Facebook says it has already helped 2.5 million Americans register to vote — more than it did in 2016 and 2018 (FB)

Summary List Placement Facebook estimates that it has helped more than 2.5 million Americans register to vote through Instagram, WhatsApp, and the Facebook app, the company announced Monday. That total surpasses the 2 million people it helped to register in both 2016 and 2018, according to Facebook’s numbers. Facebook’s goal is to help get 4 million people registered to vote before the November 3 election. The company recently launched a “voting information center” that appears at the top of American Facebook and Instagram users’ feeds to help the effort. Facebook is grappling with its potential influence on the US election far more seriously than it did in 2016, when CEO… Read More

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The 15 most influential universities in the world

Summary List Placement For a whole class of high school students, this fall brings up a big question: Which colleges to apply to? While these are uncertain times amid the coronavirus pandemic, with some students even choosing to take a gap year, the decision on where to apply is still a crucial one. Academics and data scientists at school ranking website AcademicInfluence.com identified the most influential colleges and universities. They did this using a proprietary algorithm that ranks the impact of college alumni and professors (for example, the number of times a person is named on Wikipedia or cited on the research website Crossref), according to Jed Macosko, cofounder of… Read More

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Mackenzie Standifer Posts Shocking Weight-Loss Pics: Who’s Unhealthy NOW, Haters?!

Mackenzie Standifer”s life in the spotlight hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it’s been a living nightmare pretty much from the moment she was first introduced to Teen Mom OG fans. Most of the problems, of course, have stemmed from Mackenzie’s marriage to Ryan Edwards, which seemed doomed from the start, but is still going strong against all odds. Okay, “strong” might be a bit of an overstatement, but it’s definitely still going. Anyway, Ryan and Mackenzie welcomed a daughter in January, their second together, and the third overall for both of them. Thankfully, it’s been a while since Ryan was arrested, and things seem to have stabilized for the… Read More

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The 10 Oregon housing markets with the most homes at risk from wildfires

Summary List Placement The 2020 wildfires are some of the worst in the West Coast’s history. In recent weeks, fires have lit up Oregon, burning both rural and suburban communities. Per a recent analysis by Realtor.com, roughly $7.3 billion worth of residential real estate, or more than 21,400 homes, were at risk in Oregon as of September 14. These homes are, per the analysis, at all levels of Oregon’s “ready/set/go” evacuation stages. “A home is the most valuable asset for many families, and more than that, it’s where people have sheltered and stayed safe as a viral pandemic raged. Now for tens of thousands of homeowners, this safe space is… Read More

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Department of Justice says New York City, Seattle, and Portland permit anarchy and violence

Summary List Placement The Department of Justice escalated its threats to cut federal funding to major US cities by designating New York City, Seattle, and Portland as jurisdictions that permit anarchy and violence on Monday. The department said the cities have “permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities,” according to a statement Monday. The move is in response to a memo from President Donald Trump earlier this month instructing Attorney General William Barr and Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf to find ways to slash billions of federal dollars directed to the three cities. “When state… Read More

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Tesla’s rally this year has reportedly earned Goldman Sachs $100 million

Summary List PlacementTesla stock has earned Goldman Sachs around $100 million from a number of trades this year. A report by International Financing Review said the purchase of Tesla options helped Goldman Sachs post better performance than expected in equity trading in Q2. Tesla’s stock has risen more than 800% in the last 12 months. Sources told IFR investors also bought Tesla convertible bonds and corporate equity derivatives. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. This year’s sizzling rally in shares of electric carmaker Tesla did not just prove profitable to amateur day-traders, it also netted multi-million dollar returns for the likes of Goldman Sachs, which made more than $100… Read More

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Kim Kardashian is Ready to Divorce Kanye West: Bombshell Report

For Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, it’s no longer a question of if. Instead, it’s a question of when. The former sex tape star has been as patient as she can be amid what appears to be another mental breakdown by her famous husband. But now? Following yet another unstable act by the rapper (Kanye peed on his Grammy Award, in case you missed it)? Kardashian simply can’t wait very much longer, according to an anonymous source who claims to be very close to the popular Instagram personality. “Kim has the whole divorce planned out, but she’s waiting for him to get through his latest episode,” this insider tells Page… Read More

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We reviewed Allbirds’ $95 sustainable flats — here’s our verdict after eight months of regular wear

Summary List Placement Allbirds has launched new women’s flats, available in 16 colors and, for the first time, in half sizes. After many customer requests for the comfort of Allbirds sneakers packaged into a more sleek and feminine silhouette, the Tree Breezers ($95) are finally here, and we gave them a try. Featuring an exterior fabric made from eucalyptus fibers and soles made from sugar cane, these machine-washable flats are breathable, flexible, and supportive — truly a shoe you can wear all day. The following review includes our first impressions of the flats when they launched in May 2019, along with an update on their fit and comfort eight months… Read More

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Dow plummets 615 points amid growing fears of another virus lockdown

Summary List PlacementStocks started the week off significantly lower amid a flurry of reports over weekend that ranged from rising COVID-19 daily cases to alleged money-laundering at big name banks across the globe. Political uncertainty is on the rise as the US approaches its November Presidential Election, and following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch major indexes update live here. US stocks tumbled on Monday as investors grappled with a range of headwinds including rising COVID-19 daily cases, a possible “mini lockdown,” and alleged money-laundering at big name banks across the globe. Political uncertainty continues to be front and center for investors amid the upcoming November… Read More

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