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Here's when and where the next Olympics will take place


When is the Olympics

  • The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have officially come to an end.
  • But the Olympics will return in the summer of 2020.
  • Here's everything you need to know.


The 2018 Winter Olympics are well and truly over.

If you were fascinated by the elite athletes, the doping charges that swept through the games, and the dark side of the North Korea cheer squad, you may be left wanting more.

Luckily, the Olympics will return in the summer of 2020. Here's everything you need to know.

When are the next Summer Olympics?

Joe Frazier at the 1964 Olympics

The next Summer Olympics will place in Tokyo, Japan.

The 2020 games will begin on July 24 and conclude on August 9. Tokyo will be well-equipped to host the games as it hosted the 1964 games.

Since the Summer games in 1964, Japan also hosted the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972 and the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.

When are the next Winter Olympics?

Usain Bolt at the Olympics

After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018 and the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020, Asia will host its third successive games in 2022 when the Winter Olympics head to Beijing.

Beijing hosted the Summer games in 2008 and will become the first ever city to host both the Summer and the Winter games.

The 2022 games begin on February 4 and conclude on February 20.

What is the Olympic schedule in full?

A number of host nations have already been revealed for the Olympic calendar.

  1. The 2020 Summer Olympics — Tokyo, Japan
  2. The 2022 Winter Olympics — Beijing, China
  3. The 2024 Summer Olympics — Paris, France
  4. The 2026 Winter Olympics — TBC
  5. The 2028 Summer Olympics — Los Angeles, USA

The Austrian cities of Graz and Schladming, Turkey's Erzurum, Switzerland's Sion, Sapporo in Japan, Stockholm in Sweden, and Calgary, Canada are all believed to be interested in hosting the 2026 games and have until March 31, 2018 to submit formal bids to host the Olympics that year.

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Walmart is releasing 4 new clothing brands — and they look a lot like the apparel startups they've spent millions acquiring (WMT)


walmart new brands

  • Walmart is launching four new private-label apparel brands.
  • There's a men's collection, women's collection, plus-size women's collection, and kid's collection.  
  • They look very similar to offerings from ModCloth and Bonobos, which Walmart acquired in 2017.
  • The new brands come at a time when principal competitor Amazon is placing a focus on new private-label clothing brands.

Walmart is putting its best fashion foot forward.

Four new clothing brands incubated by the world's largest retailer will launch both in stores and online on March 1, according to a press release.

The new brands are:

  • George, a men's collection which "brings style, comfort and durability, offered in an inclusive size range."
  • Time and Tru, a women's collection which "includes timely, versatile looks that can be pulled together for women on the go and are on-trend with unexpected details and fabrics that make the classics feel modern and complimentary."
  • Terra & Sky, a plus-size women's collection "with effortless style and a fit that flatters."
  • Wonder Nation, a kid's collection "built with fun, comfort and durability in mind."

Walmart Apparel

"We listened to our customers and are proud to deliver apparel choices that meet at the intersection of everything they desire: on-trend styles, comfort and quality, all at unbeatable prices," Deanah Baker, head of apparel for Walmart US, said in a press release.

She continued: "These new brands are a thoughtful reflection of current trends and styles, while considering our customers' busy, on-the-go lifestyles."

Each line will have pieces that range in price from $5 to $30, and offer apparel, shoes, and accessories.

The launch of the new brands was first reported by Bloomberg earlier in February, and according to that report, they are set to replace existing Walmart apparel brands Faded Glory, White Stag, and Just My Size.

Trends will be a big focus for the new lines, and Walmart has placed a large focus on making sure the clothing is appropriately fashionable. The lines will be refreshed seasonally to maintain this.

The company may have tapped into the expertise of subsidiaries ModCloth and Bonobos to ensure it got the balance just right. Some of the new pieces appear similar to looks from those e-commerce brands.

Walmart acquired Bonobos for $310 million and ModCloth for between $50 million and $75 million in 2017.

Walmart's new focus on apparel brands comes as it looks to improve its image and move upmarket, especially online. Part of the company's new focus online requires a larger assortment of goods at different price points to avoid selling items at a loss.

Walmart Apparel

Rivals haven't been sitting still. Target launched new and refreshed private apparel brands last year. Amazon seems to churn out a new one every month as it tries to take a bigger slice of the apparel market.

Walmart says it will also be updating its apparel departments in some stores to go along with its new look and product. New fashion-oriented signage will start appearing in March, and by fall, apparel displays will get upgraded. Some stores will get even more work done, with a new open floor plan and upgraded dressing rooms.

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This is what you should study at university if you want to be a billionaire


Students from Cambridge University make their way home after celebrating the end of the academic year at the May Balls.

  • Research from a recruitment agency suggests you're more likely to become a billionaire if you pick the right subject at university.
  • Of the 100 richest people in the world, 75 have a degree, and 22 of these people studied engineering.
  • 19% of the 100 richest people also started out in a sales job after university.

If you want to be a billionaire, you'd be well served by studying engineering at university or taking a job as a salesperson.

This is according to research from British recruitment agency Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, which examined Forbes' list of the 100 richest people in the world to reveal what they studied, their first job, and how rich they became.

The report found that 75 of the world's richest 100 people have a degree, and out of these 75, 22 studied engineering.

Fifty-three of the top 100 also started working in a non-family owned business, with 19% starting in a salesperson role and 17% starting as a stock trader.

Meanwhile, 17% of the world's top 100 billionaires started their careers by setting up their own business.

These were the top five degrees amongst the world's billionaires:

1. Engineering — 22

2. Business — 16

3. Finance & Economics — 11

4. Law — 6

5. Computer Science — 4

And these were their five most common first jobs:

1. Salesperson — 10

2. Stock trader — 9

3. Software developer — 5

4. Engineer — 5

5. Analyst — 4

Rob Scott, managing director at Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, said: "Today we are seeing that nearly all of the top people in business are graduates and that a degree can be a great first-step into preparing you for your career ahead."

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Love and obsession are two different things — here's how to tell them apart


passionate obsession

  • If you're falling in love, prepare for butterflies and excitement.
  • However, if you're still distracted and completely wrapped up in someone after months have passed, it could be a sign of obsession.
  • Obsessive passion isn't a healthy basis for a relationship.
  • Here's how you can tell the difference.

Love is great. You've finally found someone who finds all your little quirks endearing, and who you can share your spit with.

Usually, if you're dating someone, you either have the feeling or you don't. If it doesn't work out, it tends to be because there's no spark, the chemistry is off, or you just don't have enough in common. When it is working, you'll have butterflies and want to see the person again and again.

But while it's easy to get wrapped up in the whirlwind of a new relationship, it's important to remember there's a difference between a healthy, growing love, and an unhealthy obsession.

When you first meet someone, your expectations might have been tainted by romantic films and books. You probably expect to be swept off your feet, and told how your new lover "can't live without" you. In reality, this might not actually be what you should aim for.

If someone you are dating showers you with affection and gifts right at the start, it could be a sign of love bombing— where a manipulative person makes you believe you've found "the one," only to start being cruel and distant once they've hooked you.

It's a tactic abusive narcissists often use to control their partners, because the victim will do anything to get the attentive, kind person back who they thought they met at the beginning.

Loving someone means giving them space

Being all-consumed by a relationship in its early stages could also be a sign of obsession. Being completely engrossed in someone isn't necessarily a red flag that your partner is abusive, but it isn't a good sign either.

In his book "The Psychology of Passion: A Dualistic Model," psychologist Robert Vallerand says obsessive passion is more of a threat to a relationship than no passion at all.

If someone is in love with you, they trust you. They want you to be the best version of yourself and only want good things for you. That includes giving you space when you need it.

On the other hand, someone who is obsessed with you will be jealous and possessive. They won't like the idea of you growing as a person, or having any independence, lest you meet someone else and leave them.

Obsessively passionate people are insecure and so preoccupied with losing their partner they actually end up neglecting them. They are defensive, controlling, and resentful, so it's no surprise women in relationships with obsessively passionate men report being less sexually satisfied.

One way to tell if you — or your partner — are smitten or obsessed is by looking at what's appropriate for where you are on your timeline.

The start of a good relationship is going to be exciting, and feeling butterflies is a normal, fun reaction to this. But if months go by and you still find yourself distracted at work, or you ignore your friends, family, and hobbies for your partner, that's not a sign of a healthy match.

Jonathan Marshall, a psychologist and relationship expert, told Business Insider that when people fall in love it's natural for everyone else to feel out of view for a while. But if you start noticing your primary focus is this other person to the point you're becoming isolated from things that were previously important, it's typically a sign something isn't right.

"When that other person becomes our raison d'être, it's too much," he said. "When the other person becomes your god, when your inner compass gets lost in the relationship and in the other person, then I think you're in trouble... Falling in love is a bit of a sickness because we go a bit insane, but if that insanity lasts for a long time, and you can't find your inner compass, then I think that's a sign it isn't in balance."

Butterflies, excitement, and daydreaming aren't red flags on their own. In fact, they are hints you're on the right path for something great. But if you feel you are being controlled by your passion, rather than the other way around, things can easily spin out of control.

Ultimately, if something is right, you'll feel it. If you think one of the two of you is obsessed, you'll probably feel that too.

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The truth about the US jury system


Guilty or not guilty. This is how Americans have helped keep crime in check for two and half centuries. But the US jury system isn't perfect.

For instance, it wasn’t until 1968 that women were allowed to serve on juries in all 50 states. And while it’s been illegal to exclude African Americans from jury duty for more than 135 years ...… they remain dramatically underrepresented, even today.

Each year, over 30 million people are sent a summons in the mail. From that, an estimated 1.5 million are selected to serve on a jury. And it’s during that selection process when most of the problems emerge. Attorneys have a certain number of "strikes", or peremptory challenges, where they can remove jury candidates without any explanation. For decades, it was perfectly legal to use these strikes on a discriminatory basis — and that's exactly what prosecutors did.

Cassandra Stubbs (Director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project): "The prosecutor's time after time after time was choosing white jurors and striking black jurors of color courts were routinely saying there was not proof enough of discrimination."

The issue finally came to a head in 1986. The Supreme Court made it illegal to strike based on racial or sexual discrimination. But what has that really changed? Turns out, prosecutors found ways to still discriminate.

Stubbs: "In the 1990s prosecutors in North Carolina received a cheat sheet about how to go to court and defend against claims of racial bias in a way that would allow them to pick a discriminatory jury."

The racial bias continued to be mostly unchecked and underreported well into the 2000s. Finally, a report in 2010 revealed the shocking reality. Between 2005-2009, prosecutors in Houston County, Alabama had excluded 80% of blacks who qualified for jury service on death penalty cases.

Stubbs: "We see that death penalty trials are infected from the beginning to the end w/ racial bias both in who is charged we know overwhelmingly that prosecutors are far more likely to seek the death penalty when the victim is white. It’s a white lives matter more when we actually look at how the death penalty is applied and that should be very troubling to all of us."

Plus, all-white juries will convict a black defendant 16 percent more often than a white defendant.

Adding to the issue is a group of experts called "trial consultants." These are people who have boiled jury selection down to a science.

Adam Benforado (Professor of Law at Drexel University): “I think that that’s one of the biggest challenges we face in the coming years is actually from the trial consulting industry.”

Trial consulting began in the early ‘70s with good intentions.

Benforado: “People who were at the forefront where do-gooders who wanted to make the system fair. Balance the scales and remove racial bias. Now the influence of money has meant now the game is making as biased a jury as possible.”

That’s what happened in 1994 during the O. J. Simpson murder trial. The defense team hired jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius. She closely examined the opinions and backgrounds of each of the 304 jury prospects. And discovered something important enough that it was reenacted in the show "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

In the end, Dimitrius helped the defense gain a jury of 1 black man, 1 hispanic man, 2 white women, and 8 black women.

"You got the jury you wanted. Did you think you had just won the case?" "It is accurate to say that there was a big high five that when on at the back of Johny's office that day."

We all know what happened next: the jury found Simpson not guilty on two counts of murder. Now, you could argue that Simpson's attorneys were simply giving him the best possible defense. But unlike attorneys, trial consultants are not necessarily licensed and are not required to uphold a standard of ethics in the courtroom.

And many criminal justice experts argue that this type of “scientific jury selection” crosses the line.

Gregory Hurley (National Center for State Courts): "Jury consultants are really not there necessarily to create an impartial jury they're there to pick a jury that they feel is going to be most favorable for their client. But the other side is doing the same thing and the idea is through that battle an impartial jury will eventually be developed... It's not a system that is perfect but it is a very effective system that's been around a long time."

But does that mean we can't do any better? Some judges are at least trying. The National Center for State Courts discovered that many state courts are giving jurors more liberty. 

Hurley:“Experimenting w/ things like allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses, allowing jurors to take notes, ensuring that jurors had copy of the court’s instructions w/ them in the jury deliberations room.”

The hope is that jurors who understand the case as best as possible will rely more on the facts than their own, biased opinions during deliberation. But won't fix the bigger issue

Stubbs:  "With the problem of jury selection, in particular, there's really no reason to have peremptory challenges. And I think that we as state and federal court systems should be moving towards getting rid of peremptory challenges because they're really just an opportunity to discriminate."

No matter how you look at it, there's a lot of work yet to be done. But with each new ruling, we have a chance for real justice.

The American Society of Trial Consultants was not available for comment.

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There's one big reason to break up with someone, even if you love them


sad couple

  • Writing about breakups in "The Love Gap," Jenna Birch explains why timing is so important in a relationship.
  • Birch has observed that many men want to establish themselves professionally and financially before pursuing a long-term romantic relationship. That's not true for many women, she says.
  • Birch recommends that women think carefully about whether to break up with someone whose life timeline differs from theirs — and the same logic likely applies to anyone in a relationship.

There's an anecdote in Jenna Birch's "The Love Gap" that I kept coming back to, probably because I hoped it would end more happily the next time I checked.

As Birch tells it, James and Lindsay met when they were 25-year-old med students. Pretty much right off the bat, they fell in love.

But when they started talking about more serious topics, Lindsay scared James by asking him where he saw himself in two years. It occurred to them both that they were, as Birch writes, "on totally different timelines."

Lindsay wanted to get married and start a family within the next two years; but James knew he would be caught up in the hardest part of his residency. With no resolution in sight, they broke up.

A month later, James couldn't stand how much he missed Lindsay. The two got back together for about a week, after which James experienced that same sense of things moving too fast and broke it off.

As of the publication of "The Love Gap," Lindsay was happily engaged to another man.

Reading (and re-reading) this story, I found myself wondering why Lindsay and James couldn't just work it out. Sure, their timelines differed, but they loved each other and loved being together — wasn't that enough?

Birch's answer: No. She encourages women (her target audience) to take timing and timelines seriously. Lindsay is a prime example: She may have still loved James, but ultimately she moved on with her life.

In fact, Birch documents a broader difference between the way men and women approach relationships, which comes down to timing. (Birch is careful to say that her findings don't apply to all men or all women.)

If you and your partner aren't on the same life timeline, you may have to call it quits

Many of the men Birch interviewed expressed that they wanted to feel settled professionally and financially before they pursued a relationship that could be "It."

One 24-year-old man, Isaac, told Birch explicitly: "Who I want to end up with is different from who I want to be with right now."

Isaac spelled it out: "The girl I want today likes to hang out, drink, is into music, binges on Game of Thrones. The girl I want to end up with has real interests and real hobbies — like running or something constructive. She has a real career. And the other girl, the one I want today, is still working towards a career."

Many of Birch's women friends and interviewees, on the other hand, were okay working on all areas of their life at the same time. And they were frustrated that the men they dated approached their lives more piecemeal.

Birch urges her women readers to take seriously what men are telling them.

She writes: "Sometimes, they just can't be in The Relationship at that very moment — or at least they can't give 100 percent to the gravity of dating and committing to an EG ["End Goal" woman, Birch's term for the women men ultimately want]. You should respect that, but know that you may need to make a hard decision accordingly."

It's worth noting here that women can also experience feelings of "too soon" in a relationship. On Mic, Kate Hakala writes about a man and woman who broke up twice before getting married — once when they were teenagers and once when the woman had just graduated and wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life.

The woman told Hakala: ""I think I knew that if I got with him it'd be forever, and I just wasn't ready for that to start yet."

Regardless of whether a relationship ends with two people staying together or going their separate ways, the point is that each person should stay true to their values. Birch writes: "Lindsay ended up happily engaged to another man on her timeline, and I'd say that is a win, even though James was left wondering, What if?"

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An exec at one of the best companies in America breaks down the biggest mistake you can make when interviewing for a job


REI employee

• REI jobs require candidates with an authentic love of the outdoors — and a strong sense of purpose.

REI SVP of HR Raquel Karls said job seekers must get real about what gives them a sense of purpose.

• The outdoorsy retail chain came up on Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards this year.

REI jobs aren't for everyone.

If you loathe the mere idea of a day hike, you're probably not going to align with the co-op's mission of getting people outdoors.

And, according to REI SVP of HR Raquel Karls, they're first-and-foremost looking for employees who share the brand's values.

"You don't have to be scaling mountains every day, but you have to have that passion for public lands, the outdoors, what we're doing here," she told Business Insider. "What we're doing here is connecting you to everything you need to choose a life outside."

REI workers must have a commitment to nature and an interest in helping people spend more time outdoors. Karls said neglecting to speak about those values in an interview is the biggest mistake a candidate can make. You can't just treat the gig as if it's a standard retail job.

When it comes to figuring out which candidates will make for great employees, Karls has a few red flags she watches out for in the hiring process. The goal is to determine who's committed to the co-op's values and who's just looking for a paycheck.

She told Business Insider that the chain's hiring process allows it to stave off turnover and maintain a strong culture. The Hay Group, a management and consulting firm, found the turnover rate for retail employees in store roles was 65% in 2016. Karls said that the turnover rate for part-time REI employees in 2017 was 37%.

The retail chain also made Glassdoor's 2018 Employees' Choice Awards, coming in at No. 61. Karls is set to address how the company keeps its employees happy and engaged at Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work Tour.

Karls credited REI's employee retention to its hiring practices and not settling for the wrong fit.

A great REI candidate should be able to speak to their passions during interviews.

"It comes back to understanding your purpose in life, your work, your community, and where do you like to play outside," she said.

And, perhaps most importantly, you shouldn't come across like you're just in it for a salary.

"This is definitely a more-than-a-paycheck kind of place," Karls said. "We just always make sure the person is here for the job or for the purpose. We look for people who are dedicated to a job, a career, and a purpose."

You can avoid sounding like a paycheck-hunter simply by explaining how your values line up with REI's.

"Most people aren't going to fake that," she said. "Most people are genuine and understanding."

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Trump's 'real daughter' Hope Hicks has a brilliant fashion strategy — and it reveals why she could be the key to unraveling a scandal plaguing the White House


Hope Hicks

  • The White House communications director, Hope Hicks, is one of the most powerful people in American politics.
  • Hicks is slated to testify before the House Intelligence Committee regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Tuesday.
  • Hicks' fashion evolution over the past year reveals her ability to evolve to maintain Trump's support in a White House plagued by controversy, as she moves from echoing Ivanka Trump's style to imitating Melania Trump.

Hope Hicks has become one of the most powerful figures in American politics, and she's reportedly treated as a member of President Donald Trump's family in the White House.

On Tuesday, Hicks is slated to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Hicks could be a pivotal witness as one of Trump's closest advisors— and as one of the few people involved in Trump's campaign who are still working in the White House. 

Unlike many in the often bombastic Trump administration, Hicks rarely speaks to the media on the record. However, as a former model with experience in fashion PR, Hicks knows how to make a statement with her appearance without saying a word.

Here's a look at how Hicks' public presentation has changed — and how it could reveal how the communications director has made herself invaluable to the White House.

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Hope Hicks began working for Ivanka Trump's fashion brand in 2014, four years after she graduated from Southern Methodist University.

"Hicks grew close to Ivanka and began dressing like the heiress, who seemed worthy of the emulation," GQ reported. "Ivanka was that rare female corporate leader who is also kind to other women, and she affected an air of competence that seemed to temper the boorishness of the Trump brand."

Source: GQ

When Hicks began working on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, she mimicked Ivanka's accessible style — lots of business-casual dresses in pale shades or florals, with heels and long, straight hair.

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The 16 best moments in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, ranked



  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe has lasted 10 years and 18 movies, and shows no signs of slowing down. 
  • During that time there have been plenty of memorable moments.
  • We ranked 16 of the best moments in the MCU. 

After 10 years and 18 movies, with many more on the way, Marvel Studios has given audiences a bevy of memorable moments for casual moviegoers and super-fans alike. 

From Tony Stark's first armored suit that started it all, to most recently "Black Panther's" emphasis on a strong supporting cast of fearless women, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to both portray the best parts of the comic books, and please audiences of all kinds.

With "Black Panther" still drawing crowds to movie theaters, Business Insider has reflected on the best moments from the MCU that have kept audiences returning for more.

Below are 16 of the best moments, ranked. (Major spoiler warning if you haven't seen these films): 

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16. Star-Lord vs. Ego ("Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2")

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" attempts to be more emotional than its predecessor. Some of it doesn't work, but when it does, it works really well. For instance, when Star-Lord's father, the evil cosmic being named Ego, reveals that he gave his mother the tumor that killed her, Star-Lord realizes his long-lost dad isn't who he thought he was. The ensuing battle is a blast of action and even some Pac-Man, and that earlier revelation gives it an extra emotional weight. 

15. Odin exiles Thor ("Thor")

The first "Thor" is not that great, but it somehow managed to lure Anthony Hopkins to play Thor's father, Odin. Thank the gods, because this scene is lifted by his presence. When Thor royally messes up a truce between the people of Thor's homeworld Asgard and the Frost Giants, Odin banishes Thor to Earth until he is worthy enough to wield the hammer Mjolner once again. It's such an effective scene because of Hopkins' performance. 

14. The raceway fight ("Iron Man 2")

"Iron Man 2" is one of the worst films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one scene in particular stands out for being an impressive, effects-driven action sequence. Mickey Rourke is unfortunately underutilized as the villain Whiplash in the movie, but he makes a worthy grand entrance during a fight scene on the Monaco Raceway. 

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Barbra Streisand says she successfully made two clones of her pet dog, but that they have 'different personalities'


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  • Barbra Streisand told Variety that she successfully made two clones of her Coton du Tulear dog, which died in 2017.
  • She said they have different personalities.


Barbra Streisand said in a new interview with Variety that she successfully made two clones of her pet dog. 

The singer said that two of her Coton de Tulear dogs were cloned from cells taken from the mouth and stomach of her 14-year-old dog Samantha, who died in 2017. 

"They have different personalities,” Streisand said of the two clones, Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet. "I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her [Samantha's] brown eyes and seriousness."

Streisand added that she owns a third dog of the same breed, Miss Fanny, (pictured in the Instagram post above), which she said is a distant cousin of the original dog.

In 2015, Tech Insider profiled the South Korean lab Sooam Biotech, which took up the practice of cloning dogs for $100,000 each.

Read Variety's profile of Streisand.

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Wildly popular mattress-in-a-box startup Casper just opened its first store in NYC — here's why it thinks it can win where Mattress Firm has struggled



  • Mattress startup Casper has opened its first permanent store in New York.
  • The store is designed to be a testing ground for the company to trial new products and see how customers interact with them. 
  • Casper is a digitally native brand that launched in 2014. The company's total revenue since inception reached more than $600 million in 2017, and it counts Target and 50 Cent among its investors. 


Casper wants to create the Disneyland of mattress shopping.

Since launching online in 2014, mattress startup Casper has become one of the biggest disruptors in the industry. Customers can order the product online, trial it for 100 days, and return it if they don't like it. 

In the past few years, the company has grown rapidly – total sales reached more than $600 million in 2017, and it has diversified from its core product, the mattress, to sell all things sleep-related, from sheets and pillowcases to dog beds and calming tea.

It has also expanded its mattress range to offer more pieces — a queen-sized mattress, for example, can cost from $600 for a standard mattress up to $1,850 for a more technical piece.

50 Cent is an investor, as is Target, which now stocks Casper products in more than 1,000 of its stores across the US.

After running a series of pop-ups around the country, Casper opened its first permanent store in New York on Tuesday. The digital retailer is looking to get into the brick-and-mortar game as legacy stores such as Mattress Firm succumb to the pressures of the retail apocalypse, scale back, and shutter stores. But Casper says it has a strategy to make it work. 

"It's all about creating an amazing experience. It will be a zero-pressure environment with no commission sales people," cofounder and chief operating officer Neil Parikh told Business Insider.

We visited the new store to see what it's like: 

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The new store is located in Manhattan's Noho area, on the popular shopping street Broadway. It's taken the design team a year to create the concept and just over a week to get it up and running. When we visited, parts of the store were still under construction.

Casper wants to eliminate the mindset that shopping for a mattress has to be a dreary experience by creating an engaging space where customers can trial products and have fun. There are no salespeople working on commission. "It's really meant to be the antithesis of a traditional mattress retailer," Emma Frane, communications director at Casper, told Business Insider.

"We want to create places that are fun and exciting. More like the Apple stores and less like a traditional mattress store, where you're like, 'Ugh, I have to go take a shower after I've been inside,'" Parikh said.

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How 29-year-old Hope Hicks, Trump's 'real daughter,' became the youngest White House communications director in history — now ensnared in its biggest scandals


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Hope Hicks is President Donald Trump's 29-year-old White House communications director. But before joining Trump's 2016 campaign, she had no political experience.

Hicks was born in Greenwich, a town of 60,000 on the southwest tip of Connecticut that's a favorite spot for hedge-fund headquarters.

She was a model, actress, and lacrosse player as a child, before getting her English degree at Southern Methodist University.

Hicks didn't intend on playing such a large role in a presidential campaign, instead falling into the gig through a job at the Trump Organization.

Now she's the youngest White House communications director in history.

And Hicks has been with Trump — to use his words — "from the beginning." White House staffers may even called her his "real daughter."

Recently, Hicks has become ensnared in two high-profile White House controversies: the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and her role in crafting the White House's response to abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter.

Here's what we know about Hicks.

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Hicks and her sister, Mary Grace, were successful teen models. Hicks posed for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of "It Girl," a spin-off of the best-selling "Gossip Girl" book and TV series.

Source: New York Times

Hicks' first brush with the Trumps came in 2012 when she was at the public-relations firm Hiltzik Strategies working on Ivanka Trump's fashion line. Trump's eldest daughter hired Hicks away in 2014 and she became an employee of the Trump Organization.

Sources: New York Times, GQ, NYMag

Hicks met patriarch Trump and quickly "earned his trust," Ivanka Trump told The New York Times for a June 2016 profile on the spokeswoman.

Source: New York Times

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Nobody wants to buy Warren Buffett's $11 million Southern California vacation home — take a look inside


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  • Warren Buffett listed his Laguna Beach, California, home for $11 million in early 2017.
  • Buffett purchased the home for just $150,000 in 1971, which is less than $1 million in today's dollars.
  • Over a year later, the home still doesn't have a buyer.


Warren Buffett could see a big return if his Laguna Beach, California, home sells for close to its $11 million asking price— but it seems to be lacking an interested buyer.

"It's now been on the market for about five months longer than the median listing time for similarly priced homes in the same ZIP code," reports Bloomberg's Noah Buhayar, citing data from Redfin.

Buffett has owned the home since 1971, when he purchased it for $150,000. That's about $934,000 in today's dollars. He's since renovated the place, which has six bedrooms and more than 3,500 square feet of living space.

The billionaire investor had primarily used it as a beach retreat for his family, but they reportedly hadn't used it much since his first wife, Susan, died in 2004.

Let's take a tour of this billionaire's beach-town home.

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Buffett's longtime vacation home is located in the affluent beachside community of Laguna Beach, in Orange County, California.

It's part of a gated community called Emerald Bay and is just a short walk from the beach.

The beaches here are stunning, with high cliffs.

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20-somethings think they're more open to interracial relationships — but you wouldn't know it by the people they choose to date


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  • Tinder released a new survey on interracial relationships. Many respondents said they felt more confident about dating people from different backgrounds when online dating.
  • Other research suggests people's attitudes toward interracial relationships differ from their behavior.
  • Still, the rate of interracial marriages has increased as online dating has become more popular.

Tinder just released the results of a survey on interracial dating — and the findings seem hopeful.

Respondents were 4,244 people (not just Tinder users) ages 24 to 25 living in the US, the UK, Australia, and France. As many as 63% said they've felt more confident about dating people from different races or ethnicities when online dating.

And 66% said that online dating services have made it easier to meet potential partners of a different race or ethnicity. As for Tinder users specifically, 79% say they've been on a date with someone of a different race, compared to 62% of non-Tinder users.

We could applaud Tinder and other online dating services for broadening users' horizons and for bringing together perfectly compatible people who happen to have different racial backgrounds. But the survey focused on people's attitudes toward interracial dating and their own assessments of their behavior — not on their actual behavior.

Data from OKCupid, described in a 2014 blog post, suggests that people's attitudes and behavior around interracial dating can differ, drastically.

OKCupid found that, among its users, the number of people who said they strongly preferred to date someone of their own race dropped from roughly 40% to roughly 30% between 2008 and 2014.

But as OKCupid founder Christian Rudder wrote, in that same time frame, "OKCupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be. If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit."

Consider: In 2009, Asian men on OKCupid rated black women, on average, 16% less attractive than the average woman. In 2014, Asian men rated black women 20% less attractive.

A recent NPR article described the racial discrimination many people still face while online dating. One black woman in her late 20s said she met a white man on Tinder, and when they went on a date, "He was like, 'Oh, so we have to bring the 'hood out of you, bring the ghetto out of you!'" 

Here's where things get even more complicated.

The proportion of interracial marriages has increased since online dating became popular

A recent paper, by Josué Ortega at the University of Essex in the UK and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna in Austria, suggests that online dating should increase the number of interracial relationships.

The researchers reached their conclusion by creating upwards of 10,000 randomly generated societies. Then they simulated the connections made through online dating in each society. "Our model predicts nearly complete racial integration upon the emergence of online dating, even if the number of partners that individuals meet from newly formed ties is small," the authors write in the paper.

The authors of that study note that the number of interracial marriages in the US has, in fact, increased substantially since online dating became a popular way to meet people — though they can't say for sure that online dating caused the increase.

Ultimately, whether we should label certain dating preferences "racist" is tricky. As the woman in the NPR article said, "I feel like there is room, honestly, to say, 'I have a preference for somebody who looks like this.' And if that person happens to be of a certain race, it's hard to blame somebody for that."

She added: "But on the other hand, you have to wonder: If racism weren't so ingrained in our culture, would they have those preferences?"

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Serena Williams' husband put all others to shame by installing 4 giant billboards in California saying she's the 'greatest mother of all time'


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  • Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has put other husbands to shame by installing four giant billboards to proclaim wife Serena Williams as the "greatest momma of all time."
  • Flowers are so 2017.

When it comes to romantic gestures, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian may have just served up an ace.

Ohanian, husband of 23-time major tennis champion Serena Williams, installed four giant billboards to "welcome" Williams "back to tennis" by claiming she is "the greatest mother of all time."

Williams was due to return to sport at the Australian Open in January, just four months after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

However, Williams withdrew from the tournament as she was not where she wanted to be. She will instead return to the WTA Tour at the Indian Wells Masters in California, which is scheduled to begin on March 8.

As Williams makes her way to Indian Wells, she will be greeted by the billboards as they are positioned on the part of Interstate-10 that heads into Palm Springs, 25 miles (40 kilometres) from the venue.

Ohanian designed the billboards himself. They feature images of Williams and her daughter together and state she is the "G.M.O.A.T" — the greatest mother of all time.

Click right for all four billboards:

These just went up on alongside I-10 into Palm Springs. @olympiaohanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr. #GMOAT

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"These just went up on alongside I-10 into Palm Springs," Ohanian said on Instagram. "Olympia Ohanian and I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr."

Williams is also due to compete at the Miami Open, the Madrid Open, Rome, the French Open, and the US Open.

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An NFL player allegedly mocked a teen Chick-fil-A employee on Snapchat — and now the boy’s family is suing claiming 'abuse'


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  • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player Sean Davis is facing a lawsuit over a Snapchat video he posted while waiting on his food at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru. 
  • "Chick-fil-A got little kids," Davis says in the video, which shows a teen employee of the fast-food chain. "This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long at Chick-fil-A."
  • The lawsuit claims the teen was bullied at school as a result of the video and accuses Davis of libel, cyberbullying, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The family of a teenage Chick-fil-A employee has filed a lawsuit against Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player Sean Davis which claims he mocked the boy in a Snapchat video. 

"Chick-fil-A got little kids," Davis says in the video, which shows the teen working at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. "This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long at Chick-fil-A."

The lawsuit, which was filed by the teenage boy's family, claims he was later bullied at school over the video, and has since suffered from headaches, depression, sleeplessness and anxiety, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"He got abused in school for a few weeks over it," the family's attorney, Andrew Leger, told the Post-Gazette. 

The lawsuit accuses Davis of libel, cyberbullying, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

An attorney for Davis, 24, said the football player's remarks in the video were directed at Chick-fil-A, and not the boy. 

"From our perspective, it was a commentary on a billion-dollar corporation," Randy Fisher, general counsel for MBK Sports Management Group, told the Post-Gazette. "It had nothing in particular to do with this young man."

In a news release addressing the lawsuit, MBK Sports Management CEO Eugene Lee called the claims in the lawsuit "baseless" and "frivolous."

"We remain confident that when the truth is revealed, Mr. Davis will be exonerated completely from these frivolous allegations," Lee said.

The boy's family tried to settle the issue outside of court by asking Davis to speak out against cyber bullying in a public service announcement, but Davis declined, according to the Post-Gazette. 

Instead, Davis' legal team invited the boy to attend Steelers training camp over the summer, as well as Davis' football camp in Washington, DC. 

The boy's family declined the offer.

"The parties for several months have actively negotiated to resolve the matter without litigation, to no avail," MBK Sports Management said. 

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We tried the new $4,000 treadmill from the billion-dollar startup that could be 'the Apple of fitness' — here's the verdict



  • High-tech fitness company Peloton has unveiled a new treadmill that costs $3,995 and enables users to stream live and on-demand fitness classes. 
  • The treadmill is currently undergoing testing before being shipped to customers this fall. 
  • Business Insider had the opportunity to test the product and found it easy and fun to use. 


Hot on the heels of its wildly successful bike, Peloton has created a new product, the Peloton Tread

The high-tech fitness company, which was valued at about $1.25 billion after closing a $325 million financing round last May, has a cult following of fans who are obsessed with its core product, the indoor bike. JPMorgan vice-chairman Noah Wintroub has called Peloton "the Apple of fitness."

It's a buzz that even CEO John Foley says he wasn't expecting. 

"I was totally surprised by it," Foley told Business Insider in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. "When I started Peloton with my cofounders, I saw clear as day what it was going to look like and how it was going to work — the technology, the hardware, the software, the business model. I saw everything except the community. The community has blown me away." 

Peloton's new $3,995 treadmill, which launches this fall, works in the same way as its indoor bike. It has an HD touchscreen that streams thousands of different live and on-demand classes that users can join from home. 

It costs $39 a month to stream these classes, which include a mix of high-intensity boot camp routines, running drills, and mat work. If you already own a Peloton bike, you can stream classes for both machines for this monthly fee. Customers have the option to pay for the Tread in installments. For current members, it's $110 a month for 39 months. New members pay $149 a month for 39 months. You can reserve the treadmill online now with a $250 deposit.

Peloton invited us to its spacious New York headquarters to test out the new treadmill. The office is a couple of blocks from its cycling studio, where you can attend classes or live stream them from home on your bike. 

Here's our step-by-step review below:

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When we show up at Peloton’s spacious Chelsea offices, spread over four floors, we’re reminded that the company has quickly grown out of its startup phase.

It's the second time we've come face to face with the Peloton Tread, thanks to a few technical difficulties the product, which is still in the testing phase, was experiencing earlier on in the week. Still, the size of it is shocking. It's vast — about 73 inches long and 33 inches wide — which makes us wonder how city dwellers would have the space to store it.

We hop aboard the machine. There are three categories of classes to choose from: Run/Walk, Total Body, and Floor, which includes yoga workouts. The product comes with thousands of on-demand classes, and an additional 10 classes will be live streamed from the studio each day.

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Jennifer Lawrence shared her 'biggest fear' about doing a nude scene for her new movie 'Red Sparrow'


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  • Jennifer Lawrence told Vanity Fair that appearing nude in her new movie "Red Sparrow" was a prospect that "scared the hell out of" her, following a 2014 hack that leaked her nude photos online.
  • Lawrence said that her "biggest fear" was that people would say "'Oh, how can you complain about the hack if you're going to get nude anyway?'"
  • Lawrence said in an interview on Sunday with "60 Minutes" that she ultimately felt "empowered" to do the nude scenes. 


Jennifer Lawrence said in a new profile with Vanity Fair that she was wary of appearing nude in her new movie, "Red Sparrow," following a 2014 hack that leaked her nude photos online.

Lawrence stars as a Russian secret intelligence agent in the film, a spy thriller filled with sex, violence, and nudity.

"'Red Sparrow' really scared the hell out of me because I get nude," Lawrence said. "I tried to do the movie without nudity but realized it just wouldn't be right to put the character through something that I, myself, am not willing to go through."

The 27-year-old actress told Vanity Fair that she was concerned viewers would criticize her for appearing nude after she condemned the hack of her nude photos.

"My biggest fear was that people would say, 'Oh, how can you complain about the hack if you're going to get nude anyway?,'" Lawrence said. 

Lawrence said in an interview with "60 Minutes" on Sunday that she ultimately felt "empowered" to do the nude scenes. 

"I realized that there was a difference between consent and not and I showed up for the first day and I did it and I felt empowered," Lawrence said. "I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art."

"Red Sparrow" opens in theaters on March 2.

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One of the best companies in America gives employees 'yay days' to take off work — but they can't be used for just anything


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• REI employees are an outdoorsy bunch.

• The retail co-op has a paid time off policy that reflects the culture perfectly.

• In addition to vacation time, workers get two days a year to get outside and get inspired by nature.

REI does paid time off a bit differently.

In addition to vacation time, sick leave, and other leave of absence policies, the retail chain — which is a consumers' cooperative, meaning it's owned by members and doesn't have shareholders — also offers employees bi-annual "Yay Days."

REI SVP of HR Raquel Karls said the Yay Days are more than just two extra, floating holidays. They're meant to be spent "engaging in their favorite outdoor activity or helping create access to inspirational places through stewardship," according to the co-op's policy.

"People literally use them to go have fun in the outdoors," she told Business Insider. "When you request your Yay Day, you tell your manager what you're doing with it."

After receiving their Yay Day coupons, employees fill out a small card explaining "what they're 'yaying' about," which they sign and turn into their managers. It ties back to REI's commitment to helping people embark on adventures outside.

The retail chain made Glassdoor's 2018 Employees' Choice Awards, coming in at 61 out of 100 of employees' favorite places to work. Glassdoor compiles the list every year based on current and former employee reviews and ratings and picks the top 100 best-rated companies in the US. Along with other HR execs from the best-ranked companies, Karls is addressing how the retail co-op keeps its employees happy and engaged at Glassdoor's Best Places to Work Tour.

"We have a tremendously strong, positive culture at REI," Karls said. "What I love about REI and what our employees love is ... we all have a common purpose and a common passion. Our common ground is our passion for the outdoors."

That passion doesn't manifest itself the same way for everyone, though.

"For some that might show up like climbing Mount Rainier every year," Karls said. "For some that might be getting outside to the dog park."

She said the hope is that Yay Days will boost employee camaraderie and engagement, as REI employees embark on spur-of-the-moment adventures, and then return to swap stories and advice about hikes, bike trails, and parks.

"Fun is in our DNA," Karls said. "Having fun and learning outside together is part of what we do on the clock and off the clock together."

And, if workers need some extra equipment for a particularly ambitious Yay Day, they also get a 50% employee discount on REI gear.

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A particular STI is the top reason people aren't allowed to compete on 'The Bachelor,' according to a new book on the show


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  • The most common reason potential contestants cannot participate on "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" is because they have a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Creator Mike Fleiss' former assistant said "you'd see that herpes is the biggest thing."
  • Writer Amy Kaufman details it in her upcoming book, "Bachelor Nation," out March 6.

Want to know the most common reason contestants don't get approved to compete on "The Bachelor?" It's not looks, and it's not the psychological exam. It's herpes, according to a new book on the show. 

Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman discovered this information while researching her upcoming book "Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure," out March 6. (An excerpt was published today in The New York Post.) 

In the book, Kaufman details every step to becoming a contestant. After filling out an extensive application, with five to 15 pictures of themselves and a “well-lit” video showing off their home, lifestyle, and personality, finalists are invited to LA or a weekend to fill out personality tests. The weekend also includes interviews with producers on the show. Participants are confined to the hotel the entire weekend, and are not allowed to talk to each other. 

They also have to take a medical examination, which includes an STI test. 

“As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,” Ben Hatta, [creator and executive producer] Mike Fleiss’ former assistant, said. “And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.’

Every potential contestant with any STI is taken out of the running immediately.

“Then they’d realize they’d been denied from ‘The Bachelor’ and now a bunch of people knew they had herpes," Hatta said.

"Apparently, that’s the top reason applicants don’t make it onto the show," Kaufman writes in the book.

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