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“Home” – Fox(NEW YORK) — Dreamworks’ newest animated feature, Home, isn’t exactly a world-beater, but it is does revolve around a world invasion. Our world, to be exact.

The Boov are intergalactic nomads, who look like the Scrubbing Bubbles and Despicable Me’s Minions procreated. They speak English but the way in which they arrange their sentences is ridiculous. The silly Boov leader, Captain Smek, voiced by Steve Martin, is great at one thing: running away! When we first meet him, the Boov are running away from their mortal enemy — to Earth, a planet they’ll take over by moving all humans to Australia.

One Boov in particular is excited about the their new beginning. That’s Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons, whose voice is perfect for any animated character. Oh’s issue is the rest of the Boov don’t like him, but since he’s blissfully unaware of how he’s perceived, he continues to try to ingratiate himself the rest of the Boov. Then he makes a major mistake that could put every Boov in peril, and finds himself on the run.

That’s when he meets a young girl named Tip, who has a lovely singing voice. OK, we don’t really hear her sing, but since her voice is supplied by Rihanna, let’s just assume she sings like Rihanna. Tip agrees to help hide Oh, and Oh agrees to help Tip find her mother.

On the heels of Disney’s Frozen, Tip is another strong, young, intelligent female character. Making her even more compelling and important is she’s black. I don’t think I need to tell you about the lack of young, black female characters in animated movies, because there pretty much are none.

Your kids will likely enjoy Home from beginning to end. For adults, however, Home feels like two different movies. The first 45 minutes are almost intolerable: the writing isn’t particularly strong, and the story isn’t particularly compelling — it’s annoying, and the chemistry between Tip and Oh is awful. You stick with it, though, because there’s something inherently good about both characters.

Thankfully, your patience is rewarded. The second half of Home works with a solid and emotionally-satisfying ending. If only the whole movie was that way.

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

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“Home” – Fox(NEW YORK) — Dreamworks’ newest animated feature, Home, isn’t exactly a world-beater, but it is does revolve around a world invasion. Our world, to be exact.

The Boov are intergalactic nomads, who look like the Scrubbing Bubbles and Despicable Me’s Minions procreated. They speak English but the way in which they arrange their sentences is ridiculous. The silly Boov leader, Captain Smek, voiced by Steve Martin, is great at one thing: running away! When we first meet him, the Boov are running away from their mortal enemy — to Earth, a planet they’ll take over by moving all humans to Australia.

One Boov in particular is excited about the their new beginning. That’s Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons, whose voice is perfect for any animated character. Oh’s issue is the rest of the Boov don’t like him, but since he’s blissfully unaware of how he’s perceived, he continues to try to ingratiate himself the rest of the Boov. Then he makes a major mistake that could put every Boov in peril, and finds himself on the run.

That’s when he meets a young girl named Tip, who has a lovely singing voice. OK, we don’t really hear her sing, but since her voice is supplied by Rihanna, let’s just assume she sings like Rihanna. Tip agrees to help hide Oh, and Oh agrees to help Tip find her mother.

On the heels of Disney’s Frozen, Tip is another strong, young, intelligent female character. Making her even more compelling and important is she’s black. I don’t think I need to tell you about the lack of young, black female characters in animated movies, because there pretty much are none.

Your kids will likely enjoy Home from beginning to end. For adults, however, Home feels like two different movies. The first 45 minutes are almost intolerable: the writing isn’t particularly strong, and the story isn’t particularly compelling — it’s annoying, and the chemistry between Tip and Oh is awful. You stick with it, though, because there’s something inherently good about both characters.

Thankfully, your patience is rewarded. The second half of Home works with a solid and emotionally-satisfying ending. If only the whole movie was that way.

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

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — Starting Thursday, and for five days only, Starbucks is celebrating its famous Frappuccino’s 20th anniversary with a special beverage.

“To commemorate Frappuccino’s 20th anniversary, Starbucks is offering a limited-time Birthday Cake Frappuccino blended beverage,” the company’s website says. The drink will include vanilla bean and hazelnut flavors and will be topped with raspberry-infused whipped cream.

Frappuccino blended beverages are available in all 66 countries in which Starbucks currently operates. The most popular flavors, according to Starbucks, are Caramel, Mocha, Vanilla Bean, Java Chip and Double Chocolatey Chip.

In his book, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote that the frappuccino’s story “epitomizes the enterprising spirit we still have at Starbucks. It’s experimental. It’s adventurous. It fires people up and engages their imagination.”

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for possible involvement in sports related gambling, according to ESPN.com.

Trouble came Cosart’s way when he allegedly exchanged multiple direct messages with a gambling authority on his Twitter account. This exchange became public when it was shared on the site by a third party. Cosart has since deleted his Twitter account.

According to ESPN.com, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed that the commissioner’s office is investigating the situation.

ESPN.com also reports it’s unclear whether the allegations involve baseball betting or sports betting in general.

MLB Rule 21 states clearly you can’t gamble on baseball.

“Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform, shall be declared ineligible for one year,” the rule states. “Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.”

The 24-year-old Cosart seems to have created an unconfirmed Twitter account. On it, he claimed Wednesday that his original account had been hacked.

The Marlins acknowledged the situation in a statement, “Major League Baseball is aware and they are investigating it and we have no further comment at this time.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — One of the pilots of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps may have been locked out of the cockpit, a senior military official involved in the investigation told The New York Times.

The official said that the audio on the cockpit voice recorder indicated one of the pilots was outside of the cockpit and unable to re-enter, according to the paper. The unnamed official described hearing the pilot unable to re-enter the cockpit, lightly knocking on the door at first — before pounding on it.

“You can hear he is trying to smash the door down,” he told the Times.

ABC News was unable to independently confirm the report.

Investigators have not yet recovered the second black box from the Airbus A320, which crashed Tuesday in Southern France while en route to Dusseldorf, Germany. All 150 on board, including three Americans, are believed to have been killed.

Earlier Wednesday, the director of the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) said an audio file from one of the the black boxes, the cockpit voice recorder, had been found, but did not say whether voices were heard on the recording.

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Scott Rothstein/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that his nation had begun airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

“The use of force is always the last resort and it is with great reluctance that we took this step,” al-Jubeir said. “We will do whatever it takes in order to protect villages and the government of Yemen from falling and from facing any dangers from outside militia.”

The Saudi ambassador also told reporters that a coalition of more than 10 nations has agreed to participate in operations meant “to prevent Yemen from falling at the hands of the Houthis.”

“Rather than engage in peaceful dialogue and in a peaceful transition to a stable and democratic Yemen they have always chosen the path of violence,” al-Jubeir said of the Houthis.

Earlier in the day, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed that Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left his residence on Wednesday. She did not have any further information on where Hadi had gone to. Houthi rebels were believed to have been advancing on the city of Aden, where Hadi was believed to have been.

A statement from National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Wednesday reiterated the U.S.’s condemnation of the “ongoing military actions taken by the Houthis against the elected government of Yemen. Those actions, Meehan says, “have caused widespread instability and chaos that threaten the safety and well-being of all Yemeni citizens.”

The statement also noted that President Obama authorized logistical and intelligence support to the coalition operations in Yemen, but has not approved any direct military action.

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Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Pennsylvania man is feeling very well, thank you, after he won a $7 million lottery prize from a ticket that was enclosed in a get-well card from his father.

“I don’t play the lottery at all, but my father is a retired hospital administrator-turned-avid Lottery player,” Joseph Amorese of Easton, Pennsylvania, said, according to the New York Lottery.

Amorese’s father sent the $7 Million Golden Ticket scratch card inside a greeting card, while Amorese recovered at home from surgery.

“I scratched the ticket and it was a good thing I was already sitting down because I was shocked. I was and still am in complete disbelief,” Amorese, 46, said.

The Verizon employee said he immediately called his dad, who lives in Congers, New York, to double-check the winnings.

“I sent him a picture of the ticket and he said, ‘Yup, you won $7,000,000!’”

He also called his wife, Jodi, a social worker.

“I said, Honey, I think we won $7,000,000. And there was silence on the other end for a long time. She was too stunned to talk.”

The ticket was purchased at Just a Dollar in New City, New York.

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lawcain/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Taco Bell will unveil a new breakfast option for those hoping to “live mas” even earlier in the day.

The company says it encourages customers to “defect to the next generation of breakfast,” beginning on Thursday when the biscuit taco is unveiled. According to a press release, the restaurant’s morning offering will include a “warm, fluffy, buttery biscuit, folded…in the shape of a taco and filled…with classic breakfast flavors that people love like sausage, eggs and cheese.”

The Biscuit Taco will be available at participating locations at a suggested price of $2.49, the company says. Flavor options will include sausage, egg and cheese; bacon, egg and cheese; crispy chicken with country gravy; and crispy chicken with the new signature jalapeno honey. Each taco will measure between 369 calories and 471 calories.

“This year is about making sure we continue to give people the food they crave in a way that’s unique to Taco Bell,” CEO Brian Niccol said. He added that he hopes the Biscuit Taco will “reinvent the fast food breakfast experience by moving away from boring, round sandwiches and inserting bold tastes and flavors.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — The governor of Indiana will declare a “public health disaster emergency” after a spike of HIV cases in southern Indiana has alarmed health officials.

I will declare a public health emergency for Scott County in the next 24 hours pic.twitter.com/WJFN2nKL0G

— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 25, 2015

Gov. Mike Pence’s planned declaration comes after Scott County has seen 71 confirmed and seven preliminary positive cases of HIV. While nationwide HIV is primarily spread through sexual intercourse, this outbreak has been fueled by intravenous drug use, according to the Indiana Health Department.

“I am deeply troubled by this outbreak, and stopping it is a top priority for our department,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams said in a statement last week. “We are engaging local, state, and national partners to determine where we can most effectively focus our efforts. Extra care is being taken to invest resources in getting people off drugs and into treatment, since drug abuse is the clear driving force behind this outbreak.”

On Wednesday, Pence traveled to Scott County to talk to local health officials about the increase in cases and what can be done about it.

Meeting w/ Scott Co. local officials & community members regarding the HIV outbreak pic.twitter.com/Sqx9HSuEMt

— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 25, 2015

A team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been dispatched to the region to help local and state health officials. The team, including two medical doctors and an epidemiologist, will work with state and local health officials to try and combat the rising HIV cases.

A public awareness campaign to alert residents about the increase in HIV cases has started in the region.

According to the state health department the outbreak is mainly related to the intravenous drug use of a prescription opioid painkiller called Opana, although some people reported that unprotected sex also led to infection.

“Until now, everybody thought they could just do that at will and there was no consequence to it. Now we see so many people with HIV that never knew they had it,” Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, about the outbreak that started in mid-December.

HIV experts say they hope that the state will consider allowing a needle exchange program to help combat the growing spread of HIV infections.

Anthony Hayes, managing director of public affairs and policy at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, said that New York’s needle exchange program has helped to significantly reduce HIV infections through intravenous drug use.

“Research has shown over and over again that syringe exchange reduces risky behavior,” said Hayes. “What needs to happen is a compassionate reaction to what is a clearly a public health problem.”

According to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the National Institute of Health found that HIV rates dropped by 30 percent in areas with safe needle exchanges.

“If you clamp down too hard in an uncompassionate way…then what you end up doing is [driving] people who are using injection drugs underground,” he said. “Which will only increase this behavior.”

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Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — RadioShack wants to auction off customer data for as many as 117 million customers as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, according to a legal filing tied to the Texas company’s bankruptcy case that attempts to block the data sale.

The Office of the Texas Attorney General has filed paperwork with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware handling the retailer’s case in which it objects to the sale of data covering names, email and mailing addresses, and purchases.

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, claiming more than $1.3 billion in liabilities and $1.2 billion in assets.

RadioShack, via email, declined to comment on the possible data sale — but privacy experts were not surprised a data sale was a possibility.

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Adi Kamdar, activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said it would come in an era when online start-ups rely on customer data as assets.

“It’s worrisome, though, if the data isn’t treated under a privacy policy similar to RadioShack’s when the customer information was first collected,” Kamdar said.

The Texas attorney general’s legal objection noted that RadioShack’s online privacy policy has disclaimers such as: “We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at this time.”

“RadioShack gave explicit assurance to its customers not to sell their personal data, and attempts to do so would not only be a direct violation of its own privacy policies, but also a violation of Texas law,” said Cynthia Meyer, a spokeswoman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “We will continue fighting to protect consumers’ personally identifiable information.”

Adam Levin, founder of IdentityTheft 911, hopes the Texas law and other similar state laws are enough to block the sale of the data.

“Customer information — including names, emails, phone numbers and addresses — is a valuable marketing toolkit that third parties should not be able to purchase,” Levin said. “Personal information collected by Radio Shack over the years is a valuable asset, but it should not be transferable, in this case.

“In light of the fact that RadioShack’s policy states that customer data cannot be sold to a third party, the bankruptcy court should stand up for consumer privacy,” Levin said.

In addition to the Texas attorney general’s objection, another factor might yet prevent the sale of the data.

Standard General, which has been discussed as a potential buyer of RadioShack, has been working with state authorities to ensure that, if they are the ultimate owner, all of RadioShack’s policies will stay intact and customer data will not be misused, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Levin hopes the sale of the data can be blocked, saying personal data presents security risks beyond just unwanted calls from marketers.

“If this data ends up in the hands of hackers, it can be used to launch phishing attacks, leaving customers exposed to malware by email, phone and text, in order to steal more personal and financial information,” Levin said.

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