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The 25 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legal

2017 has been a big year for LGBTQI rights.<p>Both Malta and Germany legalized same-sex marriage and, this week, Australia made big strides towards doing so as well.<p>In a nation-wide postal poll, 61.6% of Australian voters said they were in favor of same-sex marriage, ensuring the federal government …

Equality

One of Roy Moore's defenders said Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult — here's what the Bible says about that

• <b>Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler defended Roy Moore against allegations of sexual assault, comparing the biblical story of Mary and Joseph to Moore's then-teenaged accusers.</b>• <b><br>Neither the Gospel of Matthew nor the Gospel of Luke specifies the ages of Mary and Joseph. The proto-gospel of James</b> …

Theology

These are the 5 best cities to start your career

• <b>Some of the cities with the most jobs can be expensive to live.</b>• <b><br>This 'economic opportunity index' ranks US cities by economic prospects as well as affordability.</b><p>Amazon’s very public search to identify the best location for its second headquarters made me wonder - what criteria would be helpful for …

Housing

Whether a narcissist decides to cut someone out of their life depends on 3 basic factors

• <b>This post by Elinor Greenberg originally appeared on Quora as an answer to the question "Do narcissists ever discard people permanently?"</b>• <b><br>The answer depends on three factors, and it also depends on the type of narcissist the person is.</b><p>Whether a narcissist discards you permanently depends on three …

Relationships

'Tone deaf' and 'infuriating': Megyn Kelly lays into Trump for criticizing Al Franken sexual misconduct controversy

• <b>NBC host Megyn Kelly slammed President Donald Trump for commenting on sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken.</b>• <b><br>Trump has been accused of varying degrees of sexually inappropriate behavior by over a dozen women.</b>• <b><br>Kelly also had some harsh words for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who</b> …

Donald Trump

11 countries to visit where you can get the most bang for your buck on airfare

• <b>GoBankingRates consulted Kiwi.com's 2017 Flight Price Index and identified the countries you can fly to for the cheapest airfare (per 100 kilometers).</b>• <b><br>The top 11 countries include South Africa, Portugal, and Romania.</b>• <b><br>The country on their list with the cheapest airfare per 100 km is Malaysia.</b><p>Airfares …

Europe

The 7 best military commanders of all time, according to Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the greatest military commanders of all time.<p>He brought Revolutionary France back from the brink of destruction with his Italian campaign in 1796 and 1797. He made a fool of Czar Alexander I at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. He encircled an entire Austrian army and …

World History

Inside the 'Beauty and the Beast' style wedding of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, where the bride wore $3.5 million worth of jewelry

Tennis superstar Serena Williams and Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian wed on November 16, 2017. The couple met about two years ago and have a two-month-old daughter.<p>The wedding was spectacular — from the guest list (Beyonce and Ciara were in attendance), to the extravagant designer dresses that …

Weddings

The 20 best gifts that got their start on ‘Shark Tank’

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Americans are known for their strong entrepreneurial spirit and this trait is no less evident than in the reality TV show "Shark Tank," …

Shopping

Oil tycoon Harold Hamm slams the EIA's overoptimistic forecasts for US shale

• <b>Oil tycoon Harold Hamm says the US Energy Information Administration's overoptimistic shale forecasts depress prices and put the US market at a disadvantage.</b>• <b><br>Hamm says the EIA needs to hear "meaningful feedback."</b><p>As a powerful oil market mover, the EIA needs to have “more sophisticated” forecasts …

Oil

DIGITAL DISRUPTION OF CREDIT SCORING: How developments in the credit scoring space are opening up new opportunities for incumbent lenders

<i>BIIThis is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Traditional consumer lenders, like banks and credit unions, have historically served segments of the population they can conduct robust risk …

FinTech

Inside the marriage of LeBron and Savannah James, who met in high school, had their first date at Outback Steakhouse, and are now worth $86 million

<b>• LeBron James and his wife Savannah met in high school and have been together ever since.</b><p><b>• They became engaged at a star-studded New Year's Eve bash in 2011, and tied the knot in 2013.</b><p><b>• The couple has three children, and James is the one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.</b><p>In 2013, LeBron …

Classic Cars

Discounts on small cars are soaring as the market stampedes toward SUVs

• <b>The market is shifting to SUVs.</b>• <b><br>Automakers are offering massive discounts on some small cars as a result.</b><p>The market's shift to crossovers and SUVs is well documented, but what may be less well known are the massive discounts some automakers now offer on small cars as a result.<p>While those small cars …

Chevrolet Trax

Clemson's new $55 million football complex shows how swanky college football facilities have become

Clemson University won their second national championship last season and have played in each of the last two College Football Playoff championship games.<p>This season, the Tigers were a favorite to make it back to the College Football Playoff and they will take the journey in their new $55 million …

Dabo Swinney

16 unique and collectible ornaments that make great gifts

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>I'm never officially in the holiday mood until I dig out and dust off all my boxes of Christmas decorations and ornaments from the shed. …

Christmas

7 books that will make you smarter in a single plane ride

Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off from the constant barrage of phone notifications.<p>Why not spend that time getting smarter on a topic you've always wanted to learn more about.<p>With that in mind, Business Insider found seven …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Black Friday workers confess 9 things they'd love to tell shoppers but can't

On Black Friday — the most hectic day in retail — there are plenty of things store associates would love to tell shoppers.<p>But, whether it's because there's just no time or for fear of repercussions, there are some things they can't tell you.<p>And some of these things, while perhaps controversial, …

Shopping

One of the founding members of AC/DC, Malcolm Young, has died at age 64

• <b>Guitarist Malcom Young, one of the founders of AC/DC, has died at age 64.</b>• <b><br>He had been suffering from dementia since 2014.</b>• <b><br>The band announced his death on its Facebook page Saturday.</b><p>NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has …

AC/DC

An 'Incredibles' sequel is coming next summer 14 years after the original — here's the first trailer

• <b>Disney and Pixar released the first teaser trailer for "The Incredibles 2."</b>• <b><br>It shows off the youngest member of the Incredibles family, Jack-Jack, running around showing off some of his superpowers, including laser vision and the ability to turn into a flame of fire.</b>• <b><br>The sequel will take place</b> …

Walt Disney Company

This procedure could help treat severe asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty could one day be used to treat severe asthma. The process involves putting a flexible tube in a patient's nose or mouth, and using a heatable electrode array to help decrease the amount of excess muscle tissue restricting air flow. Here's how it would all work.

Medicine

Americans work less than ever before but still feel like there's no free time — and there's a simple explanation

The number of hours Americans work has gone down over the last several decades, according to data from the OECD, while leisure time has gone up. But that's hardly the perception for many working people.<p>How come?<p>The psychologist Adam Alter offered one reason in his 2017 TED talk "Why our screens …

The Workplace

LaVar Ball downplays Trump's involvement in UCLA shoplifting case: 'Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out'

• <b>LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump's role in getting three UCLA basketball players home after they were arrested on charges of shoplifting in China.</b>• <b><br>Trump reportedly made a plea to President Xi Jinping to get the Chinese government involved in the case.</b>• <b><br>The players thanked Trump upon</b> …

Donald Trump

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Amazon to sell medical devices, supplies — FDA approves device to help opioid addicts — Clinical wearables usage takes off

<i>Welcome to Digital Health Briefing, a new morning email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by BI Intelligence.</i><p><b>Sign up and receive Digital Health Briefing free to your inbox.</b><p><i>Have feedback? We'd like to hear from</i> …

Digital Health

Take a tour of the world’s most famous boxing gym where Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and countless celebrities have trained

• <b>Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York is arguably the world's most famous boxing gym, having trained everyone from Muhammad Ali to Floyd Mayweather Jr.</b>• <b><br>Anyone can train at Gleason's Gym — most of the members today are regular New Yorkers learning how to box</b>• <b><br>Gleason's is one of New York City's "last</b> …

Boxing

9 of the most extreme endurance challenges in the world

Marathons, triathlons, and adventure races are extreme tests that force participants to push themselves in new ways physically and mentally.<p>But the most extreme endurance races in the world take that to another level.<p>These competitions test the absolute limits of the human body and mind.<p>In some …

Vendée Globe

The host of PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' explains how he traces family trees for celebrities

• <b>Host of PBS' hit series "Finding Your Roots" Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. helps different celebrities trace their family tree.</b>• <b><br>Dr. Gates has helped trace the family trees of celebrities like Scarlet Johansen, and Larry David.</b><p>When Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. isn't teaching classes at Harvard University, …

Genealogy

This $40 million robotic 'plantscraper' will feed over 5,000 people per year

By 2050, the world's population is expected to swell to 9.6 billion, with around 66% living in urban areas. This projection is leaving many cities wondering how they will feed all those people.<p>A Swedish food-tech company called Plantagon is proposing that cities consider building what it calls …

Farming

21 popular TV shows that critics hate, but normal people love

How much do critics matter?<p>For many TV shows, it seems like not that much. In fact, some of the most critically panned TV shows on the air are the most loved by audiences, and have big ratings.<p>We already collected a list of some new fall TV shows from 2017 that critics hate (but normal people …

TV

10 apps that will make your life easier this holiday season

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>At their best, apps make our lives easier, more organized, and perhaps even save us some money in the meantime.<p>During the holidays, …

Shopping

One of the largest pyramids in the world is a Bass Pro Shops megastore with rumored ties to mythical curses

• <b>One of the largest pyramids in the world is a Bass Pro Shops megastore in Memphis, Tennessee.</b>• <b><br>The pyramid also hosts a hotel, indoor swamp, and bowling alley.</b>• <b><br>However, for roughly a decade, the pyramid was empty — and some believed it was cursed due to a crystal skull installed by the owner of the</b> …

Egypt