Ask Amy: This meddling woman threatens to upset my family life

Dear Amy: I’m trying to learn how to set boundaries, but still be respectful and not resentful or hateful. Amy Dickinson  I recently had a huge rift with my mother concerning our family’s decision about whether our teenage child should attend in-person school. My husband, child and I made the decision together, and we are good with it. My immediate family is happy with this decision, but my mother is not. My whole life, she has verbally abused me. During my childhood, she was physically abusive, as well. When I was a teenager, she attempted suicide and is now allegedly in recovery for her alcoholism. I’ve attempted to have many… Read More

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch gets a walkie talkie feature of its own

The Galaxy Watch 4. | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Samsung has released a new walkie talkie app for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, which allows watch owners to have push-to-talk conversations with one another using the wearable. The app’s release was reported by XDA Developers, but its development was rumored in May by SamMobile prior to the watch’s official announcement. It’s available to download now via the Google Play Store. The app’s release comes after Apple added a similar feature to its Apple Watch back in 2018 with WatchOS 5. But while Apple’s push-to-talk walkie talkie feature only lets two people communicate at once,… Read More

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Videos show the Taliban taking over Kabul airport and celebrating with gunfire after the US left Afghanistan

Taliban Badri special force fighters arrive at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US has pulled all its troops out of the country. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images The last American soldier left Afghanistan on Monday, marking the end to the 20-year US campaign. Taliban fighters celebrated with gunfire in Kabul and took control of the city’s airport. One video shows them entering a hangar with equipment the US military left behind. See more stories on Insider’s business page. The US has officially withdrawn from Afghanistan, with its last jet taking off from the country on Monday night. Videos showed Taliban fighters celebrating the US exit… Read More

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VanMoof adds manual gear shifting to S3 and X3 e-bikes

Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge VanMoof has released a firmware update for its S3 and X3 e-bikes that allows for manual gear shifting. If you’re thinking that sounds like a pretty basic feature for a bicycle, you’d be right. But Vanmoof’s latest bikes have fully automatic four-gear shifters, and until now, there was no way to change gears yourself. The automatic shifter is convenient and generally works well, but as with automatic gearboxes in cars, you do occasionally find yourself riding in a suboptimal gear. While this can normally be fixed by easing off the pedals or using the turbo boost button, it’s not always practical given factors… Read More

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Global stocks edge higher as investors eye a steady drop in COVID-19 cases worldwide and ignore China’s economic slowdown

Spencer Platt/Getty Images Global stocks rose on Tuesday as investors chose to focus on the slowing rate of coronavirus cases worldwide. The key highlight for markets this week is the Labor Department’s August jobs report on Friday. China reduced online video game time for people under 18 to three hours each week. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Global stocks rose on Tuesday as investors chose to focus on the growth rate in new coronavirus cases continuing to slow around the world, and brushed aside weak business data from China. Futures on the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq rose between 0.1% to… Read More

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Harriette Cole: My personal trainer has taken things too far

DEAR HARRIETTE: I think my personal trainer is taking things way too far. Harriette Cole  I don’t appreciate the way he talks to me in our workouts when I feel too tired to continue. I think there’s a fine line between being motivational and being pushy and harsh, and he crosses it every time. Should I find a new trainer, or am I just being sensitive? Harsh Trainer DEAR HARSH TRAINER: There are many trainers in the world — not just this one. The goal in working with a trainer is not for you to be shamed into working harder; you should be inspired to push ahead. It really doesn’t… Read More

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FBI: Texas shooter possibly inspired by foreign terrorists

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether a Texas man was inspired by foreign terrorists when he killed a Lyft driver in a Dallas suburb and later opened fire in the police station of another suburb where officers fatally shot him. Police said Imran Ali Rasheed ordered a Lyft in his home city of Garland Sunday then fatally shot the driver, Isabella Lewis. Her stolen car was found a short time later outside the police station in the neighboring community of Plano, where Rasheed began shooting in the lobby before being shot by officers, police chiefs in both cities said at a Monday news conference.  This undated photo… Read More

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Miss Manners: I resent the long, boring drives with this self-centered woman

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I often give rides to a friend (for medical care, etc.). She always rides in the front seat, as she gets motion sickness in the back, leaving me to ride in the back seat. She monopolizes the conversation, talking endlessly about her personal life. My husband, who likes to drive, is somewhat hard of hearing (we are elderly) and cheerfully tunes her out most of the time. I find myself bored and resentful of the time spent in the back seat alone. Any ideas about how to change either the situation or my reaction to it? We live in a rural area, so these… Read More

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