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Ryan Reynolds says he uses the popular meditation app Headspace to cope with anxiety


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  • Ryan Reynolds told the New York Times that he uses the meditation app Headspace to cope with an anxiety that he has "always had."
  • Headspace, a popular app among Olympic athletes, Wall Street executives, and a number of celebrities, teaches meditation through breathing exercises and visualization.
  • Reynolds, whose film "Deadpool 2" premieres this month, said he uses the app before promotional interviews and talk-show appearances. 
  • He also said that he finds relief by conducting most of his recent interviews in character, as Deadpool.  

In a New York Times profile promoting his upcoming film "Deadpool 2," Ryan Reynolds discussed how he copes with anxiety, which, as the Times wrote, makes him "often, quite secretly, a nervous wreck."

Reynolds told the Times that he uses the meditation app Headspace before promotional interviews and talk-show appearances to quell the anxiety that he said he has "always had."

"I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety," Reynolds said. "Both in the lighthearted 'I’m anxious about this' kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun."

Headspace, a popular app among Olympic athletes, Wall Street executives, and a number of celebrities, has around 8.5 active million active users, according to the company's most recent report on its user base.

The app has a straightforward set-up that teaches you how to meditate through breathing exercises and visualization. For an in-depth take on the app, you can read this Business Insider feature on Headspace from 2016.

In addition to using Headspace, Reynolds said that he also finds relief by conducting most of his recent interviews in character, as Deadpool.  

“When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” he said. "That’s that great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”

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5 ways to vacation this summer — and where to stay


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Family vacations have a lot riding on them: The great ones build memories, allow for quality time together, and provide some much-needed rest and relaxation. Your time is far too valuable to cross your fingers and just hope that you've picked the right destination. And Apple Vacations can help by making the planning process stress-free. 

Apple Vacations makes planning a memorable vacation easy by offering exclusive nonstop flights, airport and hotel transfers, representatives in your resort, and a price-match guarantee.

These tips can help you build a better family vacation right from the beginning and Apple Vacations can offer you all-inclusive options in some of the most popular destinations.

1. Get the most out of your money.


All-inclusive properties mean never having to reach for your wallet. Choose a resort that has plenty to offer, including the promise that kids stay free. Resorts like Sunscape Splash Montego Bay offers guests a fun-filled getaway with all of the privileges of Unlimited-Fun®, where everything is included. And the gorgeous Iberostar Costa Dorada in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic (where international a la carte restaurants are included), all stretch your vacation dollars a little further.

At the Riu Guanacaste in Costa Rica, guests can choose between four restaurants — including a la carte options — and five bars that offer a wide selection of unlimited drinks. Plus, the “24-hour all-inclusive" mantra guarantees you'll find a snack when you want one. Families with kids will love the on-site playground and RiuLand Mini-Club (for ages four to 12), all with the backdrop of an environmentally certified, white sand beach. And from May 1 through December 23, 2018, two kids age 12 and under stay free with any two paying adults. That money you save on room fees can go a long way toward making your trip extra special in other ways.

2. Amp up your kids' adventures.


Savvy kids know a good time when they see one. And kids' clubs that go the extra mile (especially when there's no additional cost to attend) will net smiles that continue even after you're home. At the Princess Family Club at Grand Riviera in Mexico, kids get the 5-star treatment — from ice cream at the pool bar to a teen disco once a week. This all-suites resort offers up a wide range of options to make sure that families are comfortable. Everyone in the family will enjoy access to tennis, paddle courts, and non-motorized water sports, but kids get the extra special treatment thanks to 12 swimming pools, a gorgeous beach, and the Daytime Mini-Club. The fun continues into the evening with activities that will keep kids ages 4 to 17 entertained while parents enjoy the nightly entertainment.

At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, cultural stories and crafts keep the learning fun and gets everyone involved. And at Now Larimar in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, kids ages 3 to 12 can choose from plenty of fun, fully supervised activities. At the Explorer's Club for Kids, they can try their hand at indoor rock climbing and participate in the weekly campouts. But teens aren't forgotten here: The Core Zone Teen Club has entertainment and activities that run throughout the day and into the evening, along with plenty of sports equipment to keep them happy. And while the kids are being entertained, parents can relax and enjoy the rest of the resort.

3. Get your family splash on.

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Choose a resort with an onsite water park and even the most jaded tween will be happy. At the Atlantis Paradise Island, in Nassau, Bahamas, the mix of thrilling slides, rapids, and pools at the 141-acre waterscape will make you parent of the year. Kids can find a lot of happy in 20-million gallons of water fun spread over 20 swimming areas and a lush, tropical landscape that reminds you that you're enjoying the Caribbean. But don't let them enjoy everything alone — join in on the summer fun, too. The Abyss (a 200-foot body slide), the Leap of Faith (with its near-vertical 60-foot drop), and the Serpent Slide (a five-story corkscrew slide through a shark-filled lagoon) will impress your kids and remind you how much fun water can be.

You can also take your water lovers to the Barcelo Huatulco in the Mexican town of Huatulco where the variety of swimming pools (including slides perfect for younger kids) and proximity to idyllic Tangolunda beach will keep them happy. And for even more adventure, visit Memories Splash in Punta Cana. Slides with names like Monster, Black Hole, and Kamikaze promise the perfect mix of thrills and giggles.

4. Make room for everyone.

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Look for properties that offer enough space for the whole family. Affordable suites that give everyone a little more room will always make vacations better. At the Majestic Colonial, in Punta Cana, junior suites continue the fun outside with Jacuzzis and private gardens, or the extra large one bedroom suites mean that when it's time to relax, there's plenty of space to do so. Choose to stay at the Family Club of the Majestic Mirage, in a swim-up suite and you won't even have to leave the comfort of your room to catch a quick dip. But your kids will probably be more excited about the incredible water play area built just for them (kids ages 4 to 14) with slides that allow them to get even more fun on the go, located conveniently between the Majestic Colonial and Elegance. Back in your room, features that include European marble, indoor Jacuzzis, and multi-jet showers, mean downtime can be both beautiful and relaxing, regardless of which luxurious resort you choose.

The Grand Sirenis in Riviera Maya along the northeastern coast of Mexico offers up a suite option, the Deluxe Jr. Suite, which sleeps four adults or a family of five with children. You'll find that the rooms are so big that families or friends can share comfortably. This means that everyone can count on a great night's rest before heading out to explore the on-site Mayan ruin and cenote, white sandy beaches, and stunning coral reefs. And once you get back to your room, you'll have the space you crave and everything you need to comfortably spend a few hours indoors.

And at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa, spacious living comes standard. The all-suites property offers plenty of room — inside and out on the terrace — for when you're ready to unwind.

5. Celebrate the couple in your family.

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When it's time for a vacation where you'll be inspired to remember life before kids, an adults-only destination is a perfect respite. Secrets St. James Montego Bay in Jamaica offers the quiet time you're craving in an award-winning resort dedicated to relaxation and romance. Free non-stop transfers — an Apple Vacations exclusive — means that your downtime can start right at the airport. By the time you get to your suite with views of the Caribbean sea, you'll understand why it has been recognized by Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as one of the best full-service resorts and spas. Plus, a stay at this resort gives you Unlimited-Luxury® privileges at nearby Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay. Dining choices only make it better: Seven restaurants, including establishments that offer traditional Jamaican cuisine and Pan-Asian options, mean you can dine somewhere different every day and never run out of options.

Prefer the Dominican Republic? Book a room at Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, where the northeast coast of the country is the backdrop for rejuvenating spa treatments, 11 gourmet dining venues, eight chic bars and lounges, and lively entertainment.

Ready for some summer fun? Visit Apple Vacations to plan your next summer vacation.

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Amazon is holding Seattle hostage over a tax plan — and it shows how dangerous it is for Seattle and HQ2 to let the tech giant determine their future



  • Amazon is pausing a major expansion to its operations in Seattle after the city proposed taxing large employers $500 per employee.
  • Amazon's hardball stance points to the danger of a city being too dependent on a single company, an issue Seattle and whatever city wins HQ2 will face in the coming decades.
  • During a recent visit to Seattle's 'Amazonia' neighborhood, it became apparent just how radically the company has changed the city, for both better and worse.

Amazon is pausing a major expansion to its operations in Seattle due to a tax proposed by the city council that would charge large employers $500 per employee.

About 75% of the estimated $75 million in tax revenue would fund the construction of 1,800 affordable housing units with the rest going towards homeless services.

Seattle's median rent has jumped by three times as much as the national figure over the last decade, while the city has the third largest homeless population in the country, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Many have blamed soaring housing prices and the homeless issue on Amazon, which accounts for more than  45,000 jobs in the city and around 20% of Seattle's prime office real estate. 

Drew Herdener, an Amazon spokesman, said on Wednesday that the tech giant will stop construction on a building downtown as well as reconsider occupying another building that is already under construction until the head tax issue is decided. A vote is expected on May 14.

Halting the expansion could put 7,000 jobs in jeopardy, according to The New York Times.

Amazon's hardball stance points to the precarious position that Seattle — and whatever city wins the competition for the company's new $5 billion headquarters dubbed HQ2— faces in the coming decades. 

Amazon dominates Seattle, sprawling across downtown and upsetting locals with snarled traffic, soaring housing prices, never-ending construction, and accelerated gentrification. The city has seen an unprecedented economic surge, adding 220,000 jobs over the past decade.

But the surge has come at a cost. Amazon has the economic leverage to essentially dictate terms, a dynamic readily apparent in the company's search for a second headquarters

I recently spent a day in the Seattle neighborhood locals call Amazonia to see how Amazon has affected the city.

In the '90s, Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood was a mess of parking lots, warehouses, and industrial buildings. Amazon has transformed the neighborhood and its surrounding areas, Belltown and Denny Triangle. Each of those pins on the map is an Amazon office.

Amazon's offices are spread across more than 33 buildings throughout the area, though some say the number is closer to 40. The company leases 100,000 square feet of office space in this building, nicknamed Otter.

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It's hard to overstate how thoroughly Amazon dominates downtown. The company is up to occupying 8.1 million square feet of office space in Seattle, reports say. Day 1 Tower, opened in 2016, is one of two towers that form the heart of Amazon's campus.

Source: Geekwire, SF Gate, CNBC

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The most extravagant request fulfilled by a luxury concierge service that caters to millionaires and billionaires


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  • John Paul is a luxury concierge service that is available 24/7 to its millionaire and billionaire clients.
  • While most requests are for hard-to-get tickets or restaurant tables, the service has also handled numerous extravagant requests.
  • One of the most extravagant requests was for a client who asked to watch the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious races in the world, from a vantage point "no one else could get."
  • John Paul arranged for the client to watch the race from a yacht and get an audience with Prince Albert II of Monaco.

As a luxury concierge service to ultra-wealthy people around the world, John Paul has seen some strange and extravagant requests.

The net-worth of the company's clients usually stretches from $30 million to $260 million, with a few that go even higher. Their clientele is well-traveled and educated. Once you've traveled to every island hotspot and stayed in private villas, it takes something extra to get a "wow" from clients.

In recent years, according to Amber Treshnell, John Paul's CEO of Americas, the company has helped fly in a client's favorite lasagna from Venice for a Christmas Eve celebration, arranged a visit with Santa in the Arctic Circle for a client's children, and help craft a wedding proposal dinner in Dubai at At.mosphere, the tallest restaurant in the world.

"We are constantly challenged with finding things that are not searchable on the internet. These are people who have traveled the world, been to many exciting destinations, and they want the next best thing,"  a concierge at John Paul for last 11 years told Business Insider.

"No is not an option. So long as it is legal and ethical, we can do it."

The concierge, who John Paul asked to keep his name confidential out of respect for his privacy, helped work on possibly the most extravagant request the company has ever fulfilled, which came during the Monaco Grand Prix, considered one of the most prestigious Formula One races in the world.

The client wanted to attend the Grand Prix, but was not satisfied with viewing it from the perfect balcony, according to the concierge. He wanted "something nobody else can get."

The concierge helped arrange for the client to watch the race from an ultra-luxury yacht. Not only that, but the concierges were able to get the client an audience with Prince Albert II of Monaco.

"Our client was over the moon when we presented this idea. He could never have done that himself. But, with our connections, we were able to make it happen," he said.

Providing that experience, according to the concierge, was "ultra, ultra expensive" and required 24/7 work to make happen.

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"The logistics are quite layered and detailed," he said. "Of course, first there is a moment of panic. How do we take this client request and make it happen? You work backwards and make the steps."

Concierges, according to John Paul, see their value in their connections and network. When a request like the Monaco Grand Prix comes in, the concierge said he begins by combing his Rolodex for "someone who knows someone who knows someone." If his connections come up empty, he will contact concierges at other John Paul offices so they can tap into their networks.

Once they have a connection that can make the experience happen, the team puts everything through several layers of vetting. With millionaire and billionaire clients, there is always the risk that someone is trying to steal clients' money. John Paul prides itself on its vetting abilities.

"We don't want to put our clients in danger because they are coming to us as the authority on providing them with access that is unquestionably honest and straightforward," he said. "We don't want them to worry about that access."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are spending millions more on their wedding than Prince William and Kate Middleton did


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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, on May 19.
  • The wedding is expected to cost more than $45 million (£32 million), most of which is allotted for security, and the royal family will pay for it.
  • That's over $10 million more than the estimated cost of Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials.


There's nothing cheap about a royal wedding.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to be married on May 19 at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, and will begin a carriage procession immediately after the ceremony. Their reception will take place later on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Security costs to protect the bride and groom, the rest of the royal family, VIP guests, and thousands of onlookers will run Kensington Palace a whopping $43 million (£30 million), estimates Bride Book. That includes the cost of snipers, undercover police, military technology, and security drones.

The bulk of Kate Middleton and Prince William's 2011 wedding budget similarly went to security costs, but their total wedding tab came in at $34 million (£23.7 million) — about $10 million below the expected cost of this month's wedding.

Markle and Prince Harry's wedding will cost a total of $45.8 million (£32 million), according to Bride Book's estimation.

Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family. The case was the same for Middleton and Prince William's wedding — the only item Middleton paid for was her six-figure Alexander McQueen wedding dress. Markle will reportedly do the same, and may even design a custom tiara that's worth nearly $700,000.

After security costs, Markle and Prince Harry's total wedding spend, including food, cakes, entertainment, wardrobe, and the honeymoon, amounts to about $2.8 million. Here's where most of the wedding budget will be spent, according to Bride Book: 

  • Food and drinks— $686,000 (£479,000)
  • Outdoor marquee for the reception— $500,000 (£350,000)
  • Music (DJ, live band, trumpet players) — $430,000 (£300,000)
  • Invitations and wedding favors— $290,800 (£203,000)
  • Production/decoration— $186,000 (£130,000)
  • Flowers— $157,600 (£110,000)

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The company behind America's favorite hummus has funded an under-the-radar effort to make lab-grown steak



  • Israeli company Aleph Farms aims to make cuts of environmentally-friendly meat that resemble the real thing using animal cells.
  • Aleph was co-founded by a major research institute and an incubator called The Kitchen, which is part of the food giant that owns Sabra — the most popular hummus in America.
  • It's taking a novel approach to clean meat that employs ideas from regenerative medicine, a field dedicated to healing or growing tissues and organs.
  • Although the company only has a proof-of-concept, it aims to have a finished product by 2020.


If there were a holy grail in the world of real meat made without farm animals, it would be steak.

While companies making plant-based burgers abound, a handful of startups trying to make real, environmentally-friendly beef and chicken from animal cells — only without the farm animals — have yet to release a real consumer product.

Silicon Valley-based Just (formerly Hampton Creek) let Business Insider peek inside its clean meat "lab" last December; the Bill Gates-backed startup Memphis Meats claimed it made the world's first chicken strips from animal cells last March and lab-grown meatballs from cow tissue the year prior; and European startup Mosa Meats had a lab-developed burger back in 2013.

But none has yet to achieve the goal of replicating the texture, shape, and mouthfeel of savory, chewy sirloin — at least not publicly.

An under-the-radar company created with an undisclosed amount of funding from Strauss Group — the food giant that owns Sabra (the most popular hummus brand in America) and distributes Cheetos and Doritos in Israel as part of an agreement with Pepsi — wants to take the first bite.

Instead of trying to grow only one or two types of animal cells on a flat surface, Israeli-based Aleph Farms aims to take lab-grown meat three-dimensional. To do it, they're applying the tools of regenerative medicine to clean meat.

Aleph was co-founded by a major research institute (The Technion Israel Institute of Technology) and an incubator called The Kitchen, which is part of Strauss Group.

Memphis Meats"We’re the only company that has the capacity to make fully-textured meat that includes muscle fibers and blood vessels — all the components that provide the necessary structure and connections for the tissue," Didier Toubia, Aleph Farms' co-founder and CEO, told Business Insider.

If true, that would be a big deal for the clean meat business. While many companies in the space have succeeded in making lab-grown prototypes with a decent flavor, all of them appear to have hit the same wall when it comes to texture and shape: no matter how hard they try, they just can't get a series of cells to behave in a way that chews, slices, and feels like flesh.

The end goal is to disrupt the $200 billion meat industry with a product that's cleaner, less wasteful, and easier on the environment— all with the exact taste and nutritional profile of regular meat.

Aleph is leaning heavily on resources from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and has Shulamit Levenberg, the dean of its biomedical engineering faculty, serving as chief scientific officer.

"The key for us is the access to that science of regenerative medicine," Toubia said. "That gives us a significant edge."

To make its three-dimensional clean meat, which for now is just a proof-of-concept, the company claims to be using four types of animal cells, rather than just one or two. Toubia said it is also growing them in a medium that is free of fetal bovine serum, the rich liquid that is currently the lab standard for nourishing cells.

But fetal bovine serum has an "ick" factor — it's made from blood taken from the fetuses of cows which are pregnant at slaughter. It also happens to be made from the very thing these companies are trying to avoid in the first place: cows.

The food Aleph is using for its animal cells, Toubia said, is not from any animal sources. But as a result it's also prohibitively expensive.

That means the future of Aleph's clean meat rests not only on its ability to scale-up its 3D growing process, but also on the arrival of a cheaper animal-free food for animal cells.

Still, Toubia said he plans to have a fully-developed product by 2020.

"We’re ready to transform the industry," he said.

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Uber and Lyft are changing where rich people buy homes


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  • Uber and Lyft are affecting the real estate market.
  • In late 2017 luxury real estate broker, Leonard Steinberg, told Business Insider that the ride-hailing services are changing where wealthy people buy homes in the New York City. 
  • A report released this week from MetLife Inc.'s asset-management business confirmed that the premium cost of apartments near public transit has begun to decline due to services such as Uber and Lyft.   

Since 2001, Leonard Steinberg, real estate broker and a president at Compass, has been selling homes to New York City's richest residents.

Steinberg has over $3 billion in transactions under his belt. His largest sale to date was on a Tribeca townhouse that sold for $43 million. In 2009, he worked on the $32 million deal for Dolce & Gabbana designer Domenico Dolce's 11th Avenue penthouse.

Last year we spent a day with Steinberg, and when we asked what New York City neighborhood was currently the most popular among buyers, he had a surprising answer.

"Buyers have become more and more neighborhood agnostic than at any other time in history," he said. "[A buyer] will look at an apartment in SoHo, Hudson Yards, Upper East Side, and Tribeca."

The reason? Steinberg accredits ride-hailing apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Juno for this shift in mindset.

"Today, in our Uber-tech world — I [can be] in the back of a car with my iPhone, and I'm not losing out on anything. That has changed [commutes] dramatically. Your commute time is not lost productivity," he said.

"Time is the last luxury. If you can not lose time, you can live in many places," he said.

A new report released by  MetLife Inc.'s asset-management business and reported by Bloomberg, confirms Steinberg's inkling.

"People are already willing to pay slightly less than they were before for the same level of transit access, because they now have this complementary transit system," Adam Ruggiero, head of real estate research at MetLife Investment Management told Bloomberg.

The report found, for example, that apartments in San Francisco that previously had a 20% premium because of their vicinity to public transportation are down by about 5% since Uber's launch.    

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JetBlue delivering pizza from New York to Los Angeles — but there's a catch (JBLU)


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  • JetBlue is delivering pizza from New York City to Los Angeles for three days in May. 
  • There is no delivery fee, and JetBlue promises the pizza will be delivered to customers' homes hot and ready to eat. 
  • JetBlue is only delivering 350 pizzas a day.


JetBlue is entering the pizza delivery business — but only for a few days. 

From May 9 to May 11, the airplane brand is delivering cheese and pepperoni pizza from New York to Los Angeles. There is no delivery fee — or taxes — so you'll be able to order pizza from 2,800 miles away for less than $20. 

The pizza in question is from Patsy's Pizzeria of East Harlem. The options are two 16 inch pies — plain cheese for $12 and pepperoni for $15. 

"No need to tip the drivers — we’ll take care of that as well!" JetBlue says in its FAQ about the promotion. 

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People in Los Angeles craving a slice of New York pizza can place their order on the website jetblue.pizza, starting at 12 a.m. PDT. Not every zip code in the Los Angeles area is available for delivery, but if your home is, JetBlue will deliver the pizza to your door.

"Yes, the pizza is made fresh every day at Patsy’s Pizzeria of East Harlem and baked in their coal-fire oven," JetBlue's website promises. "From there, it will be packed for the flight. Upon arrival at LAX, the pizza will be brought to a kitchen and prepped for final delivery so that it’s fresh and delicious upon delivery to your door."

Customers can even track their pizza flying from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport on JetBlue's website. The pizza will be delivered between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. PDT. 

The biggest catch is that JetBlue is only delivering 350 pizza a day throughout the three-day promotion. Ordering will close in the early morning hours when the daily supply of 350 available pizzas is sold out. 

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Discover 'hidden gems' in some of the most-visited cities in the US


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Road trip!

Simply hearing that phrase can send endorphins racing, as it summons images of teaming throngs of Mardi Gras revelers along Bourbon Street or the bustling excitement of an Orlando theme park.

But for some travelers, real thrills can be found in the quieter, or at least less mainstream, locales. And many can be found right in the midst of some of the most traveled-to destinations.  

For these journeys, maybe “Path Less Taken Trip” is a better descriptor. That’s the trek where the hidden gems lie. As you’re planning domestic vacations this year, consider a few of these paths to beauty lurking just off to the side of the traditionally favored destinations. And be sure to bring along your Hyatt Credit Card, to earn points that you can use for the next stops on your bucket list.

  • Atlanta. Within a few blocks of Centennial Olympic Park are some of Atlanta’s beloved attractions, like the World of Coca-Cola, where you can sample 100 different beverages; and the Georgia Aquarium, the 10-million-gallon home to 120,000+ marine animals.

    But journey a bit farther north of downtown to enjoy the quiet splendor of Piedmont Park, a 200-acre dog walkers’ dream in the shadow of Midtown skyscrapers. With bocce ball courts and fishing in Lake Clara Meer, you can satisfy your yen for outdoor activities. And it’s adjacent to the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Gardens, where fauna shares billing with flora, thanks to a 40-foot-high canopy walk above a stunning urban forest.
  • Miami. What traveler isn’t drawn to the glittery glamour of South Beach nightlife and shopping, or the pastel splashed wonders of its Art Deco Historic District? 

    Equally lively, and decidedly authentic, is downtown’s Little Haiti. The neighborhood is a rich patchwork of restaurants, record stores, and art galleries that exude the pride of its residents. Or hop on a boat to get a closer look at Stiltsville, the seven remaining of 30 homes built on wooden and concrete stilts in a shallow area of Biscayne Bay, within squinting distance of Coconut Grove and some of Miami’s tonier residences.
  • Seattle. The majestic Space Needle, with its eagle-eye view of the city and in-the-distance Mount Rainier, is a Seattle must-do. So is a jaunt through vibrant Pike Place Market, where farmers, artists, and fish-tossing merchants offer their wares in a charming and historic setting.

    But to see Seattle like a native, you’ve got to get on the water. Enjoy the day sailing on Lake Washington, an idyllic expanse for freshwater fishing (while the coolest attractions are out of sight — the hundreds of shipwrecked vessels are on the lake bottom). Or, zip line a few miles east of the lake’s southern end, through Eastgate Park in Bellevue — soaring through majestic old maple and Douglas fir trees.  
  • Los Angeles. Ahh, to revel in the sights and sounds of Hollywood. Or celebrity seeking along Sunset Boulevard, followed by gazing at the muscle flexing on Venice Beach.

    The crowds may be smaller, but the experiences are no less enjoyable at two of La-La Land’s more unusual locales. The La Brea Tar Pits is an Ice Age archeological excavation site and museum, right in the middle of Los Angeles. And just a few miles outside the city — but seemingly a world away — are caves worthy of any spelunker. If fake caves are more to your liking, try Bronson Cave in Griffith Park; it’s a man-made tunnel that served as the entrance to the Batcave for the Batman TV series and leads to an unobstructed view of the Hollywood sign. See this hidden gem firsthand with advice from Christian LeBlanc and discover even more options in L.A. and Seattle.

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It’s one more great reason to take the path less traveled this year.

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San Francisco is so expensive that people are spending $1 million to live next to a former nuclear-testing site — now some residents are freaking out after learning the surrounding area may still be radioactive


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  • The San Francisco Shipyard is one of the last affordable-housing developments in San Francisco. But some homeowners and neighbors worry for their safety.
  • Parts of the shipyard's planned amenities sit on the site of a former nuclear-testing facility, where the US Navy cleaned ships exposed to nuclear radiation during the Cold War.
  • The US Navy has said the area with existing condos is "100% safe" for residents. But a recent data review found that the area around the new condos may still be contaminated with leftover nuclear radiation.
  • Some homeowners at the shipyard tell Business Insider they fear for their investment and safety after buying condos priced up to $1.5 million, while others worry the timeline for the development's completion will be delayed.

David and Rick looked all over San Francisco for a home under $1 million, to no avail.

When the couple stumbled on the San Francisco Shipyard, a middle-class neighborhood rising on the site of a former nuclear-testing facility, they thought they'd found their real-estate bliss at an affordable price.

They came to the shipyard in 2017 because of an ambitious pitch from the mega-developer Lennar and its spinoff, Five Point. Together, the builders sold them on a vision of turning the abandoned shipyard, which has a history of radioactive contamination, into a live-work community with 12,000 new homes.

The shipyard is one of the last affordable areas in San Francisco, where a critical lack of housing has caused home prices to soar. The median price of a house in the city is $1.5 million.

Residents like David and Rick, who declined to give their last names because they feared backlash from the developers, considered themselves pioneers of the next hottest housing market in San Francisco. Beginning in 2014, hundreds of buyers put down money for homes costing roughly $450,000 to $1.5 million; the average cost of a two-bedroom condo is around $1 million.

Homeowners signed up with the expectation, they said, that they would essentially live in a construction zone for the next 10 to 15 years. Lennar told them the development wouldn't be completed until the early 2030s. But people held out, thinking the wait would be worth it when the promised amenities, like parks, office space, supermarkets, and an outdoor mall, arrived alongside their industrial-chic condos.

The shipyard residents who spoke with Business Insider said they now believe the development's timeline is no longer realistic amid reports suggesting the land around the new construction may still be contaminated with nuclear radiation left over from the US Navy's nuclear-testing facility.

The city of San Francisco, which accepts land from the Navy and transfers it to the shipyard developers, won't allow development in the surrounding area until the Navy can show that it's clean and safe.

Five Point says the $8 billion project is still expected to be finished by the early 2030s.

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Last fall, the Navy received the results of a third-party data review that found Tetra Tech, a government contractor tasked with identifying and removing hazardous waste at the retired shipyard, had botched the cleanup before construction even began.

Former Tetra Tech workers claimed to have faked soil tests to expedite the city's largest redevelopment project. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 97% of the cleanup data in some areas may have been falsified or suspect. The Navy now plans to redo all the testing it paid Tetra Tech more than $350 million to perform.

In 2015, Five Point and Lennar, which is responsible for building and selling the first 926 homes at the shipyard, planned to deliver 800,000 square feet of office space and 1,400 housing units by 2018, according to newsreports. Lennar has built and sold about 260 units, with another 50 homes marketed as for sale. There's no office space in operation.

The area remains mostly unwalkable, with little public transit, few schools, and a high crime rate in the surrounding neighborhood. There's a lone general store that sells snacks, soda, and toiletries. Mountains of dirt and rusted military buildings encircle the new homes.

"I feel like I'm in the middle of a suburb with nowhere to go, and it's been that way in our neighborhood for quite a while," said Rick, who is retired. "There really is nothing."

Some shipyard residents fear delays, while others worry for their safety

Business Insider spoke with about a dozen residents at public meetings held at the shipyard since January. Some said they feared that the value of their real-estate investments would slide after the reports outlining fraud, while others worried for their family's safety.

The homes at the shipyard sit on a hill above the naval base, where military housing and administrative offices once overlooked the San Francisco Bay. The Navy says it doesn't plan to retest this swath because the military never found radioactive contamination there.

"These people are absolutely 100% safe," Derek Robinson, the Navy's environmental coordinator for the shipyard, told Business Insider in January.

On Tuesday, 149 residents of the nearby Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood filed a class-action lawsuit against Tetra Tech seeking $27 billion in damages. They accuse Tetra Tech of exposing residents to toxic materials and endangering their health by bungling the cleanup.

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But shipyard residents most often cited concerns about the development's future.

The first settlers of the shipyard, located on an overlooked patch of San Francisco's southern waterfront, bought in with the expectation that a community would rise around them over the next 1o to 15 years. But the plans may be further delayed if the Navy has to redo the cleanup because some parcels there may still be contaminated with radioactive pollution.

At a meeting of homeowners and city employees in February, a young architect from Five Point shared a slideshow presentation containing updates to the master plan, including a new transit center, bike lanes, and a water taxi for commuters to be built by 2025.

About a dozen residents sat quietly for the first hour.

Sometime after the architect addressed the new road infrastructure but before he proposed a water-treatment center, a resident named Jason Fried stood up. Lennar had sold him on "a bill of goods," Fried said, and he wondered when the developer would start delivering on its promises.

On the screen, a small disclaimer at the bottom of the slideshow said: "There is no guarantee that the project will be approved, developed, or built as shown."

"I'll tell you this much: I was shown a lot of pictures of things that have not been built, and they did not have this disclaimer on it," said Fried, a former political organizer.

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Other residents piped up. Eric Vanderpool, a lawyer, asked about the status of the Navy's investigation. He wanted to know how the delays would affect development.

Five Point's CEO said in a recent earnings call that the developer was shifting its focus to the part of the project at nearby Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco Giants once played, because it doesn't have cleanup issues.

Homeowners expressed disappointment that Five Point would build more homes before developing more parks. The site's single park is a popular gathering place for residents, and construction on the much larger Northside Park, which was supposed to be completed by 2019, is now on hold because of the scandal.

"Part of your promise to our neighborhood before any of this was built was that we'd have parks," said Richard Laufman, who lives nearby and is part of a local neighborhood association.

At this rate, he said, "I'm going to be gone before it gets here."

The shipyard left behind San Francisco's worst toxic-waste site

Before tech workers, artists, and other young professionals arrived at the shipyard, it was home to a nuclear-testing facility. From 1949 to 1969, the US Navy operated a top-secret laboratory where scientists tested ships and military equipment exposed to atomic-bomb explosions.

In the event that the Cold War escalated, the Navy would know how to deal with the aftermath.

After the shipyard closed, in 1994, it was declared a Superfund site, and the Navy began the multimillion-dollar cleanup. It hired a contractor, Tetra Tech, to test and scrub the site.

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From 2012 to 2017, several former employees of Tetra Tech told local news outlets they had faked soil tests at the shipyard. They claimed to have swapped samples from areas known to be highly contaminated with dirt from clean areas and manipulated computer data that analyzed radiation levels to hurry the project along.

The Navy said it planned to retest "all areas" at the shipyard where Tetra Tech performed work, though a Navy representative told Curbed SF in March that there was no timeline for when that might start. The Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.

Tetra Tech has since offered to pay for retesting the property and denied allegations that it falsified data.

"We believe real testing will demonstrate the thoroughness of Tetra Tech's work and clear up the falsehoods, rumors, and misleading information that exists today," Charlie MacPherson, Tetra Tech's vice president of corporate media and communications, told Business Insider.

Few residents said they're worried about coming into contact with radioactive contamination at the shipyard, because their homes sit where military barracks — as opposed to nuclear-testing facilities — used to be. They're concerned about the shipyard's future more than its past.

Residents were promised a city within a city

There's an insatiable hunger for affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the cost of living is so high that people are moving out in droves.

At the shipyard, the first group of 88 townhouses and condos sold out about eight months after Lennar started sales in 2015 — a feat that the nation's largest home builder touted in news reports. A year later, two resale units at the shipyard were listed at a 30% price increase.

Residents told Business Insider that life at the shipyard has fallen short of their expectations.

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Back in 2015, when Lennar sold the first homes, the website showed off the developer's ambitions, with the words "Welcome Visionaries" splashed across the home page.

According to a 2015 version of the site available on Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, Lennar asked prospective buyers to imagine a place designed for pedestrians, with broad sidewalks and short blocks. Over 330 acres of green space and ecological park would surround the housing so that residents could easily get away for an afternoon of picnicking, hiking, or bird-watching.

Bike paths and a new rapid-transit bus system would connect the area to downtown San Francisco. Residents might work out of an on-site business incubator, enjoy local bands and speakers at a 10,000-seat arts venue, and "share in community over arts, crafts, fabrics, clothing, and food" at an outdoor plaza called the International African Marketplace.

The plans for the shipyard are more or less the same, but some residents question whether it's still possible that these amenities will be delivered on time amid delays with the land transfer.

The shipyard is still an active construction site, with crews cranking away on more housing and infrastructure. In nearby Candlestick Park, workers are preparing the land for development of a retail corridor, hotels, and office space.

Fried, who moved into the shipyard in 2015, said he feels as if Lennar took his money and "stopped caring." He remembered visiting the sales office before he bought a condo and being pitched on a pocket park that would be steps from his door. Later, Lennar told him that the city intended to build affordable-housing units on the land instead. The park has been scrapped.

David and Rick, the couple who moved into the shipyard last year, said the developer showed them an artist's renderings of the neighborhood before they bought their home, which was previously owned. The plans featured the same park catty-corner from their condo.

Rick said he is frustrated that he often finds out about changes to the development plan through neighbors and the news, rather than from Lennar and Five Point. Other residents echoed his concern, claiming that Lennar and Five Point have been poorly communicating with residents.

"Don't throw people out here and then say, 'You're on your own — too bad,'" he said.

Lennar declined to comment on claims made by shipyard residents for this story.

In the past year, shipyard residents have started organizing. They gather in a private Facebook group and on email threads, sharing the stories that Lennar and Five Point tell them.

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Build it — they hope — and the buyers will come

Finding buyers for new shipyard condos has proved more difficult in 2018 than 2014, when residents looked to the area as the last bastion of affordable housing in the city.

At least six prospective buyers have broken contracts to buy homes at the shipyard "out of concern for their health and safety," according to a memo sent by Lennar obtained through a public-records request and reviewed by the San Francisco Business Times in 2017.

Still, out of the about 260 townhouses and condos sold at the shipyard, only a handful have been relisted.

One former resident said he expected more resale units to come online this year because many more residents will have passed the two-year mark since they bought. Homeowners pay a capital-gains tax when they sell a property for more than what they paid for it, but the federal tax code allows for a major tax exemption if the seller lived at the residence for two of the past five years before the sale.

Lennar is slashing prices on new homes for sale. Real-estate site Redfin posted 16 condo sales at the shipyard since January, shortly before reports about falsified data came out. Thirteen homes sold for below asking price (between $2,000 and $200,000 less). That's rare in San Francisco, where houses typically sell for 13% above asking and condos go for 3% higher.

The units are still more expensive than they were three or four years ago. Units ranging in size between one and three bedrooms slide in price from the high $600,000s to $1.5 million.

David and Rick said they didn't plan on selling their condo, at least not in the next several years.

The couple remains optimistic that the shipyard will someday be finished.

"I mean, I think it's a great investment if they do," Rick said.

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19 billionaires who grew up poor


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• Billionaires don't always come from moneyed backgrounds.

• In fact, many famous billionaires actually grew up poor.

• From George Soros to Larry Ellison to Oprah Winfrey, here's a look at how some of the wealthiest people on the planet came up from nothing.

Billionaires aren't all born with silver spoons in their mouths.

In fact, many came from nothing at all.

The "rags-to-riches" trope may be a cliché, but it's one that's definitely grounded in reality for some famous billionaires.

Through extraordinary grit and perseverance, individuals across the globe have beat the odds and achieved their own rags-to-riches stories.

Here are 19 people who started off life poor and went on to become billionaires:

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Guy Laliberté was a fire-eater before founding Cirque du Soleil.

Net worth: $1.19 billion

At the beginning of his career, Laliberté had fire in his belly — literally. The Canadian-born circus busker played the accordion, walked on stilts, and ate fire.

Later on, Business Insider previously reported, he took a chance and flew a troupe from Quebec to Los Angeles without purchasing a return fair. The circus troup traveled to Las Vegas and became Cirque du Soleil.

Laliberté is now the CEO of Cirque de Soleil.

Kenny Troutt, the founder of Excel Communications, paid his way through college by selling life insurance.

Net worth: $1.41 billion

Troutt grew up with a bartender dad and paid for his own tuition at Southern Illinois University by selling life insurance. He made most of his money from phone company Excel Communications, which he founded in 1988 and took public in 1996. Two years later, Troutt merged his company with Teleglobe in a $3.5 billion deal.

He's now retired and invests heavily in racehorses.

Montpellier rugby club president and Entrepreneur of the Year Mohed Altrad survived on one meal a day when he moved to France.

Net worth: $2.6 billion

Born into a nomadic tribe in the Syrian dessert to a poor mother who was raped by his father and died when he was young, Altrad was raised by his grandmother. She banned him from attending school in Raqqa, the city that is now capital of ISIS. Altrad attended school anyway, and when he moved to France to attend university, he knew no French and lived off of one meal a day.

Still, he earned a PhD in computer science, worked for some leading French companies, and eventually bought a failing scaffolding company, which he transformed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of scaffolding and cement mixers, Altrad Group.

He has previously been named French Entrepreneur of the Year and World Entrepreneur of the Year.

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MoviePass competitor Sinemia unveils plans starting at $4.99 a month


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  • Movie ticket subscription service Sinemia has announced a new price plan to compete with MoviePass. 
  • It ranges from $4.99 a month for one 2D ticket to $14.99 a month for three tickets to any movie, including 3D, 4D, or IMAX.
  • And you can see the same movie as many times as you want with the service.

Watch out MoviePass, you have some serious competition.

Sinemia, a movie ticket subscription service that is prominent in other regions of the world, is looking to become the leader in the US by unveiling its cheapest plan ever.

On Friday, the company announced new pricing plans for is subscribers that start at $4.99 a month.

Here are how the new plans break down:

  • $4.99 per month: One ticket to any 2D movie.
  • $6.99 per month: Two tickets to any 2D movie.
  • $9.99 per month: Two tickets to any movie, including 3D, 4D, and IMAX formats.
  • $14.99 per month: Three ticket to any movie, including 3D, 4D, and IMAX formats.

Like MoviePass, Sinemia is constantly coming up with different rates to attract new subscribers. In the past there’s been a $9.99 per month price for a single ticket, and a $18.99 per month couples plan that offered two tickets per month.

However, there are some major differences between Sinemia and MoviePass.

Sinemia offers premium tickets (3D, 4D, IMAX) in its plans. You don’t have to be at the theater to use the service, and can order from anywhere you are through the app (even get a ticket up to 30 days ahead of time). And you can go back and see the same movie with the service.

moviepass business insiderMoviePass, which recently went back to its one-movie-per-day $9.95 monthly plan, only allows its subscribers to see movies that are in 2D and changed its terms so you can only see a movie once. But with MoviePass, you could theoretically see 30 movies in theaters for about $10 a month, so for heavy moviegoers it's quite a different value proposition.

In February, Sinemia announced it would become available in the United States for the first time. For years, Sinemia has been available in other parts of the world like the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, and Australia. 

Currently, Sinemia is available at over 4,000 movie theaters throughout the US, according to the company. 

Movie ticket subscription services outside of the US are very common, but with the attention MoviePass has received here in the States, with over 2 million subscribers since last summer when it dropped its monthly price down to $9.95 (Sinemia declined to tell Business Insider the number of subscribers it has in the US or globally), this seems to be a burgeoning space in the movie-theater industry. 

Along with Sinemia, which has been in existence since 2014, and MoviePass, Cinemark recently launched Movie Club, which allows customers to buy one ticket a month at $8.99 (unused tickets roll over to the following month).

Though a solid business model is still unclear, expect to see more companies jump in this space and try to figure it out.  

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10 celebrities, CEOs, and conservative provocateurs we know have been dinner guests at Trump's White House


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President Donald Trump has become quite the dinner party host since moving to the White House, Politico documented recently.

According to their account, he hosts several gatherings a month, inviting lawmakers, TV personalities, conservative leaders, former campaign aides, and businessmen to dine with him. Most of them are Trump's longtime friends, allies, and ideological counterparts.

He'll often give tours of the "People's House," as he likes to call it, and can be persuaded to sign menus or copies of his books for guests. The menu is often filled with Trump's favorite foods: salad, steak, chicken, or salmon, followed by chocolate cake, ice cream, or strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Here are some of the president's notable dinner guests, according to Politico's account:

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Robert Kraft

Despite being a life-long Democrat, New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft has been close with Trump, and dined with him at the White House. Last year, Kraft's Super Bowl-winning team also visited the White House and met with the president.

According to Kraft, the foundation of their friendship was formed when Kraft's wife passed away and Trump repeatedly called him to check in. He said Trump was one of the few people who was truly there for him.

Kraft donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration and reportedly called Trump in December 2017 to express his approval of the new tax law.

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch, who serves as the Executive Chairman of News Corporation and Executive Co-Chairman of 21st Century Fox, frequently speaks with and advises the president over the phone.

As the owner and operator of Fox News, the conservative-minded Murdoch has had direct influence over the network's positive coverage of the president.

Both men have been involved in the tabloid world for decades from Murdoch's ownership of and Trump's appearances in The New York Post, yet the two did not become close until Trump's run for president.

When Murdoch agreed to sell parts of 21st Century Fox to Disney, Trump reportedly called him to make sure Fox News would not be touched.

Matt Drudge

Matt Drudge, the founder and editor of the Conservative news website the Drudge Report, is a frequent visitor to the White House.

Drudge has been one of Trump's biggest supporters since the infancy of his candidacy and helped push him through the GOP primary and general election against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Despite being a very private person, Drudge is extremely influential in Republican circles and has helped promote Trump's agenda across right-wing media and his base.

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38 major deaths in the 'Star Wars' movies, ranked from saddest to completely deserved


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It's May the Fourth, and "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is coming to theaters in a few weeks (May 25), so the galaxy far far away has been on our minds a lot lately. 

"Star Wars" is literally about war in the sky, which means that a lot of lives have been lost along the way.

But somehow, General Hux is still alive.

Some of the characters lost throughout the "Star Wars" films have been in our lives for decades, like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. And some had small but powerful roles in just one movie that made us shed a lot of tears despite their brevity, like Amilyn Holdo in "The Last Jedi."

But with some characters, we couldn't wait for them to die. So when they did, we were cheering (Jabba the Hutt, Palpatine).

We ranked 38 notable deaths from the movies, from the porg Chewie cooked to Obi Wan Kenobi. We chose the deaths of characters who had names, had more than a few lines, and/or had some kind of impact on a major plot point or a major character.

Here's the Star Wars deaths ranked, from least tragic to most tragic:

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38. Jabba the Hutt

When: "Return of the Jedi"

Cause of death: Leia chokes him with the chains he bound her in. 

Jabba was awful, and we're glad Leia was the one who got to end his days. 

37. Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious

When: "Return of the Jedi"

Cause of death: Falls down the reactor shaft of the second Death Star when Darth Vader turns on him to save Luke's life.

Finally! It was about time Palpatine fell down a reactor shaft. His death was not sad, but it was an emotional moment for the Skywalker boys. 

36. Grand Moff Tarkin

When: "A New Hope"

Cause of death: He's inside the Death Star when the Rebel Alliance destroys it. 

Tarkin served his purpose. He was an example of an evil person within the Empire that isn't Vader or the Emperor. His death was karma getting back at him for destroying Alderaan with such enthusiasm. 

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We shopped at Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store to see which store was better— and the winner was clear (TCS, BBBY)


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  • Bed Bath & Beyond has been struggling to keep up with competition, while The Container Store has been slowly working to improve its sales, according to Retail Dive.
  • The stores have a few obvious differences, with Bed Bath & Beyond having more bedding, decor, and personal care, while The Container Store has a greater focus on custom closets and storage solutions. 
  • After visiting both stores, we found that beyond the obvious differences, The Container Store ultimately has a better variety of the products it carries and is much easier to shop at than Bed Bath & Beyond. 


Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store have championed the art of organization, selling everything from kitchenware to clothing storage and are known for their endless solutions to combat clutter.

But both retailers have faced challenges recently. 

Bed Bath & Beyond stock plunged more than 18% after the company reported disappointing 2018 guidance last Thursday. Also last week, the credit-ratings agency Standard & Poor downgraded its bonds to the lowest level still considered investment grade, according to CNN Money. Retail experts say the biggest issue may be with Bed Bath & Beyond's stores — "Too many of Bed Bath & Beyond's stores — especially older ones — are a mess," Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, wrote in an email to CNBC

The Container Store is doing slightly better than Bed Bath & Beyond — as reported by Retail Dive, in late 2017 there was an increase in both net sales and same-store sales, and the company has been actively working to improve its web presence. The stores themselves have not received the same harsh criticisms as Bed Bath & Beyond stores have.

We shopped at both stores to see which retailer was better — here's what we found: 

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The first store I visited was Bed Bath & Beyond in NYC's Tribeca neighborhood.

This particular location was only one floor. 

The customer service center was immediately next to the entrance. Bed Bath & Beyond allows returns of almost any product at any time, with or without a receipt, for a refund.

Without any record of a purchase, customers can get an 80% refund. The customer service center also had a station for online order pick-ups.

The kitchen department was the first section of the store. It was very well labeled and organized, despite reports saying that Bed Bath & Beyond stores tend to be a mess.

I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of everything there was — merchandise was stacked from floor to ceiling in almost every part of the store.

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The 33 most important deaths in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, ranked by how sad they were


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SPOILER WARNING: Do not read if you have not seen "Avengers: Infinity War" yet.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has generally shied away from killing off major characters — until now.

"Avengers: Infinity War" had big ramifications for the MCU, and while the devastating ending leaves things open for some sort of reversal, there was plenty of bloodshed throughout the movie leading up to it.

Business Insider looked back at the MCU and found 33 major deaths, including those in "Infinity War," which we then ranked from least sad to most. It should come as no surprise that most of the villain deaths are ranked toward the bottom.

We excluded characters that died, but were eventually resurrected — Agent Phil Coulson died in "The Avengers," but came back in Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television show on ABC, and Bucky Barnes died in "Captain America: The First Avenger," but has since returned as the Winter Soldier. There's also a character long thought dead that returns in "Infinity War" who we left off the list.

(Note: The ending of "Infinity War" saw many Avengers vanish after Thanos snaps his fingers to wipe out half of humanity. We did not include those characters on this list. We only included the characters who died in the movie prior to that moment who are probably dead for good. The vanished characters will most likely come back somehow in the next "Avengers" movie. You can read why here.)

Below are 33 notable deaths in the MCU, ranked from least to most sad:

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33. Malekith ("Thor: The Dark World")

Cause of death: Crushed by his own ship. 

In a recent interview with The Guardian, actor Christopher Eccleston opened up about filming "Thor: The Dark World," and said it was like a "gun in your mouth." Perhaps it's a good thing his character dies.

32. Ultron ("Avengers: Age of Ultron")

Cause of death: Vision destroys his last remaining body after a fight with the Avengers.

Hard to feel anything for a genocidal robot.

31. Killian ("Iron Man 3")

Cause of death: Blasted with an arm from an Iron Man suit by Pepper Potts.

Most fans were happy to see Killian go because of "Iron Man 3's" bizarre twist, in which Killian is the real Mandarin, and Ben Kingsley's character is just an actor. But no matter your thoughts on the movie, Killian deserved what he got.

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32 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer


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Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease.

It fundamentally affects the way our cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. The nasty, debilitating class of diseases spreads through a body like an invading army, as toxic cells grow relentlessly into unruly tumors.

Some cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next, or spurred by genetic changes we undergo through our lifetime.

But we also know that breathing in certain substances, eating specific things, and even using some kinds of plastics ups the risk of developing some deadly cancers.

Here are some known carcinogens (cancer-causers), as well as a few more things scientists are zeroing in on as prime suspects.

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Scientists now know that eating too much sweet stuff can not only lead to diabetes, but actively damage your cells and increase your risk of developing cancer.

But that's not all.

New research suggests that sugar may fuel tumor growth in the body — because cancer loves to use sugar as fuel.

"The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth" Johan Thevelein, a Belgian molecular biologist, said in October after the release of his study.

Scientists say that the groundbreaking research gives us a better understanding of how sugar and cancer interact and that it could one day help create targeted diet strategies for patients.

Processed foods

Any food that comes in a crinkly plastic wrapper, is industrially sealed, and is designed to last for months without spoiling may be a quick on-the-go fix for a hunger pang, but it's also most likely increasing your risk of cancer.

Scientists in France recently zeroed in on a link between people who eat more processed foods and those who develop cancer.

They're not sure yet whether the problem is the shelf-stabilizing ingredients, the plastic packaging, or some combination of the two. And because their study was correlative, it's possible there's some other hidden factor at work.


Though the tobacco industry tried to cover this one up, we've known for years that tobacco smoke has at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals inside.

And it's not just smokers who are affected — people who inhale secondhand smoke can develop deadly forms of cancer too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: "Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30%."

People who chew their tobacco are at increased risk too.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's big day will cost over 1,000 times more than the average wedding — here's where it will all go


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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, on May 19.
  • Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the royal wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family.
  • The royal wedding is expected to cost in excess of $45 million (£32 million), most of which is allotted for security.


The average cost of a wedding for couples in the US and the UK is around $34,000 (£23,700).

Five figures is a huge expense for a one-day affair. That is, unless you're ultra-rich — and especially if you're royalty rich.

Next month, the world will bear witness to the most anticipated royal wedding in years. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to be married on May 19 at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, and will begin a carriage procession immediately after the ceremony. Their reception will take place later on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family.

The case was the same for Kate Middleton and Prince William's 2011 royal wedding— the only item Middleton paid for was her six-figure Alexander McQueen dress. Their total wedding celebration cost $34 million (£23.7 million).

Markle and Prince Harry's wedding will reportedly cost in excess of $45.8 million (£32 million), according to Bride Book's estimation. That's over 1,000 more than the average wedding. 

The venue is the biggest part of a typical wedding budget for couples in the US and the UK, taking up nearly half of the entire wedding cost. Access to St. George's Chapel — and St. George's Great Hall, where the wedding reception will take place — is free of charge for Markle and Prince Harry. Transportation is also free, thanks to the Queen's fleet of Rolls-Royces, Daimlers, and Bentleys.

The greatest cost for the royal couple? Security. Protecting Markle and Prince Harry, plus thousands of guests and onlookers, will run Kensington Palace a whopping $43 million (£30 million), estimates Bride Book. That includes the cost of snipers, undercover police, military technology, and security drones. The bulk of Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding budget similarly went to security costs. 

Otherwise, Markle and Prince Harry's total wedding spend, including food, cakes, entertainment, wardrobe, and the honeymoon, amounts to about $2.8 million.

Below, check out Bride Book's breakdown of what the royal wedding will cost.

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Food and drinks — $686,000 (£479,000). Catering is needed for both the formal lunch reception and the dinner reception for friends and family. Top-shelf champagne, wine, and whiskey will likely come from the Royal Palace cellars. The Royal Family’s favorite champagne, Bollinger, goes for nearly $115 (£80) a bottle; that's approximately $195,000 (£136,000) spent on champagne alone.

Source: Bride Book

Wedding dress — $430,000 (£300,000). The rumor mill is working overtime when it comes to Markle's dress, which will reportedly have a six-figure price tag and be paid for by the bride herself. A fashion icon in the making, Markle is expected to go with a traditional design and unique detail.


Marquee — $500,000 (£350,000). Even though Markle and Prince Harry are using St. George's Chapel free of charge, they'll need a large event tent to host guests on the grounds after the immediate reception in St. George's Great Hall.

Source: Bride Book

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Here's what time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding will start where you live — and how to watch it


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  • The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will begin at midday (UK time) at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday May 19.
  • At 1 p.m. the newly married couple will embark on a carriage procession through Windsor Town.
  • An early afternoon reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen will follow at St George's Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation.
  • Around 200 guests have also been invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.
  • Kensington Palace has confirmed that Markle's father will walk her down the aisle.
  • Scroll down to see what time the celebrations will start where you live and how you can watch it both in the UK and from abroad.

All eyes may have been on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they introduced their new baby boy,  Louis Arthur Charles, to the world, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ready to return to the spotlight as the countdown to their royal wedding begins.

On Friday, Kensington Palace revealed that both of Markle's parents will have roles in the wedding, with her mother travelling by car with her to Windsor Castle while her father will walk her down the aisle.

It was also revealed that Harry has asked his older brother William to be his best man.

The wedding will be held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.

The day will begin at midday (UK time) with a service conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.

Here's an outside look at the Chapel...

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...and here's a glimpse inside.

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At 1 p.m. Harry and Meghan will embark on a carriage procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk, which will offer some members of the public a glimpse of the newly married couple.

They've invited over 2,000 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the couple and their guests arrive, and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.

The Queen will host an early afternoon reception at St George's Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation, of which there are expected to be around 600 guests.

Here's a photo inside St George's Hall:

Around 200 guests have also been invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.

It's not yet known exactly which celebrities are invited to the wedding, although the palace announced there would not be an official list of political leaders in attendance— meaning British Prime Minister Theresa May won't be there — despite the fact that her predecessor David Cameron attended Kate and William's wedding in April 2011.

What time does it start where I am?

If you want to mark it in your diary, here's what time the royal wedding will start in major cities across different time zones on Saturday, May 19:

  • London (BST) 12 p.m.
  • Paris (CEST): 1 p.m.
  • Moscow (MSK): 2 p.m.
  • Tokyo (JST): 8 p.m.
  • Sydney (AET): 9 p.m.
  • Honolulu (HAST): 1 a.m.
  • Los Angeles (PT): 4 a.m.
  • Las Vegas (PT): 4 a.m.
  • Denver (MT): 5 a.m.
  • Chicago (CT): 6 a.m.
  • New York (ET): 7 a.m.
  • Seoul (KST): 8 p.m.

How can I watch it?


BBC, ITV, and Sky News, will all be covering the big day.


Live coverage will be available on CBS, streamed on CBSN, The Today Show (NBC), PBS, and BBC America, according to Harper's Bazaar.


Channel Nine will air the wedding, Marie Claire reports.

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ITV Choice (DStv 123), according to Times Live.

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The 50 Disney movies that made the most money at the US box office


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"Avengers: Infinity War" earned the highest domestic box-office debut of all time over the weekend, and it did so by dethroning a record set by "Star Wars: Force Awakens" in 2015.

A Marvel film surpassing a "Star Wars" box-office record is, needless to say, music to the ears of The Walt Disney Company.

That's because both films and the lucrative franchises they fit into are pieces in Disney's ever-expanding arsenal of cinematic cash cows.

To track the Disney films that "Infinity War" will be chasing for subsequent records in the coming weeks, we turned to Box Office Mojo for data on the highest-grossing movies at the US box office that have fallen under Disney's umbrella.

Here are the 50 highest-grossing Disney movies of all time at the domestic box office, unadjusted for inflation:

Note: This list would change significantly if it were ranked by inflation, but we went with Box Office Mojo's available, unadjusted ranking, and included inflation adjustments for films that weren't shown in 2018.

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50. "Cinderella" (2015)

Domestic box office: $201,151,353

Inflation adjusted: $222,649,000

49. "Armageddon" (1998)

Domestic box office: $201,578,182

Inflation adjusted: $393,700,700

48. "Thor: Dark World"

Domestic box office: $206,362,140

Inflation adjusted: $226,626,300

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