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How to start meditating if you’ve never done it before, and the tools you need to do it

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Learning to meditate is not difficult, but mastering meditation takes a lifetime of practice. Even the Dalai Lama, who spends hours meditating each day, admits that his mind sometimes wanders, rather than remaining focused. And that’s okay.

Everyone has a “monkey mind,” according to Buddha, who used the term to describe the way our mind tends to drift from subject to subject and is easily distracted – just like a monkey jumping from branch to branch while swinging through the trees.

The point of meditation is not to end monkey mind – that can’t be done – but rather, to slowly learn to gain control over it so that life is lived appreciating the present moment, instead of dwelling on the what-ifs or I-should-haves.

How to meditate for beginners

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Here’s how to begin meditating. Remember, you practice meditation, you never become perfect at it, so don’t get discouraged when your mind makes those inevitable leaps.

  1. Find a spot that’s relatively quiet where you’ll be undisturbed.
  2. Sit with your back straight, your head aligned with your spine, and your hands resting comfortably on your thighs.
  3. If sitting in a chair, your feet should be flat on the floor. If you prefer a cross-legged position on the floor, make sure your knees and ankles are comfortably positioned so they don’t go numb during your meditation session. If you want to sit, you may like a traditional meditation cushion like a zabuton or a stuffed meditation mat like a zafu. If you are uncomfortable sitting on the floor for long periods of time, a meditation bench is an excellent choice. We break down the differences between these three types of seats at the end of this piece.
  4. Close your eyes, or if you prefer to keep them open, lower your lids slightly, direct your gaze toward the floor in front of you, and don’t try to focus on anything in particular.
  5. Take a minute or two to settle yourself, scanning your body for any areas of tension or discomfort. Adjust your position if necessary.
  6. Bring your attention to your breath. Don’t try to control your breathing; just observe the flow of air in and out of your nose. Notice the sensation of air temperature and movement through your nostrils.
  7. After a couple of minutes, it’s time to truly begin meditating. The simplest form of mindfulness meditation is to count your breath. On your next exhalation, mentally count, “One.” With your next inhalation, count two. Continue to focus on your breathing, counting each inhalation and exhalation, until you reach 10. At this point, start over again at one.
  8. Each time you catch your mind wandering during the counting – and it absolutely will – bring your attention back to your breathing, and start over again on one. Don’t judge yourself, get annoyed, or give up just because monkey mind came into play; everyone experiences this during meditation no matter how long they have been practicing.
  9. Don’t worry about the length of your meditation session in the beginning. Just sit and count your breaths until you feel relaxed. However, as your practice deepens, you’ll want to start timing your sessions, and perhaps slowly increasing them. A good goal is 20 minutes of meditation each day, but if you only have the time or desire for 10 minutes, five minutes, or even three minutes, that’s perfectly okay.
  10. Gently open your eyes when your session is complete, and stand up slowly. Give your entire body a stretch, and enjoy the feeling of focused calm.

What type of meditation cushion or bench should I use?

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Many meditators like to use a traditional meditation cushion called a zabuton. The zabuton makes it far easier to sit for extended periods with legs crossed. If you prefer a meditation support that’s somewhere between a traditional chair and a flat mat, you might find that a zafu is better for your needs. Zafus are round, firm pillows that are stuffed with buckwheat hulls. They’re the traditional prop for meditation in the Zen tradition.

If sitting in any type of cross-legged position draws complaints from your knees, but you still prefer to meditate in a traditional pose, rather than in a chair, you may prefer a meditation bench. Below, we’ve listed a few great options.

A Philadelphia Starbucks employee wrote ‘ISIS’ on the cup of a customer in Islamic dress instead of ‘Aziz’

  • A Philadelphia Starbucks employee wrote “ISIS” instead of “Aziz” on the cup of a customer in Islamic dress, according to a Washington Post report.
  • The customer, Niquel Johnson, told the Post that he felt shocked and angry after the incident. Starbucks told the Post in a statement that it was an employee’s honest mistake and did not believe it was an act of discrimination.
  • This is the most recent incident in which customers have accused the coffee chain of discrimination.
  • Two black men were arrested at a different Philadelphia Starbucks location in 2018 after trying to use the store’s restroom while they waited for a business meeting to begin.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A Starbucks employee in Philadelphia wrote “ISIS,” the name of the Islamic terrorist group, instead of “Aziz” on a customer’s cup, as reported by The Washington Post.

According to the report, Niquel Johnson, 40, went into a Philadelphia Starbucks location in Islamic dress that Johnson said he’s been to “countless” times before. An employee asked for his name, as is standard, for staffers to call out when his order was prepared.

But Johnson’s order was announced by drink type, not name. And it wasn’t until later in the day that he realized that the word “ISIS” was typed in the order tag on the cup.

“I felt shocked and angry,” Johnson told The Post. “I felt it was discrimination.”

Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges told the Post in a statement that the company didn’t believe it was an act of discrimination after investigating.

“The customer approached and provided the name Aziz,” Borges told the Post. “The barista mistakenly spelled it incorrectly.”

But then things got even stranger.

Borges told The Post in a statement that Starbucks had contacted Johnson’s family and apologized after the incident gained social media attention.

And a Starbucks district manager also called Johnson to explain that Starbucks had called and apologized to what they believed was his niece, named Alora. Only Johnson said he doesn’t even know someone by that name, meaning Starbucks communicated with someone unrelated to Johnson.

The incident, further complicated by a misunderstanding and a disorderly response from the company, is just the most recent case in which a customer said they experienced discrimination at a Starbucks location. In April 2018, two black men meeting at a different Philadelphia Starbucks location for a business meeting were arrested after trying to use the store’s bathroom.

The arrest led to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson publicly apologizing to the two men and the company closing all locations for a day in May 2018 for racial-bias education.

Read the full report on the Philadelphia Starbucks incident on The Washington Post.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the chain has faced allegations of discrimination, not proven epsiodes of discrimination.

Intelligence veterans are pulling their hair out over Trump’s ‘outrageous’ and ‘moronic’ decision to tweet out a photo from a classified briefing

President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room at the White House May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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  • President Donald Trump’s decision to tweet out a photo of an Iranian launch pad that he got from a classified intelligence briefing this week has astonished national-security and intelligence veterans.
  • One analyst said the photo was likely taken by a classified US spy satellite. The US rarely disseminates such imagery, and Trump’s move to release the photo presents a goldmine for foreign intelligence services, who can use it to make inferences about the US’s aerial surveillance capabilities.
  • Trump may have blown “the cover on a multi-decade, multi-president campaign to disrupt Iranian missile and nuclear development with minimal loss of life,” wrote Alex Stamos, the Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and adjunct professor at the Center for International Security and Cooperation.
  • Robert Deitz, a former top lawyer at the CIA and the National Security Agency, agreed Trump made a “serious mistake” and told Insider “the Russians and the Chinese will be very happy to study this.”
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President Donald Trump has spent a good portion of his time over the last several days ripping former FBI director James Comey and falsely accusing him of leaking classified information to the public after he was fired.

So it was ironic when Trump took to Twitter on Friday to release sensitive US military information that he received during a classified intelligence briefing earlier that day.

“The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran,” Trump tweeted. “I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”

He was referring to a rocket launch failure on Thursday at a space center in Iran that was confirmed by both Iranian and US officials. The explosion marks Iran’s third consecutive failure at lifting a satellite into orbit, and Trump’s line about wishing “Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened” was seen by many as a taunt directed at the rogue regime.

Attached to the tweet was a photo of the launch pad where the explosion happened:

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Read more: US official confirms that Trump tweeted out a picture from a classified intelligence briefing

The US ‘rarely’ disseminates such photos

Trump’s tweet immediately set off alarm bells in the military and intelligence community because the photo was a much higher resolution and better quality than the commercial satellite images of the explosion that were publicly available.

In fact, the photo appears to contain specific markers that indicate it was taken by a US military asset and may have had a high classification level. A US official also told CNN that the photo looks like it came from a satellite operated by the intelligence community but added that the US would not send a drone or manned aircraft into Iranian airspace.

Allison Puccioni, an imagery analyst and army veteran, wrote that although the US openly acknowledges that it has the capability to collect technical information about overseas proliferation, it “rarely” disseminates such imagery, “with a noteworthy exception of such images collected during the 2002-2003 runup to the Iraq War.”

“Trump’s tweeted image was not from any sensor” anyone in the open-source intelligence community can access, she added. “The dissemination of this image seems out-of-step with the US policy regarding its publication of such data. Not sure what the political objective of dissemination was.”

Read more: US spies say Trump’s G7 performance suggests he’s either a ‘Russian asset’ or a ‘useful idiot’ for Putin

Cees Bassa, a professional astronomer who works at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, wrote that based on the features of the launch pad in the photo and the positioning of the camera, the image was likely captured by USA-224, one of four classified US spy satellites that are currently in orbit and are operated by the National Reconnaissance Office.

Such satellites are believed to be able to produce the sharpest images of the Earth’s surface, Bassa added, and the actual resolution of the images is kept under wraps.

The images aren’t often published because their dissemination can help analysts – including, and perhaps especially, those who work for hostile foreign powers – discern the resolution of the satellites and make other inferences about the US’s aerial surveillance capabilities.

Trump has not said whether he discussed the national security risks of releasing the image with intelligence officials before tweeting it out. But one aide on the National Security Council told Insider they were not aware of any discussion of the matter beforehand.

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A goldmine for foreign intelligence: ‘The Russians and the Chinese will be very happy to study this’

Robert Deitz, a former top lawyer at the CIA and the National Security Agency, told Insider Trump made a “serious mistake.”

“It identifies for the world (not just Iran) the methods we have attained” in collecting imagery intelligence, which refers to information collected through photographs and other images, he said. “One doesn’t use intel for the purposes of taunting. The Russians and the Chinese will be very happy to study this.”

Alex Stamos, the Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and adjunct professor at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, echoed that view, writing, “The propensity for saying the quiet part out loud is less amusing when it blows the cover on a multi-decade, multi-president campaign to disrupt Iranian missile and nuclear development with minimal loss of life.”

Read more: DOJ watchdog finds James Comey violated FBI policy by sharing memo with The New York Times

Trump’s tweet comes after a week of national-security and foreign-policy blunders, and none was more prominent than his fervent defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G7 summit in France.

At the meeting, Trump refused to hold Russia accountable for violating international law, consistently called for Russia’s readmittance to the alliance, and blamed his predecessor for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Several current and former spies found Trump’s actions so “unfathomable” that they raised – again – the possibility that the US president is an unwitting Russian asset.

With his tweet taunting Iran, Trump invited similar blowback and allegations that he values his personal brand more than the country he represents.

“We spend some $70 billion annually on our intelligence capabilities, while countless professionals put their lives on the line,” Edward Price, the former senior director of the National Security Council under Barack Obama, told Insider. “And yet, Trump seems to have put at risk a key asset for absolutely no benefit.”

Read more: Russia came out the winner of this year’s G7 summit despite being kicked out, and Trump looked like ‘Putin’s puppet’

President Donald Trump departs the White House on foreign travel to attend the G7 summit in France

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‘Maybe he has a right to act this way, even if it is moronic’

John Sipher, who served as a CIA clandestine services officer for 28 years, told Insider that the image Trump tweeted out could have come from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and while it’s unclear how sensitive the photo was, the NGA can quickly provide images at all classification levels, including unclassified images.

In this case, Sipher said, “it’s possible the intelligence representative was able to quickly determine that the image was not sensitive.”

However, former officials stressed that even though, as president, Trump has the authority to declassify anything he wants, he’s still expected to act with the utmost discretion.

Trump’s “release of the image was consistent with his disdain for foreign policy and intelligence expertise,” Sipher said. “If he sees an immediate personal or political benefit, he does not feel any need to follow rules, regulations, protocol, or even laws.”

Alex Finley, another former CIA officer, agreed, telling Insider that Trump’s actions were “outrageous and reckless,” but that “it’s hardly the first time we’ve seen this. And maybe he has a right to act this way, even if it is moronic.”

After Trump tweeted out an image from a secret intelligence briefing to mock Iran, a top Iranian official trolled the president with a ‘good morning’ selfie

The Iranian tech minister has a history of trolling Trump online.

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  • Iranian official Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi taunted US President Donald Trump on Twitter Friday.
  • Jahromi posted a selfie of himself standing before the Nahid-1 satellite.
  • The tweet appears to be a response to Trump’s tweets mocking an incident involving a rocket failure that occurred in Iran.
  • The Iranian tech minister has a history of trolling Trump online.
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US President Donald Trump’s Twitter beef with Iran took a turn Saturday, when a top Iranian official tweeted out a selfie with a satellite.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s information and communications technology minister, posted a photo of himself standing in front of the Nahid-1 satellite Friday.

The post was apparently in response to Trump’s series of tweets about a rocket failure incident that occurred in Iran. Satellite images picked up evidence that a launchpad in Iran’s space center had been charred by an explosion. Analysts speculated that the incident was linked to the Nahid-1, the Associated Press reported.

On Friday, Trump tweeted an image from a confidential report on the incident, claiming that the US was not involved in the explosion.

“I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One,” the president wrote.

Read more: Trump may have revealed US military secrets by tweeting a photo to taunt Iran

Jahromi’s selfie appeared to be a response to speculation about the Nahid-1, suggesting that it was still intact. But this isn’t the first time that the official has taken to Twitter to taunt Trump. He previously wrote that the president should replace “boring” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with comedian Jimmy Fallon, tweeting out an SNL clip about racists supporting Trump.

On August 22, Jahromi tweeted, “We are all connected, not isolated islands. Trump’s sanctions will hurt the US first.” He’s criticized the president for his withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and the European Union. He’s even mocked Trump as a “coward” and poked fun at the controversy over the size of his inauguration crowd.

While attention remains focused on Trump’s handling of the alleged Iranian rocket explosion, it remains to be seen whether Jahromi will finally get a response from the president.

‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, residents empty store shelves and make other preparations

A Florida Costco shopper on August 30, 2019.

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Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 4 storm as it approaches the US coast.

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A satellite handout image of Hurricane Dorian on August 31, 2019.
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The path of the hurricane has been especially hard to predict, thanks to various weather patterns over Caribbean waters.

Read more: A cocktail of weird Caribbean weather is making Hurricane Dorian’s path especially hard to predict


Dorian is no longer expected to make landfall in Florida, but the state’s governor Ron DeSantis said in a briefing Saturday that “there’s a pretty high degree of certainty that this is going to be a major hurricane, Category 4, potentially even Category 4-plus.”

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DeSantis gives a briefing regarding Hurricane Dorian on August 29, 2019.
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The governor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, when the hurricane was expected to make landfall in Florida, and advised residents to stockpile food, water, and medicine.

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Read more: Stores in Florida are running out of water and dealing with massive lines as locals stockpile ahead of Hurricane Dorian


“Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster,” DeSantis said in the briefing.

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Residents have clamored to local Costco, Publix, and other chain stores to stock up on supplies.

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As a result, stores in Florida are running out of water, and shelves sit empty as reported by local news channel CBS4 Miami.

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“I’ve never seen anything like this,” one shopper told CBS4 Miami.

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Another shopper told the AP that a store employee didn’t know if or when a restock would be happening before the hurricane’s arrival.

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Local gas stations are also seeing long lines as residents take to their cars ahead of the storm’s arrival.

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There’s now a gas shortage, and the governor said in a briefing Saturday that a plan is in place to divert supplies from neighboring states to Florida to compensate.

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The governor also said the Florida Highway Patrol is escorting the fuel trucks being sent to resupply gas stations to help with the crowds.

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Residents are also collecting sandbags to prevent as much water damage in their homes and businesses as possible.

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Local prisoners were even enlisted to help package bags of sand for residents.


And local businesses are boarding up windows to protect against heavy winds.

Read more: Hurricane Dorian could hit Florida as a Category 4 storm. Here are the 14 most important ways to prepare for a hurricane.


Some businesses look altogether closed ahead of the storm’s arrival.


Others are catering to shoppers in need of hurricane supplies.

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Some Florida businesses are operating as usual, like the Beacon Light Barber and Salon in Pompano Beach, Florida.

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And surfers were even spotted taking advantage of the rough waters as they wait for the storm to hit.

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The TSA has reversed its ban on ‘Star Wars’ grenade-shaped sodas, which can fly in checked luggage

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  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed its decision to ban souvenir “Star Wars” soda bottles from all flights and announced the “grenades” could be flown in checked bags.
  • The soda bottles are modeled after grenades used in a number of “Star Warsmovies, and are available at the “Galaxy’s Edge” lands in California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World.
  • Thomas Kelly, a TSA spokesperson, told Insider the agency initially banned them because the bottles “could reasonably be seen by some as replica hand grenades,” which are prohibited from carry-on and checked luggage.
  • “Packing inert, replicas or toy explosives in luggage has the potential to impact travelers,” Kelly said. “When officers discover a suspected explosive device, they call an explosives specialist, which takes time and can lead to missed flights and long delays.”
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

“Star Wars” fans, rejoice.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed its decision to ban Disney’s new “Star Wars”-themed soda bottles from flights, and has announced the bottles will be allowed in checked luggage.

“We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid,” detailing their reaction to the backlash. “Because these bottles contain liquids larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), they should be put in checked baggage or emptied to be brought on as carry-on item.”

The statement added that “TSA officers will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.”

The unique soda bottles, made to look like the grenades used in a number of “Star Wars” movies, are exclusively available at the “Galaxy’s Edge” lands that recently opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Coca-Cola’s design team worked closely with Imagineering and Lucasfilm to create the promotional products, which feature soda logos rewritten in the “Aurebesh” language from the “Star Wars” universe.

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Read more: ‘Star Wars’ fans are going wild with theories about Rey’s red lightsaber in the new ‘Rise of Skywalker’ teaser

Thomas Kelly, a TSA spokesperson, told Insider that the bottles could be mistaken for something more dangerous.

“The issue concerning ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-themed soda bottles has recently been brought to our attention by the general public, as these items could reasonably be seen by some as replica hand grenades,” Kelly said.

“Packing inert, replicas or toy explosives in luggage has the potential to impact travelers,” Kelly added. “When officers discover a suspected explosive device, they call an explosives specialist, which takes time and can lead to missed flights and long delays.”

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It seems the “Star Wars” soda bottles were first brought to the TSA’s attention on Twitter, when Disney fan @DarkAshNet tweeted at the TSA, writing: “I know these look dodgy, but can they be packed in a suitcase?”

“Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” the TSA initially responded.

TSA policy states replica explosives and hand grenades are prohibited from carry-on bags and checked luggage.

On its website, the TSA lists other prohibited items such as “squirt guns, Nerf guns, toy swords, or other items that resemble realistic firearms or weapons,” and advises travelers to empty water guns to adhere to its liquids rule. The site also says “TSA officers have the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.”

As for the “Star Wars” soda bottles, Kelly told us the matter is currently under review.

“While we continue to review this issue, TSA officers will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat,” Kelly said.

The new “Galaxy’s Edge” at Disney World – which opened on Thursday and is almost identical to the original “Galaxy’s Edge” in California’s Disneyland – features a number of rides, eateries, and stores based on the “Star Wars” franchise, including the Rise of the Resistance ride and build-your-own droid and lightsaber shops.

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One person was killed and 9 wounded in a knife attack outside a Lyon, France metro station

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  • A violent knife attack at a metro station outside Lyon, France Saturday afternoon left at least one person dead and nine injured.
  • Witnesses reportedly said was perpetrated by a suspect armed with a “large fork” and a “large barbecue knife” attacked several people at the metro stop around 4:25 PM local time.
  • According to a local media outlet, police authorities chased the male suspect and apprehended him without sustaining injuries.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A knife attack in Lyon, France on Saturday afternoon left one 19-year-old dead and at least nine people injured, a local media outlet reported.

An official police Twitter account also confirmed the attack, asking the public not to disturb the ongoing rescue at the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station, where the attack occurred.

Witnesses told reporters that a male suspect armed with a “large fork” and a “large barbecue knife” fled the scene after attacking several people outside the metro stop around 4:25 PM CET and authorities were reported to have chased and apprehended him without injury.

Police officers are continuing to search for what is believed to be a second suspect, who witnesses report fled the scene in the direction of a nearby park. Reports detail that police authorities are searching for the second suspect, who witnesses say possessed a rotisserie spike, via helicopter.

More than 50 rescue authorities, including firefighters, arrived at the station in the Villeurbanne region of France, east of the city, soon after the attack. They responded to victims on the street and in the below-ground station.

The attack is the latest incident after seven people were injured during a September 2018 attack in northeastern Paris by a man wielding a knife and an iron bar after a string of knife attacks in France.

Read more: 7 people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris

Lyon Mayor Gérard Collomb told reporters that the motive of the attacker was unclear, but that it was an unprovoked attack, as opposed to a fight. Collomb left a nearby football game he was attending when the attack took place to share his support “for the victims, transport workers and the police and relief forces,” The Independent reported.

Of the nine people reported injured, three are reported to be in serious condition.

Several Lyon metro lines have shut down in the wake of the attack, and France’s counter-terror office is investigating the incident.

Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling married in a star-studded ceremony at an English castle

  • “Love Me Like You Do” singer Ellie Goulding and fiancé Caspar Jopling were married in a lavish ceremony on Saturday, August 31 in York, England.
  • The couple, who’ve been together since 2017, reportedly tied the knot in front of celebrity guests like Katy Perry, Sienna Miller, and Princess Eugenie.
  • Goulding and Jopling were slated to enjoy a reception later Saturday at Howard Castle, an opulent estate in the English countryside.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Singer Ellie Goulding and her art dealer fiancé Caspar Jopling were married in a lavish ceremony at the York Minster cathedral on August 31, according to multiple reports.

The couple married in front of a crowd filled with famous guests from the entertainment world like Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Sienna Miller. Several members of high British royalty were also in attendance, including Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and their mother, Sarah Ferguson.

Goulding arrived at the cathedral in a blue Volkswagen camper van Saturday morning to cheers from the large crowd.

Matt Porteous, a popular wedding photographer for high British society, posted a photo of the couple’s kiss at the ceremony on Instagram.

Goulding wore a bespoke Victorian-style gown featuring glass bead adornments and a high ruffled neckline by Natacha Ramsay-Levi for Chloé for the ceremony, Harper’s Bazaar reports.

Goulding’s veil, which was made from silk tulle, was reportedly embroidered with both the bride and groom’s initials.

The couple was slated to hold their reception at Castle Howard, an opulent estate in the English countryside.

Goulding and Jopling have been dating since March 2017, after they were introduced by a mutual friend speculated to be Princess Eugenie.

The couple officially revealed their engagement with a formal announcement in August of last year.

Leesa’s Labor Day sale is happening now — get up to $350 off, plus 2 free pillows when you buy a mattress

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Thanks to the increasing number of people who want to be able to shop online in their pajamas, there is no shortage of direct-to-consumer companies, and a healthy percentage of them are mattress startups. Why? Because you don’t have to lay down on 15 beds while a salesperson hangs around to see which suits your sleep style best, there’s usually no crazy delivery fee, and you get to try a mattress in your home without any pressure for 100 nights (as the new industry standard goes). So really, why not?

There are a lot of great direct-to-consumer mattress options to consider, and Leesa is one of them.

Leesa is running a Labor Day sale right now with exclusive savings for Business Insider readers, making its already accessible prices even better. Currently, Business Insider readers can get up to $350 off the Leesa Hybrid Mattress or up to $250 off the Leesa Memory Foam Mattress. You’ll also get two free pillows when you order any Leesa mattress.

We’ve covered both the company’s bread-and-butter Leesa mattress (full review here) as well as its luxury option, the Leesa Hybrid (full review here), in our best mattress buying guide, but the break down is pretty simple:

  • The Leesa Mattress is engineered with three premium foams for cooling, body contouring, and pressure-relieving core support. Queen Size: $745 (normally $995) [You save $250]
  • The Leesa Hybrid Mattress combines Leesa’s premium foam layers with pocket-spring coils for superior support. Queen Size: $1,345 (normally $1,695) [You save $350]

The company has done well even in a saturated direct-to-consumer mattress space thanks to its excellent customer service model and give-back program, and of course, its universally comfortable mattresses. Leesa says its mattresses can comfortably accommodate all body shapes and types of sleepers, and that, because of its original design, you don’t have to choose between a firm or a plush mattress. We also had positive experiences when we reviewed the original Leesa mattress and the Leesa Hybrid.

Skip the awkward showroom, get your mattress delivered to your door, and spend 100 nights risk-free trying it out. No pressure. If you’re looking for a new mattress, Leesa’s exclusive Labor Day markdown will give you a great value.

Save up to $350 on a Leesa mattress during the company’s Labor Day sale.

If you’re interested in learning more before committing to a Leesa mattress, these guides will help you out:

Wealthy weekender’s guide: Where to eat, shop, stay, and party in the Hamptons

The Hamptons has it all — if you can pay for it.

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The Hamptons has it all — if you can pay for it.
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The Hamptons, a series of beach towns and villages dotting eastern Long Island, New York, are known around the world as a destination for ultra-wealthy vacationers. And, while all indisputably beautiful, each area of the Hamptons offers something a bit different.

Whether you’re looking for a great night out or a shopping center loaded with the top brands, there’s a place for everything – you just have to know where to look.

Read more: Inside the most expensive property for sale in the Hamptons, which is listed for $150 million and costs 75 times more than the swanky area’s median home

Business Insider spoke with Diane Saatchi, a Hamptons-based real-estate agent at Saunders & Associates, to get the inside scoop on how to enjoy the Hamptons, neighborhood by neighborhood.

From the places with the most celebrities to the area with the best restaurants, Saatchi’s tell-all interview with Business Insider will help guide you on the perfect trip through one of America’s swankiest destinations.

Keep reading for a look at the guide.


The Hamptons: An intro

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The Hamptons are located on the South Fork of Long Island and are about two hours away from Midtown, Manhattan by car – if there’s no traffic, which there usually is. The area is made up of two proper towns: Southampton and East Hampton.

The map above features Business Insider’s top picks of the hottest summer spots in the Hamptons: Westhampton Beach, Quogue, Southampton, Sagaponack, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk.


The Hamptons welcome millions of visitors each year and are known around the world for attracting ultra-wealthy vacationers.

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For a good meal, head over to the Hamptons’ Sag Harbor.

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Whether you’re looking to dine while dressed to the nines or kick back after a day at the beach, according to Saatchi, Sag Harbor has it all.

“There are more restaurants choices in this small town/village than in all the others,” Saatchi told Business Insider. “Options range from very posh to seriously casual.”

Sag Harbor is a bayfront village that’s around just four miles from the ocean. It’s located in between both East Hampton and Southampton.


Two of Saatchi’s top picks for dining out are Estia’s Little Kitchen, a Latin American restaurant, and Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant. Estia’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Estia’s Little Kitchen offers everything from buttermilk pancakes for breakfast to tacos for dinner. It also has a bar that serves beer, wine, and a variety of cocktails.
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Enjoy your drink of choice in Montauk.

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Montauk is a village located on the eastern edge of Long Island. It’s about 120 miles away from New York City by car and includes over 5,000 acres of parks and beaches.

And, if you’re looking to spend your time in an area with exciting nightlife, Montauk is the place to be, according to Saatchi.


Along with being a good place to party in general, Montauk is also home to the “hottest clubs for singles,” Saatchi told Business Insider. The Crow’s Nest is a popular place to grab a sunset drink or a sitdown meal.

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The Crow’s Nest in Montauk.
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You’ve got a good chance of bumping into your celebrity crush in East Hampton Village.

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The Hamptons are often visited by celebrities including Brooke Shields, Anderson Cooper, and Neil Patrick Harris.

The best chance you have of running into a Hollywood A-lister is in East Hampton Village, according to Saatchi.

In fact, Saatchi told Business Insider that the best places to test your luck include Babette’s, a local restaurant, during brunch or lunchtime, or Nick and Toni’s, another local restaurant, during dinner time.


East Hampton Village is located on the southern shore of Long Island.

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East Hampton, NY.
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If you want to buy a house but aren’t looking to shell out millions, look no further than Springs in East Hampton.

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Springs is a hamlet in East Hampton.

According to Saatchi, it is “home to many artists, has beautiful beaches, waterfront restaurants, country markets, recreational facilities, and an excellent K-8 school.”

Saatchi told Business Insider that many of the homes in this hamlet sell for under $1 million.


This 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home on Spruce Street spans 2,100 square feet and is on the market for $1.095 million. The home boasts a wraparound cedar deck and a heated pool.

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Now, if you just want to look at some gorgeous real estate, head south of Route 27A in Southampton.

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For all luxury home enthusiasts, south of Route 27A in Southampton is the best place to see the biggest and most beautiful homes in the Hamptons, according to Saatchi.

The area is surrounded by generations of wealth.

“Many of the original ‘cottages’ remain in the same families. The area has an old-world feel that was not changed by the newer summer residents,” Saatchi told Business Insider.


This 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom home on Aqua Drive in Southampton is currently listed for $6.995 million and features over 6,000 square feet of interior space.

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If you’re eager to visit the Hamptons but want to minimize the dent the trip puts in your wallet, Montauk is your safest bet.

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Located at the very tip of Long Island, Montauk takes the cake as the most popular spot for millennials in the Hamptons.


“Montauk has four draws for millennials: great surfing, lots of reasonably priced dining and lodging options, and the best nightlife,” Saatchi told Business Insider.

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Want to avoid the crowds? Head to Wainscott in East Hampton.

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While Wainscott is not well known, it is home to a beautiful beach with only seven oceanfront homes, Saatchi told Business Insider.


It is also home to Georgica Association, a private enclave. According to Mansion Global, Georgica Association is made up of three streets and around just 35 homes. Those who stay there are of ultra-wealthy status.

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Georgica Cove was built by Bates Masi + Architects and was recently recognized as one of the most innovative developments in architecture by the American Institute of Architects.
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Read more: The 12 most innovative and beautifully designed buildings in 2019, according to architects


For the top brands, there’s no better place to go than Southampton Village.

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If you’re looking for the best place to shop in the Hamptons, Saatchi suggests you make your way to Southampton Village.

“Southampton Village has the largest “central business district” [in the Hamptons], and as such, the most shops,” Saatchi told Business Insider.


While there are many unique one-off clothing shops, Saatchi explained, Southampton Village also boasts national brands like Ralph Lauren, Theory, and J. Crew.

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