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    Whenever I'm stuck in a train, plane, transit center, or residence that's not my own, the idea of being alone with my own thoughts terrifies me like no other and drives me to come up with creative ways to keep my mind constantly occupied and stimulated. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but the fear of being bored during the long stretches of waiting that come with traveling is all too real and common. 

    Luckily, I never have to miss a beat and I can stay up-to-date on all the entertainment I normally enjoy by packing a few key products and services with me. I have specific favorites that fit my budget and preferences, but not everyone will share those. As a result, I've offered general ways you can stay entertained wherever you go, and all the relevant Insider Picks guides and reviews that will help you narrow down your choice. 

    You won't regret bringing any of these 5 entertainment solutions with you the next time you travel. 

    A tablet

    The entertainment possibilities feel endless with a tablet, the ideal platform to host your games, streaming apps, and books. We're partial to the iPad because of its sharp resolution, powerful processor, and Apple Pencil support, but the market is ripe with different models from Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. 



    An e-reader or reading app

    While many of us are paperback purists at heart, carrying more than a few book copies is heavy, bulky, and impractical. An e-book reader is the light, convenient solution and you'll find yourself reading more books than ever when you own one. Buying an e-reader is an investment, but it quickly pays for itself as e-books are cheaper than physical books. If screen size doesn't bother you, you can also download a reading app to access books on your phone. 



    A portable projector

    A tiny projector that fits in your bag, backpack, or even the palm of your hand can be very useful when you want to entertain groups of people on the go. Anywhere with a wall or where you can set up a screen becomes a mini home theater to watch movies, stream live events, or play video games. 



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    berry ice creamWhen you're abiding by a low-dairy or dairy-free lifestyle, you don't necessarily have to cut ice cream out of your diet. Luckily many ice cream companies are making a point to expand their offerings to be more inclusive to dairy-sensitive and dairy-free customers.

    Keep in mind that while these options are dairy-free, they may contain other allergens. Be sure to read labels thoroughly before purchasing any non-dairy ice cream if you experience any additional allergies.

    Here are 12 of the best dairy-free ice creams.

    Trader Joe's has non-dairy ice cream pints and sandwiches.

    Trader Joe's offers a variety of dairy-free choices, including Trader Joe's non-dairy ice cream.

    For coconut lovers, give the store-brand's coconut chocolate or coconut strawberry a taste. If you aren't sensitive to soy products, you can grab a box of Soy Creamy Vanilla Sandwiches, too.

    A blog post on Eating at Joe's said of the ice cream: "This vegan, non-dairy, organic, soy-based ice cream is equally as good as it’s dairy based counterpart."



    Daiya's has tasty frozen dessert bars as well as non-dairy cheesecake.

    If you've been substituting things like cheese and yogurt for dairy-free alternatives, then you might be familiar with the Daiya brand already.

    Starting out as a non-dairy cheese distributor in 2009, the brand has since expanded its product line to yogurts, "cheezecakes" (aka non-dairy cheesecake), and frozen dessert bars.

    This brand has your cravings covered with four variations of their frozen dessert bars: Chocolate Fudge Crunch, Classic Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel Swirl, and Espresso Coffee.



    My/Mo offers non-dairy mochi ice cream.

    This popular Japanese ice cream treat has dairy-free versions. 

    Mochi is a soft, sweet rice cake pounded into a paste and molded into balls that are then filled with ice cream and frozen. My/Mo sells four flavors of milk-free mochi filled with either chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel, or strawberry cashew cream ice cream.



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    dallas cowboys cheerleader nfl

    • Cheerleaders are a common sight in most NFL games, cheering on their teams from the sidelines and entertaining crowds during halftime.
    • But recent reports of harassment, lack of compensation, and discrimination have shed some light on the treatment of cheerleaders in the NFL.
    • Here's what working as an NFL cheerleader is really like.

    You've probably seen NFL cheerleaders on the sidelines, or maybe during halftime at NFL games. But have you ever wondered what their job is really like?

    Recent reports of harassment, lack of compensation, and discrimination have shed some light on the treatment of cheerleaders in the NFL.

    But to get a better idea of what the job is really like, Business Insider talked to four former NFL cheerleaders, who spoke candidly about the questions surrounding compensation, social media, and rules about interacting with players causing controversy throughout the league.

    The women we talked to appear to have had overwhelmingly positive experiences during their time as cheerleaders.

    Here's what they said working as an NFL cheerleader is really like.

    SEE ALSO: Disappointing photos show what your favorite movies and TV shows get wrong about living in New York

    Most NFL teams have cheerleaders.



    You see them on the sidelines during games and sometimes during halftime.



    Looks like they're having fun, right?



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    Conor McGregor has come a long way from working a plumbing job in Ireland.

    On Saturday, November 6, McGregor will return to the Octagon for the first time since 2016 to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    McGregor comes into the match sporting a 21-3 record and a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting, most entertaining, and overall best fighters.

    We took a look back at McGregor's professional bout history, starting in 2008 to now, and looked up what all of his old opponents are up to. Many have since left the fighting game, some have opened gyms, and some are still in the MMA game. And one, of course, is one of the most famous boxers ever who still lives life large.

    Records and fight information came from ESPN, Sherdog, and Tapology.

    Here's where all 24 of McGregor's opponents are today.

    McGregor made his MMA debut on March 8, 2008, beating Gary Morris by TKO.



    Morris posted an 8-10 record as a fighter, with his last fight coming in 2016. It's unclear what he does today.



    Two months later, McGregor took on Mo Taylor in his second fight. McGregor won by TKO, though it was close at one point, as Taylor got McGregor in a tough arm bar.



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    Although there's no big turkey dinner to go along with it, Columbus Day weekend can be looked at as a precursor to Black Friday. With sales all over the web, you can save on new clothes and shoes, home goods, bedding, furniture, online classes, tech, and so much more.

    Whether you've been planning to pick up a few fall wardrobe essentials, you need a new mattress and some fresh sheets for your bedroom, or you're an early-bird holiday shopper, you'll definitely want to take advantage of this weekend's deals. 

    To save you the trouble of mindlessly searching for deals and potentially missing out on the ones that matter the most, we rounded up all of the best sales to shop this weekend.

    Check them out, below:

    Clothing, footwear, and accessories sales

    • Banana RepublicNow through October 7, you can save 40% on your purchase, plus cardholders can save an extra 10% with the promo code "BRCARD" at checkout.
    • J.Crew: Now through October 8, you can save 40% on full-price and sale items using the promo code "BIGSALE" at checkout.
    • L.L.Bean: Now through October 8, you can save 25% sitewide with the promo code "BEAN25" at checkout.
    • Indochino: Get made-to-measure suits up to 63% off during the $299 suit sale with the promo code "SUITSALE" at checkout.
    • Club Monaco: Now through October 8, you can save 25% when you spend $150 or more.
    • Urban OutfittersSave an extra 40% on all sale items.
    • Madewell: Now through October 8, you can save 20% off $100+ or 30% off $200 with the code "ONYOURMARK" at checkout.
    • Brooks Brothers: Now through October 8, you save get four dress shirts originally priced at $92 each for $199.
    • Jomashop: Save up to 75% on designer watches.
    • Macy's: Save an extra 20% on select items using the promo code "SAVE" at checkout.
    • Timex: Save 20% on select watches with the promo code "AUTUMN20" at checkout.
    • Ralph Lauren: Now through October 16, you can save 30% on a huge selection of items for men, women, kids, and home with the promo code "FAMILY" at checkout.
    • Timberland: Save an extra 25% on clothing, accessories, and select footwear.
    • Levi's: Now through October 20, you can save up to 40% sitewide.
    • Lacoste: Save an extra 20% on sale items with the promo code "FALL20" until October 8.


    Mattresses and bedding sales

    • Allswell: Now through October 10, you can save 30% on all twin mattresses and bedding with the promo code "TWINNING" at checkout. (Learn more about the new Walmart-backed home brand here.)
    • Avocado: Now through October 15, you can save $150 on mattresses with the promo code "150GREEN." Verified military personnel and veterans can save an additional $50.
    • Bear: Right now, you can get $200 off a purchase over $1,400 with code "Fall200," $125 off a purchase over $950 with code "Fall125," and $50 off a purchase over $500 with the code "Fall50."
    • Brooklyn Bedding: Until October 8, you can save 20% on all mattresses with the code "COLUMBUS20" and 30% on all sheets and pillows with the code "ACESSORIES30."
    • Casper: Save $50 off select mattresses with the promo code "INSIDER50" at checkout.
    • Leesa: Get $150 off the Leesa mattress and $225 off the Sapira mattress.
    • NECTAR Sleep: Get $125 off mattresses, plus two free NECTAR pillows.
    • PangeaBed: This weekend you can get $150 off mattresses, plus two free pillows with code "COL150."
    • Purple: Get a free platform base or pillow (valued up to $189) with every mattress purchase.


    Home decor and furniture sales

    • AllModern: Take an extra 15% off sale items with code "ITSASIGN".
    • Burrow: Save up to $500 on sofas. Enter your email address to reveal the promo code.
    • Campaign: Get $50 off your first seating purchase.
    • Houzz: Save up to 75% sitewide.
    • Sixpenny: Now through October 7, you can save 20% off + free shipping on mid-century modern pieces with code "MOD20". 
    • Serena and Lily: Save 20% off sitewide with promo code "HOMELOVE" at checkout.
    • Target: Get up to 25% off home items plus an extra 15% off furniture and rugs with code "OCTOBER" until October 8.
    • Wayfair: Save up to 70% sitewide through October 8.


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    This week Business Insider published the 2018 UK Tech 100— a ranking of the 100 coolest people in the UK tech scene.

    It celebrates the vibrant array of people working to scale companies, develop exciting new research, and shed light on the latest advances (and scandals) in the industry.

    As well as the main ranking, Business Insider is highlighting the women doing extraordinary work in the UK technology sector. There are 38 of them in total and they are ranked below in ascending order.

    READ THE UK TECH 100 MAIN LIST: The 100 coolest people in UK tech »

    38. Sharon White, Ofcom CEO has tech in her sights

    Sharon White is a regulator who commands respect in the media industry.

    She has taken BT to task over improving the UK's high-speed broadband network, as well as taking on a huge new role in keeping the BBC in check.

    And it looks like firms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are now in her sights. In an article for The Times in July, White said the "argument for independent regulatory oversight" over these firms "has never been stronger."

    She followed this up with a speech last month, in which she outlined a proposal to impose financial penalties on social media firms that fail to remove offensive content in a timely manner.

    With the government poised to set out its position on internet safety in a white paper this year, Ofcom could well be handed even more powers.

    Headcount: 868



    37. Hadley Beeman, the NHS’s brand new head of tech

    Hadley Beeman was brought on board by health secretary Matt Hancock to modernise the workings of the NHS.

    She divides her time between advising the government and working on the architecture of the world wide web with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others at the World Wide Web Consortium.

    In other words: No one could accuse her of not thinking big picture.

    Twitter: @hadleybeeman



    36. Emily Spaven, a veteran journalist trying to shake up LinkedIn

    Emily Spaven is a veteran British technology journalist — from working as managing editor of cryptocurrency news site CoinDesk to calling the shots at UKTN, a UK-focused tech outlet.

    But a little over a year ago she took on a new challenge, and became the UK News Editor for LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned professional network, where she now works on the UK Daily Rundown news service and is, in her words, "on a mission to increase the amount of quality content and conversations on LinkedIn." She is currently on maternity leave.

    Headcount: 11,900 (across all of LinkedIn)
    Twitter:@emilyspaven



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    FORT BLISS, Texas — US Marines fired so many M777 howitzer rounds in support of Syrian Democratic Forces to oust the terrorist group ISIS from Raqqa that they burned out two barrels.

    "They fired more rounds in five months in Raqqa, Syria, than any other Marine artillery battalion, or any Marine or Army battalion, since the Vietnam war," Army Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, a senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Marine Corps Times at the end of January.

    "In five months, they fired 35,000 artillery rounds on ISIS targets, killing ISIS fighters by the dozens," Troxell said.

    Business Insider got to see one of these M777s, often referred to as the "Triple 7," during a recent trip to Fort Bliss.

    Here's what we saw.

    SEE ALSO: We climbed into an Apache helicopter's cockpit and saw why it's one of the most difficult aircraft to fly

    The M777 howitzer, which entered service in 2005, is used by the Army and the Marine Corps.



    Operated by a crew of eight to 10 troops, the Triple 7 fires 155mm precision and non-precision munitions.

    The non-precision guided munitions have a maximum range of 18.6 miles, while the Excalibur precision-guided rounds have a maximum range of 25 miles and are accurate to within 30 feet.

    The howitzer can also fire up to five rounds per minute, or two rounds per minute sustained.

    Source: Military.com, Army-Technology.com



    Here, you can see the size and scale of the barrel, which is almost 17 feet long.



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    If she runs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

    • The enthusiasm behind Democratic women running for office could help launch a female candidate to the top of the party's ticket in 2020. 
    • The potential contenders include progressive firebrands like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and moderates like Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

    Democratic women are running for office — and winning — in unprecedented numbers this year.

    And the enthusiasm behind women candidates could help launch a female candidate to the top of the Democratic ticket in 2020. 

    They're being fueled by women voters, particularly college-educated women, who are leading a national backlash against President Donald Trump, spurred in part by the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

    And some pollsters say there's evidence that female candidates in Democratic primaries are benefiting from an intense desire among Democratic voters to elect women.

    In May, Dave Wasserman of the non-partisan Cook Political Report looked at the 65 House Democratic primaries (without incumbents) that featured at least one man and one woman and found that the female candidates defeated their male opponents in 45 of those races. Wasserman chalked this up to a 15% "gender bonus."

    "2018 might be remembered as the 'Year of the Angry College-Educated Female,'" he wrote.

    Here are seven Democratic women to look out for in 2020:

    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

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    The former law professor would likely be the Democratic frontrunner should she launch a 2020 bid. She's a national leader of the progressive left-wing of the party with a strong fundraising operation — and she'll likely win reelection to the Senate this fall in a landslide.

    During a September event in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Warren gave her clearest indication yet that she'll run in 2020. 

    "It's time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government and that includes a woman at the top. So here's what I promise: after November 6, I will take a hard look at running for president," she said to an extended standing ovation.

    But the senator must also contend with what her constituents want her to do. Recent polling in Warren's home state found that a majority of Massachusetts voters don't want her to run for the presidency, despite approving of her work in the Senate.



    California Sen. Kamala Harris

    The freshman California senator — the second black woman ever elected to the US Senate —has gained notoriety since she was elected in 2016 as a tough opponent of the Trump administration. Clips of her grilling Trump administration officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have helped her build a national following. 

    But while Harris has embraced the party's leftward shift on issues like single-payer healthcare and reforming the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, the former California attorney general is is viewed as too cozy with the establishment for some on the left.



    New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

    The former centrist congresswoman from upstate New York was appointed to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate in 2009 and has since been reelected by wide margins on a deeply progressive platform.  

    Gillibrand has consistently been one of the first national Democrats to sign on to populist progressive policies like a federal jobs guarantee, Medicare-for-all, and abolishing ICE. 

    A longtime champion of victims of sexual assault and harassment, Gillibrand made headlines last year when she led the charge in pressuring Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat accused by multiple women of groping and other sexual misconduct, to retire from the Senate. She has since become one of Washington's most influential advocates for the #MeToo movement. 

    While Gillibrand is one of the party's strongest fundraisers, her ideological evolution from a more conservative congresswomen to the most liberal senator in Washington could hurt her in a presidential race.



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    Apple unveiled three new iPhones this year: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

    While the iPhone XR is in a league of its own— it doesn't even go on sale until the end of October — the iPhone XS and XS Max are considered the true successors to last year's iPhone X, which featured a total redesign that removed the traditional home button in favor of a facial recognition system and an edge-to-edge OLED display.

    But if you're considering the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, which is the right phone for you?

    Here are 9 reasons to choose the smaller iPhone XS instead of the larger iPhone XS Max:

    SEE ALSO: The iPhone XR is coming soon: Here are 9 reasons you should buy it instead of an iPhone XS or XS Max

    1. The iPhone XS is more affordable than the iPhone XS Max.

    Price is probably the biggest consideration for most people, and the iPhone XS has the larger XS Max beat when it comes to value.

    The iPhone XS starts at $999 for 64 GB of storage, but can cost up to $1,349 for 512 GB of storage.

    The iPhone XS Maxstarts at $1,099 for 64 GB of storage, but can cost up to $1,449 for 512 GB of storage.

    To be clear, 512 gigabytes is an extraordinary amount of storage — I have over 200 apps on my iPhone X, plus tons of old texts and photos, and I'm only using 62 of my 64 total gigabytes of space (having 50 GB of iCloud storage helps there, but that only costs $0.99 a month).

    So, you'll save at least $100 by choosing the iPhone XS instead of the larger Max model. One hundred dollars may not seem like much, but keep in mind, you'll also want to buy a handful of crucial accessories like cases and insurance plans on top of the cost of the phone, so these costs do add up.



    2. The iPhone XS has the the same display quality as the iPhone XS Max, but in a size that's more manageable for most people.

    The iPhone XS and XS Max both feature the same OLED "Super Retina" display from last year's iPhone X — the same pixel density, same contrast ratio, same everything.

    The only difference, screen-wise, between the iPhone XS and the XS Max, is the size. You're not losing out on quality.

    For most people, the size of the iPhone XS is going to be more manageable. The iPhone XS Max might be perfect for people with large hands, or people who don't mind using their phone with two hands, since many reviews have noted that one-handed use is not very easy.

    The iPhone XS, on the other hand, is much more manageable in terms of overall size, and still has a bigger display than most iPhones that came before it, including last year's iPhone 8 Plus.



    3. The iPhone XS is lighter than the iPhone XS Max.

    You might not consider weight when purchasing a new phone, but it matters. You'll be carrying this device around all day in your hand, pocket, or bag, and you'll be lifting this thing and holding it to your face several dozen times a day. Weight matters.

    The iPhone XS is 6.24 ounces, or 177 grams.

    The iPhone XS Max is 7.34 ounces, or 208 grams.



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    New York Comic Con is back for its 13th year in New York City and fans are dressing up in style for the annual event.

    From October 4-7, INSIDER was told over 220,000 people are expected to make their way to the Javits Center for the annual event which celebrates movies, television, pop culture, and, of course, comics.

    From costumed heroes to scary villains and clever out-of-the-box cosplay, keep reading to see what costumes dominated the con this year.

    See any awesome cosplay? Send it my way: kacuna@insider.com.

    We had to do a double take at the sight of this Zola from Netflix's "Glow."

    Julia Hakim bears a striking resemblance to Alison Brie here. 



    You can't have Comic Con without a few heroes. Nick Fox ordered his Captain America cosplay from Pakistan.

    The cosplay cost about $900. You can read more about his cosplay here.



    Doctor Strange was out in full force.

    He looked like he stepped out of "Avengers: Infinity War."



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    Jim Harbaugh

    We are now five weeks into the college football season, and the College Football Playoff picture is clearing up thanks to an eyebrow-raising lack of chaos so far.

    Three more teams on the fringe were effectively eliminated from playoff contention, with Cal, Duke, and Texas Tech all suffering losses that they won't be able to overcome. That leaves us with 18 teams that still have a legit shot to make the playoff.

    We have learned a few things over the years about how the committee picks the final four, and we have some idea of what teams need to do to make the playoff. Below, we ranked the 18 teams that still have a legit shot to make the playoff.

    18. Kentucky

    Record (AP Rank): 5-0 (13)

    Last week's result: Beat South Carolina, 24-10

    Last week's playoff rank: 18

    Key games remaining Road games against Texas A&M and Missouri and a home game against Georgia.

    One thing to know: Kentucky and Florida are the biggest threats to Georgia in the SEC East. Both teams probably need to run the table — including wins over Georgia and presumably Alabama in the SEC title game — to make the playoff. But Kentucky has the advantage right now based on the head-to-head win. The Gators not only need to win out, but they also need Kentucky to lose twice. 



    17. Wisconsin

    Record (AP Rank): 3-1 (16)

    Last week's result: Did not play

    Last week's playoff rank: 17

    Key games remainingWisconsin still has games on the road against Michigan, Northwestern, and Penn State.

    One thing to knowThe Badgers righted the ship against a tough Iowa team on the road and re-established themselves as the favorites in the Big Ten West. Still, they can't afford any more slip-ups, and the schedule is not easy.



    16. Stanford

    Record (AP Rank): 4-1 (14)

    Last week's result: Lost to Notre Dame, 38-17

    Last week's playoff rank: 10

    Key games remaining: Stanford still has road games against Washington, Cal, and Arizona State. 

    One thing to know: The loss to Notre Dame was not an elimination game for Stanford, but it was close. A win over Washington could knock the Pac-12 out of the playoff picture completely.



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    Ever wonder what university you should attend if you want to land that plum Wall Street job? 

    There's a handful of colleges that top banks heavily recruit and hire from. 

    That's according to Wall Street Oasis, an online community for financial professionals. As part of its 2018 Investment Banking Report, it showcased which undergraduate institutions are most attractive to bulge bracket investment banking firms like JPMorgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. 

    The percentage indicates the overall submissions (salary, interview or company reviews) to Wall Street Oasis' company database from students at certain schools, which provides a snapshot into what universities the big banks are favoring. 

    Here are the top colleges.

    10. University of Virginia UVA - Charlottesville, Virginia (1.9%)



    9. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan (1.9%)



    8. University of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois (1.9%)



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    Chick fil A Meal Kit

    • Chick-fil-A is testing meal kits at 150 locations in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. 
    • The meal kits cost $15.89 each, and they contain the ingredients to create chicken-centric meals for two people in 30 minutes or less.
    • We tried the meal kits and now think that Chick-fil-A should kill its test of the kits instead of expanding it. 

    When Chick-fil-A announced it was launching meal kits, we were overwhelmed with competing emotions.

    As Chick-fil-A lovers, more of the chain's chicken could only be a good thing — right? But, why in the world would a fried-chicken chain create a meal kit with options like chicken enchiladas and crispy Dijon chicken? Was this the future of fast food or a marketing stunt? 

    In an effort to get to the bottom of things, Business Insider asked Chick-fil-A to send us meal kits to test out. The chain started selling the kits at 150 restaurants in the Atlanta, Georgia, area in late August, and it will continue to do so until mid-November. As we are based in New York City, Chick-fil-A sent us four kits instead of forcing us to fly to Georgia. 

    If you're in Atlanta and considering buying a meal kit, or if you're just a curious Chick-fil-A lover, read on to find out what the meal kits are actually like: 

    SEE ALSO: Chick-fil-A broke from tradition and opened on a Sunday in the midst of Hurricane Florence — and there's an incredible backstory

    Chick-fil-A's meal kits cost $15.89 each, and they contain the ingredients to create meals for two people in 30 minutes or less.



    Each meal is chicken-centric, but you won't find the classic, crispy chicken that made Chick-fil-A famous.



    Instead, you have the ingredients for meals like chicken parmesan plus veggie sides.



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    • The oldest college in each US state includes some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and several flagship state universities.
    • The oldest college in the US is Harvard University, founded in 1636.
    • Meanwhile, the most recent state to get a college is Alaska.


    The United States is home to some pretty old colleges and universities.

    In fact, there are more than a dozen that are older than America itself — none older than Harvard University, which was founded in 1636.

    Meanwhile, other states took longer to open their first colleges. The most recent state to get its first college is Alaska, whose University of Alaska Fairbanks just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

    Across the US, the list of oldest colleges in each state features some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country as well as flagship state universities and a handful of lesser-known schools.

    Read on to find out the oldest college in every US state and Washington, DC.

    SEE ALSO: The 25 most liberal colleges in America

    DON'T MISS: The highest point in every US state

    Alabama — University of North Alabama

    Location— Florence, AL

    Date founded— 1830



    Alaska — University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Location— Fairbanks, AK

    Date founded— 1917



    Arizona — University of Arizona

    Location— Tucson, AZ

    Date founded— 1885



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    Mazda 6 review

    • The Mazda6 is Mazda's midsize car.
    • It competes with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry directly, though it distinguishes itself by focusing on performance and "zoom zoom."
    • I tested a Signature model with a manufacturers' suggested retail price of $34,750, but the base edition carries a starting price tag of $21,950.
    • I liked everything from the design of the car to the way it looks and drives, but it had some admittedly weird design flourishes.

    The Mazda6 is not to be overlooked.

    That's my conclusion after spending a few days with the car and driving it hundreds of miles through three states.

    The Mazda6 is a roomy, midsize car, but it feels like so much more. That's because its thoughtful design is evident throughout the vehicle, and its refinement feels like a class above.

    The Mazda6 competes with other midsized cars like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry directly, though it distinguishes itself by speaking to driving enthusiasts in the language of "zoom zoom." And that's evident by the way the car drives.

    Still, Mazda is a niche player. Mazda sold only 22,618 cars in 2018 as of August, compared to the hundreds of thousands sold by the bigger players, according to sales figures from Kelley Blue Book. Worse news for people who love four-door sedans: the midsize segment itself is suffering a dramatic overall decline. Sales are down 20% year-over-year as consumers opt for crossover SUVs and pickup trucks.

    That's a shame, since the Mazda6 can easily hold its own against some of the best automotive offerings. I had the chance to take the 2018 Mazda6 for a spin, and I wound up falling in love.

    I tested a Signature model with an MSRP of $34,750, but the base edition carries a starting price tag of $21,950. Here's what we thought:

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    Meet the 2018 Mazda6. I was able to test the car on a late-summer trip to a friend's Pennsylvanian lake house.



    Ain't she a beaut? During a stop at a farmer's market to stock up on veggies and food for the weekend, I couldn't help but stop and stare on the way in and out.



    The first thing that struck me is the Mazda6's sculptural beauty. From every angle, the Mazda6 is a looker.



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    After an acclaimed stop in London, the "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" exhibit has made it to New York.

    It's now open in Manhattan's New York Historical Society. And it's an essential visit for any "Harry Potter" fan. It's  also being released in conjunction with a book that features parts of the exhibit.

    "A History of Magic" isn't just a collection of J.K. Rowling trivia and movie props. It situates "Harry Potter" in the tradition of global fantasy and magical literature. Curated by the British Library, it features centuries-old books, artwork, and artifacts from different countries about different magical traditions.

    Here's what it's like inside.

    At the entrance is a giant steamer trunk that diehard "Harry Potter" fans might recognize.

    In 2005, before the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Scholastic allowed 9,000 libraries to get the first author-signed copy of the book in the US. It placed the book in this massive padlocked steamer trunk and sent it on a week-long voyage to New York, where it ultimately went to a library in North Carolina. The exhibit curators brought it back to New York for the display at the exhibit entrance.



    The entrance before the exhibit also features flying books.

    You might miss them at first, but there are books suspended from the ceiling.



    Before entering the exhibit, there's also a wall featuring the work of different book illustrators.

    You can see the work of Jim Kay, Mary GrandPré, Kazu Kibuishi, and Brian Selznick, as well as interviews with them.



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    Russia exported approximately $15 billion worth of weapons to 53 countries around the world in 2017, AFP reported in February, citing Alexander Mikheev, the CEO of Rosoboronexport.

    About $6.14 billion of that $15 billion was of major weaponry, including military aircraft, ships, armored vehicles, guided munitions, and more, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 

    SIPRI is an independent research group that collects detailed data on major weapons transfers, including the countries they're exported to and imported from. Nearly $4 billion of the $6.14 billion exported was of military aircraft, SIPRI reported. 

    While SIPRI's data doesn't include unguided munitions, small arms, and other equipment, it's "pretty representative" of which countries are buying the most weaponry as a whole from Russia, Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher at SIPRI, told Business Insider. 

    Here are the 10 countries that bought the most major weaponry from Russia in 2017:

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    10. Bangladesh

    Amount purchased: $93 million

    Some major purchases: In 2015, Bangladesh purchased six Mi-8MT/Mi-17 transport helicopters, which were delivered in 2017, SIPRI reported. In 2017, Bangladesh purchased five more, which have yet to be delivered. 

    In 2014, Bangladesh purchased 340 Russian BTR-80 APCs, all of which were delivered in 2016-2017. 

    Source: SIPRI



    9. Azerbaijan

    Amount purchased: $128 million

    Some major purchases: In 2011, Azerbaijan purchased 36 TOS-1 self-propelled multiple rocket launchers, all of which were delivered in 213-2017. 

    In 2016, Azerbaijan purchased 70 Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles, 40 of which were delivered in 2017. 

    Source: SIPRI



    8. Belarus

    Amount purchased: $145 million

    Some major purchases: In 2015, Belarus purchased 12 Mi-8MT/Mi-17 transport helicopters, which were delivered in 2016-2017, SIPRI reported. In 2017, Belarus purchased 12 Su-30MK fighter jets, which are expected to be delivered in 2019-2020.

    In 2017, Belarus also purchased 100 Russian Tor missile systems in 2017, and was delivered four T-72B3 tanks.

    Belarus is part of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, and Russia even used the recent Zapad 2017 military exercises to test how well the Belarusian army would come under its direct control if war breaks out with the West.

    Source: SIPRI



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    Health technology startups are seeing a lot of green, as investors are pouring in to get a piece of the industry's hottest young companies. 

    Digital health startups this year have already raised $6.8 billion in funding, 20% more than the total raised in 2017, according to the seed fund Rock Health.

    Investors are overwhelmingly in support of bringing healthcare services to the home, with companies offering on-demand healthcare services as their main draw receiving the most funding. This category includes in-home care, prescription delivery, and telehealth companies. The takeaway? Consumers still want in-person interactions with physicians and nurses and also want healthcare to be more accessible and convenient. 

    While around 63% of the overall funding coming from independent venture funds, corporate entities such as big pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies are also becoming significant investors. One example of this is GSK's $300 million investment in genetic data company 23andMe

    Tech companies are also staking a claim in the space as highlighted by Amazon's continued push into healthcare.  

    Here are the digital health companies that have raised the most funding this year. 

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    Peloton Interactive raised $550 million. It created an at-home bike that allows users to live-stream fitness classes. It also launched an at-home treadmill this year.

    The company was rejected over 5,000 times by investors but is now worth $4 billion. According to Peloton CEO John FoleyPeloton wants to reinvent the way people work out altogether. Business Insider's Mary Hanbury also tried out the fitness bike for herself, read about her experience here



    23andMe, which makes consumer genetic tests, raised $300 million.

    23andMe was co-founded in 2006 by CEO Anne Wojcicki (the sister of YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki) and Linda Avey, who left the company in 2009. After some back and forth with the FDA, the company in April 2017 was officially authorized to market its direct-to-consumer tests for 10 different medical diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. 

    In July, drug giant GlaxoSmithKline signed a $300 million deal with the company. Business Insider's Lydia Ramsey tried out the company's $199 tests here



    American Well, which connects patients with doctors in real-time over video, raised $291 million.

    American Well is one of the best funded companies in the digital health space. It competes with similar companies like Teladoc and Doctor on Demand for investor attention. It's part of a wave of telemedicine that big companies like Apple have even dabbled in. 



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    The bull market in stocks reached its longest on record in August — at 3,453 days — and continues to add its seemingly unstoppable run.

    And while the bull market has been a boon for investors, it also has them wondering what will cause the next downturn and how the current economic cycle will end.

    To help investors make decisions in the final quarter of the year, JPMorgan published its insights on the state of  markets and the economy.

    Here's the snapshot: 

    Equities: The S&P 500 has surged 331% since the bull market began in March 2009. Shares are currently trading at 16.8 times of their earnings. The price-to-earnings ratio, which measures whether a stock's current market value fairly reflects its perceived value, is close to the 16.1 average multiple in the past 25 years, suggesting they are fairly valued. 

    Earnings: At least partially thanks to President Donald Trump's Tax Cut and Jobs Act that passed in December, S&P 500 corporations had their best quarterly results ever in the second quarter, earning $38.65 per share, while the civilian unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in August, its lowest since 2002.

    Fixed income: The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate in September, for the third time this year, and signaled one more hike in 2018. The yield curves has flattened as market participants price in further interest rate hikes. 

    Global markets: Affected by both domestic fiscal policies and other things like President Donald Trump's tariffs, the US equity market has generated a 10.6% return this year, the highest in the world. Meawhile, European equity markets (excluding the UK) have negative 1.6% return, and emerging markets have negative 7.4% return.

    Through the following slides, JPMorgan provides detailed insight into the state of equities and both the US and global economy.

    Thanks to JPMorgan Asset Management for giving us permission to feature this presentation.

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    • Fast-food menus tend to have pretty limited options for people who follow vegan diets. 
    • But veganism is a rapidly growing trend — Nielsen data shows that nearly 40% of Americans are trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets.
    • Though there still isn't a ton to choose from, major chains are slowly starting to add more vegan options to their menus, including Costco, IKEA, and White Castle.
    • We tried some popular vegan fast-food meals from chains including McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Chick-fil-A. Here's how they rank.

     

    Vegan fast food — free from meat, dairy, egg, or other animal products and byproducts — is not easy to come by.

    The population of vegans, vegetarians, and people who are simply trying to eat less meat is growing rapidly. Restaurant consultancy group Baum+Whiteman expects plant-based foods to be the top trend of 2018A study by the Plant Based Foods Association from September 2016 found that the plant-based food industry — which includes meat, dairy, and egg alternatives — generates over $13 billion in sales annually throughout the US economy.

    Currently, Nielsen data shows that nearly 40% of Americans are trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. According to Baum+Whiteman, 58% of adults choose to drink non-dairy milk instead of dairy milk, yet most fast-food chains don't carry any alternatives to dairy milk. In the past year alone, Google has seen a 90% increase in vegan-related searches.

    But many major chains are slowly starting to catch on to the trend. White Castle now serves the Impossible Burger, Costco and Ikea both recently added vegan items to their food-court menus, and Taco Bell makes it easy to make some of its most popular items vegan-friendly. 

    We tried some of the most popular vegan fast-food meals. Here's how we ranked them: 

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    7. Taco Bell's Bean Burrito: I ordered the burrito Fresco, which replaces all dairy with pico de gallo. Very little pico was actually added, so it was basically just beans in a wrap. The texture wasn't very good, it didn't taste like much of anything, and it was difficult to eat it because it was falling apart.



    6. Chick-fil-A's Market Salad: The salad is vegan if ordered without chicken and cheese.



    Everything tasted fresh, and it was definitely more substantial than a typical fast-food salad. Still, it wasn't filling at all, and it was very plain.



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