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A razor-thin Senate buffer and 2024 chances are at stake in Georgia's runoff next week between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 6:12pm
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks during a campaign event in Sandy Springs, Ga., on November 26, 2022.
  • Early voting has started for the Georgia Senate runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker.
  • Both parties are looking to boost enthusiasm among base voters while also keeping an eye on 2024.
  • A Warnock victory would usher in a 51-49 Democratic majority, while the GOP hopes for a 50-50 split.

For Georgia voters, the Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican nominee Herschel Walker has been on their minds all year.

Millions of dollars in advertisements have flooded the Peach State as the candidates have frenetically crisscrossed the state for months — from the busy streets of Atlanta and its vast suburbs to the coastal city of Brunswick — to connect with as many voters as possible in the recently-minted Southern swing state.

But because neither Warnock nor Walker hit the requisite 50% of the vote to secure an outright victory on November 8, the race will finally reach its dramatic conclusion on December 6.

While Democrats will retain control of the Senate in January 2023 independent of the outcome in Georgia, no one from either party is expected to take it easy.

The robust early voting turnout this past weekend underscores just how imperative this race remains, with Democrats hoping to finally break their 50-50 Senate logjam and reelect the first Black senator to represent the Peach State. Meanwhile, Republicans are looking to Walker — a former University of Georgia football standout with near-universal statewide name identification — to give the party more political leverage in an evenly-split upper chamber, while also giving them a clean sweep of this year's statewide victories should he win next week.

And both parties are looking intently to 2024, with Democrats hoping to replicate President Joe Biden's 2020 victory in Georgia while Republicans are angling to flip the state back into the red column.

Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker speaks with supporters during a campaign rally in Milton, Ga., on November 21, 2022.Both parties want an enthusiasm advantage

In hotly-contested Georgia, a slight shift of just a few thousand voters can be the difference between winning and losing.

The 2018 gubernatorial race saw Republican Brian Kemp defeat Democrat Stacey Abrams by roughly 55,000 votes out of nearly 4 million ballots cast.

In 2020, Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump in the state 49.5%-49.2%, edging out the Republican commander-in-chief by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 5 million ballots.

And earlier this month, Warnock came out ahead of Walker 49.4%-48.5%; the Democratic incumbent led by a little over 37,000 votes out of more than 3.9 million ballots.

For Democrats, a key driver of enthusiasm has been early voting — which commenced last week in several counties across the state and is especially popular among Black voters. The Warnock campaign, along with the Democratic Party of Georgia and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, earlier this month successfully sued to allow localities the option of conducting early voting on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, after state and national GOP groups sought to block voters from casting ballots that day.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State's office, over 180,000 voters have already cast early ballots. The voter breakdown was 46% Black, 38% white, 11% unknown or other, 3% Asian, and 2% Hispanic.

Statewide early voting across all 159 counties started on Monday and will run through Friday, December 2.

While many Republicans will also take advantage of this week's early voting period, GOP voters are expected to turn out heavily on Election Day.

The United States Capitol in Washington, DC.50-50 versus 51-49

For nearly two years, the Senate has been operating with 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and two independents — Sens. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont — who caucus with the Democratic Party, creating an equal split in the upper chamber.

While Democrats have been able to pass major pieces of legislation like the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act, getting those respective bills over the finish line involved lots of negotiations with moderate Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

The party has also had to rely on the reconciliation process to move the larger party-line bills through the chamber, and they have needed Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote to get the bills to Biden's desk.

Warnock's runoff win, coupled with Sen.-elect John Fetterman's victory over Republican Mehmet Oz, would give the party 51 seats — and some breathing room from having to rely on Manchin and Sinema — as none of the other vulnerable Democratic incumbents lost their respective races this year.

A 51-49 majority would also allow Democrats to move away from a party-sharing agreement, as they would have a majority of seats on committees, which would also make it easier to approve Biden's judicial nominees.

President Joe Biden, left, and former President Donald Trump, right, in a composite image.All roads lead to 2024

With Trump already in the presidential race and Biden eyeing a reelection campaign, both parties are looking to ramp up their preparations for 2024.

While the former president remains deeply popular among base Republicans, some GOP lawmakers are frustrated by  his endorsement of numerous candidates who were rejected by moderates and independents in key swing states, costing the party critical Senate seats, governorships, and secretary of state races.

Many Republicans are still seething at what they saw as Trump's intrusion in last year's dual runoff elections, which saw the defeats of then-GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to Democrats Jon Ossoff and Warnock, respectively, after thousands of base voters stayed at home over concerns about election integrity.

Trump has so far not said whether he will come to Georgia to campaign for Walker — whom he encouraged to run for the seat — before the runoff next week.

However, some Republicans would prefer that Trump remain at Mar-a-Lago, worried that he could cost them another Senate win.

Warnock, for his part, has continued to emphasize his bipartisan credentials on the campaign trail, bringing in Democrats like former President Barack Obama and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey instead of Biden — whose job approval rating remains underwater in Georgia.

But Democrats are also seeking to fine-tune their voter engagement strategies in advance of what will be another effort to win Georgia on the presidential level in two years, as the state will surely remain on the minds of both parties for the foreseeable future.

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Apple AirPods Cyber Monday deals: Shop discounts on AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 6:07pm
AirPods are now on sale for Cyber Monday

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During today's Cyber Monday event, you can shop deals on some of the world's most popular wireless earbuds: Apple's AirPods. 

The original AirPods Pro released in 2019 can be found at Walmart for $160, which is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. We recommend buying the originals if the newer second-gen AirPods Pro are too expensive, even with their current $200 deal price.

Read our review of the six best features coming to the new second-gen AirPods Pro. 

Here's a look at the best Cyber Monday deals on AirPods that are available right now. For more savings, check out all the best Cyber Monday Apple deals. You can also follow our Cyber Monday liveblog for deal highlights throughout the day. 

Best Cyber Monday AirPods dealsWhen is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday falls on November 28, but many deals have been live since Black Friday. You should expect deals to start ending tonight, so don't wait any longer if you're interested in buying them for yourself or as a holiday gift.

Is Apple having a Cyber Monday Sale 2022?

Apple typically doesn't offer sales directly, but you'll find discounts on many Apple products at select retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

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Elon Musk appears to be reading a book by George Washington about how to behave in public

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 6:07pm
Elon Musk next to a picture he shared of what he said was his nightstand — where there's a stack of books that looks to include one by George Washington, along with cans of Diet Coke and an apparently imitation gun.
  • Elon Musk's bedside table appears to feature a book on etiquette by George Washington.
  • Musk shared a picture Monday morning of what he said was on his bedside table.
  • The book gives advice on "how to dress, walk, eat in public, and address one's superiors."

Elon Musk appears to be reading a book by George Washington on how to behave in public, according to a snapshot of what he said was his bedside table that the billionaire shared on Monday morning.

—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022

It is unclear whether Musk took the picture himself or whether it's actually his bedside table.

On the righthand corner of the nightstand, there is what appears to be a group of small books. One of them looks to be Washington's "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation." It could be part of a collection of "Books of American Wisdom," which also includes the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and Benjamin Franklin's "The Way to Wealth."

Washington's book, which is about 36 pages long, sets out 110 rules on how to be a gentlemen. 

'The rules focus on self-respect and respect for others through details of etiquette," according to an Amazon listing of the book. "The rules offer pointers on such issues as how to dress, walk, eat in public, and address one's superiors."

Similarly, Franklin's "The Way to Wealth" is an essay that features a collection of proverbs on work ethic and frugality, with adages that include "There are no gains, without pains" and "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." (Musk already has at least one part of that down: He's worth around $180 billion, according to a Bloomberg tally.) He didn't respond to Insider's request for comment on his apparent bedside reading.

Musk has long been known for his intensity and work ethic. At Tesla and SpaceX, he has pushed for lofty goals and has been known to work as much as 120 hours a week and sleep on the factory floor. But, the richest man in the world has not always appeared to be concerned with traditional etiquette. 

He's known for his eccentric behavior — especially on social media. Most recently, Musk took to Twitter on Monday to slam Apple for allegedly threatening to stop offering Twitter on the App Store. Musk also accused Apple of pulling most of its advertising on the social platform.

It wasn't the first time Musk has been quick to start feuds and crack jokes on Twitter, from arguing with Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stephen King to posting masturbation jokes, Musk has long been known to ruffle feathers on social media.

Similarly, in person, Musk is also a unique character. The Tesla CEO and "Chief Twit" has reportedly thrown public fits. Former executives have said the billionaire can be a difficult person to work for, prone to bouts of anger and instances of rage-firing employees — allegations he has adamantly denied, calling them  "false" on Twitter and saying he gives "clear and frank" feedback to employees. 

The box set wasn't the only thing on what Musk said was his bedside table. On the table also was recreation of Emanuel Leutze's painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River, as well as what appeared to be two replica guns and several real cans of caffeine-free Diet Coke.

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Turning tofu waste into natural gas is helping to clean rivers in Indonesia

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 5:51pm
  • The runoff from tofu factories pollutes rivers and kills fish.
  • Over the last 40 years, Indonesia has built almost 50,000 biogas plants to convert tofu wastewater. 
  • We visited Sumedang to see how communities are producing cooking fuel from the waste of this popular food.

The wastewater from tofu production makes rivers smelly and kills fish. Can this popular Indonesian food be a sustainable source of cooking fuel?

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Everything in Elon Musk's bedside table photo, including what appears to be 2 replica guns and a Buddhist ritual object

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 5:41pm
  • Elon Musk tweeted a photo that he said showed his bedside table on Monday.
  • Objects on the table include cans of caffeine-free Diet Coke and what appear to be two replica guns.
  • Musk has expressed his love of the soda and his support for gun ownership before.

Elon Musk tweeted a photo of what he said was his bedside table on Monday, including four cans of caffeine-free Diet Coke alongside what appears to be two replica guns and a famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River.

While the photo may seem strange at first glance, it follows previous Musk comments on everything from gun rights to even the soda, and offers an apparent glimpse into his world.

Musk didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for confirmation of the various objects in the picture, but we've broken down each item we spotted in a list below.

This isn't the first time Musk has expressed his love of Diet Coke

15 years ago, the number of cans on Musk's desk might have been double what it is in the photo.

In a 2007 profile of Musk, Inc. wrote that Musk was drinking eight cans of Diet Coke a day, until he started cutting back. 

"I got so freaking jacked that I seriously started to feel like I was losing my peripheral vision," Musk said. "Now, the office has caffeine-free Diet Coke."

In June, he tweeted, "Diet Coke is amazing, especially the soda fountain version at movie theaters with salt & butter popcorn" and that he doesn't care "if it lowers my life expectancy," according to The Washington Post.

There also stains from the cans on the table. In a follow-up tweet, Musk said "There is no excuse for my lack of coasters."

Musk has voiced support for gun ownership before 

After the Robb Elementary School shooting in May, that left 19 students and two teachers dead, Musk expressed support for the 2nd Amendment.

"I strongly believe that the right to bear arms is an important safeguard against potential tyranny of government," Musk told CNBC. "Historically, maintaining their power over the people is why those in power did not allow public ownership of guns."

However, he added that gun sales should come with "tight background checks" and sales of assault weapons should be limited to special circumstances, such as for gun-range owners and those in "a high risk location, like gang warfare."

But both of the guns in Musk's photo appear to be fake.

The one inside the Washington-painting case appears to be a replica of Washington's flintlock pistol. Listings online of a Deluxe George Washington Boxed Set, such as this one at ReplicaDungeon.com, describe the gun as "non-firing."

The other one, underneath the Washington painting, appears to be a replica of a revolver from the video game "Deus Ex: Human Evolution," according to The New York Post.

Musk must really like George Washington

The replica gun and painting aren't the only Washington-related things on Musk's table.

In the top-right corner there is a group of books. One of them looks to be Washington's "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation." It could be part of a collection of "Books of American Wisdom," which also includes the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and Benjamin Franklin's "The Way of Wealth."

There also appears to be a Buddhist ritual object on the table

In the bottom-left corner of the photo appears to be a Buddhist ritual object called a Vajra Dorje, according to the New York Post.

According to the education nonprofit Khan Academy, the vajra is one of the "most important ritual objects of Tibetan Buddhism."

It represents "method," which " indicates the compassionate activities of the bodhisattva that relieve living beings of their miseries," according to the Khan Academy website.

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Trump brags that he 'openly and transparently' took government documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 5:10pm
Donald Trump.
  • Trump boasted about "openly and transparently" moving official government records to Mar-a-Lago.
  • The DOJ is investigating if Trump broke federal law when he moved and refused to return the documents after leaving the White House.
  • "When will you invade the other Presidents' homes in search of documents, which are voluminous, which they took with them, but not nearly so openly and transparently as I did?" he wrote on Truth Social.

Former President Donald Trump boasted on Monday about how he "openly and transparently" moved government records from the White House to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office.

"...When will you invade Bill and Hillary's home in search of the 33,000 emails she deleted AFTER receiving a subpoena from the U.S. Congress?" Trump wrote on his social media website, Truth Social. "When will you invade the other Presidents' homes in search of documents, which are voluminous, which they took with them, but not nearly so openly and transparently as I did?"

The Justice Department is currently investigating whether Trump broke federal law by moving documents to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving the White House. It's one of several criminal probes Trump is facing, and the DOJ and Attorney General Merrick Garland are under tremendous public pressure to remain independent as they investigate everything from Trump's retention of official records to his involvement in the deadly January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

That pressure ratcheted up a notch when Trump announced earlier this month that he was mounting a 2024 presidential run. A few days later, Garland appointed Jack Smith, a veteran war crimes prosecutor, as special counsel to oversee criminal investigations involving Trump.

"Based on recent developments, including the former president's announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election, and the sitting president's stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel," Garland said.

Trump went on a tirade against Smith on Monday as well, writing on Truth Social that the special counsel is a "fully weaponized monster" who "shouldn't be let anywhere near the political persecution of 'President Donald J. Trump.'"

"I did nothing wrong on January 6th, and nothing wrong with the Democrats' fix on the Document Hoax, that is, unless the six previous Presidents did something wrong also...." he wrote.

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Live: 80+ best Cyber Monday deals under $50 to shop right now

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:48pm

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Cyber Monday is here, which means retailers big and small are offering their best sales of the year. During this busy shopping holiday season, most shoppers think to look for big-ticket items, but there are plenty of deals to score under $50. 

To help, we've gathered some of the best Cyber Monday deals under $50 that you can shop right now. These products are exceptionally discounted, making it a perfect time to buy them for gifts or for yourself.

Bookmark this page and check back often — we'll be updating it with more deals under $50 as long as the deals keep coming. For more ways to save, be sure to check out our Cyber Monday liveblog for the very best deals, no matter the price point. 

Save $20 on Mark and Graham Knit Dog Sweater

Select styles of this knit dog sweater, like Ivory and Blush, are currently on sale for $30. For an extra $12.50, you can get the sweater personalized with the pup's name.

21% off OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker brews smooth, balanced cold coffee, and its sleek design will perk up any countertop. Though it was cheaper on Prime Day, this is still a good price for a product that rarely goes on sale outside of deal events.

$15 off Sunbeam Heated Electric Throw Blanket (50" x 60")

Sunbeam is hands down the most popular brand if you're in the market for a cozy heated blanket. Its fleece heated throw is machine washable, comes with three heat settings, and shuts after three hours for safety. Right now, it's marked down to its lowest price in more than a year.

Up to 50% off Lululemon Sculpt Tank Top

This lightweight tank top is a godsend for sweaty activities like cardio and hot yoga. It used to be $58, but you can get it for as low as $24 on Cyber Monday.

 

$5 off Frontline Plus Flea & Tick Spot Treatment for Cats, 3 doses

Frontline Plus is our favorite topical flea and tick preventive for cats, and it's available without a prescription. You'll save $5 off the average price with this deal, so now is a good time to stock up. A word of caution: Be sure it says "Ships from and sold by Amazon" before checking out — this will ensure you do not get counterfeit medication.

$10 off Hot Wheels Racing Loops Tower

This Hot Wheel's playset offers two full racing loops, a spiraling track, and a stunt ramp for the popular collectable cars. Two cars are included and the set will play sounds and music as they race down the track. This set launched in May 2022 and this is the first discount we've seen so far.

 

35% off Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer makes some of the best gaming devices in the industry and this wireless mouse is no different. Razer's Hyperspeed technology offers a wireless connection that's faster than Bluetooth, and the Basilisk X has two customizable buttons, customizable lighting and a toggle switch to shift controls. The $20 price drop for Cyber Monday is one of the best prices we've seen for this classic mouse.

20% off PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe

If you're looking to take advantage of Apple's MagSafe, the best grip you can buy is from old an standby: PopSockets' PopGrip. All you need to do is snap the oval in place and you've got an easy to way hold onto your phone. While these go on sale regularly throughout the year, PopSockets is currently offering 20% off sitewide for Cyber Monday.

33% off Coleman Beach Sun Shelter

It's hard to call the Coleman Beach Sun Shelter a tent when it offers great air ventilation from the back window, a zip away wall for privacy, a hanging line for drying wet clothes and so much more. Save 33% off on this outdoors must-have thats easy to set up and even easier to camp away in.

40% off Crayola Ultimate Light Board

This Crayola lightboard turns every drawing into a glow-in-the-dark masterpiece and can be wiped clean and reused endlessly. It comes in a stand that makes it easy to display, but also comes with storage that makes it travel-friendly. At under $30, it's a kid's gift that's hard to top.

56% off Amazon Halo View

The Amazon Halo View is a basic fitness tracker that offers a comprehensive suite of features designed to help improve your overall health and wellness. At just $35 during Cyber Monday, you won't find a better deal on a wearable as good as this.

$44 off Everlane ReLeather Court Sneaker

The ReLeather Court Sneaker is a comfortable everyday sneaker made out of recycled leather. For the Cyber Monday sales event, they're priced down to $66, which is one of the best deals we've ever seen on these shoes.

20% off The Omsom Bundle

If you're not familiar with Omsom, a company started by two AAPI women, you're missing out on one of the best Asian starter sauces you can buy.

Omsom's range of sauces showcases the flavors of East and Southeast Asia, with flavors including Thai larb, Korean bulgogi, Filipino sisig, and more. Simply add a packet to your favorite vegetables or protein, and you're all set. While the packets are available on Amazon, Omsom is offering 20% off sitewide for Cyber Monday.

Read our full review of Omsom

$20 off Echo Dot (5th Gen) with Clock

The latest of the Echo Dot lineup, the 5th Gen comes with a handful of new features including better audio and built-in Eero. Right now it's down to only $40, matching the lowest price we've seen for this new speaker so far.

50% off Everlane Track Pant

Complete the full tracksuit look with Everlane's Track Pants. At 50% off during Everlan's Cyber Monday sale, this is the best price we've ever seen for these.

25% off custom candles from Birthdate Co.

Currently 25% off for Cyber Monday, this candle is customized with scents associated with your (or someone else's) birthdate. Beyond offering a custom smell, it features writing on the container that reveals personality traits around that specific birthday.

33% off Echo Dot (5th Gen) with Clock

The latest of the Echo Dot lineup, the 5th Gen comes with a handful of new features including better audio and built-in Eero mesh WiFi satellite functionality (works only with Eero mesh WiFi systems). Right now it's down to only $40, matching the lowest price we've seen for this new speaker so far.

29% off Home Accents 6.5 ft Festive Pine Christmas Tree

The Home Accents 6.5 ft Festive Pine Christmas Tree features 250 color-changing LED lights, giving you an quick and easy way to get into a festive mood. Right now, you can save $20 off its regular price.

29% off Best Friends by Sheri The Original Calming Donut Dog Bed

The Original Calming bed rarely goes on sale. Right now, you can get it for its lowest price ever.

50% off Too Faced Pumpkin Spice Second Helping Eye Shadow Palette

At 20% off, you'll save more than $10. Additionally, you can earn a $60 Note when you purchase when your Nordstrom Card, which can be used on a future purchase.

50% off Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino 2.0

Taking on the look of classic chinos, this pair features added stretch for comfort. At 50% off, this now is a good time to add more colors to your wardrobe.

Save $7 on Wyze Bulb Color 2-Pack

Bright, colorful, and most importantly, affordable, these smart LED bulbs make an excellent addition to any smart home setup. Down to $20, they're now more affordable at only $10 each.

18% Genesis Twin Fan

Powerful yet quiet, the Genesis Twin Fan is a solid choice for keeping your room cool and ventilated during warm weather. Though cooling down may be the last thing on your mind as winter nears, it's down to a low price of $40 that is unlikely to crop up during hotter seasons.

59% off Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation)

The Google Nest Mini is a compact and effective smart speaker that's powered by the very useful Google Assistant. Right now, it's one of the best prices we've seen for the device.

75% off LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraws are portable filters that can make even some of the murkiest standing water drinkable. For backpackers and hikers, a LifeStraw can be an invaluable tool in dire situations. Down to under $13 for Cyber Monday, now is a great time to buy one.

24% off iPhone 14 Pro Max Leather Case with MagSafe

Apple's leather iPhone cases are designed to perfectly hug and protect your device without adding too much extra bulk. They're also MagSafe compatible, super stylish, and sleek, with a variety of different available colors — some of which are currently down to only $45 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Read our guide to the best iPhone cases

$5 off Brightworld Galaxy Moon Light

The Brightworld Galaxy Moonlight usually sells for around $24 rather than its $35 full price, so this deal is $5 off a beautiful decorative ambient light, which is the lowest price we've seen. 

Up to 30% off Colorfulkoala Women's Buttery Soft High Waisted Yoga Pants

At under $25, we think these leggings compete in quality with much pricier brands like Lululemon. Whether your giftee is a yoga enthusiast, outdoor athlete, or a fan of athleisure apparel in general, these will be a welcome addition to their closet and come in nearly every color imaginable.

20% off Codenames boardgame

The enormously fun Codenames boardgame is 20% this Cyber Monday. It's not the lowest price we've seen, which was $7 over a year ago. Still, it's an inexpensive boardgame. The rules are simple and quick to learn, and the game tests how well you truly know your friends and family.

50% off Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitness Tracker

The Inspire 2 provides the standard features of Fitbit in a discreet, slim design that's comfortable on the wrist. It's on sale for $50 for Cyber Monday.

36% off Fire TV Stick 4K Max

For the most features you can get in a Fire TV Stick, the 4K Max is what you're looking for. It offers everything the 4K Stick does and more, including WI-Fi 6 support, picture-in-picture, more memory, and a better graphics processor. Down to only $35, this deal matches the best price it's seen in the past.

 

14% off Apple AirTag (Single Pack)

Perfect for tracking just about anything, especially lost luggage, Apple's wireless AirTag tracker is compatible with the FindMy app on iPhone and iOS devices. You can pick up a single pack at 14% off for Cyber Monday.

43% off Eufy Smart Scale P1

This smart scale can measure your bone density and muscle mass along with your weight, and health data can be shared with popular fitness apps like Apple Health, Google Fit and Fitbit. The 43% Cyber Monday Price matches sale prices we've seen in the past.

$50 off Google Nest Hub (2nd Generation)

The Nest Hub is a smart display powered by Google Home Assistant. You can use Nest Hub to display photos and the weather, access apps like YouTube and Netflix, control smart home devices, and make video calls. The 50% discount offers great value for Google's latest model.

$10 off Hot Wheels Racing Loops Tower

This Hotweel's playset offers two full racing loops, a spiraling track, and a stunt ramp for the popular collectable cars. Two cars are included and the set will play sounds and music as they race down the track. This set launched in May 2022 and this is the first discount we've seen so far.

40% off Eufy Handheld Cordless HomeVac H11

This cordless vacuum is the size of a wine bottle, charges via USB, and has an extra attachment to reach narrow crevices. These features make it great for keeping in the car, but it can clean up small messes at home, too. It's currently at the lowest price we've seen it, and quite the steal at $36. 

$16 off Crest 3D Whitestrips

Crest whitestrips are one of the most popular purchases among our readers, and this Cyber Monday discount brings them down to one of the best prices we'll see all year. The kit includes strips for a 20-day whitening treatment and two one-hour express treatments.

25% off Areaware Little Puzzle Thing

Areaware's Little Puzzle Thing jigaw puzzles are easy to love. They're miniature puzzles that can be completed in just under an hour with roughly 70 pieces — just enough time to break away from a screen. These $15 jigaws are already affordable, but you can pick them up now at 25% off. Available in over 20 different foods, you'll definitely be able to find something you like.

20% off Hey Foly Sushi Fridge Magnets

These sushi-inspired magnets will add flair to your refrigerator or whiteboard, and the 20% discount makes the set an affordable stocking-stuffer.

20% off off Huckberry x Leatherman Skeletool KBx

Leatherman's Skeletool KBx is a modern pocket knife that's simple as it is functional: it has a 2.6-inch stainless steel blade, a "skeleton" frame, and a bottle opener. Better yet, it only weights 1.3 ounces. This exclusive variant from Huckberry is currently $9 off and backed by Leatherman's 25-year warranty.

30% off Dreamegg D11 Max White Noise Machine

This portable white noise machine comes with 21 pre-programmed sounds, ranging from traditional white noise and outdoor sounds to lullabies for children. The rechargeable battery makes it easy to transport and setup in a crib or bedside table. This Cyber Monday price is the lowest we've seen to date.

$18 off Anker 735 Charger

This charging base delivers enough power to laptops and fast charge phones, with 2 USB-C ports and one USB-A port. The charger's prongs can be folded when not in use for easy transport too.

Save 20% on Baggu Standard Baggu

Baggu is the gold standard in reusable bags. Not only are they cute as can be, but they can hold up to 50 pounds, are made of ripstop nylon, and come in over 40 fun colors and patterns. Right now, everything on the Baggu website is 20% off.

$20 off Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon's Fire TV Sticks usually get discounted on big sales holidays, and this one is no different. At $20, this remote is a steal considering how much HD content it provides access to via services like Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, Hulu, and more.

$39 off Everlane ReNew Teddy Oversized Crew

Treat your stylish giftee to a plush crewneck sweater from one of our favorite fashion brands. At 50% off, you might as well splurge and get one for yourself too. 

$14 off Revlon One-Step Volumizer

While Dyson's Airwrap definitely lives up to its reputation as a coveted hair tool, it's over $400. The Revlon One-Step brush, however, is a much better value for similar results and is additionally even cheaper thanks to its current Black Friday discount.

$35 off Amazon Halo Band

If you don't need a smartwatch or can't afford one, the Halo Band is an affordable alternative that can be used to monitor steps, heart rate, sleep time, and sleep tracking. Black Friday savings are bringing it to an all-time low, making this an awesome deal with a well-deserved middle spot on this list.

$25 off JBL Go 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Go 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker's rechargeable battery has a long runtime making it convenient to take on the go. It's dustproof and waterproof and is compact enough to fit in your pocket. During Black Friday, it's at an all-time low price.

$10 off DASH Compact Air Fryer Oven Cooker

The Dash Compact Air Fryer could not be more straightforward to use, and it takes up very little precious counter space. During Black Friday, the red color option of the air fryer is at the best price we've seen in years.

$32 off Girlfriend Collective Compressive High Rise Legging

Girlfriend Collective is one of our favorite athleisure brands for its cute, sustainably made sets — and this is an excellent time to snag one as a gift. Through December 9, you can get up to 40% off Girlfriend Collective products sitewide, with additional markdowns on select items.

$11 off Hydro Flask 32 Oz Wide Mouth Bottle

Hydro Flask makes some of our favorite water bottles — they're basically indestructible without being bulky or heavy, and keep hot and cold beverages at their original temperature for at least 12 hours. It's a solid, pragmatic gift for anyone who complains about forgetting to hydrate or is on the hunt for a reliable thermos.

$50 off Echo Show 5

If you already have the Echo Dot, you can grant this upgrade for about the same price. At almost 60% off, this model features a screen they can use for everything from content streaming to video calls.

$8 off Zulay MilkBoss Milk Frother

For coffee enthusiasts, this viral milk frother will help them achieve everything from the fluffiest latte or matcha drink to perfectly blended protein shakes. At $12, you'll be saving almost 40% on Black Friday.

25% off Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Laneige makes some of our favorite lip products, including its hydrating lip sleeping mask. Stored in a cute, small container, it's perfect for tossing in a stocking and is the type of neutral beauty product even non-makeup-lovers will appreciate.

$22 off Lifestraw Flex Advanced Water Filter with Gravity Bag

At 41% off, the LifeStraw Flex Advanced Water Filter has a gravity bag that holds one gallon of water great for hiking trips or camping outdoors.

$10 off Apple MagSafe Charger

While this deal isn't as good as the $27 deal we saw a year ago, it's pretty close. At $30, it's an opportune time to get Apple's MagSafe charger to charge the iPhone 12 or newer at the fastest 15W speed they support.

25% off Stasher Bags On-the-Go Six Pack

Unlike other reusable bags and bowls, Stasher's are leak free with a patented Pinch-Loc seal and made with incredibly durable, food-grade platinum silicone. Plus, they come in a pleasing palette of colors that are sure to spark joy every time they are used. This sale brings the set down to under $50.

$15 off Koolaburra by UGG Women's Lezly Slippers

UGG is already famous for its plush boots, but its slippers are arguably even cozier. Complete with faux fur lining and a sturdy sole, they're perfect for lounging at home but also suitable for running outside if needed.

$5 off Burt's Bees Face Wipes

Burt's Bees Facial Wipes clear off makeup and residue all in one step. They're made with grapefruit extract to keep your skin soft and refreshed. Right now you can get a three-pack for only $14, a rare discount that beats past deals.

$40 off Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Amazon Music Unlimited Bundle

For homes that use Alexa as a smart assistant, the 3rd Gen Echo Dot is a compact and versatile speaker that slots right into your smart home network. For only $10, you can get one with the added bonus of one month of Amazon Music Unlimited.

$12 off Baublebar Custom Disc Pisa Bracelet

Arguably one of Baublebar's most iconic pieces, this customizable beaded bracelet is a more adult, refined version of the ones we made as kids. Available in black or multi-color letter beads, you can fit up to nine characters to include the giftee's name, initials, or a shared message or joke. It'll be 30% off with the promo code BB30 for Cyber Monday, as will anything else on the site.

50% off AncestryDNA DNA Test

Ancestry DNA makes our favorite DNA kit, and all its DNA kits are discounted for Black Friday. The cheapest one is the standard kit, coming in at $48-$59 (normally $99).

$20 off Lego Classic 90 Years of Play Building Set (11021)

The Lego Classic 90 Years of Play Building Set (11021) comes with 15 mini builds, including a golden dragon and sphinx. During Cyber Monday, it's 40% off.

$15 off Apple iPhone 14 Leather Case with MagSafe

Apple's leather iPhone cases are designed to perfectly hug and protect your device without adding too much extra bulk. They're also MagSafe compatible, super stylish, and sleek, with a variety of different available colors — some of which are currently down to only $45 for the iPhone 14.

25% off KitchenAid Classic Measuring Cups And Spoons Set

Precise measurements can make or break any recipe, so it's best to stock up on a set of good ones. The red set from KitchenAid is bright enough to stand out in a full utensil drawer. For $10 off, this is a steal.

$21 off Rosyclo Cloud Slippers

While not the exact same pair, these cloud slippers are nearly identical in design to the ones our executive editor Sally Kaplan owns and loves. Your discount will depend on the size and color you select, but we're seeing an average savings of 51% on these trendy cloud slippers.

$3 off BAIMEI Jade Roller & Gua Sha Set

At under $10, this two-piece jade roller and Gua Sha set is the perfect self-care duo for the holidays. They can use the jade roller to refresh their skin and the Gua Sha to relieve muscle tension in their face, shoulders, or legs.

$16 off Apple AirTag Leather Key Ring

Apple's AirTag Leather Key Ring is 46% off this Cyber Monday in certain color options. It's the best time to pick up this classy key ring for your AirTag to keep track of your keys.

50% off Hasbro Connect 4 Game

The gameplay is simple in this classic strategy game: take turns dropping discs into the grid, and the first person to get four discs in a row wins. During Cyber Monday, it's at an all-time low price.

$20 off KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender

The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is great for making quick work of blending soups, mashing potatoes, and more. During Cyber Monday, it's at the best price we've seen this year.

Save 50% on Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

For creamy and pigmented neutrals, it's hard to beat Urban Decay's line of Naked eyeshadows. Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palettes can cost over $50, but for Cyber Monday, you can get the Naked3 palette for under $30. 

$20 off Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the best life simulation games around. Customize your island, collect fish and fossils to donate to the museum, or run around with friends — it's all up to you. And right now, you can pick up a copy of the game from Best Buy for only $40, which matches one of the lowest prices we've seen.

$28 off Closca Helmet Loop

For bikers who commute to work (or just hate lugging around a bulky helmet), this one folds up to nearly half its size to be stashed away when not in use. Select colors now available for under $50 on both the Closca website and retailers like Amazon.

$20 off Philips Sonicare 4100 Powered Toothbrush

Electric toothburshes are proven to remove more plaque than regular toothbrushes. At 40% off and under $25, this Philips one has a pressure sensor, two intensity settings, and a timer to promote better brushing habits.

Save 55% off Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse

Don't let the edgy name fool you — the Razer DeathAdder is a fantastic mouse for gamers, programmers, and even regular users. With rubber grips, eight programmable buttons, and an ultra-sensitive 20,000 DPI sensor, the DeathAdder is one of the best gaming mouses around. And during Cyber Monday, the price has come down to about $31, which is a fantastic deal.

Save 25% on Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Complete with a squirrel-shaped grabber that helps kids work on fine motor control and hand-eye coordination, the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game is as much fun to play as it is to say. We think this is one of the best board games for kids, especially preschoolers who are learning color-matching. It's a great time to pick up a copy because it's currently on sale for 25% off.

Save 34% on Amazon Basics Dog Poop Bags with Dispenser

If you're a dog owner, you know that dog poop bags are a constant necessity for walks and yard cleanup. Right now, the Amazon Basics brand are discounted to only $13 for a pack of 300 — an excellent deal and the best price we've seen for them all year.

Save 40% on Petkit Eversweet Pet Water Fountain

This two-liter water fountain is designed for cats and small dogs. It uses a circulation system to provide oxygenated, fresher, and better tasting water for your furry friend. Right now it's down to only $28, a rare price drop from its typical retail price of $46.

$2 off Smoko Lil B Dumpling Ambient Light

Smoko makes lots of adorable night lights and home accessories, this little dumpling light being a bestseller. It's under $20 as part of the company's Cyber Monday sale.

$7 off Brooklinen Bath Mat

This is the top pick in our guide to the best bath mats. Brooklinen's mat is plush and absorbent and is also very stylish. Save $7.25 during the current Cyber Monday event. 

Read our guide on the best bath mats

Save 30% on Piecework Punch Line Puzzle

Piecework makes beautiful puzzles out of vibrant, creative photographs that'll make you want to frame them when you're done. This 1,000 piece puzzle will get you or your giftee into the holiday spirit, but if you're looking for something else, nearly all the brand's puzzles are 30% off for Cyber Monday.

$12 off Amazon Smart Plug

Nearly half off its original price, save 48% on the smart plug that pairs with your Alexa to control the lights, fans and appliances automatically at home or remotely when you forget to.

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ISIS 'matchmaker' called 'one of the most influential English-speaking terrorists of our time' on trial in NYC

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:47pm
A March 30, 2014 file photo shows Islamic State militants raising their flag atop a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • ISIS 'Jamaican cleric' Shaikh Abdullah Faisal is on trial for terror in state court in Manhattan.
  • He's 'one of the most influential English-speaking terrorists of our time,' a prosecutor said Monday.
  •  The defense counters that Faisal's hate speeches and matchmaking for ISIS brides don't equal terror.

Jamaica-born Islamist cleric Shaikh Abdullah Faisal never blew up a building, or plotted to. Instead, he gave impassioned speeches in London and beyond about violent jihad, and played matchmaker for would-be ISIS brides.

Faisal advised women who dreamed of traveling to the Islamic State and marrying a jihadist to buy two-way tickets and remove their headscarves to escape the notice of "infidels," authorities say.

Two of those "brides" turned out to be undercover NYPD cops, and Faisal is now on trial for terror charges in state court in Manhattan. 

Jurors will be asked to decide if Faisal is indeed "one of the most influential English-speaking terrorists of our time," as lead prosecutor Gary Galperin said in opening statements Monday, 

They'll also be asked, as the defense countered in openings, if recruiting and matchmaking alone rise to the level of terror under New York state law.

"Focus on the substance of this case," not all the "noise" about ISIS and terror, defense lawyer Alex Grosshtern told jurors.

"Focus on what Mr. Faisal actually did and not what he said," the lawyer said.

Born into an evangelist Christian family in Jamaica, Faisal converted to Islam in high school, and had been inciting violence against "infidels" — even urging throat-slittings and beheadings — since the late '90s.

"The defendant in effect was ISIS before ISIS," which didn't declare a worldwide state, or "caliphate," until 2014, Galperin told jurors.

His teachings were spread through cassette tapes and, later, through his website, radicalizing countless terrorists, according to prosecutors and terrorism experts.

The police officers who portrayed undercover "brides—"  pretend sisters "Rojin" and "Mavish" — will both testify in court about the conversations they had with Faisal via email, WhatsApp and Skype, the prosecutor said.

Faisal is charged with five counts of conspiracy and providing aid to terrorists.

 

 

 

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Crypto exchange Kraken will pay more than $360,000 to settle allegations it violated US sanctions by serving users in Iran

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:28pm
Kraken
  • Crypto exchange Kraken will pay $362,000 to settle allegations it violated US sanctions againts Iran. 
  • The Treasury said Kraken processed transactions valued at $1.68 million on behalf of users who appeared to have been located in Iran.
  • The exportation of services and goods to Iran is prohibited under sanctions imposed in 1979. 

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has agreed to pay a fine of more than $360,000 to settle allegations that it violated US sanctions against Iran, the Treasury Department said Monday. 

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said while Kraken maintained an anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance program, the third-largest crypto exchange by volume processed 826 transactions valued at $1.68 million on behalf of users who appeared to have been located in Iran between October 2015 and June 2019. 

The US government prohibits the exportation of services and goods to Iran under sanctions imposed on that country in 1979. 

"Due to Kraken's failure to timely implement appropriate geolocation tools, including an automated internet protocol (IP) address blocking system, Kraken exported services to users who appeared to be in Iran when they engaged in virtual currency transactions on Kraken's platform," OFAC said.  

The agency said the company will pay $362,158.70 to settle a potential civil liability for apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations and will also invest an additional $100,000 in certain sanctions compliance controls. 

"The settlement amount reflects OFAC's determination that Kraken's apparent violations were non-egregious and voluntarily self-disclosed," the agency said.  

Kraken has since implemented automated blocking for IP addresses linked to sanctioned jurisdictions and has implemented "multiple" blockchain analytics tools to assist with sanctions monitoring, OFAC said. 

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Heinz, Waitrose, and hundreds of other brands' Royal Warrants became void after the Queen died. Now, they have to prove the royal family uses their products to get them back under King Charles III.

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:26pm
Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottles featuring the royal coat of arms.
  • Hundreds of brands had a Royal Warrant to use the royal coat of arms on their products, but it became void after the Queen died.
  • The brands, including Waitrose and Heinz, can keep using the royal coat of arms for another two years.
  • They will have to reapply under King Charles III and prove the royal family uses their products.

Food manufacturer Heinz and British supermarket Waitrose are among the hundreds of brands that are going to have to prove the royal family still uses their products to continue using the royal coat of arms. 

There are approximately 850 Royal Warrants held by about 750 companies or individuals, according to The Royal Warrant Holders Association, which also noted that that number changes frequently. 

The late Queen Elizabeth II granted over 600 Royal Warrants that became void after her death in September.

However, the brand can continue using the royal coat of arms for up to two years if "there is no significant change within the company concerned," the association's website says. 

A spokesperson for Waitrose told Insider that the company "will liaise with The Royal Household on future arrangements when the time is right to do so."

As the new reigning sovereign, King Charles III will have the power to review and grant the Royal Warrants. 

Brands are able to use the royal coat of arms in their product design if they have a Royal Warrant of Appointment — a document allowing the brands to use coat if they supply goods or services to the royal family. According to the association's website, to qualify to apply for the Royal Warrant, companies and businesses have to supply "products or services on a regular and on-going basis to the Royal Households of Grantor/s for not less than five years out of the past seven."

Brands applying for the warrant also have to show they have policies and action plans around the environment and sustainability.

The royal coat of arms, which features the English lion on the left and the Scottish unicorn on the right holding a shield with emblems from the different parts of the United Kingdom, is accompanied by the Legend which is a statement at the bottom of the crest that says which member of the royal family granted the warrant. 

The Royal Warrant is granted for up to five years and can be reviewed for renewal the year before it expires. According to the association, between 20 and 40 warrants are granted, and a similar number are canceled, each year.

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Thanksgiving travel was still below pre-pandemic levels and it proves air travel isn't back to normal yet

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:25pm
A TSA agent at LAX.
  • The US Transportation Security Administration screened over 2.5 million air travelers on Sunday.
  • The week's numbers still lag behind 2019 passenger volumes, and high airfares and inflation may be to blame.
  • Travel analyst Henry Harteveldt applauded airlines for their on-time performance over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Thanksgiving holiday was a busy week for travel, but crowds were still below pre-pandemic levels

Before the pandemic reshaped the aviation industry as we know it, Thanksgiving was the US' busiest holiday for air travel. In fact, the US Transportation Security Administration screened over 2.8 million passengers on December 1, 2019 — the Sunday after Thanksgiving — and it was the most the agency had ever seen in its history.

However, 2020 proved to be a risky year for flying due to COVID, and the TSA saw record-low numbers as millions of people opted to stay home. In 2021, travel started to rebound with passenger numbers reaching the millions, and the trend has continued into 2022 as volumes break pandemic records.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein posted on Twitter Monday that the agency screened 2,560,623 travelers on Sunday, marking "the highest checkpoint volume since the start of the pandemic."

Airlines knew it would be a busy week as travel agency Hopper estimated 25 million seats would be flying over the holiday. United Airlines told Insider that it flew more than 476,000 customers on Sunday, and the Thanksgiving holiday period was the carrier's third-busiest behind 2018 and 2019.

Despite the travel optimism, passenger numbers are still lower than in 2019. Henry Harteveldt, travel analyst and president of Atmosphere Research Group, told Insider that volumes were down 2.4% compared to 2021, and high airfare and the state of the economy may be to blame.

"Some people may have looked at the airfares and decided to drive to their destination because the fares were simply too expensive," he explained. "And we can't ignore the unstable economy and inflation which has sent the cost of everyday goods soaring and has eaten into many people's discretionary budgets, leaving them less money to travel by air."

According to Hopper, the 2022 average airfare from November 20 to November 24 was $350 for roundtrip domestic flights. This is a 43% increase compared to 2021, and 22% higher than in 2019.

Over previous holiday weekends, like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, carriers canceled or delayed thousands of flights, blaming staffing shortages, weather, and air traffic control for the chaos. 

However, according to FlightAware data, United only canceled 47 flights from Monday through Sunday. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines canceled 31, Southwest Airlines canceled 24, and American Airlines only canceled 13.

Although the historically unreliable holiday flight operations may have scared people away from flying over Thanksgiving, Harteveldt told Insider the successful week is a win for US carriers.

"Airlines have a responsibility to their customers and to their employees to operate the schedules as close to on time as they can in order to help rebuild trust in the air transportation network," he said. "And I think it helps that the Department of Transportation has been so vocal." 

Harteveldt noted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has put pressure on carriers to perform, especially with the agency's newly published airline customer service dashboard.

"They have to continue to operate reliably during the next few weeks, during the Christmas and New Year's period, and throughout 2023 and beyond," Harteveldt told Insider.

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Jennifer Lopez on what she learned from Warren Buffet — and other tips from celebrities on how to become a successful entrepreneur

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:20pm
Jennifer Lopez at a screening of "Marry Me" on February 8, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
  • The Hollywood Reporter released its second annual list of the top 40 celebrity entrepreneurs.
  • THR surveyed some of the biggest stars about their thoughts on running a business. 
  • J.Lo, Ryan Reynolds, and Seth Rogen talk advice, scale versus quality, and winning versus learning.

It's become commonplace for celebrities to start their own brands and businesses apart from their singing or acting careers, and many have gone far beyond just putting their name and face on a product — like Jennifer Lopez's skincare brand J.Lo Beauty or Seth Rogen's' Houseplant.

The Hollywood Reporter released its second annual list of top celebrity entrepreneurs last week, in which they asked top celebrity entrepreneurs about their best business advice, inspirations, and products they wished they'd come up with themselves. Several A-list stars weighed in, and Insider compiled some of the most interesting answers.

1. Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds said that resisting the urge to win was one of the biggest lessons he learned as an entrepreneur.Some of Ryan Reynolds's successful ventures include Mint Mobile and Avian Gin, which he sold to leading alcohol company Diageo in 2020 for $610 million.

The "Deadpool" star said the biggest lesson he's learned as an entrepreneur is to never miss a learning opportunity. "Resist the urge to win in favor of learning. Seeking to learn from someone you disagree with is often more valuable than 'winning.'"

Fellow celebrity surveyors like Gal Gadot and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul named Reynolds as one of the entrepreneurs that inspires them. 

2. Jennifer LopezThe best business advice Jennifer Lopez ever received came from Warren Buffet.Jennifer Lopez's skincare brand J.Lo Beauty and footwear and handbags line JLO Jennifer Lopez Collection at DSW each have cemented the movie star and two-time Grammy nominee as a successful entrepreneur in the beauty and fashion spaces.

Lopez said that the best business advice she's ever received came from Warren Buffet: "A brand is a promise." Her overall mission with her businesses, which also include film and TV production company, Nuyorican Productions, and her expansion into body care with her Targeted Booty Balm this year, is to see her businesses impact "in the next generation of entrepreneurs that we inspire and help open doors for."

Lopez also mentioned that she wants to increase inclusion in business overall, not just in entertainment, saying that "Creating more seats at the tables of opportunity in a different sector than entertainment" is one way that she is exploring a new side of herself as an entrepreneur.

3. Seth RogenRogen said the iPhone is the product he wishes he invented himself.

Rogen's marijuana brand Houseplant had so much website traffic when it launched in March of 2021 that the site crashed from the demand.

After founding the business with his co-founder, Evan Goldberg, Rogen said he's learned how to scale without compromising on product quality. "There is a direct correlation between scale and quality — learning how to maintain the level of quality that is imperative to us while still growing our company has been wildly beneficial."

When asked what product he wished he'd come up with himself, Rogen said, "You seen these fucking iPhones?" but also added that the best business advice he's ever received was to "Be focused."

Correction: An earlier version of this article said Lopez is a two-time Grammy winner. She is a two-time Grammy nominee.

If you work in Hollywood and would like to share your story, email Eboni Boykin-Patterson at eboykinpatterson@insider.com.

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Hawaii's Mauna Loa — the world's largest active volcano — is erupting, triggering blood-red skies and an ash advisory

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:19pm
The north rim of the summit caldera of Mauna Loa volcano on November 28, 2022.
  • Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, erupted late Sunday night local time after 38 years of silence.
  • From its underwater base, the volcano rises 30,000 feet from the bottom of the ocean, making it taller than Mount Everest.
  • Portions of the Big Island of Hawaii were under an ashfall advisory, which disrupted airline flights.

For the first time in decades, Hawaii's Mauna Loa — the largest active volcano in the world — erupted, turning the sky red.

The eruption began around 11:30 p.m. local time Sunday night in Mauna Loa's summit caldera, according to a United States Geological Survey statement. In a 7:20 a.m local time update Monday, the agency said lava was flowing out of the northeast side of the volcano, known as the Northeast Rift Zone.

—USGS Volcanoes

Don't miss your last chance to snag a full year of Hulu for only $2 a month with this Cyber Monday deal

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:13pm

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Hulu's Cyber Monday deal is still available for new members.

Cyber Monday is winding down, but there's still time to grab a fantastic deal on a Hulu subscription. New members can lock in a full year of Hulu's ad-supported plan for just $2 a month. The deal ends tonight, so we recommend snagging it while you still can. 

With this deal, you'll only end up paying $24 for your first year of Hulu. Since the service typically costs $8 a month, this discount will save you $72 over 12 months. And if you want to get even more entertainment for your dollar, you can bundle Disney Plus for an extra $3 a month

Hulu is known for its big catalog of network shows, popular movies, and originals. The service just increased its ad-supported price in October, so this Cyber Monday deal is a great chance to snag an entire year of service at a rare, low rate. For more discounts, be sure to check out our complete roundup of streaming deals.

How to get Hulu's Cyber Monday 2022 deal

In order to get Hulu's Cyber Monday deal, you need to either be a new or eligible returning Hulu member. If you fit the qualifications, all you need to do is sign up on Hulu's website before 11:59 p.m. PT on November 28 to lock in the deal.

After the 12-month promotional period ends, your subscription will auto-renew at the full $8 monthly price unless you cancel. Since the deal works on a month-to-month basis, you don't have to commit to the full year either. You can hop out of your Hulu plan at any time, but you'll lose your discount if you do.

Existing Hulu members or anyone who has had a Hulu membership within the last month are not eligible for this promotion. 

How much does Hulu usually cost?

Normally, a Hulu Basic subscription (ad-supported) costs $8 a month, so this deal saves you $6 a month, or $72 in total, for the year. Hulu's Premium subscription (ad-free) costs $15 a month, but that plan is not part of the deal.

Viewers who are looking for more entertainment options should also consider the Disney bundle. The bundle combines subscriptions to Hulu, Disney Plus and ESPN+ for a starting price of $14 a month. Unfortunately, you can't combine Hulu's Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal with the bundle, but you can add just Disney Plus for only $3 a month more.

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Dow sinks 500 points as China protests and hawkish Fed comments rattle markets

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:08pm
Protesters shout slogans during a protest against Chinas strict zero COVID measures on November 28, 2022 in Beijing, China.
  • Stocks sank on Monday as protestors in China and hawkish comments from Fed officials weighed on the market.
  • Unrest over China's zero-COVID policy could exacerbate supply-chain issues, which are partly responsible for rising inflation.
  • St. Louis Fed President James Bullard added the US had "a ways to go" on rate hikes before claiming victory on the inflation front.

US stocks sank on Monday as protests in China and hawkish comments from Fed officials weighed on the market. 

Anger over China's zero-COVID policy has sparked turmoil across the nation, with protests threatening to exacerbate supply-chain issues in the global economy. Experts say the protests could fuel US inflation, as supply-chain issues have been a major driver of high prices so far. 

Apple stock slipped nearly 3% as unrest broke out in a iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, and the tech giant will have to navigate the possibility of "brutal" shortages into the holiday season, Wedbush warned.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard expressed more hawkishness on the Fed's inflation fight, noting the central bank still had "a ways to go" before policy was restrictive enough to tame inflation. He estimated the Fed would raise rates to 5%-5.25%. 

Here's where US indexes stood as the market closed at 4:00 p.m. on Monday: 

Here's what else is happening: 

In commodities, bonds, and crypto:

  • Oil prices traded mixed, with West Texas Intermediate up 0.93% to $76.99 a barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, dropped 1.02% to $83.73 a barrel.
  • Gold slipped 0.84% to $1,739.85 per ounce.
  • The 10-year yield inched 1 basis point higher to 3.7%.
  • Bitcoin dropped 1.93% to $16,234.42.
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100 UK companies are scrapping the 40-hour workweek. Here's how the standard work schedule became so popular in the first place.

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:08pm
The movement for decent working hours began in 1866.
  • 100 companies in the UK are adopting a four-day workweek without cutting pay for their employees. 
  • The companies are working with an organization calling for a four-day workweek. 
  • Here's a timeline of how the US adopted the five-day, 40-hour workweek.

One hundred UK companies have signed up for a permanent four-day workweek for all their staffers with no cut in pay. 

While the companies employ a mere 2,600 people, a fraction of the UK's workforce, the move signals a growing shift in how some leaders view the traditional work schedule. 

The companies are partnering with a nonprofit called the 4 Day Week Campaign, founded by investor and philanthropist Charlotte Lockhart and author Andrew Barnes. The organization works with business leaders to encourage four-day workweek pilots and programs. 

This update is part of a growing trend of more leaders considering a 32-hour working setup. Indeed, the pandemic accelerated public discourse over whether the 40-hour workweek still makes sense for some employees. Companies including e-commerce startup Bolt, Panasonic, and social media company Buffer have adopted four-day workweek policies since 2020. 

Even business titans like Virgin Group founder Richard Branson support the movement. 

"The idea of working five days a week with two day weekends and a few weeks of annual holiday is just something people accept. For some reason, it is considered set in stone by most companies. There is no reason this can't change," Branson wrote in a 2018 blog post. "In fact, it would benefit everyone if it did."   

Here's a look back through the history of the 40-hour workweek and how we got to where we are today.

The history of the 40-hour workweek 

August 20, 1866: A newly formed organization named the National Labor Union asked Congress to pass a law mandating the eight-hour workday. Though their efforts failed, they inspired Americans across the country to support labor reform over the next few decades.

May 1, 1867: The Illinois legislature passed a law mandating an eight-hour workday. Many employers refused to cooperate, and a massive strike erupted in Chicago. That day became known as "May Day." 

May 19, 1869: President Ulysses S. Grant issued a proclamation that guaranteed a stable wage and an eight-hour workday — but only for government workers. Grant's decision encouraged private-sector workers to push for the same rights.

1870s and 1880s: While the National Labor Union had dissolved, other organizations including the Knights of Labor and the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions continued to demand an eight-hour workday. Every year on May Day, strikes and demonstrations were organized to bring awareness to the issue.

May 1, 1886: Labor organizations called for a national strike in support of a shorter workday. More than 300,000 workers turned out across the country. In Chicago, demonstrators fought with police over the next few days. Many on both sides were wounded or killed in an event that's now known as the "Haymarket Affair." 

1890: The US government began tracking workers' hours. The average workweek for full-time manufacturing employees was a whopping 100 hours.

1906: The eight-hour workday was instituted at two major firms in the printing industry.

September 3, 1916: Congress passed the Adamson Act, a federal law that established an eight-hour workday for interstate railroad workers. The Supreme Court constitutionalized the act in 1917.

September 25, 1926: Ford Motor Companies adopted a five-day, 40-hour workweek.

June 25, 1938: Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act, which limited the workweek to 44 hours.

June 26, 1940: Congress amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, limiting the workweek to 40 hours.

October 24, 1940: The Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect.

How the 40-hour workweek has evolved

Despite the long work it took to make the 40-hour workweek a reality, research shows people do continue to log longer work hours.

In a survey by tax and professional services firm EY, half of managers around the world reported logging more than 40 hours a week. In the US, a whopping 58% of managers said they worked over 40 hours a week. Presumably, some of that time is spent at home answering emails, instead of at the office.

Meanwhile, there's evidence that some Americans see working around the clock as a kind of status symbol. While many people claim to be working 60- or 80-hour workweeks, much of that time isn't very productive. In fields like finance and consulting, some workers may only be pretending to work 80-hour weeks, a recent study suggests. 

In general, research suggests that we can handle working 60-hour weeks for three weeks — after that, we become less productive.

This story was originally published in June 2020.

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Paramount+ annual plans are 50% off for Cyber Monday, including bundles with Showtime — here's how to snag the streaming deal

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:03pm

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Annual Paramount Plus plans are now 50% off for Cyber Monday.

As part of a limited-time Cyber Monday discount, new Paramount Plus members can claim a rare deal. Annual subscriptions are now 50% off. Though this promotion was supposed to end on November 27, Paramount has extended it through the rest of Cyber Monday.

The deal includes Essential (ad-supported) and Premium (ad-free) plans, and is even good for bundles with Showtime. With the discount, you can lock in a year of Paramount Plus for as little as $25. The deal also comes with a free one-week trial.

Paramount Plus offers access to a huge selection of movies, shows, and originals, including content from CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and BET. The ad-free Premium plan also adds livestreaming support for you local CBS station.

To snag the deal, simply visit the Paramount Plus sign-up page and select an annual plan. The discount should automatically reflect in your cart.

If you want even more streaming entertainment with your subscription, you can also get a discounted bundle that packages Paramount Plus with Showtime for a full year.  

With the bundle, Showtime's streaming content becomes available directly through the Paramount Plus app, giving you access to everything you'd find on the premium cable channel. That includes hit movies like "Everything Everywhere All at Once," and original series like "Yellowjackets" and "Billions."

For more discounts, be sure to check out our full roundup of the best Cyber Monday streaming deals right now. And if you need a new smart TV to tune into Paramount Plus, check out our liveblog covering all of latest TV deals for Cyber Monday.

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Free returns may be a thing of the past. Here's why retailers want you to pay to return stuff you bought online — and how you can avoid getting charged.

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 4:01pm
  • Some retailers have started charging customers a fee to ship back their returns. 
  • Rising shipping expenses and the labor involved in returns are costing retailers millions per year.
  • The easiest way to avoid paying a return fee is to bring your items back to the store in person.

The era of free returns may be coming to an end. 

While online shoppers may have grown accustomed to not only free shipping, but free returns as well, it's anything but free for retailers to take those items back: there's ground shipping to pay for, and labor involved in processing, sorting, and preparing those goods to be resold. 

Amid a challenging year financially for many retailers — and the possibility of tougher times on the horizon — some companies have had enough, demanding that if customers want to send something back, they'll have to pay for at least part of that process.

Here's how we got here, which retailers are changing their tune, and what shoppers can do to avoid paying for returns. 

Why are companies charging for returns now? 

When the pandemic initially shut down physical retail stores, it accelerated the rate of online shopping — and the rate of returns.

Shoppers often "bracket" their purchases, meaning they'll buy multiple sizes or colors of the same item and send back what they don't want. According to data from the National Retail Federation, shoppers sent back about $100 billion worth of merchandise they bought online in 2020. In 2021, that amount jumped to about $218 billion. The average retailer sees $166 million in returns for every $1 billion in sales, according to the NRF. 

This creates a massive headache for retailers, who have to shell out to get those items back, a process that's gotten more expensive amid higher shipping and labor costs, according to Erin Halka, senior director of solution strategy — commerce at supply-chain management firm Blue Yonder.

"You have to think about not just the cost of shipping, but it's the cost of labor, it's the cost of maybe cleaning that item, repairing it potentially too, repackaging it to make it look better so that the next customer that's receiving it does not realize it's already been in the hands of another customer," Halka said. "While we kind of think of just the shipping angle as recouping the cost, there's so much additional labor and materials that go into the workflow." 

One estimate found that it costs a company 66% of the price of a product to process a return; another found that a return can cost a company $10 to $20, not including the cost of freight. Which means retailers are losing, on average, millions of dollars every year by letting you return your unwanted goods for free. 

Which companies charge a return fee? 

Free returns weren't always the norm: Halka estimated it's become a trend in the past four or five years, mostly thanks to Amazon setting that standard.

But that tide is turning. Fast-fashion retailer H&M said recently it plans to start testing a return fee to see how customers react, while Zara recently added a fee of $3.95. JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch, and J.Crew also charge for returns, typically around $7.50 or $8. 

Of those who are charging customers to send back their unwanted items, the average fee is now around $7.50, Halka said. 

Some companies have taken a different approach by offering free returns only to their most loyal shoppers. At DSW, for example, customers are charged $8.50 for a return unless they're members of the company's higher-tier VIP rewards programs, which require an annual spend of at least $200.

So what can consumers do to avoid paying for returns? 

The easiest way to avoid paying to send your unwanted items back is to bring them to the company's brick-and-mortar location, as it's highly unlikely a retailer will charge for an in-store return. But there's a reason for that, and it can be a trap for customers.

"It's definitely the most preferred from a merchant's perspective, because it gets the customer back into the store and it's an opportunity to convert them again," according Hannah Bravo, chief operating officer at Loop Returns, which works with Shopify companies to automate the returns process.

Translation: Retailers are hoping something else will catch your eye when you come into the store to make your return. 

For shoppers who don't live near the store, or if the company doesn't have a physical retail location, some retailers have begun offering other options, like the ability to drop off your return at a Walgreens store, or to scan a QR code and be able to leave your item at a United States Post Office location. Those options are typically also free and sometimes easier to get to, especially in cities. 

Or there are companies like Happy Returns, which have "return bars" stationed around the country. Customers can bring returns from a variety of brands to these locations, which are set up in high-traffic areas like shopping malls, and Happy Returns will consolidate them and send them back to the retailer. This method is cheaper for the retailer than paying to ship items back one by one, Bravo said.

And while it might be a little annoying to go out of your way to drop off a package, it may help keep prices down in the long run, because if returns costs keep rising, retailers will look for new ways to recoup those losses, according to Halka.

"Most likely to get to those higher margins, you have to add a higher price point to those items at the beginning of the buying," Halka said. "So this is kind of incentivizing the customer to take their part in getting those goods back without necessarily having to charge them for it." 

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Walmart Cyber Monday deals 2022: Don't miss out on the best sales on TVs, earbuds, vacuums, and more

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 3:57pm

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Through Cyber Monday, Walmart is continuing its "Deals for Days" promotion and offering great sales on tech, kitchenware, toys, and more.

Below, we're highlighting some of Walmart's best Cyber Monday deals, which rival those we saw on Black Friday. You can save on Apple Watches and AirPods, TVs, beauty and grooming products, and other great gifts for yourself or loved ones.

Other retailers like Target and Best Buy often match Walmart's prices, so we're tracking all the best discounts on our Cyber Monday liveblog.

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Here are some of the best deals available during Walmart's Cyber Monday "Deals for Days" event:

The best Walmart Cyber Monday tech dealsThe best Walmart Cyber Monday home dealsThe best Walmart Cyber Monday kitchen dealsWalmart Cyber Monday deals on health, beauty, and moreDoes Walmart have curbside pickup?

Walmart offers curbside pickup for contact-free shopping. Place an order online, and select your pickup time slot. A Walmart team member will shop for you and load everything into your car from there. This year, Walmart is also offering curbside returns in some stores so you don't have to leave your vehicle.

Some items can even be ordered online and picked up the same day. Look for products marked "Free Pickup Today" when shopping. Same-day pickup items are made available within four hours of placing your order — you'll get an email when they're ready.

Should I sign up for Walmart+?

Paid Walmart+ memberships include a few extra perks this holiday shopping season. Subscribers received access to each phase of Walmart's Deals for Days sale four hours earlier than other shoppers in the lead-up to Black Friday. In addition, Walmart+ also offers standard perks year-round, like free shipping, scan and go, and free grocery delivery.

The service costs $98 a year or $13 a month. Signing up for Walmart+ is a good idea if you're a frequent Walmart shopper, regardless of holiday sales.

If you're not interested in early access to deals, however, you will be better off signing up for a Walmart+ 15-day free trial during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The free trial gets you free shipping without an order minimum, meaning you can make as many impulse buys as you'd like without worrying about shipping costs. On the downside, the free trial does not grant you early access to deals.

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A Ukrainian surgeon had to operate using only a headlamp after a Russian missile strike plunged Lviv into darkness

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 3:43pm
This photo mad available by Ukrainian doctor Oleh Duda shows the moment when lights at a hospital went out as he was performing complicated, dangerous surgery on a bleeding patient at the hospital in western city of Lviv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.
  • A Ukrainian surgeon had to operate using only his headlamp after blackouts caused by Russian missiles hit Lviv. 
  • He said the time between the power outage and the generator turning on "could have cost the patient his life." 
  • Russia continues to strike Ukraine's power grid, leaving a quarter of the city without power. 

Dr. Oleh Duda was in the middle of a complicated and dangerous surgery when the lights in the operating room went out. 

The cancer surgeon who works at a hospital in Lviv, Ukraine told the Associated Press that he heard explosions nearby when he was operating on a patient. 

Moments after the noise, a blackout consumed the hospital, including the operating room where the patient was open on the table. 

Duda couldn't stop what he was doing, the AP reported, leaving his only choice to carry on with the operation using only the headlamp on his head for light. 

Fortunately, the AP reported, the hospital had a generator that kicked in three minutes later. 

"These fateful minutes could have cost the patient his life," Duda told The Associated Press.

The blackout during the November 15 surgery was not confined to the hospital in Lviv. It was the result of another Russian missile strike on Ukraine's power grid, the AP reported. The strike damaged nearly half of the country's energy facilities. 

Duda told the AP the explosions were so close to the hospital that "the walls were shaking." Doctors and patients had to take shelter in the hospital's basement, a routine that occurs every time the air raid siren sounds. 

The strikes have continued since, with a November 23 strike leaving more in Ukraine without power, water, and public transportation, the AP reported

According to the World Health Organization, a quarter of the people living in Ukraine — roughly 10 million people — were without power after the November 23 strike. Power and water have since been restored, according to the Kyiv Independent.

Ukrainian doctor Oleh Duda, left, speaks with a patient at the hospital in western city of Lviv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.

The healthcare system in Ukraine has taken a major hit because of the damage: surgeries are being postponed, patient records are unavailable due to internet outages, and paramedics are relying on flashlights to examine patients in their powerless apartments, according to the AP.

In the Lviv hospital, which mainly specializes in cancer, only 10 of the day's 40 scheduled surgeries were performed on November 15, the AP reported. 

Just last week, surgeons at Kyiv's Heart Institute had to continue operating on a child's heart amid a blackout, according to a video posted to the organization's Facebook page

"Rejoice, Russians, a child is on the table and during an operation the lights have gone completely off," Dr. Boris Todurov, director of the institute, said in the video, according to the AP. "We will now turn on the generator — unfortunately, it will take a few minutes."

The AP reported instances of broken medical machinery and generators in hospitals across Ukraine and stories of doctors and nurses carrying wounded patients to operating rooms when elevators are not working due to blackouts. 

The World Health Organization said in a statement last week that "this winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine" calling the upcoming season a "formidable test for the Ukrainian health system and the Ukrainian people."

"Ukraine's health system is facing its darkest days in the war so far," the WHO said. "Having endured more than 700 attacks, it is now also a victim of the energy crisis. It is being squeezed from all sides and the ultimate casualty is the patient."

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