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    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) is joined by Democratic members of the House of Representatives to rally support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the Rayburn Room in the U.S. Capitol September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. A university professor in California, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party when they were in high school in 1982. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi guaranteed that Democrats will retake majority control in the House after next week's midterm elections.
    • Democrats have not controlled the House of Representatives since 2010, when Pelosi was then speaker of the House.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi guaranteed that Democrats will retake majority in the House in the midterm elections this coming Tuesday.

    During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Pelosi became very bullish about Democrats' ability to take back a majority they have not seen since losing their grip on the House in 2010, just two years into the Barack Obama administration.

    "Let me say this. Up until today, I would've said, 'If the election were held today, we would win,' she said. "What now I'm saying is, 'We will win.'"

    Colbert jokingly asked Pelosi if she wanted "to say that on Hillary's fireworks barge that she canceled?"

    "And how long are the curtains that you're measuring right now?" he added.

    "No, we're not measuring," Pelosi quipped back. "We're just walking precincts and if everyone votes, we'll have even a bigger victory. But Democrats will carry the House. If we have a bigger victory, the Senate, governorships, it's going to be a great night for America."

    Read more: Opposition to Trump is making the DC suburbs finally turn blue

    Pelosi's optimism about Democrats retaking control of the chamber is nothing new, as the longtime Democratic leader has expressed confidence about their chances for months.

    The California Democrat has also taken an all-of-the-above approach to making sure Democrats win in diverse districts. Despite a record number of new candidates saying they would not back her as the next speaker of the House if Democrats regain control, Pelosi has dismissed attacks from Republicans.

    "So let's not read too much into this,"she said in March. "This is part of the bankruptcy of the Republican Party. They're devoid of ideas about how they can meet the needs of the American people, so it's ad hominems."

    SEE ALSO: Opposition to Trump is making the DC suburbs finally turn blue

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    Millennials' money habits may not be as bad as their reputation suggests

    Known as the generation to "live in the now" and "live their best life," many millennials have a "treat yourself" mentality, according to Fidelity Investments' 2018 Millennial Money Study. In the survey, millennials were asked how often they "treat" themselves (defined as a purchase made to bring joy) — 86% said they treat themselves at least once a month, setting them back $110 a month on average.

    But a "treat yourself" moment doesn't always equate to spending money recklessly.

    "There are a lot of assumptions that millennials only live in the moment, but our research debunks that — they are balancing their current health and happiness with their financial futures," Brooke Forbes, senior vice president of digital planning and advice at Fidelity, said in the news release.

    More than a quarter of millennials said that after a rough week, the thing that would bring them the most joy is some form of entertainment, such as going to the movies, happy hour, dinner, or a concert, according to the Fidelity report. This isn't surprising considering millennials tend to value experiences over ownership of things.

    But seeing what their friends post on social media — whether it's sun-drenched photos from a recent vacation or drool-worthy dinner pics — is envy-inducing for some millennials. According to the survey, 63% of millennials said social media has a negative influence on their financial well-being.

    Read more:7 of the biggest financial problems millennials face that their parents didn't

    Still, Forbes said, "Millennials deserve some credit: Many display strong financial habits, despite the magnified temptations they face daily thanks to social media."

    Half of those surveyed by Fidelity said they're balancing spending now equally with saving for the future — and even more said saving for the future is as gratifying as treating themselves today.

    Business Insider previously reported that millennials save more money than the national average, and Bank of America's Better Money Habits Millennial report revealed that more than half of millennials are saving — in fact, one in six have six figures tucked away. On top of that, nearly 75% stick to their budget.

    Millennials even report being more dedicated to saving than older generations. Northwestern Mutual's Planning & Progress Study 2018 found that they were more likely than other generations to say they're "highly disciplined" or "disciplined" financial planners.

    Specifically, more than half considered saving enough money for a milestone — marriage, college, or buying a house— their top financial priority.

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    • Beyoncé took to Instagram to show off her 2018 Halloween costume and she dressed up as singer Toni Braxton with a twist. 
    • The 37-year-old singer recreated multiple covers of Braxton's self-titled album to perfection with a short wig, white tank top, leather jacket, and jeans accented with chains.
    • Beyoncé referred to herself as "Phoni Braxton."
    • Braxton approved of the look tweeting, "Phoni Braxton!? NEVER!! How do you look better than me on MY album cover? I LOVE IT, Such a superstar! Thanks for the love sis! Happy Halloween Who run the world...GIRLS! GIRLS!."
    • You can check out the multiple looks below and view more celebrity Halloween costumes here. 

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    • Rick Rieder, BlackRock's chief investment officer of global fixed income, says the recent market turmoil was triggered by fears that wage growth would lead to higher inflation. 
    • In a note shared exclusively with Business Insider, Rieder, who oversees $1.9 trillion in assets, laid out a contrasting view on how wage growth influences inflation.
    • The October jobs report due Friday is expected to show that wage growth topped the milestone it hit before the recent sell-off. 

    There was an identical trigger for the February and October stock market corrections that hasn't gone unnoticed — at least by one expert.

    According to Rick Rieder, BlackRock's chief investment officer of global fixed income, it was contained in the jobs reports that were released just before stocks went haywire both times. 

    Wage growth — as measured by the year-on-year rise in average hourly earnings — topped its pre-recession peak at 2.9% in January and August

    The reports put investors on alert about the prospect of rising inflation, whether this would drive the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster, and the pressure that more pay would place on company profit margins.

    By the textbook, companies pass on the extra cost of higher worker pay to their customers by raising prices and thereby inducing inflation. But while Rieder acknowledges the role this thought process played in both sell-offs, he thinks investors are misunderstanding the fundamental relationship between wages and inflation.

    In other words, Rieder knows why stocks collapsed on both occasions, but he doesn't agree with the market's logic for selling.

    "Paradoxically, wage growth is not only not inflationary, it actually can have a dampening impact on both growth and inflation in today’s economy," Rieder, who oversees $1.9 trillion in assets, said in a note shared exclusively with Business Insider.

    His view is that as companies raise employee wages, they can tap the brakes on growth and inflation by reining in other plans to expand their businesses.

    This doesn't mean their profit margins won't be squeezed, however. Rieder acknowledges this, and contends that after nearly a decade of sluggish wage growth, the Fed shouldn't be creating policies that curtails more pay for workers. 

    "Is it logical to conclude that a company would only endeavor to raise prices if they were being forced to pay higher wages to their employees," Rieder asked. "If that were true it would imply that — all else equal — companies have heretofore been proactively choosing to accept a lower return-on-equity by not raising prices when possible, a clear breach of fiduciary responsibility to maximize profits for shareholders."

    Wall Street could be in for another inflation scare on Friday when the October jobs report is released. According to Bloomberg, economists forecast that average hourly earnings rose 3.1% year-on-year, which would be the strongest pace since April 2009. 

    If this forecast plays out, the jobs report could inject another dose of fear into investors' hearts and create more volatility. But that would be missing Rieder's point about how higher wages can actually lower inflation. 

    SEE ALSO: Trump's tax law sent stocks soaring — but now his trade war is hurting the market's biggest driver and threatening to erase all his progress

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    • UBS is reportedly considering acquisitions and joint-ventures to bolster its $800 billion asset management business.
    • The Swiss lender is trying to keep pace with larger rivals like BlackRock, Vanguard, and Fidelity that can undercut them on fees.

    UBS is considering acquisitions and joint-ventures to bolster its $800 billion asset management business and stay competitive with larger, fee-cutting US rivals. 

    Top executives at the Swiss lender, which has been gun-shy toward growing via M&A, feel the company needs to ramp up its scale to compete on a global level and may eye specialized or retail-focused US and UK asset managers for buyout, according to a report from Bloomberg

    UBS is unlikely to go after a single large acquisition, the executives told Bloomberg. 

    Read more: UBS cuts at least 100 jobs in asset management arm

    The firm's $800 billion business is hefty by European standards, but like other large players on the continent, the firm is struggling to compete internationally with US asset management behemoths like BlackRock, Vanguard, and Fidelity that are several times larger, with trillions in AUM. 

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    A new app wants to help get out the word to vote in the upcoming midterm elections — but there's one feature that could feel a little invasive.

    The app, called Vote With Me, provides helpful information about the elections taking place in your district, lets you know whether a race is tight, and shows you how to prepare for Election Day. 

    But the app also pulls your voter registration and voting record, and that same information from anyone in your phone's contacts, allowing you to see which political party your friends are registered with.

    The point of this, Vote With Me says, is so that you can reach out to friends who are registered in states and districts with important races and encourage them to vote. 

    The app isn't doing anything nefarious — all that information is public record, and all Vote With Me is doing is linking that information to the names you gave it access to. The app says it doesn't sell any of the information that you give it, or reach out to those contacts. After the election is over, the app says, it will permanently delete all of the information. 

    Still, Vote With Me is providing a window into your friends', family's, and coworkers' voting habits, and reveals information you probably wouldn't have found out otherwise. 

    So if you're feeling nosy — or just nobly want to get out the word about voting — here's how to use Vote With Me:

    When you download Vote With Me — which is available for both Android and iOS devices — you'll be asked for some basic information about yourself. This allows the app to pull your voting information.

    Vote With Me will provide all the pertinent information about the House, Senate, and Governor's races in your state and district, including who's running and whether the race is expected to be close. 



    The app will also help you get ready to Election Day. It lets you know the last day you can mail your absentee ballot, when the polls open, and even provides a link to find your polling place.



    Because the app has your info, it can tell you your voting record in case you've forgotten.

    Not to brag, but the best part of using this app was finding out that I have a pristine voting record. It was reassuring though, too, since I've voted absentee for the last several elections — it's good to know my votes were received and counted.



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    There's a particular kind of panic when the power goes out. You can't charge your devices or even turn on a light switch. There's no air conditioning or WiFi, and your appliances won't work. Although it may be inconvenient not to be able to brew a cup of coffee or blow dry your hair, one of the biggest concerns during an extended power outage is the safety of the food inside your refrigerator.

    You have a limited time before your refrigerated food reaches unsafe temperatures, so it's important to be prepared.

    Buy appliance thermometers to keep inside your refrigerator and freezer.

    According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), you should always keep your refrigerator at or below a temperature of 40 ºF, and your freezer at or below 0 ºF.  Many refrigerators only have settings to raise or lower the temperature, but they don't provide an actual temperature reading.

    Keeping appliance thermometers inside your refrigerator and freezer is a great way to be proactive in the event of a power outage. Not only will you know that your appliance is cooled enough to withstand a power outage, you will also be able to tell when the temperature warms to an unsafe point.



    Freeze bottles of water.

    Power outages are not uncommon in some parts of the country, especially during hurricane tornado and winter storm seasons. The USDA recommends keeping frozen bottles of water in your freezer. Not only will this help keep frozen food cold longer, but you will also have a supply of fresh drinking water in case your water supply becomes contaminated.

    If water bottles are in short supply, which often happens when a storm is approaching, the US Department of Health and Human Services suggests freezing fresh water in quart-sized storage bags and food-safe plastic containers.



    Buy or make your own bags of ice.

    Buy bags of ice to keep in your freezer to help maintain its temperature, and to use later if you have to transfer your food into a cooler. If your freezer has an ice maker empty the ice cubes into gallon-sized storage bags each time the tray is full.

    You can also consider buying dry ice in the event of a power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice will keep your freezer cold for up to two days.



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    • The Winchester Mystery House might have inspired Shirley Jackson to pen her novel "The Haunting of Hill House"— the book that the Netflix series by the same name is based on. 

    • Jackson said a visit to the scene of a 1957 Harlem apartment fire, where three people had died, also inspired her to write her novel.

    • Some believe Jackson's own sadness was a source for the haunted feelings throughout her book. 

    In Shirley Jackson's novel, "The Haunting of Hill House," inquisitive guests are tormented by the spirits residing in a massive, disorienting, nightmare-filled house of horrors they’ve come to investigate. The resulting text went on to become one of the greatest horror novels of all time, garnering praise from a parade of critics, including horror master Stephen King himself.

    "The Haunting of Hill House" also spawned two film adaptations — in 1963 and 1999 — and most recently, the Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan.

    The story said to have inspired 'Hill House' is that of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House

    Winchester Mystery House

    According to the book "Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life" by Ruth Franklin, the setting for Jackson's novel was inspired by the story of Sarah Winchester, an heiress to a fortune built on firearms who began turning a San Jose farmhouse into what became known as the Winchester Mystery House.

    Sarah Winchester was said to be tormented by guilt, believing her family and its fortune to be "haunted" by the spirits of those killed by the family firearms, according to Smithsonian magazine. When her husband, William, died of tuberculosis in 1881, Winchester inherited over $20 million in wealth built on bullets and moved to California reportedly to build a home for the spirits of the dead she’d profited from.

    For 38 years, Winchester built and built the home until she finally passed in 1922. For all of that time, rotating shifts of carpenters built staircases leading to ceilings, doors leading to nowhere, windows overlooking other rooms, and after a 1906 earthquake devastated the then-seven story palace with over 200 rooms, they rebuilt it as a four-story mansion with just 160 rooms.

    According to legend, she built it for the ghosts "pleasure, or perhaps as a way to elude them."

    Four decades of constant construction created quite a stir and the Winchester Mansion was well known even before its owner died. By the 1950s, its legend had spread coast-to-coast, and Jackson had her stage.

    But she didn't quite have her horror story.

    That’s because the Winchester Mansion, bizarre as it may seem, is home to a purportedly tame slew of said "hauntings," according to Atlas Obscura. For the rest of her story, Jackson would look east — to the streets of New York.

    Jackson said a visit to the scene of a 1957 Harlem apartment fire, where three people had died, placed her 'the closest she would come to a supernatural experience'

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    Whether the visit to this Harlem location was true or not is debated — she says nine people died in the 1957 fire when the official record shows three people died, plus she got the location wrong — but Jackson claims the feeling she got from the house was "the closest she would come to a supernatural experience."

    According to Franklin's book, it also made her determined to write "the kind of novel you can’t read alone in a dark house at night."

    "Most people have never seen a ghost, and never want or expect to," Jackson said about the experience, according to Franklin's book. "But almost everyone will admit that sometimes they have a sneaking feeling that they just possibly could meet a ghost if they weren’t careful — if they were to turn a corner too suddenly, perhaps, or open their eyes too soon when they wake up at night or go into a dark room without hesitating first."

    Jackson's source for the disturbing story might also be accredited to her own lingering unhappiness

    SHirley Jackson

    According to the New York Times, the emotional and haunting feeling of "Hill House," especially in regards to the novel's protagonist, Eleanor — or in Netflix's series, Nell, might have been shaped by Jackson's personal struggles.

    "You once wrote me a letter telling me that I would never be lonely again. I think that was the first, the most dreadful, lie you ever told me," Jackson wrote in a letter to her estranged husband during the time she wrote "The Haunting of Hill House."

    Now, nearly 60 years after her novel debuted, Jackson's work lives on in the new adaptation of "The Haunting of Hill House." Buried within its script lie the mystery of the Winchester Mystery House, a "supernatural" experience in New York, and Jackson's own loneliness.  

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    • In January 2017, Johnny Depp filed a $25 million lawsuit accusing his former business managers of fraud and mismanagement. 
    • His managers countersued, claiming that the actor led an "extravagant and extreme" lifestyle, which included buying 14 properties and a 156-foot yacht and spending $3.6 million a year to pay his 40-person staff.
    • The lawsuit was settled in July. No details were released at the time, but a spokesman for Depp said in a statement that the actor was "pleased" with the outcome.
    • Take a look at some of the insane real estate that he has loved, lost, and held on to over his career.

    In January 2017, Johnny Depp filed a $25 million lawsuit against his former business managers, accusing them of fraud and mismanagement that has cost him millions of dollars. 

    The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star was then hit by a countersuit from his managers, who claimed that the actor led an "extravagant and extreme" lifestyle.

    His business managers, Joel and Robert Mandel of The Management Group, said that Depp made $650 million in the more than a decade they worked with him. But Depp reportedly splurged this money on a lavish lifestyle that included buying 14 properties and a 156-foot yacht and spending $3.6 million a year to pay his 40-person staff, The Hollywood Reporter wrote in May 2017.

    The lawsuit was settled in July, but no details were released. At the time, a spokesman for Depp said in a statement that the actor was "pleased" with the outcome.

    Take a look at some of the insane real estate that he has loved, lost, and held on to over his career:

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    Johnny Depp's business managers alleged that he spent over $75 million to "acquire, improve and furnish 14 residences," according to the lawsuit.

    Source: Hollywood Reporter



    His managers persuaded him to sell some of these properties to keep up with monthly bills that totaled $2 million. One of those monthly costs was upkeep for his 150-foot luxury yacht, "Amphitrite," which he reportedly spent $18 million on.

    Source: The Telegraph



    His managers claimed that Depp would not be able to afford the $350,000 monthly upkeep he had laid out for this yacht. Joel Mandel, his accountant, convinced Depp to sell the yacht, and it was reportedly bought by JK Rowling in 2016.

    Source: Business InsiderAOL, and Hollywood Reporter



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    • A digital billboard near Disneyland is asking Disney to rehire James Gunn for "Guardians of the Galaxy 3."
    • It was paid for by a GoFundMe campaign that has raised nearly $5,000.
    • But Gunn has been tapped to write and possibly direct a sequel to DC and Warner Bros.' "Suicide Squad 2."
    • Warner Bros. beat Disney in public sentiment after hiring Gunn for "Suicide Squad 2."

     

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" fans aren't giving up on James Gunn, even though he's given up on Disney.

    A new billboard near Disneyland in California is pleading with Disney and Marvel to rehire the director for "Guardians of the Galaxy 3," even though Gunn has been tapped to write and possibly direct a "Suicide Squad" sequel for the competition, DC and Warner Bros.

    Disney CEO Bob Iger has also said that he doesn't regret the decision to fire Gunn.

    "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" is currently on hold, but was originally scheduled for a 2020 release. Gunn had finished writing the script before he was fired in July when offensive tweets Gunn posted years ago resurfaced.

    The digital billboard was paid for by a GoFundMe campaign that began in September, before Gunn was officially on board "Suicide Squad 2." Since then, the campaign has raised nearly $5,000.

    The billboard directs people to the website, rehirejamesgunn.com, which also links to the GoFundMe page and a Change.org petition to rehire Gunn, which has over 400,000 signatures.

    Read more: Warner Bros. triumphed over Disney in public sentiment after hiring James Gunn for 'Suicide Squad 2'

    It's the latest show of support for Gunn, whose firing drew criticism from fans and celebrities alike. The "Guardians" cast issued a statement shortly after he was fired in support of him. Drax actor Dave Bautista has been the most vocal against Disney, and even tweeted "Where do I sign up!" after it was announced Gunn would be writing "Suicide Squad 2."

    Gunn's move to the DC world sparked positive public sentiment for Warner Bros. according to a Talkwalker social-media analysis provided to Business Insider. The analysis showed that more people disapproved of Disney's decision to fire Gunn than they did with Warner Bros.' decision to hire him, and "Suicide Squad 2" dominated online conversation when he was hired.

    Nevertheless, the fans behind the billboard are still holding out some hope.

    "It’s an exciting time to be a James Gunn fan," a message on the campaign page says. "With his great new gig at the Distinguished Competition, and the launch of the billboard to show public support for him returning to finish his beloved franchise. Who knows if we can make Disney see the error of its ways and correct this mistake but, like you, we couldn’t stand by and do nothing. At least their competitors seem to know what Disney has lost in letting him go."

    SEE ALSO: Disney is pushing 'Black Panther' in 16 Oscar categories, and 'Avengers: Infinity War' in just 1

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    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, dubbed the “statue of unity”

    India has taken the crown from China for building the world's largest statue, a 182-meter memorial to politician Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    It was inaugurated on Wednesday at a ceremony in Narmada district, Gujarat State.

    Twice as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the $400-million "Statue of Unity" was commissioned in October 2010 and is 54 meters taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, which it dethroned.

    Patel was India's first Deputy Prime Minister and was key to Indian reunification after British colonial rule ended in 1947.

    These photos of the statue from the ceremony, and when it was being constructed, show just how huge it is.

    Here's the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, standing at a huge 182 meters.



    It stands near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River in Gujarat state, western India.





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    • Stocks rose Wednesday as Wall Street shook off fears about rising rates and signs of slowing growth.
    • After a string of sharp sell-offs in recent weeks, the US indices are trying to avoid their worst month since the financial crisis.
    • Follow the US indices in real time here.

    Stocks rose Wednesday as Wall Street shook off concerns about signs of slowing growth and rising rates in an eleventh-hour attempt to recover from their worst month since the financial crisis.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.18%, or nearly 300 points. The S&P 500 gained 1.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite jumped 2%. 

    The benchmark S&P 500 had lost 8.6% through October 30, and would need to finish the month down more than more than 8.2% to suffer its biggest monthly decline since May 2009.

    "The expected better start for US equities follows a renewed risk on tone during the Asian and European sessions and attention will now likely turn to third quarter earnings from Apple," Vincent Heaney, a strategist at UBS, said in an email.

    Along with Apple, Spotify and Starbucks are also expected to report after the bell Thursday. Facebook posted revenue and guidance that came in slightly belowestimates, but Wall Street seemed relieved users hadn't fled during a quarter punctuated by scandal. General Motors beat, dodging some trade-war issues that have cast uncertainty on the auto industry.

    In the latest sign of a tightening labor market, data before the US open showed companies added the most jobs in eight months in October. The private sector added 227,000 jobs in October, the ADP Research Institute said, compared with economist forecasts for 189,000. The Labor Department is scheduled to release its employment report Friday.

    Ian Shepherdson said it isn’t clear what ADP estimates will mean for the Labor Department report because they likely won't capture hits from Hurricane Michael, while the official data will.

    "We'd be very surprised to see Friday’s headlines as strong as the ADP data, but with hurricanes making landfall in the survey weeks in both September and August — that has never happened before, as far as we know  — we're braced for anything," Sheperdson said.

    Wall Street has mirrored gloomy markets around the world in recent weeks, with global equities also heading for their worst October in six years.

    China's government said Wednesday that manufacturing growth was the slowest in more than two years this month. The manufacturing PMI reading came in at 50.2 in October, only slightly surpassing the threshold that indicates expansion. A reading below 50 signals contraction.

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    Many might argue that the best thing about Thanksgiving, besides a feast, is having leftovers.

    There are countless recipes, casseroles, and yummy innovations you can make from leftover turkey, stuffing, and other holiday dishes, but some leftovers simply aren't meant to be saved.

    Dairy-based gravy will start to separate, and reheated mashed potatoes and certain mushroom dishes can even give you food poisoning if they're not properly stored.

    Keep scrolling to see more foods you may want to consider tossing instead of saving this Turkey Day.

    Dairy-based gravy does not have a long shelf life, as the dairy will separate.

    Homemade gravy can go bad after just one day in the fridge.

    Many gravies have a dairy base, which doesn't take well to the cold — once the gravy is thawed after a day in the fridge, the dairy will separate. Also, the longer it's stored, the more potential it has for bacteria growth. 

    If you want to make the most of your dairy-based gravy, Food52 recommends immediately reheating it to a boil after it thaws, as heat helps combat bacteria. But if you'd rather be safe than sorry, it's best to toss the gravy after a day or two.

    Stock-based gravy, however, is fine to keep as a leftover.



    Improperly stored potatoes can cause food poisoning.

    As a report from The Independent says, "the problem with reheated potatoes is not the reheating, but how you store the potatoes after they are cooked."

    If you cook your potatoes and leave them on the counter to cool, a harmful bacteria called Clostridium botulinum (botulism) could form. The longer they sit without being put in the fridge, the higher the risk.

    So use caution if you choose to keep your Thanksgiving 'taters after they've sat out for a while, as reheating them the next day could put you at risk for food poisoning



    Yam and marshmallow casseroles are tricky, too.

    Per The Independent's report, you should be careful of reheating potato-based casseroles for the same reason. Even though they may be topped with yummy marshmallows, storing them properly is crucial for avoiding food poisoning.



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    Business Insider is hiring an associate news editor to join our London office.

    We run a 24-hour news site and London is a crucial part of that operation.

    This role will be varied and fast-paced and require you to coordinate with Business Insider's global news team on daily coverage as well as breaking stories. The associate editor should have an endless appetite for news, impeccable attention to detail, a digital-first mindset, and the ability to bring out the best in people.

    As an associate editor, you will brainstorm and pitch great story ideas to our team of London-based news reporters. You will edit posts for spelling and grammar, structure, flow, style, and factual accuracy. The ability to write a superb headline is a must. 

    Reporting to the London-based News Editor, you will work on posts across Business Insider, and our sister site, INSIDER. On an average day, you could expect to cover anything from hurricanes to foreign affairs to celebrity news. You should be comfortable working on a variety of story formats, including reported stories, slideshows, quick news hits, and longer features. This position will also involve curating the homepage for both Business Insider and INSIDER and some reporting.

    The ideal candidate has:

    • 3-5 years of experience
    • substantial fact-checking experience
    • strong copy editing skills
    • a keen eye for the structure and flow of a story
    • the ability to get article drafts into publishable form quickly and efficiently

    This position would suit somebody who is already a news editor, or who is an ambitious and experienced reporter ready to take the next step.

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    • Halloween is right around the corner, which means your house is probably full of candy.
    • Although most people stock up on this candy and eat it throughout the holiday season, it might be better to instead, eat it all at once.
    • That's because excess sugar over time can cause more damage to your teeth than excess sugar in one sitting.
    • Also, restricting yourself can lead to overeating in the future. 

    With Halloween just days away you might be in full candy mode.

    Because who doesn’t love candy, right? Whether you’re a chocolate lover, a gummy bear fan, or a stickler for the classics, there’s a Halloween candy for everyone.

    And it turns out, it might be an OK idea to let yourself indulge in your favorites in one sitting.

    Eating candy over a long period of time is worse for your teeth than eating it all at once, according to experts

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    It's not a secret that sugar is harmful to your dental health. Therefore, the idea of sitting down to consume a bucket of candy might seem like the worst thing possible for your teeth. It's not, however, that simple.

    Anna Berik, a dentist in Boston, told Time magazine that indulging in your candy all at once is less cavity-inducing than snacking on it over time.

    This is because after you eat sweets, bacteria feed on the sugars and starches left on your teeth to form plaque. The plaque then begins to wear down your enamel and create holes, better known as cavities. "Cavities are a matter of having something to feed the bacteria— the sugar from the candy — and also the duration of time it’s in contact with your teeth," Berik told the magazine.

    "The bacteria can only make the acid so fast," she continued.

    Therefore, eating three peanut butter cups and immediately brushing your teeth won't damage your teeth the way that eating sugar over time will.

    When it comes to your overall weight loss and health goals, a quick candy binge might be the smarter choice

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    Cravings are very common. In fact, more than 50% of people experience cravings on a regular basis and more often than not these cravings are for sugary foods. 

    Susan Roberts, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in Boston told NBC News that biting into sugary, delicious foods releases dopamine, "the reward chemical," and the same chemical that's released during drug use and sex. Because the urges can be so strong, Roberts recommends combating them by setting aside particular times to let yourself indulge so you're not consistently fighting cravings. 

    Nichola Whitehead, a registered dietitian and nutritionist with a practice in the UK, echoed her sentiments saying that it's OK to allow yourself room to cheat on a diet.

    "It's alright to overeat occasionally," Whitehead previously told Business Insider. "It's overeating consistently day in and day out over the long term that causes weight gain."

    Plus, she added that if you overeat one day, you're more likely to be less hungry and eat healthy the next. 

    "It's what you're doing over the long term that's really going to make a difference," Whitehead concluded.

    If you are going to eat a lot of sugar, there are some ways to minimize the impact

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    If you've decided to embrace Halloween to its fullest and enjoy all the sugary treats it entails, there are some tricks to minimize the implications on your health.

    For starters, consider drinking a full glass of water before a meal. Doing so helps to provide a sense of fullness, which lessens your likelihood of overeating as less food will be required to feel satisfied.

    You might also want to consider staying your feet after consuming your Halloween treats to help your body digest. According to a 2002 study that compared the digestion speeds of women who either sat or laid down immediately after a meal, the women who laid down took around 22 additional minutes to digest their food, compared to those who sat.

    Finally, if your sugar binge happens before lunch or dinner, Laila Tabatabai, MD, an endocrinologist at Houston Methodist Hospital recommended to Health magazine eliminating bread and simple carbohydrates at your next meal.

    "If you've already had something sweet and sugary, stick with salad and lean protein," she told the magazine. "You don't need the additional potato or pasta carbs piled on top."

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    • Publix, a popular supermarket chain in the Southeast US, is beloved by Southerners for its selection and deals.
    • Author Chelsea Greenwood visited her local Publix location to get an inside look at what the store has to offer.

     

    Publix — a supermarket chain with 1,202 locations across the Southeast— claims to be the place "where shopping is a pleasure."

    I certainly think so. I'm a 20-year resident of Florida, where the company is headquartered, and Publix has long been my go-to grocery store— not just for its great selection and killer deals but for its deep-rooted tradition of Southern hospitality.

    Service with a smile is the foundation of Publix, which was founded in Winter Haven, Florida, in 1930 by George W. Jenkins, who grew up working in his father’s general store. He aimed to treat his supermarket employees and customers "like family," and 88 years later, his legacy is still going strong.

    Publix is a popular grocery store nationwide — it tied with Wegmans for first place in Market Force Information's 2018 survey of best US supermarkets — but it has an extra-special place in the hearts of many Southerners.

    To find out why Southerners love Publix so much, I visited my favorite location and observed its offerings with fresh eyes. Here are my findings.

    SEE ALSO: This regional chain just beat Trader Joe's and Kroger as America's favorite grocery store

    Publix promises to do right by you — or your money back.

    You'll find a sign like this, stating the Publix Guarantee, in every store. It promises that Publix will never knowingly disappoint you and that you'll be cheerfully refunded your money if your purchase doesn't meet your satisfaction.

    The store backs up that credo with positive reinforcement: If a team member goes the extra mile for you and you tell a manager, that staffer will receive a reward certificate for a free meal from the store’s deli, according to the Sun-Sentinel.



    The floral department offers fresh blooms and premium services.

    At this store, guests are greeted by fresh blooms in the floral department. Shoppers can order fresh-cut flower stems, custom arrangements, and even bridal bouquets, according to the Sun-Sentinel— services you'll be hard-pressed to find at most grocery stores. Southern belles can buy their hydrangea en masse here.



    The bakery caters to kids with free cookies and 'smash cakes.'

    Children flock to the beloved Publix bakery for free cookies. And, for Southern moms who love to throw unforgettable parties, the bakery provides a complimentary seven-inch "smash cake" with the purchase of a first-birthday cake, so the birthday baby can adorably destroy it while the real cake remains intact. Custom Publix cakes are a mainstay of birthday parties in the South. (I’m partial to their buttercream frosting.)



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    depression anxiety mental healthWhether or not you or anyone close to you has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you've almost certainly heard the term tossed around in media or daily life.

    As the name suggests, bipolar disorder involves vacillation between extreme highs and lows in mood, activity level, and more.

    But, bipolar disorder is frequently misunderstood, despite being a relatively common diagnosis — an estimated 4.4% of adults experience bipolar disorder in their lifetime, according to Harvard Medical School.

    Here are some common myths and misconceptions about bipolar disorder, and the truths behind them, according to experts.

    MYTH: Bipolar is just another word for moody.

    Technically, this one is a misuse of terminology. In colloquial speech, it's common for the word "bipolar" to be used as an adjective, said Lauren Pedersen, LMFT, a psychotherapist based in Connecticut.

    "It is often 'tossed around' as an explanation or description of a person who is 'moody' or whose anger is not understood," she told INSIDER. "The overuse of the name contributes to stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness in general.

    Separating the term from the illness, and using it instead to describe erratic or otherwise unfavorable behavior, can be disrespectful to those who actually have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    Being precise and accurate with language is one way to work against the negative connotations that are often associated with mental illnesses and the people who have them.



    MYTH: Bipolar disorder really just means mood swings, which everyone has sometimes.

    Just like sadness is not the same as depression and nervousness is not the same as anxiety, bipolar disorder is a recognized mental illness which is distinct from neurotypical experience.

    "Bipolar has a full set of diagnostic criteria that have to be met in order for the diagnosis to be assigned accurately," Pedersen told INSIDER. "Regular mood swings that are attributable to hormonal changes, seasonal changes, social stressors, life transitions, grief or loss, drug or alcohol use, do not equal bipolar disorder."

    If you think you may be experiencing bipolar disorder, a licensed psychotherapist can help you sort out whether or not your symptoms signal the presence of bipolar or another disorder according to recognized criteria.



    MYTH: There's only one kind of bipolar disorder.

    Unbeknownst to many who don't have personal experience with bipolar disorder, there are actually multiple subtypes of the diagnosis.

    "Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by mood swings from depression to periods of excessively high energy, difficulties with sleep, and changes in thinking and behavior," Gwen Kesten, Ph.D., a privately practicing licensed psychologist based in Connecticut, told INSIDER.

    Within that general description, there are distinct subtypes: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic disorder, and "Other Specified and Unspecified Bipolar and Related Disorders," according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

    Within those subtypes, there are individual differences. Bipolar disorder, like any mental illness, affects people in a wide variety of ways. Symptoms can vary in presence and severity even between those diagnosed with the same sub-type. Dr. Kesten also mentioned that not all bipolar disorder symptoms are strictly emotional.



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    • Lime has recalled 2,000 electric scooters in three US cities, it said Wednesday.
    • The company removed the scooters from service after the Washington Post asked about reports of some newer models catching on fire. 
    • Some Reddit users noticed charging was unavailable in other cities beyond the ones affected by the recall. 

    Lime has recalled 2,000 of its electric scooters from the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Lake Tahoe, the company said Wednesday, after the Washington Post contacted it about some catching on fire.

    In a statement, Lime said it was investigating the "unconfirmed" reported and had pulled the vulnerable models, manufactured by the Chinese company Segway Ninebot, from circulation.

    "At no time were riders or members of the public put at risk," Lime said. "Unfortunately, despite our efforts, we’ve recently received an unconfirmed report that another Segway Ninebot scooter model may also be vulnerable to battery failure, which we are currently investigating."

    Read more: Scooter startup Lime hires former Uber executive to oversee its future growth

    Until the problem is solved, scooters will only be charged in Lime facilities and not available to "juicers," people who are paid by the company charge scooters after-hours. These facilities will be monitored 24/7, the company said, and all scooters in Lime's fleet, regardless of manufacturer, will undergo a "new daily diagnostic training program."

    While Lime said the problem was limited to the three Western US cities, would-be juicers on reddit said they had noticed an unavailability of harvesting late Tuesday in at least three other cities, including Washington D.C., Oxford, Ohio, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

    The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

    "Lime takes full responsibility for our scooters," it said. "The safety of our riders, Juicers and community is our highest priority, and we will continue to hold our equipment manufacturers and ourselves to the highest possible standard."

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    Jamal Khashoggi

    Jamal Khashoggi was strangled shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and his body was dismembered afterward, Turkish officials said.

    Irfan Fidan, the chief prosecutor of Istanbul, made the announcement on Wednesday.

    It is the most detailed official account of the journalist's death so far.

    Fidan also demanded that his Saudi counterpart detail the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body. Riyadh previously claimed that Khashoggi's body was wrapped up in some kind of fabric and given to a local Turkish co-conspirator.

    His statement came after Saudi's top prosecutor, Saud Al Mojeb, visited Istanbul this week to discuss the kingdom's investigation into Khashoggi's death.

    An unnamed Turkish official told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday that Saudi officials appeared unwilling to share intelligence over the probe.

    The official said: "The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators."

    "We did not get the impression that they were keen on genuinely cooperating with the investigation," they added.

    Business Insider has contacted Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington, DC, for comment.

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    Jamal Khashoggi

    • Saudi officials said on Friday that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in an altercation inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
    • Khashoggi, 59, who was often critical of the Saudi government, entered the consulate on October 2 and had not been seen since.
    • Saudi Arabia previously said, without evidence, that Khashoggi left the consulate, and officials had rejected assertions that he was killed.
    • US President Donald Trump shifted from expressing concern about the case to defending Saudi leadership in the two weeks following Khashoggi's disappearance.
    • Trump has said that stopping arms sales to the Saudis as punishment for Khashoggi's disappearance would be a "tough pill to swallow."
    • On October 15, he said Saudi Arabia's King Salman denied any involvement, and the president suggested that "rogue killers" could be responsible. The next day, Trump said criticism of Saudi Arabia was another case of "guilty until proven innocent." And the day after that, he said he'd contacted Turkish officials and requested audio and video related to the case, "if it exists."
    • US intelligence may have known before Khashoggi's disappearance about a Saudi plot to capture him, The Washington Post reported earlier this month.
    • On October 11, The Post reported that the Turkish government told US officials it had audio and video recordings suggesting that a team of Saudis "interrogated, tortured, and then murdered" Khashoggi.
    • CNN reported on October 15 that Saudi Arabia was preparing to release a report saying Khashoggi was killed as part of a botched interrogation.
    • The Associated Press on October 16 quoted a high-level Turkish official as saying police who entered the consulate found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi was killed there.
    • The Wall Street Journal reported on October 16 that Turkish officials shared with the US and Saudi Arabia details of an audio recording said to illustrate that Khashoggi was beaten, drugged, and ultimately killed in the Saudi consul general's office minutes after entering the consulate.
    • A bipartisan group of senators has invoked a law requiring Trump to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance.
    • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Saudi Arabia on October 16 to discuss the case with the Saudis, who he said pledged to conduct "a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation."
    • The US received a $100 million payment from Saudi Arabia on the same day Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance. The State Department said there was no connection.
    • When asked by reporters on October 18 whether he believes Khashoggi is dead, Trump said, "It certainly looks that way to me," adding that there would be "very severe" consequences if investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance conclude the Saudis are responsible.
    • Later that night, ABC News cited a senior Turkish official as saying the Turkish government let Pompeo listen to audio and view a transcript offering evidence that Khashoggi was killed. Pompeo promptly denied ever hearing or seeing such a recording, and Ankara's top diplomat subsequently denied supplying any audio to the secretary of state.
    • After more than two weeks of denials, the Saudi government on October 19 released a statement acknowledging Khashoggi's death. It said he died in a fistfight in the consulate, adding that 18 people had been arrested.
    • Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News on October 21 that Khashoggi was killed as a result of a "rogue operation," adding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior knowledge of the incident. The foreign minister described Khashoggi's death as a "murder."
    • The Post on October 22 quoted a diplomat as saying the Saudis sought to use a body double to cover up the killing but ultimately decided the double was too "flawed."
    • After the Saudis acknowledged Khashoggi's death, Trump largely continued to stand by them, saying he found their explanation about how he died credible and offering his support to the crown prince — though he told reporters on Monday that he wasn't satisfied with what he'd heard from the Saudis about Khashoggi's death.
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Tuesday contradicted Saudi Arabia's narrative on Khashoggi's death, describing it as a premeditated act. The Turkish leader said Khashoggi was the victim of a "savage" and "planned" murder and called for the 18 men arrested by the Saudis to be brought to Turkey to stand trial, adding that Khashoggi's body had not been found.
    • Trump described Khashoggi's killing as one of the worst cover-ups in history and said he'd leave any ramifications against the Saudis up to Congress.
    • Pompeo said the US would take "appropriate actions" against people it has identified as connected to Khashoggi's killing, including revoking visas and possibly imposing economic sanctions.
    • CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly heard audio of the killing while visiting Turkey last week.
    • Saudi Arabia's official press agency last Thursday quoted a prosecutor with knowledge of Turkey's investigation into Khashoggi's fate as saying evidence indicated that his killing was premeditated.
    • Istanbul's chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan on Wednesday said Khashoggi was strangled shortly after he entered the consulate and subsequently dismembered. The prosecutor also called on the Saudis to reveal the location of Khashoggi's body. 

    Jamal Khashoggi's death has captured the world's attention.

    Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in early October.

    The Saudi government on October 19 acknowledged his death, claiming he died during an altercation in the consulate. The Saudis had given conflicting accounts about the case over the nearly three weeks that Khashoggi's disappearance remained a mystery.

    The 59-year-old journalist entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents necessary to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

    Cengiz has said she waited for Khashoggi outside the consulate for roughly 11 hours but he never came out. She tweeted earlier this month: "Jamal is not dead. I cannot believe that he has been killed."

    Here's a timeline of the events surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance and death.

    Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

    Khashoggi, a prominent journalist who was often critical of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wrote for The Washington Post's global opinion section.

    Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's editor at The Post, told CNN on October 7: "We're still hoping for the best, but of course this news, if true, has us all completely devastated. This is an attack on us as well at The Washington Post."

    Khashoggi had a long, complicated career.

    He went from interviewing a young Osama bin Laden in the 1980s to becoming one of the top journalists in his country to living in self-imposed exile.

    Khashoggi was at one point an adviser to senior officials in the Saudi government and worked for top news outlets in the country. He was long seen as close to the ruling elite there.

    But last year, Khashoggi had a falling out with the government over Prince Mohammed's controversial tactics as he has worked to consolidate his power, including arresting powerful business executives and members of the royal family.

    The Saudi royal family also barred Khashoggi from writing after he was critical of US President Donald Trump, and it drove Khashoggi to leave Saudi Arabia for the US in the summer of 2017.

    In recent months, Khashoggi reportedly told colleagues he had feared for his life.

    After leaving Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi divided his time between London, Istanbul, and Virginia. He was a US resident with a green card, but not a citizen.

    The Post on October 17 published an op-ed article Khashoggi filed shortly before his disappearance.

    In it, Khashoggi called for a free press in the Arab world. Attiah, who edited the article, wrote a note at the top.

    "I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi's translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul," Attiah said. "The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post."

    She added that Khashoggi's article "perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world."

    What Saudi Arabia has said about Khashoggi's disappearance

    Saudi officials initially claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate, and they maintained that story for roughly 17 days.

    "Mr. Khashoggi visited the consulate to request paperwork related to his marital status and exited shortly thereafter," an unnamed Saudi official told The New York Times earlier this month.

    The Saudi government previously denied allegations that Khashoggi was killed, describing them as "baseless."

    Prince Mohammed earlier this month told Bloomberg News that Turkish authorities were welcome to search the consulate. "We have nothing to hide," he said.

    "He's a Saudi citizen, and we are very keen to know what happened to him," he added. "And we will continue our dialogue with the Turkish government to see what happened to Jamal there."

    When asked whether there were any charges against Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed said, "Actually, we need to know where Jamal is first."

    The Saudi ambassador to the US told The Post on October 8 that it would be "impossible" for consulate employees to kill Khashoggi and cover up his death "and we wouldn't know about it."

    The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV network on October 11 aired a report claiming that 15 men said to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance weren't sent to Istanbul for the purpose of capturing or killing him but were just tourists.

    Turkish media reported that the men arrived at Istanbul's airport on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, and left Turkey later that night.

    On October 19, Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi died in a fistfight in the consulate, a claim that has been met with a great deal of skepticism.

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News on October 21 that Khashoggi was killed as a result of a "rogue operation," claiming that Prince Mohammed had no prior knowledge of the incident. He described Khashoggi's death as a "murder."

    A Saudi official said Khashoggi's body was rolled up in a rug and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal, Reuters reported on October 21. 

    But a Reuters report on October 22 suggested the operation was run via Skype by a top aide to the crown prince.

    Saudi Arabia's official press agency last Thursday quoted a prosecutor with knowledge of Turkey's investigation into Khashoggi's fate as saying evidence indicated that his killing was premeditated, marking yet another shift in the kingdom's narrative about what happened to the journalist.

    "Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated," Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said in a statement.

    Days before it acknowledged Khashoggi's death, Saudi Arabia was said to be preparing a report claiming he was killed as part of a botched interrogation

    Citing two sources, CNN reported on October 15 that Saudi Arabia was preparing a report claiming Khashoggi was killed as part of a botched interrogation.

    One source told CNN that the report was likely to say the operation was conducted without clearance or transparency and vow to hold those involved accountable.

    The Saudi government on October 19 said that 18 Saudi officials were detained in connection with Khashoggi's death.

    A Daily Beast report on October 16 suggested that the Saudis planned to scapegoat an unnamed two-star general and claim that he botched a plan to interrogate Khashoggi and accidentally killed him.

    The Times published a related report on October 18 that said the Saudis planned to blame a general with ties to Prince Mohammed. The Times identified the general as Ahmed al-Assiri, who was promoted to intelligence by the crown prince late last year after having worked as the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

    What Turkey has said about Khashoggi's disappearance

    Turkish officials have consistently accused the Saudis of brutally killing Khashoggi.

    A high-level Turkish official told The Associated Press on October 16 that police who entered the consulate found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi was killed there.

    Turkey has been putting a great deal of pressure on Saudi Arabia to be more transparent. On October 8, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saudi officials provide proof that Khashoggi left the consulate.

    "Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?" Erdogan said. "They have all of them. Then why do you not prove this? You need to prove it."

    Throughout the investigation, there have been somewhat conflicting messages from Turkey on Khashoggi's disappearance as details of what might have happened to him have been gradually leaked to media outlets.

    In a report on October 9, The Times described a senior official as saying Turkey had concluded Khashoggi was killed "on orders from the highest levels" of the Saudi royal court.

    But Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, said on October 10 that "the Saudi state is not blamed here," suggesting that "a deep state" was responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

    On October 11, Erdogan increased pressure on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's disappearance.

    "We cannot remain silent to such an incident," Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling reporters, according to The Post.

    "How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems? Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?" he continued.

    "If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them," he said, adding that he believed that the Saudis "would have the most advanced of systems."

    Erdogan last Tuesday contradicted Saudi Arabia's narrative of Khashoggi's death, describing it as a premeditated act. The Turkish leader said Khashoggi was the victim of a "savage" and "planned" murder.

    "We have strong evidence in our hands that shows the murder wasn't accidental but was instead the outcome of a planned operation," Erdogan said.

    Erdogan also called for the 18 men the Saudis arrested in connection with Khashoggi's death to be brought to Turkey to stand trial.

    The Turkish president said Khashoggi's body had not been found, pushing back on reports suggesting otherwise.

    Erdogan on Tuesday called on the Saudis to "reveal" the people responsible for Khashoggi's killing.

    "Saudi officials need to reveal the local cooperators," he said. "Let us know whoever this person is, and we will find them."

    He added: "We cannot leave this issue unsolved — we need to solve it now. There is no point in procrastinating or trying to save some people from under this."

    Istanbul's chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan on Wednesday said Khashoggi was strangled shortly after he entered the consulate and subsequently dismembered. The prosecutor also called on the Saudis to reveal the location of Khashoggi's body. 

    What we know about the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance and death

    There appears to be video footage of Khashoggi entering the consulate. Turkish officials have said that some footage from it mysteriously disappeared.

    Local police were examining video footage from security cameras in the area, and on October 15 police entered the consulate to investigate for the first time. Erdogan said on October 16 that investigators found some surfaces that had been newly painted over.

    Turkish officials allege that the Saudi government sent a 15-man team to Istanbul via private jets to kill Khashoggi at the consulate. The AP described Turkish media as saying the team included "Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers, and an autopsy expert."

    Turkish media published what it claimed were videos of Saudi intelligence officers entering and leaving Turkey via Istanbul's airport.

    Citing an unnamed US official, The Post reported on October 7 that Turkish investigators believed Khashoggi was killed and his body most likely dismembered, placed in boxes, and flown out of the country. But some reports suggest Khashoggi's body may have been dissolved with acid.

    The senior official who spoke to The Times said Turkish officials believed the team used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi's body.

    The Guardian reported earlier this month that officials were looking for a black van with diplomatic number plates that was seen departing the consulate roughly two hours after Khashoggi went in. They also thought Khashoggi's Apple Watch could provide clues about what happened to him, though experts have cast doubt on that claim.

    A Post report published on October 11 described several unnamed Turkish and US officials as saying the Turkish government told US officials it had audio and video recordings suggesting that a team of Saudis killed Khashoggi.

    The newspaper quoted one official as saying the audio recording indicated that Khashoggi was "interrogated, tortured, and then murdered," adding that both Khashoggi's voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic could be heard on the recording.

    The recording "lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered," The Post's source said.

    The Wall Street Journal reported on October 16 that Turkish officials shared with the US and Saudi Arabia details of an audio recording said to illustrate how Khashoggi was beaten, drugged, and ultimately killed in the Saudi consul general's office minutes after entering the consulate.

    The Journal described people familiar with the matter as saying the recording included a voice that could be heard urging the consul to leave the room, as well as a voice of a person Turkish officials identified as a forensic specialist urging people nearby to listen to music as he dismembered the body.

    In a Times report on October 17, a senior Turkish official described audio recordings suggesting that Khashoggi's fingers were cut off shortly after he arrived at the consul and that he was eventually beheaded.

    A Turkish official on October 19 said investigators were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi's remains were taken to a nearby forest or to another city in the country.

    On October 22, CNN reported that surveillance footage suggested the Saudis involved in the operation had a man wear Khashoggi's clothing, a fake beard, and glasses around Istanbul in an attempt to act as a body double.

    The Post quoted a diplomat familiar with the deliberations as saying the Saudis decided not to move forward with the story because the double appeared too "flawed" in the footage.

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    Saudi officials who spoke with the AP acknowledged that a body double was used but said it was part of a plan to kidnap rather than kill Khashoggi.

    Meanwhile, Reuters and The Post reported on Thursday that CIA Director Gina Haspel heard audio of the killing while visiting Turkey last week.

    What Trump and the White House have said about the Khashoggi case

    The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, issued a statement on October 19 after the Saudi government acknowledged Khashoggi's death:

    "The United States acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that its investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far.

    "We will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process. We are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi's death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiancée, and friends."

    Trump initially expressed concern about the Khashoggi case, then shifted to defending Saudi leaders while exhibiting a reluctance to punish them.

    On October 8, he told reporters that he was "concerned about" Khashoggi's disappearance.

    "I don't like hearing about it. Hopefully that will sort itself out,"Trump said. "Right now nobody knows anything about it, but there's some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it."

    During an interview with "Fox & Friends" on October 11, Trump said that "we're probably getting closer than you might think" to finding out what happened to Khashoggi.

    "We have investigators over there, and we're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia," Trump said. "We want to find out what happened. He went in, and it doesn't look like he came out. It certainly doesn't look like he's around."

    Trump added in the interview that US-Saudi relations were "excellent."

    There is reason to doubt the president's claim that the US had investigators in Turkey. FBI guidelines say it can investigate in other countries only if they request assistance. Foreign Policy reported on October 11 that it seemed Turkey had so far not done that.

    Days after his "Fox & Friends" interview, Trump also refused to tell reporters whether he'd sent the FBI to investigate.

    In an interview with Fox News on October 10, the president seemed reluctant to guarantee repercussions against the Saudis — especially in terms of US arms sales to the country — if it turned out that they harmed Khashoggi.

    "I think that would be hurting us," he said of stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia. "We have jobs. We have a lot of things happening in this country ... Part of that is what we're doing with our defense systems, and everybody is wanting them, and frankly I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country."

    During the interview, Trump said that it was "looking a little bit like" Saudi Arabia was responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance but that "we're going to have to see."

    In a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on October 14, Trump said that "we would be very upset and angry" if it turned out the Saudis were involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, adding that the Saudis "deny it every way you can imagine."

    The president also reiterated concerns about the economic impact of reducing arms sales to the Saudis.

    "I tell you what I don't want to do: Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon ... I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that," he said. "There are other ways of punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true."

    Trump on October 17 said he'd contacted Turkish officials and requested audio and video related to the case, "if it exists."

    "I'm not sure yet that it exists," Trump said. "Probably does. Possibly does."

    When asked whether he had sent the FBI to investigate, Trump said, "Why would I tell you?"

    Trump stressed the fact that Khashoggi was not a US citizen and boasted about billions of dollars in planned US arms sales to the Saudis.

    When asked by reporters on October 18 whether he believes Khashoggi is dead, Trump said, "It certainly looks that way to me."

    The president also said there would be "very severe" consequences if investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance conclude the Saudis are responsible.

    "We're waiting for the results of about — there are three different investigations, and we should be able to get to the bottom fairly soon," Trump said at the time, adding that he plans to make a "very strong statement" once they've concluded.

    After the Saudis acknowledged Khashoggi's death, Trump said he found their explanation about how he died credible and offered his support to the crown prince.

    In an interview with The Post published October 20, Trump described the crown prince as "a strong person, he has very good control."

    "He's seen as a person who can keep things under check," Trump added. "I mean that in a positive way."

    Trump also said he didn't think Prince Mohammed should be replaced, describing the controversial 33-year-old as Saudi Arabia's best option. The president expressed some doubts to The Post, however, saying that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies."

    The president told reporters on October 22 that he wasn't satisfied with what he'd heard from the Saudis about Khashoggi's death, adding, "We're going to get to the bottom of it."

    Trump last Tuesday described Khashoggi's killing as one of the worst cover-ups in history.

    "They had a very bad original concept," Trump said. "It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups. Very simple. Bad deal. Should have never been thought of."

    Additionally, the president said he'd leave any ramifications against the Saudis up to Congress.

    Vice President Mike Pence tweeted about the case earlier this month.

    "Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. If true, this is a tragic day," he said. "Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights. The free world deserves answers."

    Khashoggi's fiancée has called on Trump to do more

    Cengiz urged Trump in an op-ed article for The Post, published on October 9, to "shed light" on his disappearance.

    "At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance," Cengiz wrote.

    She added that she and Khashoggi "were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans," when he disappeared.

    On October 10, Trump said that he had spoken with the Saudi government about Khashoggi and that he was working closely with the Turkish government to get to the bottom of what happened. He would not say whether he believed the Saudis were responsible for the journalist's disappearance.

    The president also said he invited Cengiz to the White House.

    Cengiz wrote in an op-ed article for The Times published on October 13: "In recent days, I saw reports about President Trump wanting to invite me to the White House. If he makes a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day, I will consider accepting his invitation."

    The Trump administration has had a close relationship with the Saudis, and US-Turkey relations have been strained in recent months over the imprisonment of an American pastor, though he was released on October 12.

    Trump had suggested 'rogue killers' could be behind Khashoggi's disappearance

    After a phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on October 15, Trump suggested, without evidence, that "rogue killers" could be behind Khashoggi's disappearance and said the king flatly denied any involvement.

    "It sounded to me like maybe these could be rogue killers," Trump said. "Who knows?"

    On October 16, Trump escalated his defense of the Saudis, suggesting in an interview with the AP that the criticism leveled against the government was another instance of "guilty until proven innocent."

    "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent," he said. "I don't like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh, and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned."

    In an interview with Fox Business that aired that evening, Trump said it "would be bad" if it turned out that the Saudis were behind Khashoggi's disappearance, but he emphasized the US-Saudi relationship.

    "Saudi Arabia's our partner, our ally against Iran," Trump said. "They've been a great ally to me."

    Pompeo went to Saudi Arabia to discuss the case with the king

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh on October 16 to discuss the Khashoggi case with King Salman.

    A State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, told The Times that Pompeo"thanked the king for his commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance."

    Mike Pompeo

    Later in the day, Pompeo met with Prince Mohammed for roughly 35 to 40 minutes.

    "We are strong and old allies," the crown prince told reporters as he met with Pompeo. "We face our challenges together."

    After his meetings, Pompeo said the Saudi leadership "strongly denied any knowledge of what took place in their consulate in Istanbul."

    "We had direct and candid conversations," Pompeo said. "I emphasized the importance of conducting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation, and the Saudi leadership pledged to deliver precisely on that."

    The secretary of state said he believed there was a "serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials."

    Pompeo added: "We're going to give them the space to complete the investigation of this incident."

    The US received a $100 million payment from Saudi Arabia that day. The timing of the payment raises questions, but the State Department said it had no connection to Pompeo's visit.

    After returning to the US, Pompeo said he told Trump the US "ought to give" the Saudis "a few more days" to complete an investigation before deciding "how or if the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi."

    "There are lots of stories out there about what has happened," Pompeo said at the White House. "We are going to allow the process to move forward."

    On October 18, ABC News cited a senior Turkish official as saying the Turks let Pompeo listen to audio and view a transcript offering evidence that Khashoggi was killed. Pompeo promptly denied ever hearing or seeing such a recording, and Ankara's top diplomat subsequently denied supplying any audio to the secretary of state.

    Pompeo last Tuesday said the US would take "appropriate actions" against people it has identified as connected to Khashoggi's killing.

    "We have identified at least some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the royal court, the foreign ministry, and other Saudi ministries who we suspect to have been involved in Mr. Khashoggi's death," Pompeo said.

    The secretary of state said the repercussions would include revoking visas as well as possibly imposing economic sanctions.

    The US intelligence community reportedly knew about a Saudi plot to capture Khashoggi

    A Post report on October 10 said US intelligence intercepts showed that Prince Mohammed sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him there.

    The newspaper said the intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan were described by US officials familiar with the intelligence.

    Under a directive signed in 2015, the US intelligence community has a "duty to warn" people — including those who are not US citizens — who it believes are at risk of being kidnapped, seriously hurt, or killed. This directive was a central aspect of the conversation about the US's response to Khashoggi's disappearance.

    The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider. A representative for the National Security Council declined to comment.

    But a State Department spokesman, Robert Palladino, told reporters that the US government did not have prior knowledge of a Saudi plot to capture or harm Khashoggi.

    "Although I cannot comment on intelligence matters, I can say definitively the United States had no advanced knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance," he said.

    Trump is under mounting pressure to address the situation more forcefully

    Senators on both sides of the aisle had expressed serious concerns about Khashoggi's disappearance.

    And those who commented on October 19 about the Saudi government's announcement of Khashoggi's death expressed doubt about the Saudis' explanation.

    Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he believed the Saudis were"buying time and buying cover."

    Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said: "The announcement that Jamal Khashoggi was killed while brawling with a team of more than a dozen dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not credible. If Khashoggi was fighting inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, he was fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him.

    "The Kingdom and all involved in this brutal murder must be held accountable, and if the Trump Administration will not take the lead, Congress must."

    Nearly two dozen senators sent a letter to Trump on October 10 invoking the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016.

    The letter — written by Sens. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Menendez, its ranking Democrat — gave the White House 120 days to "determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression."

    At the end of 120 days, the letter said, Trump is to report back to the committee on the investigation's findings and how his administration plans to respond.

    "We request that you make a determination on the imposition of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi," the senators wrote. "Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia."

    The letter paves the way for sanctions to be imposed on Saudi Arabia and puts pressure on Trump to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance.

    Speaking with reporters about the letter, Corker said, "It's the forcing mechanism to ensure that we use all the resources available to get the bottom of this, and if in fact at the very highest levels of Saudi Arabia they have been involved in doing this, that appropriate steps will be taken to sanction them."

    Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a top Senate Republican, called for the crown prince to step away from the world stage, describing him as "toxic" in an appearance on "Fox & Friends."

    Other Republican senators, including Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ben Sasse, have also been deeply critical of Saudi Arabia and the US's relationship with it in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance.

    "It's time to rethink America's relationship with the Saudi Kingdom," Paul wrote in an op-ed article for Fox News.

    "We can start by cutting the Saudis off," he added. "We should not send one more dime, one more soldier, one more adviser, or one more arms deal to the kingdom."

    Senators also don't seem to buy the Saudi government's explanation for Khashoggi's death.

    "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement,"Graham said, adding, "It's hard to find this latest 'explanation' as credible."

    The UN has called for an independent investigation into the Khashoggi case

    Meanwhile, UN experts have called for an independent and international investigation into the case.

    "We are concerned that the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi is directly linked to his criticism of Saudi policies in recent years,"they said in a statement on October 9. "We reiterate our repeated calls on the Saudi authorities to open the space for the exercise of fundamental rights, including the right to life and of expression and dissent."

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