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How Megyn Kelly rose from small-town cheerleader, to Fox News' star anchor, to NBC's daytime talk show host


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Megyn Kelly, the former star anchor of Fox News' primetime lineup, debuted her new show, "Megyn Kelly Today" on NBC at the end of September, and has already made headlines since.

Kelly has long been a staple in the media universe, but she became a household name after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump hurled what many described as a sexist attack against her when she confronted him about his treatment of women during an August 2015 Republican primary debate.

Despite Trump's comments, she continued gaining star power based on her refusal to back down from asking powerful figures difficult and, at times, controversial questions.

In January, Kelly announced on the air that she would be leaving Fox News to "pursue a new challenge."

Here's how she went from a small-town cheerleader to a leading voice in political journalism, to the daytime talk show host she is today.

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Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric that she didn't have much ambition back then. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was 15.

Sources: Elle Magazine and The Washington Post

Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.

Source: Elle Magazine

Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel & Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.

Source: Fox News

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12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age


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When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.

But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?

We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York University and author of "Age Defying Fitness," to go over some of the best basic stretches for everyone.

Remember: Don't do these stretches if they make you uncomfortable or if you have existing muscle problems. Instead, consult a physical therapist.

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First things first: Get seated with good posture. Having that will help you do these stretches correctly.

Start with some neck rotations. Be sure to hold each side for 30 to 60 seconds. This applies to all stretches.

For the neck tilt, be sure to pull your left arm down toward the floor, either holding onto the chair or just pulling down.

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We compared McDonald's 'better chicken' to Chick-fil-A's — and the winner is obvious


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  • McDonald's has introduced a new chicken tender to its menu.
  • The Buttermilk Crispy Tenders seem to be an upgrade to the Chicken Selects.
  • We pitted them against Chick-fil-A's chicken tenders to see how they stacked up.

tenders have enjoyed a checkered past.

In 2015, the company nixed its Chicken Selects tenders after over a decade on the menu, leaving McDonald's diners with McNuggets as the only dippable option.

But now, two years later, the prodigal tender is back with a new name — Buttermilk Crispy Tenders — and a better approach. This new formula, it seems, is a resurrection of the Chicken Selects of yesteryear.

We tested these new tenders recently and were impressed with what we found. But can they hold a candle to the fast-food industry's fried chicken heavyweight champion, Chick-fil-A? We decided to put them to the test.

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Here stand two chicken-tender titans: Chick-fil-A's and McDonald's.

Chick-fil-A has been churning out tenders for years now — they're a tried-and-true part of the menu.

The new tenders from McDonald's come in an ... odd box. One could see it as a cardboard bungalow, slung low with a sauce-pocket porch out front. It's weird, but it's not an issue.

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This beauty startup raised $25 million to defy the retail apocalypse and open stores across America


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  • Online beauty retailer Madison Reed is opening Color Bars where customers can have the company's products applied in-person.
  • It recently raised $25 million to open more stores. 
  • While Madison Reed is not the only company to move from online to physical retail, many retail stores are struggling.

While many retailers are shifting away from brick-and-mortar stores to online marketplaces, Madison Reed is doing the opposite. 

Founded in 2013, the online beauty retailer developed a questionnaire and algorithm meant to determine the ideal hair color for its customers, as well as software that could make recommendations based on photos uploaded by customers.

Now, the company is taking its personalized approach one step further by opening Color Bars where customers can receive coloring services and consult with professional colorists. Two Color Bars are currently operating — one in San Francisco and one in New York City — and the company plans to have 25 open by the end of 2019.

It just raised $25 million in venture funding to help it do so, according to TechCrunch. The round was led by Comcast Ventures with participation from Norwest Venture Partners, True Ventures, and Calibrate Ventures. In total, it has raised $70 million. 

Madison Reed is not the only retailer to expand from an online store to a brick-and-mortar presence, but it is doing so in a difficult business climate. The early results have been positive, according to CEO and co-founder Amy Errett.

"The reaction to our Color Bar concept has been astounding," she told Chain Store Age. "We have focused on catering to women who are comfortable doing their hair color at home, and we will continue to do so. Now with the Color Bars, we also have a solution for women who want the help of a professional Madison Reed colorist, while saving time and money."

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San Francisco's housing market is so out of control, a home has sold for nearly $1 million over asking


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  • A mid-century modern home in San Francisco has sold for nearly $1 million over asking. The buyers moved quickly in order to pre-empt a bidding war.
  • This kind of over-bidding shows the extent of the housing bubble in San Francisco, where tech workers fuel demand.


San Francisco's housing market is so out of control, the new owners of a cavernous hillside home in the city offered nearly $1 million over asking in order to pre-empt a bidding war.

1 Miguel Street went into contract after just two days on the market, closing for $2.6 million. The out-of-state buyers made the deal before any other bids were placed, according to the realtor.

This kind of over-bidding shows the extent of the housing bubble in San Francisco, where a perfect storm of demand, speculation, and exuberance drive real-estate prices sky-high.

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Built in 1957, the mid-century modern home sits on an oversized lot surrounded by trees in the Glen Park neighborhood. Featuring three beds, two and a half baths, and roughly 2,040 square feet, 1 Miguel Street offers panoramic views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Wood-paneled walls, exposed beams, and a wrap-around deck give it a distinct treehouse vibe.

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The residence was a custom commission from local architect Worley K. Wong. The kitchen and bathroom went through a renovation before hitting the market, according to the listing.

Glen Park is a southern enclave of San Francisco that draws wealthy buyers because of its seclusion, picturesque streetscapes, and suburban feel. The median list price in the neighborhood is $1.8 million, and homes typically sell for 124% of the list price.

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31 photos that show the destruction of Hurricane Sandy 5 years ago



Five years ago, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast with a record-setting 14-foot surge.

Winds gusted up to 80 mph, and tides were especially high due to the full moon. It wreaked havoc on the shores of the Northeast, killing at least 100 people.

When Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City on the night of October 29, 2012, the streets were flooded, power lines and trees were knocked down, and the city's iconic boardwalk was destroyed.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a weeklong commemoration this Monday, along with the news that the three most affected counties are now financially "fully  recovered."

Christie also noted that the news "doesn't mean that every family is back in their home ... we're now at about 1,000 homes that are still left." Local grassroots organizations are disputing Christie's numbers, claiming that it's closer to 2,300 homes.

Here, on the fifth anniversary, we take a look back at the destruction the dangerous storm caused on the coasts of New York and New Jersey.  

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Thousands of New Jersey residents were asked to evacuate their homes, and casinos were closed in Atlantic City. In this now iconic scene, a roller coaster in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, has gone underwater.

By October 28, President Obama had officially declared a state of emergency for New Jersey. Here's the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, which was also severely damaged.

After the storm, the ground was completely ripped up in Ortley Beach, New Jersey.

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I tried the popular Silicon Valley diet credited with boosting energy and prolonging life — and it was one of the hardest things I’ve done


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I've been ignoring my mother for a week and a half.

For the past 10 days, I've stifled the small voice she instilled in the back of my mind to remind me that foregoing breakfast is nutritional doom — all for the sake of a hot new diet known as intermittent fasting.

The diet essentially involves abstaining from food for a set period of time ranging from 16 hours to several days — and surprisingly, it has a lot of scientific backing. Large studies have found intermittent fasting to be just as reliable for weight loss as traditional diets. And a few studies in animals have suggested it could have other benefits as well, such as reducing the risk for certain cancers and even prolonging life.

Silicon Valley loves it. A Bay Area group called WeFast meets weekly to collectively break their fasts with a hearty morning meal. Facebook executive Dan Zigmond confines his eating to a narrow time slot; many other CEOs and tech pioneers are sworn "IF" devotees — some even fast for up to 36 hours at a time.

I opted to try a form of the diet known as the 16:8, in which you fast for 16 hours and eat (or "feed," as some proponents call it) for eight hours. With this regimen, you can eat whatever you want — so long as it doesn't fall outside the designated 8-hour window.

Here's how it went.

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Before starting my fast, I had a standard check-up with a doctor, and called Krista Varady, one of the first researchers to study intermittent fasting (IF) in humans.

Varady is a nutrition professor at the University of Illinois and wrote a book about fasting called "The Every-Other-Day Diet" in 2013. She told me that the most scientifically-supported benefit of intermittent fasting is weight loss.

To this end, most of Varady's IF research has involved obese people. Study subjects have lost a significant amount of weight — roughly the same amount they would have on a traditional diet that involves strict eating and calorie counting. 

I told Varady that I was trying out the diet not to lose weight but rather to find out how feasible the plan was. She said that while certain people shouldn't try intermittent fasting — those over 70, people with type 1 diabetes, and women who are pregnant or lactating— "most people can give it a try."

Some research suggests that intermittent fasting has a handful of other benefits, from increased focus to a reduced risk of certain diseases. Some studies even suggest it may help prolong life, but most of that research has been in animals, not people.

Anecdotally, intermittent fasters report that their diets have helped them become more productive, build muscle faster, and sleep better. Members of a Silicon Valley startup called HVMAN skip eating on Tuesdays and claim they get more work done on that day than any other.

Varady said that hundreds of people in her studies have reported similar benefits. "But we haven't studied or quantified any of that yet," she said.

With the go-ahead from my doctor and Varady, I was ready to find out for myself. Based on some advice from other IF fans, I chose to break my daily fast at 12 p.m. and stop eating at 8 p.m., giving me 8 hours to eat or "feed."

I wanted my last meal before my first 16-hour fast to be good, so I made one of my favorites: home-made pizza. I eat pretty healthy most of the time — for my favorite pizza recipe, I top whole-wheat crust with tomato sauce, a blend of cheeses, arugula, and chicken breast. I gobbled a few pieces and got ready to fast.

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Inside IKEA's 'House Party': 30 years of flatpack furniture and what the home of the future could look like


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LONDON — IKEA celebrated its 30th birthday in the UK by hosting a pop-up "House Party" in Soho, London.

IKEA transformed a house on Greek Street into an "immersive experience" showing how the UK's living rooms have transformed in the decades since IKEA first arrived in 1987.

Each floor was decorated to represent a typical living room from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s — as well as a floor dedicated to what IKEA thinks the 2020s could look like.

The "House Party" ran for a week and was open to the public until last Saturday. If you didn't get the chance to go, take a look around with Business Insider:


The "House Party" begins in the 1980s. There's a lot of colour everywhere with bold, blue walls and a bright red sofa.

Throughout the house, IKEA employed actors dressed like they were from each decade to help you get a sense of the era. Boldly coloured clothing and ponytails with scrunchies are the order of the day in the 80s.

Board games are the main form of entertainment in the 1980s living room. Here some IKEA staff dressed in the shop's original uniform enjoy a game of Connect Four.

TVs feature in the living rooms of the 1980s but most are much smaller than the ones we are used to today.


Climb the stairs one floor and now we're in the 1990s. The first thing you notice is the change in colour palette. Gone are the bold colours of the 80s, replaced by beiges and browns. Carpets are also out, replaced by hardwood floors.

The 1990s were when IKEA first introduced its stuffed animal range, popular with many 90s kids, and there's a crate of stuffed snakes and lions in the corner. 

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Japan's toxic culture of overwork drove this 31-year-old woman to death — and it looks like there's no end in sight


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  • Miwa Sado, 31, died after working more than 150 hours in overtime in a month.
  • Her death has been classified as "karoshi" — death by overwork.
  • Her parents recently spoke out in the hope of preventing more deaths.
  • Experts attribute karoshi to Japan's toxic work culture and rigid labour market.
  • The government is trying to halt the trend, but has yet to get very far.

On July 25, 2013, Miwa Sado was found dead in her Tokyo apartment, clutching her mobile phone.

Sado, a reporter for Japan's national broadcaster NHK, had died from congestive heart failure— meaning her heart had grown so weak it couldn't pump enough blood round her body. She was 31.

NHK revealed Sado's death for the first time earlier this month, noting that the journalist's parents initially wanted to keep the death private.

The Sado parents changed their mind earlier this summer, and recently opened up about their daughter's death in a bid to warn others about the dangers of overwork, a phenomenon behind hundreds of deaths a year in Japan alone.

According to labour officials in Tokyo, Sado had clocked up 159 hours and 37 minutes of overtime at work in the month until her death, and 146 hours and 57 minutes in the month before that, Japan's Asahi newspaper reported.

But Sado's father, who trawled through the journalist's mobile phone and work computer, told a press conference earlier this month that her overwork hours actually came up to 209 hours in the month up to her death. That's almost seven hours of overtime a day, including weekends.

The labour office told Asahi: "[Sado] was under circumstances that she could not secure enough days off due to responsibilities that required her to stay up very late. It can be inferred that she was in a state of accumulated fatigue and chronic sleep deprivation."

"Death from overwork"

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Sado's death was officially designated as "karoshi," a Japanese term that literally means "death from overwork."

It's by no means a new phenomenon — the first karoshi case was recorded in 1969, and the number of such victims haven't seemed to go down. In 2015, 189 deaths were listed as karoshi, the Washington Post reported, though analysts think the real toll is higher.

While Japanese politicians have passed legislation meant to prevent further deaths, experts have told Business Insider that the country's toxic work culture is making the problem impossible to combat.

Japanese law says employees are only supposed to work 40 hours a week. Government guidelines say that workers should only put in 45 hours of overtime per month on top of that, but the recommendation is non-binding.

But these directives seem to go ignored, with many workers feeling obliged to work overtime to prove their worth.

"Many companies [and] bosses evaluate performance by face-time," Yoko Ishikura, professor emeritus at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University, told Business Insider. "They do not know how to evaluate performance other than the time.

"We even have survey results [showing] that those who are productive (i.e. finish work efficiently) are not evaluated. Some even perceive those who are around long hours to be good or competent."

Jeff Kingston, an Asian studies professor at Temple University's Tokyo campus, also told BI: "There is a samurai work culture in which employees are expected to be totally dedicated and willing to sacrifice their time and health for their employers.

"There was [previously] a sense that firms were paternalistic and would take care of their employees, but this perception had changed dramatically over the past 25 years, and values that once supported this sanctioned exploitation have shifted in favour of families and private time."

Some workers don't even log overtime hours for fear of getting bad evaluations — meaning they work for free, the Washington Post said.

"Physically and mentally shattered"

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Sado's death is by no means an isolated one.

The first karoshi case was recorded in 1969, when an unnamed 29-year-old employee at a Japanese newspaper company died of a stroke, according to a 1997 International Journal of Health Services paper. The victim reportedly experienced ill health and an increased workload before his death.

In the 1980s, most karoshi victims were middle-aged men in white-collar jobs, Hiroshi Kawahito, a lawyer and secretary-general of the National Defense Counsel for Victims of Karoshi, told Reuters. Now, almost one in five karoshi victims is female women, he said.

Work-related suicides among females and employees under 29 have also risen over the past few years, according to Reuters.

On Christmas Day 2015, 24-year-old ad agency employee Matsuri Takahashi jumped to her death from her dormitory after working around 100 hours of overtime the month before. Weeks before her death, she posted on social media, according to the Guardian, to say: "I'm physically and mentally shattered" and "I want to die."

On October 11, Tokyo labour officials also determined that a 23-year-old construction worker's suicide was karoshi, the Associated Press reported. The unnamed man's body was found in the central Japan mountains in April, alongside a note that said he was "physically and mentally pushed to the limit."

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Professor Kingston said: "Excessive working hours are nothing new in Japan, and it's only because survivor families have lobbied the government to grant recognition of such deaths that we are now seeing so many cases reported in the media and firms getting sued for compensation.

japan overwork statistics"In the past such problems were swept under the national tatami mat but as norms have become globalized, and Japan's excessive work culture has come under intensified scrutiny, such practices are no longer acceptable."

Not all workers who die after exhibiting signs of faltering health and overwork are classified as karoshi victims.

Government officials investigate the particulars of a case, and then decide whether or not it counts.

Once a death has been classed as karoshi, the worker's family can claim government compensation.

According to a Japanese government survey published last October, more than one in five of the companies that responded had employees work more than 80 hours of overtime a month.

That's about four hours of overtime a day, excluding weekends. The paper also claimed that 2,159 people committed suicide in 2015 due to work issues.

Japan's labour market problems

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Japan's rigid labour market likely plays a role in its overwork culture. Despite being the world's third-largest economy, the country has a low productivity rate, a growing labour market shortage, and a shrinking population.

There are about one and a half job vacancies per applicant in Japan, the government reported in September— the highest for more than 40 years. People aged 65 or above make up 25% of the country's population, the country's statistics bureau calculated this year, and the overall population is also expected to decrease by a third by the middle of the century.

Despite this, the working world in Japan remains inflexible.

"Companies still follow a one-shot recruiting process and promotion is quite fixed and rigid," Ishikura said. "Once you leave a company, it becomes difficult to find another job."

"Fundamental change is needed"

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After Sado's death, NHK introduced various workplace reforms that included requiring employees to get managers' permission to work after 10 p.m. or over holidays, Asahi reported.

Other offices have devised creative ways to prevent employees from overworking, albeit with limited success.

Construction company Mitsui Home's headquarters blasts the "Rocky" theme tune at 6 p.m. every day to encourage employees to leave, Reuters reported.

In February, the Japanese government also introduced "Premium Friday," a campaign encouraging firms to let workers leave a few hours early on the last Friday of each month so they can go shopping or eating — activities that will boost the economy, basically.

But less than a year after its launch, "Premium Friday" has already proven unpopular, with only a small number of companies putting the plan into action, the Japan Times reported.

Ishikura said of the office incentives: "These things may help a bit in that it makes people aware or notice that it is 5 o'clock etc, but these measures seem to be so out of touch with the reality of work, like Premium Friday which really did not make any impact, and [was] short-lived.

"Fundamental change is needed."

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In April, the government also proposed capping the number of overtime hours to 100 a month in an apparent attempt to curb the country's toxic overwork culture.

Critics have dismissed the plan as futile. According to Reuters, a cardiovascular death is typically classified as karoshi if an employee has worked 100 hours of overtime in the month up to their death, or 80 hours of overtime in two or more consecutive months over the previous six.

Ichiro Natsume, head of the Labour Lawyers' Association of Japan, told Agence France-Presse the government's proposal was "tantamount to endorsing a limit that could cause overwork deaths."

"This is a cosmetic change that is unlikely to dramatically change firms' management practices and excessive demands on workers," Kingston said.

"Karoshi is a manifestation of weak management skills and low productivity, so firms have a great opportunity to improve their performance and take better care of employees," Kingston said. "Alas, there is a lingering faith in perspiration over inspiration, and a belief that total dedication and personal sacrifice are essential."

Ishikura also said the proposed cap is "one attempt" to protect workers from karoshi, but not an end solution. "The fundamental issue is more of rigid and outdated labor practice[s], and people feel that they are not able to design their own career or lifestyle," she said.

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"My treasure, living hope, and biggest support"

NHK was Sado's first job after university. After graduating as a law major from Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University in 2005, she started work at the network's office in Kagoshima, southern Japan, before moving to the Tokyo branch in 2010.

Sado was the youngest out of her team of five, which was plagued by bad teamwork, according to her mother. She rarely took weekends off and worked until midnight almost every night, the New York Times reported.

Miwa's name means "peace to the future," and was the eldest of three siblings. She was even supposed to get married, Asahi said: Before her cremation, her fiancé put a wedding ring on her.

Her mother said: "She was my treasure, living hope, and biggest support. After her passing, my life turned on its head and I am unable to smile and be happy from the bottom of my heart."

The fear held in Japan by those who have examined the issues closely is that, unless far more drastic reform takes place, there will be more mothers making identical laments for years to come.

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This is now the most powerful passport in the world



Collecting passports has become a status symbol for the super-rich— or those who simply love to travel.

However, some are much more sought-after than others.

And Singapore has been named as the country with the most powerful passport in the world in a new report.

The 2017 Global Passport Power Rank, produced by advisory firm Arton Capital, put Singapore at the top of its list.

It ranked all of the passports of the world by their "total visa-free score," where a point is given for each country that their holders can visit without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or using electronic travel authorisation.

It gave Singapore a score of 159, meaning holders of a Singaporean passport can now easily visit 159 countries, either visa-free or by gaining a visa on arrival.

According to CNN, the top ranking for Singapore is thanks to a recent decision by Paraguay to remove visa requirements for passport holders of the Asian city-state.

Until this decision, Singapore was tied with Germany at 158. Germany now holds the spot for the second most powerful passport at 158, closely followed by Sweden and South Korea at 157.

The United Kingdom got a score of 156, while the United States got 154.

This is the first time an Asian country has had the most powerful passport in the world, according to Arton Capital.

Meanwhile, the least mobile passport in the world is Afghanistan, with a score of 22, followed by Pakistan and Iraq at 26.

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Kate, William, and Harry are hiring someone to run their social media — here's how you can apply


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  • Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are hiring a senior communications officer.
  • The successful applicant will handle social media for the trio.
  • The closing date is October 26 at 11.55.p.m.

Kate, William, and Harry are arguably the most down-to-earth royals of all time — and you could say they'd make for decent bosses.

And if you've always fancied a royal job title, you could be in luck.

Kensington Palace has posted a job listing for a senior communications officer to do the social media for Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a maternity cover contract.

Specifically, the role will entail delivering daily news and updates to the media, and communicating with audiences via traditional, digital, and social media.

The successful candidate will "lead communications plans and the delivery of engagements and overseas tours," according to the post. They will also be in charge of writing press releases and giving press briefings.

They'll be required to work a typical 37.5 hour-week, but will also handle out-of-hour media enquiries.

While the salary is unknown, a Digital Communications Officer vacancy was advertised on the Queen's website earlier this year for £30,000 per year, while in 2016 the Royal Household was hunting for a Social Media Specialist for £50,000 per year.

In order to apply, applicants must have "extensive experience within communications, marketing, or media, with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. The ability to make decisions, using integrity and judgment whilst exercising caution is also an essential requisite for the job, as is the ability to handle sensitive information with tact and discretion at all times."

If this sounds like you, you'd better be quick as the closing date for applications is tomorrow — October 26 — at 11.55 p.m.

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This city is one of the most visited in Europe — and you’ve probably never heard of it


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One of the fastest-growing cities in Turkey is among the most visited destinations in Europe — and you may not have even heard of it.

According to Euromonitor International's annual Top 100 City Destinations ranking for 2017, which measures international tourist arrivals in 100 of the world's leading cities, the first and second most visited places in the world (as of 2015) were London and Paris, with 18.5 million and 15 million international annual visitors respectively.

Turkey's Istanbul came in third, with 12.4 million. But it was Antalya, a resort city on Turkey's western Mediterranean coast with a pretty harbour and old town, that was the fourth most visited place in Europe, beating the likes of Berlin, Barcelona, and Rome.

It receives over 10 million visitors each year, according to the report, hitting 10.8 million in 2015.

And it's not hard to see why. Antalya, known in ancient times as Lycia, belongs to the so-called Turkish Riviera, or Turquoise Coast. It also benefits from some of the most undeveloped coastline in the Mediterranean, according to The Telegraph Travel.

It has abundant Turkish culture, a preserved historic city of Kaleiçi, an idyllic harbour, and hazy-blue mountains as a backdrop to its stunning beaches, resembling Rio de Janeiro's somewhat.


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100 zombies stumbled through London to celebrate the 8th season of The Walking Dead


London has been invaded by the walking dead. The zombies emerged from the River Thames and marched through the streets of London, terrorising and scaring the public.

They even managed to take over Waterloo Station, turning it into "Walkerloo".

The zombies were in London for a PR event to celebrate the premiere of the 8th season of The Walking Dead, which debuted in the UK on October 23rd.

Each actor spent hours in makeup beforehand to achieve the gruesome look.

Produced by David Ibekwe.

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Hugely popular 'healthy' US ice cream brand Halo Top is coming to Britain


Halo Top ice cream is pictured in a grocery store freezer in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., August 7, 2017.

  • 'Healthy' ice cream brand Halo Top is recruiting a marketing manager in the UK.
  • Launched in 2012, the brand is now the best selling ice cream in the US.

LONDON — Halo Top, a fastgrowing Los Angeles-based ice cream brand, is coming to the UK.

The ice cream maker, which markets itself as a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream, is advertising for a London-based marketing manager to "help Halo Top expand in the UK by managing the launch." The job listing was first reported by industry paper The Grocer.

The Grocer says the brand is targeting a January launch in the UK and has reportedly secured listing contracts with major supermarkets.

Launched in the US in 2012, Halo Top is one of the fastest-growing food companies in the world. Sales hit $132.4 million last year, and in August Halo Top surpassed Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry's to become the best selling ice cream in the US.

The low-calorie, high-protein ice cream brand markets itself as a "healthier" alternative to traditional ice cream, using stevia instead of sugar. The company is a hit with health-conscious millennials and has used platforms such as Facebook and Instragram to propel its success, as well as off-beat TV adverts.

Halo Top's 17 flavours include Birthday Cake and Chocolate Mocha Chip, along with more traditional varieties such as vanilla and strawberry.

While the company markets itself as a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream, some nutritionists have questioned the claim.

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Londoners are dining in festive igloos by the Thames that have blankets and a waiter button


London restaurant Coppa Club has launched its festive dining igloos by the Thames for the second year, but this time they're slightly different.

Last year’s igloos were bought online for £650 each, but they proved quite difficult to operate, so Coppa Club decided to make their own.

The new versions are made from timber beams and perspex and have sliding doors.

They are heated to keep guests warm. There's also blankets to snuggle in and a button to call a waiter to the igloo.

As soon as the igloos launched, the restaurant was overwhelmed by customers trying to get a spot. They had to hire 10 extra staff to cope with demand.

The igloos are fully booked until mid-January 2018, but three of them are available for walk-ins.

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The Queen has made £7 million in prize money from her racehorses — and is one of the most successful owners in Britain


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The Queen's horses have won close to £7 million in prize money over the past 30 years, according to new figures reported by The Telegraph.

Her Majesty's love of riding and breeding horses is well-known.

However, it's more than just a hobby — last year alone she made £557,650 in winnings, and her total earnings over 30 years has hit £6,704,941, according to data from myracing.com.

Her most successful horse, Merlin, has earned her a total of £21,768.

Buckingham Palace declined to provide The Telegraph a breakdown of where the money goes, but the newspaper said most of it is believed to go to the horses' trainers.

The Queen reportedly sits in 11th place in the Owners’ Flat Championship table — awarded to the owner who has won the most prize money on Britain’s turf and all-weather tracks throughout the season — with 18 wins.

She has recorded 451 race wins — and a win percentage of 15.9% — over the past 30 years.

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The Queen met a spooky skeleton horse – but it wasn't anything to do with Halloween


As a monarch, you are asked to do a wide variety of things - including inspecting a horse painted to look like a skeleton.

That was the task that befell Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday (October 24) at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's barracks in London's Hyde Park.

A horse expert through her ownership of racing horses, the Queen showed a keen interest in the bone structure that had been painted on the horse to help teach soldiers about the anatomy of the creatures.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment take part in ceremonial occasions in the UK, including Trooping the Colour and the State Opening of Parliament.

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These are the 20 hottest ZIP codes in America



  • Realtor.com recently released a list of the hottest ZIP codes in America.
  • Millennials played a big role.
  • Safe neighborhoods with lots of food and drink options ranked high on the list.

Millennials are making waves in the housing market, according to a new list of America's hottest ZIP codes from Realtor.com.

While much has been made of millennials' inability to move beyond renting into homeownership, Danielle Hale, the chief economist for Realtor.com, found that "the hottest housing markets are the ones that appeal to millennial preferences." In a press release announcing the list, she mentioned affordability and the quality of nightlife, restaurants, and outdoor activity opportunities as common features among the most popular ZIP codes.

The study also found that robust job markets, high salaries, large contingents of older millennials (ages 25 to 34), and high rates of millennial homeownership were common in the top markets.

These are the top 20 ZIP codes, ranked by how often their homes are viewed on Realtor.com and how quickly they sell.

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20. Kennewick, Washington (99336)

Kennewick is an excellent neighborhood for outdoor enthusiasts, with its many parks and trails for hiking and biking.

Source: Go2kennewick.com

19. San Antonio, Texas (78247)

The third-fastest growing city in the United States, San Antonio is known for its rich variety of cultural and historical destinations. 

Source: Visitsantantonio.com

18. Wichita, Kansas (67212)

Wichita is an attractive destination for those who like spending time outdoors. The city's air quality is 21% better than the national average, and its pollution index is 95% better than the national average.

Source: Visitwichita.com

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Serena Williams is selling her Bel Air mansion for nearly $12 million—take a look inside


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  • Serena Williams has put her Bel Air home on the market.
  • It's listed for nearly double what she paid for it. 
  • It has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in total.

It's been a pretty good year for Serena Williams. After winning the Australian Open while two months pregnant in January and giving birth to her first child in September, Williams is now listing her Bel Air mansion for significantly more than she bought it.

She's also currently engaged to Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.

The house, which Williams bought in 2006 for a little over $6 million, is now on the market for just under $12 million, according to Trulia. At 6,101 square feet, the home boasts six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, plus a bar, gym, and pool.

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The home is one of the largest properties in Stone Canyon, a segment of the ritzy Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The house was built in 1935 and has plenty of greenery ...

... including private hiking trails nearby.

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Maserati is planning a new SUV — but its Levante is still worth a look (FCAU)


Maserati Levante

  • The Levante was Maserati's first SUV.
  • It helped increase sales for the brand in 2016 and 2017.
  • Now it will be joined by a small SUV.

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 a 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 all changed in 2016, and it couldn't have happened 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.

Maserati took the same plunge, and it's paid off as sales have steadily risen in 2017. Now FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne will greenlight a second SUV, smaller than the Levante but that continues the trend.

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. Last year, we got some time behind the wheel, from a working farm and restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, about an hour north of New York, to Bear Mountain.

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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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