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    There are no more Weight Watchers.

    The 55-year-old weight-loss empire just rebranded itself as WW, in what it says is a move to focus more on wellness, and less on weight. 

    "No matter what your goal is – to lose weight, eat healthier, move more, develop a positive mind-set, or all of the above – we will deliver science-based solutions that fit into people's lives," WW CEO and President Mindy Grossman said in a release.

    But whether you call it dieting or not, the company now known as WW has long assigned a point system to foods.

    The idea is to encourage people to stay away from less healthy items, like a slice of cake, by making those account for more of a person's daily food-intake total. Foods that are perfectly healthy to eat in abundance, on the other hand, get a low point value.

    According to Weight Watcher's old rubric, some vegetables always counted for zero points. But in 2017, the company expanded its list of guilt-free foods, saying dieters need not count points anymore when it comes to many other fruits, veggies, and nutrient-rich proteins. In December, Weight Watchers released an updated list of more than 200 zero-point foods that followers of the diet plan can eat in unlimited quantities. The list of zero-points items even includes things like eggs and fish.

    That idea might seem counterintuitive, since many people assume that dieters are at risk of overeating.

    "These foods form the basis of a healthy eating pattern," Gary Foster, Weight Watchers' chief scientific officer and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, told Business Insider.  "Very few people come to Weight Watchers because they've had a problem overdoing it on salmon, legumes, beans, and chicken." 

    In other words, people just don't tend to binge on satiating, healthy foods. And WW doesn't want any feelings of guilt to be associated with eating an extra helping of salad or another bite of fish.

    The no-points-list includes apples, mushroom caps, scallions, and tangerines. Here are some of the most surprising entries on it, and the nutrition research that led them to be included.

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    Eggs, including the yokes

    Recent research has shown that for most healthy adults, eggs don't have a huge effect on blood cholesterol levels. And if you like your breakfast eggs topped with a little red salsa, go wild. That's a points-free food now, too.

    Many kinds of beans, including black, butter, navy, white, and fat-free refried beans

    Beans and legumes are categorically low-fat, high-protein sources of fuel that give you lots of potassium, magnesium and filling fiber. Green beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans are point-free too, as are lentils.

    Caviar and shellfish

    If your wallet can handle it, you can have as much caviar as you like. In fact, most fish and shellfish — like crab and lobster — are fine to eat with abandon.

    According to Weight Watchers, people don't tend to overeat seafood, so it's simply not worth measuring out into gram-specific servings. They'd rather have clients eat these types of proteins until they feel satisfied.

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    Bill cosby

    • Bill Cosby was sentenced on Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison at a Norristown, Pennsylvania, court.
    • The 81-year-old comedian faced up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago.
    • A judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" ahead of his sentencing, which requires the comic's name to appear on a sex-offender registry.

    Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison at a Norristown, Pennsylvania, court on Tuesday.

    The 81-year-old comedian faced up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University women's-basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.

    Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill made the decision after declaring Cosby a "sexually violent predator" ahead of his sentencing, requiring the comic to appear on a sex-offender registry and undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life.

    "It is time for justice," O'Neill said in his sentencing decision. "Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come."

    Cosby's lawyers had asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appealed his conviction, but the judge denied the bail request and ordered Cosby to be imprisoned immediately. Cosby was led away in handcuffs.

    Before the sentencing, Cosby's lawyers had also asked for house arrest, arguing that Cosby — who's legally blind — was too old and vulnerable to do time in prison. Prosecutors had asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying the comic could still be a threat to women. He will serve his time in state prison.

    Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the notion that "age, infirmity, should somehow equate to mercy."

    "He was good at hiding this for a long time," Steele said. "Good at suppressing this for a long time. So it's taken a long time to get there."

    Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law is unconstitutional and that he was no threat to the public at his age. But O'Neill said prosecutors had met their burden of proof by "clear and convincing" evidence.

    When the ruling came down, a woman in courtroom shot her fist into the air and said "Yes!"

    Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she's had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that had left her "stuck in a holding pattern."

    Constand, 45, said her training as a professional basketball player had led her to think she could handle anything, but "life as I knew it" ended on the night she said Cosby knocked her out with pills and penetrated her with his fingers as she lay nearly paralyzed on a couch.

    Constand said she now lives alone with her two dogs but has trouble trusting people.

    "When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities," she wrote in her five-page statement. "Now, almost 15 years later, I'm a middle-aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward."

    She added, "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over."

    In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.

    Cosby was smiling and joking with his spokesman and sheriff's deputies as he settled into the courtroom Tuesday. On day one of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist for the state testified.

    Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom; they're generally banned in Pennsylvania.

    Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy," in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.

    Associated Press writers Maryclaire Dale, Michael R. Sisak, and Claudia Lauer contributed to this report.

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    donald trump newspaper

    • Democrats and Republicans continue to remain divided over attitudes toward the role of the news media, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released on Tuesday.
    • The areas where Democrats and Republicans disagree the most are on the media's watchdog role and fairness in political coverage.
    • Americans continue to feel distrustful and disconnected from news media organizations.

    Democrats and Republicans continue to remain divided over the role of the news media, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis released on Tuesday.

    The survey was based on data from over 5,000 American adults collected between February 22 and March 4.

    The areas where Democrats and Republicans disagreed the most were on the media's watchdog role and fairness in its political coverage.

    While 82% of Democrats support the media's position of keeping political leaders in check, only 38% of Republicans agreed, and a majority of conservatives said the media's watchdog role prevents politicians from doing their jobs.

    This difference is the largest ever measured in the more than three decades Pew has asked the question.

    These views began to widen directly following the 2016 presidential election, amid President Donald Trump's tense relationship with the media, which he has called the "enemy of the people."

    Both Democrats and Republicans were equally likely to support the media's watchdog role in 2016 when former President Barack Obama was still in office.

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    In terms of political fairness, 68% of Americans believe that the media favors one side when covering political and social issues. But far more Republicans (86%) find the media is biased than Democrats (52%).

    Both political parties agree that social media is an untrustworthy source of news and information, as only 4% of survey participants considered it trustworthy. But only 21% of respondents said they have a high level of trust in the information they learn from national news outlets.

    Interestingly, 71% of respondents said they are confident in the accuracy of information that news organizations present. But 68% of Americans said they think news outlets try to cover up their mistakes.

    Most survey participants said they feel disconnected from the media — 58% believe news organizations don't understand the people they serve, and 56% said they feel disconnected from their main source of news.

    SEE ALSO: These are the most and least biased news outlets in the US, according to Americans

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    • Tinder has been testing a new feature called "My Move" that lets women message a match first before allowing men to message them.
    • The feature isn't available in the US yet, but Tinder says it plans to roll it out to American users in the future if the test goes well.

    Tinder has rolled out a new feature on its app in India that allows women to limit conversations with male matches to those they choose to start — a female-centric option that draws similarities to rival dating app Bumble.

    The new feature, which will roll out to the US if the test is successful, has existed on India's version of the popular dating app for "several months," Reuters reported Tuesday. Women who turn on the "My Move" feature in their settings will be the only one in heterosexual matches who can initiate chats.

    MarketWatch first reported back in February on Tinder's plans to release the Bumble-like feature. Mandy Ginsberg, chief executive at Tinder's parent company Match Group, told MarketWatch that the new feature was important in giving women more control over how they engage with matches and was "not a reaction to any competitor." 

    "We have to constantly listen to what women want and address their needs, not just on Tinder but on all products," Ginsberg said in February. In addition to Tinder, Match Group also owns popular dating sites Match.com and OkCupid.

    Bumble and Tinder have long had an intense rivalry that includes lawsuits claiming patent infringement and theft of trade secrets. Additionally, Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd — who left the company and sued Tinder, alleging sexual harassment and discrimination — went on to co-found rival Bumble.

    While Tinder boasts an estimated 50 million users compared to Bumble's 37 million, the newer Bumble has been closing the gap and expanding at faster rates than its rival. Tinder parent Match Group also reportedly attempted to acquire Bumble in the past year, but was unsuccessful.

    Bumble declined Business Insider's request for comment Tuesday in response to news of Tinder's women-centric feature. Instead, a spokesperson pointed to comments that Wolfe Herd, Bumble's current CEO, made to TechCrunch back in February that commended "any company making business decisions that empower women."

    India serves as Tinder's largest Asian market, which made it a suitable place to test out the new feature, Match Group executive Taru Kapoor told Reuters. Kapoor, general manager for the company in India, says Tinder is trying to attract more women to the app in India, which was ranked 130th out of 189 countries the United Nations evaluated for gender equality in 2017.

    "Women have the autonomy on how to be engaged, to be empowered, to control their experience," Kapoor said. "We’re a platform based on mutual respect, consent, and choice."

    Although the option does not yet exist on Tinder's U.S. edition, the company told Reuters it plans to eventually roll it out to the rest of its global audience if the trial runs successfully. No set date for this release was made available.

    Tinder had not responded to request for comment by the time of publication.

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    Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley Kavanaugh are interviewed on Fox News.

    • A Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled Supreme Court nominee, disputed a claim Kavanaugh made in his Fox News sit-down interview on Monday that he remained a virgin until well after high school.
    • The classmate, Steve Kantrowitz, tweeted that Kavanaugh "claimed otherwise" when they were freshmen.
    • Kavanaugh is facing two allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from the early 1980s.

    A Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled Supreme Court nominee, disputed a claim Kavanaugh made in his Monday sit-down interview with Fox News that he remained a virgin until well after high school.

    Kavanaugh was seeking to rebut allegations of sexual misconduct that two women have leveled against him in recent days that have upended his confirmation proceedings.

    "We're talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I've never sexually assaulted anyone," he told the Fox News host Martha MacCallum. "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter."

    Steve Kantrowitz, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was in Yale's Class of 1987, said on Tuesday that Kavanaugh told him otherwise when they were freshmen.

    "Perhaps Brett Kavanaugh was a virgin for many years after high school," Kantrowitz tweeted. "But he claimed otherwise in a conversation with me during our freshman year in Lawrance Hall at Yale, in the living room of my suite."

    When asked for further clarification, Kantrowitz issued the following statement to Business Insider:

    "I felt compelled to reveal a private conversation I had with a classmate in our freshman year at Yale because of the tremendous importance of honesty and integrity to serving as a Justice of the Supreme Court. My conversation with Brett Kavanaugh raises doubt about a statement he made on September 24 on national television. Contrary to his assertion that he remained a virgin 'for many years' after high school, during our freshman year he described losing his virginity."

    He added: "I remember this distinctly because it was the first time I had had such a conversation with an acquaintance who was not a friend. I have no first-hand knowledge of any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, but I thought this conversation was relevant as it goes to the question of his truthfulness."

    Christine Blasey Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a house party in high school in the 1980s. On Sunday, The New Yorker detailed an allegation of sexual misconduct from Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a dorm-room party at Yale during the 1983-84 school year. He has denied the allegations.

    While Kavanaugh acknowledged during the interview that he attended some parties in high school and college, he said he never drank to the point where he couldn't remember what happened.

    "I never did any such thing," Kavanaugh said of Ramirez's allegation, adding: "If such a thing had happened, it would've been the talk of campus. The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college said that it's inconceivable that I could've done such a thing."

    James Roche, who said he was roommates with Kavanaugh during their freshman year at Yale and knew Ramirez, said on Monday that he was inclined to believe Ramirez though he "did not observe the specific incident in question."

    "I cannot imagine her making this up," Roche said.

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    michael avenatti Stormy Daniels Lawyer

    • Michael Avenatti is an attorney whose most famous client is Stormy Daniels.
    • He has inserted himself into the national conversation this year, often making claims about high-profile people, including President Donald Trump and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
    • Avenatti is also considering a 2020 presidential bid.
    • Here's a look at his career, and claims he's made over the last several months.

    At the moment, Michael Avenatti may be the most high-profile lawyer in America. The 47-year-old seasoned litigator has made headlines in recent months thanks to his famous client, porn star and director Stormy Daniels.

    Just days before the 2016 US election, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels to keep her silent about an affair she allegedly had with Trump in 2006.

    Avenatti has since sued the president, on Daniels' behalf, accusing Trump of invalidating a non-disclosure agreement, and of defaming Daniels. Avenatti says the violation allows Daniels to reveal her side of the story to the public, and in March, she started doing just that with a blockbuster "60 Minutes" interview on CBS News.

    Appearing on dozens of cable news shows, tweeting frequently, and often making claims that he has explosive information on people in the news, Avenatti has attempted to make himself a household name — and he's even mulling a 2020 presidential bid.

    Most recently, he announced that he has evidence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh participating in sexual misconduct in high school and that he was representing a group of people who could back up the claims.

    Here's what you should know about Michael Avenatti:

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    Avenatti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Three years later, he received his JD degree from George Washington University.

    During college and law school, Avenatti worked for The Research Group, a campaign research firm founded by Rahm Emmanuel, former President Barack Obama's chief of staff and the current Democratic mayor of Chicago.

    Source: Chicago Magazine

    After graduating law school, Avenatti worked at O'Melveny & Myers, a high-powered Los Angeles law firm. Over the course of his legal career, he has contributed to several high-profile cases involving Paris Hilton, Jim Carrey, and members of the rock band The Eagles.

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    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby before speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the UN General Assembly.

    • Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, brought her newborn baby to the United Nations General Assembly — becoming the first ever world leader to do so.
    • Ardern's partner, Clarke Gayford, traveled with her to New York to help care for the three-month-old.
    • Photos of the leader with her baby are making an impact online.
    • Ardern received praise from leaders like former US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history on Monday evening when she became the first world leader to attend the United Nations General Assembly with her newborn baby.

    Ardern, only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, brought her infant baby Neve to the gathering, where she held the three-month-old before delivering a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit.

    While Ardern was speaking, her partner Clarke Gayford, who traveled to New York on the family's dime to help care for Neve, held the baby on his lap. Gayford is a stay-at-home dad, and the couple has spoken candidly about their experience parenting while in office.

    "What I consistently acknowledge is that I have assistants who help Clarke with the ability to juggle his career and be our primary caregiver," Ardern told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. What has struck me is the number of men and women who have said 'We do the same thing.' There's a lot of discussion ... And we need to normalize that, too."

    See baby Neve at the UN:

    Sinéad Baker contributed to this report.

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    New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern sits with her partner, Clarke Gayford, baby Neve, and several aides during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    Ardern kisses baby Neve before delivering a speech to the General Assembly.

    Gayford holds baby Neve as Ardern speaks at the UN.

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    • Some luxury destinations aren't quite what they seem on Instagram.
    • Many of these hotspots are overcrowded, overpriced, or simply lacking in authenticity. 
    • From the Champs Elysées in Paris to ultra-modern Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, here are nine luxury hotspots that might not be worth the hype.


    Some places around the world are known as go-to spots for luxury travel, shopping, or experiences.

    The Champs Elysées in Paris, for example, with its Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Longchamp boutiques, is consistently ranked one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Dubai boasts of having the most luxurious hotel in the world. 

    But many find that these and other luxury destinations don't quite live up to the hype. Take a look below for some disappointing photos of what nine luxury hotspots look like in real life.

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    The Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris is one of the most iconic streets in the world, lined with museums, high-end restaurants, and five-star hotels.

    Source: Paris Info, Business Insider

    Shopping opportunities range from retailers such as Zara and H&M to luxury boutiques that include Louis Vuitton, Mont-Blanc, Guerlain, and Ferrari. It's consistently ranked as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.

    But most of the time, you'll hardly be able to move through the throngs of tourists.

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    Donald Trump UNGA

    • President Donald Trump claimed that he meant to make world leaders laugh during his address to the United Nations on Tuesday.
    • World leaders and diplomats laughed after Trump boasted that his administration had accomplished more than almost any other in US history.
    • At the time, Trump seemed surprised by the reaction, but he later said it "was meant to get some laughter."
    • "Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great," Trump said of the moment, which went viral on social media.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that he meant to make world leaders laugh during his address to the United Nations earlier in the day, though he initially said he "didn't expect that reaction."

    Early in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Trump boasted that his administration had accomplished more than almost any other in US history, prompting laughter from world leaders and diplomats in attendance.

    "Didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK," Trump said during the speech.

    The moment quickly went viral on social media.

    Hours later, when asked by reporters about the laughter, Trump said, "Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great."

    When President Barack Obama was in the White House, Trump was often critical of his approach to foreign affairs and routinely claimed that the world was laughing at the US because of Obama's leadership. In 2014, for example, Trump tweeted: "We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!"

    Trump's approach to foreign affairs has faced widespread criticism at home and abroad, as well as placed him at odds with his top advisers at times. The president remains positive about his accomplishments in the global arena, however, and on Tuesday he painted his speech as a success.

    "It's gotten very good reviews, certainly, and I think it went very well," Trump told reporters of his address.

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    • The divorce rate in the US declined 18% between 2008 and 2016, according to a new analysis.
    • That's likely because couples today are waiting until they're older and more established, professionally and financially, to marry.
    • Money and education tend to protect against divorce.

    Bloomberg Businessweek recently published an article on the declining divorce rate in the US.

    According to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen, the divorce rate decreased 18% between 2008 and 2016. And it's poised to drop even further.

    This isn't because the US population is getting older — or older couples are less likely to get divorced, either. When Cohen controlled for age, the divorce rate declined 8%.

    On the surface, these findings might seem like cause for celebration: Relationships are stabler! Yet the reality, experts say, is more nuanced.

    Marriage has, over the past few decades, become the province of the elite. Relatively wealthy and educated Americans are more likely to marry than their less well-off counterparts — and marriages between wealthy, educated people tend to be stronger.

    People are also waiting longer to tie the knot than they did in the past, often living together before putting a ring on it. That's also a likely factor in the declining divorce rate: People have a chance to run a "trial marriage," as INSIDER's Kim Renfro reported, and see if it's worth making it official.

    This is all to say: The couples choosing to get married today are the couples who are less likely to divorce in the first place.

    Couples are only getting married after they've established themselves professionally and financially

    "Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they're doing," Cohen told Businessweek. Only once you've, say, completed your education and landed a well-paying job will you think about marriage.

    As of 2017, the most common age to get married was 27 for women and 29 for men, according to US Census Bureau data. And research led by Nicholas Wolfinger, a professor at the University of Utah, suggests that couples who marry in their late 20s are least likely to divorce (compared to people who marry younger or older).

    Meanwhile, a post on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website highlights results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (1979), which looked at the marriage and divorce patterns of a group of young baby boomers. According to that research, over half of couples who didn't complete high school ended in divorce, compared with about 30% of marriages between college graduates.

    It may come down to the fact that lower educational attainment predicts lower income — which in turn predicts a more stressful life. As Eli Finkel, a psychologist at Northwestern University and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, previously told Business Insider, "It's really difficult to have a productive, happy marriage when your life circumstances are so stressful and when your day-to-day life involves, say three or four bus routes in order to get to your job."

    To be sure, waiting to propose until you're almost 30 and have hit some career milestones doesn't divorce-proof your marriage — though if you ask a relationship expert, they'll tell you not to equate divorce with the failure of the relationship.

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    • Newspapers offer a glimpse into the past and inform us of the events of the present.
    • Some newspapers are remembered along with the significant historical event they reported on, like the Chicago Tribune's front page featuring Obama winning the 2008 presidential election.
    • Here are 11 of the most iconic newspaper covers from world famous events.


    The famous quote, "History is written by the victors" is often attributed to Winston Churchill. The thought process behind this quote, however, leaves out an important set of storytellers: the press.

    Newspapers offer a glimpse at the past and answer the "who, what, when, where, and why" of historic events that still have influence today. As pieces of literature and even art, they can make us feel hope, disgust, empowerment, or disillusionment about aspects of culture and history.

    Some newspaper front pages are truly evocative and may be remembered as part of the significant historical events they reported, like the ones covering events such as Pearl Harbor, the Watergate Scandal, and Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election.

    With the help of Kathryn Wilmot, archivist of print news collections at Newseum in Washington, D.C., here are some of the most iconic newspaper covers that have captured world events and became as memorable as the stories themselves.

    SEE ALSO: 9 of the very first editions of famous American newspapers

    When the Chicago Tribune got it wrong

    Tight deadlines and misleading polls led the Chicago Daily Tribune to incorrectly publish, "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" after Harry S. Truman had been elected president.

    When Barack Obama was elected president

    Many Americans may have thought they'd never see the day a black man would become president of the United States.

    Coverage of the 2008 presidential election mirrored the language of hope and change Obama used during his campaign, like these covers by The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, and Newsday.

    The death of Nelson Mandela

    A great front page tells a story all on its own. The New York Post, The New York Times, and The Daily News' covered Mandela's tale of rising above rigid, systematic racism and imprisonment to become president and help end apartheid in South Africa after his death in December 2013.

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    • San Marino is a tiny, 24-square-mile country nestled in northern Italy.
    • With a 31.1% year-on-year growth in tourism in 2017, it's the top-growingtravel destination in Europe.
    • Other countries that made the list of fastest-growing European travel destinations include Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    If you haven't heard of San Marino, you're probably not alone.

    At 23.6 square miles, it's one of the world's smallest countries. It has no coastline and boasts a population of 33,400. It lists postage stamps and coins amongst its important sources of revenue.

    It's also, however, the top-growing travel destination in Europe.san marino map

    New data from the UN World Tourism Organization indicates that tourism in 2017 in San Marino grew by 31.1% year-over-year. That's compared to an 11.2% growth in Italy, which surrounds the country of San Marino.

    Also topping the list are the perhaps similarly unexpected destinations of Georgia in second place (27.9% growth), Macedonia in sixth (23.5% growth), Azerbaijan in seventh (20% growth), and Bosnia and Herzegovina in ninth (18.66% growth).

    As Bloomberg reported, San Marino recorded 78,000 tourism arrivals in 2017 — more than two tourists per resident. That number pales in comparison to the whopping 86.9 million international tourists who visit France each year. While tourism hubs like France and Spain are more outright popular with tourists, as already-popular tourist destinations, those countries simply stand to exhibit lower year-over-year growth.

    So, what exactly does one do in San Marino?

    Lonely Planet bills the microcountry as a "land of clifftop castles." The historic center of the city and Mt. Titano are on the UNESCO Heritage List, and the latter awards panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. One of the iconic landmarks in the country is Guaita, the First Tower of San Marino, which dates back to the 11th century and served as a prison that closed in 1970.

    As Business Insider previously reported, San Marino ranks amongst the richest countries in the world. In 2017, the tiny country reported a GDP per capita of $61,169. For comparison, that puts it just behind the USA, which has a GDP per capita of $62,152.

    SEE ALSO: Inside the ultra-luxurious Monaco hotel where celebrities, millionaires, and the yachting elite stay in rooms that cost up to $41,000 per night

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    After eight years, the founders of Instagram are leaving the company. 

    CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger announced Monday that they are departing the mega-popular photo sharing social network , which was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. The news came following months of turmoil and scandals for Facebook, and reportedly comes amid tension between the founders and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 

    Still, it's something of a surprise that Systrom and Krieger would leave the app they built from scratch. Instagram grew out of Systrom's love of photography, and has since become one of the most popular social media apps in the world — in fact, Instagram hit 1 billion active users earlier this year. 

    Here's how Systrom got his start and built Instagram into what it is today. 

    SEE ALSO: 5 red flags in the Instagram founders' goodbye letter to Facebook that make it obvious there's bad blood

    Systrom was born in Holliston, Massachusetts, a wealthy suburb of Boston. His father worked as a human resources executive, while his mother worked in tech — first at Monster and Swapit, and later at Zipcar.

    Source: The Guardian,  Fortune

    As a teenager, Systrom was obsessed with record collecting and deejaying. While still in high school, he used to have his friends sneak him into clubs in the Boston area to open for established DJs.

    Source: Fortune

    Systrom applied early decision to Stanford University. He had planned to study computer science, but once he arrived, decided to switch majors to management science and engineering.

    Source: Fortune

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    Speculation swirled Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would soon be fired or resign.

    After the White House confirmed Rosenstein was safe for now, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced he and President Donald Trump would meet on Thursday, leaving intelligence officials temporarily relieved.

    But the justice department head's future is still uncertain.

    On Friday, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and wearing a wire to record their conversations. Rosenstein has disputed the report, but it is said to have pushed Trump to weigh firing Rosenstein.

    Rosenstein's authority over the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election has made his fate a top concern for lawmakers and officials.

    Here's how the "poster child for the professional, competent, ethical, and fair-minded prosecutor" became one of the most-watched officials in Washington:

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    Rod Jay Rosenstein was born on January 13, 1965, in Philadelphia.

    He earned an economics degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania, where Trump graduated from the Wharton School 20 years earlier. In 1989, Rosenstein graduated from Harvard Law School.

    Source: US News and World Report

    After clerking with the DC Court of Appeals, Kenneth Starr recruited Rosenstein to investigate former President Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater Development Corporation business in Arkansas.

    Source: Department of Justice

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    • President Donald Trump rebuked Iran at the United Nations General Assembly and spent the day in a back and forth with the country's leader, Hassan Rouhani.
    • Trump referred to Rouhani as a "lovely man" in a tweet on Tuesday. 
    • He said, however, that there is no meeting on the horizon between the two countries.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would not be meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA. But he also complimented the Iranian president and expressed a desire to meet "someday in the future."

    "Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani," Trump tweeted. "Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!"

    Rouhani responded to the president's Tuesday tweet in an interview with CNN, suggesting Trump wasn't being "genuine."

    "Instead of talking he should show genuine honesty and seriousness," Rouhani said. Trump "has been looking to meet for two years now, but such meeting should happen when it furthers the interests of both people and both countries."

    Subsequently, as he arrived at the UN on Tuesday, Trump said that "Iran has to change its tune before I meet with them."

    "It will happen. I believe they have no choice," he said.

    About two months ago, Trump was tweeting all caps threats to Rouhani

    The president continued to go after Iran in remarks he delivered to the UNGA, but his earlier tweet marks a decidedly different tone than even a few weeks ago, when Trump issued strong warnings to Iran over its involvement in the conflict in Syria. 

    And a little over months ago, Rouhani and Trump were trading threats from across the globe. 

    After Rouhani warned the US that a war with Iran would be the "mother of all wars," Trump tweeted a fiery response.


    Rouhani took what many perceived to be veiled shots at Trump in his speech to the UNGA on Tuesday. The Iranian leader said it's "unfortunate" there are world leaders who gain popular support by "fomenting extremist nationalism and racism."

    Tensions between the US and Iran remain high

    Ever since Trump withdrew the US from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, tensions between Washington and Tehran have reached historic heights.

    But both governments have also gone back and forth on holding talks over a new deal, even as US allies have sought to uphold the pact. Independent assessments have determined that Iran still remains in compliance with the deal

    The deal, which was orchestrated by the Obama administration, is designed to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon by easing economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for a significant reduction in nuclear activities. 

    Trump has decried the deal for years, contending it didn't do enough to deter Iran's nuclear ambitions or its other nefarious activities around the world. 

    Economic sanctions Trump has leveled against Iran have helped cripple its economy, placing Tehran in a precarious position. The president has a strong advantage over Rouhani in this regard, which he alluded to in statements on Tuesday, but it doesn't guarantee Iran will sit down at the negotiation table. 

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    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    • Republican leaders expressed confidence they will be able to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been embroiled by allegations of sexual misconduct.
    • A hearing is set for Thursday, where Kavanaugh will testify once again in an attempt to clear his name against accusations he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while he was in high school in the early 1980s.

    WASHINGTON — Republicans are bullish on their chances of confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, signaling the vote will come soon after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday to feature testimony from both the nominee and the woman accusing him of sexual assault when they were both teenagers, Christine Blasey Ford.

    Senators were told during their weekly policy lunch on Tuesday that they should expect to work through the weekend to process Kavanaugh's confirmation, according to multiple Republicans.

    Republican leaders showed confidence on Tuesday, vigorously defending Kavanaugh during their weekly press conference. There is reason to be confident, as some of the Republican senators on the fence about Kavanaugh and those who requested a vote be delayed when the allegations first surfaced have maintained a positive outlook on the nominee. 

    "I enter it again with very positive feelings about the nominee and know this is a process that needs to be handled in an appropriate way," Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said. "So I don't enter it with negative thoughts. But it's important enough to me that I watch the entire process take place."

    President Donald Trump excoriated Democrats for their handling of the process on Tuesday, telling reporters in New York that Kavanaugh is being smeared by Democrats and the lawyers representing Ford.

    "I think it is horrible what the Democrats have done," Trump said. "It is a con game, they are really con artists. They are trying to convince — they don’t bite, they don’t believe it themselves. They know he is a high quality person, they don’t believe it, it is just resist and obstruct."

    And Kavanaugh himself said he would not withdraw from the nomination. In a letter to the Republican and Democratic heads of the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh said he would not bow out and would clear his name in the Thursday hearing.

    "I have devoted my career to serving the public and the cause of justice, and particularly to promoting the equality and dignity of women," he wrote in the letter. "Women from every phase of my life have come forward to attest to my character. I am grateful to them. I owe it to them, and to my family, to defend my integrity and my name." 

    Republicans feel urgency to confirm Kavanaugh

    Republicans feel moving Kavanaugh's confirmation through in a speedy fashion is necessary for a number of reasons:

    • From a political perspective, many Republicans worry failure could drastically hurt their chances of keeping their already slim majority in the Senate, as well as affecting Republican turnout up and down the ballot.
    • In addition, the Supreme Court's next term begins on Monday, increasing the urgency for Republicans to place Kavanaugh on the bench.
    • Confirming Kavanaugh before the term begins would avoid potentially controversial split decisions, like those seen when Republicans held open the seat left vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died in early 2016.


    And Republicans are pushing ahead no matter what, confident they will be able to get him on the bench in time.

    "I'm confident we're going to win," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. "I'm confident he will be confirmed in the near future."

    SEE ALSO: Brett Kavanaugh writes letter calling new accusations 'grotesque and obvious character assassination,' says he 'will not be intimidated into withdrawing'

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    • Parenting doesn't come with a universal guidebook, and there are many ways to approach different aspects of parenting.
    • Parents aren't perfect, and there may be times when you wish you had done something different.
    • But you're not alone — here are 30 parenting mistakes every mom and dad makes.


    Whether it's caused by lack of sleep, harried schedules, multitasking, stress, or inherent human fallibility, parents make mistakes. We also get it right sometimes, too (despite what our kids may think).

    For every cringe-worthy slip-up a parent makes, the rest of us have likely done the same thing a dozen times.

    Though we all have our faults, kids are kids are resilient and forgiving. They can tell that you're trying your best even as you spill a pot full of pasta, forget their backpacks for the second time in three days, or call them by the dog's name.

    Here are 30 parenting mistakes pretty much anyone with kids has made.

    SEE ALSO: 8 things my parents let me do that I would never let my kids do

    1. We let our kids fall

    No loving person ever wants to injure a child, but kids get hurt by accident all the time.

    In some cases, this may come in the form of a caregiver accidentally dropping a child, but the fall could also be a result of a child toppling out of a high chair or off a changing table.

    A recent study released by Pediatrics estimated that as many as 66,000 kids under three in the US alone sustained injuries from furniture or other kids’ products per year.

    2. We overschedule kids' lives

    According to another study published in Pediatrics, kids have less free time than in previous generations. Parents are loading up their children's schedules with sports, music, dance, tutoring, and so on.

    Less free time can deprive children of the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional benefits play can provide, according to the research.

    3. We give too much choice

    Kids need to develop a sense of independence, and parents can encourage that by giving them the chance to make their own decisions. But a young child's choices should be limited to a small selection of options.

    Think: "Would you like a plum or a pear?" and not "What fruit do you want?" Or "Would you like the red striped shirt or the blue dinosaur shirt?" not "What do you want to wear?"

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    • Skyscrapers are multiplying as US cities appear to be in race toward the sky.
    • Many of the tallest American skyscrapers, such as One World Trade Center and Comcast Technology Center, were built in the past five years.
    • Some states do not have a single building over 200 feet, like Maine.
    • Here's a lit of the tallest skyscrapers in every state.


    Many of America's tallest skyscrapers have been built in the past five years — such as the Wilshire-Grand Center in Los Angeles, One World Trade Center in New York City, and the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia — and it seems as though US cities are racing toward the sky.

    Other states, however, aren't feeling the pressure to build upward. South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, for instance, don't have a single building over 200 feet, according to USA Today.

    Some of the tallest US skyscrapers are power plants, while others are college dormitories or office buildings. Many of the rest are owned by big investment banks.

    Here is the tallest skyscraper in every state:

    SEE ALSO: 9 of the very first editions of famous American newspapers

    Alabama: RSA Battle House Tower, Mobile

    Alabama's tallest skyscraper — the RSA Battle House Tower located in the port city of Mobile — reaches 745 feet and holds 35 floors of offices inside.

    Alaska: ConocoPhillips Building, Anchorage

    Less than half the height of the RSA Battle House Tower, the ConocoPhillips Building is Alaska's largest skyscraper at 296 feet tall and 22 floors. The building was built in 1983 in Anchorage by oil companies.

    Arizona: Chase Tower, Phoenix

    This southwestern state's tallest skyscraper, the 40-story Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix, sold in 2018 for $79 million. According to AZ Central, the nearly 50-year-old building will undergo renovations as JPMorgan Chase evaluates its future plans with the building.

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    • A 15-year-old girl died after eating a Pret A Manger sandwich that failed to list an ingredient to which she was allergic.
    • Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died in 2016 after eating a baguette that had sesame seeds.
    • An inquest heard that Pret A Manger received nine complaints of sesame-related allergy incidents in 2015, but still failed to list sesame as an ingredient.
    • The chain now lists all allergens, including sesame, in its products.

    Pret A Manger ignored nine warnings that its baguettes could cause deadly allergic reactions until it killed a 15-year-old girl, an inquest has heard.

    Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered from numerous allergies, suffered a cardiac arrest and died after eating an artichoke, olive, and tapenade baguette in July 2016, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

    One of the ingredients that triggered the cardiac arrest was sesame, which was present in the baguette but not labeled.

    Ednan-Laperouse, from London, bought the sandwich at Heathrow Airport before flying to Nice on summer holiday, the BBC said.

    She collapsed about 20 minutes into the flight, suffered a cardiac arrest, and died within hours.

    Her father, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, said his daughter foamed at the mouth and said she couldn't breathe, according to Sky News. The symptoms persisted despite Nadim's administering two EpiPen shots to Natasha and a doctor's carrying out CPR for the rest of the plane ride.

    But Ednan-Laperouse was not the only victim of allergens in Pret A Manger's products.

    The global food chain received nine complaints of sesame-related allergy incidents in the year before Ednan-Laperouse died, the inquest heard, according to the BBC.

    One of the cases involved a woman nearly dying after suffering an anaphylactic shock from a baguette in 2015, the BBC reported. Her family warned Pret A Manger about the ingredients, but the chain still failed to label its sandwiches with allergy information.

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    The chain now lists all its allergens, including sesame, in its products, ITV News reported.

    Business Insider has contacted Pret A Manger for further comment.

    Jonathan Perkins, the company's director of risk and compliance, was quoted by 5 News as saying: "I accept that a number of individuals have had a negative experience, even a tragic experience, but thousands of customers and allergy sufferers shop with us safely."

    Earlier this year British advertising regulators banned Pret A Manger from claiming its food is "natural" because the chain uses additives in its products.

    SEE ALSO: Pret A Manger punished by ad regulator for claiming its food is 'natural' — while still using additives

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    • Tucker Carlson discussed the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his show Tuesday night.
    • The Fox News host suggested that rape survivors had an "obligation" to immediately report their attackers.
    • He said: "If Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don't tell his other investors, you're part of the problem, are you not?"
    • Carlson has previously said survivors have an "obligation as a citizen" to report their sexual assault experiences, "to protect the rest of us from whomever you believe did it."

    Tucker Carlson suggested that rape survivors have an "obligation" to immediately report their rapists, and that they are "part of the problem" if they don't.

    The Fox News host on Tuesday night likened surviving rape to losing money on an investment scheme, and suggested that rape survivors were doing others a disservice by not reporting their experience.

    He was discussing the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that were made by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford, and have come to dominate the nomination process.

    Ford claimed that a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, put his hand over her mouth, and groped her at a party when they were in high school.

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    She previously reported the allegations against Kavanaugh, now 53, anonymously, but revealed her identity on September 16. She is scheduled to testify against him on Thursday.

    Although Ford's allegations are of sexual assault, not rape, Carlson switched to speaking about a hypothetical "rapist" in the discussion.

    Here is the relevant exchange between Carlson and his guest, radio host Ethan Bearman, on Tuesday. Carlson's comments are in bold:

    Carlson: She [Ford] didn't tell anybody his name for 36 years, during which time he got married, he interacted with many others in our population. Sex offenders tend to commit serial sex crimes.

    Doesn't she have an obligation to tell someone to stop him from doing that if he is in fact a sex criminal? Where's her obligation here? What about the rest of us?

    Bearman: No. Because every psychologist will tell you, there are eight primary reasons why a sexual assault victim, why a trauma victim doesn't come foward, doesn't talk about it —

    Carlson: I'm not asking about her reasons — I' m sure she has a million reasons, and maybe they're legitimate. I'm asking about the rest of us, the other 320 million who live here [in the US]. If he's actually a sex criminal, we have a right to know that and she has an obligation to tell us.

    I know it's hard, but why don't we have a right to know? If there's a rapist on the loose, if you don't tell anybody, if Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don't tell his other investors, you're part of the problem, are you not? What am I missing?

    Bearman: Dr Ford did communicate with her therapist, she's produced that evidence, she's going to talk in front of the committee, which

    Carlson: But why not tell this? She didn't name him for 36 years. I'm not saying it's not true. I'm saying that if it is true, what's going on here? Don't the rest of us have a right to protect ourselves from this dangerous man?

    Watch the segment around the 3:16 mark in the video below.

    Last week Carlson also suggested that sexual assault survivors have an "obligation as a citizen" to immediately report their experiences.

    He said at the time: "It's pretty straightforward. If you believe a crime has been committed against you, you report it. Go to the police.

    "It's not always easy, obviously, but it's still your obligation as a citizen, not least to protect the rest of us from whomever you believe did it."

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