Adoptions fall by 62% as IVF success rises

Since the first “test-tube baby” was born in 1978, adoptions in England and Wales have fallen by 62%.
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UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Increases to life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2011, data from the ONS reveals.
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UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Increases to life expectancy in the UK have stalled since 2011, data from the ONS reveals.
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Tax rises needed ‘to prevent NHS misery’

Influential economists argue an extra £2,000 per UK household is needed over the next 15 years.
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Brian Cornell’s Incentive Pay Rises at Target

Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corp., pulled in $ 4.8 million in incentive pay last year, up from nil in 2016, but still saw his overall compensation drop 25.5 percent to $ 8.4 million as the timing of his stock awards changed.
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed the ceo received no stock awards last year, down from awards valued at $ 9.7 million in 2016. Target gave stock awards to its executives in March this year instead of January, when they would have fallen into fiscal 2017. Had the awards been given on the prior schedule, the retailer said Cornell’s total direct compensation would have been $ 13.5 million.
Cornell’s take last year included a salary of $ 1.3 million, option awards valued at $ 2 million and other compensation of $ 263,208.
Under new regulations, Target also identified the company’s median pay, excepting the ceo, and said it was a part-time worker who earned $ 20,581. That puts Cornell’s compensation at 408-times the company’s median pay.

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Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘This Is Us’-Post Super Bowl Episode Rises to 33.4 Million Viewers

“This Is Us” rose to 33.43 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings for week 19 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on Jan. 29. The episode, which aired immediately after Super Bowl LII, gained 6.45 million viewers in seven days of playback for a 24 percent gain. The episode, easily the show’s highest-rated […]

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Dashboard Confessional, Emo’s King of Pain, Rises Again

During the band’s break, the genre has experienced a revival and spread into hip-hop. Now Chris Carrabba’s band is returning with its first album in nine years.
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Facebook Profit Rises, but Shares Fall as Users Spend Less Time on Network

Facebook said quarterly operating profit soared, a reminder of its dominance in digital advertising despite mounting criticism against the social network. But its shares fell about 5% after the company said recent news-feed changes led to users spending less time on the platform.
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Intel Revenue Rises, but It Reports Loss on Tax Charge

Intel reported record fourth-quarter revenue as sales in its data-center business jumped 20%, but it swung to a loss on a $ 5.4 billion charge after changes in U.S. tax law.
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Street Signs: Commonwealth Rises in the Arts District

It’s style, not fashion, Commonwealth seeks to serve under its roof as the streetwear specialty retailer marks a move to the Los Angeles Arts District.
The business, started by Omar Quiambao and Larry Incognito in 2004 as a concept shop with the tag line “For the Greater Good,” brings its street- and skate-inspired boutique to yet another growing pocket of the Arts District where Silverlake Wine, Guerrilla Tacos, Base Coat Nail Salon, CES Gallery and the Museum of Ice Cream all reside. Just footsteps away, Dover Street Market is expected in the spring.
The area reminds Quiambao of New York, where he last resided, and is close to where he now lives in downtown. Opening the 1,500-square-foot shop represents the first time he’s living in the same city as a Commonwealth store.
Quiambao, a graduate of Pratt Institute, has spent the better part of nearly two decades now being a purveyor of what those standing from the outside might call youth culture melded with skate and streetwear. Commonwealth’s brand of that lifestyle mixes high fashion with the street for a store that includes brands such as Pleasures, Wacko Maria, Brain Dead, Padmore & Barnes, Stone Island, APC and Comme des Garçons Play, among

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‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

There have been small but significant improvements in people’s happiness in the last year, say UK officials.
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CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere rose at a record pace in 2016 to the highest level in at least three million years, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
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Amazon Revenue Rises 34%

Amazon posted strong quarterly sales growth, allowing it to report a higher profit as it expands into more corners of consumer spending. Shares surged after hours.
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Broadway Box Office: ‘Great Comet’ Rises 12% After Casting Controversy

Did “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” benefit from its recent casting controversy? The musical was one of the few to report a significant rise at the Broadway box office in a week that saw most individual shows hold fairly steady, but for a new notable exceptions. There are a few reasons “Great… Read more »

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Amazon’s Revenue Rises 25%, but Profit Falls on Heavy Spending

Amazon revenue climbed as the retailer bucked an industry slump with its dominance of online shopping. Profit fell 77%, more than expected, as the company spent heavily to expand.
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Amazon’s Revenue Rises 25%, but Profit Falls on Heavy Spending

Amazon revenue climbed as the retailer bucked an industry slump with its dominance of online shopping. Profit fell 77%, more than expected, as the company spent heavily to expand.
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Life expectancy rises ‘grinding to halt’ in England

Leading health expert says he is “deeply concerned” and austerity may be to blame.
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Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Rises Fivefold in a Decade: CDC

IUDs and implants among the safest, most effective forms of contraception, experts say
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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Murders Hung Over ‘The Interview’ Decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing “The Interview” earlier this week, the fate of the movie’s big-screen life was all but sealed.

Even though law enforcement didn’t deem the threats of violence credible at the time, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. That attack came without warning, and at the time there was no precedent for such mass violence against a U.S. movie audience. The theater’s owner contends it could not have foreseen the bloodshed, but it still faces 20 lawsuits over the mass shootings and survivors and victims’ families asserting more should have been done to protect those who went to see a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Experts say the defense used by Cinemark Holdings, Inc couldn’t be used if violence broke out at a showing of “The Interview.”

“It wasn’t worth the risk,” said Eric Wold, a movie exhibitor analyst with B. Riley & Co.

Despite the legal liability, at least one notable lawyer disagrees with the decision to cancel “The Interview.” President Barack Obama said Friday that it was a mistake for Sony to scrap the film, and he wished executives had consulted with him first.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship,” Obama said.

Some Hollywood notables, including actors Rob Lowe, Steve Carrell and director Michael Moore, have also criticized Sony’s decision.

Diplomatic and creative considerations aside, scrapping “The Interview” was not a huge financial consideration for theater owners, who would ultimately be responsible for any lawsuits over violence. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, was expected to account for less than two percent of fourth quarter earnings for movie theaters, Wold said.

Due to digital projections, theater owners can quickly re-program their screens to show other movies, such as new releases “The Hobbit 3” or “Night at the Museum.” ”It’s the press of a button,” Wold said.

The alternative could have been serious injuries to moviegoers as well as multiple lawsuits if the group calling itself the Guardians of Peace, or a copycat, attacked a cinema, said Jonathan Handel, a lawyer and professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

“That’s a lot of liability hanging over the theater chain,” Handel said.

He noted that mall owners and other studios had pressured Sony to cancel the Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. “They don’t want the movie-going experience on Christmas Day to resemble check in at LAX,” he said.

The film features an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the nation has denounced the movie. The FBI said Friday that it had determined North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony’s servers, which resulted in the theft of unreleased films, scripts, financial and medical information on employees and other corporate data.

It was only a matter of hours after hackers threatened massive violence against any theater showing “The Interview” that exhibitors started dropping the film. And no wonder.

“If, God forbid, something happened, they’re the ones who would be responsible for any lack of security or decisions that were made that led to the incident,” said entertainment attorney Uri Fleming of the firm Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo.

Sony cited the theater owners’ decision to drop the film as the reason for its pulling of the movie.

“Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice,” the company wrote in a statement. Sony said it was looking for alternative distribution channels for the film.

It remains unclear how a jury will perceive the case against Cinemark, which operated the Aurora, Colo., theater that James Holmes attacked in July 2012 during a midnight screening of the final installment of the latest Batman trilogy.

In court filings, lawyers for victims of the shooting have noted that Cinemark deployed extra security at some of its midnight “Dark Knight Rises” screenings and had employed a security firm to assess the risk of a drug cartel attacking a theater along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In an August ruling rejecting a motion by Cinemark to throw out the Aurora victims’ suits, U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote that whether the company could have been expected to deploy extra security without a threat against its theaters “is not an easy question to answer.”

However, the judge noted that moviegoers are especially vulnerable to attack.

“Although theaters had theretofore been spared a mass shooting incident, the patrons of a movie theater are, perhaps even more than students in a school or shoppers in a mall, ‘sitting ducks,'” Jackson wrote.

Fleming, the entertainment attorney, said Sony and the theater chains are unlikely to face any significant repercussions from pulling “The Interview.”

“Business relationships are the glue that bind (Hollywood),” he said.

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The Average Cost Of A Wedding Rises To $30,000, Survey Says

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From beachside nuptials to extravagant floral arrangements, it’s no shocker that weddings can cost a pretty penny. Just how much, though, may surprise you. According to wedding planning website TheKnot, the average cost of a wedding in America last year was roughly the price of a new car, or about $ 30,000 (excluding the honeymoon).

For its annual Real Weddings Study, released March 27, TheKnot surveyed 13,000 brides and grooms across the country and sourced statistics on everything from “location fees” to tuxedo costs. It found that tying the knot just keeps growing more expensive, despite the trend for casual weddings. The average wedding cost in 2013 was the highest since the website began monitoring prices in 2007.

One cause may be couples’ greater attention to guest experience.

“Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests — plus they’re doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more,” Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot, said in a statement.

Overwhelmed by images of celebrity wedding extravagance and a surplus of wedding planning glossies, couples are pressured to put on a show-stopping Big Day.

“We’ve created this fairy tale thought in our mind of what our wedding has to be, and it has to be perfect,” Stacy Francis, the CEO of financial planning and wealth management firm Francis Financial, told USA Today.

The survey of TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com members revealed some other interesting data about modern weddings:

Most expensive place to wed: Manhattan, $ 86,916 on average

Average marrying age: bride, 29; groom, 31

Wedding dress cost: New York City (and Long Island) brides spent the most money on their gowns ($ 3,027 and $ 2,160, respectively), while brides in Alaska and Oklahoma spent far less ($ 804 and $ 859, respectively)

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