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    Cheery Christmas Bath Lush Holiday

    You might still be deciding what to buy from Lush's glow-in-the-dark Halloween launch, but the beauty brand is already preparing for the winter holidays.

    Lush's newest collection, the Lush Holiday Range, is filled with over 60 holiday-themed bath products, amd will include body lotions, bath bombs, lip scrubs, and more.

    While the collection has not officially launched yet, Lush shared a preview of the holiday food-inspired line with INSIDER. Not only is the entire line made with food-based ingredients such as gingerbread, plums, and cotton candy, but each item is also festively scented.

    There's no word yet on when exactly these products will be available for purchase, but for now we've rounded up the 22 coolest items from the collection below.

    The Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb includes two bath bombs.

    This item is said to smell like cola soda.

    Cost: $9.95

    Your lips should feel exfoliated and soft after using the Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub.

    To create its organic cranberry scent, Lush used castor sugar and cranberry seed.

    Cost: $7.95

    The Icehoggles Soap will look cool in your bathroom.

    Those that like to avoid strong fragrances should try this "delicately scented" soap.

    Cost: $7.95

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    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby before speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the UN General Assembly.

    • Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, brought her newborn baby to the United Nations General Assembly — becoming the first ever world leader to do so.
    • Ardern's partner, Clarke Gayford, traveled with her to New York to help care for the three-month-old.
    • Photos of the leader with her baby are making an impact online.
    • Ardern received praise from leaders like former US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history on Monday evening when she became the first world leader to attend the United Nations General Assembly with her newborn baby.

    Ardern, only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, brought her infant baby Neve to the gathering, where she held the three-month-old before delivering a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit.

    While Ardern was speaking, her partner Clarke Gayford, who traveled to New York on the family's dime to help care for Neve, held the baby on his lap. Gayford is a stay-at-home dad, and the couple has spoken candidly about their experience parenting while in office.

    "What I consistently acknowledge is that I have assistants who help Clarke with the ability to juggle his career and be our primary caregiver," Ardern told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. What has struck me is the number of men and women who have said 'We do the same thing.' There's a lot of discussion ... And we need to normalize that, too."

    See baby Neve at the UN:

    Sinéad Baker contributed to this report.

    SEE ALSO: Protesters heckled Ted Cruz and his wife out of a DC restaurant, and Beto O'Rourke has come to his opponent's defense

    New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern sits with her partner, Clarke Gayford, baby Neve, and several aides during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    Ardern kisses baby Neve before delivering a speech to the General Assembly.

    Gayford holds baby Neve as Ardern speaks at the UN.

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    crowded beach dalian china

    • Some luxury destinations aren't quite what they seem on Instagram.
    • Many of these hotspots are overcrowded, overpriced, or simply lacking in authenticity. 
    • From the Champs Elysées in Paris to ultra-modern Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, here are nine luxury hotspots that might not be worth the hype.


    Some places around the world are known as go-to spots for luxury travel, shopping, or experiences.

    The Champs Elysées in Paris, for example, with its Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Longchamp boutiques, is consistently ranked one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Dubai boasts of having the most luxurious hotel in the world. 

    But many find that these and other luxury destinations don't quite live up to the hype. Take a look below for some disappointing photos of what nine luxury hotspots look like in real life.

    SEE ALSO: What it's like to be a millionaire in America today

    The Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris is one of the most iconic streets in the world, lined with museums, high-end restaurants, and five-star hotels.

    Source: Paris Info, Business Insider

    Shopping opportunities range from retailers such as Zara and H&M to luxury boutiques that include Louis Vuitton, Mont-Blanc, Guerlain, and Ferrari. It's consistently ranked as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.

    But most of the time, you'll hardly be able to move through the throngs of tourists.

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    Miley and Liam

    After appearing together in "The Last Song" in 2010, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been on and off again. Throughout the past years, however, they have consistently shown respect and love toward each other in interviews and on social media. 

    More recently, as an homage to their love, Miley Cyrus told Billboard her recent song "Malibu" was about her feelings for her fiance. And even more, in the last year, the couple has posted multiple romantic photos on Instagram. All this points to the conclusion that the couple is going strong. 

    Here are eight lessons Cyrus and Hemsworth's relationship could teach regular couples.

    Timing is everything in a relationship.

    Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke up for almost three years before reconciling. And this was most likely in part due to the timing. For example, when they broke up in 2010, a source told E!, "Ever since she left for Detroit, Miley has been super focused on her work. Liam wanted more, but she's 17 and has other priorities right now. He's been a distraction."

    Sometimes it's impossible to make your relationship a priority if you have other things going on in life and that's OK.

    Sometimes, taking a break is the best decision you can make for your relationship.

    Deciding that you need a break from your current significant other can be a death sentence for many relationships, but sometimes what you need is to take a breather, figure yourself out, and then reevaluate whether or not you want to spend the rest of your life with this person — and after Hemsworth and Cyrus were given the chance to do that, they seem stronger than ever.

    "I don't like when relationships are two halves trying to make a whole. So, I don't think that I have that co-dependency," Cyrus told Howard Stern in 2017. "I think people that break up and get back together, that's awesome. You get time to be yourself. You get time to grow up. I think if you're growing up attached to another person, you never really get solid as your own being."

    It's important to retain your individuality.

    A long-term relationship is all about blending two separate lives into one, but that doesn't mean you need to morph into the same person. You and your partner should retain your individual personalities and interests, even if what you like doesn't necessarily line up with what they like, and it sounds like this is something that's been key for Cyrus and Hemsworth.

    "I think that's what is wrong with a lot of relationships if you don't have time to be able to be yourself," Cyrus said during an appearance on the Zach Sang radio show in May 2017. "I just love that my dude doesn't really make me do that. He gets to do his thing and I get to do my thing, and then he inspires cool music and gets me to go to the beach more than I ever would."

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    • Newspapers offer a glimpse into the past and inform us of the events of the present.
    • Some newspapers are remembered along with the significant historical event they reported on, like the Chicago Tribune's front page featuring Obama winning the 2008 presidential election.
    • Here are 11 of the most iconic newspaper covers from world famous events.


    The famous quote, "History is written by the victors" is often attributed to Winston Churchill. The thought process behind this quote, however, leaves out an important set of storytellers: the press.

    Newspapers offer a glimpse at the past and answer the "who, what, when, where, and why" of historic events that still have influence today. As pieces of literature and even art, they can make us feel hope, disgust, empowerment, or disillusionment about aspects of culture and history.

    Some newspaper front pages are truly evocative and may be remembered as part of the significant historical events they reported, like the ones covering events such as Pearl Harbor, the Watergate Scandal, and Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election.

    With the help of Kathryn Wilmot, archivist of print news collections at Newseum in Washington, D.C., here are some of the most iconic newspaper covers that have captured world events and became as memorable as the stories themselves.

    SEE ALSO: 9 of the very first editions of famous American newspapers

    When the Chicago Tribune got it wrong

    Tight deadlines and misleading polls led the Chicago Daily Tribune to incorrectly publish, "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" after Harry S. Truman had been elected president.

    When Barack Obama was elected president

    Many Americans may have thought they'd never see the day a black man would become president of the United States.

    Coverage of the 2008 presidential election mirrored the language of hope and change Obama used during his campaign, like these covers by The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, and Newsday.

    The death of Nelson Mandela

    A great front page tells a story all on its own. The New York Post, The New York Times, and The Daily News' covered Mandela's tale of rising above rigid, systematic racism and imprisonment to become president and help end apartheid in South Africa after his death in December 2013.

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    donatella versace and kylie jenner Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcons Met Gala 2017

    • Michael Kors has agreed to buy the Italian fashion house Versace in a $2.12 billion deal
    • Michael Kors will be called Capri Holdings, and it has plans to grow Versace's revenue, increase its store footprint and online presence, and focus on shoes and accessories. 
    • Donatella Versace, who took over Versace after her brother Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997, will retain her position as creative director of the luxury fashion brand.
    • Here's how Versace became the iconic fashion brand it is today.

    Michael Kors has agreed to buy the Italian fashion house Versace in a $2.12 billion deal

    As part of the deal, Michael Kors is changing its name to Capri Holdings. The company says it aims to grow Versace's revenue from about $808 million to $2 billion, expand its footprint from 200 stores to about 300 stores, and increase the amount of shoes and accessories it sells. Developing Versace's online presence will also be a focus.

    "We are excited to have Versace as part of our family of luxury brands, and we are committed to investing in its growth," Michael Kors Chairman and CEO John Idol said in a press release announcing the acquisition. 

    Donatella Versace said in a statement: "Versace is not only synonymous with its iconic and unmistakable style, but with being inclusive and embracing of diversity, as well as empowering people to express themselves. Santo, Allegra and I recognize that this next step will allow Versace to reach its full potential."

    Donatella Versace took over as creative director after the 1997 murder of her brother Gianni Versace, the iconic founder of the beloved fashion house. Her brother Santo became CEO. Donatella's daughter Allegra, who was 11 at the time of Gianni's death, inherited 50% of the company, making her a near-billionaire after the acquisition by Michael Kors, according to The GuardianDonatella Versace will stay on as creative director.

    Here's a look back on the history of the iconic fashion brand: 

    SEE ALSO: J.Crew is trying out a new look, but it still hasn't fixed one of customers' biggest complaints. Here's what it's like to shop there now.

    Gianni Versace grew up in the city of Reggio Calabria in Italy. His mother was a dressmaker, and he would learn new things from her when he visited her workshop.

    Source: Harper's Bazaar

    He eventually moved to Milan, where he started the Versace brand in 1978.

    Source: Harper's Bazaar


    His younger sister, Donatella Versace, served as vice president of the brand and assisted with design. Their brother Santo oversaw the company's finances.

    Source: Harper's Bazaar


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    kevin systrom

    After eight years, the founders of Instagram are leaving the company. 

    CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger announced Monday that they are departing the mega-popular photo sharing social network , which was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. The news came following months of turmoil and scandals for Facebook, and reportedly comes amid tension between the founders and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 

    Still, it's something of a surprise that Systrom and Krieger would leave the app they built from scratch. Instagram grew out of Systrom's love of photography, and has since become one of the most popular social media apps in the world — in fact, Instagram hit 1 billion active users earlier this year. 

    Here's how Systrom got his start and built Instagram into what it is today. 

    SEE ALSO: 5 red flags in the Instagram founders' goodbye letter to Facebook that make it obvious there's bad blood

    Systrom was born in Holliston, Massachusetts, a wealthy suburb of Boston. His father worked as a human resources executive, while his mother worked in tech — first at Monster and Swapit, and later at Zipcar.

    Source: The Guardian,  Fortune

    As a teenager, Systrom was obsessed with record collecting and deejaying. While still in high school, he used to have his friends sneak him into clubs in the Boston area to open for established DJs.

    Source: Fortune

    Systrom applied early decision to Stanford University. He had planned to study computer science, but once he arrived, decided to switch majors to management science and engineering.

    Source: Fortune

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    rod rosenstein wild monday

    Speculation swirled Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would soon be fired or resign.

    After the White House confirmed Rosenstein was safe for now, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced he and President Donald Trump would meet on Thursday, leaving intelligence officials temporarily relieved.

    But the justice department head's future is still uncertain.

    On Friday, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and wearing a wire to record their conversations. Rosenstein has disputed the report, but it is said to have pushed Trump to weigh firing Rosenstein.

    Rosenstein's authority over the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election has made his fate a top concern for lawmakers and officials.

    Here's how the "poster child for the professional, competent, ethical, and fair-minded prosecutor" became one of the most-watched officials in Washington:

    SEE ALSO: Here's who could replace Rod Rosenstein if he's fired

    DON'T MISS: If Rod Rosenstein is on his way out, exactly how it goes down could have major consequences for how Trump can proceed

    Rod Jay Rosenstein was born on January 13, 1965, in Philadelphia.

    He earned an economics degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania, where Trump graduated from the Wharton School 20 years earlier. In 1989, Rosenstein graduated from Harvard Law School.

    Source: US News and World Report

    After clerking with the DC Court of Appeals, Kenneth Starr recruited Rosenstein to investigate former President Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater Development Corporation business in Arkansas.

    Source: Department of Justice

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    Mukesh Ambani

    • CEOWORLD Magazine recently published its "India Rich List for 2018," which ranks the wealthiest individuals in the world's fastest-growing economy.
    • The majority of top 10 are self-made billionaires who built empires in software services, pharmaceuticals, and finance. A few of them inherited stakes in their families' companies.
    • Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries tops the list with a net worth of $47.8 billion. 

    Thanks to India's booming economy, the fastest-growing major economy in the world, there has been a meteoric rise in the wealth of the country's elites and business owners. Once dominated by prominent business families like the Tatas, Birlas, or Ambanis, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of self-made billionaires. 

    CEOWORLD magazine recently published its "India Rich List for 2018," which is made up mostly of self-made billionaires who have built empires in software services, pharmaceuticals, finance, metals, and energy.

    With a wealth of $47.8 billion, Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, has cemented his position as being India’s richest person. 

    Take a look at who else made it into the top 10 spots this year:

    SEE ALSO: The world's super rich families are turning their backs on hedge funds

    10. Savitri Jindal

    Savitri Jindal is the chairperson of Jindal Group and the widow of its founder, Om Prakash Jindal. Upon his tragic death in a helicopter crash in 2005, the group's companies — which include JSW Steel, JSW Energy, JSW Infrastructure and Jindal Steel & Power — were divided among her four sons.

    Net Worth: $8.2 billion

    Age: 68

    Industry: Steel

    Source of wealth: Widow of founder Om Prakash Jindal

    9. Cyrus Poonawalla

    In 1966, Cyrus Poonawalla founded Serum Institute of India and built it into one of the world's largest vaccine makers. Poonawalla is the son of a horse breeder.

    Net Worth: $8.3 billion

    Age: 73

    Industry: Vaccine

    Source of wealth: Self-made

    8. Uday Kotak

    After turning down a lucrative job offer from Hindustan Unilever (the India unit of Unilever) after his MBA, Uday Kotak started his own finance firm in 1985. He then converted it into Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2003. Now it is among India's top four banks in the private sector.

    Net Worth: $10.5 billion

    Age: 59

    Industry: Banking

    Source of wealth: Self-made

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    eiffel tower real expectation

    Many iconic monuments are worth the trek to see them in your lifetime, but unfortunately a lot of them aren't.

    Some of the most famous monuments across the globe are nothing short of disappointing. Whether it's the crowds, costs, or the monuments themselves, the reality of many popular tourist attractions don't live up to the hype.

    The dictionary defines monument as "something erected in memory of a person, event, etc.," or "a building, megalith, etc., surviving from a past age, and regarded as of historical or archaeological importance." INSIDER used these definitions to come up with a list of famous monuments better off skipped.

    From the Statue of Liberty to the Taj Mahal, keep scrolling to see which monuments aren't worth the time.

    The Mannekin Pis, which means "peeing boy" in Dutch, is an iconic statue in Brussels, Belgium.

    The statue was originally created in 1619 to commemorate Belgians' ability to laugh at themselves

    In person, the statue is too small to be worth the visit.

    The statue has garnered widespread dislike locally for attracting too many tourists, and pickpockets along with them. Due to it's surprisingly small size (24 inches) it has been dubbed "Europe's most disappointing tourist sight."

    The Eiffel Tower is the main attraction for many visitors to Paris, France.

    The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution. At the time, it was the tallest structure in the world, standing over one thousand feet high.

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    If you've ever tried getting a kid to eat their veggies, you know that it can be a battle of wills. Parents can try to model good food choices, but the foods kids crave may not always be the foods that are good for them. And as a result, parents and children are left in a standoff to see which side will cave in first.

    Getting your kids to trade in their sweet and salty favorites for healthier options can be a chore, particularly if you have a finicky eater on your hands. But with a little creativity, you can find ways to lighten up some of the meals they love.

    Vitamin-packed muffins make a healthy breakfast on the go.

    If you’re looking for an easy, healthy breakfast option, give this blueberry muffin recipe a try. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. And the applesauce, whole wheat flour, and avocado oil in this muffin recipe makes them lower in fat and sugar than most bakery options.

    Bake up a bunch on the weekend and have weekday breakfast on the table in less time than it takes to pour a bowl of cereal.

    Steer clear of sugary drinks.

    Juice boxes are an undeniably convenient way to give your kids a drink on the go. But before your little one takes a sip from that straw, take a peek at the label to see exactly what they're drinking.

    One 6 fl oz. Hi-C Flashin' Fruit Punch juice box has 80 calories, 22 grams of sugar, as well as high fructose corn syrup. For a healthier option, look for juice boxes with less sugar and all natural ingredients instead. For example, a 6.75 fl oz. Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch drink has 40 calories, 9 grams of sugar, and all natural ingredients. Or better yet, send them off to school with a thermos filled with cold water instead.

    Bake veggies for a great sandwich companion.

    Who doesn't love potato chips? But you should know that there is an unhealthy amount of fat and sodium in many of these salty snacks. A serving of Lays classic potato chips contains 10 g of fat and 170 mg of sodium.

    But don't despair — your kids don't have to eat their sandwiches alone. Baked veggie chips are a healthier option and a great way to sneak in another serving of veggies for the day. Terra sweet potato chips, for example, have only 10 mg of sodium.

    You can also make your own veggie chips with practically any veggie in your fridge including sweet potatoes, beets, and kale. Sprinkle thinly sliced veggies with a small amount of sea salt and oil. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

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    Smoothie in BlenderWhether you love them as a nourishing breakfast option or a light, on-the-go snack, smoothies are a great way to pack a ton of nutrients and flavors into your day just by throwing a few ingredients into your blender and hitting a button.

    But if you're bored with your go-to smoothie recipe and you're looking for new ways to shake up your favorite smoothie, there are a ton of nutritious and delicious options you likely never even thought of.

    From new ways to get in your daily servings of veggies to spices that add a ton of flavor, these will provide plenty of inspiration for your next grocery run. An added bonus: You probably already have many of these in your kitchen, ready to be added to your blender ASAP.

    Avocado provides tons of creaminess without added sugar.

    If you already pack your smoothie with tons of fruit, consider adding everyone's favorite Instagram-friendly fruit, avocado. Sure, it tastes (and looks) great on toast, but it's also an unexpected but good smoothie option similar to a banana but without tons of sugar, and it's all thanks to those heart-healthy fats.

    Julie Harrington, the culinary nutrition consultant of RDelicious Kitchen, told The List, "The healthy fat paired with nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables, help fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) be better absorbed. Plus, it makes smoothies really creamy — almost like a milkshake consistency."

    Iced, brewed herbal tea can add nutrients.

    You might think of herbal tea as its own beverage, but you can step up your smoothie's flavor game by adding already brewed tea into it. You can pick the flavor of your choice, and be sure to brew it before storing in the fridge (you can use it hot as well if you prefer a warm smoothie) or by freezing it in ice cube trays and using them in lieu of or in addition to frozen fruit and plain ice.

    Freshly brewed coffee or cold brew also works for a caffeine boost.

    If you want an added dose of caffeine to start your day, you can also add the coffee of your choice to your smoothie. Cold brew makes a perfect add-in, as well as brewed hot coffee that has been stored in the fridge. For a good right-now option, add a teaspoon of regular (or decaf) instant coffee.

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    • Parenting doesn't come with a universal guidebook, and there are many ways to approach different aspects of parenting.
    • Parents aren't perfect, and there may be times when you wish you had done something different.
    • But you're not alone — here are 30 parenting mistakes every mom and dad makes.


    Whether it's caused by lack of sleep, harried schedules, multitasking, stress, or inherent human fallibility, parents make mistakes. We also get it right sometimes, too (despite what our kids may think).

    For every cringe-worthy slip-up a parent makes, the rest of us have likely done the same thing a dozen times.

    Though we all have our faults, kids are kids are resilient and forgiving. They can tell that you're trying your best even as you spill a pot full of pasta, forget their backpacks for the second time in three days, or call them by the dog's name.

    Here are 30 parenting mistakes pretty much anyone with kids has made.

    SEE ALSO: 8 things my parents let me do that I would never let my kids do

    1. We let our kids fall

    No loving person ever wants to injure a child, but kids get hurt by accident all the time.

    In some cases, this may come in the form of a caregiver accidentally dropping a child, but the fall could also be a result of a child toppling out of a high chair or off a changing table.

    A recent study released by Pediatrics estimated that as many as 66,000 kids under three in the US alone sustained injuries from furniture or other kids’ products per year.

    2. We overschedule kids' lives

    According to another study published in Pediatrics, kids have less free time than in previous generations. Parents are loading up their children's schedules with sports, music, dance, tutoring, and so on.

    Less free time can deprive children of the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional benefits play can provide, according to the research.

    3. We give too much choice

    Kids need to develop a sense of independence, and parents can encourage that by giving them the chance to make their own decisions. But a young child's choices should be limited to a small selection of options.

    Think: "Would you like a plum or a pear?" and not "What fruit do you want?" Or "Would you like the red striped shirt or the blue dinosaur shirt?" not "What do you want to wear?"

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    • Skyscrapers are multiplying as US cities appear to be in race toward the sky.
    • Many of the tallest American skyscrapers, such as One World Trade Center and Comcast Technology Center, were built in the past five years.
    • Some states do not have a single building over 200 feet, like Maine.
    • Here's a lit of the tallest skyscrapers in every state.


    Many of America's tallest skyscrapers have been built in the past five years — such as the Wilshire-Grand Center in Los Angeles, One World Trade Center in New York City, and the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia — and it seems as though US cities are racing toward the sky.

    Other states, however, aren't feeling the pressure to build upward. South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, for instance, don't have a single building over 200 feet, according to USA Today.

    Some of the tallest US skyscrapers are power plants, while others are college dormitories or office buildings. Many of the rest are owned by big investment banks.

    Here is the tallest skyscraper in every state:

    SEE ALSO: 9 of the very first editions of famous American newspapers

    Alabama: RSA Battle House Tower, Mobile

    Alabama's tallest skyscraper — the RSA Battle House Tower located in the port city of Mobile — reaches 745 feet and holds 35 floors of offices inside.

    Alaska: ConocoPhillips Building, Anchorage

    Less than half the height of the RSA Battle House Tower, the ConocoPhillips Building is Alaska's largest skyscraper at 296 feet tall and 22 floors. The building was built in 1983 in Anchorage by oil companies.

    Arizona: Chase Tower, Phoenix

    This southwestern state's tallest skyscraper, the 40-story Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix, sold in 2018 for $79 million. According to AZ Central, the nearly 50-year-old building will undergo renovations as JPMorgan Chase evaluates its future plans with the building.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Hollywood’s problem with whitewashing has been going on for several decades and continues to persist into the modern era. What is whitewashing? According to Lester Andrist, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, the term refers to "the tendency of media to be dominated by white characters, played by white actors, navigating their way through a story that will likely resonate most deeply with white audiences, based on their experiences and worldviews."

    The perpetuation of whitewashing in Hollywood not only severely curtails opportunities for people of color in the industry, but also hinders the possibility of people of color seeing themselves represented on film. 

    Recently, movies like “Ghost in the Shell” and “Annihilation” have come under fire for casting white actors in roles meant for people of color, despite outcry from critics and moviegoers alike.

    Here are some of the many cases of whitewashing in the entertainment industry.

    The 2017 Netflix series "Death Note" was considered a whitewashing disaster.

    Originally, "Death Note" was a manga turn anime series that Netflix decided to make into a live action adaptation. But instead of casting a Japanese actor to play the Japanese main character, the streaming service cast Nat Wolff, a non-Japanese actor, in the role. In fact, the Netflix adaptation included a majority white cast — and was almost immediately called out for it.

    Tilda Swinton’s character in Marvel’s 2016 version of "Doctor Strange" is not white.

    In the comic books, Ancient One is an elderly Asian man, so how did Tilda Swinton, a non-Asian, non-male-identified actor land the role in Marvel’s live-action film? In a statement to Mashable, the studio defended Swinton’s casting by saying "'Ancient One' is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character"— similar to James Bond. Nevertheless, Swinton and the movie itself were called out for whitewashing and continue to defend their casting decisions.

    The '60s musical "West Side Story" is a classic example of whitewashing.

    In the 1961 film "West Side Story," the character Maria, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was played by Russian-American actress Natalie Wood. Another character of Puerto Rican descent, Bernardo, was played by Greek-American actor George Chakiris. To make things even worse, Rita Moreno, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was forced to wear brownface.

    Although it’s too late to change the original film, upcoming "West Side Story" revivals will reportedly be cast with actors of appropriate ethnicities.

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    Photo 1   Heather Concannon (5).JPGThe Disney Cruise Line is known for its world-class entertainment and family-friendly atmosphere, but their ships are also a blast for adults. With so many adults-only activities onboard, cruising with Disney has become one of my favorite ways to travel.

    Each of Disney's four ships has lounges, bars, pools, activities, and experiences that make cruising fun for any age.

    Here are my favorite adult activities to enjoy while aboard the Disney Cruise Line.

    The brunch at Palo is simply amazing.

    Each Disney ship is home to Palo, a picturesque Venetian-inspired restaurant exclusively for those 18 and older. This beautiful dining experience is home to a mouthwatering menu offering an array of dishes and desserts for both brunch and dinner.

    Although their dinner menu is excellent, their brunch menu is my personal favorite. I love the variety of flavors and cuisine available in their brunch buffet as well as their eclectic entree menu. There is a little something for everything but trust me on this — you have to try the chicken parmesan.

    If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll find yourself falling in love with their dessert buffet options. From tiramisu to chocolate soufflé to chocolate covered strawberries, there is a little something for everyone.


    Nothing beats the perfect day package at Senses Spa

    The Senses Spa & Salon onboard each Disney cruise ship will help you de-stress so you can look and feel your best while on vacation.

    You can pamper yourself with a luxurious spa package, treat yourself with one of the many salon packages, experience their rainforest-themed aromatherapy steam rooms. 

    There are even spa villas with open-air verandas for just you or you and your partner to enjoy.

    My recommendation is the perfect day spa package — 75 minutes of a blissful full body massage, scalp massage and facial. It’s a perfect way to start your cruise and one of the best spa packages I have ever experienced.


    There are several different beverage tasting seminars offered throughout the cruise.

    Expand your palate and learn more about your favorite libations during beverage tasting seminars available throughout your Disney Cruise. The offerings depend on your ship's itinerary.

    The beer and wine tastings are the most common and popular among adult cruisers. But, there are also a variety of spirit tastings, including a very enjoyable martini tasting. Not only are these tastings fun, but also you learn a lot more about the beverage and how to properly taste it.

    There is limited availability and a nominal fee for these seminars, so I would recommend booking them before your board.

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    salmon and eggs on toast

    Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, eggs are chock full of protein and can be treated as a main course or can add nutrition to any meal. Even though they're notoriously tricky to cook perfectly, eggs are a staple for most people. 

    If you're getting bored of your go-to egg recipe, try adding these unexpected flavors to spice up your eggs.

    Use leftover bacon grease for a heartier, more flavorful egg dish.

    After cooking bacon on the stove-top, PopSugar recommends using the leftover grease to cook the eggs. Pour out most of the grease into the trash, until there’s just enough left to coat the pan evenly. Add in the eggs and cook as you normally would. 

    Add smoked salmon for a full breakfast.

    To enhance your usual lox and cream cheese on a bagel, make a couple of scrambled eggs with a smoked salmon and a tablespoon of cream cheese. Top with chives for freshness, as this recipe from the Food Network does. 

    Different types of soft dairy could the answer to your egg rut.

    Ricotta, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, and cream cheese all lend more texture and flavor than milk. Chef Gordon Ramsay uses decadent crème fraîche to save eggs from overcooking and Chrissy Teigen swears by heavy cream. Start with just a dollop for a tasty, creamy undertone.

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    Madewell Men's

    • J.Crew's, popular sister company Madewell just launched its first-ever men's collection.
    • The Madewell Men's Collection is a 38-piece capsule that includes premium denim and complementary apparel like tees, hoodies, sweatshirts, and jackets.
    • The men of Insider Picks tried out the new line — and with high-quality materials and timeless designs, we now get why it's been a hit with women all these years. 
    • We rounded up our favorite pieces from the collection below.

    In 2006, J.Crew introduced Madewell as a premium denim brand for its younger female demographic. In recent years, the brand has become an industry favorite for high quality jeans and other timeless women's clothing essentials without high-end prices.

    Now, as J.Crew continues to make changes to its overall business structure, guys will finally have the opportunity to experience Madewell with the launch of its first-ever men's collection.

    Building off the same concept that made the brand so popular among women, the Madewell Men's Collection includes 38 essential pieces with a focus on denim and complementing styles like tees, sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets.

    “Our goal was to make a wearable collection, rooted in denim,” said Madewell president Libby Wadle. “These are classic-meets-modern pieces that fit exactly the way our Madewell guy would want them to, in washes that only get better with age.”

    Madewell Men's

    While the Madewell Men's Collection aims to uphold the same level of timelessness and quality it's been known for, it is by no means a total carbon copy of the existing women's line. Madewell spent two years perfecting styles and materials specifically designed for men in the market for premium quality jeans at an accessible price point. 

    The Madewell Men's Collection effectively achieves the timeless look of hard denim without the long and uncomfortable break-in time by using some of the best denim in the industry and modern stretch technology. With 21 styles across three signature fits — skinny, slim, and straight — there are pairs for a wide range of body types and personal styles. The apparel includes high-end materials like French terry and premium garment-dyed finishes. Prices range between $39.50 for the Garment-Dyed Daily Crewneck Tee to $158 for made-in-USA White Oak Cone selvedge denim.

    Madewell sent us a few pieces to try out ,and now we know why it's been a hit for women. With jeans and everything else you need to put together a laid-back and comfortable outfit, we think the Madewell Men's Collection will soon find a place in every guy's closet.

    Shop the Madewell Men's Collection here.

    Check out our thoughts on the pieces we tried as well as some of our other favorites, below:

    Madewell Selvedge Slim Jeans

    Madewell Selvedge Slim Jeans, $158

    Madewell wasn't kidding when they said they were using the best materials for their denim. The Selvedge Slim Jeans are made using White Oak denim from the legendary Cone mill. Using some of the brand's final supply of made-in-USA denim, these are not only super high quality, but also very limited in terms of production. 

    What I like most about these jeans compared to other selvedge denim I've worn is that there is is absolutely no break-in time. If you're the type of person who likes the long-term process of wearing your jeans for days on end in order to get a more personalized fade and fit, these probably aren't for you. But if outstanding comfort, quality, and fit starting at the first wear is what you've been looking for in jeans, they're the ideal pair.— Amir Ismael, Insider Picks reporter

    Madewell Skinny Jeans in Washed Black

    Madewell Skinny Jeans in Washed Black, $128

    Slipping into Madewell’s skinny jeans for the first time felt oddly familiar, not unlike donning a pair I’d been wearing weekly for many years. I am usually wary of picking up jeans with any stretch in them — elastane appeases neither my ear nor my skin, especially in summer when anything plastic or synthetic tends to just draw and/or trap heat. That said, whatever Madewell is using for their elastane is almost unnoticeable. I am able to feel some stretch, but it’s far from the jegging effect that many other manufacturers are currently offering. Don’t get me wrong: I understand the appeal of a stretchy jean, and in many instances, they are more comfortable. I just find that jeans with elastane don’t tend to last as long or fade as naturally, and, as a general, more personal note, I like to avoid anything synthetic wherever and whenever possible. — Owen Burke, Insider Picks guides reporter

    Madewell Zip-Front Hoodie Sweatshirt

    Madewell Zip-Front Hoodie Sweatshirt, $118

    In my opinion, zip hoodies are a year-round staple. They can be worn comfortably during the fall, winter, and spring, and are a great extra layer to carry around during the summer. After wearing Madewell's Zip-Front Hoodie, it's now one of my favorite sweatshirts. Made in L.A. from French terry, it's soft against the skin, but won't get beat up like your basic cotton hoodie.   — Amir Ismael, Insider Picks reporter

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    Trans bay closure

    • Just weeks after it opened, the $2.2 billion San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center was abruptly closed on Tuesday.
    • A fissure was discovered in one of the building's steel beams.
    • According to a statement from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the beam was located in the ceiling of the third-level Bus Deck the closure is "out of an abundance of caution" as officials investigate.

    Just weeks after it opened, the $2.2 billion San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center was abruptly closed on Tuesday. A major crack was discovered in one of the building's steel support beams.

    According to a statement from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the beam was located in the ceiling of the third-level Bus Deck, and the decision to close was made "out of an abundance of caution," as engineers inspect other beams and work to repair the problem.

    The Bus Deck is above the ground level. The structure's two other levels are below-ground floors that were designed for rail lines but aren't yet in use.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the beam is among many that support the rooftop garden.

    SEE ALSO: San Francisco's new $2.2 billion transit center, the 'Grand Central Station of the West,' is officially open to the public — take a look around

    Sitting on top of the transit center is a 5.4-acre park space that includes foliage, and numerous seating areas.

    Firemen were on the scene and an officer of the San Francisco Police Department told Business Insider the building was being evacuated. Police were not allowing anyone near the four-block-long structure.

    At least two of the city's major traffic arteries were closed, including Fremont and Beal streets between Mission and Howard.

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    pregnant woman

    It's no secret that pregnancy changes the human body. When a woman carries a child, her body has to go through many adjustments to make sure she and the baby get through the next nine months (or thereabouts) safely.

    Her organs will have to shift around to make space for the baby, but there are many other subtle changes that aren't obvious at first glance.

    The foetus also goes through remarkable changes while it grows in the womb, and may be more aware of what's happening in the outside world than you realise.

    Here are 31 surprising facts about pregnancy, and some of the explanations for why the human body changes so much during that time.

    1. The uterus gets a lot bigger

    Before pregnancy, a woman's uterus is typically the size of an orange. By the third trimester, it can be about the size of a watermelon. In fact, it can expand up to 500 times the size during pregnancy.

    2. The longest pregnancy ever recorded was 375 days long

    The longest time on record that someone has been pregnant for is 375 days. Normally, pregnancy lasts around 280 days, so Penny Diana Hunter's baby was nearly a hundred days overdue in 1945.

    Longer pregnancies are more common than you might think. Many women report being pregnant for 10 or 11 months, rather than the usual nine.

    3. And the shortest was 21 weeks four days

    The earliest premature baby to survive was in the womb for just 21 weeks and four days. The child, who started preschool last year, apparently has no health or developmental problems as a result of being born early.

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