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    • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico is fulfilling a campaign promise by selling the private jet used by President Enrique Peña Nieto, deeming the aircraft "too lavish." 
    • Reuters reports that the presidential jet in question is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner valued at $218 million.
    • It will be sold off along with 60 government planes and 70 helicopters. 
    • López Obrador was inaugurated as Mexico's president on Saturday.

    Mexico's newly inaugurated President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is to set to make some sweeping changes. His first order of business is to sell the presidential jet used by his predecessor. 

    According to Bloomberg, López Obrador's decision to sell the plane, which he deemed "too lavish,"is the fulfillment of a campaign promise.

    The plane in question is a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that was acquired by the Mexican government in March 2016 and used by President Enrique Peña Nieto. 

    Reuters reports that López Obrador told a rally in Xalapa, Veracruz, on Saturday near the end of his first full day as president, "We are selling all the planes and helicopters that the corrupt politicians used," as the crowd roared its approval.

    Read more:Mexico's supreme court overturned a law meant to regulate the use of troops to fight the drug war

    The $218 million presidential jet will be sold off along with 60 government planes and 70 helicopters, Reuters reported.

    According to, the Mexican jet was the sixth Boeing Dreamliner ever produced and made its first flight on October 4, 2010. The aircraft was part of an early batch of Boeing 787s that rolled off the line while the company worked through production issues. 

    The plane sat for half a decade before the Mexican Air Force decided to convert the airliner for use as a presidential transport. 

    Mexican Finance Minister Carlos Urzúa allowed journalists and photographers to tour the interior of the plane on Saturday. 

    Here's a closer look at the Mexican president's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner private jet.

    SEE ALSO: Mexico's new president took aim at violence during his first day in office, but his plan already has people worried

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    The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was the first in a new generation of ultra-fuel-efficient wide-body airliners.

    The 787-8 is the smallest of the three Dreamliner variants and carries a list price of $239 million.

    It's powered by two General Electric GEnx-1B turbofan engines and has a range of nearly 8,500 miles.

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    • TripAdvisor has revealed the top 25 fine dining restaurants in the world for 2018.
    • The ranking was created by an algorithm which assessed both quality and quantity of reviews on the travel website.
    • The top restaurant this year is Au Crocodile in Strasbourg, France.

    The best fine dining restaurants in the world for 2018 have been revealed in a new ranking determined by travellers.

    This year's winner in the Travellers’ Choice Awards, run by TripAdvisor, has emerged as Au Crocodile in Strasbourg, France. 

    The ranking is based on the millions of reviews and opinions shared by TripAdvisor users. Restaurants were measured using an algorithm which took into account both the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12 month period.

    Scroll down to see the 25 best fine dining restaurants in the world in 2018, according to travellers, ranked in ascending order.

    25. Daniel, New York City, USA

    24. Europea, Montreal, Canada

    23. Tin Lung Heen, Hong Kong, China

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    • Morgan Stanley expects the US stock market to consolidate the secular bull run next year.
    • But its analysts say 16 companies are "facing challenges that are independent of cyclical trends" and could lose more than half their value in the next 12 to 18 months.
    • The firm has an "underweight" rating for all of the mentioned stocks and says their risks are larger than their rewards.

    Morgan Stanley has released the stocks its analysts think could lose more than half their value within the next 12 to 18 months.

    These companies are "facing challenges that are independent of cyclical trends," the bank's analysts said.

    They expect the US stock market to consolidate the secular bull run next year and for US economic growth to slow down, followed by a reacceleration in 2020. While the macro outlook seems favorable, analysts identified some companies with secular challenges including market-share loss, rising competition, deteriorating end markets, and cost pressures.

    To compile the list, Morgan Stanley's equity-research team started with the stocks its analysts rated as underweight. The bank then focused on stocks with an "unfavorable risk-reward skew," looking for stocks where the cons outweighed the pros.

    Here are the 16 stocks Morgan Stanley says stand to lose the most from secular pressures in the next 12 to 18 months:

    16. Macy's

    Ticker: M

    Sector: Retail

    Market Cap: $10 billion

    Downside to bear: 50.9%

    Year-to-date performance: +30%

    Source: Morgan Stanley

    15. Patterson Companies

    Ticker: PDCO

    Sector: Healthcare

    Market Cap: $2.4 billion

    Downside to bear: 52.5%

    Year-to-date performance: -33%

    Source: Morgan Stanley

    14. United Natural Foods

    Ticker: UNFI

    Sector: Retail

    Market Cap: $1.12 billion

    Downside to bear: 54.2%

    Year-to-date performance: -57%

    Source: Morgan Stanley

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    • Google has revealed its top picks for the best Android apps of the year.
    • Among them are five apps Google considers "hidden gems"— apps that are new to the scene and building a fanbase.
    • The apps range from an augmented reality app to an app for learning Spanish.

    Google just revealed its picks for the best apps of the year, and among them are five apps Google says are "hidden gems."

    The apps range from an augmented reality app that lets you draw on things you see in the real world, to an app for recording your dreams.

    Here's how Google describes them: "These apps are new to the scene and quietly building a fanbase – from newcomers on the brink of getting big to our favorite niche platforms."

    These are the five Android apps Google considers hidden gems:

    SEE ALSO: Here's the best and easiest way to switch from an Android device to an iPhone

    Slowly, an app for finding pen pals.

    Slowly lets you match with people interested in becoming pen pals. While the app creates the connections, you'll send letters through the mail.

    Here's how the company describes the app:

    "The app is created for those who yearns for meaningful conversations with people in the era of instant messaging. We hope to connect people around the world at a slower but better pace – one letter at a time."

    Slowly is free to download and use, and you can learn more about it on the Google Play Store

    Unfold, an app for creating minimalist story collages.

    Unfold provides templates for creating photo collages. 

    Here's how the company describes the app: 

    "Unfold is a toolkit for storytellers. Create beautiful and engaging stories with minimal and elegant templates."

    Unfold is free to download and use, and you can learn more about it on the Google Play Store.

    Just a Line, an app for drawing in augmented reality.

    Just a Line lets you create drawings overlaid on things you see in real life.

    Here's how the company describes the app:

    "Just a Line is an AR Experiment that lets you make simple drawings in augmented reality, then share your creation with a short video. Draw on your own or with a friend, then hit record and share what you made with #justaline."

    Just a Line is free to download and use, and you can learn more about it on the Google Play Store.

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    • A drink helps you unwind at the end of the day.
    • It can also help you form friendships and relationships by relaxing you and reducing anxiety.
    • But too much alcohol also has a negative impact on your relationships.
    • For instance, it can increase aggression, and make sex less enjoyable. 

    Alcohol is a curious thing. Some reports say a small amount could make you live longer, while other studies say there is no safe amount at all

    One thing's for sure, though — alcohol certainly affects our behaviour. So much so, some people report feeling completely different when they've had a drink. 

    It's a staple of our social lives, often being referred to as a "social lubricant," but alcohol can also be damaging to our relationships.

    Here are 11 ways alcohol can affect your friendships, romantic connections, and sex life — for better or for worse.

    1. It makes you more confident

    Research has shown that alcohol suppresses psychological inhibitions, which may mean the anxiety and nerves associated with making a move on someone are reduced. It can also make you more confident in other ways.

    "Body image concerns or worries about pleasing a partner or reaching orgasm can be relaxed with a glass of wine," said sex therapist Laurie Watson in a blog post for Psychology Today."Alcohol may also make erotic talk seem easier. Focusing on performance suffocates a man's instinct to initiate, and a small amount of alcohol can reduce his fear of a poor outcome and increase his sexual courage."

    2. You take more risks

    Lower inhibitions and an extra dose of confidence mean you're more likely to take risks. This could mean going up to the person you fancy and making a move, or making your feelings for someone clear. 

    Research has shown how when drinking, the brain has decreased sensitivity in regions involved in detecting threats, and increased activity in regions associated with reward. This means you may be less able to tell the difference between a threatening and non-threatening social situation, leading to more risky behaviour. For some, this can mean accidentally starting brawls. For others, it can be declaring their fondness for someone.

    3. In the moment, it can reduce stress

    Alcohol is a sedative and a depressant. This means it affects the central nervous system, and in moderation can make you feel more relaxed. In the short term, drinking lowers the stresses of life, because you feel less bothered by everything you have to do.

    This stops you obsessing over your responsibilities so much, lessening anxiety, and allowing you to live more in the moment. This is pretty important for connecting with someone.

    "Alcohol's depressant properties slow down the neurons in our brain temporarily, lowering pressure and tension from our worries," wrote Watson. "And optimal sex requires us to focus on the sensations in the body letting go of our stressors and endless to-do lists."

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    • Brunch has become a weekend ritual for many people to socialize with friends and eat Instagram-worthy food.
    • To many people, however, brunch has become overrated.
    • INSIDER asked 10 chefs which brunch dishes don't live up to the hype.

    Restaurants around the world have spent recent years transforming brunch form a basic morning spread to a true gourmet experience.

    However, according to these chefs, a few brunch favorites aren't worth the cash or the calories.

    We asked 10 chefs which brunch staples they'd prefer to never see again, and they chose these six dishes as the worst offenders.

    "Over-the-top" waffles might look great on Instagram, but the resulting sugar rush isn’t the best way to start your morning.

    If you've glanced at a foodie Instagram account over the past few years, you've undoubtedly caught a glimpse of a sack of waffles smothered in dessert toppings. These over-the-top waffles may be easy on the eyes but are far less easy on the taste buds and stomach.

    "Most times, these waffles are nothing but ice cream sundaes with powdered sugar and a $15 price tag. A real waffle needs little else besides butter and real maple syrup, not two pounds of whipped cream," Kalamazoo, Michigan chef Jim Mumford of Jim Cooks Good Food told INSIDER.




    Omelet stations are a brunch-buffet classic.

    Although omelet stations are a brunch-buffet classic, you're probably better off leaving the omelet design to the professionals.

    The stations, which allow you to customize your egg folds with any fillings that strike your fancy, are a constant at hotel breakfast buffets. However, due to the need to provide a high volume of ingredients at a quick pace, quality generally takes a hit.

    Chef de Cuisine, Crystal "Pink" DeLongpre of Root 246 in Solvang, California, said she believes that omelet stations deprive guests of the ability to enjoy flavor profiles created by experienced culinary professionals. "[Omelet stations] take the fun away from the chef being able to create something beautiful. It's just the same old floppy mushrooms and gross Swiss cheese! Yuck," she explained.


    Anyone can cook an over-easy egg.

    If you ask any brunch detractor for their top complaint about this mega-popular meal, more than a few will tell you that paying restaurant prices for eggs is a waste of money. Although egg dishes like quiche and frittatas require kitchen skills beyond the basic, it's easy to understand why people don't want to shell out $12-15 for a plate of eggs and bacon that they could easily make themselves for just a few bucks.

    Chef Martial Noguier of Bistronomic in Chicago agreed with this sentiment telling INSIDER that "[eggs over-easy] isn't very flavorful and can be easily made at home for much less money. When dining at a restaurant, brunch dishes can definitely be simple, but if there is no recipe involved [and] mediocre produce, it should not be on a restaurant menu."


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    • After two and a half years, Pokémon Go players will finally get the ability to challenge other players to Pokémon battles. 
    • The update will literally change the game: It introduces a revamped battle system that lets Pokémon learn a third attack, introducing a whole new layer of strategy. 
    • The fights themselves will let trainers take a team of three Pokémon into battle, with otherwise hard-to-find items as a possible prize for the victor.
    • To start a battle, you'll generally need to be close enough to your would-be opponent to scan a QR code on their phone — a mechanic designed to encourage real-world interaction.
    • Here's how it all works.

    Last week, developer Niantic teased that Pokémon Go players will soon be able to battle their fellow Pokémon trainers — a feature that's been in hot demand since the game first launched in the summer of 2018. 

    On Tuesday, Niantic announced its first feature, including the key detail that trainers will take teams of three Pokémon into battle with them.

    It's not immediately clear when, exactly, this feature will start rolling out, though Niantic says that it's slated for launch before the end of the year. In the past, it's rarely taken Niantic long after the announcement to begin the rollout of new features, though it often brings the new features to high-level players first, before fully rolling out the changes.

    What is clear is that the addition of player-versus-player (PvP) battles is slated to completely change the game. And I mean that literally: Among many other things, the trainer battle update will add the ability for your Pokémon to learn a third attack, beyond the two that they already know. The game's battle system itself is getting tweaked slightly, such that you're rewarded for tapping rhythmically to charge up certain attacks in combat.

    Much of it builds on the game's new social features, which were introduced a few months ago alongside the also-much-requested Pokémon trading feature. While you can battle strangers, there are a few advantages to fighting your friends. 

    Here's how Pokémon Go trainer battles will work:

    SEE ALSO: This is how Pokémon trading works in Pokémon Go

    The first thing you gotta know is that Pokémon Go battling is sorted into leagues. When you challenge another trainer, you decide ahead of time which league's rules you'll fight under.

    Different leagues have different caps on the strength of the Pokémon you can use to battle. The highest-level league, the Master League, takes off (almost) all the limits: You can use any Pokémon, at any level, including so-called Legendaries.

    The one caveat are that you can't use Ditto or Shedinja, two weird cases in the larger Pokémon canon, in any kind of player-versus-player battles, including Master League. 

    If you want to battle another trainer, you'll use your phone's camera to scan their unique QR code. You'll only be able to battle remotely with your Ultra Friends and Best Friends, as a perk for IRL besties.

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    • As an avid reader, Bill Gates often shares his recommendations for the best titles of the year.
    • This year's list includes two books on meditation, a memoir, a cautionary Silicon Valley tale, and an exploration of autonomous weapons.
    • Gates said his 2018 recommendations are particularly gift-worthy, with a little something for everyone.

    For a man that's busy eradicating malaria and redesigning the world's toilets, Bill Gates has a pretty impressive reading schedule. The Microsoft founder-turned-billionaire-philanthropist is known to read one book a week, or around 50 books a year. 

    This year, he's whittled down the list to five favorites, all of which are nonfiction.

    Read more:28 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

    Though he's made numerousrecommendations in the past, Gates praised this year's titles as particularly gift-worthy. With subjects ranging from autonomous weapons to meditation, there's a little something for everyone among this year's picks.

    "If you're looking for a fool-proof gift for your friends and family," Gates wrote on his blog, "you can't go wrong with one of these."

    Here are his recommendations.

    "Bad Blood" by John Carreyrou

    Business Insider readers will no doubt be familiar with Bad Blood. It's the story of Theranos, a blood-testing startup that deceived its investors, patients, and business partners into thinking its technology actually worked.

    When Elizabeth Holmes founded the company at just 19 years old, it attracted huge investments and catapulted her to worldwide fame. Then the Wall Street Journal broke the story that the company was faking test results, leading to the closure of its labs and testing centers. Holmes and her former business partner, Sunny Balwani, are now facing jail time on fraud charges.

    The book's author, John Carreyrou, spoke to Business Insider earlier this year about how Theranos was able to pull off the scam.

    "I think Elizabeth lost sight of the fact that her company wasn't a computer software company," he said. 

    Gates called the story"a cautionary tale about the virtues of celebrity" and a lesson for the Silicon Valley.

    Read more:How a $9 billion startup deceived Silicon Valley

    "Army of None" by Paul Scharre

    Paul Scharre's book, Army of None, explores a timely and important question: Why should we put computers in charge? 

    In an age where autonomous weapons can be programmed to wipe out human targets, many anticipate a future of needless killings and civilian casualties. Army of None makes the case for combining artificial intelligence with our own judgment, so that no algorithm can make the final call on a human life. 

    Gates said the book filled a void in his canon.

    "My first attempt to educate myself on autonomous weapons was a bust," he wrote. "I read a book that was dry and felt really outdated. Then a few months ago I picked up Army of None...It's the book I had been waiting for."

    "Educated" by Tara Westover

    Fans of the Netflix documentary Wild, Wild Country will enjoy Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated, the story of a woman raised in a Mormon survivalist home. As a child, Westover grew up under the influence of her conspiracy theorist father, who believed that doomsday was upon them.

    Despite never having stepped foot in a classroom until age 17, Westover was able to study enough to gain admission to Brigham Young University. From there, she earned a Gates Scholarship (a fact Gates himself discovered upon reading her book), which brought her to Cambridge University.

    Her tale is one of trauma, separation, and, ultimately, self-discovery. It also touches on the polarization in America between red and blue states, rural and urban areas, and college-educated citizens versus those without a higher degree.

    When Gates spoke with Westover about this subject, she had this to share: "I worry that education is becoming a stick that some people use to beat other people into submission or becoming something that people feel arrogant about," she said. "I think of [it] as this great mechanism of connecting and equalizing."

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    • Everyone loves a good wedding.
    • But, honestly, everyone loves the story of a wedding gone wrong more.
    • From the bridesmaid who was fired via email to a wedding planner who sent out a list of "rules and regulations," here are 17 wedding-related stories that went viral this year.

    Sure, there's nothing better than a good wedding. After all, there's something truly special about spending a day among loved ones celebrating, well, love

    [Read more: 9 things wedding guests actually care about that are worth spending money on]

    But, to be totally honest, if there one thing better than attending a great wedding, it's reading a truly cringe-worthy wedding-related story.

    From the bridesmaid who was fired via email, to the bride who threatened to delete her Facebook friends over not attending her $3,000 destination wedding, keep scrolling to revisit 17 of the most absurd wedding stories that went viral in 2018.

    A bride threatened to delete her friends on Facebook because they wouldn't pay $3,000 to attend her destination wedding.

    Earlier this year, a bride-to-be went viral for a screenshot of her Facebook status in which she threatened to uninvite her guests from her wedding. First, she explained that she had to cancel her destination wedding, which she originally planned to hold in Thailand, after her friends said they couldn't pay $3,000 to attend. 

    "At the risk of sounding entitled, I have to vent today," the bride, who has not yet been identified, began her status. "OK, I get it, paying $3K to share my special day is too much for some of you. I'd pay for yours, but whatever."

    According to the status, the bride and the groom changed the event's location to Hawaii so it would be "within everyone's reach." But it would still cost guests $2,000 to make the trip to the new destination.

    Following this change, the bride wrote that only seven guests said they could attend.

    "It costs less but less of you wanna come?!" she wrote. "Is that what you think of [my fiance] and me? You can't spare $2K to come share our happiness?"

    She concluded her post saying that if people didn't respond to her wedding invitation in three days she would delete them as a Facebook friend.

    "Good luck keeping up with our lives then," she wrote.

    A woman canceled her wedding because her guests wouldn't pay her $1,500 to attend.

    A bride canceled her wedding four days before the event because her guests wouldn't contribute $1,500 each, according to a series of screenshots from a "wedding-shaming" Facebook group that Twitter user 0lspicykeychain shared on the platform.

    In her post, the bride-to-be said she asked each of her guests to "pledge" $1,500 each to come to her wedding. She said her maid of honor offered $5,000 and her now ex-fiancé's family said they'd contribute $3,000.  But when only eight guests RSVP'd yes to her wedding, everyone else pulled out, the bride wrote.

    When it seemed like they wouldn't be able to afford the wedding, her fiancé asked if she'd be interested in getting married in Las Vegas instead. She didn't take the suggestion well. That's when the bride-to-be called her maid of honor expecting sympathy. Instead, she told the bride that she was "asking for way too much."

    "I just wanted to be a Kardashian for a day and then live my life like normal," the bride-to-be wrote on Facebook. "I called her a filthy f------ poor excuse of a friend, and hung up."

    Before concluding her post, she also seemed to accuse her former fiancé of cheating on her. Finally, instead of getting married, the woman finished off by saying had decided to set off on a two-month backpacking trip through South America to clear her head.

    What a rollercoaster ride. 

    A bride was called out for insisting her bridesmaids wear $188 yellow "monstrosities," but it turned out to be an elaborate prank.

    In a post that first picked up traction on a forum for parents in the UK called Mumsnet, user Namechanger86745 said she had been a bridesmaid for her "close friend" without any major incidents, but recently things had gotten out of hand.

    Apparently, she and her five fellow bridesmaids all hated the dress the bride-to-be asked them to buy and wear to her wedding, she wrote. According to the post, the bride asked them to purchase the floor-length, $188 (£145) gown in yellow.

    "[Am I being unreasonable] to tell her that we do not want to wear and pay for these monstrosities?" the poster asked. "How do I do that without upsetting her? She's so stressed and I don't want to add to that."

    When the user finally told the bride-to-be that the bridesmaids hated the dress, drama ensued. Luckily, it all turned out to be an elaborate prank. And it turns out there's a silver lining. "On the upside, as an apology, I get to pick the bridesmaid dresses now," the original poster said.

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    As a child, I was obsessed with interior design and cooking games, drawn to the promise of domestic bliss and ignorant of the fact that it was simplified and filtered through my computer screen. As an adult, I've learned shopping for my house and making it look and feel like home is much harder than my 10-year-old self was taught to believe. 

    In a way, however, I've come full circle. With online shopping becoming the new normal, I'm back in front of my computer, this time actually purchasing everything I need for my bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, from the mattress I collapse into every night to the framed art prints lining my walls. 

    It can seem risky to buy furniture, hefty cookware, and delicate home goods online, but the payoff — the money and time saved, the long-lasting quality, and the curated product selection — is significant.

    We've tested and reviewed numerous online, direct-to-consumer startups that deliver on their promise to take the stress out of shopping for your home, and have organized them into an ultimate home shopping guide for you below. 


    The most exciting reason to come home is to sleep and relax on a comfortable, supportive mattress, a universal desire that has spurred the creation of the online mattress industry. We've highlighted a few of our favorite startups leading the way below. If you're able to wait, we recommend holding out until any national holiday to buy one — they're always on sale then. 

    • To find the two best mattresses you can buy online, shop at Leesa. Though pricey, its Sapira mattress is perfect for anyone who switches positions often throughout the night. 
    • For an online bed-in-a-box that really lives up to the hype, shop at Casper. It offers in-home delivery and set-up, as well as the furniture to complete your bedroom makeover. 
    • To sleep on a hybrid mattress designed for your specific needs, shop at Helix. A short quiz asking you about your sleeping habits and preferences will ultimately lead you to the perfect mattress
    • For a mattress that's not just the typical slab of memory foam, shop at Purple. What makes it different is its Smart Comfort Grid that provides better relief for your pressure points. 
    • If you're an athlete or lead a very active lifestyle, shop at Bear. Its mattresses feature a clinically tested infrared textile that helps your body recover faster. 
    • To learn everything you'll ever want to know about how you sleep, shop at Eight. Its special smart technology will track your sleep, adjust and maintain the mattress temperature, and set smart alarms. 

    Bed and bath

    Sometimes the most simple home goods, like bed sheets and bath towels, can bring you the most joy. If you consider your home a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation, then you'll want to buy new bedding and bath linens from one of these popular startups. 

    • For Internet- and editor-approved luxury sheets, shop at Brooklinen. It provides the best value you can find online for comfortable, quality bedding. 
    • For Fair Trade, organic bed and bath products, shop at Boll & Branch. It proves ethical manufacturing and sustainable sourcing only make for a stronger business. 
    • To recreate your five-star hotel room experience right at home, shop at Parachute. You can take your pick from percale, sateen, and linen sheets, then upgrade your bathroom linens while you're at it. 
    • For beautiful, simple, and easy-to-shop bed and bath bundles, shop at Snowe. It's especially well-known for its fluffy, absorbent towels and ultra-cozy bathrobe
    • If you want to sleep with a top sheet without dealing with its inconveniences, shop at Primary Goods. Its top sheet snaps to its duvet cover so you'll never wake up with it bunched up by your feet. 
    • To try an innovative and unique fabric (hint: it's made from bamboo), shop at Ettitude. Bamboo translates to soft, silky, breathable, and anti-microbial sheets and towels. 
    • For minimally processed, Earth-friendly home textiles, shop at Coyuchi. Shoppers committed to reducing their impact on the planet will love its Subscribe and Save linen recycling program


    To shop for, purchase, and set up furniture has traditionally meant investing an unreasonably large amount of time and money. The reality is that most of us don't enjoy spending an hour tinkering with tools and deciphering bad instructions, and we don't realize buying furniture can be stress-free, or even fun. 

    • For easy-to-assemble chairs, love seats, and sofas in sophisticated colors, shop at Campaign. The steel frame has a lifetime warranty and you can switch out the fabric or legs whenever you want. 
    • If you like easy assembly, but want the flexibility to add or take away seats from your furniture, shop at Burrow. You'll love the hidden USB charger and stain-resistant fabric. 
    • To find designer fashion-inspired, made-to-order furniture for accessible prices, shop at The Inside. Its collaborations and collections bring style and whimsy to what can be a stuffy industry. 
    • To fill every room of your house with high-quality, mid-century modern furniture, shop at Sixpenny. Best of all, you won't have to wait long for your order to arrive — it ships for free in two weeks. 

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    • Dog Hair High is a fictional high school combining adorable dogs, '80s nostalgia, and Photoshop skills.
    • The photo series features a lively cast of canine characters in '80s clothes and hairstyles.
    • Creator Peter Helenek told INSIDER he hopes the photos bring joy to people who see them.

    No dogs were harmed, or even dressed up, in the making of these photos. It's all Photoshop.

    Dog Hair High, an art project created by Peter Helenek, features dogs posing as high school students in the '80s. 

    Complete with the voluminous hairstyles and fluorescent clothes of the day, set against a plain school portrait background, the photo series (now an emerging social media brand) has raised thousands of dollars for charity and given the internet something to smile about.

    You can follow Dog Hair High on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

    INSIDER spoke with Dog Hair High creator Peter Helenek to find out how this wacky, delightful concept came to be.

    Dog Hair High creator Peter Helenek works in toy design and packaging.

    After working at Mattel for 17 years, he started his own consulting company.

    It was through testing toys at Mattel that he discovered the power of dogs to bring joy to people.

    "If you tested a toy with a group of kids and it didn't test well, there was kind of this unwritten rule of 'throw in a puppy,'" he said about the design. "If you throw in a puppy and test it again, you got a winner."

    The idea for Dog Hair High came about in January 2017, when Helenek found inspiration in the late Carrie Fisher's directive to "Take your broken heart, make it into art."

    Meryl Streep relayed this Carrie Fisher quote at the 2017 Golden Globes while accepting her lifetime achievement award shortly after Fisher had passed away.

    "I was feeling really down in January because there was an inauguration coming up that I wasn't really happy about, and Carrie Fisher had just died," said Helenek.

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    The Best Small Safe For Home or Office

    • A small home safe can protect cash, jewelry, important documents, and other materials against theft, fire, and water damage, and can help prevent accidental loss. 

    • The AmazonBasics Security Safe is our top pick because it's reliable, affordable, and easy to mount and operate.

    In a perfect world, there would be no need for safes to exist. In this magical place, thieves would never break into our homes or workplaces, fires would never break out, and we would never simply misplace a priceless family heirloom or, say, a birth certificate. In the real world, safes are a necessity for any home or business that cares about protecting valuables against theft, damage, or loss.

    And they're nothing new, by the way.

    Archaeologists have discovered safes in ruins all around the world and in many a sunken ship. One ancient safe unearthed in Nanjing, China dates back to the Han Dynasty, meaning it may be more than 1,200 years old. In the year 1835, a company called Chubb Locks began producing the first modern safes. Today known as Chubbsafes, the company remains in business. But now they have a lot of competition, which is good news for anyone on the hunt for a good safe.

    When considering the best small safe to buy for your home or office, first think about the type of protection you need. If you live or work in an area known for high rates of property crime, you need to buy a unit that can resist safe cracking attempts and that can be secured in place. Even the best locking system in the world won't do you any good if the whole safe has been carried off, right?

    If you are primarily concerned about protection against fire and/or water damage, then look at safes based on their rated duration of fire resistance, which will usually be an hour or so, but can reach up to and past four hours with top quality hardware. Finding a fully waterproof safe should be simple, but do check to make sure the fireproof option you're considering resists other environmental factors.

    Next, think about where the safe will be. Must it be small enough to fit on a closet shelf or under the bed? Are you going to stick it in the corner of an office in relatively plain view? And do you have a place to put your safe where you can secure it to the floorboards or wall studs?

    Finally, there's price to consider. Small safes very widely in cost based on the level of protection offered. And while there's no reason to buy a safe that offers much more security than your situation merits, don't go for a cheaper option that might not be up to the task: If it's swiped, breached, or burned through, those pennies saved will lead to untold dollars lost, not to mention diamond rings, deeds, and your grandma's wedding pictures.

    Here are the best home safes you can buy:

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best home safe overall

    Why you'll love it: The AmazonBasics Security Safe costs significantly less than most safes of comparable size and function without compromising on quality.

    If you have ever stayed in a hotel with a compact safe in the closet, you have seen a unit about the same size as the AmazonBasics 0.5 cubic foot Security Safe.

    Thanks to the low cost of this line of safes, now you can enjoy the same level of security that hotel offered in your own bedroom, office, or anywhere else you need to keep valuables under lock and key. Or, in this case, keypad. The safe is operated using an easily programmed numeric touch pad, though a backup key can open it as well.

    Inside the Security Safe, you'll find a shelf splitting the storage space into two sections, the bottom one being carpeted to protect against scratches. This design makes the safe ideal for a couple that shares it, or for keeping items separated and sorted. You could use the lower half for jewelry and watches, while the top shelf could hold cash, documents, or even a firearm.

    The AmazonBasics Security Safe comes with mounting hardware included, so you can easily bolt it to the floor, the wall, a shelf, or anywhere else you want to secure it. Just note that while rugged and durable and a great way to protect possessions against theft, this safe is not rated as waterproof or fireproof.

    With more than 2,500 reviews posted on Amazon, the safe has a four-star overall rating. An owner named Michael called it "worth every penny," saying the safe is "very sturdy for the price." And a writer from GunAllegiance said that its "two live-door bolts and concealed hinges... make it virtually impossible to pry this thing open."

    Pros: Great price, mounting hardware comes included, adjustable interior shelf

    Cons: Not fireproof or waterproof

    Buy the 0.5 cubic-foot AmazonBasics Security Safe on Amazon for $51.62 (originally $56.99)

    The best lockbox-style home safe

    Why you'll love it: The affordable, compact SentrySafe Fire Resistant Chest will bring much needed peace of mind, as it's fire-resistant, durable, and small enough to tuck out of sight or even bring with you during travels.

    A dedicated burglar is going to eventually break open the SentrySafe Fire Resistant Chest, OK? It's not a Fort Knox level security device. And in fact, a criminal with half a brain is just going to carry the thing away and crack it open later. So if you need a super secure, 100% fail-safe device to protect priceless diamonds or ancient artifacts or something, look elsewhere.

    If you need a place to keep some cash, passports, a few pieces of jewelry, and some irreplaceable mementos, this affordable lock box is a great choice. Which is why my wife and I keep one of these very safes tucked away in ... um ... a place that will go unmentioned in a publicly available article.

    The SentrySafe Fire Resistant Chest is, of course, fire resistant. It can protect its contents from blazes reaching temperatures as high as 1550º Fahrenheit for more than a half hour, and this fire resistance is the primary reason we use one, in fact. But while not amazingly strong, the key operated lock is certainly tough enough to deter a quick breaking attempt by a thief, and it will absolutely defeat the attempts of curious kids.

    As the safe is small enough to be readily portable — it even has a handle — it can come along with you, serving to protect valuables in a car, in a hotel, or wherever else you want to keep things secure and safe from fire.

    With 200-plus reviews on Amazon, the SentrySafe Fire Resistant Chest has a 4.2-star overall rating. One shopper reported the tragic loss of a home that "burnt to the ground" yet "all [his] legal documents inside [the safe] survived." And that's what I call a product performing as described.

    Pros: Fire resistant, compact and easy to conceal or transport, easy to use key lock

    Cons: Easily carried off by thieves

    Buy the SentrySafe Fire Resistant Chest on Amazon for $32.28

    The best small wall safe

    Why you'll love it: No thief is ever going to carry away your Paragon Lock and Safe 7700 Flat Electronic Wall Safe, and if you cover it with a painting or mirror, they won't even know it's there.

    A good safe keeps valuables protected because it's difficult to break open. A great safe keeps things, well, safe because it's not only hard to open, but hard to even locate in the first place. With a bit of effort (or the assistance of a handyman), the Paragon Lock and Safe 7700 Flat Electronic Wall Safe can be installed your home or business, and it will lie nearly flush with the wall once in place.

    It can be covered with a framed picture or piece of artwork, a mirror, a sign, or anything else, really, and therefore avoid detection by anyone with ill intentions. Even once located, the unit still provides more protection than most compact safes simply because it can't be carried away unless the burglar has the time and tools to cut away a large section of the wall. Which probably won't be the case.

    The Paragon Lock and Safe 7700 Flat Electronic Wall Safe features a key pad that can be programmed with codes as short as three numbers or as long as eight, and the keys are lighted for easy use in the dark. The safe requires four AA batteries to operate, and a low battery light tells you when it's time for new ones. It can also be opened with a key.

    With more than 200 reviews posted at present, the Paragon Lock and Safe 7700 Flat Electronic Wall Safe has a shining 4.5-star rating. An owner named Dave calls it "perfect for hidden storage of papers, jewelry," and more, and noted that its size makes it perfect for installing "between studs" in the wall.

    A video review from GreatStuff called it a great way "to secure your valuables in a concealed location."

    Pros: Concealable, cannot be removed from premises, features three shelves

    Cons: Installation required, not fire resistant

    Buy the Paragon Lock and Safe 7700 Flat Electronic Wall Safe on Amazon for $89.36 (originally $98.49)

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    Tekashi69 6ix9ine daniel hernandez

    • Daniel Hernandez — also known as 6ix9ine and Tekashi69 — is one of the top-charting rappers in the country.
    • He has more than 15 million Instagram followers and collabed on songs with Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.
    • He's also an alleged criminal who could go to prison for life on charges of racketeering and illegal firearms possession as part of a violent crime ring, according to charges filed in November.
    • In 2015, Hernandez also pleaded guilty to criminal sex acts with a 13-year-old.
    • The November charges could finally spell the end for the notorious rapper.

    You've probably heard a lot about 6ix9ine recently — for good reasons and bad.

    6ix9ine — also known as "Six Nine" or Tekashi69 — is a 22-year-old rapper and Instagram star with more than 15 million followers. 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, developed a unique persona — a hardcore rapper with an aggressively tattooed face and rainbow-dyed hair, and a voice as elegant as gunfire. After spending several years on the indie Soundcloud rapper circuit, Hernandez recently achieved mainstream credibility with "FEFE," a  hit single he made with Nicki Minaj earlier this year.

    But his star is dying just as quickly as it was born. As he's become famous, people have paid renewed attention to his 2015 conviction for using "a child in a sexual performance." And in the past few weeks, more details have come to light about his alleged connections to organized crime. In November, federal authorities arrested him on racketeering and firearms charges and claimed he's part of a violent gang.

    How did a 22-year-old go from being an upcoming rapper and influencer to a bona-fide criminal? First, you need to understand how Daniel Hernandez became 6ix9ine.

    Hernandez dropped out of school at the age of 13

    Hernandez's life fell sideways in his teenage years. When he was 13, his father was murdered a block from his family home, according to the New York Times.

    The experience had a huge impact, and he soon dropped out of school and started working odd jobs to help his mother.

    "My pops died in eighth grade, and I just started bugging in school,"he told the podcast "No Jumper" in an extensive 2017 interview. "I was 13. I was waiting for my pops to come back home, and he never came."

    Hernandez ultimately turned to selling drugs. At around that time that he developed his 6ix9ine persona, drawing inspiration from anime, hip-hop, and metal. He eventually got the number tattooed on his body more than 200 times, according to the New York Times.

    In February 2015, Hernandez performed sexual acts with a 13-year-old whom he believed was 19

    As Hernandez rose through the ranks of internet fame and notoriety, he attended a party on February 22, 2015, where he performed several sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl. Hernandez was 19 at the time.

    The lurid acts are described in detail in a criminal complaint obtained in 2017 by Jezebel. Hernandez was arrested in March 2015 over the incident, and pleaded guilty in October of that year.

    In his plea agreement, Hernandez's sentence was adjourned until October 2017 (it has since been delayed several more times). The terms of his release required that he not post explicit images of women to social media, that he write a letter explaining himself to the complaining witness and her family, that he not commit a crime for two years, and that he obtain a GED.

    Hernandez later told police he thought the girl was 19. He's also contradicted his plea statement in several interviews, saying he didn't engage with the girl sexually and thought she was older.

    Hernandez focused on building his online following — but made a deal with a fugitive

    After his 2015 criminal case, Hernandez seemed to focus on growing his Instagram following by promoting his brash persona, and making music on SoundCloud. He also struck a deal with Kifano Jordan, aka Shotti, to be his manager. With Jordan, Hernandez made more mainstream street rap, started feuding with SoundCloud rappers, and began charging up to $100,000 for a performance, according to the New York Times.

    But Jordan himself also had a criminal record. At the time, he was a fugitive from New Jersey authorities, having been charged with narcotics trafficking.

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 4: Members of a joint-service honor guard perform a changing of the guard as the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    • Former President George H.W. Bush died last Friday.
    • Republicans, Democrats, and world leaders have shown their support for Bush in the days since.

    When former President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, other former presidents, members of Congress, and world leaders honored him in their own words. Here are some of the individuals' statements on Bush's life and legacy. 

    Mitch McConnell

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on Monday at the ceremony for Bush as his casket entered the US Capitol to lie in state.

    "He kept us on course with his even temperament and hard-won expertise. George Herbert Walker Bush steered this country as straight as he steered that airplane," McConnell said, noting Bush's service during World War II. "He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly higher still. And he did it with modesty and kindness that would have been surprising in someone one-tenth as tough and accomplished as he was."


    Nancy Pelosi

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who served in Congress during Bush's presidency, honored the late president in a statement after his death, calling him "a gentleman of the highest integrity and deepest patriotism.

    "It was a privilege to work with him and witness his firm commitment to ensuring America lived up to our Founders’ promise of hope and freedom," she said.

    "President Bush profoundly believed in the power of ordinary Americans to make a difference. His belief in a 'kinder, gentler' America encouraged people to embrace the spirit of service and encouraged them to share his vision of 'a thousand points of light.'" Pelosi added. "We will all remember his great humility, unwavering compassion, deep faith and extraordinary kindness in and out of the political arena."

    Paul Ryan

    House Speaker Paul Ryan also addressed the Bush family and others in attendance at the ceremony on Monday, calling Bush a "great patriot."

    "He made monumental contributions to freedom with a fundamental decency that resonates across generations," Ryan said. "No one better harmonized the joy of life and the duty of life."

    "There is that indelible image of him as commander-in-chief during the Gulf War waving to a sea of troops during a visit over Thanksgiving," he added. "There are the images of him as a devoted husband—that twinkle in his eye Barbara always brought out—especially in those big family photos in Kennebunkport. There is the image of him as a loving father reaching out to hold his son’s hand at the National Cathedral after 9/11."

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    • Despite valiant efforts to remain relevant, even the most iconic brands can fall.
    • Here are 8 things you loved as a kid that don't exist anymore.


    Growing up in a time before the first iPhone release meant most interactions with friends were in-person or on the phone using a landline. Plans to meet had to be made in advance, and there were no real-time text updates leading up to the appointment.

    Everything seemed to move a little slower. New music wasn't available for immediate download with one click. TV shows played on the network's schedule. Movies were available in theaters and at the local movie rental store. Toys and games required a visit to a shop to acquire.

    Times have changed, but iconic products from innovative brands will live on in the memories of those who grew to love them in childhood.

    Here are 8 things you loved as a kid that don't exist anymore.

    SEE ALSO: 10 products that seem like they wouldn't work, but are actually great

    McDonald's Playplace

    Introduced in 1972, these branded playgrounds were part of the McDonald's experience that included the iconic Happy Meal. New locations are often builtwithout a playground.

    The Sony Walkman cassette player

    The original portable music player, the Sony Walkman, was popular during the 1980s. The first model was met with "lackluster sales" of 3,000 units in its first month of release in1979.Clever marketing on the streets of Tokyo saved the personal cassette player, and sales soared the very next month.Sony stopped producing new Walkmans in 2010 after a successful 30-year run.

    Choosing a movie at Blockbuster

    Blockbuster Video was once one ofAmerica's most popular video rental stores. Walking the aisles searching for just the right title often took more time and effort than tapping away on a keyboard does today.All but one location in the U.S. is closed.

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    iphone 7 plus

    • Now that the cost of the latest smartphones can exceed $1,000, it's as good a time as ever to look at older models that costs significantly less.
    • Older models are especially relevant when they're still so good.
    • The iPhone 7 is two generations old at this stage, but Apple still sells it, which is a testament to how good the iPhone 7 still is.

    It looks like the four-figure price tag is here to stay when it comes to new iPhones from Apple. 

    Indeed, the $1,000 iPhone XS and $1,100 iPhone XS Max may very well be out of reach for some who want the iPhone experience, and even for those who don't want to spend that much on principle.

    The $750 iPhone XR may seem like the iPhone to get if you don't want to be a part of the $1,000 club, but there are actually a few things about the iPhone 7 that some might prefer over the XR.

    Thankfully, Apple is keeping around its older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, just in case you want the Apple experience for under $600. Surprisingly, you're not sacrificing that much by going with Apple's iPhone 7, which is now two generations old. The iPhone 7 is still a fantastic smartphone that stands strong in the face of its younger, shinier siblings, and it's still a great option for anyone who's clung onto an iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and even iPhone 6.

    Check out eight great reasons why you should check out the iPhone 7 instead of Apple's latest iPhones:

    SEE ALSO: 6 reasons you should buy the iPhone 8 over the new iPhone XS

    1. It's not as expensive as the new iPhones.

    First and foremost, the iPhone 7 now costs as low as $450, and it's $570 for the iPhone 7 Plus.

    For the iPhone 7, that's $300 less to start than the iPhone XR, $550 less than the iPhone XS, and $650 less than the iPhone XS Max.

    For the iPhone 7 Plus, that's $180 less than the iPhone XR, $430 less than the iPhone XS, and $530 less than the iPhone XS Max.

    You could get the iPhone 7 refurbished from Apple's Refurbished Mac Store for even less. The word "refurbished" might not sound good, but my experience with a refurbished 2016 MacBook Pro directly from Apple has been nothing but positive. And you get a one-year warranty with refurbished devices, too. 

    (To note, I did experience an issue with my MacBook's keyboard, but it's a common issue among 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros that could easily happen on brand new MacBooks, too. Apple has acknowledged the keyboard issue on those MacBook Pros and is offering to repair for free.) 

    2. You still get the same great iOS experience.

    Despite paying significantly less for the iPhone 7, you still get to run the latest version of iOS, iOS 12. It includes better performance for older iPhones, as well as updates to the notifications system and other great tweaks that makes the iPhone operating system better and easier to use. 

    3. The iPhone 7 is lighter and thinner than the new iPhones.

    The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are lighter than all the new iPhones, although the iPhone 7 Plus is heavier than the $1,000 iPhone XS.

    The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also slightly thinner than all the new iPhones. 

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    the best baby wipes

    • Baby wipes are essential for cleaning babies, of course, but they're also ideal for all sorts of other uses, from wiping bigger kids' hands to cleaning off tables before and after meals to attacking that spill before it sets in and stains.

    • Parasol Baby Wipes are our top pick thanks to their soft, cloth-like feel, their reliable moistness, and the ease with which they pop out of the pack.

    Pop quiz: What are baby wipes for?

    If you answered: "Cleaning a baby's butt," then you're not a parent. The correct answer is ... everything. Baby wipes are of course essential for infant and toddler hygiene, with the cleaning of nether regions being their primary purpose. But they are also essential for wiping hands and faces after meal times, for cleaning knees after slips and shoes after mud, for wiping down tables in restaurants before your kid eats and for cleaning up the mess made subsequently during the meal. On and on the list goes, as any parent knows well.

    My wife and I keep baby wipes in both cars, every bathroom, in the kitchen, in our daughter's room, and in a bag that hangs by the door and comes everywhere we go with kids. Also, we don't just keep a ready supply of wipes, we keep a strategic supply.

    The kitchen is always stocked with rugged Seventh Generation wipes that can be used to scrub the floor just as readily as they can clean a bottom. By our daughter's changing pad, we have Parasol wipes on hand. In the go-bag, I usually stock MADE OF wipes. And in case diaper rash issues arise, we have sensitive WaterWipes at the ready.

    This abundance of wipes — while likely madness to the childless out there — is a fringe benefit of parenting young kids. I'm never more than a few seconds away from a wipe that can clean spilled coffee, wipe down the countertops, or get the dust off the dashboard, to name but a few non-baby related uses for baby wipes.

    And believe you me, it only takes one incident wherein you've forgotten a supply of wipes to ensure you'll never put yourself in that situation again. Being a parent means always having good baby wipes at the ready. These are five great baby wipe brands to consider as you set up your own strategic wipe supply.

    Here are the best baby wipes you can buy:

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best baby wipes overall

    Why you'll love them: Parasol Baby Wipes are both soft and strong, with a cloth-like feel that both you and your child will appreciate during a diapering session.

    If I had to pick one thing that most impresses me about Parasol Baby Wipes, it wouldn't technically be about the wipes themselves at all. These wipes pop out of their pack with an ease I've never encountered with any other brand.

    Each time you pull on a wipe, a single one slips out with zero effort and without two or three more wipes dragging along behind it. This ease of grabbing wipes with one hand is priceless when your other hand is trying desperately to keep a biohazard contained while a baby flails and screams and generally does her best to not keep said mess contained.

    Once oh so easily free of their packaging, Parasol Wipes continue to impress. They are soft and cloth-like in feel yet strong enough not to tear even during vigorous use. They are also the perfect level of moistness, always coming out of the pack damp yet never saturated enough to drip. That moisture comes care of a blend of aloe vera and cucumber, which along with oat and marshmallow extract, gives these wipes a faint but pleasant scent that lasts a little while but won't linger on a baby's skin.

    And of course as you'd expect from any self-respecting baby wipe, they are free of parabens, alcohol, dyes, chlorine, and all that other bad stuff.

    A writer from The Bump said Parasol wipes have a "softness [that] is comparable to a washcloth, making wiping [your] baby as painless as possible." The write up added that they are "ultra thick" and durable.

    Pros: Soft and durable, pop out of pack with ease, excellent moistness

    Cons: Rather expensive

    Buy 9 packs of Parasol Baby Wipes on Amazon for $57.73 — prices vary by count

    The best multipurpose baby wipes

    Why you'll love them: Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Wipes are so versatile they should hardly be called baby wipes at all, except that they are quite good for wiping babies.

    I use Seventh Generation wipes multiple times a day, though rarely do I use them on my infant daughter's bottom. Rather I use them for cleaning off the table after dinner, for wiping my five-year-old son's hands when a sink and soap aren't handy, for cleaning spots on the floor of known and unknown origin, and for all sorts of other wipe down purposes.

    These are about the most rugged baby wipes I've ever used, easily standing up to scrubbing and multiple passes over tile, wood, and other surfaces.

    And of course, they work well as baby wipes, too. The thickness of Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Wipes makes them less than ideal for use with little newborn babies, but for cleaning kids in their toddler years, they're a great choice, easily handling the ever larger volumes of leavings kids produce as they age.

    As the wipes are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested for use even on sensitive skin, they're also perfect for wiping traces of dinner off your kid's face.

    With more than 2,300 reviews posted at the time of this writing, Seventh Generation Free and Clear baby wipes have a four-star overall rating. A mom named Heather called them her "favorite go-to wipe," relaying how she uses them for diapering purposes as well as for "cleaning hands, face," and so forth.

    A number of people did have a criticism that I can corroborate: The packaging often has issues staying reliably closed, which can lead to the wipes drying out. Just be careful as you initially open each pack and you should be OK, and also consider placing an open pack of wipes upside down when not in use so its own weight will keep it's flap closed.

    Pros: Thick and rugged construction, non-scented, hypoallergenic

    Cons: Packaging issues can lead to dried out wipes

    Buy 6 packs of Seventh Generation Wipes on Amazon for $14.99 — prices vary by count

    The best low-cost baby wipes

    Why you'll love them: Amazon Elements Unscented Baby Wipes cost less than half as much as many of the other wipes n our guide, but they're hardly half the quality.

    There are a lot of good things to be said about Amazon Elements Unscented Baby Wipes. Like the fact that they are moistened with pharmaceutical-grade purified water and feature soothing aloe and vitamin E extracts. Or the fact that they're fragrance-free and made without dyes or alcohols. Or the fact that the diapers are made with a 100% transparent supply chain, so you can tell where each and every material used in their manufacture was sourced and where the product was assembled (Most components come from the US, by the way, and they are made in Illinois).

    But hey, let's stop beating around the bush, shall we? You buy Amazon Elements Unscented Baby Wipes because they are crazy cheap. As in half the price of most other wipes. As in a quarter of the price of some of the wipes on our list, even. As in two cents per wipe, to cut to the chase.

    Only Amazon could make offer a product for less than half of what it's worth. At least lots of families out there will benefit from their status as the leading industrial juggernaut.

    With more than 14,500 reviews placed at present, Amazon Elements wipes have a shining 4.5-star overall rating. One buyer speaks for many when she says they are a "great price and good quality," noting that: "they have no scent" and reporting no "issues using them on sensitive bottoms."

    Pros: Amazing price, transparent production process, no scent

    Cons: Thinner than other wipes

    Buy 480 Amazon Elements Unscented Baby Wipes on Amazon for $11.99

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    • After 13 weeks of NFL action, the hunt for the playoffs is taking shape.
    • On Sunday, the Rams became the first team in football to secure a spot in the postseason.
    • Elsewhere across the league, teams like the Cowboys and Texans further made their case as playoff contenders.

    We've officially reached the homestretch of the NFL season.

    Every team has four games left to either win their division, earn a Wild Card spot, or fall to the first overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

    On Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams became the first team in football to secure a playoff spot, a goal plenty more division leaders hope to accomplish in the coming weeks. After them, there is a sea of teams that have the potential to make a run in the postseason, including some that will need to be near-perfect if they want to play into January.

    Going into a big Week 14, here's where all 32 teams stand.

    32. New York Jets

    Record: 3-9

    Last week: 30th

    Week 13 result: Lost to the Titans, 26-22

    Week 14 opponent: at Buffalo Bills

    One thing to know: The Jets held a lead for 54 minutes of the game and were up 16 points at one point, but eventually blew it to the Titans to lose their sixth straight game.

    31. San Francisco 49ers

    Record: 2-10

    Last week: 28th

    Week 13 result: Lost to the Seahawks, 43-16

    Week 14 opponent: vs. Denver Broncos

    One thing to know: Richard Sherman's homecoming didn't go as planned, as the Seahawks ran right over the 49ers.

    30. Oakland Raiders

    Record: 2-10

    Last week: 31st

    Week 13 result: Lost to the Chiefs, 40-33

    Week 14 opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    One thing to know: The Raiders nearly pulled off an upset on the Chiefs, but were undoubtedly hurt by all three of their running backs fumbling the ball. 

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    • On December 8, West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen will face off on the gridiron for the 119th annual Army-Navy football game.
    • We compared six apects of these service academics, which test students' physical, mental and academic strength.
    • Army has higher-ranked academics and a better football team for the past two seasons. But Navy is the better overall school.

    On Saturday, cadets from the Military Academy will take to the field to defend its current winning streak against the Naval Academy midshipmen in the 119th annual Army-Navy football game.

    "America's game" is no typical rivalry. Cadets and midshipmen, including the players on the field, endure rigorous challenges that extend far beyond the classroom. 

    Which of these prestigious institutions outperforms the other is an enduring debate. To settle the question, we compared the academies in terms of academics, the "plebe" experience, location, career options and football statistics — read through to find out which of these rivals has the edge.

    Full disclosure: The author of this post graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2010. This comparison is based on totally objective analysis, but you can weigh in with your perspective at the links on her author bio.

    LOCATION: The Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is nestled in an idyllic location on the Chesapeake Bay.

    Annapolis, the "sailing capital of the world," is just outside the Naval Academy gates. Midshipmen are part of life in the picturesque town.

    The correct term for students at the Naval Academy is "midshipmen," not cadets like their counterparts at West Point.

    Army's West Point is a bit more isolated, and located on the western bank of the Hudson River.

    Cadets have to travel much farther to experience the joys of time-off in a city. 

    On the rare occasion they get to experience extracurricular activities, midshipmen have an abundance of options in closer proximity.

    In terms of location, the Naval Academy takes the trophy

    ACADEMICS: US News ranks the Naval Academy as the #2 Public School for an undergraduate degree.

    The student-faculty ratio is 8:1 at Annapolis, and about 75% of classes there have fewer than 20 students, according to US News


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    Just Capital CEO Martin Whittaker ignition 2018

    • Just Capital CEO Martin Whittaker gave a presentation on investing in "good" companies at Business Insider's IGNITION 2018 conference on Tuesday.
    • Whittaker shared ways that investors could put their money into companies that are "ethical, honest, and fair" using Just Capital's rankings.
    • The presentation, titled "The Business Case for Being JUST," can be seen in full below.
    • This article is part of Business Insider's series on Better Capitalism.

    There's investing in a company to get a profit, and then there's investing in a company to make an impact — but Martin Whittaker, CEO of the nonprofit Just Capital, says it's possible to put your money in companies that do both.

    That's the idea behind Just Capital's rankings of companies that are "ethical, honest, and fair," Whittaker said in a presentation Tuesday at Business Insider's IGNITION 2018 conference.  Using this information, Whittaker said, investors can fund companies that prioritize issues that " Americans care about most," including income inequality, job creation, environmental impact, community work, and treatment of workers and customers.

    "Businesses are becoming essentially social organizing forces," Whittaker said on stage Tuesday. "We think there's a movement happening here."

    Check out Whittaker's full IGNTION 2018 presentation on "ethical, honest, and fair" investing by scrolling down:

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