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    baby harper parents

    • Cindy Lim and Tristan Yeats are traveling to all 50 states with their baby daughter Harper.
    • They factor in pediatrician appointments and playtime when on the road.
    • They recommend packing as little as possible and keeping expectations realistic, while also enjoying the uninterrupted family time.

    Harper Yeats ate her first solid food in Alaska. She rolled over for the first time in Iowa. And with any luck, she'll become the youngest person ever to visit all 50 states, reaching all of them before she's 6 months old. (She'll arrive at number 50 on Thursday.)

    But her parents, Cindy Lim and Tristan Yeats, aren't driving across the country with her to every state for the record. They just wanted to take advantage of Lim's maternity leave and spend some time being full-time parents while also indulging their love of travel.

    Lim and Yeats are originally from Australia but live in Canada when they're not on the road. You can follow the adventures of their "Newborn Traveler in Training" on Instagram.

    INSIDER spoke to Lim and Yeats about how they managed this epic road trip with a newborn and their advice for new parents who want to keep traveling. Here are 10 ways to make a road trip with a baby feasible — and fun.

    Keep your expectations realistic.

    "We've done a fair bit of travel before [having Harper] and we would try to pack as much into a day as possible because you're only on vacation for a limited amount of time," said Lim. "But now we say if it takes us four hours to get from one place to another, with Harper it will take eight."



    Pack as little as possible and buy things as you need them.

    They recommend buying things as you need them rather than buying everything in advance and bringing it everywhere.

    "We try to pack as little as possible, because you could bring everything, but I find that more stressful," Lim said. "We've managed to work out less clothes, less diapers, less toys, less everything, and to just buy things as you need them."



    Take breaks.

    Taking breaks slows down a cross-country drive, but Lim and Yeats say it's all about the journey, anyway.

    "We'll drive for an hour, break for an hour or two and play with her, drive for another hour and break for another hour or two, so it just ends up being slower," said Lim. "We really have to make the car trip the vacation as much as the destination is the vacation. We try to make being in the car fun so we don't feel like we're missing out on anything."



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    • These cities offer lots of activities that don't involve drinking.
    • Charlotte, North Carolina, offers La Leche League, a group dedicated to providing breastfeeding information and encouragement to new moms.
    • Burlington, Vermont, has lots of healthy food options in town.
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    Ah, the joys of pregnancy: morning sickness, soreness, moodiness, having to drink virgin cocktails … the list goes on and on. Of course, it’s not all bad, especially if you live in a place that takes great care of its pregnant residents. After examining locations of top birthing centers, access to healthy food choices, midwife communities, state-level parental leave policies and options for fun things to do (that don't involve alcohol), we found seven cities that truly have it all for a momma-to-be.

    1. Burlington, Vermont

    According to a recent survey by WalletHub, Vermont is recognized as the best state in the whole nation to have a baby. Its winning factor? Healthcare. In Burlington, top healthcare is available for moms and babies, while also offering moms a wide array of birthing options. North of Burlington, in Morrisville is Copley Hospital’s birthing center, which provides personalized, family-oriented birthing plans, and moms can choose between traditional vaginal birth, water birth, and vaginal after Cesarean. Plus, the mom and her partner get to enjoy a fine-dining meal during their stay. For moms looking to stay closer to home, UVM Medical Center offers spectacular views of Lake Champlain, a Mother-Baby Unit, lactation consulting and is the region's only academic medical center. Born Homebirth is also a huge draw for Burlington mommas, as they offer the ability to give birth in the comfort of your own home.

    For those pregnant moms who are constantly hungry (you are eating for two, after all!), a huge variety of healthy and delicious restaurants pepper downtown Burlington. You can grab a snack before you shop for organic, local produce at Healthy Living Market & Cafeor choose from dozens of other options.

    On top of all of its great healthcare, Burlington is unique in that it has two yoga studios specifically dedicated to serving pregnant women. Prenatal Method Studio and Evolution Yoga not only offer yoga for pregnant women, but also serves the community with child birthing classes, kids’ yoga, and even postnatal rehab classes.

    And more good news for moms and dads: according to Vermont’s Parental Family Leave Guide, both new moms and dads are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off to care for a newborn child.



    2. Jackson, Tennessee

    Award-winning Memphis-based Le Bonheur Children's Hospital has opened up a brand new, freestanding hospital in Jackson, so you know your baby will have the best care once it is born. For the birthing process and everything that comes before, the West Tennessee Women’s Center is internationally-recognized as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility and offers birthing classes, lactation services and more.

    At the heart of Jackson is the local Jackson Farmer's Market, open from Tuesday to Saturday. It’s been dubbed the best farmers' market in West Tennessee (out of many amazing farmers markets in the state) and it's easy to see why. Stock up on all the folic acid-rich broccoli and spinach you need, but be sure to grab some fan-favorite sticky donuts on the way out!

    You don’t need alcohol to have fun here, as this West Tennessee city always has something going on. A local favorite is the Jackson International Food and Arts Festivalevery September, where future moms can taste lots of different cuisines and immerse themselves in new cultures.

    On top of all that, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission allows up to 4 months of leave for adoption, pregnancy, childbirth and nursing an infant.



    3. Castle Rock, Colorado

    Located just south of Denver, Castle Rock, CO scores a spot on our list because of its all-around healthy environment. Castle Rock is known for its small-town vibe and its extensive parks and trails system. In fact, the city was selected as a finalist for The National Recreation and Park Association's National Gold Medal Award recognizing its innovative parks.

    Colorado residents have long been praised for their health, and the state is well known for its culture that encourages physical activity and lots of time spent outside. It makes sense that healthy food reigns supreme here, and pregnant moms can indulge in tasty, nutritious food at dozens of restaurants, or shop for their own organic foods at the Castle Rock Farmer's Market.

    Like Burlington, Castle Rock is also home to some superior birthing centers and hospitals. Castle Rock Adventist Hospital offers services like designing your own birth plan, where you sit down with a Birth Concierge who walks you through the whole process. During labor, moms are soothed with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, aromatherapy and guided imagery. South Denver OB/GYN & Midwives also serves the pregnant community with six highly-trained midwives. Plus, the state’s caesarean section rate is a whopping 18% lower than average.

    Colorado also offers 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, while Colorado's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act allows pregnant women the right to job accommodations to make them more comfortable.



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    migrant caravan

    A growing group of roughly 2,000 Honduran migrants is steadily moving northbound through Central American countries, en route to the United States, where many hope to seek asylum.

    President Donald Trump has been lashing out for days at the Honduran government, the US immigration system, and Democrats, blaming each for the mass group of immigrants currently traveling through Guatemala.

    "Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won't approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

    Here's a glimpse of the group on their trek northwards:

    The caravan originally set out as a group of roughly 160 from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, known as one of the most violent cities in the world.

    Sources: Associated Press, Business Insider



    Their numbers quickly swelled to at least 1,600 before crossing the Guatemalan border, though some news reports have estimated that as many as 3,000 may have joined the caravan by Tuesday.

    Source: Reuters



    Trump grew enraged at the news, demanding that the Honduran government stop the caravan and take back its citizens. "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!" he tweeted.

    Source: Twitter/@RealDonaldTrump



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    Celebrities may live glamorous lives, but no amount of fame or wealth can protect anyone from the pain of a relationship that has soured. Heartbreak is universal and there's nothing more relatable than stars who have opened up about love and loss. No matter who you are, breaking up is hard to do.

    But that also means they have some wisdom to impart. Read on to see which celebrities have gotten real about heartbreak, relationships, and breakups:

    Miley Cyrus admitted she worried about being alone when she broke off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth.

    "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had, this entire year," Cyrus told Barbara Walters in 2013. "I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself."



    Jennifer Lawrence said she struggled to find herself when she finished filming "The Hunger Games" franchise and also broke up with Nicholas Hoult.

    "I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and that was my life. So my life was this person and these movies, and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies," Lawrence told Diane Sawyer in 2015. "Being 24 [years old] was this whole year of, 'Who am I without these movies? Who am I without this man?'"



    Rihanna told a fan that sometimes you just need to cry it out.

    "Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself. Cry if you have to, but it won't be forever! You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime enjoy all that YOU are!" Rihanna told a lovelorn fan on Twitter in 2017.



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    iron fist

    As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.

    While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks have cut shows throughout the summer and fall.

    The most recent cancelations come from Comedy Central and Netflix. Comedy Central announced that "Nathan for You" is ending after four seasons. And Netflix recently canceled "Iron Fist" after two seasons, and announced that "Orange is the New Black" will end with its upcoming seventh season. 

    ABC canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC debuted a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr.

    In other notable cancellations, USA's critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" will end with its upcoming fourth season, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons. 

    We'll update this list as more are announced.

    Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

    SEE ALSO: The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics

    Amazon



    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson"— Amazon, one season



    "I Love Dick"— Amazon, one season



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    DuckDuckGo

    • DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused competitor to Google Search that doesn’t collect or share your search history or clicks. 
    • I switched to DuckDuckGo for one week, and learned to appreciate some aspects like fewer advertisements, comparable search results, and an easy-to-navigate settings page. 
    • I did miss Google's layout — especially the "Top Stories" thumbnails that appear at the top of the search results page— and I often wondered if I was actually getting the best possible results with DuckDuckGo. 
    • Ultimately, I didn't find the privacy features of DuckDuckGo compelling enough to permanently make the switch from Google.

    Back in the day, there were options when it came to search.

    Choosing between AOL, Yahoo, or Alta Vista kind of just depended on your mood that day. And then came Google, and a clear search engine king was crowned. 

    The ubiquity of Google search today is astounding. In September, Google powered over 86% of desktop searches worldwide, according to Statista. 

    However, with personal privacy becoming more of a concern — especially the Google+ fiasco that led the company to shut down its less-than-beloved social network — perhaps search is headed for a shakeup. 

    If any privacy-focused search engine is going to rival Google Search, it might be DuckDuckGo. With 800 million daily direct queries as of this September (up 33% from last year), the search engine named after the children's game appears to be gaining some real traction. In fact, it's a profitable business.

    Beyond not tracking my every move (DuckDuckGo doesn’t collect or share your search history or clicks), there were some other aspects I learned to appreciate like less advertisements, comparable search results and an easy-to-navigate settings page that allowed me to freely switch between themes.

    I tested DuckDuckGo for one week, completely locking myself out of Google search to see if I could survive on this more privacy-focused alternative.

    Here's what I found. 

     

     

    PRIVACY

    Privacy is the main selling point for DuckDuckGo. The Google search alternative doesn’t track your search history, the time or location of your search, or your Internet address — a stark contrast

    However, I didn’t feel the privacy features at work a ton in my day-to-day usage of the product. Typically, privacy isn’t an issue until it’s an issue; it's not something you care about when you're just trying to find information and get stuff done.



    One cool privacy feature was the ability to see the number of ad trackers blocked on each website I visited. On the TheRinger.com, for instance, DuckDuckGo was able to block 13 trackers for me.

    After checking out this feature a couple of times, though, I forgot it was there and wasn't thinking about how many trackers were being blocked for every website I visited. 



    There were fewer ads on DuckDuckGo, providing a cleaner (and less creepy) experience. Fewer ads also made the platform feel more secure. Although when searching for ad-bait terms like “cheap flights,” DuckDuckGo still returns a number of ads as top search results. Hey, they have to make money somehow.

    As TechJunkie reports, though, having “true” privacy online is almost impossible. Even though search engines like DuckDuckGo help keep things private on your computer, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can still access your search history.

    If complete privacy is of utmost importance to your browsing on the web, TechJunkie suggests the Tor browser.



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    zac efron teen choice awards 2018

    Zac Efron won over millions of young fans after starring as Troy Bolton in Disney's hit franchise "High School Musical." Since then, he's taken on other roles that show off his musicality (like "Hairspray" and "The Greatest Showman"). The actor has also starred in R-rated comedies like "Neighbors,""Baywatch," and "That Awkward Moment." 

    Efron gives fans a glimpse of his life through his Instagram and Twitter accounts (which have a combined total of more than 51 million followers), but there are still some things about him that fans might not be aware of. 

    In honor of his 31st birthday, here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about Efron. 

    He had a crush on Tyra Banks as a child, and put a photo of her on his bedroom wall.

    "I stole my mom's Victoria’s Secret [magazine], cut a page out, and had it on the wall,"Efron told Ellen DeGeneres on her show. "That's embarrassing."



    Taylor Swift taught Efron how to play the guitar.

    The "Lorax" co-stars showed off their skills on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2012 with an improvised version of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" that included lyrics about the talk show host. 

    "I got my first guitar lesson from Taylor," Efron explained.

    "He's really good at it, for like, one lesson," the singer added. "It's really great."

     



    He’s a big fan of "Stranger Things" and wants to guest-star on the show.

    Efron has gushed over the Netflix show in interviews, and he's especially a fan of Millie Bobby Brown's work as Eleven. After meeting the young star at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards and presenting her with the trophy for best actor in a show, Efron admitted that he "fanboyed" over the experience.



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    With just two weeks before Halloween, it's prime time to lock down your costumes and plans for the night. If you're anything like us, you've mostly been stressing over costume ideas and are only realizing now that you might have to decorate the house, whether for trick-or-treaters or party guests. 

    You don't have to force yourself to go to a physical store and risk getting lost in the maze of Halloween paraphernalia. Shopping for all the Halloween decorations you need on Amazon is much more convenient, and Amazon's two-day Prime shipping means you can actually put off buying them if you really wanted to.  

    For all the procrastinators out there, we've rounded up some affordable decorations to spook and charm your visitors on Halloween and the nights leading up to the holiday. Since they'll get to you in two days, you'll have plenty of leftover time to kick back and sneak a few pieces of candy for yourself. 

    Shop these 17 Prime-eligible Halloween decorations that are nearly all under $30: 

    A spooky bowl you can use to store candy for Halloween and small trinkets the rest of the year

    YTC Bronze Resin Halloween Skull Candy Bowl, $21.99, available at Amazon



    Pretty purple spider string lights

    Homesweety Halloween String Lights - 30LED 11ft, $9.99, available at Amazon



    A garden gnome who's a little different from the other gnomes

    THUMBS UP Zombie Garden Gnome, $18.03, available at Amazon



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    In the cutting-edge world of Silicon Valley, not only do developers have to learn the most popular programming languages, they also have to keep up with new ones.

    GitHub, which hosts open-source software projects to which users can browse and contribute, has been tracking programming trends on their site each year. In their annual Octoverse report, GitHub reveals what the fastest growing languages are, as well as the most popular languages overall.

    The company is seeing trends toward languages focused on thread safety and interoperability — in terms, languages that can safely execute multiple sequences at once, and that are capable of interacting with another language in the same system.

    Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion, which has been seen as a smart move for the tech titan. GitHub itself is also rapidly growing. This past year, 8 million new users joined GitHub — more users than GitHub’s first six years combined. And on Tuesday at the GitHub Universe conference, the company announced the launch of GitHub Actions, which now allow users to build and execute code on the site.

    Here are the fastest-growing programming languages around, according to GitHub:



    #10: SQLPL. SQLPL stands for Structured Query Language Procedural Language, and it was developed by IBM. This language is used for database systems, similarly to the industry standard, SQL.



    #9: Groovy. Groovy is a dynamic programming language for the Java platform. It’s known for its concise and simple syntax. It also feels familiar to many programmers, as it has features similar to Python, Ruby and Perl.



    #8: Python. Python is a high-level language that’s popular in machine learning projects. It’s popular with programmers of all skill levels because it’s easy to read. In fact, not only is it fast-growing, it's already one of the top-3 most popular languages overall.

    “Python is a legit phenomenon of it’s own,” Stephen O’Grady, industry analyst with RedMonk, said at the GitHub Universe conference this week. “A lot of it comes down to the fact that it’s an incredibly versatile language. It’s escaped the track of being just front end or back end."





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    White House counsel Don McGahn left the Trump administration on Wednesday after a tumultuous 21-month tenure, a source close to the administration told Business Insider on October 17.

    The administration has been rocked by high-profile departures — including Reince Priebus as chief of staff and James Comey as FBI director — since Trump took office in January 2017.

    Here are all the top-level people who've either been fired or resigned from the administration, and why they left:

    SEE ALSO: Trump's staff turnover is higher than any administration in modern history

    DON'T MISS: MEET THE CABINET: Here's who Trump has appointed to senior leadership positions

    Don McGahn

    White House counsel Don McGahn left the Trump administration on Wednesday after a tumultuous 21-month tenure, a source close to the administration told Business Insider on October 17.

    McGahn was said to be on his way out of the White House, which was likely to happen after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.



    Nikki Haley

    Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, announced her resignation on Oct. 9th.

    After Axios first reported the news, President Donald Trump announced to reporters in the Oval Office that Haley would resign at the end of 2018.

    While the reason for her resignation was unclear, Trump said she previously told him she wanted to "take a break" after serving in the post for two years.

    Haley was considered a moderating, stable force in the Trump cabinet who supported a strong US presence in the UN, sometimes at odds with National Security John Bolton, who takes a more hawkish stance on foreign affairs.

    Appearing beside Trump in the Oval Office, Haley touted making progress on issues including trade and nuclear disarmament in Iran and North Korea. Trump praised Haley's work, saying she could "have her pick" of roles if she wanted to return to the White House. 

    Haley also put to rest speculation that her resignation meant a presidential run for her in 2020. 

    "No, I am not running in 2020," she said. 



    Scott Pruitt

    Trump announced in a tweet on July 5 that he had accepted embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation.

    "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this," Trump wrote.

    At the time of his resignation, Pruitt was the subject of several federal ethics investigations for his lavish spending habits, his suspected conflicts of interests with lobbyists, and for reportedly enlisting his official government staff to carry out his personal errands.

    Democratic lawmakers accused Pruitt of using staff to get him a Trump tower mattress, to try to get his wife a position managing a Chick-fil-A franchise, and to find his family a new apartment in a posh DC neighborhood.



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    • Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, announcing it would be closing 142 Sears and Kmart stores and beginning liquidation sales at those locations immediately. 
    • Sears isn't the only department store that has struggled recently. Macy's and JCPenney have also had to close stores in recent years.
    • There are a number of reasons why department stores are struggling, including that consumer habits are shifting towards online shopping as mall foot traffic declines. 

    Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, announcing it would be closing 142 Sears and Kmart stores and beginning liquidation sales at those locations immediately. 

    The bankruptcy filing comes after years of crippling sales declines. 

    "Over the last several years, we have worked hard to transform our business and unlock the value of our assets," Sears' then-CEO, Eddie Lampert, said in a statement. "While we have made progress, the plan has yet to deliver the results we have desired, and addressing the Company's immediate liquidity needs has impacted our efforts to become a profitable and more competitive retailer."

    Lampert stepped down as CEO on Monday but will stay on as chairman of the company's board. 

    Sears isn't the only department store that has struggled recently. In early 2018, both Macy's and JC Penney announced that they would be closing a number of struggling stores, and Lord & Taylor announced that it would be closing up to 10 stores, including its iconic flagship on New York's Fifth Avenue. 

    There are a number of reasons why department stores are struggling, including that consumer habits are shifting towards online shopping as mall foot traffic declines.

    Here's a closer look at why department stores have been floundering:

    SEE ALSO: We visited a Sears store on the day the company filed for bankruptcy, and it felt like a ghost town. Here's what it was like shopping there.

    DON'T MISS: We visited a Kmart store the day after Sears filed for bankruptcy, and it was a mess. Here's what it was like shopping there.

    The rise of e-commerce has played a major role in the decline of department stores.



    Department stores are being forced to face up against giants like Amazon and Walmart, and many are coming up short in their e-commerce offerings.

    Source: Business Insider



    Macy's, JC Penney, Sears, and Lord & Taylor are all closing stores.



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    it clownScary movies are a time-honored tradition, especially around Halloween and it turns out that every US state has played host to at least a couple of horror films.

    These are the scary movies that have taken place in each state.

    1. Alabama — "Body Snatchers" (1993)

    This third movie of the "Body Snatchers" franchise, with aliens landing in pods to take over people’s bodies. This installment takes place on an Alabama military base.



    2. Alaska — "The Fourth Kind" (2004)

    This movie recounts a series of alleged real-life disappearances in Nome, Alaska, that some chalked up to alien abductions. Some Nome locals were offended by the movie's attempts to cash in on real people's deaths, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Either way, the movie's super creepy.



    3. Arizona — "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1988)

    Some say "Poltergeist II," which sees the Freeling family moving to Arizona, is even creepier than the original. That’s debatable but one thing’s for sure: the stark backdrops of Arizona lend themselves well to the horror genre.

     



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    roseanne

    Several of the most popular TV series this year have been established favorites like "The Big Bang Theory,""The Voice," and "NCIS."

    But the surprise hit of the year is ABC's reboot of "Roseanne," a program that drew many millions of viewers each week along with controversy from its firebrand, Trump-supporting lead, Roseanne Barr. That controversy ultimately led to the show's cancellation.

    The "Roseanne" spin-off, "The Conners," premiered this week to 10.5 million viewers. That's a far cry from the "Roseanne" premiere in March, which attracted 18 million viewers, but it's still a hit for ABC.

    To find out which shows were the most popular this year so far, Nielsen estimated the average number of US viewers tuning in to regularly scheduled programming.

    ABC's massive success with "Roseanne," along with CBS' high ratings across numerous shows on this list, demonstrates how broadcast networks remain the heavyweights in overall viewership — even in the age of streaming.

    Here are the 10 most popular TV shows of 2018 so far, according to Nielsen's ratings:

    SEE ALSO: 'The Conners' premiere fell well short of 'Roseanne' in ratings, but it's still a hit for ABC

    10. "The Voice" (NBC) — 12.5 million

    Series run: 14 seasons (2011-present) 

    Summary:"Singers square off for a coveted recording contract in this reality talent contest from the producers of 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor.' Four vocal coaches mentor the contestants."



    9. "NCIS: New Orleans" (CBS) — 12.7 million average viewers

    Series run: 4 seasons (2014-present) 

    Summary:"A drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence."



    8. "Blue Bloods" (CBS) — 13.2 million average viewers

    Series run: 8 seasons (2010-present)

    Summary:"A drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement."



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    San Francisco

    San Francisco is a tough place live for a lot of reasons.

    Sky-high housing prices can make it nearly impossible to find a place. In February, a 1,000-square-foot home with no working plumbing and a pile of rotting mattresses stacked in the kitchen sold for more than $520,000.

    Even tech moguls and startup founders are having trouble finding homes in an area where nearly every spare piece of real estate is gobbled up by the highest bidder. One firm estimated that a home buyer needs to make about $300,000 a year just to afford a median-priced abode.

    But San Francisco isn't just perilously overpriced: It's also perpetually teetering on the edge of disaster. On October 18, the city of San Francisco participated in an annual earthquake drill called the Great California Shakeout, a dry run where more than 10 million people across the state practiced a "drop, cover, and hold on" earthquake survival protocol.

    None of those people are quite old enough to remember this, but on April 18, 1906, a violent ~7.7-7.9 magnitude earthquake leveled the city into ruins. The minute-long quake ruptured 296 miles of California coastline, sparked three days of fires, and killed 3,000 people, leaving the bulk of the city homeless.

    That was just 112 years ago — the geologic equivalent of the blink of an eye. 

    If earthquakes don't shake you, consider that the city is literally sinking into mud — and into trash in certain places.

    Real-estate woes aside, here are the ways that scientists know living in the Bay Area is not for the faint of heart:

    SEE ALSO: 11 potentially cancer-causing things you might use every day

    The Bay Area is a veritable smorgasbord of complex fault lines. No less than seven different faults converge here.

    The well-known San Andreas Fault is just one of the seven "significant fault zones" the US Geological Survey (USGS) cites in the Bay Area. The others are the Calaveras, Concord-Green Valley, Greenville, Hayward, Rodgers Creek, and San Gregorio Faults.

    People who live in the area experience small earthquakes and shakes all the time. But those aren't the rumbles that scare seismologists. 

     

     



    It's the bigger, disastrous quakes scientists are really worried about. And they say San Francisco is due for another soon.

    In 2007, the USGS determined that there was about a "63% probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the Bay Area" by 2037.

    Estimates have only gotten worse since then. One recent report suggested that there is a 76% chance the Bay Area will experience a magnitude 7.0 earthquake within the next three decades.



    Seismologists are most concerned about two fault lines in particular: the San Andreas and the Hayward.

    Anything higher than a 7.9 on the San Andreas Fault line, which runs from Mendocino to Mexico, would put "approximately 100%" of the population of San Francisco at risk, while a 6.9 quake from the Hayward Fault could spell trouble for nearly everyone who lives and works there, according to the city.



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    ntt docomo lightest thinnest phone

    While Apple, Google and other major handset makers are packing smartphones with ever more bells and whistles, a Japanese company is releasing a phone that latches onto another trend: the rise of the smaller, simpler smartphone.

    NTT Docomo is scheduled to release a phone in November that they claim is the world's thinnest and lightest smartphone ever made, and is designed as a "lite" version with only basic smartphone capabilities.

    But this isn't even first phone produced this year that prides itself on being so tiny. Here's how NTT Docomo's Card Keitai KY-01L stacks up against other smartphones that aim to be more ultra-mobile and simplistic than ever.

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    NTT Docomo says its phone is the "world's thinnest" smartphone, and is the size of a credit card.

    The Card Keitai KY-01L is about the size of a credit card, give or take a few millimeters on the length and width. At 0.2 inches, the phone is incredibly skinny and really not that much thicker than a normal credit card.



    The KY-01L can make phone calls and browse the web, but that's about it.

    When a phone is so small in size, some sacrifices have to be made. This is definitely a "lite" smartphone. The phone has LTE connectivity and 4G for phone calls and web browsing. However, the phone does not have a camera or any store to download apps from.



    Palm released an "ultra-mobile" phone last week whose size is also comparable to a credit card, but has more functionality.

    Palm's device is designed, like the KY-01L, to be small enough to fit in your wallet alongside your credit cards.

    But as Business Insider reported last week, the Palm phone acts as a "companion" smartphone that actually works in tandem with your regular-sized smartphone. Unlike the NTT Docomo phone, Palm's device has a full set of smartphone functions, including a camera, an app store, and a voice assistant.



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    halloween

    Halloween is just around the corner, and the latest "Halloween" movie is set to be a box-office smash this weekend. It's just the latest movie to rake in big bucks for the horror genre, following the success of last year's "Get Out" and "It," and this year's "A Quiet Place" and "The Nun."

    The genre seems to be the only one that is consistently reliable at the box office (besides superhero blockbusters, of course). The biggest horror movies even stretch back to the 1970s. 

    We rounded up the highest-grossing horror movies of all time, and ranked them by how much they made in the US after being adjusted for inflation (based on figures from Box Office Mojo). We also included the original domestic and worldwide grosses when available. 

    For movies such as "Alien" and "The Exorcist," we based their rankings on the original theatrical release, as opposed to total gross from re-releases.

    Below are 19 of the highest-grossing horror movies of all time, ranked by domestic box office:

    SEE ALSO: 'Halloween' is poised to have the biggest horror movie opening of the year, and has already broken a record

    19. "Get Out" (2017)

    Adjusted domestic total: $181,689,400

    Original domestic total: $176,040,665

    Worldwide total: $255,457,364



    18. "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)

    Adjusted domestic total: $181,749,000

    Original domestic total: $82,522,790

    Worldwide total: $215,862,692



    17. "A Quiet Place" (2018)

    Adjusted domestic total: $183,213,500

    Original domestic total: $188,024,361

    Worldwide total: $338,563,752



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    Loki

    Comic book characters that have been around for a while usually change over time — and villains are no exception. That means movie creators basing their works on existing characters have a lot of material to take inspiration from.

    In the cases below creative decisions were made to keep these villains in line with the way they were depicted in the comics or completely transform their looks. 

    Here are 12 movie villains and how they compare to their comic-book counterparts. 

    Josh Brolin played Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War."

    In "Avengers: Infinity War," we finally spend quality time with Josh Brolin as Thanos.

    The character of Thanos was created in 1973 by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich — and of course, even mad titans can change their look a bit over the years.

    On seeing Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War," creator Jim Starlin wrote on Facebook, "There are a couple times my chest constricted from what I was seeing, making me want to cry. You’ll recognize those instances when you watch the film. Brolin is an incredible Thanos, moving and emoting just as I tried to portray him in the comics."

    In "Avengers: Infinity War," we saw quite a bit of Thanos with his helmet off — but when he put it on, his level of menace is definitely on par with George Perez's "Infinity Gauntlet" cover from 1991.



    Stephen Dorff played Deacon Frost in "Blade."

    In the comics, Deacon Frost bears more resemblance to Donald Sutherland than Stephen Dorff — who played the character in "Blade."

    If you were a vampire just trying to go about your business, there would definitely be an advantage to blending in — which the comics version of Deacon Frost managed quite well on some occasions — red eyes notwithstanding.

    Created in 1972 by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer, the white-haired older Frost bore little to no resemblance to Stephen Dorff — although of course, no one ever said a vampire couldn't dye their hair.



    Cate Blanchett played Hela in "Thor: Ragnarok."

    Hela rules Asgard's Underworld in the comics— but rather than being the sister of Thor and Loki, as depicted in "Thor: Ragnarok," she's actually Loki's daughter.

    But if the details are slightly changed, the movie's depiction of her contentious relationship with both Thor and Loki is the real deal. Created in 1964 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, chances are excellent that you wouldn't want to get on the bad side of either version of Hela.



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    People walk past debris in Arhab, north of Sanaa, Yemen in January 2013 after a Houthi bomb was dropped during a fight against Sunni tribesmen.

    Planning for safe travel usually includes leaving contact information and knowing whether it is safe to drink the water — but for some countries, the US State Department suggests more dramatic measures be taken. 

    For some countries, travelers may want to consider drafting a will and designating beneficiaries. And for the most dangerous destinations, State even suggests leaving a DNA sample with a medical provider — just in case.

    Drum-Cussac, a risk assessment and management company, recently published its 2019 World Risk Map, which compiles data in five categories to assess travel risks. 

    The main factors include political, security, medical, infrastructural, and environmental risks. Within these categories, countries are assessed for threats such as terrorism, access to medical care and clean water, violence and crime, and political stability. 

    The map provides an overall assessment for every country in the world; here's a look at the top ten.

    10: Burundi

    Sharing its borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania, Burundi is considered politically unstable and vulnerable to disease outbreaks.

    The CIA has noted the nation's "non-democratic transfers of power," pointing to a history marred with assassinations, a brutal 12-year civil war, and controversial 2015 election that included a failed coup. 

    Travelers to Burundi face risks of malaria and cholera with limited access to healthcare and the threat of petty crime, according to Drum-Cussac. The US State Department urges travelers to reconsider Burundi as a destination, noting "crime and armed conflict."



    9: Democratic Republic of Congo

    Democratic Republic of Congo ranks as Drum-Cussac's most environmentally risky travel destination.

    Armed groups have littered the nation with landmines and unexploded ordnance, and the country suffers from flooding and landslides during its rainy season.

    The US State Department also warns travelers to reconsider traveling to DRC due to "crime and civil unrest."



    8: Iraq

    The US State Department recommends not to travel to Iraq due to "terrorism and armed conflict."

    Drum-Cussac also points out the country's crumbling infrastructure, a devastating result of decades of war and sanctions.



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    Dhaka

    • Living in an overcrowded city is a very different experience than simply visiting one.
    • Business Insider looked at cities around the world crowded with residents and tourists to see what it's really like to live there on a daily basis.
    • Some cities even have fewer locals than tourists. For example, Paris, France has a total population of 11 million people but hosted 36.5 million tourists in 2016.

    Living in an overcrowded city is a very different experience than simply visiting one.

    While a tourist passes through for a select amount of time, locals are stuck dealing with large vacation crowds and navigating through other locals on lesser-known streets. 

    Business Insider looked at cities around the world with high populations and millions of tourists annually to see what it's really like to live there on a daily basis.

    Tokyo is the largest and most populated city in the world with 37.4 million inhabitants and had 20 million visitors in 2017. The city's shopping hubs are jam-packed.

    Some cities on the list have fewer locals than tourists. For example, Paris, France, has a total population of 11 million people had 36.5 million tourists flooding its streets and monuments in 2016.

    However, locals in cities like Dhaka, Bangladesh make up the majority of the crowds. With 19.5 million residents in a total area of 300 kilometers, or about 186 miles, the city has a density of about 40,000 people per square kilometer

    Check out what it's like to live in the most crowded cities around the world. 

    SEE ALSO: These will be the world's biggest cities in 2030

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    Tokyo, Japan, is the most populated city in the world with 37.4 million inhabitants.

    Source: World City Populations Review



    The narrow street of Harajuku is a colorful shopping hub known for its locals dressing up as Harajuku girls.

    Source: TimeOut



    At a single time, up to 1,000 people can be seen crossing the street at Shibuya Station.

    Source: Go Tokyo



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    Lakeland Florida development

    East of Tampa, Florida, a 180-acre site in Lakeland served as a rail yard from the late 1800s until the early 1950s. After the rail yard closed in 1952, the contaminated site underwent various attempts at redevelopment, but nothing lasted.

    The rail yard, which used to be Lakeland's largest employer before the Great Depression, faded from prominence for years. In 2015, though, a group of local residents came together and proposed turning the site into a giant park. The international design firm Sasaki took on the project shortly after, and it is expected to open in 2020.

    Take a look at the Bonnet Springs Park proposal. 

    The proposal will create a public park near downtown Lakeland for the whole community to gather.



    More than 80 acres contain traces of arsenic and petroleum hydrocarbons, according to Sasaki. As part of the project, the team will take land from the most contaminated sections and create hills on the property.

    Source: Sasaki

     

     



    The developers will move storm water into a number of wetland ponds. They will also install new waste management systems to decontaminate the water.



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