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Posted in Insurance

Cyberstalker gets 4 years in prison for ‘war’ on woman

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Less than two months after their office romance ended, Ahmad Kazzelbach began tampering with the email and social media accounts of the Baltimore woman who broke up with him. He changed her Instagram username to include the word “whore.”

That was only the start of a vicious cyberstalking campaign that would escalate steadily over the next year. Before FBI agents arrested her ex-boyfriend, the woman was wrongfully arrested twice and spent four nights in jail based on a string of false police reports that he made.

Kazzelbach, 27, of Pasadena, Maryland, was sentenced on Monday to four years in prison for his online harassment of the woman, who is identified by her initials “J.K.” in court records.

U.S. District Judge James Bredar said Kazzelbach repeatedly lied to police and court officials to essentially “wage war” against his ex-girlfriend.

“He took the campaign to such an

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Posted in Business

An award-winning cam girl explains how online porn has changed in 18 years, from shaky webcams to six-figure salaries

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ImLive Cam Girl

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  • HottyTEEN69 has been a host on ImLive, a site where people can pay to watch cam girls, for nearly 18 years. 

  • She joined to help pay for her university fees in Romania back when the company was founded in 2002. 

  • Though camming sites like OnlyFans and IsMyGirl have caught the popular imaginary now, the early aughts were like the ‘wild west’ for adult entertainment sites. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Camming — live-streaming sex shows, typically from a bedroom — has grown into one of the most lucrative parts of the adult entertainment industry, earning models upwards of $100,000 a year.

In fact, the pandemic has fueled the multi-billion dollar camming industry, as lockdowns created an audience (people who couldn’t go out), and new models (people who lost jobs and sought ways to make money from home).

But long before the pandemic, and long before

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Posted in Business

Amazon spent 6 years and tens of millions of dollars making a huge new game that flopped and was pulled from stores weeks after its launch

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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  • On May 20, Amazon launched “Crucible,” a major new video game that was in development for over five years.

  • One week later, the game completely dropped off the charts. One month later, and Amazon outright pulled the game from availability and put it back into “closed beta” — a term used in game development to signify a game isn’t complete.

  • “Crucible” is the latest attempt from Amazon to push into the lucrative video game industry, which it has repeatedly failed to achieve.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Did you know that Amazon, the biggest company in the world, launched a big-budget video game recently?

The game is called “Crucible,” and you’re forgiven if this is the first you’re hearing about it. Despite being free-to-play and available on the world’s largest gaming platform, Steam, “Crucible” has already come and gone from the

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Posted in Finance

The coronavirus pandemic ‘has undone years of work’ for women, Yahoo Finance survey shows

Women, especially middle-aged ones, have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of job loss, fewer options for remote work, and needing more time to recover financially from the crisis, according to a new survey from Harris Poll and Yahoo Finance. 

Nearly all men between the ages of 35 and 44 — 96% — were still working the same job as before the pandemic, only 60% of women the same age were, according to the survey of 2033 Americans. The latest unemployment rate shows 8.9% unemployment for men in that age group and 9.4% in June.

Read more: Here’s how to navigate changes in your career

A similar discrepancy shows up between men and women who are 45 to 54.  More than three-quarters of men that age have the same job, but just under 6 in 10 women do, the survey found.

That difference, among others found

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Posted in Finance

9 things I learned making 6-figures every year for the last 5 years

I’ve made 6-figures every year for five years. I already know you don’t care about my financial position and that’s not the point of this article.

The money I made came from writing blog posts, publishing ebooks, working in finance, and owning a small side business that does consulting. In my early 20s, I thought making six-figures was crucial.

The idea of what money is has grown on me.

Most of us spend our entire lives trading time for money and not knowing why.

This has been the recurring thought bouncing around in my head for a while now. Understanding money meant understanding myself and perhaps life to a degree.

Here’s what I learned making 6-figures.

It won’t make you a better person

There are arrogant people everywhere who make a lot of money and treat people like garbage in the process. Seeing and meeting these people has made me

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Posted in Personal

Nation’s capital grudgingly hosting fireworks bash; Pfizer hopes to provide 100 million vaccine doses by year’s end

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported encouraging early results Wednesday for a vaccine targeting SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, and said that if all goes well it could manufacture up to 100 million doses by year’s end.

The encouraging news comes as U.S. coronavirus cases were surging and with multiple states reporting new daily records, and the World Health Organization warning that the global pandemic is “speeding up.”

The Trump administration, undeterred, unveiled plans for the Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza on the National Mall, an annual event that routinely draws hundreds of thousands of people. Others were more reticent, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom planning to announce “aggressive” coronavirus restrictions later Wednesday.

Texas, which set new marks for positive cases and hospitalizations, has shut down bars. So did Arizona, while Florida banned alcohol consumption at them. White House task force leader Vice President Mike Pence is meeting with Arizona officials Wednesday

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Posted in Insurance

Broadway closed until 2021; high price set for promising drug; Fauci optimistic of vaccine by year’s end

Broadway stages will remain dark through 2020 amid a national boom in coronavirus cases, but the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert remains “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be widely available by year’s end.

And a drug company’s steep price for remdesivir, a drug that has proved to shorten recovery times for severe COVID-19 patients by about 31%, is drawing criticism.

Nashville, Tennessee, is requiring masks as of Monday. San Francisco Mayor London Breed halted its plans for businesses that were scheduled to reopen Monday. In Arizona, the mayor of one town said he has no plans to cancel a slew of upcoming summer events or require masks despite a boom in cases in his state.

“It is somewhat alarming how many expect and almost invite a more drastic infringement on their freedoms,” Eagar Mayor Bryce Hamblin said in a statement. “My response from the onset of COVID-19 pandemic has

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Posted in Finance

With bankruptcies surging, 2020 may become one of the busiest years for Chapter 11 filings since the Great Recession

Twelve midsize to large corporations – all with more than $10 million in debt – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection during the third week of June, another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and continued trouble in America’s oil industry.

The filings represent the highest weekly total of the year, and experts believe this is just the beginning of a bankruptcy tsunami that will wash over the country’s largest companies this summer and then drench both smaller businesses and individuals if government stimulus money dries up.

“I very much expect to see the numbers continue to rise” said Ed Flynn, a consultant for the American Bankruptcy Institute, a non-partisan research organization. “Every day there are more rumors of this or that company, and the rumors are almost never wrong.”

The types of companies affected are unsurprising. Since the start of the pandemic, they have included businesses that consumers have studiously

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