Musk says he responded to ‘unprovoked attack’ in ‘pedo guy’ suit

Tesla chief apologised to British cave diver and said insult was not meant to be taken literally. United States entrepreneur Elon Musk testified at his defamation trial on Tuesday that his “pedo guy” Twitter message at the centre of the case was not meant to be taken literally and was sent in response to an “unprovoked” insult he received from the man now suing him. Musk, 48, the billionaire chief executive of electric carmaker Tesla Inc and founder of the rocket company SpaceX, also apologised to the plaintiff from the witness stand…

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Vegan meat revolution could help solve global warming

A mouth-watering task – the race to create a plant-based burger without any meat that everyone can eat and save the planet. Being a vegetarian or a vegan is nothing new but the push towards a plant-based diet for more people world-wide has taken on added importance because of global warming. Companies that make meat-food are racing to create the best meat-free burger. It is all part of an effort to reduce reliance on farmed animals, which contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Redwood…

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Sick of Black Friday? Help others Buy Nothing

In 1992, the Seinfeld episode “The Pitch” featured this conversation between the main characters: JERRY: And it’s about nothing? GEORGE: Everybody’s doing something, we’ll do nothing. JERRY: So, we go into NBC, we tell them we’ve got an idea for a show about nothing. A show about nothing may seem ludicrous, but what about a Black Friday that involves making no purchases? Yet, the Buy Nothing Project, founded in 2013, is a contrasting movement in an era when Black Friday is viewed as a day to buy everything. The Facebook-anchored…

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E-cigarette firm Juul sued by California for targeting teenagers

Internal emails, other evidence said to show that Juul knowingly marketed and sold its products to underage customers. The state of California in the United States has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, alleging the San Francisco company engaged in a “systematic” and “wildly successful” campaign to attract teenagers to its nicotine devices. The lawsuit draws on internal correspondence and other evidence, asserting the company did little to prevent sales to underage customers. It also claims that Juul used a “flawed” age-verification process for online sales. “Juul adopted…

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Secure and simplify the playroom in time for the holidays

Step into your home’s playroom and there are two wildly different perspectives. Your child sees trucks, dolls and puzzles. You see mess, chaos and another Lego piece just waiting to be stepped on. You see a bookcase, five shelves high — your child sees it as a ladder just begging to be scaled. How do you keep that colorful clutter organized, while ensuring the space is safe? How do you make that playroom grow right along with your child? And — how do you prepare for the upcoming holiday season…

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What to know about applying for seasonal work

Department stores, coffee shops, specialty stores like toy stores, and distribution and fulfillment centers are all hiring temporary workers now Opportunities abound for those looking to make some extra money over winter break. “Retailers hire hundreds of thousands of people for seasonal jobs. If you can give an employer between four and eight weeks you can find a job this holiday season,” said Ellen Davis, president of the National Retail Federation Foundation and senior vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Retail Federation. Department stores, coffee shops, specialty stores…

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Writer sues Trump for calling her sex assault claim a lie

President Trump denied ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who says Trump raped her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s has sued him, saying he defamed her by calling her a liar whom he had never even met. E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, said Trump “smeared her integrity, honesty and dignity – all in the national press” when he responded to…

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Army officer who listened to Trump’s Ukraine call voiced concerns

Alexander Vindman, Trump’s top adviser on Ukraine, is set to testify he raised concerns over the Trump-Zelenskyy call. US President Donald Trump‘s top adviser on Ukraine is set to testify on Tuesday that he told a government lawyer about concerns that US national security could be undermined after a phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president. Alexander Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel and former diplomat who later became the director of European affairs on the National Security Council (NSC), said he had listened in on Trump’s July 25 call with…

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California declares state of emergency as fires rage

Wildfires continue to tear through southern and northern parts of the western US state. The governor of the US state of California has declared a state of emergency because of raging wildfires. High winds and extremely low humidity have hindered efforts to contain blazes burning in the northern and southern part of the state. The Kincade fire located in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, first started on October 23. It is the largest fire currently burning in the state. More than 6,400 hectares (15,800 acres) of land has already…

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What to know about ‘teacup’ pigs

The touted “teacup” pigs do not stay small. In fact, they grow to become quite large. Baby pigs are cute. So what could be more enticing than a miniature pig that supposedly maintains that baby-pig appeal? Many Americans (National Geographic’s number is around 1 million) are plunking down hundreds and even thousands of dollars to acquire tiny pigs as pets. The problem is, the touted “teacup” pigs do not stay small. In fact, they grow to become quite large. Fox News in January reported on how the “overgrown swine” are…

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‘Just too much’: Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

Twenty people, including one who remained anonymous, signed a letter this summer essentially asking to be taxed more. When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the United States to consider taxing wealth. As her family’s boat moved through the harbour a few years ago, Munger, whose father is a billionaire investor, saw that many of her neighbours’ houses were sitting dark and vacant. She knew why: the owners now controlled enough money to holiday…

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Accessory or necessity? Here’s why you can no longer afford to ignore influencer marketing

With media figureheads like Lynne Franks recently speaking out about the ‘burn-out’ in the influencer marketing world, many brands are being cautious about embracing the industry’s potential. But with predictions that this rapidly-growing sector could be worth $10 billion by next year and 82% of consumers saying they were ‘very likely’ to act on the recommendation of an influencer they follow, can we really afford to ignore this ever-evolving age of marketing? Brands who don’t see influencers as a necessary marketing tool will find themselves on the back foot in…

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Obama backs Canada’s Trudeau in unprecedented endorsement

Canadian analysts say such an endorsement is rare, but probably won’t move the polls. Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former US president. Obama tweeted on Wednesday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues such as climate change. “The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbours to the north support him for another…

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Gender study: To shatter the glass ceiling, fix the ‘broken rung’

More women are in the C-suite than five years ago, but the management ladder remains a huge obstacle to true parity. There are more women in the C-suites of major companies than there were five years ago, a new study shows. But the “broken rung” on the ladder to top management jobs has helped stall gender parity in the workplace and led women – especially those of colour – to continue to be “underrepresented at every level”. The 2019 Women in the Workplace study, conducted by McKinsey & Company and…

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Halloween can be scary expensive. Try these saving tips.

Halloween is Deborah Wakefield’s favorite holiday. In fact, though Wakefield travels most of the year as vice president of media relations for CityPASS, a company that sells discount ticket packages to top U.S. attractions, she refuses to schedule business trips around Halloween. Instead, the Portland, Oregon, resident and her husband make an annual pilgrimage to her parents’ Aberdeen, Washington, home in a neighborhood that attracts hundreds of trick-or-treaters. They and other family members arrive a few days early to help her parents prepare for the big night. “Halloween is the…

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