Aetna, Humana Abort Merger Agreement

Health Insurance providers Aetna and Humana announced Tuesday morning that they would not seek an appeal on the USA federal court's decision to block their $34 billion merger. Anthem said Thursday it will appeal the federal court decision blocking its proposed Cigna purchase. Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Cigna was apparently disappointed in the outcome, and believes the deal has no chance of achieving regulatory approval, despite Anthem's announcement of an appeal. Read More

Sargento recalls cheese due to possible contamination

Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese, 8 oz. The UPC number is under the bar code on the back of your Sargento cheese package. The affected products bear establishment number M/P-34013 or M/P-34733 surrounded by the USDA mark of inspection. Read More

Orange gator draws attention in SC

The little gator, reportedly about 4.5 feet long, lives in a pond in Hanahan, South Carolina. " I've never seen anything like it ", said one neighbor. "It's a handsome looking animal but its definitely not a natural color for an alligator". You wouldn't expect alligators to be orange but, believe it or not, such a reptile exists. Read More

Willie Nelson Cancels Shows Due to Illness

Willie Nelson Cancels Shows Due to Illness

Willie Nelson has cancelled three U.S. concerts due to illness. Refunds will be provided to all ticket holders, he said. Thanks to IMAX & Regal, you have the chance to win an incredible prize pack full of LEGO sets, movie tickets and more! According to the venue's Facebook page, organizers are now working on rescheduling those dates, but refunds will be made available for ticket holders beginning at 11 a.m. Read More

Parliament gets Brexit vote, but Britain gets Brexit

Parliament gets Brexit vote, but Britain gets Brexit

The Opposition argued such an amendment to the Bill was needed to ensure parliamentary oversight of the European Union withdrawal negotiations. Government promises over a Commons vote on the final Brexit deal have been dismissed as a "fig leaf" by campaigners. Read More

Register now for VIA stroke and heart health presentation Feb

Register now for VIA stroke and heart health presentation Feb

The Village Improvement Association will present Dr. Lynn Toth as she offers information on stroke and heart health at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at the Rehoboth library. If you don't want to join them, you should start taking steps today to reduce your personal risk. "With heart disease being the number one killer of women in America, the goal is to create awareness within the community about the importance of women's heart health", said Elaine Smith, ARH Community Relations Advocate. Read More

1 in 4 Teen E-Cigarette Users Has Tried 'Dripping'

1 in 4 Teen E-Cigarette Users Has Tried 'Dripping'

And the liquid they're using could contain nicotine. The safety of vaping became a concern after videos of electronic cigarettes exploding in users' pockets proliferated around the internet in recent years. So, along with encouraging their teen to not use cigarettes, parents should also encourage them to not use e-cigarettes, and especially avoid alternative behaviors like dripping. Read More

Beyonce's Instagram pregnancy photo sets record with millions of 'likes'

Beyonce's Instagram pregnancy photo sets record with millions of 'likes'

Beyoncé's pregnancy didn't come as a surprise to at least one of her fans. When the gossip site caught up with Jay Z leaving the United Recording studio in L.A. "When Beyonce is pregnant I am pregnant", the popular YouTube comedian Tre Melvin wrote on Twitter , calling the news a "marvelous start" to February, marked in the United States as Black History Month. Read More

Schmidt: Sluggish start cost Ireland in Edinburgh

Schmidt: Sluggish start cost Ireland in Edinburgh

The Irish full-back took a step to his right and Hogg needed no second invitation, racing through for the try. Ireland responded with an unconverted try, but it almost went to the other end with Tommy Seymour just unable to hold on to an interception before Earls went over in the corner. Read More

This Is Who We Are

This Is Who We Are

The new orders target immigrants the Trump administration accuses of becoming "public charges", or dependent on publicly-funded programs like welfare or social security. "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban , as the media is falsely reporting". The move halted USA refugee entry into the United States for 120 days, and barred all citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. Read More

At Least Three Malaysian Boat Passengers Die After Being Rescued

Six of the 31 people on board were still missing on Sunday evening, Shahidan Kassim - a minister in the prime minister's department - told reporters in Sabah state. Five of the missing are tourists and one is a crew, the MMEA said in a statement today. The operator's decision to switch to Tanjung Aru Jetty could be due to high passenger traffic at Jessselton Point due to the Chinese New Year celebration. Read More

Walgreens and Rite Aid Agree to Cut Deal Price, Sell More Stores

Walgreens and Rite Aid Agree to Cut Deal Price, Sell More Stores

Walgreens and Rite Aid , in response to antitrust concerns, said in December that they would sell 865 stores to Fred's Inc., a regional drugstore chain that only had about 650 stores before the deal was announced. Nevertheless, Cerberus is still interested in buying the hundreds of retail chains that Walgreen's and Rite Aid need to sell. Originally, Walgreens had agreed to spin-off 1,000 stores. Read More

FDA Confirms Belladonna in Homeopathic Teething Products

The manufacturer, Standard Homeopathic Company, was contacted by the FDA to issue a recall, but the company has not recalled the product at the time of this writing. In some cases, the level far exceeded the amount claimed on the label. "They never actually asked us to recall it, nor did we ever actually refuse to recall it", Borneman said. Read More

How this coffee firm performed; Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX)

How this coffee firm performed; Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX)

Stocks to Watch: United Rentals Inc. For the quarter, the stock has changed 9.43%. RBC Capital Markets restated an outperform rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of Starbucks Corporation in a research report on Monday, November 7th. Read More

Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in Manila

Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in Manila

The final show will be aired on Sunday at 8am in Manila - about midnight on January 29 in the United Kingdom, where it will be screened on Fox TV. Throughout the 20-year regime of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, the former First Lady made the terno a staple of her wardrobe. Read More

Iran 'will take reciprocal measures' against U.S. over visa ban

Iran 'will take reciprocal measures' against U.S. over visa ban

Lorne Waldman, a top Canadian immigration lawyer, said he reads the order to ban dual citizens and possibly to ban Canadians born in the countries. Trump's move has also angered one of Iran's most popular actresses, Taraneh Alidoosti who stars in the Oscar-nominated " The Salesman ". Read More

USA economic growth slowed in fourth quarter

USA economic growth slowed in fourth quarter

According to a first estimate of U.S. gross domestic product ( GDP ), the world's biggest economy expanded by 1.9 percent between October and December 2016, well below the 3.5 percent rate recorded in the third quarter. "Trade was a big boost to growth in the third quarter, that's going to reverse", said Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh. Read More

Local gas prices lower last week

Local gas prices lower last week

The average IL price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.35. According to Gasbuddy.com's daily survey of 308 area outlets, Manatee County stations were averaging $2.33 per gallon on Monday, while Sarasota County was at $2.36. At Sunday's OPEC meeting, energy ministers announced that the cartel has successfully limited oil output in an effort to reduce oversupply and support crude oil prices. Read More

United States woman dies after contracting superbug that's resistant to every available antibiotic

Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , told Stat News . But the case remains a warning of the dangers of what the CDC calls untreatable " nightmare bacteria ". Infectious disease specialists live in fear of superbugs, which are becoming more and more common. Scientists from the health community are warning the national government about the dangers that this threat represents to the people. Read More

Trump asks Robert Kennedy Jr. to chair vaccine safety commission

Critics said the anti-vaccination rhetoric could result in an upswing in preventable diseases and said no proof has been found linking vaccines and autism. But I think we have to begin that process by making sure vaccines are safe; they're efficacious. Back in 2005, Kennedy, in a Salon and Rolling Stone article, alleged that the US government was covering up a link between autism and the preservative thimerosal, formerly used in vaccines. Read More