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    Former NFL player Rae Carruth walks into the courtroom during his trial in 2001

    • Chancellor Lee Adams was delivered by emergency Cesarean section after his mother, Cherica Adams, was shot in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 1999. 
    • His birth came after former Panthers receiver Rae Carruth hired a hitman to shoot and kill Cherica Adams so he wouldn't have to pay child support. 
    • Carruth was released from prison on Monday morning. 
    • Nineteen years after the shooting, Chancellor Lee is living with cerebral palsy and thriving. 

    Nineteen years after he was supposed to die at the hands of a hitman hired by his NFL-playing father, Chancellor Lee Adams is thriving.

    Adams' mother, Cherica Adams, died in December 1999, a month after former Panthers receiver Rae Carruth orchestrated a plot to kill her in Charlotte, North Carolina, to avoid paying child support.

    Adams was pregnant when she went into a coma after being shot four times while driving her car in November 1999, according to The Charlotte Observer.

    Her and Carruth's son, Chancellor Lee, was delivered via emergency cesarean section. The 19-year-old has cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage from being left with oxygen during his birth. 

    But the teen, who lives with his grandmother, Sandra Adams, has persevered — and is even thriving — as Carruth leaves prison after serving 18 years for conspiring to murder Cherica.

    Though Chancellor Lee will never be able to live on his own, there are many things he can do that doctors predicted would be near impossible for him, including walking with assistance and talking with everyone he meets.

    "The neurologist told me all of the 'nevers,'" Adams told The Charlotte Observer last year. "He's never going to walk. He’s never going to talk. He won’t be able to sit up or ever feed himself. He will never live a normal life. Because of my strong faith, I heard what they were saying. But I said: 'I know there’s a miracle worker, and he is going to be my miracle boy.'"

    Sandra Adams previously said she would be at the prison when Carruth was released on Monday morning, but she was not there when the former football player walked free.

    Over the years, Sandra has said she forgives Carruth for killing his daughter, though recently she spoke with mixed feelings about his release.

    "Part of me wants to be there the day he gets out so he can acknowledge his son," Sandra told the Observer ahead of his release. "Then there's part of me that just wants to be chilling on a beach somewhere on October 22 and not even thinking about it."

    Carruth has never admitted guilt in Adams' murder, but said in February that he feels "responsible for everything" and that he wants "to be forgiven," according to The Associated Press.

    He has repeatedly said he wants a relationship with Chancellor Lee, though in a letter to The Charlotte Observer, he said he would "no longer be pursuing a relationship with Chancellor" or Sandra Adams.

    "I promise to leave them be, which I now see is in everyone’s best interest," Carruth wrote. 

     

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    • Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and Chris Paul were all suspended for their part in the brawl that broke out at the end of Saturday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.
    • ESPN's Jalen Rose floated a theory on "Get Up!" that the suspensions were light, in part, to keep the Lakers competitive in the Western Conference and help LeBron James get to the playoffs.
    • The Lakers are 0-2 to start the year, the worst start a LeBron-led team has had since 2004.


    Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets game broke out into a brawl in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

    The scuffle had three main actors — Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram of the Lakers, and Chris Paul of the Rockets, with others on the court working to de-escalate the situation.

    On Monday, suspensions were doled out to all three players, with Ingram out for four games, Rondo for three, and Paul sitting out just two games, all without pay. Those punishments have been widely regarded as light compared to what many expected.

    ESPN's Jalen Rose gave his reading of the situation on "Get Up!," and floated a theory that the league's light suspensions for Rondo and Ingram were made in the interest of keeping the Lakers competitive in their first season with LeBron James.

    "I think Adam Silver is the best commissioner in professional sports, but I don't think he got this punishment correct," Rose said of the suspensions. "In my opinion, Bradon Ingram should have gotten 15 games, Rajon Rondo should have gotten ten games, Chris Paul should have gotten the two that he was initially given."

    As Rose further analyzed the length of the suspensions, he mentioned that they were somewhat curious, noting that some more conspiratorially-minded basketball fans might be suspicious of the relatively easy punishments on Ingram and Rondo.

    "Now, looking through my phone and talking to a lot of people in NBA circles, there's going to be conspiracy theorists, that say, 'Hey! The league probably didn't want to bury the Los Angeles Lakers with long suspensions. It's a storied franchise. An iconic player joined their squad. They're in a tough Western Conference.' If you give larger suspensions, say these conspiracy theorists, it may bury a team in that conference, and hamper their ability to make the playoffs."

    You can watch Rose make the case below.

    While Rose doesn't provide any hard evidence that there might be a conspiracy afoot, it's not tough to imagine that the league is interested in keeping the Lakers as competitive as possible and making the postseason.

    The league released a statement that lays out why each player was suspended, but it does not explain the length of each player's suspension.

    "Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden," the league said in a statement. "Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him."

    James has made the NBA Finals for eight consecutive years but faces a new, much more daunting challenge in the Western Conference. In a tight race down the stretch, there's no telling how significant a single loss back in October might be in retrospect.

    The Lakers are 0-2 to start the season, James' worst start since 2004. They'll go for their first win on Monday night as they host the San Antonio Spurs.

    SEE ALSO: Lonzo Ball forced to cover up tattoo due to NBA rules

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    • "Wonder Woman 1984," the sequel to the 2017 hit, "Wonder Woman," has been pushed back from next November to June 2020.
    • Warner Bros. said it's because the first "Wonder Woman" saw "tremendous success" during the summer.
    • But recent movies, especially "Black Panther," have proven that movies can succeed at the box office outside of the summer.


    The sequel to the 2017 superhero hit "Wonder Woman" has been pushed back seven months.

    "Wonder Woman 1984" was originally scheduled to be released in November 2019, but Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot announced on Twitter on Monday that the movie will now open on June 5, 2020. 

    In a statement to Business Insider, Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."

    The messaging between Gadot and Goldstein is very consistent.

    The first "Wonder Woman" was released on June 2, 2017, meaning the sequel will come to theaters almost exactly three years later. It grossed over $821 million worldwide.

    But a November release wouldn't have doomed "Wonder Woman 1984." Recent movies, particularly "Black Panther," have proven that movies can be hugely successful outside of the traditional summer season when blockbusters are usually released. "Black Panther" was released in February, but remains the highest-grossing movie in the US this year and made over $1.3 billion worldwide.

    Before that, "Deadpool" was released in February 2016 and made over $783 million worldwide. Other movies like "Get Out,""A Quiet Place,""Logan,""The Nun," and "Halloween" have been successful outside of summer.

    But it seems Warner Bros. doesn't want to take that chance. When it saw a June 2020 release open, it pounced, even if fans will have to wait another seven months to see Wonder Woman again.

    In the meantime, Warner Bros. will release "Aquaman" this December, "Shazam!" in April, and "Joker" next October. 

    SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. triumphed over Disney in public sentiment after hiring James Gunn for 'Suicide Squad 2'

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    Halloween movies range from comedic gems to horrifying thrillers. Depending on what you're in the mood, there is always something to watch. 

    We've compiled a list of 29 of the best Halloween movies, from family-friendly classics to films that require you leave the lights on.

    All of these movies are available to rent and buy through companies like Amazon and Apple, but if it's streaming, we've included a link. 

    "Halloween" launched a successful franchise spanning 11 movies — two of which were a reboot and a sequel.

    Michael Myers is introduced as a troubled man who escapes from a sanatorium to hunt and murder teenage babysitters. Wearing a terrifying mask, the serial killer maniac stalks Laurie Strode and her friends on Halloween. 

    Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her role as Laurie Strode for the 2018 sequel, also called "Halloween."You can learn more about the original movie here.

    Stream: Shudder

     



    "Sleepy Hollow" is a Tim Burton masterpiece.

    Johnny Depp plays constable Ichabod Crane who goes to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate decapitations. Stories say that the murders are being committed by an undead man known as the Headless Horseman, and Crane soon learns that the stories are true. 

    Stream: Starz

     



    "Hocus Pocus" is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Max, his little sister Dani, and his crush Allison find themselves on the run from the resurrected Sanderson sisters— Winifred, Mary, and Sarah — after Max, a virgin, lit the Black Flame Candle. The witches are surprised to wake up in a modern world 300 years after being killed, but their hunt to suck the life out of kids is still the same. There's also an immortal black cat named Thackery Binx. 

    Stream: Freeform

     



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    Donald Trump

    • President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled a new nickname for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, showcasing how much their relationship has shifted since the 2016 presidential campaign.
    • Trump told reporters Cruz is no longer "Lyin' Ted," a nickname he frequently employed for the senator when he saw him as a political rival.
    • Instead, he called him "Beautiful Ted."
    • But the president also said he doesn't "regret" suggesting in 2016 that Cruz's father was involved in the assassination effort of President John F. Kennedy. 

    President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled a new nickname for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, showcasing how much their relationship has shifted since the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Trump told reporters Cruz is no longer "Lyin' Ted," a nickname he frequently employed for the senator when he saw him as a political rival. On Monday, he dubbed him is now "Beautiful Ted."

    The president also said he doesn't "regret" suggesting Cruz's father was involved in the assassination effort of President John F. Kennedy, which was among his more controversial statements regarding the Texas senator as they both vied for the GOP presidential nomination.

    "I don’t regret anything, honestly," Trump told CNN's Kaitlan Collins. "It all worked out very nicely." 

    In May 2016, Trump said to Fox News: "[Cruz's] father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it."

    "I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?" Trump added at the time. "It’s horrible."

    During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump also attacked the appearance of Cruz's wife. But the president said he and Cruz have since buried the hatchet and that he now likes his former opponent. 

    This all comes as Trump endorses Cruz ahead of November's midterm elections. He's set to appear alongside Cruz at a rally in Houston on Monday night to urge voters to support him. With a slim Republican majority in the Senate, Trump seems to recognize his agenda is at risk of facing significant obstacles if Democrats gain even one seat. 

    Cruz has faced a tough race against Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who's fighting to unseat the Texas senator. Trump on Monday told reporters he thinks O'Rourke is "highly overrated." 

    SEE ALSO: Beto O'Rourke is quickly becoming a national figure for Democrats at a time when the party has no clear leader

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  • 10/22/18--12:50: 7 signs you may have lice
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    Seasoned parents know that a lice infestation can mean weeks of washing bedding and towels daily, treating mattresses and other furniture with special sprays, and likely purchasing new pillows and hairbrushes.

    Treating your child for lice can take hours, especially if their hair is long or thick. Because one louse can lay about six eggs per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each louse and nit must be removed to prevent re-infestation.

    Even if you think you got them all, it's important to retreat seven to 10 days after the initial treatment. And as for yourself, you should have another adult check for lice because it is nearly impossible to adequately treat yourself.

    Are you feeling itchy already? Here are some signs you or your child may have lice.

    Your head is itchy.

    The most common symptom of lice is having an itchy head. According to the Mayo Clinic, the itchiness is caused by an allergic reaction to louse saliva and may not occur for two to six weeks after you've contracted lice.

    An itchy scalp is the most obvious symptom of head lice, but that alone does not mean you have head lice. Other more common things like dandruff and eczema also can make the scalp itch.



    You feel like something is crawling on your head.

    If you have lice, you might actually be able to feel the bugs crawling on your scalp. According to Healthline, lice can cause the sensation of something moving on or tickling your head

    If you're concerned your child has lice, ask them if they notice this sensation.



    You spot a louse.

    The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) described lice as looking like "light-brown sesame seeds crawling on the hair, skin, or clothing." 

    Typically, if you see one louse, you are likely infected with several living lice, as well as their eggs, also known as nits.

    It takes a little over a week for a nit to hatch into a nymph (an infant louse), and about nine to 12 days for the nymph to mature. If you spot a louse, you've probably been infected for a few weeks.



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    We are hiring a video producing writing intern with a focus on travel for INSIDER, a distributed publication that delivers stories to readers across digital platforms.

    The role includes finding and pitching ideas for INSIDER's travel videos, as well as researching, writing, and producing scripts. Recent examples include videos about what fall looks like around the world and an Airbnb with a private pool.

    Writing interns work closely with video editors, but they do not need to have video-editing experience. We're looking for ambitious reporters who can find and chase great stories, and relay them to our audience in a compelling way. Our interns are an integral part of our team. We seek out self-starters and people who are enthusiastic about collaborating with video producers, social media editors, and other team members.

    This internship position is at our headquarters in New York City. It starts in winter 2018 and runs for six months. Interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

    At INSIDER, our motto is "Life is an adventure." We tell stories for, about, and by people who seize life. That means they love to travel, try new foods, listen to new music, and fight for what's right — and they admire people who do the same. INSIDER is distributed across social media, including FacebookTwitterInstagram, Snapchat, and YouTube , as well as on the web.

    If this sounds like your dream job, apply here with a resume and cover letter telling us why you're a fit for INSIDER and detailing your interest in travel.

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    • A caravan of approximately 7,200 Central American migrants is marching through Mexico, heading for the US border.
    • Though President Donald Trump has condemned the migrants, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador explained they're escaping widespread institutional issues across Central America.
    • Migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are fleeing corruption, violence, and poverty.

    A caravan of approximately 7,200 Central American immigrants is headed toward the US border, the latest instance of Central Americans fleeing unbearable conditions for the hope of building a new life in America.

    The group's progress has become a major political flashpoint, earning a public statement of disapproval from President Donald Trump, who has accused them of "coming illegally to the U.S." and later threatened to dispatch US military troops to the border.

    Despite Trump's sharp response, Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested a coordinated response among the United States, Mexico, and Canada to solve the root of the problem with increased funding for development in Central America.

    "In this way we confront the phenomenon of migration, because he who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity," said Lopez Obrador, pointing to the widespread institutional issues across Central America that foster corruption, violence, and poverty.

    The members of the caravan mostly come from Latin America's Northern Triangle, which includes Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This collective region is one of the most dangerous in the world, with common failures among their national systems perpetuating impossible living conditions.

    Traveling tens of miles each day in sweltering heat, the caravan had reached Tapachula, Mexico by Monday, still at least 1,600 miles from the US border:

    central american migrant caravan us mexico border route map

    This is the second massive migrant caravan to set its sights on the US border this year. Dozens of members of the first caravan, which reached the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana in April, applied for asylum, and their cases are making their way through the long and complicated system.

    They're escaping gang violence

    The unmitigated violence and control that gangs such as MS-13 and Barrio 18 orchestrate contribute to some of the world's highest homicide rates in the Northern Triangle.

    Though MS-13 was formed in Los Angeles in the 1960s, its presence grew in Central America in the mid-1990s after the US deported massive rates of undocumented immigrants who had criminal records. It has since become an international organization that wields strict control within Central America.

    Gangs are not only forces of violence, but also of unchecked control, often extorting vulnerable citizens including public transportation agents, small businesses, and poor families for exorbitant fees.

    These groups, combined with drug cartels and criminal organizations, form an overwhelmingly powerful, and deadly, system of control.

    They're fleeing political corruption

    Violence and crime thrive under weak national legislatures and administrations that are built on legacies of corruption, which are further stressed by remarkably low tax revenues.

    Deadly internal fighting among the government, citizens, and guerrilla groups persisted until the 1990s and provided a foundation for organized crime.

    The Northern Triangle's current governments have been embroiled in political insecurity as recently as June, when protests following the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez left 32 dead and resulted in no charges for police or military agents.

    They're trying to get out of poverty

    Irineo Mujica, of the humanitarian aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told the Associated Press on Monday that two things are responsible for the exodus: "hunger and death."

    In Honduras, for example, two-thirds of people live on $2.50 a day. And the governments collect little taxes from residents, so the availability and quality of necessities like education, health care, and security are low.

    Many of the people marching in the caravan have children in tow, and are trying to give their families a better life in the US.

    A caravan means safety in numbers

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    Migrants traveling alone or in small groups along the thousands-mile long journey face the possibility of abuse and exploitation at the hands of smugglers and criminals who take advantage of particularly vulnerable immigrants, including pregnant women, minors, refugees, and asylum-seekers.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged the risks migrants face, but doubled down on the Trump administration's flat denial that members of the caravan would be admitted at the border.

    "We are concerned that these migrants may be victimized by human smugglers or others who would exploit them," Pompeo said in a Sunday evening statement. "We also are deeply concerned by the violence provoked by some members of the group, as well as the apparent political motivation of some organizers of the caravan."

    The caravan has become a key point of political rhetoric, as it dominates American media just over two weeks before November's midterm elections.

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    • Automation is a technology trend that will impact various sectors of economic life this century.
    • Smart Asset, a financial technology company that provides online advice about personal finance decisions, recently released a study which calculated which states have jobs that are most vulnerable to automation. 
    • They looked at Bureau of Labor Statistics and research studies done at Oxford University. 
    • Smart Asset found that of the top 10 states with jobs most vulnerable to automation, three came from the Great Plains and six came from the South. 

    Because of the rate at which technology is progressing, automation is a trend that will impact various sectors of economic life this century. In fact, automation is already creating anxiety as to how our economy will be structured going forward. 

    According to The Guardian, 38% of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation in the next 15 years. The Janesville Gazette reports that a 2017 Pew Poll found that 72% of adults said they were worried about a future where robots and computers can perform human jobs. 

    Smart Asset, a financial technology company that provides online advice about personal finance decisions, recently released a study which calculated which states have jobs that are most vulnerable to automation. 

    Smart Asset's methodology consisted of looking at employment data across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. and analyzing them from the two angles. First, they looked at total worker occupation data based on Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2017. Second, they looked at research studies done by Oxford University, namely "The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization?" by Carl B. Frey and Michael A. Osborne, and analyzed the percent chance a specific occupation will be automated in a decade or two.  

    Smart Asset said they "multiplied the number of jobs in each occupation by the chance they will be automated for each state," and from there determined which states would have the highest percentage of jobs at risk. 

    Smart Asset found that of the top 10 states with jobs most vulnerable to automation, three came from the Great Plains and six came from the South. 

    Take a look below at the complete list of the 10 states where jobs are most vulnerable to the threat of automation. 

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    10. Alabama — Smart Asset estimates just under 55% of jobs in Alabama could be automated, including motor vehicle assembly plants. Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Toyota all have plants in the Cotton State.

    Source: Smart Asset



    9. Texas — Texas has the second most workers in the country, according to Smart Asset, and that includes fast-food workers. Some McDonald's franchises have already experimented with self-ordering kiosks.

    Source: Smart Asset



    8. Florida — Smart Asset estimates that 4.6 million of the roughly 8.4 million jobs in Florida face automation threats. These include retail salespeople, who may not be needed if self-checkout machines multiply.

    Source: Smart Asset



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    We are hiring a video producing and editing intern for INSIDER, a distributed publication that delivers stories to readers across digital platforms.

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    Candidates should know how to edit on Adobe Premiere and how to use Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, various types of audio and digital video equipment including Canon and Sony cameras, and how to shoot awesome video with their smartphones. We're looking for ambitious reporters who can find and chase great stories, and relay them to our audience in a compelling way. A working knowledge of the Spanish language, both conversational and written, is a plus but not required. Our interns are an integral part of our team. We seek out self-starters and people who are enthusiastic about collaborating with video producers, social media editors, and other team members.

    This internship position is at our satellite LA office in Hollywood. It starts in winter 2018 and runs for six months. Interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

    At INSIDER, our motto is "Life is an adventure." We tell stories for, about, and by people who seize life. That means they love to travel, try new foods, listen to new music, and fight for what's right — and they admire people who do the same. INSIDER is distributed across social media, including FacebookTwitterInstagram, Snapchat, and YouTube , as well as on the web.

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    cruise shipIf the idea of traveling by boat is romantic or adventurous to you, but you’re not really jazzed by the prospect of laying on sandy beach after sandy beach, you're in luck. A lot of cruise lines offer trips to destinations with a variety of weather conditions and experiences.

    If you're craving a cruise with a fun twist, here are 12 unique commercial cruises to consider booking for your next trip. 

    If you prefer snow-capped mountains to white sandy beaches, you can cruise around Alaska.

    Many popular cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean and Carnival, offer tours of the northernmost state. A cruise around Alaska’s ports-of-call is excellent for nature lovers looking to see spectacular arctic views up close.

    See the stunning glaciers and mountains that make up the natural landscape. On excursions, you may be able to partake in some whale watching or even dog sledding.



    Cruising the Nile is a luxurious way to experience the wonders of the ancient world.

    If you want to ancient structures firsthand, but still want your trip to the desert to feel like a vacation, a cruise along the Nile might be right for you.

    Sanctuary Retreats and Memphis Tours are two of multiple companies that offer an array of Nile cruises, taking you to see the natural and historic beauty of Egypt while keeping you well-fed and relaxed in between excursions.



    Experience Russian art and culture by the nation’s waterways.

    Viking River Cruises and Disney Cruise Line are among the travel companies who stop in Russia, bringing visitors down Russia’s Volga River and its other scenic lakes.

    If you’re more of an arts and culture traveler, happier in a museum than touring landscapes and monuments, one of these Russian riverboat cruises is a great way to fit lots of cultural experiences, like a visit to the ballet or the Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, into your luxurious getaway.

     



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    Wall Street was mixed on Monday as strong gains in Shanghai and the start of a busy week for corporate earnings failed to calm nerves about rising rates and the prospect of slowing economic growth around the world. 

    Capping a choppy day of trading, the Nasdaq composite closed 0.26% higher. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 0.5%, or more than 100 points, and the S&P 500 was down 0.43%.

    "Transitions occurring in interest rates and in the way trade is conducted globally are causing investor sentiment to become unsettled," John Stoltzfus of Oppenheimer Equity Research said in an email.

    Chinese stocks saw a sharp recovery overnight, with the Shanghai Composite gaining nearly 5% as Beijing jumped in to prop up equities. After reporting last week that the economy expanded at the slowest pace in a decade in the third quarter, Chinese stocks dropped by the most in three years.  

    Earnings season is offering some relief to Wall Street, which had led a global sell-off earlier this month as investors fretted about rising rates. Dozens of major companies — including Microsoft, Amazon, and Google parent company Alphabet — post third-quarter earnings this week. About 160 S&P 500 companies will report, according to Reuters

    After losing business with long-time customer Toys 'R' US, toymaker Hasbro missed analyst expectations in the third quarter. Toys 'R' Us, the largest toy retailer in the world, filed for bankruptcy last year. 

    European stocks were also modestly higher after the ratings agency Moody's left Italy in investment grade territory in a report, easing some concerns about the populist government's plans to sharply increase public spending. But it also cut Rome's credit rating in the report to one level above junk. On Monday, Italy continued to clash with European Union officials who have called Rome's budget "unprecedented."

    Energy stocks sank more than 1% as Halliburton lowered its outlook for the rest of the year. Meanwhile, oil rebounded after the Trump administration outlined requirements for Iran sanctions waivers. Prices had earlier fallen on an announcement that Saudi Arabia would not roll out an oil embargo amid tensions with Washington. 

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    NATO is about to kick off its largest military exercises since the Cold War, which will include more than 50,000 troops from 31 countries.

    The military exercises, known as Trident Juncture 2018, will be held from Oct. 25th — Nov. 7th in Norway.

    One of the countries participating in the exercises is non-NATO member Sweden, which has grown increasingly concerned about neighboring Russia, especially after Moscow apparently targeted it during a simulated nuclear strike in 2013.

    In May, Sweden handed out a pamphlet to its citizens titled "If Crisis or War Comes," instructing them how to defend the country in case of war. It also purchased $1.3 billion worth of Patriot missile defense systems in November 2017, and even held a large joint military drill with the US two months before that.

    Now, Sweden is bringing about 1,900 troops to Trident Juncture 2018, along with two stealthy Visby-class corvettes, the HMS Karlstad and HMS Nyköping.

    The two corvettes will be integrated into Standing NATO Maritime Group One, which is basically NATO's standing frigate force, Lt. Jimmie Adamsson, a public affairs officer for the Swedish Navy, told Business Insider.

    Here's what the corvettes can do.

    SEE ALSO: 9 photos of Russia's new stealth frigate, a small warship that's much better armed than the US Navy's LCS

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    Sweden has five Visby-class corvettes, with the first being delivered in 2002 and the last two, the Karlstad and Nyköping, in 2015.

    The corvettes are mainly designed for anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures, but the Karlstad is used more as an attack and anti-surface warfare vessel.

    Source: naval-technology.com



    Adamsson said that the Karlstad and Nyköping will conduct anti-sub, anti-surface and anti-aircraft warfare exercises during Trident Juncture 2018.



    The corvettes are armed with eight RBS 15 Mk2 anti-ship missiles, and four 400mm Type 45 torpedo launchers. They also have a maximum speed of more than 40 mph.



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    • Google's ProjectStream lets you play blockbuster video games with your internet browser, if you've got a strong enough internet connection.
    • Using ProjectStream, the visuals and controls of "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey" match the look and feel of playing the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
    • If ProjectStream and other cloud gaming platforms can provide a streaming experience that feels consistent with playing on console, they can lower the price of entry for high-end video games by hundreds of dollars.
    • Cloud gaming will eventually kill consoles if it can provide gamers with a healthy library of streaming games at the right price.

    Earlier this month Google rolled out a closed beta test for ProjectStream, a video game streaming service that lets you play high-quality video games via the Chrome browser. The beta test includes just one game, the recently released "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey."

    Developed by Ubisoft, "Assassin's Creed" is the sort of blockbuster game that would traditionally require a $400 console or gaming computer to play. ProjectStream significantly reduces that barrier to entry; the sole requirement is a 25 mbps or faster internet connection, and controllers are optional.

    Having already played "Odyssey" on PlayStation 4, I was skeptical of how ProjectStream would compare to the console experience. After all, ProjectStream isn't the first cloud-based video game streaming service and the technology hasn't been a hit so far. Sacrificing graphic-quality or settling for less responsive controls has felt like a requirement for past cloud gaming services, and performance varies greatly depending on the game. Given that "Odyssey" is a brand new game with a huge open world, I was skeptical whether ProjectStream would be able to keep up.

    Playing for the first time on a MacBook Pro, my concerns were quickly put to rest. At its best, ProjectStream's version of "Odyssey" felt identical to playing on PlayStation, the game immediately recognized the PlayStation 4 controller I connected via Bluetooth and showed the correct button icons on screen. There was no noticeable delay in the controls and the visuals seemed overall consistent with what I saw on PS4, though "Odyssey" does have additional support for 4K and HDR on consoles and PC.

    I tried ProjectStream with three different computers with three different network scenarios; a 2017 MacBook Pro on 250 mbps wifi, an HP hybrid laptop on a 50 mpbs wifi connection, and my gaming PC with a 970 GTX graphics card on a 1 gbps connection. The experience felt pretty much identical across the three computers, making their difference in processing power feel insignificant.

    Running on the slowest internet connection, the HP laptop did experience some brief moments of instability where the image would appear somewhat pixelated and the controls would freeze, but the game would return to normal after a few seconds. On my gaming PC and the MacBook, ProjectStream was essentially flawless.

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    Consistency is the most encouraging factor of ProjectStream. Knowing that the experience playing via the Google Chrome browser matches console gameplay regardless of the computer  I'm using — as long as the internet speed if fast enough — is great motivation to leave my PlayStation version of the game behind. ProjectStream also carries my game save over automatically so I can easily continue where I left off, whether I'm playing at work, at home, or at a friend's house. Unfortunately ProjectStream doesn't work on smartphones or tablets just yet, but it would be surprising if Google can't find a way to make the service functional on their own Android devices.

    ProjectStream represents a convincing jump in cloud gaming technology at a time where gamers are wondering if the next generation of video game consoles will prioritize streaming content over traditional media. ProjectStream takes advantage of Google's massive server infrastructure and development resources, showcasing a beta product that gamers can be confident in. But even if the technology can match the experience of an Xbox or PlayStation, the next important step will be finding a way to deliver a full library of new and old video games at a price that makes sense.

    PlayStation Now

    Google will also be competing head-to-head with endemic video game brands as it enters the game streaming space. So far the most functional cloud gaming options have been Sony's PlayStation Now and Nvidia's GeForce Now, but neither service feels like a true alternative to buying an expensive console or PC. PlayStation Now offers a preselected library with hundreds of games for $20 a month for PS4 and PC, but newer titles are not included. GeForce Now gives players access to specific titles they've already purchased for their PC library and charges $25 per 20 hours of streaming time. For reference, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey" costs $60 to own and takes at least 30 hours to complete.

    Shortly after the rollout of the ProjectStream beta, Microsoft announced its own cloud gaming platform, Project xCloud. Project xCloud will stream games to both PCs and mobile devices with a launch planned for 2019. Microsoft has already shown off touchscreen controls for tablets and peripherals to use Xbox controllers with smartphones. Microsoft already has a separate game subscription service with Xbox Game Pass, which currently players the ability to fully download games on PC and Xbox One instead of streaming them.

    Project xCloud Phone Clip

    During its 2018 keynote, Microsoft executive Phil Spencer teased that the new Xbox devices would make use of cloud gaming as well. Spencer said the company's goal with Project xCloud is to reach the two billion people playing games around the world, regardless of the hardware they play on.

    It will take some time for publishers and gaming platforms to establish a market for streaming games, but ProjectStream has shown that the future of gaming will not depend on selling consoles; great games can be delivered right to your browser. The beta test for ProjectStream is accepting new players on an ongoing basis and will run through January 2019. Follow this link to sign up.

    SEE ALSO: Google's ambitious new project could fundamentally change the way we play video games

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    • President Donald Trump said Republicans would roll out a middle class tax cut plan before the midterm elections.
    • The suggestion reportedly took GOP leaders by surprise.
    • Such an effort would be unlikely given that Congress is in recess through Election Day.

    President Donald Trump dropped a shocking piece of news during a visit to Nevada on Saturday: Republicans, he said, were aiming to roll out another tax cut for the middle class by the midterm election on November 6.

    "We are looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people," Trump said. "And if we do that, it'll be sometime just prior, I would say, to November."

    The suggestion took everyone in Washington by surprise — even GOP leaders.

    The likelihood of any major tax legislation passing, or even getting introduced, in the two weeks before the midterm elections is far-fetched at best and most likely impossible.

    For one thing, Congress is not even in session until after Election Day, as most members are out on the campaign trail.

    And any plan would likely get blowback from lawmakers — even Republicans — who were concerned that the GOP tax law passed in December (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA) went through a rushed process and expanded the federal deficit by too much.

    Finally, in order to pass any more tax cuts the GOP would need to get a handful of Democrats on board with the plan to avoid a filibuster, which would be highly unlikely. 

    Amid the confusion, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin clarified in an interview with The New York Times that the administration and GOP leaders were were merely working on a plan for another middle class tax cut that would be released, but not passed, by the midterms.

    Then on Monday, Trump told reporters that the tax cut plan would actually be a resolution that would aim to give middle income earners another 10% tax cut on top of the reductions from the TCJA. It was not clear whether Trump was referring to a symbolic resolution or actual legislation.

    While the ambition for the new tax plan is quickly being dialed back, the goal is likely the same: to drum up support for GOP candidates prior to the midterms.

    The previously implemented GOP tax law still polls poorly, and Republican groups have largely stopped advertising around the cuts. Rolling out another tax cut just before the election could energize the base in an attempt to drive up Republican turnout.

    SEE ALSO: One of Republicans' biggest promises about their tax law is coming apart at the seams

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    • India and Japan are expected to continue discussing a logistics deal during a summit later this month.
    • The deal would allow both of their militaries to access bases and logistical support from the other.
    • Both India and Japan have sought to counter China's growing influence in the Indian Ocean region.

    A meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this month may yield more progress on a deal that would allow their armed forces to share military facilities.

    The proposed agreement, likely to be discussed during the 13th India-Japan summit in Tokyo on October 28 and October 29, would increase their security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region by allowing the reciprocal exchange of supplies and logistical support, according to the Deccan Herald.

    The proposed deal was first discussed in August, when Japan's defense minister at the time, Itsunori Onodera, met with India's defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, in New Delhi. It came up again this month during a meeting in Delhi between Modi and Abe's national-security advisers.

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    Sources with knowledge of preparations for the summit told the Herald that the deal would allow Japan and India to exchange logistical support, including supplies of food, water, billets, petroleum and oil, communications, medical and training services, maintenance and repair services, spare parts, as well as transportation and storage space.

    It's not clear if any agreement would be signed this month, though there are signs India and Japan want to conclude it in the near term, given plans to increase joint military exercises next year and in 2020, according to The Diplomat.

    The deal would not commit either country to military action, but it would allow their militaries — both among the most powerful in the world — to access ports and bases run by the other.

    For India, that means it would be able to use Japan's base in Djibouti, which is strategically located at the Horn of Africa between the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean, overlooking one of the world's busiest shipping corridors.

    In addition to Japanese troops, Djibouti also hosts a major US special-operations outpost at Camp Lemonnier, just a few miles from China's first overseas military outpost, which opened in 2017 and which US officials have said raises "very significant operational security concerns."

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    In turn, Japan would be able to access Indian bases in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which sit on important sea lanes west of the Malacca Strait, a major maritime thoroughfare between the Indian and Pacific oceans. (The majority of China's energy supplies currently flow through the Indian Ocean and the Malacca Strait.)

    India has started stationing advanced P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol planes and maritime surveillance drones at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    At the summit later this month, Japan is also expected to raise India's potential purchase of 12 Shinmaywa US-2i search-and-rescue and maritime surveillance planes, which would also be stationed at the islands.

    Delhi reached a similar logistical-support deal with France— which has territories in the southern Indian Ocean and a base in Djibouti — earlier this year and with the US in 2016. (India and the US reached another deal on communications and technical exchanges in September.)

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    Further discussion of an India-Japan logistical-support deal comes as those two countries and others seek to ensure freedom of movement in the Indian Ocean and to counter what is seen as growing Chinese influence there.

    Japan, which, like India, has territorial disputes with China, has sought to expand its military's capabilities and reach.

    Earlier this month, Japan's largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into the port at Colombo, in Sri Lanka — a visit meant to reassure Sri Lanka that Japan would deploy military assets to a part of the world where Chinese influence is growing.

    A few days after the Kaga left Colombo, Sri Lanka navy ships were scheduled to conduct exercises with both the Indian and Japanese navies.

    Japan has also expanded its security partnerships with countries around the Indian Ocean and pledged billions of dollars for development projects in the region.

    Japan navy JMSDF submarine sub Oryu Soryu

    Beijing's activity around the Indian Ocean region is particularly concerning for Delhi.

    China's base in Djibouti, its role in the Pakistani port of Gwadar, its 99-year lease of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, and other infrastructure deals with countries in the region have set Delhi on guard, Faisel Pervaiz, a South Asia expert at the geopolitical-intelligence firm Stratfor, told Business Insider earlier this month.

    "India's view is that South Asia's our neighborhood, and if another rival military power is expanding its presence — whether in Bhutan, whether in the Maldives, whether in Sri Lanka, whether in Nepal — that is a challenge, and that is something that we need to address," Pervaiz said.

    India's focus is likely to remain on its land borders with rivals China and Pakistan, Pervaiz said, but Delhi has made moves to bolster its position in the Indian Ocean region — a change in focus that has been called "a tectonic shift."

    India navy Kalvari submarine

    India is working to develop a port at Chabahar on Iran's southern coast, which would provide access to Central Asia and circumvent existing overland routes through Pakistan to Afghanistan.

    India is particularly concerned about Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean and has held anti-submarine-warfare discussions with the US and is seeking to add more subs to its own force.

    "For India, the concern now is that although it maintained this kind of regional hegemony by default, that status is beginning to erode, and that extends to the Indian Ocean," Pervaiz said. "India wants to maintain [its status as] the dominant maritime power in the Indian Ocean, but ... as China's expanding its own presence in the Indian Ocean, this is again becoming another challenge."

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    • Some of the most terrifying sea creatures live deep down in the ocean— and there could be thousands more that we have yet to discover. 
    • If you dive 140 meters underwater, you could see a magemouth shark and 300 meters down, you might find a Japanese spider crab. 
    • The blobfish is found 900 meters underwater and was voted the world's ugliest animal by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
    • Watch the video above to see more of the scariest animals of the deep ocean.

    Do you like to swim in the ocean? It's great until you feel something brush your feet. Sure, it's probably a scrap of seaweed. But, it could be one of the hundreds of alien-looking aquatic animals living beneath the waves. At least, the ones we know about.

    The following is a transcript of the video.

    A lot of people aren't comfortable swimming in open water. I mean, you never know what lives in the water beneath your feet. The ocean holds many bizarre deep-sea monsters.

    As you dive 140 meters underwater, you might see a megamouth shark. Sure, they look scary, but those 50 rows of teeth are for filtering krill.

    The Japanese spider crab is happy to welcome you to 300 meters down. These massive crustaceans are thought to live to 100 years old and are a Japanese delicacy.

    Even deeper is the Pacific blackdragon. It uses its chin barbel as a lure to attract small fish.

    Another hundred and 50 meters down, we meet the vampire squid. It has bioluminescent organs called photophores that produce flashes of light and prefers free-floating debris from the surface to blood.

    Look, here comes a blobfish! This thrilling deep-sea fish was voted the world's ugliest animal by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. But its jelly-like skin looks much more natural at 900 meters.

    The deeper you go, the more alien things look. Goblin sharks are believed to be unchanged for 125 million years, making them living fossils. They can launch their jaws forward to grab prey.

    Down here, we enter the midnight zone, where no natural light can reach. You might also pass Tiburonia granrojo, or 'Big Red', one of the largest jellyfish in the world.

    The fangtooth has teeth to spare, the largest of any fish. It can't even fully close its mouth. 

    The Sea Devil is the quintessential deep-sea anglerfish. Its bioluminescent lure attracts prey close to its massive jaws.

    At 1,500 meters, the Frilled Shark looks closer to an eel. Its needle-like teeth hook squid ½ its size, and its jaws can gulp them down.

    The barreleye looks upwards through its translucent head. It recognizes the silhouette of prey in the dim light.
    But it should watch out below for the Ghost Shark. Its body is covered with sensory organs that detect motion in the surrounding water.

    Down at 2,200 meters is one of the biggest residents of the deep. At 14 meters long, the colossal squid is the largest known invertebrate. Its arms have sharp hooks, which it uses to catch prey and fight sperm whales.

    Deeper down are giant isopods, super-sized crustaceans. These guys are closely related to common pillbugs.
    As we go deeper, we enter the Hadal zone, where life is less common. But you can still find some extreme life forms as deep as 7000m under the surface, like our friend the sea spider. It sucks up worms from the ocean floor with it's proboscis. 

    There are potentially thousands more undiscovered creatures swimming around under us. Who knows what else might be living down there?

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    Just a few short years ago, actress Emilia Clarke had just two filming credits on her résumé: walk-on roles on a soap opera and a made-for-TV movie. Now the Mother of Dragons earns a reported $500,000 per episode on "Game of Thrones," the most-watched show in HBO history.

    Let's take a look back at how Clarke rose to fame.

    Melia Robinson contributed to a previous version of this post. 

    Born in the fall of 1986, Emilia Clarke grew up in the picturesque county of Buckinghamshire, in the south of England.

    She was born October 23, 1986, and given the full name Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clark.



    As a child, she developed an obsession with Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady."

    She would later play Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" on Broadway in 2013, another role that Hepburn made iconic.

    "There’s not much I can do about all the people who come in and hope for Audrey Hepburn," she said at the time to the New York Times. "I just hope they’re not terribly disappointed."



    Clarke attended the famed Drama Center London.

    She was originally rejected by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 before applying to the Drama Center London a year later (and getting off the waiting list).

    "There were a lot of beautiful, blond, gorgeous girls in my year who got the Juliets and the like," she told the NY Times. "I got the Jewish grandmothers and all the farcical parts, which was actually really, really good because it made me aware of my capabilities as an actor."

    The school's famous alumni include Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hardy.

     

     



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    • Costco and Sam's Club are similar membership-based warehouse stores that offer a wide variety of products and services, from eye exams to photo printing.
    • The only significant difference between the stores is the cost of membership, with Sam's Club costing $15 less annually than Costco.
    • I went to a Costco and Sam's Club in New York and found that the cost and quality were comparable enough that the deciding factor between the two stores might just be how close you live to each one.

    Costco and Sam's Club are membership-based warehouse stores selling groceries, clothing, furniture, and, well, lots of other stuff. Both stores offer eye and ear exams, a pharmacy, one-hour photo services, and a food court at affordable prices. Even the return policies are similar, with bothstores accepting most items with or without a receipt.

    After visiting both stores in succession, I found there was really only one major difference between them: the cost of membership. Costco charges $60 annually for a basic membership and $120 for an executive membership, while Sam's Club charges $45 annually for a basic membership and $100 for a premium membership.

    According to a grocery-store ranking from Consumer Reports, the higher membership costs at Costco might be worth it — it ranked higher than Sam's Club in cleanliness, meat and produce quality, customer service, store-brand quality, and prices of organic items.

    To see for myself which store offers a better deal, I went to Costco and Sam's Club stores in Westchester County, New York. This is what I found:

    SEE ALSO: How to shop at Costco without a membership

    First, I went to Costco. I got there about five minutes after it opened, and I was surprised by how many people were there so early. Even though it's a members-only store, no one was at the door checking for memberships.



    At the front of the store was a one-hour photo station.



    There were rows of TVs ranging in price from $500 to $2,000.



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