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We visited the cult-favorite regional chain that wants to take over America with its massive, french fry-topped sandwich — here's the verdict

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  • Primanti Bros. is home to legendary sandwiches.
  • I made sure to stop by when I was visiting my hometown Pittsburgh, which is home to the growing restaurant chain.
  • The sandwich did not disappoint, and I believe it has the potential to help the chain spreed across America. 


There are few things more American than eating a sandwich with a side of french fries and coleslaw.

But one of those things might be piling the fries and slaw directly on to the sandwich. And, the best place to do that is Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh — a small restaurant chain whose claim to fame is a sandwich that allows you to hold an entire meal in your hand. 

Primanti's started in Pittsburgh as a sandwich cart during the Great Depression. Sandwiches were stacked with meat, fries, and coleslaw for steelworkers who swung by during their lunch break and didn't have time to fuss with all the ingredients separately.

The chain has expanded over the years. First, it spread throughout the Pittsburgh area before going into states like West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Indiana, and Florida.

It's gotten a fair share of national attention over the years, and it's rare to watch a Pittsburgh Steelers home game where the announcers don't make mention of the fabled sandwich.

When you're in Pittsburgh, you stop by Primanti's. So, the last time I was in town, I decided to conduct a taste test of my own. 

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I took a trip to Primanti's Mt. Lebanon location in the Pittsburgh suburbs, conveniently down the street from my home. The Mt. Lebanon location is one of the newest the chain has opened in the Pittsburgh area.



As soon as I sat down, it was time to tear through the menu, even though I basically knew I was going to get the "Pitts-Burger," a mountainous sandwich comprised of meatloaf, fries, slaw, provolone cheese, and tomato served on very thick Italian bread.

Every Primanti's sandwich has fries, slaw, cheese, and tomato. The only thing that changes is the meat — and you can add an egg, bacon, or extra cheese on request.



The chain often runs specialty sandwiches. In this case, they're trying out a "Chorizo and Egg" special. The waitress asked if I wanted to consider — but my head and heart were dead set.



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Colin Firth's wife has admitted she had an affair with the man she accused of stalking her

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  • Colin Firth's wife Livia Giuggioli has admitted she had an affair with the main she accused of being her stalker.
  • She says she was romantically involved with 55-year-old journalist Marco Brancaccia during a brief separation from Firth years ago.
  • Firth and Giuggioli claim Brancaccia began stalking the couple after the affair when they reunited. Brancaccia denies the claims.


The wife of British actor Colin Firth, Italian producer Livia Giuggioli, has admitted that she had an affair with the journalist and childhood friend she accused of stalking her.

Italian police reportedly launched an investigation after the couple complained that 55-year-old journalist Marco Brancaccia, a childhood friend of Giuggioli who works for Italian news agency Ansa, had been making threatening telephone calls and sending texts to Giuggioli.

Police reportedly seized Brancaccia's phone and computer after Giuggioli told authorities she "lived in terror" of her former acquaintance, who denies the accusations.

Now, Brancaccia has told The Times that Giuggioli had invented the claims to cover up an affair the pair had between 2015 and 2016.

Both Giuggioli and Firth have confirmed the affair did, in fact, take place — but stick to the claim that Brancaccia has been stalking the couple since.

A spokesman for the couple provided a statement to The Times, which said: "A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited.

"Subsequently, Mr Brancaccia carried out a frightening campaign of harassment over several months, much of which is documented."

Brancaccia has repeatedly denied that he stalked the couple, telling The Times: "We were romantically involved, she wanted to leave Colin for me. My 'stalking' consisted of two messages via WhatsApp after she ended our relationship in June 2016, and an email.

"I wrote an email to Colin about my relationship with Livia, which I now regret sending, and she filed a complaint against me for stalking out of fear that I could go public with what she had revealed to me about her marriage and work. In a year she sent me hundreds of messages of love, photos and videos, even a diary."

Firth, who is known for his Oscar-winning performance in "The King's Speech" as well as roles in films like "Bridget Jones's Diary," married Giuggioli in 1997, gaining Italian citizenship last year.

The couple own a home near the town of Città della Pieve in Umbria and have two sons, 16-year-old Luca and 13-year-old Matteo.

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The worst style mistakes a man can make, according to women — and how to avoid them

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Style mistakes are something a man generally wants to avoid.

And style mistakes that the opposite sex has voted as the most egregious? Well, you'd better listen up.

Female commenters on Reddit's AskWomen subreddit were asked to vote on what they consider to be the worst style blunders they see on men.

We've rounded up the 10 most upvoted sins and coupled them with advice on how best to avoid them.

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10. Jean shorts.

"Jean shorts." — i_killed_baby_jane

Jean shorts, also known as "jorts," are a bit of a scourge during warmer months. They have unsightly hemlines and janky appearance.

Instead, wear a nice slim pair of chino shorts.



9. Baggy jeans.

"Baggy/'relaxed fit' jeans in general." — kidkvlt

Baggy jeans remind us of the '90s. We've come pretty far since then, and baggy jeans should be relegated to the same bin as Furbies and frosted tips.

Instead, wearjeans that fit on the slim or even skinny side.



8. Inappropriate headwear.

"Fedoras. Just stop with them. It's not 1935." — Baron3ss

Hats — especially fedoras and other dressy hats — are passé in 2017. They look out of place today and will always make it seem as though you're trying too hard.

Instead, wear absolutely nothing on your head.



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I scheduled my days like Donald Trump for a week — and it made me think entirely differently about the president of the US

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On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, I officially became the president of the United States.

Well, not officially. That day marked the first in a one-week experiment in which I tried out Donald Trump's daily routine.

Axios and The New York Times had reported on different aspects of Trump's schedule. I scoured the articles for details about what time he wakes up and goes to bed, what time he starts work, and how he spends the time when he's not in meetings — then tried to copy everything for five workdays.

Now that it's all over, I'm left wondering how Trump has so much energy — both physically, because he reportedly only sleeps four hours a night, and mentally, because he reportedly watches at least four hours of cable news every day.

Here's how my week went:

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The experiment

Trump's daily schedule breaks down into a few different components.

  • Sleep: Trump reportedly rises at 5:30 a.m. after sleeping about four to five hours, meaning he goes to bed after midnight.
  • Starting the workday: He's said to take his first meeting of the day at 11 a.m.
  • "Executive time": Trump reportedly starts his day with executive time, which includes watching cable news (either "Fox and Friends" or MSNBC's "Morning Joe"), making phone calls, and tweeting.
  • Watching the news: After dinner at 6:30 p.m., Trump may watch another few hours of cable news, meaning he consumes at least four hours a day.

It didn't seem like such a taxing routine. But it was.



Wednesday

I woke up like a champ to a 5:30 a.m. alarm and promptly set myself up with my laptop on the couch. Unlike the president, I don't have cable TV, so I'd planned to watch the news online. CBS has a livestream, so that was my first stop.

About an hour later, I woke up again. Apparently I'd fallen asleep again while watching the news. Fail. I brewed a big cup of black tea and returned to my presidential duties.

Though I wasn't technically due at the office until 11 a.m., I had a call at 10:40, so I scurried in just before.

A recurring theme throughout this experiment was guilt — specifically, about coming in later and leaving earlier than all my coworkers. On the first day of the experiment, I didn't leave the office until about 6:30 p.m., partly because I still had work to do and partly because most of my teammates were still working.

After dinner with a friend, I returned home and set myself up on the couch for another few hours of news-watching. This time, I tuned into Fox. Somewhere around 11:30 p.m., I drifted off with my computer still on my lap.

 



Thursday

I sprung out of bed when my alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and immediately went to make tea. Falling asleep on the job is for slackers, right?

The dose of caffeine was, it turns out, just the kick in the pants I needed. For the next few hours, I toggled between watching "Fox and Friends," preparing a to-do list for the workday ahead, and reading The New York Times.

Call me a stereotypical millennial, but I found it difficult to resist multitasking while the news was on. Maybe if Ainsley Earhardt had been talking about me instead of Trump, I would have paid closer attention.

The workday went surprisingly smoothly. I cranked out a few articles, transcribed an interview, and had a phone call with a source.

At 6 p.m. I really did need to leave — not only was I on Trump time, but I had to make a 6:30 p.m. appointment in midtown. Panic struck. I frantically messaged my editor asking if it was OK for me to head out — to which she replied "of course."

By the time I got home, I was exhausted, so I watched about 30 minutes of Fox and went to sleep, feeling guilty about that, too.



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How much homes cost right now in the Hamptons, one of America's most elite summer vacation destinations

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  • The Hamptons is one of the most elite vacation destinations in America.
  • Many rich celebrities, hedge fund managers, CEOs, socialites, and politicians own multi-million dollar summer homes in the Hamptons.
  • The high volume of mansions in the Hamptons — and its waterfront locale — makes it one of the most expensive real estate markets in the US.

The Hamptons is the preeminent summer vacation destination in the tri-state area.

The Hamptons encompasses more than two dozen villages and hamlets on Long Island. While people live there year-round, it's the months between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend each year when visitors infuse the Hamptons with energy — and money.

The Hamptons is hallmarked by its countless famous and flush residents, including hedge fund managers, celebrities, CEOs, and socialites. Bill and Hillary Clinton have long vacationed on Georgica Beach in East Hampton. And Southampton even has its very own "Billionaire Lane" reserved for the rich and powerful.

Such prestige doesn't come cheap. At least seven towns in the Hamptons have a median home listing price of around $1 million. That means half the houses for sale in those places are priced under seven figures, and half are priced above. What's more, at least 11 towns have median home prices between $2.2 million to $5.6 million.

That's according to StreetEasy, which recently launched a new Hamptons platform, Out East, for sale and rental listings in the Hamptons. Out East provided Business Insider with a ranking of most expensive towns in the Hamptons based on median list price.

Below, we've featured the 21 towns in the Hamptons where the median list price is highest as of February 22, ranked from least expensive to most. Towns with fewer than 20 homes for sale were excluded from the list.

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Hampton Bays

Homes listed: 109

Median list price: $799,000



Cutchogue (Nassau Point)

Homes listed: 21

Median list price: $949,000



Southold

Homes listed: 26

Median list price: $997,000



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Wendy's is slamming McDonald's as a new weapon emerges in the fast-food wars — and it's clear whose burger is better (MCD, WEN)

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McDonald's and Wendy's have a beef over fresh beef.

On Tuesday, McDonald's announced it would swap frozen beef for fresh beef on all of its Quarter Pounders across the US by early May. Roughly 3,500 US locations had already made the switch, which the company said resulted in "hotter, juicer" burgers.

Wendy's, long the fast-food king of fresh-beef burgers, fired back at its rival, posting a string of tweets highlighting the fact that McDonald's didn't say it planned to switch to fresh beef for all its burgers.

Kurt Kane, Wendy's head of concept and marketing, told Business Insider that "you shouldn't have to use a decoder ring to figure out what quality you're going to get" when you order a burger.

Kane also said that having tried one of McDonald's new burgers, he wasn't worried about Wendy's customers ditching the chain for McDonald's new Quarter Pounders.

So we decided to conduct a taste test of our own.

Here's how McDonald's fresh-beef Quarter Pounder matches up against Wendy's Dave's Single, made with fresh — never frozen — beef.

SEE ALSO: Wendy's slams McDonald's as a new weapon emerges in the fast-food burger battles

Up first: McDonald's. I was able to try the new fast-food burger during a media event on Monday — and I was impressed by what I found.

"Those who are seeking a larger burger ... this is what they were looking for," Linda VanGosen, McDonald's vice president of menu innovation, told Business Insider.

"It was hotter, juicier, more flavorful," VanGosen said. "This is addressing what they're looking for."



The only change in the burger, according to executives, is the fresh beef. Everything else is exactly the same.

McDonald's says its beef prep simply requires slapping the patty on the grill and adding a bit of pepper.

One advantage of fresh beef is that it cooks faster than frozen beef, meaning the new preparation style isn't likely to slow down McDonald's workers.



Taking a bite, I immediately noticed the difference that fresh beef makes. Hotter, juicier, and finally freed of its mulch-like texture, the fresh-beef burger is a vast improvement over the old-school Quarter Pounder.

I hadn't realized how much of a handicap the texture of McDonald's patties was to the chain's hamburgers until I had a fresh-beef burger.

While the dryness of the burgers can be ignored on a Big Mac as other elements take the forefront, the Quarter Pounder is improved vastly by the beef upgrade.



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Tiger Woods is back — here's how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course

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Tiger Woods is back.

After playing in just two tournaments in over two years and a tumultuous 10 months that included his fourth back surgery in four years and an arrest after being found asleep in his car on the side of the road, Woods is finally back. In fact, he looks so good, fans and fellow golfers are downright giddy.

This isn't the first time Woods has needed to come back. His career was derailed by affairs and a subsequent divorce from his wife, and his return to golf dominance has been hampered by injuries.

But despite this, Woods is still worth an estimated $740 million and is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time. That means plenty of cash to spend on yachts, private jets, megamansions, and video games.

Take a look at how he spends it all, below.

Tony Manfred and Mary Hanbury contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

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Tiger Woods has made more than $1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996.

Source: Golf Digest and Forbes



More than $110 million of that came from on-course winnings. He's No. 1 on the all-time money list, by far.

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Roger Federer recently passed Woods as the highest-paid athlete of all time from a non-team sport.

Read more: Roger Federer has overtaken Tiger Woods as the top money-maker in individual sports with $110.2 million in earnings



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Harvard professor Steven Pinker explains the disturbing truth behind Trump's two favorite phrases

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Since his election, President Trump has repeated "Make America Great Again" and "Fake News" in nearly every speech and press conference he has been in. We asked Harvard Professor and the author of "Enlightenment Now", Steven Pinker about his thoughts on the meaning and significance behind two of president's favorite phrases.

Steven Pinker: In my view, the slogan "Make America Great Again" is not a recipe for a continuing progress. For one thing, it looks backward — backward to some "Golden Age" and it's been said the main explanation for a Golden Age is a "bad memory." In past decades, the United States was mired down in multiple wars. We had double-digit inflation and double-digit unemployment. The elderly were — large numbers of them were destitute. Millions of people had no health insurance. It was no picnic in the old days, despite the problems we now have.

Also, what's going to make us better off is not kind of zero-sum sports like competition between nations. The problems facing us, many of them are global like rogue nuclear states, like climate change and other forms of environmental threats, like terrorists, like maximizing global welfare and prosperity and none of these are going to be solved if we think of the international arena as one of each nation's striving for its individual greatness. You can be a proud American, or Frenchmen, or German, and a citizen of the world at the same time. And so many of the problems facing us are going to require international cooperation.

We lived through a period in which, nation-states have competed against each other for glory and preeminence and the results were not pretty, they include a couple of World Wars. Since 1945, when we had institutions of global cooperation, the rate of death and war has gone down, prosperity has gone up, and it's that kind of trend that I think we ought to continue to foster to continue the progress that we've made.

"Fake News" is a real phenomenon. There are sleazy predators who cook up completely apocryphal news stories and try to get them circulated on social media and on the internet. But it's a terrible pollution of the language for the president to call any article that criticizes him "fake news." If you compare the credibility of the president's statement with those of the mainstream media, there's just no comparison. The president's been called out on lie after lie after lie. And as someone who's often written for the so-called "mainstream media," for all their flaws, they got fact-checkers. They won't let me just write anything that comes into my head, I've got to prove it. So that's the kind of standard that has established the credibility of many of the news media.

And the basis of democracy is that everyone can be criticized, particularly the leaders. We don't have a monarch, a Supreme Leader, or a dictator for life. We've got a person who is temporarily in charge of the government and when he makes an error, it is mandatory for the free press to call it out. To try to delegitimize the press whenever it criticizes the president, it's really the reflex of an autocrat, of a tin-pot dictator in some banana republic and not worthy of a democracy like the United States where the president serves in our pleasure and can be criticized just like anyone else.

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I drove a $40,000 Buick Regal Station wagon for a week to see how it compared to a family SUV — here's the verdict (GM)

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  • Buick has expanded its lineup with a wagon.
  • The Regal TourX is a capable family hauler that has way more style than an SUV.
  • Performance and tech are also strong points.


I grew up in a Buick station wagon — an Estate wagon, to be precise. It was the large-and-in-charge suburban family hauler before SUV sent wagons into near-extinction, leaving surviving examples to be gently nurtured by car writers with a thing for sedan handling and decent cargo capacity.

One can still find wagons for sale, even as full-size SUVs and compact crossovers dominate the US markets. The Subaru Outback will probably never vanish from this realm, and Volvo's V90 is a nice, big wagon that we enjoyed when we tested it last year. The Volvo V60 Cross Country and Audi Allroad are also in the fight.

Buick Estate Wagon

Enter the Buick Regal TourX, an unlikely new combatant in the, um, wagon wars. Buick is certainly well known for its popular crossovers. The Enclave, Envision, and Encore saved the brand, and the Regal GS sedan is a great sleeper sporty four-door. 

And now, a wagon joins the party. It's actually a proper European estate (that's what they call wagons across the pond — they call sedans "saloons," too, those nutty Euros), sharing a platform with the Opel Insignia. Buick let us borrow a 2018 TourX with all-wheel-drive in the "Essence" upmarket trim level, tipping the price scales with numerous options at just north of $40,000.

I drove it around the Manhattan island and through the 'burbs of New Jersey for a week. And a good week it was. 

Buick Regal TourX

Normally, I'd start with the Buick tri-shield badge and work my way back, but this time around, we'll begin with the almost comically capacious cargo area. Drop the rear seats and you have a small pickup truck, with over 70 cubic feet of space. With the rear seats up, the area is still vast, at over 30 cubic feet. I have the hauling needs that three children, one wife, and one dog create, and I couldn't come up with anything the TourX couldn't handle. 

Buick argues that the low-slung wagon will be superior for sporting-lifestyle duty than a higher-riding crossover. Mount a roof rack and you'll be better able to hoist bikes, skis, etc. on and off. Makes sense, but the TourX isn't exactly a rugged-looking ride. Truthfully, its elegance and chic evoke Buicks of yore, with sleek surfaces and pleasing curves here and there. Our tester was stunning in a Smoked Peal Metallic paint job, with a Shale leather interior.

Buick Regal TourX

The 250-horsepower, turbocharged four-banger can propel the Buick wagon from o-60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, while the eight-speed automatic helps post 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway). An auto shutdown/restart at idle might annoy some drivers, as it can't be deactivated. But it bumps up fuel economy and reduces emissions. For a vehicle of decent size, the TourX offers moderately crisp handling and some pep off the line, as well as steady and quiet freeway cruising with ample passing power. 

You could give the TourX a push and it would probably respond happily, but its natural desire is to be smoothly piloted with one-hand on the wheel, just like it's 1978 again.

Buick Regal TourX

Tech-wise, the TourX is like almost every other vehicle in the General Motors fleet. The Intellilink skinning of GM's excellent infotainment system runs off responsive touchscreen that while not large isn't dinky, either. Bluetooth connections are a snap, and with OnStar 4G LTE wifi connectivity on board, you can run seven devices without sucking any wireless data from your plan. You have AUX and USB ports for devices, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and in the case of my tester, a tasty Bose audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio. 

My final impression of the TourX is that it's a great option for stylish suburbanites who will like the cargo capacity and the big back seat for kids. This demographic is supposed to buy SUVs, but if you don't like to ride high and truck-like, then wagons continue to be a dandy alternative. And with the Buick Regal TourX, you have a handsome newcomer that's as suited to a night on the town as it is for runs to the beach or the lake. 

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The 25 best places to live where the average home costs less than $250,000

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Despite surging home prices across the US, it's still possible to snag something affordable in a great city.

As evidenced by U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of the best places to live in America, the top cities for settling down tout a strong job market, low cost of living, high quality of life, and affordable housing to boot.

To find out which of the top-50 best places to live have home costs on par with the national median listing price, we filtered the ranking for cities where the median home costs $250,000 or less.

Below, check out the top-25 cities and their median home prices.

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25. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Population: 1,318,408

Median home price: $149,646

Quality of life: 6.1

Value: 7.5

Oklahoma City's warm weather and low housing prices make it an up-and-coming place to live. Due to a recent inundation of millennials, the city now brims with energy, creativity, and new ideas, according to a local expert.

"The community's greatest asset is its people," he said. "The community is tight-knit, willing to offer a friendly hello, and ever aware that their city is really a small town at heart."



24. Tampa, Florida

Population: 2,888,458

Median home price: $170,495

Quality of life: 6.6

Value: 5

Tampa's laid-back atmosphere, warm weather, and barrage of entertainment options make it feel like a trip to paradise. "Living in the Tampa Bay is like being on vacation all year," said a local expert.

Tampa hasn't been overtaken by tourists, however. It retains several niche communities, including a strong Cuban influence in historic Ybor City, formerly known as the "cigar capital of the world."



23. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Population: 558,198

Median home price: $83,500

Quality of life: 7.1

Value: 7.5

Located on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the foothills of the Appalachian Trail, Harrisburg offers residents unlimited access to the outdoors. Many are employed by the state and federal government in Harrisburg, but there's also several large private-sector companies that are top employers, including Hershey's, Rite Aid, and D&H Distributing.



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The 22 best places to live in America if you want to make a lot of money

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Finding a great job that comes with a significant salary boost is one of the top reasons to move to a new city.

In its 2017 ranking of the best places to live in America, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on the 100 most populous US cities. Among the factors it considered were affordable housing, a low cost of living, good schools, quality healthcare, and access to well-paying jobs. You can read U.S. News' full methodology here.

Business Insider reranked these cities based on average annual salary to find the cities where residents earned more than $50,000 a year — on par with the national average. They don't all rank highly on U.S. News' overall list, given higher costs of living and other factors, so we've included each city's overall ranking for comparison's sake. For instance, Chicago ranks at No. 19 in terms of salary, but it came in only at No. 83 on the list of 100.

Of the 100 best places to live in the US, here are 22 where you can land the highest-paying jobs:

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22. Santa Rosa, California

Population: 495,078

Average annual salary: $50,540

Overall rank on best places to live list: 52

Just 55 miles north of San Francisco sits Santa Rosa, one of Sonoma County's premier wine-country towns. According to US News' local expert, Santa Rosa is an originator of the farm-to-table movement and "a haven for bicyclists, who train on its rural western roads and visit en masse for two major cycling events: the Amgen Tour of California and the Levi's GranFondo."

The job market in Santa Rosa is powered by tourism: 9% of residents work in the industry, mainly at local farms, wineries, and brewpubs.



21. Albany, New York

Population: 877,846

Average annual salary: $50,880

Overall rank on best places to live list: 30

Despite the snowy winters, living in Albany comes with several advantages. Albany offers a cost of living lower than the national average and the cost of housing sits well below the rest of the US as a whole. In terms of jobs, the city's tech and healthcare industries are on the rise.

Albany's downtown is lined with art galleries, wine shops, and churches for visitors to peruse. In keeping with the city's cold climate, hockey is the sport of choice for residents. 



20. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Population: 1,750,865

Average annual salary: $51,150

Overall rank on best places to live list: 7

Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill are collectively known as the Triangle, an area anchored by its foundation in research and tech. The Triangle employs nearly 40,000 residents at companies like IBM, SAS Institute Inc., and Cisco Systems as well as surrounding colleges Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A strong job market coupled with a burgeoning microbrewery and dining scene draws 80 new residents every day, said a local expert.



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The 50 best documentaries of all time, according to critics

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Some of the greatest moments in cinematic history are scenes of non-fiction.

From a profile of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to a portrait of a renowned sushi chef, the best documentaries capture real-life phenomena in a memorable and artful fashion.

To find out which documentary films have received the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for its ranking of the top documentaries in history.

The site ranked the films by a weighted critic score that accounts for variation in the number of reviews each film received. 

Here are the 50 best documentaries of all time, according to critics:

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50. "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" (2014)

Critic score: 98%

User score: 79%

Summary: "The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité."



49. "The Overnighters" (2014)

Critic score: 98%

User score: 84%

Summary: "Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them."



48. "The Look of Silence" (2015)

Critic score: 96%

User score: 90%

Summary: "A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers."



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Why Daylight Saving Time is so hard to adjust to — and what you can do to make the change feel easier

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  • Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m.
  • That means the next week or so will be rough: It'll be hard to wake up, and there'll be an increase in heart attacks and car crashes.
  • To make the switch a little easier, you can take advantage of what scientists have learned about circadian rhythms.
  • The key? Light.


Daylight Saving Time in the US takes effect in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11.

After that, there will be at least a few miserable mornings where the work alarm feels even more invasive than normal.

But it's more serious than that — Daylight Saving Time is literally killing us. On Monday, there will likely be a 24% spike in heart attacks and a short-term increase in car crashes, strokes, and potentially even suicides.

In a way, the negative trends associated with the clock-change are a large-scale illustration of how bad for us it can be to lose even an hour of sleep. (As the parent of a small child, this is especially distressing to me.)

There's nothing you can do to fully compensate for the sudden change that's being forced on us, but you can take advantage of what scientists have learned about body clocks to adapt as quickly as possible.

We all have a natural internal clock of sorts, our circadian rhythm. It's what makes us feel tired when it's time to sleep and wakes us up in the morning, provided we're on a fairly regular schedule.

As a species, humans' clocks have evolved to mostly match the 24-hour natural light/dark schedule. (Our internal clock is actually a little longer than 24 hours, but gets naturally re-synchronized by environmental cues.) Exposure to light or darkness generally causes our bodies to produce hormones, particularly melatonin, that tell us when we should be alert or asleep — though artificial lighting can wreak some havoc on that system. Most of us are drowsiest around 5 a.m.

Suddenly changing the clocks throws off our internal body clock. You won't naturally suddenly feel tired an hour earlier at night. In the morning when the alarm rings, it's still going to feel like you should be asleep.

But we can manipulate our internal clocks to some degree: the most effective strategy is to get exposed to light at the right time.

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How to shift your internal clock for Daylight Saving Time

According to one study, the most effective way to reset your natural sleep schedule is to go camping. Even in the winter, there's enough natural light to shift your internal rhythm.

But it's a little late for a last-minute weekend camping trip (and it's still very cold in much of the US). A less planning-intensive method is to take in some bright sunlight early in the morning for the next few days. It will also help to avoid light in the evening, making sure you are in a dark environment by bedtime.

"Full spectrum lighting is probably optimal in terms of the management of all these clockwork hormones that direct the complex physiology we have," Richard Rosen, director of retina services at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, previously told Business Insider. Even wearing sunglasses when you are trying to get your body ready for bed might help.

Morning exercise may be beneficial too, according to some research, though the data on how effective it is at shifting circadian rhythms is not conclusive. (Late-evening exercise has been shown to push our natural bedtime cues a bit later, however.)

Those who really feel the pain of the spring-forward clock change could also follow the lead of Florida residents, who are pushing to move clocks forward this Sunday and then never switch them back.

SEE ALSO: 14 of the biggest myths about sleep, debunked

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19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences agree are amazing

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TV viewers and TV critics aren't often on the same page. But where the interests of the two overlap, you're sure to find some quality shows.

Recent Netflix original series "The End of the F***ing World" is one such program.

Acclaimed by both critics and fans, the British dark comedy recently won an enthusiastic endorsement from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who called it the "most engaging addictive original" in a long time. 

To figure out which other Netflix original series were beloved by both groups, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to see which Netflix original shows scored at least an 85% "Fresh" rating with critics and audiences. 

Excluding docu-series, talk shows, and kids shows, we ranked these series by averaging their critic and audience scores on the site, and we used critic scores to break any ties.

Here are 19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences love:

SEE ALSO: Pixar's most and least successful movies at the box office, ranked

19. "Castlevania" — 87%

Critic score: 85%

Audience score: 89%

Average score: 87%

Netflix description: "A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games."



18. "W/ Bob and David" — 87%

Critic score: 88%

Audience score: 86%

Average score: 87%

Netflix description: "After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, 'Bob and David' are back serving our country the way they do best -- making sketch comedy."



17. "Anne with an E" — 88%

Critic score: 87%

Audience score: 89%

Average score: 88%

Netflix description: "A plucky orphan whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. Based on 'Anne of Green Gables.'"



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People are obsessed with booking their vacations through Costco — and now there are even more benefits (COST)

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  • Costco customers love its travel service. 
  • The platform offers members discounts on vacations and car rentals. It also recently started offering benefits such as a 2% cashback bonus on travel purchases for executive members. Costco also offers gift cards for all members on certain purchases.
  • We put the system to the test and found it easy to use. 

Costco's travel service is fast becoming one of its biggest assets. 

The retail giant has been offering members deals on hotels, flights, cruises, and rental cars since 2000. While it might not sound like the most glamorous way to book a trip, its customers can't get enough of it, including Business Insider's Kate Taylor, who bought a seven-day trip to Puerto Rico with flights, transfer, and a hotel stay for just over $800.  

In Costco's most recent earnings call, on Wednesday, CFO Richard Galanti explained that the quarter's margin improvements were partly thanks to its travel business, which has high margins because of the few administrative costs associated with it. 

"It's not the value of that plane ticket and hotel, it's the broker commission," he said.

And it's a good value for the consumer. 

"Following the same philosophy as in the warehouses, we offer a limited number of products in an effort to focus on partners who consistently produce high-quality, exceptional value and superb service," Costco representative Nikki Chellew told Business Insider in July. "Costco Travel adds to the overall value of the membership with savings that can exceed the cost of an annual membership."

We tested out what it's like to use:

SEE ALSO: I bought a Costco vacation — here's why the retailer has completely changed how I book travel

Costco's travel site offers its members a selection of deals from flights to cruises and rental cars.



The first section of the site is hotels. You can search by a destination and find somewhere to stay, even if it's that same day. We checked out a weekend in New York City in April.

Prices started at $220.25 for two nights' accommodation, including taxes, in hotels outside of the city.

In central Manhattan, there was a selection of hotels that cost between $400 and $500 for the weekend. 



We compared this hotel recommendation for the same dates on Booking.com. Initially, the prices looked much cheaper, but after tax was factored in, Costco came out $50 cheaper.



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The tech elite are abandoning Silicon Valley in droves because of 'groupthink' and out-of-control living costs— here's where they're headed

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Silicon Valley is on the brink of an exodus.

Members of the tech elite from Peter Thiel to Tim Ferriss are leaving San Francisco and the peninsula to the south — still the global hub of tech finance and innovation — to escape the self-described groupthink and arrogance of the Valley.

A recent article in The New York Times declared, "Silicon Valley is over." The author followed a dozen venture capitalists on a three-day bus trip through the Midwest, in pursuit of hot startups in underrated areas of the country. They marveled at the cheap home prices in cities like Detroit, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin, compared with the extreme cost of living in the Bay Area.

San Francisco lost more residents than any other US city in the last quarter of 2017, according to a report from real-estate site Redfin. Data suggests the great migration is far from over.

Last month, 49% of Bay Area residents said they would consider leaving California because of the cost of living, according to a survey of 500 residents by public-relations firm Edelman.

These are some of the high-profile defectors who have left Silicon Valley in recent years — and where they're headed.

SEE ALSO: A Silicon Valley billionaire's dream of a floating libertarian utopia may have finally been killed

Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley's biggest success stories, became a social outcast in tech after the libertarian billionaire-investor supported Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Source: Los Angeles Times



In February, Thiel revealed he's leaving the San Francisco Bay Area and moving to Los Angeles. His venture firm and foundation will also set up headquarters in Los Angeles.

Source: Los Angeles Times



In March, Thiel told The New York Times that the groupthink happening in the Valley can be dangerous. "Network effects are very positive things, but there's a tipping point where they fall over into the madness of crowds," Thiel said.

Source: New York Times



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We went behind the scenes of Wicked and saw its 4,500 piece wardrobe

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  • We went behind the scenes of Wicked in London.
  • Alice Fearn who plays the Wicked Witch showed us how her green makeup is applied.
  • The make-up process takes about 25-30 minutes.
  • We also saw the "wardrobe village" which stores 4,500 costume pieces. 

 

We went behind the scenes of the musical Wicked in London to see how the Wicked Witch turns green and visit their "wardrobe village".

We spoke to Alice Fearn who plays Elphaba and has her face is painted green before every show.

"It does really look like your skin colour," the actress told Business Insider. "It looks like it can’t really be paint, in a way. The closer I go to the front of the stage, you see people really trying to work out where the line is".

For the makeup, they use a water-based product from MAC which is applied on Alice's face, neck, and shoulders. It's retouched with a very thick foundation to smooth it out and powder to dry it out.

"If you sweat, or a get a bit hot, then that is what can start bringing it off. It’s got to be as dry as possible", said Fearn.

We were also allowed in the musical's "wardrobe village" which stores 4,5000 costume pieces. In the show, there are  128 hats, 241 pairs of shoes, and over 130 jewellery pieces.

The most elaborate costume is the Bubble dress which is worn by Glinda the Good Witch.

"It’s made up of layers of crinoline and it has 36 petals on it," wardrobe assistant Hannah Wratten told Business Insider. "Each of the petals takes two days to sequin".

"There over 20 types of sequin on the dress. That makes up over 100,000 sequins on the dress and bodice in total".

Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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An overseas billionaire is renting a London mega-mansion for £1 million a year so he can try it before he buys it

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  • An overseas billionaire is renting a London mega-mansion for £1 million for the year, the city's biggest ever rent deal.
  • The wealthy family wanted to try out the property to see if they want to buy it — and are paying £84,000 a month to do so.
  • The five-storey Grade II-listed "mega mansion" is the largest private house in Westminster and the West End.


A billionaire in London has agreed to pay £1 million to rent a mega-mansion for just one year in the city's biggest ever "try-before-you-buy" deal.

The deal, made by estate agents Rokstone, will see an "ultra-wealthy international family from overseas" pay £84,000 a month to relocate to the 11,080 square foot property, the largest private house in Westminster and the West End.

The family decided they wanted to rent the property initially, according to Rokstone, before deciding whether or not to buy it outright. If they decide to buy, the asking price will be more than £35 million.

While £1 million a year in rent seems like a steep sum, the price is less than the £2.9 million the family would need if they decide to buy the property, according to Rokstone, meaning it's a better deal for both parties.

Becky Fatemi, Managing Director of Rokstone, said: "Traditionally, the international super-rich would simply have purchased a property in the capital, worth anywhere between £25 million to £100 million.

"Indeed towards the end of last year Rokstone did a £25 million purchase for a Middle East client in Knightsbridge. However, Stamp Duty, political weakness and Brexit have caused some amongst the global super-rich to delay buying homes in London. Instead, we are seeing an upturn in “try-before- you-buy” mega-rental deals."

Within the last five years, no property in Westminster, St James's or the West End has been let with more than 10,000 square feet, or for more than £10,000 a week, making this a record deal.

They're certainly getting a lot for their money.

The five-storey Grade II-listed "mega mansion" has five reception rooms...

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Seven VIP bedroom suites...

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...And even an eight-passenger lift.

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There are eight main bathrooms. The master bedroom suite has his and hers marble bathrooms...

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...And a large walk-in dressing room.

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There's an elegant entrance hall...

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A grand inner hall with a main staircase...

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A family kitchen and breakfast room...

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A study...

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A wine room...

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A 13-metre indoor pool and Jacuzzi...

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A gym...

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...And a private spa.

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Oh, and there's 1,315 square feet of outside space, including a private terraced garden, roof terrace, balconies, and patios.

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The property was built in 1904-1905, and after a three-year renovation in 2012 "rivals Clarence House in size and luxury," according to Rokstone.

It's located off Barton Street in the heart of Westminster, comes fully furnished, and even boasts a bronze sculpture by Rodin.

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The 13 best countries to live in if you want to be your own boss

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No matter how far along you are in your career, the nine-to-five slog can get boring, and the idea of making your own hours and deadlines gets more and more attractive.

In order to inspire you to go freelance, UK B2B comparison site Expert Market has produced a ranking of the best countries to live in if you want to be your own boss.

The study looked at economic and lifestyle factors in 57 countries around the world. They combined data on the cost of living, average internet speeds, the quality of the transport system, number of free wifi spots, the cost of a cup of coffee, individual income tax rates, as well as the ease of starting a business and access to credit.

Scroll down to see the 13 best countries in the world to be self-employed, ranked in ascending order:

SEE ALSO: This country is now tied with Singapore as having the most powerful passport in the world

13. Portugal. First in the top 13, this European country has good access to credit, decent transportation, and cheap coffee at just £1.02 on average.



12. France. The home of Paris and countless cafés, France ranks highest in the top 13 on the Cost of Living Index.



11. Latvia. Head to the likes of Riga or Daugavpils for cheap coffee and relatively low income tax rates.



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Inside the intensive, two-month training all Delta flight attendants must attend that's harder to get into than Harvard

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  • For aspiring flight attendants, Delta Air Lines, ranked by its employees as one of the best places to work, is also one of the most difficult places to get a job.
  • It's harder to get invited to Delta flight attendant training than it is to get into Harvard University. 
  • Keep reading for some of the most interesting details about the intensive training school.


Delta Air Linesflight attendant is perhaps one of the most competitive jobs out there.

On Glassdooremployees rate Delta Air Lines 4.3 out of 5 stars, citing pros like great perks and benefits, a professional and friendly environment, and flexibility.

Danny Elkins, who's been a flight attendant with Delta since it acquired Pan American World Airways' North Atlantic routes in 1991, would agree.

"I started this career at 22, left my home in North Carolina, and soon found myself living in NYC, flying around the world. Both my home life as well as my professional life became an instant adventure," he told Business Insider.

Of course, getting the job is no walk in the park.

"I am told it's harder to get invited to the Delta Flight Attendant training center than to get into Harvard University," Elkins said.

And he's not wrong. According to Delta, of the 150,000 people that applied to be a Delta Flight Attendant in 2016, only 1% made the cut. By comparison, the acceptance rate for Harvard's class of 2021 was 5.2%.

"Our culture at Delta is important to us, so we have to make sure those we hire can not only serve to keep our customers safe and comfortable on board but also fit well within our organization," Elkins said.

Delta implements an array of techniques, including video interviews, Q&A sessions, and in-person meetings to evaluate candidates to see if they'll be successful as a Delta flight attendant. "It's a rigorous process, but we make sure it's fun and engaging for prospective crew members. And we often have an opportunity to select some amazing flight attendants," Elkins said.

For the chosen few who make it past the interview stage, an eight-week training school awaits.

Delta Air Lines gave outsiders an inside look into the intense training school as part of its "Earning Our Wings" series. Read on for some of the most interesting details:

SEE ALSO: Here's what it's REALLY like to be a Delta Air Lines flight attendant, one of the most competitive jobs out there

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It's so difficult to become a Delta flight attendant that candidates often have to wait years and have entirely different careers before they land the job

One flight attendant trainee featured on the series named Jean-Baptiste said he had a career as a network engineer before joining Delta.

Another trainee named Kasey said that, having grown up with parents who worked for Delta, she always knew she wanted to become a Delta flight attendant. But when she first applied six years ago, she didn't make it past the face-to-face interview.

Kasey said that the job was in the back of her mind from then on, so when she heard once again Delta was hiring, she went for it. This time around, she made it to training school.

Other flight attendants joined Delta from other airlines.



Delta has its very own mission control center, which is the airline's lifeline in an emergency

Every one of Delta's flights is controlled from one room in the operations and customer center (OCC) at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta.

Much like NASA's mission control center, in Delta's flight control center — otherwise dubbed the "911 of Delta" — employees can monitor all of Delta's flights, weather, and potentially dangerous current events. 

During training, flight attendants learn that any Delta flight can call the flight manager at the OCC for help.

 



Delta has a strict dress code and grooming policy, including that flight attendants must wear watches

In the early days of training, flight attendant trainees go through personal image consultations, where instructors check to see whether trainees are in compliance with Delta's uniform and grooming rules. Flight attendants continue to receive these checks throughout their career as a flight attendant.

"Image consultation is very important to us because, as flight attendants for Delta Air Lines, you are, and we are, the brand," said a Delta instructor named Ed.

During these one-on-one assessments, staff look at how flight attendants are dressed and styled, from head to toe, and make note of any issues. They assess all manner of things including hair, shoes, socks, fingernails, and watches.

"If you're working a flight, you must have a wristwatch," Delta initial training leader Jennifer said. "It's a part of the uniform, and each flight attendant trainee is required to have one every single day."

"The responsibility of what it takes to be a flight attendant starts here," Ed said. "We take it very seriously."

One flight attendant trainee named Daniel, who was not wearing his wristwatch during the assessment, expressed his dismay at not following the rules: "It was a total fail, and I've got to figure out how to bounce back from that." Too many strikes, and you could flunk out of flight attendant training school.



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