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Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) — Big changes are coming to the money transfer business. Walmart announced on Thursday that it’s entering the market, leaving competitors shaking in their boots.

Walmart-2-Walmart will be available to customers on April 24. The world’s largest retailer says the money transfer service will allow customers to “transfer money to and from more than 4,000 Walmart stores nationwide for up to 50 percent less than similar offerings on the market.”

Walmart teamed up with Euronet Worldwide’s Ria Money Transfer for the new service. It will have two pricing tiers: customers will pay a fee of $4.50 for transfers up to $50 and $9.50 for transfers up to $900.

Shares of MoneyGram fell nearly 18 percent after the announcement. Western Union shares, meanwhile, are down more than 5 percent.

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AlexRaths/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Advances in science and technology are moving faster than people can keep up with, but in spite of feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of everything, Americans are pretty optimistic about the way things are headed.

A new Pew Research center survey suggests as much even as the changes come fast and furious.

For instance, just over eight in ten respondents believe that science will have the ability to regularly grow replacement organs within the next half-century.

Furthermore, Pew found that about half believe computers will be able to make works of art to rival that of humans in the next 50 years while a third think that other planets will be colonized by 2064.

Teleportation? Four in ten say sure, why not? As for inventions they’d like to see in the next five decades, things that would improve health as well as time travel were among the favorites.

However, some also fear the brave new world of science and technology, particularly when it comes to robots that also serve as caregivers and altering the DNA of kids.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Food texture is probably not high on the list of what people think about when they enjoy a meal.

Yet, somehow, there’s a perception that when a food is either hard or rough, it must contain fewer calories than soft and smooth foods.

Researchers from University of South Florida, the University of Michigan and Columbia University wanted to find “the link between how a food feels in your mouth and the amount we eat, the types of food we choose, and how many calories we think we are consuming.”

So they had volunteers chow down on a variety of foods with different textures and the general consensus was that if something was hard or rough, it was lower in calories. In fact, people were so convinced by that, they ate more.

In a perfect world, the researchers hope that their study will help people make more sensible diet decisions. However, they recognize the possibility that their research could also be skewed in an unscrupulous manner by the food industry.

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FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The man who has sued Bryan Singer, claiming he was sexually abused as a teen by the X-Men director, addressed his allegations Thursday at a Los Angeles press conference.

Michael Egan stated that he was abused over the course of a few years by Singer, beginning at the age of 15.

Egan, who’s now 31, claimed the abuse began when he was lured to parties at an Encino, Calif., mansion. He said he was treated “like a piece of meat.”

Egan, who was an aspiring actor at the time of the alleged incidents, further stated that he was threatened by men at the parties who told him, “If you don’t keep the members of this group happy, we control Hollywood, we can eliminate you.”

Egan said he and his mother later informed authorities about his allegations, but it “basically fell on deaf ears.”

Egan’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, claimed at the press conference that such abuse is a widespread problem and is a poorly-kept secret in Hollywood. He said he plans to file similar complaints against other Hollywood figures — he didn’t name names — who allegedly abused teens.

Egan’s lawsuit was filed in Hawaii, where he claims he was also abused by Singer and provided drugs and alcohol by the director. He seeks more than $75,000.

Following the press conference, Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, who is not related to the filmmaker, released a statement saying the claims are “completely fabricated.” He added, “We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail.”

Marty Singer claimed that Egan was simply seeking “his 15 minutes of fame.”

20th Century Fox, the studio behind Bryan Singer’s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, says in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.

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Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Divers entered the doomed Sewol ferry in waters off South Korea’s coast Friday, hoping to find additional survivors as prosecutors seek an arrest warrant for the ship’s captain and two crew members.

West Maritime Police told ABC News that the captain — identified as Lee Joon-seok, 68 — left the bridge before the vessel sank on Wednesday, leaving the steering and command to the ship’s third mate, someone with just over a year’s worth of experience.

Transcripts of a ship-to-shore exchange and crew member accounts show that the captain delayed the evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official told the ship it might have to evacuate.

As the ferry tilted before its watery descent, the passengers were told to put on life jackets and stay where they were. Some of them huddled together. That’s how search crews found several bodies on Friday, some of the 28 confirmed dead. The death toll is expected to rise much higher.

Coast Guard officials say 268 of the ferry’s 475 passengers remain missing. Most of the missing — 239 — were students on a class trip from Danwon High School.

The school, located in Ansan, near Seoul, has become a place of grieving. Relatives waited inside the school’s gym as authorities arrived, sharing dreadful updates — another body discovered, another young life cut short.

A vice principal at the school was found dead on Friday, hanging from a pine tree near the gym, authorities told ABC News. He was a passenger on the ship, one of the survivors.

Strong currents and rain hampered Friday’s rescue efforts. Rescue crews pumped compressed oxygen into the ship Friday, in the desperate hope that someone needs it.

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KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — You might be lazy but perhaps, you’re not to blame. Instead, blame your parents. Or your grandparents. Or maybe go back all the way to when your family tree first sprouted.

That seems to be the takeaway from a study by researchers at University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who did a study on 10 generations of rats.

Frank Booth and Michael Roberts say based on an experiment in which active rats bred with similarly active rats and the least active did the same, there appears to be a genetic predisposition to laziness.

After repeating the breeding for 10 generations, the kin at the end of the line called “super runners” ran 10 times more on the running wheel than the so-called “couch potato” rodents.

Ultimately, the most significant difference Booth and Roberts found in the two groups was their genetic make-up while pinpointing 36 genes in the rats’ brains that might motivate physical activity.

They’re not saying humans necessarily have the same gene but it does give people a convenient excuse when accused of being lazy.

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Marie Ishikawa/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Earlier this week, the religious drama Heaven Is For Real made its debut (read a review here). It will be joined at the box office by three more new films on Friday. Here’s a closer look:

Transcendence: Johnny Depp is a controversial researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, who tries to create a sentient machine that contains human intelligence and emotions. He eventually transitions into a digitized, power-hungry version of himself. Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy also star. Rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]

A Haunted House 2:
In the sequel to the 2013 comedy, Marlon Wayans’ Malcolm is haunted again after moving into a new home with his girlfriend and her kids. Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias and Cedric The Entertainer star. Rated R.

Bears: The latest film in the Disneynature series follows a bear family in Alaska over the course of a year. It is narrated by John C. Reilly. Rated G.

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TriStar(NEW YORK) — Based on the best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, Heaven Is for Real stars Greg Kinnear as Pastor Todd Burpo. In addition to being his church’s pastor, he coaches the local high school wrestling team and is also a volunteer fireman. He’s passionate about his faith but most passionate about his family. And there will be no greater test of his faith than when his 4-year-old son, Colton, needs emergency surgery and almost dies.

Following the surgery, something is a little different about Colton. First, he asks his dad if they can return to a butterfly preserve where the young man passed up an opportunity to hold a tarantula: Colton wants to go back because he’s no longer afraid. When Todd asks if the hospital scared him, his son responds, “No, that’s where the angels sang to me.” Colton goes on to reveal that the angels sang to him during surgery, while his mother was in one room making calls on her mobile phone and Todd was in another room yelling at God.

Todd, reasonably, is a bit freaked out, since that’s exactly what took place during Colton’s surgery. It doesn’t end there: Colton also reveals that he visited Heaven, met his great-grandfather, his unborn sister, and Jesus.

Thanks to Kinnear’s earnest performance, you can’t help but feel for him, though it’s difficult to understand Todd’s lack of faith in Heaven before Colton’s surgery, given that he’s a pastor. Connor Corum as Colton is also an excellent find, as this young actor is asked to do a lot. He does it well, but the performances aren’t enough to elevate the vanilla narrative from a faith-based film that will only preach to the choir, to a quality piece of filmmaking that will appeal to moviegoers beyond that audience.

But nobody here is trying to win an Oscar. They’re trying to win the hearts and minds of the faith-based audience that will undoubtedly show up in great numbers to find out if Heaven Is for Real. I suspect they will succeed.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Criticize James Franco at your own peril. The actor did not take kindly to The New York Times’ lukewarm review of his new Broadway play, Of Mice and Men, and he let the world know about it on Instagram.

The Times’ Ben Brantley had called the production “respectable, respectful and generally inert,” while also detailing his misgivings about Franco’s performance.

Brantley wrote, “Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It’s a tight, internal performance begging for a camera’s close-up.”

Franco countered with a harsh message on Instagram that has since been deleted. According to TheWrap.com, which has posted a screenshot of Franco’s message, the actor wrote, “SADLY BEN BRANTLEY AND THE NYT HAVE EMBARASSED [sic] THEMSELVES. BRANTLEY IS SUCH A LITTLE B**** HE SHOULD BE WORKING FOR GAWKER.COM INSTEAD OF THE PAPER OF RECORD. THE THEATRE COMMUNITY HATES HIM, and for good reason, HE’s an idiot.”

Of Mice and Men, also starring Bridesmaids actor Chris O’Dowd, opened Wednesday.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Kerry Washington has always welcomed the challenge of playing Washington, D.C., fixer Olivia Pope on Scandal.

However, now that the actress is pregnant, portraying such a physical character has become even more intense.

“I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that’s going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn’t been easy,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It’s definitely been complicated to say the least. I’ve learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her,” she added.

Washington, 37, and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, 32, are expecting their first child this year. However, her Scandal character is not pregnant, which means that Washington had to conceal her baby bump throughout this past season, which ended Thursday night.

“I’m just grateful for how hard everybody has worked to maintain the authenticity of this character in this world,” she said. “I’m grateful to [costume designer] Lyn Paolo and all our producers….I feel very grateful that we have such an amazing team that was able to protect the character within the context of what the actress was going through.”

However, the decision to separate Washington’s real life from Pope’s was not her own, Washington said. Series creator Shonda Rhimes made the final call.

“I trust Shonda with all things,” she said.

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