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Kroger launches online wine store and delivery service

Kroger may soon deliver wine to your front door.

Kroger has begun its soft launch of an online wine shopping and delivery serviceKroger Wine will be available in 13 states, as well as Washington, D.C., across Kroger Co. stores, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, QFC, Smith’s Food and Drug, Fry’s and City Market.

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According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the new offering is coming to the following markets first: Florida; New Hampshire; Oregon; Washington, D.C.; California; Idaho; Louisiana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; West Virginia; Virginia; and Wyoming. The company plans to add more states eventually, the Courier reported.

Customers can order wine sold in six to 12-bottle cases. Prices range from $69.99 to $99.99 for six bottles and $129.99 to $189.99 for 12 bottles. Shipping is free for orders more than $35.

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Kroger also will have a wine club, where participants can select reds, white or a mix of wines. The cases will be delivered every 13 weeks.

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Skipping workouts worse for health than smoking, diabetes, study says

Diabetes and heart disease certainly affect your health. However, not exercising may be even more detrimental, according to a new report. 

>> On AJC.com: Study: This common household chore is as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open, to determine the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and long-term mortality. 

To do so, they examined 122,007 patients who underwent exercise treadmill testing between 1991 and 2014. The analysts then measured all causes of mortality in relation to the benefits of exercise and fitness, factoring in age, sex, height, weight, BMI, medications and other illnesses. 

After analyzing the results, they found cardiorespiratory fitness was directly linked to reduced long-term mortality. And the benefits of exercise were boundless.

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“Aerobic fitness is something that most patients can control. And we found in our study there is no limit to how much exercise is too much,” co-author Wael Jaber said in a statement. “Everyone should be encouraged to achieve and maintain high fitness levels.”

The team also compared fitness to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and smoking and discovered a sedentary lifestyle is worst for your health than the aforementioned illnesses. In fact, the risk of not exercising was “significantly greater” than the clinical risk factors of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and smoking.

The authors said they were particularly interested in the relationship between high fitness and mortality, revealing the topic had never been looked at using on such a large scale. 

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They believe their findings emphasize the long-term effects of exercise and fitness regardless of age and hope to encourage patients to be more active. 

Read the study here.

Photographer seeks couple captured in marriage proposal shot 

A Michigan photographer took a breathtaking photo of a marriage proposal at Yosemite National Park last week. Now, he’s trying to find that couple and is asking for help on social media, WOOD-TV reported.

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Matthew Dippel of Grand Rapids was on a road trip in California with a friend and was hiking near Taft Point when he decided to stop and take pictures, WLIX reported. That’s when he saw the marriage proposal and quickly snapped a photograph.

"I looked at my camera right after to make sure that I actually got it and I was wowed. That's an incredible shot," Dippel told WOOD.

Dippel and his friend walked to Taft Point and tried to find the couple, but they had already left.

Dippel asked several people, but no one knew who they were, WLIX reported.

"I walked over there to go try to figure out who the couple was. I asked maybe 20-25 people and nobody knew who they were," Dippel told WOOD.

Dippel decided to post his shot on social media, hoping the couple could be identified. He has posted on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” Dippel told WOOD. "It's a very cherished moment that hopefully they can see this photo and be able to relive that moment on that cliff.”

Ready-to-eat salad recalled for possible salmonella, listeria 

Ready-to-eat salad with meat products that contain a corn ingredient have been recalled due to possible salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

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More than 700 pounds of salad products were recalled by a Green Cove Springs, Florida, establishment known as GHSE LLC.

The possible contamination was discovered Oct. 15 after the establishment received a notification that the corn used was recalled by their corn supplier due to concerns over salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.

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The recalled salad was shipped to stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA said. 

Details on the product recalled below:

  • The ready-to-eat salads with steak were produced from Oct. 11, 2018, through Oct. 14, 2018.
  • 15.25-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Marketside™ FIESTA SALAD WITH STEAK” and use by date from 10/17/2018 through 10/20/2018.
  • The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider. 

Acute flaccid myelitis: CDC sees rise in cases, seasonal pattern to polio-like illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness affecting kids.

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So far this year, the CDC has confirmed 62 cases acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in 22 states, and has received reports of 127 patients who are under investigation.

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The CDC started detecting the increases in 2014. Since, then there have been 386 cases of the mysterious illness, including one death in 2017.

Despite the increase in cases, the disease remains rare, with fewer than an estimated one in a million people getting AFM each year, the CDC said. However, it’s not mandatory for health providers to report AFM, so it’s possible there could be more cases.

According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, most AFM cases occur in late summer and fall. The Associated Press reported that "similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016," appearing to follow "every-other-year pattern."

“As far as we know, it has only been detected in the United States. In terms of clustering in the United States, many states in the U.S. have been impacted by this disease, so we are not seeing geographic clustering in 2018, nor have we seen it in 2016 or 2014,” Messonnier said.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Florida toddler fighting polio-like disease in ICU, mom says

In Jacksonville, Florida, doctors believe Aamira Faircloth, 3, has AFM. She is in fair condition at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Aamira's mother, Reba, told ActionNewsJax on Tuesday that her daughter suddenly couldn’t walk.

“It was just like how a baby learns to walk, and she collapsed and fell to the ground,” Reba said.

Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of infectious diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, said this isn’t cause for panic, but parents should be aware.

“The good news is we know it’s not polio, but unfortunately it’s still happening, it almost looks like every other year, and still affecting children,” he said.

Rathore said the most frustrating thing about the illness is "not knowing what causes it and not knowing how to treat it."

ActionNewsJax's Facebook post about the illness received hundreds of comments, including one from Christina Strickland, who wrote that in 2012 she woke up one morning to find her son “crying laying on the floor screaming in pain that he couldn’t walk.”

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jacksonville sees first case of polio-like illness affecting children in Florida

Other parents on the thread blamed vaccinations – a claim that Rathore disputed.

“Absolutely not. There is no evidence. There’s absolutely no evidence that vaccines have anything to do with this,” Rathore said.

According to Rathore, there’s also no evidence that AFM is caused by the flu shot. 

He said there is something parents can do right now.

“Good hand hygiene, good cough etiquette, stay away from people who are sick,” Rathore said.

Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken sickens 92 people nationwide, CDC says

Salmonella linked to raw chicken has made dozens of people sick across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. 

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In total, 92 people from 29 states have been sickened in the outbreak. 

The CDC said 21 people have been hospitalized, but no one has died. 

The people who became sick reported eating different types and brands of chicken products bought from many different stores.

“A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified,” the CDC said in a statement. 

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The drug-resistant strain of salmonella making people sick has been found in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products and live chickens, which the CDC said indicates the outbreak may be widespread in the chicken industry.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Tennessee angler's catch certified as world record

A Tennessee man who reeled in a big fish learned that his catch was a world record, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

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Lionel Ferguson, of Philadelphia, Tennessee, hauled in a black crappie weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces, on May 15, the newspaper reported. The International Game Fish Association announced that Ferguson officially broke the previous world record of 5 pounds set in 200 by John R. Horstman.

Ferguson caught the fish at Richeison Pond in Loudon County, the News Sentinel reported. 

"When I caught the fish, I was hollering,” Ferguson told the newspaper. “Most people probably thought somebody shot me."

Ferguson already held the state record for the fish, as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confirmed the fish’s size in June, WBIR reported. The previous mark had stood since 1985, when Clyde Freeman caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce black crappie, the television station reported.

A TWRA biologist sent a clipping of the fish’s fin for DNA testing to ensure it was not a hybrid, WBIR reported.

The IGFA receives 500 world record applications annually, and keeps 1,472 different species records internationally. 

Christmas 2018: Target to offer cheese Advent calendar this season

Target has the perfect holiday gift for the cheese lovers in your life -- a cheese Advent calendar. 

The store has teamed up with a company called So Wrong It’s NomKYW reported

Officials with the company said the calendar will be available in 247 Target stores in the U.S., and can also be found in stores in the UK, France, Denmark and Portugal.

The calendar will be filled with 24 wrapped cheeses that -- if you can contain yourself -- will help you count down to Christmas.

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Company officials said the calendar will be on shelves thanks to those who tweeted, emailed or spoke out on Facebook wanting to buy the cheesy calendar. 

The cheeses are vegetarian-friendly and the calendar has to be kept in the refrigerator. It comes in a book-style format, so once half of it is empty, the first half of the package can be ripped off to make room in the fridge. 

>>Read: Aldi to sell wine, cheese Advent calendars this fall

Target isn’t the only company taking part in a foodie-friendly Advent calendar this year. The discount food chain Aldi has not only a cheese version, but the perfect pairing in a wine-filled calendar, too. 

Dead shark with hat wrapped around neck washes up on Florida shore

A parks and recreation program took to Facebook after a shark washed ashore in Florida with plastic debris wrapped around its neck.

The finetooth shark was found along the shore of Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday, according to St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

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St. Johns County staff said the 6-foot shark had a plastic brim of an old hat wrapped around its neck and gills.

Staff said the cause of death is undetermined without a necropsy, but its death serves as an example of how plastic marine debris is a local and global issue.

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The parks program said the species of shark is found from North Carolina to Brazil and migrates through our area, heading south in early fall.

The shark's death was reported to the FWC’s Fish Kill hotline.

>> See the Facebook post here

 

Grieving mom's heartwarming act of kindness at Florida Publix goes viral

A Publix employee in Jacksonville, Florida, took to Facebook after a kind gesture by a grieving mom.

Nick DeClemente said he was at work Oct. 10 when a woman walked up to the bakery counter and asked if there were any first birthday cakes on order.

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He said he asked for the customer name, thinking she wanted to pay for a specific person.

DeClemente said she replied no, that she wanted to anonymously pay for a cake.

"She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else's cake," he wrote on Facebook. "I went to the cake order drawer and found this one. She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this."

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DeClemente said it was one of the most touching things he'd seen in all of his years working in retail.

"I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward," he said.

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DeClemente said he hopes to see the mom again, so he can share with her all of the positive comments he's gotten since sharing the story.

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