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This is what food on a new $675-per-day ultra-luxury cruise ship is like, from endless caviar to a sushi buffet

Silversea's new Silver Ray cruise ship has eight restaurants, five of which are complimentary.

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Silversea invited me on a complimentary five-night cruise on its new 728-guest ship, Silver Ray.Food on the ultra-luxury ship includes a complimentary sushi lunch and a $180 tasting menu.Silver Ray's cheapest 2024 itinerary is an eight-day sailing for $5,400 per person.

The food on a $675-a-day, ultra-luxury cruise ship is what you'd probably envision: caviar, lobster,...

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Tesla keeps touting future plans. But without specific details, investors aren't buying it.

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Hi! Forget flying cars, we've got laser beams! The UK has tested a laser weapon that eliminates targets for $0.12 a shot.

In today's big story, we're looking at another Tesla earnings report that was light on details about big future plans.

What's on deck:

Markets: How the "Zynpocalypse" is shaking Wall Street to its core.Tech: The key people who helped Nvidia evolve from a niche video game graphics company to an AI giant.Business: Overcoming...

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Stock market today: US stocks slide as high-profile earnings disappoint

A trader at the New York Stock Exchange puts his hand on his face in September 2008.

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US stocks tumbled on Wednesday as traders digested weak tech earnings.Tesla missed on earnings last quarter, while Alphabet said YouTube ad revenue fell short.More mega-cap tech firms are on deck to report results next week.

US stocks continued their slide on Wednesday, led by a decline in tech stocks after Alphabet and Tesla reported earnings for the second quarter. Major indexes traded lower,...

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Photos show what Costco looked like when it first opened in 1983

Customers at the membership desk of an early Costco warehouse.

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Costco opened its first location in Seattle in 1983, building off Price Club's warehouse format. Today's company is the product of a 1993 merger between Costco and Price Club, which opened in 1976. Costco provided Business Insider with historical photos of the chain's inaugural warehouse. 

Costco is a staple of the big-box-store landscape. Since its beginning in 1983, it has attracted a devoted flock...

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5 expensive mistakes experts say too many people make while traveling

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Before traveling internationally, make sure you're financially covered in case...

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Joe Biden's exit could be a tricky subject for authoritarian leaders in Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia, analysts say

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping attend an official welcoming ceremony.

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Joe Biden exited the presidential race, endorsing Kamala Harris as his successor.Analysts say leaders like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping could interpret it as a sign of US decline.Authoritarians are not used to giving up power like Biden did, albeit under pressure.

In a dramatic but increasingly expected turn of events, Joe Biden exited the presidential race on...

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Russia is offering a $22,000 bonus to new military recruits, signaling its desperation to offset losses in Ukraine

A Russian military recruitment poster in Moscow in April 2023.

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Russia's offering a new $22,000 signing bonus to military recruits in Moscow.Russia's military has suffered a high rate of injuries and deaths in Ukraine.The Kremlin is offering lucrative contracts to replenish numbers.

Russian authorities are offering a $22,000 payment to Moscow residents signing up to join the military in a new attempt to offset high rates of deaths and injuries among soldiers in...

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Nepal just suffered another fatal plane crash. Its aviation safety record is so poor that all its airlines are banned from flying to most of Europe.

A passenger plane crashed on takeoff in Kathmandu, killing 18 of the 19 people onboard.

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18 people have died after a small passenger plane crashed during takeoff in Kathmandu, Nepal.Nepal has a poor aviation safety record and all of its airlines are banned from European airspace.Kathmandu's challenging weather and high altitude make it a difficult place to fly, an expert told BI.

18 people have died after a small passenger airplane crashed during takeoff in...

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Everybody seems to love Zuck right now

Mark Zuckerberg said it's "ironic" that OpenAI builds closed-source AI models.

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Mark Zuckerberg won praise from CEOs for open-sourcing Meta's AI model, Llama 3.1.Zuckerberg's popularity seems to be on the rise as tech leaders applaud his open-source approach.Shopify's CEO called the model an "incredible gift," and even Elon Musk said he "does deserve credit."

If there were a Big Tech CEO popularity contest, Zuck might well be taking the crown right now.

The Meta chief is winning the...

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5 beauty trends I'd never follow after working as a hair and makeup artist for over 6 years

Makeup artists see it all, from bad trends to timeless looks.

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I worked as a hair and makeup artist for over six years, so I've seen my fair share of trends.I'm not a fan of the wet-hair look or slicking my hair back into a tight little bun. Underpainting your face and making yourself look like a glazed doughnut aren't for me.

Beauty trends cycle through so quickly nowadays. It can be difficult to identify what was too much of a flash-in-the-pan to even be...

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Everyone hated Hugh Jackman's first solo Wolverine movie in 2009. Now critics say 'Deadpool & Wolverine' could save the Marvel Cinematic universe.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

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Fans and critics hated 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman.The actor reprised his role as the titular clawed mutant in "Deadpool & Wolverine."The first reviews of the film suggest that it could save the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Fans and critics alike hated "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman when it hit theaters back in 2009. Now, the first reviews for "Deadpool...

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Trump fraud-trial lawyers distance themselves from Alina Habba in fighting $7,500 frivolous-filings sanctions from 2023

Donald Trump sits at the defense table at his New York fraud trial, flanked, from left, by attorneys Chirstopher Kise, Alina Habba, and Clifford Robert.

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Trump's civil fraud trial lawyers are appealing their $7,500 sanctions for filing frivolous motions.They say that prior sanctions for lawyering by Alina Habba were improperly used against them.Four lawyers repeatedly argue in their appeal that they had nothing to do with Habba's old cases.

It has been 10...

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Marvel boss Kevin Feige says 'Deadpool & Wolverine' proves it's possible to bring back former stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Here's what the actors have said.

Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman and Chris Evans are three of the most famous Marvel superhero actors.

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Marvel boss Kevin Feige appeared to open the door for Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.'s return to the MCU.Feige told DiscussingFilm that "Deadpool & Wolverine" shows it can be done "if great care is taken."Here's what the actors have said about returning to the superhero franchise...

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These business leaders and billionaires are backing Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris at her first campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 23.

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Kamala Harris looks set to win the Democratic presidential nomination.The Vice President has already secured several influential endorsements and raised record sums.Key business figures, including Sheryl Sandberg and Reed Hastings, have also endorsed Harris.

Kamala Harris looks set to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Vice President has already secured several...

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A food policy expert is trying a different diet every month this year. Here's why the vegan and Mediterranean diets are his favorites so far.

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Gavin Wren, a food policy expert and TikToker, is trying a new diet each month in 2024.So far, his favorites have been the Mediterranean diet and veganism.They have been easy to follow, cheap, and have made him feel great, he said.

A food policy expert who is trying a different diet each month in 2024 told Business Insider that the vegan and Mediterranean diets are his favorite so far. They were easy to follow, good value for money, and made him feel...

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Elon Musk says a Trump presidency would be good for Tesla, but 'devastating' for its rivals

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump in recent weeks.

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Elon Musk was asked what would happen if Trump won the election and withdrew government support for EVs.He said it would be "devastating" for Tesla's rivals but would probably help Tesla "long term."Musk has been an outspoken supporter of Trump in recent weeks, despite his earlier criticism of EVs.

Elon Musk thinks a Trump presidency could be good for Tesla, but "devastating" for its...

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Jordan Chiles is competing in her second Olympics in Paris. Meet the gymnast who already counts Beyoncé and Michael Jordan as fans.

Jordan Chiles will compete in the 2024 Olympics.

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Jordan Chiles is set to join Team USA in the Paris Olympics.The 23-year-old gymnast rose to fame after replacing Simone Biles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The athlete's celebrity fans include Beyoncé and Michael Jordan.

Jordan Chiles, the 23-year-old American gymnast, is heading to the Paris Olympics with Team USA with the motto to do it for herself.

After a rocky mid-career parting ways with critical...

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The surefire way to make America's apartments bigger, brighter, and cheaper

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"Are you familiar with the Texas doughnut?" Chris Gannon, an Austin architect, asked me recently. The question wasn't about confections. He was riffing on apartment construction, explaining why America can't seem to get behind the kinds of buildings that he and other pro-housing advocates want to see.

The "Texas doughnut" is shorthand for a large apartment building, often spanning an entire city block, where a ring of street-facing units conceals a parking garage in...

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China released a 22,000-character plan for its economy that doesn't say very much

Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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China's Third Plenum meeting ended with a vague economic plan, disappointing analysts.China's economy is struggling amid a property crisis and weak consumer spending.China's exports are strong but consumer sentiment and spending are very weak.

Last week, China held a major meeting to draft out long-term strategies for its economy.

The meeting — held once every five years — was closely watched because the world's second-largest...

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Even politicians want to have a 'brat' summer

Kamala Harris dances with gospel singer Kirk Franklin at a White House Juneteenth concert in June 2024.

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Kamala Harris appears to be embracing Charli XCX's "brat" summer.The British pop star has backed the Vice President, declaring: "Kamala IS brat."Harris is not the first politician to use the album for political purposes.

Even Kamala Harris wants to be a "brat" this summer.

The Vice President and probable Democratic presidential nominee has decided to embrace a flood...

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