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Ex-wife of Alex Jones wins joint custody after bitter trial

In a stunning verdict, a Travis County jury has awarded Kelly Jones, the ex-wife of Alex Jones, joint conservatorship of their three children with the power to decide where the children will live.

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The three children, age 9, 12 and 14, who have been living almost exclusively with Alex Jones, will now live with Kelly Jones.

Alex Jones will have visitation, but details have yet to be worked out.

Kelly Jones and her lawyers wanted a period of time in which he would have very limited if any access to the children while she starts the new routine and they make a break from what Kelly Jones’ attorneys considered the “parental alienation” of the children from their mother during the time they lived with their father.

The Joneses divorced in 2015 and Jones pays his ex-wife $43,000 a month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Home Depot under fire over lead paint removal

Home Depot faces investigations and fines for a series of cases in which its contractors mishandled lead paint removal in at least three states.

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Three federal agencies have said they are looking into the actions of contractors working for the Atlanta-based home improvement giant in Connecticut, Maine and Colorado, an issue first reported by WSB-TV on Thursday, following the station’s own investigation.

A fine of $37,000 has been levied on Home Depot in Colorado, WSB reported.

A spokesman for the company declined to discuss specifics of the cases but said Home Depot is cooperating with authorities in all the lead paint cases.

“We are going to take care of our customers,” said Stephen Holmes. “We will be privately contacting customers whose jobs will require follow-up.”

The Environmental Protection Agency told WSB it is pursuing a criminal and civil investigation of Home Depot’s actions. The U.S. Department of Justice also said it is investigating. Separately, the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration told WSB it had fined the company for actions by its contractors in Colorado.

Home Depot uses contractors for most in-home work. The company has said it vets those contractors, and is generally responsible for them.

Scientific research has shown that lead-based paint is dangerous, and that ingesting it can severely damage brain development and harm health in general. The effect is especially intense for children.

Several cases involving Home Depot happened in homes where young children lived. In an Augusta, Maine, case, a toddler’s fingerprints were seen imprinted in dust from paint removal that had drifted into the child’s crib, WSB reported. The child’s mother was pregnant at the time.

Virtually all construction after 1978 was required to avoid lead-based paint. The standards for handling and removing that paint have been in place since 2010. They are generally aimed at minimizing and containing dust or paint chips.

A Georgia Tech-trained expert in paint removal told WSB that a contractor might save money by cutting corners on the removal.

The Home Depot division that hires contractors that handle installations accounts for 4 percent of its nearly $90 billion business, but the removal work itself represents just a fraction of that 4 percent, Holmes said.

Ivanka Trump reportedly differs with President Trump on Syrian refugees

Ivanka Trump is reportedly disagreeing with her father on the plight of Syrian refugees, saying in an interview Tuesday that the United States might need to open its borders to refugees. Her statement is an unusual public shift away from her father’s positions.

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According to The New York Times, her comments caused a “scramble” at the White House to figure out a way to deal with the first daughter’s obvious and outspoken shift from President Donald Trump’s agenda, including the two very controversial executive orders banning refugees and travelers from seven, then six nations, both of which were ultimately shut down by federal judges.

“I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it,” Ms. Trump said during the interview with NBC.

“That has to be part of the discussion. But that’s not going to be enough in and of itself,” she replied after being asked whether or not the borders should be open to more Syrian refugees.

>> RELATED: Merriam-Webster defined “complicit” for Ivanka Trump after she said she didn’t know what it meant

Ms. Trump has been seen by many as a moderating voice to President Trump behind closed doors, but she has rarely spoken out publicly against her father’s agenda. Her choice to stay publicly silent as her father implements his controversial agenda has opened her up to criticism from those who saw her as a small glimmer of hope in the White House.

“Saturday Night Live” even created a skit where they showed the first daughter hawking a perfume called “Complicit,” which was an obvious dig at her choice not to speak out against her father.

During an interview on CBS, Gayle King asked Trump if she thought she was complicit, to which she responded, “If being complicit is wanting to, is wanting to be a force of good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.”

Her comments on Syrian refugees, which may be seen as a positive from President Trump’s critics, were met with ire from the right, including one of the president’s biggest cheerleaders, “InfoWars” host Alex Jones.

Jones wrote in a blog post Thursday that “we did not elect her” and that “Ivanka Trump’s policies are sounding a lot like Hillary Clinton, and we didn’t want Clinton in the White House.”

James Patterson says he’s writing book on Aaron Hernandez

Best-selling author James Patterson is writing a book about Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL and University of Florida standout who authorities say this month took his own life while serving time in prison for murder.

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Patterson made the announcement Wednesday while visiting Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach. He did not say what the title will be or when it will be released.

He described it as a “tough book to write.”

“This is a man who ... signed a $40 million contract. He had a lot of stuff going for him but he never figured out enough about life,” Patterson told the students. “He went the wrong way.”

Authorities said Hernandez moved through a world of crime, strip clubs and eventually murder. He was named All-America at the University of Florida, where he played tight end. In the NFL with the New England Patriots, he earned All-Pro status along with a $40 million contract.

His double life came crashing down when authorities alleged that on July 16, 2012, he put six bullets into Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, and left his body at an industrial park near Hernandez’s home south of Boston. Prosecutors suggested Lloyd knew about Hernandez’s role in an earlier double shooting.

Alexander Bradley later said in court documents he was in the front seat.

In February 2013, prosecutors allege, Hernandez and Bradley started the night at a high-end strip club in Miami Gardens, but after Bradley let on that Hernandez had shot and killed the two men in South Boston, the two were driving north through Palm Beach County when Hernandez turned off and into the parking lot of an industrial park just outside Riviera Beach.

Two men working nearby heard a shot and found Bradley, who survived but lost an eye. He would not cooperate with Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies, but in June 2013 filed a federal lawsuit claiming Hernandez shot him over his knowledge of the South Boston double murder.

Cat found with arrow stuck in head in Florida

Police are investigating how a South Florida cat ended up with an arrow stuck in its skull. 

The feline was found Wednesday morning in Miami Beach and was euthanized because of the severity of its injuries, WSVN reported. 

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A veterinarian said the arrow went in behind one of the cat’s eyes and exited through its mouth, WSVN reported.

The former owner of the hotel near where the cat lived is offering a $20,000 reward for information, WSVN reported. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Read more at WSVN

McDonald's to replace Hi-C Orange with new drink, reports say

McDonald's is phasing out a popular drink and replacing it with another. The fast-food chain will stop selling Hi-C Orange Lavaburst, according to the Sacramento Bee

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According to an apparent internal memo found on Reddit, locations will stop carrying the drink effective May 1. 

The memo indicates that the fast-food chain will replace Hi-C Orange with a new beverage called Sprite TropicBerry that will only be available at McDonald’s locations.

Restaurants will keep selling Hi-C Orange until supplies run out. 

A heartbreaking end to search for missing 16-month-old

Semaj Crosby, the 16-month-old missing daughter of Sheri Gordon, was found dead in Joliet Township early Thursday, NBC News reported.

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The girl was reported missing by her mother, Tuesday evening after the toddler was reportedly left outside playing with her cousins. A search party went out and Semaj’s body was found in a house near the center of the search area.

>> RELATED: After one Chicago woman passed on, her husband of 69 years joined her 40 minutes later

After the police located the body of the young girl, the Department of Child and Family services launched an investigation into the case concerning possible neglect by the mother. DCFS was reported to have had contact with the family in six prior cases of neglect, according to NBC.

While four of the six neglect cases were ruled unfounded and two were prior pending investigations opened in March. As a result, DCFS was already in touch with the family and, hours before Semaji’s disappearance, a DCFS investigator was at the family’s house.

The caseworker reported there was nothing in the home to endanger the child and Veronica Resa, deputy director of communications for DCFS, confirmed.

>> RELATED: Verdict in for a Chicago man accused of luring an off-duty cop into an alley and shooting him

“There were no obvious hazards or safety concerns at that time. DCFS has been working with the family, offering services since September 2016,” Resa told NBC.

Authorities have recently confirmed the speculation that Semaj’s body was found in her own home, according to WGN News.

NBC also confirmed that Gordon hired an attorney who reportedly helped police obtain permission to search the house in which Semaj was eventually found.

With the body found under these circumstances, an autopsy will be performed to determine the young girl’s cause of death.

Sean Hannity tweets his worry about Fox News’ future

There are rumors that Fox News co-president Bill Shine’s future with the network is rocky, according to New York Magazine.

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Shine’s name has appeared during dark times at the network, notably as an ally to former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes amid various sexual harassment lawsuits.

>> RELATED: When asked about Bill O’Reilly, the president of another network had thoughts about the Fox News’ “culture”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the rumors and what it meant for the network:

“Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it,” he wrote.

Hannity also said that he knew someone was trying to get Shine fired:

“Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired. And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is,” he added.

Heineken’s new politically-charged ad takes on social issues in ways Pepsi didn’t

A new Heineken ad aimed at proving people worlds apart can still come together despite their opposing views on social issues such as transgender rights, feminism and climate change has people calling it the “anti-Pepsi approach.” 

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The ad brings together six complete strangers and pairs them off, each unaware of their partners’ opposing views on a range of social issues.

In the commercial, each pair is instructed to build a bar together while talking to each other about themselves.

>> Related: Flat Pepsi: Tone-deaf commercial pulled after protests

Once the bar is completed, Heineken reveals videos of each individual voicing their ideological beliefs on issues of feminism, transgender rights and climate change.

Then, they’re all given a choice: to leave or stay and discuss their differences over — you guessed it — a beer. 

All three pairs end up staying and talking through their differences — a climate change denier and believer; a transgender former soldier and transphobic man; a feminist and member of “the new right.”

>> Related: Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner ad as Martin Luther King’s daughter, others criticize ad

The ad has received quite a lot of praise online, especially after Pepsi’s infamous gaffe with Kendall Jenner. 

But critics also questioned how easily people can really change their staunch views on such hot-button issues, some calling the ad unrealistic.

Family shares honest obituary about son's battle with addiction

An Arkansas family is grieving over the death of their 23-year-old son, and wanted his obituary to send a message about the "demon and disease" of drug addiction.

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Suzanne and Rory Tipton told KTHV that on the outside, their son, Nicholas Kellar, appeared to have it all. He was smart, handsome, funny and caring. But as a teenager, Nicholas was diagnosed with an immune disorder that required repeated treatments and caused pain, fatigue and depression. It was around that time that his opiate addiction began. The Tiptons supported all forms substance abuse treatment that Nicholas sought, and said that Nicholas had been clean for about two years before his accidental overdose death on April 14.

The Tiptons revealed these details in the personal, touching obituary, in hopes of helping other families who are battling addiction. They said that they wanted to share their son's long battle with drug addiction "not to dishonor his memory, but to shine a light on this epidemic that is ruining so many young adult lives."

Hawk attacks prompt residents in central Florida to duck and run

A pair of protective hawks has residents in one central Florida neighborhood ducking and running for cover this week.

The birds are attacking people who get too near their nests in Oviedo in suburban Orlando, local news outlets reported.

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It hits me on the side of the head, not just hit, but grabbed, knocked me to the ground. I had to kind of shake my head loose," resident Beverly Bonadonna told WPLG-TV

"At that point, I started screaming for my husband ... then it flew away, it finally let go.

>> Related: Man allegedly stuffed puppies into pillow cases, left them in drain

Bonadonna had to go to the hospital for treatment of puncture wounds and a tetanus shot, but she said more than anything she was terrified during the attack.

"I have never been attacked by one; never even considered that I could be. I have never, I mean, they swoop real low over our head but never considered it was really a possibility," she told WPLG.

Bonadonna isn’t the only victim. Another resident in the same neighborhood, Don Cochran, has a hawk nest in tree next to his house and has been attacked twice.

"He scratched me right in the back of the head, but if you weren't thinking about him, he could have knocked you down because he weighs about 5, 6 pounds," Cochran said."

>> Related: Florida Fish and Wildlife searches for monkey on the loose

Cochran says he now uses an umbrella to go to the mailbox and hasn’t been attacked since.

Hawks and their nests are protected under Florida law and can’t be moved or harmed.

 Sarah Elsesser contributed to this story.

Family says Georgia man beaten, left for dead after winning lottery

Someone beat up and killed a man who won thousands from a scratch-off lottery ticket.

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Police aren't saying much about this case but the victim's family told WSB-TV that Charles Barrett’s debit card was stolen and used.

They say 59-year-old Barrett had deposited a $17,000 check for his winnings from a $2 lottery scratch-off a little over a week ago and that whoever attacked him must have known he had those winnings in his account.

His family says Barrett had been down on his luck lately, living inside his van.

'It's very, very sad,” witness Taylor Smith said.

James, a waitress at a nearby restaurant, said police swarmed Highway 9 in Cumming, Georgia late Saturday night after finding Barrett badly injured and unconscious on the side of the road.

James says police asked her if she had seen anything.

“(They) said they had found a man who was unconscious, didn't know what had happened,” she said.

Off-duty paramedic Chris Gudatis told Regan that he saw Barrett slumped over a curb, and jumped out of a car to help.

“He wasn't breathing. I checked for a pulse. He had no pulse, so immediately I started CPR,” Gudatis said. “I was just in the moment, trying to save his life.”

He said Barrett had numerous injuries, but at that moment he didn't know if those came from getting struck by a car, or attacked by someone.

“It's tragic situation. Anyone who gets injured like that, whether it's an accident, or on purpose, it's a tragic situation,” he said.

The victim's cousin told Regan that Barret's bank debit card was stolen and has been used repeatedly.

Barrett succumbed to his injuries after the family agreed to remove life support measures on Wednesday.

“What gave me some comfort through this, it gave his family the opportunity to say goodbye instead of him dying on the side of the road that night,” Gudatis said.

Police say they are looking at the victim’s bank records, but at this point, they have no evidence of foul play and no ruling on the cause of death.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Cumming police with the investigation.

Disney’s ‘Miracle’ star Michael Mantenuto dies at 35 from apparent suicide

Former Disney film actor and Army Special Forces member Michael Mantenuto was found dead Monday, according to TMZ. Mantenuto, 35, was found dead in a car in Des Moines, Washington, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to TMZ.

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A former University of Maine hockey player who landed a key role in the Disney biopic, “Miracle,” about the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team, Mantenuto appeared in two other films, “Dirtbags” in 2006 and “Surfer, Dude” in 2008. He later enlisted in the Army.

Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, the commander of Mantenuto’s Special Forces unit, confirmed his death on Facebook.

Feds raid Benny Hinn ministries

A nationally known televangelist who came to prominence in Florida has become the target of a federal warrant.

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Federal agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Benny Hinn near Dallas.

The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hinn's headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. According to Hinn's website, he was in Paris.

Cameras caught IRS and postal inspectors walking in and out of his Texas office building.

An agent would not go into specifics, but said his division investigated financial crimes against the government, including tax evasion.

Hinn was one of six television evangelists investigated by the Senate Finance Committee in 2007. After three years, the committee made no definitive findings of wrongdoing.

Hinn first gained notoriety in Florida in the 1990s, when he was the pastor of a church called the World Outreach Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Police: Man gives brother's name to avoid arrest, backfires big time

Police said an Albuquerque man who had a warrant out for his arrest gave his brother's name to authorities, but his plan to avoid capture backfired.His brother also had an active arrest warrant, Albuquerque Police told KRQE.

>> Read more trending news Charles Gardner, 30, was being questioned by authorities Saturday night after he was caught sleeping in a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot. Knowing that he had an outstanding warrant, Gardner gave police his brother's name. When authorities checked records, they found an outstanding warrant for his brother.Gardner resisted arrest and an officer used a Taser on him, police said. Gardner is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, according to police records.

How dangerous are energy drinks?

With more than 500 products on the market, more and more people are purchasing energy drinks to combat daytime sleepiness or increase performance. 

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But the researchers behind a new, small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found commercial energy drinks can potentially harm your heart in ways caffeine alone wouldn’t.

After noticing the surge in emergency department visits and deaths associated with energy drinks and an increase in military personnel consuming the drinks, a team of researchers led by Emily A. Fletcher, a U.S. Air Force deputy pharmacy flight commander, sought to investigate the heart health impact of the drinks.

>> Related: Energy drink over-consumption caused man's liver damage 

Researchers split 18 individuals into two groups -- one group was given 32 ounces (108 grams of sugar, 320 milligrams of caffeine and other compounds) of a commercial energy drink and the other group, a drink with the same amount of caffeine plus 40 milliliters of lime juice, 140 milliliters of cherry syrup and carbonated water (the control group).

After six days, the participants switched drinks.

>> Related: Common painkillers increase risk of heart attack by one-third, new study finds 

The findings:

The team noted the people drinking energy drinks had a significant 10 milliseconds higher QT interval (the time it takes the heart’s ventricles to prepare to beat again) than those drinking the caffeinated control drinks.

According to Time, irregularities in the QT interval can lead to abnormal heart beats, or arrhythmia. And some medications that affect intervals by just six milliseconds, four less than the disparity from the two drinks, carry warning labels.

Researchers also found that when people drank the energy drink, their blood pressure increased by five points after drinking the beverage and remained at mildly elevated levels after six hours.

The systolic pressures in the control group, however, increased by under one point after drinking the beverage and returned to their original levels by six hours time.

“This suggests that ingredients other than caffeine may have some blood pressure altering effects,” Fletcher said, but added that further studies are needed to confirm the findings.

"The energy drink industry claims that their products are safe because they have no more caffeine than a premium coffee house coffee," Jennifer L. Harris, from University of Connecticut's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, told NBC News.

“However, energy drinks also contain a proprietary 'energy blend,' which typically consists of stimulants and other additives. Some of these ingredients (including taurine and guarana) have not been FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved as safe in the food supply, and few studies have tested the effects of caffeine consumption together with these 'novelty' ingredients,” she said.

While the research isn’t particularly worrisome for healthy individuals, though moderate or limited consumption is still recommended until more studies show the drinks’ impact on heart health, certain individuals with risk factors associated with heart issues should be cautious when it comes to consuming energy drinks.

Researchers also recommend moderate consumption during exercise or sports or any activity that increases individuals’ blood pressure and heart rate.

Click here to read the full study.

Ivanka Trump receives criticism from an unlikely source: Alex Jones

First daughter Ivanka Trump faced a number of critics this week after taking her first official international trip. German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited her to Woman 20 or W-20, an international pro-woman summit that attracted women from the G-20 countries.

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Trump faced a crowd of booers and questions about her role in the White House, but her most recent criticism came from an unlikely source.

InfoWars site operator, radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones accused the first daughter of having policies similar to those of former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

>> RELATED: Alex Jones’ lawyer has a big revelation about his radio persona

“Ivanka Trump’s policies are sounding a lot like Hillary Clinton, and we didn’t want Clinton in the White House,” he wrote on a blog post entitled “ALEX JONES: WE DID NOT ELECT IVANKA AS PRESIDENT.”

“We didn’t elect her,” Jones said in a video that is posted on the site. He criticized Trump for meeting with Merkel and saying that the United States needed to consider helping Syrian refugees.

The day before Jones’ comments were made, Trump had set her critics straight about the nature and importance of her trip.

Statecraft and controversy: 20 percent of Trump’s first 100 days spent in Florida  

President Donald Trump has put a distinctive Florida stamp on his first 100 days in office by making seven trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate, mixing golf, statecraft and controversy.

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Trump has spent more time on presidential getaways than Barack Obama did in his first 100 days but not as much time away from the Washington as George W. Bush did at the beginning of his presidency. Much of the time Bush and Obama spent away from the White House in their first 100 days was at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland that’s a short helicopter ride from Washington. Trump has yet to visit Camp David. 

>> Related: Top galleries from President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office 

Presidents routinely take breaks from Washington, but University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato says Trump’s early treks to Florida are different.

“Here’s what’s unusual about it — it’s that he’s had such a concentrated period of travel in total during the first 100 days. Most presidents stick very close to the White House during that time. If they go anywhere, they go to Camp David,” said Sabato. 

>> Related: President Trump’s first 100 tweets

Trump as president has logged 419¼ hours — about 17½ days — in Palm Beach County, primarily at Mar-a-Lago and his nearby Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach, according to a new Palm Beach Post analysis. 

But how does that time compare to past presidents?

Read the complete story from The Palm Beach Post.

Another big investor tells Whole Foods to explore sale

Amid reports that Whole Foods Market could be the target of a takeover bid by supermarket chain Albertsons, another big investor in the Austin-based company is calling on management to consider a sale.

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Mutual-fund manager Neuberger Berman, which owns a 2.7 percent stake in Whole Foods, wrote to the company’s board this week calling on it to “immediately engage advisors” to review options -- including a sale or joint venture.

The letter from Neuberger Berman was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Whole Foods’ shares were up 44 cents, or about 1.2 percent, shortly before 1 p.m. Central time on Thursday.

Neuberger Berman’s call for Whole Foods to consider a sale comes less than a week after reports surfaced from the Financial Times that Albertsons, which operates about 2,200 stores, is considering making a takeover bid for Whole Foods. And it comes less than a month after investment group Jana Partners revealed it had built a 9 percent stake in Whole Foods and raised the possibility of either a management shakeup or even a sale for the company. Whole Foods has a current market value of about $11 billion.

Neuberger and Jana Partners aren’t working together to put pressure on Whole Foods’ leadership, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

A Whole Foods spokeswoman said the company welcomes shareholder input.

“We remain committed to continuing to take actions to drive shareholder value and position Whole Foods Market for the future,” she told the Wall Street Journal.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Neuberger portfolio managers Charles Kantor and Marc Regenbaum said Whole Foods’ has a valuable brand and a dominant prepared-foods business that set it apart from its rivals. Yet they said the company has fallen behind rivals in adopting new retail technology that could help it increase sales and profit margins.

A number of factors, including intensified competition, have hit Whole Foods hard, leading to struggles in recent quarters. A March report from a Barclays analyst, for instance, suggested Whole Foods had lost 14 million customers since 2015 -- many of them to Kroger, which has stepped up its organic offerings.

Kroger has also been rumored to be interested in Whole Foods, according to published reports. So has Florida-based supermarket chain Publix.

Online retail giant Amazon last year considered making a takeover bid for Whole Foods as a way to boost its grocery operation, but decided not to pursue a deal, Bloomberg news service reported last week.

Founded in Austin in 1978, Whole Foods has 462 stores worldwide and 87,000 employees. In its fiscal first quarter, Whole Foods recorded record sales of $4.9 billion, but saw its net income decline and also lowered its earnings projections for the year.

Waffle House co-founder dies a month after his business partner

In March, Waffle House co-founder Joe Rogers Sr. died at age 97, leaving his 99-year-old partner Tom Forkner behind. 

Now, Forkner has died, the Atlanta-based company confirmed Thursday.

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Details on the death weren’t immediately released.

The partners, who were neighbors, founded Waffle House in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia. The pair had met when Rogers bought a house from Forkner, who was in the real estate business. 

They decided the DeKalb County city needed a 24-hour restaurant. It launched Labor Day.

Forkner stuck with the business side of the company as it grew into a southern icon, leaving Rogers to customer relations.

The two largely phased themselves out of the day-to-day in the 1970s. They still spent time at the corporate headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, even in their mid-80s. 

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