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The case for giving more gifts to new moms and fewer gifts to newborns

AleMoraes244/iStock(NEW YORK) — When a friend or family member has a baby, the usual response is to buy a gift for the new baby — a rattle, blanket or even an outfit. But some women argue that the gifts should actually be for the woman who did the hard work of giving birth to a newborn. Meghan Walbert, a freelance …

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Man paralyzed by rare condition stands for first time during proposal

HCA Orange Park Medical Center(ORANGE PARK, Fla.) — A man recovering from paralysis has stood up for the first time to propose marriage in a heartwarming moment that was captured on video. Jacob Newbern, 27, popped the question to Mary Batar on Monday at HCA Healthcare’s Orange Park Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Center in Florida — one day before returning …

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Todd Rundgren says he’s still processing Rock Hall nod; quips that he’s expecting posthumous induction

© 2018 Lynn GoldsmithTodd Rundgren just announced plans to launch what’s being billed as “the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour” in 2019 to promote his forthcoming memoir, The Individualist, but before that, the prolific artist will discover whether he’ll be honored with induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rundgren’s been eligible for induction since 1995, but this …

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‘It changes everything’: George H.W. Bush’s legacy and one man’s life with disabilities

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Almost 30 years ago, Paul Smith traveled to the nation’s capital to watch as the 41st President of the United States took the oath of office and his place in history. It was Jan. 20, 1989 — the day President George H.W. Bush was inaugurated. Already, Smith admired Bush as a “strong, silent type” who “didn’t …

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Bruce Springsteen, Elton John among artists on StubHub’s 2018 list of most in-demand concert tickets

Danny Clinch; Ben Gibson/Rocket EntertainmentThe StubHub ticket-resale company has unveiled its lists of the top 10 acts who sold the most concert tickets in and outside of the U.S. for 2018, and both tallies include several veteran artists. In the States, Bruce Springsteen topped the list thanks to his hugely popular Springsteen on Broadway show. Elton John, who launched a …

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2-year-old needs rare blood type to save her life, now there’s a worldwide search underway

OneBlood.org(NEW YORK) — The family of a 2-year-old girl battling an aggressive form of cancer is desperately searching for a rare blood type that will allow her to obtain the life-saving treatment she needs. Zainab Mughal was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two months ago. But her family believes the tumor in her stomach had been growing for at least 10 months …

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Watch now: Aretha Franklin’s “Silent Night” gets a lyric video

Douglas G. Ashley /ABC via Getty ImagesThe Queen of Soul is no longer with us, but we can still enjoy her music this holiday season. A new lyric video has just been released featuring the newly remixed “Solo Piano Version” of “Silent Night,” which Aretha Franklin originally recorded for her 2008 holiday album, This Christmas. The clip features an animated …

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FDA warns of dog foods recalled for too much Vitamin D

iStock/cmannphoto(NEW YORK) —  The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners that several brands of dry dog food contain too much vitamin D, which can be toxic in high amounts, increasing their risk of kidney failure. The FDA said that dog food sourced from a single manufacturer, but sold by multiple brands, contained “excessive, potentially toxic levels of vitamin …

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Steve Miller teaming up with Americana artist Marty Stuart for two Lincoln Center concerts

Credit: Jay BlakesbergSteve Miller will celebrate the music of Appalachia at a pair of concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City this Friday and Saturday. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be joined at the shows by acclaimed country/bluegrass artist Marty Stuart and his group The Fabulous Superlatives. The concerts are the latest …

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Cher duets with “Cher” at “The Cher Show” premiere

Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for The Cher ShowAt Monday night’s New York City premiere of The Cher Show, a Broadway musical based on Cher‘s life and music, the diva herself joined the cast during the curtain call.  Stephanie J. Block, who plays one of three incarnations of Cher in the musical, introduced the star by saying, “None of us would be …

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