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    • Big tech acquirers are more willing than ever to spend big on the best companies on the market, according to a note published by the investment firm Needham.
    • And with the stock market currently in a correction, some of the best public companies are for sale, wrote analyst Scott Berg.
    • These are the five public software companies deemed most attractive to potential acquirers, according to Needham.

    SAP's $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics, just days before its planned IPO, reveals a new trend, according to analysts at Needham — acquirers are willing to spend big bucks for the best companies out there.

    Companies are prioritizing "higher quality" companies over "a more blended approach, acquiring both high-growth industry leaders and more opportunistic value-orientated targets," wrote Needham analyst Scott Berg in a note to clients published Tuesday.

    "While the list of public software company acquisitions has been relatively short," Berg wrote, "the aggregate valuations have been at a premium level that we consider to be at the upper end of historical ranges."

    Now with the stock market in a correction, even high-growth and otherwise well-placed public software companies suddenly look like they could be for sale — which is great news for large acquirers.

    Neeham chose these five companies based off the criterea that they all have "consistent growth with strong ownership of their respective end markets." It also excluded recently-public companies like Anaplan and Zuroa since leadership has indicated that they wish to stay independent, as well as larger SaaS companies like Salesforce, which few acquirers could afford.

    Here's who Needham thinks are the most attractive software companies for potential acquirers.

    Read more: Insiders explain why BlackBerry’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Cylance could be the last endpoint security deal of its size

    SEE ALSO: SAP's top dealmaker explains the German software giant's strategy behind its $8 billion Qualtrics acquisition and where it's looking in 2019

    Coupa Software

    Coupa Software, a business spend management software company, has a $3.2 billion market cap.  That's down from a high of $4.7 billion in September.

    "While it may not have a clearly defined competitive moat similar to other vendors discussed in this report, we believe Coupa to be one of the more innovative vendors in the business spend management software market and one of the few pure-play multi-tenant SaaS vendors in a space ripe for secular transition to a cloud platform," wrote Berg.



    SPS Commerce

    SPS Commerce, a cloud-based supply chain management company, has a market cap of $1.5 billion. That's down slightly from a high of $1.7 billion in September.

    "We believe this ability to connect the past with the future of within its targeted end market is what would make SPS Commerce a valuable asset to either a strategic or financial acquirer. The SPS Commerce platform is also unique with how it can scale from the very small customers to the large and complex," says Needham in its note.



    Medidata Solutions

    Medidata, a clinical trial software company, has a market cap of $4.3 billion. That's down from its high of $5.3 billion in July.

    Neeham actually has a "hold" rating on the company, because the firm is concerned that the company won't meet its growth targets.

    "However," wrote Berg, "we believe Medidata’s dominant market position in EDC (Electronic Data Capture) working with 18 of the top 25 pharmaceutical companies combined with their increasingly competitive platform product set could prove attractive to a financial or strategic buyer."



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    • Though you might think that cleaning always makes things cleaner, there are actually some things that you can make dirtier if you clean them incorrectly.
    • Knowing how to clean things in the correct way not only makes things cleaner, but also can save you some time.
    • These tips from the pros for windows, surfaces, floors, and more will allow you to actually get everything in your home clean, instead of inadvertently just making things worse.

    If you cleaned your entire home and then found out that it really wasn’t any cleaner than when you started you’d probably be a bit grossed out and upset.

    To learn more about what sorts of things you might be cleaning incorrectly, INSIDER turned to some experts. Here’s what you need to know.

    You’re using dish towels to clean your hands, dishes, and counter tops.

    If you’re using the same dish towels to clean your hands, dry dishes, and wipe down counter tops, you’re likely just spreading germs and messes around instead of truly cleaning things up.”The dish towel picks up crumbs, grease, food, and whatever else (germs, anyone?) is on the counter, and it stays there just waiting for you to wipe your hands or dry dishes or cookware,” Mary Gagliardi, a cleaning expert at Clorox, told INSIDER. “Think your cookware is clean? Not if you wipe it dry with a towel that’s not really clean!”

    Keep your towels separate for each use so that you can be sure that they’re actually clean. And don’t forget to swap them out and wash them regularly. “Let the used towels air dry before adding them to your laundry basket where they can wait for laundry day,” Gagliardi said.



    You’re using a mop to clean your floors.

    Using mops to clean your floors might sound like a good idea, but in some cases, they can just make your floors dirtier than if you hadn’t mopped them. “In addition to leaving it behind, the mop simply moves the dirt around the floor, relocating it but not picking it up,” Robert Moeller, the vice president of Anvid Products, told INSIDER.

    Make sure you’re doing your research about what you need to clean your particular floors and make sure that you also know the right process to follow in order to be most effective.



    You’re cleaning your floors before you’re cleaning anything else.

    Starting with your floors instead of finishing up by cleaning your floors is another mistake that can result in your home being dirtier than you might think. “That’s working backward,” Jennifer Rodriguez, chief hygiene officer at Pro Housekeepers, told INSIDER. “Dust and dirt will get on the floor and you’ll have to clean them again! Start with surfaces!”

    That way you won’t have to clean things twice.



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    Coast Guard drug cocaine offload engine cowling gunshot hole

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida — Once the Coast Guard has a suspect vessel in its sights on the high seas, there's usually nowhere for it to go, but getting it to stop isn't always easy.

    The crew of the Coast Guard cutter James returned to Florida last week with nearly 38,000 pounds of cocaine seized by it and other Coast Guard ships in the Pacific. Stacked on some of the bales of cocaine were clear signs of the Coast Guard's precision.

    "So what you see here are some engine cowlings," said Capt. Jeffrey Randall, commander of the James, referring to the half-dozen plastic covers perched on bales of seized drugs like trophies.

    "We pair up the capabilities of the ship, the sensors of the ship, with our helicopter detachment that's back there," he said, referring to the helicopter parked behind the crew on the James' aft deck.

    "That helicopter has what we call an aerial-use-of-force capability. So we can shoot from the aircraft with precision marksman fire, and we direct it at the engines of the vessel to stop the vessels when they fail to heave to."

    SEE ALSO: Billions of dollars of cocaine are smuggled into the US by sea every year, and the Coast Guard says it can only stop one-quarter of it

    Precision fire is a central part of the Coast Guard's operations, whether it's on the open ocean or in US ports and waterways.



    Though their area of operation is the sea, Coast Guard marksmen do train on land.



    "We conduct training on the flat range weekly, do various range and yard lines, concentrating mostly on snaps and movers," a Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team member told Military.com, referring to targets that appear suddenly and change position. "Because that's where your bread and butter is. I mean, shooting moving targets is it."

    "The relationship between the shooter and the spotter is extremely important. The spotter's job is probably the hardest He's evaluating the factors with the wind," the MRST member said. "The spotters responsibility is to actually see what the wind is doing and give the shooter the correct information so that he can make that accurate shot."



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    legs feet

    • Across the animal kingdom, feet come in an astonishing variety of shapes and sizes. 
    • Different types of feet are specialized to do different kinds of things. 
    • Geckos feet are actually sticky allowing them to stick to surfaces while elephants can actually "hear" with their feet. 
    • Here's the science behind 10 animal feet. 

    Feet don't just carry us from point A to point B — they dictate the style in which we travel. Some species move quietly, other animals can reach surprising speeds, and other creatures' movement patterns still baffle scientists.

    Here's the weird science behind different animals' feet.

    SEE ALSO: 10 of the strangest ways animals give birth

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    Elephants "hear" with their feet.

    Instructor at Stanford University Medical School, scientific consultant, author, co-founder and CEO of Utopia Scientific, and an expert on elephants, Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell's pioneering research in Namibia has revealed that elephants use their feet to communicate.

    Elephants emit low-frequency sounds using their large vocal cords that can travel dozens of miles through the air and under the ground. Distant elephants then can "hear" by interpreting the sound waves using sensitive nerve endings in their giant feet. Elephants can tell the difference between nearby and distant dangers and can communicate information such as "alarm cries, mating calls, and navigation instructions to the herd," according to what O'Connell-Rodwell told KQED.

    "When an elephant vocalizes, it's like a mini-explosion at the source,"O'Connell-Rodwell said to KQED.



    Ostriches are the only birds with two toes.

    The largest bird in the world is also the only bird in the world that has two toes, not three or four. According to the Safari Ostrich Farm in South Africa, most birds have four toes in order to grab their prey. Most flightless birds, like the emu and penguin, have just three toes. The ostrich, meanwhile, has one large toe to carry the weight of its body, which can reach up to 400 pounds, and another for balance. Their unique feet and tall legs allow ostriches to reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, according to the American Ostrich Association.

    Ostriches also fight with their feet. They can only kick forward, but Science News suggests that their legs are strong enough to disembowel a human being. The birds have been known to kill if feeling threatened.

    Dr. Nina Schaller, an expert on the ostrich locomotor system, wrote for the European journal, Science in School, that the majority of the ostrich's "leg musculature [is] located very high on the thigh bone and hip, whereas the lower swinging elements of its leg are comparatively light, moved by long, mass-reducing tendons. This arrangement optimizes the ostrich leg for high-velocity locomotion, giving it both a long step length and a high step frequency."

    Schaller also wrote that the ostrich's unique build could inform human prosthetics.



    Mammals in the equine family are the only one-toed animals still in existence.

    The ancestors of animals in the Equus genus (i.e. horses, donkeys, and zebras) had four toes on their front feet and three on the back. But as horses shifted from "forest to grassland environments," the animals evolved to have just one toe, according to The Guardian.

    In a 2017 study, scientists at Harvard University found that as the horse's body mass increased over time, "the central toe became larger and more robust, allowing it to withstand greater bending forces and expend less energy as they walked."

    The length of horses' legs also evolved to be longer, allowing them to travel greater distances to seek resources.

    Brianna McHorse, the lead author of that study, told The Guardian, "it is very energetically expensive to have a bunch of toes on the end of that leg. If you get rid of them then it costs less, energetically speaking, to swing that leg for every step."



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    black friday shopping target tvs

    The best time to realize you need a new TV is in early November, when Black Friday is right around the corner. 

    Indeed, stores like BestBuy, Walmart, and Target have offered up some pretty tempting deals for Black Friday. (You have no idea how difficult it is to resist temptation when compiling a list like this.) 

    Below you'll find TVs sorted by size, premium, ultra-premium, and the holy grail of TV tech — OLED, a type of screen that offers superior color.

    Some models with the same screen may cost a little more than others. That's usually attributed to a better design and sometimes a slightly better quality of TV panel, even though all these TVs have 4K resolution, and many have HDR capabilities (technology that offers better colors and detail in darker scenes).

    Either way, sift through here to check out the most tempting TV deals:

    SEE ALSO: 11 insider facts most Black Friday workers know — and you probably don't

    43-inch TVs

    LG 4K HDR (UK6090) — $270 at BestBuy. Usually $400.

    Samsung 4K HDR (NU6900)$280 at BestBuy, Target, Walmart, and B&H Photo. Usually $380.



    50-inch TVs

    Samsung 4K HDR (NU6900)$330 at BestBuy, Target, and Walmart. Usually $450.

    LG 4K HDR (UK6090) — $330 at BestBuy. Usually $500.



    55-inch TVs

    Sharp 4K HDR (LC-55Q7030U)$320 at Walmart. Usually $500.

    TCL 4K HDR 4-series Roku TV — $350 at BestBuy, Target, and Walmart. Usually around $450-$500.

    Samsung 4K HDR (NU6900)$400 at BestBuy, Target, and Walmart. Usually $500.

    LG 4K HDR (UK6090) — $400 at BestBuy. Usually $550.

     



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    • Older Americans tend to have a higher income than younger Americans, and this holds in most US states and Washington, DC.
    • Business Insider found the median income for full-time, year-round workers in each state among three generational age groups: millennials, Gen Xers, and baby boomers.
    • The gap in median income between millennials and baby boomers ranged from the older generation making about 25% more than millennials in Iowa to 65% more than millennials in Alaska. 

    Across the US, older workers tend to have a higher income than younger workers.

    Business Insider analyzed individual-level data from the US Census Bureau's 2017 "American Community Survey" available from the Minnesota Population Center's Integrated Public Use Microdata Series and found the median total income among full-time, year-round employed workers in each state for three generational age groups: millennials (age 21 to 36 in 2017), Gen Xers (age 37 to 52), and baby boomers (age 53 to 71). Median means half the group makes below that amount and half makes above that amount.

    In all 50 states and Washington, DC, the median millennial made less money than the median Gen Xer or baby boomer, and in most states boomers earned more than their Gen X counterparts.

    The gap in median salary between millennials and baby boomers ranged from the median boomer making about 25% more than the median millennial in Iowa to a 65% gap between the median millennial and median boomer in Alaska.

    Here's what the typical worker in each of those three generations makes in every state.

    SEE ALSO: Here's what the typical American worker earns at every age

    Alabama

    Millennial: $32,000

    Gen Xer: $46,500

    Baby boomer: $50,000



    Alaska

    Millennial: $43,000

    Gen Xer: $65,000

    Baby boomer: $71,000



    Arizona

    Millennial: $35,000

    Gen Xer: $50,000

    Baby boomer: $55,000



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    • You might be wondering how to write a good email subject line.
    • When it comes to your subject line, there are plenty of mistakes you can make while emailing anyone from your colleague to an old friend to a potential new contact.
    • Remember to be respectful of their time. Some people get hundreds of emails every day. 

     

    Your email subject line may very well be the only part of your message that gets read, said Dmitri Leonov, cofounder of email assistant tool SaneBox.

    "So, it's important to make it as easy as possible for your recipients," Leonov told Business Insider. "When people glance at their inbox, they are more likely to act on an email if the subject line entices them to do so."

    There are plenty of mistakes you can make in an important email to a boss, colleague, or potential professional contact.

    Here are seven subject lines you should never be using:

    SEE ALSO: 17 wild job titles companies are using to attract millennials

    DON'T MISS: 19 signs your company doesn't care about you

    'Ideas' or 'Meeting'

    Anything too vague is going to be skipped over, Leonov said. Unfortunately, that's a common mistake.

    Not only does a vague subject prompt the recipient to gloss over your note, it makes it difficult for people to find the email later. Leonov said it's important to make sure your email can be quickly picked up when your colleague is searching for the note in a few days or weeks. 

    "Making the subject specific and descriptive will make it easier to find later," Leonov said.



    'Hey'

    This has a similar effect to using a super-vague message as your subject line. Writing "Hello [Name]" or something of the sort is a misguided attempt at being casual, and it likely just comes off as annoying and inconsiderate to the person you're messaging. 

    "Think about the recipient and imagine that your email is one of ten thousand that the person has to go through," writes tech marketer Hillel Fuld on Inc. "If that were the case, would you still have written 'Hey' as a subject line? Probably not."



    'Can I offer you some free help?' or 'Get the BEST thing you need from ME'

    Certain words can make your email go right to the spam folder. That includes "amazing,""risk free," and "winner," according to OptinMonster

    "You might think you've stumbled on a clever trick that no one has thought of before, but with 30 years of email and roughly 193 gajillion spams sent, almost every cheezy, tacky, tricky come-on line has been tried, and caught, by the filters of the email inboxes of the world," Marc Cenedella, CEO of Ladders, told Business Insider. 

    Even if you manage to bypass the spam filter, a clickbait-y subject line will likely cause your colleague or potential contact to roll their eyes and ignore your message. 



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    • Old Navy is spearheading Gap Inc.'s growth. 
    • Gap Inc. saw flat sales in the most recent fiscal quarter, with the Old Navy brand reporting comparable sales were up 4%.
    • We visited an Old Navy store to see why it's doing so well.

    Old Navy is spearheading Gap Inc.'s growth.

    Gap Inc., parent company of Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, reported on Tuesday that sales were flat overall in the most recent fiscal quarter, with growth spearheaded by Old Navy and Athleta. 

    Old Navy is the most successful of the Gap brands, reporting that comparable sales were up 4% this quarter. So far in 2018, Old Navy has opened 24 stores. CEO Art Peck announced in an earnings call in August that Old Navy will be launching a plus-size collection, which was previously only available online and in select stores. 

    Meanwhile, Gap's comparable sales slipped 7% in the third quarter. Old Navy is able to prevail over Gap and the other Gap Inc. brands, in part, because it sells similar styles to Gap at a lower price point. When we visited Gap recently, we noticed a lot of sale signs, a small variety of products, and generally high prices. 

    We recently visited an Old Navy and saw why it's doing so well.

    SEE ALSO: We visited Five Below, the discount-store chain that's growing across America. Here's what it's like to shop there.

    We visited the Old Navy in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.



    In the entryway was a 75% off sign.



    Denim was the first thing in the store. Everything was 30% off.



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    Xbox One X / Xbox One S

    • Many stores have already launched their Xbox sales for Black Friday and the holiday season.
    • Microsoft is offering big deals on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S this year, dropping the cheapest bundle down to $199.
    • There's a wide variety of bundles depending on what games you prefer, but eBay's deals currently offer the most value for the Xbox One X.
    • The holiday season will also be a great opportunity to start building your Xbox library with plenty of games on sale and a special discount on the Xbox Game Pass.

    With Black Friday just a few days away, early video game sales have begun.

    Microsoft got a head start on some of its Xbox holiday offerings during the X018 conference held earlier this month, revealing discounts on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles.

    Now, those deals are live with major retailers offering several different Xbox One bundles starting at $199, with a wide selection of games on sale to help sweeten the deal.

    Here are the lowest prices for Xbox One consoles and games this holiday season:

    SEE ALSO: These are the 7 best Black Friday gaming deals you'll find in stores

    NOW READ: The 3 biggest games on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this holiday season

    The cheapest Xbox One bundle is $199, and sales are already live.

    The cheapest possible Xbox One you can buy during Black Friday — and the rest of the 2018 holiday season — is the Minecraft Creators Bundle.

    This bundle includes an Xbox One S and a digital copy of "Minecraft," along with the Starter Pack and Creator Pack expansions for the game and 1,000 Minecoins. 

    Though the Xbox One S is slightly less powerful than the Xbox One X, it's still capable of playing 4K video and will run all of the same games.

    The Minecraft Creators Bundle can be found in stores like GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy, or online at Amazon, eBay, and NewEgg.



    More Xbox One S bundles with some of this year's best games start at $229.99.

    If you're willing to pay a bit more to start building your game library on the Xbox One, you can choose from a few more expensive Xbox One S bundles that come with popular titles:

    • Xbox One S with "Battlefield V,""Battlefield 1 Revolution," and "Battlefield 1943,"— $229.99 at Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target
    • Xbox One S with "NBA 2K19"— $229.99 at Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target

    There are other bundles that contain "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" and "Forza Horizon 4," too, but those games will be on sale during the holidays and can be played with an Xbox Game Pass subscription, lowering the value of those bundles.



    Bundles for the more powerful Xbox One X start at $399.99.

    The Xbox One X is the most powerful video game console on the market, featuring enhanced graphics for a number of games.

    The price of the base console has been reduced by $100 for the holidays, and stores are extending those savings to several Xbox One X bundles. eBay's deals are the best in this category, offering multiple games at a deep discount:

    • Xbox One X console — $399.99 at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and NewEgg
    • Xbox One X "For Honor Marching Fire Edition" bundle — $399 at eBay
    • Xbox One X 1 TB console with "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" and "Fallout 76"— $429.99 at eBay
    • Xbox One X 1 TB console with "Assassin's Creed Odyssey" and "NBA 2K19"— $429.99 at eBay
    • Xbox One X with your choice of one game: "NBA 2K19,""Shadow of the Tomb Raider,""Battlefield V," or "Fallout 76"— $429.99 at Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and NewEgg.


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    A formation of F-35 Lightning IIs from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings stationed at Hill Air Force Base perform aerial maneuvers during as part of a combat power exercise over Utah Test and Training Range, Nov. 19, 2018.

    The ability to rapidly project power and force against any threat on a moment's notice has long been a hallmark of American military might. Dozens of advanced stealth fighters carried on that tradition during a combat power exercise Monday.

    During the exercise, the US Air Force put a lot of destructive power in the air very quickly, launching a total of 35 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters in 11 minutes.

    Check out these stunning photos of this show of force by dozens of F-35s.

    F-35s from Hill Air Force Base's 388th and 419th Fighter Wings participated in Monday's exercise.



    The milestone drill marks the first ever F-35 "Elephant Walk" combat power exercise, the purpose of which is to fly as many sorties as possible in a predetermined time period in preparation for a possible combat surge.

    Source: The Drive



    "The exercise aims to confirm their ability to quickly employ a large force of jets against air and ground targets, and demonstrate the readiness and lethality of the F-35 Lightning II," the 388th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office said in a statement.



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    • Gap is struggling to keep up with its sister stores Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta.
    • Gap Inc.'s sales were flat in the third quarter, but the Gap brand reported that comparable sales were down 7%.
    • We visited a Gap store to see why it's struggling. 

    Gap is struggling to keep up with its sister stores. 

    Gap Inc., the parent company of Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, saw flat sales this quarter. Prior to this quarter, the company saw seven consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales growth.

    The Gap brand itself is struggling — comparable sales were down 7% in the third quarter. 

    Gap discounts nearly everything in the store, threatening margins and, ultimately, making shoppers less likely to pay full-price. It also offers a lot of the same styles and quality clothing as its sister store Old Navy, but the prices are much higher at Gap. 

    "We are clearly not satisfied with the performance of Gap brand. We know this iconic brand is important to customers, and we are committed to taking the bold and necessary steps to ensure that it delivers value to shareholders," Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck said in the company's earnings release on Tuesday.

    This is what we found when we visited a Gap store in New York City:

    SEE ALSO: We shopped at TJ Maxx and Kohl's to see which store was better, and the winner was clear for one key reason.

    We went to the Gap store in the Financial District. There was a 40% off sign in the window, and a 70% off sign outside the door.



    Women's clothing was on the first floor.



    Generally speaking, it was pretty expensive.



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    Leesa sleep

    Among the many Black Friday sales going on all over the Internet this week, mattress deals in particular stand out because mattresses are usually so pricey. Mattress companies like Casper, Leesa, Helix, and more are pulling out the stops this holiday to give you hundreds of dollars off popular mattresses, along with freebies like sheets, pillows, and shipping.

    Now is probably the last time to save big on an important investment like a mattress until next year, so we're showing you where you should shop to take advantage of great deals. We've vetted many of the mattresses (and pillows and sheets) ourselves and included links to those reviews for your reference.

    If you're interested in learning more about some of the companies we list below, these guides will help you out:

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    To potentially save more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

    Leesa

    Shop Leesa's Black Friday sale here

    For a limited time, Business Insider and Leesa partnered to give you you $160 off the Leesa Mattress or $235 off the Sapira Mattress, plus a free Leesa pillow — a $75 offer. These discounts are deeper than the public Black Friday deals Leesa is offering, beating each by $10.

    Read more about Leesa from the Insider Picks team:



    Casper

    Shop Casper's Black Friday sale here

    Take 10% off your mattress order with the code "COZY10" now through November 26.

    Read more about Casper from the Insider Picks team:



    Bear

    Shop Bear's Black Friday sale here

    Now through November 24, save $125 on orders over $500 with promo code “HOL125” or save $225 on orders over $1,200 with promo code “HOL225” at checkout. Plus, get two free Cloud Pillows.

    Read more about Bear from the Insider Picks team:



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    • Many iconic moments have occured throughout the years during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
    • Models like Tyra Banks and Cara Delevingne have been remembered for their dancing skills on the runway.
    • Maria Borges made Victoria's Secret history as the first model to wear her natural hairstyle in the show in 2015.
    • Others have risked injury onstage, like Ariana Grande who was accidentally hit by model Elsa Hosk's Angel wings during her performance in 2014.
    • Multiple former couples have expressed their affections on the runway, including Anne Vyalitsyna and Adam Levine, and Heidi Klum and Seal.

    The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has come a long way since its inception in 1995.

    The runway has evolved into a bold stage with modern technology, a long list of fan-favorite musicians have performed during the event, and each year, the coveted Angel wings are bigger and bolder.

    Over the years, a number of memorable things have happened during the show. Past runways have seen everything from unforgettable dance numbers to performance mishaps, and the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show probably be any different.

    To hold you over until the show airs on December 2, here's a look back at some of the most iconic moments from past Victoria's Secret runways.

    During the 2002 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Tyra Banks performed a memorable Flamenco dance.

    Banks snagged her lingerie train as she stepped onto the stage, though the mishap appears to have been edited out of the television broadcast. Regardless, Banks continued her dance routine and shimmied down the runway without missing a step.

     



    In 2002, model Gisele Bündchen was chased down the runway by anti-fur protesters.

    Four members of PETA (the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) rushed the stage holding signs that read "Gisele: Fur Scum." They were protesting Bündchen's contract with the fur brand Blackglama. 

    At the time, Bündchen defended her contract and told CNN that she was simply doing her job.

    "I'm the biggest animal lover in the world," Bündchen said. "I was just doing my job. I'm a model. I don't even wear fur. They just want attention."

    Bündchen appears to have since changed her mind, and told Vogue in 2018 that the experience opened her eyes to animal cruelty in the fashion industry



    In 2004, Victoria's Secret shocked viewers by canceling the annual fashion show.

    It's still debated as to why Victoria's Secret cancelled its 2004 fashion show, but media outlets have reported that networks were skeptical to air any degree of nudity following Janet Jackson's Superbowl performance. 

    In an interview with CNN, Ed Razek, the Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria's Secret's parent company L Brands, said that the cancellation had nothing to do with Janet Jackson.

    "Some are saying that the show is not running because of the Super Bowl incident, but that's not really the case," Razek said. "Clearly, we could've gotten the show on air if we wanted to. It's fashion, and we can't always use the same way to promote the brand."

    Instead of a fashion show, Victoria's Secret took the Angels on a tour across the country, including stops in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.



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    Today, Victoria's Secret Angels are among some of the world's most well-recognized, and highest-paid, models.

    Some of these models, like Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel, have been with the company for over a decade. Others earned their Angel wings more recently.

    Currently, the brand has 13 active Angels, not including Alessandra Ambrosio, who parted ways with Victoria's Secret last year — although the Brazilian model is still listed as an Angel on the company's website.

    Ahead of the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, find out what each Angel wore when she was cast in the event for the first time.

    Adriana Lima wore two different looks when she made her Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debut in 1999.

    In the lingerie brand's 1999 show, the model first stepped out in a white bodysuit with a ruffled polka-dot trim. She then showed off a floral-print bra with a matching sarong-style miniskirt.

    Lima, who became an Angel in 2000, reportedly walked in her 19th, and last, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year. She was photographed looking tearful on the runway when the show was filmed in New York City on November 8.

    The model also thanked the lingerie brand and fans in a heartfelt Instagram post ahead of the show.



    Behati Prinsloo sported a green bra and red plaid shorts when she joined the show in 2007.

    Her cozy runway look in the 2007 show also included red leg warmers, red mittens, and an olive-green jacket.

    After a three-year hiatus, Prinsloo returned to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year. The model, who earned her Angel wings in 2009, previously walked in the show for nine consecutive years.
     



    Candice Swanepoel was also cast for the first time in 2007.

    Swanepoel's debut look featured a blue bra and underwear set, a cropped, light-blue puffer coat, and leg warmers made of the same material.

    The model earned her Angel wings in 2010 and has walked in 11 shows for Victoria's Secret.



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    • Bella Hadid and The Weeknd began dating in 2015.
    • The two reportedly broke up in November 2016, but they reunited in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival.
    • Recently, the pair has gotten back together.

    Bella Hadid and The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, certainly aren’t shy when it comes to their relationship. The couple has been vocal about their love for one another on social media and they reportedly recently leased a penthouse together. 

    Here’s a timeline of Bella Hadid and Abel Tesfaye’s relationship.

    May 2015: Sources confirmed Hadid and Tesfaye were dating.

    Hadid and Tesfaye were allegedly first spotted together in April 2015. Tesfaye was performing at the Coachella music festival at the time and he supposedly spent a lot of his downtime with Hadid.

    "They were hanging out in Coachella and were flirting lots," a source told E! News. "They have many things in common and really enjoyed each other's company. She loves his music as well. They are hanging out for sure now."

    A few weeks after Hadid and Tesfaye hung out at Coachella, multiple sources confirmed that the two had officially started dating. Hadid was 18 years old at the time and Tesfaye was 25.



    July 2015: Tesfaye alluded to Hadid in an interview.

    During a New York Times interview with Tesfaye, the interviewer mentioned the "quick kiss" Hadid gave the rapper before his performance at the Museum of Modern Art.

    When asked if he was in love, Tesfaye gave a conflicting answer.

    "I don't know, to be honest with you," he said. "I don't think so. Maybe. It's no, it's yes, it's maybe."



    September 12, 2015: Hadid and Tesfaye held hands at New York Fashion Week.

    During New York Fashion Week, Hadid and Tesfaye sat front row together at the Alexander Wang show. After the show, the paparazzi caught them holding hands as they left.



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    A deep knowledge of thousands of food-poisoning cases across the United States means that there are some things that Bill Marler just won't order when he goes out to eat. 

    With more than two decades working as a food-poisoning advocate and attorney, there are simply some things that Marler has cut out of his diet. Marler has won more than $600 million for clients in foodborne-illness cases — and has seen how restaurants are being forced to change to prevent more sicknesses. 

    "Chain restaurants, post-Jack-in-the-Box, they went through a sort of rethinking about how they do stuff," Marler said. 

    Today, many of the biggest risks for food poisoning at chain restaurants come from an individual worker who "picked his nose then made your burrito," Marler said. The action of a rogue restaurant worker can make a handful of people sick — but usually won't spark a huge outbreak. 

    However, there are some foods that Marler avoids when he goes out to eat. That includes salad — a choice that has renewed relevance with an E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce that has sickened at least 32 people in 11 states.

    The most recent outbreak follows two other leafy green outbreaks earlier this year. A parasitic illness outbreak that sickened more than 500 people across 16 states was linked to McDonald's salads. And, a different strain of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce killed five people and sickened more than 200.

    Here are the foods that Marler said scare him the most when he spots them on a restaurant menu: 

    SEE ALSO: A parasitic illness linked to McDonald's salads has now sickened at least 500 people in 16 states, including 24 hospitalizations

    Salads

    Your healthy choice is actually one of the riskier options on the menu at chain restaurants. 

    "I'd eat sushi before I ate a salad," Marler said. "I wouldn't eat it at a 7-11, but I've eaten sushi at a good sushi restaurant." 

    While cooking veggies and meat can kill germs, salads bring together a lot of raw foods that have had countless opportunities for contamination. Restaurants that buy pre-chopped lettuce from suppliers put themselves at even greater risk.

    "Not every lettuce leaf in the field is contaminated E. coli, but some of them are," Marler said of the risks of pre-washed, bagged lettuce. "And when you mix and match it at a processing facility and chop it up, you get what you get." 



    Soft-serve ice cream

    Cleanliness of ice and ice cream machines can cause huge problems when workers aren't following safety guidelines. There's a grossness factor of finding mold in soft-serve ice cream machines — but there are also real risks. 

    "There have been a number of cases linked to listeria, where listeria will get into the inner workings of these ice cream machines and kill people," Marler said. 



    Rare meat

    Marler agrees with known-germaphobe President Trump on at least one thing: well-cooked meat is the way to go.

    "Skip the medium hamburger and get it well done, and just add a little ketchup like the president," he said. 

    According to the expert, meat needs to be cooked to 160 degrees throughout to kill bacteria that could cause E. coli or salmonella.



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    On November 8, the deadly wildfire known as the Camp Fire began racing through Northern California, growing at a speed of 80 football fields a minute.

    It quickly leveled the town of Paradise, California. For residents of the 27,000-person town, their lives would never be the same.

    Their homes destroyed and their lives upended, thousands of people are now homeless and displaced. Some have a roof over their heads and food to eat, but others don't. 

    Jackie Rabbit's Paradise home was obliterated — she barely escaped — as were those of her friends. Yet just a week after fleeing the fire, Rabbit and others are now spending their days driving around Chico, a town just west of Paradise, distributing donated goods to others who were affected by the fire.

    "We’re taken care of because we have resources, but there are so many people that don’t," Rabbit said.

    Here's what life is like right now for evacuees dealing with the aftermath of the state's deadliest and most destructive wildfire.

    The Camp Fire leveled the town of Paradise on November 8.

    Two other California wildfires broke out in the state that week as well: the Woolsey and Hill Fires on the outskirts of LA.



    Rabbit, a tattoo artist, fled by car with her dog Finnegan. Her husband and daughter escaped separately.



    Rabbit quickly got stuck in traffic, since the entire town was also scrambling to escape. "I was sitting in my car just screaming waiting to die, but trying to tell myself, 'Okay, it may not look like it to me, but I bet they have this under control,'" she said.



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    • Holidays, like Thanksgiving or New Year's Eve, can be some of the most joyous times of the year.
    • The family time, the memories made — there's a reason why we look forward to them.
    • But they're not without their drawbacks. Here's why holidays can be the actual worst.

    Yes, Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year. 

    But the December holiday, along with others throughout the year, can also be a thorn in our sides thanks to annoying obligations, financial burdens, and ridiculous travel conditions.

    Maybe Ebenezer Scrooge was onto something with his "Humbug" attitude.

    Here's why holidays can be the actual worst.

    Holidays can be the most joyful times of the year.



    But they're not without their downsides.



    They can be rife with annoying obligations.



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    • Dunkin' Donuts— which is now just Dunkin'— revealed its plans for the "store of the future" in early September, starting with a name change that rolled out to about 50 stores earlier this year.
    • The name change is the beginning of a major rebrand that includes a new store design, new drinks, new espresso machines, and more.
    • The first store of the future opened in Quincy, Massachusetts, about 20 minutes away from the brand's headquarters. Here's what it's like. 
    Dunkin' Donuts — now just Dunkin' — revealed its plans for its "store of the future" experience in early September, starting with a name change that rolled out to about 50 stores earlier this year.

    But the name change is only the beginning for Dunkin'. The Massachusetts-based coffee empire is undergoing a major rebrand that includes a new store design, drinks like nitro-infused cold brew, and digital-ordering kiosks. The rebrand also includes a focus on its new espresso, which required installing brand-new espresso machines at every store possible and conducting four- to five-hour training sessions for store managers nationwide.

    The first Dunkin' store to be rebranded is located in Quincy, Massachusetts, about 20 minutes away from the brand's headquarters in Canton. The Quincy store has the new espresso machines, a mobile-order pickup station, a front-facing bakery case, an expanded grab-and-go selection, and a unique, two-lane drive-thru that caters to mobile orders.

    Here's what we saw when we visited the new Dunkin' store:

    SEE ALSO: See inside the futuristic lab where Dunkin' is testing self-serve cold-brew taps, pickup lockers, and AI ordering technology that could eventually come to stores across America

    Dunkin's new store is in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dunkin' Brands' vice president of strategic initiatives Dan Wheeler explained that the outside of the store was meant to feel more contemporary than most current Dunkin' stores.



    The outside of the store has a sign that reads "America Runs on Dunkin'."



    The most unique feature of the store is the two lane drive-thru. One lane is a traditional drive-thru, and the other is specifically for mobile orders. No other Dunkin' in the world has something similar.



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    • Thousands of Hondurans are fleeing violence and poverty for a better life in the United States.
    • The murder rate in Honduras remains one of the highest in the world.
    • Reuters spoke with a number of Hondurans about the gang violence they are trying to escape.

    PUERTO CORTES PRISON, Honduras/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Former Honduran policeman Ivan says he moved homes so many times to escape the street gangs that terrorize his Central American country that he lost count. Fearful his sons would have to join the gangs or be killed, he eventually joined thousands of Hondurans fleeing to the United States.

    The 45-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his first name, is journeying through Mexico in a caravan of several thousand mostly Honduran migrants who are fleeing violence and poverty for a better life in the United States.

    U.S. President Donald Trump has declared the caravans an "invasion," and has sent some 5,800 troops to "harden" the border, including with barbed wire.

    Ivan, fearful to tell his story, is watchful for gang tattoos or slang that might suggest fellow migrants were associated with his persecutors back home.

    The former policemen said the final straw in Honduras came when gang members put a gun to his 15-year-old son Yostin's head.

    They wanted Yostin and younger brother Julio, 13, to join them, threatening death if they refused, Ivan said during a break in the caravan's northward journey at a temporary camp in a Mexico City stadium.

    So when a caravan set off on Oct. 13 from the crime-racked Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, where the family was hiding with friends, they never hesitated. 

    Reuters was not able to independently verify their story.



    However, their motives echo others in the caravan and are a reminder of the influence the gangs called 'maras' wield across El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala despite almost 20 years of efforts to crush them.

    Homicide rates have fallen in Honduras since 2016, as a consequence of initiatives that include prison reform, the creation of a specialized anti-gang security force, and increased resources for law enforcement.



    In 2017 there were 42 murders per 100,000 residents in Honduras, compared to 57 per 100,000 in the prior year, according to statistics from the government and the World Bank.

    Still, the murder rate in Honduras remains one of the highest in the world. Some international aid organizations such as the Norwegian Refugee Council operate in the country with the same precautions as in war zones, and say inhabitants face the same dangers.



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