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    Legacy mega-brands like McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King have dominated the fast food industry for decades.

    But within the last few years, many American consumers have shown a growing interest in healthier fast food that incorporates more low-calorie ingredients and fresh produce while remaining convenient and affordable.

    In late November, top food executives from PepsiCo and Campbell Soup Company told Fortune that cleaner food is not just a trend, but a movement. And that shift is spilling over into the fast food market too, forcing legacy chains to try to keep up. In the last four years, Taco Bell has pledged to cut artificial ingredients and use cage-free eggs, and has introduced a lower-calorie menu. McDonald's has even worked with dietitians, removed antibiotics from its chicken, and added more salads to its menu.

    But new healthy fast food chains are also seizing the opportunity to compete with legacy brands, creating low-calorie menus for around the same price. Though these new US chains are regional, they're growing in popularity, so they could spread nationwide in the coming years.

    Check them out below.

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    Salad and Go — A drive-thru salad chain

    Salad and Go sells 48-ounce salads for around $6, as well as soups, smoothies, and breakfast items for around $4.

    Salad and Go is trying to rival more established drive-thru chains by making the ordering experience fast and convenient, cofounder Roushan Christofellis told BI. 

    Although it just launched this fall, Salad and Go already has six locations in Arizona, with plans to open eight more by 2018 and to expand elsewhere in the US by 2020.

    Eatsa — An automated vegetarian chain

    At the vegetarian chain Eatsa, customers place their orders on iPads and pick up their food from automated cubbies. Human workers, though, prepare everything in the back.

    Specializing in quinoa bowls that cost around $7, the chain's meals range from 450 to 700 calories.

    Currently, Eatsa (which debuted in 2015) has four locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In late November, it added a DC location and will open its first New York City on December 6.

    Dig Inn — A farm-to-table eatery

    With a menu that emphasizes locally sourced vegetables, Dig Inn offers things like maple and sriracha-glazed Brussels sprouts and poached wild salmon. Diners order pre-made mains and sides at a counter, which are placed in compostable boxes.

    Since its launch in 2011, the farm-to-table chain has opened 14 locations in New York City and one in Boston. By 2018, Dig Inn's CEO Adam Eskin told BI that the company plans to open more Massachusetts locations and add others in a third state as well.

    Dig Inn forms partnerships with local farmers, which allows it to keep its prices relatively low, Eskin said. However, the chain removed its small meal size option in 2015 (which cost around $6), so a plate from Dig Inn generally costs between $8-$11, which is more expensive than most food from McDonald's or Burger King. But not by much — in New York City, where real estate prices are among the highest in the country, a McDonald's Big Mac meal costs around $8.

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    Don't waste time, because that's "the stuff life is made of."

    It was good advice when Benjamin Franklin said it, and it's good advice now, no matter your age.

    But your 20s are a particularly crucial time in life. Many call these the "formative" years, and the habits you form now can carry you through the rest of your life.

    So what's the best way to spend this time?

    We sifted through a number of Quora threads and TED talks to find out.

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    Work on important life skills

    There are a number of life skills people need to master, and your 20s is the time to start practicing. Without the pressure of parents or school to motivate you, you'll need to exercise discipline and motivate yourself to learn the essentials.

    These skills can range from patience and dealing with rejection to living within your means and good table manners.

    Take preventative measures to stay healthy

    Francesco Wang refers to this as "life-extending" time.

    "Investing time in caring for your health ... will certainly yield you more time, literally — in days, months, if not years tacked on to your life," he writes. "Yet we often take our health for granted until we experience a wake-up call."

    Instead, he suggests proactively investing your time in your health by eating well, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, regularly seeing your doctors, and taking care of your emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

    Ask yourself daily questions

    Benjamin Franklin began and ended each day with a question: "What good shall I do this day?" in the morning, and "What good have I done this day?" in the evening.

    In fact, many great thinkers embraced the idea of constantly questioning things.

    As Albert Einstein reportedly said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."

    Of course, getting into the habit of self-reflection is easier said than done, as we often prefer to avoid asking ourselves the tough questions. As philosopher and psychologist John Dewey explained in his 1910 book, "How We Think," reflective thinking involves overcoming our predisposition to accept things at face value and the willingness to endure mental unrest.

    But enduring this discomfort is well worth the effort, as it can result in the confidence boost necessary to perform better in our work and daily lives.

    Questions to ask yourself could include Steve Jobs' "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" or Quora user Michael Hopkins' "How are you doing?" and Quora user Soham Banerjee's "Why so serious?"

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    If you could game the system, would you do it?

    Users on the question-and-answer website Quora recently shared their "best" unethical life hacks that could score you everything from free Chipotle to major savings at grocery stores.

    But be warned: These hacks are uniformly unethical. Some veer into fraud. They should be regarded as informational and for entertainment purposes rather than as actual suggestions. You shouldn't do them. If you do them, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

    Keep reading to see the 17 unethical life hacks.

    SEE ALSO: The unorthodox productivity hacks of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

    "Buy an appliance that's identical to the one you broke, swap them out, and then return the broken appliance for a refund."

    - Jay B.

    Take advantage of “grace periods” in ticket-entry car garages.

    “Most of these garages will have a grace period so that if you pull in but you didn’t really ‘park,’ you can leave and pay nothing. […]

    "Next time you park in one of these garages, grab a ticket like normal and go park. When you’re ready to leave, pull your car close to the entrance, and go push the button to get a fresh entrance ticket, time stamped to that moment (when you’re ready to leave). Then, just go to the exit and put your brand new ticket in the machine or hand it to the person. If you’re within the grace period, you will be charged nothing and you can leave. […]

    "Even if you’re a few minutes over, you’re paying for minutes rather than hours or days."   

    - Anonymous

    Weigh all of your fruit as apples at the self-checkout station.

    “Go to a self-checkout and weigh [everything] as apples. If you're worried about getting caught if someone checks, ring up organic [apples] as regular [apples], fuji apples as red delicious, etc. Voila, your grocery bill went down.” - Leigh C.

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    Your true love will need to raise his or her budget for your Christmas gifts this year.

    PNC released its annual Christmas Price Index on Friday, and it showed that prices for items from the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" rose by 0.7% from last year. That's slightly up from the 0.6% pace in 2015.

    The cost of everything on the list, from the partridge to the drummers, totaled $34,363.49, an increase of a few hundred dollars from last year. The "core" index, excluding volatile swan prices, rose 1.1% to $21,238.49.

    But as the carol goes, all of the gifts except the drummers are counted multiple times, bringing the cost up to $156,507.88.

    PNC has published this index for over 30 years based on current prices of the 12 gifts in the carol.

    It does it in part to entertain its clients, and you, as things slow down over the holidays. It doesn't expect this to be taken too seriously.

    But the index is based on prices of the real items. For example, prices for geese are sourced from a waterfowl farm, and PNC asks a nursery in New Jersey for the cost of pear trees.

    PNC found that it was mainly a scarcity of turtledoves that drove the cost of Christmas higher. Wage growth across the economy made pipers and drummers more expensive. Though it has been a wild year for gold, the price of gold rings held steady.

    Here's PNC's full breakdown of the 12 days. You can check out a fun infographic here.

    Screen Shot 2016 12 02 at 9.32.52 AMThe real economic data in fact shows inflation pressures both within and outside the US. Commodity prices are moving back up after tumbling during the past few years; earlier this week, a deal by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to limit oil production lifted prices back above $50 a barrel.

    Also, the US is getting some wage inflation. Average hourly earnings rose in October at the fastest annualized rate since the recession. Though the November report released Friday showed a pullback, the trend has crept higher this year.

    And, of course, the 12 days of Christmas are more expensive this year.

    SEE ALSO: The unofficial Goldman Sachs gift guide for 2016

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    In November, President-elect Trump and his wife Melania announced that the family will keep their son Barron enrolled in his New York City-based day school rather than moving to Washington, D.C. right away.

    A spokesperson for the Trump's noted that there is "obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year."

    Barron attends Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

    The elite school runs students about $47,000 a year.

    With an eye on first kids who were teenagers or young adults when their parents lived in the White House, as far back as President Richard Nixon, Business Insider took a look at elementary, middle, or high school's they attended.

    Take a look below to see who attended prep schools in the nation's capitol, and who went elsewhere.

    Barron Trump — Columbia Grammar and Preparatory

    If Barron's $47,000-a-year tuition payment seems steep, it's nothing compared to the cost of secret service protection in New York City for the first family, which is estimated to be $1 million a day.

    Sasha Obama — Sidwell Friends School

    Sasha is a sophomore at the Washington, D.C. based school that has educated multiple first kids. The Obamas have said they will stay in D.C. until Sasha graduates from high school. Sidwell costs students about $40,000 a year.

    Malia Obama — Sidwell Friends School

    Malia graduated from Sidwell in the spring, and announced she will be taking a gap year before starting college at Harvard University.

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    On November 25, new satellite images revealed that San Francisco's Millennium Tower can be seen sinking from space.

    The 58-story luxury condo skyscraper has sunk 16 inches and tilted two inches since it opened in 2009. Recent data provided by the European Space Agency suggests the building will continue to sink at a rate of two inches per year.

    That's double what engineers earlier estimated, according to an AP report.

    The building has been embroiled in scandal for months now, as its developers, homeowners, and city officials hunt for people to blame.

    Still, Millennium Tower is unlikely to keel over anytime soon, in part because it's sinking too slowly to take anyone by surprise. The building's developers, Millennium Partners, hired engineers to drill holes around the building in order to test soil samples and figure out why the tower is sinking and what can be done to prevent it from sinking further.

    The cause of the building's problems remains cloudy. 

    Millennium Partners argues the city's construction of an adjacent transit center caused the tower to sink, while the city agency, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, blames the building's "inadequate foundation." The building sits on packed sand, rather than bedrock.

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    The biggest cause for concern is the looming possibility of an earthquake.

    For years, scientists have warned that the Bay Area is overdue for a devastating earthquake. Predictions became more dire this fall when movement was detected in a seismic zone at the fault's southern tip.

    Millennium Tower sits on land that is prone to liquefaction, the process by which loose sand and silt behaves like a liquid in the event of an earthquake. The seismic activity causes water pressure in the sediment to increase and grains of sand to lose contact with each other, the US Geological Survey (USGS) explains. The soil may give out under large and heavy structures.

    Oftentimes, the solution for tall buildings built in liquefaction zones is drilling down to bedrock. Millennium Tower's neighbors, the $1.1 billion Salesforce Tower and the luxury high-rise 181 Fremont, are both anchored to bedrock. They're still under construction.

    Millennium Tower doesn't face a unique problem — much of San Francisco is prone to liquefying. A liquefaction-susceptibility map from the USGS highlights high-risk areas in red and moderate-risk areas in yellow.

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    Gregory Deierlein, director of the John A. Blume Earthquake Center at Stanford University, told The San Francisco Chronicle in an investigation published in August that while the building's movement is cause for concern, he doesn't consider the sink or tilt a safety issue.

    "I would be concerned for my investment," Deierlein said, explaining that a shifting building could cause minor annoyances ranging from cracks in the walls to elevator malfunctions.

    Patrick Shires, who owns an engineering company outside San Jose and has worked in the field for 40 years, warned the building's residents in May that their problems are still far from over.

    Shires said Millennium Tower will "most likely" sink an additional eight to 15 inches in the coming years, according to The Chronicle. The building could dip 31 inches total.

    The building's developers maintain that the building remains structurally sound.

    SEE ALSO: Everything we know about San Francisco's sinking, leaning skyscraper

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    Wanda James and Scott Durrah were seasoned entrepreneurs before they became the first African Americans to own a cannabis dispensary and edibles company in Colorado.  The cannabis industry has allowed them as a couple and business partners to pursue their three greatest passions: food and health, social justice, and enjoying marijuana. 

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    In the ultimate fried-chicken blind taste test, we compared the original recipe from Popeyes and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    It was almost too close to call, but our reporters came away with a clear winner.

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    havana cuba colorful carsWhen busy people go on vacation, they're often looking to put their feet up, catch up on sleep, and just generally enjoy being somewhere else for a spell. 

    But in addition to the mental break, it seems more and more likely that what well-heeled travelers value is the chance to have a truly authentic experience, wherever they're headed on vacation.

    When the rewards-focused travel portal American Express Travel surveyed 1,540 affluent American adults — defined as having an annual household income of at least $100,000 — it found that 81% valued having a personalized experience over anything else in their travel itineraries. 73% of those surveyed said they would be willing to exceed their budget to have a unique local experience when they travel, and more than half said they would splurge to enjoy the cuisine of a particular destination. 

    And when it comes to where affluent travelers want to stay when they vacation, it seems that cookie-cutter hotel rooms are out, and authentic flavors are in. 

    "We see lifestyle-inspired, design-focused hotels increasing on the consumer wish list and in fact, are seeing a more than 30% spike in bookings for these type of hotels in the US for 2017," said Claire Bennett, executive vice president of American Express Travel. 

    Travelers want to sample a destination's food, take in its art scene, and go out where the locals do. And with the rise of Airbnb — which launched its travel agent-like Trips feature in November — travelers in the know can do this with ease. Trips offers two services for now: Experiences, like going truffle hunting or driving classic cars, which are led by locals, and Places, which are recommendations from local residents. Airbnb plans to add Flights and Services in the near future.

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    Many traditional hotels see this as a challenge to how they conduct their business.

    "Experiential vacations — this is the big trend, and that has a major impact on the industry. I think you can say that has been one of the things that contributed to the creation of things like Airbnb, because [travelers] want to experience how someone in Prague, in Paris, in Rome, or in New York lives in his own flat," Henri Giscard D'Estaing, global CEO of Club Med, recently told Business Insider.

    Of course, what exactly constitutes an authentic experience is difficult to pin down, and people who come from the same place might disagree on what cuisine or landmark most authentically represents a destination. As Adam Dennett and Hanqun Song recently wrote for The Conversation, "One can argue that an 'authentic tourism experience' is a contradiction in terms. When places or experiences are discovered and populated by tourists, they ultimately change by the demands of tourists themselves and the economic opportunity this presents to providers."

    The hospitality industry has responded to this shift in perspective in varied ways. Over the last decade, many hospitality companies have either launched or acquired boutique-style brands that are great at capturing local flavors (InterContinental Hotels Group acquired Kimpton Hotels in 2014, for example, and Marriott launched the Autograph Collection in 2010).

    Other hotels are focusing on redefining themselves as lifestyle brands that prioritize culture and design, and as places where travelers can completely customize their own experience.

    To do this, hotels might pay an Instagram "influencer" to visit and post filtered photos of a property so that their large audiences can see what kinds of experiences they can have there. They might hire food trucks to serve local fare certain days of the week, or incorporate craft beers into the beverage program. 

    one night screenshotIn September, Standard International — the company behind the trendy Standard hotels in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York — launcheda new spontaneous-booking app called One Night, where users can book rooms at a curated selection of hotels. The goal is to target the next generation of travelers — people who are on the go, accustomed to the convenience of on-demand apps, and who still want the very best experience possible. 

    The Standard International team created a local guide for each of the hotels, providing hour-by-hour suggestions of the best things to do in that neighborhood throughout the day.

    Club Med, the all-inclusive chain founded in 1950, continues to invest in resorts in emerging markets, like ski mountains in China and Japan, that are not yet popular with mainstream travelers. The brand has also introduced the ability to have a 360-degree virtual tour of each property so travelers can experience it before they book.

    In April, Hilton's Conrad Hotels hired former Conde Nast Traveler Executive Editor Peter Jon Lindberg as the brand's director of inspiration. Lindberg works with concierges across Conrad's 28 properties to build out itineraries lasting one, three, or five hours.

    The goal is to get Conrad guests to see the destination as the locals do. Lindberg says that food experiences — whether that's an outing to a local market or a beachside grill — are always extremely popular with guests.

    "Travelers want to find things that exist only here, that remind them why they came, and that they'll remember for years later. We think of it as collecting stories, not just souvenirs," Lindberg told Business Insider. "What will they tell their friends back home about their trip? How can we give them something they can't find anywhere but here?"

    "Give us a compelling reason to choose this path over that one, and lead with how it will feel. That's the primary task of the travel industry now: finding the emotion and inspiration behind every journey."

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    Who has the best burgers? Who has the best fries? Fast food is always hotly debated. To put an end to the debate over the most popular fast food restaurants by state, Foursquare identified the restaurants with the most check-ins. This map will show you if your state is on Team McDonald's or Team Chick-Fil-A.

    Produced by Sam Rega. Original reporting by Sophie-Claire Hoeller.

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    Wall Street Rain

    Leather and water don't mix.

    Shoes are obviously made to be worn, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take a few precautions to safeguard your investment.

    While leather-soled shoes won't exactly fall apart in the rain, you should still be careful when wet weather hits. Leather deteriorates faster when wet, and when that wet leather hits pavement, bad things happen. 

    Here's more on why leather and water are mortal enemies, as pointed out by style blog PutThisOn:

    • Leather soaks up water like a sponge. Just like your skin, leather needs a certain amount of moisture to stay strong and supple. But this amount of water can damage the leather and make it break down prematurely.
    • After your soles get wet, your socks will instantly get soaked. It goes without saying that wet socks are always unpleasant.
    • When leather is wet, it's much more easily damaged. You wouldn't want a chunk or two taken out of your expensive leather shoes just because they got wet.

    How can you avoid these footwear catastrophes? Simple: wear rubber. 

    Many guys don't realize that some of their fancier (and more expensive) dress shoes often come with leather soles. The best way to protect that investment is to put on a pair of rubber galoshes, or overshoes, when it rains. By keeping out moisture, they work spectacularly well to make sure your feet and shoes stay dry. Keep a pair at home and another in your desk drawer in case of a sudden downpour.

    The best galoshes you can buy are Swims, but if spending nearly $100 on a shoe that isn't even really a shoe isn't for you, there are plenty of cheaper options on Amazon. 

    You can also negate the problem entirely by buying shoes with rubber soles. PutThisOn recommends Danite Rubber soles, which retain the sleek profile of leather but can take a beating even when wet. Any cobbler can also resole any recraftable dress shoe with a rubber sole.

    If you do end up wearing your leather-soled dress shoes in the rain, stuff some newspaper or stick them in rice to soak up the moisture and allow them to dry before wearing them again.

    In a game of "leather, rubber, water," water beats leather but rubber beats water.

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    San Francisco's future public transportation hub, The Transbay Transit Center, has been called the "most expensive bus terminal in the history of humankind" by a city supervisor.

    Its astronomical costs match the developer's ambitions. Upon completion in 2017, the $2.3 billion Transbay Center will connect eight Bay Area counties through 11 transportation systems. It includes up to 100,000 square feet of retail space and a rooftop park.

    It's unclear if the "most expensive" superlative is true. But it might be. For comparison, New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal — the largest and busiest bus terminal in the world — cost an estimated $24 million when it was constructed in the mid-20th century.

    While construction on the Transbay Center is far from over, these stunning renderings provided by the developer's website give us a glimpse inside.

    SEE ALSO: This $665 million skyscraper in San Francisco will be the tallest residential building on the West Coast

    Built in 1939, the Transbay Terminal served 26 million passengers annually during its heyday at the end of World War II. When gas rationing ended in the '40s, traffic petered out.

    Source: Transbay Transit Center

    The bus terminal was rundown and underused by the end of the 21st century. It was in desperate need of a makeover, and regional transportation advocates rallied.

    In 2001, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority formed as a collaboration between Bay Area government and transportation agencies. Demolition began nine years later.

    Source: US Department of Transportation

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    The negroni was the second best-selling cocktail in the world in 2016, and with the holiday season approaching, there's no better time to learn how to mix and serve the classic cocktail.

    The drink was named after an Italian libertine, Count Camillo Negroni, who in 1919 decided to swap the soda in his Americano — made with Campari, vermouth, and soda water — for gin.

    To this day, the cocktail is made of equal parts vermouth, Campari, and gin, normally garnished with an orange.

    Acclaimed mixologist and author Tony Conigliaro — owner of Islington bar 69 Colebrooke Row and Soho favourite Bar Termini, consultant for Marylebone's Zetter Townhouse and International Bartender of the Year in 2009 — is a big proponent of the Italian cocktail. He's even created a bottle aged version.

    With prepartions underway for Coniglario and his team to open a new bar called "Untitled" in Hackney in January, Business Insider paid a visit 69 Colebrooke Row, otherwise known as The Bar With No Name, where bartender Raife Bashford showed us how to make the perfect negroni.

    See how to make what he calls "a really simple, classic recipe" in a few simple steps below.

    Start with the ice.

    Measure out 25ml of vermouth and pour over the ice.


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    Adjusting to life post-college can be tough — paying rent and bills, financing a social life, and earning an often meager salary is hard enough. 

    Slap thousands of dollars in student loan debt on top of that, and it's easy to start feeling helpless.

    But choosing the right state to live in could go a long way toward making the transition more manageable. 

    But according to new data from student-loan information site Student Loan Hero, repaying your student debt may be more affordable in some US states, thanks to low cost of living and strong earning potential.

    Affordability for repayment is defined by the government as loan payments equal to 10% or less of an individual's monthly disposable income. Student Loan Hero found the disposable income of the average worker in every US state (except for North Dakota due to insufficient data) using cost of living data by and state mean wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Disposable income for each state was then compared to typical payments on the average student debt balance of a 2014 graduate in each state, based on a 10-year repayment term, assuming a 4% interest rate.

    Below, check out the five states where student loan repayment is most affordable. Note that all cost of living figures were adjusted by to reflect a national average of 100.

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    5. Colorado

    Average student loan balance: $25,840

    Average annual wage: $51,180

    Ratio of student payments to disposable income: 13.86%

    Cost of living index: 98.8

    4. Washington

    Average student loan balance: $24,600

    Average annual wage: $54,010

    Ratio of student payments to disposable income: 13.33%

    Cost of living index: 103.7

    3. Wyoming

    Average student loan balance: $22,683

    Average annual wage: $45,850

    Ratio of student payments to disposable income: 13.31%

    Cost of living index: 97.2

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    "Full House" creator Jeff Franklin made headlines recently when he revealed that he had purchased the actual Tanner family home, the front of which has been seen in both the original series and its Netflix spin-off.

    "I went a little nuts one day and decided that would be a fun house for me to own," he told Business Insider.

    The four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,500-square-foot San Francisco house went on sale in May for the first time in about a decade for $4.15 million. The time was right for Franklin, and he nabbed it for around $4 million.

    "Coincidentally, ‘Fuller House’ is now on the air," he said. "There’s some benefit to the show to be able to go back there and shoot there and maybe we’ll have the cast come up, shoot some scenes outside of the house. I don’t know yet. We’re still waiting for a season-three pickup. It would be good for the show and it’s just fun for me to own that house."

    Franklin hadn't been allowed to film the property since "Full House" premiered in 1987. Back then, the production paid about $500 to shoot various shots for use on the show. They weren't welcomed back years later when they wanted to shoot again, because the then-owner had become annoyed by the many "Full House" fans who visited it. Franklin estimates about 250 fans visit the location every day.

    "Everyone had been watching the same shot of the outside of the house for 30 years now," Franklin said. "So it would be nice to get some new footage shot in 4K."

    For now, Franklin has some work to do on the house. He needs to seismically retrofit it for safety in the earthquake-prone area.

    "It’s going to be under construction for a while," he said. "We’re going to make sure it doesn’t fall down on anyone."

    But the show creator sees several ways buying the house will pay off, including a potential tax write-off.

    "I don’t think it’s going to be a big money-maker for me, for sure. So yeah, it will be some kind of a write-off I hope," Franklin responded when we asked if he could write off the purchase for his taxes. "But it’s more sentimental than anything. Both of these shows have just become a big part of my life. It just felt like the right thing to own it."

    "Fuller House" returns for its second season December 9 on Netflix.

    SEE ALSO: A 'Fuller House' star makes his directing debut on the new season, and the creator was 'nervous'

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    Over 8.5 million people live in New York City, which means public spaces that allow for walking, biking, and lounging  are indispensable. And the city is always looking to improve them.

    Every year, the NYC Public Design Commission recognizes outstanding public project designs, both planned and built. In late November, after reviewing hundreds of submissions, the commission announced the 2016 winners, which include parks, plazas, a police precinct, and waterfront docks.

    The competition, established in 1983, follows the city's efforts to make the city more pedestrian-friendly. Under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan banned cars from parts of Times Square and Herald Square and designated them only for foot traffic. Within the last decade, NYC has also built 400 more miles of bike lanes.

    The winners of the competition, called the Awards for Excellence in Design, encourage that vision of human-centric urban design.

    Check out some of the designs below.

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    Completed in 2007, the Waterfront Nature Walk revived a long-inaccessible shoreline as a promenade and place to launch kayaks in Brooklyn.

    Here's what the 1,320-foot-long walkway looks like today.

    By 2020, police at the 40th precinct in the South Bronx will get a new station (pictured below).

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    Maserati Levante

    It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the Levante SUV for Maserati. The brand came back to the US over a decade and and half ago, but since the financial crisis and amid an SUV boom, it's been selling only stylish luxury sedans and sexy GT sports car.

    That will all now change, and it couldn't happen at a more important time for the Italian automaker, part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles empire. It's down at the bottom of the luxury sales hierarchy in the US, with a puny 0.1% overall market share (Porsche sells five times as many vehicles annually).

    The Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans have their fans (me, for example). But in the US and increasingly China, you really need a strong crossover offering. Porsche established the template for an automaker that had never built an SUV crossing that river in the early 2000s when it created the Cayenne, a hugely successful vehicle.

    Now Maserati has taken the same plunge.

    We first saw the Levante when it was revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and later in the flesh at the New York auto show. Now we've actually spent some time behind the wheel. It was a relatively brief, two-hour run from a working farm and restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, about an hour north of New York to Bear Mountain, under pleasant Northeastern skies.

    This wasn't enough time to fully evaluate the vehicle — we'll get a crack at that later — but we formed some early impressions. And those impressions were good.

    Read on:

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    I arrive at the driving site. It's the rustic Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, home to the well-known and highly regarded Blue Hill restaurant.

    The scenery is spectacular. This is a working farm. There are cows and sheep in the fields, a beekeeping area, and lots of farming plots and pastures.

    Gorgeous. A fine day to drive an Italian luxury SUV.

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    Arianna Huffington

    Arianna Huffington is best known as the cofounder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post.

    But these days, she's increasingly recognized for being a sleep evangelist.

    In her book "The Sleep Revolution," Huffington discusses the importance of good sleep in the definition of a successful life.

    Huffington's obsession with sleep — triggered by an incident in which she collapsed in her home office and "found herself in a pool of blood" — led her to develop a strict evening routine.

    Huffington treats her nightly habit as a "sacrosanct ritual," according to an article she wrote for Motto.

    She starts off by "escorting" her electronic devices out of her room, followed by a hot bath with Epsom salts. She then changes into clothes that are specifically designated for sleep.

    Sometimes she drinks chamomile or lavender tea to help her sleep, and she writes down the things that she is grateful for that day, according to her book.

    Huffington doesn't set an alarm and wakes up naturally after about eight hours of sleep. In the morning, she meditates for 30 minutes, gets on her exercise bike for another 30, and spends at least 10 minutes doing yoga. During the day, she tries to cut off her caffeine intake by 2 p.m., according to an interview on the lifestyle website The Early Hour.

    After experimenting with Jack Dorsey's brutal morning routine, I was excited to try something that wouldn't leave me reaching for a third cup of coffee at 3 p.m.

    I also often feel guilty when I prioritize sleep over work, my social life, or whatever else I feel I should be doing instead. If I could commit to sleeping eight hours in the name of work, I'm all in.

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    The experiment

    Wanting to get the most of the experiment, I decided to adopt Huffington's morning routine as well as her evening one. That included cutting out caffeine after 2 p.m.

    I prepared by cleaning my tiny bathtub and purchasing two essentials — bath salts and herbal tea.

    I decided to start my experiment on Sunday night. At 8:30 p.m., I posted the picture of my coconut-pomegranate bath salts on Instagram and put my phone on the dresser in front of my bed.

    Huffington sleeps without electronics in her room, but in my tiny studio apartment, that would mean leaving them outside or in the bathroom. I settled for putting them out of reach from my bed.

    I suddenly remembered that my phone was low on battery. When I went to plug it in, I saw that saw someone had commented on my photo and had to fight the urge to check it.

    I made myself a cup of chai tea to drink in the bath, and after the first sip realized that I was drinking caffeine. Oops. But it was relaxing! And it tasted so good!

    I felt like I was in the bath for 15 minutes, but it was probably more like five.

    After the bath, I picked up my copy of Huffington's "The Sleep Revolution" and started reading. By 9:20 p.m., I started getting sleepy, so I started filling out my gratitude journal in a yellow notebook I'd purchased specifically for this experiment.

    By 9:30 p.m., I was out.


    Morning: To my surprise, I rose at 5:20 a.m. without an alarm, and I felt refreshed and ready to get up.

    After following Dorsey's routine of meditating for 30 minutes each morning, my instinct was to reach for my phone to use my guided meditation app. I opted for a "Breath Connection" 20-minute meditation. It felt easy and familiar.

    Given the lack of an exercise bike in my apartment, I opted to go for an early-morning jog — 6 a.m. runs can be difficult, but I never regret them, especially when I get a beautiful view of the East River.

    Yoga was the next part of the routine. I started a 15-minute morning yoga sequence from Greatist and immediately made a mental note to incorporate more stretching into my workout. I had never felt so much pain during downward dog.

    By 7:30 a.m., I had showered and was enjoying my coffee and breakfast while reading the news. This is one part of my personal routine that I don't like to give up. Mornings and evenings are when I make time to read longform pieces and op-ed analyses of what's happening in the world. It gets my brain going!

    I left the house at 8:20 a.m. and was at work by 9 a.m.

    Workday: I didn't take many notes about my productivity during the day, which I can only assume meant that I was super productive. Eight hours of sleep does wonders for the brain, after all.

    I did note that I had coffee at 3 p.m., which broke Huffington's no-caffeine-after-2 p.m. rule. But it was more than six hours before my anticipated bedtime (9:30 or 10 p.m.), so I figured I was OK.

    Evening: I went to the gym for an hour after work not because I wanted to torture myself again, but because I am training for the Tough Mudder race. Some of the moves require weight equipment that I don't have at home.

    I came back exhausted, took a quick cold shower, then reheated and ate yesterday's dinner.

    I was tempted to skip the bath because I had taken a shower, but my husband encouraged me to stick to the routine.

    So I made myself a cup of tea and drew a hot bath with salts. After five minutes, I was very hot and sleepy.

    I put on my sleeping tank-top and shorts, read more of "The Sleep Revolution," and jotted down what I was grateful for that day. I was asleep by 9:30 p.m.


    Morning: I woke up, but something told me it wasn't quite 5 a.m. yet. I checked my phone, and it was 4:40 a.m. I went back to sleep.

    My alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. I was about to hit the snooze button until my phone fell off the dresser and shut off, causing a brief panic before it came on again.

    By then I was awake and definitely did not want to go back to bed. I went to check Facebook and found a storm of unread messages, mostly gossip from my grad school classmates. I reminded myself to meditate and told myself off for checking social media first thing in the morning.

    My 30-minute workout consisted of sprints, squat jumps, and pull-ups. It took about 30 minutes to get to the closest outdoor gym, so my workout ended up lasting an hour and a half. When I got home, I dutifully did my 10 minutes of yoga before getting ready for work.

    Workday: Work was productive. I definitely found it easier to concentrate than when I did Dorsey's morning routine. The only discomfort was the soreness from my workout. I guess that's why there is a "Tough" before "Mudder." I think that the next day might be a yoga day.

    Evening: Doing my workout in the morning meant that I could go home and cook dinner straight away, but I was feeling lazy that night, so it ended up being a meal of refried beans and turkey bacon on tortillas with a side of greens.

    My husband and I ate dinner and talked at our tiny table without our laptops, which I realized we hadn't done in a long time. That sounds bad, and the scary thing is that I didn't even notice we were doing it.

    At 8:30 p.m., I escorted my electronics to the dining table, away from the bed. As the bath filled, I made myself some of the vanilla chamomile tea.

    I got very sweaty in the bath, and drinking hot tea probably made it worse. I think I took a five-minute bath before I turned on the shower to cool down. I felt good.

    In bed, I read more of "The Sleep Revolution." I started dozing at 9:20, and it was time for gratitude journaling. It's nice to end the day on a positive note, though I did struggle to be specific and different each day.

    My favorite moments of the day tended to center on eating good food, feeling exercise endorphins, spending time with my husband, and working toward my childhood dream of becoming a journalist in New York City.

    I realized that being grateful for the same things each day isn't bad — it makes you appreciate what you might otherwise take for granted.

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