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  • The 2019 BMW X4 is a "sport activity coupe," a fastback SUV that strives to combine sporty driving with crossover versatility.
  • The styling is a bit confusing, but the X4's peppy 248-horsepower four-cylinder motor and crisp handling won me over.
  • The BMW X4 has a pretty firm ride, so it might be the best highway cruising choice.

One of the more perplexing vehicles I've tested at Business Insider is the BMW X6.

Back in 2015, I sampled the X6 M, a high-performance version of the vehicle, a "sport activity coupe."

"It's certainly the oddest segment in the motoring world, outside of 'shooting brakes' (two-door station wagons) and limos with hot tubs," I wrote. 

That impression has long stayed with me, even as this weird segment has grown. It was the first thing I thought about when BMW was kind enough to loan me a X4 for a week. Would this smaller, less burly version of the X6 M, this fastback revamping of the stalwart X3 SUV, strike me as strange?

As it turned out, I had a good test lined up: a 250-mile round-trip run to my daughter's sleepaway camp in New York's Catskills. There would be highway driving and some nice twisty, windy roads to put this sportif SUV through its paces.

That's what these vehicles are all about. The idea is to combine crossover SUV versatility with sports-sedan styling and that whole "ultimate driving machine" vibe. I daresay, for the Bayerische Motoren Werke chariot...

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Blue Apron

  • The popular Mediterranean diet is heavy on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, olive oil, and herbs and spices.
  • It's linked to many health benefits such as decreased risk of heart disease and reduced blood pressure, and is more flexible compared to other diets. 
  • Blue Apron is now offering special Mediterranean diet recipes that make it convenient to follow this diet and enjoy its benefits without sacrificing taste and variety. 
  • I tried a couple of these Mediterranean diet meals and was surprised to discover that it didn't feel like I was following a diet at all. 

2018 is shaping up to be the year of the Mediterranean diet. Google search interest in this diet spiked a few days into January, around the same time that US News & World Report gave it the #1 spot (tied with the DASH diet) in its Best Diets Overall rankings

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Music icon Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, August 16 at age 76. Her decades-long career included dozens of awards and honoree performances that ranged from personal to political and celebratory.

From singing at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968 to performing at President Barack Obama's first swearing-in ceremony, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin participated in major historical moments.

Here are 17 photos that demonstrate Franklin's illustrious life and career.

This photo captures a moment during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service when Coretta Scott King was listening to Aretha Franklin sing. AP

According to the Associated Press, Franklin performed in Memphis, Tennessee on August 16, 1968 during memorial services for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Four years later, Aretha Franklin appeared at an event with Reverend Jesse Jackson in New York. AP

Franklin was engaged in politics early on in her career. Here she was with Jackson at an event for PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), an organization founded by the Reverend with the aim of "expanding educational, business and employment opportunities for the disadvantaged and people of color."

Franklin broke record after record at the Grammy Awards. AP

In 1975, she won the award for for best rhythm and blues performance (female). Franklin won every Grammy Award in that category for the first eight years after it was introduced in 1968.

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Online marketplace eBay is home to a seemingly endless amount of products at great prices on a daily basis. Now, as summer comes to an end, eBay is giving people an even better reason to shop with a wide selection of deals. 

For a limited time, you can save up to 70% on clothes and shoes for men and women, home and garden tools, and pool and patio accessories. Prices in the eBay end of summer sale are as marked, so you can effortlessly shop and save.

Since eBay's interface isn't always so intuitive or easy to use, we combed through all the deals to pick out the best ones. You'll find bargains on polos, jeans, activewear, sneakers, sandals, lawn mowers, grills, fire pits, and so much more. 

Whether you're looking for a solid deal on stylish clothing or you need some backyard essentials for your last party of the summer, you can find it here.

Even if you don't find something you've been looking specifically included in this sale, you can probably still find that same thing discounted elsewhere on eBay. You can learn more about shopping with confidence on eBay here.

Shop the eBay end of summer sale now.

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Going to Blockbusters was a cherished event for kids and parents alike. For many people in the '90s, a trip to the video store was the highlight of their weekends, and there's no doubt that Blockbuster Video was a pivotal part of American culture.

There might only be one Blockbuster left in the country, but there are certain things its loyal members will never forget.

Here are 19 things anyone who used to go to Blockbuster will remember.

You had to get a membership card. Amy Sancetta/AP Images

Becoming a Blockbuster member felt like joining an elite club.

The store sold giant buckets of popcorn. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

You could fill your own bucket with popcorn, which actually tasted like authentic movie theater popcorn.

It also had a huge candy section to make it feel like you were in a movie theater. Shutterstock

The candy section was expertly placed so you couldn't resist buying something before you checked out.

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  • Federal regulators have served Facebook with a complaint over the company's ad targeting tools available to housing advertisers.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development's complaint sides with advocacy groups that brought a lawsuit against Facebook in March.
  • The lawsuit claims that Facebook violates fair-housing laws, which follows a massive investigation by ProPublica.

The Justice Department filed a "statement of interest" on Friday that sides with housing groups who claim that Facebook's advertising platform violates fair-housing laws.

The statement allows a suit filed in March, led by the National Fair Housing Alliance, to live on. According to the housing groups, Facebook’s tools allow advertisers to target by sex, religion, familial status and national origin, which violate fair-housing laws.

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The mobile augmented reality (AR) market is quickly becoming primed for the retail space. By blending the online and in-store shopping journeys, mobile AR promises to provide an immersive digital shopping experience unlike anything shoppers have seen before.

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Beauty Bakerie

  • Cosmetics company Beauty Bakerie is going viral for the way it displays its shade range.
  • Unlike most brands, the darkest shade is the first in the lineup, with the lighter shades following behind. 
  • People were quick to notice the order of the shades, calling it "a small thing but an important one."

When looking at a foundation display or product page, the shade range typically displays the lightest shade first, with the darker shades following behind. Even Fenty Beauty, one of the most celebrated brands when it comes to inclusivity, lists its fairest shade first as "100" and its darkest shade last as "490."

It's a fairly standard practice in the beauty industry, but now cosmetics brand Beauty Bakerie is flipping those norms by featuring its darkest shade at the beginning of the lineup. 

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It's hard to believe, but women simply aren't on an equal playing field with men yet … and it's even less equal for women of color, trans women, and women of other marginalized groups. 

And it's not just the wage gap — there are lots of ways that people who identify as women are not treated equally to people who identify as men. 

Here are ways women still aren't equal all over the world.

The wage gap still exists everywhere. flickr/ifl

According to Pew Research Center, women now make 82% of what men make in the United States, and they’d have to work 47 extra days to catch up. Globally, the World Economic Forum reported in 2017 that the gap is 68%.

Women are far less likely to hold positions of power in the US and globally. NBCUniversal

Obviously, America has yet to elect a president who isn't a man, but in our government as a whole, women are underrepresented. Only 20% of women hold seats in United States Congress, which is a massive disparity, and according to the Washington Post, there are three men for every woman who holds a political office in the US.

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With the release of "The Meg," shark movies are hot right now. So we looked at the Metacritic score for each of these films (not including direct-to-video or made-for-TV movies — sorry, "Sharknado") and critic's reviews to see how these shark movies rank. 

Here are the best shark movies of all time, ranked. 

14. "Jaws: The Revenge" (1981) wasn’t the best. Flickr/tohoscope

"‘Jaws: The Revenge’ is not simply a bad movie, but also a stupid and incompetent one — a ripoff." - Roger Ebert

13. "Shark Lake" (2015) seemed like it was edited for broadcast. Bottom Line Entertainment

"Shark Lake lacks bite. Its audience doesn't even get to revel in blood and guts; the whole thing seems like it was edited for broadcast." - Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times

12. "Shark Night 3D" (2011) had some disappointing shark attack scenes. Incentive Filmed Entertainment

"Unlike his ‘Snakes on a Plane,’ director David R. Ellis' sharks-in-a-lake thriller displays little sense of its scenario's camp potential. Gore, too, is in short supply on account of the pic's PG-13 rating, which renders the attack scenes nearly toothless." - Rob Nelson, Variety

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  • NVIDIA, a leading manufacturer and developer of graphics cards, is expected to announce a new series of graphics cards on Monday, including their newest flagship model: the RTX 2080, according to a recent report.
  • The annual Gamescon gaming expo will be held on Monday, but NVIDIA is holding a livestreamed event before the expo, where they're rumored to be announcing the new card and making it available to pre-order.
  • It's been a rough year or so for graphics cards, as cryptocurrency mining has caused them to skyrocketing in price as supply became limited. 

If you were waiting for the right time to pull the trigger on the latest and fastest graphics cards for your PC, that time might be right around the corner.

NVIDIA, a leading manufacturer and developer of graphics cards, is rumored to be announcing their newest lineup of cards on Monday, NordicHardware reports.

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  • Erik Prince, founder of the controversial firm Blackwater, is trying to convince President Donald Trump to privatize America's war in Afghanistan.
  • His pitch was rejected by senior administration officials, most notably Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, last year, but he has revived his pitch and is pushing for an audience.
  • Prince believes the situation in Afghanistan can be resolved with a few thousand men and around $3.5 billion.

Billionaire Blackwater founder Erik Prince has a vision for America's war in Afghanistan, one that the former Navy SEAL and businessman claims will turn around the conflict the US has been fighting for 17 years with no end in sight.

After Blackwater, a controversial security contractor that was investigated for its activities in Iraq, ceased to exist, Prince formed a new firm that trains Chinese security forces. Now, against the advice of the Pentagon, he's pushing to present the president with a plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan.

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  • The United States government wants to listen in on conversations taking place on Facebook Messenger. 
  • Facebook says it can't listen in because the content is encrypted. 
  • Facebook says it can only comply with the government’s request if it rewrites the code used by all Facebook Messenger users. 

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

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  • Lenstore, a contact lens retailer, created a quiz containing 11 optical illusions with explanations of how they work.
  • Colors, patterns, and shapes aren't always what they appear to be.
  • Take the quiz and see if you can figure out how the images are playing tricks on your eyes.

You can't believe everything you see. 

Optical illusions are designed to manipulate perspectives, colors, patterns, and shapes in ways that play tricks on your eyes. 

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The healthcare industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Costs are skyrocketing, consumer demand for more accessible care is growing rapidly, and healthcare companies are unable to keep up. 

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  • Friends of Shanann Watts said she expressed fears her husband Chris was cheating on her before she was found dead on Thursday.
  • Chris Watts was arrested in connection to the deaths of his wife and their two young daughters — 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella — late Wednesday.
  • The bodies of Shanann and her daughters were found Thursday at an oil field in Frederick, Colorado where Chris worked.

Friends of Shanann Watts, the 34-year-old woman who was found dead in Frederick, Colorado on Thursday, say she was worried her husband was cheating on her.

Chris Watts, 33, is the sole suspect in the killings of his wife and their two young daughters, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella.

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  • Some news articles have touted the "Dutch diet" as a way to improve brain health.
  • A recent study of Dutch people found those with higher-quality diets were linked to larger brains.
  • But this so-called diet isn't necessarily as trendy as it seems.
  • The study judged diet quality using the Dutch dietary guidelines, which recommend fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, dairy, and fish. 
  • "Even though this might be framed like a new diet, these recommendations have been around for a very long time," registered dietitian Andy Bellatti told INSIDER. 

Earlier this year, a smattering of news headlines touted the "Dutch diet" as a potential boost for brain health. 

These reports stemmed from a study, published in the journal Neurology in May, that analyzed the diets and brains of 4,447 Dutch people. The results showed those with "higher diet quality" had more brain volume — or, in simpler terms, larger brains. (This could be important for long-term health, since brain shrinkage may be linked to memory and cognition problems, according to Harvard Health.)

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Ships hunting subs faced a sort of odd challenge when it came to confirming their number of kills. After all, their target was often underwater, there weren't always a lot of other ships around to confirm the kill, and the destroyed target would sink additional hundreds of feet under the ocean.

But sub hunters came up with a solution. See, most of a sub sinks when it's destroyed underwater, but some items float. These items include oil, clothes and the personal belongings of submariners, the occasional packet of documents, and, disturbingly enough, human remains.

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September 16, 2018 marks Wife Appreciation Day. It's one of the more obscure holidays that you probably haven't seen any commotion around, let alone even heard of.

But let's face it, no matter the day, everyone loves to know that they’re appreciated. As our days become full of the realities of work, family, and all other aspects of our lives, it can be easy to forget to show our appreciation for the ones we love.

Of course, the best ways to show your appreciation for your loved ones can’t be bought. Nothing can top showing your gratitude with patience, support, and love. When it comes to the tangible, though, gifts can enhance the gratitude we show through our actions. So, if you feel that your spouse needs to be shown some extra appreciation — on September 16th or any other day of the year — here are some thoughtful gifts you can give to show them you care.

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  • High paying jobs can feel out of reach, but they're out there.
  • Some lucrative gigs, according to Glassdoor's latest rankings, require years of graduate studies.
  • Others are more easily accessible.

High paying jobs are out there — you've just got to know where to look.

Fortunately, Glassdoor has compiled a list of the most lucrative occupations in the US. All of the jobs on the list had to have at least 100 salary reports between July 2018 and July 2018 on the job site. C-suite roles were cut from the list, too.

Here's a look at the highest paying jobs in the US:

25. Data scientist Alissa Kumarova/Shutterstock

Median base salary: $96,116

Job openings on Glassdoor: 4,986

24. Tax manager Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Median base salary: $96,175

Job openings on Glassdoor: 3,690

23. Cloud engineer Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr

Median base salary: $96,449

Job openings on Glassdoor: 1,077

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