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    workout stuff resistance bandsWorking out at home is pretty popular because it's oftentimes cheaper and more convenient than joining a gym or attending classes.

    Plus you can work out whenever you feel like it without having to worry about sharing equipment. Finding the right at-home workouts can be a bit of trial and error, but with a bit of research, you might be able to find something that works well for you.

    1. Bodyweight exercises will never go out of style.

    Bodyweight exercises don't require equipment, which means you can do them anywhere without having to invest in or bring anything with you. They're also a good place to start if you're not sure about what you should do, but want to do something outside of the gym.

    "Add some walking to this routine and you have a low stress, powerful workout you can do anywhere," fitness expert Evie Fatz told INSIDER.



    2. High-intensity workouts can mean great results with minimal equipment or investments needed.

    Whether you're looking for programs and methods that let you do more with less or just want to take your body weight exercises up a notch, high-intensity workouts are something that you can do at home, but that will really work all parts of your body.

    "Taking bodyweight strength moves from programs like CrossFit and high-intensity cardio modalities that require minimal space, like jump rope, can be a really potent combination," Josh Rogers, the co-founder of RPM Training Co., told INSIDER.

    "They may want to have a trainer review a program they are considering to see what it may be lacking so they can supplement it such as by doing additional stretching for flexibility,"Robert S. Herbst, a personal trainer, weight loss and wellness coach, told INSIDER. "They may also want to run through the program with the trainer to make sure they are using proper form to get the most out of the exercises and not get injured."

     



    3. BBG by Kayla Itsines lays everything out for you, so that you can plan ahead.

    Kayla Itsines's BBG program is super popular— and for good reason. It provides detailed workout plans and instructions. 

    Ashley Pitt, NASM personal trainer and the creator of the healthy lifestyle blog, A Lady Goes West, told INSIDER that she likes that BBG tells you what sorts of things you should be doing each week, which can help you ensure that you're doing what needs to be done and can plan ahead.

    When doing at-home workouts like these, it's important to keep an eye on your form, Pitt tells INSIDER.

    "... There isn't a trainer around to correct issues," Pitt said.  "It would also be beneficial for people who work out at home to record themselves doing the workout to watch back and check their form, or use a mirror as well. When you're working out at home, you should set the app or monitor up to eye level as well, so you aren't straining to see the next moves or demos of what you're following along."



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    RH Restoration Hardware 0098

    • RH, formerly Restoration Hardware, just opened a stunning new flagship store in New York City.
    • The store has fine art installations, a café, rooftop restaurant, in-house design consultants, and more.
    • We visited the store to see just how over-the-top it is for ourselves. 

    RH, formerly Restoration Hardware, just opened its six-story flagship store in New York City's Meatpacking District — and it is absolutely stunning. 

    The store, which RH describes as a gallery, sells everything you'd need to furnish a home in a very high-end setting. It isn't anything like stores like Ikea or Pottery Barn.

    The gallery's opening party had more than 1,500 people in attendance, according to Architectural Digest. In addition to the high-end furniture showrooms, RH New York has a coffee bar and a rooftop restaurant. It also has a team of in-house interior designers, art installations, marble sculptures, and a glass elevator at the center.

    RH CEO Gary Friedman has emphasized the company's commitment to physical retail.

    "While most in our industry are closing or downsizing stores, we remain committed to our quest of revolutionizing physical retailing," Friedman wrote in a letter to shareholders in September.

    He continued: "With three of our four restaurants trending to generate $5 million to $6 million annually, and our fourth at approximately $4 million, we believe RH Hospitality is now a proven scalable business, and we plan to increase the number of new Galleries with integrated restaurants, wine vaults, and barista bars going forward.” 

    Take a look inside the gorgeous new RH New York gallery: 

    SEE ALSO: Retail startups like Allbirds, Everlane, and more are flocking to one of NYC's trendiest neighborhoods to open stores — here's how big the trend has become

    RH New York, formerly Restoration Hardware, opened its flagship gallery earlier this month in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.



    In the entryway were gold mirrors and recreations of marble sculptures. Most of the first floor was lit with natural light. Everything was very elegant.



    Each showroom was very similar. Everything in the store had a very elegant, high-end feel to it, thanks in part to the sculptures and fine art on display and giant chandeliers hanging in each room.



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    most common cancers in us

    In 2018, there will be about 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed in the US, according to estimates from the American Cancer Society (ACS.)

    And although cancer can occur anywhere in the body, there are certain cancers that are more common among the US population. 

    Below, INSIDER used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to rank the most common cancers in the US, from least to most common. Specifically, the data shows which cancers had the highest number of new cases in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. 

    Thyroid cancer: 48,761 cases

    The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that a plays a role in heart rate, metabolism, skin maintenance, growth, body temperature, digestion, and fertility, and more.

    The ACS website describes thyroid cancer as "the most rapidly increasing cancer" in the US. This is partly because we're just catching it more often.

    "Often the [cancerous] thyroid nodules are found when people are getting imaging for other disorders,"endocrinologist Dr. Elizabeth Pearce previously told INSIDER. "Just the fact that we're doing so much more imaging today than we were doing a couple of decades ago probably is the largest driver of why the cancer prevalence has increased."

    But thyroid cancer has a low mortality rate, meaning it's not very deadly. 

    "This is not a cancer that really kills people," endocrinologist  Dr. Betul Hatipoglu previously told INSIDER. "We are able to catch them, treat them, and cure them most of the time."

    It causes symptoms like swelling, or pain, or a lump in the neck, hoarseness and voice changes, constant cough, and trouble breathing or swallowing. 

    Read more: 17 things you need to know about your thyroid



    Uterine corpus cancer: 54,644 cases

    Uterine corpus cancer is often called endometrial cancer because 92% of cases occur in the endometrium, or uterine lining, according to the ACS.

    The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding— but women shouldn't panic if they have one menstrual cycle that seems abnormal. 

    Gynecologist Dr. Mary Rosser previously explained to INSIDER that most irregular bleeding happens for "very benign reasons." If you have three irregular cycles in a row, she said, then it's time to call your doctor. 

    Read more: 9 reasons your period might be irregular that have nothing to do with being pregnant

     

     

     



    Kidney and renal pelvis cancer: 61,816 cases

    This category covers cancers in the body of the kidney as well as the renal pelvis— an area at the center of the kidney where urine collects. 

    Men are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with kidney cancer, according to the ACS. Men's increased exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in the workplace and increased likelihood of smoking may partly explain this gap.

    For all people, though, the symptoms may include blood in the urine, low back pain on one side of the body that's not linked to an injury, a lump in the lower back, fatigue, appetite loss, unexplained weight loss, and more. 



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    amazon spheres

    SEATTLE — Amazon held a special event on Thursday to unveil a slew of new gadgets and services. 

    At the start of the event, Amazon exec Dave Limp said "We’ve got 70 things to talk about," and if he was joking, it was hard to tell. According to Limp, Thursday’s event featured the largest number of devices and features that Amazon has ever announced in a single day.

    The event was held in the Amazon Spheres, which are three large glass domes located on Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. Business Insider was in attendance, and checked out the hands-on area afterwards.

    Here’s everything Amazon announced at its massive September event:

    NEW ECHO DOT

    The Echo Dot — Amazon's best-selling speaker ever, which is a miniature version of the original Echo — got a bunch of improvements, including a new design, and better speakers that are 70% louder than the previous version.

    The new Echo Dot costs $50, like the last model, and starts shipping in October.



    NEW ECHO PLUS

    Amazon unveiled a new Echo Plus speaker that features stronger bass and an equalizer feature that lets you adjust the bass and treble using just your voice.

    The new Echo Plus also has an integrated temperature sensor so you can create special commands that trigger actions, so you could have it turn on your fans if a room gets too hot, for example. It will also support local voice control, so you won’t need an internet connection to do some basic commands like turning on lights.

    The new Echo Plus is available for pre-order, and starts shipping in October. It costs $149.99.



    NEW ECHO SHOW

    Amazon redesigned the Echo Show to have a bigger 10-inch HD screen — twice the display area of the original Echo Show — and better sound quality. It also has two new web browsers, including Firefox and Amazon’s Silk browser.

    You can pre-order the new Echo Show now, which starts shipping in October. It costs $229.99.



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    PhilipVolkers_BurningMan_67

    Burning Man is arguably the most captivating festival in the world.

    The annual "counterculture" event sees around 70,000 people visit Black Rock City, Nevada each year and form a giant semi-circle for a weekend of self-expression, civic responsibility, music, and art — and some pretty crazy fashion choices.

    Founded in 1986, the festival has been home to some pretty incredible scenes over the years.

    Burning Man photographer and "anthropological enthusiast" Phillip Volker has compiled the most extraordinary, never-before-seen images from the past decade of the festival in his new book, "Dust to Dawn."

    He shared a selection of the photos, from what he calls "a haven for enquiring minds," with Business Insider.

    Scroll down to see his 12 most bizarre and intriguing photos from the last 10 years of Burning Man.

    SEE ALSO: Surreal photos from Burning Man take you deep inside the madness

    'Equatorial Encounter,' 2007 — Artist: Matt Evans



    'Watching a Burn,' 2012



    'Coyote,' 2013 — Artist: Bryan Tedrick



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    microwave

    Leftovers can be a lifesaver when it comes to a quick office lunch or a no-fuss evening meal. There’s something so satisfying about popping a plate of last night’s dinner in the microwave for a fast and easy way to fill your belly.

    Unfortunately, reheating certain dishes can put you at risk of food poisoning or worse. Here are a few foods you should never reheat for safety reasons.

    You should think twice before warming up leftover potatoes.

    Sad news for spud lovers: reheating leftover potatoes could make you ill.

    As the Independent reported, the issue with reheating potatoesisn’t actually the process of warming them in the microwave or oven. If cooked potatoes are left to cool at room temperature for too long,the bacteria that causes botulism may form. This is actually made more likely if the potatoes are wrapped tightly in foil.

    Reheating doesn’t always get the potato hot enough to kill the bacteria, even if the dish seems piping hot. If you didn’t tuck your potatoes away in the refrigerator right after serving, don’t risk food poisoning by eating them the next day.



    Reheating mushrooms can give you an upset stomach.

    According to the Independent and the European Food Information Council, reheating mushrooms is a big mistake.

    Mushroomscontain proteins that can be damaged by enzymes and bacteria if not stored properly, e.g. left at room temperature too long. Reheating and consuming mushrooms that have deteriorated in this way can give you a stomach ache.

    If you really must reheat mushrooms, the European Food Information Council recommends warming them toat least 158 degrees Fahrenheit. 



    You probably shouldn’t reheat your chicken.

    You’ve probably heard that heating up leftover chicken can dangerous. Though it isn’t strictly true that reheated chicken will lead to food poisoning, getting the process right is tricky.  

    Lydia Buchtmann, spokesperson for the Food Safety Information Council, told SBS that it’s technically OK to reheat chicken. However, you need to make sure that every single part of the chicken has reached a temperature ofat least 175 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure dangerous bacteria are killed. The only way to do that is with a cooking thermometer. Furthermore, you need tomake sure cooked chicken is kept below 42 degrees Fahrenheit at all times if you plan to reheat it, and you should toss any cooked chicken that’s been around for more than three days.

    If you don’t happen to carry around a meat thermometer and don’t know the exact temperature of your lunchbox and fridge, reheating chicken might be more trouble than it’s worth.



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    blade

    Disney is expected to enter the streaming game next year, and it's bringing the Avengers with it.

    According to Variety, Disney is developing TV series for the platform that spin out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, starring the likes of Loki, Scarlet Witch, and even characters who haven't been introduced yet.

    The MCU has already landed on the small screen thanks to Netflix's Marvel shows like "Daredevil" and "Iron Fist," as well as network shows like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Agent Carter." But those are loosely connected to the MCU. What Disney reportedly wants to do with its streaming service is on another, more ambitious level.

    It's also perfect for characters who haven't been included in the MCU's big screen adventures who may be better suited for television.

    Since Variety notes that characters who haven't appeared yet could star in their own shows, we've rounded up seven superheroes from Marvel comic books that would fit nicely into the Marvel streaming universe.

    Below are Marvel characters that Disney should introduce on its streaming service that haven't been included in the MCU yet:

    SEE ALSO: Disney's CEO says there shouldn't be 'two Marvels,' suggesting the X-Men will be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Blade

    Not since "Blade: Trinity" in 2004, Wesley Snipes' last film in the role and a critically panned finale to his trilogy, has the half-human, half-vampire "daywalker" been seen on the big screen. He appeared in a TV series in 2006 that only lasted one season.

    The film rights to the character have reverted to Marvel, but we haven't heard a peep about any prospects for the character. It seems he has been forgotten, even in the comic books — as this Hollywood Reporter piece points out, Blade was set to star in a new comic series in 2015, but after the creators walked away, Marvel never went through with it. 

    Blade doesn't exactly fit Disney's family-friendly image, or even within the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. But that's why Netflix was a perfect place for street-level, gritty characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage. The same can be said of Blade, whose more mature elements would put him at odds with the MCU on the big screen, but fit adequately in a streaming series that has fewer limitations.



    Deadpool/X-Force

    After the Disney/Fox merger, the future of the "Deadpool" movies is up in the air. The character's R-rated foul mouth and violent tendencies, like Blade, don't fit well into the MCU as we know it. But Deadpool and a streaming service might be a perfect match (think of the jokes!).

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that he'd want Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to oversee Fox's "X-Men" franchise, which "Deadpool" is technically a part of. When asked if Deadpool could become an Avenger, he said, "Kevin's got a lot of ideas. I'm not suggesting that's one of them. But who knows?"

    The prospect of Deadpool being an Avenger is a silly one, but Iger's comments do suggest that the X-Men could be introduced to the MCU, which would open up a can of worms when it comes to Deadpool. A "Deadpool 2" spin-off movie starring the X-Force team is in development with "The Cabin in the Woods" director Drew Goddard, and it's unknown how the merger will affect it. It's possible that it could still move forward, but under Disney, it makes  sense for the character's future adventures to take place on the small screen.



    Fantastic Four

    The last three "Fantastic Four" movies haven't exactly been successful. They've made less than $800 million worldwide, combined, and the last attempt in 2015, a reboot directed by Josh Trank, only made $63 million domestically. It also has an abysmal 9% Rotten Tomatoes critic score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

    The MCU has managed to breathe new life into characters like Spider-Man and make little-known characters like Black Panther global phenomenons. But if Disney didn't want to take that risk with the Fantastic Four, a TV show on its streaming service might be a better bet.



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    stephen hawking the big bang theory

    "The Big Bang Theory" is coming to an end after its 12th season. 

    Since 2007, Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Raj, and Howard have had their fair share of run-ins with celebrities. Howard rubbed shoulders with Buzz Aldrin when he went to space, James Earl Jones pranked Carrie Fisher, and Adam West was invited to Sheldon's birthday party. Stars ranging from Bob Newhart to the late Stephen Hawking have even become recurring characters on the CBS comedy.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye will once again join the show to kick off its 12th season on September 24. Before the star-studded final season premieres, take a look back at the many stars who have appeared on the show. 

    "Roseanne" actress and "The Talk" co-host Sara Gilbert appeared on the show for several seasons as an experimental physicist.

    Before Johnny Galecki reprised his role on the "Roseanne" reboot, his old co-star Sara Gilbert appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" until season three as Leonard's ex and colleague, Dr. Leslie Winkle. 

    Winkle returned for the show's 200th episode on season nine to attend Sheldon's birthday party.



    She's not the only "Roseanne" star who has made an appearance. Laurie Metcalf has played Sheldon's mom.

    Metcalf has appeared on a handful of episodes as Mary Cooper since season one. We expect to see her again to close out the show. 



    Charlie Sheen played himself on an episode of season two.

    Sheen appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" while his CBS show, "Two and a Half Men," was on TV. Raj tells Sheen at a bar that he's going to be in People magazine. 

    You can watch a snippet of the scene here.



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    nick lachey peta dancing dwts

    It doesn’t always pay to be first. Just ask all the contestants who have had the unfortunate distinction of being the first eliminated from the ballroom on the hit ABC reality show "Dancing with the Stars."

    We rounded up some of the celebrities that lasted the shortest on the show — whether they deserved it or not. 

    Johnny Damon and Jamie Anderson were victims of a double elimination

    During season 26’s special truncated athlete’s edition, former baseball outfielder Johnny Damon and Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson were sent packing in a double elimination in the season premiere. Damon received 18/30 for his foxtrot with partner Emma Slater and Anderson didn’t fare much better with 19/30 for her Viennese Waltz with Artem Chigvintsev.



    Barbara Corcoran did not find as much success in the ballroom as the boardroom.

    The real estate mogul is a boss in the business world but failed to win over the public during her season 25 stint. She and partner Keo Motsepe were the first eliminated in the second week after posting a 17/30 for their foxtrot.



    Chris Kattan couldn’t keep up in season 24

    Actor and former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Kattan and partner Witney Carson said goodbye to the competition in week two despite posting a respectable 22/30 for their jazz routine.



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    nappily

    Netflix has too much content: TV, movies, standup, you name it. It's a great thing, but it also leads to hours spent trying to figure out what to watch, instead of actually watching something.

    To make your binge-watching a bit easier, every week, we comb through Netflix's current inventory and collect some movies that might spark your interest.

    From Star Wars story "Rogue One" to the brand-new Netflix original movie, "Nappily Ever After," these are some great movies on Netflix that you can watch over the weekend.

    Here's 7 movies you should watch on Netflix this weekend:

    SEE ALSO: The 100 best crime movies of all time, according to critics

    "Nappily Ever After" (2018) — A Netflix Original

    Netflix description: When a perfectionist ad exec experiences a romantic setback, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that begins with a dramatic hair makeover.

    Critic score: N/A

    Audience score: N/A

    This movie starring the endlessly charming Sanaa Lathan is based on the novel of the same name. It follows Violet, a woman who realizes she hasn’t been really living her life until she is freed from her hair. It's a sweet, significant movie that like HBO's "Insecure" authentically represents the perspective of a black woman in a way that is both funny and dramatic. 



    "The Witch" (2015)

    Netflix description: Believing that a witch has cursed their family, pilgrims homesteading on the edge of a primeval New England forest become increasingly paranoid.  

    Critic score: 91%

    Audience score: 57%

    This thrilling, unsettling, and incredibly well-shot horror film works so well because it is genuinely scary as it touches on themes, such as society's expectations for women, that are still relevant today. 



    "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010)

    Netflix description: Dreamy delivery girl Ramona captures Scott Pilgrim's heart, but he must vanquish all seven of her evil exes in martial arts battles to win her love.

    Critic score: 81%

    Audience score: 83%

    This unique movie was truly like nothing else out there when it came out in 2010. It's funny, vibrant, and has some great performances from Michael Cera and others. It also features some major MCU actors before they were superheroes: Chris Evans and Brie Larson. 



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    Marina Bay Sands Singapore

    Skyscrapers have gotten taller, more expensive, and a lot more elaborate over the past few decades.

    Some of the most recent designs incorporate wild twists, thousands of plants, and even unattainable features like the ability to hang off an asteroid.

    Business Insider has rounded up 20 of the most outrageous-looking towers; some have been in use for years, while others will likely never see the light of day. Take a look below.

    SEE ALSO: The 20 most expensive skyscrapers built in the last 30 years

    SEE ALSO: There's a global rush to build skyscrapers

    A skyscraper in Panama City has one of the tightest twists in the world.

    The F&F Tower in Panama City, originally called the Revolution Tower, rotates like a helix.

    This tower features one of the tightest twists in the world, turning 5.943 degrees as it rises to a height of about 760 feet. Because the building makes a distinct rotation for each floor, there are four exterior balconies on every level. 



    Dubai's Burj Al Arab was designed to look like a sail so it wouldn't cover the adjacent beach with its shadow.

    The Burj Al Arab overlooks the Persian Gulf on an artificially-made island in Dubai. 

    It is known for its sail-like shape, which was designed to avoid covering the beach with its shadow, and a platform near the roof was added to serve as a helipad.

    The hotel's interior stands out for its luxurious design, with four swimming pools and a private beach club. One of the hotel's restaurants is under the sea; its walls are made of thick acrylic glass to withstand the water pressure, and guests can enter it through a tunnel. 



    The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore boasts the world's largest infinity pool.

    Singapore's Marina Bay Sands is the most Instagrammed hotel in the world. 

    The five-star resort, which is 57 stories tall, is also home to the highest and longest infinity pool in the world. Marina Bay Sands is made of three columns that are linked at the top by a terrace.

    Inside, guests can enjoy designer shopping malls, private movie screens, and several spa facilities. 



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    nopal cactus leaves cochineal

    Even if you're a die-hard vegetarian, chances are you haven’t tried every vegetable on this planet.

    Here are 11 vegetables that are rarely found in the US but that everyone should consider giving a try.

    Romanesco might be the most mesmerizing vegetable.

    With its beautifully detailed pattern, this may be the coolest looking vegetable you ever lay eyes on.

    Romanesco is not only known for its fun appearance but its taste which resembles that of broccoli. According to Bon Appetit, this vegetable can be served raw, steamed, sauteed or, pickled.



    Samphire is a vegetable from the sea.

    Unlike most vegetables on this list, samphire does not sprout up from land but from the sea.  

    This crisp green vegetable, which is native to the shores of Great Britain and northwestern Europe, offers a salty flavor of the sea. According to Food and Travel, Samphire, which is also known as sea beans, makes a great side for any fish dish.



    Nopales is a type of cactus.

    The idea of biting into a cactus probably doesn’t sound appealing to most of us, but Nopal may be the exception.

    Nopal cactus, also known as the prickly pear cactus, is most popular in Mexico. After peeling of the plants' spines, the flesh of nopal is often used to make vegetarian tacos.

    The vegetable has countless benefits— it works as an antiviral, regulates blood sugar levels and is high in antioxidants, according to Healthline.



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    best towels

    • There's nothing quite like a soft, fluffy towel. You’ll look forward to drying off with our top pick, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. This soft, super-absorbent towel is also a great bargain.

    You step out of the shower, and happily reach for your favorite scratchy, thin, unabsorbent, and too-small bath towel: NOT. No one wants to end their clean routine on an unhappy note like that. It’s a pleasure to dry off with a thick, thirsty, soft, and big-enough-to-cover-everywhere-that-counts bath towel.

    That’s why we’ve hunted down the best bath towels for your drying pleasure. Whether you like them overly large, made of organic cotton, in a waffle-weave, or just thick, soft, and luxurious; we’ve got your new favorite bath towel in our guide.

    Here are the best towels you can buy:

    Updated on 9/21/2018 by Malarie Gokey: Added the Crane & Canopy Fouta Towel after testing. Removed out-of-stock items and updated prices.

    Read on in the slides below to learn why you'll love our picks.

    SEE ALSO: The best bathroom cleaning products you can buy

    The best towel overall

    Why you'll love it: So soft, absorbent, and wallet-friendly, the Fieldcrest Spa Towel makes stepping out of the shower a pleasure.

    If you’re looking for a 100% cotton towel that absorbs water without feeling heavy or “soaked” against your skin, has a plush texture, comes in lots of great colors, and holds up well after years of use, you’ve met your match with the Fieldcrest Spa Towel. You get all of that quality at a budget price.

    You’ll find three sizes of towel available at Target: bath sheet (measures 65 x 33 inches), bath towel (measures 56 x 30 inches), and hand towel (30 x 16 inches). All sizes are available in a choice of 11 lovely neutral shades, including a deep brown, cream, mint green, and several soft blue shades.

    The Fieldcrest towel is a Target exclusive. A similar towel from Fieldcrest (that's currently out of stock) is The Wirecutter’s number-one pick for the bath towel category. In fact, it’s been the review team's top choice for two years in a row. They love its durability, medium-plush thickness, and the way it absorbs water thoroughly yet dries out quickly. The Spa towel we recommend is similar.

    Target buyers seem to agree: The Fieldcrest towel has 24 reviews and a nearly five-star rating. Happy buyers rave about the towel’s luxurious feel, plushness, and excellent absorbing capabilities. With so many reviews, however, there are bound to be some negatives. A few buyers complained that the towel didn't absorb water as well as they'd hoped.

    Pros: Great price, nice selection of colors, plush and soft, 100% cotton terrycloth

    Cons: A few complaints of reduced quality and fading

    Buy Fieldcrest Spa Bath Towels at Target for $10+



    The best towel that's sheet sized

    Why you'll love it: If you like ‘em large, you’ll love the soft and absorbent Utopia Bath Sheet, which measures 35 x 70 inches.

    If you like wrapping your bath towel around your entire body, you’ll be able to do so and have towel to spare with the Utopia Bath Sheet. This towel is huge at 35 inches wide by 70 inches long.

    But the huge size isn't the only great thing about it. It’s also made from 100% ring spun cotton for super-softness along with excellent durability. The hems are double-stitched, so they won’t unravel or fray, even after many trips through the wash.

    A lot of Amazon shoppers are clearly happy when they step out of the bath and into this towel. The Utopia Bath Sheet has more than 3,100 reviews and an average of 4.3 stars.

    While some buyers do comment that the towels are not as thick as they expected, most echo the comment of shopper L.Hale, who wrote: “These towels are HUGE! And so fluffy! They shed in the dryer a good bit the first 5 or 6 times you dry them, but after that, they tend to slack off. I bought one just to see how I liked them, then ended up buying 5 more!”

    There are plenty of colors to choose from, including pure black, plum, and dark brown, so you can add comfort and style to your bathroom.  

    Pros: Huge size, good quality, soft cotton

    Cons: Not super-thick

    Buy the Utopia Bath Sheet on Amazon for $17.99 to $22.99



    The best lightweight towel

    Why you'll love it: Crane & Canopy's Fouta Towel is lightweight, highly absorbent, dries quickly, and feels wonderful on your skin.

    During those hot, humid months when nothing seems to dry, having a lightweight towel is a must. We tried Crane & Canopy's Yellow Striper Fouta Towel during the stickest summer months, and we loved it.

    Not only does the 100% Turkish cotton towel dry quickly, it also feels lightweight and soft on your skin. The light terry cloth interior is highly absorbent and picks up any water or moisture so you dry off quickly. You can machine wash these towels on the gentle cycle, but you should avoid using liquid fabric softner.

    On the ends of the towel, there's a cute light fringe that adds some flair to the towel's design. You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of colors, including coral, yellow, and blue. Crane & Canopy has striped and polka dotted patterns for you to choose from, too.

    You can get the Fouta towel in a variety of sizes, including washcloth, hand towel, bath towel, and bath sheet. We found the bath towel to be just the right size, but if you like larger towels, the bath sheet is the one for you. Crane & Canopy also sells sets so your entire bathroom can match.

    The only real downside to these towels is the price tag of $22 for a bath towel and $34 for a bath sheet. Also, if you want a plush, fluffy towel, these lightweight Turkish cotton ones aren't it, but Crane & Canopy has fluffy towels that are also great. – Malarie Gokey

    Pros: Absorbent, dries quickly, lightweight, soft, 100% Turkish cotton, cute colors and patterns

    Cons: Pricey

    Buy the Fouta Towels from Crane & Canopy for $22 (bath towel) or $34 (bath sheet)



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    Amazon, one of the biggest companies in the world, made a huge splash at its September 20 event in Seattle, where it showcased tons of new hardware and services designed to make your life easier.

    Amazon unveiled significant updates to Echo devices that already exist, like the Echo Dot and Echo Plus, but it also introduced entirely new products we've never seen before, like a subwoofer for the Amazon Echo called Echo Sub, and even smart kitchen appliances like a smart microwave.

    While Amazon made dozens of announcements, these were the 5 biggest highlights from the show:

    SEE ALSO: Here's everything Amazon announced at its huge September event

    1. Amazon’s voice assistant is now your personal security guard

    A new feature called Alexa Guard integrates your Echo devices and smart lights with security service providers to protect your home.

    Alexa Guard can send you alerts with audio clips when specific sounds are detected, for instance, and you can choose to forward those alerts to your security provider like ADT or Ring.

    Alexa Guard also uses machine learning to turn your smart lights on and off in a pattern that seems normal to make it appear like someone is home.

    The takeaway: Alexa Guard is one of the more clever smart-home products to come along. Security is a huge deal, but being able to do smart things like adjust the lights to make it seem like someone is home is a step beyond what other tech companies are doing in this space.



    2. Amazon introduced a "smart" microwave that costs $60

    Amazon's new $60 smart microwave, shipping later this year, comes with an “Ask Alexa” button built-in. You can just press that button and issue a verbal command, like “heat this up for 45 seconds,” to get the timer going.

    Amazon’s new microwave also comes with the company’s Dash Replenishment service, which means you can automatically order certain kinds of food, like popcorn, with a push of a button on your microwave.

    The takeaway: Why has it taken so long for affordable kitchen appliances like microwaves to get “smart”? This not only benefits consumers, since it’s more futuristic than pressing a a keypad-style arrangement of physical buttons, but the way it integrates Amazon’s services like Alexa and Dash is a great way to get people familiar with those products.



    3. Amazon’s $25 “Smart Plug” is a tiny device that could make a huge impact

    Amazon unveiled a new gadget called the Smart Plug, which is way cooler than it sounds.

    The Smart Plug basically works as a buffer between your wall outlet and any of your appliances, like lights, or fans, or even your coffee maker, to make them “smart.” Just plug any of those devices into the Smart Plug and you’re all set — the Smart Plug is Alexa-enabled so you can turn your lights on or off, for example, using just your voice, even though they weren’t “smart lights” when you bought them.

    The takeaway: The $25 Smart Plug is a really easy and convenient way to make non-smart devices act like smart devices. This means you don’t need to buy specific appliances to have voice control, which could have a huge impact on consumers.



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    • "Jeopardy" has been a popular game show for 35 years.
    • "Jeopardy" champions are smart in a way that no one expects when it comes to money.
    • The poster boy of "Jeopardy,"Ken Jennings, said much of his nearly $4 million in winnings have been "invested in stocks, bonds, and real estate."

     

    What is a way to become famous and earn loads of money by answering questions?

    "This is 'Jeopardy!'"

    Every night, three contestants compete on "Jeopardy" by buzzing in at trivia questions in the hopes of starting a winning streak and taking home cash.

    "Jeopardy" has been a TV staple since 1984, racking up 34 Emmy Awards and a Peabody and even turning some contestants into celebrities. While host Alex Trebek is no doubt the star, occasionally a contestant will end up more than a one-time phenom.

    From Ken Jennings to Brad Rutter — who both went up against IBM supercomputer Watson back in 2011 — repeat champions have not only won games and millions of dollars, but the attention and adoration of viewers.

    Sometimes, a winning contestant will mention what they plan on doing with their money — spending for a wedding, a new car, or a house are all common answers. But many of the show's biggest winners have more in common than their intelligence: they invested the bulk of their winnings.

    We found out what five of the most popular and successful candidates in "Jeopardy" history did post-show. Find out what each has spent their winnings on.

    SEE ALSO: A 'Jeopardy!' fan favorite explains how he's won over $300,000 in an 8-day streak without really knowing the answers

    DON'T MISS: The man who broke records by winning 74 games and $2.5 million on 'Jeopardy' memorized the most obscure facts using the 'links in a chain' technique

    Ken Jennings — perhaps the most famous of all "Jeopardy" contestants — won 74 consecutive games back in 2004. In his initial run, Jennings earned $2.52 million.



    He won even more money on other "Jeopardy" appearances, and trips to other game shows including "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and "Grand Slam." In total, Jennings has won $3,923,414 from game shows.

    Source: Celebrity Net Worth



    Jennings says the greatest luxury his earnings allowed him was to spend more time with his wife and two children. He was also able to move from Utah to Seattle and buy a house.

    Source: Jeopardy!



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    best wine fridge

    • High-quality wine fridges use space efficiently, keep your bottles at a consistent and accurate temperature, and run quietly.

    • The Kalamera 24-inch Wine Refrigerator is our top pick because it features dual temperature zones, accent lights to easily see the wines inside, and it fits 46 standard Bordeaux style bottles.

    In my home, we like to have a bottle or two of champagne and a few red wine options on hand at all times in case there’s something to celebrate or if friends stop by. While it’s nice to think that storing these bottles in a rack for long periods of time will help them age, the truth of the matter is that improper storage can negatively impact the flavor, aroma, color, structure, and healthiness of the wine.

    According to the World Food Logistics Organization, the ideal temperature for storing both white and red wines is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer a bottle spends outside of this temperature range, the more the flavor quality is affected. And, in as little as a week, wine can be damaged when kept outside of the 50-to-75-degree range. With this in mind, if you like to have wine on hand at all times, buying a wine fridge may be the best solution for maintaining optimal aroma and flavor quality.

    There are two main types of wine fridges: thermoelectric and compressor. Your typical kitchen refrigerator is a compressor fridge. These units are often louder, heavier, and produce more vibrations, which are bad for wine. On the other hand, thermoelectric coolers are generally seen as better for wine because they are quieter and vibration-free. However, thermoelectric coolers are affected by ambient room temperatures so they should only be used in rooms that have temps between 50 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

    A feature commonly found in larger refrigerators is dual temperature zones. This allows you to have two storage areas with different temps. If storage is your only concern, this may not be that useful. 55 degrees Fahrenheit is an excellent temp for just about every type of wine. Yet, with dual zones, you can use one zone for storing wine, and the other zone could be used to bring the wine up or down to serving temperature, depending on the wine.

    Speaking of serving temperatures, red wines are best between 62 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas white wine is best served between 49 and 55 degrees.

    While researching the best wine fridges, we examined hundreds of expert and buyer reviews and ratings of dozens of units. While all the coolers we looked at had their flaws, our guide features units that have the best track record of user-friendly operation, durability, and performance.

    Here are our picks for the best wine fridges you can buy:

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

    The best wine fridge overall

    Why you'll love it: The Kalamera 24-inch Wine Refrigerator runs quietly, is large enough to fit 46 bottles, and fits under your counter.

    The Kalamera 24-inch Wine Refrigeratoris unique because it holds up to 46 bottles: 8 on each of the 5 sliding beechwood shelves and 6 on the bottom.

    There are also two temperature zones: the upper zone keeps wine between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the lower zone is between 50 and 66 degrees. Both zone temperatures are easy to read on digital displays, and to adjust the temps, you just push the up and down arrows.

    The Kalamera fridge also comes with a built-in security lock and blue accent lighting. And, it can be built-in or freestanding with dimensions of 23.4 by 33 by 22.4 inches. Kalamera offers a one-year warranty on parts.

    The Spruce recommends the Kalamera 24-inch Wine Refrigerator as a good high-end pick. The reviewer was impressed with how the zones were able to maintain precise temperatures while making very little noise and avoiding vibrations. Several other sites recommend the Kalamera fridge, including Cooling Wine, Wine Cooler Reviews, and Under Counter Wine Fridge.

    About 66% of the Amazon buyers who commented on the Kalamera 24-inch Wine Refrigerator left a positive review. The most helpful reviewer liked the fridge overall and gave it five stars. However, he noted a couple quality control issues that led to unpleasant sounds coming from the unit. He was able to fix these issues on his own but would have preferred to not have to.

    Other buyers mention that it’s easy to adjust the door’s swing direction, the operation is quiet, and that the accent lighting makes reading labels effortless while not casting annoyingly bright light.

    Pros: Runs quietly, dual temperature zones, accent lighting, fits 46 bottles

    Cons: Complaints of quality control issues

    Buy the Kalamera 24-inch Wine Refrigerator on Amazon for $799



    The best countertop wine fridge

    Why you'll love it: If you rarely have more than a case of wine on hand, the Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler is an affordable storage option.

    At 20 by 10 by 25 inches, the Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooleris the most compact wine fridge in our guide. This makes it ideal for countertops, though it won’t fit under cabinets positioned at the standard 18 inches above the counter.

    The front of the fridge has a stylish curved glass door and an auto defrost system so you can easily see what bottles are chilling without opening the door. There is room for four bottles placed vertically. This is helpful because once you open a bottle, you may want to keep it chilled until your next glass and avoid redistributing any sediments.

    Wine Cooler Lab recommends the Avanti Wine Cooler because of its attractive concave glass door, reasonable size, and convenience. However, the reviewer noted that the room’s ambient temperature affected the fridge’s ability to cool, which makes it less helpful for patio areas in hot climates.

    Wine Cooler Reviews recommends this unit because of its intuitive user interface, attractive design, and vibration-free refrigeration. They were also put off by the limited cooling abilities and the loudness of the fan.

    Approximately 72% of the buyers who reviewed the Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler on Amazon gave it four or five stars. One user had the fridge for two years before the fan failed on him. He describes how he used about $30 worth of materials to fix the fridge so that it worked better than new.

    Other buyers have been impressed with the consistent performance, even after a year or more of ownership. Another popular feature is the ability to position bottles both vertically and horizontally.

    Pros: Attractive appearance, small footprint, horizontal and vertical bottle storage

    Cons: Only cools to 25 degrees below the ambient temperature

    Buy the Avanti 12 Bottle Thermoelectric Counter Top Wine Cooler on Amazon for $111.54 (originally $129)



    The best 18-bottle wine fridge

    Why you'll love it: The Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red and White Wine Cooler maintains accurate temperatures without making a lot of noise.

    The smoked-glass door of the Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red and White Wine Cooleroffers a unique, attractive look while blocking UV rays, which can affect the flavor of complex wines. This single-zone fridge keeps temperatures between 54 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. And, for proper aging and settling, it is outfitted with anti-vibration components.

    The cellar has a bright blue LCD digital temperature display and interior LED lighting. We were unable to track down warranty information, but Ivation states that they have a “100% customer satisfaction guarantee.”

    The Ivation IV-FWCT181B is the top wine fridge on The Wirecutter. Of the coolers he tested, the reviewer noted that this unit had the most accurate temperature performance and strongest build quality. However, he didn’t like that shelves had to be removed to fit magnum bottles, but this is a common problem with most wine cellars.

    Best Reviews did a round-up of the best Ivation fridges and included this model because of the silent running fan and accurate temperatures. And, the reviewer for New York Magazine found the smoked-glass door especially attractive.

    Around 56% of the Amazon buyers who reviewed the Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red and White Wine Cooler gave it five stars. The most helpful reviewer, Daryl R. Wolf, set the cellar at 54 degrees Fahrenheit. After a few days, it never dipped below 57. Ivation worked with him and determined that the reviewer’s desert home was too hot (81 degrees) for the unit to work properly. So, they sent him a full refund.

    This model works best when the ambient temp is 72 or lower. Other buyers are impressed with how user-friendly it is and how quietly it runs.

    Pros: Runs quietly, holds accurate temperatures, attractive smoked-glass door

    Cons: Doesn’t function well when ambient temp is above 72 degrees

    Buy the Ivation 18 Bottle Thermoelectric Red and White Wine Cooler on Amazon for $159.99



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    Grocery shopping

    • Grocery stores vary a great deal from country to country.
    • Outdoor markets are common in Italy, Greece, and South Africa.
    • Australia has some of the highest grocery prices in the world.
    • Here's what grocery shopping is like in 10 countries around the world.

    Grocery shopping is something most of us do on auto-pilot. Grabbing food staples at the store is such an everyday activity that it's hard to imagine the experience being very different.

    The where, when, and how, however, of grocery shopping actually varies a great deal from country to country.

    We usedNumbeo's cost of living calculator to compare the price of food across the globe and collected insights into what grocery shopping looks like around the world.

    SEE ALSO: I compared Target's REDcard to Amazon Prime at Whole Foods, and one had a clear advantage over the other

    You may want to wear gloves in Italian grocery stores.

    Grocery shopping in Italy is normally done in local stores, though outdoor markets are also popular spots to shop for food in big cities and more rural areas.

    According to Tripsavvy, it'scommon practice to don disposable plastic gloves to pick out your fruits and vegetables in a grocery store. Shoppers are also expected to weigh and label their own produce before they get to the checkout line.

    At outdoor markets, shoppers are generally not required to wear gloves but areexpected to indicate to the seller which items they wish to purchase, rather than picking them up directly. Italians also like to purchase fresh and cured meats at their local deli.

    In a large city like Rome, a gallon of milk costs an average of €4.26 ($5.21). You can find a bottle of mid-range wine for €5 ($5.84). A pound of local cheese will cost about €5.07, ($5.92).



    Grocery stores in Germany have restrictive hours.

    According to The German Way, most Germansdo their grocery shopping in chain stores such as Lidle, Aldo, Kaufland, and Edeka. Discount grocery stores are popular but tend to offer a more limited selection, while larger chain stores offer greater variety.  

    Many German grocery storesuse a coin deposit system to make sure all carts are returned to their proper place. This involves feeding a euro coin into slot on the handle of a grocery cart to release it for use and returning the cart to its place in order to retrieve your coin.

    Grocery stores are alsopopular places to return bottles for recycling due to the Pfand deposit program, which offers recyclers between €0.08 and €0.25 for each bottle returned.

    In general, German grocery stores in cities areclosed on Sundays and shut their doors at 8 p.m. Stores in smaller towns may have even more restrictive hours.

    If you're looking to pick up milk in a city like Berlin, expect to pay around€3.06 ($3.57) for a gallon. You'll also find beef to be about€5.35 ($6.24) per pound, while a half-liter bottle of domestic beer will cost approximately€0.77 ($0.90).



    Eggs and milk are not refrigerated in France.

    France has a wide range of grocery stores and supermarkets, including popular chains like Monoprix, Carrefour, Netto, and Auchan.

    According to Oui in France, mostgrocery stores open around 9 a.m. and close by 8 p.m. Large and small stores are closed on Sundays, and shops in small towns sometimes close for lunch and reopen in the afternoon. Shoppers are expected to bring their own bags and weigh their own produce before taking it to the register. Both milk and eggs are shelved at room temperature.

    Verily Mag reported that the French are more likely to shop daily rather than weekly and often head to their local bakery to pick up bread and pastries.

    In Lyon, a gallon of milk costs about€3.46 ($4.04) on average. You can grab a pound of local cheese for about€7.39 ($6.63) per pound. A pound of beef will cost you approximately€9.30 ($10.86).



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    Toyota RAV4 hybrid

    • The automotive search engine iSeeCars.com recently commissioned a study to look at the used car industry. 
    • They studied a pool of four million used-cars that were one to three years old and had been sold between January and July 2018. 
    • iSeeCars.com found that the fastest selling used SUV on the market is the Toyota RAV 4, with the RAV4 Hybrid coming in at fourth place and the Toyota 4Runner finishing in ninth place. 
    • Four of the top-10 fastest-selling used-SUVs are luxury SUVs, including two by Toyota's Lexus brand. 
    •  "Buying a late-model used luxury SUV, especially a Lexus which is known for reliability, affords the consumer with a good deal on a dependable vehicle," said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly in a statement.

    The automotive search engine iSeeCars.com recently commissioned a study to look at the used car industry, where they found the best used-car deals out there. But the study also took a more specific measurement of which are the slowest-and fastest-selling used cars on the market today.

    The study sampled a pool of four million used-cars that were one to three years old and had been sold between January and July 2018. 

    But going more granular, the study also found the fastest-selling used SUVs in the U.S. 

    iSeeCars.com found that the fastest selling used SUV on the market is the Toyota RAV4, with the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid coming in fourth place. 

    "The RAV4 is consistently a top-seller in the new car segment, which explains why its standard and hybrid models are also popular among used car buyers," said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly in a statement.

    Four luxury SUVs made the top-10 list as fastest sellers, something Ly attributes to their depreciation levels. 

    "Luxury SUVs depreciate quickly because of their high starting price and because they are most often leased," said Ly. "Buying a late-model used luxury SUV, especially a Lexus which is known for reliability, affords the consumer with a good deal on a dependable vehicle."

    All in all, Toyota featured five SUVs on the list, as its Lexus luxury brand had two cars in the top-10 and its general brand had three. 

    Take a look at the full top-10 list below. 

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 12 best used car deals for under $20,000

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    10. Jeep Cherokee: 43.3 days on market (average)



    9. Toyota 4Runner: 42.5 days on market



    8. Mercedes-Benz GLC: 41.5 days on market



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    A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show

    • China has been buying billions of dollars worth of Russian fighter jets, missiles, helicopters, and engine technology to improve the combat capability of its military.
    • The US sanctioned a division of the Chinese military Thursday for its imports of Russian Su-35 combat aircraft and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in violation of US sanctions on Russia, prompting Beijing to protest.
    • China warned Friday that the US will face "consequences" if it does not "remedy this mistake" immediately.

    China, which was targeted by US military sanctions on Thursday for buying Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles, is one of Russia’s key arms customers.

    Russia sold around US$15 billion worth of weapons to the Chinese in 2017, maintaining a similar level of sales to the previous year, according to Rosoboronexport, the Russian agency responsible for military exports.

    The US has said the sanctions, which relate to the purchase of Su-35 combat aircraft and an S-400 surface-to-air missile system, mainly target Russia and it has no intention of undermining the defence capacity of other nations.

    Russia is the world’s second biggest exporter of arms behind the United States, who together account for more than half of all global arms exports, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

    China accounts for six per cent of all sales and is among the top five importers of arms, along with India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia.

    Here are some of the military items Russia sells to China:

    SUKHOI SU-35

    The US State Department said China received 10 Su-35 combat aircraft in December 2017, becoming the first foreign country to purchase Russia’s upgrade to its Su-27.

    The Su-35 is powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines and fitted with thrust-vectoring nozzles enabling it to perform post-stall manoeuvres at low speeds.

    The Su-35 also features a multifunctional radar capable of tracking up to 30 targets simultaneously.

    Beijing flexed its military muscle in May against Taiwan, flying Su-35 fighters with H-6K strategic bombers across the Bashi Channel between the self-ruled island and the northern islands of the Philippines.



    S-400 AIR DEFENCE MISSILE SYSTEM

    The State Department also said China bought an S-400 system this year, the first regimental set delivered as part of a contract signed in 2014.

    As one of the world’s top air defence systems, the S-400 includes missiles with different ranges, from 40km to 400km, which can hit targets from altitudes of 10m to 30km to form a multi-layer full coverage of defence.

    The S-400’s advanced radar capability improves detection of stealth aircraft and the ability to counter electronic jamming.

    One S-400 system features 384 missiles and up to 72 launchers. It can track 300 targets at the same time and attack 36 at once. It can hit a target travelling at a maximum speed of 4,800 metres per second, or Mach 15.

    Russia is also set to sell the S-400 to Turkey, which has raised concerns within Nato.



    KAMOV HELICOPTERS

    China bought seven Kamov Ka-32A11VS multirole helicopters in 2016, and two more in 2017 from Russian Helicopters holding company. The contracts included training for Chinese pilots.

    The multipurpose helicopters are suitable for a wide variety of missions, including firefighting, search and rescue operations, and patrolling.

    The Ka-32 is a highly versatile craft, capable of carrying cargo inside its fuselage as well as externally. Its coaxial rotor allows it to make precise landings in mountainous terrain or dense urban environments.

    It can also be equipped with a range of special equipment, such as water cannons for fire fighting, and performs well in the face of dense smoke or dust. It is also suitable for high altitude construction and cargo transport.



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    When “Friends” was still in production in 2002, the cast was notorious for negotiating their $1 million per episode payout— a salary that made Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courtney Cox some of the highest paid actresses on TV. But how is the cast doing today?

    Although “Friends” ended in 2004 (and some cast members’ careers after the show were more lucrative than others), the cast is still making bank. Read on to find out how their estimated net worths stack up against each other today in 2018.

    Lisa Kudrow’s net worth is estimated to be $70 million

    Although “Friends” was one of her biggest roles, Kudrow is still active in Hollywood, so it’s no surprise that Celebrity Net Worth estimates her to have pulled in around $70 million. Recently, she’s had guest-starring roles on shows like “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Grace and Frankie,” but her most notable role in recent years was starring in “The Comeback.”

    Kudrow still speaks fondly of her time on “Friends,” most recently opening up to People about how supportive her cast mates were of her pregnancy while she was on the show.



    Matt LeBlanc’s net worth is around $80 million

    Celebrity Net Worth estimates LeBlanc’s net worth to be around $80 million. After the show wrapped, he starred in his own spinoff based on his “Friends” character, Joey Tribbiani, but it was canceled after only two seasons.

    After “Joey,” LeBlanc starred in “Episodes,” as well as appearing on Kudrow’s show, “Web Therapy.”

    LeBlanc is now starring in the CBS series “Man With A Plan,” which was recently renewed for a third season.



    Matthew Perry’s net worth is around $80 million

    Even after “Friends” wrapped, Perry still continued his career in TV and movies, and today, Celebrity Net Worth estimates he’s worth around $80 million. In 2009, he starred in “17 Again” opposite Zac Efron, and went on to star in short-lived shows like “Mr. Sunshine” and “Go On.”

    Although Perry’s professional life has earned him plenty of cash, he has struggled in his personal life. After many years of substance abuse, in February, Perry returned to rehab. In September, Perry revealed that he’d been hospitalized for a gastrointestinal perforation that left him bedridden for three months.



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