Meghan Markle just proved her dominance over the ‘Kate effect’ — and it’s worth $677 million

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are to be married in May, but Markle’s icon status has already been cemented. Markle is following in the footsteps of Kate Middleton, who drives $1 billion to the UK fashion industry annually. The “Meghan Effect” has already taken hold and Markle may be poised to overtake Middleton. Like Kate Middleton before her, Meghan Markle became an instant fashion icon the moment she announced her royal engagement. The 36-year-old American actress has become an object of fascination by royal fans in Britain and the US. Everything Markle wears and does is idolized — and that’s translating to hundreds of millions of dollars for the British… Read More

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Google just opened its third office in China

Google has opened a new office in Shenzen, China. This is the third office space Google will operate in China, but it will operate in a shared office rather than a custom-for-Google space. Shenzen is known for its hardware production. Google has opened a new office in Shenzen, its third in China. A Google spokesperson confirmed the news after TechCrunch obtained an internal email announcing the new office. “We’ve heard a lot of feedback that there was a need for a space to work from while in the area—so, after a few months of scouting, we recently signed a lease for a serviced office in Shenzhen. The space opened this… Read More

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Walmart is hoping a simple packet could help curb opioid misuse (WMT)

Walmart is taking what could be a major step to curbing the opioid crisis. The company is supplying packets that can help patients properly dispose of their opioid prescriptions if they have any left over. Misuse of prescription opioids is a contributing factor to the opioid crisis in the US, with more than 50% of people who abuse prescription opioids obtaining them through friends and family. Walmart, the third-largest pharmacy in the US, wants to give people who receive prescriptions that are frequently misused a safe way to get rid of them for free. The company said on Wednesday that it will provide packets of DisposeRx, a powder that when… Read More

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The Resurgent Threat of White-Supremacist Violence

Although the leaders of the white-supremacist alt-right insist their movement is nonviolent, racist rhetoric and hateful ideas can inspire violence if taken to their logical conclusion. A lone individual, encountering white-supremacist propaganda, can become convinced that it is a cause worth fighting for. Timothy McVeigh read The Turner Diaries, a story of a race war written by a notorious white supremacist, before he carried out the Oklahoma City bombings. Dylann Storm Roof frequented racist and anti-Semitic sites before he walked into an African-American church and gunned down nine parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina. And the threat they pose is not trivial. According to the latest data from Anti-Defamation League’s Center… Read More

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