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Jimmie Allen and Wife Alexis Recall How Daughter Zara 'Went Completely Blue' amid RSV Battle

Country singer Jimmie Allen and his wife Alexis are recounting their daughter Zara James' experience with RSV when she was just weeks old. While chatting with PEOPLE about their partnership with Sanofi as spokespeople for Knowing RSV, an initiative that provides parents with educational resources about the illness, the couple also opens up about how their daughter, now 13 months, "went completely blue" amid her RSV battle last year.
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Regulators Put Brakes on Media Megadeals

Some of the biggest surprises in media M&A this year came not from ambitious CEOs or activist investors but from the clinical precision of regulators focused on warding off too much market concentration. Industry insiders, meanwhile, say judges and antitrust watchdogs are focused on the wrong mature businesses while online-based media continues to operate like the Wild West. The anti-Big Media mood on both sides of the partisan divide in Washington is likely to complicate the completion of the biggest media transaction of the year, Microsoft’s proposed all-cash $68 billion takeover of gaming giant Activision Blizzard. “Under this administration, that deal has...
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As supply chains unclog, consumers enjoy (tentative) relief

Back in January, 109 container ships waited off the California coast to unload cargo in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two largest ports. Consumers, stuck at home amid the pandemic, had unleashed an avalanche of orders for goods that overwhelmed factories and ports. Importers were paying $20,000 to send a single container from China to the United States — sometimes more than the goods inside were worth. Businesses had to backorder everything from bedroom furniture to kitchen fryers, if they could get them at all. These days? No freighters are lingering off the Southern California coast. Containers from China go for just $2,000. Restaurants can order fryers and have them delivered in a couple of weeks. The supply backlogs of the past two years — and the delays, shortages and outrageous prices that came with them — have improved dramatically since summer. The web of factories, railroads, ports, warehouses and freight yards that link goods to customers have nearly regained their pre-pandemic levels.

ADDING MULTIMEDIA Noteworthy Drives Cryptonotes into the Mainstream with New 5 Millibit Bitcoin Banknote

Noteworthy, the premier designer of physical cryptonotes, announced the sale of its new 5 millibit (mBTC) note, the first small-denomination, fully fungible bitcoin cryptonote. This new bill, which equates to 0.005 BTC (approximately $85 based on today’s prices) makes buying crypto simple for people of all ages and backgrounds through its familiar cash format. Following the successful unveiling of its 1BTC note at CoinDesk’s Consensus in June 2022, this smaller denomination lowers the barrier to entry, helping to increase access and drive adoption of digital assets. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Noteworthy combines the...

Yankees Re-Sign Aaron Judge to 9-Year, $360 Million Contract

Free agent slugger Aaron Judge will continue to call the Bronx home for the foreseeable future. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million contract. The deal will pay the superstar $40 million per season, the...

Texas girl found dead after abduction by FedEx driver

Texas was left rattled earlier this week after a 7-year-old girl was abducted from her home by a FedEx driver. The driver later killed the child according to local police. The body of Athena Strand was discovered on Friday night after the police had been searching for her ever since she was reported missing on Wednesday. Strand was reported having gone missing from her bedroom, and police suspected Tanner Lynn Horner, a FedEx driver who was delivering a package to the house at the time.

San Francisco Police Might Use Weaponised Robots - Decision Creates Public Outrage

San Fransisco gives police approval to deploy robots with potentially lethal capabilities. Photo by( Michael Förtsch/Unsplash) The government is using robots. This sounds like something straight out of a science fiction book or movie. In fact, there have been movies made on this before, and they warn us of an apocalyptic future where robots take over the world. This concept of the robot apocalypse is such a deeply entrenched part of the public psyche that it had to be addressed outright in an official meeting of Supervisors.

How the Most Serious James Bond Novel Became the Silliest 007 Movie

The big screen counterparts to Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels are not always the most faithful of adaptations. In fact, most have only a flimsy connection to their namesake. Diamonds Are Forever and The Man with the Golden Gun, for example, have only a vague resemblance to their source material, taking the character names and general feel of these books and then placing them in a largely different narrative. This wasn’t always the case - On Her Majesty's Secret Service made only minimal changes, for example – but it was definitely the norm, making for some odd experiences if you’re more familiar with the books. Hardcore fans have been clamoring for the films to stick closer to Fleming’s originals for decades. While the debate over whether these changes were ultimately for the best shows no sign of slowing down, there is one example where it’s hard to argue that the version moviegoers got was anything but a downgrade – Moonraker.

Mega Magnaboom Bluetooth Speaker Reviews 2022: (Opinion) Mega Magnaboom Speaker

People love music, which is why they carry it with them wherever they go. The right equipment is necessary for hearing music at a high level of quality, however. We reviewed the Mega MagnaBoom Bluetooth Speaker today because it's especially useful when you're using your cell phone. This Bluetooth speaker is not only waterproof but also provides good sound quality, making it an indispensable item. Our test of the device and testimonials helped us form our opinion.

Man charged with 2nd-degree murder, multiple drug crimes after 22-year-old man dies in Scotland County

SCOTLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — Authorities have charged a 26-year-old man with second-degree murder and multiple drug crimes in the death of a 22-year-old man on Sunday in Laurel Hill, according to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies found the man unresponsive after responding to Church Street to investigate a possible overdose, the sheriff’s office […]

Anne Heche wasn’t high at time of fiery Mar Vista crash: Reports

Despite the presence of drugs in her system, actress Anne Heche was not high when she crashed into a Mar Vista home, sparking a fire that ultimately led to her death, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. Heche, 53, died in August after the crash left her in...

Purchased hay: The extra costs

Winter is finally here and for some, dry weather has resulted in a lower than desired hay inventory. While we can reduce demand by adjusting rations or selling animals, purchasing hay may be the best option to fill in a feed gap. Most of the time, purchased hay is hauled...

Share of Bedrooms in New Homes in 2021

The Census Bureau’s latest Survey of Construction (SOC) shows modest changes in the share of number of bedrooms for new single-family homes in 2021 compared with the previous year. The current estimates indicate the share of new single-family homes with 2 bedrooms or less is 9.2%, 3 bedrooms, the largest share, had a share of 44.5%, 4 bedrooms make up 36.0% of new single-family homes, and 5 bedrooms or more had a share of 10.3% in 2021.
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Juul Settles Thousands of Lawsuits for Undisclosed Amount Amid Teen Vaping Concerns

Juul Labs has reached settlements covering more than 5,000 cases brought by about 10,000 plaintiffs over the e-cigarette company's marketing practices that have been blamed for the teenage vaping crisis. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Juul said that it has secured an equity investment to fund...