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Mental Health Disorders Drive Youths to Risky Conduct, UN Agencies Say

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Two leading U.N. agencies are warning that growing mental health disorders among children and adolescents are driving them to engage in increasingly risky, self-destructive behavior. The World Health Organization and the U.N. children’s fund, which on Thursday opened a three-day conference on the issue in Florence, Italy, reported that up to 20% of adolescents globally […]

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Bill Gates isn’t interested in space exploration and doesn’t like Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax: Here are 5 highlights from the billionaire’s DealBook interview

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Bill Gates had a wide-ranging discussion with The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook Conference in New York City on November 7. When asked if he shared Jeff Bezos‘ interest in space, Gates told Sorkin, “[Bezos] can have it.” Gates also said his children tease him for not being tech-savvy enough because […]

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Sanders Backs Decriminalization of Illegal Border Crossings

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Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings. The Vermont senator released a detailed immigration policy proposal Thursday, writing that unauthorized presence in the United States should be “a civil, not a criminal, offense.” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called in July for […]

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Obama’s former cybersecurity adviser thinks lawmakers are right to treat TikTok as a security threat

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TikTok is drawing increased scrutiny from US lawmakers who worry the Chinese-owned app’s rising popularity could constitute a national security threat. Kiersten Todt, who served as a cybersecurity adviser to President Barack Obama, told Business Insider she believes those concerns are well-founded. Chinese web products are gaining global reach, Todt said, both through the spread […]

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Here’s what the oldest colleges in America used to look like — and what they look like today

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The history of higher education in America is older than the Declaration of Independence. The oldest known college in the US that still exists today is Harvard University, which was founded in 1636. Since Harvard’s founding, thousands of other higher learning institutes have been established across the nation. Here’s a look back at Harvard’s history […]

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The jig is up: Robinhood says it’s closed the ‘infinite leverage’ loophole that allowed users to build positions worth millions

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Robinhood’s “infinite leverage” loophole has been closed and accounts exploiting the bug have been suspended, a company spokesperson said Thursday. The trading platform has implemented a “permanent update” meant to “prevent anyone from engaging in this pattern of trades,” spokesperson Lavinia Chirico said in an emailed statement. The glitch allowed users to borrow seemingly-limitless amounts […]

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AP: Steyer Aide Offered Money for Endorsements

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A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa has privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations. The overtures from Pat Murphy, a former state House speaker who is serving as a top adviser on […]

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The head of the largest flight-attendant union in the US explains why Delta’s cabin crews might finally vote to unionize (DAL)

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Delta flight attendants are organizing a drive to unionize with the AFA, the Association of Flight Attendants. While flight attendants with competitors like United, American, and Southwest are represented by unions, Delta is the largest US airline with nonunion cabin crew employees. Delta flight attendants voted against joining the union in 2002, 2008, and 2010. […]

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Al Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Opens in Doha

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The Luxury Collection today announced the opening of Al Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Doha, marking the debut of the brand in Qatar. Only 25 minutes from Hamad International Airport and 15 minutes from Doha’s city centre, West Bay, Al Messila is an urban oasis designed to respect the area’s natural surroundings. […]

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Greta Thunberg Plans to Join North Carolina Climate Strike

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Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg says she plans to attend a youth-lead climate rally in North Carolina this week. Thunberg tweeted Wednesday that she will join the strike Friday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Thunberg gained international attention for a speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September. News outlets report the protest […]

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McDonald’s new CEO didn’t own any shares of the company before last week. Now he owns half a million dollars’ worth.

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Last week Chris Kempczinski was the US president of McDonald’s and didn’t own any shares in the company. One week later, Kempczinski became the fast-food franchise’s CEO and owns half a million dollars worth of the company’s stock. Kempczinski’s new role requires him to hold $7.5 million in stock by October 2020. View Business Insider’s […]

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US: Saudis Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Critics

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Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social […]

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Charges in Sale of Chinese Surveillance Equipment in US

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A New York company has been charged with illegally importing and selling Chinese-made surveillance and security equipment to U.S. government agencies and private customers. The U.S. attorney’s office for eastern New York says seven current or former employees of the company are also charged. The case involves a company on Long Island. Authorities did not […]

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Square dumped food-delivery service Caviar earlier this year. Now it’s boosted its profit forecast on the heels of strong earnings.

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Square stock jumped as much as 2.3% early Thursday after the digital payments company beat Wall Street’s estimates for third-quarter earnings and revenue. The company also adjusted its full-year revenue forecast higher, both with and without the impact of the $410 million sale of its Caviar business to DoorDash. Square’s Cash app introduced equities trading […]

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Marvel Studios had plans for a ‘Hawkeye’ movie before pitching a Disney Plus TV series instead

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Marvel Studios planned to make a “Hawkeye” movie starring Jeremy Renner before deciding to make a Disney Plus TV series instead, Bloomberg said in a Disney Plus report published on Thursday. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was “nervous about his pitch” for the Disney Plus series, Bloomberg said. But Feige told Bloomberg that Renner “totally […]

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South Sudan Rival Leaders Meet in Uganda for Peace Talks

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have gone into a meeting in Uganda Thursday to try to salvage the peace deal designed to prevent the country from sliding back into civil war. The rival leaders have said they are not ready to form a coalition government on November 12, when Machar […]

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SoftBank’s latest valuation of WeWork is lower than previously thought — at under $5 billion

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SoftBank slashed its pre-bailout valuation of WeWork by 83% in three months to $4.9 billion, according to an investor presentation dated for release on Friday. SoftBank Investment Advisors, which manages the Japanese conglomerate’s $100 billion Vision Fund I, cut WeWork’s valuation by 74% even after accounting for parts of SoftBank’s rescue deal, from $29.6 billion […]

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Pompeo Criticized for Failing to Support Ousted US Ambassador to Ukraine

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Several senior U.S. diplomats, including former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, are key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Trump is accused of having withheld U.S. military aid to Ukraine until that country’s new president agreed to investigate one of Trump’s political opponents, former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden. […]