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19 stunning pictures of the beloved Virginia college that's closing forever

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Sweet Briar College — an all-women's college in rural Virginia — stunned the academic world this month when it abruptly announced it would close at the end of the semester.

Over its 114 year history, Sweet Briar has had a storied history, with many traditions developing on its beautiful campus. Twenty one of the school's 30 academic buildings — as well as the stunning Italian Villa style Sweet Briar House — are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We've highlighted some of what made Sweet Briar so special to its students.

Founded in 1901, Sweet Briar College is located in Sweet Briar, Virginia — about 11 miles northeast of Lynchburg.



Sweet Briar was founded based on the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams, who left her entire 8,000 acre estate to establish a place of learning for women.



Williams said the donation was in memory of her daughter Daisy, who died at 16 and couldn't attend college.



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The most expensive home for sale in every state

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Every wonder what luxury real estate listings look like across all 50 states? 

Based off data from Zillow and MSN, Jody Sieradzki created this infographic that maps out the most expensive home for sale in every state across America. 

The most expensive home for sale in the US is in California. The $195 million Beverly Hills mansion is known as the “Palazzo di Amore,” and was built by real estate mogul Jeff Greene specifically for hosting parties. 

Florida has the second priciest home in America, with a French-inspired mansion for sale for $139 million

Check it out the rest of the states below. 

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WWE forced these guys to change their costumes or lose their ringside seats at 'Monday Night Raw'

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If you were watching the live broadcast of the most recent episode of WWE's "Monday Night Raw" on the USA Network, you might have noticed an unusual change occur in the first hour of the show. For the first two segments of last night's taping in Des Moines, IA,  a group of fans sitting at ringside were seen dressed as such WWE superstars of yesteryear such as Ric Flair, Ultimate Warrior, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and IRS.

Approximately 30 minutes into the show, the costumes were gone. The fans had changed into what appeared to be an assortment of WWE t-shirts.

Here you can see the fans in costume:
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And here's a shot of the fans after being ordered to remove the costumes:

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We reached out to WWE for comment, and while they did not address the reason for the change, they issued this statement:

"WWE apologized to the fans for the inconvenience and offered them tickets to an upcoming show."

Business Insider talked via phone to one of the fans forced to change his costume. Des Moines-based accountant Chris Andersen, 33, went to the event dressed as Ric Flair. Andersen said that after the second segment of the show, a WWE representative politely informed the group that they would either have to remove their costumes or be forced to give up their ringside seats that were in clear view of what's known as the "hard camera," or the main camera that shoots the in-ring action.

Andersen said that the WWE official told the group "we love your enthusiasm, but it's a distraction."

Andersen said the official presented the fans with a stack of WWE t-shirts they could wear for the rest of the broadcast.

According to Andersen, he and his 9 friends each paid about $107 each for the ringside seats.

Today a reddit post about the incident became the top post on the popular pro-wrestling sub-reddit known as Squared Circle. One of the fans posted this email that he sent to the WWE:

WWE reddit email

Andersen forwarded Business Insider the WWE's response to this email, wherein the company said this:

"We apologize for any inconvenience you encountered.  We would like to offer you and your 9 friends tickets to the next WWE event in Des Moines.  At your convenience, please e-mail back your mailing address and phone number so we can work on the specific ticket arrangements.  Thank you very much."

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5 financial situations every woman should plan for

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Let's face it, men and women are not the same.

They're built differently, think differently, and even save differently. And it should be no surprise that throughout their lives, women experience unique financial situations compared to their male counterparts. 

While there's no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach to financial planning, there are certain stages in a woman's life she can expect and plan for. From living longer to having children to taking care of aging parents, here are five financial scenarios every woman should be ready to face. 

Saving for retirement

It's no secret that women live longer than men. Five to 10 years longer, to be exact. But with longevity comes the burden of saving for a longer retirement. On average, women make less money than men, are more likely to leave the workplace (more than once) to raise children, and often save or invest less aggressively than men.

That's why it's crucial to get an early start. Meet with a financial adviser early in your career to start planning. And if you plan on leaving the workforce to raise children, it's important to save as much as possible while you're working. That includes contributing to your company 401(k) plan (especially if your employer offers a match) and not being afraid to take risks with your investments.

Financial experts advise women to work as long as possible, at the highest salary possible, to ensure they sock away enough for retirement. And it's not unheard of for women to re-enter the workforce after retirement to supplement their income, even if it's just part-time. 

Building an emergency fund

If you don't have an emergency savings account, it's time to open one ASAP. Financial experts recommend saving three to six months of expenses in the event that you suddenly lose your job or have an unforeseen medical emergency. The last thing you want to do in a time of hardship is worry about paying your rent or piling up credit card debt.

The key is to start off small. A few hundred dollars a month can add up to a nice safety net a few years down the road. Consider savings options outside of your bank. Money market accounts and CDs offer higher interest rates and take several days to access, which will keep you from using the funds for impulsive purchases. 

Getting married

In 2013, the average American couple spent $30,000 on the wedding. These extravagant bashes have caused many couples to enter marriage with overwhelmingly high debt.

To avoid this fate, it's best to create a budget with your partner, stick with it, and start saving immediately. Avoid maxing out credit cards and taking out loans. If you fall short of your budget, ask family members or even ask your guests to contribute some money. Couples have been known to forgo wedding gifts for financial support from family and friends to help pay for their wedding or honeymoon. 

Going on maternity leave

Having a child is a joyous and exciting time. It's not uncommon for first-time parents to take extra time off from work. Before that happens, it's important to plan with your partner how you'll support your family while on leave.

While employers are required by law to offer parents at least 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected maternity and paternity leave, statistically, mothers spend more time away from the workforce after the birth of a child than fathers do. Certain states offer paid maternity leave in the form of short-term disability, but that may only amount to a few hundred dollars a week for four to six weeks. That's hardly enough to supplement a growing family’s income for three months.

Some employers offer voluntary short-term disability insurance to mothers, covering partial or full premium costs. But if that’s not an option, you may need to look into getting supplemental short-term disability insurance. Just be sure to sign up well before you plan on having a child, as some insurance companies require policy holders to pay premiums several months prior to their getting pregnant before covering any pregnant-related expenses. The key to either option is to plan ahead.

Taking care of aging parents

Studies have found that daughters take care of aging parents twice as much as sons do. Even if your parents have their retirement savings in place, it's important to plan on how you'll assist them when they get older – whether through financial support or at-home care. It may also be wise to consider getting long-term-care insurance to prevent future health costs from becoming a burden down the road. 

Learn more about life planning at Lincoln Financial Group's website.

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VOTE: What's the best new 'power steak' in New York City?

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Opening a steakhouse in Manhattan is challenging on two levels.

First because this is a restaurant town, where spaces come and an go.

Second, because this is a steak town — you're not dealing with amateurs here.

With that in mind, Business Insider wants to know which new steaks on the scene may have what it takes to overcome the odds and become a staple "power steak" — the kind of steak you think of when you want to take out clients, get together with friends, or celebrate with colleagues.

A good "power steak" isn't just about the cut of meat either, it's also about the scene. In the last couple of years we've seen power steaks not just in steakhouses, but also in intimate spaces in the West Village, and to exclusive restaurants in the Lower East Side.

Vote below for the steak you think is the best new power steak in New York City. We'll share the results with you when we get them.

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LeBron James cut $2 million off the price of his Miami mansion

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LeBron James has reduced the price of his Miami estate to $15 million, Curbed reports.

It was priced at $17 million when it went on the market in October.

It is listed by Opulence International Realty, which calls the house "the most opulent estate in Miami."

It has an infinity pool that overlooks Biscayne Bay, a maze of terraces, a movie room, and a massive master suite. The photos make it look incredible.

The outdoor space is the best part.



The concrete dock has room for two 60-foot yachts.



The infinity pool overlooks Biscayne Bay.



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People from across America reveal their favorite regional sayings

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We gathered a sample of popular expressions used around the country that we've never heard from tourists passing through New York's epicenter – Times Square.

Camera by Alana Kakoyiannis. Sound by Justin Gmoser.


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Tom Cruise is selling his Beverly Hills mansion that was rumored to be a Scientology retreat for $13 million

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tom cruise house of the dayVariety's Mark David reports that Tom Cruise has listed his mansion on Mulholland Drive for just under $13 million with the real estate Multiple Listing Service.

The European-style villa in Beverly Hills has two parcels with a total of 2.5 acres of land, according to the listing. The home is gated with three bedrooms and a fully detached guest house with an additional four bedrooms and bathrooms.

According to Variety, the home was rumored to have been bought as a retreat for high-level Scientologists — it was purchased by two corporate entities back in 2005 — and Tom Cruise’s sister was recently living on the property.

The movie star seems to be undergoing a real estate overhaul. In November of last year he listed his Colorado estate for $59 million and back in 2013 he listed his New York townhouse for $28 million as well as an East Village condo for $3 million. Variety reports he currently lives in a Beverly Hills mansion he bought for $30.5 million in 2007.

The home is on sale for $12.995 million, according to real estate listing website Redfin.

Welcome to Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills mansion that he's currently selling for $13 million. The home is right off of the famous Mulholland Drive.



According to Variety, the estate is rumored to have been a not-so-secret Scientology retreat.



The property has both a main residence as well as a separate guest house.



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11 of the most beautiful office buildings on Earth

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Office buildings are places for getting work done. 

But as the winners of the Architizer A+ awards show, office buildings can also be quirky, artistic, and truly beautiful. As idiosyncratic as the cities they stand in, these buildings inspire awe.

Whether through a bamboo-filled atrium at the entrance, wind turbines that help a skyscraper generate its own energy, or a mirrored facade that reflects a Nordic bay, these buildings expand our sense of what "office building" even means. 

These are our favorite office exteriors from the second annual A+ Awards

The headquarters of Arctia Shipping floats besides the ships of Helsinki, Finland.



The Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle is a super-sustainable home for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.



The 72 Screens building in Jaipur, India, is built to handle the city's extreme heat.



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12 online services that make it really easy to dress like a modern gentleman

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The modern gentleman is too busy to shop, but he still wants to look his best.

Luckily, the e-commerce boom has reached men's clothing with a wide number of services catered to how men like to shop — not very often.

From subscription services like Trunk Club to a traditional internet retailer that simplifies the online shopping experience, these services can help you step up your style game without spending a lot of time.

Indochino brings custom suit making to everyone.

No tailor required — you just pick out your fabrics, measure yourself according to the site's easy-t0-follow instructions, and it will mail you a relatively high-quality suit without any of the fuss usually required.

Indochino's prices are reasonable for the quality offered.



An alternative to Indochino, Black Label also offers custom suit making.

Simply select your fabric, customize your garment with the pattern, pockets, and design you want, then take your measurements, and Black Label will mail you your suit.



Blank Lapel will make any custom wear you want, from shirts to suits, to your personal fit profile.

This obviously includes telling Blank Lapel your measurements, but it also asks things like: "What bothers you about the fit of typical off-the-rack shirts, and how would you like us to make your personal fit?"



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I made $15 million before I was 30, and being rich wasn't as awesome as you'd think

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wealthy rich top hot grass ascotEditor's note: An anonymous user on Quora posted this insightful answer to the question "Is getting rich worth it?" While we can't confirm the identity of the user, the answer is definitely worth a read.

I made $15 million in my mid-20s after I sold a tech startup. I talked to a lot of people about this question, and thought a lot about how to stay the same person I was before and after making money.

Here's my answer: being rich is better than not being rich, but it's not nearly as good as you imagine it is.

The answer why is a bit more complicated.

First, one of the only real things being rich gives you is that you don't have to worry about money as much anymore. There will still be some expenses that you cannot afford (and you will wish you could), but most expenses can be made without thinking about what it costs. This is definitely better, without a doubt.

Being rich does come with some downsides, though. The first thing you are thinking reading that, is, "cry me a river". That is one of the downsides. You are not allowed to complain about anything, ever. Since most people imagine being rich as nirvana, you are no longer allowed to have any human needs or frustrations in the public eye. Yet, you are still a human being, but most people don't treat you like one.

There's the second downside. Most people now want something out of you, and it can be harder to figure out whether someone is being nice to you because they like you, or they are being nice to you because of your money. If you aren't married yet, good luck trying to figure out (and/or always having self doubt) about whether a partner is into you or your money.

Then you have friends & family. Hopefully your relationship with them doesn't sour, but it can get harder. Both can get really weird about it and start to treat you differently. They might come and ask for a loan (bad idea: if you give, always give a gift). One common problem is that they don't appreciate Christmas presents the way that they used to, and they can get unrealistic expectations for how large a present should be and be disappointed when you don't meet their unrealistic expectations. You have to start making decisions for your parents on what does and does not cost too much, and frankly, it's awkward.

Add all of these up and you can start to feel a certain sense of isolation.

You sometimes lay awake at night, wondering if you made the right investment decisions, whether it might all go away. You know that feeling standing on a tall building, the feeling you might lose your mind and jump? Sometimes you're worried that you might lose your mind and spend it all.

The next thing you need to understand about money is this: all of the things you picture buying, they are only worthwhile to you because you cannot afford them (or have to work really hard to acquire them). Maybe you have your eye on a new Audi — once you can easily afford it, it just doesn't mean as much to you anymore.

Everything is relative, and you are more or less powerless to that. Yes, the first month you drive the Audi, or eat in a fancy restaurant, you really enjoy it. But then you sort of get used to it. And then you are looking towards the next thing, the next level up. And the problem is that you have reset your expectations, and everything below that level doesn't get you quite as excited anymore.

This happens to everyone. Good people can maintain perspective, actively fight it, and stay grounded. Worse people complain about it and commit general acts of douchebaggery. But remember this: it would happen to you, too, even though you might not think so. You'll just have to trust me on this one.

Most people hold the illusion that if only they had more money, their life would be better and they would be happier. Then they get rich, and that doesn't happen, and it can throw them into a serious life crisis.

If you're part of the middle class, you have just as many opportunities to do with your life what you want of it. If you're not happy now, you won't be happy because of money.

Whether you're rich or not, make your life what you want it to be, and don't use money as an excuse. Go out there, get involved, be active, pursue your passion, and make a difference.


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I drove a $400,000 Rolls-Royce in a snowstorm to get Thai food

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is the most refined automobile I've ever driven.

In the days I spent behind the wheel of the $400,000 luxury icon, the Rolls remained poised and unflinching in virtually every driving condition. With one exception.

The day after I took delivery of our claret-red Ghost Series II test car, my friends and I met up in Hoboken, New Jersey (just across the Hudson River from Manhattan).

Our destination? A great Thai restaurant 50 miles away in Princeton, New Jersey.

A pleasant Saturday afternoon drive in one of the greatest cars money can buy followed by a feast of pad Thai, chicken rendang, tum yum soup, and roti canai. What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty.

The weather experts that fateful Saturday reported that snow was likely, but not until after 5 p.m. Way after I'd be off the road.

And even then, it would be light, maybe an inch or two.

But that's not what happened. The snow didn't come at 5 — it started at 1! And when it did come, it wasn't an inch or two.

It was half a foot!

Rolls Royce Road Trip MapSo my deeply flawed but perfectly reasonable dependence on meteorologists turned a pleasant weekend drive to get lunch into something way more interesting.

As the three us set off from the garage in Hoboken, the snow was beginning to pick up. But the roads were mostly clear and what snow there was on the ground, the 563-horsepower, twin-turbocharged Ghost managed to negotiate effortlessly.

Rolls Royce Ghost Series II As we headed down the Jersey Turnpike, roads conditions becomes worse as the snow fell faster than the fleets of plows could handle. Still, on the turnpike, the Ghost's cabin sustained an otherworldly impression of quiet and calm as we glided through the building slush at a gingerly 35 mph.

But then the roads got worse.

Rolls Royce Ghost

As more snow built up on the highway, the Rolls lost some of its stately stability. Lane changes became much more exciting, as the rear end of the car would momentarily wiggle before the traction control took over.

Some of this can be blamed on the tires.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Since the Ghost had just been delivered to New York from Texas, the car was still equipped with performance-oriented summer tires that would have been perfect for twisty roads on a warm spring afternoon, but were far from ideal for a winter storm.

Rolls Royce Ghost Even as my heart rate rose, the Ghost remained regal and luxurious. Especially for my passengers. One preoccupied himself with the many features of Rolls-Royce's iDrive-based infotainment system. The other reclined his seat back and received a relaxing massage from the heated leather seats.

Rolls Royce GhostBut as we left the highway, the roads got worse.

Fortunately, after a protracted journey, we reached our Thai feast. Although it was a more eventful drive than any of us could have anticipated, the Rolls-Royce proved that it was a fantastic vehicle. But it's by no means a snowmobile.

Rolls Royce Ghost

Really, no massively powerful, rear-wheel-drive sedan is the best choice when it comes to tackling a snowstorm, regardless of how advanced its traction control or whether it's equipped with winter tires.

Which is why Rolls-Royce is building an SUV — known within the company as the "Cullinan"— that can tackle these conditions with more surefooted grace. Although Rolls prefers to avoid calling it an SUV, favoring "high-bodied car" with four-wheel-drive instead.

So rejoice, Rolls-Royce owners who are also outdoor adventurers. Soon there will be a Rolls just for you.

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Business Insider is hiring a digital culture reporter!

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Business Insider is hiring a digital culture reporter to focus on the stories that are happening on the internet. If you're addicted to Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit, your phone is filled with apps like Snapchat and Yik Yak, and friends are always asking you what's trending, you might be the perfect candidate.

Does this sound like you? You have:

*Excellent writing skills

*An obsession with viral content. (You thought the "Blue and Black/White and Gold Dress" phenomenon was amazing, not something to scoff at.)

*A passion for social media platforms and how people use them

*Familiarity with underground internet communities and a curiosity to dig for trends and stories

While this position has regular office hours, the ideal candidate lives and breathes social media and always has an eye out for the next story.

APPLY HERE with your resume and cover letter explaining in no more than two paragraphs why this role is perfect for you. 

The position is full-time in our New York City headquarters. Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits.

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Here's why everybody needs to stop saying 'actually' all the time

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If you're looking for a word that can come off as condescending, smug, and cloying all at once, try actually

The word quietly suggests that the person you're talking to misunderstands reality, and that it's up to you — the arbiter of truth — to correct that error.

Carolyn Kopprasch, chief happiness officer of the social media service Buffer, explained her argument against "actually" in a blog post, which we first spotted on Lifehacker

It almost doesn't matter how good the news is; if it comes after "actually," I feel like I was somehow wrong about something.

Consider these two sentences:
Actually, you can do this under “Settings.”
Sure thing, you can do this under “Settings!” :)

While it's a subtle change, taking out "actually" changes the way status is established in a conversation.

When you employ "actually," you're asserting that you're the knowledgeable, dominant person who ought to be deferred to — adding the slightest sense of competition to the exchange. Whether customer, friend, or colleague, the person you're talking to might feel belittled.

But if you sidestep "actually," as Kopprasch's "sure thing" does, you're suggesting that both people are working together to tackle a problem — adding a sense of cooperation to the exchange and avoiding belittlement.

This is key.

To paraphrase Maya Angelou, people will forget what you say, but they'll remember how you made them feel. 

There are tons of incentives for making people feel goodFrom what social science tells us, it's one of the best investments we can make

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The 15 hardest-working cities in America

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Work takes up a large amount of time for many Americans. On top of that, people also have to deal with their daily commutes. It all adds up. 

The Office of the New York City Comptroller released a study this month highlighting the cities in which people spend the most time working and commuting. The office used Census and American Community Survey microdata and noted that American full-time workers commuted an average of 4 hours, 11 minutes each week, 30 minutes longer than in 1990. 

Here are the cities in which people spend the most time working and commuting.

15 (tie). San Jose, California: 47.01 hours



15 (tie). San Antonio, Texas: 47.01 hours



13. Philadelphia: 47.02 hours



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