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    jazmine barnes rally

    • Authorities in Texas have charged Eric Black Jr. for the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting on December 30.
    • The shooter was once believed to be a white male in his 30s or 40s, but the man charged on Sunday is a 20-year-old black male.
    • Black's affidavit states that he drove the car, while another passenger fired the bullets.
    • Officials now believe the case is one of "mistaken identity." 

    What began as a harrowing emblem of racially-motivated killings in America has taken a surprising turn. 

    After a weeklong investigation into the murder of seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes, authorities finally landed on a suspect, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr, who was charged on Sunday with capital murder. 

    Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting with her mother at the wheel and three sisters in the car.

    Read more:FBI report shows 17% spike in hate crimes

    Investigators originally identified the suspect as a white male, leading many — including Barnes' mother — to believe that the killing was racially motivated.

    Now authorities say that Barnes and her family may not have been targets, but the case is not over yet. Black's affidavit states that he drove the car, while another passenger fired the bullets.

    Here's everything we know so far.

    Second-grader Jazmine Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on the morning of December 30, 2018.

    Barnes was riding in the car with her mother and three sisters. The family was on their way to Joe V's Smart Shop, a grocery store in Texas, to get supplies for breakfast.

    At around 7 a.m., a man opened fire on their vehicle. Two of the sisters remained unharmed, but the third was hit by shattered glass. Barnes' mother, LaPorsha Washington, was shot in the arm. 

    Within minutes, Barnes was pronounced dead.

    Thousands of people pitched in to cover funeral expenses — including Shaquille O'Neal and NFL star DeAndre Hopkins.

    Hopkins, a wide receiver for the Houston Texans, said Barnes reminded him of his own daughter. He pledged to give his $29,000 playoff check to Barnes' family.

    "I will be playing in your honor, Jazmine," he wrote on Twitter.

    On January 3, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal reportedly dropped off a check, along with Houston police officer Kenneth Miles, to help cover the funeral costs.

    Many others have donated to a GoFundMe page started by Barnes' father, Chris Cevilla.

    Law enforcement officials released a sketch of the suspect, which they believed to be a white man in his 30s or 40s.

    An attorney advising the Barnes family told CNN that at least four independent witnesses had identified the suspect as a white male wearing a black hoodie in a red truck.

    At the time, Barnes' mother believed that the shooting could have been racially motivated.

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    elizabeth warren 2020 Iowa

    • Elizabeth Warren embarked on a four-city tour in Iowa over the weekend after announcing she was launching an exploratory committee for president. 
    • Warren traveled to Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake and Sioux City. 
    • One attendee questioned Warren's decision to take a DNA test last year to prove her Native American heritage to President Donald Trump.
    • Outside another event, a Trump supporter was arrested for allegedly assaulting another attendee with a selfie stick. 

    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren finished a four-city tour in Iowa on Sunday, opening 2019 by visiting one of the most critical states on her path towards obtaining her party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential race.

    On December 31, Warren announced on Twitter and her website that she’d be launching an exploratory committee for president. She followed that up by unveiling plans on Tuesday to travel to Iowa over the weekend, which will hold the first presidential nominating contest for Democratic candidates in a little over a year for the 2020 race.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, &amp; take care of themselves &amp; the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, &amp; that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) <a href="">December 31, 2018</a></blockquote>
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    Warren, who left Friday for Iowa, visited Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, and Sioux City. The trip was the Massachusetts senator's first public appearance since announcing her consideration of entering the 2020 race, save for speaking to the media outside her home following the announcement.  

    Here is what you need to know about Warren's trip. 


    SEE ALSO: An early look at the 2020 presidential contenders

    Warren's trip to Iowa comes after she decided not travel to the Hawkeye state during the 2018 midterm elections. She was the only major potential 2020 candidate to not travel to Iowa during that time.

    Source: Politico

    During her first appearance on Friday, Warren took shots at some other potential Democratic candidates, suggesting billionaires would not be able to represent the party. Tom Steyer, an environmentalist and billionaire, and Michael Bloomberg, the former New York Mayor and successful business man, are reportedly considering entering the 2020 race as Democratic candidates.

    Source: AP

    "I think that campaigns should not be for sale," Warren said. "Whether we're talking about super PACs or self-funding as Democrats in a primary."

    Source: AP

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    best mens parka

    • If you don't have a parka and you live anywhere other than the tropics, it's probably about time you added one to your closet.
    • We tested the top parkas on the market to find the best ones you can buy, including parkas from Triple Fat Goose, Fjällräven, Moose Knuckles, Everlane, and L.L.Bean.

    A parka is a wintertime essential for much of humankind. Without one, layering enough to stay warm can be a nuisance.

    But oh, what a sea of decisions: How thick does it need to be? Do you need the hood to be lined with fur? How do you feel about faux fur? We're still left to ponder pockets, length, and lining. And what on earth does "fill power" mean? While all of the above may or may not be critical decisions, they're all things we have to consider.

    A parka is something we hope to invest in for the long haul, and a parka that doesn't last more than a few seasons is, in my humble opinion, not a parka at all.

    What to look for in a parka

    Let's start with the filling, and what fill power means, exactly. That's how many cubic inches of loft one ounce of a given variety of feather produces. Fill power does not necessarily tell you how warm a parka might be because it doesn't denote how heavily packed the down is inside your coat. 

    What the fill power of a down does tell you is how well a certain type of down traps air and, in effect, warmth. Precious as it may be, an 800-fill-power down packed lightly and loosely into a jacket might not do nearly as much as a 400-fill-power down stuffed to the edges of each compartment.

    So while fill power does dictate something about the quality of a down, what really matters is how densely packed a down is. Another thing to keep in mind, especially for travelers, is that the higher the fill power of a down, the lighter the weight of it by volume, which can result in a lighter jacket overall.

    The outer lining of a parka can require a little explanation, too. Why is it that most parkas seem to be made using a waxed combination of cotton and nylon or polyester? This is not a waterproofing solution. For one thing, we don't generally associate parkas with rain. We also tend to be active outside when wearing them. A parka generally needs to be breathable.

    Work up even the slightest sweat and a jacket that thick and warm will quickly do the rest of the sweating for you until you're unbearably drenched. That said, we've worn all of the parkas below in a bit of rain and come out dry, but it'd be best to look for something that's fully waterproof if you're headed out into a cold, relentless rain for any prolonged period of time. Also, fur doesn't fare too well in rain, either.

    While we're at it, we also have to discuss fur. Yes, it feels wonderful, and there's no denying its beauty. But it comes at a high cost in many, often questionable, regards. It's up to you, and we'll leave it at that. We include both real and faux fur options in our guide.

    Length is another big concern both for style and function. While it's stylish to have jackets cropped at the waist or even above the waist, it doesn't necessarily make a whole lot of sense on the functional side of the debate. Still, people on the shorter side often don't want a jacket that comes down to their calves, while taller folks might look like they're walking on stilts with a short hem. We'll leave that to you, but it's certainly something to consider.

    Below, we've got picks for most budgets and everyone from real and faux fur to no fur at all.

    Here are the best men's parkas you can buy:

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

    The best men's parka overall

    Why you'll love it: Triple F.A.T. Goose's Stratus parka is about as warm as they come, and although it may not be the most sustainable or the most affordable, the brand's line of parkas is the most comfortable we've tried.

    Packed full with 700-fill-power down, the Stratus from Triple F.A.T. Goose is an Insider Picks favorite, and several of our writers have deemed it our go-to winter jacket. 

    Fur fans will also be pleased: You'll get a beautiful trim of coyote fur, which zips away from the hood in case you wish to remove it. The fur also has a wire insert that helps you shape your hood to your head and face so you're not walking around as though you have horse-blinders on.

    While fur and down are not the most widely accepted materials on the market, Triple F.A.T. Goose is on the relatively "responsible" side of things when it comes to sourcing down and fur. You can read about the company's fur and down policy here.

    If you're in a somewhat milder climate like the maritime, you might still want a parka, but you're going to want to make sure it's equipped for the rain. Triple F.A.T. Goose's Chenega II might be the best option with its three-part waterproofing and 700 fill power down. We also tried the Eldridge, a slightly shorter jacket that's also a tad cheaper at $600, and loved it.

    If we've not convinced you yet, Outside, Men's Journal, and Men's Health all stand with us here.

    Pros: As warm as parkas get, TFG offers a wide range of styles and prices on parkas

    Cons: Still searching...

    Buy the Stratus Parka from Triple F.A.T. Goose for $700

    Buy the Chenega II from Triple F.A.T. Goose for $700

    Buy the Eldridge from Triple F.A.T. Goose for $600

    Shop all Triple F.A.T. Goose

    The best faux-fur parka

    Why you'll love it: Fjällräven's Kyl parka is a perfect hybrid of street savviness and adventure readiness with its durable canvas exterior, sustainable down fill, and faux fur hood.

    Fjällräven has been around since 1960 when it started with framed backpacks to better distribute weight for hikers. The company has branched out in the years since, and its parkas are some of the warmest around.

    During testing this fall, I spent a day wearing the Kyl parka while fishing from a small exposed boat in 30-degree temperatures and high winds. I was wearing nothing but a T-Shirt underneath, and it was toasty as could be.

    Still, the Kyl isn't stuffed to the brim with down, and the fill power of the down is of surprisingly low at 500 cuin, especially when ranked with other parkas in this price range, but you can rest assured that it's sustainably sourced.

    It's still plenty warm, though, and runs a little large, so if it's not going to keep you warm enough, there's certainly enough room to tuck a medium-weight wool sweater underneath.

    There are pockets galore in the Kyl. A large wallet, phone, magazine, and even the occasional breakfast sandwich have all comfortably tucked into mine on my morning subway commute.

    Stylistically, the Kyl is up there with the best. It's the kind of parka that flies fashionably in urban and rural settings alike. There's no massive logo or patch, just a subtly-placed leather patch of Fjällräven's iconic Arctic fox on the shoulder.

    Fjällräven focuses on sustainability, and the company is working with Stockholm University to save the Arctic fox. It's also one of the few companies that can prove that all of the down used in its parkas is 100% traceable.

    The outer lining is made of Fjällräven's signature G-1000 waxed polyester and cotton blend. It's durable, but it is nowhere near waterproof, meaning this is not a good jacket for wet snow or precipitation in above-freezing temps. It eventually soaks through and while you'll stay mostly dry, it will get extremely heavy, and you'll eventually start to collect dew on the inside. You can wax it further to increase the water resistance.

    Durability is Fjällräven's winning quality, all in all, though, its outstanding customer service doesn't hurt, either.

    If you want the most technical parka adorned with the plushest, most exotic, real fur, then look elsewhere, but if you're seeking something practical and relatively sporty yet fashion-forward enough to pull off in town, this might be your move.

    Pros: Durable, utilitarian but still stylish

    Cons: Not waterproof (only good in a very cold snowstorm), price, low/entry-level fill power, real fur substitution is not available to those who want it

    Buy Fjällräven's Kyl Parka from Moose Jaw for $639.99 (originally $799.95)

    Shop Fjällräven's full line at Moose Jaw

    The best stylish parka

    Why you'll love it: The Moose Knuckles Sommerset is decked out in gold-plated hardware, an incredibly handsome red fox fur trim, a fair filling of 650-cuin duck down, and a waterproof cotton-nylon outer shell. 

    Canada-based Moose Knuckles is a younger company, but an Insider Picks favorite. The company has done a brilliant job of merging outdoorsy functionality with urban sensibility, covering all the weather-ready necessities while still keeping plenty of attention on looks.

    While the Sommerset is our favorite, Moose Knuckles' full line covers pretty much everyone. Insider Picks reporter Amir Ismael writes: "Moose Knuckles is known for infusing cold-weather sportswear with luxury. As one of its original designs, the Ballistic Bomber is becoming a staple among fashion lovers in need of a fully capable jacket."

    This is a true cold-weather jacket. The outer lining is a cotton/nylon blend, and cotton just doesn't do well wet. And while the hood is detachable, the fox fur trim is not, and you really don't want to get that wet.

    The fill power of the down comes in at 650 for the Sommerset, the jacket isn't exactly packed with the stuff, and you might find yourself in a bit of a chill if you don't make sure to wear something moderately substantial underneath.

    Moose Knuckles claims to use only Saga-Certified furs, and those interested can read its fur policy and other product information here.

    At the time of publishing, the Sommerset Parka is only available through Neiman Marcus, but we're hoping it'll be back in stock soon. Also, be wary of purchasing Moose Knuckles' clothing and apparel on Amazon as many reviews there suggest fraud.

    Buy the Moose Knuckles Sommerset Parka from Neiman Marcus for $1,124

    Shop Moose Knuckles parkas at Neiman Marcus

    Shop Moose Knuckles parkas at Nordstrom

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    dc trash shutdown

    • Statements from President Donald Trump and senior administration officials indicated that no end is in sight for the partial government shutdown.

    • Trump said he could "relate" to government workers her are currently furloughed or working without pay.

    • An arrest was made in the case of the shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, but police say there is a second suspect.

    The news that dominated the first full weekend of 2019 had much in common with the national issues that were brewing up until the new year. 

    The partial shutdown of the federal government entered its second week of overwhelmed departments, unpaid employees, and gridlock between the White House and Congress. 

    A gunman killed three and injured four in a shooting at a Torrance, California bowling alley in 2019's most damaging incident of gun violence yet. 

    A week after second-grader Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting, a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with capital murder. Barnes' death sparked national headlines, garnering attention from celebrities and mobilizing a community who called themselves her "army."

    SEE ALSO: Inside Facebook's suicide algorithm: Here's how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts

    The government shutdown reached its 16th day on Sunday, marking more than two weeks of around 800,000 federal employees going without pay and further strain on the affected departments.

    • The partial government shutdown affects several federal departments, making a mess of a slew of services including national park toilets and immigration courts.
    • Some services were restricted during the shutdown, including national campgrounds that are either closed or overwhelmed with trash, and the National Zoo, in addition to the 17 museums run by the Smithsonian Institution. 
    • National Park Service said it would begin using admission fees to help fund maintenance of parks during the shutdown, a move that some lawmakers say is illegal. 
    • Couples looking for a license or to get married in Washington, DC are also currently out of luck.
    • As for the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who aren't getting paid, Trump, whose pay is unaffected, says he "can relate."

    Even as employees and departments suffer, the Trump administration is giving off a frazzled public image amid gridlock with lawmakers.

    • Vice President Mike Pence and other top Trump administration staff met with Democratic Congressional leaders in an attempt to find a middle ground on a spending bill.
    • Pence's office called the discussions "productive," less than an hour before Trump tweeted "Not much headway made today."
    • Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney echoed Trump's grim statement on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, saying "We're back at square one."
    • This is the third-longest shutdown on record, and with no end in sight, could get close to the 21-day all-time record. 

    Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign with a trip to Iowa.

    • Warren stopped in four Iowa cities, where she faced tough questions from residents.
    • One of the first questions she had to answer pertained to a DNA test she took in response to questions surrounding her claimed Native American heritage. 

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    Best brow products

    I used to be really overwhelmed by the concept of filling in my eyebrows. If I'm being honest, it seemed a little scary! How would I make it look natural? But now it's one of those makeup steps I never skip. A well-groomed, well-defined brow just kind of brings my whole face together.

    My brows are shapely to begin with, thanks to years of obsessive tweezing — not over tweezing, thankfully. But I like to run a bit of pigment through them to give the impression of additional thickness and to make the hairs stand out against the rest of my face. Doing my brows takes a cumulative five seconds, but it makes a world of difference for my finished makeup look.

    All brow products are not created equal, though it may appear that way on the surface. That makes the search even more confusing. How do you choose between all the gels, tints, pomades, and powders on the market?

    You could go through the trial-and-error of testing countless options until you find your perfect match — or you could read on for five foolproof picks we recommend.

    Here are the best brow products you can buy:

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

    The best brow powder and pomade overall

    Why you'll love it: Laura Mercier's Sketch & Intensify combines pomade and powder to give your brows the perfect amount of dimension and intensity.

    Whether you're shooting for the blocked, sharpened look of Instagram brows or something more subtle, Laura Mercier Sketch & Intensify is a great option. The miniature two-pan palette comes with both a powder and a pomade to help you customize to the level of definition and thickness you desire.

    A lot of brow pomades feel stiff and heavy, but this wax/gel mixture is flexible and lightweight. If you accidentally apply too much you can smooth it out by running a dry spoolie through your brows. In fact, I recommend doing this anyway whenever you apply a brow product with a brush to blend everything together and give a softer, more natural finish.

    If you have bushy brows you may want to top this product off with a tinted or clear gel, but otherwise the pomade should be enough to hold the hair in place for all day. Sketch & Intensify comes in three shades: Ash, Blonde, and Brunette. The pomade and powder are two slightly different colors, which keeps your brows from looking one-dimensional.

    This product is essentially an upgraded version of the discontinued Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo, which was a favorite of beauty editors at The Strategist and Total Beauty.

    “The wax mixed with the powder creates a very natural look and has incredible staying power. It took me years to find my soulmate eyebrow [sic]  product, and this is it! Highly recommend,” says one Nordstrom reviewer about Sketch & Intensify.

    Pros: Wax/powder combo ideal for customization, compact package for travel

    Cons: Only comes in three shades, pricey

    Buy the Laura Mercier Sketch & Intensify Pomade and Brow Powder Duo at Macy's for $28

    The best brow gel

    Why you'll love it: Boy Brow is cool-girl brand Glossier's best-selling product, a one-step gel that fills in and thickens brows in a single swipe.

    If you've read my articles on Insider Picks before, you'll notice I recommend a lot of Glossier. Emily Weiss' millennial pink-tinged brand is my personal favorite for everyday staples, and its number one bestseller, Boy Brow, perfectly encapsulates why.

    Like most of Glossier's lineup, this is a totally no-frills, one-step item that adds basically zero time to your makeup routine but yields big results. Inside the white tube is an itty bitty wand that grips every single hair — even the ones so small you didn't know they were there — coating each one with a "creamy wax formula" containing beeswax, carnauba wax, oleic acid, and lecithin.

    This is the only gel I've found that tints and thickens my brows while keeping them soft to the touch so it's not the most obvious that I'm wearing makeup. It comes in Brown, Black, Blond, and Clear, so there's truly a Boy Brow for everyone, though I'd love to see Glossier come out with tinted shade for redheads!

    Beauty experts can't get enough of Glossier Boy Brow. It won an Allure Best of Beauty in 2016, was named a "game-changer" by Teen Vogue in 2015, and has been mentioned in countless other publications.

    Pros: Natural finish, one-step brow product, works alone or over pomade/powder, four shades

    Cons: Easy to apply too much product the first few times you use a fresh tube

    Buy Boy Brow at Glossier for $16

    The best brow powder

    Why you'll love it: Shimmer in your brows sounds like a dystopian nightmare, but Kat Von D Brow Struck Dimension Powder is anything but a makeup disaster.

    Shimmer is usually the last thing you think of when you hear the words “natural makeup,” but it’s is exactly what makes the Kat Von D Brow Struck Dimension Powder such a great pick. Well, technically they’re called “light-catching 3D pigments.”

    But let’s call a spade a spade — this is a brow powder with glitter in it.

    The product boasts a “hybrid two-in-one primer and powder formula” that gives you long-lasting, natural-looking brow. Yes, natural. The shimmer gives each brow hair a dimensional, realistic finish, rather than making you look like the newest member of the touring circus. The concept actually makes sense, since real hair isn’t usually one flat color.

    Brow Struck Dimension Powder is vegan and cruelty-free and comes in seven colors. Editors at PopSugar, Allure, and Cosmopolitan UK have all noted the surprisingly natural look of this light-catching powder.

    Pros: Vegan, cruelty-free, comes in seven shades

    Cons: Bulky packaging, pricey

    Buy Kat Von D Brow Struck Dimension Powder at Sephora for $20

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    Amy Adams attends the 2019 Golden Globes

    • Awards show season kicked off with the 2019 Golden Globes on Sunday night.
    • Nominees and attendees arrived wearing some of the first major red-carpet looks of the year.
    • Nominees such as Amy Adams, Darren Criss, and Sandra Oh were among the highlights.

    The Golden Globe Awards mark the beginning of awards show season, which also means it's the start of this year's red-carpet fashion.

    For the past 75 years, celebrities have walked the red carpet of the Golden Globes wearing styles that will set the tone for future awards shows like the Grammys and Oscars.

    Outfits like Julia Roberts' oversized suit in 1990 and Beyoncé's glimmering gold dress in 2007 prove that the Globes are responsible for more than a few iconic red carpet moments. This year's 76th annual Golden Globes held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday was no different. 

    Many of the attendees also wore "Time's Up" bracelets and ribbons in support of this year's TIMESUPx2 campaign.

    Read more:The most iconic Golden Globe Awards red-carpet looks the year you were born

    Here are the all the looks celebrities wore to the 2019 Golden Globes Awards.

    Co-host Sandra Oh arrived in a sleek white gown.

    The classic dress featured puffy, ruffled detailing on the right shoulder.

    Lady Gaga wore a design by Valentino.

    The light-blue dress featured a flowing train and puffy sleeves, which she paired with some matching blue hair.

    Read more:Lady Gaga's blue ball gown looks almost exactly like one Judy Garland wore over half a decade ago in 'A Star Is Born'

    Amy Adams wore an off-the-shoulder deep emerald dress.

    She was wearing a design by Calvin Klein. 

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    • The 2019 Golden Globes aired live from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 6.
    • Celebrities wore some truly head-turning gowns and suits to the awards ceremony.
    • Stars like Lady Gaga and Amy Adams stole the show.

    On Sunday, the biggest stars in film and television gathered at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, for the 2019 Golden Globes.

    As expected, celebrities turned up to the awards ceremony wearing head-turning gowns, suits, and other memorable ensembles.

    In case you missed it, we rounded up our 25 favorite red-carpet looks from the Golden Globes below.

    Lady Gaga wore a design by Valentino.

    The light-blue dress featured a flowing train and puffy sleeves, which she paired with matching blue hair.

    Read more: Lady Gaga's blue ball gown looks almost exactly like one Judy Garland wore over half a decade ago in 'A Star Is Born'

    Constance Wu's orange belt added a nice pop of color.

    She wore a custom gown by Vera Wang.

    Lupita Nyong'o dazzled in a bright blue dress.

    The Calvin Klein design featured fringe detailing throughout.

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    • The past few months have been tough for traders, with the S&P 500 tumbling 14% in the fourth quarter.
    • While firms across Wall Street are warning of evaporating stock market returns as soon as this year, Goldman Sachs is here to bring some reassurance.
    • Goldman has a strategy tailor-made for such conditions: Buy high-growth-potential companies early and often.
    • The firm has highlighted a list of stocks it believes are most undervalued and likely to rocket higher because of solid earnings.

    The past few months have been extremely challenging for investors. After returning 11% through the first three quarters of 2018, the benchmark S&P 500 tumbled 14% during the last three months, dropping its annual total return to a negative 4%.

    While firms across Wall Street are warning of an impending economic slowdown and evaporating stock market returns as soon as this year, Goldman Sachs is here to bring some reassurance.

    The bank has a strategy tailor-made for such conditions: Buy high-growth-potential companies early and often.

    It has published a list of stocks that it believes are most undervalued and likely to rocket higher because of solid earnings.

    Here are the 13 companies Goldman says could deliver the biggest return going forward, in ascending order of their potential upsides (comparing Goldman's price target to where shares were trading as of December 31):

    American Airlines


    Sector: Industrial

    2018 performance: -40%

    Price as of December 31: $32.11

    Upside to target: 65.1%


    Source: Goldman Sachs 



    Sector: Material

    2018 performance: -41%

    Price as of December 31: $77.07

    Upside to target: 68.7%


    Source: Goldman Sachs 



    Sector: Auto

    2018 performance: -30%

    Price as of December 31: $61.57

    Upside to target: 68.9%


    Source: Goldman Sachs 

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    • This week, Colton Underwood begins his journey to find love on season 23 of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
    • Although we are excited to see how it unfolds (we hear this season is the most dramatic yet), we can’t help but think what could have been.
    • There were many options when it came to which eligible bachelor would have this chance, so we’ve rounded up who we would have preferred to see as this year’s Bachelor.

    ABC's announcement of Colton Underwood as the next Bachelor was met with some elation and some controversy from fans. Although this season promises to be dramatic, we could easily see another guy in his shoes.

    From celebrities to past contestants, here are some people we would have enjoyed to watch more as the Bachelor than Colton Underwood.

    Peter Kraus has been a top pick for the Bachelor for two seasons.

    Bachelor Nation remembers Kraus as the one who felt it was just too soon to get down on one knee, despite loving Rachel Lindsay. Kraus would have been a breath of fresh air as the Bachelor. He's easy on the eyes and seems to be pretty level-headed. We would have loved to see Peter get a second chance at finding love.

    Blake Horstmann was the runner-up on the last season of "The Bachelorette."

    Everyone remembers Blake’s emotional goodbye from last season of "The Bachelorette," when Becca Kufrin sent Horstmann home to say "yes" to now-fiance Garrett Yrigoyen, so who wouldn’t want to see him happy and on the other end of rejection?

    Wills Reid was a fan-favorite during Becca's season of "The Bachelorette."

    Not only would Wills be fun to watch, but keeping track of his wardrobe alone would be quite a fun time for bachelor nation. Wills was a sweetie, who slowly but surely grabbed fans' attention during Becca Kufrin’s season of "The Bachelorette."

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    • Bradley Cooper's musical chops are the talk of the town after his performance as grizzled rock star Jackson Maine in "A Star Is Born."
    • He's not the first actor to achieve mainstream musical success.
    • From Jeremy Renner's EDM collaboration to Jason Segel's Oscar-winning song, here are 17 actors that have added successful musician to their resume.

    When the song "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born" was first dropped in September 2018, everyone was pleasantly surprised by Bradley Cooper's singing. But when the entire movie was released the next month, audiences were blown away — Cooper truly holds his own against the classically trained mega-pop star Lady Gaga. It shows that he spent months learning the craft.

    Cooper's multiple nominations for "A Star Is Born," while very deserved, aren't a total anomaly. There are plenty of actors who have ventured into the music industry. While not all of them are total hits, a fair few could probably make the switch completely and have a healthy singing career.

    Keep scrolling to see which actors have some serious pipes.

    Nobody knew Bradley Cooper could sing, but he's currently nominated for two Grammys, including Record of the Year, for his work in "A Star Is Born."

    A star was born, and it wasn't just Lady Gaga's acting career — it was Cooper's singing career! The multi-hyphenate added another skill to his resume when he trained for months to believably become the damaged rock star Jackson Maine in "A Star Is Born."

    The movie's showstopping duet, "Shallow," is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammy Awards, and won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes. It's also been certified platinum, along with the entire album.

    The movie's soundtrack debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making it Lady Gaga's fifth number one album, and Cooper's first.

    Jennifer Lawrence had a top 20 hit with "Hanging Tree" from "The Hunger Games."

    Though Lawrence claims to hate singing, she clearly has a knack for it. The eerie ballad "The Hanging Tree" played an important part in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," and audiences loved it.

    The song was released as a single, and reached 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 10 on the Top 40 — and was eventually certified platinum. Critics also praised the song, as well as Lawrence's performance. The Washington Post wrote that she"sounds good on the track with her raspy voice matching the dark narrative and Appalachian style of the music."

    Idris Elba has a thriving DJ career, and is even performing at Coachella in 2019.

    Elba, also known by his DJ name DJ Big Driis, has always been involved in the music scene, though in a low-key manner. He started experimenting with music back in the '80s before focusing on acting in the '90s and beyond. 

    He was featured on the 2016 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album "This Unruly Mess I've Made,"rapping on the song "Dance Off," which he also co-wrote.

    Even though he hasn't been hiding his music career, people were still surprised to find him on the 2019 Coachella lineup.

    Per the Hollywood Reporter, he's performed at Glastonbury, had a set at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception, and has released multiple EPs since 2006, when his first one came out.

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    • There are certain things passengers do during flights that can be annoying to some flight attendants and even fellow passengers.
    • Ignoring the safety announcements, not flushing the toilet, walking around barefoot, and ordering multiple drinks at once can be frustrating for some flight attendants.
    • Many flight attendants don't like when passengers use the call button for non-emergencies, like if you want to throw away your candy wrapper. 

    Between flight delays and cramped spaces, traveling can be a stressful experience for everyone involved, including flight attendants. When dealing with dozens or even hundreds of passengers each day, they can experience behaviors from passengers that can be considered quite rude or bothersome. 

    INSIDER spoke to three flight attendants to figure out some of the most frustrating thing passengers do (or don't do) during their flights. 

    Here are 18 things flight attendants wish you'd stop doing. 

    Unpacking your overhead bags during a flight

    Holding up the boarding process is irritating for both the flight attendants working and your fellow passengers, said Haley Fox, a flight attendant for a domestic US airline.

    "The best way to maximize everyone's time and make your fellow passengers not hate you is to keep all of your necessities in the personal space at your seat," she told INSIDER. "If you come onto a plane, then get to your seat and have to unpack your big roller bag in the middle of the aisle just to get to your headphones, you are the worst."

    Asking for non-necessities during safety demonstration

    Fox said whether you're actually paying attention or not, you should respect that, first and foremost, flight attendants are safety professionals and the demonstration is for your own good.

    "Wait until after the critical phases of flight (taxi, take off, and landing) are through to ask for things that are not immediately necessary," said Fox. If your flight attendant is walking down the aisle with a life vest around their neck, she advises against ringing the call light to ask for a blanket. 

    Ordering multiple drinks at once

    "When someone asks for a water, a coffee, and a Diet Coke, it slows down our service," Jennifer L., a flight attendant for a domestic US airline, told INSIDER. "We have to get through the whole cabin. So instead, ask for one drink and we can always come back to give you something else after we've gotten through everyone."

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    • GE has released a "kitchen hub" smart screen that can walk you through cooking recipes, make video calls, and share culinary shots to social media.
    • The 27-inch screen is designed to integrate into your kitchen setup, since the microwave-looking device replaces your exhaust vent directly above your stove. 
    • A prototype of the screen debuted at 2018's Consumer Electronics Show, but GE says the actual product will be on display at this year's show

    General Electric may already power many of the electronics and appliances in your home, but the company is hoping its voice-powered smart touchscreen will become the central hub of your kitchen.

    GE — which has long been in the smart home market with smart microwaves and other smart appliances — is now selling a "Kitchen Hub" smart screen. The display responds to voice commands, makes video calls, streams TV and movies, and can operate connected smart devices. 

    The Kitchen Hub draws comparisons to smart speakers with visual displays, like the Google Home Hub and the Amazon Echo Show. However, GE's device has a 27-inch screen, and is installed directly into the hood above your stove where you would would mount an exhaust vent or a microwave. The Kitchen Hub is also expected to have a hefty pricetag: GE says the price will range between $1,200 and $1,400. 

    The Kitchen Hub first premiered a year ago at CES 2018, but never officially launched. A GE spokesperson told Business Insider that the model at last year's CES was a prototype, and that the product on display at CES 2019 is the actual item. The product will be available beginning in May, according to the company.

    Check out some more details about the GE Kitchen Hub:

    SEE ALSO: Here's how Google's new $150 Home Hub compares to the Amazon Echo Show

    This is GE's Kitchen Hub, a 27-inch smart touchscreen display powered with Google Assistant to respond to voice commands. The hub is designed to slide right into the space above your stove, where you would find your exhaust vent or a microwave.

    The hub comes equipped with a trove of recipes and and instructions that are accessible while you're cooking.

    Beyond cooking, the Kitchen Hub can connect with the other smart devices in your home, so it can be used to operate lights, doorbell cameras, baby monitors, and more.

    Source: The Verge

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    • The English language has a lot of weird spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules.
    • Words that sound and are spelled the same can have two different or even opposite meanings.
    • Tricks like "I before E except after C" don't always work.

    Even if you grew up speaking English, chances are you haven't mastered all of its spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules. Oftentimes, English breaks its own "rules" anyway.

    Words that look the same can be pronounced differently, and words that sounds the same can be spelled differently. Some letters are silent altogether. And tricks like "I before E except after C" don't always apply.

    Here are 11 weird anomalies of the English language that make it difficult to learn.

    English is full of contronyms — words that have two opposite meanings.

    If you clip something, are you cutting it or attaching it together? If something is transparent, is it invisible or obvious? The answer, confusingly, could be either one.

    A "contronym" is a word that has two contradictory meanings, and the English language is full of them.

    It is also full of homographs — words that are spelled the same, and even often pronounced the same, but mean different things.

    There's tear (to rip) and tear (as in crying), bass (a type of fish) and bass (a low sound), bat (a piece of sports equipment and bat (an animal) bow (a type of knot) and bow (to incline) to name a few.

    The English language is full of homographs.

    Idioms often make no sense.

    Why does "it's raining cats and dogs" mean that it's raining hard? Why is an easy thing considered "a piece of cake?" The English language is full of phrases that confuse foreigners.

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    If you've been waiting for a reason to redecorate your home, there's no better excuse than the new year. January is a fresh start, making it a great time to rethink your space — whether you just want to swap out the paintings on your walls, or are considering a serious remodel. 

    Houzz is a great place to start. Not only can you shop its large selection of home goods products, you can also find home improvement professionals in your area or get remodeling inspiration and advice from the Houzz community. Whatever your decorating style and budget, you're sure to find some fun inspiration on the site.

    To help you start off 2019 in style, Houzz is slashing the prices on some of their best-selling pieces from 2018. Now through January 13, you can save up to 75% on top 2018 best-sellers from Houzz. You'll find everything from furniture to small pieces of decor and large kitchen appliances. For some inspiration, we rounded up some of our favorites from the sale that you can check out below. 

    Keep reading for 20 great products from the Houzz 2018 best sellers sale:

    A vintage-inspired rug that adds a rich pop of color to any room

    Safavieh Satin Turquoise Vintage-Inspired Rug, 5'3" x 7'6", $162.99 (Originally $187.99) [You save $25]


    A velvet sectional that's equally modern and comfortable

    Nesta Gray Velvet Sectional, $1,299 (Originally $1,999) [You save $700]

    A vibrant, abstract painting to brighten up a bland wall

    Alexa Wall Art with Frame, $94.99 (Originally $100.80) [You save $5.81]

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    Warning: This post includes major spoilers for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" book series and the third season of the Netflix show.

    • Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" hides details and Easter eggs in each episode.
    • Some are references to the book series, while others are references to real things in pop culture.
    • Some details are hidden in the background. 

    The third season of Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is full of Easter eggs and references for viewers to catch. Like the first and second seasons, the show slips these details in through character lines and hides them in the background of scenes. 

    The show is adapted by Daniel Handler, who wrote all 13 books the show is based on under the pen name "Lemony Snicket." Snicket also serves as the narrator of the Baudelaire orphans' lives. The third and final season adapts the final four books in the series: "The Slippery Slope,""The Grim Grotto,""The Penultimate Peril," and "The End." 

    Here are 39 Easter eggs and references you may have missed on the third season of "A Series of Unfortunate Events," streaming on Netflix now.

    Kit escapes from the Woman With Hair But No Beard and the Man With a Beard But No Hair using dragonfly wings.

    Kit most likely got those wings from Beatrice, who was seen wearing them at the VFD party when Olaf pushed her off the building. We know Beatrice didn't die in the fall because she is the Baudelaires' mother, so those wings have proven to be helpful for both Beatrice and Kit. 

    Olaf references Nickelback when giving his henchpeople an acting "lesson."

    Nickelback is a real band, which is often considered one of the worst bands.   

    Scoutmaster Brucie leads Troop 113 of the Snow Scouts.

    In the books, the Scoutmaster is Carmelita's Uncle Bruce. 

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    • Eleven newly elected scientists are representing Americans in the 116th Congress.
    • Eight of the new-comers are Democrats and three are Republicans.
    • Here's what these engineers, doctors, and other scientists want to do in 2019. 

    The 116th Congress was sworn in on Thursday, with 11 new scientists in the ranks

    Many of the incoming science experts on the Hill hold medical degrees, have worked in healthcare, or have an intimate understanding of topics like nuclear energy or climate change. It's a major boost in the science credentials of the US governing body, which has only two PhD scientists and one PhD mathematician among the 535 members.

    "Scientists are essentially problem-solvers," Shaughnessy Naughton, president of 314 Action, a nonprofit political action committee dedicated to recruiting, training, and funding scientists and healthcare workers who want to run for political office, previously told Business Insider.

    She said the new science-minded politicians will change the political conversation in Washington and "bring a much more nuanced and productive conversation to the healthcare debate," while at the same time taking on environmental issues, cybersecurity, and election integrity.

    "Who better to be tackling these issues than scientists?" she said. 

    Here's the list of new science whizzes representing Americans on the Hill: 

    SEE ALSO: We asked 1,000 Americans what they think Trump's New Year's resolutions should be. Here's what they told us.

    Computer programmer Jacky Rosen is one of Nevada's two Democratic female senators. The former Congresswoman from the state's 3rd District helped her suburban Las Vegas synagogue install a new solar array. Rosen says that cut the congregation's energy bill by 70%.

    Source: Business Insider

    Industrial engineer Chrissy Houlahan, an air force veteran, represents Pennsylvania's 6th District. Houlahan, who used to teach high school chemistry, said she'll focus on making healthcare more affordable.

    Sources: Chrissy Houlahan for Congress, Business Insider

    Ocean engineer Joe Cunningham, who squeaked out a victory in South Carolina's coastal 1st District, wants to protect the coastline from offshore drilling.

    The 36-year-old told The Post and Courier that he's "pumped" to get to work in DC and end the government shutdown.

    "People in the 1st Congressional District have sent me up here to extinguish those flames of partisan hatred and political divide as opposed to pouring kerosene on it," he said.

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    LG Signature OLED TV R

    • LG's absurdly thin "Signature" series of TVs is getting even more absurd: The latest model is a "rollable" TV.
    • When not being used, the skinny TV rolls down into a box that also doubles as a soundbar.
    • There's no price or release date just yet, but LG says the rollable TV will ship in 2019.

    Before reading any further, you have to see this new television in action:

    Pretty impressive, right?

    That's the rollable TV from LG. With the press of a button, it disappears into a relatively small rectangular box.

    But the LG Signature OLED TV R, as it's officially known, is more than just novel trickery — it's a unique, impressive approach to new TV design. It was unveiled on Monday during the opening day of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it's already a standout of the event.

    Here's what we know about it thus far:

    SEE ALSO: The futuristic LG TV that rolls itself in and out of a box could hit living rooms in 2019 — check it out in action

    The first wallpaper-thin, rollable TV from LG was shown during a stage presentation on Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:

    As you can see above, there are varying levels of openness to the rollable TV from LG — this was actually shown previously, last year when LG debuted a prototype at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

    The difference in this case is that the proof of concept has become a reality: The LG Signature OLED TV R is the next step in the evolution of its "Signature" edition TVs — announcing for the first time a consumer version of the rollable TV concept.

    The thinness of the Signature series gets put to good use in a rollable format, and the gimmick of a rollable TV becomes a genuinely useful feature. 

    It's a gorgeous display capable of top-of-the-line visuals:

    LG's Signature series boasts 4K Ultra HD / HDR capability that's as good or better than the competition, and it does it on an OLED screen that's less than a quarter-inch thick. 

    With the LG Signature OLED TV R, LG is putting that capability into a 65-inch screen that rolls into a relatively slim, attractive piece of furniture when you're not using it.

    Here's what that might look like if you lived in an impossibly nice Manhattan apartment with remote-operated windows and a supervillain-like view of the New York City skyline:

    The idea is simple and logical: To hide the massive black rectangles — screens— that are prevalent in the modern home.

    LG's solution is to roll it into an austere rectangular box that's easily mistaken for modernist furniture. 

    The TV can also be used as a slimmer screen for simple functions, like listening to music or seeing the weather and time:

    One benefit of the design of LG's rollable TV is that it can be used in more ways than a standard TV. In "Line" mode, it's got a dedicated user interface that enables music playback and conveys information like time and weather. You can even use the built-in Amazon Alexa assistant to command it with your voice.

    Better still: Even when the display is all the way closed, the soundbar built into the base can be used as a speaker. And for you audio heads out there, LG describes the soundbar as a, "4.2-channel, 100W front-firing Dolby Atmos audio system."

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    Coast Guard boot camp

    • Before one can say they serve in the US Coast Guard, they must overcome myriad challenges of boot camp, located in Cape May, New Jersey. 
    • There, recruits face physical and psychological tests meant to harden their resolve and prepare them for a future of service.
    • They must meet physical fitness requirements, pass a three-part swim test, and withstand eight weeks of yelling ... lots and lots of yelling.
    • Business Insider's Graham Flanagan spent four days embedded at Training Center Cape May to produce this video, an inside look at their arduous training.
    • Here are some of the more challenging moments of Coast Guard boot camp.

    SEE ALSO: These are the disgusting conditions at boot camp that led to a dangerous E. Coli outbreak that hospitalized 29 recruits

    SEE ALSO: Marine Corps' boot camp will integrate men and women recruits for the first time ever

    1. Company commanders wait to greet recruits the moment they step off the bus at boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey.

    2. Their company commanders get up close and personal with the new arrivals.

    3. For their initial physical fitness test, recruits must perform push-ups and sit-ups for 1 minute each, and pass a 1.5-mile run.

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    • Much to the chagrin of the undefeated No. 2 Michigan Wolverines and No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers, the Duke Blue Devils sit at the top of the AP Top 25 Poll for the third consecutive week.
    • The ACC leads all conferences with six teams in the rankings, followed closely by the Big 12 with five and the SEC and Big 10 with four teams apiece. The Pac-12, meanwhile, has no representation in the AP Top 25 Poll for the second consecutive week.
    • Here are the four biggest winners and losers of Week 9 of the college basketball season.


    ▲ No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs — Up 2 spots in the AP Top 25 Poll

    The No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs have been one of the elite teams throughout this college basketball season. They managed to take down Zion Williamson and the mighty Blue Devils at the Maui Invitational before suffering their first losses of the season back-to-back against the Tennessee Volunteers and North Carolina Tar Heels. Since then, the Bulldogs have been flying high, outscoring their last five opponents by a 43.6 point margin on average and climbing two spots in the AP Top 25 Poll this week. Even so, the most significant thing that happened for Gonzaga this week was the return of star big man Killian Tillie, who had been recovering from an ankle injury for the first half of the season. If the Bulldogs could compete — and even beat — the top teams in the nation without their leading returning scorer from last season, imagine what they will do with him back in the ranks.

    ▲ No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones — Enter AP Top 25 Poll

    Early season losses to the Arizona Wildcats and the Iowa Hawkeyes took the No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones out of the conversation with the top teams in the country, but Iowa State hasn't lost since. This week, they took down the then-No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks in dominant fashion, stretching a four-point halftime lead into a commanding 17-point gap by the final buzzer. Now the Cyclones find themselves in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 Poll with two more matchups against ranked opponents coming later in the month.

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    • Flying on commercial flights can be stressful, so being a considerate traveler is a good way to make flights a lot smoother for yourself and others around you.
    • If you can, stow your belongings in the overhead compartment right above your row, so others on the plane have adequate space for their items.
    • Keep your shoes on during the flight.
    • You can read more on what makes someone a considerate traveler below.

    What is it about flying? The rules of civility seem to get canceled as frequently as flights in a storm. As travel editors and frequent flyers, we’ve seen it all, from drunken rowdiness to nail-clipping. And that’s why a considerate traveler is an absolute godsend. These are the thoughtful, compassionate folks who make everyone’s flight a bit smoother thanks to their courtesy. We’re taking the time to applaud all the behavior that makes them the perfect seatmate. Here are eight things every considerate traveler does when flying.

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    1. They use the overhead bin above their seat.

    The delicate balance of overhead luggage space gets severely disrupted when travelers just throw their bags in the compartment closest to the door, kicking off a domino effect of displaced suitcases all around. That’s why considerate travelers will make the effort to lug their carry-on down the aisle to their seat, even if it’s all the way to 37B, so they’re not shortchanging the person in 4A.

    2. They know when to stop talking.

    Being seated next to the guy who just won’t stop talking is a fate worse than being in the middle seat. (A note to the chatty: Please don’t expect your fellow passengers to be your in-flight entertainment.) Considerate travelers will offer a nice hello, maybe a few pleasantries, and then they’ll shut up. You’ll never feel pressured into pulling out a novel or headphones just to escape a monologue about their grandkids.

    3. They recline their seat gently.

    If the first thing you do when you get to your seat is jam it back without care for those behind you, you are not a member of the considerate travelers club. Without knowing it, you could be slamming down on someone’s laptop, hot beverage, or both. (Never a good combo.) That’s why thoughtful travelers will slowly glide their chair back, and maybe spare a few degrees for the person behind them. And if the seat is jerky or jammed, they’ll give the person behind them a heads up before their pushback.

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