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Demonstrators set a fire outside of the entrance to the US embassy in Honduras during nationwide protests

The US Embassy in Honduras was reportedly set on fire amid nationwide demonstrations on Friday.

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The US Embassy in Honduras was reportedly set on fire amid nationwide demonstrations on Friday.
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  • Demonstrators lit a fire outside of the entrance to the US Embassy in Honduras on Friday amid nationwide protests led by doctors and teachers.
  • The day before, US Ambassador to Honduras Chargé Heide Fulton issued a statement urging Hondurans against acts of violence.
  • The US Embassy had urged family members of US government employees to stay home on Friday because of the demonstrations.
  • Images and video of what appeared to be a fire at the US embassy in the Honduran capital began to appear on social media on Friday afternoon.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

Demonstrators lit a fire outside of the entrance to the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Friday.

This comes amid nationwide protests from teachers and doctors.

The day before, US Ambassador to Honduras Chargé Heide Fulton issued a statement urging Hondurans against acts of violence.

In a security alert on the embassy’s website, family members of US government employees in the country were instructed to stay home on Friday.

Read more: Trump’s tough border policies are actually helping the human smuggling business, experts say

“Doctors, teachers and other health professionals intend to continue their nationwide 48-hour general strike, accompanied by protests in the major cities in Honduras, to demand the repeal of two decrees related to education and health,” the alert said. “Students, other activists, and workers from other economic sectors, e.g., bus and taxi drivers, intend to participate in support of these protests.”

Images and video footage of what appeared to be a fire at the US Embassy in the Honduran capital began to appear on social media on Friday afternoon.

It’s not entirely clear why the US Embassy was targeted on Friday.

The US Embassy in Honduras did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER, but a State Department spokesperson for the Western Hemisphere said: “The United States urges all parties in Honduras to refrain from violence. Peaceful discussions are the best path to resolving political differences. We have seen reports of roadblocks by protesters and continued demonstrations.”

“We can confirm that tire fire has been extinguished, and no Mission personnel were injured,” the spokesperson added. “Embassy Honduras is working closely withthe Honduran authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”

The spokesperson went on to say “these acts of violence are unacceptable,” adding that the State Department calls “on all Hondurans to refrain from violence and resolve differences peacefully.”

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: 21 winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

You obviously have to be pretty bright and extremely dedicated to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But does that lead to future success?

For the most part, yes. Among the winners, there are lots of graduates of top schools and plenty of other successes. Unsurprisingly, many of them go into brainy professions, becoming doctors and lawyers. One even became a prominent journalist and was part of a newspaper team that won a Pulitzer Prize.

Max Nisen contributed to a previous version of this post.


Frank Neuhauser won the very first spelling bee with the word “Gladiolus” and was a patent lawyer at GE and Bernard Rothwell & Brown. He lived to age 97.

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Neuhauser and his wife.
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Neuhauser passed away in 2011. He was just 11 years old when he won the very first spelling bee 1925.

He went on to attend the University of Louisville and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. While working at General Electric, the company offered to send him to law school, so he attended George Washington University and had a long, successful career as a patent lawyer after obtaining his law degree in 1940.


1969 winner Susan Yoachum was a journalist and part of a San Jose Mercury News team that won a Pulitzer in 1989. She later became political editor of The San Francisco Chronicle.

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Susan Yoachum on C-Span.
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After winning the competition and inspiring a surge of Dallas students to sign up for the spelling bee, Yoachum grew up and attended Southern Methodist University, going on to become a respected journalist. She was even part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of reporters in 1990.

Yoachum passed away in 1998 at the age of 43 from breast cancer.


Jonathan Knisely won in 1971 with the word “shaloon,” and is now a doctor and faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

According to Knisley’s LinkedIn, he has been at the Cornell teaching hospital since June 2017. He works in the oncology department.

After winning the bee, he attended Yale University for undergrad then the University of Pennsylvania for medical school – not too shabby.


1973 winner Barrie Trinkle went to MIT, spent more than a decade at NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab, and worked as an editor at Amazon.

Trinkle was an aerospace engineer for a decade, according to Vox. Then she pivoted towards writing and editing.

“It’s been interesting. I became an aerospace engineer for a while, but then I did go back to words, becoming an editor and writer, and that’s been my life for the past 15 years. It’s almost like I tried to get away from words, and they pulled me back,” she said.

Trinkle also wrote a book, “How to Spell Like a Champ,” and is a consultant to the Spelling Bee.


Bailly, the 1980 winner, is an associate professor of Classics at the University of Vermont and the bee’s official pronouncer.

Bailly returned to Scripps in an official capacity in 1990 as an associate pronouncer.

“That job is basically just making sure that everything the pronouncer says is right,” he told Time. He became the official pronouncer in 2003, and has held the title ever since.

Bailly even appeared in “Akeelah and the Bee,” a movie about an unlikely spelling bee contestant, Akeelah, played by Keke Palmer.

Besides the bee, he’s also an associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Vermont. Bailly holds a doctorate from Cornell University in ancient philosophy.


1981 winner Paige Pipkin was runner-up to Jacques Bailly in 1980. She couldn’t shake the spelling bee; she currently serves as its executive director.

Pipkin, who now goes by her married name, Paige Kimble, started working for the E.W. Scripps Company in 1991 after graduating from the Midwestern State University, according to her LinkedIn page.

She was promoted to Executive Director of the Bee in 2013, a position she still holds.


1988 champion Rageshree Ramachandran started studying at Stanford at age 16, and is now an associate professor of pathology and director at the University of California, San Francisco’s medical school.

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Ramachandran holds both an MD and a Ph.D. Not surprising – she finished high school in three years and started college at 16 after winning a $10,000 Westinghouse Science Talent Search scholarship.


1989 winner Scott Isaacs is now a spelling coach and academic director of the Spelling Bee of China.

After two degrees and a stint as a chiropractor, Isaacs has returned to the field of spelling. According to his LinkedIn, Isaacs starting coaching students in spelling in 2011.

“I now coach an average of 10 students per year in advanced preparation for spelling bees,” he wrote.

In 2015, he also became the vice chairman and academic director of the Spelling Bee of China, helping design spelling resources for Chinese students who want to participate in English spelling bees.


1992 winner Amanda Goad went to Harvard Law School and now works as an LGBTQ rights attorney and director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project for the ACLU.

In additon to winning the Spelling Bee, Goad also earned a perfect score on the SATs and won the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament.

Goad now lives in the Los Angeles area and works for the ACLU of Southern California as an LGBTQ rights attorney and the Audrey Irmas director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project, according to LinkedIn. She also has served on the board of directors of the Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network since 2015.


Wendy Guey, the 1996 winner, is a public school teacher in Boston.

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Wendy Guey is congratulated by her mother, Suju, after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1996.
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After her 1996 win, Guey graduated as valedictorian of her high school in 2001. She went on to attend Harvard and obtained a degree in economics – but it wasn’t her passion.

“I didn’t feel personally fulfilled from it,” she told the Palm Beach Post. Guey became a full-time teacher in 2008 and remained in Boston, Massachusetts.


Rebecca Sealfon, the 1997 winner, remembered for screaming each letter of her last word, is the founder and CEO of ResearchMatch, a startup that helps professors and students collaborate.

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Sealfon celebrating her win.
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Sealfon graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with a Masters in Computer Science, according to LinkedIn. She also founded the non-profit ResearchMatch, which matches professors who have research projects with undergraduate students looking to join.

Sealfon began teaching at Byte Academy, a coding bootcamp, in 2019 as a principal instructor of data science.


Jody-Anne Maxwell, the first Jamaican winner of the bee in 1998, earned her law degree in 2018.

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Maxwell earned her law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois. She’s currently an associate at a Chicago law firm, as of May 2019.


1999 winner Nupur Lala was a star of the 2002 documentary “Spellbound,” spent time as a brain researcher at MIT, and plans to enter medical school.

“Spellbound” is a documentary that follows the 1999 Scripps Spelling Bee, so, of course, Lala is the star.

Lala graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2018 having studied medicine. Before that she worked at a cognitive neuroscience lab at MIT.


George Thampy, the 2000 winner, graduated Harvard in 2010 and obtained an MBA from Stanford in 2017.

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Thampy after winning the competition.
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According to LinkedIn, Thampy currently lives in the San Francisco area and is a healthcare investment banker, which he’s been since November 2018.

After his win, he attended Harvard and majored in chemistry, health policy, and Russian studies, an eclectic mix. Thampy graduated in 2010 and five years later returned to school to pursue his MBA.


Pratyush Buddiga, the 2002 winner, was a fixture on the professional poker circuit. Now he’s involved in cryptocurrency.

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Buddiga with President George W. Bush after his win.
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Buddiga was a professional poker player from 2011 to 2017, according to LinkedIn. He retired after winning over $6 million. Now he’s getting involved in cryptocurrency.


2003’s winner, Sai Gunturi, graduated from Tufts in 2011 with a degree in quantitative economics.

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Sai Gunturi is presented his trophy for winning the 76th Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee May 29, 2003.
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Gunturi, who was 14 when he took home the trophy, now lives in Dallas and is the head of product and technology at NectarOM, a software company, according to LinkedIn.


David Tidmarsh, the 2004 champion, now lives in Paris and is working on a graduate degree in computer science.

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Tidmarsh was a bit overwhelmed.
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Tidmarsh went on to become the salutatorian of his high school – though he admitted to IndyStar that he “only” got an A- in geometry – and continued his studies at Yale and MIT.


In 2005, Anurag Kashyap spelled “Appoggiatura” correctly to win. He went on to win the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament as well.

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Kashyap reacts to winning the 78th Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on June 1, 2005.
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After Amanda Goad, Kashyap became the second spelling bee winner to also win the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament. He went on to attend MIT, and graduated in 2015.


2006 winner Kerry Close graduated from Cornell University in 2014.

Close competed in the spelling bee four times before winning on her fifth attempt, which also happened to be her final year of eligibility, she told Business Insider in 2015.

In addition to her Bachelors degree in political science and government from Cornell, she obtained her Masters in business and economic reporting in 2015 from New York University. Close currently works at the public relations firm Group Gordon.


2007 National Spelling Bee winner is just one of Evan O’Dorney’s many accolades.

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Evan O’Dorney is hugged by his mother Jennifer after Evan won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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O’Dorney went on to attend Harvard for college, and graduated in 2015. He then attended the University of Cambridge for a year, and then Princeton.

In addition to his spelling prowess, he won the Intel Science Talent Search, placed four times at the International Math Olympiad, and was one of the top five scorers in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition for three years in a row, according to an interview O’Dorney did with HerCampus.

He was also named a Churchill Scholar in 2015.


Sameer Mishra took home the 2008 trophy, and is now an independent contributor to the Spelling Bee.

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Sameer Mishra holds up his winning trophy in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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According to his LinkedIn, Mishra graduated from Columbia University in 2016 in economics and statistics. He currently works at a private equity firm in San Francisco.

He also has been an independent contributor at the Scripps Spelling Bee since 2014.

A woman says an Amazon seller repeatedly asked her to take down a negative review, but the company says that violates its policies

A Reddit user says an Amazon seller asked her to take down a negative review.

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A Reddit user says an Amazon seller asked her to take down a negative review.
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  • A Reddit user says an Amazon seller asked her to take down her negative review of one of their nail dip powders.
  • She received the item for free in exchange for a review.
  • She says the seller first asked her to change her one-star rating to a four or five-star rating, then asked her to delete it altogether.
  • Amazon told INSIDER that asking for positive reviews is against its policy.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

Many people turn to Amazon for honest customer reviews, and it looks like some Amazon sellers are starting to find ways to potentially misuse the system.

Amazon customer and Reddit user Sweet_Tangerine50 claims that an Amazon seller asked her to remove a negative review, and her post is currently going viral on Reddit. In the post, the customer shows a screenshot of a review she left for a nail dip powder by a brand based in China that was sent to her for free in exchange for a review. She said she received and reviewed another product from the brand as well, but the company had already deleted the product page from Amazon.

She says she was unimpressed with the dip powder that was still available to buy, so she left a one-star review saying that the product “destroyed” her nails.

Her original review and e-mail from the Amazon seller.

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Her original review and e-mail from the Amazon seller.
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After posting the review, she says the brand (which INSIDER was unable to identify after unsuccessfully reaching out to the Reddit user) emailed her with the following request: “Sorry, our request is four or five stars. Can you modify your comment?”

When she told the seller she would not “falsify” a review, she claims the seller had a heated response.

“You should communicate with us in advance if you have any questions,” she says the seller wrote. “But you are sorry, we will not cooperate with you anymore.”

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She told the seller she does not “falsify reviews.”
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The requests didn’t end there, as she claims to have received another message asking her to delete the review after she edited it to include the fact that they asked her to alter it.

“Sorry to bother you, can you help delete your two comments for our products?” the seller wrote. “I apologize to you if I have offended you before.”

She says the seller asked her yet again to remove the review.

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She says the seller asked her yet again to remove the review.
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Though this particular example is getting a lot of attention, this doesn’t appear to be an isolated incident. Other Reddit users chimed in with similar instances of Amazon sellers asking for positive reviews, which a representative for Amazon told INSIDER is “definitely against our policies.”

While the act of simply asking a customer for a review of a purchased product is allowed, the act of specifically asking for a positive review is prohibited, nor is asking a customer to alter an already posted review. Offering free products in exchange for reviews is also prohibited.

“You cannot offer compensation for a review, and you cannot review your own products or your competitors’ products,” the policy reads. “You can ask buyers to write a review, but you cannot ask for positive reviews or ask a reviewer to change or remove their review.”

Amazon seems to be having problems with fake reviews lately and previously told Business Insider in April 2018 that it was taking action “against bad actors and those who have violated our community rules.” A report from consumer group Which? released in April found that many items across the site had 5-star reviews from unverified customers, revealing that the problem may still be ongoing.

Read more: Amazon is being flooded by fake 5-star reviews

Amazon says it's taking action against fake reviews.

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Amazon says it’s taking action against fake reviews.
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The company asks that its customers report these instances to Amazon as part of its efforts to filter out negative reviews.

“If you receive an offer for compensation of any kind (including free or discounted products, refunds, or reimbursements) in exchange for creating, modifying, or posting content in violation of these Guidelines, forward the offer, including contact information and Amazon listing, to community-help@amazon.com,” the company writes in a portion of its guidelines a spokesperson pointed out in an email to INSIDER.

Reddit user Sweet_Tangerine50 did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

3 great TV shows to binge on Netflix this weekend

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Cole Sprouse stars as Jughead on “Riverdale.”
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  • Every week, INSIDER puts together a list of great shows on Netflix you should watch.
  • This week, we recommend watching Netflix original “When They See Us,” “Queen of the South,” and the new season of teen drama “Riverdale.”
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

While weekends were made for bingeing shows on Netflix, the enormous amount of content to choose from can feel overwhelming. That’s why INSIDER is here to highlight three Netflix shows that we can’t stop watching – all perfect for a Saturday night binge.

The true story of the Central Park five is the inspiration for Netflix’s “When They See Us ”

Ava DuVernay directed the limited series.

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Ava DuVernay directed the limited series.
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Seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

In the summer of 1989, five teenage boys of color were arrested for the brutal rape of a jogger in Central Park. Their arrest and subsequent trial are the focus of Netflix’s new limited series “When They See Us.”

While many felt the boys were guilty at the time, subsequent trials and new evidence eventually led to their sentence being vacated. Ava DuVernay’s show explores the “nightmare” the boys faced as they were wrongfully accused of the brutal crime.

Perfect for fans of: “Wild Wild Country,” “13th,” and “Fruitvale Station.”

‘Queen of the South’ is an adaptation of a hit Spanish-language show

The third season was just added to Netflix.

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The third season was just added to Netflix.
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Seasons: 3

Episodes: 34

“Queen of the South,” the English-language version of the popular telenovela “La Reina del Sur,” follows a young Mexican woman named Teresa Mendoza as she’s unwittingly drawn into the cartel lifestyle.

Teresa slowly builds a massive drug empire, but has to deal with rival cartels and numerous betrayals along the way. The end of the second season found her in a showdown with rival cartel boss Camila Vargas, with the third season set to explore the effects of their violent rivalry.

Perfect for fans of: “Narcos,” “Cocaine Coast,” and “El Chapo. “

Season three of teen drama ‘Riverdale’ is out on Netflix now

Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart met while filming

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Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart met while filming “Riverdale” and are now a real-life couple.
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Seasons: 3

Episodes: 57

The CW’s dark teen drama “Riverdale” is based on characters from the “Archie” comic books, and follows a group of teens as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence while dealing with mysterious occurrences in their town.

Season three, now available to stream on Netflix, focuses on Archie Andrews as he goes on trial for murder and is subsequently incarcerated. There’s plenty of other drama too, as Jughead and Betty investigate some strange occult occurrences, and the kids of Riverdale High stage a production of “Heathers.”

Perfect for fans of: “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Gossip Girl.”

Looking for a movie to watch this weekend on Netflix? Take a look at INSIDER’s picks.

Avocados, cars, and all the other products that will get more expensive if Trump puts a 5% tariff on Mexican imports

President Donald Trump.

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President Donald Trump.
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  • In a Thursday tweet, President Donald Trump announced he would be slapping Mexico with a new round of tariffs on imports of Mexican goods in an effort to punish the country over illegal immigration.
  • As the US feuds with China over trade issues, Mexico is quickly becoming one of the US’s most important trading partners, with 80% of their total exports going to the US.
  • Last year, the US imported $346 billion of Mexican goods, an increase of 66% since 2008.
  • The US imports more agricultural products – such as avocados – from Mexico than from any of its other trading partners, but cars and other manufacturing products make up the bulk of affected imports.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In a Thursday tweet, President Donald Trump announced he would be slapping Mexico with a new round of tariffs on imports of Mexican goods in an effort to punish the country over illegal immigration.

“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump wrote.

In a follow-up statement, the White House announced the tariffs would escalate to 25% by September if illegal immigration did not decrease. Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce rates of illegal border crossings and discourage asylum seekers, an estimated 100,000 people were apprehended at the border last month.

Read more: Trump says he’ll slap a 5% tariff on all Mexican goods to stop the influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border

The announcement of new tariffs comes less than a year after the US struck a deal with Mexico and Canada to revise NAFTA and come up with a new trade agreement, the USMCA.

As the US feuds with China over trade issues, Mexico is quickly becoming one of the US’s most important trading partners, with 80% of their total exports going to the US.

Last year, the US imported $346 billion of Mexican goods, an increase of 66% since 2008, according to the White House’s Office of the US Trade Representative.

The threat of new tariffs sent shockwaves through the business world and the markets, with the Mexican peso sharply dropping in value after Trump’s announcement.

Read more: The Mexican peso is getting clobbered after Trump threatens to hit Mexican goods with tariffs

While the US imports more agricultural products – such as avocados – from Mexico than any other of its trading partners, an analysis from The Washington Post found that cars, car parts, and other manufacturing products make up the bulk of affected imports.

Multiple economists and analysts have already predicted much of the cost of these new tariffs would be directly passed on to US consumers and likely end up harming the US and the global economy more than successfully punishing Mexico.

Here’s a look at which consumer goods make up the majority of US imports from Mexico and will be the most affected by new tariffs, based on 2018 trade data from the US trade representative:

  • Together, electrical and other types of machinery made up $127 billion worth of the US’s imports from Mexico.
  • The new tariffs will affect $93 billion worth of vehicle imports.
  • $16 billion worth of mineral-fuel imports will be affected.
  • The tariffs will also affect the US medical industry, as America imported $15 billion worth of medical devices and instruments from Mexico in 2018.
  • The tariffs will likely raise the price of groceries for American consumers, since the US imported $26 billion in Mexican agricultural goods last year.
  • The prices of $11.7 billion worth of fresh fruit and vegetable imports, $3.6 billion worth of alcohol, and $3.9 billion in processed foods and snacks will go up as a result of the new tariffs.
  • Last year, the US imported $1.7 billion worth of avocados from Mexico, $2.3 billion worth of tomatoes, $3.5 billion worth of beer, and $1.6 billion worth of hard alcohol including tequila, according to an analysis from CBS.

Read more:

Trump’s latest trade-war grenade has the global economy heading toward a scenario where no one wins

Global markets plunge as China trade war and Mexico tariffs fuel a ‘triple hit of bad news’

Trump’s new Mexico tariffs threaten to derail a major trade agreement that took more than a year of bitter negotiation, and they’re even drawing the ire of a Republican ally

An 11-foot-long alligator broke into a Florida woman’s home and tore through her kitchen in the middle of the night

As they say, only in Florida!

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As they say, only in Florida!
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  • An 11-foot-long alligator broke into a Florida woman’s home.
  • The scaly creature broke through low-to-the ground windows, making a mess in the woman’s kitchen.
  • The photos are absolutely terrifying.
  • The Clearwater Police Department said that there were no injuries.
  • But Mary Wischhusen, 55, told Fox 13 that she was very scared.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

Mary Wischhusen woke up to the sound of a loud crash. It was about 3:30 a.m., so she went to the bathroom. And then she decided to go investigate, she told Fox 13.

She certainly didn’t expect the intruder to be an 11-foot-long alligator in her kitchen.

“I decided I wasn’t staying there, so I went back to my bedroom and closed the door and called the police,” Wischhusen continued. “I was hyperventilating a little, so what I did was I went on the computer and played games to settle down.”

Meanwhile, the alligator, who had climbed in a low-to-the-ground window was making a mess in Wischhusen’s kitchen.

The gator smashed bottles of her red wine.

“It’s all over my floor,” she told the outlet.

Read more: Hungry, hungry alligators are invading a Florida neighborhood in search of food

But aside from that damage, the Clearwater Police Department said that there were no injuries. Although photos of the incident are harrowing.

What a sight to behold.

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What a sight to behold.
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Crawlin' through.

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Crawlin’ through.
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There it is!

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There it is!
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The gator has left the building.

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The gator has left the building.
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Ultimately, officers sent a trapper to the scene to capture and remove the gator.

Wischhusen, for her part, is grateful to be OK.

“He could have come right after me,” Wischhusen said. “I’m very happy he did not come after me.”

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has 3 entrances at Disneyland — here are the best ways to enter the new land

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If you’re a big “Star Wars” fan, you’re going to want to take a look at all three entrances for their amazing views into the land.
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  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a new 14-acre land that’s now open in Anaheim, California’s Disneyland theme park.
  • Unlike other themed lands in the park, Galaxy’s Edge has three ways to enter the area.
  • The three entrances are located in Critter Country, Frontierland, and at the edge of Fantasyland.
  • The Frontierland and Fantasyland entrances are the most direct and fastest entrances to enter Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is finally open in Disneyland. And if you’re planning to visit the Anaheim, California theme park, there are three different ways you can enter the new themed land.

There are separate entrances to Galaxy’s Edge through Critter Country, Frontierland, and at the edge of Fantasyland where it meets with Frontierland.

If you’re not familiar with the park layout and those names don’t mean much to you or if you haven’t been to Disneyland in a while, don’t worry. Here’s how to master entering Galaxy’s Edge like a pro.

How to find the three entrances to Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is located in the Northwest corner of Disneyland.

Here's where Galaxy's Edge is compared to the park entrance.

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Here’s where Galaxy’s Edge is compared to the park entrance.
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When you arrive into the park, there are three ways to enter the area. You can head in through Critter Country, which is the farthest entrance to the west of the park. The other two entrances are closer to the center of Disneyland on the edges of Frontierland and Fantasyland.

Here’s where the three entrances are on the Disneyland map.

You'll have to walk under the Disneyland Railroad to enter Galaxy's Edge from each entrance.

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You’ll have to walk under the Disneyland Railroad to enter Galaxy’s Edge from each entrance.
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You’ll notice on the map that all three entrances are on the other side of Disneyland’s iconic railroad. You’ll have to walk under it no matter which entrance you decide to enter.

If you’re a big “Star Wars” fan, you’re probably going to want to enter through each of the three entrances to get each of the experiences into the new land.

The fastest and most direct ways to enter Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland

This is the Galaxy's Edge entrance closest to the center of the park from outside Frontierland and Fantasyland. If you're aiming for a quick way into Galaxy's Edge, this is one of two entrances you'll want to head toward.

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This is the Galaxy’s Edge entrance closest to the center of the park from outside Frontierland and Fantasyland. If you’re aiming for a quick way into Galaxy’s Edge, this is one of two entrances you’ll want to head toward.
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Though there are three entrances to Galaxy’s Edge, they’re not all made equally. If you’re trying to enter the new land, the fastest way to beat the crowds are the two entrances closer to the center of the park offer much more direct paths to the themed land than the one based at the edge of Critter Country.

Here are four different pathways you can take to enter Galaxy’s Edge from the entrance of Disneyland.

Four different paths you can take to get into Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland.

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Four different paths you can take to get into Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.
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The Critter Country path appears to be the longest route since you’ll need to make your way around Disneyland’s Rivers of America. The more direct paths are the two entrances closer to the center of the park.

Instead of making your way toward Cinderella’s castle, veer left after Main Street USA and cut through Frontierland to enter Galaxy’s Edge through its center entrance. If you want to snap a photo of Cinderella’s castle on your way to Galaxy’s Edge, you can pass under the castle and go through Fantasyland to the entrance of Galaxy’s Edge on the far right or continue along the path a little more to the land’s center entrance.

If you’re arriving to the park right at the start of the day and are trying to get to the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction, we recommend entering through one of the two entrances to the far right. They’re both closest to the ride which is located in the far back of the land.

The two far right entrances to Galaxy's Edge are closest to Smuggler's Run.

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The two far right entrances to Galaxy’s Edge are closest to Smuggler’s Run.
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If you’re looking for a more scenic route into Galaxy’s Edge, the one through Critter Country may be the way to go. If people know that the two other paths are easier to get to, the Critter Country entrance may be less crowded, especially during the first year the new area is open to the public.

Attorney General William Barr: The FBI crossed ‘a serious red line’ by investigating Trump’s campaign

  • Attorney General William Barr accused the FBI of crossing “a serious red line” by investigating President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
  • “The use of foreign intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign, to me, is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed,” Barr told CBS News.
  • Barr has previously implied the FBI erred by “spying” on the Trump campaign, but this is the first time the attorney general outright accused the bureau of breaking the law.
  • Seconds after making the allegation, Barr admitted he has no clear basis for accusing the FBI of wrongdoing.
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Attorney General William Barr said the FBI crossed “a serious red line” when it investigated whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with the Russian government during the election.

“I just think it has to be carefully looked at because the use of foreign intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign, to me, is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed,” Barr told CBS News in an exclusive interview.

Barr has previously implied his belief that the FBI may have broken protocol by “spying” on the Trump campaign during the election. But Friday’s interview is the first time the attorney general has outright accused the bureau of violating the law.

But seconds later, Barr admitted that he did not have a clear basis for making the accusation.

“There were counterintelligence activities undertaken against the Trump campaign,” Barr told host Jan Crawford. “And I’m not saying there was not a basis for it … but I want to see what that basis was and make sure it was legitimate.”

Read more: Mueller says he won’t make any more public statements on the Russia probe, but his own words bolster the case for Democrats to have him testify before Congress

When Crawford asked him to elaborate on his allegation that the FBI crossed a line while investigating Trump, Barr said, “Well I don’t want to get, you know, too much into the facts because it’s still under review. But I think it’s important to understand what basis there was for launching counterintelligence activities against a political campaign.”

He added: “What was the predicate for it? What was the hurdle that had to be crossed? What was the process – who had to approve it? And including the electronic surveillance, whatever electronic surveillance was done. And was everyone operating in their proper lane?”

There are three entities investigating the origins of the Russia probe: the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and US attorneys John Huber and John Durham.

Trump and his allies have long alleged that senior officials at the FBI and DOJ abused their authority when they signed off on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting the former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Read more: One paragraph in the Mueller report refutes Trump’s claim that Mueller asked him to be FBI director

The FISA process is one of the most secretive and rigorous counterintelligence operations in the US. Multiple officials have to sign off on a warrant application, and it has to be approved by a FISA court.

Page has been on the FBI’s radar since at least 2013 and was warned at the time that the Russian government was trying to recruit him as an agent.

The bureau obtained its first FISA warrant against him that year and secured a second one during the 2016 presidential campaign after Page made a mysterious trip to Moscow to meet with top Russian officials. They continued monitoring him until at least summer 2017.

Barr’s comments come days after Trump gave him sweeping authority to declassify intelligence related to the Russia probe and “surveillance activities” that took place during the election.

The move marked another flashpoint in Trump and Barr’s ongoing attack on the FBI and intelligence community and raised red flags among national-security veterans who said it could compromise the lives of US sources and hurt intelligence-gathering operations.

8 finalists were named co-champions of the 2019 national spelling bee — here are the definitions of all the winning words from the last 25 years

This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee had not one, but eight champions.

Each of the winners correctly spelled their given word: auslaut, erysipelas, bougainvillea, aiguillette, pendeloque, palama, cernuous, and odylic. A mix of adjectives and nouns, the words’ definitions range from the webbing on the feet of aquatic birds (palama) to a genus of American shrubs (bougainvillea).

Since the spelling bee’s inception in 1925, winners have spelled increasingly difficult words to earn the coveted trophy and $50,000 prize. The past 25 years – broadcasted live on ESPN and ABC – include a diverse group of dictionary entries, from medical jargon to political terminology.

Read more: The National Spelling Bee ended with 8 winners – here’s the winning word from every spelling bee since 1925

This year, the Bee ran out of challenging words to give contestants, ending the final round with an “unprecedented” eight-way tie: Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja. The New York Times’ Daniel Victor tweeted that the co-champions beat the dictionary.

Keep reading for a look at the winning words from the past quarter century, from “xanthosis” in 1995 to this year’s eight.


1995: xanthosis

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The medical term “xanthosis” was the winning word in the 1995 national spelling bee.
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Definition of xanthosis: (noun) yellow discoloration of the skin from abnormal causes; a virus disease of the strawberry plant characterized by crinkling and curling, yellowing and dwarfing of the leaves, and stunting of the entire plant


1996: vivisepulture

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The term “vivisepulture” was the winning word the following year in 1996. The term means the act of burying alive.
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Definition of vivisepulture: (noun) the act or practice of burying alive


1997: euonym

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Rebecca A. Sealfon won the 70th Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in 1997 by spelling the word “euonym” correctly.
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Definition of euonym: (noun) a name well suited to the person, place, or thing named


1998: chiaroscurist

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A 1655 painting by Karel van der Pluym titled “Man Reading, with Symbols of Transience” utilizes the chiaroscuro technique, playing with light and shadow.
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Definition of chiaroscurist: (noun) an artist who specializes in chiaroscuro


1999: logorrhea

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Nupur Lala holds the trophy for winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1999. Lala won after correctly spelling the word “logorrhea.”
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Definition of logorrhea: (noun) excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness


2000: démarche

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The United States Department of State, headquartered in the Harry S. Truman Building (pictured) in Washington, DC, issues démarches.
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Definition of démarche: (noun) a course of action; maneuver; a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver; a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels


2001: succedaneum

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Sean Conley won the spelling bee in 2001 after correctly spelling the word “succedaneum.”
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Definition of succedaneum: (noun) substitute


2002: prospicience

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Pratyush Buddiga won the 75th Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in 2001 by spelling the word “prospicience” correctly.
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Definition of prospicience: (noun) the act of looking forward; foresight


2003: pococurante

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Sai R. Gunturi won the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee the following year in 2003 by spelling the word “pococurante” correctly.
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Definition of pococurante: (adjective) indifferent, nonchalant


2004: autochthonous

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The phrase “autochthonous plants” is synonymous with the more commonly used term “indigenous plants.” Wild violets are autochthonous to North America.
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Definition of autochthonous: (adjective) indigenous, native; formed or originating in the place where found


2005: appoggiatura

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An example of an appoggiatura noted on sheet music.
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Definition of appoggiatura: (noun) an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size


2006: Ursprache

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Katharine Close holding the championship trophy after winning the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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Definition of Ursprache: (noun) a parent language; especially one reconstructed from the evidence of later languages


2007: serrefine

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Serrefine forceps.
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Definition of serrefine: (noun) a small forceps for clamping a blood vessel


2008: guerdon

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Sameer Mishra holds the Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy after winning the competition in 2008. Mishra won after fittingly spelling the word “guerdon” correctly. The winning noun means “reward.”
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Definition of guerdon: (noun) reward, recompense


2009: Laodicean

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Kansas native Kavya Shivashankar (left) holding her winning trophy with E.W. Scripps Company president and CEO of the Richard Boehne. Shivashankar won after correctly spelling the word “Laodicean.”
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Definition of Laodicean: (adjective) lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics


2010: stromuhr

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A “stromuhr” is a medical instrument used in hospitals. It measures the amount and speed of blood flow in a patient’s arteries.
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Medical Definition of stromuhr: (noun) a rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery


2012: guetapens

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Snigdha Nandipati won the annual competition in 2012 by correctly spelling the French word “guetapens.”
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Definition of guetapens: (noun) ambush, snare, trap


2011: cymotrichous

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Sukanya Roy won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2011 after correctly spelling the word “cymotrichous.”
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Definition of cymotrichous: (adjective) having the hair wavy


2013: knaidel

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A bowl of matzo ball soup.
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Definition of knaidel: (noun) matzo ball


2014: feuilleton, stichomythia

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An example of a Spanish feuilleton from 1879.
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Definition of feuilleton: (noun) a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader; something (such as an installment of a novel) printed in a feuilleton; a novel printed in installments; a work of fiction catering to popular taste; a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content

Definition of stichomythia: (noun) dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered by two actors in alternating lines (as in classical Greek drama)


2015: scherenschnitte, nunatak

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A nunatak near Ikerasak. Denmark.
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Definition of scherenschnitte: (noun) the art of cutting paper into decorative designs

Definition of nunatak: (noun) a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice


2016: Feldenkrais, gesellschaft

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Renee Pinshaw teaches a Feldenkrais class in St. Leonards, Sydney.
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Medical Definition of Feldenkrais: (trademark) used for a system of aided body movements intended to increase bodily awareness and ease tension

Definition of gesellschaft: (noun) a rationally developed mechanistic type of social relationship characterized by impersonally contracted associations between persons; a community or society characterized by this relationship


2017: marocain

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Two models wearing marocain dresses in a 1932 issue of Vogue.
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Definition of marocain: (noun) a ribbed crepe fabric used in women’s clothing


2018: koinonia

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A stained glass window in a Christian church.
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Definition of koinonia: (noun) the Christian fellowship or body of believers; intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community


2019: auslaut, erysipelas, bougainvillea, aiguillette, pendeloque, palama, cernuous, odylic

Definition of auslaut: (noun) final sound in a word or syllable; end position of a sound in a word or syllable

Definition of erysipelas: (noun) an acute febrile disease associated with intense edematous local inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by a hemolytic streptococcus

Definition of bougainvillea: (noun) any of a genus (Bougainvillaea) of the four-o’clock family of ornamental tropical American woody vines and shrubs with brilliant purple or red floral bracts

Definition of aiguillette: (noun) aglet; specifically, a shoulder cord worn by designated military aides

Definition of pendeloque: (noun) a diamond or other gemstone cut in the form of a pear-shaped brilliant with a table; briolette; a usually pear-shaped glass pendant used for ornamenting a lamp or chandelier

Definition of palama: (noun) the webbing on the feet of aquatic birds

Definition of cernuous: (adjective) inclining or nodding; pendulous; dropping

Definition of odylic: (adjective) of or relating to odyl

We tried Google’s new augmented reality feature for Maps that’s currently available only on its Pixel smartphones, and we don’t know what we’d do without it.

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  • At Google’s I/O conference earlier this month, the company announced that its new augmented reality (AR) feature for Google Maps was now available on its Pixel smartphones.
  • Business Insider tried out the feature earlier in the year, and found it incredibly helpful.
  • Using your phone’s camera, Google Maps identifies your location and places signs and arrows on your screen to show you where you need to go.
  • Below, we describe what it was like to use the new Google Maps AR feature on the streets of San Francisco.
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

Anyone visiting a new city knows the confusion of emerging from a subway station and trying to figure out in which direction to turn. Even with your maps app open, orienting yourself in an unfamiliar place can be difficult and lead to some missteps.

That’s why Google’s new augmented reality (AR) feature for Maps is so helpful. Using your phone’s camera, Google Maps identifies your location and places signs and arrows on your screen to show you where you need to go.

At Google’s I/O conference earlier this month, the company announced that the Maps AR feature was now available on its lineup of Pixel smartphones. Google has not yet said when the feature will be rolled out more broadly, but its now in the hands of real people, using real Pixel smartphones.

In February, the Google Maps team gave Business Insider the chance to try out its new AR feature, and ever since, we’ve been eagerly awaiting its arrival on more devices.

Here’s what it was like to use the new Google Maps AR feature on the streets of San Francisco:


We met members of the Google Maps team at Rincon Park, which is right near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. We decided we could all use some caffeine, so to test out the new AR feature, we headed to Blue Bottle Coffee on Sansome Street.

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We plugged the destination into Google Maps to begin the journey.


This is where the AR magic happens. When you hold your phone up to eye level, the standard map shrinks into a small circle at the bottom of the screen. The majority of your screen shows you the real world that’s directly in front of you, as if you were looking through the camera.

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But this is an “augmented” version of the real world. After a couple of seconds to process my location, the screen displayed big arrows, layered on top of the view, that pointed me in the right direction to start my walk.


But I wasn’t able to hold the phone up for too long. For safety purposes, an alert pops up after a few moments of using the AR feature, telling users to put their phones down while they walk.

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And it’s a good thing that I did. My path was filled with electric scooter riders – an AR accident waiting to happen!

Google said it purposely only displays the arrows during “moments of confusion” so that users don’t walk around with their phones in the air, oblivious to those around them.

Those moments of confusion can include when users first start on their journey (like when exiting the subway), when a turn is approaching, or when arriving at a destination.


Still, it was hard not to hold up the phone to check out the new feature and graphics. I did sometimes notice, depending on the angle I held the phone, the arrow animations got a little wonky.

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But for the most part, the arrow graphics worked quite nicely.

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Rachel Inman, user-experience lead on the project, told me that her team went through multiple iterations before deciding on the arrows graphics. At one point they tried using a blue line, similar to what is used on the 2D maps, but projected onto the view of the real path in front of the user (think Follow the yellow brick road). However, tests found that users would try to stand on the blue lines exactly while walking along their path.

Arrows seem to offer the right amount of guidance.


The “proper” way to use the feature is to walk with your phone down when you know you’re on the right path. This will result in the standard Maps view.

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When you need to decide where to turn next, you can tilt the phone upwards. Google Maps then tries to understand your location based on the imagery around you.

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That’s right. Along with the fancy new AR feature, Google is also trying to improve the accuracy of your location by using Visual Positioning Service (VPS), Street View, and machine learning.

Google calls this technique “global localization.”

Today, the company relies on GPS and compass tools, but it says that both have limitations, especially in urban environments where there’s a ton of metal and other phones in a dense area.

The technicalities of how Google pinpoints your location can be confusing, but the team says if you’ve ever struggled with the “blue dot” problem – where the blinking blue dot on a map is across the street or on a different block from where you actually are – then you understand the problem they’re trying to solve with imagery and machine learning.


The feature works best if you point the phone towards more permanent structures, like office buildings or cafes, rather than shrubs or bushes that change their shape and color based on the season.

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The multicolor dots around the building are meant to let you know that Maps’ visual recognition system is busy trying to identify the object in front of it.


Once Google knows exactly where you are, it displays arrows on your screen to make sure you’re on track and heading in the right direction.

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Once you arrive at your destination, a pin-drop will appear with a fun animation to accompany it. Since we were heading to grab a coffee, Google Maps also pulled up information about Blue Bottle in case we wanted to check out photos and reviews before walking in.

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After picking up a cappuccino, I turned in the Android demo phone, thanked the Google team, and headed back to the Business Insider office.

Not knowing exactly where I was in San Francisco’s Financial District, I felt myself longing for the AR maps feature.

Seriously!

Even though I knew I was generally heading in the right direction, the AR feature made it so easy to get a quick “sanity check” that I was correct.