McDonald’s hopes discounts, contests boost mobile sales

Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Last holiday season, McDonald’s leaned on singer Mariah Carey’s star power and discounts to drive customers to its mobile app. This year, the Chicago-based restaurant giant is going further, giving customers the chance to win free McDonald’s for life for themselves and three of their friends with every … Read more

Feeling sick? How to know if you have COVID, RSV or the flu

It’s a triple threat. After years of isolating and masking, influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are all hitting harder and earlier this cold season in a phenomenon that’s been dubbed a “tripledemic.” During Thanksgiving week, roughly 20,000 Americans were hospitalized with the flu, the most for that week in more than 10 years, … Read more

Eating 400 calories a day from these foods could raise dementia risk by over 20%

Talk about food for thought. A growing body of research suggests that ultra-processed foods like frozen pizzas and breakfast cereals high in sugars, fats and empty calories are bad for your health. Now, a new large-scale study presented at the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego this week offers more evidence that people … Read more

Shania Twain says she ‘flattened’ her breasts to avoid stepdad’s sexual abuse

Shania Twain has shared additional details about her traumatic childhood, this time saying she tried to alter her appearance to avoid attention from her allegedly sexually abusive stepfather. In an interview with the British newspaper The Sunday Times, the Canadian country music star explained how she would intentionally wear ill-fitting undergarments as a teenager in … Read more

People still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

More than two years after the coronavirus pandemic began, social distancing is keeping some workers from going back to work. That’s according to this working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Some people are not prepared to let their guard down — in the knowledge that COVID-19 has not gone away. Some … Read more

Bonds, Clemens left out of Hall again; McGriff elected

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Moments after Fred McGriff was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, almost two decades after his final game, he got the question. Asked if Barry Bonds belonged in Cooperstown, a smiling McGriff responded: “Honestly, right now, I’m going to just enjoy this evening.” A Hall of Fame committee delivered its … Read more

McDonald’s themed first birthday party leads to mum and dad being slammed as ‘bad parents’

A couple has hit back at trolls after being labeled “bad parents” for throwing an epic McDonald’s themed birthday party for their one-year-old daughter. Maggie, 35, and her electrician husband Kieran, 36, organized the ultimate house party for 100 guests – complete with an inflatable slide, ball pit, slushie machine, an infant play area, hamburgers … Read more

Real estate agents exit industry as Bay of Plenty sales volumes plummet

House sales have slumped in Tauranga. Photo / Mead Norton Bay of Plenty’s residential and lifestyle property sales have dropped by 41.6 percent in one year and some real estate agents have exited the industry off the back of the “tough” market. A rapid rise in interest rates is believed to have had a big … Read more

FDA changes ushers in cheaper, easier-to-get hearing aids

It’s now a lot easier — and cheaper — for many hard-of-hearing Americans to get help. Hearing aids can now be sold without a prescription from a specialist. Over-the-counter, or OTC, hearing aids started hitting the market in October at prices that can be thousands of dollars lower than prescription hearing aids. About 30 million … Read more