural, and that's so far from the truth," Hernandez-Salas told Insider.

Human hair wigs usually have to be cut, colored, styled, and fit specifically to the person's head, Hernandez-Salas said. And if their hair grows back, that custom wig might not fit as comfortably anymore.

If people really want to donate their hair, Hernandez-Salas said she doesn't discourage people from doing so. There's just much less demand for human hair wigs than there was years ago.

Where does the hair go?

Once you send your hair in, generally speaking, the organizations process it and send it to a wig manufacturer.

A Pantene spokesperson told Insider in 2016 that once Beautiful Lengths had enough hair donations at its collection location, they would send a shipment to Hair U Wear, one of the largest wig manufacturers in the world.

Hair U Wear made the wigs at its factory in Indonesia and then shipped them back to Pantene, which gave the well-traveled hair to the American Cancer Society to distribute at its wig banks across the US.

Hair We Share has a ponytail tracking program where you can donate $150 to find out where your hair ends up. If the recipient is willing, you could even get a photo of them wearing the wig made from your hair.

How can I donate?Before and after I donated a foot of hair in 2010.

Each organization has slightly different donation requirements, which you can find on their websites, or in the table above.

You can stretch curly hair out to reach the minimum length, but the shortest layers have to meet that number or they probably won't be used.

Make sure you put the hair in multiple ponytails or rubber bands before you cut it so it stays together when you send it in. It actually takes about 10 to 12 ponytails to make one wig.

If you watch the first Facebook video embedded above in this story, you can see how my stylist segmented the hair before he cut it.

The hair has to be completely dry before you send it, too, so it doesn't get moldy. They have to throw hair away if it is.

Ask your hair salon if they will give you a discount or even cut your hair for free if you're donating it. Wigs for Kids has a search function on their website to find a salon that works with them.

Who gets the wigs?

In 2016, Jessica Melore described losing her hair as "an outward manifestation of being sick." It was a constant reminder that her body was fighting cancer — in the drain when she took a shower, on her pillow when she woke up.

After finishing chemotherapy for her third bout with cancer, she said getting a wig was an important boost for her wellbeing, making her feel like herself again.

"It's a little bit of sadness like, 'Oh there it goes, I'm on my way to being bald,'" Melore told Insider in 2016. "But you have that reassurance that the wig is there and you feel good about it."

Before she lost her hair, Melore donated it and got a wig from the American Cancer Society all in the same day. She broadcast the experience on Facebook Live:

Melore said her insurance company didn't cover the cost of the wig the second time she wore one after chemo treatment, which shocked her. That's why Melore was so grateful for the ACS's support.

"This is not simply a vanity thing," she said. "It's the result of a medical circumstance."

Patti Allen, the senior director of mission delivery for the ACS of New York and New Jersey, told Insider in 2016 that while they have styles for both sexes, mostly women come in for wigs.

Each ACS wig bank across the country has a salon where cancer patients can come pick out a wig and have it individually tailored by a professional stylist just like Melore did.

"It's not one size fits all. My hair is not like somebody else's hair. We really try to make the patient feel as comfortable as possible," Allen said. "It's hard enough that they're going through treatment that has altered their lifestyle. The wig is the least thing that we can do to try to make them feel a little bit better about what they're going through."

When Insider caught up with Melore in January 2019, she said she has been in remission for two years, and even stopped wearing her wig. Her hair had grown back, and was shoulder-length.

On September 25, 2019, Melore died at the age of 37.

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A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate and her husband want to open an indoor gun range to host weddings, 'high-end meetings' and 'easter egg hunts'

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 11:59am
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow is a candidate for the state's Supreme Court.
  • Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow is running for the state's Supreme Court in November. 
  • Dorow and her husband, Brian, have also applied to open an indoor gun range, Jezebel reported. 
  • The gun range would host weddings and holiday events and serve alcohol,  city documents show. 

A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate and her husband are trying to open an indoor gun range that can host weddings and serve alcohol. 

Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow, a conservative candidate for the state's Supreme Court and her husband Brian Dorow, purchased the former Hartland Sportsman's Club in 2021 and renamed it Delafield Oaks Range, Jezebel reported. 

The couple asked the city of Delafield to turn the space into an indoor shooting range that could also double as an events space that will "host weddings, conventions, and high-end meetings," and also feature outdoor hiking trails, horseshoes, bean bag toss," alongside other similar activities, per city records.

Dorow announced her candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in late November 2022. PBS Wisconsin reported that Dorow is one of four candidates running to take the seat of  Justice Patience Roggensack, who is retiring. The state's highest court is currently made up of four conservatives and three liberals. 

Additionally, the proposal includes plans to offer food, a liquor license, and outdoor holiday events like Easter egg hunts and Halloween festivities. 

In audio obtained by Jezebel, Dorow can be heard confirming the details of the couple's plans at a Republican Women of Southeast Wisconsin meeting earlier this month. 

"My husband and I actually are developing a state-of-the-art range in Waukesha County. We bought the old Hartland Sportsman's Club. And so that's just a little project that we have going on," she said, according to Jezebel. 

In 2021, Brian Dorow defended the idea in front of the Delafield Plan Commission, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported at the time. 

He said at the time he would work on planning the hours so that shooting times did not conflict with weddings going on. 

"I know there was a concern that 'I don't want shooting during my weddings.' We won't do it during the weddings and other activities that may present themselves," Dorow said, according to the Journal Sentinel. 

He also defended the proposal request for a liquor license in the same space as the gun range. 

"It's pretty common when you look at Wern Valley (Sportsmen's Club in Waukesha)," he said, according to the newspaper. "Clearly, there's a separation. You're not having a glass of wine and shooting. You're clearly done for the day, your gun and ammunition is in the vehicle, and you come and have a social drink or two."

The city documents outline the proposed club's "alcohol safety policy", where anyone buying alcohol would get a handstamp and not be allowed into the gun ranges. "Preliminary breath testers will be available to test suspicious individuals," the documents continued.

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