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Courtesy of Little Foodie Club(LOS ANGELES) — Step aside, mushed peas. Now, your tiny tot can feast on an organic puree of carrots cooked in chicken broth, finished off with some peas and a dash of turmeric.

Los Angeles-based company Little Foodie Club is whipping up flavorful baby food to help parents lay the groundwork for healthy, adventurous eaters by “tantalizing tiny taste buds.” In other words, at just 6 months old, your baby could be a foodie in the making.

The meals, featuring ingredients such as chia, sage and lavender, are available for single deliveries or a semi-monthly, subscription-based delivery.

The line of baby food separates tots into three age ranges: 6 to 9 months, 9 to 12 months, and 12 months and up. The youngest are treated to purees like the cauliflower and pear with tarragon, graduating to dishes such as the sweet potato, garbanzo bean and spinach coconut curry by 9 months. Meals prepared for the oldest age group start to resemble adult food — lamb tagine or pasta bolognese, anyone?

All meals are organic, free of preservatives and full of nutrients.

The company’s approach is based off the philosophy that a child’s eating habits and preferences are determined as soon as they are introduced to food before the age of 1.

“I want to change how the next generation of children eats,” co-founder and self-proclaimed foodie Kerstin Kühn told ABC News.

As a food writer who has explored culinary cultures around the world, Kühn winced at the thought of her daughter, Maxine, growing up to become a picky eater. So the new mother began making homemade baby food. She soon realized there was an unmet demand for nutritious, flavorful and wholesome meals for tots. She launched Little Foodie Club with her husband, Adam Fenn, in late May.

Maxine is now 20 months old and Little Foodie’s head taste tester.

So dig in, little ones! And make sure Mom and Dad don’t steal a bite.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cisco, a major manufacturer of computer networking hardware, announced Wednesday that it will cut 5,500 jobs by the end of October. The job eliminations will affect 7 percent of its global workforce.

In financial results released Wednesday, the company said that the cuts would allow it to “optimize our cost base in lower growth areas of our portfolio and further invest in key priority areas such as security, [internet of things], collaboration, next generation data center and cloud [sic].”

The company’s results beat analysts’ estimates, but its stock was down just over 1 percent in after-hours trading.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocked closed slightly higher on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve continued to debate on whether to raise interest rates.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 21.92 points up at 18,573.94, while the S&P 500 gained 4.07 points to close at 2,182.22. The Nasdaq also closed higher, jumping just 1.55 points to 5,228.66.

Crude oil, jumped just over half a percent to a price of more than $46 a barrel.

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moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thousands of young children head to the emergency room every year because of injuries associated with strollers and baby carriers, according to a new study published today in the journal Academic Pediatrics.

Investigators estimated that an average of 17,187 children younger than 5 were brought annually to the ER during the two-decade study with injuries ranging from mild to severe, though experts note that many of these kinds of injuries result from misuse of the products that are not necessarily dangerous in and of themselves.

The most common injuries were bumps and bruises, and they were often on the head and face, according to the study. But about one- quarter of patients visited the ERs for more serious conditions, such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries, of which a small percentage resulted in hospitalization and can have longer-term effects.

“I’m a mom, and I have two small children, and I am using these products regularly,” study co-author Kristin Roberts of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, told ABC News. “I was surprised to see the number of injuries that were occurring with strollers and carriers that required a trip to the emergency department.”

How Researchers Reached Their Conclusions

Roberts and her co-investigators reached their conclusions after analyzing data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which is operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide information on consumer product and sports-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms. The researchers then combined that information with data from a sample of 100 hospitals and the U.S. Census Bureau to estimate national injury rates involving strollers and carriers, both the wearable and basket-like versions with handles.

An estimated 360,937 children younger than 5 were brought to the emergency room over the study period from 1990 to 2010, according to the research.

While total stroller and carrier injuries decreased “significantly” during the 21-year study period, the percentage of serious traumatic brain injuries related to strollers and carriers increased to 53 percent of all injuries in 2010 from 18 percent in 1990, according to the study.

Most injuries – or 60 to 65 percent — were a result of children’s falling from strollers and carriers, and another 15 to 30 percent occurred when the products tipped over. The majority of patients were male (52.4 percent), younger than 1 (54.9 percent) and were not hospitalized (96.5 percent) for their injuries, according to the study.

The “persistence of injury over time suggests more can be done,” Roberts said.

The Government Has Been Working on the Issue

In recent years, new federal mandates that have been issued in an effort to make strollers and carriers even safer, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Elliot Kaye, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said new regulations have been implemented since the end of the study period in 2010 that make strollers even safer today.

“The good news for parents who rely on strollers and carriers is that new federal mandatory safety standards for these products address many of the risks to children identified in this study,” Kaye said in a statement. “For this reason, my message to parents is: newer is better. Safer juvenile products that meet these mandatory standards are in stores and online today. They are designed and built with critical safety features that I strongly encourage parents to use each time their children are in a stroller or carrier.”

He emphasized that children must be properly clipped or buckled into the carriers every time to prevent injuries.

Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said he consistently sees children come in with strollers-related injuries that are usually not serious.

How Parents Can Protect Their Children

It’s key that parents keep a watchful eye on children even if they are buckled in.

“Slow down, never rush” when pushing a stroller, Glatter said, noting the importance of routine safety checks. “This is precious cargo.”

Avoid texting or using smartphones while pushing a stroller or using an infant carrier because “even a split second of distraction can lead to a misstep, trip or fall,” Glatter said.

There are a number of measures you can take to keep your child safe according to Dr. Kyran Quinlan, associate professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

The Products Not Always at Fault

He pointed out the study’s finding that misuse of the strollers and carriers can be more dangerous than the products that are not necessarily problematic on their own.

He suggests parents read the owner’s manuals and become familiar with the stroller’s buckle function. He also recommends that parents keep the handle bars clear of bags because they can cause the stroller to become unstable and tip over.

“In general, these are products that are not hazardous in and of themselves, usually, especially if they are used properly,” Quinlan said.

“This study calls attention to make sure they are used right.

What Manufacturers Have to Say

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association offers similar suggestions.

“The member manufacturers of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) are committed to providing parents and caregivers safe and convenient products to assist in transporting children. Strollers and carriers perform a tremendous service by making it easier to safely transport a child,” the organization said in a statement on behalf of its member companies.

“As safety advocates JPMA and its members are committed to educating and informing consumers about the safe use and best practices of using strollers and carriers. It is important for parents to follow a few simple steps to ensure children are transported safely,” including always use the secure straps and always lock it and listen for the click when unfolding the stroller.

But there can also be problems with the products themselves. From 1990 through 2010, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “issued 43 stroller-related recalls and 13 infant carrier-related recalls for injury risks that included falls, entrapment, strangulation or choking hazards, amputations, and lacerations,1 clear evidence that strollers and carriers pose a significant risk for injury,” according to the study.

Either way, Quinlan also recommends registering the products and be aware of recalls, which can be check at www.recall.gov.

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NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab(NEW YORK) — All systems are on target for NASA’s $800 million plan to send a spacecraft to a nearby asteroid and bring back a sample to study the origins of the solar system, NASA officials said Wednesday.

The asteroid, named Bennu, is a dark, primitive body that may allow scientists a glimpse into the formation of life, NASA scientists said, noting that the OSIRIS-REx mission is the first of its kind in its attempt to bring back a sample from an asteroid.

A rocket will launch with a Bennu-bound spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sept. 8 just after 7 p.m. Over the next few years, NASA will approach, map and orbit the asteroid before picking the safest and most scientifically interesting place to take a sample from. By July 2020, NASA will acquire the “big prize” and plans to have OSIRIS-REx arrive back on Earth with the sample by September 2023.

Bennu has an elliptical orbit that ranges in distance from the sun from about 0.9 to 1.3 astronomical units (AU) — the Earth’s average orbit being defined as 1 AU from the sun. It was selected due to its accessibility, ideal size and composition, and researchers also hope to learn about the potential for the asteroid to impact Earth by trying to predict its location in the future, NASA scientists said.

About 4 percent of the sample will be curated by Canada and another portion will be curated by Japan’s JAXA space agency, since both countries partnered in the mission. About three-quarters of the sample will be set aside for future study, since future instruments and scientific knowledge may prompt questions that are beyond today’s science.

Included in the $800 million cost of the OSIRIS-REx mission is the seven years of operation and two years of inspection of the sample, NASA officials said.

Asteroids were created when clouds of dust and gas began to collapse about 4.5 billion years ago, said Jim Green, NASA’s director of the planetary science division. Bennu was discovered in 1996 and was named as part of a national contest, NASA said.

Sample return missions have only been done a few times in history, first with the 800 pounds of moon rocks from the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s and again with the Genesis mission from 2001 to 2004 that collected atoms of solar wind to learn about the composition of the sun. And in 2006, the Stardust mission collected dust from a comet. The moon rocks collected from the Apollo missions are still yielding new science, NASA officials noted.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal Reserve officials anticipate that because of improved economic conditions, a hike in interest rates “was or would soon be warranted.”

Minutes released on Wednesday summarizing their July discussions cited two positive economic developments that could encourage the Fed to hike interest rates: “the pickup in job gains in June” and a “prompt recovery in financial markets following the Brexit vote,” despite earlier concerns about how the British vote to exit the European Union could affect U.S. markets.

The minutes stated that Brexit did not appear to pose a threat to the U.S. economy in the near term and that recent, positive GDP and jobs numbers “provided some reassurance that a sharp slowdown in employment and economic activity was not under way.”

At least one of the committee’s 10 members who were present believed that a hike should have occurred immediately.

However, the Fed did not set a date for a potential interest rate hike at the meeting, as is routine.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations’ secretary-general is launching an “independent special investigation” into harrowing allegations that U.N. peacekeepers did not respond to prevent the abuse, rape and murder of several civilians and foreigners, including Americans, in South Sudan’s war-torn capital.

Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said late Tuesday the U.N. chief “is alarmed” by the disturbing reports of the July 11 attack on a hotel complex popular among foreigners in Juba and allegations that the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) failed to respond appropriately. One person was killed and several civilians were raped and brutally beaten by men in uniform, the spokesman said.

“Due to the gravity of these incidents, related allegations and the preliminary findings by UNMISS, the Secretary-General has decided to launch an independent special investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding these incidents and to evaluate the Mission’s overall response,” Ban’s spokesman said in a statement Monday. “The Secretary-General urges, once more, the Government of South Sudan to investigate these human right violations and to prosecute those involved in these unspeakable acts of violence.”

The U.N. said at least 73 civilians were killed last month after heavy fighting broke out between rival forces in Juba. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have fled South Sudan since the fresh cycle of violence erupted in and around the capital on July 7.

During a press briefing Monday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau could not say whether Americans or other nationalities were singled out during the attack.

“What I can say is the attackers in this incident wore uniforms and they were armed,” Trudeau told reporters, adding that it’s still unclear whether they were government- or rebel-affiliated. The area where the hotel complex is located in Juba was under the control of the South Sudanese army at the time of the attack, she said, but there were clashes between government and opposition forces throughout the capital that day.

Trudeau said the U.S. Embassy in Juba “actively responded” to the July 11 attack on Terrain compound and U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Mary Catherine Phee “immediately herself” contacted South Sudanese government officials to intervene, including the national security service and the presidential guard.

But by the time government forces arrived on scene, civilians had been raped and beaten.

Since the attack, the U.S. embassy has provided emergency services for those in need and assisted in the departure of more than 80 Americans last month, Trudeau said.

“Following the attack and in the midst of ongoing fighting and violence throughout Juba including in the immediate vicinity of the embassy, the U.S. embassy ensured that the U.S. citizens and foreign nationals affected by the attack were moved to safety and provided emergency medical assistance,” Trudeau told reporters Monday. “We condemn these attacks. We have called for accountability for those who were involved in the violence.”

She said the U.S. State Department has also contacted top U.N. officials about the allegations that U.N. peacekeepers failed to respond.

“We have raised the incident with senior officials in the U.N. department of peacekeeping operations as well as the secretary general’s staff. We will continue to seek clarification of the U.N.’s response to the events on July 11,” Trudeau said.

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said U.S. embassy officials in Juba “responded to distress calls” from the Terrain compound on July 11 amid fighting throughout the capital and “urgently contacted South Sudanese government officials, who sent a response force to the site to stop the attack.”

“We are deeply concerned that United Nations peacekeepers were apparently either incapable of or unwilling to respond to calls for help,” Power said in a statement Sunday. “We have requested and are awaiting the outcome of an investigation by the United Nations and demand swift corrective action in the event that these allegations are substantiated.”

Power called for a “more robust international peacekeeping presence” in South Sudan’s besieged capital. Last week, the U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of 4,000 additional peacekeepers to join its existing force in the landlocked African nation.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir told lawmakers Monday that his government is also looking into the July 11 attack and a “commission of inquiry” will be appointed to handle the investigation. He invited the U.N. and member states of a regional bloc to assign a representative to join the commission.

“There have been allegations and reports of various cases of sexual assault. This is a serious matter. I would like to unequivocally stress: We have already begun an initial investigation and we are reviewing medical reports, and intend to prosecute those who will be found involved,” Kiir said from Juba. “We will establish an official commission of inquiry to fact-find and investigate the causes, context and immediate reasons for the outbreak of violence last July. A former judge will head this commission and its members will be carefully selected mainly on the criteria of objectivity and impartiality. My office will ensure that the commission has unhindered access to information.”

Not long after gaining independence and emerging from civil war, South Sudan was plunged back into conflict in Dec. 2013 when Kiir sacked his then-deputy Riek Machar and accused him of plotting a coup. The personal rivalry sparked fighting between forces loyal to the president and rebels allied with Machar. It also deepened a rift between two of South Sudan’s largest ethnic groups — Kiir’s dominant Dinka and Machar’s Nuer people.

Facing sanctions and mounting pressure from the international community, the sparring sides signed a power-sharing agreement in Aug. 2015 with the promise to end nearly two years of ruinous war. More than two years after fleeing the capital, Machar returned to Juba in April and was reinstated as the president’s deputy under the terms of the peace deal. Kiir welcomed the rebel leader, whom he even called “brother,” during the swearing-in ceremony. Power described Machar’s arrival as “the best hope that South Sudan has had in a very long time.”

But Machar fled again to an undisclosed location last month when fighting broke out between his forces and Kiir’s. The president gave his first vice president 48 hours to return to Juba before replacing him with Gen. Taban Deng.

Machar’s spokesman James Gatdet Dak declared in an online statement that Kiir “violated and destroyed the August 2015 peace agreement by illegally dismissing his peace partner.” He said the president’s forces “are on offensive against” Machar’s armed opposition and the rebel leader will return “once a third-party force is deployed.”

According to U.N. figures, the latest upsurge in violence has brought the mass exodus of South Sudanese refugees to neighboring countries since Dec. 2013 to almost 900,000. U.N. officials said local militias have been taking advantage of the turmoil in South Sudan, where more than 2.6 million of its citizens are forcibly displaced.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re hitting the skies for Labor Day weekend, you can expect to see more travelers in the air than during the same time period last year.

Airlines for America (A4A) released its Labor Day travel forecast on Wednesday, projecting 15.6 million passengers flying between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6. That works out to about 2.23 million travelers a day during the seven-day period, an increase of 82,000 flyers daily from 2015.

“This 4 percent increase in the number of travelers over last year speaks to the fact that flying is both accessible and affordable,” says Jean Medina with A4A.

She attributes the growth to “expanded schedules, an all-time high in customer satisfaction, and competitive airfares.”

To accomodate the spike in travel, Medina says airlines will expand their schedules and seat availability. A4A projects carriers will add 98,000 more seats a day compared to the same time period last year.

According to the trade group, Sept. 2 and Sept. 1 are expected to be the busiest days during the seven-day holiday travel period.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Getting tied of hearing about Pokémon Go? One Michigan couple is so fed up, they’re willing to go to court to make it go away.

According to Michigan Live, Scott and Jayme Dodich of St. Clair Shores filed a class-action lawsuit against Niantic Inc., Pokémon Company and the Nintendo Company. Court documents state the couple alleges the game illegally places Pokéstops and PokéGyms on private property without permission.

The lawsuit further contends that players are a nuisance and the company is unjustly profiting at the expense of people who own homes in St. Clair Shores. The Dodichs say that nearby Wahby Park is home to a Pokémon Gym and at least seven Pokéstops that draws crowds from 15 to 20 visitors at any given time to at least several hundred, most of whom were visibly using their mobile phones.

Moreover, the lawsuit says, “Plaintiffs soon learned that Defendant Niantic had placed Pokémon on Plaintiffs’ property as well.”

The Dodiches allege Pokémon Go players were “on our lawns … looking right into our windows to catch a Pokémon” and alleges that users would hide in bushes until police would leave. The Dodiches say they don’t feel safe.

The lawsuit seeks a percentage of “all revenues generated by Pokémon Go.”

The companies reportedly have three weeks to respond after being served with the lawsuit.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russian security forces killed four suspected terrorist fighters as they stormed an apartment in St. Petersburg Wednesday during a counter-terrorism raid, police said.

Heavily armed officers were met with gunfire as they tried to enter the apartment on Leninskii Prospekt in the city’s suburbs, according to a statement from Russia’s Investigative Committee.

The Committee, Russia’s equivalent of the FBI, said the raid was carried out in an effort to arrest suspected members of terrorist groups from the North Caucasus, a region home to a long-running jihadist insurgency. The suspects were killed when officers returned fire, the statement said.

Beginning mid-morning, posts on social media and reports in local news outlets showed around two dozen police in helmets and body armor surrounding the apartment block. Police cordoned off the building, refusing to allow people outside. Witnesses told the Interfax news agency they had heard shots, as well as loud booms that made the walls of the building vibrate.

The Russian news agency RIA Novosti initially reported that three of the suspects may have been detained, citing security service sources, but the Investigative Committee statement clarified they had been killed in the shootout. Investigators were now examining the apartment and working to establish the identities of those killed, it said. A criminal investigation has been opened around possession of firearms and explosives.

Russia is on high alert for terror attacks. After the country’s military intervention in Syria, the Islamic State promised to retaliate with attacks on Russian soil. In recent months, Russia’s FSB security service has said it has foiled a number of terror plots linked to ISIS, arresting groups it alleged were planning attacks similar to those that struck Paris last November. Most of those arrested are reportedly from Central Asian countries.

In recent weeks, Russian security services have been conducting anti-terror operations at an increased tempo in the North Caucasus, where Moscow has been battling jihadist militant groups for well over a decade. In June, police in Dagestan said at least four officers and six militants had been killed in clashes.

In the 2000s, militants linked to groups in Chechnya and Dagestan staged bloody terrorist attacks across Russia, targeting civilians in retaliation for Moscow’s military operations in Chechnya. Although the number and scale of terrorist incidents have since fallen significantly, groups in the region linked to al Qaeda, and now recently ISIS, have pledged to stage attacks.

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