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WFTS/ABC News(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — Twin 4-year-old boys, formerly conjoined, got to meet their hero when they traveled to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Fla., to see the famed dolphin named Winter with a prosthetic tail.

Both Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf are big fans of Winter and they both have prosthetic legs made by the same prosthetist who crafted Winter’s custom tail. The dolphin was the subject of the film called Dolphin Tale documenting Winter’s rescue off the coast of Florida in 2005 and his fitting with a prosthetic tail.

The boys were born conjoined in Ireland and separated four months later. Their mother Angie Benhaffaf told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa, Fla., that the boys “shared everything but a heart.”

After the surgery, each boy was left with one leg and half of a pelvis. Now they each have a prosthetic leg.

“When they watched the movie in the cinema, they said ‘Mommy, Winter is just like us,’” said Benhaffaf.

The meeting with Winter was even more special since both boys have prosthetic legs made by Kevin Carroll, a prosthetist with the Hanger Clinic in Orlando, Fla., who developed Winter’s custom tail prosthetic.

“They’ve been integrating Winter’s story with the rehabilitation of these two kids since day one,” Carroll told WFTS-TV of the twins getting used to their prosthetic legs.

The boys were such fans of the film that one of the first words they uttered was “Winter,” Carroll said.

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Creatas/Thinkstock Photos(NEW YORK) — The golden years aren’t so golden for many seniors, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which says over eight percent of the nation’s seniors are “food insecure.”

In essence, that means millions over the age of 60 in the U.S. can’t afford adequate food.

Craig Gundersen, a University of Illinois soybean industry endowed professor, reports that, “Seniors who are food insecure reported higher incidence of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, gum disease, and a host of other health problems” than those with more money or finances.

Given their malnutrition, seniors who are food insecure are also more prone to depression.

Another important finding is that seniors who share a home with grandchildren are three times as likely as other seniors to suffer from food insecurity. Gundersen surmises it’s because the older adults will forgo their own nutritional needs for the sake of the children.

One way of reducing food insecurity among seniors, according to the researcher, is by getting eligible seniors to use food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Relativity Media(NEW YORK) — *Sigh*

There’s no way around it: Brick Mansions is a sad movie, on many levels. Foremost, it’s the first time we’re seeing Paul Walker following his tragic death in a high-speed car crash last November. Even worse, there are several instances in which Walker’s character, a police detective named Damien, is involved in several high-speed car chases and crashes. You’d have to be clueless not to make the association. Movies are supposed to be escapism, but there’s no way here to escape the specter of Walker’s death.

It’s 2018, and Detroit has fallen on hard times, I mean, harder than usual. At the core of its problems, at least according to the politicians, is a large housing project referred to as Brick Mansions. Things are so bad there, the mayor constructs thick concrete walls around Brick Mansions, supposedly to isolate the city’s worst problems.

We learn just how inconsequential this movie’s plot is going to be when the mayor tries to convince some business developers to build a fancy shopping district over Brick Mansions, without offering a solution for what to do with the people living there. It defies logic, and is disconcerting enough to immediately put some moviegoers off.

As for the people who live in Brick Mansions: let’s talk about Lino, played by French actor and Parkour creator David Belle, who starred in 2004’s District 13 and its sequel, the two French films on which Brick Mansions is based. Lino is that guy, the one who wants to protect all the innocent people in the projects from the thugs who rule the streets. The head thug is Tremaine (RZA), a well-dressed, gourmet-food-cooking, Bob Marley-loving, tough-talking killer who may or may not be what he seems.

Lino, and his brand of Parkour, is a problem for Tremaine. Tremaine is a problem for Damien, because Tremaine killed his father, a legendary cop. Not only is Damien dedicated to taking down the city’s top crime kingpins, he also wants to avenge his father’s death.

The mayor calls upon Damien for help. Tremaine’s boys have hijacked a truck with a bomb on it, and Damien’s task is to infiltrate Brick Mansions, find Tremaine, and detonate the bomb. It seems like an impossible task but Damien will have some help from Lino, who’s currently in prison for killing a cop.

Sound reasonable? No, it does not. It’s plain stupid, but perhaps one shouldn’t expect much more from a mindless action flick filled with gratuitous Parkour chases and violence, and stilted dialogue so ridiculous, it’s actually funny.

Walker did his best here with what he was given and RZA is always interesting, but Brick Mansions is a shallow, faux-dystopian tale with little to offer other than some exciting stunts, which is precisely why some people are going to see it anyway. At least there’s a nice tribute to Walker before the end credits.

Two out of five stars.

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Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Robert Downey Jr. clearly likes to play Iron Man, but does he love playing Iron Man? There’s no question he’s great at it, but does he relish the role, or the paycheck? I ask only to make this point: it’s obvious Andrew Garfield loves playing Spider-Man. He loves the costume, he loves the dialogue, he loves Peter Parker’s attitude, and he loves the way Peter loves Gwen Stacy.

And that’s why The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is so much fun to watch.

In the sequel to 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter continues to struggle with his origin. Why did his parents leave? He needs answers. We, the audience, get to fill in the blanks a bit with an exciting and moving opening sequence involving Peter’s parents (played by Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz).

Before long, we’re back in present day, with a supremely confident, if not kind of cocky, Spider-Man swinging through the Big Apple, looking for ways to help. He finds one in the form of a stolen truck filled with vials of plutonium. He saves many civilians, including Max (Jamie Foxx), an excessively awkward, nerdy fellow who happens to be an electrical engineer for — guess who? — Oscorp, the science research company that gave us the first film’s villain. Spider-Man makes loner Max feel special, and it’s a moment Max will never forget. He builds a shrine to Spider-Man in his apartment and even carries on pretend conversations with his hero. Foxx is pitch-perfect in the part.

When Peter is wearing his mask, life is great. But when the mask comes off, he has less control over things, and that’s a major issue as far as his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone), is concerned. Peter is haunted by the promise he made to Gwen’s dying father in the first film, which was to protect Gwen from harm by leaving her out of his life. Director Marc Webb is at his best when guiding Garfield and Stone through the push-pull of these scenes. Garfield and Stone, a couple in real life, have palpable chemistry.

This tale becomes even more colorful with the introduction of Harry Osborn, played by the impressive, young Leonardo DiCaprio look-a-like, Dane DeHaan. When Foxx’s Max has an unfortunate accident, turning him into the electricity-eating and generating baddie Electro, young Osborn’s newly-acquired leadership of Oscorp is compromised. He’s got other issues as well, one of which will lead to Harry transforming into a familiar green Spider-Man nemesis.

Electro is a thing of beauty, as is his rampage in New York City’s Times Square. Whatever was spent on special effects for the sequence, it was worth it.

The Amazing-Spider-Man 2 is hardly perfect, but it is satisfying. In many ways more cartoonish than The Amazing Spider-Man, at the same time Peter and Gwen’s love story, and Peter’s insatiable desire to find out what happened to his parents, gives this sequel a more realistic feel than its predecessor. Although it drags at times and is simply too long, dampening the emotional impact of some key plot points, the fine performances — particularly Garfield’s and a fine closing scene — will leave you thinking this Spider-Man is still kind of amazing.

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

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some studies have shown the polyphenols in wine can help heart health, provided people don’t overdo it.

Now, new research suggests that wine might also be a boon to another essential organ.

According to Dr. Tapan Mehta at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, you could be doing your kidneys a favor by drinking wine in moderation, that is, about one five-ounce glass per day.

Following a review of 6,000 people over a four-year period, with 1,000 diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, Mehta says that those who drank one glass of either red or white wine daily had a 37 percent less risk of developing the condition than non-wine drinkers.

Without establishing a cause-and-effect relationship, Mehta speculates that moderate wine drinkers have lower levels of protein in the urine. It turns out that higher levels of protein show up in those with chronic kidney disease, which is brought on by diabetes and high blood pressure.

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EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — As tension between the United States and Russia over the situation in Ukraine continues to remain unremedied, Standard and Poor’s downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating for the first time since 2008.

According to Bloomberg News, Russia’s debt rating was dropped to a BBB-, the same rating given to Brazil and Azerbaijan, signifying a negative outlook. In a statement, Standard & Poor’s said that the “tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine could see additional significant outflows of both foreign and domestic capital from the Russian economy and hence further undermine already weakening growth prospects.”

Standard and Poor’s also pointed out the staggering drop in the rate of growth of Russia’s economy. In 2013, the Russian economy grew by 1.3 percent, the lowest rate in 14 years.

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Photo Credit: Chris Harris/Lionsgate Publicity(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

The Other Woman — Cameron Diaz stars as Carly, who discovers her boyfriend is married to another woman. She joins forces with the boyfriend’s wife — plus another of his mistresses — to plot revenge on him. Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj also star. Rated PG-13.

Brick Mansions — In one of his final films, the late Paul Walker plays an undercover cop in Detroit who teams with an ex-convict in an attempt to catch a killer and thwart a plot to bring down the city. David Belle and RZA also star. Rated PG-13.

The Quiet Ones — A university professor and a group of students in England conduct an experiment — the goal of which is to create a poltergeist — on a young girl. Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke and Erin Richards star. Rated PG-13.

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ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is known for her trendsetting style, but People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” woman reveals that she grew up being a tomboy with a unique sense of style.

“I was a tomboy for a long time. I guess that would be something that would surprise people…hopefully,” the 12 Years a Slave star said with a laugh. “I was a tomboy and I use to wear berets….Why did I think that berets were cool? But I used to wear berets in the 90s. I don’t think anyone was wearing berets in the 90s but I was.”

Thankfully, Nyong’o’s style has evolved into headline-making red carpet looks. The actress said she usually picks dresses that feel good.

“I like to be in clothes that are comfortable. I like to feel like I’m wearing the clothes, [and] the clothes aren’t wearing me,” she explained. “How I feel on the…inside somehow being translated into what was being seen on the outside. That was my gauge really.”

Nyong’o graces the cover of the Most Beautiful issue of People, which goes on sale Friday.

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Photo by David Becker/Getty Images(BUNKERVILLE, Nev.) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has gone from folk hero to pariah after making incendiary comments about how African-Americans might have fared better under slavery.

Bundy was recently involved in a standoff with the federal government about grazing rights for his cattle when the Bureau of Land Management abruptly backed off after Bundy’s supporters gathered en masse, some of them armed.

While some Republicans and conservative commentators hopped on Bundy’s bandwagon, many now seem to be jumping off after Bundy made observations to supporters last weekend that were reported by The New York Times about blacks he remembered seeing outside a North Las Vegas housing project.

Referring to African-Americans as “the Negro,” Bundy was recorded as saying, “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?”

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, one of Bundy’s supporters, said the rancher’s “remarks on race are offensive, and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”

A spokesman for Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller, added that the lawmaker, “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”

The Nevada Democratic Party also issued its own statement, denouncing anyone who came to Bundy’s defense, saying, “These comments are reprehensible, and every Republican politician in the state of Nevada who tried to latch on to Cliven Bundy’s newfound celebrity with Tea Partiers and the militia movement should be ashamed of their actions.”

Meanwhile, Ammon Bundy claimed the Times quoted his father out of context, telling WND, a conservative website, “They took what they wanted. They knew when they were there his comments were not racist. He wasn’t able to completely articulate. That’s just my dad. He is a very principled person.”

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(WASHINGTON) — The White House will announce plans to improve teacher preparation Friday morning, focusing on President Obama’s overarching goal to put a great teacher in each classroom.

The mission will be to track successful and unsuccessful teachers back to their preparation programs, and then address the problems in unsuccessful teacher training programs.

“Today, unfortunately too many teacher prep programs get little or no information about how their grads are doing once they enter the profession,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “That is unacceptable and must change.”

A rough draft of the plan will be released in the summer, when leaders will hold an open discussion. They hope to have a final plan in about a year.

“We know that when teachers enter the classrooms, students flourish,” said Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council. “When they enter the classrooms underprepared, they struggle and their students struggle.”

The Department of Education will work collaboratively with the states, so Duncan doesn’t see a major cost to the initiative.

“We don’t see this as being a high cost item at all,” he said.

Duncan pointed out that the United States trails other developing nations in education, acknowledging that America doesn’t compensate or recognize teachers in the same ways as other countries.

“The level of respect teachers get in other countries is often different than the respect they get in the United States,” he said. “We need to elevate the teaching profession here.”

Duncan said one major problem is that teachers have too much education in history and theory, and not enough practical, hands-on experience.

“Every school I go to, when I ask teachers if they were prepared, there’s a fair amount of nervous laughter,” he said.

Duncan continued to say that teachers also don’t have the necessary experience with technology that’s used in the classroom.

“At the heart of the agenda has been placing a great teacher in every classroom,” said Muñoz. “Teachers matter and a great teacher makes all the difference.”

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