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    • The automotive data and research site iSeeCars.com has compiled a list of the 10 vehicles that are most likely to last for 200,000 miles.
    • Seven of the 10 spots on the list were taken by SUVs, with the other three taken by a pickup truck, minivan, and sedan.
    • Toyota and General Motors each have four vehicles on the list, more than any other automaker.
    • The Toyota Sequoia took the top spot.

    Durability is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a car. For the vast majority of consumers, buying new cars on impulse is not a financially or logistically feasible option. And for those who own a single car, a breakdown can be a major disruption to a daily commute or travel plans.

    The automotive data and research site iSeeCars.com has compiled a list of the 10 vehicles that are most likely to last for 200,000 miles. The website compiled the list by looking at more than 13.5 million used cars, from model years 1981 through 2017, that were sold in 2017 and tracking which models were most likely to have at least 200,000 miles at the time of sale.

    Seven of the 10 spots on the list were taken by SUVs, with the other three taken by a pickup truck, minivan, and sedan. Toyota and General Motors each have four vehicles on the list, more than any other automaker. The Toyota Sequoia took the top spot, with 6.6% of the used Sequoias analyzed by iSeeCars being sold with at least 200,000 miles. The average across all vehicles was 1.2%.

    These vehicles are the most likely to last 200,000 miles. Next to each vehicle is the percentage, between model years 1981 and 2017, that were sold used with at least 200,000 miles in 2017, according to data analyzed by iSeeCars.com.

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    10. Honda Odyssey — 2.4%



    9. Toyota Avalon — 2.4%



    8. Toyota Tacoma — 2.6%



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    • I met Massimo Bottura, the best chef in the world, in London during his residency at private members' club The Conduit.
    • He told me the stories behind his most iconic dishes — and they're surprisingly relatable.
    • With names like "Oops! I dropped the lemon tart," and "The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna," his plates are tied to emotion and nostalgia.
    • It's perhaps this focus on emotion that led him to become much more than a chef.
    • He's also combatting food waste and homelessness through his non-profit Food For Soul.


    Massimo Bottura isn't shy about being the best chef in the world.

    When I met him last week at new London private members club The Conduit, where he was holding a residency for the week, he referred to himself by that name a number of times.

    It's not surprising, given his countless successes to date.

    His three Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana, based in the small town of Modena, Italy, was named the best in the world at the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards in June, having previously topped the list in 2016.

    You may also have seen Bottura — and Francescana — on the first ever episode of the Netflix original series Chef's Table, which followed Bottura from his childhood of stealing pieces of his grandmother's tortellino from under the kitchen table to working in New York City, training with renowned chef Alain Ducasse in Paris, and eventually opening Francescana, where he finds innovative ways of turning traditional Italian dishes into something entirely modern yet nostalgic.

    Despite the prestige behind Francescana and Bottura, the stories behind his dishes are surprisingly relatable — none more so than his most iconic one, fittingly titled "Oops! I dropped the lemon tart."

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    The menu Bottura created for his residency at The Conduit, the new sustainability-focused members' club which officially opens on September 24, was made up of Bottura's most iconic dishes, and "really deeply Osteria in every single preparation," he told me.

    Every ingredient was sourced from Modena — using the likes of Bottura's farmers, fishermen, and cheesemakers — then shipped to London. "We finished everything with all the fresh herbs and foraged around the markets here in London," he said. "It was a very long process."

    The result was a seven-course menu which finished with "Oops! I dropped the lemon tart."

    The dish involves the idea of "rebuilding in a perfect way the imperfections," Bottura said.

    It came about when Francescana sous chef Taka Kondo accidentally dropped a lemon tart before serving it.

    "He was ready to kill himself because he's Japanese and Japanese [people] doesn't make mistakes, or they make mistakes but they're not allowed to," Bottura said. "So I saved Taka's life saying 'Taka, it's amazing. It's the metaphor for south of Italy.'

    "'You're breaking the border between sweet and savoury, and it doesn't matter if it's perfect.'"

    He calls the dish "the palate of the people," using bergamot from Calabria, lemon from Sorrento, and almonds and capers from other parts of the country.

    "We don't care [about] the aesthetic part of the dish, we care about the ethic part of the dish," he said. "If you go to south of Italy, you never know if the museum is open or closed, or when you'll arrive in Capri — but when you're there, you swim in Capri and you forget about everything, or you walk into the Temple Valley and it's done, it's magic.

    "So that's what the meaning of 'Oops! I dropped the lemon tart' is. Keep space open for poetry in your everyday life, with which you can jump and imagine everything."

    He added that in a place like Osteria Francescana — and in Modena — serving a dish like this is "really pushing it, provocative."

    It was this type of creation — too innovative for the conservative and traditional Modena locals — that nearly caused the restaurant to close in its early days.

    "It's also the way to make everyone feel comfortable, even if you're not used to eating in the best restaurant in the world," he said. "'Who cares? Look at that. He made a mistake.'"

    After recently giving a speech at the Sydney Opera House, Bottura said: "At the end of the speech, an elementary class arrived with all these young kids, and they gave me a book they did for me, in Australia, saying amazing, very simple messages, cartoons, drawings, writings, which were saying [things] like 'Chef, you are the best chef in the world and you are making mistake[s].'

    "'You [broke the] lemon tart. If you make mistake[s], we are allowed to make mistake[s] too. So please, keep making mistakes.'"

    Serving up emotion

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    It's certainly not the only one of Bottura's dishes that, despite appearing to be quite obscure, is rooted in nostalgia.

    Perhaps my second favourite is "The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna," the pasta course he served at The Conduit.

    "The pasta course is very abstract, but is the most emotional plate of the day," he said, explaining that it's about sharing "the idea of the grandmother who brings the big pan of lasagna in the middle of the table at Sunday lunch."

    "The kids, they're stealing the crunchy part," he said. "I just rebuilt and shared the idea of serving the crunchy part of the lasagna, because it's the way you approach the food as a kid. Everybody knows, even people from Lima in Peru, they know that the best part of the big pan of lasagna is the crunchy part."

    He added that while in fine dining "it's not about serving a big piece of lasagna or pasta in your dinner or lunch," he instead is "serving emotions."

    "I'm serving the emotion of the kid who steals the crunchy part of the lasagna," he said. "That's the experience."

    'We have a big responsibility to change the world'

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    It is perhaps this connection to emotions that make Bottura much more than just the best chef in the world.

    Gary Robinson, Executive Chef at The Conduit and former Head Chef to the Prince of Wales, told me that while Bottura's food is "utterly incredible — you don't get three Michelin stars by not being utterly incredible," his "ethos and values" were a match with the members' club.

    The food program at The Conduit is focused on local sourcing — like Massimo in Modena — and sustainability, but the team particularly identified with Bottura's work with food waste and feeding the homeless.

    The Conduit has teamed up with the Beyond Food Foundation, a charity that "helps homeless people get into meaningful employment."

    Meanwhile, Bottura is attempting to combat homelessness and the food waste crisis in one with his nonprofit Food for Soul.

    It began at Expo 2015 in Milan, where the team behind "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" asked Bottura to be involved.

    In "the most neglected neighbourhood in Milan," Bottura worked with a team of architects, designers, and artists to turn a 1930s abandoned theatre "full of rats and dust" into a pavilion where he could cook "beautiful meals" for those in need.

    "We produce food for 12 billion people, we are seven billion on earth, and almost one billion are in need, so we waste 33% of the food we produce," he said. "This is insane, so I said, 'We need to do something as chefs, we have a big responsibility to change the world.'"

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    After Milan, Bottura said he had the idea of "serving people in need in amazing places full of art and design," not just for the sake of the food, but "also to rebuild the dignity of people and serve them at the table.

    "It was not a normal soup kitchen which you're waiting in line," he said. "It's a three-course meal cooked by the best chef in the world, served by the volunteers."

    Now, the foundation uses Bottura's image to raise money and build these "refettorios" — or community kitchens — across the world, so far in Milan, Rio de Janeiro, London, and Paris.

    "To volunteer in London or Paris, there's a waiting list," he said. "This is crazy."

    He added that he's trying to communicate to the world that "what people think is food waste — brown bananas, overripe tomatoes, bread crumbs — for us are just opportunities to create something beautiful."

    "In my life, I [have received] every single prize, recognition, money, whatever, [and] at one point of your life, you should ask yourself...what [should I] do to give back something," he said.

    "The people that choose to do the job I do are usually people that are open to give, not to receive. We give happiness, we transfer that kind of feeling through our food."

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018

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    • Fat that accumulates around your gut — belly fat— is particularly bad for your health.
    • Researchers think that may be because belly fat is a sign that a person has more visceral fat, which accumulates around organs and impairs their function.
    • Two key ways to reduce belly fat are a healthy diet and regular exercise, especially strength training.

    Call it what you want — a beer belly, a stout midsection, a gut.

    Belly fat doesn't just prevent you from fitting into your favorite pair of jeans. Fat that accumulates in the midsection can have serious implications for your health.

    Having a larger waist circumference is a better indicator of health problems than commonly used measurements like body-mass index (BMI), according to a growing body of research. Specifically, having a waist size higher than 40 inches around for men or 34.5 inches for women is correlated with a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart attack. There's even evidence that having more belly fat is correlated with lower cognitive performance.

    Researchers think belly fat is distinct from other types of fat — like the stuff under your skin or around your arms or thighs, which doesn't necessarily have negative effects on health — because belly fat could be a sign that you have more visceral fat. That's a type of fat that accumulates around internal organs, impairing their functions and raising stress levels.

    While we need a certain amount of body fat to be healthy, the diseases associated with excess belly fat are a reason to try to reduce these fat levels.

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    A two-part equation

    Various factors can influence how much belly fat you have, including genetics, hormone levels, a poor diet, excess calories from alcohol, and the loss of muscle mass that occurs from aging. Men in particular tend to accumulate abdominal fat.

    If you want to lose the gut, focus on diet and exercise, according to Shawn Arent, director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers University and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

    "Other than surgery, exercise is the only way to change your body shape," Arent said.

    The bad news is that there's no one exercise or move you can to target belly fat in particular. 

    "You can't spot reduce," Arent said.

    So the best approach is to reduce body fat overall, which reduces belly fat in turn. You can also tone and strengthen your core muscles — with better exercises than crunches — but doing so won't melt away belly fat specifically.

    Another key way to lose weight overall is to maintain a quality diet. That means avoiding added sugars, processed carbohydrates, and excessive calories from alcohol; instead, eat whole grains, plenty of vegetables, and sufficient protein.

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    Don't forget strength training

    Arent said strength training is especially important for reducing belly fat, since it allows you to build muscle mass.

    To assess an individual's fitness level, Arent assesses how much of their overall body mass is made up of muscle and how much is fat.

    If someone wants to lower their body-fat percentage, Arent said it's especially important to incorporate strength training — which is part of recommended fitness guidelines but often neglected — into a workout regimen.

    It's possible to get leaner with aerobic exercise as well, since those workouts can burn fat, he said. But by incorporating strength training, you burn fat while adding muscle, which results in a faster reduction of your body-fat percentage. Plus, as you get stronger and muscle mass increases, your body will burn more calories.

    Increasing muscle mass has been shown to decrease levels of visceral fat, according to Arent.

    Plus, many other benefits come with exercise. Aerobic exercise can decrease one's risk for a number of diseases and improve cognitive performance. Both aerobic workouts and strength training are also associated with mental health benefits and lower rates of depression and anxiety. And via strength training, people can reverse the loss of muscle and bone density that comes with aging, making it easier to avoid injuries and move about the world.

    "The benefits of exercise are pretty damn robust," Arent said. "Exercise is medicine."

    SEE ALSO: How to start weight training as a beginner — and why you should

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    • President Donald Trump announced a new tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on Monday.
    • The tariff, which goes into effect September 24, will hit a wide range of goods, from furniture to industrial chemicals.
    • These are the biggest imports that are going to get hit, ranked by the monetary value of total imports to the US from China in 2017.

    President Donald Trump's latest broadside against China could drive up the cost of some very important imports.

    The latest round of tariffs, which hit goods ranging from from agricultural products like fruit, to consumer goods like furniture to industrial items like chemicals, are set to go into effect on Monday. Economists expect that the items hit by the 10% tariff will increase in price, making those goods more expensive for US consumers and businesses.

    The total value of the 5,745 items on the Trump administration's list is just under $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. But, some of the goods weigh more heavily than others.

    Using data from the US Trade Representative's tariff list and the US Census Bureau's database, the Trade News Centrebroke down how much of each good was exported to the US from China in 2017 to determine the most important items that will get hit. We've then narrowed down the list to the imports of which the US bought at least $1.5 billion worth from China in 2017.

    There were 14 items on the tariff list that topped $1.5 billion in import value last year with a hodgepodge of goods including auto parts, circuit boards, and chairs.

    Included with each item is the common name for the goods, the value of 2017 imports to the US, the technical name for the goods in the harmonized system (an international classification system for goods in order to standardize trade), and the goods harmonized system code (which allows importers, exporters, and government officials to look up goods easily).

    Check out the list below:

    Printed circuit boards: $11.64 billion imported from China in 2017

    Technical name: Printed circuit assemblies, not incorporating a cathode ray tube, of the machines of 8471.

    HS Code: 8473.30.11



    Desktop computers: $4.48 billion imported from China in 2017

    Technical name: Processing units other than those of subheading 8471.41 and 8471.49.

    HS Code: 8471.50.01



    Metal furniture (expect office furniture): $3.87 billion imported from China in 2017

    Technical name: Furniture (o/than seats) of metal nesoi, o/than of a kind used in offices.

    HS Code: 9403.20.00



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    • Several new studies suggest that people who eat a moderate amount of carbohydrates live longer than people on both low-carb and high-carb diets. 
    • That doesn't mean you should gorge on white bread and cake. Instead, researchers are discovering that people who eat more plant-based foods of all kinds, including carbs, have some of the best health outcomes. 
    • Some of the healthiest carbs for your body and brain are whole grains, starchy vegetables, peas and squash — which are high in fiber.

    Limiting carbs might be an effective short-term weight loss strategy, but science is discovering that it's perhaps not the best meal plan for a long life.

    That's because not all carbs are created equal, and often people who forgo carbs replace them with more animal proteins. Too much of those can lead to kidney trouble and increase inflammation levels in the body.

    Carbohydrates are our bodies preferred fuel source, and although eating one type of carb — sugar — can expand your waistline, that's not true of other sources of carbohydrates like starches and fiber. Our bodies actually can't absorb dietary fiber at all, so those carbohydrates help us better digest food, keeping bellies satisfied while protecting the body from disease.

    Rigorous scientific studies are increasingly showing us that people who eat more fruits, vegetables, beans, and peas and avoid processed foods are more likely to live longer, cancer-free lives. A diet rich in whole foods such as plants can never be low-carb, but it can be filled with good carbs. 

    "There's absolutely nothing more important for our health than what we eat each and every day," Sara Seidelmann, a cardiologist and nutrition researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told Business Insider. Seidelmann's study of more than 447,000 people around the world revealed that people who eat a moderate amount of carbohydrates, and stick mainly to plant-based meals live longer than others who fuel up on animal proteins or white bread and white rice.

    If you're wondering which carbohydrates are the best for your body, here are a few dietitian-approved choices:

    Whole grains

    Unlike processed grains, whole grains have outer shells of bran and germ that provide protein and fiber, which help keep you full.

    Eating whole grains also lowers your chances of suffering a stroke, helps regulate blood pressure, and reduces your risk of developing diabetes, according to the Cleveland Clinic. To incorporate more whole grains into your diet, look for breads and pastas that are "100% whole wheat" or "100% whole grain." Remember, wheat flour is only about 25% whole wheat.

    Also remember that whole grains aren't limited to wheat, oats, and brown rice. Try some high-fiber barley, crunchy quinoa, Ethiopian teff, or wild rice

    Pulses, including peas, lentils, and beans

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    "Pulses are excellent sources of healthy, slow-digesting carbs packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein and phytochemicals," registered dietitian Sharon Palmer, author of "The Plant-Powered Diet," told Business Insider in an email.

    The phytochemicals in plants that give them color and flavor are great cancer-fighters too, since they decrease inflammation in the body and help repair our DNA.  

    Green peas, for example, are filled with bone-protecting potassium and belly-satisfying protein. They are also sweet and rich in folate, which is critical for cells to grow and function properly. Aside from the green kind, there are also chickpeas, which are used to make hummus.

    Potatoes and sweet potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins A, B6, and C. It's best not to overdo it on the sweet orange roots because they have a high glycemic index, which will temporarily spike blood sugar. But a bit of cooked sweet potato mixed into a salad or roasted as a side dish is a good dinner choice. Instead of baking or frying, boil potatoes with the skins on and boil for about 20 mins to retain the most nutrients, according to Harvard Health.

    Squash

    Squash, which can be added to soups, roasted, or blended into casseroles, is a rich wonder-food. Many types contain some natural sugar, but they're also high in eye-protecting lutein. Squash also packs enough protein and fiber to keep you full for a while, while providing magnesium and potassium for bone health. 

    Limited amounts of fruit

    Fruits like bananas and apples are often banned on low-carb diets since they're carb-heavy and contain natural sugars. But eating a bit of fruit isn't bad for you, especially when you consume it whole instead of blending it into a smoothie or juice. Eating an apple with its fibrous skin on instead of peeling it will deliver about double the fiber, 25% more potassium, and 40% more vitamin A, according to the Washington Post

    SEE ALSO: Low-carb diets might not be the healthiest for a long life — 2 big new studies suggest they're linked to a higher risk of death

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    • "Maniac" director Cary Joji Fukunaga told Business Insider about the challenges of making his trippy new show for Netflix.
    • He also explained why Emma Stone hated playing the elf character, and why he and Stone almost went to Netflix to see if the screening giant would not release all the show's episodes at once.

     

    Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen all episodes of "Maniac."

    Cary Joji Fukanaga has built his career looking at the darker side of society. Whether it’s the life of a young Mexican gang member who rides atop a train to seek a new life in the United States (“Sin Nombre”), or the 17-year-old case two detective can’t get out of their heads (“True Detective”), he brings to all his stories incredibly engaging characters and a dazzling visual style.

    And in his latest project, the 10-episode Netflix series “Maniac,” we get all of that, but a little dark humor as well. The show follows two strangers (played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) who meet at a facility that's doing a pharmaceutical trial. We then follow their hallucinations on the drugs, which involve the two doing everything from playing a Long Island couple, to Hill embodying a tattooed gangster with long hair, and Stone as an elf.

    The entire show, created by Patrick Somerville (and very loosely based on a Norwegian TV series), shows off Fukunaga’s incredible visual eye but also examines mental illness, drug dependency, and family.

    Business Insider spoke to Fukunaga (the day it was announced he would be directing James Bond 25) about the challenge of writing the show (especially since he had never seen the original), why they almost dubbed over Jonah Hill’s Icelandic accent in one episode, the reason Emma Stone hated playing an elf in another, and why Fukunaga would not come back to direct if “Maniac” got a season 2.

    Jason Guerrasio: Was “Maniac” an interest because it's completely different in tone than what you've done previously?

    Cary Joji Fukunaga: Yes. Definitely. I think the idea of delusions and opening up the genre pallet even wider to do something with a more humorous tone, all of that made it attractive. 

    Basically what happened was Anonymous Content optioned the Norwegian show. I never ever saw it, I just basically knew what the format was. The idea was I can make a bunch of worlds, I can get any actor I want, and I thought "let's make it a two-hander." I knew I wanted Emma for sure, but I wasn't sure who would play the other one. And the night that I met with Emma to talk about the show, that I had no idea yet [what it] was going to be about, she brought up Jonah and I kind of did at the same time, and we decided to call him up and go see him. And we did. That same day. 

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    Guerrasio: Really? That day?

    Fukunaga: Yeah. And he was like, "A show where you have no idea what's going on yet other than it's going to be a bunch of delusions? Okay. Sounds good." [laughs]

    Guerrasio: Is it true that you and Patrick pretty much scrapped half of the episode scripts three weeks before production was to begin? 

    Fukunaga: That's a little of a misrepresentation, basically we threw out a lot of different episodes along the way trying to hammer out what this thing was. I think part of collaboration is we both have to be happy with what we're doing. So there were things I would throw out there and he would throw out there. We would put them up against the wall. We would even write entire episodes and then scrap them. So I can't tell you how many episodes that were written that aren't there. Some of them were other worlds, some of them were shifts in plot that went pretty wild, but then we honed in on this version. Especially for the latter half. 

    Guerrasio: Is there one of those scripts that looking back you are bummed you didn't do?

    Fukunaga: There was one that was about Emma and Jonah's characters living together for 80 years. And I really like the idea of exploring what that kind of partnership was like. And we put it in a very stoic setting. But we never fully fleshed out that idea. It was just something in concept I really liked. 

    Guerrasio: And for that I would imagine they would have had to have been in make-up to make them look older?

    Fukunaga: Yes. We had that conversation and the prosthetics component of that was hundreds of thousands of dollars, so that immediately put the breaks on that. 

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    Guerrasio: Watching this show I felt it's one you don't want to binge because, especially in the middle episodes, they are almost like vignettes that you need a day or so to digest. Was that in your head at all while making it? Making an anti-binge show?

    Fukunaga: No. But Emma and I did have conversations about this. We wondered if we should campaign to not have all the episodes released at once and should we talk to [Netflix CCO] Ted [Sarandos]. We went back and forth about it and ultimately we thought the thing about Netflix is you can either binge it take time to watch it.

    There is an argument that if “True Detective” was released all at once it wouldn't have been as much of a conversation. I think that's a very valid argument for that show. You'll never know if that would be the difference in terms of the conversation that happens around each episode. But I do think that it's something nice that as episodes come out they are about that episode rather a whole. And then by the end looking at it as a whole and having had all these conversations you come to the conclusion that this is what this show is. But, on the other hand, it is crazy that millions and millions of people, bigger than most countries, are going to have access to this show. That in itself is mind blowing. 

    Guerrasio: I was really wowed by Jonah's performance, were you even surprised by the kind of range and vulnerability he brought to this?

    Fukunaga: The Icelandic ambassador character was a long one in the making. We knew that he was going to be Icelandic but didn't know how Jonah was going to play it. And we really didn't have time to discuss it. I had the idea for white hair but voicing-wise, when he came up with the voice I was like, "I don't know, maybe we will dub him." There was a moment where we had a conversation [about to] dub his voice with a real Icelandic person. And Jonah didn't know if he could do an Icelandic voice. It's a tricky accent to pull off and that's why we wrote in all that stuff that his mother was all these different ethnicities so he couldn't be pinpointed to once accent. So Jonah was just having fun with it because he thought, whatever, they are going to dub me after. And then halfway through shooting that episode he said to me, "You got to keep my voice." And I said, alright. 

    Guerrasio: But even the "option a / b" stuff in the last episode. That's some of the best work he's even done, I feel. 

    Fukunaga: It was important to us that that part of his character was not a joke. The way his family treated him could be a joke but not he himself. This is why we also moved the show out of a mental hospital, as it's set in the Norwegian show. I don't know Jonah's process, he's not necessary method, but it's close to it in really trying to feel what the character is going through. It's a very dark depressing character, so it was definitely a challenge for him to inhabit that for so long. 

    Guerrasio: Which characters did Jonah and Emma like playing the most?

    Fukunaga: I don't know, honestly. But I can guarantee you Emma's favorite character was not playing an elf. When we were first brainstorming I said, "How about an elf or a vampire?" And she said, "No. Nothing that's not real." She doesn't like not real things. 

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    Guerrasio: That's funny because she's really great in that episode.

    Fukunaga: She can do anything. Just personally, that's not her taste. She's never seen “Lord of the Rings,” she can't get into things that aren't real. So Patrick and I thought, well, doesn't that make sense for the "Confrontation" drug? Something she really doesn't enjoy? So we wrote that mildly into the character. And when she did the scene she was just like [gritting his teeth] "Cary, I'm doing this for you!"

    Guerrasio: In episode 9 you do a single-shot scene of Emma’s character, who is a CIA agent in that episode, killing a bunch of guards in a hallway? What was the motivation behind doing a “oner” there.

    Fukunaga: That was efficiency. One of the reasons to do that oner in "True Detective" is because there's no way in the schedule that we can shoot this in a real action sequence. It would be a bad version of it. So a oner actually, if you have the time to get the choreography down, is just more efficient. For “Maniac,” we shot that whole thing in less than half a day. 

    Guerrasio: Wow! But what about Emma getting down the choreography for it? How long did that take?

    Fukunaga: She had like a couple of hours. She's not doing anything extremely “Aeon Flux”-like. But she's a good dancer, she understands her body. She hurt her wrist doing it in one of the takes. I don't remember what take we ultimately used. But there's no place to do a splice to cut together, so she just had to kind of get through the whole thing. 

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    Guerrasio: And is Jonah just riffing through that whole thing?

    Fukunaga: Yeah. There were a few lines we wrote, but things like "I killed many men," that's just him. 

    Guerrasio: So are you interested in doing a Season 2 if Netflix does one?

    Fukunaga: For me, I like to do one and move onto something else. I'd be very happy if another season were to happen, but I think they were just thinking about this as a limited season and if there's an appetite for another one then I think Patrick would be happy to take it up and do it again. But not with me. 

    Guerrasio: Last question. You spent almost three years developing and writing "It," you were going to direct it but left the project over creative differences. Have you seen the movie yet?

    Fukunaga: [Laughs] I feel bad saying I haven't, but I haven't. I just think it's no longer mine anymore so it's like I will watch it one day, I'm not opposed to it. 

    Guerrasio: On an airplane or something?

    Fukunaga: Exactly. A place where I'm a captive audience.

     

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    • "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" won the weekend box office with an estimated $26.8 million.
    • The ambitious movies "Fahrenheit 11/9," and "Assassination Nation" fell short.
    • Amazon's "Life Itself" had the year's worst opening weekend for a film that opened in more than 2,500 screens, as it only took in $2.1 million.

    As September wraps up, we are currently at a dry spot in the box office calendar with no major anticipated titles opening (the next big weekend will be the first in October when "Venom" and "A Star Is Born" start their runs).

    That has led to a time of year where indie titles try to capitalize with more ambitious releases, and studios open titles it knows wouldn't have a chance in a more competitive time on the calendar.

    A perfect example is this weekend with the releases of Michael Moore's latest movie, "Fahrenheit 11/9," through Briarcliff Entertainment, and Neon's latest genre title "Assassination Nation."

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    Both titles opened on over 1,000 screens instead of the usual strategy of playing the movies in a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles and then widening the release in the following weeks. It's debatable if the strategy paid off for either.

    "Fahrenheit 11/9," Moore's documentary on the current political landscape, opened this weekend with an estimated $3.1 million. "Assassination Nation," a explosive drama that is basically "The Crucible" for the social media age, took in $1 million.

    Conventional wisdom would suggest that both of these titles should have started out smaller and built momentum into a wider release, but this sleepy time of year at the box office tempts distributors to make bold moves.

    Life Itself Amazon Studios

    Like Amazon Studios releasing the polarizing "Life Itself" on 2,600 screens despite a 13% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The drama directed by the creator of "This Is Us" ended up earning only $2.1 million (an incredibly low $807 pre screen average). That's the worst debut for a movie this year that opened in over 2,500 theaters.

    On the studio side, there was no stopping Universal's "The House with a Clock in Its Walls." The family friendly thriller based on the book of the same name and starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett had no trouble winning the weekend box office with an estimated $26.8 million.

    Holdovers "A Simple Favor" and "The Nun" came in second ($10.4 million) and third place ($10.2 million), respectively.

    With one weekend left before the heavy hitters come back, look for all these titles to shift their releases accordingly for next weekend so they can collect every penny they can.

    SEE ALSO: After walking away from directing "It" following nearly 3 years of development, Cary Joji Fukunaga is in no rush to see the movie: "It's no longer mine"

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    Zara

    • Zara's headquarters are located in Arteixo, a small town on the northwest coast of Spain.
    • More than 5,000 employees across various departments including design, photography, sales, and e-commerce work here. The site is also home to Zara's largest distribution center, which is responsible for shipping the retailer's clothing to 96 different countries around the world.
    • The presence of these sprawling headquarters has had a profound impact on the nearby city of La Coruña, where many of Zara's employees choose to live. 

    Zara may have grown up, but it never really left home. 

    The clothing chain has been based in Galicia, on the northwest coast of Spain, since 1975. But what started out as just one store has grown into an enormous, multi-national business that is considered to be the largest fashion retailer on the planet, turning out over $30 billion in sales a year.

    Despite this, Zara has always stayed true to its roots, and its billionaire founder, Amancio Ortega, has continued to expand its global headquarters in Galicia to accommodate its growth.

    To do so, the company has brought in thousands of employees from different parts of the world to work on its design, photography, sales, and e-commerce strategy. This has had a dramatic impact on the culture of the nearby city of La Coruña, where many of these employees choose to live.

    The locals call it the "Impacto Inditex," and it's felt in all areas of the city. Whether it be the fashionistas that roam the streets, dipping in and out of its trendy stores, cafes, and bars, or the disgruntled residents who say they face rising living costs, it's clear that Inditex is having a profound impact on life in La Coruña, for better or worse. 

    We visited the city in August to see how much it has changed with the rise of Zara:

    SEE ALSO: Zara has a new tactic to compete with Amazon and Asos

    Amancio Ortega opened the first Zara store in La Coruña in 1975. He originally named his store Zorba after the 1964 film "Zorba the Greek," but changed it after he discovered a nearby bar had the same name. Ortega reshuffled the letters to come up with Zara.

    The first store still exists in La Coruña today, but there is very little distinguishing it from Zara stores you might find anywhere in the world. 



    Ortega opened Zara's headquarters in the nearby town of Arteixo in 1977. This is still its home today.

    Arteixo, a small town with a population of about 30,000, is a roughly 20-minute drive from La Coruña, or A Coruña, as it's known in Galician. 



    Over the course of two decades, the brand expanded dramatically, opening stores across Spain and in different countries around the world. In 1985, Ortega incorporated the chain into a holding company called Inditex.



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    • Apple introduced a suite of new tools to combat smartphone addiction in iOS 12, the new software update for iPhones and iPads that's now available to download.
    • The new tools allow you to set limits on how much you're using certain apps, group your notifications, and enable "Do Not Disturb during bedtime."
    • Parents can also set and manage limits on their kids' iPhone and iPad use.

    Apple's latest software update for iPhones and iPads, iOS 12, is now available to download, and it contains new tools to help you spend less time on your phone. 

    The new features are intended to help people understand how much time they're spending on their iOS devices. You can now set time limits on certain apps, enable Do Not Disturb while you're sleeping, and get reports on your smartphone activity. 

    Apple unveiled the new features in June at its annual developer conference, WWDC.

    Here are all the new tools for helping combat smartphone addiction:

    • Do Not Disturb during bedtime. Turn on the feature before heading to bed and you won't see notifications until the next morning. When you pick up your phone during the night, it will only show the time. In the morning, you'll be "gently eased into your day" — when you're ready to see all your notifications, tap the screen.
    • Set an end time for Do Not Disturb. By force touching on the Do Not Disturb button in your control center, you'll now see the option to set a specific end time.
    • Turn off notifications for apps you’re no longer using. Your phone will alert you to apps you haven't used in a while and allow you to shut off notifications entirely.
    • Grouped notifications. This is a big one! Now, your notifications will be grouped by the app they're sent from. Now, you can "triage" a whole group of notifications by swiping them away. 
    • Screen time. This feature will provide an activity summary that details how you used your iPhone or iPad over the course of a week. It will provide insight into how much time you're spending on your phone and where you're spending it, including which apps you're using, how many times you pick up your phone, what's drawing you in, and what's sending you the most notifications. 
    • App limits. You'll be able to set time limits for individual apps. When you spend a lot of time on an app like Instagram, your phone will send you an alert saying "5 minutes left on Instagram today." Once you’ve reached your limit, you’ll see a notification telling you to move on.
    • New parental controls. Parents will now be able to get notifications about their kids' smartphone use. They'll be able to set limits for how long their kids are using certain apps, and cut off access to apps that aren't age appropriate. 

    For instructions on how to get started downloading iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad, click here.

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    • More and more unmarried couples are seeking couples therapy to help deal with problems with their in-laws.
    • Research suggests that women are more likely than men to experience tension with their in-laws.
    • According to relationship coach and consultant Peter Pearson, it's best to address these problems sooner than later, because they won't go away on their own.
    • Sometimes the solution is harsh: If your parents don't like your partner, you may have to choose whom to side with.

    Generally speaking, if there's a problem in your relationship, it's best to address it sooner than later, before you accumulate years of resentments that obscure the original, potentially easily fixable issue.

    That's especially true if the problem has to do with your in-laws.

    According to Peter Pearson, a relationship coach and consultant in Menlo Park, California, most couples dealing with in-law issues are "delusionally optimistic": They believe that after they get married, things will get better, and so they brush the issues under the proverbial rug.

    Except that "most of the time," Pearson said, "it does not get better." Sometimes (surprise!) the tension gets worse.

    These days, about one in five couples who come to see Pearson are there to deal with in-law problems. Most are in committed relationships, but not all are married, Pearson said.

    Pearson outlined two types of in-law problems he sees. Either one person is jealous of how much time the other person spends with their family or one person's parents don't like the partner they've chosen.

    In the first instance, Pearson helps the person with the tight-knit family set some boundaries: How much time will they spend visiting their parents or talking with them on the phone? The "marginalized" spouse has to work on being more flexible, Pearson said.

    For couples dealing with the second type of in-law problem, Pearson takes a somewhat harsher approach.

    The person whose parents don't like their partner "has to decide which camp they're in": Should they stand by their partner or defend their family? "It's a tough choice to make," Pearson said, but the third option — sitting in the middle of a "Civil War" — is generally untenable.

    If the person chooses their spouse over the family, that doesn't necessarily mean they no longer show up at family functions. But when they do show up, they stand by their spouse (physically) the whole time to show that they're a team.

    Women may be more likely than men to have problems with their in-laws

    Interestingly, research suggests that women are more likely to have a problematic relationship with their in-laws than men are. A study from the University of Cambridge Center for Family Research and the Stand Alone Institute, cited in the New York Post, found that tension between parents and their son's wife are one of the most common reasons for the dissolution of a relationship.

    Meanwhile, a study led by psychologist Terri Orbuch at the University of Michigan, cited in The Wall Street Journal, found that couples in which the husband was close to his wife's parents were 20% less likely to divorce over the next 16 years than average. When the wife was close to her husband's parents, the couple's risk of divorce was 20% higher.

    Orbuch told The Journal that she suspects wives who feel close to their in-laws may have a hard time setting boundaries — and eventually, they may perceive the in-laws to be meddling.

    Whatever the specific issue with your in-laws, Pearson's advice is to be realistic and to talk about what's going on. Couples "postpone the discussion because it creates tension," he said. But a problem like that rarely disappears without some effort.

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    • I spent five days on Ibiza, the island off the coast of Spain, over Labor Day weekend.
    • Ibiza has a reputation as one of the top places to party in the world, with thumping 24-hour clubs, wild pool parties, and gorgeous beaches.
    • While I enjoyed Ibiza's party scene, which I found to be accessible to those usually turned off by exclusive, pretentious club scenes, Ibiza's verdant northern countryside was the most surprising aspect of my trip. It was beautiful, secluded, and felt miles away from the hard-partying coast.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting before arriving in Ibiza.

    I'd heard so much about the island from friends, magazines, music videos, and paparazzi photos that would be impossible not to have some preconceived notions.

    In short, I was expecting something like a super-sized version of the Greek isle of Mykonos, which I had visited a month before. That island I found to be a bifurcated paradise divided between the world's wealthy and famous having a private ball and crowds of vacationers, hard-partying dance-music junkies, and cruise-shippers peeking in for a glance.

    While the 24-hour party culture is no doubt present in Ibiza, what I found on the White Isle was a place far more varied and nuanced than I imagined. As easy as it is to find a packed, thumping club, it is just as easy to find a hidden beach tucked into a cove or a mountain retreat far from the glitz and glam.

    That's not to say tourism in Ibiza is perfect. Last year, the island of 130,000 saw more than 3 million tourists, a number that has been growing since the 1990s. And the local population has complained of tourism they deem "unlimited, disrespectful and excessive," according to The Telegraph. In response, the island has increased its tourist tax, put limits on nightlife, and banned the rental of housing to tourists (thus all but eliminating Airbnb from the island).

    When I visited over Labor Day weekend this year, I found the island a welcoming and accessible vacation spot for all different kinds of budgets and temperaments. Here's what it was like:

    SEE ALSO: I stayed at Robert De Niro's ridiculously swanky new hotel in Ibiza — and it makes you feel like a celebrity, if you can afford it

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    Everyone has an idea of Ibiza before they get there. Like many, I thought it was all about non-stop partying. So when I got off the plane, I headed to Sant Antoni de Portmany, a town on the island's west coast with a reputation as a hotspot for young partiers from the UK.



    I checked into the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, located in the heart of Sant Antoni de Portmany. The hotel is famous for its pool parties where they bring in top-notch DJs for wild sets. Anyone can buy tickets, but if you stay in the hotel, you get free entry.



    The hotel is kind of like a glorified dorm/hotel circa Daytona Beach spring break. When I got there, the place was packed as British drum and bass band Rudimental performed a DJ set. A second benefit of staying at the hotel? I went up to my room mid-set to mix up a few drinks and avoid overpriced cocktails.



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    • As Business Insider's international correspondent, I've spent the past six months traveling through Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Greece, Israel, and Russia, among other places.
    • I use a ton of different apps to make travel as efficient and seamless as possible. I decided it would be fun to reveal my most used apps and why I use them.
    • Among the many, many apps I use all the time are WhatsApp, Adobe Lightroom CC, Couchsurfing, Triposo, Culture Trip, and Google Photos.

    As Business Insider's international correspondent, I've spent the past six months traveling through Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Greece, Israel, and Russia, among other places.

    Traveling for a living is a fun, exhilarating, and, quite frankly, exhausting experience. But the best way to make it more fun and less exhausting is to have a digital toolkit — i.e., a smartphone loaded up with every app I need to get things done as efficiently as possible.

    When I get off a plane, I want to know how much money to take out of the ATM, how to hail a cab, where the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant is for dinner, and how to say, "I'd like to order 10 of those, please."

    With 12 countries checked off on the trip so far (and who knows how many to go) I decided it was time to reveal my most used apps. They aren't all revelations — who hasn't heard of Google Maps? — but I can guarantee there's at least one in there you haven't thought of yet.

    Perhaps you'll find some inspiration for your next trip abroad.

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    1. WhatsApp (free)

    By far my most used app. So long as you are outside of China, WhatsApp is most likely the most common messaging for Americans and everyone else.

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    2. Facebook Messenger (free)

    Like everyone else these days, I hate using Facebook, but a huge part of my social network is there. Additionally, Facebook is the app that just about every person you meet also has.

    Thankfully, Messenger is an aesthetically pleasing and pared-down messaging app that lets you tap into that network without having to be bombarded with your high-school ex's political arguments.

    Download Facebook Messenger »



    3. Telegram (free)

    Telegram has turned into my go-to for talking to sources in countries where the government might be watching what you say (*cough* China, Russia *cough*).

    Download Telegram »



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    • Lawmakers spoke out after Christine Blasey Ford struck a tentative deal to testify about her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
    • On both sides of the aisle, officials agree Ford should present her account, but disagree on the accusations' potential significance in the context of Kavanaugh's potential confirmation.
    • Here's what they said on the Sunday political shows.

    Amid a tentative agreement for Christine Blasey Ford to publicly testify later this week about her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, lawmakers expressed varied ideas about the role her accusation should have in coming hearings.

    Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party in the 1980s has become a major flashpoint for Kavanaugh's confirmation since she came forward publicly in a Washington Post report last week.

    Though lawmakers widely agree that Ford should be allowed to present her account before the committee, some disagree on how large an implication the allegations have on Kavanaugh's potential confirmation.

    Republicans urge caution

    Sen. Lindsey Graham said he feels "sorry" for Ford, but the allegation is "too old for a criminal trial," and lacks the detail and documentation to condemn Kavanaugh.

    "What do you expect me to do?" the South Carolina Republican asked on "Fox News Sunday". "What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy's life? I don't know when it happened I don't where it happened and everybody being named in regard to being there said it didn't happen."

    Ford told the Post a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her at a high-school party in the 1980s while his friend watched. Kavanaugh categorically denied the account.

    Graham continued: "I'm just being honest, unless there's something more, no I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this. But [Ford] should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated."

    In response to Ford's delayed decision to report the assault, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said people shouldn't blame or "second guess" Ford.

    "Accusers go through a lot of trauma," Haley said on CNN's "State of the Union" "Some handle it one way and some handle it another way. Regardless, it's not something we want to do to blame the accuser or try and second guess the accuser."

    She continued: "We don't know the situation she was going through 35 years ago. We don't know the circumstances."

    Haley was speaking days after President Donald Trump tweeted if the assault was "as bad as [Ford] says, charges would have been immediately filed."

    "At the same time, I think the accused deserves to be heard," Haley said of Kavanaugh. "I think that's going to happen, which is great. The Senate has a huge responsibility here. They have to make sure it's fair. They have to make sure it's responsible. And they have to take the politics out."

    Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said there was "absolutely no rush to judgment" in processing Ford's accusation, and he was confident Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley would "take his time" and handle coming hearings to benefit all involved.

    "Well look, these are serious allegations," Perdue said on "Meet the Press". "I hope Dr. Ford can be put in a comfortable situation where she can provide the information. ... My view is that we should hear from both parties in a timely manner. ... It's time to have this hearing and get it before the American people."

    Grassley granted Ford a one-day extension to decide on testifying Friday, and tweeted a series of gripes about the request, leading some to conclude the committee is not genuinely interested in Ford's story.

    Ford said last week an FBI investigation should be the "first step" before she testifies, which some lawmakers rebuked on Sunday.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy said an investigation would be unproductive and Ford should be heard before the committee, members of which should withhold judgment before her testimony.

    "I'm really disappointed when I hear senators say they either believe or don't believe witnesses that they have never interviewed or heard from," he said.

    Gowdy added the FBI would only identify other witnesses, but ultimately wouldn't be helpful, as they aren't "human polygraphs."

    Democrats defend Ford

    California Rep. Anna Eshoo, to whom Ford first made the "wrenching" allegations in July, said lawmakers and voters should take Ford's accusation and coming testimony seriously.

    "This is an intelligent woman," Eshoo said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "This is not a woman that is confused, mixed up. This is something she has carried with her, just as many victims do. She will speak clearly, share her story, and I think the American people need to listen."

    Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said she has doubted Kavanaugh's credibility throughout the confirmation process, and takes that into account in weighing his categorical denial.

    "I put his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases. His credibility is already very questionable in my mind, and in the minds of a lot of my fellow Judiciary Committee members," Hirono said on CNN's "State of the Union."

    Top Senate Judiciary Committee Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin said on ABC's "This Week" that doubts about Ford's credibility were unwarranted, and her coming forward earns both her and Kavanaugh a "fair hearing."

    "What in the hell did she have to gain by doing this?" Durbin asked. "At this point, she's faced death threats. Her family has been moved out of their home. They're worried about the safety of their children. They're worried about security at the hearing."

    Durbin continued: "I believe that not only Judge Kavanaugh, but certainly Dr. Ford deserves a fair hearing."

    Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to testify Thursday

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    Hours after Durbin spoke, Ford's lawyers confirmed she would be testifying before the committee Thursday. 

    "Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her," her lawyers said in a statement. "She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge."

    Ford previously identified Judge as a witness to the assault.

    Kavanaugh's nomination had already faced resistance from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and scores of protesters who have expressed concerns over his record on issues such as abortion and gun control.

    A Fox News poll released Sunday found falling support for Kavanaugh, with 40% of voters supporting confirmation and 50% opposing. A poll from last month found views split at 45%/46%.

    SEE ALSO: Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

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    • Brick-and-mortar retailers are facing a staffing crisis as they enter the holiday season.
    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 757,000 retail job openings across the US in July, about 100,000 more than the same time a year ago.
    • The number of openings surpassed the number of hires from March through June for the first time in a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
    • As a result, retailers have been forced to offer more attractive compensation and benefits to encourage workers put off by part-time jobs.

    The holiday season is creeping closer, but some of America's biggest retailers could find themselves understaffed.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 757,000 retail-job openings across the US in July, which is about 100,000 more than a year ago. The number of openings surpassed the number of hires from March through June for the first time in a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

    Target, JCPenney, Kohl's, and Macy's are all on the hunt for seasonal workers, but the low unemployment rate, combined with people wanting full-time jobs, means that there isn't much supply to meet the demand.

    "There's going to be a war for retail talent," Andrew Challenger, vice president of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. told The Journal.

    The wheels are already in motion. Kohl's and JCPenney kicked off hiring at the beginning of the summer and on Thursday, Target announced it was looking for 120,000 workers this season, up by 20% from the year before.

    With thousands of part-time jobs needed to be filled, retailers are realizing that they need to offer more incentives to attract workers.

    "With so many companies looking to hire tens of thousands of seasonal employees, employee engagement needs to be put first," David Mallon, the chief analyst at Bersin by Deloitte Consulting, said in an email to Business Insider.

    Kohl's has announced 15% discounts and "associate shopping days" for seasonal workers. JCPenney is offering some workers paid training, paid time off, and even making some eligible for 401(k) benefits.

    Macy's, which is looking to hire 80,000 workers for this holiday season, said its part-time workers would be eligible for its "Path to Growth Incentive Plan," which awards employees a quarterly bonus based on performance.

    "We prepared for this," Jeff Gennette, the chairman and CEO of Macy's, said at the Recode's Code Commerce conference in New York on Monday. "With record low unemployment you better have a plan."

    Gennette explained that the incentive program has not only helped to bring down the turnover rate of staff working in stores but also is making it more appealing for new workers to join the team.

    "I don't think this will be an issue for us," he boldly said.

    SEE ALSO: Target's CEO just signaled the end of the retail apocalypse

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    Resource Generation

    • Resource Generation is a group of wealthy American millennials who put their money toward social justice causes.
    • The group was founded 20 years ago and isn't a foundation — they focus on education and skill-building to promote social change.
    • With 600 members nationwide, Resource Generation carries out its mission by hosting conferences and workshops, fundraising for social and racial justice causes, and teaching financial literacy.
    • There's no income or net worth requirement to become a member, but there's a $250 annual membership fee.

    Iimay Ho, 32, is from an upper class family. Her mother accumulated wealth by building an insurance company, and Ho stands to inherit $1 million.

    But she doesn't want to use the money for vacations or luxury items, she told Business Insider. As the executive director of Resource Generation, she's more focused on dedicating her money, and her time, to social change — and she's not alone.

    More than 600 wealthy millennials belong to Resource Generation's 16 chapters across the US, working to redistribute some of their inherited, earned, or future wealth in the name of social equality. All of them have a "money story," just like Ho.

    Resource Generation was founded in 1998 when two young women who inherited family money, Tracey Hewitt and Lynne Gerber, found that the philanthropies they were getting involved in didn't speak to their personal experiences, Ho explained to Business Insider. They sought to create more spaces for young people who were building money and wealth with ambition for social movements, she said.

    But Resource Generation isn't a foundation — instead of giving grants or connecting donors to organizations, they focus on education and skill-building for young wealthy people who can affect social change.

    "Our mission is to organize young wealthy people in the top 10% to use their money to support racial and economic justice," Ho said. "We do that by providing a clear role, training, and skills to support the working class through giving."

    Millennials are most interested in civil rights and racial discrimination

    When it comes to social causes, millennials are more giving "with their time, money, and influence" than other generations, Wes Gay previously wrote in a Forbes article. The Millennial Impact Project, an annual survey of millennial's involvement with philanthropy, found that millennials became more engaged with social issues from 2016 to 2017. They were most interested in civil rights and racial discrimination.

    And the World Economic Forum found that millennials care deeply about global issues, including poverty and lack of economic opportunity — and they're determined to combat them, Business Insider previously reported.

    Now in its 20th anniversary year, Resource Generation is recruiting around 150 members annually and has a 65% membership renewal rate, Ho said. Since its inception, it's evolved from a donor network to a national network organizing everything from social movements to campaigns.

    Members pay $250 annually to be part of Resource Generation, most of which covers operating expenses for the organization. Resource Generation doesn't impose a specific threshold for wealth on members. Some members don't have personal wealth, Ho said, but have access to philanthropic resources — such as board members of family foundations.

    "Generally, everyone involved feels that they have or will have access to more resources than they need," states the website. Members can make a difference by doing everything from getting involved with their family foundation to increasing their personal giving amount, Ho said.

    Creating a world where wealth is transparent

    According to Ho, Resource Generation creates social change in two major ways: conferences and workshops, which cover everything from best donor practices and financial literacy to social justice philanthropy.

    "The shared workshops that we do every year have a shared total education on racial wealth divide — we talk about how racism is deeply connected to wealth accumulation and why racial justice is so critical for social justice," Ho said. "Another workshop involves members telling their money story."

    A "money story" details a member's wealth background, explains Ho: How much money they have access to, how much money their family has access to, how they build their wealth, etc. The goal with money stories is to be transparent "because there's so much taboo about wealth," Ho said. They're supposed to help members not feel ashamed or uncomfortable about their financial situation.

    According to Ho, both the local and national community share resources on curriculum and education for solutions and problems about inequality. Local chapters also come together for practice groups and monthly two-hour workshops, which involve much of the same content as the national workshop, and local campaigns.

    For example, the Triangle North Carolina Resource Generation chapter of six members recently ran its first public-facing fundraising campaign. They strategized with local organization Durham Community Land Trustees, which works on preserving affordable housing in the area, to raise money for a full-time housing organizer. They set a goal of raising $100,000 for a two-year salary. In the end, they ended up raising more than $120,000.

    Members of Resource Generation have also:

    • Moved over $2,000 to support Turning the Tide, which focuses on stopping police and ICE collaborations leading to more deportations
    • Given $1,000 in grants to partner organizations, such as 3rd Space, PUENTE, and Arizona Dream Act Coalition
    • Raised $135,000 for the Social Justice Fund Northwest, which addresses causes of social, economic, and environmental inequities
    • Posted a $2,000 bond to release someone from ICE detention

    "I'm proud of how we've grown from an organization that didn't have chapters at first to a place and home for young wealthy people to organize movement for social change," Ho said. But most of all, she's proud that Resource Generation members on average give 16 times more money to social justice than they did before they joined Resource Generation.

    "How do we create a world where it's not just the wealthy making decisions, but where we think about where the wealth is going?" she asked. "What are more democratic ways of thinking?"

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    • Hurricane Florence floodwaters may be receding, but it's still causing rivers to rise in some areas of southeastern North Carolina.
    • The Cape Fear River is expected to reach record levels on Monday — and may get even higher on Monday night, thanks to the full moon.
    • The Black, Lumber, Neuse, and Trent rivers also continue to rise, flooding nine counties, according to officials.
    • Parts of Interstates 95 and 40 remain closed.

    Hurricane Florence's rains are gone, but its flooding remains.

    The storm killed at least 43 people, and dropped feet of rain on parts of the Carolinas.

    Over a week after the storm made landfall, as residents in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia dig out from the destruction, much of the water still hasn't receded.

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned of "treacherous" floodwaters over the weekend, cautioning residents to look for flood warnings and evacuation orders, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

    "Hurricane Florence has deeply wounded our state, wounds that will not fade soon as the floodwaters finally recede," he said.

    While three safe routes have been established in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Florence's floodwaters made the city largely inaccessible, some roads, homes, and businesses are still flooded — and nearby waterways are expected to surge despite flooding subsiding in some areas, The News & Observer reported.

    The National Weather Service forecasts that the Cape Fear River will reach record levels and rise a foot by Monday afternoon — and Monday night's full moon may make matters even worse.

    Steve Pfaff, a Wilmington-based meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the The News & Observer that the slowly exiting floodwaters in eastern North Carolina will result in a "wave down the Cape Fear over the next few days."

    hurricane florence flooding New Bern, North Carolina

    But the Cape Fear River isn't the only troubled waterway — the Black, Lumber, Neuse, and Trent rivers continue to overflow, flooding nine counties in southeastern North Carolina, according to officials. The Neuse River reached 17.9 feet on Saturday, and the Lumber River is expected to hit 24 feet on Sunday.

    The problem is expected to hit its worst point between Sunday and Tuesday, reports The News & Observer.

    Officials warn against travel in areas with expected flooding. Cooper said parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will be underwater for at least another week.

    One local told the The News & Observer that during the storm, waters rose higher than he'd ever seen in Wilmington. Some reports suggest Hurricane Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history.

    South Carolina has also ordered evacuations as waters rise, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

    Mayor Lawson Bitter told the AP that Nichols, South Carolina was completely inundated by water, with more than 150 homes destroyed from flooding. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated flood damage in South Carolina to be $1.2 billion.

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    • Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked comments from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that blamed US support for a Saturday terror attack on a military parade.
    • Haley said Rouhani was ignoring the unrest caused by his administration's oppression of Iranians, and should "look at his own home base."
    • Both Rouhani and President Donald Trump are expected at this week's United Nations General Assembly, though the two leaders are not expected to meet.

    Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked comments from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that blamed US support for a terror attack on a military parade Saturday that killed 25 people and wounded 60.

    Haley waved off Rouhani's condemnation of America, and said in the aftermath of the attack, "he needs to look at his own home base."

    "The Iranian people are protesting," Haley said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "Every ounce of money that goes into Iran goes to his military. He has oppressed his people for a long time."

    Haley continued: "He can blame us all he wants, but the thing he's got to do is look in the mirror."

    Rouhani lashed out at America's support for mercenary countries in the Persian Gulf, saying it helps to "instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes."

    President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose relevant sanctions crippled the economy and drew ire from leadership, Haley said.

    "They don't like the fact that we've called them out," Haley said. "We have called them out for ballistic missile testing. We've called them out for their support of terrorism. We've called them out for their arms sales. And they don't like it."

    Despite the tensions, Haley contradicted Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's claims from a day earlier the US was seeking a regime change and promised Trump would remain strict with Iranian leadership.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted immediately after the attack Sunday to blame regional countries and their "US masters," calling the gunmen "terrorists recruited, trained armed and paid" by foreign powers, raising tensions in the region amid the unclear future of Tehran's nuclear deal.

    "Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives," Zarif wrote on Twitter Saturday.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to "Fox News Sunday" before Rouhani's statement, calling Zarif's comments "an enormous mistake."

    "The loss of innocent life is tragic, and I wish Zarif would focus on keeping his own people secure rather than causing insecurity around the world," Pompeo said.

    Haley said this week's United Nations General Assembly would be a chance for countries to sort out tension, but Trump isn't planning on a meeting with Iranian leadership, as Rouhani "has to stop all of his bad behavior before the president’s going to think he’s serious about wanting to talk."

    Haley added: "There is no love for Iran here in the United States, and there's no love for the United States in Iran."

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    • Robert Lighthizer is the US Trade Representative spearheading President Donald Trump's trade war with China.
    • According to a new Bloomberg profile, Lighthizer has been a hard-charging trade negotiator since the 1980s.
    • In one instance, Lighthizer smoked an entire box of Cuban cigars in a windowless room to throw off Soviet negotiators during a tense round of talks.

    The point man for President Donald Trump's trade war with China is no stranger to tense negotiations — or a high-end cigar.

    A new profile from Bloomberg's Shawn Donnan paints a striking picture of the long-time negotiator and current US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. His office is overseeing the ballooning tariffs on Chinese goods.

    Lighthizer's long history as a trade warrior started under Sen. Bob Dole in 1978 and continued when he was appointed Deputy US Trade Representative under President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

    During the Reagan years, Lighthizer helped to negotiate a slew of trade deals before joining a private law firm to practice international trade law.

    One of the most striking examples of Lighthizer's tough tactics is from a rare media appearance back in January. After a round of NAFTA negations in Montreal, Lighthizer told reporters about a particularly notable encounter with the Soviets back in the 1980s.

    During talks between the US and the Soviets regarding an end to America's embargo on grain exports to the USSR, Lighthizer was given a tin of Cuban cigars by his Soviet counterparts.

    To catch the Soviets trade negotiators off guard, Lighthizer smoked the entire tin of cigars in the windowless room where the talks were being held.

    At a critical point in the negotiations, Donnan wrote, Lighthizer opened the empty cigar box and cracked a joke that the Cubans appeared to be screwing over the Soviets, revealing the startling feat of tobacco consumption.

    While Lighthizer keeps a lower public profile than fellow Trump administration members like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, the Bloomberg report details a few other personal flourishes.

    In addition to the cigar habit (which, according to a 1987 Washington Post profile turned into a snuff and chewing tobacco habit before he quit tobacco entirely), Lighthizer keeps a life-size portrait of himself in his Washington, DC, home and is known for driving a Porsche.

    Outside of the personal trappings, the US Trade Representative is staunchly anti-China and believes much of the US free trade policy of the last 30 years was a mistake.

    Read the full profile at Bloomberg »

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    • President Donald Trump is reportedly adopting a new strategy in Syria that will see US troops remain there indefinitely. 
    • The Trump administration won't consider withdrawing US forces until Iran leaves the country. 
    • A representative for the secretary of state told reporters in early September, "We are not in a hurry."
    • National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday said US troops are not leaving Syria "as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders."

    President Donald Trump is reportedly adopting a new strategy in Syria that will see US troops remain there indefinitely. 

    Now that the terrorist group ISIS has largely been driven into the desert, the Trump administration wants to focus on ensuring all Iranian forces leave Syria moving forward, a representative for the State Department said in early September. 

    James Jeffrey, a retired foreign service officer who was recently tapped by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be his representative for Syria engagement, told reporters, "The new policy is we're no longer pulling out by the end of the year."

    He added, "That means we are not in a hurry."

    Jeffrey said he's "confident" that Trump is on board with this new plan, which he said will involve a "major diplomatic initiative" in the United Nations and beyond. This all comes just months after Trump said he wanted to pull US forces out of Syria. "I want to get out," Trump said in April, "I want to bring our troops back home."

    Over the course of the seven-year war in Syria that has decimated much of the country, Iran and Russia have been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's closest allies. At present, Assad is close to achieving victory as his forces attack the last rebel stronghold in the country in the city of Idlib. 

    Meanwhile, Iran recently reaffirmed its commitment to the Assad regime. Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami in late August said Iran would have "presence, participation and assistance" in the reconstruction of Syria, adding, "and no third party will be influential in this issue." The US is staunchly anti-Assad, but has made it clear it will not pursue regime change.

    In short, Assad isn't going anywhere and Iran is poised to stick with him for years to come. Based on the Trump administration's new policy, this also means the US won't be leaving the country anytime soon even as the war is seemingly winding down.

    There are currently about 2,200 US soldiers stationed in Syria, where tensions with Russia are on the rise

    Trump has addressed the situation in Syria more and more in recent days, issuing stern warnings to Assad and Russia regarding the assault on Idlib.

    "If it's a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very angry, too," Trump said on September 5. 

    Trump in the past has already approved limited missile strikes against Assad, prompting suggestions he might use military force again if the Syrian leader employs chemical weapons.

    "We've started using new language," Jeffrey said on September 7, adding the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated by the US "period." 

    National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday reaffirmed the Trump administration's new policy on Syria while at the United Nations in New York. He made it clear the US military will have an indefinite presence in the war-torn country.

    Bolton said US troops are not leaving Syria "as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders."

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    • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expected to be fired Monday, according to multiple reports.
    • Axios reported that he'd verbally resigned Monday in a conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by the president.
    • But hours later, differing accounts emerged, and Rosenstein attended a regularly scheduled meeting at the White House.
    • The White House said President Donald Trump and Rosenstein would meet in Washington on Thursday.
    • The drama comes just days after The New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed wearing a wire to secretly record the president and invoking the 25th Amendment.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expected to leave his job on Monday, according to multiple reports. Hours later, however, he was attending a regularly scheduled meeting at the White House.

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that at Rosenstein's request, he and President Donald Trump had "an extended" conversation about recent news stories. Sanders said they would meet on Thursday when Trump returns to Washington from United Nations General Assembly events.

    A frantic Monday morning left Rosenstein's future — and that of the Russia investigation — uncertain. Some news outlets reported that Rosenstein was preparing to be fired by President Donald Trump, while others reported Monday morning that Rosenstein had met with the White House chief of staff John Kelly and resigned in anticipation of being fired by Trump.

    The drama came just days after The New York Times reported Rosenstein had discussed wearing a wire to secretly record the president and invoking the 25th Amendment.

    The reports immediately sparked a firestorm of concern that the president would move next to fire the special counsel Robert Mueller.

    One current FBI employee, who requested anonymity when speaking about internal matters, said in reaction to the potential of Rosenstein's ouster: "Wow. Mueller's finished."

    Democrats on Monday renewed calls for Congress to pass proposed legislation that would protect the special counsel and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    Trump said during a Monday-morning interview with the conservative commentator Geraldo Rivera that he had not yet made a decision about whether to get rid of Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

    "I don't want to comment on it until I get all the facts," the president said of the reports about Rosenstein's conduct. "If anything took place, and I'll make a determination sometime later."

    The question of whether Rosenstein would be fired or resigned would have significant implications because it would affect whether Trump could hand-pick the next deputy attorney general. The Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 gives the president the authority to temporarily appoint an acting official to a federal agency position if the current official "dies, resigns, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office."

    But the law is much less clear about the president's ability to fill a post if the previous occupier was fired.

    Rosenstein first raised the question of the 25th Amendment and considered wearing a wire in the spring of 2017, The Times said, citing sources in the Department of Justice and FBI who were present in conversations with Rosenstein or were briefed on memos that the former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote about Rosenstein.

    But The Washington Post later reported that Rosenstein's comment about wearing a wire was made sarcastically, after McCabe had pushed for the DOJ to investigate Trump.

    Rosenstein issued a broad denial of The Times' reporting, calling the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect" and said in a statement to The Times that, based on his "personal dealings" with the president, there's no basis to remove him from office.

    Rosenstein also claimed that the anonymous sources cited in the story were motivated by anti-DOJ sentiment and their "personal agenda."

    Immediately following the publication of the Times story last Friday, some of Trump's favorite far-right influencers, including Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, called for Rosenstein's immediate firing. Other Republicans, including lawmakers in Washington, urged caution and discouraged the president from taking the report seriously.

    "When it comes to President @realDonaldTrump..... BEWARE of anything coming out of the @nytimes," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted.

    Trump has regularly targeted both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions since Mueller was first tapped in May 2017 to oversee the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice committed by the president when he fired FBI Director James Comey last year.

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