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    Prince Harry Meghan Markle

    • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's close relationship was on show as he smoothed her hair in the wind at a charity event.
    • The couple was attending a launch event for Markle's first charity endeavor since she joined the royal family.
    • Markle contributed to a new cookbook that features recipes from the women behind the Hubb Community Kitchen, which has links to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
    • Markle spoke about the warm welcome she got from the women at the kitchen.

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared an adorable moment at a launch party for Markle's first charity endeavor since she joined the royal family when she smoothed her hair down in the wind.

    Conditions were a bit blustery and Markle's hair began to blow around as the pair stood outside at the launch party for"Together: Our Community Cookbook," a charity cookbook that aims to raise funds for the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London.

    Harry, standing behind Markle, smoothed her hair down with both hands as they both laughed.

    You can see the moment here, as posted by the royal editor of Britain's ITV News, Chris Ship:

    The new cookbook is made up of recipes from the women behind the Hubb Community Kitchen, which was started as a place for women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to meet.

    The fire, which broke out last in an apartment building mainly inhabited by lower-income families, killed 71 people.

    The women gather two times every week to cook together and share recipes. The cookbook aims raise funds so the kitchen can operate seven days a week.

    "I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together," Markle says in the book's foreword.

    The duchess first visited the project in January 2018 and has since made a number of private visits, Kensington Palace said.

    Footage shared by ITV News' Royal Editor editor Chris Ship showed Markle's speech at the launch event,where she spoke about how she felt "immediately embraced" by the women at the kitchen.


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    When does UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor start

    • Conor McGregor has booked a comeback bout in UFC.
    • The wildly popular Irishman is set to challenge modern rival Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UFC 229 event in October.
    • The event is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6.
    • Here's everything you need to know.
    • Read all of Business Insider's UFC 229 coverage right here.


    Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have the chance to settle their differences within the confines of a 750-square-foot cage in just three weeks' time.

    The two lightweight fighters could contest one of the best fights of the year as the match-up presents an elite striker with concussive power in McGregor against a champion with intimidating strength, grappling, and wrestling skills in Nurmagomedov.

    The fight involves a backstory that gripped the sports world in April, when McGregor was seen on video throwing guard rails at a bus carrying UFC fighters— an extraordinary attack that hospitalised two athletes.

    UFC boss Dana White later claimed McGregor was motivated to confront Nurmagomedov, who had slapped McGregor's close friend Artem Lobov, and was on the bus at the time of the attack.

    McGregor and Nurmagomedov did not fight that night, but have the chance to punch, elbow, and choke each other at UFC 229— an upcoming pay-per-view show scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    When is UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor?

    UFC 229 will be a festival of fights as the event card features 12 bouts in total. Nurmagomedov and McGregor are the headline attraction and their fight for the UFC lightweight championship belt is due to take place on October 6, 2018.

    The main show will begin at 4 p.m. in Las Vegas, which means a 7 p.m. start if you live in New York. If you are in London, then expect to tune in at midnight. However, the Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor fight will start approximately three hours after this (potentially a lot later if the 11 previous bouts all go the distance).

    Here's what time the UFC 229 fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor is expected to start in major cities across different time zones on Saturday, October 6.

    • London (BST): 3 a.m. (Sunday)
    • New York (ET): 10 p.m.
    • Chicago (CT): 9 p.m.
    • Denver (MT): 8 p.m.
    • Las Vegas (PT): 7 p.m.
    • Los Angeles (PT): 7 p.m.
    • Honolulu (HAST): 4 p.m.
    • Sydney (AET): 1 p.m. (Sunday)
    • Tokyo (JST): 11 a.m (Sunday)
    • Moscow (MSK): 5 a.m (Sunday)
    • Paris (CEST): 4 a.m (Sunday)

    Why should I watch?

    Conor McGregor

    To put it quite simply — because this fight involves Conor McGregor, a comeback story, and an undefeated champion in Nurmagomedov.

    But allow us to elaborate. First of all, McGregor is involved. You know him, we know him, everybody knows him. He's known for his flashy lifestyle, an unrivalled trash-talk that sees him spare no soul — not even Richard Branson— and for controversial antics that include an in-cage meltdown.

    But none of us would know McGregor if it were not for the thing that made him famous in the first place — his instinctive kicks and his fists of fury that have rendered many an opponent unconscious. McGregor is one of the most elite fighters in UFC, and he returns for the first time in almost two years in October.

    His comeback is against Nurmagomedov, a Russian wrestler who has risen to the very top of the lightweight division, and was crowned champion during McGregor's absence.

    Nurmagomedov has strength, elite grappling skills, and horrific ground-and-pound techniques.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov

    You should watch because this is a classic mesh of two completely different styles — the striker against the wrestler.

    Watch UFC's promo video for UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor below.

    How can I watch live?

    Audiences in the US will be able to watch the UFC 229 prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, the UFC's official streaming network. Part of the event may be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app, but further details will be known closer to fight night.

    The main pay-per-view event will be carried on a number of networks including UFC TV, Prime Video pay-per-view, and AT&T U-verse. A full list is available on the UFC website here.

    We will publish a link to watch online in the US as and when one becomes available.

    BT Sport will continue airing UFC in the UK until the end of the year, and therefore still has the rights to broadcast UFC 229 — arguably the last monster show before Eleven Sports succeed BT Sport as the go-to UK broadcaster for UFC fights.

    We will publish a link to watch online in the UK as and when one becomes available on BT Sport.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland (L) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to host an event to mark the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace on September 20, 2018 in London, England.

    • Meghan Markle, her mother, Doria Ragland, and Prince Harry attended a launch event for Markle's first solo charity endeavour since joining the royal family.
    • The duchess is launching a charity cookbook, which aims to raise funds for the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London.
    • With all the free food on show, Prince Harry couldn't help but pinch a couple of samosas for himself.
    • Unfortunately for him, the royal was caught by ITV cameras who he flashed a sly grin at when he realised he'd been caught out.

    No one can resist the lure of free food, not even the royal family.

    Prince Harry was caught snaffling samosas at the launch of Meghan Markle's new charity cookbook, which aims to raise funds for the Hubb Community Kitchen in West London.

    ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship tweeted: "I could be wrong but I reckon we've caught Prince Harry red-handed stealing some samosas from the Meghan's 'Together' cookbook event they were at today."

    In the clip, the prince is seen carrying something wrapped in napkins and does a double take when he notices the cameras are on him, flashing them a knowing grin.

    Prince Harry then very carefully holds the small package in front of him as he, the duchess and her mother make their escape in a Land Rover. The perfect crime.

    The cookbook supported by Markle will feature 50 recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

    The Royal Foundation aims to sell 50,000 copies of the £9.99 ($13.08) book, which will raise £250,000 ($327,000) for the Hubb Community Kitchen. The kitchen is currently only open two days a week but hopes that profits from the book will allow them to keep the doors open seven days a week.

    "I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together," Markle says in the book's foreword.

    "Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy - in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture and commune through food, through crisis or joy - something we can all relate to …

    "Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive."

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    • The big four accounting firms could be broken up as part of a "radical" overhaul of the industry under a Labour government, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said.
    • McDonnell told the Financial Times that the big four firms which include EY, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC form a "cartel" that needs to be addressed.
    • The politician has commissioned Prem Sikka, professor of accounting at Sheffield University to conduct a review before any policies are formed.
    • In May a cross party group of MP’s spanning two select committees called for the big four "cosy club incapable of providing the degree of independent challenge needed."


    The big four accounting firms could be broken up as part of a radical change promised by the UK's Labour party, a senior opposition politician said ahead of a party conference on Sunday.

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told the Financial Times that a "radical" overhaul of the sector would be carried out by a Labour government to end the big four’s dominance, which he described as a "cartel."

    Britain’s big four accounting firms which include EY, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC, dominate the auditing of Britain’s 350 largest companies and have been under increasing pressure after financial reporting scandals involving telecom giant BT, food retailer Tesco and the collapse of Carillion.

    Critics say the big four have a monopoly on the industry, reducing the quality of their company reviews, and have conflicts of interest through the firm's work as both auditors and consultants for clients.

    "They have demonstrated that they have a range of conflicts of interest" McDonnell told the Financial Times. "I don’t think they have addressed the public anger about their role." 

    The shadow chancellor added that Labour is considering breaking up the big four or limiting the number of companies each firm is allowed to audit to allow competition back into the market. Labour is also considering banning companies from both auditing and consulting for the same client.

    McDonnell has commissioned a "radical review of the industry" which will be done by Prem Sikka, professor of accounting at Sheffield University.  "We are looking for radical solutions… There is a range of options."

    The politician said no decision would be made on policy until he sees the recommendations in the report, which Labour requested in January following the collapse of the construction company Carillion.

    In May, a cross party group of MP’s spanning two select committees called for the big four firms to be referred to the competition markets authority for possible break-up, after an inquiry following Carillion's collapse. MP’s called it a "cosy club incapable of providing the degree of independent challenge needed."

    Carillion's collapse also demonstrated a "catastrophic" inadequacy in the UK’s regulatory system, McDonnell said.

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    American Airlines

    • Congress is negotiating a bill that could strip airlines of their power to levy extra fees, such as for flight changes and extra baggage.
    • If it passes, American Airlines would almost certainly remove the option for customers to change their ticket if they bought a non-refundable flight, CEO Doug Parker said.
    • Major US airline companies, including American Airlines, currently charge a $200 change fee for non-refundable flights.
    • Parker said: "We — like the baseball team, like the opera — would say, 'We're sorry, it was nonr-efundable.'"

    American Airlines is threatening to make customers who paid for non-refundable flights pay for a new one if they want to change the time.

    Doug Parker, the airlines' CEO, said according to the Associated Press: "We — like the baseball team, like the opera — would say, 'We're sorry, it was non-refundable.'"

    Parker's statement comes as the House and Senate negotiate a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, which would include clauses stripping airlines of their power to levy extra fees, including those for flight changes and extra baggage. The FAA reauthorization bill needs to be finalized by September 30.

    Parker said that if the provision becomes law, American Airlines would almost certainly remove the option for customers to change their ticket if they bought a non-refundable flight — the cheapest fare.

    Business Insider has contacted American Airlines for further comment.

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    American Airlines currently charges a $200 change fee on non-refundable domestic flights.

    Parker said that it doesn't cost the airlines $200 to change a customer's ticket, but stood by its extra charge.

    He said, according to the Associated Press: "We knew that seat was going to be filled. It allowed us to do other things as we sold the rest of the airplane.

    "If you want to change that, we have a new product but it's going to cost you something because it cost us something."

    Many other major US airline companies also charge a $200 change fee on non-refundable flights. Southwest Airlines, however, allows customers to change or cancel their tickets for free.

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    Airline companies have earned billions in extra fees in recent years.

    US airlines received $2.9 billion in flight change fees last year, with American Airlines earning the most out of all of them with $878 million, the Associated Press reported.

    Fees for checked baggage also brought airlines an extra $4.6 billion last year, the Wall Street Journal reported — ten times more than the $464 million those same fees reaped ten years ago.

    The price of crude oil increased more than 50% over the past year, denting the profits of many airline companies. Companies across the industry have warned that the extra cost would be passed onto the customer in the shape of increased plane tickets and change fees.

    American Airlines on Friday will also join Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in raising the fee of one checked bag from $25 to $30 in an industry-wide trend known as "unbundling."

    Unbundling is the practice of separating various costs of services like baggage check, security check, seat assignments, meals, wi-fi use, and early boarding into their own price points.

    SEE ALSO: The world's 3 biggest airlines have all raised their checked baggage fees

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    • Goldman Sachs has formulated a way to identify stocks that are both inexpensive and also investing in future growth opportunities.
    • To that end, the firm identified 12 companies it expects to outperform for value investors, even in a market where growth stocks have been so dominant.

    By many metrics, the stock market is among the most expensive in history.

    But Goldman Sachs finds that, from one perspective, it's actually quite average.

    The gauge in question is free cash flow (FCF) yield, which measures a company's FCF relative to its market value. Generally, the lower it is, the more attractive investment opportunities are. And right now, it's sitting comfortably in the 56th percentile compared to history, according to Goldman data.

    But it's not that simple. This discrepancy only exists because capital expenditures (capex) as a share of cash flow from operations (CFO) are historically low, says Goldman. 

    "Every dollar of CFO not spent on capex is accretive to FCF," Goldman clarifies. "Firms with high FCF yield often appear attractively valued simply because they have slashed capex."

    What investors should do is adjust FCF yield to incorporate how much a company is investing in both growth capex and research and development, says David Kostin, the firm's chief US equity strategist. Then, once they have a firm handle on adjusted FCF yield, they can make informed stock picks.

    This is particularly useful for value investors, or those seeking bargins in the market. It helps them avoid so-called value traps — the term used for companies that are cheap simply because they're bad.

    In the end, adjusted FCF yield is intended to identify good companies whose stocks also meet the traditional definition of value.

    Luckily for value investors, Goldman maintains a basket of high adjusted FCF yield companies. The firm's top 12 picks are as follow:

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    12. Foot Locker

    Ticker: FL

    Industry: Consumer discretionary

    Market cap: $5 billion

    Adjusted FCF yield: 15%

    Source: Goldman Sachs

    11. Intel

    Ticker: INTC

    Industry: Information technology

    Market cap: $216 billion

    Adjusted FCF yield: 15%

    Source: Goldman Sachs

    10. AES Corp.

    Ticker: AES

    Industry: Utilities

    Market cap: $9 billion

    Adjusted FCF yield: 15%

    Source: Goldman Sachs

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    • Neuberger Berman's Small Cap Growth Fund is outperforming its benchmark this year, thanks to a handful of healthcare and tech stocks. 
    • Two of the fund's managers recently spoke to Business Insider about their strategy and some of their top stocks. 

    Investors looking for under-the-radar stocks can find a fertile ground in the small-cap universe. 

    In that space, companies worth between $200 million to $2 billion receive much less attention than the FANG stocks, for example. And the fund managers who perform best are able to jump on stocks that have catalysts the market has not yet recognized. 

    This sums up the strategy of Neuberger Berman's Small Cap Growth Fund and its managers. The $100 million fund has appreciated by 28% this year, outpacing the 11% gain of the benchmark Russell 2000. It's also the best-performing fund this year across the firm, according to Morningstar

    "We love it when almost nobody follows a company on the street, and we do our own research, and then they find out about it later," Ken Turek, a fund manager, told Business Insider. "If it's a good story, the stock price moves up."

    Turek also attributed the fund's performance to its relatively flat management structure. Unlike other funds, Turek and his colleagues don't have to run every stock pick by a head portfolio manager. 

    "It was a much quicker way for ideas to get into the portfolio if we gave the authority to the sector analysts to actually institute trades," he said. "We run the portfolio with almost zero cash so when a new idea comes up, something else in the portfolio has to be moved out." 

    What they won't buy, however, includes companies in commodity-based sectors like materials, chemicals, and others that they don't have an edge on.  

    The stocks with the biggest weights in their portfolio are in healthcare and tech. Here are three of them. 


    This company is one of three big players in the roughly $500 million market for breast implants and reconstruction surgery in the US, according to Marco Minonne, another fund manager. Its stock is up 155% this year.

    A fire ravaged Sientra's Brazilian manufacturer's plant in 2015, but Minonne sees the company recouping its lost market share in the breast-implant market over time.    

    What he's really bullish about, however, is a product called MiraDry, which aims to treat excessive underarm sweating, a condition known as axillary hyperhidrosis.  

    MiraDry's treatment destroys the sweat glands in armpits, and promises to deal with problems like stains on white undershirts. The procedure lasts for an hour, although side effects like soreness and tingling may linger for weeks. 

    Minonne said Botox, an alternative treatment, is less desirable than MiraDry because it involves several doctor's visits and pricks.

    Sientra's return on investment is quick, he said, as the company can recoup the cost of one its machines within a year by treating one patient a week. 

    "We also see a path towards a doubling of the stock over time if the MiraDray rollout comes out very similar to what CoolSculpting [a fat-reduction treatment] did for Zeltiq," Minonne said.

    Minonne estimated that the market for servicing patients who need to treat hyperhidrosis as a medical condition —  not just those who want to sweat less — is about $1.5 billion.

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    The company first earned its reputation as a place where students could buy or rent discounted textbooks.

    Chegg still promises that students can save up to 90% off full prices, but has expanded its services into what Turek called an "Uber for tutors." That's a reference to the independent contractors who assist students in subjects ranging from algebra to medieval philosophy. 

    "What parent isn't going to pay 20 bucks a month to have their kid do a better job in school and get better grades," Turek said. "And over time, they will probably add more services to the product line." 

    He sees the company's success as stemming from word-of-mouth marketing among students and the ease of using the product. 

    What also makes Chegg attractive is the size of its addressable market. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 15 million students are expected to enroll in high school this fall, and 20 million in college.

    "They currently have like 2 million subscribers [2.2 million in 2017 according to company filings], so you don't have to be particularly heroic in your assumptions of what the subscriber growth could be," Turek said. 

    Chegg's stock has gained 89% this year. The company reported 32% revenue growth in the second quarter, while subscribers increased by 45%.

    "It's inevitable that more people are going to learn online, not less," CEO Dan Rosensweig told CNBC after the earnings results. 

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    Ring Central 

    Ring Central, with a market cap of $7 billion, provides companies with cloud-based telephony, messaging, and video conferencing. Its appeal to Turek stems from making these essential services cheaper for companies.

    In a traditional setup, companies need to invest in a so-called private branch exchange (PBX) that allows many staff members to share a single number. A PBX also routes callers to the appropriate extension and allows them to leave voice messages.  

    "A company like Ring basically hosts all of your services for you so you don't have the capital expense, you don't have the IT staff on board, and you can very easily manage consumption of various communication," Turek said. 

    He added that the company carved out a niche by marketing to small-to-medium-sized businesses, and is scaling up to larger corporations. 

    This company is one of the largest holdings in the small-cap fund's portfolio and has surged 156% since it was first added in July 2017. 

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    • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that he believes the internet will split in two within a decade.
    • He told an audience at a private event in San Francisco that he foresees a break between the Chinese-led internet and the non-Chinese led internet.
    • Google has recently come under fire over plans to expand into China with "Project Dragonfly."

    Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday predicted that the internet will split in two in the next decade, CNBC reports.

    Speaking at a private event in San Francisco, Schmidt said that he believes China will effectively split away and create its own internet.

    "I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America," he said.

    "If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal. Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number.

    If you think of China as like 'Oh yeah, they’re good with the Internet,' you're missing the point. Globalization means that they get to play too. I think you’re going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China. There's a real danger that along with those products and services comes a different leadership regime from government, with censorship, controls, etc."

    Schmidt has flagged up Chinese technological advancement before. In November of last year he warned the US that it would have to step up its game if it didn't want to be outgunned by China on AI, predicting that it would be a world leader in the industry by 2030.

    He also said on Wednesday that other countries could end up adopting a Chinese model of the internet. "Look at the way BRI works — their Belt and Road Initiative, which involves 60-ish countries — it's perfectly possible those countries will begin to take on the infrastructure that China has with some loss of freedom."

    The Belt and Road Initiative is China's infrastructure project to link itself to 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania with railways and shipping lanes.

    Google has recently come under fire for its dealings with China over reports that current CEO Sundar Pichai held government talks about launching a censored version of Google search there. The reports sparked outrage both within and without, with some employees resigning in protest and human rights groups calling on Pichai to reverse the decision.

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    Suge Knight

    • Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge after running over businessman Terry Carter, who died.
    • Knight co-founded the record label which helped Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Tupac Shakur on their way to greatness in the 1990s.
    • The plea is part of a deal with California prosecutors under which he will serve a 28-year jail term.
    • Knight ran Carter down in his Ford pick-up truck on the set of a commercial for the movie "N.W.A", then fled the scene. 
    • The no-contest plea means Knight is not formally admitting guilt, but still letting the court decide on a punishment for him.

    The rap-music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in jail after pleading no contest to a manslaughter charged on Thursday.

    Knight ran down Terry Carter, a business associate and friend, while driving his Ford pick-up truck on a Los Angeles movie set in January 2015. He also hit a second man, who survived.

    The Death Row Records co-founder entered a "no contest" plea to a charge of voluntary manslaughter at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

    Pleading no contest means that a person does not formally admit guilt, but still accepts a punishment from the court. The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors.

    The celebrity news site TMZ acquired and published a video of the incident. It shows the moment of impact, and some viewers may find it upsetting.

    The killing, on the set of a commercial for the movie "N.W.A", began with a verbal altercation outside a burger restaurant.

    The dispute escalated, and ended with Knight driving his red Ford F-150 truck into Carter, who later died, and also "Training Day" actor Cle Sloan, who was wounded.

    Reports from the time said Knight turned himself into police the day after the killing. 

    He received a sentence of 28 years in prison, AP reported. Twenty-two are for the killing, and six were added to his conviction under California's "three strikes" law which mandates harsher punishments for a third conviction.

    Knight already has a conviction for armed robbery, and pleaded no contest to an assault in the 1990s, AP reported.

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    Knight was initially charged with murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run, before the accusations were dialled down to voluntary manslaughter under the plea deal. If convicted of the original charges, Knight would have faced life in prison.

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    Forests are creepy enough in their own right.

    Add some urban legends about murder victims who now roam the forest as ghosts, and you'll never want to wander through one again.

    We rounded up 10 forests around the world that are thought to be haunted.

    Aokigahara Forest, Japan

    Sitting on the northwestern side of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest (more commonly known as "Suicide Forest") is the definition of tragic beauty. Sometimes referred to as the Sea of Trees, it has been the site of numerous suicides, dating all the way back to the mid 1900s

    In fact, a sign at the forest's entrance reminds visitors that "life is a precious gift" and to reach out if they are struggling.

    The reason for its reputation could have something to do with the fact that Japanese mythology has long associated the forest with demons. Plus, the tightly packed trees make it easy to get lost and even hear, providing an exceptionally isolated destination.

    Spiritualists in the country say Aokigahara is a hotbed of paranormal activity. But even if you don't believe in ghosts, you're likely to get spooked by the everyday items that litter the forest floor.

    Isla de las Munecas, Mexico

    As if forests weren't scary enough on their own, this one located along the canals of Xochimico, near Mexico City, is covered in dolls that hang from the trees. Local legend has it that the island's caretaker hung the first doll to honor a little girl that he had found drowned on the island (the doll was thought to be hers).

    The caretaker then felt as if he was being haunted by the girl's spirit, so he continued to string up dolls in hopes of appeasing her. Fifty years and plenty of dolls later, he reportedly drowned in the same spot the girl did.

    Today, the island has become a popular tourist destination. Visitors claim that the dolls move their eyes, heads, and limbs, and that they're possessed by spirits. 

    Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania

    It seems fitting that a haunted forest in Romania would be located near the unofficial capital of the country's Transylvania region — Cluj-Napoca. Hoia Baciu was first recognized for being haunted when a military technician photographed what he claimed was a UFO that appeared in a part of the forest known as "the clearing" in 1968.

    The clearing has stumped visitors, locals, and even scientists for decades. It's a spot where nothing grows and nothing has ever grown, according to official records. What's even weirder though, is that the trees that do grow in the forest grow in odd patterns — zig zags and spirals that no one has ever been able to explain.

    Brave tourists can tour the forest at night, though many have reported feeling an odd sense of anxiety or nausea, or the feeling of being watched.


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    • Simon Yeung spent the last six months traveling the world to photograph abandoned places.
    • These pictures provide glimpses into locations people don't usually get to see.
    • His photographs have garnered over 14,000 followers on Instagram.


    Abandoned places are eerie and enticing, but many of us wouldn't venture in to see them for ourselves. Thanks to Simon Yeung, however, we can peek inside some of the world's most stunning abandoned spots.

    The photographer has been traveling the globe capturing hauntingly beautiful abandoned locations, garnering him over 14,000 followers on Instagram.

    Keep scrolling to see why.

    Yeung was a photographer focused on architecture and landscapes.

    Many of his early photos on Instagram are of those two things — that is, before he discovered his passion for abandoned places.

    But he always liked doing things that aren't mainstream.

    Yeung told INSIDER that he got started exploring abandoned locations when he visited his sister in Paris. "I was Googling off-the-beaten-track things to do there, and one of the things that came up was the abandoned railway line that goes around all of Paris," he said.

    Photographing abandoned places started as a hobby, but quickly turned into an all-consuming obsession.

    "I can only describe it as pure escapism and I consider myself fortunate to have seen so many incredible places," he said.

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40% of Americans take some sort of supplement each day. This amounts to what Market Watch refers to as a staggering $37 billion industry between multivitamins, supplements, and protein powders. Despite those numbers, there's a growing amount of research suggesting that supplements are, for the most part, unnecessary.

    One major problem with them is that they don't exactly do what they claim, or at least not what we've been led to believe they're going to do. There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about vitamins and minerals in terms of what is needed, how much is needed, and what the positive and negative side effects are.

    There are legitimate reasons, like a true deficiency, that require the use of vitamin and mineral supplements. Speak with your doctor about whether or not a deficiency exists or if you have any concerns about your current supplements.

    If you're struggling to wade through all of the information about supplements, read on. These are some of the things you need to know before deciding to start taking supplements.

    There's not a "one size fits all" approach to supplementing.

    The first question you may ask yourself when it comes to supplements is whether or not you need them. The short answer is maybe.

    Although most people are able to get the adequate amount of vitamins and minerals from their diet, there are some groups who may need a supplement. The National Institute of Health, for example, notes that you may need extra support if you're pregnant or a vegan. During pregnancy, getting enough iron is critical to helping prevent birth defects. Additionally, vegans may fall short on nutrients found primarily in animal proteins, like B12.

    Carol Haggans, a registered dietitian and consultant to NIH, said, "vitamin B12 mostly comes from meat, fish and dairy foods, so vegans may consider taking a supplement to be sure to get enough of it." 

    Other conditions may affect the absorption of certain vitamins and require supplements, and of course, protein supplements can be added for those whose lifestyle requires them.


    Too much of certain vitamins and minerals can have adverse effects.

    The human body needs vitamins and minerals in order to operate as efficiently as possible, but only in certain amounts. WebMd notes that too much of certain ones can be as dangerous, if not more so, than having too little. An excess of vitamin B6 can cause nerve pain, fat-soluble vitamins can be toxic at high levels, and too much vitamin C can cause nausea and diarrhea, as further noted by WebMD.

    Be sure to check the UL (tolerable upper intake level) for the supplements you're taking, and note that it's different for each vitamin or mineral. And be aware that the UL is the limit for all sources of a vitamin, meaning if you get some from food and some from a supplement, you'll hit that limit faster.

    Understand the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.

    Some vitamins are water-soluble, which means the body uses what it needs of them and gets rid of any excess through urine. Fat-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, are stored by the body for long periods of time in the case of excess. These are the ones, specifically vitamins A and K, that need special attention paid to them to be sure you're not consuming more than the upper intake level, according to MedicineNet.

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    • Democratic leadership is warning the president not to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following a bombshell New York Times report on Friday.
    • According to The Times, Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to secretly record the president and using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. He denied the report.
    • "This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

    Democratic leadership is warning the president not to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following a Friday New York Times report that Rosenstein had discussed wearing a wire to secretly record the president and using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

    "This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday, shortly after the story's publication.

    Immediately following the story's publication, some of Trump's favorite far-right influencers, including Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, called for Rosenstein's immediate firing. Other Republicans, including lawmakers in Washington, urged caution and discouraged the president from taking the report seriously.

    "When it comes to President @realDonaldTrump..... BEWARE of anything coming out of the @nytimes," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted.

    Trump has regularly targeted both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions since the special counsel Robert Mueller was first tapped last May to oversee the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice committed by the president when he fired FBI Director James Comey last year.

    In justifying firing Comey, Trump cited a memo Rosenstein wrote that criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation — a move that reportedly made Rosenstein believe Trump had "used" him.

    Democrats have for months warned Trump against firing Rosenstein, and have developed a contingency plan to protect the Russia investigation should the president do so, which would include calling for obstruction of justice hearings and a special congressional committee to replace the special counsel investigation.

    Rosenstein first raised the question of the 25th amendment and considered wearing a wire in the spring of 2017, The Times said, citing sources in the Department of Justice and FBI who were present in conversations with Rosenstein or were briefed on memos that former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote about Rosenstein.

    But the Washington Post later reported that Rosenstein's comment about wearing a wire was made sarcastically, after McCabe pushed for the DOJ to investigate Trump.

    Rosenstein issued a broad denial of the Times' reporting, calling the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect," and said in a statement to the Times that, based on his "personal dealings" with the president, there is no basis to remove him from office.

    Rosenstein also claimed that the anonymous sources cited in the story are motivated by anti-DOJ sentiment and their own "personal agenda." 

    Sonam Sheth and Grace Panetta contributed to this report. 

    SEE ALSO: Trump says Kavanaugh is 'under assault,' blames Christine Blasey Ford for not going to the FBI when she was in high school

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    Fred Rogers brought optimism, love and inspiration into homes for 33 years with his show "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood."

    Rogers died in 2003, but Netflix released a documentary about his life last March on what would have been his 90th birthday.

    These are Fred Rogers' most inspirational quotes— from both on and off the air.

    On the state of the world:

    "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

    On love:

    "To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now."

    On processing emotions:

    "When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary."

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    • Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Friday that she was sexually assaulted decades ago and forgets certain details — just like Christine Blasey Ford.
    • Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her roughly 36 years ago at a high school party, though she doesn't remember the precise date or location of the alleged attack.
    • "Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever, that will change your life and live under your skin," Davis wrote. "It blacks out other parts of the story that really don't matter much."

    Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, described in a Washington Post op-ed her own sexual assault 40 years ago, and why she remembers certain details perfectly, and others not at all.

    Her revelation comes amid a national debate over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and how to handle a decades-old allegation that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when the two were in high school.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for confirming Kavanaugh to the bench, is arranging for both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify next week. But the process has triggered controversy, as Republican senators have shot down Ford's requests to delay the hearing and allow for an FBI investigation into her allegations first.

    Davis wrote in her op-ed that she was sexually assaulted roughly 40 years ago by a "prominent music executive" in his office, as she attempted to play a cassette tape of her material. Like Ford, she says she told no one for decades.

    Beyond that, Davis said she has no recollection of certain details, including what the executive said about her songs, whether they spoke before she left his office, or even which month it was.

    But she said she does remember details like the dark green carpet of the executive's office and the sound of his footsteps as he approached her. She added that she recalls the smell of coffee and stale bread on his breath, and the sounds the leather couch made as it stuck to her skin during the attack.

    "It doesn't surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn't talk about the assault she remembers," Davis wrote, noting that Ford has been criticized for forgetting the precise location and date of the party at which she says the assault took place.

    "That's what happens: Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever, that will change your life and live under your skin," Davis wrote. "It blacks out other parts of the story that really don't matter much."

    Ford's lawyer said Thursday that Ford is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. As of Friday afternoon, the hearing's terms were still under negotiation.

    Read Davis' full op-ed here »

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, visit RAINN or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673.

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    • A Reddit user asked "What is a luxury item you would never buy, regardless of your ability to afford it?" Posted over two months ago, the thread has racked up 325 votes and 725 comments.
    • Answers varied from designer luggage to cosmetic surgery to private jets — but the top answer was gold-flaked food. 
    • Gold-flaked food is a trend in luxury dining, but is it worth the cost? Regular people on Reddit say no.

    If you have an unlimited flow of cash, you may consider elevating your meals by dousing your food with gold. Or maybe not. 

    A Reddit user asked, "What is a luxury item you would never buy, regardless of your ability to afford it?" Posted over two months ago, the thread has racked up 325 votes and 725 comments. Answers varied from designer luggage to cosmetic surgery to private jets — but the top answer was gold-flaked food. 

    User moonyowl wrote: "Any foodstuff that includes gold with the intent to ingest it. Just... why?"

    Gold-flaked food is a growing trend in luxury dining. Even Amazon sells a 150mg jar of edible gold for $35. But after it's applied to food in restaurants around the world, the cost skyrockets. 

    In May, FOOD INSIDER tried $1,000 worth of gold covered chicken wings at The Ainsworth in New York City. The restaurant collaborated with celebrity Jonathan Cheban, also known as foodgod on Instagram, to create the golden wings. INSIDER reported that the gold doesn't add any flavor — just glam and a price tag. 

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    Another New York restaurant, Serendipity 3, holds several Guinness World Records for the most expensive gold-flaked food. The restaurant holds a record for the most expensive sundae, a $1,000 three-scoop delight topped with 23 karats of "edible gold leaf." If you're not in the mood for something sweet, you can get the gold grilled cheese for a less expensive $214. The restaurant has been on the trend for many years, once offering a gold-flaked hot chocolate for $25,000.

    In June, Serendipity 3 was recognized once again for selling the most expensive milkshake at $100 a pop — which, of course, is topped with gold flakes and comes in a Swarovski crystal dish. 

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    Gold-flaked food isn't just an American trend.

    A taco from Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, costs $25,000 and includes Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and black truffle brie cheese served on a gold-infused corn tortilla. 

    Such a taco is what the Reddit community described as a total waste of money: "Let's take a normal food, and fill it with caviar, truffle oil, and gold leaf until it's unrecognizable. It'll cost a small fortune and taste like sh--, but who cares, vain rich folks will buy it anyways," wrote user lastPingStanding.

    If you prefer sweet over savory, you can pick up Manila Social Club's gold-flaked doughnut for $100, or $1,000 for a dozen. 

    If you don't agree with regulars on Reddit, give gold food a try — just make sure you can put your money where your mouth is. 

    SEE ALSO: A restaurant in NYC serves a $1,000 gold wings developed by a friend of the Kardashians

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    When "One Tree Hill" first premiered 15 years ago, viewers were introduced to a high school crew they would grow to love for nine full seasons. 

    Lucas, Haley, Brooke, Peyton, and Nathan were a complicated bunch who went from rivals to friends to couples, despite all the issues that came between them. And even when Lucas and Peyton left the series during season six, the show still continued for another three seasons, adding new characters for fans to adore. 

    The teen drama also helped launch the careers of stars like Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush.

    Here's what the cast of "One Tree Hill" has been up to since the show first premiered in 2003. 

    Chad Michael Murray played Lucas Scott, a high school basketball star and writer who was Haley's best friend and Nathan's half-brother. Lucas eventually married Peyton, and they had a daughter.

    Murray had small recurring roles on "Gilmore Girls" and "Dawson's Creek" and was in "Freaky Friday" before he broke out on "One Tree Hill." He left the series after the sixth season.  

    Murray was recently on CMT's "Sun Records."

    Murray's credits include "Fruitvale Station,""Left Behind,""Scream Queens," and "Agent Carter."

    He was married to his "One Tree Hill" co-star Sophia Bush for five months in 2005. He is now married to his "Chosen" co-star Sarah Roemer and they have two kids.  

    Hilarie Burton played Peyton Sawyer, an artist, music lover, and cheerleader. She was best friends with Brooke and dated Nathan off and on before marrying Lucas and having a daughter.

    Burton started her career as a video DJ for MTV's "Total Request Live" before she was cast on "One Tree Hill." 

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    Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Colette."

    Wash Westmoreland’s biographical drama "Colette" tracks the life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette — one of the most famous and celebrated French writers of the late 1800's and early 1900's — during her formative early years.

    At just 20 years old, Colette (Keira Knightley) marries Henry Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West), a well-known French writer and critic better known by his pen name, Willy. The forceful and boisterous man, 14 years her senior, brings Colette to Paris, where she is deeply nauseated by his high-society friends and lifestyle.

    Not long after, Willy enlists his bride as one of his ghostwriters. She pens a bright, ornate novel titled "Claudine at School," based upon her childhood in the countryside. The book becomes a nationwide phenomenon.

    Thus begins the power struggle over Claudine's ownership — and that of Colette's very identity.

    Why you should care: It's a strong Oscars contender with strikingly modern relevance

    British-born director Westmoreland ("Still Alice") has said that translating Colette's "astonishing life" to the screen was a "passion project" for him and his co-director, co-writer, and late husband, Richard Glatzer.

    This passion is evident throughout the movie, which treats its titular character with an interest and fascination that women are rarely afforded in Hollywood. The exploration of her rebellion, of the person behind the transgressive art, will feel particularly cathartic for many women in 2018.

    Knightley was the perfect choice to communicate Colette's complexity and depth — especially as the bona fide queen of period dramas. She's already nabbed Oscar nominations for "Pride and Prejudice" and "The Imitation Game"— and don't be surprised if another campaign is mounted to honor her performance as Colette.


    Aside from its star player, the film hosts a number of minor but equally satisfying performances by West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, and Eleanor Tomlinson.

    Its costumes and set design are fittingly lavish but rarely distracting. Each setting and costume change only seeks to nurture Colette's own self-realization and development as an artist.

    What's hot: The acting is impeccable, making the historical drama feel human

    Knightley takes great care to portray Colette's intelligence and shrewdness. The power of "Colette" is that, from the jump, she is completely aware of the sexism that saturates her surroundings and relationships. She knows she is marrying a man who is charismatic, yet parasitic.

    The story doesn't lead to an eventual realization, but rather explores an ever-present, slow-burning — and, for many women, familiar — rage.

    West is similarly excellent. He plays Colette's womanizer husband with a convincing, infuriating self-assuredness — plus, at times, a surprising tenderness. In these moments, he is more pathetic than endearing. But the moments serve the larger purpose of painting a realistic portrait of their toxic marriage.


    The controlling husband is an easy villain, but West's layered performance holds your gaze — as Willy did Colette's. Their marriage is simultaneously affectionate and infuriating, preventing Colette's journey towards liberation from feeling predictable, linear, and stiff.

    Colette's extramarital relationships are similarly nuanced. She embraces her fluid sexuality and engages in lesbian relationships that do not feel exploitative, or simply thrown in for dramatic effect. 

    In particular, Gough's performance as Mathilde de Morny — better known as Missy, a gender-noncomforming aristocrat — is revelational.


    What's not: At times, the film is painfully aware of its own importance

    In apparent eagerness to convey the film's self-appointed message of empowerment, the characters are thrown unnecessarily obvious lines and gestures — most of all, Colette herself. 

    In the midst of an interesting but ultimately confusing sequence of events, wherein Colette becomes a mime and stage actress, she declares, "I will continue to pursue this because I want to"— a scene tailor-made for awards show montages. In the film's climactic moment, Colette proclaims: "I am the real Claudine." But we already knew that.

    To be sure, Colette is an empowering figure, and it's refreshing to see a woman who's aware of her own strength. But Colette's story of self-creation is powerful on its own, and only serves to be undermined by clichés and repetitive dialogue.

    The bottom line: "Colette" is a dynamic, credible portrait of a fascinating woman

    If you hear "period piece" and immediately think of petticoats and boring conversations in stuffy parlors, this is the film to change your mind. "Colette" doesn’t ask that you have any knowledge of feminist history or French literature for the film to do its job. It's genuinely funny and constantly witty, full of drama, conflict, sneers, and smolders.

    But ultimately, its greatest strength is how it presents women as complex and whole — as, in themselves, worthy of praise and fury and exploration. 


    Initially, Willy refuses to take "Claudine" seriously. He calls the story "too feminine" and says it lacks a plot. Indeed, he only agrees to submit it to publishers under financial duress, after instructing Colette to sprinkle in some sexual longing: "more spice, less literature."

    It's not difficult to draw a line between his treatment of her experiences, her "feminine" art, and the derision of women's opinions throughout history. (Even in her 1954 New York Times obituary, after becoming a celebrated novelist, Colette's writing was described as decidedly "not intellectual.")

    But "Claudine" ultimately earns Willy wealth, fame, and accolades. Colette publishes three more "Claudine" stories, all semi-autobiographical. She explores her emotions, flaws, mistakes — and it all becomes "the toast of Paris."

    With "Claudine" and, now, with "Colette," she has made people feel seen.

    Grade: A-

    "Colette" is in theaters now. Watch a trailer below.

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    Losing weight is a difficult feat, and it can come with unexpected impacts to your time, money, and energy. Here's what you need to know if you're thinking about losing weight, or are already on your weight-loss journey.

    Healthy foods can be more costly.

    Eating healthier takes a little more time and a little more money. When you're not focused on being health conscious, you can easily satisfy your hunger by going through a drive-thru or grabbing something from the vending machine. When you are focused on your health, or a specific fitness goal like weight loss, you're better off to prepare your own food than to eat out, making it a more time-consuming process, especially if you live somewhere like a food desert.

    When you prepare your own food, you know exactly what's in it and how it was made. Although it takes a bit longer and costs more to buy most nutrient-dense foods, as long as you live in an area where you have access to grocery stores, it might not be as difficult as you'd expect to make the switch to more healthful food habits.

    A study done by Harvard found that eating a healthy diet only costs about $1.50 more per day than an unhealthy diet does.

    Losing weight might cost you energy.

    Often times losing weight requires increased physical activity and decreased calorie consumption, both of which cost you energy and lead to decreased energy overall, according to Only My Health.

    To lessen the negative effects of lower energy levels, it'll be important to know just how many calories you should be consuming, and the types of foods that your body needs specific to your goals, body type, and overall health. There's no single caloric amount that's right for everyone, so be sure to work with a nutritionist, registered dietitian, or clinician to figure out what's right for you.

    You may have to buy a new wardrobe.

    As you lose weight, your clothes might not fit quite like they used to. If you only lose a small amount of weight your clothes may fit better, finally allowing you to get back into your favorite pair of skinny jeans, if you lose a more drastic amount of weight, you may find that your clothes just don't fit anymore.

    Some individuals will have to or want to, buy new clothes to fit the new, smaller version of themselves, which is a surprising cost of weight loss many don't think about.

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    • "The Big Bang Theory" is heading into its final 12th season.
    • During an appearance on "The Talk" Friday, Kaley Cuoco said there are three things she'd like to see on the CBS comedy.
    • She'd love to learn Penny's last name, have Jack White on as a guest star, and have the apartment elevator fixed.

    As "The Big Bang Theory" starts its final season, Kaley Cuoco says there are a few things she would still love to see happen on the CBS comedy. 

    "I'd like to learn Penny's last name," said Cuoco on Friday's episode of CBS' "The Talk."

    Apparently, her character does have a last name, but the crew behind the show doesn't want it to be revealed. 

    "What name could we possibly pick that would be satisfying at this point?" executive producer Steve Molaro told Vulture in 2013. "We're kind of a superstitious lot here. We've made it this far without knowing Penny's last name. I think we're good not finding out."

    Cuoco had a few other minor things she would like to see addressed. 

    "I'd like the elevator to get fixed," Cuoco said of an elevator that's been broken since season one in her apartment building. "These are small things."

    There's also one celebrity the 32-year-old actress has been asking about for a while.

    "You know who I've been wanting for many years?" This might sound very random. Jack White," Cuoco said in response to a question about the White Stripes singer and guitarist. 

    "Wouldn't it be cool? And he's got kind of a cool, nerd thing going on. I've been saying this for years, and I'm running out of time," she added.

    During its time on air, the show has had over 50 celebrity cameos, including Carrie Fisher and "The Talk" co-host Sara Gilbert. Neil de Grasse Tyson is set to appear on the season 12 premiere once again. You can view our roundup of "Big Bang Theory" celeb cameos here

    One thing we will see? Penny and her husband Leonard discussing whether or not they see any children in their future.

    "We did an episode actually recently that I'm excited for it to air," teased Cuoco. "It was about Penny and Leonard tackling the future of wanting children or not. It was actually really interesting, her take on her wanting to work. It wasn't kind of in the cards for us and I think it's an interesting conversation to have. I'm glad we got to make that episode."

    The season 12 premiere of "The Big Bang Theory" airs Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. A second new episode will air Thursday, September 27 at 8 p.m. in its usual time slot. 

    You can watch part of Cuoco's appearance on "The Talk" below.

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