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Most Popular Cyber Monday Discounts According to Our Readers: Wirecutter



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Cyber Monday discounts seem bountiful, but the truth is most of those so-called “deals” really suck. Wirecutter only shares the very best deals on the very best products—which is why our tireless deals team has, as of 3 p.m. ET on Monday, scoured through 72,863 Cyber Week deals, finding only 670 worth posting. Of those deals, a few have proved to be especially popular with our readers. Here are 9 Cyber Monday discounts on Amazon that Wirecutter readers have loved and bought today.

Hands-free, powerful light

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp, Black, One Size
Photo: Eve O’Neil

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Street price: $28. Deal price: $19.

Whether you’re planning ahead for weekend camping trips or just like the idea of a hands-free flashlight for around the house, the Black Diamond Spot (our top pick) is now down to $19 in black. The headlamp shines bright enough to light up a trail while you’re walking and can last up to 150 hours on low.

Read our review of the best headlamps.

The best phone charger

Anker phone charger
Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Anker PowerPort PD 2
Street price: $23. Deal price: $18.

Anyone who’s been stuck with a dead phone despite hours of charging can agree that you can’t put a price tag on a reliable phone charger. And the Anker PowerPort PD2 is the most reliable charger we’ve tested. It charges faster than the competition and phones tend to hold the charge longer, too. This is the first discount we’ve spotted on the Anker PowerPort in two months, making now as good a time as any to buy if you’ve had your eye on a trustworthy USB phone charger.

Read our review of the best phone chargers.

A machine-washable shower liner

MAYTEX Fabric Shower Liner
Photo: Maytex

Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain or Liner
Street price: $11. Deal price: $5.

You don’t realize how important a good shower curtain and liner are until you buy a really crappy one. Save yourself the trouble of mopping up after your shower with the Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain or Liner, which just dropped to the lowest price we’ve ever seen. This liner, which is made of 100 percent polyester, is machine washable (score!) and can double as a shower curtain.

Read our review of the best shower curtain.

An effective air purifier

 Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier
Street price: $200. Deal price: $121.

A truly great air purifier can really improve your life. The Coway Mighty is our top pick for a reason: It’s one of the best-performing, most durable, and most economical purifiers we’ve tested. It’s also quiet and the perfect size for most master bedrooms, playrooms, and living rooms. Now down to $121 in white and $116 in black, this is only a few dollars away from the lowest price we’ve seen.

Read our review for the best air purifiers.

A Wi-Fi enabled robovac

Roomba 675
Photo: Michael Hession

iRobot Roomba 675
Street price: $270. Deal price: $200.

If you’ve been dreaming about letting someone else do the vacuuming for you, consider today your lucky day: The iRobot Roomba 675 is now down to $200, making it a truly great deal. In addition to cleaning carpet and hardwood floors effortlessly, this robovac also includes Wi-Fi, allowing you to enable remote control from your phone and integrate your Roomba with some of your smart-home voice assistants. Alexa, ask the Roomba to clean the kitchen, will you?

Read our review of the best robot vacuums.

An easy-to-clean non-stick pan

t-fal nonstick fry pan
Photo: Michael Hession

T-fal Professional 10-Inch Fry Pan
Street price: $23. Deal price: $14.

We can see why our readers love the T-fal professional fry pan. As our runner-up, this fry pan is easy to use, signals when it’s hot, and is completely non-stick, making cleanup easier than ever. Now that the price has dropped to a new low, this is a great time to invest in this already affordable pan that’s compatible with all cooktops.

Read our review of the best nonstick pans.

The best deal we’ve seen on smart outlets

Wemo Mini Smart Outlet
Photo: Rachel Cericola

Wemo Mini Smart Outlet
Street price: $25. Deal price: $16.

If you need a smart outlet, now is the absolute best time to buy—not only is this a rare deal on a single-unit Wemo Mini, but it’s also a new low. The Wemo is reliable, compact, and compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It also supports Alexa, HomeKit/Siri, Google Assistant, and Nest, making it a good choice for most people looking for a smart outlet.

Read our review of the best plug-in smart outlets.

Endless entertainment

Roku Streaming Stick+
Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald

Roku Streaming Stick+
Street price: $50. Deal price: $29.

A streaming stick like the Roku is a great way to declutter your entertainment system: It essentially turns your television into a smart TV with instant access to any streaming platform. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading by integrating a media streaming device to your setup, now is definitely the time to buy. We’ve never seen a streamer selling for less than $30, making this an all-time low not just for the Roku but for any streaming device.

Read our review of the best streaming devices.

Voice-activated assistant

Echo Dot
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Street price: $40. Deal price: $22.

The Echo Dot is a mini version of the Amazon Echo. It provides an inexpensive way to introduce Alexa into your home— or extend its reach to other parts of your house. Though it doesn’t sound as good as the Echo, it’s perfectly fine for talk radio and music (if you’re not looking for a speaker that fills the room). If the Dot is on your wishlist, we advise buying now as we’ve never seen the price drop this far for a single unit.

Read our review of the best Alexa speakers.

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Another New Jersey City Is Suing NY Over Homeless Relocation



Mayor Bill de Blasio has a growing problem across the river.

“You know it’s really difficult when the mayor of New York — who calls himself a progressive mayor and he campaigned on an issue of equality and making his city more affordable — that he takes the people in the most challenging aspect of their lives and ships them out of town,” Elizabeth, New Jersey, Mayor Chris Bollwage said. “I am not sure that is equality in any way, shape, or form.”


The Democratic mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey, told NY1 on Friday that he will join a lawsuit against a controversial homeless policy from de Blasio.

“We will file in federal court in seeking to join in the Newark lawsuit and intervene in that lawsuit,” Bollwage said.

Democratic Newark Mayor Ras Baraka sued the city earlier this week, claiming the program, known as Special One-Time Assistance, or SOTA, puts a burden on his community.

The program sends homeless families to communities across the country to get stable housing, often in cheaper neighborhoods than the five boroughs. The city pays a full year of rent up front and is supposed to inspect apartments to make sure they are in good condition.

The lawsuit and a city watchdog investigation this week found families are put in substandard housing, with vermin and no heat:


1,198 families have been sent to Newark since its inception. The city says 35 have been sent to Elizabeth.

“It is extremely difficult for New York City, even though it’s a very altruistic manner on their behalf, to transform their problems to cities in New Jersey,” Bollwage said. “There are over 60 cities in New Jersey to take people in from New York — with no conversation, by the way.”

De Blasio has defended the program, including earlier Friday.

“My objection to what Newark has done is they are demonizing the poor,” he said on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. “If there literally are not enough apartments to turn to — no matter how many we keep building, there’s just not enough — and it’s a right now program…we look to the region.”

Thursday night, the Union County Board of Freeholders also passed a resolution urging the New Jersey state attorney general to get involved and help put a stop to the program.

These leaders in New Jersey obviously want this program discontinued permanently. If not that, then they want New York City to pick up the bill for social services for these families moving forward.


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Park Slope Teacher In Trouble For Educating Students About Parents’ Vast Santa Claus Conspiracy



A Brooklyn public school teacher is reportedly out of a job after telling a group of Park Slope students that Santa Clause is fake. Parents at PS 321 claim the teacher dropped the truth bomb on their 1st graders this week, who came home shellshocked and “teary-eyed.” For good measure, the unnamed educator also dispelled that propaganda about the Tooth Fairy.

After breaking the Yuletide bombshell, News12 Brooklyn spoke with some Park Slope parents who’d been caught in the lie. “Santa is very much real and alive, in all parents and children who believe,” insisted one mom, who described the incident as “damaging.”

The Daily Mail also got wind of the “unthinkable revelations.” Principal Liz Phillips—whose face is now plastered across the British tabloid—has reportedly told parents that the teacher is a substitute, who will “never return to class.” Sharpen those fireplace pokers, Brooklynites, we’ve got ourselves Grinch hunt!

According to Gothamist co-founder and Park Slope historian Jake Dobkin, the fact that the six-year-olds weren’t already privy to the Santa fantasy is a sad sign of the times. “I feel bad for those kids,” he said. “In my day, they would’ve learned the truth about Santa the right way—from reading several dogmatic essays about the danger of bourgeois holiday consumerism in the Park Slope Food Co-op Linewaiters Gazette.”

Meanwhile, I always just assumed it was the responsibility of young Jewish kids to pierce the veil of their gentile childhood friends, as part of a stern conversation about life’s cruel little let-downs, like the Easter Bunny and Heaven.

For any parent upset about this, we recommend stepping outside next Saturday and finding out what happens when your children never stop believing.

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Inquiries to PS 321 and the Department of Education were not immediately returned. Weirdly, Santa Claus declined to comment.

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Pensacola Navy base shooting: Active shooter killed; At least 3 other dead, 7 injured



PENSACOLA, Florida — Four people were killed, including a gunman, after an active shooter opened fire inside a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Police said seven other people, including two police deputies, were injured, but the extent of those injuries is unclear.

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Police said the shooter, who has not been identified, was opened fire around 6:30 a.m. CT at the Navy base, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Two deputies who engaged with the suspect were shot, but both are expected to survive.

It’s unknown exactly where on the base the shooting took place, but police described it as a “classroom building.”

The base was put on lockdown, and the area was cleared.

President Donald Trump been briefed on the incident.

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website.

The base is home of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and includes several major tenant commands, including the Naval Aviation Schools Command, the Naval Air Technical Training Center, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, the website says.

It also houses the National Naval Aviation Museum, a popular regional tourist attraction.

This shooting comes just days after a sailor killed two civilians at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii before turning the gun on himself.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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