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I tried breakfast sandwiches from Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy's — here's who does it best


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Egg, cheese, and bacon or sausage: the classic breakfast sandwich.

It's ubiquitous, yet the simple breakfast sandwich enjoys eternal popularity.

And with breakfast habits changing, breakfast sandwiches on-the-go have become all the more popular. 

But of all the national chains, who makes the classic sandwich best?

I tried the egg, cheese, and meat iterations from three major fast-food chains — Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy's — to see which one comes out on top.

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The Big Three all serve some version of the sandwich; at first glance the only difference seems to be the bread.

Let's dive into Burger King's Supreme breakfast sandwich. It's a breakfast limousine wreck of two eggs, two sausages, and two servings of bacon topped with cheese and served in a "toasted hoagie bun" which appears to be crushed in a car compactor before serving.

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If this is a toasted hoagie bun, I don't know what a hoagie is. It's an elongated hamburger bun with all the sogginess and disappointment that buns are heir to — a bun to be wished away. The sickly yellow egg is gelatinous and tastes of complete nothingness. With fast-food sausage and bacon all in one sandwich, the entire thing comes off as incredibly salty. I didn't finish this one.

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Here’s the big problem with legalizing marijuana


In the past few years, four states have legalized recreational marijuana with the measure on the ballot box in five more states this November. Addiction specialist Dr. Samuel Ball explains the big problems these new laws could have on our country.

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These photos show how drastically Manhattan's Financial District has evolved since the '70s



Manhattan has changed greatly in the past 40 years — the once drug and crime-ridden streets of the Lower East Side are now filled with luxury high rise apartments and retail shops.

Photographer Brian Rose has been documenting that change since the late 1970s. Focusing his camera on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Rose documented the Financial District with a careful eye.

His new book, "WTC," is a collection of images taken between 1977 to present day that are an ode to the World Trade Center.

Ahead, 29 images that show the dramatic change the Financial District has endured since then.

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Rose began documenting the Manhattan streets when he was a student at Cooper Union in 1977.

At that time, the two World Trade Center towers were still relatively new — the North Tower opened to tenants in 1970, the South Tower in 1972.

"For some the towers were the seed of future development in Lower Manhattan, but to others it was an expensive eyesore out of touch with the economic state of the city," Sean Corcoran wrote in the introduction to "WTC."

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3 states just voted to make marijuana completely legal — here's what it does to your body and brain



Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug— something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.

While nearly half of the US has legalized the drug in some form, its national status has made comprehensive research into the drug's potential benefits (as well as its risks) has been all but impossible.

On November 8, three more states voted to make marijuana completely legal. California, Nevada, and Massachusetts all voted to support the legal use and sale of recreational marijuana. Here's what we know about how marijuana affects the brain and body:

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Marijuana can make us feel good.

One of weed's active ingredients, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, interacts with our brain's reward system, the part that has been primed to respond to things that make us feel good, like eating and sex.

When overexcited by drugs, the reward system creates feelings of euphoria. This is also why some studies have suggested that excessive use can be a problem in some people: The more often you trigger that euphoria, the less you may feel for other rewarding experiences.

It can make your heart race.

Within a few minutes of inhaling marijuana, your heart rate can increase by 20 to 50 beats a minute. This can last anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Weed may help relieve some types of pain ...

Pot also contains cannabidiol, and this chemical — while not responsible for getting you high — is thought to be responsible for many of marijuana's therapeutic effects, from pain relief to a potential treatment for certain kinds of childhood epilepsy.

Still, while we have a lot of anecdotal reports from individual users who claim that marijuana has helped relieve their symptoms, few controlled scientific studies exist to support these claims, since the drug is still illegal in most of the US. 

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4 states legalized recreational weed this week — here's how they'll spend the extra tax money


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Over 63 million Americans now live in states where it's legal to consume recreational weed.

Americans said "yes we cannabis" on Election Day, when voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada passed ballot initiatives fully legalizing the use and possession of marijuana without a doctor's recommendation.

The four states, plus three additional states that approved medical marijuana programs, could inject $7 billion to $8 billion a year into the legal marijuana marketplace by 2020, according to preliminary estimates from The Marijuana Business Daily.

Newly legalized pot will have a major impact on tax revenue, though these markets may take years to get up and running.

Here's how California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada plan to spend their extra tax dollars.

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California wants to empower communities affected by the war on drugs.

Residents of one of the nation's most pot-friendly states will pay a 15% tax on sales of the drug, generating up to $1 billion in new tax revenue annually, according to the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

The money generated by California's Proposition 64 gets deposited into a newly created tax fund in the state treasury.

• $10 million goes to a public university in California for research on legalization.

• $10 million (increasing annually for five years until it reaches $50 million) will support efforts to help communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs, which data shows are typically black and Latino.

• $3 million gets distributed to the California Highway Patrol for five years to help establish protocols on how officers might identify drivers under the influence of marijuana.

• $2 million will be spent on medical marijuana research at University of California at San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

• The California bureau that oversees marijuana control and other state bodies will receive funds "for their reasonable costs."

• Remaining funds will go toward youth drug prevention, education, and treatment; environmental restoration and protection; and state and local law enforcement.

Maine will train police officers on the laws around retail marijuana.

The most nail-biting ballot initiative of the election gave Mainers the right to possess a whopping 2.5 ounces of marijuana, more than double the limit in most other states.

They will pay 10% tax on marijuana. The money enters the state's general fund.

The tax revenue will support education and other vital services, while the full text of the ballot measure clarifies it may be set aside for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy so it can train law enforcement on the rules and regulations around marijuana.

Massachusetts plans to bolster services offered by the states.

Massachusetts, which made medical marijuana legal in 2012, broadened access to recreational users on Election Day. It imposes a 3.75% tax on sales, creating an estimated $100 million in annual revenue.

"We can put that money to good use to strengthen our schools, fund veteran services, or bolster our law enforcement and treatment efforts," reads a statement from the campaign.

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Magnus Carlsen starts the World Chess Championship with a bang — but game 1 ends with a draw


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NEW YORK — Norway's Magnus Carlsen started the defense of his World Chess Championship title on Friday, against challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

Carlsen is a clear favorite, and with the white pieces, he tried something a little different — and might have made an inside joke about the recent US presidential election.

Playing in a soundproof chamber in lower Manhattan, with the world's chess elite looking on around the globe, Carlsen opened with d4 (the ceremonial first move was made by actor Woody Harrelson), a so-called Queen's Pawn game. Karjakin countered as black with by advancing his king side knight to f6, setting up what looked to be an Indian Defence. 

But then Carslen did something stunning: he played his dark-squared bishop to g5 — an opening known as the Trompowsky Attack, named for Olivier Trompowsky, a Brazilian player who devised the opening in the mid-20th century.

Carlsen Karjakin Game 1

I've never seen the "Tromp" played at this high a level, not in the last two World Championships or dozens of tournaments involving the game's finest players. At the event and around the internet, fans speculated that Carlsen might have been making a sort of inside-chess joke about Donald Trump's election win — Carlsen essayed the "Trump"-owsky! Get it? Hilarious!

The idea in the Tromp is to create on the black kingside a position similar to what you'd see on black's queenside if as white you played e4 as your first move and then challenged black's knight on c6 with your light-square bishop, then exchanged the minor pieces — bishop for knight — and inflicted "doubled pawns" on black's c-file. That's a long-term weakness in this exchange variation of a very old opening called the Ruy Lopez; the doubled pawns hurt black in an endgame when most or all of the pieces have been traded off.

Carlsen got the bad pawn structure he wanted for Karjakin, but then he did something even more offbeat: when Karjakin played his queenside knight to c6, Carlsen put his light-squared bishop on b5, pinning the knight to the king and establishing a rather tangled overall queenside position.

Karjakin, who like many Russian players is noted for his mastery of opening theory, was a befuddled and thought for something like 20 minutes about his response. My theory was that he hadn't seen this continuation of an exchange Trompowsky for so long that he had to dig deep to remember the lines — and debate with himself on the grandest chess stage in the world whether Carlsen had prepared the opening. 

Carlsen Karjakin Game 1

This is known as "walking into preparation," and for a top player, it can be a demoralizing experience, the realization that your opponent knows his next ten or 15 moves and variations, while you're flying blind.

Karjakin recovered, however, and although the position looked sort of weird, eventually a melee on the c-file developed and the players exchanged off almost all the pieces, and the game appeared headed for a draw. Of course, the discussion immediately turned to whether Karjakin could handle the Carlsen endgame torture chamber, involving a stretched-out, more-or-less equal position that a lot of pros would call a draw, but that Carlsen often hangs onto to test both his opponent and himself.

It was a grueling beginning for Karjakin, but the Russian is no endgame slouch, and after the remaining rooks were exchanged and Carlsen started hopping his knight around, the players repeated moves and called it a draw on move 42.

The bottom line was that it was a cool commencement of the World Chess Championship, but that with both players in good form, the outcome reverted to Carlsen and Karjakin's historic record, which consists of many draws (Carlsen has the edge in wins, however). The 2016 WCC is now even, with each player having half a point as they battle for a purse of around $1 million.

Game 2 kicks off on Saturday at 2 PM ET.

Here's the final position on the board for Game 1:

Carlsen Karjakin Game 1

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See inside the $5.3 million Washington, DC, home that the Obamas will move into after they leave the White House


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It's not the White House, but it'll do.

The Obamas settled on a post-Pennsylvania Avenue house to call home after the president leaves office at the end of this year, according to Politico. They will lease the home until their younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.

The home was listed for sale at $5.3 million before going off the market in May.

Though it's smaller than their current, more famous abode, it's still a lavish residence in a desirable area of the nation's capital. It was built in 1928, with 8,200 square feet and nine bedrooms.

It's being leased to the Obamas by Joe Lockhart, former President Bill Clinton's White House press secretary.

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The Obamas are trading white for brick at their newly leased mansion in the Kalorama section of DC.

It's completely gated and private, though it sits close to the road.

The gated driveway has plenty of space for Secret Service vehicles.

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10 types of jobs that will make you most welcome in Canada


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If the recent upset victory for Donald Trump has you fantasizing about moving to Canada, you may be in luck — Canada is, in fact, looking for a few skilled men and women (actually, thousands of them).

As Business Insider's Chris Weller previously reported, Canada's fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry is perhaps the quickest way for skilled workers to transition into a role in the country. The Canadian government has committed to an application processing time of six months for most cases.

All applicants for Express Entryare scored based on factors including their skills, work experience, language ability, and education, and then they're ranked with other applicants. Those at the top of the rankings are then invited to become permanent residents.

Following the program's launch in 2015, the Canadian government reports that more than 31,000 invitations to apply for permanent residence have been issued to a diverse range of highly skilled immigrants.

According to the Canadian government, these are the occupations most frequently invited to apply for permanent residency as of January 3, 2016:

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10. Financial and investment analysts

Number of successful Express Entry applicants: 446

Percent of invited applicants: 1.4%

9. Financial auditors and accountants

Number of successful Express Entry applicants: 494

Percent of invited applicants: 1.6%

8. Graphic designers and illustrators

Number of successful Express Entry applicants: 550

Percent of invited applicants: 1.8%

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Magnus Carlsen is trying to avoid expectations at the World Chess Championship


Magnus Carlsen WCC 2016

NEW YORK — With two rounds in the books, the 2016 World Chess Championship is currently deadlocked as title-holder Magnus Carlsen of Norway and challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia enjoy a rest day.

Round 2 concluded on Saturday with a draw; both players now have a point, with ten games remaining to be played. The match will resume on Monday at 2 PM ET.

Thus far, we've seen two draws — not a surprising result, considering that this is a long-haul match, and that Carlsen and Karjakin have often played to draws.

Not that Carlsen has been pushing for them. In Game 1, he tried an offbeat opening, the Trompowsky Attack with white. In Game 2, he responded to Karjakin's Ruy Lopez not with the Berlin Defence, which has obtained a reputation at elite levels for a being a drawing weapon for black, but with the much older Morphy Defence.

I love to play to Morphy — named for the fascinating American 19th-century master, Paul Morphy — and typically see it as a good way for black to either force white to part with the light-square bishop (generally considered to be his or her "better" bishop) or equalize the game by negating white's "first move" tempo advantage by retreating the bishop, wasting a move.

2016 World Chess Championship Game 2

That said, the so-called "Closed" variation of the Ruy Lopez was one that no less a player than Bobby Fischer enjoyed from the white side. Retreating the bishop enabled Fisher to have precisely the setup he wanted to attack the black king once it castled to the black kingside.

The Morphy isn't any less inherently draw-ish than other ways black can respond to the main opening line of the Ruy, but at modern Grandmaster-level play, it isn't as sure a thing as the Berlin. 

In any case, Karjakin doesn't yet seem fazed by Carlsen's efforts to mess around with opening expectations, although all chess fans should be heartened by the Norwegian champ's avoidance, thus far, of the most popular Grandmaster openings.

So ultimately not a lot to say about Game 2. It ended in a draw at move 33. Carlsen has the white pieces again for Game 3, so we'll see what he comes up with. It's worth noting that if he plays e4 as his first move, he may invite a Sicilian Defence from Karjakin — a fighting response from black, and one that the Russian knows well. 

Here's the final position from Game 2:

2016 WCC Game 2

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11 photos of urban coincidences that will make you look twice


'Latte Revolution'

Eight people walking with lattes in hand; an intersection full of people carrying balloons; eight people yawning at once. These scenes lie somewhere between fantasy and reality, says photographer Peter Funch.

Funch’s best-known work, "Babel Tales," combines multiple photos from locations in Manhattan to create uncanny coincidences.

"Humans most often can only experience time in a linear manner," Funch said in a 2013 interview. "Breaking away from a linear perspective of time does not make an image 'untrue.’"

Funch has experimented with temporal perspective in other series, taking simultaneous pictures of an event from multiple perspectives and recreating postcards in modern photos. He shared a selection from "Babel Tales" below.

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"Memory Lane"

"Screaming Dreamers"

"Hommage A Ellis." Says Funch: "This is taken right when Recession hit America in 2008 outside Wall Street on the Friday when it was Halloween." See if you can spot the psycho killer.

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How to split the restaurant bill when you're out to dinner with your in-laws


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When you're out to dinner with a group of friends, it's expected that everyone will contribute to the final check, whether you pay for your exact meal or split the bill evenly.

But when you're with your family — or accompanying someone else's — things get trickier. Typically, one person picks up the entire check, David Weliver, founder of financial advice website Money Under 30, told Business Insider.

"Usually, the most senior family members might be reasonably expected to pay unless the younger family members have more means or they want to make a special gesture," he says.

But what about when you're with your in-laws — should you expect them to pay for you?

In many cases, they will. But it's better to make the gesture and offer to cover it yourself, especially once you're out of your 20s.

"Let's say you're taking your in-laws out and you're an older couple in your 30s and 40s. You and your [partner] are making a lot of money now, but your in-laws are not. In that case you would offer to pay," Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and president of The Etiquette School of New York, told Business Insider.

But if they feel uncomfortable or embarrassed by it, go ahead and let them pick up the check or offer to split it.

With family, it's usually not about the money, Napier-Fitzpatrick says. "It's showing respect for them and how many times they've treated. It's a nice thing to do, a gesture of independence," she adds.

And while it's nice to offer to cover the check, it's important to remember that there are no hard and fast rules. Take every meal on a case-by-case basis, Weliver suggests.

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There's been a dramatic shift in why the world drinks coffee — and it's a boon for companies


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Coffee is just like wine.

People don't drink wine only to get drunk. Similarly, many people enjoy coffee for more than just an early-morning or late-night boost, according to Andrea Illy, the CEO of the Italy-based Illycaffè coffee company.

"People were drinking lousy coffee with sugar and milk in order to get the caffeine kick in the morning," Illy told Business Insider in a recent interview.

"There's no time any longer for that. Now, people enjoy the preparation, they enjoy the places where coffee is served, they enjoy the extensive range of preparation and origins that you can taste."

The key to this transformation in the coffee industry has been a surge in the amount of differentiation in roasts consumers can buy, which resembles what happened to the wine industry.

Illy said that when he was growing up in Italy there was not much awareness or concern about variation in wine. He observed that the maximum possible differentiation in wine used to be regional: a bottle of red wine from Tuscany versus white wine from somewhere else, for example. There was also very little distinction in terms of cultivars, or the plant varieties that winegrowers selectively breed to achieve a particular taste.

But there are now more than 400 local Italian varieties, Illy said. And these days you'd be hard-pressed to find two bottles of wine that taste exactly the same.

The coffee industry has also seen a massive wave of independent cafés competing with one another by coming up with new ideas, preparation techniques, and recipes, combined with rehashing some old ideas that worked.

"You get new coffees like cold brew, siphon, and several other preparations that are in the market, compared to what used to be 10 years ago when you could only drink filtered coffee and maybe cappuccino," he said.

Andrea IllyAnd just as being a good wine taster is something to brag about — and why some choose wine over other alcoholic beverages in the first place — more people now want to be coffee connoisseurs.

The differentiation in various coffee roasts is prevalent in the higher-end gourmet section of the market. Illy described his namesake company as "super gourmet," saying it strove to be the world's leader.

But gourmet usually means more expensive. That implies that many companies looking to ride the upscale coffee trend may need to raise prices, possibly losing some customers. But they'd increase their margins because they are charging more.

This trade off between prices, margins, and market share is something coffee brand managers everywhere are grappling with, Illy said.

The good news, however, is that consumers are willing to pay more than ever for a good cup of coffee, he said.

"There is only one reason to drink coffee nowadays," he said, "which is pleasure."

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The incredible life of actress, entrepreneur, and women's rights activist Meghan Markle


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Meghan Markle has barely been out of the headlines recently — and all because of the new man in her life, Prince Harry.

But don't let the press fool you, Markle is so much more than the girlfriend of a British royal.

Born in Los Angeles, she is best known for her role on legal drama "Suits," in which she plays Rachel Zane.

Away from the camera, she is the founder of lifestyle website and brand The Tig, and a fashion designer. She also works as a women's rights activist for Women's Political Participation & Leadership programme.

From meeting with political leaders in Rwanda to enjoying a British Sunday roast with a YouTube star, read on for the incredible jetsetting life and accomplishments of Meghan Markle.

Meet Meghan Markle, the 35-year-old actress, entrepreneur, and political activist who also happens to be Prince Harry's new girlfriend.

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Best known for playing Rachel Zane in legal drama "Suits," she made her acting debut in "General Hospital" in 2002. She has also starred in shows including "CSI: NY" and "Castle," as well as films like "Get Him To The Greek" and "Horrible Bosses."

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She lives in Toronto, where "Suits" is filmed. It was here that she reportedly met Harry in May while he was visiting the city to promote the Invictus Games 2017.

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