You’re probably a jerk if you drive an expensive car, scientists say

The science is looking pretty unanimous on this one: Drivers of expensive cars are the worst.A new study has found that drivers of flashy vehicles are less likely to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road -- with the likelihood they'll slow down decreasing by 3% for every extra $1,000 that their vehicle is worth.Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas speculated that the expensive car owners "felt a sense of superiority over other road users" and were less able to empathize with lowly sidewalk-dwellers.They came to this conclusion after asking volunteers to cross a sidewalk hundreds of times, filming and analyzing the responses by car drivers.Researchers used one white and one black man, and one white and one black woman -- also finding that cars were more likely to yield for the white and female participants. Vehicles stopped 31% of the time for both women and white participants, compared with 24% of the time for men and 25% of the time for black vo…

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The Shamrock Shake is back. Here’s why you can’t get it year-round

The Shamrock Shake is back again.To honor the 50th anniversary of the drink, McDonald's is making it available for purchase throughout the United States starting Wednesday. It's been three years since the shake was last sold nationally. In addition to the traditional green vanilla shake, McDonald's is selling a McFlurry version made with Oreo cookies. Both drinks will be sold for a limited time.Temporary offerings like the Shamrock Shake help McDonald's create buzz and bring in nostalgic customers.McDonald's first started selling the drink in 1970. Over the years, the burger chain has brought back the original as well as variations of the shake, like a "Shamrock Sundae" in 1980 and a chocolate version in 2017. It first started selling the item nationally in 2012.For fast food chains, which are constantly competing for customers' dollars and attention, specialty offerings are a way to try to cut through the noise and give people a reason to visit stores.Plus, seasonal o…

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First lady of African nation charged in the murder of the previous first lady

Maesaiah Thabane, the first lady of the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, always knew how to make an entrance.After weeks in hiding in South Africa, allegedly helped by a recently appointed spokesman who sneaked her away in a government-issue car, Thabane crossed back into Lesotho Feb. 4, passing a phalanx of security forces, and promptly handed herself over to special police.Later that evening, crown prosecutors charged Thabane with the 2017 murder of Lesotho's previous first lady -- her husband's previous wife -- Lipolelo Thabane, and the attempted murder of another woman.Maesaiah Thabane was taken into custody.The first lady's legal team didn't respond to phone calls and text messages from CNN over several days.The shocking details of the case have gripped this country of fewer than 2 million people, which is entirely surrounded by South Africa, forced Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to promise his resignation and opened the lid on the murky power politics that have l…

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Romney breaks with GOP, says he will vote to convict President Trump

Follow along for live updates from Capitol Hill (all times eastern)2:15 p.m.Utah Sen. Mitt Romney will vote to convict President Donald Trump, likely the only Republican senator to favor ousting the impeached president. Romney made his announcement on the Senate floor Wednesday.Romney called Trump's actions — the president was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress— "perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of oath of office that I can imagine.""The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor. Yes, he did," Romney said.One key Democrat, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones — perhaps the most endangered politically for reelection in a state where Trump is popular — announced ahead of the vote that after many sleepless nights he had decided to vote to convict on both charges.“Senators are elected to make tough ch…

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This is why you should never plug space heaters into power strips

This is why you should never plug space heaters into power strips

They're not the same as surge protectors, posing huge safety risk

Updated: 10:24 AM EST Nov 21, 2020

An Oregon fire department's warning from 2017 is a good reminder about a scary winter safety risk that can put your family in danger. Umatilla Country Fire District #1 shared an alarming photo of a melted and charred power strip on Facebook showing the damage an overloaded outlet can cause. "These units are not designed to handle the high current flow needed for a space heater and can overheat or even catch fire due to the added energy flow," the post explained.The danger lies in a common misconception: Most people don't realize a power strip doesn't limit or block surges like a surge protector does, explains Rachel Rothman, chief technologist at the Good Housekeeping…

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