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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If wine is your jam, why not try that, literally?
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Good to the last drop or the best part of waking up?KXAS-TV reports that a Food and Drug Administration lab analysis detected a drug that is structurally similar to the active ingredient in Viagra in a coffee product made by a north Texas company.Bestherbs Coffee LLC, in Grand Prairie, issued a voluntary nationwide recall of its "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Herbs Coffee" after the FDA notice.The ingredient in question, desmethyl carbodenafil, may react with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, dangerously lowering blood pressure, and poses a risk to men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.The coffee was sold online. Anyone who purchased the coffee can return it to the Bestherbs office for a full refund.
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  • James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Treasury Department has fined Exxon Mobil $2 million for violating Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia -- while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO.According to a penalty filed today by the Treasury Department, the presidents of Exxon’s U.S. subsidiaries in 2014 signed eight agreements for oil and gas projects with Igor Sechin, the president of Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft and a close ally of Vladimir Putin. Sechin was among those sanctioned by the U.S. after Russia’s occupation of Crimea and incursion into eastern Ukraine.Exxon signed the agreements between May 14 and 23, 2014.Tillerson served as CEO from 2006 to 2016 before retiring and joining the Trump administration, and the filing by Treasury makes clear: “ExxonMobil’s senior-most executives knew of Sechin’s status” on the sanction list when they made the deals.Exxon’s defense was that the documents were signed with Sechin in his “personal” capacity, but Treasury said Thursday that no such distinction exists and that Exxon should know that.“ExxonMobil demonstrated reckless disregard for U.S. sanctions requirements,” the filing says, calling this “an egregious case” and adding, “ExxonMobil caused significant harm to the Ukraine-related sanctions program objectives.”Exxon applied for a waiver from these same sanctions in April, but the Treasury Department denied them. Tillerson has recused himself from any decisions regarding his former employer for his first two years as Secretary, according to the State Department.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Brides are stepping up to help brides-to-be after the sudden bankruptcy of a national bridal dress chain left many without wedding dresses.Women are using the hashtags #AlfredAngelo and #dressmatchmaker to find strangers who may have purchased wedding gowns from Alfred Angelo Bridal, the chain that suddenly closed its stores last week after nearly 80 years in business.The bridal chain, which said on its website that it had more than 60 stores, informed customers via the website and messages on closed storefronts that it had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 14 and advised them to contact the chain’s bankruptcy trustee via email."We will post additional information regarding the status of pending orders on this website as it becomes available or otherwise contact you as we receive more information regarding your purchase," reads the statement, in part, on Alfred Angelo's website. "We apologize for the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you."Amber McGraw, 27, said she paid $995 to purchase her wedding dress and accessories at an Alfred Angelo store near Columbus, Ohio, the same week the chain declared bankruptcy.McGraw, a student who is also in the National Guard, took to Twitter to express her shock and fear that she wouldn’t have a dress for her September wedding to Derek Pack."When the news first broke I panicked because we’ve been engaged for seven years and I’ve been saving up this whole time," McGraw told ABC News. "Not only am I out my wedding dress, but I’m out almost $1,000."Hundreds of miles away in Chicago, a stranger, Aly Porter, saw McGraw’s story online and wanted to help. Porter, who works in the technology industry, has for the past four years purchased new wedding dresses at discounted prices and donated them to a charity that provides the gowns to brides-to-be in the military."I had about 25 gowns in my basement getting ready to ship off to this organization," Porter, a mother of two, told ABC News. "I had five dresses that happened to be in Amber’s size and so I offered them to her."Pryor sent photos of the dresses over Facebook to McGraw, who chose an Ian Stuart gown and veil that Pryor estimates would retail for over $7,500."I just knew that’s my dress," McGraw said. "It’s the kind of dress you rip the pages out of the magazine for."She added, "I’ve got a Cinderella story. That’s for sure."Porter mailed the dress and accessories to McGraw on Monday."Truly, I dropped the box off at Fed Ex and my heart was full," she said.Cassandra Duck wore a dress she purchased from Alfred Angelo at her wedding three years ago. When the 33-year-old from Malden, Massachusetts, saw the chain had closed, she immediately posted an offer on Twitter to donate her dress to any bride-to-be in need."I put myself in these women's shoes. This could have easily happened to me, too," Duck told ABC News. "I took a loan out of my 401(k) to get my wedding dress. Who has an extra $1,000-plus laying around to get another one?"She continued, "Then I thought about what I could do to help and my dress, although sentimental of course, was just sitting in the closet. I haven't touched it since our wedding day.”Duck said she has received positive feedback on Twitter, even from a dry cleaner owner in Michigan who offered to clean the dress for free.Jennifer Gable, of Riverside, California, started a Twitter account for herself just to be able to offer the dress she wore at her own wedding to another future bride."I got married five years ago this month [and] I remember how exciting and stressful it was," Gable, 29, told ABC News. "I would be devastated if I was in a situation where my dress was ripped out [from] under me with no warning."She added, "I love my dress but it's literally just sitting my my closet so why not let another bride enjoy it."Retailers and wedding brands have also step
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans are proposing a $4 trillion budget for 2018 that includes deep cuts and reshaping of mandatory social programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, which they say have ballooned to unsustainable levels.The House Budget Committee released a blueprint of its budget resolution Tuesday and plans to debate and make amends to the bill Wednesday.
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