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Dionne Warwick Says She’s Sure that Angela Bassett-Directed Whitney Houston Biopic Will Have “Style and Class”

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageWhitney Houston‘s mother, Cissy Houston, has voiced her objections to an upcoming Lifetime biopic about the late singer. But Whitney’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, says she’s taking a “wait-and-see” attitude towards the project. The biopic, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett and stars America’s Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta as Whitney, is expected to air sometime in ... Read More »

FDA Approves Meningitis B Vaccine

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luiscar/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first vaccine to target a strain of meningitis that caused outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California-Santa Barbara last year. According to the FDA, Trumenba prevents the disease caused by Neissaria meningitidis serogroup B, one of five main serogroups of the disease. Previously approved vaccines have covered ... Read More »

These Fatter Crash-Test Dummies May Help Prevent Road Deaths

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Humanetics(NEW YORK) — Crash-test dummies are undergoing a makeover to reflect the thicker waistlines and larger rear ends of Americans. “Studies show that obese drivers are 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash,” said Chris O’Connor, CEO of Humanetics, the only U.S. producer of the dummies. O’Connor said crash-test dummies are now typically modeled after a person ... Read More »

Cars, Pumpkin Carving Top List of Halloween Dangers

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the scariest things about Halloween is the high rate of mishaps. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported more than 3,500 Halloween-related injuries in October and November last year. The statistics aren’t meant to frighten, said Kate Carr, the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a consumer safety group. Rather, they’re meant to get parents ... Read More »

Maine Scrambles with How to Enforce Quarantine Against Ebola Nurse

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ABC News(AUGUSTA, Maine) — Maine officials are scrambling to figure out what to do about returning Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox, who has vowed to disobey its quarantine rules. The governor and other officials are seeking legal authority to enforce what started out as a voluntary quarantine, and state police are monitoring Hickox’s Fort Kent home “for both her protection and ... Read More »

Runner Takes on NYC Marathon After Nearly Losing His Leg

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Kevin Dunbar(NEW YORK) — Among the thousands of runners in the 2014 New York Marathon aiming to break personal or even world records, one runner will simply be happy to cross the finish line on his own two feet. Ken Dunbar, 33, nearly lost his right leg three years ago after an accident during a soccer game. A rare complication ... Read More »