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    Adrian Ao un Forward CEO

    • Adrian Aoun, the founder and CEO of healthcare startup Forward, recently spoke at Business Insider's IGNITION 2018 conference in New York.

    • Aoun talked about the importance of not only providing reactive care, but prioritizing preventative care. 

    • Forward plans to "build the first billion-person healthcare system" on top of its platform by turning healthcare into "a product."

    Adrian Aoun, the founder and CEO of healthcare startup Forward, spoke about the importance of preventative care at the annual IGNITION conference, hosted by Business Insider, in New York on Dec. 3. 

    Aoun, a former Google executive, started Forward just two years ago, and has since opened futuristic-looking doctors offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. Memberships work like that of a gym: you pay a monthly fee, starting at $150, and doctors work alongside patients to monitor health risks with advanced AI technology. 

    If you'd like to watch his presentation, it starts at 2:23:14 here

    Here are some of the key takeaways: 

    “Have you ever lost someone close to you? Did you think ‘I wish I could have done more?’ Turns out you could, if you listened to the clues.”

    "Health problems are all around us, happening to everyone. There’s always a surprise. So how are we getting blindsided by these? How could we miss this? The clues on how to solve these problems are everywhere," Aoun said. "I want a healthcare system that is preventative, not reactive. One that listens to the clues instead of waiting for the catastrophes."


    At the conference, Aoun used his brother's recent heart attack as an example as to why reactive healthcare can be problematic.

    “Our cardiovascular ultrasound, that our doctors can take to your carotid artery and your heart so you can literally see how your valves are opening and closing live right in front of you," he said. "The first time my brother had this done was in the ER when he was literally having a heart attack. If we had just listened to these clues a decade prior, we could have had a real chance to prevent it."

    "The sound of your heart is it speaking to us. There is data in your everyday."

    Forward begins by "looking for clues in the past" of each patient, Aoun explained. It does that by digitizing old medical records and using advanced AI technology to get a better picture of each patient.  

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    • The internet was filled with viral stories and funny memes this year.
    • Among the biggest stories were YouTube influencers like Jake Paul and Lil Tay, and the Egyptian sarcophagus that wasn't cursed after all.

    In some ways, every story is an internet story.

    But going viral also has its own nuances. The biggest viral stories and memes of the year are filled with unexpected celebrities like Jake Paul and Mason Ramsey, disastrous wedding stories, and funny memes like "Johny Johny Yes Papa" and "Is this a pigeon?" It also includes object lessons in human folly, like #PlaneBae and TanaCon.

    Here are the 19 biggest web culture and meme stories of the year.

    Logan Paul finally went too far with his "suicide forest" video.

    A year ago, Logan Paul was one of the biggest – if most controversial— stars on YouTube.

    He finally stepped too far (by YouTube's standards, anyway) with a video he uploaded on New Year's Eve, 2017. It featured him exploring Japan with friends, and ultimately visiting Japan's Aokigahara "suicide forest,"where he filmed himself discovering a dead body.

    YouTube ultimately removed the video, broke off its production deals with Paul, and stripped him of the ability to earn revenue from their advertising tools reserved for top influencers. Paul himself took a break from YouTube but was scorned when he tried to return to the site less than a month later.

    Paul remains popular on YouTube, but he's also moved on to podcasting and other ventures. Since YouTube cut official ties with him, he's still been somewhat ostracized within the social network's community.

    Teens ate Tide Pods.

    In January, the Tide Pod Challenge swept through YouTube and Instagram, with teens trying to top each other by seeing if they could swallow the candy-colored laundry detergent. It became serious enough that the American Association of Poison Control Centers issued an alert warning people not to do it.

    Tide then hired Rob Gronkoswki to star in an advertising campaign urging people not to eat Tide Pods, and YouTube took action to delete videos of people eating Tide Pods from its platform. In November, Tide revealed its latest innovation: detergent boxes that more than slightly resemble boxed wine.

    Astrology memes took over Instagram

    Using astrology to cope with the chaos and anxiety of everyday life is nothing new. But in 2018, the internet combined its love of all things star sign with its other favorite past time — memes.

    And so, a marriage was born: Astrology memes exploded in popularity, leading to the rise of pages like jakeastrology and aquariuscomplex that dominated some parts of Instagram.

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    Omarosa Manigault

    • Trump's White House has seen a number of high-profile departures since the earliest days of the administration.
    • Scott Pruitt, Gary Cohn, Omarosa Manigault Newman, Hope Hicks, and Steve Bannon are only a few of the people who have left.
    • Some Trump administration alumni have gone back to their roots, while others have embarked on totally new ventures.


    President Donald Trump's White House has a doozy of a turnover rate.

    The Brookings Institution reports that 62% of top-level White House positions — excluding the cabinet — have seen turnover under Trump as of December 2018. Nine cabinet members have also left the administration in Trump's first two years of office, the same number of secretaries who left Obama's cabinet throughout his eight year term.

    Some of these top advisers were fired. Other officials decided to leave on their own, for various reasons. For example, chief of staff John Kelly recently announced his intent to resign after months of conflict and strife between him and Trump.

    Either way, many commentators have pointed out that sieve-like nature of the White House seems to speak to a turbulent environment. That's a characterization which Trump himself has disputed. "There is no Chaos, only great Energy!"he tweeted.

    So what happens to the people who leave? What sort of roles have Trump administration alumni been able to pick up once they exit the White House?

    It's too early to tell for most recent departures, like Kelly and Jeff Sessions. Former officials like Reince Priebus and Dina Powell have returned to their private sector roots. And still others are embarking on totally new ventures.

    Here's a look at where all of the White House's high-profile departures are today, from most to least recent departures:

    SEE ALSO: John Kelly is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far

    Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation on November 7 after nearly two years in the position, with Trump announcing that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' Chief of Staff, would serve as acting attorney general.

    Trump had frequently lambasted Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

    "You know, the only reason I gave him the job is because I felt loyalty," Trump told Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt in an August interview. "He was an original supporter." Trump lamented that he "put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department."

    While Sessions has not announced his future plans, both Politico and Fox News reported he's eyeing a 2020 run for his old US Senate seat in Alabama, currently held by Democrat Doug Jones, who was elected in a December 2017 special election. 


    Don McGahn's next move is unclear

    Former White House counsel Don McGahn left the administration in late October following a turbulent 21 months in the White House.

    The New York Times reported in August that McGahn voluntarily gave 30 hours of testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice as President. 

    It's not clear what McGahn, a former partner at Washington DC corporate law firm Jones Day and Federal Election Commission commissioner, will do next.

    Scott Pruitt was in talks to consult to coal mining companies.

    Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned in July amid several federal ethics investigations into his lavish spending habits, his suspected conflicts of interests with lobbyists, and for reportedly enlisting his official government staff to carry out his personal errands.

    In September, The New York Times reported that Pruitt was in talks to take on a new role independently consulting for Kentucky-based coal mining company Alliance Resource Partners, whose chief executive is a Republican donor. 

    While all Trump administration officials are bound to ethics pledges to not lobby for special interests within five years of leaving their government job, Pruitt's proposed consulting firm would reportedly not involve improper lobbying. 

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    REI is home to literally everything you need for an enjoyable adventure outdoors. With the holiday season just weeks away, REI is having a huge holiday clearance sale that's worth taking advantage of while completing your gift list — or even shopping for yourself.

    Now through December 16, you can get up to 50% off clearance items including outdoor apparel, gear, footwear, and accessories.

    The limited-time sale includes discounts on top brands like Patagonia, Columbia, The North Face, PrAna, Smartwool, and more.

    Whether you're loading up on gear for an upcoming cold-weather excursion, shopping for a warm jacket, or looking for a very specific item, you're likely to find it here. We rounded up some of the best deals, but since the sale is so massive, these product categories can help you find exactly what you need.

    Shop the REI Holiday sale now or keep reading for our picks, below:

    Men's Columbia Ramble Interchange 3-in-1 Down Jacket

    $109.83 (Originally $220) [You save 50%]

    Women's REI Co-op Magma 850 Down Hoodie

    $149.93, available in three colors (Originally $219) [You save 31%]

    Men's REI Co-op Flowcore Fleece Jacket

    $49.83, available in two colors (Originally $99.95) [You save 50%]

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    • Trip Advisor ranks the best amusement parks based on visitor comments.
    • Visitors have shared how to get the most for your money and what's great about each park.
    • While Disneyland continues to be one of the most popular, other parks are also popular.

    Love them or hate them, a day spent at a theme park almost guarantees a memorable outing. As such, TripAdvisor’s users have named their favorite amusement parks of their year.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, a few names dominate the list, but there are likely some parks on there that you've never heard of.

    Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan is themed after popular movies.

    Modeled after Universal Studios' American locations, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka features rides and attractions themed after popular movies like Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Jaws, Back to the Future and The Terminator.


    Paultons Park in Romsey, United Kingdom has a good deal.

    The only British theme park on the list, Paultons Park in Romsey, England is also known as the Home of Peppa Pig World. The park's best feature may be its two-for-one deal, which allows guests to return to the park for free the day after their first visit.

    Leolandia in Capriate San Gervasio, Italy has unique attractions.

    Just 20 minutes from fashion capital Milan, Leolandia in Capriate San Gervasio, Italy offers a variety of unique attractions. Along with roller coasters and rides, the park features an aquarium, a farm, and a Leonardo Da Vinci Museum.

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    frozen grapes

    • There are lots of snacks that are tasty but also aren't high in fat for you.
    • These snacks are low in fat but will fill you up.
    • Reach for these snacks the next time you are feeling the need for a snack break.

    Of course, a snack can help satisfy your hunger quick, but if you are tired of relying on the office vending machine for a sweet treat, you'd probably love to know that there are plenty of snacks available which are healthy, filling, and are low in fat.

    To bring these kinds of yummy snacks to your radar, we spoke to a handful of dietitians about all the fulfilling snacks that won't pack on excess fat. Below are some of the yummy and not to mention nutritious snack picks they recommend giving a shot.

    Munch on some popcorn.

    "Three cups of air-popped popcorn is only 100 calories and contains about 2.5 grams of fat," said registered dietitians Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT of the Nutrition Twins. It's a good source of fiber to help keep you feeling full, and it contains magnesium for muscle and bone strength, potassium, and antioxidants, they explained.

    Add Greek yogurt to a lite whole grain toaster waffle.

    "A lite whole grain toaster waffle topped with two tablespoons of nonfat Greek yogurt and some mandarin orange pieces is an easy way to get a fast and balanced snack," said registered dietitian Summer Yule, MS, RDN. The protein and fiber in this snack are filling without the fat, she added.

    Eat two cups of diced watermelon.

    "Two cups of diced watermelon offer a large volume for under 100 calories and (almost) zero fat," Yule explained. Other melons such as cantaloupe and honeydew also offer a large volume and no or low fat for the calories, she said.

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    Fine jewelry — pieces made with high-quality materials like solid 14-karat gold or precious stones (or both) and a high-level of craftsmanship — costs a lot of money, understandably so when you consider the process. The high price tag on these products makes them reserved for special occasions, like the holidays. So, if there's someone in your life who you want to splurge on this season — be it your wife, mother, sister, or friend — a piece of jewelry is a thoughtful gift she'll be sure to appreciate. 

    Whether you're looking to dazzle her with diamonds, go for more minimal metals, or pick a statement piece covered in stones, we've got you covered. There are plenty of fine jewelry pieces you can get for $1,000 or less this season, and she'll love to add any of them to her collection. 

    Keep scrolling for 23 pieces of fine jewelry you can get her for $1,000 or less. 

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: 25 beautiful and affordable fine jewelry gifts she'll love — all under $500

    DON'T MISS: 64 cool, unique gifts for her — for every budget

    A delicate circle bracelet

    Circle Bracelet, available at Vrai & Oro, $200

    A delicate circle bracelet has a timeless appeal. Whether worn on its own or layered with others on her wrist, this will become an everyday essential. 

    A unique black diamond ring

    Maleficent Ring, available at Catbird, $364

    Available in 14k yellow and rose gold

    A direct contrast to Catbird's brighter Sleeping Beauty Ring, this ring has a darker, more mysterious look, but the black diamond set between two white ones is particularly striking. 

    Earrings with a unique shape and stones

    WWAKE Opal Circle Earrings, available at Nordstrom, $534

    The sleek design of these 14k gold earrings is accentuated by the opal stones, which cast a beautiful glimmer in the light. 

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    • Citigroup announced its 2018 managing-director promotions last Friday.
    • 125 employees earned the MD distinction, the highest title at the firm.
    • Business Insider got a hold of Citi president Jamie Forese's internal memo announcing the full list of names.

    Citigroup is promoting a new class of 125 managing directors — the highest rank at the firm — in its Institutional Clients Group, effective January 1 of next year. 

    Citi is promoting 40 workers in its banking unit, 55 in its sales and trading unit, and 30 more across other units, including its private bank, according to a memo from Citi president and ICG CEO Jamie Forese viewed by Business Insider.

    "A promotion to Managing Director is a career-defining accomplishment and each of these individuals makes a remarkable, differentiated contribution to Citi, embodying our Mission of Progress by working each day to Be the Best for Our Clients and embracing our Leadership Standards," Forese wrote in the memo, which was sent out internally last Friday and confirmed this week by a Citi spokeswoman. "I look forward to their continued leadership and contributions in the years ahead."

    The 125 promotions in ICG is up from 120 last year.

    How does that compare with competitors? Bank of America Merrill Lynch promoted nearly 140 employees to MD in late November. Morgan Stanley promoted 153 employees to MD in January— up from the 140 it promoted in 2017.

    At Goldman Sachs, where MD is one rung below the prestigious role of partner and the classes are announced every two years, 509 employees were promoted to MD in 2017 and 69 were promoted to partnerin November.

    Here are all the names in the 2018 Citigroup managing-director class:

    Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory

    • Iman Abdel Khalek
    • Ashwani Khubani
    • Aaron Saperstein
    • Alex Allegos
    • Matt Kudla
    • Millie Schild
    • Jeff Ard
    • Muhammad Laghari
    • Steven Summers
    • Narjess Aschi
    • Mark Litz
    • Matt Sutton
    • Mohammed Baabde
    • Kevin Lundquist
    • Ali Syed
    • Sarah Bayer
    • Tim Michael
    • JX Toh
    • Nicolas Bendersky
    • Pedro Palma
    • Michael Tortora
    • Ben Connolly
    • William Pang
    • Christopher Tubeileh
    • Antonio Coutinho
    • Frederico Pinto
    • Arvind Vashistha
    • Tom Cribb
    • Javier Pollan
    • Chercher Yang
    • Richard Duffield
    • Friederike Preuss
    • Georgi Yordanov
    • Robert Jahrling
    • Eric Quanbeck
    • Johnny Zhao
    • Adi Jayaraman
    • Nicolas Roca
    • Mourad Jeddi
    • Pedro Sanso

    Markets and Securities Services

    • Fatah Adour
    • Ryota Kawai
    • Thiago Silva
    • Istiaq Ali
    • Davy Kim
    • Robert Smolen
    • Olaf Auerbach
    • Agam Kothari
    • Robert Stewart
    • Juan Bissone
    • Mike Leffler
    • Krishna Subrahmanian
    • Michele Cancelli
    • John Loizides
    • Chris Suozzo
    • Paul Cangro
    • Matt Long
    • Assad Syed
    • Yi Hahn Chin
    • Marino Lorza
    • Vivian Tang
    • Will Cobbett
    • Ian Nissen
    • Sabes Teofilo-Sanchez
    • Nicolas Cons
    • DH No
    • Bobbie Theivakumaran
    • James Conway
    • Raul Orozco
    • Gunsel Topbas
    • Robert Crossley
    • Vikram Rai
    • Stephanie Van Den Boogaerde
    • Julio DaGraca
    • Ernesto Revilla
    • Pete Verdult
    • Tessen Fuerstner
    • Sam Rich
    • Ziska Wagiu
    • Imene Ghanoudi
    • Ted Rydesky
    • Maggie Wang
    • Mark Gleason
    • Kevin Sarver
    • Allison Weed
    • Robert Grundy
    • Scott Schundler
    • Henry Yeh
    • Ulrik Hesselballe
    • Alexis Serero
    • Judy Zhang
    • Prodipto Hui
    • Vikas Sharma
    • Seok Jeong
    • Mark Sherman

    Private Bank

    • Philip Brass
    • James Heddle
    • David Rabideau
    • Tommy Campbell
    • Chuck Leitzell
    • Gretta Rusanow
    • Sudhir Dhingra
    • Jeffrey Locke
    • Seamus Yin
    • Andrea Galbiati
    • Brad Pollard
    • Isiah Zhang
    • Louise Hartley
    • Murali Potluri

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    julia roberts

    • Julia Roberts has been in Hollywood for 30 years. 
    • She's starred in some box office hits and some flops. 
    • She's also appeared on TV and on Broadway. 

    It quickly became clear that Julia Roberts wasn't simply an actress, but a movie star, soon after she began working in show business more than 30 years ago. Roberts has since appeared in at least 50 films, and just made the leap to television with a starring role on the new Amazon series "Homecoming."

    After paying her dues in the late '80s, Roberts' career exploded when audiences fell for her in 1990's "Pretty Woman."

    Now, her films are estimated to have grossed a total of $2.9 billion in ticket sales, which is part of the reason she made history as the first woman to earn a $20 million paycheck for a single movie.

    Though Roberts has certainly participated in her share of flops and missteps, she's remained mostly in a league of her own when it comes to Hollywood success stories.

    Here's how Julia Roberts a Hollywood superstar:

    Julia Roberts grew up in a creative family and decided to pursue acting right after high school.

    She moved from her home state of Georgia to New York City, following in the footsteps of her older siblings, Lisa and Eric, who were also actors.

    ''I had convinced myself that I had three choices: I could get married, I could go to college, or I could move to New York. Nobody was asking to get married and I didn't want to go away to school, so I moved," Roberts told the New York Times in 1990.

    She quickly made a name for herself after landing her first roles in 1987.

    Roberts made her professional debut as an actress playing a survivor of sexual assault on an episode of "Crime Story" in 1987. That same year, she also made her film debut in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role in the  "Firehouse." She continued to land small parts throughout the late '80s, including an appearance on an episode of "Miami Vice" and a supporting role in the movie "Satisfaction."

    Roberts earned critical praise for her performance in 1988's "Mystic Pizza."

    Roberts played a waitress at a pizza shop alongside Lili Taylor and Annabeth Gish in the 1988 coming-of-age story "Mystic Pizza." Her performance caught the attention of critics, who foresaw stardom in her future.

    "I have a feeling that 'Mystic Pizza' may someday become known for the movie stars it showcased back before they became stars. All of the young actors in this movie have genuine gifts," Roger Ebert wrote in his 1988 review. "Roberts is a major beauty with a fierce energy."

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    Elon Musk

    • Most CEOs tend to choose their words carefully, fearing the consequences of saying anything that could be deemed controversial.
    • But Elon Musk is not nearly as cautious, sometimes appearing to speak his mind and deal with the consequences later.
    • The CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company has inspired intense devotion and attracted controversy as a result of his public statements.
    • How Musk handles himself in the future will determine, in part, how effective of a leader he is as his companies move from upstarts to established players in highly competitive industries.


    Most CEOs tend to choose their words carefully, fearing the consequences of saying anything that could be deemed controversial. For better and for worse, Elon Musk is not nearly as cautious. 

    The CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company sometimes appears to prefer speaking his mind and dealing with the consequences later, like when he mocks his critics or opens up about his personal life. Musk's candor has endeared him to the fans and customers who find him more relatable than other famous executives, while also frustrating some analysts and investors who argue that he is temperamental and reckless. 

    Read more: Elon Musk says Tesla vehicles will soon be able to drive without any human input

    The intense devotion and criticism Musk has provoked with both public and private statements have contributed to his status as one of the most scrutinized figures in American culture. This year, Musk's remarks have more often tended to get himself in trouble, hurting Tesla's stock price, spurring investigations from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice, and attracting lawsuits from investors. How Musk handles himself in the future will determine, in part, how effective of a leader he is as his companies move from upstarts to established players in highly competitive industries.

    Below are 36 quotes that illustrate why Musk attracts so much attention.

    SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says Tesla will 'retire' the board chairman title in 3 years

    "Seems like an opportune moment to bring up the Fermi Paradox, aka 'where are the aliens?' Really odd that we see no sign of them."

    In 2015, Musk said on Twitter that it was strange humans have yet to see evidence of aliens. He later said Egyptian pyramids were not evidence of aliens visiting Earth.

    "Btw, please don't mention the pyramids. Stacking stone blocks is not evidence of an advanced civilization," he said. "The ancient Egyptians were amazing, but if aliens built the pyramids, they would've left behind a computer or something."

    Source: Twitter

    "If there was a way that I could not eat, so I could work more, I would not eat. I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal."

    In Ashlee Vance's 2015 biography of Musk,"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," Christie Nicholson, who met Musk in college, said Musk told her he wished he didn't have to eat so he could carve out more time for work.

    Source: The Washington Post


    "My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail."

    This quote is also from Vance's book, though Musk has disputed it. According to Vance, Musk said this when speaking with an investor.

    Source: The Washington Post

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    Theresa May

    LONDON — Theresa May will face a leadership challenge this evening after 48 Tory MPs sent letters demanding a no-confidence vote.

    Conservative MP Graham Brady, the committee's chairman, said a ballot will be held between 6pm and 8pm tonight in the House of Commons.

    "The votes will be counted immediately afterwards and an announcement will be made as soon as possible in the evening," Brady said.

    Follow Business Insider's liveblog for the latest developments in another hectic day at Westminster.

    SEE ALSO: Theresa May hints she will quit before next election in last-minute bid to save her leadership

    17:27: 'This is a delay and a distraction' — Cleverly

    Conservative party chairman James Cleverly is briefing hacks outside the 1922 committee.

    He says it was not a "razzmatazz" speech but she emphasised "now is not the time" to change the leader. She told MPs that tonight's vote is a "delay and distraction," Cleverly said.

    "May said this is not going to be resolved by an election. We are going to deliver Brexit," he added.

    5:23 PM: Here's the timeline for the next few hours

    5:00 PM: May addresses 1922 Committee.

    6:00 to 8:00 PM: MPs cast their ballots.

    8:00 to 9:30 PM: Graham Brady announces the results of the ballot.

    It is possible that all Tory MPs will cast their votes well before the 8:00 pm deadline, meaning the result would be announced earlier.



    Theresa May has arrived at the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs to deliver perhaps the most important political speech of her life.

    Her arrival is greeted by the sound of banging desks, the traditional show of support for the prime minister from loyalists.

    She could tell MPs that she will stand down before the next general election to try and prevent them ousting her this evening. She may have something else up her sleeve.

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    Boeing BBJ 777X BBJ_777 8_FlightB_01B

    • Boeing Business Jets launched its new BBJ 777X private jet on Monday at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
    • The BBJ 777X is the private-jet version of the next-generation Boeing 777X airliner.
    • Boeing unveiled the BBJ 777X with a trio of interior-design concepts from Greenpoint Technologies, Jet Aviation, and Unique Aircraft Design.
    • The Boeing 777-8 has a list price of $394.9 million, while the larger 777-9 costs $425.8 million; the cost does not include a custom interior.
    • The Boeing 777-9 is expected to enter service in 2020, and the 777-8 is expected to follow soon after.

    The upcoming Boeing 777X has some big shoes to fill. The new wide-body is set to be Boeing's next flagship and the replacement for the iconic 747 jumbo jet.

    And now there will be a private-jet version of the airliner.

    On Monday, Boeing Business Jets launched the BBJ 777X at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    "Our most exclusive customers want to travel with the best space and comfort and fly directly to their destination," Greg Laxton, the head of Boeing Business Jets, said in a statement. "The new BBJ 777X will be able to do this like no other airplane before it, redefining ultra-long-range VIP travel."

    Read more: I flew on a $10 million Embraer Phenom 300E, and I now see why it's the most popular private jet in the world

    Since 1996, BBJ has been turning Boeing's commercial airliners into opulent private jets for the world's wealthy elite.

    BBJ doesn't sell many planes, with just 261 orders in company history, but the aircraft it does turn out are works of flying art.

    In addition to the 777X, BBJ has developed private-jet versions of the 737, the 787 Dreamliner, and the 747.

    Here's a closer look at the new BBJ 777X:

    SEE ALSO: Take a look inside the $218 million Boeing Dreamliner private jet the new president of Mexico is selling because it's 'too lavish'

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    The BBJ 777X is based on the new Boeing 777X airliner.

    Like the commercial version, the BBJ 777X will be available in both the 777-8 and the larger 777-9 variants.

    Boeing says the BBJ 777-8 has a range of 13,400 miles, while the BBJ 777-9 can go for up to 12,700 miles. That's several thousand miles farther than the airliner versions of the planes can fly.

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    Harry Potter Cookie Baking kit

    It's hard to imagine someone not being a "Harry Potter" fan, save for You-Know-Who himself. But for that one slightly obsessed friend who has a Deathly Hallows tattoo, is a total wiz at "Harry Potter" trivia, and has re-read the books multiple times, the term "fan" probably doesn't even begin to cover it. 

    If they have yet to receive their Hogwarts letter, the next best thing they could get for the holidays might just be one of these gifts. We rounded up something fun for every type of muggle and wizard, from the ones who just love the movies (aka the muggles) to the die-hards who can tell you the answer to what you'd get if you added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood (the wizards). Happy Christmas, everyone!

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place

    DON'T MISS: 27 creative and unexpected gifts for 'Star Wars' fans of all ages

    A magical mug that reveals the Marauder's Map with hot liquid

    Harry Potter Morphing Mugs, available from Amazon, $19.99

    To a muggle, this is just a black coffee mug. But witches and wizards know that once it's full of hot frothy butterbeer, it comes to life to reveal the Marauder's Map. If butterbeer's not their thing, any hot beverage will do — like coffee. Coffee's magic, right? And once they finish their drink, the mug will transform back to black. Mischief Managed.

    If you want something more classic, you can opt for these mugs that heat change from black to the original covers of the "Harry Potter" books.

    An illustrated collection of the "Harry Potter" books to make reading them again feel like a new experience

    Harry Potter The Illustrated Collection (Books 1-3), available from Amazon, $71.99

    Perfect for Potterhead parents, this collection of illustrated books is a child’s perfect introduction to the series. Parents can read aloud while children marvel at the gorgeous illustrations as they too fall in love with images of Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Buckbeak, and Dobby. But this boxed set isn’t just for kids. It’s the perfect gift for someone who would love to see their beloved universe interpreted in a new way in full color.

    A Wizard Chess set that won't destroy itself every time you play

    Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set, available from Amazon, $45

    This might be one instance where I prefer the muggle version to the wizard version. This Wizard Chess set doesn’t come with the danger of bodily harm when bishop takes knight. It’s also convenient for those of use who love to play chess, but just don’t have the space in our cursed dungeon to keep the life-sized set.

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    • Netflix has released tons of original movies this year. 
    • Some films like "Father of the Year" were not a hit with critics. 
    • Others like "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" were instant classics. 

    Netflix has had a banner year when it comes to original content and it has released some films that have critics have totally adored — and ones that they've abhorred. 

    We rounded up some of the best and worst Netflix original movies of the year, according to critics. 

    Worst: "Father of the Year" is a Happy Madison Netflix original that doesn't land, according to critics.

    Release date: July 20, 2018

    Tomatometer rating: 0% rotten, with 0 fresh and 9 rotten ratings

    Bad movies are one thing, but it's rare to see a 0% rating — something handily achieved here. Consequence of Sound's Blake Goble has an entire theory about how a movie this bad could only have been generated by an algorithm — because that's the only thing that makes sense.

    "This is a movie-thing that could only be described as uninspired. Papas squaring off, crazy summer hijinks among friends, small town dreams blah blah blah. It's all been done. It's dead. Stop it. In Happy Madison terms, should you watch this, you'll beg for the days of left-field concepts like Sandler playing the son of Satan. For as cynical as it sounds, it's not hard to imagine why everyone involved could give so little of a s--- when the bar is set so low. This film is all easy beats, predictive familiarities, and absolutely zero heart, soul, or silliness anywhere to be found."


    "The Open House" hit Netflix and critics were more bored than scared.

    Release date: January 19, 2018

    Tomatometer rating: 10% rotten, with 1 fresh and 9 rotten ratings

    The fact that it stars Dylan Minnette from "13 Reasons Why" might be a big reason why some people are interested in this movie. Unfortunately, while it's not particularly offensive unless horror is completely not your thing — this movie is largely forgettable, according to critics.

    As Chris Osterndorf wrote for the Daily Dot:

    "I could hardly keep my eyes open watching The Open House, and that's including when the movie got to its big payoff. If it weren't for the creepy music, parts of this film would play better as a domestic drama than as a horror movie."

    People thought that "The Kissing Booth" stepped over the line from homage to lazy plundering of classic rom-com genre tropes.

    Release date: May 11, 2018

    Tomatometer rating: 13% rotten, with 1 fresh and 7 rotten ratings

    Even if you just limited yourself to Netflix Original rom-coms, many critics think you could do a lot better than this movie

    As Zoe Crombie noted for Film Inquiry:

    "Allusions to The Breakfast Club in the soundtrack and the casting of Molly Ringwald certainly don't help The Kissing Booth look anything other than lazy and amateur next to other teen classics."

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    • Many cities and towns have taken to selling abandoned homes for free, or at minimal prices.
    • Some local governments even offer stipends or discounts to encourage buyers to renovate old properties.
    • While the offerings may seem like a steal, rehabilitating a home can be quite costly.

    Cities may be experiencing a global housing shortage, but there are still plenty of ways to find cheap real estate. You just have to know where to look. 

    In areas where homes are old or unoccupied, governments occasionally offer subsidies to finance a renovation. In other cases, homeowners are willing to list their properties at little to no cost. 

    We've rounded up the locations where you can buy a home for free, or at a major discount. 

    The list includes small towns like Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as major urban areas like Baltimore, Maryland and Tokyo, Japan. Take a look.

    Homeowners in Tokyo are listing their abandoned properties for free.

    Tokyo has been building like crazy, but the city still struggles to get rid of its unoccupied and deserted homes. The Japan Times recently reported that more than one in 10 homes in Tokyo are empty.

    Part of this has to do with the shrinking size of Japan's population, which means fewer buyers. It's also considered bad luck in Japan to purchase a home that has witnessed a murder, suicide, or "lonely death" (one that occurred in isolation). 

    For this reason, many properties are being given away for free on online databases called "akiya banks," a reference to the Japanese word for "empty home."Others are being sold for as little as $4.

    Read more: Millions of Japanese homes are abandoned, and owners are giving them away for free



    New Haven, Connecticut, is giving away up to $42,500 in housing discounts to first-time homebuyers.

    First-time homebuyers in New Haven are eligible to receive up to $10,000  to cover the closing costs or down-payment on their home. The subsidy comes in the form of an interest-free loan, which is fully forgiven after five years.

    City employees, teachers, police officers, firefighters, and members of the military receive an additional $2,500 off.

    On top of that, the city is giving away $30,000 to those who renovate their home using energy-saving upgrades.



    Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers remote workers a 33% discount on a fully furnished apartment for three months.

    The Tulsa Remote program is offering a small group of digital nomads — people with the freedom to work from anywhere — up to $10,000 to move to their city.

    While the stipend doesn't go directly toward housing, the program offers a 33% discount on a fully furnished apartment in the Brady Arts District, with utilities thrown in for free.

    Workers are expected to live in Tulsa for a full year, but the apartment discount expires at the end of three months. At that time, they'll have to cover their own rent, which is still among the cheapest in the nation

    Read more:Tulsa, Oklahoma, is paying remote workers $10,000 to live there. They'll even throw in a discounted apartment.

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    Every January, Glassdoor publishes its list of the best jobs in America. For the third year in a row, the top spot goes to data scientist. 

    According to the report, the best jobs in 2018 are highly-skilled; can be found in almost every industry; have high earning potential, hiring demand, and job satisfaction; and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation.

    "The key skills that are helping workers stay ahead of automation are creativity, judgment, and flexibility," Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said. "Those are aspects of work that are extremely difficult to automate, and having them allows workers to team up with technology to become more productive — rather than simply being replaced by it."

    "Many of the jobs on this list require proficiency in these 'soft' skills," he said.

    Glassdoor's 50 Best Jobs in America report identifies careers with the highest overall "job score," which is determined by weighing three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings. 

    For a job title to be considered, it had to receive at least 100 salary reports and 100 job satisfaction ratings shared by US-based employees over the past year. The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of January 1, 2018. 

    Below are the 50 best jobs in America right now.

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    50. HR generalist

    Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

    Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.9

    Number of job openings: 2,705

    Median base salary: $57,120

    49. Nurse practitioner

    Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

    Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

    Number of job openings: 8,510

    Median base salary: $100,000

    48. Project manager

    Overall job score (out of 5.0): 4.1

    Job satisfaction rating (out of 5.0): 3.5

    Number of job openings: 23,274

    Median base salary: $80,000

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    Netflix released every title that's coming to and leaving the streaming service in January. 

    Originals such as "Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" are returning for their final installments. "Marvel's The Punisher" is also slated for a premiere in the new year.

    The streaming service is adding a number of movies, like all of the "Indiana Jones" movies, "The Dark Knight,""The Mummy" and its sequel, and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Netflix is also releasing a documentary on the disastrous Fyre Festival titled, "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened." 

    Disney fans can get amped to watch Marvel's"Ant-Man and the Wasp" and "The Incredibles 2." 

    But some fans will be sad to learn that movies such as "The Princess Diaries,""Rogue One," and "Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" are leaving the platform.

    Here's a list of everything that's coming and going on Netflix in January.  

    Arriving in January:

    Available 1/1/19

    "A Series of Unfortunate Events" season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Across the Universe"


    "Black Hawk Down"

    "City of God"


    "Definitely, Maybe"


    "Happy Feet"

    "Hell or High Water"

    "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

    "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

    "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

    "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"

    "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"

    "It Takes Two"

    "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"

    "Jersey Boys"

    "Mona Lisa Smile"

    "Mr. Bean's Holiday"

    "Pan's Labyrinth"

    "Pinky Malinky"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Pulp Fiction"


    "Tears of the Sun"

    "The Addams Family"

    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"

    "The Dark Knight"

    "The Departed"

    "The Mummy"

    "The Mummy Returns"

    "The Strangers"

    "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL



    "XXX: State of the Union"

    Available 1/2/19

    "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

    Available 1/4/19

    "And Breathe Normally"— NETFLIX FILM

    "Call My Agent!" season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "El Potro: Unstoppable"— NETFLIX FILM

    "Lionheart"— NETFLIX FILM

    Available 1/9/19


    "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

    Available 1/10/19

    "When Heroes Fly"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/11/19

    "Friends from College" season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Sex Education"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Solo"— NETFLIX FILM

    "The Last Laugh"— NETFLIX FILM

    Available 1/15/19

    "Revenger"— NETFLIX FILM

    "Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/16/19

    "American Gangster"

    Available 1/17/19

    "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace"

    Available 1/18/19

    "Carmen Sandiego"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Close"— NETFLIX FILM

    "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL


    "Grace and Frankie" season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL


    "Soni"— NETFLIX FILM

    "The World's Most Extraordinary Homes" season 2 part B — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Trigger Warning with Killer Mike"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Trolls: The Beat Goes On!" season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/21/19


    Available 1/24/19

    "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"

    Available 1/25/19

    "Animas"— NETFLIX FILM

    "Black Earth Rising"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Club de Cuervos" season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL


    "Medici: The Magnificent"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Polar"— NETFLIX FILM

    "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" season 4 part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    Available 1/27/19

    "Z Nation" season 5

    Available 1/29/19

    "Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias: One Show Fits All"— NETFLIX ORIGINAL

    "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

    Available 1/30/19

    "The Incredibles 2"

    Coming Soon

    "Marvel's The Punisher" season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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    • Giving your child a pet for the holidays might seem like a good idea, but it could cause you more trouble than you expected.
    • Trying to introduce your pet to your home and family is already a big task and doing that during the holidays will just be even more stressful than it needs to be.
    • Your kids might not be ready for the responsibility that comes with having a new pet, particularly if they think of their pet as a toy and not a living creature.

    If you're still trying to figure out what to get your kids for the holidays, the thought of adopting a pet might seem tempting. An adorable puppy or kitten under the tree might seem like the perfect gift, but it could end up causing you more trouble than you expected.

    Unless you've planned and thought through all the implications of adopting a pet – during the holidays, no less – it might just be wiser to get your kids something else this year.

    Here are nine reasons to consider why you shouldn't give your kids a pet for the holidays and should go with a gift certificate instead.

    The holidays are too overwhelming and they'll be overwhelming for your new pet, too.

    Between relatives coming into town, special meals to cook, and presents to wrap,the holidays are a stressful time. Bringing a new pet into the mix will just make it that much more overwhelming for you, and your pet will certainly not be immune to the stress either.

    Dog expert Cesar Milan says you should slowly introduce your new pet to the house and family – something that could be difficult to do during the holidays with so many other things going on.

    "The idea is that you slowly introduce your new dog to her new place, one room at a time, and you should begin with the room where she will find her food and water, making her wait until you have gone through the door and invited her in,"Milan says in his book.

    Holiday decorations can be harmful or dangerous to a curious puppy or kitten.

    One of the joys of the holidays is having anicely decorated house, but those decorations could be hazardous for a pet curious in a new home.

    Holiday plants can be quite dangerous, according toAmerican Humane: lilies can be deadly to cats, poinsettias can upset animals' digestive systems, mistletoe is toxic, and holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Even pine needles can be toxic if your pet eats them.

    You also have to be careful of candles, tinsel, ornament wires, and stagnant Christmas tree water, theASPCA warns.

    Pets are living animals and not toys.

    Pets shouldn't be thought of in the same way as a new toy, according toveterinarian Dr. Karen Becker.

    "It's important to impress upon a child the difference between her belongings and her pet, from the very first minute a new dog or cat enters her life,"Dr. Becker wrote.

    "Even if your youngster is pleading for a pet and you think he or she is old enough to take on the responsibility, I recommend you keep the 'pet project' separate from the holiday festivities."

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    The end of every Christmas movie likes to remind us that the holidays aren't actually about the extravagant light displays, the indulgent treats, or the number of gifts we receive — it's simple kindness and the spirit of giving that really count. As overdone this sentiment is, it wouldn't be a proper cliché if it didn't hold a bit of truth. 

    Other than volunteering with or sending direct donations to nonprofits that make our world a better place, one way you can do your part this holiday season is to support businesses that are doing the same. If you're gifting your loved ones, it'll only benefit more parties if you buy from companies with a social and environmental conscience. 

    Giving back is woven into the business and daily operations of these 29 companies. When you buy a gift here, you're also helping to plant a tree, improve livelihoods in underserved areas, save an animal, and many more charitable initiatives. 

    Learn more about how the following brands give back all year long. 

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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    Shop gifts from The 100% Human Collection at Everlane

    Everlane donates $5 from every purchase in this collection of tees and sweatshirts to an organization that fights for human rights. It currently supports three organizations: ACLU, Equality Now, and the Human Rights Campaign. 



    Shop gifts from Bombas

    Whether you'd like to gift athletic socks, hiking socks, or holiday socks, Bombas has you — and the feet of someone in need — covered. For every pair purchased, it donates a specially-designed pair to a homeless shelter. It has donated more than 11 million pairs to over 1,700 giving partners in the US. 

    STATE Bags

    Shop gifts from STATE Bags

    When you buy a STATE bag, the company fills another with school supplies and gives it to a local student in need at a "Bag Drop" rally. It also shines light on issues like mass incarceration, the Flint water crisis, and Black Lives Matter through its #WhatDoWeTellTheKids initiatives. 

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    • I tested out homemade Christmas cookie recipes from three celebrities: Mariah Carey, Michelle Obama, and Taylor Swift.
    • Taylor Swift's eggnog chai tea cookies were my favorite.

    In my quest to find the best holiday baked goods, I pitted three celebrity Christmas cookie recipes against each other in the ultimate star-studded cookie showdown:

    These three cookies were completely different from one another, but after baking and tasting each cookie, there was a clear winner. 

    First up was Mariah Carey's standard sugar cookie recipe. I expected a little more cookie magic from the Christmas Queen.

    For Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You cookies, the listed ingredients made sense for a straightforward sugar cookie recipe:  butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, milk, vanilla, baking powder, salt, and decorating essentials like icing and sprinkles.

    I found that the ingredient ratios in the recipe were a bit off, and the dough was dry and difficult to work with. 

    You can get the  recipe here.

    After struggling with the dry dough, I used my cookie cutter (a.k.a. the bottom of a water glass) to cut out oven-ready cookies.

    Luckily, the dough came together after solidifying in the freezer for about 10 minutes. The cookies cut evenly and easily, even though they needed to bake several minutes longer than the recipe said. 

    Everyone loves sugar cookies, but after decorating and trying my cookies I thought they were tasty but nothing extraordinary.

    Mariah Carey's recipe tasted like regular sugar cookies, but next time I might adjust the ingredients because they were a little too sweet for my liking. 

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