Jared Cohen: JFK’s death — THIS is what Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Jesse Jackson, others will never forget

Fifty-six years ago this week, President Kennedy arrived in Dallas, Texas as part of a multi-day campaign stop. The president’s aides were uncomfortable. The Texas crowds were unfriendly and rowdy. “If anybody really wanted to shoot the president of the United States,” Kennedy told his aide Kenneth O’Donnell on the morning of November 22, “it was not a very difficult job—all one had to do was get a high building someday with a telescopic rifle, and there was nothing anybody could do to defend against such an attempt.”

That same morning, he made a joke to Jackie: “We’re heading into nut country today. . . . You know, last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a President.”

President Kennedy was shot at 12:30 p.m. (CST) on that day as his open limousine made its way through Dealey Plaza. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later. His death marked the first assassination in 62 years, but unlike the McKinley murder, the entire country followed events in real-time


Everybody has a Kennedy story. He was both loved and reviled by so many people and was taken so fast and so publicly for it to not have left an indelible mark on anyone who lived through it. It was also a period of heightened tensions – Vietnam, civil rights, nuclear showdowns – that coincided with the rise of an outspoken counterculture movement of activists and dissidents alike.

Even in his nineties, President George H.W. Bush’s memory of the day was crystal clear. “I was running for the U.S. Senate,” he told me in an interview for my book, Accidental Presidents, “and Bar and I were in Tyler, Texas. We had a bunch of events that day and [the] next. We canceled them all and went home to Houston to be with our kids.”

For him, the impact became very real, noting that, “I am not sure President Kennedy would have gotten the Civil Rights legislation passed. LBJ is maybe the only person at that time who could have pulled that off. You had a Southern President calling his former Senate colleagues in the South, and in that wonderful Texas drawl of his, telling them to do the right thing. JFK’s Boston twang would not have had the same effect. LBJ knew how to push.”

For civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, Kennedy’s death was a critical inflection point in the civil rights movement. He remembers walking across campus at North Carolina A&T and hearing it on the radio. “I couldn’t believe it,” he remembered, “Presidents didn’t get killed. Lincoln had been killed, but that was so long ago. I felt like there were two assassinations, Kennedy and civil rights. I would eventually realize that I was wrong.”

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, then 40-years-old and working at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard, was immersed in a frustrating conversation with a colleague. At the time of the assassination, he was sharing his critique of the Kennedy administration’s foreign policy in Vietnam and “was very unhappy with that discussion because the Diem brothers had just been arrested a few months earlier and I thought that was an awful decision and that is what we were discussing.”

He had only made part of his argument when someone burst into his office to share the news. “I was shaken,” he told me. “With all these criticisms I make now and I made then, there was an inspirational aspect [to him]. He brought to my generation a vision of America that they wanted to see fulfilled.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was living in an apartment that he shared with another student at the University of Wyoming. These were the days of his “misspent youth” and he had enrolled there for “ninety-six bucks a semester” after leaving Yale under what he described as “less than favorable circumstances.” He had actually gone to hear JFK speak on campus just a few months earlier.

On the day of the assassination, he was walking from class back to his apartment when a stranger stopped his car, rolled down the window, and told him that the president had been shot. He had just heard it on his car radio.

Cheney got in the car and they went to find a television at the student union, after which Cronkite came on and pronounced the president dead. Emotionally distraught, he got in his car – as he did every weekend – and drove 150 miles to Boulder, Colorado where his fiancé Lynne was studying. They didn’t have a television that weekend but listened to the radio as all the events unfolded from Oswald’s capture to his murder.

“It’s something you never forget,” he said, “It was made more poignant and real because he had been with us on campus at the University of Wyoming just weeks before.”

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in geography class at Brunetta C. Hill elementary school in Montgomery, Alabama. Her teacher, Mrs. Riles, had gone to the door to talk to another teacher, and when she returned to the class, she said, “boys and girls, the president has been shot, and so now we are going to say a prayer that he’s ok.”

They said their prayer and then went for recess, but the somber news made playtime less than joyous. They were all just kind of standing around and when recess was over, the principal announced over the PA system that the president was dead.

At that moment, Mrs. Riles began wailing and went over to the door when Rice heard her say to another teacher, “The president’s dead and there is a southerner in the White House, what are we going to do now?”

For Tom Brokaw, then a 23-year-old reporter at NBC’s Omaha office, the entire experience was “surreal.” Meriwether Lewis, the UPI reporter had dictated the news in “one of those brilliant narratives” and Tom, realizing they were not on the network at the time, interrupted a garden show and just read it off the wire.

“I just kept racing back and forth and I was on two tracks,” he recalled, “got to get this out there and this doesn’t happen in America.”

He had been a child of the fifties and even though he had been through the war and a lot of other things, the idea of assassinating this guy who for him “represented the new generation, all the vigor and youth and the promise,” was a savage act.

But Brokaw also lived in Omaha, which was one of the most conservative parts of the country and the people there loathed Kennedy. Among them was his chief engineer, who he remembers as a “terrible, sour, little man.”

Sensing the chaos in the newsroom, he asked what happened and when Brokaw explained that Kennedy had been shot, he said, “It’s about time somebody got the son-of-a-b-tch.”

Brokaw was so furious and went after him with his fists and had to be pulled off and restrained by another colleague. But this was not unusual for this part of the country. He recalled another friend, who told him that his father gave a party in Oklahoma in honor of Kennedy’s death. This was a different part of the country.

In Brokaw’s home state of Nebraska, life went on almost immediately, particularly as it pertained to football. That Saturday, the University of Nebraska was scheduled to play the University of Oklahoma in the Big 8 NCAA title and reflecting the tenor of the state, Nebraska insisted that the game go on. Having covered the assassination just the day before, Brokaw was dispatched to cover the game. “It was startling,” he recalled, “The Nebraska fans acted as if nothing had gone wrong. And Bud Wilkinson, the Oklahoma coach had a relationship with Kennedy and he never lifted up his head the entire game. He just walked up the sidelines” as Nebraska beat them twenty-nine to twenty.

In the Soviet Union, we know from declassified JFK files that the assassination was met with both great confusion and wild speculation. According to a Top Secret report from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to the White House, the Soviets believed Kennedy’s assassination was a “well-organized conspiracy on the part of the ‘ultraright’ in the United States to effect a ‘coup.’”


According to the report, the Soviets “seemed convinced that the assassination was not the deed of one man, but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part. They felt that those elements interested in utilizing the assassination and playing on anticommunist sentiments in the United States would then utilize this act to stop negotiations with the Soviet Union, attack Cuba and thereafter spread the war.”

The report then went on to say that the “Soviet officials were fearful that without leadership some irresponsible general in the United States might launch a missile at the Soviet Union.”

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Kennedy’s assassination created an intelligence challenge for the Committee for State Security, better known as the KGB, whose station chief in New York, Colonel Boris Ivanov, convened his local spies on November 25 to inform them that “President Kennedy’s death had posed a problem for the KGB.”

One FBI source indicated that the “KGB was in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination.” Ivanov “emphasized that it was of extreme importance to the Soviet Government to determine precisely what kind of man the new President Lyndon Johnson would be.”


He issued instructions to all of its agents to immediately obtain all data available concerning Johnson, “including his background, his past working experience and record in Congress, his present attitude toward the Soviet Union, and particularly all information which might have bearing upon the future foreign policy line he would follow.”

At the direction of Moscow, they began collecting “information concerning President Lyndon B. Johnson’s character, background, personal friends, family, and from which quarters he derives his support in his positions as President of the United States.” According to one FBI source cited in the documents, the KGB claimed to be in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy.

British robbery suspect apparently tried to use pair of glasses to trick police

A robbery suspect in England thought he could evade authorities with a new look: a pair of glasses.

David Springthorpe, 30, was wanted for allegedly shoplifting and violating a court order when he recently came into contact with a police officer in South Normanton. A “short chase” ensued, and he was detained, authorities said.


Springthorpe – a white man with blue eyes, brown hair, wide ears, and a notable neck tattoo – tried to disguise himself by wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses. That, the Alfreton Police wrote on Facebook Tuesday “was not quite cunning enough to outsmart the team!”

David Springthorpe, 30, apparently thought he could fool police by changing up his look with a pair of glasses.

David Springthorpe, 30, apparently thought he could fool police by changing up his look with a pair of glasses. (SWNS)


“A pair of glasses not going to disguise that ear,” one commenter ridiculed about Springthorpe’s look change. “You would think he would’ve kept an ear out,” another user wrote.


Springthorpe was convicted of theft for stealing perfume gift sets, according to Metro UK, and sentenced to a 30-week jail sentence.

Odell Beckham Jr. says he confronted Mike Tomlin over fake yawn during game

Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. addressed Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin during their matchup last Thursday – a moment that was lost in the end-of-game melee that lit the sports world on fire.

Beckham told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Monday he told Tomlin he felt disrespected when the coach fake-yawned in July when he was asked about having to devise a gameplan to cover the wide receiver.


Beckham fake-yawned in the direction of Tomlin after a 42-yard catch that set up Baker Mayfield’s rushing touchdown. He said he had a chance to also express his feelings to Tomlin about midway through the fourth quarter.


“I said ‘you disrespected me,’” Beckham told the paper. “I said ‘you know who I am.’ And he said ‘I know who you are. That’s why we’re doubling you all game’ and this and that.”

Beckham added: “We were just talking. There’s never been no beef with me and no coach. We were just talking s—t.”

Beckham has had a quiet first season with the Browns.


Through 10 games, Beckham has 48 catches for 692 yards and one touchdown. In 12 games last season with the New York Giants, he had six touchdown catches and 1,052 receiving yards.

Ex-NFL linebacker has Super Bowl ring stolen, shares video of thieves in house

A Super Bowl champion linebacker posted a video on social media Sunday showing two people breaking into his home and stealing his championship ring and other valuables.

Spencer Paysinger was a member of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl-winning team during the 2011 season. He said on Instagram that the break-in occurred in March and he is hoping the videos from his Los Angeles home will help track down whoever stole his valuables.


Paysinger said on Instagram he had left the window cracked open just a bit to air the room.

He said he was conflicted on whether to post the videos.

“I took it out recently for an elementary school career day and was lazy on returning to its secure location,” Paysinger said. “My Super Bowl ring should serve as a cherished family heirloom not an unfortunate event.”

Paysinger added: “If you’re reading this or if anyone knows the two young men in the video, please be assured there are no consequences tied to this post. This isn’t bait, there are no cops involved and nothing will happen to you by giving back my ring; keep the other s–t.”


The 31-year-old retired from the NFL following the 2017 season.

He played with the Giants from 2011 to 2014. He then had a stint with the Miami Dolphins from 2015 to 2016 and played for the Carolina Panthers in 2017.


In 94 games, he recorded 176 total tackles and one sack. He played in four playoff games during the Giants’ Super Bowl run.

Florida police recover 15 kilos of cocaine that washed up on beach

This was a pricey catch that ended up washing up along a Florida beach.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in the Hammock area of Palm Coast.

“It is likely that these drugs have been in the ocean for a long time and they just happened to wash up on our beach from the rough surf and wind we have had the last few days,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.


The sheriff’s office said they received an anonymous call around 7 p.m. regarding the duffel bag, which was covered in barnacles and seaweed and contained 15 individually wrapped packages. The bag discovered by police also had a large amount of sand and shells, which led deputies to believe it had been in the ocean for some time.

“The packaging had barnacles on it. So, for that to happen, its been out there for a while,” Flagler County Sheriff Commander Jason Neat told FOX35. “There’s no telling if it’s been out there for months, or it’s been out there a year.”

A duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in Palm Coast, Fla., according to police.

A duffel bag containing 15 kilos of cocaine was discovered Friday night after it washed ashore in Palm Coast, Fla., according to police. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

One of the kilo-sized bricks inside had opened up, and a block of white substance was exposed.

The sheriff’s office the white substance tested positive for cocaine upon testing.

“I’m thankful that the person who located the bag did the right thing and called us,” Staly said in the news release. “These are dangerous narcotics and could be deadly in the wrong hands.”


Officials said the beach was searched, but no additional bags were found. Neighboring law enforcement agencies were notified of the narcotics so that they could check their beaches.

The drugs discovered on the beach Friday were entered into evidence and will eventually be destroyed. Neat told FOX35 that the cocaine in the bag could be worth between “$500,000 to $600,000.”

Neat said this is not the first time this has happened in Flagler County.

“Typically when we get some sort of rough weather or northeasterly winds like were having now, the ocean picks up and anything that’s lost at sea sometimes gets washed up due to the weather,” he told FOX35.


The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who comes across a suspicious package to contact law enforcement immediately 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). Those who contact police may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

Trump praises Rep. Stefanik after Yovanovitch hearing: ‘A new Republican star is born’

President Trump praised Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., for her performance Friday at an impeachment hearing, where she asked effective questions of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and battled with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Stefanik took some public swipes at Schiff mocking him at Friday’s impeachment hearing by reading old tweets from when the House Intelligence Committee chairman vowed to have the Ukraine whistleblower testify before his panel. The two also clashed over House procedures.


“A new Republican Star is born. Great going @EliseStefanik!” Trump tweeted, retweeting a video clip of the 35-year-old congresswoman questioning Yovanovitch.

Before the testimony began Friday, Schiff shut down Stefanik after she asked if Schiff would “continue to prohibit witnesses from answering Republican questions.” Schiff said it wasn’t a “proper” point of order, and then declined to recognize her colleague, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who also tried to raise a parliamentary question.

“We know clearly you’re going to interrupt us throughout this hearing,” Stefanik complained within minutes of the gavel.

Later in the hearing, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., attempted to give up the remainder of his time to Stefanik, but as Stefanik spoke, Schiff slammed down the gavel, arguing that it was not allowed under committee rules: “The gentlewoman will suspend.”

“What is the interruption for now?” she shot back.

What followed was a debate between Nunes and Schiff as to whether the Republican could offer his time to a fellow member of Congress, rather than minority counsel. Stefanik repeatedly tried to speak, only for Schiff to bang his gavel again.

“You’re gagging the young lady from New York?” Nunes laughed at one point.

“This is the fifth time you have interrupted a duly-elected member of Congress,” Stefanik told Schiff, who repeatedly told her she was “not recognized” to speak.

At one point, Stefanik asked the ex-ambassador whether it was accurate that “defensive lethal aid” that she had pushed for was provided to Ukraine not by the Obama administration, but by the Trump administration.

“That’s correct,” Yovanovitch responded.

Stefanik also asked Yovanovitch about how the State Department under the Obama administration prepped her for her confirmation hearing by coaching her on how to handle questions about Hunter Biden’s role with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company that had been the subject of an investigation.


Trump is not the only one to recognize Stefanik’s performance.

“She’s effective. She’s a great spokesperson,”  Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, another member of the Intelligence Committee, told The Associated Press. “And these issues are in her wheelhouse.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NFL needs to ‘drop the hammer’ on Myles Garrett, former players say

Former NFL players Chris Valletta and Sean James think the league needs to hold Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett accountable for his actions.

Garrett was suspended indefinitely on Friday for his role in an ugly brawl that took place at the end of Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, an altercation that resulted in two other suspensions and hefty fines levied against both teams.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Chris Valletta and Sean James both said this needs to be a “learning experience.”


“Helmet comes off — you stop. Every football player knows that. Inexcusable from Myles Garrett, no doubt,” said Valletta. ” I think what important is…one of the things football teaches you is your ability to control your emotions. And even when you’re provoked, which Myles Garrett was…the ability to control your emotions and not lose your cool is actually harder than getting in a fight in the first place.”

James said that while this is “what happens in the heat of battle,” these “are things that you’ve dealt with from high school to college and there’s accountability.”

“I mean, there’s rules. When you look at chapter 17 in the rule book it was something that probably could have just been a penalty if he [had] not swung the helmet [with the] intent to actually hurt the other player,” he added.

“So I think, you know, it’s bad for Cleveland. It’s bad for the league. You know this is America’s culture. We love football. And, any time something like this happens we have to be able to address it and use this as a learning experience,” he told Hegseth.

In a statement, the NFL said Garrett will be suspended “at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason and must meet with the commissioner’s office prior to a decision on his reinstatement.”

Garrett’s teammate Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey were also suspended and fined. The NFL said more suspensions resulting from the incident were imminent. The league also fined the Browns and the Steelers $250,000 each over the incident.

Shortly after the league announced his suspension, Garrett released a statement through the team apologizing, echoing what he told reporters immediately after the game.


“Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable,” Garrett’s statement said. “I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”

Valletta added: “The NFL has worked hard in changing the narrative for the last few years from, you know, domestic violence and murder and protesting and revising a lot of the player personal conduct policies. So, they’ve got to drop the hammer here.

“I do feel for Myles Garrett, but you know he made a bad decision. A lesson and a message has to be sent to the NFL. It’s a tough situation.”

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

Cigarette use among US adults hits record low while vaping rates rise: CDC

Cigarette smoking rates among U.S. adults have dropped to an all-time low, according to a report released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC said 13.7 percent of U.S. adults smoked cigarettes in 2018,  representing a decline of about two-thirds since the first Surgeon General’s report warning of the dangers of the habit was released more than 50 years ago.


The same was not true for e-cigarette rates, which increased from about 2.8 percent to 3.2 percent last year. Though the increase may seem insignificant, it represents a “reversal from the decline observed among adults during 2014-2017,” the report reads. 

Young adults – specifically those aged 18 to 24 – were largely responsible for the vaping increase in 2018. Rates among young adults rose from 5.2 percent in 2017 to 7.6 percent in 2018.

The increase among young adults comes as the CDC this week announced that at least 42 people have died as a result of vaping-related illness. Health officials also upped the number of confirmed and probable lung injury cases to 2,172. As of Nov. 13, fatalities have occurred across 24 states, with every state except for Alaska reporting illnesses in their residents.

Cigarette smoking rates among US adults have dropped to an all-time low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cigarette smoking rates among US adults have dropped to an all-time low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (iStock)


The health agency has named vitamin E acetate, which is found in THC-containing vape products, as the possible culprit in the outbreak. The CDC said earlier this week the chemical compound, which is typically used as a nutritional supplement, was found in lung fluid from 29 patients tested in a government lab.

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield called the “marked decline” in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults an “achievement of a consistent and coordinated effort by the public health community and our many partners.”

“Yet, our work is far from over,” he noted. “The health benefits of quitting smoking are significant, and we are committed to educating Americans about the steps they can take to become tobacco-free.”


“The sustained drop in adult smoking is encouraging as we work to reduce tobacco-related disease and death in the U.S. through science-driven policy, compliance and enforcement in addition to public education,” added Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and acting FDA commissioner.

“We remain dedicated to keeping pace with the evolving tobacco product landscape to ensure strong regulatory oversight in light of the increases in youth use of e-cigarette products in the U.S,” he continued.

Fox News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report. 

Jeffrey Epstein’s NYC mansion worth ‘at least’ $100 million, real estate brokers say

The “best” mansion in New York about to hit the market belongs to the estate of Jeffrey Epstein.

Shortly after Epstein died in August, brokers began to hover over 9 E. 71st St. The 50-foot-wide townhouse “is the best in the city,” says super-broker Dolly Lenz.

Even though a sale would be complicated given Epstein’s estate and the lawsuits against it, the seven-story mansion would be worth at least $100 million, several brokers say.

A March 2017 file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry of Jeffrey Epstein.

A March 2017 file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry of Jeffrey Epstein. (AP/New York State Sex Offender Registry)

At first, there were reports that the “creep” factor — women have reported being kept in the home and farmed out for sex to Epstein’s powerful friends — would translate to a lower sales price.


But brokers have revised their thinking. “Whoever buys it will renovate the hell out of it, literally, and put their own mark on it,” adds another broker.

No matter what happens with the sale of 9 E. 71st St., pictured, it will take a long time before heirs to Epstein’s estate, including his brother Mark, see any money.

No matter what happens with the sale of 9 E. 71st St., pictured, it will take a long time before heirs to Epstein’s estate, including his brother Mark, see any money. (AP)

Townhouse expert Jed Garfield says he has been in the home and shown it to interested buyers seven or eight times — though when Epstein was alive and with his explicit permission.

“It looked like any other rich person’s house,” he says, including a home office filled with photos of Epstein with celebrities and politicians. (Bizarre taxidermy and a weird painting of Bill Clinton have also been reported in the home.)

Les Wexner, founder and CEO of the L Brands corporation as well as a benefactor to Epstein, bought the home in 1989 for $13.2 million. By 2011, Wexner had transferred ownership to Epstein for $0. Since his death, it has become a ghoulish tourist attraction.


No matter what happens with the sale of 9 E. 71st St., it will take a long time before heirs to Epstein’s estate, including his brother Mark, see any money.

The estate is valued at about $577 million, including art and property in Palm Beach, Paris, the Virgin Islands, and New Mexico along with the New York mansion.

First, the estate will pay Epstein’s debts and taxes. Then funds will likely be tied up by alleged victims’ lawsuits.

An image of the front of Jeffrey Epstein's home in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York.

An image of the front of Jeffrey Epstein’s home in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York. (​Reuters)

“If an asset like a mansion is converted into cash, that does not in itself hurt the victims’ claims,” says attorney Stan Pottinger, who represents some of Epstein’s alleged victims. “But they still have to pursue those claims through litigation or other means, and the timing of that process is impossible to gauge at this point.”


This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

5 apps draining your iPhone battery – and what you can do about it

It’s no secret Apple is far more strict than Google when it comes to what’s allowed into its App Store. Even so, there are still more than 2 million iOS apps to choose from.

While many of these apps can be helpful, the amount of data tech companies collect on you is downright shocking. But you can keep them at bay by changing a few settings. Tap or click to see what tracking settings you need to adjust right now.

These apps could also be the reason why your device doesn’t always hold a charge throughout the day. And you might be surprised to find out which popular apps are the most notorious for draining your battery. Looking to get the most out of your iPhone? Don’t miss these 9 essential tips and tricks for iOS 13. Tap or click here to overhaul your reminders, make your phone run faster and more.

1. The biggest social network

The Facebook app uses a scary amount of battery life. Unless you change a few settings, it runs constantly in the background and automatically syncs updates and contacts. But don’t worry, these issues aren’t too hard to fix.

First, you need to disable location settings and Background App Refresh. Next disable video auto-play. Tap or click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do it all.

You can also stop the constant drain on your battery by simply turning off notifications. This way, your phone won’t be working overtime to constantly deliver unwanted and often annoying notifications.

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Here’s how to turn off your notifications:

Open the Facebook app. Click the three-line menu and Choose Settings & Privacy, then Settings. Under the Security option, tap Apps and Websites. Click Apps, Websites and Games and turn off the feature.

2. The app that always knows where you are

Google Maps is very useful, but it seems the most helpful apps tend to do the most damage to your phone’s battery. Google Maps requires an excessive amount of data to run properly and render accurate location details. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep Google Maps from over-indulging on your battery life.

Stop maps from updating itself when it’s not in use. Turn off GPS mode and adjust the location feature as well, since both require a significant amount of power. If you don’t need it, or aren’t using the app, just switch them off until you need them.

Here’s how to adjust your settings:

● Open Settings and scroll down to Google Maps.

● Tap on Location and choose between Never, Ask Next Time, While Using the App or Always.

● After adjusting the Location setting, tap Google Maps on the top left of the screen, then choose Notifications.

● Toggle Allow Notifications off to keep the device from sending unnecessary notifications to your device.

3. Brief messages, but big battery drain

Although it’s fun, Snapchat is one of those selfish apps that lacks a soft spot for your phone’s battery or overall performance. The notification service alone is enough to suck the life from your device. The app also uses a location service to report real-time user location.

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You should consider switching off the live location feature that feeds off your battery. Here’s how:

● Open the Snapchat app.

● Tap on your profile picture on the top left side of the screen.

● Tap on the settings gear on the top right of the screen.

● Scroll down to the Who Can… section and tap See My Location.

● Select Ghost Mode.

In this same section, you can allow friends to request your location.

4. Not just one battery-draining app

Much like its parent app, Facebook Messenger drains your battery like no other. Once again, it all comes down to what’s going on in the background.

You aren’t stuck with Facebook Messenger if you want to chat with your Facebook friends, though. Facebook realizes what a drain its regular messaging app is, so the social giant created Messenger Lite.

Be sure to keep either version of the Facebook Messenger app updated. The latest version will always run the most efficiently and use less of your precious battery life.

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5. An app used by over a billion people

WhatsApp has the highest active users of any messaging app out there, beating out Facebook, with a reported 1.5 billion users across 180 countries.

It might be popular, but it’s also a battery-drain — even when you’re not using it.

That leads us to the first solution: Use it less. If you’re truly concerned about your battery life, find an alternative.

If you can’t give it up, there are a few options. Just like with Facebook, turn off push notifications. You can also stop watching videos through WhatsApp, as those will chip away at your phone’s battery even more.

BONUS: The 3 safest ways to pay online (Hint: Don’t use your credit card)

The holidays are nearly upon us, and online shopping season is in full swing. But wherever there’s online shopping, there are also scams afoot.

To keep yourself safe, you need to use secure methods to pay and send money. Despite the fact credit cards are the most common form of accepted payment, they’re far from secure.

There are several ways to pay on the web that are both safer and easier than entering your card info. We’ll break down your options and help you settle on a new way to pay, shop and send money online. Tap or click here to learn about the safest ways to check out on the web.

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