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    stanley mcchrystal afghanistan army military general conference teamwork commander

    • Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star general in the US Army who led America's Joint Special Operations Command and NATO forces in the War in Afghanistan.
    • McChrystal said that the two greatest attributes a leader can have are empathy and self-discipline.
    • An anecdote from his time in the battlefield shows how leaders must be aware of the influence they possess.

    Stanley McChrystal has always been fixated on the study of leadership. When he retired from the US Army in 2010 and began working on his memoir, he took time to reconsider his own successes and failures, and what universal truths were reflected in his experience.

    This year, he published "Leaders: Myth and Reality," cowritten with Jeff Eggers and Joe Mangone, as a way of dismantling the popular "Great Man Theory" of history, concluding that teams benefit from humble leaders, not those put on a pedestal.

    "When I think about the two things that I hope leaders have, first is empathy," McChrystal said in an episode of Business Insider's podcast"This Is Success.""And then the second part is self-discipline."

    He shared a story from his military career that illustrated both.

    The power of influence

    Before serving as the commander of Joint Special Operations Command and then the American-led forces in the War in Afghanistan, McChrystal served in several Army battalions.

    When he joined one of them, he found the lieutenants all wearing their T-shirts backwards. "And I'm going, 'All right, what's going on here? Did they get up after drinking all night or something?'" he said.

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    It turned out that the battalion commander started wearing his own shirt backwards because he thought that the small amount of non-camouflaged, exposed chest in the shirt's front would make him an easier target for the enemy ("I didn't think that was that smart an idea," McChrystal noted), and without being asked, his lieutenants followed his lead.

    "Just the power you find that if you are charismatic and whatnot, anything you do, how you treat people, how you think about things, the little things, you'll start to see it mimicked by people through your organization, and there's great power in that," McChrystal said. "And you've got to be careful with it."

    Be empathetic

    Regardless of whether the commander's decision to wear his shirt backwards was useful, McChrystal had the impression the commander didn't recognize his own impact on his direct reports. It's necessary for great leaders to "put yourself in their shoes," McChrystal said, whether you're dealing with your own team or an opponent.

    As the head of special operations, McChrystal led the assassination of al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In his mission to track and take out Zarqawi, he grew to understand and even came to greatly respect his leadership skills, despite his horrific brutality. It's an extreme example, but to a lesser extent applies to something as mundane as an office disagreement.

    "Understanding that if you're sitting on the other side of the table you have a different perspective, and they might be right," McChrystal said. "Doesn't mean you agree with them, doesn't mean you approve, but being able to see it is really important."

    Be disciplined

    The battalion commander's lieutenants were watching every move he made, for better or worse. Leaders need to hold themselves to higher standards, McChrystal said.

    In the interview, he discussed the way that a Rolling Stone article portraying him as "The Runaway General" with aides who didn't respect Vice President Joe Biden and other White House officials led to his resignation. He found the article's representations unfair, but knew immediately he had to apologize to Biden and offer his resignation to President Barack Obama. Negative quotes were not attributed to him, but he believed he had to take responsibility for the article's existence in the first place. "And so on the one hand I thought that that wasn't fair; on the other hand I'm responsible, and we have this negative article about a senior general show up on the president of the United States' desk."

    It's a decision he said hurt, but one he knew was right.

    As he explained regarding his advice: "Most of us know what we ought to do as leaders. We know what we shouldn't do. It's having the self-discipline to do those things, because you're leading all the time."

    Subscribe to "This Is Success" on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. You can find the full McChrystal episode below.

    SEE ALSO: Retired 4-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal says handing his resignation letter to President Obama taught him a profound lesson about failure

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    toy story

    • Animated Disney movies like "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story" have been received with critical acclaim. 
    • Disney has won 12 of the 17 Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature since 2001
    • Not all Disney films are a hit with critics, however. Films like "Oliver & Company" and "Robin Hood" have been widely criticized for a lack of originality.

    Disney's animated movies are like no other. Films like "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story" have continued to delight entire generations with their stunning visuals and original songs. Disney films have consistently been awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, securing 12 awards in the category's 17-year history.

    That said, it is hard to believe some Disney movies didn't quite make the mark. Films like "Oliver & Company" and "Cars 2" haven't been received overly well by critics.

    Here are 20 of the best and worst Disney movies, according to critics.

    "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True" got a score that's 86 points lower than the original film's.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

    "Cinderella II" followed the now-princess Cinderella into married life. The movie was written to follow the events that occurred in the original film, which scored a whopping 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

    What critics said: "If Disney's 'Cinderella' proved that 'a dream is a wish your heart makes,' then 'Cinderella II' proves that a nightmare is a wish a studio's wallet makes."— Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com

     



    "Planes" (2013) didn't impress most critics.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score:25%

    Although Disney saw success with the "Cars" franchise, critics felt the storyline didn't translate in this spin-off featuring Dane Cook as a "vertically-challenged" plane who wants to become a racer.

    What critics said: "'Planes' is for the most part content to imitate rather than innovate, presumably hoping to reap a respectable fraction of the box office numbers of 'Cars' and 'Cars 2,' which together made hundreds of millions of dollars."— Neil Genzlinger, New York Times



    "Brother Bear" (2003) was a flop with most critics.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

    The film, featuring songs from Phil Collins, tells the story of a boy named Kenai who is transformed into a bear. He then becomes determined to become human again and he embarks on a journey to do so,b  finding friends and foes along the way. 

    What critics said: "'Brother Bear' is a very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel." — Todd McCarthy, Variety



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    Ninja Jimmy Fallon

    • With the No. 1 channel on live-streaming video platform Twitch and over 20 million subscribers on YouTube, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins has become the face of the video-gaming world.
    • In advance of the Fortnite virtuoso's New Year's Eve streaming event in Times Square, Ninja and Jimmy Fallon competed in a series of old-school video game challenges that included games like Pong, Mario Kart, Olympic Summer Games, GoldenEye 007, and Rocket League on Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, and Super Nintendo.
    • Although Ninja jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Fallon mounted a comeback in the following two games that forced a tiebreaker once the duo started playing Rocket League.
    • Check out the full video below:

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    Kathleen Wilson-Thompson Tesla

    • Tesla announced two new board members on Friday as part of its $20 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    • One of those people is Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, a Walgreens executive with a long career in human resources.
    • She's also on the board of two other public manufacturing companies.
    • She could help Tesla address what employees have described as its harsh working culture.

    Fulfilling the obligations of its $20 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in September, Tesla announced on Friday that it's added two new directors to its board: Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, a Walgreens executive with a long career in human resources.

    Wilson-Thompson may be less prolific than Ellison, the outspoken and sometimes controversial Oracle executive who is heavily invested in Tesla, and close friends with CEO Elon Musk.

    But her background in human resources may be just what Tesla needs on its board to transform its company culture and address allegations of 70-hour work weeks and "WTF" emails under Musk.

    Here's what you need to know

    She's an executive at Walgreens. Wilson-Thompson, who's based out of Illinois, is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer at Walgreens parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance. Before that, she was a senior vice president at Walgreens.

    She joined Walgreens in 2010 after spending 17 years at Kellogg's as an HR executive.

    She sits on two other boards. Wilson-Thompson is on the board of two other US-based public manufacturing companies.

    She joined the board of Vulcan Materials Company, an Alabama-based manufacturer of construction materials like gravel and crushed stone, in 2009. She's also on the board of Ashland Global Holdings, which sells industrial chemicals.

    She holds a law degree. Wilson-Thompson went to the University of Michigan for undergrad, where she studied English Literature, according to her LinkedIn profile. After that, she got a law degree as well as a master's degree in corporate and finance law, from Wayne State University.

    She's could be the answer to Tesla's HR woes. Tesla has struggled against allegations of unfair and unsafe working conditions, particularly at its flagship Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada.  As pressures mount to meet production goals, workers have faced problems like inadequate bathroom facilities and starting new jobs after just minutes of training, employees told Business Insider. With her experience in HR, and background in construction and worker safety from those others boards, Wilson-Thompson could bring a healthy dose of HR know-how to Tesla.

    Musk shared his enthusiasm to have Wilson-Thompson and Ellison join the board on Twitter:

     

    SEE ALSO: 70-hour weeks and 'WTF' emails: 42 employees reveal the frenzy of working at Tesla under the 'cult' of Elon Musk

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    Insurtech 2.0

    Tech-driven disruption in the insurance industry continues at pace, and we're now entering a new phase — the adaptation of underlying business models. 

    That's leading to ongoing changes in the distribution segment of the industry, but more excitingly, we are starting to see movement in the fundamentals of insurance — policy creation, underwriting, and claims management. 

    This report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, will briefly review major changes in the insurtech segment over the past year. It will then examine how startups and legacy players across the insurance value chain are using technology to develop new business models that cut costs or boost revenue, and, in some cases, both. Additionally, we will provide our take on the future of insurance as insurtech continues to proliferate. 

    Here are some of the key takeaways:

    • Funding is flowing into startups and helping them scale, while legacy players have moved beyond initial experiments and are starting to implement new technology throughout their businesses. 
    • Distribution, the area of the insurance value chain that was first to be disrupted, continues to evolve. 
    • The fundamentals of insurance — policy creation, underwriting, and claims management — are starting to experience true disruption, while innovation in reinsurance has also continued at pace.
    • Insurtechs are using new business models that are enabled by a variety of technologies. In particular, they're using automation, data analytics, connected devices, and machine learning to build holistic policies for consumers that can be switched on and off on-demand.
    • Legacy insurers, as opposed to brokers, now have the most to lose — but those that move swiftly still have time to ensure they stay in the game.

     In full, the report:

    • Reviews major changes in the insurtech segment over the past year.
    • Examines how startups and legacy players across distribution, insurance, and reinsurance are using technology to develop new business models.
    • Provides our view on what the future of the insurance industry looks like, which Business Insider Intelligence calls Insurtech 2.0.

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    lennu finland dog

    • World leaders are known for their seriousness. But when their dogs are around, the camera has a tendency to catch some tender moments. 
    • Finnish President Sauli Niinistö's Boston terrier, Lennu, went viral for his cheek-to-cheek smile last year, and Queen Elizabeth II has had a team of corgis by her side for eight decades.
    • Vladimir Putin, a known dog lover, has been gifted three puppies since 2010.

    World leaders and politicians are notoriously composed, but when their dogs are around, they can't help but be a little smitten.

    Many leaders, like Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth II, are known dog lovers and longtime owners. French President Emmanuel Macron is the first in the presidency's history to have a rescue dog, and the president of Finland's beloved Boston terrier is now world-famous for his smile.

    Here's a brief guide to world leaders and their adorable pups. 

    Finland's President Sauli Niinistö's dog, Lennu, went viral last year — and this smiling Boston terrier continues to steal the show. 

    Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his wife, Jenni Haukio, have a Boston terrier named Lennu. The smiling pup has been a hit in his home country for some time, but Lennu found international fame in early 2017 after Daily Beast writer Kelly Weill tweeted these hilarious pictures of him and Niinistö during a public appearance.

    According to Mashable, Lennu is not fully "media trained," which accounts for his on-camera antics — including sniffing a fish during a traditional Finnish ceremony— that almost always steal the show. 

    Irish President Michael D. Higgins' two Bernese Mountain dogs took a liking to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this summer. 

    ireland dogs meghan markle

    During a visit to Ireland, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry met with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina Coyne, along with their two Bernese Mountain dogs. 

    As previously reported by INSIDER, the dogs' names are Bród (which means "pride" in Gaelic) and Síoda(which means "silk" in Gaelic). And the furry duo got very, very excited when it came time to pose for a group photo. 

    meghan and harry dog

    The internet fell in love, too, and many suggested Bród and Síoda get their own official Twitter accounts. 

    Sunny and Bo Obama became fixtures during the former first family's time in the White House.

    sunny and bo obama

    The Obama family was gifted Bo, a male, black-and-white Portuguese water dog, in 2009 from Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Sunny came along in 2013, and the first family was complete.

    Both dogs made several appearances throughout President Obama's terms in office, with Sunny gaining a reputation as the more mischievous of the two.

    Queen Elizabeth II has owned corgis for the majority of her life, and is a huge fan of the breed.

    queen elizabeth corgi

    Corgis have been a part of Queen Elizabeth's life for almost as long as the 92-year-old monarch has been alive. Her crop of loyal pups — known as the "royal corgis"— began to assemble on the Queen's 18th birthday, when she was gifted a Pembroke Welsh corgi pup named Susan from her father, King George VI. 

    Though Buckingham Palace remains tight-lipped about the Queen's personal life, including her corgi team, it is reported that the Queen's visitors often meet the dogs when they meet her.

    queen elizabeth corgis

    Queen Elizabeth II and her corgis went viral in 2012 when the monarch appeared in a James Bond clip alongside actor Daniel Craig at the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In the video spoof, corgis Monty, Holly, and Willow (who recently passed) are seen trotting by the Queen's side, as Monty guides Craig through Buckingham Palace.

    Vladimir Putin has a Japanese Akita named Yume, and the two love to show off their tricks.

    vladimir putin dog

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's six-year-old dog, a Japanese Akita named Yume, made a rather famous appearance during the leader's meeting with Japanese journalists in 2016. Yume entered the room and began to bark aggressively at the visitors, so Putin calmed him down by playing some tricks. 

    According to CNN, Putin later said to the journalists, "You were right to take caution. Yume is a no-nonsense dog. There are many people here, with camcorders running, lights shining, and cameras clicking. She is being a guard dog."

    vladimir putin dogs

    Putin got Yume from Japan as a thank you for Russia's assistance after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country in 2011. He has a second pup, a cream-colored Karakachan named Buffy, that was a gift from the Bulgarian prime minister in 2010.

    Last year, Putin was given his third dog on behalf of Turkmenistan. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov presented a fluffy alabai dog (a.k.a. Central Asian Shepherd) to Putin as a birthday gift. His name is Verny, which means "faithful" in Russian.

    Justin Trudeau and his family adopted a Portuguese water dog named Kenzie.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adopted a Portuguese water dog back in April 2016, and the family named her Kenzie. Trudeau tweeted this photo of Kenzie and his youngest son, Hadrien, playing together shortly after. 

    French President Emmanuel Macron rescued a black lab named Nemo, and his training is still in progress.

    emmanual macron dog nemo

    President Macron's two-year-old black labrador-griffon cross, Nemo, is the first rescue dog in the French presidency's history. Macron's wife and French first lady, Brigitte Macron, reportedly bought the pup for $300. Nemo has been making appearances greeting foreign dignitaries and frolicking the grounds of the Élysée Palace, however, his potty training is still in progress.

    Nemo made headlines last fall for urinating into a fireplace in President Macron's office during a filmed meeting. One of Macron's visitors asked the president, "Does that happen often?" According to The Guardian, Macron replied, "You have sparked a totally unusual behavior in my dog." 

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    The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. 

    Nike

    • Nike is having a huge clearance sale on sneakers and clothes for men, women, and kids.
    • Save an extra 25% by using the promo code "SAVE25" at checkout.
    • This sale is only running through January 5, and sizes will start to sell out soon, so we don't recommend waiting.

    Christmas is over, which means all our favorite retailers are having post-holiday sales to make room for January arrivals. 

    Select items are always on sale at Nike, but now through January 5, you can save an extra 25% on select styles by using the promo code "SAVE25" at checkout. With just eight days left to save, you'll want to jump on the train early since the best items will probably sell out before the end of the sale. Whether you're picking up workout gear to get in shape, or just want a cool pair of shoes, you'll find something that works for you.

    Also, remember that Jordan Brand, Converse, and Hurley all fall under the Nike umbrella, so you'll also find great deals from those names included in the sale.

    Shop all clearance items at Nike now.

    Check out some of the best deals on sneakers for men and women:

    Men's Nike Epic React Flyknit

    $86.23 (Originally $150) [You save $63.77]



    Men's Nike Air Max 1 Premium

    $78.73 (Originally $150) [You save $71.27]



    Men's Air Jordan 1 High Zip

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    The Hangover

    • How you feeling today? Need an ibuprofen?
    • We asked Google to send us the rates that different metros searched for "hangover" on New Year's Day from 2014 to 2018.
    • Louisville, Kentucky isn't feeling super good right about now.

    Good morning! New Year's Eve is a time when many people consume more alcohol than they are otherwise accustomed to, and so it follows that New Year's Day is a day when many people experience a hangover more severe than they are otherwise accustomed to. 

    We reached out to the Trends team at Google News Lab to get the full figures for searches for the phrase "hangover" on January 1 in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    We recieved data on how many searches there were for "hangover" in over 200 metropolitan areas. We then looked at the largest metros — the 63 where there were more than 500,000 inhabitants — to determine which were the least and the most hungover based on Google's metrics.

    Here they are, ranked from "most capable of entering sunlight" to "least likely to leave their bed."

    62. Birmingham, Alabama

    The Birmingham AL metro had 38% of the New Year's Day search volume for 'hangover' as Louisville, the top large metro.



    61. West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Florida

    The West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce FL metro had 40% of the New Year's Day search volume for 'hangover' as Louisville, the top large metro.



    60. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, North Carolina

    The Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem NC metro had 47% of the New Year's Day search volume for 'hangover' as Louisville, the top large metro.



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    Sears store closing

    • Sears is closing 80 more locations by March 2019. 
    • The company announced on Thursday that liquidation sales would begin at these locations within the next two weeks. 
    • These closings follow nearly 200 others, which were announced earlier this year.

    Sears is closing 80 more stores by March 2019. 

    The century-old department store announced on Thursday that liquidation sales would begin at these locations within the next two weeks. 

    A spokesperson for Sears did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. 

    These closings follow nearly 200 others, which were announced earlier this year.

    When Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy in October, it said it would close 142 locations. In November, 40 more joined the list.

    The company may be forced to liquidate if it does not receive a bid for the business by 4 p.m. ET Friday.

    Sears chairman Edward Lampert and his hedge fund, ESL Investments, outlined a plan earlier this month to buy up the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock. However, sources told CNBC that as of Thursday afternoon Lampert had not submitted his bid or rounded up financing.

    Here is the full list of the new store closings:

    Kmart 7055 East Broadway Tucson AZ

    Kmart 2180 E Mariposa Rd Stockton CA

    Kmart 20777 Bear Valley Rd Apple Valley CA

    Kmart 1000 San Fernando Rd Burbank CA

    Kmart 2875 Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA

    Kmart 2505 Bell Rd Auburn CA

    Kmart 295 Hartford Turnpike Vernon CT

    Kmart 200 Irwin Ne Fort Walton Beach FL

    Kmart 6126 Hwy 301 Ellenton FL

    Kmart 11 Sherwood Square Peru IN

    Kmart 2940 Veterans Blvd Metairie LA

    Kmart 8980 Waltham Woods Rd Baltimore MD

    Kmart 201 Ninth St S E Rochester MN

    Kmart 155 Twin City Mall Crystal City MO

    Kmart 12057 Highway 49 Delmar Plaza Gulfport MS

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    Kmart 4841 Arendell St Morehead City NC

    Kmart 1900 S Washington St Grand Forks ND

    Kmart 1515 W 3Rd Alliance NE

    Kmart 213 Highway 37 E Toms River NJ

    Kmart 1705 S Main St Roswell NM

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    Kmart 1020 Center Street Grand Central Plaza Horseheads NY

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    Kmart 1111 E North St Rapid City SD

    Kmart 1805 E Stone Dr Kingsport TN

    Kmart 217 Forks Of River Pkwy Sevierville TN

    Kmart 4110 E Sprague Ave Spokane WA

    Kmart 1450 Summit Avenue Oconomowoc WI

    Sears* 2050 Southgate Rd Colorado Spgs CO

    Sears* 1650 Briargate Blvd Colorado Spgs CO

    Sears* 3201 Dillon Dr Pueblo CO

    Sears 1700 W Intl Speedway Blvd Daytona Beach FL

    Sears* 1500 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee FL

    Sears* 347 Westshore Plz Tampa FL

    Sears* 1441 Tamiami Trl Pt Charlotte FL

    Sears* 9409 Us Highway 19 N Ste 101 Port Richey FL

    Sears* 150 Pearl Nix Pkwy Gainesville GA

    Sears* 4480 Sergeant Rd Sioux City IA

    Sears* 235 Saint Clair Sq Fairview Hts IL

    Sears* 7200 Harrison Ave Cherry Valley IL

    Sears* 7700 E Kellogg Dr Wichita KS

    Sears 4400 Veterans Mem Blvd Metairie LA

    Sears* 2306 N Salisbury Blvd Salisbury MD

    Sears* 5500 Harvey St Muskegon MI

    Sears 27600 Novi Rd Novi MI

    Sears 2000 N E Court Bloomington MN

    Sears* 1620 Guess Rd Durham NC

    Sears* The Streets Of Southpoint Durham NC

    Sears* 7424 Dodge St Omaha NE

    Sears* 6400 O St Lincoln NE

    Sears* 3450 S Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas NV

    Sears* 10 Miracle Mile Dr Rochester NY

    Sears 5053 Tuttle Crossing Blvd Columbus OH

    Sears* 1400 Polaris Pkwy Columbus OH

    Sears* 1475 Upper Valley Pike Springfield OH

    Sears* 501 Medford Ctr Medford OR

    Sears* 200 Park City Ctr Lancaster PA

    Sears* 5256 Route 30 Greensburg PA

    Sears* 5580 Goods Lane Ste 1005 Altoona PA

    Sears 1000 Rivergate Pkwy Goodlettsvlle TN

    Sears 2021 N Highland Ave Jackson TN

    Sears* 201 S Plano Rd Richardson TX

    Sears* 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd Abilene TX

    Sears* 851 N Central Expwy Plano TX

    Sears* 6001 W Waco Dr Waco TX

    Sears* 7701 1-40 W Ste 400 Amarillo TX

    Sears* 2100 S W S Young Dr Killeen TX

    Sears 3100 Highway 365 Port Arthur TX

    Sears* 1531 Rio Rd E Charlottesville VA

    Sears* 1321 N Columbia Center Blvd Suite 455 Kennewick WA

    Sears 4301 W Wisconsin Ave Appleton WI

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    robin hood

    • 2018 was a record year at the box office, but Hollywood still experienced plenty of flops. 
    • From "The Girl in the Spider's Web" to "Robin Hood," these are the biggest box-office disappointments of the year.

    2018 was a record year at the North American box office, but Hollywood still had its fair share of flops.

    A "Star Wars" movie didn't land with audiences the way Disney expected, and anything starring Claire Foy struggled this year. The latest iteration of "Robin Hood" was dead on arrival, and a new big-budget fantasy from Peter Jackson didn't attract moviegoers the way the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy did. 

    We've rounded up the biggest box-office disappointments and disasters this year.

    Below are 13 of the biggest movie flops of 2018 (box-office figures and production budgets are based on numbers from Box Office Mojo, unless otherwise stated):

    SEE ALSO: The 10 highest-grossing movies in the US of 2018, from 'Black Panther' to 'The Grinch'

    "A Wrinkle in Time" (March 9)

    Worldwide box office: $132 million

    Estimated production budget: $100 million (source: The Hollywood Reporter)

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 42%

    Disney ruled the box office in 2018 with movies like "Black Panther,""Avengers: Infinity War," and "Incredibles 2." But not everything it released was a wild success. The first disappointment was with Ava DuVernay's Disney adaptation of the fantasy novel "A Wrinkle in Time," which made just $132 million worldwide. Only $32 million of that came from international box office. 



    "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (May 25)

    Worldwide box office: $392 million

    Estimated production budget: $250 million (source: Variety)

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 70%

    "Solo" is in the top 10 of the highest-grossing movies of the year in the US. But it's still a major disappointment by "Star Wars" standards, and is the first movie during the Disney era of the franchise to likely lose money. After a troubled production in which Ron Howard replaced fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, "Solo" didn't even crack $400 million worldwide. Every other Disney "Star Wars" movie has grossed over $1 billion.



    "Billionaire Boy's Club" (August 17)

    Worldwide box office: $2.2 million

    Estimated production budget: N/A

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 8%

    Kevin Spacey's new movie made only $126 on its opening day in August, with just six people seeing it per theater in its first weekend. It barely made over $600 for its opening weekend. The movie went on to earn only $1,300 in the US, and $2.2 million internationally. 



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    trump new years resolution 2019 2x1

    • Most people's New Year's resolutions are related to self-improvement.
    • INSIDER surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about what they think President Donald Trump's New Year's resolutions should be for 2019.
    • We discovered that many people want Trump to "tweet less" or simply "resign."

    New Year's resolutions aren't easy to keep: 80% of our resolutions tend to fail by February

    Still, with a fresh year on the horizon, it's tempting to fantasize about what we might do better in 2019.

    Or perhaps what others might do better. 

    To get a read on what Americans want from their president in the coming year, INSIDER — a sister publication of Business Insider — posed the following question to 1,037 people across the country:

    What is a New Year's resolution you'd like President Donald Trump to make? ___________

    Responses to our online fill-in-the-blank SurveyMonkey form ranged from some extremely vulgar answers that can't be printed here to some simple, supportive suggestions like "continue" (5.7%) or "build the wall" (2.8%). That seems to align with Trump's own plans for the new year, since he has pledged to keep the government shut down until a $5 billion southern border wall is funded

    Read More: Most Americans would rather spend the $5 billion Trump is demanding for the border wall on infrastructure, education, or healthcare

    Other survey responses focused on self-improvement ideas for Trump. But of the 1,037 people we surveyed, 213 suggested that the president should "resign" and leave office. That was by far the most popular response.

    The second most popular answer was and "tweet less"— more than 10% of survey respondents suggested this. President Trump tweets, on average, more than five times a day, often disparaging the media as "fake news" or criticizing the government's Russia investigation. Over the last year, he's posted hundreds of comments on Twitter, even going so far as to brag that his "Nuclear Button" is bigger than North Korea's.

    Below are the most common responses to our survey, from Americans of all political stripes. You may notice that a common theme seems to be a desire for Trump to improve the way he communicates. Whether encouraging him to tweet less, be kinder, be honest, or speak cautiously, people are clearly thinking about ways Trump could be a more thoughtful leader in the new year.

    trump new years resolution 2019 chart

    Some less frequent survey responses — which still garnered more than a handful of supporters — included suggestions that Trump "respect others,""work for other Americans," and "improve US." Other answers, as we said, were too vulgar to include in this chart.

    Fewer than 1% of respondents gave Trump a traditional New Year's resolution: 0.7% thought that he should lose weight and exercise more in the new year.

    SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn't try to weight its sample based on race or income. Total 1,037 respondents polled November 23-24, 2018, margin of error plus or minus 3.15 percentage points with 95% confidence level.

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    • Tesla on Friday announced the two newest additions to its board of directors: Walgreens executive Kathleen Thompson-Wilson and Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison.
    • In October, Ellison heaped praised on Tesla's CEO Elon Musk, and slammed media coverage of Musk's actions and his companies.
    • You can listen here to a recording of Ellison's remarks, made to financial analysts in October. 

    Larry Ellison hasn't been shy about his admiration for Elon Musk — even before Ellison was appointed on Friday to the board of directors at Tesla, where Musk is CEO. 

    Ellison, founder and CTO of database giant Oracle, discussed in October his "very close" friendship with Musk, disclosed his sizable stake in Tesla, and criticized the media for its coverage of Musk and his companies, Tesla and SpaceX. 

    "I think Tesla has a lot of upside," Ellison said. "I am not sure how many people know, but I'm very close friends with Elon Musk and I'm a big investor in Tesla."

    Ellison made these comments during a meeting with financial analysts in October, as originally reported by Bloomberg— you can listen to a recording of his comments on Musk here. His remarks came not long after Tesla reported a surprising profit in its third quarter. 

    After a year in which Musk often found himself the target of controversy, Ellison took issue with how the Tesla CEO was portrayed in news stories.

    "I loved all the articles about how Elon doesn’t know what he is doing, the pictures of him smoking dope," Ellison said, referring to Musk's infamous interview on the popular "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast where he was filmed smoking legal, recreational marijuana.

    Ellison also discussed his frustration with critics of SpaceX, Musk's private space travel company.

    "You're telling me he's an idiot. I just want to know who you are. Why should I believe you, as opposed to my friend Elon? We're out here watching this rocket land, which I think is really cool, and you're there in front of your Apple Macintosh, and typing up an article saying Elon's an idiot," Ellison said. 

    "This guy's landing rockets. He’s landing rockets on robot drone rafts in the ocean," Ellison said, referring to SpaceX's trademark drone ships.  "And you’re saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Well, who else is landing rockets? You ever land a rocket on a robot drone? Who are you?"

    Together, Ellison and Musk have a combined net worth of about $93 billion, according to Forbes estimates. Both entrepreneurs cofounded major companies with ambitious visions for the future.

    But the two tech executives have been most compared for their eccentric personalities and colorful comments.

    Ellison has made headlines for racing yachts and dropping $300 million for an entire Hawaiian island. Musk is known for publicly speaking his mind and frequently posting on Twitter.

    Indeed, it was one of Musk's tweets that ultimately landed Ellison his new gig at Tesla: In the wake of his infamous "funding secure" tweet, Musk was required by a settlement with the SEC to step down as executive chairman of Tesla and appoint new independent directors to the company. 

    SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starship could reach orbit within 2 years. Here's the latest photo of the spaceship's construction.

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    quarterly global fintech fundingThis is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here.

    Fintech hubs — cities where startups, talent, and funding congregate — are proliferating globally in tandem with ongoing disruption in financial services. 

    These hubs are all vying to become established fintech centers in their own right, and want to contribute to the broader financial services ecosystem of the future. Their success depends on a variety of factors, including access to funding and talent, as well as the approach of relevant regulators.

    This report compiles various fintech snapshots, which together highlight the global spread of fintech, and show where governments and regulatory bodies are shaping the development of national fintech industries. Each provides an overview of the fintech industry in a particular country or state in Asia or Europe, and details what is contributing to, or hindering its further development. We also include notable fintechs in each geography, and discuss what the opportunities or challenges are for that particular domestic industry.

    Here are some of the key takeaways:

    • Most countries in Europe have made some formal attempt to foster the development of domestic fintech industries, with Germany and Ireland seeing the best results so far. France, meanwhile, got off to a slow start, but that's starting to change. 
    • The Asian fintech scene took off later than in the US or Europe, but it's seen rapid growth lately, particularly in India, China, and Singapore.
    • The increasing importance of technology-enabled products and services within the financial services ecosystem means the global fintech industry isn't going anywhere. 
    • Fintech hubs will continue to proliferate, with leaders emerging in each region.
    • The future fintech landscape will be molded by regulatory bodies — national and international — as they seek to mitigate the risks, and leverage the opportunities, presented by fintech. 

     In full, the report:

    • Explores the fintech industry in six countries or states, and identifies individual fintech hubs.
    • Highlights successful fintechs in each region.
    • Outlines the challenges and opportunities each country or state faces. 
    • Gives insight into the future of the global fintech industry. 

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    Warning: Major spoilers ahead for "Bird Box."

    • Sandra Bullock leads a strong cast including Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson in "Bird Box," the post-apocalyptic horror film.
    • The plot revolves around an unseen evil driving seemingly normal people everywhere to commit violent suicide if they see it.
    • To defend themselves, the people in the film start wearing blindfolds outside and barricading themselves indoors as much as possible.
    • People can't stop talking about the movie because whether they love or hate it, the memes are everywhere and they are hilarious when you understand them.

    From your best friend to your mom to Stephen King and Chrissy Teigen, it isn't just critics who have an opinion on Netflix's post-apocalyptic psychological horror film "Bird Box."

    The film is packed with A-list actors: Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Rosa Salazar, Lil Rel Howery, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, BD Wong, Danielle Macdonald, Tom Hollander, and Machine Gun Kelly all appear in this movie. Not only that, but there are plenty of jump-scares for fans.

    Read more: Stephen King was 'riveted' by Netflix's new thriller, 'Bird Box,' and slammed critics for suffering from 'Netflix Prejudice'

    For anyone wondering what the movie is about, keep reading. Spoilers ahead.

    Adapted from Josh Malerman's 2014 novel of the same name, this movie is all about the psychological horror of the unseen

    Bird Box

    Directed by Susanne Bier and based on Josh Malerman's 2014 novel of the same name, the story of "Bird Box'" is filtered largely through Malorie's (played by Sandra Bullock) experiences in two time periods. First, as a fierce mother trying to protect her two young children from unseen monsters and second as a first-time single pregnant woman grappling with the onset of a mysterious apocalypse brought about by these creatures. 

    Over the course of the film, we learn about the nature of these unseen entities — and that you need to wear a blindfold if you go outside to protect yourself from them. This is because looking at one of the monsters can drive victims to die by suicide using whatever tools are at hand.

    The book and film are rather similar with the exception of the ending. To avoid making an apocalyptic film that didn't have a hopeful ending, Bier chose to have Malorie and her kids arrive at a school for the blind, appearing to have a bright future ahead of them. In the book, Malerman has Malorie finding out that some people inside the school for the blind gouged out their own eyes to escape the monsters.

    In an interview with Polygon, the director defended this decision saying, "In a way, pretty much everything I've done has had some sort of a hopeful ending. I'm not particularly interested for the audience to leave, from the cinema or their own screen, with a kind of completely bleak point of view. That's not really what I believe in."

    What these monsters are — and where they came from — is never explicitly spelled out

    bird box movie

    Although we never actually see them, Malorie — and everyone watching — repeatedly witnesses what the monsters do to human victims and how they decimate the population. Malorie's first personal experience with the entities involves her sister Jessica (Sarah Paulson) seeing one and promptly causing a huge accident that flips her SUV and compels Jessica to stagger from the wreckage directly into the path of a moving truck.

    While blindfolds can help you protect yourself from these evil creatures, birds are also key — somehow, they can sense the monsters and warn the humans.

    Further, there seems to be one exception to the rule that anyone who sees one of these entities is driven to suicide: In the world of "Bird Box," those who are mentally ill and look upon this horrifying sight become actively evil and try to help the entity destroy humanity. This has led to some sharp criticism regarding the film's depiction of those suffering from mental illnesses.

    There are also a number of monster allegories for viewers, from the horrors of never-ending racism to the inescapable terror of weaponized social media. All of that is part of the film's allure.

    At least part of the reason for the film's popularity is all the memes it has spawned, which keep sucking new viewers in

    bird box

    Everyone wants to be in on the joke and the "Bird Box" memes are plentiful, hilarious, and seemingly as inescapable as the unseen monsters bringing about the apocalypse in the movie.

    Whether people loved the movie or hated it, they can't stop talking about it.

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    • Some unique girl names were more popular in certain states than the rest of the country in 2017.
    • Names such as Juniper in Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington were disproportionately popular in multiple states.
    • The girls’ name Juniper was overly popular in five states: Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

    Girls born in 2017 were given interesting names and many of those unique names were disproportionally popular in certain states compared to the rest of the US, like Journee in Illinois and Emersyn in Iowa and Nebraska.

    INSIDER has collected data from the Social Security name database to determine the most disproportionately popular girl name in each state.

     

    In Alabama, Mary was the most disproportionately popular girl name in 2017.

    Girls in Alabama were named Mary 4.5 times more than girls were named Mary nationwide.



    In Alaska, Ayla was the most disproportionately popular girl name in 2017.

    Girls in Alaska were named Ayla 6.7 times more than girls were named Ayla nationwide.



    In Arizona, Ximena was the most disproportionately popular girl name in 2017.

    Girls in Arizona were named Ximena 3.0 times more than girls were named Ximena nationwide.



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    • While "Jeopardy!" is meant to be a game show to showcase people's intelligence, sometimes these contestants stumble.
    • Using an episode database, INSIDER found some questions that stumped all three contestants. 
    • With categories ranging from baseball to Disney, can you get right what these "Jeopardy!" contestants couldn't?

    "Jeopardy!" is America's favorite game show and for good reason. It's entertaining to watch people earn money based on their intelligence, but every so often that intelligence runs short. 

    INSIDER rummaged through J-Archive— an exhaustive, fan-made episode database — and found a number of "triple stumpers," when all three contestants did not know the answer to the clue. Although it's rare, it does happen. 

    Throughout the show's 34-season history, there are a number of categories that prompt the contestants to stumble. Keep reading to see which questions confused players and to challenge yourself to see if you're smarter than a "Jeopardy!" contestant.

    This question was worth $200, and the category was "Let's Have a Ball."

    First contestant's answer: "Um ..."

    Second contestant's answer: "What is the 8-ball?"

    Third contestant's answer: "What is the pinball?"

    Correct answer: What is the cue ball?



    This one was under the "Name the Automaker" category and worth $200.

    First contestant's answer: "What is Toyota?"

    Second contestant's answer: "What is Mercury?"

    Third contestants answer: "What is Buick?"

    Correct answer: What is Pontiac?



    In the "Food, Glorious Food" category, this question was worth $200.

    First contestant's answer: "What is a goose?"

    Second contestant's answer: "What is a turkey?"

    Third contestant's answer: "What is a partridge?"

    Correct answer: What is a pigeon?



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    A person holds a sign reading 'Latinos for Trump' on the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    • Support for the Republican Party among the US Latino population remains steady despite Donald Trump's rhetoric against immigrants and ongoing fight to build a border wall. 
    • According to the Associated Press, 32% of Latinos voted for Republicans in November's elections. 
    • This share frustrated Democrats. But many Republican Latino voters say they care more about religious liberty and pro-life policies than Trump's harsh words against immigrants. 

    Latino voters have long been expected to vote Democratic, and around two-thirds of them do. It is the other third of Latinos who vote Republican that remain unreachable to Democrats, despite the harsh comments President Donald Trump has made about immigrants and several Latin American countries. 

    Data collected by the Associated Press shows that 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans in November's elections. This number is backed up by a Pew Research Center study that found that nearly one-third of Latinos support the GOP. 

    Many Democrats find this frustrating. 

    “The question is not are Democrats winning the Hispanic vote — it’s why aren’t Democrats winning the Hispanic vote 80-20 or 90-10 the way black voters are?” Fernand Amandi, a Miami-based Democratic pollster, told the Associated Press. 

    The same data collected by the AP shows that Latino voters are, like white vote res, split by gender. 61% of Latino men voted for Democrats in November, while 69% of Latino women voted for them. Nearly a quarter of Latino voters are evangelicals, the AP reported, and 13% were veterans. 

    Republican strategist Mike Madrid told the AP that these two groups have reliably provided Republicans with Latino voters for years. 

    “They stick and they do not go away,” Madrid said. 

    Though foreign-born Latinos are highly critical of the Trump Administration — 71% of them are likely to say the White House's policies are harming Latinos as a whole — slightly less than two-thirds of US-born Latinos say the same, according to a Pew study.  

    Read more:Ready for a fight: Voter enthusiasm surges among U.S. Hispanics

    For the remaining third of Latinos, Trump's harsh rhetoric against immigrants and countries like Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras doesn't dissuade them from voting for the party or supporting the president.

    “Why do 30 percent of Latinos still support Trump? Because of the Democratic Party’s obsession with abortion,” Sacramento-based Rev. Sam Rodriguez, one of Trump’s spiritual advisers, told the AP. Evangelical Latinos, he said, care more about about “life and religious liberty."

    But because the US Latino population is not a monolith, different Latino populations have other bones to pick with the Democratic Party. Though younger generations of Cuban-Americans are leaning left, The Guardian reported that older Cuban-Americans traditionally vote Republican after coming to see the Bay of Pigs invasion "as a symbol of treachery of American left." According to The Guardian, the Republican Pb arty has depended on Cuban-American votes in Florida since 1980. To this day, Florida's large population of Cuban-Americans, tends to vote Republican.

    According to the Miami Herald, Cuban-American support for Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis might have given him the edge over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum. The Herald estimated that DeSantis won 66% of the Cuban-American vote. DeSantis campaigned among Florida's Cuban-American population by claiming Gillum was a socialist (he isn't). In the Senate race, Democratic candidate Bill Nelson couldn't defeat Spanish-speaking Governor Rick Scott. 

    It wasn't, however, a bad year for Democrats trying to capture the Latino vote. 64% of Latinos voted for Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke in Texas, who ran against Ted Cruz. More than half of Latino voters in Texas voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez. The AP reported that Latinos voted at high rates this election, despite having among the worst midterm turnout rates historically. 

    Madrid told the Associated Press that that is why Republicans shouldn't settle for the approximate third of a vote they get from the Latino block. They are still losing more than 60% of their vote. 

    “That is contributing to the death spiral of the Republican Party — even if it holds at 30 percent,” Madrid said. “That’s a route to death, it’s just a slower one.”

    SEE ALSO: Democrats are wrong to think Latinos will vote for them en masse just because of Trump's immigration policies

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    bii big tech in healthcare ALL Four

    The healthcare industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Costs are skyrocketing, consumer demand for more accessible care is growing rapidly, and healthcare companies are unable to keep up. 

    Health organizations are increasingly turning to tech companies to facilitate this transformation in care delivery and lower health expenditures. The potential for tech-led digital health initiatives to help healthcare providers and insurers deliver safer, more efficient, and cost-effective care is significant. For healthcare organizations of all types, the collection, analyses, and application of patient data can minimize avoidable service use, improve health outcomes, and promote patient independence, which can assuage swelling costs.

    For their part, the "Big Four" tech companies — Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft — see an opportunity to tap into the lucrative health market. These same players are accelerating their efforts to reshape healthcare by developing and collaborating on new tools for consumers, medical professionals, and insurers.

    In this report, Business Insider Intelligence explores the key strengths and offerings the Big Four will bring to the healthcare industry, as well as their approaches into the market. We'll then explore how these services and solutions are creating opportunities for health systems and insurers. Finally, the report will outline the barriers that are inhibiting the adoption and usage of the Big Four tech companies’ offerings and how these barriers can be circumvented.

    Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

    • Tech companies’ expertise in data management and analysis, along with their significant compute power, can help support healthcare payers, health systems, and consumers by providing a broader overview of how health is accessed and delivered.
    • Each of the Big Four tech companies — vying for a piece of the lucrative healthcare market — is leaning on their specific field of expertise to develop tools and solutions for consumers, providers, and payers.
      • Alphabet is focused on leveraging its dominance in data storage and analytics to become the leader in population health.
      • Amazon is leaning on its experience as a distribution platform for medical supplies, and developing its AI-assistant Alexa as an in-home health concierge.
      • Apple is actively turning its consumer products into patient health hubs.
      • Microsoft is focusing on cloud storage and analytics to tap into precision medicine.
    • Health organizations can further tap into the opportunity presented by tech’s entry into healthcare by collaborating with tech giants to realize cost savings and bolster their top lines. But understanding how each tech giant is approaching healthcare is crucial.

     In full, the report:

    • Pinpoints the key themes and industry-wide shifts that are driving the transformation of healthcare in the US.
    • Defines the main healthcare businesses and strategies of the Big Four tech companies.
    • Highlights the biggest potential impacts of each of the Big Four’s healthcare strategies for health systems and insurers.
    • Discusses the potential barriers that will challenge the adoption of the Big Four tech companies’ initiatives and how these hurdles can be overcome.

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    • The NFL playoff picture is still up in the air as the season heads into its Week 17 finale.
    • In the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are competing to clinch the AFC North, while the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts try to win the AFC South or the last wild-card spot.
    • In the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings are trying to hold off the Philadelphia Eagles for the final wild-card spot.

    Heading into Week 17, the final week of the NFL regular season, the NFL playoff picture is still up in the air.

    Nine out of 12 playoff spots have been locked, but seeding is still very much open — and three playoff spots are still up for grabs.

    In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, and Houston Texans all have their divisions locked up, while the Los Angeles Chargers have secured a playoff spot. The race for the AFC North has come down to the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, while the final wild-card spot is still open. The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans play a crucial Week 17 game for that final spot.

    In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys have all won their divisions, while the Seattle Seahawks also locked up a playoff spot, meaning only the final wild-card seed is available. The Minnesota Vikings are trying to stave off the surging Philadelphia Eagles for that spot.

    Below is a breakdown of how each of the teams still fighting for the open spots could fare in the final week of the season (with some help from NFL.com).

    Baltimore Ravens

    versus Cleveland Browns

    The Ravens lead the AFC North, and their path to clinching is pretty simple: beat the Browns. If that happens, they'll be in the playoffs.

    If the Ravens lose or tie, it gets a bit more complicated. If the Ravens lose to the Browns, they would also need the Steelers to lose, in which case they could still win the division. If the Ravens lose and the Steelers win, the Ravens would be out, and either the Colts or Titans would win the last wild-card spot.

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Ben Roethlisbergerversus Cincinnati Bengals

    As outlined above, the Steelers are in a must-win situation. Any situation where they lose means they're out. The only way they could get the wild-card spot is if they win and the Colts and Titans tie.

    Indianapolis Colts

    at Tennessee Titans

    The Colts still have a chance to win the division if they beat the Titans and the Houston Texans win. Either way, they need to beat the Titans to get in. If they end up tying the Titans, they would need the Ravens to lose and the Steelers to lose or tie.

    Tennessee Titans

    versus Indianapolis Colts

    Likewise, the Titans need to beat the Colts. They, too, could nab the division if they win and the Texans lose.

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    Minnesota Vikings

    versus Chicago Bears

    If the Vikings beat the Bears, they'll be in the playoffs. If not, they'll need the Eagles to lose to the Redskins.

    Philadelphia Eagles

    at Washington Redskins

    The Eagles' improbable Nick Foles-led surge is still out of their hands. Even if the Eagles win, they'll need the Vikings to lose to get into the playoffs. 

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    Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

    2018 was a rough year for celebrity couples. Sure, plenty of pairs got married, like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. But over the course of 12 months, more than 100 couples split.

    Long-running couples that fans thought would last forever, like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, revealed their devastating breakups this year. Other stars weren't dating for too long, but their breakups were still surprising.

    From Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux to Cardi B and Offset, here are the most shocking celebrity breakups that were revealed in 2018. 

    Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

    Aniston and Theroux technically split in late 2017 but didn't share the news with fans until February 2018. They even adopted a dog together and praised each other's work.

    "Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly," read the statement given to The Associated Press by Aniston's publicist, Stephen Huvane. "Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else's fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

    Prior to getting married in 2015, they reportedly started dating in 2011



    Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

    In retrospect, there were probably signs that Tatum and Dewan's marriage wasn't perfect, but fans were surprised when they broke up after nine years of marriage.

    "We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together,"they said in a statement. "Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now." 



    Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga

    The two actors met back in 2009 in a British theater production called "Phedre." They didn't speak much about their relationship but were reportedly together for eight years before splitting



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