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- Tesla customers who purchase a Model S sedan or Model X SUV will no longer receive credits for free charging at the automaker's Supercharger stations.
- A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the automaker sometimes changes its Supercharger offerings to better reflect the value of its products.
- The representative added that customers who buy the Model S, Model X, or Model 3 sedan can receive six months of free Supercharger use if they buy their vehicle with a referral code from another customer.
- Tree2mydoor created a Christmas-themed brain teaser with over 150 trees.
- There's a star on top of one of the trees. Can you find it?
- Prince Charles' title has 18 separate elements, and takes up three lines of text.
- It is a mixture of honours, titles, and ceremonial roles.
- Scroll down for an explanation of each individual part, and its history.
- Volkswagen is in talks with Ford to potentially invest in the automakers Argo AI self-driving unit, Bloomberg News reports.
- Ford has been investing heavily in autonomous driving and mobility companies.
- A partnership could help both companies shrug reputations that they're behind when it comes to the future of transportation.
- California is currently dealing with several dangerous wildfires.
- One fire reportedly reached the Hidden Hills home of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, according to TMZ, after the family had already evacuated.
- Kourtney Kardashian said the fire "just stopped" before reaching her house, while Kylie Jenner is yet unaware of any damage to hers.
- False reports initially claimed that Caitlyn Jenner's mansion in Malibu was destroyed, but she dispelled this claim on Instagram.
- 11/12/18--09:31: 11 foods you're probably eating wrong and the right way to eat them
- President Donald Trump on Monday called on Florida to stop counting voters and declare Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis as the winners of the gubernatorial and US Senate races in the state.
- Florida accepts mail-in ballots from overseas and military voters up until November 16 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, which was November 6.
- Florida is once again the epicenter of post-Election Day drama with unclear results in multiple races.
- The Florida secretary of state on Saturday ordered recounts in the races for US Senate, governor, and the state agricultural commission.
- Michelle Obama revealed in an interview on "20/20" Sunday night that she didn't believe her husband would win the 2008 presidential election.
- She said she and other black people "were afraid to hope because it's hard to believe that the country that oppressed you could one day be led by you."
- Like many black Americans, Obama traces her ancestry back to Africans who were brought to the US to work as slaves. Her great-great-grandfather, Jim Robinson, was born a slave in 1850.
- "Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin explains why "The Winds of Winter" is hard to finish.
- He said writing the sixth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series is like writing a "dozen novels."
- Truck drivers around the world have more in common than you might think.
- They all deal with traffic, long stretches of time away from home, strikes, and more.
- But other parts of their lives are fascinatingly different, as shown in the photographs below.
- Online players in "Battlefield 1," a video game set during World War 1, spontaneously planned a ceasefire to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day when the war was declared over.
- The ceasefire took place on November 11 at 11 a.m. Canberra time during an online match.
- A video of the ceasefire was posted on Reddit.
- Alibaba's Singles' Day is a massive, 24-hour shopping extravaganza unlike anything else in the world.
- This year, the event kicked off with a four-hour gala featuring countless celebrities, including model Miranda Kerr and singer Mariah Carey.
- The gala is just one way that Alibaba brings drama to online shopping. It's a crucial shot of hectic energy as historic shopping bonanzas like Black Friday lag behind.
- Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore coordinating coats for a Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday.
- Middleton re-wore a classic green coatdress by Catherine Walker.
- Markle wore a double-breasted navy blue jacket with a matching skirt for a similar silhouette.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out of his position by President Donald Trump this week, and his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, was appointed as acting AG.
- Whitaker, a former US Attorney from Iowa, has been involved in a number of controversies throughout his career as a conservative commentator and failed US Senate candidate.
- He's argued that all federal judges should be Christians, that the Mueller probe is a "witch hunt," and was on the board of a fraudulent marketing firm that was shut down by the FTC and is now being investigated by the FBI.
- 11/12/18--09:59: 7 signs you are utterly average
- When you're worried about how you're doing, the idea of being normal, or on par with the average, can be appealing.
- However, it can be hard to gauge what the average actually is. And if you compare yourself to an unrealistic model for "normal," that can lead to feelings of inadequacy.
- Here are the statistical averages for everything from physical health and imposter syndrome to overall happiness.
- The Los Angeles Rams withstood a last-minute comeback attempt from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks for a 36-31 win Sunday night.
- Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in the win, but he made headlines for calling an audible named for actress Halle Berry early in the first quarter.
- Berry tweeted at Goff and the Rams when she heard the play call, and the quarterback was very excited that he had caught the Academy Award winner's attention.
- He responded to Berry's tweet with the news that the audible is his "favorite play ever."
- Ryanair passengers experienced a surprise on Thursday when their flight was grounded and plane impounded in France because of an unpaid debt by Ryanair that left them delayed for up to five hours.
- BBC.com reports the French civil aviation authority grounded the flight at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport as "a last resort" after a dispute over an unpaid debt of subsidies reached a sum of €525,000, or $590,000 dollars.
- The Independent reports the plane was impounded, and the passengers were delayed up to five hours at the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport.
- The French civil aviation authority told BBC.com, "It is unfortunate that the state had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers on board the immobilized plane."
- General Electric CEO Larry Culp said Monday he will cut the company's leverage by selling assets.
- The company recently slashed its dividend to a penny in order to free up cash.
- JPMorgan on Friday dropped its price target for GE to $6, the lowest on Wall Street, citing liquidity problems.
- Watch General Electric trade live.
- GE slashes its dividend to a penny, says the SEC and DOJ are investigating its power-business charge
- General Electric plunges to its lowest level since the financial crisis after JPMorgan slashes its price target
From his presidential campaign to his current presidency, President Donald Trump has received disapproval from many musicians who don't want their music played at his events — many artists have even sent cease and desist letters.
From Neil Young to Rihanna, here are all the artists or their representatives who have spoken out against President Trump using their music at his events and rallies.
Neil Young was one of the first musicians to tell Trump to stop playing his music.
Neil Young began his battle with Trump over the usage of his hit song, "Rockin' in the Free World." Trump was using his song during his official presidential campaign announcement. Rolling Stone obtained the statement from Young's representatives, which stated:
"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."
But despite disapproval from the artist, a representative for Trump's campaign told Rolling Stone that the song was being used legally.
Rihanna sent a cease and desist letter to the White House.
The pop singer is one of the latest artists to send President Trump a cease and desist letter. She discovered her music was being played during one of his rallies via Twitter.
In response to a tweet from The Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker about her music being used, she tweeted, "Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!"
Shortly after Rihanna sent out a tweet in regards to her disapproval, her team sent out a cease and desist, Rolling Stone reports.
Elton John doesn't want his music used in American election campaigns.
While running for president, Trump used Elton John's songs "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer" as warm-up music to his campaign rallies. But the iconic singer has made it clear his views are different from Trump's and he doesn't want his music involved in American politics.
"I don’t really want my music to be involved in anything to do with an American election campaign. I'm British. I've met Donald Trump, he was very nice to me, it's nothing personal, his political views are his own, mine are very different, I'm not a Republican in a million years," John told The Guardian. "Why not ask Ted Nugent? Or one of those f------ country stars? They'll do it for you."
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Tesla customers who purchase a Model S sedan or Model X SUV will no longer receive credits for free charging at the automaker's Supercharger stations. Tesla's website says that some Model S and Model X vehicles purchased before November 2 come with 400 kWh of charging credits each year (which Tesla estimates will provide around 1,000 miles of range), indicating that vehicles purchased on or after November 2 do not come with charging credits.
A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the automaker sometimes changes its Supercharger offerings to better reflect the value of its products. The representative added that customers who buy the Model S, Model X, or Model 3 sedan can receive six months of free Supercharger use if they buy their vehicle with a referral code from another customer.
Tesla opened its first Supercharger stations in 2012 and allowed Tesla owners to use them for free until 2017, at which point it began offering customers 400 kWh of annual charging credits. Tesla offered free use of its Supercharging stations to customers who bought the performance version of the Model 3 before August, but did not offer free Supercharger use or Supercharger credits to other Model 3 customers.
The move to continue phasing out free Supercharger use comes as Tesla increases its focus on profitability. The automaker posted a surprise profit in the third quarter, beating analyst expectations with adjusted earnings of $2.90 per share (compared to an analyst forecast of -$0.15 per share) on $6.8 billion in revenue (compared to an analyst forecast of $6.315 billion). Tesla has said it expects to remain profitable in the future.
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Hidden somewhere in a brain-teasing forest of 150 Christmas trees is one tree topped with a star.
Tree2mydoor created this Christmas-themed challenge in anticipation of the holiday. Can you find the tree with the star on top?
Take a look at the brain teaser:
Did you find the star?
If not, try again.
Still no sign of it?
The answer is below.
If you want to see where it is, keep scrolling.
Or if you want to look one more time, now's your chance to scroll back up.
Ready to see the answer?
Here it is:
It's hard to spot, but it's on top of a tree on the left. Here's a closer look with a rough outline of the star:
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British royalty have a lot going on in their full titles — as well as having more given names than normal people, there is also a flurry of dukedoms, honours, and awards to deal with as well.
Of the senior tranche of royals, the most extravagant moniker belongs to Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth's oldest son. As the heir to the British throne, Charles has a lot of noble titles by default, and has also been awarded successive extras over the years.
His full title is more than three full lines long:
His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
The order above is the full version as presented by Clarence House, Charles' private office. Here, Business Insider breaks down each element and explains what it means:
His Royal Highness (HRH)
This is the style given to senior royals, and is one rung belong "His/Her Majesty", which is reserved for kings and queens. Prince William, Kate Middleton, their children, and Prince Harry also have HRH status.
This one's easy, and is because he is the son of the monarch. His children, and their children, are also princes or princesses. People they later marry, like Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle, do not become princesses.
Charles Philip Arthur George
Royals don't have surnames like regular people, but do have a lot of given names. They tend to be drawn from a relatively narrow pool: There have been two King Charleses and six King Georges. Philip is the name of Charles' father, while Arthur has been associated with British royalty since the days of legend.
Due to a quirk of royal protocol, when Queen Elizabeth, dies Charles will have the opportunity to take any of his four names as his official "regnal name," and could from then be known as King Philip, King Arthur, or King George.
Prince of Wales
This title belongs to whoever is first in line to the throne. It dates back to 1300s, just after Wales was conquered by the English and ceased to be a separate kingdom. Charles is the 21st English Prince of Wales.
KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO
These abbreviations all represent knightly orders of which Charles is a member, they are:
Knight of the Garter (KG): The most senior chivalrous order, led by the monarch. Foreign royals including the King of Spain, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and the Emperor of Japan are also members.
Here's a photo of Charles, the Queen, and Prince William in full Knights of the Garter get-up:
Knight of the Thistle (KT): Scottish equivalent of the Garter.
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB): The top rank in the Order of the Bath, which is occupied by nobles and figures from public life such as the civil service and military.
Order of Merit (OM): A 20th-century order peopled by figures from the arts and sciences. Members include Sir David Attenborough and Time Berners-Lee.
Knight of the Order of Australia (AK): An order based in Australia.
Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO): An order based in New Zealand.
Privy Counsellor (PC)
This is a group of figures who together make the "Privy Council," a large body of people meant to advise the monarch. The Prince is automatically one, along with the Prime Minister, all members of her Cabinet, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, and many other legal and religious figures.
Aides-de-Camp are a small body of personal advisers to the monarch, mostly military figures. In ceremonial uniform, they wear a decorative rope ornament called an aiguillette to mark their status.
Earl of Chester
This is an ancient noble rank linked to the city of Chester, near England's border with Wales.
William I created the title to give to somebody to guard against attack from the Welsh. Since the 1300s it has always belonged to the Prince of Wales.
Duke of Cornwall
This title, the oldest dukedom in England, has automatically belonged to the heir to the throne since 1337. When in Southwest England, Charles is sometimes referred to by this title first.
Unlike the other titles, it comes with a large economic benefit: As duke, Charles owns some 150,000 acres, mainly in southwest England. Its 2017 accounts say the Duchy has assets totalling more than £913 million, and makes him £20 million a year.
Duke of Rothesay
This Scottish title is another longstanding possession of the heir to the throne. Before 1603, when the crowns of England and Scotland were joined, the Duke of Rothesay was the title given to the heir to Scotland's throne — post-1603, one heir has held them both.
When in Scotland, Charles is frequently referred to as the Duke of Rothesay, like in the newspaper headline in the Scottish edition of The Times newspaper.
Prince William and Kate Middleton also have separate Scottish titles, as Business Insider explained last week.
Earl of Carrick and Baron of Renfrew
These are two separate Scottish titles, which also go to the heir to the throne. Carrick and Renfrew both refer to southerly areas of Scotland. Before the crowns merged, the earldom of Carrick was associated with Robert the Bruce, a Scottish king who fought a war of independence against England.
Lord of The Isles
This title refers to the islands to the west of Scotland, which remained functionally independent from the mainland until around 1500. Parts of the territory still speak an entirely separate language, Scots Gaelic.
One of the islands, Lewis, is notable for being the original home of Gaelic speaker Mary Anne MacLeod, the mother of US President Donald Trump.
The lordship of the isles was given to the Scottish heir to the throne, and then later to the English, and therefore now belongs to Charles.
Prince and Great Steward of Scotland
Charles's last titles are also Scottish, and date from the medieval period. "Prince of Scotland" used to refer to a smaller area than the Scotland of today. The Great Steward used to be a separate noble title, but has belonged to the heir to the Scottish throne since 1371. It comes last in the official order of precedence.
When Charles takes the throne, Prince William is likely to inherit almost all of the titles listed above, though he may not get them all immediately.
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Volkswagen and Ford are nearing a "framework agreement" to partner on electric and self-driving cars, Bloomberg News reported, in a deal that could put the German automaker on par with its American competitors like Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise and Tesla.
People familiar with the discussion tell Bloomberg's Christoph Rauwald and Keith Naughton that VW is considering a "significant" investment in Argo AI, the self-driving unit acquired by Ford in February 2017 for $1 billion. The company is hoping to commercialize its autonomous driving technology by 2021.
A partnership between the two old-guard automakers could help them advance in the nascent self-driving space, a capital-intensive are that is causing headaches for manufacturers throughout the world. Both companies have garnered reputations for being behind younger tech peers.
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Ford did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. A spokesperson for the company told Bloomberg that it's in talks with VW for "potential collaboration" across multiple business areas.
Bloomberg's report comes on the heels of a story from Reuters, which said last month that the two were in "exploratory talks" to co-produce self-driving and electric vehicles in a wide-ranging partnership.
Ford has been rapidly investing in other mobility and other 'future of transportation' ventures, in addition to Argo. Last week, it bought San Francisco-based scooter startup Spin for an undisclosed amount, and plans to invest $200 million into the company's expansion to more than 100 cities across the US. It also purchased the shuttle-bus service Chariot in 2016 for $65 million.
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TMZ reported on Friday that flames could be seen on the Hidden Hills property owned by Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.
The mansion is "in grave danger of being consumed by flames," according to the website. Kardashian West has since addressed the report on Twitter, but seems unsure of the exact nature of the situation.
"I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment," she wrote. "It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor."
I heard the flames have hit our property at our home in Hidden Hills but now are more contained and have stopped at the moment. It doesn’t seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor. God is good. I’m just praying everyone is safe 🙏🏼— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 9, 2018
She also thanked the California firefighters.
Fire Fighters, I love you and thank you for doing all that you can to keep us safe!— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 9, 2018
TMZ's sources say that the family's staff and security team have now been completely evacuated. Kardashian West, West, and their children evacuated early Friday morning.
"Pray for Calabasas," Kardashian West wrote on her Instagram story. "Just landed back home and had one hour to pack up and evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe."
West assured fans on Twitter that his family is safe.
Thank you for everyone’s prayers. Our family is safe and close— ye (@kanyewest) November 9, 2018
TMZ also reported that Caitlyn Jenner's home in Malibu had already been completely destroyed by flames.
The mansion in Southern California "is the same area where the Woolsey fire is burning out of control," TMZ reports. Officials issued a mandatory evacuation for all of Malibu on Friday.
MANDATORY EVACUATION - now for all City of Malibu + areas S of 101 Fwy, Ventura line to Malibu Cyn https://t.co/82ZLXFtfHl— City of Malibu (@CityMalibu) November 9, 2018
Jenner, however, issued a social media update on Sunday to dispel that report: "Our house made it," she says in the video.
"It was devastating out there in Malibu. You can see the hills are just totally scorched," she says while filming the area surrounding her home. "We're very, very lucky."
Kourtney Kardashian also revealed the Woolsey Fire"just stopped" before reaching her home.
"Hoping that the day continues like this and that the fire gets contained. To everyone removed from their homes, to those who lost their homes, to those affected let's all continue to pray," she wrote.
Kylie Jenner — who is currently touring around the country with her boyfriend Travis Scott and their daughter — wrote on Instagram that the blaze is close to her house and that she's "hoping for the best," but hasn't given any further updates.
It appears that many of the family members have taken refuge at one of Kendall Jenner's estates. The supermodel owns multiple homes, so it's unclear where "Kenny's safe house" is located, but it appears they have been safely evacuated from dangerous areas.
Kendall posted on her Instagram Story. pic.twitter.com/kW3E0rRmEM— Kendall Updates (@kendallkeek) November 10, 2018
It was such an honor to receive the amazing People’s Choice Award last night and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. What we know more than ever is that we are stronger together. pic.twitter.com/1QCsfMmF5A— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) November 12, 2018
Representatives for each family member didn't immediately return INSIDER's request for comment.
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When it comes to food, you're bound to come across certain delicious dishes that require a bit of extra effort or know-how to properly enjoy. Of course, you can eat any dish however you'd like, but with some helpful tips, you may like it even more.
Here are 11 foods you could be eating "incorrectly" and the proper way to eat them for maximum enjoyment, according to experts.
Soup dumplings can be messy to eat, but there's an easier way to enjoy them.
Also known as Xiao Long Bao, soup dumplings are a staple of Shanghainese cuisine and a highly satisfying bite on cold winter nights.
However, because you're dealing with hot liquid soup encased in dumpling dough, eating them frequently results in spilled broth and messy plates.
Brooklyn-based dumpling maker Melissa Chan told The Huffington Post that, for the best dumpling eating experience, you'll want to bite the dumpling to make a small puncture and then suck the soup out of the opening before eating the drained dumpling.
When eating chicken wings, don't hesitate to clean the bones.
Some may suggest intricately extracting bones before enjoying your wings, but according to Serious Eats wing expert Daniel Gritzer, taking such pains to remove the bones misses the whole point of chicken wings.
Using your teeth to scrape the bones clean is part of the experience. It's messy, it's visceral, and it can be incredibly satisfying. It can also help you to get the most meat and flavor out of your chicken wing.
Don't rush through your bowl of ramen.
When presented with a steaming bowl of ramen, it can be tempting to plunge your spoon and chopsticks in and start shoveling. But according to Ivan Slurp Shop impresarios Ivan Orkin and David Poran, it's crucial to take your time to fully appreciate every element of the dish.
Orkin and Poran told Business Insider that a great way to enjoy ramen is to use chopsticks to pull a few noodles out of the bowl, then dip them back into the bowl to soak up some broth and fat.
Afterward, you'll want to mix things up a bit, alternating between strips of noodles, sips of broth, and mouthfuls of veggies and meat. At the end of the meal, lift the bowl directly to your lips to drink the remaining broth.
Of course, this is all just a suggestion — Poran says "there are no rules" when it comes to enjoying ramen.
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President Donald Trump on Monday called on Florida to stop counting votes and declare Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis as the winners of the gubernatorial and US Senate races in the state. But if Florida stopped counting votes now, it would potentially exclude ballots from overseas and military voters.
Trump on Monday tweeted, "The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!"
Florida accepts mail-in ballots from overseas and military voters up until November 16 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, which was November 6. If Florida listened to Trump, some of these voters could effectively be disenfranchised.
Moreover, despite Trump's repeated suggestions of nefarious activities surrounding elections in Florida, there is currently no evidence of voter fraud on any level in the Sunshine State.
The Florida secretary of state on Saturday ordered recounts in the races for US Senate, governor, and the state agricultural commission.
Initially, it seemed the respective Republican candidates for US Senate and governor had both won, but as more votes came in, the margins of victory became narrow enough to trigger a recount. This is not entirely irregular, and Florida has an infamous history of electoral chaos, but the president and others have continued to make baseless voter fraud claims.
Michelle Obama did not have high hopes that her husband could win the White House when he first ran for the presidency in 2008.
During an interview on "20/20" Sunday night, Obama said she found it difficult to get her hopes up, given her family's history under slavery and segregation.
"I think I did what a lot of black folks were doing," she told Robin Roberts. "We were afraid to hope because it's hard to believe that the country that oppressed you could one day be led by you."
Obama continued: "My grandparents lived through segregation. My grandfather, his grandfather was a slave. So these memories were real, and they didn't think the country was ready. So my attitude was a reflection of that skepticism."
“We were afraid to hope because it’s hard to believe that the country that oppressed you could one day be led by you.” @MichelleObama tells @RobinRoberts she didn’t initially think her husband could win the presidency in the 2008 election.https://t.co/GG1GiLxNVXpic.twitter.com/10HaWn4HfP— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 12, 2018
While Barack Obama faced racism growing up black in the 1960s and '70s, his father was an immigrant from Kenya and his ancestors were not slaves as his wife's were (in fact, it was discovered that his white mother's ancestors were likely slave owners.)
Like many African-Americans, Michelle Obama's ancestry was much of a mystery before her husband started running for president. It was then that genealogy experts stepped in to fill in the blanks.
In addition to her paternal great-great-grandfather, who was born a slave ar0und 1850 and later became a free man after the end of the Civil War, The New York Times learned more about her maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, who had her first child with an unknown white man when she was 15.
According to the 1870 census, three of Melvinia's four children were described as "mulatto," with one being born four years after emancipation, suggesting that the relationship continued even after slavery.
Thanks to the Times article, Melvinia's unmarked grave was discovered in a churchyard in Kingston, Georgia, and a new memorial was erected at the site.
Melvinia's new tombstone reads:
"She was born a slave in South Carolina in 1844. At age 8 she was brought to the Shields Farm near what is now Rex, Clayton County, Georgia. In the late 19th century she moved to Kingston to be near her people. Her family would endure. A five-generation journey that began in oppression and would lead her descendant to become First Lady of the United State Michelle Obama. Melvinia's story is one of hope."
During a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Obama herself spoke about how surreal it was "to wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves."
During the speech, she thanked the "generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the string of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done" so that a black man could one day become president.
Obama's new memoir "Becoming" is due out Tuesday.
"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is having a difficult time finishing his next book.
The 70-year-old writer spoke with The Guardian about trying to finish "The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in "A Song of Ice and Fire" series and why it's been hard to finish in the seven years since the fifth book, "A Dance With Dragons," was released.
"I've been struggling with it for a few years," Martin said. "'The Winds of Winter' is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players and antagonists and allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together in an extremely complex fashion. So it's very, very challenging."
Martin recently finished "Fire and Blood," a history of the Targaryens, which will be published November 20.
He told The Guardian that he found it "easier" to finish the history instead of "The Winds of Winter."
"'Fire and Blood' by contrast was very simple," he said. "Not that it's easy, it still took me years to put together, but it is easier."
Martin still has a seventh book planned called "A Dream of Spring."
No release date is planned for "The Winds of Winter," but fans who are waiting for it to finally hit bookshelves can look forward to HBO's "Game of Thrones" returning for its eighth and final season in 2019.
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Truck transportation is a $1.45 trillion industry worldwide. That's more than air, ship, train, or any other individual method of moving goods.
The lives of the people driving those many, many trucks are different all over the world. We found fascinating photos of truck drivers in Nigeria, Pakistan, the United States, England, China, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, and more to highlight what their days look like.
Here's what a truck driver's day looks like in every continent... except Antarctica.
In Pakistan, flamboyantly painted trucks are a common sight. Even though these trucks are often as much as 30 years old, they're maintained scrupulously.
It costs up to $10,000, a half-dozen artists, and nearly six weeks of work to decorate one of these trucks. They feature 'elaborate colorful designs, calligraphy, portraits of heroes and singers, mirrors and jingling tassels,' reported the Agence France-Presse.
This is Bashir, who has been a truck driver for 25 years. Elaborately decorated trucks like his became the norm in Pakistan after the country split from India in 1947; Pakistanis wanted to make their trucks look different.
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Gamers playing "Battlefield 1," a game set in World War 1, stopped shooting to participate in a ceasefire during an online match at 11 a.m. Canberra time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marks the end of the first World War.
The player who helped arrange the ceasefire posted a short video of the event on Reddit, but it's hard to tell from the video everyone actually stopped shooting. It looks like some players either didn't hear about the planned ceasefire at the specified time or they ignored the effort altogether. The game's background audio and effects, like loud explosions and artillery from battleships were also still ongoing, which diminished the silence. There's also a player in a plane who performs a strafing run on a bunch on players who are partaking in the ceasefire, which somewhat ruins the moment.
EA/Dice developer Jan David Hassel posted the video on Twitter:
"This is the 100 Year Anniversary of the End of WW1. On the 11th Hour we stopped fighting."— Jan David Hassel (@JanDavidHassel) November 11, 2018
Battlefield 1 players stop shooting each other to commemorate the end of World War 1.https://t.co/bvYTAzK2vE
Still, you can tell that some players abided to the ceasefire by the fact that the player recording the video was surrounded by enemy players (with red icons above their heads) and didn't get shot. Any other day and time and the player recording the event would have been killed in seconds when surrounded by so many enemy players.
Ultimately, however, the player recording the event was stabbed and killed. The player doing the stabbing apparently apologized for doing so.
"Battlefield 1" players like myself will know how surprising it is that anyone partook in the event, considering how difficult it is to communicate with others in the game.
The player, known as u/JeremyJenki on Reddit, who helped set up the event and recorded the video posted on Reddit how they did it:
"At the start of the game, me and a couple others started talking about having a ceasefire. We made it known in the chat and many people were on board with it, deciding that this armistice should be held on the beach (This didn't seem like a great idea to me at the time). Players started heading down to the beach early and for a few minutes it was amazing. When editing the video I cut out most of the in between, only showing the beginning and end. But hey, against all odds, we did it, and while short it was the coolest experience in Battlefield I had ever had."
Hailing from Brazil, Lima began modeling as a teen and joined Victoria's Secret early on in her career when she walked during the 1999 fashion show. She officially signed a contract with the brand in 2000, making Lima a Victoria's Secret Angel for the next 18 years.
Throughout her almost 20-year history with the brand, Lima wore a number of show-stopping looks, including giant Angel wings and even the coveted Fantasy Bra. Here are her best runway looks throughout the years.
In 2003, Lima walked in the show for her fifth year.
That year, she wore a burgundy lingerie set and off-white Angel wings.
The Tiffany-blue ensemble worn by Lima in 2005 became one of her most iconic looks.
Rather than wings, Lima wore a giant blue bow attached to her lingerie.
Lima also wore a colorful pom-pom scarf in 2005.
This would end up being one of multiple candy-inspired outfits worn by Lima throughout her career.
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SHANGHAI, China — I've experienced the stampedes of Black Friday shoppers. I survived the Prime Day outage of 2018. And, like an increasing number of Americans, I've checked deals on my iPhone during Thanksgiving dinner.
But, I have never seen a shopping event quite like Alibaba's Singles' Day: 24 hours of massive sales, overwhelming festivities, and, bizarrely enough, Mariah Carey.
In the hours leading up to Sunday, November 11, Alibaba kicked off its 10th year of Singles' Day festivities in Shanghai. Twenty-four hours later, the Chinese e-commerce giant reported that customers spent $30.8 billion, or almost three times as last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers spent combined.
I had the good fortune to be in Shanghai for the entire thing, witnessing the most over-the-top, futuristic, and exhausting shopping celebrations I have ever seen.
Here's what it's like to take part in Alibaba's Singles' Day, as well as what it means for the future of the retail industry:
Singles' Day kicks off with a four hour "gala." Imagine Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade had quadruplets with Prime Day, and you've got the general idea.
Most people watch the gala — basically a variety show featuring singers, performers, and Allan Iverson overseeing a basketball competition — on TV or on their phones. People on their phones can shop deals on Alibaba sites such as Taobao and Tmall as they watch the show.
I am, however, actually at the gala — and experiencing the side effects of a mix of jet lag, cold medicine, and a truly wild production.
Sitting with other reporters and Alibaba communications staffers, I'm immediately overstimulated, even without the ability to shop online.
The drama is intentional. Over the last 10 years, Alibaba has worked to transform Singles' Day from a day of deals to what CMO Chris Tung calls a sort of Christmas for brands and customers.
"It has evolved dramatically over the last 10 years to become a true festival," Tung told me over the weekend.
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Coatdresses seem to be a staple in every royal woman's wardrobe. The queen has a variety of them in easy-to-spot neon colors, and Kate Middleton has developed quite a collection over the years.
On Sunday, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry reunited to honor veterans for a Remembrance Day's Centenary service at Westminster Abbey, which marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Princes William and Harry arrived in shades of blue, while Middleton and her sister-in-law Meghan Markle coordinated in coats that showed off their slightly different approaches to royal style.
Middleton opted to recycle a green coatdress by Catherine Walker, which she paired with black heels and a matching headpiece by Jane Taylor.
Middleton first wore this coatdress during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March 2017. The Duchess of Cambridge has made a habit of re-wearing her favorite pieces, oftentimes with new accessories or hairstyles to add a new spin to the look.
Markle took a different approach to the coatdress silhouette by pairing a double-breasted belted navy blue jacket with a matching skirt. Her jacket also featured an open, slightly off-the-shoulder neckline that is quickly becoming a staple in her wardrobe.
She paired the look with navy pumps by Aquazzura.
Both ensembles seemed to show each duchess' unique sense of style.
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The Department of Justice has been mired in controversy this week, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out of his position by President Donald Trump, and his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, appointed as acting AG.
Not only do multiple legal and constitutional scholars argue that Whitaker's appointment to acting AG is unconstitutional because he was not confirmed to his current position by the US Senate, but commentators and state attorneys general have accused him of being unfit for the position.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Whitaker did not plan to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference and possible crimes on the part of the 2016 Trump campaign–and would block Mueller from subpoenaing the President.
Whitaker has frequently undermined the legitimacy and validity of the Mueller probe in the media, echoing Trump's own talking points that the probe is a "witch hunt" investigating non-existent impropriety by the Trump campaign.
Whitaker served was appointed US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa at the age of 39, and served in that role from 2004 to 2009.
After his tenure as a US Attorney, Whitaker became a regular conservative commentator on political and legal issues for outlets like USA Today and the Washington Examiner. In 2014, he unsuccessfully in Iowa's Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He was appointed as Sessions' chief of staff in September 2017.
Whitaker was not a widely-known figure before last week, but since his appointment as acting AG, some of his more controversial actions and statements have since resurfaced. He once said he believed federal judges should be Christians, has repeatedly disparaged the Mueller probe, and served on the board of a marketing firm that scammed its customers out of $26 million and was shut down by the FTC.
Here's a full timeline of Whitaker's controversial political past:
In 2014, Whitaker said one of the worst Supreme Court decisions was Marbury v. Madison, the landmark 1803 case that established the principle of judicial review, allowing the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of legislation.
"This is lunacy. For any lawyer — certainly for one now at the helm of the Justice Department — to disagree with Marbury is like a physicist denouncing the laws of gravity," wrote Washington Post editorial page editor Ruth Marcus of Whitaker's comments.
"Decided in 1803, at the dawn of the new republic, Marbury v. Madison is the foundational case of American constitutional law," Marcus continued.
"It represents Chief Justice John Marshall’s declaration that the Supreme Court possesses the ultimate power to interpret the Constitution and determine the legitimacy of acts of Congress."
While running in Iowa's 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Whitaker said he believed it was "very important" for federal judges to be "people of faith" and have a "Biblical worldview."
“What I know is that as long as they have that worldview, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular worldview, that ‘this is all we have here on Earth’, then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge.”
In a statement to Business Insider, the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused Whitaker of being an "extreme Christian nationalist."
"What would a biblical view of justice look like? Capital punishment for such non-crimes as worshipping gods other than the Judeo-Christian god, blasphemy, Sabbath-breaking, disobeying a parent, a woman who isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, or witchcraft," they added.
"Whitaker has joked that he prefers New Testament justice to 'Levitical' justice, but has apparently forgotten that Jesus supposedly said, in the Beatitudes no less, that he came to fulfill the law of the prophets, not to abolish it," they added.
In a 2013 candidate forum, Whitaker said states could overrule federal law such as Obamacare, "if they had the political courage."
"As a principle, it has been turned down by the courts and our federal government has not recognized it," Whitaker said.
"Now we need to remember that the states set up the federal government and not vice versa. And so the question is, do we have the political courage in the state of Iowa or some other state to nullify Obamacare and pay the consequences for that?"
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Everyone wants to be the best at something. But for the most part, what many people really want is to be "normal," or at least something close to it. That's especially true if you feel that there's some area of your life that's lacking.
Whether that's wealth, health, or general happiness, there's comfort in knowing that you actually aren't struggling more than most, and that you are, in fact, average.
However, it can be difficult to tell how you're doing in relation to everyone else when "normal" is edited and distributed through the rose-colored filters of social media.
To help you get a sense for the unedited reality, here are seven areas where you're probably utterly average:
1. You're not getting as much exercise as you should
Health and nutrition are major issues in the U.S. If you aren't sure you're getting enough exercise, you're likely in the majority. Only about one in three adults gets the recommended amount of physical activity every week, and less than 5% get a half hour of exercise every day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The HHS also found that most Americans have trouble sticking to recommended nutritional rules — 90% of Americans consume more sodium than the CDC recommends for a healthy diet.
2. You're dealing with imposter syndrome at work
If you're dealing with imposter syndrome at work, you're not the only one. In fact, the International Journal of Behavioral Science estimated that 70% of people at some point deal with the phenomenon, which it describes as possessing "intense feelings that [your] achievements are undeserved."
If you're afraid that you aren't as smart as other people think you are, that's probably a good sign. A Cornell University study confirmed what has long been suspected, since Charles Darwin theorized in 1871 that "ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." In other words, people who are actually incompetent are often painfully unaware of that fact, and "grossly overestimate" their abilities compared to their peers.
3. Your net worth is less than six figures
In 2016, the average net worth (assets minus debt) for families under the age of 35 was about $76,000, according to the Federal Reserve.
However, it's important to note that median net worth in that demographic — which was about $11,000 that year — is a more useful figure since it factors out the small percentage of Americans whose wealth falls way outside of "normal" American earnings.
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The Los Angeles Rams held off a last-minute comeback attempt from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks for a 36-31 win at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Sunday night, and while quarterback Jared Goff threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns in the win, it wasn't his solid play that made headlines after the game.
Goff called for an audible named for Halle Berry early in the first quarter, and the actress took notice.
The Academy Award winner quoted a video of the play on Twitter and asked Goff and the Rams for an explanation.
According to a report from ESPN's Lindsey Thiry, Goff "became a giddy kid" when he learned that Berry had heard the audible and reached out to him on social media.
"Wait, hold on, are you serious?" Goff said. "She heard it!"
He then found the post on Twitter and proceeded to show teammates and coaches in the locker room.
"It's so funny," Goff said. "The thing is, when [Los Angeles head coach McVay] called it, I was like, 'It's so quiet right now, this is going to get on TV.'"
The third-year quarterback responded to Berry's tweet in a way that many perceived as flirting.
His teammates refused to allow the comment to fly under the radar. Star running back Todd Gurley gave Goff a hard time for the reply:
Thot😂😂😂😂— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) November 12, 2018
Lineman Andrew Whitworth couldn't come up with words to describe the move:
🙈🙈😂😂😂— Andrew Whitworth (@awhitworth77) November 12, 2018
McVay was rather shy about sharing why the audible was named for Berry, because, as Thiry reports, an explanation would likely reveal the play's design.
Goff wound up throwing an eight-yard pass to tight end Tyler Higbee on the play.
Ryanair passengers experienced a surprise on Thursday when their flight was grounded and plane impounded in France due to an unpaid debt by Ryanair that left them delayed for up to five hours, multiple sources have reported.
According to The Independent, Ryanair flight 1783, a Boeing 737, was scheduled to fly from Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in France to the city of Stansted in the United Kingdom at 6 p.m. on Thursday with 149 passengers onboard.
But that did not end up happening. UPI reports Ryanair passengers, who had already gone through passport control and security, were about to pass through the tarmac to board the plane when they were told to turn around and head back to the gate.
BBC.com reports the French civil aviation authority grounded the flight at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport as "a last resort" after a dispute over an unpaid debt of subsidies reached the sum of €525,00o, or $590,000 dollars.
According to BBC.com, the dispute of subsidies had to do with Ryanair's use of Angoulême Airport in France in 2008 and 2009 and payments made to the airline, which were later ruled to be illegal by the European Commission in Brussels.
CNN reports a 2015 European Commission statement said, "France must now recover the incompatible aid from the companies that received it in order to restore the level playing field."
UPI reports the payments were deemed illegal because "they gave Ryanair an unfair economic advantage."
Ryanair did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
The Independent reports the plane was impounded, and the passengers were delayed up to five hours at the Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport. After being given €5 vouchers by Ryanair, the passengers were forced to take a later flight to Stansted that arrived at 11:30 p.m.
BBC.com reports the French civil aviation authority said, "It is unfortunate that the state had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers on board the immobilized plane."
General Electric plunged as much as 10% Monday — to a record low of $7.72 a share — after CEO Larry Culp said he feels the "urgency" to cut the company's leverage and will do so by selling assets.
"We have no higher priority right now than bringing those leverage levels down," Culp said in an interview with CNBC.
"I think we've got plenty of opportunities through asset sales to do that. In the last six weeks, marks my sixth week on the job, I've heard from a lot of people across our markets, people who have interest in GE assets. And I think that's confirmation that we have quality franchises and frankly that we have options."
Culp was appointed as GE's new CEO on October 1. Initially, shares rallied by more than 20% after his promotion as investors looked past the company's lagging power business, price-cost pressures compounded by US-China tariffs, and behind-schedule deliveries of its LEAP engine.
But they have been under pressure recently after the conglomerate reported disappointing quarterly results and slashed its dividend to a penny — in order to retain an extra of $3.9 billion cash per year.
On Friday, JPMorgan analyst Stephen Tusa cut his price target to $6, the lowest on Wall Street, saying his worst-case scenario will see GE with $100 billion in liabilities and zero enterprise free cash flow after the dividend cut.
Questions about GE's liquidity are understandable, Culp said Monday. But he added that GE has a good foundation in terms of deleveraging, as it has $20 billion of cash on hand from asset sales and has used only $2 billion of its $40 billion of bank lines.
Culp gave three possible ways to free up cash: an initial public offering for GE's health-care business, the sale of its transportation business, and its coming exit from Baker Hughes' oilfield services business. However, Culp said he will not rush the process of deleveraging, and that GE "has no plans for an equity raise."
Shares were down 54% this year.