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Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas

>> Watch the news report here

Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge

>> Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a variety of factors and data. Five indexes were used to compile the list: job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration. Cities were graded on each of these indexes on a 10-point scale, which were then averaged for an overall score. 

Overall, Austin earned a 7.7 out of 10. Of the measurements, Austin scored highest in the net migration category with 9.4. Austin also scored high in the desirability index with an 8.9. 

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The top 10 cities are:

1. Austin

2. Colorado Springs, Colorado

3. Denver

4. Des Moines, Iowa

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

6. Portland, Oregon 

7. Huntsville, Alabama

8. Washington, D.C. 

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

10. Seattle

>> See the full list here

Austin Mayor Steve Adler took to Twitter to share the good news:

It’s not all sunshine in the greatest place to live in the U.S., however. Or maybe it’s too much sunshine, in at least one category. U.S. News and World Report noted Austin’s higher-than-average housing costs, its notoriously bad traffic, issues with segregation and those hot, hot summers as negative factors. 

Royal wedding: Trump not invited, Obamas not going either, report says

Cancel that shipment of monogrammed “Harry & Meghan” towels from the White House.

CNN is reporting that President Donald Trump is not invited to the royal wedding on May 19 in Windsor, England.

>> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seek charity donations over wedding gifts

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle won’t be there either, despite having a close and apparently fun-loving relationship with groom-to-be Prince Harry in particular. Though it’s not clear if the Obamas were invited and just have something else to do that day (though seriously, what could be more important than watching the current fifth-in-line to the throne say “I do” to former “Suits” actress and American Meghan Markle)?

>> On MyAJC.com: Who’s who in American Meghan Markle’s family

Apparently, the lack of invite is nothing personal where the current president and first lady Melania Trump are concerned. A White House official told CNN that no elected U.S. officials were invited to the nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

>> Hospital begins preparations for Will, Kate and new baby

In fact, a spokesman for Kensington Palace (where Harry and Meghan live, along with their neighbors, Prince William and Kate and their kids) told CNN that “world leaders and political figures would not be invited in their official capacities."

“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both UK and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” the palace told CNN.

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Hmm … Technically, the Obamas no longer have “official capacities” as political figures, so maybe they did make the cut?

“The royal source would not say whether they had been invited,” CNN said.

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Best Pizza in Every State: The winners are…

Everyone knows there’s amazing pizza to be found in every state, and several of your best spots claim to be “the best.”

But which places actually take the top spot?

The Daily Meal compiled a handy list that breaks down the best pizza in every state, as well as Washington D.C.

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According to The Daily Meal

In Massachusetts, Area Four in Cambridge has been called the best in the state.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri is tops.

In Georgia, Duluth is the home of O4W, while Charlotte can boast North Carolina’s best, Pizzeria Omaggio.

For Florida, Delray Beach’s Scuola Vecchia Pizza has the best pizza for the Sunshine State.

Memphis’ own Hog & Hominy has the best pizza for Tennessee.

Empire Slice House in Oklahoma City is the best for Oklahoma.

No one can mess with Texas’ Home Slice Pizza in Austin.

Seattle is home to Washington’s best Serious Pie.

For Ohio, nothing can beat Crust in Cleveland.

New York is known for its pizza, but John’s of Bleecker Street is known as the best.

For the full list, click here.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Newborn left in Safe Haven Baby Box at Indiana fire station

Authorities don’t know why a child was given up, but a mother of a newborn baby has taken a desperate step to make sure her little girl would be safe.

The unidentified mother left her child in a Safe Haven Baby Box at a Michigan City, Indiana, fire station. 

Volunteer firefighter Lt. Chuck Koehler said he received an alarm from the box at his fire station and got there less than a minute after the alert went out, The Associated Press reported. When he opened the container, he found the baby, made sure she was OK and waited for paramedics to arrive, according WBBM.

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She still had the umbilical cord attached, WBBM reported, but was healthy, the AP reported.

The girl, who firefighters named “Grace,” will be given to Indiana Department of Child Services, the AP reported.

>> What is Ohio’s Safe Haven law?

There are two stations in Indiana with a Safe Haven Baby Box, which allows mothers to give up their newborns anonymously by dropping them off at hospitals, police stations or fire houses, within 30 days of being born, as part of the state’s Safe Haven law, WBBM reported.  

The box is climate controlled, and once the door is opened, a silent alarm is triggered and a 911 call is sent. When the door is shut, it locks until firefighters or paramedics arrive to open it, WBBM reported.

This is the second time the box has been utilized in about 5 months. Another baby girl was left in the box back in November. She was adopted just before Christmas. Firefighters named that little girl, “Hope,” WBBM reported.

Cox Media Group contributed to this story.

YouTube accused of illegally collecting children's data

A new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission accuses video-sharing site YouTube of illegally collecting children's data.

>> Here's how to download a copy of the data Facebook keeps on you

According to the Guardian, nearly two dozen advocacy groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are arguing that YouTube's parent company, Google, violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting data on and targeting advertising toward children without obtaining parental consent beforehand.

>> Facebook alerts users if their data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica

The complaint, filed Monday, also alleges that Google knows that children use YouTube, even though YouTube asks that children under 13 not use the site.

"Despite the presence of literally millions of child-directed videos, and despite promising advertisers access to kids via YouTube ads, Google pretends that they aren’t responsible for the children on YouTube," the CCFC said on its website. "Google knows kids are there, and they are not taking steps to protect their privacy. So we are."

>> Cambridge Analytica: What you need to know about the firm, Facebook and your information

YouTube released the following statement in response to the complaint:

"We are reviewing the complaint and will evaluate if there are things we can do to improve. Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. Because YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children."

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According to The Associated Press, YouTube Kids "offers more parental controls but is not as widely used" as the main YouTube site.

Read the full complaint here.

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream Tuesday

Get ready for another free guilty pleasure.

Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are scooping out their ice cream for free tomorrow all around the world. 

From noon until 8 p.m., the popular ice cream company's stores will give everyone who stops by a cone of your favorite flavor for free. 

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It's the company's way to say thanks for another year of success, according to Ben & Jerry's Facebook event.

Every year there are long lines, so the company has come up with 10 ways to pass the line time like talking to strangers and starting a sing-a-long.

Ben & Jerry's has been giving free cones away since 1979.

Death of loved one during pregnancy may affect child's mental health, study says

Grieving the death of a loved one can affect an entire family, including babies. In fact, losing a relative during pregnancy may affect the mental health of a child later in life, according to a new report.

>> On AJC.com: Smoking while pregnant study: 1 in 14 women still smoke while pregnant

Researchers from Stanford University recently conducted a study, published in the American Economic Review, to determine the effect a family member’s death may have on children.

To do so, they examined Swedish infants born between 1973 and 2011 whose mother lost a close relative, such as a sibling, parent, maternal grandparent, the child’s father or her own older child, during her pregnancy.

>> Breast cancer patients may help boost survival chances by building muscle, study says

They followed those children through adulthood, comparing their health outcomes to kids whose maternal relatives died in the year after their birth. They gathered the data from their medical records and Sweden’s novel prescription drug registry, which contains all prescription drug purchases.

Lastly, they considered the impact the death may have had on the fetus, including fetal exposure to maternal stress from bereavement and even changes to family resources or household composition.

>> On AJC.com: Is light drinking while pregnant really dangerous?

After analyzing their results, they found that “that prenatal exposure to the death of a maternal relative increases take-up of ADHD medications during childhood and anti-anxiety and depression medications in adulthood,” the researchers wrote in a statement.

Furthermore, they discovered the death of a relative up to three generations apart during pregnancy can also create consequences. 

“Our study offers complementary evidence linking early-life circumstance to adult mental health, but breaks new ground by focusing on stress,” the authors wrote, “which may be more pertinent than malnutrition in modern developed countries such as the United States and Sweden, and by tracing health outcomes throughout the time period between the fetal shock and adulthood.”

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To combat the issue, the researchers recommend that governments implement policies to help reduce stress during pregnancy. They believe such policies should especially target poor families as they are more likely to experience stress than more advantaged ones. 

Although their findings are concerning, they hope they can better help expecting mothers have healthier pregnancies and birth healthier children. 

“Of course, you cannot prevent family members from dying, and we certainly do not want our findings to constitute yet another source of stress for expecting mothers,” the scientists said. “But our findings potentially point to the importance of generally reducing stress during pregnancy, for example through prenatal paid maternity leave and programs that provide resources and social support to poor, pregnant women.”

>> On AJC.com: Why pregnant women should be careful around cats

Breast cancer patients may help boost survival chances by building muscle, study says

Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments for breast cancer. However, building muscle may also help boost chances of survival, according to a new report. 

>> On AJC.com: Breast cancer treatment may trigger heart problems, study says

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Oncology, to determine the association between muscle quality and the disease. 

To do so, they examined 3,241 women from Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The participants were diagnosed with stages II or III breast cancer between January 2000 and December 2013. Scientists then used CT scans to observe muscle tissues.

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After analyzing the results, they found that higher muscle mass upped survival rates, while lower muscle mass was linked with a higher risk of death.

In fact, more than one-third of the individuals with sarcopenia, a condition that causes muscle loss, “had a significantly increased risk of death compared with patients without sarcopenia,” the authors wrote in the study.

>> On AJC.com: Study: Fat linked to breast cancer even if you have healthy weight

Furthermore, building muscle may also help with other cancers.

“Our findings are likely generalizable across many other nonmetastatic cancers because the associations with muscle and improved survival for those with metastatic cancer has been observed across a variety of solid tumors,” they said.

While the scientists did not thoroughly explore why low muscle mass is connected to low breast cancer survival rates, they think inflammation may be a factor as cancer-related inflammation can decrease muscle mass and increase fat.

The researchers now hope to continue their investigations and believe their findings will lead to better treatment practices.

“We should also consider interventions to improve muscle mass, such as resistance training or protein supplementation,” they said. “In the era of precision medicine, the direct measurement of muscle and adiposity will help to guide treatment plans and interventions to optimize survival outcomes.” 

>> On AJC.com: Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Six Flags Over Georgia now allows people to carry alcoholic drinks around park

Six Flags Over Georgia now has the option to let patrons more freely walk around with adult beverages. You still must be 21 to ride aboard the booze train.

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Cobb County commissioners voted on March 27 to modify rules that before restricted drinks to the patios of certain spots, like JB’s Sports Bar And Grill.

Six Flags spokesman Gene Petriello said the Austell amusement park had requested the change.

However, Petriello said that even though the park has the option, it has not changed its policy. So, unless that changes, folks still have to keep their drinks on patios.

He said he didn’t know of any plan to let drinkers take libations mobile.

“We are pleased the Cobb County Commissioners approved our request to modify our existing alcohol license and we will continue to offer this service with the proper controls and regulations,” the park said in its official comment.

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