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    El Clasico, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid

    El Clásico is back. That's right, the biggest fixture in the Spanish soccer calendar is approaching, as FC Barcelona welcomes Real Madrid to Camp Nou this weekend.

    Considering the rivalry and the hostilities that these two teams have enjoyed over the years, the welcome will be anything but friendly. Real desperately needs a confidence-boosting victory to climb La Liga but may struggle at Barça, as the Catalans can retain their dominance at the top of the table should they topple Los Blancos on Sunday.

    This will be a rare El Clásico as both teams will be missing their historical top performers. Cristiano Ronaldo famously left Madrid to join Juventus FC in the summer, while Lionel Messi fractured his arm and is sidelined for three weeks after falling awkwardly in the club's recent 4-2 victory over Sevilla.

    However, this fixture is about more than just two key players, even if they happen to be amongst the best players the sport has ever seen.

    This is a clash of two soccer giants where incredible goals are frequently scored, where tacklers clatter their opponents, and where tempers flare so frequently it is not uncommon to see red cards given. Heroes are made in this game, and sometimes so are villains.

    This is El Clásico — Spain's must-see exhibition of high-quality soccer.

    When is El Clásico: FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid?

    El Clásico kicks off on Sunday, when Real makes the 6.5 hour, 425-mile trip east to Barcelona for one of the biggest matches of its season.

    Here's what time the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid match starts in major cities across different time zones on Sunday, October 28:

    • London (BST): 3.15 p.m.
    • New York (ET): 11.15 a.m.
    • Chicago (CT): 10.15 a.m.
    • Denver (MT): 9.15 a.m.
    • Las Vegas (PT): 8.15 a.m.
    • Los Angeles (PT): 8.15 a.m.
    • Honolulu (HAST): 5.15 a.m.
    • Sydney (AET): 2.15 a.m. (Monday)
    • Tokyo (JST): 12.15 a.m. (Monday)
    • Moscow (MSK): 6.15 p.m.
    • Paris (CEST): 4.15 p.m.
    • Madrid (CEST): 4.15 p.m.

    Why should I watch?

    Barcelona celebrates

    Both teams need victory, and nothing else will do. Barcelona is the home side and will need maximum points to satisfy its demanding fans, of which close to 100,000 will packed inside Camp Nou. Barça is also top of La Liga, leading Espanyol by one point having banked 18 from its opening nine games to date.

    Messi, as is often the case, has been by far the club's best performer so far this season with seven goals and five assists from eight starts in all competitions, but Barcelona still has enough up its sleeve to conjure up spells even without its main magic man.

    Luis Suárez and Ivan Rakitic in particular have played exceptionally well in Messi's absence. Both players scored after the Argentine was subbed off in last weekend's 4-2 win over Sevilla, and even though neither got on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over Inter on Wednesday, they were ranked amongst the best players on the entire pitch by data-crunching website Whoscored.com.

    Suárez' shot selection and Rakitic's creativity will be key, if Barcelona is to test Real, but Madrid will be looking at forwards Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to further establish themselves as main men in the club's post-Ronaldo era

    Benzema already has four goals in all competitions so far this season, while Bale is a proven big-game player. Both will need to be on top form to ensure Real's greatest rival fails to open an even bigger gap between the top clubs in Spain's top division.

    Real is currently seventh, and four points behind Barça. Victory, therefore, reduces that deficit to just a single point but a loss could surrender a problematic league lead to Barcelona. Defeat could also spell the end of Julen Lopetegui's reign as Real boss.

    When it comes to club-level, domestic soccer, it rarely gets bigger than this.

    Gareth Bale

    How can I watch live?

    Audiences in the US can watch on beIN Sports or beIN Sports Español. To stream live online, viewers can go to FuboTV, but must register.

    Eleven Sports bought the TV rights to La Liga matches when it out-bid BT Sport, meaning UK audiences now need a subscription to Eleven Sports to watch La Liga matches — including El Clásico.

    Current subscribers can watch on their iOS mobile and tablet app, available on Apple Store, as well as on Android devices, available from Google Play. If you have not yet subscribed, you can sign up to a month with a seven-day free trial for a reduced cost of £5.99 per month.

    SEE ALSO: Lionel Messi scored a goal, created another, but then fractured his arm and is now sidelined for the biggest FC Barcelona match of the year

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    Microdrones

    • Researchers have built tiny microdrones capable of tugging open a door 40 times their weight.
    • They took inspiration from predatory wasps, which can drag large prey along the ground.
    • One researcher said the technology could be adapted for more complex tasks such as moving debris or retrieving objects from disaster zones.

    Researchers have built microdrones, capable of tugging open a door 40 times their weight, by studying the biology of predatory wasps.

    Robotics researchers at Stanford University and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland wanted to find a way for tiny microdrones to exert "forceful tugging," so they turned to biomimetics — meaning they took inspiration from the natural world.

    They observed that wasps are able to carry away large prey by dragging it along the ground. They used this behaviour as a model when creating tiny microdrones, which they named "FlyCroTugs."

    Wasp caterpillar

    The drones are equipped with cables and winches, and can attach the cable to an object and then anchor themselves to the ground before starting to spool the cable towards themselves.

    Using this technology, two FlyCroTugs, each weighing 100 grams, were able to open a door 40 times their mass.

    You can watch the microdrones opening the door here:

    Part of the FlyCroTug's design took its cue from another animal. Famous for clinging to walls with their sticky feet, the gecko lizard provided inspiration for the drones' adhesive.

    "Teams of these drones could work cooperatively to perform more complex manipulation tasks," Stanford researcher Matt Estrada told IEEE Spectrum, a magazine dedicated to engineering and applied sciences.

    "We demonstrated opening a door, but this approach could be extended to turning a ball valve, moving a piece of debris, or retrieving an object of interest from a disaster zone."

    There are still a few hurdles to overcome before the tiny drones could be used in the field. At the moment their battery only lasts for five minutes. The FlyCroTug also requires a human to pilot it, as the researchers have yet to develop any sensing or AI systems for it.

    You can read the researchers' full paper on building the FlyCroTug drone here.

    SEE ALSO: This 16-year-old invented a robot that can help scientists keep trees and forests healthy

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    mike pence

    • Vice President Mike Pence spoke about President Donald Trump's rhetoric in Las Vegas on Saturday. 
    • He rejected the suggestion that Trump's rhetoric contributed to recent bursts of violence in the United States. 
    • His statements follow a shooting which left 11 people dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. And last week, several bombs were mailed to a number of political and media figures linked to the Democratic Party.

    Vice President Mike Pence rejected a suggestion that President Donald Trump's political rhetoric contributed to the shooting that left 11 people dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday or the bombs that were mailed to a number of political figures last week.

    While in Las Vegas for a Republican rally on Saturday, Pence told NBC News that "everyone has their own style" and that "people on both sides of the aisle use strong language about our political differences."

    "But I just don't think you can connect it to acts or threats of violence," he said. "And I don't think the American people connect it."

    Pence's comment came just hours after a 46-year-old man was accused of entering the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and opening fire on members of the congregation.

    The shooting killed 11 people and injured six others, making it the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history, according to a statement from the Anti-Defamation League.

    And last week, pipe bombs were mailed to more than a dozen prominent political figures, iincluding former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Well-known figures connected to the Democratic Party and CNN's New York bureau were also targeted.

    Pence called for "unity" at a campaign event shortly after Saturday's shooting took place.

    "What happened this morning in Pittsburgh was not just a criminal act, it was evil," he told NBC News, adding that the Trump administration is "absolutely determined to do everything in our power to prevent these types of attacks from happening in the future."

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    tilted controller

    • Tilted is a $47 wearable device currently on Kickstarter that can detect your head movements with a gyroscope and translates them into in-game actions. 
    • It can detect up to eight different types of head movements.
    • The primary goal of Tilted is to make your gaming inputs simpler — especially when using a keyboard, which can get complicated.
    • There's also the added benefit of assisting gamers with disabilities, who might not be able to use the full functionality of a keyboard or controller.

    We've all been there — in the heat of the moment, you don't have time to look down at your keyboard. You try to quickly lean around a corner in "Rainbow Six: Siege" or "PUBG" and catch another player by surprise, but you fumble your fingers and end up throwing a grenade or reloading, usually resulting in your in-game death. 

    It's an unfortunate side effect of keyboards that they can sometimes be awkward — especially in games with a plethora of controls and keybinds, like the "Arma" series. While there's more flexibility in terms of the sheer amount of possible input combos, you could argue that keyboards were never really intended for gaming. 

    Tilted, a gaming-wearable startup, wants to alleviate that awkwardness. The group is currently funding its head-mounted device on Kickstarter, which uses a gyroscope to detect head movements and then translates them to in-game inputs. The device starts at $47, and the shipping date is to-be-announced (it's a Kickstarter campaign, so the usual crowdfunding warning applies). As of press time, Tilted has raised $27,835, with an initial goal of $15,000. The campaign ends on November 1. 

    Tilted Dissected

    Tilted's founder, Akila Zhang, first got the idea for the device when playing around with a Wii remote, which uses a gyroscope. He realized this could be harnessed in the form of a wearable device, and actually conducted his first few tests with a Wii remote strapped on top of his head, which in turn transmitted his head movements to software on his computer.. 

    Zhang took that general concept and shrunk it into a much more comfortable size. Tilted is a small, lightweight device that attaches to a headset via a separate adhesive magnet. Once attached and turned on, the device communicates with Tilted's software to translate up to eight different head movements into in-game inputs. Users can customize which movements trigger which keyboard inputs, which means Tilted will work with almost any keyboard-compatible game. 

    Tilted white

    Tilted communicates with your computer via a USB dongle, and it can be paused at any time by removing it from the adhesive magnet on your headset. The company claims it's capable of more than 20 hours of battery life, depending on the amount of use. 

    However, since Tilted depends on being attached to your head, you're going to need to attach it to something if you don't normally use a headset. Tilted recommended a hat, beanie, or headband as a replacement. The software doesn't currently support different keybind profiles for different games, but the team plans to add that feature in the future. Additionally, the device is only compatible with computers until consoles add keyboard support. 

     

     

    Overall, the device is meant to enhance keyboard-based gaming instead of replacing it entirely. Certain games require inputs that can tangle your fingers up or that become uncomfortable, which is what Tilted intends to fix. Additionally, there's the potential to assists gamers with physical disabilities who can't use a keyboard or controller, but can still move their head. 

    Tilted can be pre-ordered on Kickstarter starting at $47, and is available here.

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    Samaira Mehta at Google

    • 10-year-old Samaira Mehta has become a kid coder to watch in Silicon Valley.
    • When she was just 8, she built a board game called CoderBunnyz to help teach other kids how to code.
    • The game earned her national recognition and she began holding workshops for kids, many of them at Google.
    • Google was so impressed it booked her as a keynote speaker for a local event and told her she should consider working for them when she grows up.

    Samaira Mehta is a 10-year-old girl growing up in Silicon Valley who has quietly attracted an almost cult-like following because of her work as a programmer.

    She's the founder and CEO of a company called CoderBunnyz that's earned national media recognition and landed her speaker roles at nearly a dozen Valley conferences (and counting).

    It all started when she was just 8 and created a board game called CoderBunnyz to help teach other kids how to code. She'd been coding since she was 6.

    A real life Powerpuff Girl

    After creating the board game, Mehta won the $2,500 second-place prize from Think Tank Learning's Pitchfest in 2016.

    This caught the notice of some marketeers for Cartoon Network who were looking to profile inspiring young girls as real life "Powerpuff Girls." She was featured in one of their videos, and things took off from there.

    Samaira Mehta at GoogleMehta was featured on some newscasts and started selling her game on Amazon.

    "We've sold 1,000 boxes, so over $35,000, and it's only been on the market for one year," the exuberant and adorable Mehta told Business Insider.

    It wasn't just happenstance promotion. When she launched the board game, she also came up with a killer marketing plan with the help of her proud father, Rakesh Mehta (an Intel engineer and Oracle and Sun Microsystems alum).

    Mehta uses the game to conduct coding workshops for school-age kids. And she thinks big.

    She launched an initiative called Yes, 1 Billion Kids Can Code that allows interested people to donate boxes of the game to schools. She then set up workshops to help kids at those schools learn how to master the game.

    At the start of this school year, 106 schools were using the game to teach kids to code, Mehta said.

    "In the world there are over 1 billion kids," she said. "There are people who are willing to donate CoderBunnyz boxes to schools and to people in need all over the world who want to learn coding."

    Aadit MehtaSales of the game have gone so well that Mehta has just launched a sequel: a game for kids that teaches them how to code using artificial intelligence.

    The new game is called CoderMindz and she's billing it as the first AI board game.

    With CoderMindz, kids can learn basic AI principals — concepts like training an AI model, inference, and adaptive learning. Eventually, they can use those skills to build robots.

    She developed it with the help of her brother, Aadit, who is 6, the age she was when her dad started teaching her to code.

    A young Valley star is born

    As the game took off, Mehta was booked with workshops. She's done over 60 of them in Silicon Valley with over 2,000 kids so far, she said.

    The workshops included a series held at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. That's where she met Stacy Sullivan, Google's chief culture officer.

    Samaira Mehta"After my back-to-back workshops at Google headquarters, we talked for an hour," Mehta said. "She told me I was doing great and once I get out of college, I can come work for Google."

    The plucky young coder told Sullivan that she didn't know if she would want to work for Google. She likes being an entrepreneur.

    Meanwhile, Sullivan and the folks at Google were so impressed with the kid coder that she was picked as the keynote speaker at a Diversity in Tech conference held in August hosted at Google Launchpad, the company's startup accelerator in San Francisco. But she's done a bunch of other speaking gigs, too, including one at Microsoft and at the Girls' Festival sponsored by World Wide Women earlier this month.

    Samaira Mehta

    Since the debut of CoderBunnyz she's met a lot of big names. One of her proudest moments was receiving an encouraging letter from former first lady Michelle Obama.

    She also met Mark Zuckerberg on Halloween when she was trick-or-treating in his neighborhood, and took the opportunity to chat him up about her coding work.

    She said there was "a super long line" at his house.

    "I finally got to meet him," she remembered. "He was handing out chocolates. I told him I was a young coder and he told me to keep going, you're doing great."

    She's now launched her own interview series on her CoderBunnyz website in which she talks with people in the robotics, game, and education sectors.

    CoderBunnyz workshop

    While she's reinvesting all the money from her young business into manufacturing more CoderBunnyz games and creating the new AI game, she's already got a charity picked out for when she generates profits: PATH.

    "It ends homelessness and helps people rebuild skills and I care about the homeless," she said.

    Until the day her company can make donations, she's putting her entrepreneurial know-how to work in other ways to raise money for it, including hosting a lemonade stand this summer that brought in $119.

    SEE ALSO: The extraordinary life of Microsoft's billionaire cofounder Paul Allen, who has died at the age of 65

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    Todd Gurley

    • Todd Gurley stopped short of the end zone on his final play of the game on Sunday, securing the Rams 29-27 win over the Packers.
    • While Gurley's move sealed the game for the Rams, it also came as a huge blow to some bettors, as his final score would have swung millions bet against the spread and on the total.
    • Bettors might be frustrated with Gurley, but he made the right decision and the right side won their bets.

    The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Green Bay Packers 29-27 on Sunday to move to 8-0 on the season, but thanks to a decision Todd Gurley made on his final touch of the game, not every person who was cheering on the Rams went home happy.

    Before kickoff, the Rams were 7.5-point favorites over the Packers, meaning Los Angeles bettors needed the Rams to win by eight points or more in order to cash their ticket.

    The bet looked like a longshot for most of the game, with the Packers keeping things close and matching the Rams basically score-for-score in the second half.

    When the Rams kicked a field goal to take a two-point lead with two minutes left, that Rams bet looked dead in the water — either the Rams would hold on for the two-point win, or Aaron Rodgers would pull off yet another last-minute comeback for the Packers.

    But on the ensuing kickoff, Ty Montgomery fumbled deep in Packers territory, opening the door for a final score that could make Rams bettors winners, and ruin the day of anyone who had put money on the Packers.

    On third-and-10 with just a minute left, Gurley took the ball on a toss and ran for the first down, with a wide open lane inviting him into the end zone. But rather than score the bet-winning touchdown, Gurley stopped short, knowing that the Packers were out of timeouts and the Rams had already secured their eighth straight victory. 

    Not only were spread bets decided with Gurley's decision, but the total on the game was in play as well.

    Heading into the game, the total had settled at 58 points, with more than 80% of the money on the over according to the Action Network. Had Gurley scored on the final play, over bettors would have won their bet in dramatic fashion, but instead, Gurley stopped short and left their bets losers.

    On Twitter, bettors on all sides of the action voiced their thanks, or horror, with Gurley's decision.

    Gurley didn't seem to mind the criticism though.

    In the end, it's hard to be mad at Gurley when he made the right play. Even though he could have swung bets the other way, the right side of both the spread and the total came out winners.

    Even fantasy owners who might be screaming because they needed that touchdown to win their week can't be that upset when he had already put up 33.5 fantasy points on the day.

    The lesson, as always: gambling is a cruel mistress.

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    Tim Cook

    • New iPhone models haven't sold out as quickly as they have in years past. 
    • Citi analysts have used search trends to surmise that "customers are getting less excited for each new generation of iPhone."

    Apple launched the iPhone XR at 3 A.M. in the morning on Friday, and when morning came, nearly all of the models were still in stock, according to Macworld. 

    It's a change for Apple, which usually requires customers to wake up in the early morning to put in a pre-order if they want the new iPhone on the first day. Lines outside Apple stores when the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max went on sale were smaller than they were in years past. 

    These data points can be taken as a sign that perhaps an iPhone launch doesn't generate as much buzz as it used to.

    That's what analysts from Citi concluded in a note distributed earlier this week, based on Google searches.

    "We observed there are significant spikes for web searches after the launch event each year. We also see the momentum has been decreasing over time," the analysts wrote.

    "We believe this indicates the market has been maturing, and customers are getting less excited for each new generation of iPhone," they continued. "We suspect this is because of a slowdown in innovation and the saturation of iPhone in the addressable market."

    Their research can be summed up in this chart: 

    iPhone search trends

    There are a lot of reasons why search traffic might be decreasing year-over-year, and it doesn't necessarily suggest that iPhone sales will sag. "We are not expecting a 'Super Cycle,' but we do believe sustainable single-digit unit growth of iPhone is achievable," the Citi analysts write. 

    One issue might be that the overall smartphone market has matured. Apple's big new features include water-resistance, a facial recognition scanner called Face ID, and a display that covers more of the front of the phone. But none of those banner features represent as much of a jump as iPhones from 4 or 5 years ago, when the camera was improving by leaps and bounds and the displays were getting much larger on an annual basis. 

    It's also possible that these search trends were collected before the iPhone XR went on sale. The iPhone XR comes in a bunch of colors, and starting at $749, is expected to be the most popular new iPhone this cycle.

    Regardless of why, there certainly does appear to be less buzz around new iPhone launches. Perhaps that's why Apple is pouring so much money into research and development— to find the next big thing. 

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    jacuzzi cruise

    • A Princess Cruises ship allows patrons to enjoy the Japanese ritual of bathing in an onsen, which is a hot spring-heated natural body of water. 
    • It's custom to get naked while in an onsen, which are gender-segregated. 
    • To help non-Asian patrons on the cruise feel comfortable with bathing nude around strangers, ship attendant Hiroki Matsuo uses his psychology degree and training to ease folks into the new idea — and ultimately reap the benefits. 

     

    When Princess Cruises introduced the Diamond Princess, its only ship to exclusively sail around Asia, the designers included something that would appeal to its clientele: a Japanese hot spring, or onsen. Guests can take to the baths for a communal rite that's popular in Japan, as well as Korea and Taiwan

    And the Princess Cruises' onsen doesn't miss out on one classic part of the hot spring experience: bathing in the nude around a bunch of strangers (of your own gender). 

    Communal hot springs are commonplace in much of East Asia, where most of the Diamond Princess' guests are from.

    But many of its Westerner guests aren't familiar with the experience. And they're often a bit freaked out by the idea of getting naked in public and jumping in a hot bath with a bunch of other naked strangers.

    The Telegraph wrote earlier this month about 26-year old Hiroki Matsuo, an attendant on the Diamond Princess whose job responsibilities include making the ship's non-Asian guests feel comfortable with the idea of bathing naked.

    "Even though the indoor baths are segregated into men and women’s, foreigners are usually anxious when they learn that nudity is compulsory," Matsuo, who has a degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas, told The Telegraph.

    To ease them into it, he gives the guests a small towel to cover themselves with until they're in the water. He also suggests patrons go earlier in the day, as it's common in Japan to bathe after dinner or before bed. 

    onsen

    There are a few different ways to enjoy the onsen experience. One common method is switching from the hottest waters to the coldest. It's important to sit and relax rather than swim around. And you should never wring out your towel in the bath. 

    Routinely dipping into hot or cold water is becoming popular in certain circles. Life coach Tony Robbins said the final step of his morning routine is a five-minute stay in a super-hot sauna followed by a jump in a cold pool. As Business Insider's Rich Feloni reported, the cold plunge is refreshing, and can kickstart your adrenaline and endorphins.

    There's some scientific evidence backing up the health benefits of a hot spring visit. One British study found that an hour in a hot bath can "boost metabolic health and cause an anti-inflammatory response similar to exercise," as Business Insider previously reported.

    Matsuo has seen the de-stressing effects himself. "It's not a therapy, a surgery or a treatment, but it still causes some kind of physical and mental change," Matsuo said

    "Afterwards, many tell me they feel like a new person," he added. "I've seen some go into the baths looking grumpy and come out smiling. And, surprisingly, a lot of people make friends when they’re naked in the baths!"

    Read the entire article on The Telegraph here

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    Reigns: Game of Thrones

    • "Reigns: Game of Thrones" is a strategy game that lets players rule Westeros from the Iron Throne with one of nine rulers.
    • Much like the show, the ruler's decision making is constantly put to the test, and mismanaging the kingdom could lead to death, or worse.
    • With nearly 30 different endings, the game offers some fun ideas on where the series might be headed in its final season.

    The final season of "Game of Thrones" isn't due out until next year, so I've decided to bide my time by playing "Reigns: Game of Thrones." Devolver Digital's strategy game for smartphones and PC is a great match for the witty dialogue and political intrigue of "Game of Thrones" television series and it rewards dedicated fans for their knowledge of the show.

    Reign Game of Thrones Rulers

    "Reigns" lets you select one of nine leaders from the series to rule the Iron Throne for as long as you can. Whether your chose Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, or a another ruler, the king or queen is faced with nonstop decisions that impact four factors in the kingdom: military power, faith in religion, national wealth, and the people's morale. Decisions are made with a simple swap to the left or the right, but as the game goes on, consequences can quickly become dire.

    If the leader dies their reign ends, and you'll need to choose a new leader to start from the beginning. In order to be successful the leader must balance all four factors; letting any one factor run empty or grow unchecked for too long will lead to the ruler being assassinated, or worse.

    Reigns Game of Thrones Cersei

    While playing "Reigns: Game of Thrones" doesn't require any prior knowledge of the series, those who aren't fully caught up with the world of Westeros should be ready for major spoilers. The game is set after the most recent season of "Game of Thrones" and is filled with references to major and minor events from the show thus far. Each ruler has their own perks to reflect their personality on the show, and playing to their strengths can unlock secrets and special abilities. While the game takes some liberties to place the different rulers on the Iron Throne, the storylines and dialogue from the game provides some fun ideas on where the series might be headed during its upcoming final season.

    Reigns: Game of Thrones

    Every playthrough of "Reigns" offers a different experience, even when you pick the same ruler. Each time you start over the order of events will shift ever so slightly; changing your responses will open new paths in the story and reveal familiar characters. "Reigns" has 29 different endings for its nine rulers, ranging from gruesome deaths to total triumphs. There are another 49 "royal deeds" to accomplish during the course of the story, adding extra goals to every playthrough.

    Reign: Game of Thrones Royal deeds

    "Reign: Game of Thrones" came out for iOS, Android and PC on October 18 and is the third game in the "Reigns" series. The first game "Reigns," and the follow-up "Reigns: Your Majesty" feature the same style of gameplay without the extra "Game of Thrones" flavor.

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    bolsonaro brazil stab

    Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician who has garnered comparisons to President Donald Trump, has won Brazil's presidential election, marking a dramatic shift to the right in the country's political landscape. 

    Bolsonaro, a member of the Social Liberal Party, won 55.2% of the votes in a run-off election against left-wing challenger and former Mayor of São Paulo Fernando Haddad of the Worker's Party, according to the country's electoral authority. 

    The 63-year old former army captain has been criticized for his at-times misogynistic, homophobic, and militaristic views, but has amassed large numbers of supporters for his outspoken rhetoric. He has promised to clean up politics and crack down on crime, Reuters said. His rise has been propelled by a rejection of the leftist Worker's Party that has governed Brazil for over a decade.

    "We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism ... We are going to change the destiny of Brazil," he said in his acceptance speech, Reuters reported. 

    In September, Bolsonaro was nearly stabbed to death at a campaign rally, but continued campaigning while recovering from the incident.  Tens of thousands of protesters gathered across the country to protest his return home after the stabbing. 

    Michel Temer, the current president of Brazil, said he spoke to Bolsonaro to congratulate his victory.

    "I just congratulated the president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for the historic victory won today. After the election, it's time for everyone, united, to continue working for Brazil," he wrote on Twitter.

    Bolsonaro said US President Donald Trump called to wish him good luck after his victory, calling the conversation "obviously a very friendly contact." 

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    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet a baby in a superhero costume as they hand out candy to children during a Halloween trick or treat event at the White House

    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump marked Halloween at the White House by handing out candy to kids at a festive event on the South Lawn.

    The couple appeared Sunday at the Halloween event, passing out White House Hershey bars and Twizzlers to children dressed as superheros, astronauts and princesses.

    The South Portico was decorated with pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks, as a military band played spooky music.

    Trump and the first lady were not dressed up, but smiled, chatted and posed for photos with the kids as they distributed treats from wicker baskets.

    The White House said the event was attended by military families and local children.

    Trump made no remarks at the event, which came a day after a massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

    Halloween is a fun tradition that has been honored by presidential administrations at the White House for 60 years.

    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump took a traditional route for decorating the White House for Halloween this year. 

    Their administration decorated the South Portico with pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks that wrapped around the White House's tall columns. 



    Kids dressed as superheroes, dinosaurs, and vampires for the trick-or-treating event.

    Trump and Melania handed out candy to children as their parents watched nearby.



    Donald and Melania Trump handed out candy to children on the South Lawn.

    The Trumps held Sunday night’s event from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Children streamed by as the First couple gave out candy from their baskets.



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    Before booking any kind of travel, I always start in the exact same place: Kayak.

    The travel site has been my go-to for years, helping me book everything from business trips to vacations to quick weekend getaways.

    But as time goes on, I've started wondering: Am I finding the best flights? Is there an easier-to-use site out there?

    I turned to Google Flights to test whether Kayak should still be my top choice for booking travel. I use Google services almost everywhere else in my life — Maps, Gmail, Drive, Photos, Google Assistant, the list goes on — and I figured that if anyone could topple Kayak, it would be Google.

    The services have a lot of features in common, the main one being that they both aggregate flights from major airlines and both take you off their sites to actually book your trip. But I was curious which had more standout features — and, of course, which could find me cheaper flights.

    Here's how Kayak and Google Flights compare.

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    Let's start with standout features the services have in common. Both Kayak and Google Flights let you track flight prices over time.

    If you're not ready to book yet, both Kayak and Google Flights let you track a specific flight over weeks or months.

    Both services will also let you know whether they think it's a good time to buy, based on historical data.



    Both Kayak and Google Flights show you what they think are the best flights.

    Google says it shows you flights that "give you the best trade-off between price and convenience, based on factors such as duration, number of stops, and airport changes during layovers."

    Kayak says its results are based on duration, price, number of stops, and carrier type.



    There are several key differences between the two services though. For one, Google Flights is faster than Kayak.

    Google loads almost instantly, but Kayak takes a few seconds:



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    President Donald Trump blamed "fake news" for political division and hatred felt across the United States on Sunday night, following a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that is being prosecuted as a hate crime.

    Trump wrote that "fake news" is "doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives" and him for political divisions felt across the country.

    He asserted that it was "fake and dishonest" media reporting that was "causing problems far greater."

    Trump's tweet comes just a day after a shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead in what has been called the "deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States" by the Anti-Defamation League.

    And last week, bombs were mailed to a number of political and media figures linked to the Democratic Party, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    The man arrested for allegedly sending the bombsCesar Sayoc Jr., was taken into custody in Plantation, Florida. He was reportedly arrested near a Dodge Ram van which was covered in politically charged bumper stickers, many of which express support for Trump and the Republican Party. 

    Earlier on Sunday, Trump lashed out at Democratic donor Tom Steyer saying he looked like "a crazed & stumbling lunatic," two days after authorities intercepted a suspicious package meant Steyer.

    After Saturday's shooting, Vice President Mike Pence rejected a suggestion that Trump's political rhetoric, which includes calling his opponents names, contributed to the recent violence.

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    Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for Sunday's "The Walking Dead,""The Obliged."

    It's not looking good for Rick after Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" ended on a ruthless cliffhanger. 

    This is your last chance to head back before spoilers. 

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    The end of Sunday's "The Obliged" saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) attempting to divert a massive zombie herd alone. Of course, that didn't go well. 

    It wasn't long until the leader of the new world ran into a second group of the undead. Unsure of where to go, his horse panicked and knocked him off. Instead of falling to the ground, Rick landed directly on a large, dirty metal pipe sticking out of a cement block. 

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    Unable to pull himself up, Rick starts to lose consciousness and the episode comes to an end as the scene zooms out. 

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    With Lincoln's final two episodes of the series underway, we weren't too surprised to see Rick end up in a perilous situation. The fandom had mixed emotions over Rick's predicament.

    The initial shock of the scene floored many. 

    Others thought it was a predictable, frustrating moment. 

    The cliffhanger ending was a bit frustrating. In reality, Daryl probably never would have let Rick handle a herd of that size alone. Where else did he have to be at that moment — watch Maggie attack Negan? 

    The thing that bothered us most is that when the final scene zooms out, you can see there was another road for Rick to travel down. Instead of panicking, why didn't he just run off with the horse down that other roadway? It seemed like a no brainer. 

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    Is this how Grimes will leave "The Walking Dead," as unfortunate walker bait? We don't think so, given that the trailer teased a scene of Rick slowly walking with blood dripping onto his cowboy boot

    "We wanted to pay tribute to the fact that Rick Grimes is a character who he is a survivor," showrunner Angela Kang told Entertainment Weekly. "He will fight as hard as he can for the people that he loves. That’s been one of his defining characteristics and that is a part of the story. We’ll see his grit and his heroism. We’ll see what happens. I'll say that Andrew Lincoln… just amazing, amazing stuff this season. I love the work he’s done and I’m excited for people to see his last episode on the show."

    Kang appeared on aftershow "Talking Dead" along with "Walking Dead" star Michael Rooker to discuss what fans can expect to see on next week's episode. 

    "A big priority for us this season from the writing side, the producing side was to make sure that each episode just felt like it was full of adrenaline, that the story kept driving forward, that there was tons of stuff going on," Kang said of the different feel of season nine. "The entire crew kind of said, 'Oh my God, it feels like we've done five premieres or finales just in the first half [of the season alone]."

    "It's a big, epic story. It's something where there's heroism, you see a lot of stories that have been set up coming to a head," Kang continued, teasing next Sunday's episode. "We also propel forward into a lot of new stories, that will hopefully be... there's kind of like big twists that are coming up. Get some Kleenex and popcorn and friends together, and hopefully come along for the ride."

    Rooker isn't convinced this is the way Rick leaves the show. 

    "I kind of felt it was a great cliffhanger," Rooker said. "I don't see Rick going out this way. He's gonna either yank himself off that rebar or somebody's going to come along and help him out a little bit, I think."

    And it seems he's on to something. The opening minutes of next Sunday's "The Walking Dead" show Rick get out of his sticky situation. You can watch the start of it here

    If you missed the episode or want to take a closer look at Sunday's final scene, you can watch it below.

    Rick's final episode of "The Walking Dead" airs next Sunday. You can follow along with our coverage here

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    • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose grandfather was PM when the US isolated Japan from China, arrived in Beijing last week for a three-day state visit.
    • This was Japan’s first formal bilateral summit with Chinese leaders since 2011 and the first in an era of US regional uncertainty under the Trump administration.
    • US President Trump is acting as an "accelerant in the unwinding of Pax Americana," driving the two Asian nations closer, one expert says.
    • Abe met Premier Li Keqiang (李克强) on Thursday, and discussed economic cooperation, free trade, and global growth and Japan’s role in the Belt and Road Initiative.

    It is July 1971.

    The Cold War is hot and the US has ordered its client-state and vanquished former enemy to sit tight on reaching out to communist China.

    What happens next is "seared into the Japanese psyche," according to senior fellow at the Lowy Institute and the author of the just-released "Asia's Reckoning," Richard McGregor.

    Post-war Japanese leaders across the political spectrum had yearned to be part of what they thought could be China’s looming economic revival, to staunch the still open wounds of the unresolved — Japanese and American — brutality of the earlier wars and to reintegrate into the Asian neighborhood.

    “Through the 1950s and 60s, Japan had never stopped wanting to reach out to the PRC and recognize the PRC,” MacGregor says.

    But the US always stepped in.

    And then, in the early hours of July 9, 1971, as history more loudly remembers, Dr. Henry Kissinger, the US President Richard Nixon's national-security adviser, flew into Beijing from Pakistan on a top-secret mission of détente.

    "I think they literally gave the Japanese government an hour's notice before president Nixon announced on live television Kissinger was on his way back from Beijing," MacGregor recently told the Sinica podcast.

    "And they have never forgiven the US for that in Japan."

    "It sounds like it's a long time to hold a grudge, but this is an absolutely fundamental issue of national interest in Japan. They felt screwed over by their ally — and they don't forget that," McGregor adds.

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    Abe goes to Beijing

    Shinzo Abe surely remembered this US backsliding better than most when he met Xi Jinping on Friday night in Beijing, as both nations face US tariffs and escalating trade tensions.

    Abe's grandfather was the 37th Japanese prime minister, Nobusuke Kishi, and his father was also the Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe — both inheritors of Nixon's legacy.

    Most analysts predicted that Abe and Xi, both very strong leaders with dominant, nationalist leaning personalities, were likely to sideline their very real historical and territorial grievances — like when Japan nationalized the contested Senkaku (Diaoyu) islands in 2012— and focus instead on creating a more binding economic relationship.

    But now, with an unreliable partner in Washington seen to be undermining Pax Americana in the Pacific, both leaders had the entirely unexpected chance to shore up and reshape their shared opportunities while the US is making itself so difficult to trust.

    "Trump is an accelerant in the unwinding of Pax Americana," according to McGregor.

    Since his election Trump has reassured Japan of America's commitment to defend Japan a total of 28 times, according to data out of Japan’s foreign ministry, McGregor adds.

    "Boy. That's too many. If you have to tell your partner 28 times that you love them, they would get very worried."

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    The Trump factor

    And with its own economy feeling the pinch from its headline trade war with the US, China was keen to eke every drop of investment it could out of Japan, which will work just fine for Tokyo, which is itself vulnerable to any external whacks that might destabilize its export-dependent economy.

    The last time a Japanese prime minister visited China was seven years ago, under the leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan, which has shown a more conciliatory hand to Beijing.

    A number of lingering disputes have always presented one challenge after another for high-level exchanges between the two countries. These include, but are not limited to, unresolved territorial questions, the role of comfort women during the second Sino-Japanese war and right-wing Japanese textbooks that gloss over Tokyo's wartime aggression.

    "None of these issues have been resolved. Not even close," according to Macquarie University's Dr. Kevin Carrico.

    So, what has changed? "I think the Trump factor is very much in play here. China is facing new and unprecedented pressures in its international relations and may as a result be eager to improve the relationship with Japan, which has been quite tense for years."

    "Whether that is actually possible is another question entirely."

    For once, it seems Xi does not necessarily have the upper hand.

    "The CCP regularly stokes and manipulates anti-Japanese sentiment and has done so very regularly over the past decade and a half, as a way of letting off steam in society. This works well domestically, but of course has real implications for the bilateral relationship," he told Business Insider.

    "Could there be an attempt on Xi's part to strengthen Sino-Japanese relations as a buffer against new pressures coming from the US? Perhaps, but I doubt that Abe would play along with that," Dr. Carrico said.

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    Abe, the ultimate pragmatist

    Andrew Chubb is a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, based at Princeton University.

    An expert on the relationship between Chinese public opinion and PRC foreign policy, Chubb told Business Insider that Shinzo Abe's visit last week should confirm Abe as Japan's "ultimate pragmatist" prime minister.

    “Despite his strong nationalistic leanings, he has pursued stability and gradually improved relations with Beijing over most of the past five years in office and is now looking to seize an opportunity to extract economic benefits from a China that's seeking reassurance in its major trading relationships."

    Chubb said that the Japanese analysts he has put to the question expected Abe to refrain from pursuing constitutional change, which would provoke China.

    "We know he believes strongly in that agenda, so if he leaves it aside that's another manifestation of pragmatism," Dr. Chubb said.

    Abe arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to kick off what was to be a three-day state visit. It was Japan’s first formal bilateral summit with Chinese leaders since 2011.

    Abe met Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday, and discussed economic cooperation, free trade, and global growth and Japan's role in the Belt and Road Initiative.

    According to the South China Morning Post, Abe dined with Xi Jinping Friday night, after further talks with Li and a visit to Peking University in the afternoon.

    A business delegation of around 500 industry leaders was under Abe's wing and Reuters reported 50 fresh memorandums of understanding — across auto, energy, health care, and finance were expected to be signed.

    Japanese heavy industry is among the once-lauded sectors that finds itself facing ever-increasing pressure from US military imports as both Chinese and South Korean firms make strides with their own commercial shipbuilding.

    Earlier this month, Japan launched its latest line of attack submarines capable of competing with China in the increasingly crowded Pacific waters, highlighting just how pragmatic Abe can be and how an erratic US has made very odd bedfellows out of Abe and Xi.

    Burdened with historical baggage, anxious about China's growing naval power and hungry for its closer economic support, Abe finds himself having to manage a delicate kind of rapprochement that could threaten to upset its volatile and central security ally, the United States of America.

    Bill Bishop is an American author and producer of the Sinocism newsletter, he told Business Insider that no matter what curveballs the US president may have up his sleeve, for now Japan and the US will remain allies and this trip, historic and unique as it was, won't change that.

    "Abe's visit is definitely a sign of a thaw in Sino-Japanese relations, but people should not expect anything too significant. The fact is Japan and China have a large and important trading relationship along with a significant territorial dispute in the East China Sea, so it is good that they are talking and at least acting a bit more like friends."

    "But I think the Trump factor definitely has the Chinese being a bit nicer than they would be normally."

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    • The Jakarta Post says Lion Air flight JT 610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, the largest city on Banka island has crashed with at least 188 on board, including passengers, crew, and pilots.
    • The Boeing 737 was reportedly only delivered to Lion in August.
    • Wreckage has been located not far from where the Lion Air flight took off for the 50-minute journey to the Banka island across the Natuna Sea off South Sumatra, at 6:20 a.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB), Monday.
    The downed Lion Air flight JT 610 that fell into coastal waters off Java after taking off for Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island, Monday morning West Indonesian Time (WIB) was carrying 181 passengers, including two children and a baby, the Jakarta Post reports.
    A spokesperson from Indonesia's Transportation Ministry said on Monday that there were also two pilots and five flight attendants on the plane that left from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta and crashed barely 13 minutes later.
    According to Reuters, JT 610 made a request to return to Jakarta shortly before losing contact. The (traffic) control allowed that, but then it lost contact,” Yohanes Sirait, a spokesman for the Indonesian air authorities said.
    The plane was scheduled to land at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang at 7:10 a.m. Jakarta time but lost contact minutes after takeoff and is thought to have sunk after hitting the water.
    According to the Post, the flight was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, powered by twin CFM LEAP-1B engines and had only been delivered to Lion Air in August.

    Flightradar24, the Swedish internet-based service that shows real-time commercial aircraft flight tracker tweeted on Monday morning Jakarta time that the plane was "brand new."

    Wreckage had been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground, said Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, BASARNAS.

    "We don't know yet whether there are any survivors," Syaugi told a news conference. "We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm."

    Syaugi said that Indonesian authorities are not yet in a position to confirm the exact number of fatalities, but told local media outlets that body parts have been seen floating near the crash site.

    Of the 188 people on board, there were 178 adult passengers, one child, two babies and eight crew members, including the pilot and copilot.

    A vessel traffic service officer in North Jakarta, told the Post that at 6:45 a.m. he received a report from a tugboat, the AS Jaya II, that members of the crew saw a plane go down, suspected to be JT 610 off Karawang, West Java.

    Basarnas has sent out boats and helicopters to search for the plane and had also found wreckage, and life jackets.

    About 150 rescuers, including 30 divers, have been dispatched to the crash scene.

    The Lion Air flight took off for the 50-minute journey to the Banka island across the Natuna Sea off South Sumatra, at 6:20 a.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB), Monday.

    According to Indonesian media, TribunNews, the aircraft's final contact was at 6:33 a.m. WIB with Jakarta Air Traffic Control.

    A spokesman for Lion Air reportedly told local media the airline was trying to find information on the plane's location.

    Initial data from Flight Radar 24 suggests the plane went down in coastal waters off Java.

    The Boeing 737 Max-8 model was originally due to land at Pangkal Pinang at 07.10 am.

    In December 2014 an AirAsia Airbus went down in similar waters between Surabaya and Singapore killing all 162 people on board.

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    • Walmart-owned Sam's Club is opening its own version of Amazon Go next month. It's called Sam's Club Now and is located in Dallas.
    • The store has no registers, checkout lines, or cashiers. Customers must scan and pay for items using the Sam's Club Now app.
    • The app saves customers' shopping lists, helps them navigate the store, and automatically eliminates scanned items from their lists as they shop. 


    Sam's Club is opening a futuristic new store in Dallas, Texas, without registers, checkout lines, or cashiers.

    The store, called Sam's Club Now, is about a quarter the size of a regular Sam's Club warehouse and will serve as a testing ground for new technologies, including self-service returns, digital price tags, and Scan & Go, which lets shoppers check out using a smartphone.

    "This club is going to be unlike any other club we have in our portfolio," Sam's Club president and CEO John Furner said on a call with reporters. 

    Here's what it's like:

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    To shop the store, customers must download the Sam's Club Now app.



    The app is where customers will build their shopping lists and pay for items.



    The app also has navigation software that can route shoppers directly to the items they need. This is meant to address what Sam's Club executives said is customers' top question.



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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead,""The Obliged."

    If you don't want to wait to know the answer to Sunday's brutal cliffhanger on "The Walking Dead," you're in luck. You can watch the opening minutes of Rick Grimes' final episode of the zombie drama right now. 

    Good news. It looks like Rick's not going to die — at least not from laying unconscious on a slab of concrete. 

    On Sunday's episode, it wasn't looking so good for the show's longtime leader as he was thrown off of a horse onto a piece of rebar that he couldn't get up from. 

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    AMC's paid subscription service, AMC Premiere, makes the opening minutes of the following week's episode of "The Walking Dead" available a week in advance. Unsurprisingly, the scene wound up on YouTube shortly released. 

    It's a slightly strange decision for AMC to make the opening of Rick's final episode available because it gives away some major spoilers, but it will give you the relief you need if you were left upset and frustrated by Rick falling onto a piece of rebar. 

    The clip opens upon one first shown on Sunday's aftershow, "Talking Dead," where Rick falls into a trippy dream sequence where he sees himself from season one lying in the hospital bed in a coma. Season nine Rick is telling his younger self to wake up.

    As more of the scene is shown, Rick sees a series of helicopters flying towards him, he hears Morgan's voice from the premiere asking him about his injury, and he then looks down to see he's covered in blood from the metal rod that went through him.

    Season one Rick wakes up from his coma and tells his counterpart to wake up. We then flash back to season nine Rick as he struggles to lift himself off of the bar all alone. Rick is miraculously able to use his belt to pull himself up. Thank goodness that horse stuck around because Rick is somehow able to make his way onto it and head off down another road. We know he's not heading back towards the campsite where the Saviors and Oceanside are so we'll have to wait to see where our sheriff winds up. 

    Watch the scene below. 

    "The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. Next week will mark Rick's final episode. You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here

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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead,""The Obliged."

    Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" ended on an upsetting and frustrating cliffhanger for Rick Grimes. 

    While we'll have to wait to see how the zombie series sends Rick off next week, earlier in the episode Rick had one of the most meaningful moments he's had in years with Daryl and Michonne had a dangerous conversation with Negan that hit close to home.

    From mentions of Glenn to a foreshadow of Rick's accident earlier in the episode, keep reading to see what you may have missed on "The Obliged."

    Michonne gives Rick a quick kiss when she wakes up while he's still asleep.

    It's a nice mirror to the opening of Sunday's previous episode. When Rick woke up to start his day, he kissed Michonne tenderly on the shoulder.

    You can see a full timeline of every moment leading up to the Richonne relationship and every one thereafter here



    Michonne is overseeing construction on rebuilding the church in Alexandria.

    It's the last place Rick and Michonne saw Carl alive so it holds a lot of meaning to the Grimes family. 

    According to "Talking Dead," the show's art department used the real blueprints to build the sets as inspiration for the blueprint seen in this scene. Artists redrew them by hand to use as a prop on the episode.



    Michonne is having trouble sleeping at night, something Rick confessed he had issues with back during season seven.

    On season seven, episode 12, Rick tells Michonne he hasn't been able to sleep because he keeps thinking about the people they lost along the way, like Glenn, who saved him right at the very start of the show. He was haunted by the fact that he couldn't save him from Negan.

    Here, Michonne's sleepless nights are caused by an unrest. Even though she's helping to rebuild society, it's becoming monotonous for her to be inside the walls of Alexandria each day. Negan reminds her that people like her and him are only alive when they're outside, not caged up in the thick of it among the undead.

    "I don’t think the warrior in you is meant to be kissing boo boos," he tells her later in the episode. "We were built for more. We still are, Mihconne. Behind walls, bars, we die. Out there, it’s like an addiction. I know that you know what I’m talking about."



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    Hello! Here's what's happening on Monday.

    1. Here's exactly how the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting unfolded. 11 people died after a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue during prayer services on Saturday morning.

    2. US President Donald Trump blames the news media for the increase in political division felt across the country. Vice President Mike Pence also rejected the suggestion that Trump’s rhetoric contributed to recent bursts of violence in the United States.

    3. Anti-Brexit parliament members should accept UK Prime Minister Theresa May's deal and fight to rejoin the EU during transition. Philippe Lamberts, who sits on the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group, claimed there isn't enough time left for pro-EU MPs in Westminster to stop Brexit before exit day in March 2019.

    4. An Indonesian Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff with at least 188 on board. Wreckage had been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground.

    5. IBM has struck a deal to acquire cloud software company Red Hat for $34 billion. IBM will pay $190 per share for the software company, which it described as the world’s leading provider of open source cloud software.

    6. Elon Musk criticized federal regulators on Twitter and said the $20 million fine he paid over his "funding secured" tweet was "worth it."The US Justice Department’s investigation into whether he and Tesla misled investors about production of its Model 3 vehicle is “total bs,” he said.

    7. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right leader who's garnered comparisons to Donald Trump, has won Brazil's presidential election. The 63-year old former army captain has been criticised for at-times misogynistic, homophobic, and militaristic views.

    8. Facebook has discovered an Iranian influence campaign that was followed by more than 1 million people. The accounts were spreading divisive political posts on the social network and had amassed about 1 million followers.

    9. Wait-time for citizenship applications is up to 2 years under the Trump administration. Over 700,000 immigrants are waiting on applications to become US citizens, though the process that once typically took about six months.

    10. The billionaire owner of Leicester City Football Club died in a helicopter crash just outside the stadium. The team confirmed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death, along with 4 others.

    And finally ...

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