Day: July 10, 2020

Jessica Simpson Looks So 2000s in Retro True Religion Jeans With a Tie-Dye Hoodie

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Jessica Simpson kicked off her 40th birthday by showing off her impressive transformation.

The actress boasted on her Instagram page that she fit into a pair of retro shredded True Religion bootcut jeans that have resided in her closet for the past 14 years yesterday. Matched to a tie-dye cut-off hoodie, the “Dukes of Hazzard” star wrote in the caption: “I figured that since I’m in the final hours of my 30’s I’d give them another try, and hello 40, so nice to meet you.”

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On her feet, Simpson also appeared to be wearing a fuzzy slipper that resembles her go-to Mou Boots slippers.

The slipper silhouette is made with ethically farmed mink fur on the upper, decorated with mixed tone stripes. Underfoot, it features a moisture-wicking sheepskin lining and a sturdy rubber outsole. The now-sold-out style previously retailed

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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Viewers Are Wondering What Happened to Rey Rivera’s Friend, Frank Porter Stansberry

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Netflix’s reboot of Unsolved Mysteries reimagines the classic ’90s docuseries for a new audience, and has drawn plenty of buzz since its first six episodes debuted on July 1. As fans of the original will know, each episode tracks a different unresolved case, ranging from potential crimes (like unexplained deaths and disappearances) to apparent UFO sightings and other mysterious situations.

The first episode of the new season, “Mystery on the Rooftop,” is one of the most talked-about installments so far, delving into the strange and tragic 2006 death of Ray Rivera, whose body was found at a Baltimore hotel after he had been missing for over a week. Although police eventually concluded that his death was a suicide, the episode explores a number of irregularities and suspicious facts that call this into question – for instance, Rivera supposedly jumped to his death, but his

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How bogus accounts boosted Roger Stone, the Proud Boys, Big Sugar

Days after Facebook removed personal accounts associated with Trump associate Roger Stone, the longtime political provocateur vowed Friday to take “appropriate legal action.”

Facebook announced in a technical blog on Wednesday it had removed 54 Facebook accounts, 50 pages and four Instagram accounts that were involved as a network in what’s called coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Several of these had links to Proud Boys, an alt-right organization banned by Facebook as a hate group in 2018. The account owners and page administrators posted about Florida politics and quite a bit about Stone and his websites, books and media appearances.

As a result, the social media company took down the accounts of Stone, a South Florida resident, and an associate Jacob Engels, who runs the online entity Central Florida Post.

The timing of Facebook’s monthly blog was coincidental, but Stone has been very much in the news of late. His supporters have

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‘I left Smile Bank today due to the ongoing outage’

Smile Bank customers have been unable to access their online banking accounts for five days in a row.

The online-only bank, owned by Co-Operative Bank, said it was working urgently to resolve the problem.

But the latest service outage proved to be the “last straw” for longtime customer Emma Hopkinson-Spark.

After 16 years, she left Smile Bank on Friday after she was unable to view a crucial re-mortgage payment.

“I’m really disappointed in Smile Bank,” Ms Hopkinson-Spark, chief of staff at a tech consultancy business in Weston-super-Mare, told the BBC. “The outages this week were the tipping point.”

Ms Hopkinson-Spark said she had not been able to access her online banking account for several days. Although she can still withdraw money from cash machines and pay for items using her debit card, she cannot send payments or view her payments.

“Yesterday my husband rang me in a flap saying he

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Janet Hayes Named Crate & Barrel CEO and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

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A Big Week for Big Retailers

It was a busy news week for major home furnishings retailers. After reporting last week that Neela Montgomery would step down as CEO, Crate and Barrel announced that Janet Hayes would assume the role on August 1. The president of Williams-Sonoma from 2013 to 2019, Hayes was also formerly the president of Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen.

Elsewhere, Sur La Table filed for bankruptcy. The Seattle-based purveyor of kitchen goods disclosed its plans to close 56 of its 112 stores; 20% of its corporate staff was also cut.

West Elm made waves when it announced that it would take the 15 Percent Pledge, which means that partnerships with Black designers and

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Coronavirus puppy scams come with ‘red flags,’ expert says: Illegal Tender podcast

This is the third and final part of Yahoo Finance’s Illegal Tender podcast about the puppy crimes of quarantine and online puppy scams. Listen to the series here.

Many dog owners will look back at the coronavirus lockdown and self-quarantine as the start of their puppy journey.

But not everyone will have a happy story to tell about how they got their dog. 

This season of “Illegal Tender” explores the world of online puppy scams through conversations with two victims and one industry watchdog.

This episode, concluding the season, is a conversation with Josh Kreinberg, chief administrative officer and general counsel at PuppySpot. Kreinberg is a dog owner and dog lover who’s dedicated his professional life to working for a company that places dogs with forever homes. 

Through his work at PuppySpot, Kreinberg is an expert when it comes to identifying online puppy scams and how would-be dog owners can

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Christian groups oppose ICE rule on international students

Leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals.”

In a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, shared with The Associated Press, the leaders wrote that the policy “robs our country of the significant contribution” international students make to their colleges on both a personal and economic level. It “lacks compassion” and “violates tenets of our faith,” the letter continued, citing specific Biblical passages.

“International students who have already arrived in the United States and who are enrolled in degree programs should be allowed to complete their courses of study in this country without further disruption,” the leaders said. “This is reasonable, compassionate, and consistent with our national interests.”

Among the signatories are National Association of

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A woman who overdosed on enough caffeine powder to make 56 cups of coffee was hospitalized for a week, and doctors say her birth control didn’t help

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pure caffeine

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  • Caffeine, a stimulant in coffee and tea, can be dangerous or fatal in large amounts.

  • Caffeine supplements can be especially risky since pills or powders are highly concentrated. 

  • In a recent case study, a 26-year-old woman went to intensive care for a week after overdosing on 2 teaspoons of powdered caffeine, equal to 56 cups of coffee. 

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If you’re like 90% of adults in the western world, you rely on coffee, tea, or similar beverages to kick off your morning or power through an afternoon of work.

But caffeine, the active ingredient that gives those drinks their energizing powers, can be deadly in large amounts. And for highly concentrated supplements in pill or powdered form, even a small portion contains as much caffeine as gallons of brewed coffee. 

Such was the case with one 26-year-old woman, who experienced difficulty

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‘Bank’ offering 6% called Loan Doctor sued for allegedly trading ‘insured’ deposits in stock market

Last November, a company called Loan Doctor Financial launched an online CD account called a “Healthcare Finance Savings CD Account” that claimed to pay interest rates of 6%. With the deposits, the company, which called itself a “commercial bank” would purportedly make loans to medical professionals, which it said represented a low credit risk. 

With the very best rates of the online banks (Marcus, Ally, Synchrony) paying around 2% APY, the numbers stuck out because they were pitched as an almost risk-free investment with returns rivaling the stock market’s.

But this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against the company and its CEO Dr. Edgar Radjabli for “deceptive acts and practices in marketing a savings CD account.”

Among the practices the CFPB alleges: taking money from people who thought it was going to insured cash-equivalent accounts and instead using the funds to trade stocks.

More than 400 people

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During Coronavirus, Investment Money Floods Into Wellness

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The coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on a lot of things, but wellness M&A is not one of them.

Consumer interest in being healthy has never been higher, experts agree, and during the COVID-19 pandemic that has translated into higher sales in categories like supplements, at-home fitness and self-care. Deals have followed, with Lululemon paying $500 million for Mirror, an interactive at-home fitness service, Grove Collaborative acquiring Sundaily, a gummy supplement brand centered around skin health, and Nestlé Health Science agreeing to buy a majority stake in Vital Proteins, which makes collagen supplements, beverages and food products.

“Wellness has become the number-one priority for consumers through COVID-19, and likely to remain the top priority for consumers after COVID-19,” said William S. Hood, founder and chief executive officer of William Hood & Co., an investment bank that specializes in the supplements space.

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