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Shoppers are lighting up social media over Bath & Body Works ‘Candle Day,’ which posters say crashed the chain’s website

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Bath & Body Works‘ annual Candle Day sale lit up Twitter on Saturday. Some triumphant posters showed off their fragrant purchases on social media. Others brought up issues with the bath chain’s website or expressed disbelief at shoppers waking up early for the sale. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Bath & Body Works […]

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A ‘reckoning’ is coming for self driving car startups says an early backer of Lyft. Here’s how the founder of Autotech Ventures is betting on the transportation shakeup.

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Autotech Ventures cofounder Quin Garcia is a big believer in next-generation car technologies, such as electric and autonomous vehicles. But his venture fund has intentionally avoided backing startups that are developing electric or self-driving cars for the masses. Such companies require massive investment and are many years away from delivering returns, he said. But Autotech […]

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Airstrikes in Northwest Syria Kill at Least 18

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Airstrikes on areas in the last major rebel stronghold in northwest Syria on Saturday killed at least 18 people, including women and children, and wounded others as a three-month truce crumbles, opposition activists said. The airstrikes on Idlib province have intensified over the past few weeks as the government appears to be preparing for an […]

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‘The Irishman’ is a fictionalized true crime story about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, a mystery that still hasn’t been solved

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Long-time International Brotherhood of Teamsters boss, James “Jimmy” Hoffa, went missing in 1975. While theories surrounding his disappearance are still circulating today, the case has been described as one of America’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, among many other legendary actors, is a fictionalized […]

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Point72, Renaissance Technologies, and Millennium are betting they can make quant strategies work in bond markets. Here’s why their nascent credit trading teams face an uphill battle.

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Some of the biggest funds are pumping money, technology, and time into building out credit quant teams, sources tell Business Insider. Firms like Steve Cohen’s Point72, Renaissance Technologies, and Millennium have all built out their teams as they try to apply their expertise in quant equity and FX trading strategies to the $9.2 trillion world […]

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Only one cryptocurrency is outperforming bitcoin this year — and its exchange has pioneered the practice of destroying coins every quarter

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Binance Coin, or BNB, is the only major cryptocurrency outperforming bitcoin this year, but its namesake exchange is facing new concerns around increased competition, police raid rumors, and its “burning” practice. The Binance exchange faced new scrutiny after it said in November it has no “fixed offices in Shanghai or China” following reports of a […]

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Flying first or business class comes with more perks than a big seat — it’s the food, too. Here are the James Beard chef-designed meals American Airlines is offering its premium passengers.

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American Airlines recently announced a new partnership with the James Beard Foundation, which will bring meals designed by James Beard-affiliate chefs to first and business class lounges and flights. It’s part of a marketing push by American, which enjoys significantly higher profit margins on premium seats than on coach, especially with business travelers. We recently […]

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The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

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Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US. This week includes Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” and Netflix’s “The Dragon Prince.” Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” continues to dominate streaming television, thanks in no […]

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These 10 ‘voice-first’ startups are building apps for smart speakers, cars and watches that will completely change how we use computers

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The power of voice computing has spawned a generation of startups designing their products for audio devices instead of mobile devices. They are creating hands-free, voice-controlled apps for the car, the phone, and smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home. about the tech industry’s shift to the voice platform in BI Prime’s special report. […]

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Pro-government Protesters Denounce Hong Kong ‘Rioters’

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Only after finding safety in numbers, joining hundreds of other pro-government protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday, did Reddy Lin drum up the courage to slip into her red T-shirt marked, “China, I love you” and glue a heart-shaped Chinese-flag sticker on her face. But for the train ride home, the teacher said she’d be […]

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Trump Calls for World Bank to Stop Loaning to China

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called for the World Bank to stop loaning money to China, one day after the institution adopted a lending plan to Beijing over Washington’s objections. The World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025. […]

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Inside one of the worst years in media history, where 7,200 jobs were axed and billions in value have been shed

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Digital media went through a bloodbath in 2019, with investors seeing billions in theoretical value wiped out and scores of people losing their jobs. Some venture capital funding continued to pour into media companies, but many journalism upstarts didn’t meet aggressive growth expectations, which forced them to look for buyers and sell for less than […]

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Trump and Moon Discuss Maintaining Talks With North: Seoul

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South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed during a phone conversation to maintain dialogue with the nuclear-armed North, Seoul said Saturday, with the two allies noting the situation had become “grave”. Denuclearisation negotiations have been at a standstill since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February and pressure is rising […]

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Samoa’s Measles Death Toll Rises

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Samoa said Saturday the death toll from measles has risen to 65. Most of the victims were young children. The Health Ministry said 103 new cases have been reported since Friday. The new figures were released after a two-day lockdown, allowing the government to conduct a mass immunization campaign. The ministry said almost 90% of […]

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US, Taliban Return to Peace Talks in Doha, US Source Says

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Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, a U.S. source said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America’s longest war. “The U.S. rejoined talks today in Doha. The focus of discussion will be reduction of violence that leads to intra-Afghan negotiations and a cease-fire,” said the […]

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US Rejects Offer of Free Flu Shots for Detained Immigrants

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As the flu season reaches its peak in December and January, the Trump administration has again rejected an offer by an American physicians group of free flu vaccinations for detained undocumented immigrants. Physicians from Doctors for Camp Closure sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offering a flu shot pilot program to […]

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PG&E Reaches $13.5 Billion Wildfire Settlement

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Pacific Gas and Electric says it has reached a $13.5 billion settlement that will resolve all major claims related to devastating wildfires blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence. The settlement, which the utility says was reached Friday, still requires court approval. PG&E says it is a key step in leading it out of Chapter […]

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Afghans Mourn Slain Japanese Doctor Known as Uncle Murad

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He came to Afghanistan as Dr. Tetsu Nakamura in the 1980s to help treat leprosy patients in Afghanistan and refugee camps in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His body is leaving Afghanistan as “Kaka Murad” or Uncle Murad, revered by millions of people across the country who feel indebted to his three decades […]

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Four Dead in Shooting Attack at Florida Military Base

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U.S. officials say Friday’s shooting suspect at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was a Saudi aviation student. Authorities say four people, including the gunman, were killed and several others were wounded in the incident. A motive for the attack remains under investigation. This is the second deadly shooting at a U.S. military base […]

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Jury: Elon Musk Did Not Defame British Caver in Tweet

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Elon Musk did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet, a Los Angeles jury found Friday. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had angered the Tesla CEO by belittling […]

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US Imposes Sanctions on Iraqi Militia Leaders Linked to Iran

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The United States imposed sanctions Friday on three Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leaders over their alleged role in violently suppressing protests that have shaken Iraq. The militia leaders are accused of ordering their forces to fire on civilians protesting government corruption and high unemployment. Since the protests began in October, around 400 protesters have been reported […]

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Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is reportedly looking at a direct listing for his $1.5 billion startup Asana to go public next year (AMZN)

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The productivity software startup Asana is planning to go public next year and looking at a direct listing, the Financial Times’ Miles Kruppa reported. Asana, co-founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, is valued at $1.5 billion and has crossed $100 million in annual recurring revenue. Both Slack and Spotify did a direct listing when they […]