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Where can I get a Hatchimal?

Published: Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 1:07 PM


            Avalyn, 6, plays with her new Hatchimal just as it begins to peck through the shell. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
            Richard Lautens
Avalyn, 6, plays with her new Hatchimal just as it begins to peck through the shell. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)(Richard Lautens)

If you are looking for that hard to findaHatchimal (ask a kid if youve never heard of it), we have some good news there are a few to be found.

But unless you are one of the first in line when they become available, the furry little creatures will set you back a pretty penny.

Panic has set in among some shoppers out to get what is one of the most popular toys this holiday season, and demand is outstripping supply in most every store.

Toys R US, which held a Hatchimal sale a couple of weeks ago and had people camping out the day before, is trying it again.Toys 'R' Usis planninga Hatchimal sale on Sunday.Doors open at 6 a.m.

If you want to look online for where to buy Hatchimals, i4u.com suggests you use ZoolertorNowInStocktrackers to show you which stores may have them in stock, how many they have and when they may get more.

Grabbing a Hatchimal online has been tough to do,too. Some stores report that the toy has sold out quickly online -- within a minute or two in some instances.

What is a Hatchimal? Hatchimals are magical creatures that come in an egg, according to Spin Master, which makes Hatchimals. Each egg contains an interactive Hatchimal. Kids will have to care for the Hatchimal until it hatches. Then, Hatchimal parents will raise the Hatchimal through three stages, from baby to toddlerto child. Hatchimals eventually learn to walk, to play games and even to dance.They can also mimic phrases.

Prices for Hatchimals run from $59.99 to $79.99 for the basic Hatchimal.At the marketplaces atAmazon,WalmartandSears, they are going for $200-$300 from third-party sellers.

There are several types of Hatchimals, including: Hatchimals Draggles Blue/Purple Egg, Hatchimals Draggles Blue/Green Egg, Hatchimals Pengualas Pink Egg, Hatchimals Pengualas Pink/Teal Egg, and Hatchimals Burtle Purple/Teal Egg.
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Man with concealed weapon permit fatally shoots would-be robber in Target parking lot

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

File photo. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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A man with a concealed weapon permit fatally shot a would-be robber Thursday evening, according to reports. 

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A 21-year-old man with gunshot wounds in his back and chest was found in the parking lot near a South Side Target, according to WMAQ. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

A silver Nissan was seen leaving the area after shots were fired, according to the Chicago Tribune

The driver, who was not named, was stopped as he returned to the scene. Police found a semi-automatic gun, a revolver and spent casings in the car. 

The 27-year-old driver said he fired the semi-automatic gun after he was approached by the other man, who tried to rob him at gunpoint. 

He was returning to the scene to talk to police and was taken into custody.

Trump slams FBI, DOJ on Clinton, Russia probes, declares “there is absolutely no collusion”

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

Before making remarks for a graduation ceremony at the FBI National Academy, President Donald Trump on Friday denounced the probe of ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign, declaring confidently that there was “absolutely no collusion,” as he again charged that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails was ‘rigged’ in her favor, as he raised questions about institutional bias against him.

“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,” the President told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

“But we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Mr. Trump added.

In his five minute exchange with reporters, the President brought up complaints about text messages between top officials involved in the Russia investigation, which GOP lawmakers in Congress say is evidence of a probe that’s tilted against Mr. Trump.

The President also returned to another sore spot, charging once more that federal investigators went easy on the email investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, amplifying Republican Party charges of bias against top officials of the FBI and Justice Department.

“When you look at the Hillary Clinton investigation, I’ve been saying it for a long time, that was a rigged system, folks,” the President said.

“It’s very, very sad,” Mr. Trump added.

The President’s remarks came as some Democrats are worried that Mr. Trump may move to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and try to force an end to the investigation of contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russia, both before and after the 2016 election.

“There is absolutely no collusion; I didn’t make a phone call to Russia, I have nothing to do with Russia,” the President told reporters, as his Marine One helicopter warmed up behind him.

Mr. Trump was specifically asked about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who plead guilty earlier this month to a charge of lying to FBI agents about his post-election contacts with the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.

“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn, yet,” the President answered.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle set May wedding date

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Engaged

Royal watchers now have the date of the royal nuptials.

May 19, 2018, will be the day that Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, will be married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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Kensington Palace, the official Twitter account of the royal family, posted the announcement Friday morning.

The couple announced their engagement Nov. 27, The Associated Press reported

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry's fiancee is set to join Britain's royal family for Christmas. Kensington Palace says Meghan Markle will join Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals at Sandringham, a sprawling estate in Norfolk, 110 miles (175 kilometers) north of London, it was announced on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)(Frank Augstein/AP)

Markle will be spending the Christmas holidays with her betrothed and his family, including his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham, the royal estate in Norfolk, north of London, The AP reported.

WATCH: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle First Engagement Interview

This is what 12 Diet Cokes a day can do to your body, according to nutritionists

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

Your Body After 12 Diet Cokes A Day, According To Nutritionists

Do you love Diet Coke? Love it enough to drink a dozen of them in a day

According to a recently published New York Times article on a day in the life of the commander-in-chief , President Donald Trump reportedly downs a dozen cans of the soda a day. 

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“Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or for one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day,” read a passage in the article. 

The caffeine may give him an energy boost, but is that excessive? Atlanta nutritionist Page Love of Nutri Fit Sport Therapy Inc. certainly thinks so. 

“Drinking that much soda a day is taking the place of other hydrating beverages. It is a not nutritive beverage thus is not providing adequate hydration,” she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

In fact, consuming fizzy drinks can up your risk for diabetes and strokes, according to a recent studyconducted by researchers from universities in South Africa

They found that consuming just two sugar-sweetened drinks a week could increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 42 percent. And one sugar-sweetened drink can significantly elevate blood pressure. 

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While agencies set regulatory acceptable daily intakes for food additives, including sugar substitutes found in Diet Coke, to keep people safe, Rahaf Al Bochi, an Atlanta-based registered dietitian and nutritionist and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition said “these drinks do not provide added health benefits or nutrients.”

Diabetes and strokes aren’t the only ailments people should be concerned about as it relates to these beverages. Sugary beverages may cause people to crave sweets even more.

“There has been some research that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas may cause us to crave sweets even more because the sweetness intensity is so high,” Love explained. “The brain senses a sweet food coming in but is left both psychologically and physically unsatisfied. There may be an metabolic reaction to the artificial sweeteners, especially sucralose, similar like sugar.”

They could also potentially harm the heart, other research suggests.

Canadian scientists said artificial sweeteners (like stevia, aspartame or sucralose) may actually lead to heart disease, higher risk of obesity and high blood pressure.

Their observational studies showed that the people who consumed low-calorie sweeteners were actually more likely to face an increased chance of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and other related cardiovascular issues.

That’s why Love and Al Bochi encourage people to drink water.

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“Water is the best drink for people because it’s sugar-free and calorie-free. You can add cucumber slices, lemon or mint to add flavor to your water. Other beverage options include low fat milk, unsweetened tea, and herbal teas,” Al Bochi advises. 

Decaffeinated beverages can help with hydration, too. “Food group-based beverages,” Love said, “are good hydrators and give us the benefit of that food group nutrition!”