Walmart may introduce new streaming service to compete with Netflix 

The Information reports that retail giant Walmart is thinking about getting into the streaming video business with a new platform – and edge out the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video with cheaper subscriptions.

The company is said to be considering offering plans at under $8 a month, along with an ad-supported free tier. That’d come in at less than Netflix’s cheapest plan in the US ($8 a month) and Amazon Prime Video ($8.99 a month).

That’s all well and good, but it’s worth noting that Walmart already has a video streaming service: Vudu. It acquired the platform back in March 2010, but hasn’t really been able to capitalize on its investment in the past eight years. In March, Bloomberg cited comScore research that saw Vudu users spending less than two hours a month on the platform, while folks spent about 25 hours a month on Netflix.

Source: https://thenextweb.com/insider/2018/07/18/walmart-is-reportedly-building-a-video-streaming-service-to-take-on-netflix/?amp=1

 

America’s worst states to live in 2018

From lack of health care and attractions to high crime rates and disease, these are the worst states in the U.S. for quality of life.

Far be it for us to dent your home state pride, but the fact is that there are ways to objectively measure quality of life, and some states do not measure up as well as others. Our Quality of Life category in America’s Top States for Business, worth 300 out 2,500 total points, looks at factors such as violent crime rates, area attractions, health care, and environmental quality, based on our Top States methodology and sources. These are the 10 worst states to live in this year.

10. New Mexico

New Mexico State Police officers investigate a triple homicide in Dixon on May 31, 2018.

 

9. (tie) Mississippi

Mississippi has the second-highest obesity rate in the nation.

 

9. (tie) South Carolina

South Carolina has one of the highest incidences of diabetes in the nation.

 

7. Oklahoma

A rodeo clown avoids a charging bull while competing in the Bulls and Bands in Oklahoma.

 

6. Missouri

Kansas City police investigate a homicide after an attorney was gunned down outside his home in Kansas City.

 

5. Indiana

Demonstrators gather at Monument Circle to protest a controversial religious freedom bill during a rally in Indianapolis.

 

4. Tennessee

An employee stocks cans of tobacco beside a display of Marlboro brand cigarettes inside a tobacco store in Nashville, TN. 

 

3. Alabama

Birmingham police respond to a shooting at Huffman High School on March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

2. Louisiana

The Shell Norco refinery, in Norco, Louisianna. The refinery is considered one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the United States.

 

1. Arkansas

People attend a livestock auction at Pruitt's Mid-State stockyards in Damascus, Arkansas, on November 6, 2017. 

 

 

Source: America’s worst states to live in 2018

Cops: Smithton man hid in back seat, attacked woman, kidnapped her

Smithton man hid in the backseat of a woman’s car late Sunday and attacked her, forcing her to drive around for nearly 11 hours before she could call for help, according to court papers.

Police said Jr Lee Keener, 36, threw the woman’s cellphone out the window at some point during the night and ripped the rearview mirror off of the windshield.

On Tuesday, Keener was taken to the Westmoreland County Prison on $500,000 bail.

The ordeal began at about 9 p.m. Sunday when the victim got into her car after work at the Clarion Inn in Rostraver, police reported. She was waiting at a red light at Finley Road and Route 51 when Keener, a former boyfriend, allegedly popped out of the backseat and attacked her, police said.

He allegedly threatened to kill her, kicked the windshield and forced her to drive him to Elizabeth, McKeesport and Glassport. Police said Keener directed her to take him to Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant so he could get a prescription for pain pills. They arrived at 7:42 a.m. Monday, police reported.

The victim left the hospital and called 911. Police said she had a bruised and swollen face.

Keener is charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records. An Aug. 6 preliminary hearing is set.

Source: Cops: Smithton man hid in back seat, attacked woman, kidnapped her

Bill Gates Is Using His Money to Find an Alzheimer’s Cure | Time

Bill Gates, who decided to invest $100 million in Alzheimer’s disease research in 2017 and revealed earlier this year that his father was affected by the disease, is now directing some of that commitment to developing a diagnostic test. Such a test would help the 14 million people expected to be affected by the brain disorder in the U.S. by 2050 with the chance to come to terms with their condition, and perhaps, if new treatments are developed, even take advantage of these therapies as early as possible.

Source: Bill Gates Is Using His Money to Find an Alzheimer’s Cure | Time

All-Star Game 2018 Nationals Park – CBSSports.com

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    Final

    American League 8

    National League 6

    HRs: A.Judge (NYY); M.Trout (LAA); W.Contreras (CHC); T.Story (COL); J.Segura (SEA); C.Yelich (MIL); S.Gennett (CIN); A.Bregman (HOU); G.Springer (HOU); J.Votto (CIN)

Source: All-Star Game 2018 live updates, score: Highlights, starting lineups and more from Nationals Park – CBSSports.com

Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now : NPR

The federal judge who ordered the Trump administration to reunite the migrant families it separated now says the government cannot deport them after reunification until next week, at the earliest.

The order was issued Monday by Judge Dana Sabraw, the same judge who previously ordered the government to reunite the families.

It comes as the Trump administration is scrambling to reunite roughly 2,550 immigrant children with their parents by the court-imposed deadline of July 26. What will happen to those families after reunification isn’t clear.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, say they’re concerned about rumors of “mass deportations” of families that have just been reunited — potentially leaving parents with just hours to make the “momentous decision” about whether to leave their children behind in the United States.

Source: Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now : NPR

U.S. To Make More Drugs Easily Available, Cutting Role Docs Play – Bloomberg Quint

This could change how patients in the U.S. access treatments for chronic conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration in a draft guideline on Tuesday outlined how such a status, which the agency said could help lower health-care costs, would work. Patients could answer questions on a mobile-phone app to help determine whether they should be able to access a medication without a prescription.

“Our hope is that the steps we’re taking to advance this new, more modern framework will contribute to lower costs for our health care system overall and provide greater efficiency and empowerment for consumers by increasing the availability of certain products that would otherwise be available only by prescription,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

Source: U.S. To Make More Drugs Easily Available, Cutting Role Docs Play – Bloomberg Quint