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What Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox could mean for the Marvel Universe
21st Century Fox (NEW YORK) -- The Walt Disney Co. is in the process of acquiring most of 21st Century Fox Inc. for $52.4 billion in stock, Disney announced Thursday. After the industry-shattering news broke, much of the conversation online and in social media was about what this acquisition could mean for Marvel Studios, which is also owned by Disney. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has intricately assembled a world with a specific set of characters since 2008’s Iron Man, the after credits of which saw Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury teasing Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark about a “larger...
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Disney chief Bob Iger signals he won't run for president in 2020
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- It seems President Donald Trump would have one less possible 2020 challenger.Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said Thursday he is extending his contract with the company through 2021.The timing would effectively put off any 2020 presidential run, the subject of speculation for some time.Iger appeared to put that to rest during an appearance on "Good Morning America" Thursday when he announced the planned acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets by Disney, which owns ABC News."I'm sticking around until the end of 2021 so you do the math," he said.Iger's contract had been set to...
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Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, after business spinoff, for $52.4B
21st Century Fox (NEW YORK) -- The Walt Disney Co. is acquiring 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, Disney announced on Thursday morning. Fox will spin off and retain some of its properties, including Fox News, but Disney would own Fox's massive film and TV empires."The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before," Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., said in a statement announcing the acquisition.Disney, which owns...
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Can digital assistants answer questions about sex?
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Digital assistants are making life more hands-free -- and, possibly, easier. But can you be hands-off when it comes to talking about “the birds and the bees”? In the famously cheeky Christmas issue of the BMJ, four researchers in New Zealand put Siri and Google Assistant to the test, comparing the answers that these digital assistants gave to questions regarding sexual health to the answers found using a Google search. The researchers found that if you are looking for the most relevant expert responses about sexual health, then doing your own Google search is probably your...
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Meet the first tiger cubs ever born at Disney World
Copyright: The Walt Disney Company (ORLANDO) -- Meet Jeda and Anala, the two tiger cubs recently born at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, who made their television debut on Good Morning America on Wednesday.The endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, born this August, are the first tigers ever born at Animal Kingdom."The cubs wrestle with each other constantly and love jumping on plants and logs,” Erin Heavey, an animal care specialist at Animal Kingdom, said in a statement.She added that the pair have already begun exhibiting their distinct personalities. The name of the male cub, Jeda, means...
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'Tech support' scams hit millennials hardest and many don't even realize it
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study of online “tech support” scams shows that millennial’s – not the elderly – may be hardest hit by the widespread frauds, and their victimization may extend far beyond the initial loss of money. Scam artists are using the ploy to plant malware in victims’ computers and steal personal and financial information that can be used to commit identity theft later, according to a national study released Monday by Better Business Bureaus in five cities working with the Federal Trade Commission and FBI. Thousands of Americans have been exposed to the scam, which often...
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CEO of La Colombe coffee company speaks out against new tax bill
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Todd Carmichael is one of the few chief executives in America to publicly condemn Republicans’ plans to slash the corporate tax rate and rewrite the tax code.Why bash a plan that would be a boon for his shareholders? Carmichael says he’s willing to declare what other executives won’t: the bill may be good for his business, but it’s bad for the country.Carmichael said he defines his own success by doing right by the people around him. His primary responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer of La Colombe Coffee Roasters are to scale up his company and...
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American Girl dolls available to borrow at libraries, thanks to Girl Scout's savvy
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A New York Girl Scout is giving hundreds of kids the chance to play with a childhood staple, the American Girl doll, by creating a lending program for the dolls at local libraries.Olivia Reduto, 14, of Edgemont, New York, spent the past year raising nearly $800 so she could purchase six American Girl dolls and accessories for the dolls.Olivia, a ninth-grader who has been in the Girl Scouts since the first-grade, then donated two dolls each to three libraries within the Yonkers Public Library system just north of New York City.The dolls, which can be...
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Yoplait making Girl Scout Cookie flavors
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- If you love Girl Scout Cookies, but can't stand buying them from pushy co-workers with daughters, or maybe you want an ostensibly healthier alternative, Yoplait has you covered.The yogurt company is releasing a trio of new flavors, based on the Girl Scouts' most popular cookies: Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs.These flavors will be reflected in Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints, Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut, and Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate."Beyond the delicious flavor, the yogurts will also remind consumers everywhere of the power of Girl Scout Cookies," said Barry Horowitz, Girls...
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18-month-old Elf on the Shelf uses adorable photos to raise toys for kids in need
Megan Schott (NEW YORK) -- Many use the beloved holiday tradition of dressing their kids up as an Elf on the Shelf just for laughs. But one Nashville, Indiana, mom is dressing her son up to raise money to buy toys for kids in need. Megan Schott started dressing up her 18-month-old son Forest as an Elf on the Shelf last year. "It was a lot," the mother of one recalled to ABC News. Schott, 30, noted that she takes anywhere between 80 to 100 photos just to get a single silly shot of her son as an Elf on...
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Russian-speaking hackers stole about $10 million from US, Russian banks: report
iStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- A top cyber security firm says it has identified a previously unknown group of Russian-speaking hackers who have allegedly stolen at least $10 million from U.S. and Russian banks over the past year and a half. The group, named the "The Money Takers" after a software tool they use, allegedly targeted banks across the United States, breaking into at least 15 lenders in Utah, New York and California, and also stole at least $3 million from Russian banks, according to a report from the Moscow-based cyber security firm IB-Group obtained by ABC News. The group also stole...
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Boy, 8, collects more than 1,000 toys for children of Puerto Rico
ABCNews.com (NEW YORK) -- This Christmas has been the season of giving, not getting, for an 8-year-old boy in New Jersey whose home has become a bit like Santa's workshop. On Dec. 3, Jayden Perez, a third-grader in Woodland Park, New Jersey, held a toy drive at his home to collect toys for children in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. His mother, Ana Rosado, told ABC News Monday that in September, her boss had given Jayden, a New York Giants fan and football lover, one pretty epic gift: tickets to a Giants game. Rosado said it was a gift just because, not...
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