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Tonya Harding's agent quits after she allegedly demanded reporters stop bringing up her past, or be fined $25,000

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  • Tonya Harding is back in the limelight with the release and Oscar buzz for biopic "I, Tonya."
  • However, she doesn't want to talk to reporters about her past. 
  • Her longtime agent/publicist is no longer working with Harding after she allegedly demanded that "reporters sign an affidavit stating that they won't ask her anything 'about the past' or they'll be fined $25,000."


If it feels like 1994 all over again it's because Tonya Harding is causing another media eruption.

The disgraced figure skater — who in 1994 was front-and-center when her follow skater, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked after a practice at the US Figure Skating Championships by an assailant hired by Harding's ex-husband —doesn't want to talk about her past.

Though she's back in the limelight because of the award-season hopeful, "I, Tonya," which along with exploring Harding's abusive upbringing is also a deep-dive into the Kerrigan attack, Harding doesn't want to explore it any further.

In fact, she allegedly even wants reporters to sign a document before interviewing her stating they won't ask about it. 

On Thursday, Michael A. Rosenberg, Harding's longtime agent/publicist, posted on his Facebook page that he would no longer work for Harding because she was adamant that "reporters sign an affidavit stating that they won't ask her anything 'about the past' or they'll be fined $25,000."

"Obviously, it doesn't work that way; and therefore I've chosen to terminate our business relationship," Rosenberg wrote in his post, which was later deleted.

USA Today columnist Christine Brennan tweeted out a screengrab of it before it was deleted:

After years of staying out of the public eye, the release and Oscar buzz for "I, Tonya," in which Margot Robbie plays Harding, has led to a comeback of sorts for the real Harding, as audiences see her in a new light. The movie depicts her as a woman who dealt with physical and mental abuse from both her mother and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly most of her life up to the 1994 incident. 

However, there's still the question that lingers about how much she knew about the Kerrigan attack. 

Both "I, Tonya" and the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, "The Price of Gold," which sparked screenwriter Steven Rogers to write the "I, Tonya" script, portray Harding as being unaware of the planned attack.

Business Insider asked Rogers before the movie opened in December if he was motivated at all to get to the bottom of what Harding knew before writing the script. 

"It was before I figured out the story I wanted to tell," Rogers said. "Once I knew how I was going to do it, where everyone was going to say what their point of view was, then I didn't care."

Business Insider contacted Rosenberg and Harding's lawyer for comment, but did not get a response. 

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A look at the life of Steve Jobs' youngest daughter Eve, an accomplished equestrian and Stanford student who trains on a $15 million ranch

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• Eve Jobs is the youngest child of late Apple founder Steve Jobs.

• She is currently attending Stanford University.

• Jobs is an accomplished equestrian with years of national and international competition under her belt.



Eve Jobs, the youngest child of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has accomplished quite a lot, so far.

The 19-year-old is an experienced equestrian, for starters.

Equnews reported that she was named Show Jumping Hall of Fame "rider of the month" for March 2017. She's aced show jumping competitions all around the globe, including events in the Hamptons, Lexington, Kentucky, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

She also found the time to get accepted into Stanford University, one of the most competitive schools in the US.

The youngest child of late Apple founder Steve Jobs and billionaire investor Laurene Powell-Jobs, the college student's family is worth around $20.1 billion, according to Forbes.

Here's a look inside her glamorous life:

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The youngest child of Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell-Jobs, Eve Jobs was born in 1998. She has two older siblings, Reed and Erin.

Source: "Steve Jobs"



In the biography "Steve Jobs," Walter Isaacson describes Jobs as growing up to become "a strong-willed, funny firecracker" who knew how to take on her famous father.

Source: "Steve Jobs"



Isaacson wrote that Jobs would even call her father's assistant at work to ensure that she was "put on his calendar."

Source: "Steve Jobs"



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Leonardo DiCaprio will reportedly star in Quentin Tarantino's next movie, which revolves around the Charles Manson murders

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino's next movie.
  • The movie is set in Los Angeles during the summer of the Charles Manson murders.
  • This will be the first time Tarantino and DiCaprio have teamed up since 2012's "Django Unchained."


Quentin Tarantino is diving into his rich stable of actors for his next movie. 

The writer-director has reportedly signed on Leonardo DiCaprio to star in his next movie, according to Deadline (however, Business Insider is hearing the actor is still in talks and hasn't officially signed on yet). The movie will be set in 1969 Los Angeles, during the summer of the Charles Manson murders.

Tarantino and DiCaprio last teamed on the 2012 movie "Django Unchained."

According to Deadline, DiCaprio will play an aging actor in the movie. Specifics on the movie are still under wraps, however, the site is reporting that it will not be fully focused on the Manson murders, in which a group of Charles Manson followers entered the home of actress Sharon Tate and murdered her and four other people. Deadline also reported that the story will have a "Pulp Fiction" feel. (Tarantino's 1994 classic told a collection of interconnected stories.)

The movie will be released by Sony, which nabbed the project following a bidding war in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's firing from The Weinstein Company. Up until then, Tarantino had only made movies at Weinstein-backed companies TWC and Miramax.

Sony declined to comment for this story. Business Insider contacted DiCaprio and Tarantino's representatives for confirmation but did not get an immediate response.

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Meet the 20-year-old Florida man who announced he won the $450 million Mega Millions lottery on Facebook and credits 'a positive mindset'

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Mega Millions lottery winner Shane Missler from Florida

  • The Mega Millions lottery reached its fourth-largest jackpot in history last week at $450 million.
  • The sole winner is 20-year-old Shane Missler, who announced his win on Facebook with three words: "Oh. My. God."
  • Missler is a Florida resident and is taking the lump sum of nearly $282 million.

 

A 20-year-old Florida man became an instant multi-millionaire last Friday upon discovering he won the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot.

"Oh. My. God." Shane Missler wrote on his Facebook page January 5, mere hours after the Mega Millions draw. He reportedly broke the news to his dad over a cup of coffee the next morning.

Missler bought five lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven store in Pasco County, Florida earlier that day, according to the Daily Mail, using money he previously won from a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Missler — who is originally from Maine and a proud fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics, according to his social media accounts — will take the lump sum of $281,874,999, according to a statement from his lawyer.

"I'm only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity," Missler said.

The money will be paid to a trust called "Secret 007, LLC" and Missler will be the managing member, according to lottery officials in Florida.

"Although I'm young I've had a crash course this week in financial management and I feel so fortunate to have this incredible wealth and team behind me. I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future," Missler said.

Missler quit his job at a local background screening company shortly after the win. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history, and Missler is the sole winner. He credits his good fortune to positive thinking.

"If there is one thing I have learned thus far in my short time on this earth it is that those who maintain a positive mindset and stay true to themselves get rewarded," he said. "I look forward to the future."

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A look inside the unique relationship of Oprah Winfrey and her partner of 32 years Stedman Graham, who's said she'd make a great president for years

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• Oprah Winfrey began dating Stedman Graham in 1986, the same year her namesake show launched.

• Winfrey and Graham got engaged in 1992, but ultimately decided against marriage.

• Graham's suggestion that Winfrey run for president at the 2018 Golden Globes isn't the first time he's encouraged her to enter the realm of politics.



Interest in media mogul Oprah Winfrey's hypothetical 2020 presidential run is surging.

Even US President Donald Trump has weighed in. While Trump asserted he'd beat Winfrey, in past years he said the former queen of daytime talk would be his ideal running mate, Business Insider reported.

Still, Winfrey's well-received Golden Globes speech, which touched upon the #MeToo movement, the free press, and the importance of combatting injustice, has catapulted her name to the forefront of this early presidential speculation.

And her longtime partner Stedman Graham's comments to the The Los Angeles Times also helped fuel widespread interest in her political prospects.

Graham, who runs management and marketing consulting firm S. Graham and Associates, has been with Winfrey for 32 years.

Here's a look inside their relationship:

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Harper's Bazaar reported that the couple first met at a charity event in 1986, the same year The Oprah Winfrey Show launched. They began dating that year.

Source: Harper's Bazaar, People



Winfrey told People magazine that some people in her circle questioned her boyfriend's intentions because of his good looks: "They figured if he looked like that, he either had to be a jerk or want something."

Source: Harper's Bazaar, People



But that didn't deter Winfrey. According to People, in the early days of their relationship, Graham would spend weekends at her "lavish condo on Chicago's Gold Coast," and even began leaving a toothbrush there.

Source: People



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7 down-to-earth quotes that shed light on how Mark and Tiffany Cuban make marriage work

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• Mark and Tiffany Cuban may be worth billions, but their relationship is low-key and, for the most part, out of the spotlight.

• The "Shark Tank" star and the former advertising executive first met at the gym in 1997.

• Their own words help to paint a picture of their marriage, from their philosophy on parenthood to Tiffany's lack of enthusiasm over her husband's political ambitions.



"Shark Tank" star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and his wife Tiffany are worth billions, but their meet-cute story is refreshingly relatable.

The entrepreneur and the former advertising executive met at the gym in 1997. They dated for years, and ultimately wed in 2002 in an intimate ceremony in Barbados.

The Cubans are currently worth $3.3 billion, according to Forbes, and have three children.

Here are a few quotes that succinctly illustrate their down-to-earth marriage of 15 years:

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Back before the couple tied the knot in 2002, they were candid with the press about their reluctance to prematurely marry. "It's such a serious commitment," Cuban told The New York Times in 2000.

Source: The New York Times



Tiffany also spoke to The New York Times about some of the "scheduling problems" fueled by her then-boyfriend's work ethic — and late-night computer use. "He can't turn it off," she said. "He just can't!"

Source: The New York Times



But certain strategies helped the couple overcome pain points. In a 2012 interview with NBC 5, Tiffany revealed that she often avoids sitting with her husband at Mavericks games, due to his tendency to yell a lot in the stands. "I have fewer headaches," she said. "It's a business to him... I can still be a fan and watch it from my seat and experience it like a fan."

Source: NBC 5



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The 13 cheapest holiday destinations in the world for couples

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With dreary weather and low moods, planning a holiday can be the perfect January pick-me-up — especially for couples considering a Valentine's Day getaway.

The Post Office Holiday Money Report — released today — has revealed the cheapest holiday hotspots in the world in 2018 that make for the perfect holiday for two.

To produce the ranking, the company looked at the cost of the following items in 42 destinations around the world: a three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine, cup of coffee, bottle of local beer, can of Coca-Cola, glass of wine, bottle of still water, suncream, and insect repellent.

It doesn't include how much it costs to get somewhere, or the price of accommodation.

The costs were compiled with the help of national and regional tourist boards and specialist tour operators. And there's good news — in more than 40% of the places on the list, the costs of items like meals and drinks are less than they were a year ago.

From Bali to Budapest, scroll down for a look at the cheapest holiday destinations in the world for couples, ranked in ascending order by the total cost of key holiday essentials:

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13. Mombasa, Kenya — £66.77 for holiday essentials.

Cup of coffee:£1.63

Beer: £2.29

Coca-Cola: £1.51

Glass of wine: £3.26

Bottle of mineral water: £0.50

Suncream: £11.25

Insect repellant: £2.27

Meal for two: £44.06



12. Bali, Indonesia — £66.61.

Cup of coffee: £2.10

Beer: £1.38

Coca-Cola: £0.51

Glass of wine: £4.50

Bottle of mineral water: £0.36

Suncream: £10.32

Insect repellant:£0.64

Meal for two: £46.80



11. Hoi An, Vietnam — £65.85.

Cup of coffee: £1.45

Beer: £2.18

Coca-Cola: £1.45

Glass of wine: £5.08

Bottle of mineral water: £0.54

Suncream: £4.35

Insect repellant: £1.81

Meal for two: £48.99



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Apple didn't know that activist investors wanted it it take on child safety (AAPL)

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  • Apple didn't know that two of its biggest investors, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, wanted it to take a bigger role in children safety.
  • Apple was given a heads-up call shortly before the investors publicly released a letter calling for changes, but the letter wasn't the result of previous talks or suggestions made privately to Apple. 
  • The letter received an immediate response from Apple promising to add features and upgrade its existing child safety features.  Apple also pointed out that it has offered child safety features since 2008.


Last week, Apple was the target of an interesting PR situation in which everyone involved walked away winners.

Apple was somewhat blindsided by an open letter by activist hedge fund JANA Partners and powerhouse institutional investor the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) demanding that the iPhone maker do more to protect kids from the dangers of too much screen time, a person familiar with the situation tells Business Insider.

The company received a "courtesy call," shortly before this PR campaign launched, as this person described it, but the investors had not been in talks behind-the-scenes with Apple prior to the letter being made public.

In the letter, investors that jointly owned $2 billion worth of Apple stock, asked Apple to invest in research on the topic and to create a committee that included academic researchers to help it create new child safety features.

Apple promptly responded with a statement, pointing out that it's had parental controls in its software since 2008 but promising to update them. "Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online. We have new features and enhancements planned for the future to add functionality and make these tools even more robust."

As to why Jana chose Apple, "Apple was a logical place to start," this person said, because Apple is "socially responsible and they are perfectly positioned because they are the gateway for teens to get to these things. If you are trying to stop water from coming out of a hose it's more effective to grab the hose than try and grab every drop of water coming out of the hose."

We're looking at you, Facebook

Interestingly, the motivation behind targeting Apple in this way wasn't Apple at all. It was Facebook.

Mark ZuckerbergLast month, Facebook said that using Facebook helped improve feelings of "depression and loneliness." It cited as evidence, in part, a study that Facebook itself conducted with Carnegie Mellon University, along with a few other studies from other universities.

Naturally, Facebook's blog post didn't mention a large study published a few months earlier by researchers at Yale and UC San Diego that found the reverse: the more that people used Facebook, the worse many of them felt.

The folks at Jana felt that Facebook was being somewhat disingenuous about the research and didn't want Apple to "take the same kind of insular approach and say, 'Don't worry about it. We'll get our software engineers together and figure this out," this person said. "This needs to be a public discussion. You need to involve experts." 

"Shareholders care about this," the person added.

On top of that, Apple was chosen because Jana and CalSTRS thought that it would be easier for Apple to move on this and it could influence others in Silicon Valley.

Jana spokesperson Charles Penner explained during a CNBC interview, "It's not part of Apple's business model to encourage over usage the same way it is, arguably, for a Facebook or a Twitter." 

Another reason for the PR campaign

But there was another reason at play for this whole letter being done as a public relations campaign rather than a behind-the-scenes discussion.

Barry RosensteinThe hedge fund Jana, founded by billionaire Barry Rosenstein, is just about to launch a new socially responsible investment fund. It is out seeking limited partners investors to be part of it, it said.

Pushing Apple to help kids was a way to show its potential LPs it could be influential in a new kind activism. Jana has been the classic type of activist investor that bought stakes in underperforming companies and pressured them into mergers, acquisitions or management changes. It's perhaps best known for pushing Whole Foods to sell itself but it has also targeted Walgreens, ConAgra and many others over the years.

Recently, Jana has been on the wane, finishing December with $4.6 billion of assets under management, down more than half from the $11 billion it had in 2015, Bloomberg's Suzy Waite and Scott Deveau reported.

While Apple could not have loved to be targeted like this – and there's no indication yet that Tim Cook is talking to Jana and CalSTRS about its new child safety plans  – Apple has walked away a winner too. 

It gets to show that it cares about kids and listens to investors all with one swift PR statement.

Best of all, should Apple really come through with industry leading child safety controls, the biggest winners of all will be the kids. 

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The 'father of the iPod' has designed a new kind of mechanical watch

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  • The Ressence Type 2 e-Crown concept pairs a mechanical watch to a phone. 
  • It allows the user to set the time and change time-zones with a tap of the watch glass. 
  • The design of the e-Crown was contributed to by former Apple designer and founder of Nest Tony Fadell, considered one of the "fathers of the iPod."
  • No pricing has been revealed for the watch yet as it is still a concept model. 


Ressence's new watch has combined the latest tech with a mechanical watch movement to enable the user to set it by simply tapping the glass, according to wristwatch website Hodinkee.

Its latest concept watch, the Type 2 e-Crown, was in part designed by ex-Apply designer Tony Fadell and connects wirelessly to a phone. This means it can be set to two different time-zones and be set to the correct time instantly after it has stopped. 

Ressence has a long line of innovations in the watchmaking world, from an oiled filled watch to their ROCS display system.

The Type 2 e-Crown will be officially unveiled at the watch fair in Geneva, SIHH 2018, where Ressence will be exhibiting alongside the big watch brands such as Jaeger LeCoultre and Tag Heuer. 

The e-Crown technology sits between Ressence's special ROCS module and the traditional mechanical movement. It is powered by both wrist movement and also solar panels hidden behind the dial, with all of the components meeting aerospace or medical standards. 

Ressence e Crown architecture

Mechanical watches need to be moved constantly, otherwise they will stop ticking. But the e-Crown can instantly reset itself to the correct time, even if it hasn't been worn in months.

Ressence is not the only brand to be squeezing tech into traditional watch making, with Tissot's T-Touch range and Breitling's Emergency both bringing outdoors technology into a watch.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves giving hugs — here are 19 of his most amusing awkward encounters

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for being a charismatic, powerful, and controversial figure.

As the 67-year-old leader of a country with more than 1.3 billion people as well as one of the world's strongest militaries and largest economies, his influence is undeniable.

But there's something else about Modi that not many outside India may know: He loves giving hugs.

From government officials to presidents to prominent businessmen and dictators, everyone gets an embrace.

Here are 19 of Modi's most amusing awkward encounters:

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was caught off guard.



After a bilateral meeting in 2015, former President Barack Obama didn't know how to handle Modi's hug either.



Former US Secretary of State John Kerry decided to chat mid-hug, perhaps to make the whole thing a little bit less awkward.



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6 surprising things people always get wrong about American millionaires

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The habits and tastes of millionaires are fascinating to those of us with less-than-seven figure bank accounts.

According to a report on American millionaires by Wealth Engine, about 7% of the US adult population has a net worth greater than $1 million.

Below, we've highlighted some interesting facts about rich Americans that may surprise you, from the type of car they drive to their political affiliations.

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They're not all filthy rich. In fact, 95% have a net worth between $1 million and $5 million.



More rich Americans identify as Democrat (58%) than Republican (38%).



They don't only drive luxury cars. Ford is the second most popular car brand behind Mercedes and ahead of BMW.



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A strange diet is designed to slow aging by mimicking fasting — but you can eat normally most of the time

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  • Evidence suggests that fasting could help cure disease and prevent aging, though a number of fasting interventions sound difficult and unpleasant.
  • One researcher has developed the fasting-mimicking diet, which he says could provide the benefits of fasting but only requires eating a specific way for five days at a time once every few months.
  • Still, eating healthily and exercising are important for people who want to reduce disease risk and prevent aging.


Most of us don't just want to live longer. We want stay healthier at the same time — an extra 20-30 years lying in a sickbed sounds terrible.

Valter Longo, the director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California, believes that by eating in a specific way, people might be able to live past 100 without developing debilitating diseases.

There's solid evidence that suggests periodic fasting could prolong lifespan and prevent disease. Longo has designed a diet that he says provides the benefits of fasting while still letting people eat normally most of the time.

Longo explains his fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) in his new book, "The Longevity Diet." It's designed to provide the benefits of fasting while only having people cut back on food for five days at a time. These fasts can be done as often as once a month or as infrequently as once every six months. Most people could theoretically reap the benefits by doing the fast three or four times a year.

Studies — including at least one clinical trial with 100 participants — have found that this diet can significantly alter signs of disease, reduce weight and body fat, lower blood pressure, decrease levels of biomarkers associated with cancer, and improve blood-sugar levels.

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The fasting-mimicking diet

People on the FMD eat normally for 25 days, but the five-day fast portion is no joke.

On those days, participants eat a specific blend of nutrients that amount to 1,100 calories on the first day and 800 calories per day on days two through five.

Nutritionally, most of these calories come from complex carbohydrates (like vegetables), healthy fats (olive oil), and plant-based protein (from nuts).

Although it's still far too early to say whether doing the FMD every so often will actually prolong life in the long term, the basic idea is appealing. Fasting is known to trigger physical changes that seem to be associated with longer life and disease prevention. Early clinical trials indicate that restricting calorie intake seems to trigger similarly promising physical changes in people, which is why it's sometimes discussed as a potential anti-aging intervention. 

But as Longo explains in the book, calorie restriction usually involves reducing caloric intake by 20-30%, which sounds kind of miserable in the long term. And animal and human studies suggest that many of the physical changes associated with fasting start during a shorter fast.

Longo used that data, along with other anti-aging studies, examinations of how centenarians eat and live, and the clinical trials conducted so far, to design the FMD to provide "the benefits of fasting without the deprivation and hunger" (except for that five-day period).

Longo also created a company that sells the meals people consume while on the fasting portion of the diet, though he says 100% of his shares in that company and all profits from the book go to a non-profit foundation he created that's dedicated toward research on treating and preventing disease.

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Living a healthy life

The studies conducted so far have allowed people to eat whatever they pleased for the 25 non-fasting days, but Longo emphasizes in the book that science supports certain eating plans regardless.

Most research indicates that the people who live longest and stay healthy tend to eat a largely plant-based pescatarian diet that's relatively low in protein. Longo thinks this is ideal — a mostly vegan and fish-based lifestyle, though one in which moderate consumption of wine and coffee are permitted.

For someone in good health who is eating like this and getting regular exercise, he thinks the FMD might be beneficial to do twice a year.

For healthy people eating a more "normal" diet, he wrote that the FMD might be beneficial once every four or five months. People with at least two risk factors for cancer, diabetes, or heart disease who are overweight could consider doing the FMD once a month, Longo says.

You should talk to your doctor before any major diet or lifestyle change, especially since intense fasting can be dangerous for people who are pregnant or have diabetes or other health conditions.

Dietary interventions can have powerful effects, and a way to get the benefits of fasting without having to drastically cut calories all the time could be promising. But people who really want to become supercentenarians should probably pay attention to all aspects of your lifestyle.

SEE ALSO: Fasting could prevent aging and transform your body, but it goes against everything we think of as healthy

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Sarah Jessica Parker explains the big tone shift in season 2 of HBO's 'Divorce': 'I don't want it to seem like we have no backbone'

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker explained why she and the writers brightened up the dark tone of her show, "Divorce," for season two, which premieres Sunday night on HBO.
  • The actor and producer said that it was important to show a divorced couple that actually gets along.  
  • She's confident in season two, but still wonders if they made the right narrative decisions by doing a time jump, which skips over a major event at the end of season one. 
  • Parker also discussed the benefits of working with a female showrunner, and on a more diverse set featuring more female directors. 

 

When Sarah Jessica Parker starts talking about her current HBO show, "Divorce," you can instantly tell she loves it the same way many of her fans love her iconic HBO show, "Sex and the City." 

But it hasn't exactly reached that status for the general public. The first season had its moments, but even with a wealth of talent, the show hadn't found its voice yet. But in season two, producer/star Parker and company figured it out — so much that the season left me wanting more. And when I told Parker how much I loved the season, she lit up.

HBO's half-hour comedy "Divorce" follows of Frances (Parker) and Robert Dufresne (Thomas Haden Church), a couple living in the picturesque New York City suburb of Hastings on Hudson as they go through a tumultuous divorce. They have a son and daughter together, both teens.

The first season, which premiered on HBO in 2016, got mixed reviews. It was a little darker than people were expecting, and a bit superficial in its portrayal of a couple that hates each other. And it ended on a sour note in its season finale: Frances, who cheated on Robert and tells him she wants a divorce in the first episode, plans to take their children away for the weekend amidst arguments over custody. While Frances is driving on the highway, she gets pulled over and arrested for kidnapping her own children, who are in the car. Robert is the one who called the police.

But "Divorce" is a story that Parker really believes in, and her passion shows in season two. It's a vast improvement from season one. It's more pleasant, funny, and takes advantage of its talented cast, which includes Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts, and Talia Balsam. It also surpasses the superficial elements that brought down season one by showing a divorce that works because the characters care about each other. 

Business Insider sat down with Parker at HBO's New York office in January and discussed the narrative choices for season two (and whether or not they made they right ones), changing the tone of the show without losing its voice, and the benefits of working with a female showrunner.

Season two of "Divorce" starts on HBO Sunday, January 14. 

Carrie Wittmer: Season one was a lot darker than most people expected, and ended on a very dark note. I loved season two because it's more comedic than season one, but feels like the same show.

Sarah Jessica Parker: Ok, good. I'm so pleased.

Wittmer: The tonal shift wasn't stark, which can happen when other shows change things up a bit. What was it like adjusting to a new, lighter environment on set? 

Parker: I think we all knew even before Jenny [Bicks, who replaced Paul Simms as showrunner when he left over creative differences] came on, that we couldn't be completely entrenched in battle, that this had to be this season of hope. We looked at it as promise: Why do you liberate yourself from a marriage when it's that painful? What is the point? It's because you expect that there are other opportunities. My only concern was the very thing that you said: I don't want to do a bait and switch, because it's gonna look like we have no backbone. It would look like we didn't trust ourselves the first season, which I did. I still like that darkness — I personally love that, because it felt so cinematic to me and it felt not like television in a lot of ways. I'm hopeful that just even hearing you say it that we found a way to marry the two without sacrificing the things that were important.  

Wittmer: Definitely. Season two shows that Frances and Robert, who were hostile toward each all through season one, are still kind of in love, and always will be in some way, but they had to move on. What's your favorite part of their relationship?

Parker: My favorite part as an actor is just being with Thomas [Haden Church]. That's the truth. The hardest part of season two was being separated from him. To have Thomas taken away was really hard for me because the irony of divorce is that the person you're trying to separate from, you need the most to complete this. You need the person to work alongside you. So for me, the best part of their relationship is the time that we got to be together in new ways. We had to figure it out and experience it for the first time just like the audience. I like that they are good together. I like that they have an involuntary kind of chemistry, and a strange, inexplicable affection. 

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Wittmer: You opted to skip the divorce proceedings. The second season has a slight time jump, which opens with Frances and Robert signing divorce papers. Just like that, they're done. It's very been there, done that. Was there a lot of debate over whether or not to show the proceedings?

Parker: Oh, yes. So the first question was: Where do we pick up? Is it 20 minutes later? Is it two weeks later? Is it two months, six months? My great concern I had was that we had to figure out a way how to address what happened on the side of the highway. [In the season one finale, Frances takes the kids away on a trip. Robert calls the police on her, claiming the kids have been kidnapped. Police pull Frances over and arrest her on the side of the highway with the kids in the car]. To not do it, it felt lazy, almost like we couldn't figure out how to do it, that it was too complicated, that we had painted ourselves into a corner. I kept assuming we were going to. So there was that to hash out, and really have some very robust disagreements about. And then there was, how much are we showing and telling? And how much is necessary? None of us wanted a procedural.

Wittmer: I think it was the right decision. So many films and shows have covered divorce proceedings. We already know what happens.

Parker: I'm still not sure if we did right by the highway. Like, we didn't really deal with it. 

Wittmer: I liked how it wasn't directly addressed. It was a huge theme throughout the season that Frances and Robert love each other so much that they put this horrible thing so far behind them that we never even hear them mention it. Frances could use it against him, but she never does. The decision to leave it alone helped me understand their relationship, I think. 

Parker: Ok, good. I was so worried

Wittmer: Don't be. I really liked that. I love it when shows don't feel the need to address everything. It's just something that sits with you.

Parker: I just wanted to make sure it didn't look like we were just looking scared.

Wittmer: I didn't get that impression at all. I know that you, as a producer on the show, and HBO in general, are trying to get more female directors and more diversity on set. I think there were more female directors on season two than season one.

Parker: Yes, there were.

Wittmer: Was there a different vibe on set compared to some other projects you've worked on?

Parker: This has been something our company [Pretty Matches] has been trying to do, not arbitrarily, because I don't think it's very helpful when you put out the call, like ... "all women and people of color and diversity!" But we really just want to look for the people that deserve to be storytelling with you. And that means in all departments across the set, from mixers to set dressing to the production office. It's just good for everybody. Personal experiences are shared in lots of ways: they don't just have to be shared in the writers room. It does change the environment, it changes the climate, the tone of the set. I've spent a lot of years in my career with women. And it's very pleasant, you know? And I think it's good for us. It's very interesting when Jenny [Bicks] came on, I had never worked with her as a showrunner. I'd only ever worked with her as a staff writer on "Sex and the City." But she came on and I was like, "Damn, things just got done." It's so interesting to see a woman running this show this way, because it was like the way I work — we get it done! Get it done!

Wittmer: In this season, Frances had more scenes with her friends. There's not many shows that tell the stories of middle aged men and women with lives outside of being mothers or grandmas. 

Parker: Right, right. You're right.

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Wittmer: Was this something you wanted to showcase in season two? I would honestly watch a show just about Frances and friends. 

Parker: Yeah. And we wanted even more. Not to the exclusion of Thomas, but to find a way to let those stories unfold a little bit more. I was SO happy — I love Talia [Balsam] so much and I love Molly [Shannon] so much and that was definitely an enormously joyful part and I selfishly would've liked more.

You can watch the trailer for season two of "Divorce" below. If you haven't seen the first season, you can stream it on HBONow or HBOGo.

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A personality test that measures 24 'character strengths' could change the way you view your relationship

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  • The VIA survey measures you on 24 character strengths.
  • In their forthcoming book "Happy Together," a husband-and-wife team recommend having both partners in a couple take the survey.
  • Once you do, you can discuss what each person brings to the relationship and work on using those traits more often.


The VIA survey isn't specifically geared toward couples looking to improve their relationship. It's a 120-question assessment that measures you on 24 "character strengths," including creativity, honesty, and leadership.

Yet in their forthcoming book, "Happy Together," Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski, PhD suggest that learning more about your character strengths — and your partner's — can change the way you view your relationship, for the better.

In "Happy Together," the authors (who are married to each other) apply the science of positive psychology to romantic relationships. Pileggi Pawelski has a master's degree from the positive psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania; Pawelski is a philosopher who teaches at the program.

Positive psychology focuses on learning what helps people flourish, and the VIA survey — or the VIA Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues — is based on the research of pioneering positive psychologists Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman.

The survey assesses 24 character strengths, which are categorized into six virtues:

1. Wisdom

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Judgment
  • Love of learning
  • Perspective

2. Courage

  • Bravery
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance
  • Zest

3. Humanity

  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Social intelligence

4. Justice

  • Fairness
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

5. Temperance

  • Forgiveness
  • Humility
  • Prudence
  • Self regulation

6. Transcendence

  • Appreciation of beauty
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Humor
  • Spirituality

The strengths you score highest on are what positive psychologists call your "signature strengths" — the character strengths "that are most essential to who [you] are," according to the VIA website.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete: You indicate how closely each statement describes you.

Once you finish the survey, you choose which report you'd like. I selected the free survey results, which shows how you rank on all 24 strengths. (A snapshot is below — apparently my top character strength is fairness.) For $20 or $40, you can purchase more in-depth information about your strengths.

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You can use these results to help strengthen your relationship

In "Happy Together," Pileggi Pawelski and Pawelski outline a number of ways to draw on your survey results to improve your relationship. One is an exercise in which you tell "strengths stories" about your partner.

Each partner tells a story about when they observed the other using one of their signature strengths successfully. The authors write: "It can be incredibly powerful to hear your partner tell you a story of you at your best. It can help you feel clearly seen, deeply understood, and profoundly loved."

Another exercise is to plan and experience a "strengths date." The goal is to create one event in which both partners get to use one of their signature strengths.

Pileggi and Pawelski, for example, ate at a restaurant that features food from Peruvian and Cantonese cuisines. Pileggi Pawelski printed out information about the restaurant's culinary influences and brought it to dinner to discuss with her husband. That's because Pawelski loves to learn, while Pileggi Pawelski loves trying new things.

The important thing to remember about the VIA survey is that it's based on self-report. No one's observing you objectively and deciding you're a loving, curious person — that's determined solely by your responses to the questions. When I took the survey, I found I answered "like me" to most of the questions, possibly because I aspired to those traits and behaviors.

That said, the benefit of having two people in a relationship take the survey is twofold.

One, instead of seeing your partner's tendency to, say, stop and snap a photo every five minutes while you're walking together, you might realize that "appreciation of beauty and excellence" is one of his top strengths. Two, it shifts the conversation away from each person's deficits and toward what each person can potentially bring to the partnership.

It's hardly the only way to revitalize your relationship, but it's a great opportunity to see your partner with new eyes.

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Inside the 14 long years it took for the director of Amazon's Grateful Dead documentary to finally get his dream project made

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  • It took 14 years for Amir Bar-Lev to make the Grateful Dead documentary, "Long Strange Trip," 10 of which was spent just trying to convince the band to let him make it.
  • What was intended to be a 90-minute doc that would be released for the band's 50th anniversary in 2015 led to a 4-hour, 6-part doc that's now available on Amazon Prime.


Documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev is no stranger to ambitious projects.

He's given us a look inside the complexities behind a 4-year-old painting savant (“My Kid Could Paint That”), explored the hero complex bestowed on an NFL star who went to fight for his country after 9/11 (“The Tillman Story"), and was front-and-center while the legacy of Joe Paterno and his beloved Penn State football program crumbled before our eyes (“Happy Valley”).

However, none of those compare to taking on the Grateful Dead, and its lead guitarist and figurehead Jerry Garcia, in his latest movie, "Long Strange Trip."

Amir Bar Lev Tibrina Hobson Getty final“This is the film I’m most proud of,” Bar-Lev told Business Insider. “On some level, this is my life’s work.”

For over a decade, Bar-Lev, an admitted “Dead Head,” tried to convince the band that he was the director worthy of making the definitive film on the legendary band. It finally happened, but there were many twists in the tale of how “Long Strange Trip” was made, including how Bar-Lev landed the job at long last.

Other directors failed

The Grateful Dead's original plan was to have a 90-minute documentary to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band (which would have been released in 2015). But like the unconventional way the Grateful Dead operates, “Long Strange Trip” became a daunting task to accomplish from its inception.

Before Bar-Lev came on, other directors tried to tell the story and had to back out, in some cases because of all the moving parts that surround the band. At one point, acclaimed director Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “Milk”) had beat out Bar-Lev to make the movie. However, Bar-Lev said he later learned Van Sant bowed out. That left Bar-Lev as the only willing director to take it on.

Bar-Lev didn’t just roll with the band’s quirks, but also convinced his investors to go beyond the 50th anniversary plans, and make a movie that was hours longer.

After four years making the movie (three of them just editing), he premiered “Long Strange Trip” at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in its final 4-hour form. Amazon Studios acquired it and has made it into a six-part documentary (currently available on Prime) that masterfully traces the life of this complex band that was birthed during the LSD craze of the mid 1960s, and by the 1980s was worshiped by millions.

Pulling the rug from under the audience

A highlight of this deep dive into the Dead is the treasure trove of things Bar-Lev and his team kept coming across while making it.

“We found never-before-seen footage and photos and audio recordings in people's attics and storage lockers,” he said. “We had a vast network of people looking for this stuff.”

long strange trip Sundance Institute finalOver the years, as Bar-Lev kept convincing the producers that the movie could be longer, it gave him the ability to delve into aspects of the Dead that wouldn’t have worked in a 90-minute documentary. One example is looking at the loyal roadies tasked to build and break down the “Wall of Sound” every show during the band’s 1974 tour. The footage and interviews of the massive construction, which at the time was the largest concert sound system ever built, is a remarkable sight for newbies to the band — and a wicked acid flashback for the Dead Heads who were there.

The length of time it took to complete the movie also gave Bar-Lev the ability to convince notoriously camera shy Grateful Dead songwriter Robert Hunter to go on camera. But instead of attempting to give Grateful Dead fans a glimpse inside the man responsible for the lyrics to some of the band's most famous songs, Bar-Lev used the opportunity to show the audience that this is a different kind of rock band movie. 

“I realized there wasn't much I really wanted him to answer,” Bar-Lev said of talking to Hunter. “So I asked him a question I knew he hates to answer which was what's the song 'Dark Star' mean? And he did exactly what I hoped he would do, it provoked his ire and he answered in a very funny way and then basically kicked me out of his dressing room.”

The method to Bar-Lev's madness here was that he thought there were some things about the Dead that should never be explored, because if they were a part of the beloved mystique of the band would be lost forever.

“The question at the heart of the Grateful Dead is what does it all mean? That should never be answered, because once it's gone the magic is gone,” Bar-Lev said. “So we tried to make a point of that when interviewing Hunter. By exactly putting the wrong question to the wrong person.”

It’s alive!

What sets the movie apart from most documentaries about rock bands is that “Long Strange Trip” is as unconventional as its subject. Though Bar-Lev tracked down the existing band members for interviews, along with a slew of others who were in their orbit through the decades, the movie is filled with Easter Eggs for the most obsessed Dead Head, jump cuts in the story’s timeline, and appearances by the Frankenstein monster.

This last one is probably Bar-Lev’s most radical storytelling device. Using masterful editing, the iconic horror figure that Jerry Garcia loved as a child is highlighted throughout the movie for major moments in the band's existence.

abbott and costello meets frankenstein universal pictures“The appearance of the Frankenstein monster changes over the period of the film,” Bar-Lev explained.

“The first time he shows up Jerry is terrified of the monster,” Bar-Lev said (and as we learn in a Garcia interview Bar-Lev’s team uncovered that was done before his death in 1995). In the interview, Garcia said one of his all-time favorite movies as a kid was the classic comedy/horror “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.” At that point he was scared of the monster.

“The second time he shows up Jerry identifies with the monster,” Bar-Lev said. In the doc, Bar-Lev uses footage from 1931’s “Frankenstein” — of the monster smoking and playing a violin — to mirror Garcia forming the band.

“The third time he shows up it’s when Jerry’s daughter says that the fandom around the Grateful Dead has become too much for Jerry, and now he identifies with Doctor Frankenstein.” We then see “Frankenstein” footage of the doctor looking exhausted as the monster can no longer be controlled.

“The audience might not know it, but ‘Frankenstein’ is charting our progress,” Bar-Lev said. “Every time the monster shows up the audience achieves another milestone in the greater understanding of the movie.”

That’s what Bar-Lev hopes audiences get from watching “Long Strange Trip.”

“If I’ve succeeded then you get to the end of the movie and you don’t just have any more questions about why people love the Grateful Dead, you’re not even interested in the question anymore, “ Bar-Lev said. “My greatest hope is for the time you’re watching it you’re participating in a Grateful Dead story.”

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The way a narcissist's brain works can help unravel whether they mean to hurt their partners or not

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  • Being in a relationship with a narcissist is hard work.
  • They are very insecure and sensitive people, which means they can take offence very easily.
  • This can end up in couples having the same arguments over and over again.
  • Sometimes they are unaware of being abusive to their partners, but other times they will genuinely want to cause them harm.
  • Ultimately, as their partner, you have to decide whether the hard work is worth it for you in the long run.


If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, you will have been through a roller-coaster of ups and downs.

At the beginning, everything would have been wonderful. You might have even thought you'd found your soul mate. But after a while, things started to go sour.

This is because after a few weeks, months, or even years, the narcissist will no longer see any value in you. As soon as they realise you are a real human being, and thus flawed, they struggle to see the use of you any more. They'll start blaming you for things, shouting at you, or even break up with you, leaving you to try and work out what went wrong.

But for many reasons, it is hard to answer the question: "Do narcissists mean to hurt people?"

Narcissists get offended very easily

Elinor Greenberg, a therapist and author of the book "Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Adaptations: The Pursuit of Love, Admiration and Safety," told Business Insider that narcissists are ultra-sensitive by definition.

"Narcissists are self-protective, and they have their antenna out for disrespect, or for someone taking something from them, and underneath they're very insecure," she said. "You have a whole range of people who are hyper-sensitive, lack empathy, for one reason or another, they don't feel bad when you feel bad, so they can hurt you without realising it."

Despite this, a narcissist's own feelings can be hurt very easily. Because of their high sensitivity, any small thing their partner does can be seen as an attack, and any situation where they are not their partner's focus is very difficult for them.

"For whatever reason, you're seeing a person who is wildly insecure, and has no real inner confidence that they can depend on," Greenberg said. "They depend on external validation."

Without this constant validation by their partner, the narcissist isn't getting what they want, and they end up seeking it elsewhere. This is why many narcissists often end up cheating.

In the heat of a moment, narcissists can come across incredibly cruel. They say things that many people would really struggle to say to someone they supposedly love. Greenberg said this is because of something called "object constancy."

"Object constancy refers to the ability, if someone does something that disappoints you, to put that in the context of the whole relationship," Greenberg said. "I may feel hurt and disappointed but I don't hate you. You're still the person who's my dear friend, and it's in context. If you don't have object constancy, there is no context."

In other words, the when the narcissist is shouting at you for whatever they think you did, there are no memories of the good times in their head. They are totally living in the single moment of being furious with you. In that moment, they truly hate you.

"There's nothing holding it in context that limits it," Greenberg explained. "So it goes from you were all good and a good person, to I hate you, you want to hurt me. You have hurt me, I must hurt you back."

Even the smallest rows spiral out of control

Relationships are hard, even if you are with a non-narcissist. All couples have rows and have to navigate the various difficulties of living with another person. But those everyday spats become all the more serious and devastating to a relationship when the person you have them with always sees themselves as the victim. This makes even the tiniest disagreements escalate into full-blown rows, which can be incredibly exhausting for the narcissist's partner.

"I see women, a number in my practice, who became extremely anxious and depressed, and their capacity to function diminished," Greenberg said. "They had mental breakdowns, and one was delusional and paranoid, because the person just kept at them and at them, and they didn't have the defences."

Sometimes, the narcissist doesn't mean to hurt you. Being sensitive to everything is just how their brains work. And if they are — by their own logic — being attacked, they will bite back even harder.

However, by their nature, they may also want to hurt you too, because it makes them feel superior.

Whether the relationship is worth it is up to you

In some ways, it isn't worth working out what their intentions are because the results are the same. People in relationships with narcissists find themselves wrapped up in the same arguments time and time again. This is often followed by the punishment which could be an explosive confrontation, or cold silent treatment, depending on the type of narcissist they are with.

Greenberg has written an article that lays out the best way to approach a narcissist if you are in an argument with them. They think a completely different way, and so arguments have to be de-escalated differently too.

"Don't expect an apology directly," she explained. "Use 'we' language, and don't ever ask them to process what happened — they can't do that."

Ultimately, it is draining to be in a relationship with a narcissist, and you have to accept the fact they will never empathise with your feelings, no matter how long you are together. Some may learn to be self-aware in time, and learn to notice when they are hurting you. But this still doesn't guarantee they will care.

"Narcissists are primed to be abusive because they're so hypersensitive, and they don't have empathy, and they don't have object constancy," Greenberg said. "So they are primed to take offence and be abusive and not really understand... It's a lot of work for the non-narcissistic mate."

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Apple stores are slammed because of the $29 battery replacement offer — but not everyone needs a new battery (AAPL)

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  • Apple is currently offering iPhone battery replacements for $29.
  • Lots of people are taking advantage of the offer, and since stores don't have the batteries in stock, they're special ordering the battery replacements, which can take days or weeks.
  • Many people taking advantage of the battery offer don't actually need new batteries, Apple store employees told Business Insider. 


Apple retail stores are struggling to handle a surge of customers looking to reinvigorate their iPhones with a special battery replacement procedure.

Apple sharply reduced the price for a fresh battery following the revelation that it was purposely slowing performance of iPhones with older batteries. In the weeks since then, a never-ending parade of iPhone-bearing customers has swept through Apple shops, throwing chaos into the company's pristine, carefully orchestrated shopping experience.

At some stores, wait times to see a technician, or what Apple calls a "Genius," can take hours. Many stores have set up triage-like systems, with dedicated stations or tables devoted to helping people who want a battery replacement. 

The unprecedented increase in visitors has left Apple stores without replacement batteries in stock. Instead of replacing the battery on the same day, stores must order batteries and contact customers when they arrive, usually about a week later. 

Even worse, Apple store employees say, many of the replacement batteries are going to users who don't actually need a new battery, and for whom a battery replacement will not speed up their old iPhone. 

Some customers don't believe they don't need a new battery

"I would say less than 10% of the phones we have ordered batteries for actually need a battery, based on diagnostics," a Genius at a Midwestern Apple store told Business Insider. 

"I feel bad for the people that actually need batteries and have to wait because people think that Apple is having a 'sale' on batteries," the staffer continued. 

Apple technicians run a battery diagnostic test to see how "aged" the battery is before replacing it — it measures how many cycles the battery has been through and how much of its original capacity is left. 

But as Apple technicians inform customers that their battery seems to be fine, based on the test, many customers are interpreting it as a subtle discouragement from replacing their battery, and are requesting the swap anyway. 

Most replacement batteries arrive in a week or so, according to Apple store employees and customers Business Insider spoke to. But there is a known short supply of iPhone 6S Plus batteries, says one Apple store employee.

iPhone 6S Plus batteries won't be delivered until March or April, according an internal memo seen by MacRumors. "Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited," an Apple representative told Business Insider in late December. 

The story so far 

Apple StoreFor years many Apple customers have wondered why their iPhones mysteriously seemed to slow down right around the time that Apple was launching a new iPhone model. Conspiracy theories of "planned obsolescence" — a shady way of encouraging customers to buy a new product — abounded.

So when a well-known developer of iPhone "benchmark" tests released performance data in December that seemed to support that theory, iPhone users were outraged.

Apple acknowledged that it was purposefully throttling the performance of older iPhones in some cases. But it said the reason wasn't to compel customers to upgrade; it was simply a result of the way Lithium-ion batteries work. 

Older batteries can't always deliver enough juice for a phone's processor when it's running at peak usage, a situation that can cause a phone to shut down unexpectedly. No one wants their phone to shut down, so Apple's solution was to slow down the processor's top speed when batteries got too old.

In an letter apologizing for the decision, Apple said it would offer $29 battery replacements for several iPhone models (including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7) instead of the usual $79. Still, users are upset, and the revelation has raised questions from lawmakers and prompted several lawsuits.

Wall Street is already worrying that the battery replacement program could stop consumers from buying new phones. Barclays analysts estimated that if 10% of iPhone users eligible for a battery replacement opted for a new battery over a new iPhone, Apple could sell 16 million fewer iPhones this year, potentially costing the company over $10 billion in lost sales

Check your battery first 

iPhone BatteryUsers who want to take advantage of Apple's offer should consider replacing their battery later in the year, when the battery is older and more spent. The $29 battery offer is good through the end of the year.

While you can't run an official Apple battery diagnostic at home, Apple says that it will offer new insight into your iPhone battery's health in a future software update, which will tell you if you need a new battery. 

It's also possible to contact Apple Support teams through Apple's website or apps to find out whether you need a battery replacement. However, Apple support usually doesn't share specific details about your iPhone's battery health — it will only tell you if it's "fine" or not.

You can also download an iPhone processor speed test to see if your device has been slowed down due to an older battery.

One thing to keep in mind is that Apple's $29 battery replacement is a once-per-iPhone deal. If you replace your battery now for $29, you'll have to pay $79 if you ever need a second battery swap on the same phone. 

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Meet Sergey Kislyak — the longtime Russian diplomat at the center of the FBI's Russia investigation who may be a KGB spy

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Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian Ambassador to the US and alleged spy, has been at the center of the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favor.

But Kislyak, 67, was involved with Russian foreign policy in the US long before Trump even announced he was running for president. He's been at the forefront of US-Russia relations for decades.

Here's a look at Kislyak's life:

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Kislyak was born in Moscow, but describes himself as "ethnic Ukrainian." Both of his parents were born in Ukraine.

Source: Yale Daily News



After graduating from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973 and the USSR Academy of Foreign Trade in 1977, he began his career at the Soviet Union's top foreign affairs ministry.

Source: Business Insider, Russian Embassy



In the 1980s, he began his foreign service in the US, representing the Soviet Union at the United Nations in New York City and then serving at his country's embassy in DC.



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Shake Shack is testing a new chicken sandwich that will soon be available nationwide — here's how it tastes

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  • Shake Shack's new grilled chicken club sandwich is being tested in Brooklyn, New York locations.
  • It'll be available nationwide for a limited time starting January 26.
  • The sandwich is decent, but the chicken itself leaves something to be desired.


Shake Shack is testing a new grilled chicken sandwich at its locations in Brooklyn, New York.

The "Griddled Chick'n Club" is a decidedly healthy item for a chain that serves cheese fries, hot dogs, and double cheeseburgers. Of course, this isn't the first chicken item on their menu — that honor goes to the deliciously crispy and near-perfect Chick'n Shack fried-chicken sandwich.

The sandwich will be rolled out nationally, excluding airport and stadium locations, for a limited time starting January 26. But is it as good as the rest of the chain's chicken? We grabbed one to find out. 

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Right off the bat, the smell is intoxicating. The smoky aroma of bacon dominates the senses — always a good thing.



The sandwich follows Shake Shack tradition and is embraced by the chain's dense, ever-so-lightly sweet, potato bun. It's a rare bun that goes with nearly any sandwich, and this bun is one of them. It's even good with Shake Shack's breakfast sandwiches.



Let's look at the mechanics. It's a simply constructed sandwich — a club is a club is a club, and simplicity is a good thing here. The tomatoes are firm and vibrant, which is no surprise given Shake Shack's creed of quality ingredients and sourcing.



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11 fitness myths that are doing more harm than good

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Whether you want to tone up, slim down, or boost your mood, you've likely taken a stab at tweaking your fitness routine.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of workout advice out there that won't help you meet your goals and could actually do more harm than good.

Here's an overview of some of the most enduring workout myths and misconceptions, as well as the real science that can help you meet your fitness goals in a healthy way.

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Myth: To stay in shape, you only need to work out once or twice a week.

Truth: Once or twice a week won't cut it for sustained health benefits.

For your workouts to produce real results, you should be exercising 3-5 times a week, Chris Jordan, the exercise physiologist who came up with the 7-minute workout, told Business Insider.

His insight is bolstered by a new study published in January in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation that found that the best results for heart health were gleaned when participants worked out 4-5 times a week.



Myth: The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.

Truth: The best time for a workout is whatever time allows you to exercise most consistently. Ideally, you want to make physical fitness a daily habit, so if late-night trips to the gym are your thing, stick with it. If you prefer a morning run, do that instead. 

Don't have a preference? Some research suggests that working out first thing in the morning might help speed weight loss by priming the body to burn more fat throughout the day.



Myth: Weight lifting turns fat into muscle.

Truth: You can't turn fat into muscle. Physiologically speaking, they're two different tissues. Adipose (fatty) tissue is found under the skin, sandwiched between muscles, and around internal organs like the heart. Muscle tissue — which can be further broken down into three main types — is found throughout the body. 

Weight training helps build up the muscle tissue in and around any fat tissue. The best way to reduce fat tissue is to eat a healthy diet that incorporates vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats like those found in olive oil and fish.



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