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An open letter calling on Nordstrom to drop Ivanka Trump's 'toxic' brand is going viral

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Nordstrom is coming under fire for selling Ivanka Trump's fashion brand.

A woman describing herself as a lifelong Nordstrom customer posted an open letter to the department store demanding it to stop selling items from Trump's $100 million clothing and accessories line.

"The hate speech directed at African Americans, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, LGBT people, and women by the Trump campaign is unacceptable and does not seem to represent Nordstrom's values," she wrote, according to a copy of the letter that she posted to Twitter. "Yet Ms. Trump continues to defend it, and Nordstrom continues to defend her."

The letter's author, who goes by @shewhovotes on Twitter, asked her followers to share the letter if they agree. She tagged the tweet with the hashtag #GrabYourWallet, which has become a rallying call on social media to boycott Ivanka Trump's brand.

The letter has since been shared on Twitter by more than 1,300 people. Many people commented that they would also stop shopping at Nordstrom until it stops carrying Ivanka's brand. Other retailers carrying Trump's brand include Macy's, Amazon, Lord & Taylor, Marshalls, and Zappos.

The author did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

In the letter, she said she understands that Nordstrom can't filter out every brand with "questionable business practices," but that "some brands are so toxic, they will hurt your business by alienating your customers, and this is surely one of them."

"I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support a store willing to do business with a company that devalues men, my husband, and most Americans," she wrote.

The author said she hasn't gotten a response from Nordstrom yet, but when she complained about the issue on Twitter a couple weeks ago, she got this response from Nordstrom's Twitter account: "We're sorry you're disappointed. As a retailer we work with thousands of vendors. It would be difficult for us to filter out who and what they choose to support and then determine the ones we agree or disagree with. Offering these or other products doesn't imply we're taking a position."

Nordstrom did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Here's a copy of the letter:

Ivanka Trump was asked about the boycott against her brand on Good Morning America on Thursday, and she had this to say: "Well, the beauty of America is people can do what they like, but I prefer to talk to the millions, tens of millions of American women who are inspired by the brand and the message that I've created."

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 12:24 pm

Johnny Depp leaves UTA for CAA

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In a move that will shock the agency world, Johnny Depp has left UTA, where he has been a client since 1998, and joined rival CAA.

The international star, who has three Oscar nominations and whose films have generated more than $7 billion at the worldwide box office, has suffered through a recent streak of disappointments, including Transcendence, Mordecai and the May flop Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Depp, 53, also recently settled a high-profile and contentious divorce with actress Amber Heard.

Still, despite his recent struggles, Depp has been one of the most bankable stars of the past 15 years, thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and a respected character actor since getting his start on TV's 21 Jump Street and melting hearts in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands.

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He has played outsiders and misfits in movies such as Ed Wood, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the Pirates franchise, which began with 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, cemented him in the minds of millions as Jack Sparrow.

In addition to four Pirates movies (with a fifth on the way), his tentpole hits have included Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Depp's longtime lead agent Tracey Jacobs signed the actor when he was on Jump Street and has guided his career for more than 25 years (they joined UTA together in 1998). But on the heels of Alice Through the Looking Glass, which made just $299 million at the global box office and only $77 million domestically after the first Alice grossed $1 billion, it seems Depp is ready to rethink his next career moves.

Before making the jump to CAA, the actor last month signed on for a supporting role in Fox's all-star ensemble adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. (He remains attached to star in Universal's update of The Invisible Man as well as Labyrinth, a crime drama exploring the murder of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.)

Depp, who stars as Sparrow once again in next summer's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is managed by his sister, Christi Dembrowski, and repped by longtime attorney Jake Bloom at Bloom Hergott.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 12:13 pm

This fall outfit is picture perfect

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Sure I miss wearing gingham and blue all day everyday but I don't mind fall colors. I love how well they go together and I love when they flow with the changing leaves. Fall is my favorite season!

Ralph Lauren: Wool Camel Coat / Pleione: White Bell Sleeve Top / AG:Skinny Jeans / Barbour: Scarf c/o / Stuart Weitzman: Thighland Boots (cheaper option here) / Ray-Ban: Wayfarer Sunglasses / Nordstrom: Pearl Earrings

Not going to lie, those photos of me throwing leaves were harder to capture than they look. But anything for the photo, right?

Last week it started to get really cool; jackets, vests and scarfs were needed. I write this as it's currently 80 degrees in the city. There is a heat wave and I don't like it. Just give me the cool weather! (please note I said COOL* not cold). This jacket is turning out to be a huge score from the Nordstrom sale. I find myself wearing it any chance I can get and it goes with absolutely everything. It's such a staple in my closet and I believe it will be for years to come.

And once again I'm wearing this shirt. Have you seen enough of it?? I wear it -- no joke -- all the time and I 'm thinking of picking it up in another color. It's the perfect casual but semi-dressy shirt to wear to work, out with friends or running errands on the weekend. I know you can't see it now, but the bell sleeves make the top!

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 12:00 pm

We're on track to lose a huge chunk of the world's animal populations

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The world's animal species are dying, and humans are a big reason why.

The World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report shows global populations of wild mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles declined 58 percent on average between 1970 and 2012.

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Broken down, those numbers look like this: Land animals have declined by 38 percent, marine species show a 36 percent drop and freshwater species have decreased 81 percent.

And it's not stopping there. If 1970 is our baseline, the world is on track to lose an estimated two-thirds of its wild animal populations by 2020.

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Experts are calling this time in history "the Anthropocene," and these declining numbers for species are uncharted territory.

But the extinction rate shouldn't be a surprise. Well-known species like eastern and western Gorillas are both critically endangered. Poaching is decimating elephant populations. And you can count the number of northern white rhinos on one hand.

It's not just the highly publicized species, either. Vulture populations are reportedly headed for extinction, and even certain species of bees are disappearing.

The declines are caused by habitat loss from urban development, over-hunting, pollution, disease and climate change — all of which are tied to humans.

One expert in the report warned if we lose any more biodiversity, "the natural world and the life support systems as we know them today will collapse."

The point is this: Earth is becoming inhospitable — both to animals and to humans. The plus side? We're getting better at recognizing our negative contributions, and researchers say that's one of the "first steps" to fixing the problem.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:59 am

Trump tells Melania on live TV she'll give 'two or three big speeches'

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Since her speech snafu over the summer, Melania Trump has kept a relatively low profile where her husband's campaign is concerned. True, she's defended him against the women accusing him of sexual assault with interviews and fashion statements alike, but she has yet to reappear on the campaign trail.

Unfortunately for Melania, on Thursday Donald surprised his wife with the news that she'll soon hit the trail again. During a joint appearance on Good Morning America, Melania Trump told host George Stephanopoulos, "I'm there for him every time he needs me. And I might join him — we will see."

Apparently she was speaking in hypotheticals, because when Donald followed up with, "She's actually going to make two or three speeches," Melania let out a surprised, "Oh!"

"Made some news right there," Stephanopoulos observed, referring to Melania's reaction. "Well, it is. It's, it's — she's amazing when she speaks," Donald Trump said. "She's an amazing public speaker so she's agreed to do two or three speeches, and I think it's going to be big speeches, important speeches, and I think it's gonna be great."

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:49 am

15 of Kim and North's cutest matching outfits

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North West may not even be 4-years old yet, but she has better style than we will ever have. At age one, she was already sporting a Stella McCartney onesie, visited Paris for Fashion Week and spent more time in Europe.

Her style can only go up from here.

Related: North West's cutest pictures

No matter where she is, her style is always on fleek...mainly because she's dressed by her fashionista mama! It makes sense then that many of her infamous outfits match with Kim.

Related: Kim and North match at Kanye concert:

Watch the video above to see the best of Kim and North's matching outfits!

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:45 am

Sevyn Streeter's 76ers national anthem performance canceled over 'We Matter' shirt, she says

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Sevyn Streeter had been scheduled to perform the national anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers' season opening game on Wednesday (Oct. 26), but the singer says she was told she couldn't because she was wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.

Streeter posted a video to her Twitter explaining the situation, showing her "We Matter" jersey that was apparently too controversial.

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"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," she said, clearly affected.

Billboard has reached out to Streeter rep and the 76ers organization for comment, but had not heard back by publishing.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:43 am

It's over! Mariah Carey allegedly dumped by her billionaire fiance

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It's all over for Mariah Carey and her billionaire fiancé, James Packer.

Australian tabloid Woman's Day reports that the 49-year-old Australian businessman dumped Carey following a massive blowup over "Mariah's World," her upcoming E! docu-series.

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"James had huge reservations about Mariah's new reality TV show and the fact that she was willing to expose their lives to the world," a source told the tabloid.

But her reality show wasn't the only point of contention between the two lovebirds: Packer was also allegedly fed up with the singer's extravagant spending. Despite that, reports indicate that he's letting her keep the 35-carat engagement ring that he gave her when he proposed in January.

See photos of the couple together:

Mariah's World wasn't just the name of her reality show, it could have also been a descriptor for her general disposition. When Packer's sister turned 50 earlier this year in Sydney, Australia, Carey refused to attend.

Not only that, but she also didn't get along well with his mother, Ros Parker.

Both of them had been married twice before: Carey to Nick Cannon and Tommy Mottola, and Packer to Jodie Meares and Erica Packer.

See photos of Mariah Carey through the years:

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:40 am

Top ally on Clinton's use of private email server: 'Whole thing is f---ing insane'

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A top ally of Hillary Clinton characterized the situation surrounding the Democratic presidential nominee's decision to use a private email server as "f---ing insane," a hacked email published by Wikileaks revealed on Thursday.

Neera Tanden, a political activist and the president of the Center for American Progress, emailed Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in July 2015 ahead of an appearance she was making on CNN. She later switched from talking about a CNN poll to questioning Podesta on Clinton's emails.

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"Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use private email?" Tanden asked in the hacked emails. "And has that person been drawn and quartered? Like whole thing is f---ing insane."

The FBI investigated Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state, but ultimately declined to recommend the Justice Department move forward with charges against her.

Newly-released hacked emails suggest the scandal took the campaign somewhat by surprise.

In March 2015, after The New York Times published a story outlining how Clinton used private email while secretary of state, Podesta wrote Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and asked if he had "any idea the depth" of the story.

"Nope," Mook responded. "We brought up the existence of emails in reserach [sic] this summer but were told that everything was taken care of."

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:36 am

ICYMI: Moore on Trump, Designer slams Princess Kate, Phelps ties the knot

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1) Michael Moore: "Donald Trump will win the election, and it'll be a big 'f-- you' from voters"

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3) Michael Phelps and wife Nicole make a major announcement

Michael Phelps is a married man! The 31-year-old Olympic gold medalist married his girlfriend, Nicole Johnson, on June 13, ET can confirm. -- READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:34 am

Amber Tamblyn revealed her pregnancy in an essay about Hillary Clinton

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Amber Tamblyn skipped the typical pregnancy announcement of today's world (the Facebook ultrasound post) and instead revealed she was expecting her first child with husband David Cross in an essay about why she's voting for Hillary Clinton.

In an essay for Glamour, the 33-year-old actress and poet wrote that as a first-time expectant mother (there's the low-key reveal!) of a daughter (another detail!), she is constantly thinking about the world she's bringing her child into. The actress recently shared her harrowing story of sexual assault after Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the pussies. She wrote in the essay that her mother had also been assaulted, and that she wanted to protect her daughter from "inheriting this pain" by voting for Clinton. She wrote:

"Hillary Clinton is a mom. She's also a daughter. She's also a grandmother. I have wondered what kind of conversations she's had to have with her daughter about men, or what conversations Hillary's mother had to have with her about boys? When people tell me they dislike Hillary not because she's a woman but because of her record alone, I think, "How can you be sure?" I don't think anyone can be."

See photos of the couple through the years:

Tamblyn continued, "I'll be voting for a future for my daughter where conversations about our bodies and our lives are broader than what value they have for men." She added that in voting for Clinton, she is also voting for a future where the girl can say "Donald who?" and "think nothing is revolutionary about becoming president."

Perhaps we'll hear about the birth in an essay about the election results.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:24 am

Anthony Davis dropped 50 points and nearly had an ultra-rare 5×5 stat line

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Despite the Pelicans losing their season opener against the Nuggets 107-102, Anthony Davis was absolutely phenomenal on Wednesday night. He finished with 50 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, seven steals, and four blocks. He didn't end up logging what would've been a monster triple-double, but he just barely missed out on something even more impressive: the mystical unicorn that is basketball's 5×5 stat line.

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The 5×5 is exactly what it sounds like, i.e. getting five or more in any five of the major statistical categories, but it's a lot harder – and rarer – than it might appear. Davis was just one block away on Wednesday. The last person to do it was Draymond Green in 2015, when he put up 24 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks, and five steals. Before that was Nicholas Batum in 2013, who was the first one to accomplish that feat since Andre Kirilenko way back in 2006.

But perhaps what's most telling – and exciting for Pelicans' fans – is that the legendary player with the most 5×5 games is the same person Davis most often gets compared to: Rockets Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.

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Davis has been hailed as the NBA's next big thing for several years now, and after a disappointing end to last season appears eager to re-establish himself as one of the premier big men in the NBA.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:16 am

Woman opens up fig to find disgusting surprise

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If you frequently eat figs, you may never want to eat one again after seeing this video.

Youtube user Ananda Lewis heard from a friend that wasps lay eggs in figs, and wanted to test out the theory for herself.

She took a fig right from a tree in her backyard, and opened it up. She was horrified to find that the "rumor" was true. She showed the fig to the camera and said that what was moving wasn't the fig glistening; it was wasp larvae.

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"It's not nasty," Lewis said, "it's natural and it's lovely." Despite this, she vowed to never eat figs again.

"They are not a fluke," she continued. "This is how wasps pollinate figs."

In addition to finding larvae, she found a dead wasp body.

According to HowStuffWorks, Lewis is right: most commercially grown figs are pollinated by wasps, and they often have at least one female wasp inside.

The video went viral, garnering over one million views.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:12 am

Internet lashes out at woman who called out bodega cat on Yelp

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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WPIX) – Diana D. had no idea what was coming when she posted a scathing review last month on Yelp targeting an East Village deli's live-in cat.

"I've ordered from SK before and the sandwiches are pretty good. Today, however, I decided to stop in and grab a sandwich. To my dismay – there was a cat, perched upon some cases of Budweiser in the middle of the store!! Besides being allergic to cats, I wonder what the health code say about this?"

It's the Yelp review that caused the claws to come out. The response was quick, one after another people coming in defense of the kitty.

"Maybe Diana D would prefer the rat special! Leave the damn cat alone! I would rather have a cat than rat. This is New York lady. Smh at some people" Deborah K. wrote.

Molly L. said the feline mainstay is the "best bodega cat."

All in all, not just online reviewers came in defense of the bodega cat. Many customers told PIX11 they just stop by the store just to see her.

"I come in sometimes, I pet him," one customer said. "He likes to be petted on the head."

PIX11 stopped by S.K. Deli and there she was. Her name is Star.

Yung Sussio has owned the store for about eight years, around the same time he's had Star.

He says he keeps him company every day and is like part of the family.

Store workers say Star adds flavor to the working environment.

Bodega cats are as part of New York City bodegas as the stores themselves.

While the health code says pets in the store could warrant a $400 fine, Star is mostly downstairs and keeps to herself.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:10 am

Here's how much 'The Big Bang Theory' cast makes per episode

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"The Big Bang Theory" follows a group of nerdy friends living relatively humble lifestyles. But the actors behind the characters are earning sky-high salaries that television hasn't seen since "Friends." The long-time CBS sitcom debuted in September 2007 and started season 10 in September this year.

Despite the show's high costs, "The Big Bang Theory" is slated for season 11, with Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki confirmed to return.

Check out what these stars make per episode below:

Net worth figures are indicative of assets versus liabilities. All net worth figures are according to unless otherwise noted.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:10 am

30 athletes and sports figures who support Hillary Clinton

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As the election process enters its final stages, we have a good idea of where some sports figures stand when it comes to which candidate they're endorsing for president. Hillary Clinton's star-studded starting lineup includes legendary athletes, head coaches, influencers and team owners.

From Steph Curry to Mark Cuban and many NFL, NBA and MLB stars in between, here is a comprehensive list of which sports stars have endorsed the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:10 am

Surveillance video captures Rikers Island inmate brutally attacking correction officer

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RIKERS ISLAND (WPIX) — A Rikers Island inmate and correction officer were caught on camera in an altercation Tuesday evening.

The incident happened around 5:40 p.m.

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by PIX11 shows the inmate push the escorting officer. The two get into a heated conversation before the inmate pushes the officer a second time.

The officer, who has been on the job since January, was punched and had her hair pulled.

The video shows other inmates observing from another room, but not intervening.

Photos of the attack:

The Correction Officers' Benevolent Association released a statement Wednesday evening regarding the video.

"This alarming video demonstrates yet again, how dangerous and volatile the situation is right now for NYC Correction Officers. If the Department of Correction continues to foolishly remove every available tool we have to protect ourselves, such as punitive segregation, the assaults on COs will continue to rise and no one will be safe at our jail facilities. How many more disturbing videos like this will we have to watch before the Mayor and the DOC Commissioner stop putting politics ahead of public safety? New Yorkers should be outraged!"

PIX11 has reached out to the Department of Correction but has not heard back.

This is a developing story, check back for updated information.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:00 am

Raven-Symoné to exit 'The View' for Disney Channel's 'That's So Raven' spinoff

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Another host is set to depart "The View."

Raven-Symoné is leaving the ABC daytime talkshow by year's end to develop a spinoff of her comedy series "That's So Raven" for Disney Channel, Variety has learned.

Symoné will relocate from New York City to Los Angeles for the spinoff, in which she's set to star and serve as an executive producer. She will reprise her role as the psychic Raven Baxter, who was last seen as a teenager on the show that ran on Disney Channel from 2003 to 2007.

As for "The View," Symoné's departure is not a surprise. She was already being phased out this season, only appearing about once a week. But with the show having endured a revolving door of host changes in the past few years, ABC sought to find a low-key exit for the actress. It's understood that Symone's departure will be addressed at the start of today's edition of "The View."

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Symone's departure comes as "The View" has made an effort to focus more on national politics given the extraordinary course of the presidential race. Brought on in 2015 the be the show's millennial voice, politics have never been Symoné's forte, so she's gotten less screen time while other contributors such as Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin have been more prominent.

Watch Raven announce the news:

With eight co-hosts currently rotating through "The View," it's unlikely Symoné will be replaced.

Insiders say ABC has been looking for ways to trim down the panel, which currently features seven other players, in addition to Symoné with Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Bila, Hostin and moderator Whoopi Goldberg.

In fact, on a recent episode, Goldberg even made the point that she hadn't seen Symoné in a long time.

On the untitled "That's So Raven" spinoff, Symoné's Raven is now a divorced mother of two pre-teen kids, one of whom has inherited her ability to catch glimpses of the future.

See photos of "The View" in 2016:

"That's So Raven" marked Disney Channel's first multi-camera comedy, and when it premiered, was the highest-rated Disney show among Kids 6-11 and Boys 6-11. The show has proven to have legs for Disney Channel in reruns, even a decade after it ended, averaging 1.1 million total viewers in recent midnight airings.

"Raven's brilliant style of fearless comedy was a driving force for Disney Channel's success around the world. Her performance in 'That's So Raven' is timeless. We now have our eyes on the future with her, and we're looking forward to telling more stories for a new generation with an adult Raven Baxter raising her young family," said Adam Bonnett, exec VP of original programming for Disney Channels Worldwide.

The "That's So Raven" spinoff is being developed by writing and producing partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, who most recently created Disney Channel's "Best Friends Whenever."


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 11:00 am

This startup wants to mix the best things about credit and debit into a single card — and it has a 50,000-person waitlist

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Credit card companies want you to fall behind and start racking up debt, Zero CEO Bryce Galen tells Business Insider.

That's how they make their money.

That can, however, be brutal for the consumer, and it's one reason millennials have drifted toward debit cards.

People spend 12% less simply by putting it on a debit card versus a credit card, Galen says. It makes curbing spending easier. And among 18 to 24 year olds, the difference between debit (73%) and credit (27%) is particularly striking. Part of this is a lack of credit history, but part is preference.

"There's a behavioral shift in credit cards," Hans Morris, Nyca Partners managing partner and former president of Visa, explains. Younger people prefer debit.

But while debit cards help you manage your spending, they have a big drawback: a lack of good rewards. That's what Galen set out to fix with his startup, Zero.

Debit + Credit

Galen's basic goal with Zero is to create a card that feels like a debit card in terms of control, but gives you credit card rewards.

Zero, which launches in 2017, will link a 1% to 3% cash-back credit card to a checking account, providing you with a unified view of your finances similar to what a debit card gives you. (One note: getting to a higher tier than 1% cash back will require significant yearly spending of over $25,000). Zero will also alert you if your checking account in dwindling.

The goal is to stop you from going over, instead of the other way around.

Galen's solution to the debit/credit problem proved compelling to Morris, who invested in the company as part of a $2.5 million seed round, and also to over 50,000 people who signed up to its waitlist in a month.

Credit card companies make money in two ways: processing fees and charging interest when you get behind on payments. Zero is trying to cut out the latter, but make up the difference on a lean operation and digital marketing.

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The fine print

Because Zero's card is a credit card, there technically might be circumstances where you could charge a small amount more to your card than you have in your checking account balance. The rules governing bank cards are complicated, and Zero has to walk a fine line to stay on the right side of regulations. It can't completely duplicate debit card functionality.

But Zero has tried to help you control your spending without breaking the rules.

Galen's knowledge of those rules was actually one big thing that attracted Morris to the investment, Morris says. "It's like he has a PhD in bank card regulations," Morris and his Nyca Partners colleagues said to each other.

That's a big asset for Zero.

Morris is usually skeptical of startup founders that come in and pitch him innovative innovative financial products. "That's great, but it's illegal," Morris laughs when recounting what he usually has to say. But Galen isn't naive, according to Morris. He found a system that could work within the regulation.

Galen's next big test will be in marketing the card to customers. His thesis is that using a $100 referral bonus and the power of social media can reduce, significantly, the cost of marketing.

So far, it seems to be going well. Zero has signed up over 56,000 people on its waitlist to date.

Check out Zero for yourself here.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:56 am

Pokemon Go launches new Halloween event, double candy allowance

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Pokemon Go has launched its Halloween event, taking place from today until November 1. During the event players can get a ton more candy and have a better chance to capture some Halloween-leaning Pokemon.

During the event, capturing a Pokemon lets a player six candy instead of the normal three. Your chosen Buddy Pokemon will gain candy at four times the normal rate. You'll also get twice as much candy for hatching a Pokemon egg.

The good news is that you get greatly increased amounts of Candy, and the boosted buddy system means you've got a better shot at evolving your choice of Pokemon - more on that in a minute. You also get a better chance of bagging a Gengar, a later Gastly evolution which is normally reasonably rare. The bad news is that this is, somehow, going to introduce moreZubats, which might be the least-requested Pokemon Go update imaginable.

Still, in our proud tradition of offering the best in Pokemon Go guides and tips, we've prepared a quick overview of how you can make the best of the update as you're pounding the pavement Trick-or-Treating. Here's the list of Pokemon who'll be spawning more often throughout Halloween week:

  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Gastly
  • Haunter
  • Gengar
  • Drowsee
  • Hypno

That's the boring bit, though. Pokemon Go's Halloween update also applies some multipliers to the Candy you earn for different activities, which is laid out in this handy chart (albeit in KM - sorry about that). If you're looking for a Candy primer, check out our guide to getting Candy and stardust in Pokemon Go.

What to do in the Pokemon Go Halloween update:

  • Deploy some 2km eggs, and maybe even some additional incubators, to get the most out of that increased hatching speed.
  • Use the Buddy System to speed-level your choice of Pokemon - the obvious choice is to pick the rarest one. Check out our guide to catching rare Pokemon for some suggestions on that.
  • Clear out your collection and transfer any surplus Pokemon before the event ends, so you take advantage of the additional Candy
  • If you can stand it, load up on the common Pokemon - yes, even Zubats - so you can take advantage of the catch bonus.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:51 am

Trump unveils $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan with no tax hikes

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Donald Trump is planning to spend big time on infrastructure.

According to a report from Yahoo Finance's Rick Newman, the campaign of the Republican presidential nominee has a plan to spend $1 trillion on a variety of infrastructure projects over 10 years if he is elected.

Trump has long been in support of infrastructure spending, and has said he would double the $300 billion that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton plans to spend on projects such as roads, bridges, and the like.

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The report from Yahoo Finance said that the plan was developed by Trump economic advisors Peter Navarro and Wilbur Ross.

Interestingly enough, the plan does not call for tax increases to finance the projects. A tax credit would be offered to private companies in order to finance projects, while the companies would also have to take equity investments in the projects. According to Yahoo Finance, $167 billion of the $1 trillion investment would be equity investment while the rest would be debt raised by private partners.

Additionally, all projects built under the plan would be required to generate cash flow, like toll roads or airports that produce tax revenue instead of free parks or non-toll highways. Then, the equity investment partners would also take the revenue, essentially privatizing much of the new infrastructure and making riskier investments more palatable.

The plain claims that taxes on the revenue generated by the infrastructure projects as well as taxes from workers would offset the lost revenue from the credits.

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According to Yahoo, Ross cited the cheap cost of debt financing due to low interest rates from the Federal Reserve as a reason to launch such a huge wave of public investment. He also said that despite being privately built, the government could assist in running some of the new projects.

Infrastructure spending appears to be one of the few things both nominees agree on, and is supported by financial giants and the economic community at large. Essentially, the idea is that with monetary policy stretched to its limits and economic growth still lackluster, spending by the government would kick-start private investment and economic dynamism.

The Trump campaign confirmed their support of the plan to Business Insider.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:51 am

25 famous women on asking for a raise

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Setting up a meeting with the boss to ask for a bump in salary can be a loaded, anxiety-inducingexperience for anyone — even when you clearly deserve a raise. Women in the workforce already have to deal with the ugly realities of the gender pay gap, and failing to negotiate a higher salary at the onset can become a barrier years down the line. According to research from Glassdoor, 68 percent of women accepted the salary they were initially offered and did not negotiate.

In the spirit of Taking Care of Business, we hope to lower that percentage. We've culled real, honest wisdom on how to negotiate from women like Jennifer Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey, and Lilly Ledbetter, the equal-pay activist whose lawsuit against Goodyear ultimately led to the Fair Pay Act that bears her name. Read on for their best advice.

Lilly Ledbetter

"I went over and interviewed with Goodyear in 1978, and I worked for Goodyear tire company for 19 years before I found out that the males were making 40 percent more than I was making for working the same job. Someone left me a little torn sheet of paper and tipped me off anonymously, listing my base pay and their base pay. The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw it was how much I had lost on overtime. I thought about my retirement and my 401(k) and my social security, because what you earn is what determines your retirement. I was just humiliated and embarrassed, to say the least, that a major corporation could do me that way. The company I worked for told me when I [was] hired there: 'If you discuss your pay, you will not have a job here.' So no one ever discussed their pay. I never knew. I had no idea how much someone else was making ... After I got that tip, I filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the wheels went into motion with the company." — Self, January 2016

Jennifer Lawrence

"When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early ... But if I'm honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn't say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' ... Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I'm sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share." — Lenny Letter, October 2015

Oprah Winfrey

"When I read Jennifer [Lawrence]'s piece yesterday, I said, 'Wow, this sounds like 1985.' Because when I first started The Oprah Show ... we syndicated, and I have all women producers, 5 women ... I went in and I said, "Everybody needs raises.' And the management at the time said, 'Why do they need raises? Why do a bunch of girls need raises? They're not married, they don't have children, they don't their own houses.' This was in 1985 in Chicago ... I said if you don't give them money, then I'm going to sit down." — CBS This Morning, October 2015

Tina Fey

"Every single interviewer asked, 'Isn't this an amazing time for women in comedy?' People really wanted us to be openly grateful — 'Thank you so much!' — and we were like, 'No, it's a terrible time. If you were to really look at it, the boys are still getting more money for a lot of garbage, while the ladies are hustling and doing amazing work for less.'" — Town & Country, March 2016

Robin Wright

"I was like, 'I want to be paid the same as Kevin [Spacey].' It was a perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards. I was looking at statistics and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than [Frank's] for a period of time. So I capitalized on that moment. I was like, 'You better pay me or I'm going to go public.' And they did." — The Huffington Post, May 2016

Meryl Streep

On her offer for The Devil Wears Prada:

"The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project. There was my 'goodbye moment,' and then they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf." — Variety, June 2016

Amy Adams

"The negotiation comes to a standstill and I have to make a choice, which a lot of women do. I can walk away. But I choose not to ... This is an issue not just about women's pay; we need to work on how women are viewed in society and then the pay will be reflected in that ... Right now time is more important to me. So that's what I negotiate because any time I'm working, I'm not spending with my daughter." — Elle U.K., November 2016

Michelle Obama

"I took my last job [before my husband entered the White House] because of my boss's reaction to my family situation. I didn't have a babysitter, so I took Sasha right in there with me in her crib and her rocker. I was still nursing, so I was wearing my nursing shirt. I told my boss, 'This is what I have: two small kids. My husband is running for the U.S. Senate. I will not work part time. I need flexibility. I need a good salary. I need to be able to afford babysitting. And if you can do all that, and you're willing to be flexible with me because I will get the job done, I can work hard on a flexible schedule.' I was very clear. And he said yes to everything." — Parade, June 2014

Lena Dunham

"The way that Jenni [Konner] and I work, and I don't mean to sound Pollyannaish, is we tend to think if we're working with someone that we're close to, if we're collaborating with another woman, and we decide to be a little bit generous in a negotiation, it's not because we're weak or afraid. It's because we know that that comes back to you in another way ... we never said, "Oh, I wish I wasn't generous." Money is one of the ways that you let people know that you appreciate them. When we're getting into collaborative relationships with other artists, we want them to feel appreciated. Also it's important to note that, just because you know what you're worth, doesn't mean it's always easy to ask for it. And I've learned a lot from Jenni in this department. I think that especially towards the beginning of my career, my people-pleasing instincts really got in the way." — LinkedIn, January 2016

Ellen Pao

"At Reddit, I was encouraged by CEO Yishan Wong's compensa­tion philosophy. He advocated for fair pay by minimizing the amount of negotiation and setting compensation by role. When he left and I stepped in as interim CEO, I made no-negotiation, scale-based pay standard for all employees. We put the onus on the company to pay fairly instead of on candidates to negotiate fair pay. We decided fair was what a strong negotiator would get — market rates at the high end based on experience and role. We believed that paying high market rates and fair compensation across the whole company was key to hiring and retaining the best talent." — The Hollywood Reporter, December 2015

Taylor Swift

"I'm sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company ... These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call ... Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done ... But I say to Apple with all due respect, it's not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation." — Tumblr, June 2015

Linda Evangelista

"We have this expression, Christy and I. We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day." — Vogue, October 1990

Sheryl Sandberg

"When I was negotiating with Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for my compensation, he made me an offer that I thought was fair. We had been having dinner several nights a week for more than a month and a half, discussing Facebook's mission and his vision for the future. I was ready to accept the job. No, I was dying to accept the job. My husband, Dave, kept telling me to negotiate, but I was afraid of doing anything that might botch the deal. I could play hardball, but then maybe Mark would not want to work with me. Was it worth it when I knew that ultimately I was going to accept the offer? I concluded it was not. But right before I was about to say yes, my exasperated brother-in-law, Marc Bodnick, blurted out, 'Damn it, Sheryl! Why are you going to make less than any man would make to do the same job?'

My brother-in-law didn't know the details of my deal. His point was simply that no man at my level would consider taking the first offer. This was motivating. I went back to Mark and said that I couldn't accept, but I prefaced it by telling him, 'Of course you realize that you're hiring me to run your deal teams, so you want me to be a good negotiator. This is the only time you and I will ever be on opposite sides of the table.' Then I negotiated hard, followed by a nervous night wondering if I had blown it. But Mark called me the next day. He resolved the gap by improving my offer, extending the terms of my contract from four to five years and allowing me to buy into the company as well. His creative solution not only closed the deal, but also set us up for a longer-term alignment of interests." — Lean In, March 2013

Diane von Furstenberg

"The first questions you have to ask yourself are, 'Do I deserve it?' and, 'Why?' Be hard on yourself while you question yourself. If you think you deserve it, then go for it and explain the reason. Do NOT whine. No tears in the eyes, no complaints. Go with the positives and the positives only. Explain that you deserve the promotion and that with that, you will build ahead for the company. If you are absolutely sure that you deserve it, you will get it. But do NOT be a victim, be a leader. Since I have worked for myself since I was 22, I could not go and ask for a promotion, but I often had to make presentations and sell myself. Sometimes I was turned down and I always tried to turn the rejection into something positive. It is not easy, but almost always there is a better opportunity hidden behind the lost one. The lesson I took from those rejections is that I look at the glass half full and not half empty!" — The Cut, February 2013

Kate Winslet

"I'm having such a problem with these conversations. I understand why they are coming up but maybe it's a British thing. I don't like talking about money; it's a bit vulgar isn't it? I don't think that's a very nice conversation to have publically at all. I'm quite surprised by these conversations to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that. I am a very lucky woman and I'm quite happy with how things are ticking along." — BBC Newsbeat, November 2015

Issa Rae

"In my career, I've tried to use negotiation to ensure I'm being paid fairly. As a freelance videographer and editor, I constantly had to set my price points, which was hard in the beginning because I honestly didn't know my worth. In addition to that, I was so eager to work that I was pretty much willing to work for any price point. As I grew more confident in my work, I began to set my prices higher. Sometimes I'd get resistance and sometimes I wouldn't get the job at all. I'd often have to convince them that I was worth the money. Something needs to change. And smarter negotiating isn't enough, because the pay gap isn't my fault or any woman's fault. And it can't just be on women to fix this problem. There is a role for employers and elected officials here, too ... A lot of us were raised with the belief that it's not polite to talk about money. If we want to close the pay gap, it's time to stop being polite and start talking about equal pay." — The Root, October 2015

Nicki Minaj

"One thing I learned along the way in business is the necessity to be unapologetic about asking for how much money you deserve. At a very early stage in my rap career, I was making six figures for shows. If I heard there was another rapper making that, I thought, 'you know what? I get out there and demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I get out there and give a real show. I want that, too.' And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided, you know what? I want to be compensated well ... If you know you're great at what you do, don't ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field."" – Time, April 2016

Charlize Theron

On negotiating equal pay for her role in Snow White and the Huntsman sequel

"I have to give them credit because once I asked, they said yes. They did not fight it. And maybe that's the message: That we just need to put our foot down. This is a good time for us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn't mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you're doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way." —- Elle U.K., June 2015

Roxane Gay

"[My father] also taught me how to negotiate ... These sharp negotiating skills also came in handy on the job market. With my summer gig, my father asked, a couple days ago, if I had negotiated and I said, 'Wow that didn't even cross my mind. I was just excited to be paid to be a visiting writer.' He sighed and said, 'We still have work to do.' He never stops parenting or worrying or trying to make sure I get everything I deserve." — "Let Me Say I'm Fine,", June 2011

Elisabeth Moss

"I think ... in a way, [Peggy's] naiveté is her strongest sort of trait. It's really what's gotten her everywhere. [Laughs] I mean, just the fact that she's naïve enough to voice her opinion. She's naïve enough to go and ask for a raise. She's naïve enough to insert herself into these situations. It's a kind of lack of fear that gets her into these rooms, and it's kind of gottenher where she is." —Rolling Stone, April 2014

Jessica Livingston

"In the startup world, you learn this lesson the hard way really quickly, and that is if you don't go out and try to get something, you won't get it. The lesson is you always need to at least ask the question. Maybe you'll get told no. That's okay, but at least you put yourself out there. And it feels uncomfortable, but once you start acting as your own advocate, it becomes more comfortable and I think, you'll see results ... I never asked for raises and [unsurprisingly] never got them. I was so scared to upset the apple cart ... It's just keeping a form of communication open and negotiating. I never learned these skills growing up. I always felt lucky to have a job where I had a decent pay and I never asked for more." — Elle, June 2015

Latoya Peterson

"I spend most of my time trying to get more money at the front end because companies can be very cheap about increasing your compensation when you work there. So I try to get enough money to be satisfied there regardless of what happens, and if annual reviews are somewhere in the 3-5% range, that's fine. Normally, I do a lot of research on places like Glassdoor and I look at not only my desired job title but also comparable titles in other industries. Then I decide what I am happy asking for and add 25% to that figure. I assume the hiring folks will negotiate me down so that keeps me in a range I like." — Elle, January 2015

Gloria Steinem

"The most ironic that comes to mind is that Time magazine asked me to write an essay about the early women's movement. It was a long time ago — it was maybe in the '70s. First of all, they asked me to do it because they didn't have a woman on staff. Secondly, I did it under deadline because it never occurred to me that they would pay me less than they did men writing the same essay. Time had a page in each issue in which there was a personal essay. When my agent got the check, he told me that I was getting paid less than men who wrote the same essay. So, I wrote the editor of Time and complained and he sent me a Gucci purse. I took the purse back to Gucci because I needed the money and tried to get cash for it and I couldn't." — Fusion, December 2015

Carey Mulligan

"It's proven now, as opposed to just being a theory. We know that women are paid less. Our producer on the film talks about when she applied to be a dishwasher at her local restaurant and it was advertised as 50 pence for men and 30 pence an hour for women, and that was only in the '60s or '70s ... I'm sure my male counterparts were paid more than I was. It's important that our conversation isn't just about Hollywood. It shouldn't be a self-serving thing; it should be used to have a wider conversation, because it's the same in all industries .... If we're going to talk about it, we should use it as a platform, as opposed to just try and fix it for ourselves." — Vulture, November 2015

Kathy Griffin

"On 'Suddenly Susan,' I went door-to-door and asked [what people were making]. I was very curious because I had a good experience on that show. I got good reviews. I started doing a lot more stand-up. I did a HBO special and a lot of Comedy Central specials, and guest spots on 'Seinfeld.' I didn't get a raise after season one, two or three. But after three years, I said, 'In all fairness, I think I should make equal pay.' I went to the head of Warner Bros. TV. I'm not kidding. I went to Peter Roth's office myself. I said, 'Look, I've been on the show for three years. You've got to give me some kind of raise.' It was an all-out brawl. I wrote down a number on a napkin, because I was making a joke about how it was like a car sale. I got a raise. I still didn't make equal pay to what the guys were making.

When you're me, this isn't a comedy situation. But I still have to do it with a wink and my tongue in my cheek. If I go there as a ballsy chick, it turns guys off. Because they are not used to a self-starting woman like myself who truly came from working as a temp in Forest Park, Ill. I try to do things that they really can't argue with. If I'm trying to get equal pay, I take my f–king awards and accomplishments, and I bring them to the table." – Variety, November 2015

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:37 am

Nintendo makes new announcement about Switch price

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Brace yourselves: More official news about the Nintendo Switch is coming. On January 12, Nintendo will reveal the Switch's price and release date via a press event streamed out of Tokyo.

According to a press release distributed earlier today by Nintendo, "This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time. The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development."

Nintendo hasn't revealed what time the stream will occur, but will supply the exact time closer to the date of the presentation via its social media channels.

Media events will also occur in the United States and Europe, though Nintendo hasn't clarified when or where they'll be happening. "Public sampling" events will also happen at a yet-undisclosed time.

All that's left is to push past the holiday rush. May snapping flights of red-and-white angels sing thee to sleep until then.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:37 am

Watch an angry Sixers fan flip Russell Westbrook a double bird

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It's been a rough couple of years for the Philadelphia 76ers as they've suffered through #TheProcess.

But things are starting to look up, especially with Joel Embiid finally making his NBA debut on Wednesday night.

Still, fans in Philly have a lot of residual frustration to work out, and one guy in particular sitting in the first few rows really let Russell Westbrook have it for some reason.

Not only did he flip Russ the double bird; it doesn't take a professional lip reader to make out some very NSFW comments that accompanied it. The Sixers fans' trolling game is already in midseason form.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:32 am

See photos from the 1945 World Series -- the last time the Cubs were in it

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The Chicago Cubs haven't participated in a World Series since 1945. Have you heard about this? You probably have. It's okay -- we're not here to tell you about it. We're here to show you.

Click through below for snapshots from that Fall Classic from more than 70 years ago, as the team tries to erase the curse and knock off the Cleveland Indians in this year's series.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:32 am

BYU changes how it handles sexual assault cases

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Brigham Young University students who report being sexually assaulted will no longer be investigated for possible violations of the school's strict honor code.

BYU's president announced the new amnesty clause Wednesday along with several other changes to the university's sexual assault protocols.

Kevin J. Worthen wrote in a letter to students and faculty, "Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. This is particularly true for those who have been the victims of sexual assault. They have been through a devastating experience, and they are looking for our help and support."

Activists demanded that BYU change how it handles sexual assault earlier this year after several students accused the Mormon university of using its code of conduct against those who report abuse.

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Those students claimed the Honor Code Office investigated them for violations such as drinking and premarital sex after they reported being sexually assaulted.

Soon after those accusations surfaced, an advisory council reviewed BYU's protocols and presented 23 recommendations for its sexual assault policies. The university has promised to accept all of them.

The school's advisory councils need to review the new policy before it can officially be put in the books, but BYU says it will be enforced until then.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:30 am

Rick Santorum: Hillary Clinton is a 'deceitful, horrible human'

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Two-time Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum shared some harsh words about Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

BuzzFeed News quotes him as saying, "It's incredible to hear this deceitful, horrible human being of Hillary Clinton out there talking about being a uniter."

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These comments echo an op-ed he wrote for the website Conservative HQ where he calls her time as Secretary of State "a disaster."

In the piece, Santorum predicts that if she wins the presidency, her Supreme Court picks would cause the country to become "...another godless autocratic European socialist state devoid of religious liberty or value..."

He goes on to express his support for the GOP nominee which he reiterated on Ingraham's show, telling her, "Donald Trump has the message out there that actually is a message that can unite, particularly on the economy."

The two also talked about the Republicans who have not joined the Trump bandwagon, criticizing them for not looking past his personal flaws.


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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:29 am

Former congressman Joe Walsh says he will respond to a Trump loss by 'grabbing my musket'

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Joe Walsh, a former congressman from Illinois, shared how he would handle a Trump loss and encouraged others to join him.

Wednesday afternoon, Walsh tweeted, "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?"

While the comment is certainly aggressive, it is a bit vague, prompting CNN's Jake Tapper to ask, "what exactly does that mean?"

Walsh responded, "It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back."

This isn't the first time Walsh has made a comment that could be interpreted as a call to violence.

In the wake of the police shootings in Dallas he tweeted, "This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you."

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:27 am

Black Friday deals you can get now on TVs, PCs & more

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around corner you may be surprised to learn that some of the best deals actually happen before Black Friday. In fact, many of the deals you find may be cheap and will also feel that way as well. Our partners at TechBargains have seen a trend where Black Friday Deals start earlier and earlier each year. It's not even November and yet there are Black Friday quality deals already leaking out. Don't wait for Black Friday when you can get the deals you want now and start playing with your gadgets on Thanksgiving instead of waiting in line for them.

Dell Inspiron 3650 Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core Desktop w/ 16GB RAM & Win & Pro for $579 (Orig $949)

Use code: DELLBIZ579. Get one of the best top selling deals on a desktop PC we've seen all year before it sells out. For under $600 you will find no better value than this redesigned sleek desktop with a powerful current gen Intel i7 processor, massive 16GB of RAM and a generous 2TB hard drive. You won't need to upgrade this at all and it even comes pre-installed with the Pro version of Windows 7 (and includes a Windows 10 Pro upgrade license). Act quickly as this always sells out every time we see it.

55" Samsung 4K UltraHD Curved LED HDTV with High Dynamic Range + $300 Dell Gift Card for $899.99

For $900 you are getting a 2016 Samsung with the three newest innovations in TVs: ultra sharp 4K resolution, vibrant colors from HDR support, and an immersive curved design display. The bonus $300 Dell gift card is enough for you purchase an PS4 or Xbox One S which is an incredible deal. You are essentially paying $600 for the TV which is a deal we don't think Black Friday will beat on a 2016 Samsung at the 55" size. This is a very popular deal and we don't expect this to last more than a few days.

Dell XPS 8900 i7-6700 Skylake Quad-Core Desktop w/ Win 7 Pro & 2GB GT 730m GPU for $630 (Orig $749.99)

Use Code: SBXPS630. The XPS 8900 is one of the most versatile and popular desktops Dell makes from their XPS performance line. It's a top choice for home offices, workstations, gaming and multimedia and more. This can be expanded to fit a mid size graphics card and includes an entry level video card so you can set-up 2 monitors right out of the box. At $630 this is one of the lowest prices we ever see it at and it looks to be a clearance deal. This has the legs to last you many years to come with a top tier quad-core processor and reviews love this desktop.

29" Dell UltraSharp 2560x1080 Panoramic Widescreen Monitor + $100 Dell GC for $292.49 (Orig $449.99)

Use code: SAVE35. Get more done with this ultra wide screen monitor. It has the resolution to fit two windows side by side easily and comes in a generous 29" screen size so you won't have to squint to make out the text. It includes a large $100 Dell gift card you can later use on a laptop, computer, or any other electronics Dell sells. This is over $100 less than elsewhere and when you include the gift card you are effectively paying under $200 for this huge monitor. At that price you are actually paying less than two separate full size monitors.

Stanley J7CSR 'FatMax' 700-Amp Peak Jump Starter & Compressor Combo for $39.98 (orig $80)

If you love tool and home improvement deals on Black Friday than this deal will be no exception. Basically you can get this portable car jump starter for 50% off. It has two excellent features that put it above others you can buy: a 120psi air compressor for pumping up tires and a USB charger for your smartphones and other devices. Not only will this thing be worth more than you paid for if you ever use it during the winter, you'll also save yourself time and money by conveniently keeping your tires inflated.

Samsung Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $27.95 (Orig $32.99)

Everyone loves a cheap flash drive deal and this is no exception. In fact this is a fantastic deal as it is a name brand flash drive with a huge capacity for under $30. This makes a great little present and it easily has enough capacity to back up the largest iPhones. Best of all it's super compact design means you can leave it in your desktop or laptop without it ever protruding.

100% Pure Foam Lumbar Seat Cushion $14.97 (orig $30)

Use code: XL9DASD6. If you saw this deal in any store this would be an impulse buy. This product gets great reviews on Amazon and is one of their top selling back support pillows. If you spend any amount of time sitting infront of a computer or have a long daily drive, give your back some support and help prevent repetitive stress condition with this lumbar support pillow. Any good pillow runs over $30-$50 at your local office supply chain store. For half that price you can get an extremely well reviewed pillow and eliminate any uncertainty of getting something that will work at a price you won't regret.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:26 am

The 'Pretty Little Liars' finale to get one-hour post-show special

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The Freeform network is going to have just as hard of a time saying goodbye to its crown jewel program, Pretty Little Liars, as the show's diehard fans. So to help us all process the loss, the Freeform brain trust has green lit a one-hour post-show special to air directly after the series finale next spring, according to Deadline. Stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse will join PLL mastermind I. Marlene King for a what's being billed as an "unbarred and uncensored tell-all aftershow" that will unpack "series' secrets" and "behind-the-scenes insights." But unless King uses the special to reveal that the series finale was a hoax all along, and that she'll be producing at least two more seasons of the craziest whodunit soap opera on television, there's no way this roundtable will ease the pain of saying goodbye.

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Posted on 27 October 2016 | 10:25 am


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