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Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here.

According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: New drug could reduce migraines

But how does Aimovig work? The FDA said it blocks "the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks." Amgen researchers said participants in one study saw their migraines reduced by half and experienced "minor side effects" like colds, the AP reported.

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If Aimovig doesn't sound right for you, you're still in luck: Three similar shots and various pills to combat migraines are in the works.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Now casting: Taraji P. Henson movie needs young boys

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta's film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City's latest casting call for your chance at fame.

» RELATED: 9 big movies filming in Georgia in 2017

'What Men Want'

Taraji P. Henson will star with Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge in the comedy "What Men Want," according to Variety. The movie is inspired by the 2000 romantic comedy "What Women Want," which starred Mel Gibson as a marketing executive who could hear what women are thinking. In "What Men Want," the roles are reserved, and Henson, who portrays a sports agent, can hear men's thoughts.

What are they looking for?

Caucasian boys age 6-7 are needed for a birthday party scene. Submit only if your child has a certification number for work permit approval from the Department of Labor. Don't submit for kids who are ages other than 6-7.

» RELATED: Taraji P. Henson engaged to former NFL player Kelvin Hayden

When are they filming?

Filming will be on May 16 in Decatur at a call time to be determined.

How much does it pay?

Pay is $88 for eight hours.

How to submit?

Send an email to BGKids.Mhc@gmail.com with the subject line "Kid 5/16." Include three recent photos of your child as well as the parent's name, child's name and age, telephone number, child's certification number, last four digits of his or her Social Security number and date of birth. List your distance to southeast Atlanta and any set experience your child has. Include your child's height, weight and sizes (shirt, pants and shoe).

» RELATED: 10 reasons to seek a job in Atlanta's TV and film industry

If you got a telemarketing call from Dish Network, you may be able to get $1,200

If you received a call from Dish Network from 2010 to 2011, you may be able to get $1,200 per call.

CBS News reported that thousands of people who have received calls from the company are owed a portion of the $61 million class-action lawsuit.

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In January 2017, a verdict was reached in the case in which Thomas Krakauer sued Dish Network in North Carolina federal district court for making illegal telemarketing calls to his phone number. USA Today reported that a judge ruled that, by calling Krakauer while his number was on the Do No Call Registry, the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

More than 18,000 telephone numbers were called between May 11, 2010, and Aug. 1, 2011. Customers can find out if their numbers were affected at this website. If their numbers were called, a claim can be submitted at DishClassAction.com

National Nurses Week 2018: 5 freebies and deals

Businesses across the country are honoring nurses this week with freebies and deals for health care workers.

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National Nurses Week, which kicked off with National Nurses Day on May 6, runs through May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

Check out some of the offers below, and just to be on the safe side, contact your local stores and franchises to make sure they are participating:

>> Teacher Appreciation Day 2018: Here’s a list of freebies for the nation’s educators

1. Cinnabon: Sweet! Nurses can get a free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll or four-count order of BonBites by presenting their medical ID from May 6-12. Read more here.

2. Easy Spirit: Get 30 percent off your purchase at the shoe brand's website, EasySpirit.com, all month long with the coupon code NURSESWEEK30. Nurses also can enter the #MoveFor Healing Sweepstakes to win shoes for their team. Read more here.

3. PDQ: Nurses and teachers can get 50 percent off their order Tuesday, May 8, by showing their work ID. Read more here.

4. Potbelly Sandwich Shop: According to Newsweek, nurses "who show their medical ID or wear their scrubs" can get "a free fountain drink or cookie with their purchase of a sandwich." Read more here.

5. Chipotle Mexican Grill: Although the restaurant chain isn't running a promotion for nurses this week, USA Today reports that participating locations will offer nurses a buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos on June 5. Nurses must present a work ID to claim their freebie. Read more here.

See Prince's private island estate, which will be sold at auction

Paisley Park has a sister property in paradise — and it’s coming up for sale

Prince’s estate is selling off the late singer’s private retreat in Turks & Caicos in a closed bid auction on July 12. While there’s no minimum bid for the property, which is set on 5 sandy acres on the island of Providenciales, the $100,000 check required of interested buyers for the opportunity to bid offers an idea of the price point.

Premiere Estates Auction Co. is overseeing the sale.

An FAQ about the auction, which will only accept written bids, suggests “all buyers do their own due diligence in regards to assessing value,” and notes, “your highest and best bid is the most effective method.”

Tours of the property are available to house shoppers, who can also do their own inspection of the place.

The compound itself is about 10,000 square feet and includes 6 bedrooms and 6 baths. It has two private beaches, a tennis court, and a 200-foot personal dock, but the standout feature pays homage to the music icon: a purple-painted driveway (see image above).

The compound features a stately main house as well as numerous other accommodations for guests.

Inside, the home is surprisingly subdued, sporting a style and materials typical of the Caribbean location, rather than the singer’s more recognizable, over-the-top style.

“The value is ultimately determined by the market — with a unique property like Prince’s Turks and Caicos estate,” says Premiere Estates founder Todd Wohl, “We anticipate significant interest and multiple bidders.”

Viral photo of veteran sitting in rain outside Pennsylvania Walmart sparks outrage

A viral Facebook post of a veteran sitting by himself in the rain outside a Walmart in northeastern Pennsylvania had people questioning store policy.

>> Watch the news report here

>> Cemetery worker carries World War II vet to wife’s Arlington grave

According to WPXI, thousands on Facebook shared the picture of the veteran, who had been told to sit out in the rain and not in the covered area of the store when he was collecting donations for service members.

>> See the post here

The store said it had a safety policy that those collecting money had to be 15 feet from the doorway.

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One day later, Manuel Griffin, 69, was out there again – this time in the sun, collecting donations for service members.

The store manager was able to come to an agreement that would give veterans a cover in inclement weather.

Kroger CEO addresses grocery industry, Target merger rumors

The grocery landscape is constantly changing and Kroger has to stay ahead of what the customer wants, the grocery chain’s chief executive said.

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Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of the Cincinnati-based grocery giant, talked about some of those changes from the rise of organics, to the merger rumors to looming trade issues in a new interview with Bloomberg.

“The only thing that stays consistent is people keep eating, but the way they eat will constantly change,” McMullen said.

McMullen said one of those big industry changes is the more than 9 million shoppers that come to Kroger’s store each day want more natural and organic grocery products, like Kroger’s Simple Truth, which is over a $2 billion category today for the retailer.

Addressing looming threats of international trade disputes, McMullen said Kroger’s main concern would be if the company was at a competitive disadvantage.

“From a trade perspective, our competitors are going to have to deal with the same things we would, so we leave it up to the government officials because they have a lot more knowledge than what we would,” he said.

A month ago, there had been rumors of merger talks between Target and Kroger, which Kroger had declined to comment on.

When asked in the Bloomberg interview about the previous reports of merger talks, McMullen said with any type of merger considerations, Kroger is looking at how would it create new capabilities that neither company would have independent of each other.

“To me, we’re big enough at $120 plus billion that scale isn’t really what we need from merging with someone,” McMullen said.

Kylie Jenner dethrones Beyoncé as most valuable Instagram celeb

    

Kylie Jenner‘s social media following has always been an integral part of her business — and now it’s more valuable than ever.

She may be the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family, but Jenner, 20, has quickly become the highest-paid family member, per post, on social media.

According to a new report from D’Marie Analytics, a social media insights firm, Jenner is now the first member of the KarJenner family “to grow her ad equivalent value to over $1,000,000 per post across her social media portfolio.” In other words, every #sponsored or #ad Instagram post, Snapchat story or tweet Jenner posts is worth $1 million based on her hefty social following an engagement. (To put that number in perspective, a 30-second commercial during the 2018 Super Bowl reportedly cost $5 million.) The firm also states that Jenner’s role as “the highest-valued influencer currently on social media today” was previously held by the one and only Beyoncé.

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“Kylie is an undeniable global brand, which may make some roll their eyes,” D’Marie Analytics’ CEO, Frank Spadafora, said in a press release. “But the reality is this young, female entrepreneur’s savvy helped her reach a milestone in the influencer marketing and advertising industry which many seasoned professionals have failed to achieve.”

Overall, according to data compiled from D’Marie Analytics, as of today, Jenner has 154,775,091 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (that’s not even including Snapchat, which confirmed she was the No. 1 most followed person on the platform in 2016) and since April 1, she’s gained approximately 25,530 new followers a day across her social channels. 

But what makes her posts so valuable isn’t necessarily her number of followers, as much as the engagement she receives. Despite Jenner’s enormous following, she doesn’t have the most followers, even among her sisters (that title belongs to sister Kim). However, the content she posts resonates with her fans, and she receives an incredible amount of impressions and engagement.

» Snap Inc.’s stock falls after Kylie Jenner tweet about Snapchat redesign

In the past 30 days alone, Jenner’s posted to her social accounts 156 times, all of which generated a total of 186,152,410 engagements — which is why landing a paid placement on one of her pages comes with such a high price tag.

“Influencer valuations move up and down like the stock market, but Kylie is methodical about consistently generating aspirational content for her social audience, without jeopardizing authenticity,” Spadafora explained. “Her use of social media to personally connect with and listen to her fans enables her to deliver products they will actually purchase. This is a true case study for how brands can greatly benefit from working with social media influencers like Kylie.”

Last fall, Jenner’s mom, Kris Jenner, confirmed to CNBC that her daughter’s company, Kylie Cosmetics, generated $420 million in revenue in just its first 18 months of operation, which, according to WWD, sets her on track to become a billionaire by the time she’s 25.

“Right now she’s super smart about keeping it all in the business,” the Jenner Communications CEO told CNBC. “She owns it 100 percent herself, and she doesn’t have any investors. It makes for a wonderful opportunity to expand.”

“It was always Kylie’s dream to have a beauty brand and makeup company. She said (to me), ‘I really want you to help me do this and figure it out.’ And we tried launching some lip kits and they sold out in minutes, if not seconds,” Kris Jenner shared. “I realized that we have a real viable business on our hands. It was crazy. The fulfillment center couldn’t really get them out fast enough and the site crashed three times. I realized we had to get a manufacturer really quickly that could handle the volume and get a fulfillment center pulled together.”

MoviePass brings back movie-a-day monthly plan

MoviePass, a subscription-based movie ticketing service, is bringing back its popular movie ticket per day subscription plan.

Wired reported that the company made the decision two weeks after the offer was removed from its website. The plan allows customers to see a movie a day each day for $9.95 a month.

>> Read more trending news 

“We never planned to abandon the flagship product that everybody loves,” MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said in an interview, according to Variety. “Any time we’ve done a promotional package, we’ve taken the monthly plan off our site.”

The promotional package that led to the removal of the plan was a $29.95 three-month plan that allowed viewers to see four movies a month. That promo began April 13. It also offered a free trial of an on-demand music streaming package.

“It’s marketing 101,” Lowe said. “We wanted to focus everybody on this partnership promotion. If people knew the (movie-a-day) plan was coming back, they might not be interested in the (music streaming) deal.”

Despite the plan’s popularity, the company has added some stipulations. It will no longer allow users to see the same movie twice under the plan. According to Lowe, the rule change is to prevent fraud among customers who share one card among family members or scalp tickets.

According to the MoviePass website, over 2 million people are subscribed to the service.

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