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udra/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here's the scoop: July is National Ice Cream Month and July 21 is National Ice Cream Day, which means you have even more reason to cool down with two scoops of your favorite flavor.

Square just released data about America's iconic dessert, and there's nothing too vanilla about this year's trendiest ice cream flavors.

According to the report, the five flavors that saw the most year-over-year growth in sales between 2018 and 2019 were horchata, "unicorn," sesame, salted caramel and whiskey.

Horchata, which includes rice milk infused and hints of sweet cinnamon, a popular drink in Latin America, has evolved into a popular flavor in the U.S. It's seen 257% sales growth over the past year, becoming the number one trending flavor, according to Square. The growth seems to be tied to the awareness and how the Mexican culture has been embraced in the U.S.

"I think it's because of increased awareness of it and it's a favorite amongst Mexicans, so it makes sense that now more people are aware and exposed embrace it," said Fany Gerson, owner and founder of the popular New York City ice cream shop La Newyorkina. Plus, "It's delicious."

Unicorn-flavored ice cream -- which often includes heavy whipped cream, condensed milk, gel food coloring colors and vanilla extract -- has grown since Starbucks announced back in 2017 it was bringing a Unicorn Frappuccino to the menu. And Bronies -- superfans of My Little Pony -- could also be influencing the 100% growth in the U.S. for unicorn ice cream.

In the state of Nevada, per the report, unicorn has become the favorite flavor. Creamberry, a popular Las Vegas ice cream shop, has become an Instagram sensation with people from all across the world trying its unicorn/cotton candy-inspired ice cream. Creamberry has more than 60,000 followers on Instagram and has become one of those ice cream destinations that goes outside the ordinary.

"The cotton candy has become our most popular flavor. Customers like the cotton candy because of the presentation and looks over the taste of the ice cream from what we've noticed and heard," said Minira, who identified herself as an owner of Creamberry.

Among the other trending flavors, sesame saw 86% increase over the past year, while salted caramel saw a 77% increase and a 58% jump for whiskey, according to the report.

On the flip side, a few flavors are getting a colder reception: hazelnut, bacon and honey are all trending downward, according to the report.

When buying flavors besides the ordinary "classics" such as vanilla and chocolate, customers tend to shy away from the condiments. The cone has come back to life as well, as more people tend to pick the cone over the cup when eating ice cream.

Vegan ice cream has become a trendy pick over the past couple of years with the increase in health awareness. The sales have increased over 220% from 2015 to 2018 and look to continue to grow, according to the Square report. The vegan category includes options such as ice cream made of coconut milk, almond milk and soy milk, as well as sorbet.

And it's not just treats for humans seeing an uptick. Our four-legged friends are also partaking in more frozen treats, with the report noting dog ice cream steadily climbing from 2017-2018 with 55% more purchases.

During the yearly sales peak in July, chances are Vermont -- the home of Ben & Jerry's -- will enjoy the most ice cream, as it ranks the highest for when adjusted for consumption by population. Behind the Green Mountain State are Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and then Washington, D.C.

And the most popular times to indulge in ice cream? According to the report, lines form the longest during the weekends, and at 2 and 7 p.m. during the day.

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Alex Potemkin/iStock(NEW YORK) -- For today's youth, taking a selfie is like second nature. But their connections with social media may be skewing their view of their world.

Being a teenager is tough already -- is too much screen time making it tougher?

A new study shows frequent social media use and television viewing is linked to depression in teens.

Previous research has revealed increased rates of depression among teenagers, but researchers at the University of Montreal wanted to determine whether increased screen time could help explain the rise.

"If screen time changes and you see depression changing, you can begin to start considering whether it is a causal relationship," the study's lead author, Dr. Patricia Conrod, said in an interview with ABC News.

Researchers followed almost 4,000 Canadians aged 12 to 16 over four years. Every year, students completed a survey about the amount of time they'd spent in front of digital screens and the specific type of activity they had engaged in -- social media, television, video-gaming or computer use. Surveys also asked them to self-score their depressive symptoms.

Over the course of four years, as little as a one-hour annual increase in social media or television viewing was associated with more severe depressive symptoms and lower self-esteem.

The study didn't suggest all screens were a problem. Increasing video gaming and computer use was not associated with increases in depressive symptoms, most likely because these platforms are more interactive and are less likely to make teens directly compare themselves with others.

"Television and social media, more than any other types of media, expose young people to content and images that accentuates the unrealistically positive and idealized presentation of other young people," Conrod said. "Kids form unrealistic expectations of what is normal, which makes them feel like they are not measuring up."

For those in the study who were prone to higher levels of depression, as social media use went up, so did their symptoms. The relationship suggested a spiral, as teens who were more depressed were more likely to view content that validated their state of mind.

The algorithms of social media, in particular, send suggestions for similar content depending on what users have viewed before. Researchers said that could aggravate users' depression and increase feelings of hopelessness, leading to more offerings that depress them further -- possibly even to the point of suicidal ideation.

The solution? Rather than telling kids to avoid screens, researchers suggested teaching them how to be savvy digital users.

"Young people should be advised to be more critical of how they interpret the world and social norms on the basis of what they are exposed to," Conrod said.

Doctors at the American Academy of Pediatrics agree, suggesting that parents "treat media as you would any other environment in your child's life."

Here are their recommendations for parents:

Set limits. The same rules set in the real world should be set in the virtual world. Limit the time your kids spend online. Be knowledgeable about the apps and websites your children are using and what information they're accessing online.

Screen time should not equal alone time. Engage with your children when they are using screens. Offer to watch their television shows or play their video games. This way their screen time becomes a more social event, where you have the chance to discuss the content.

Technology should not be a reward. Screens are an easy way to calm your child or keep them quiet, but pacifying them with media is forming a very bad habit. Children should learn how to handle their emotions and manage boredom without the aid of a screen.

Find a balance. Kids will inevitably interact with screens as more schools provide children with tablets and computers in the classroom. Set a good example and teach your kids about the importance of privacy and the dangers of predators and sexting.

Listen to your kids. Ask your children how the digital content they consume makes them feel. Remind them that what they see online is not an accurate measure of reality, that someone may have taken 30 photos to post that one "candid" shot.

The bottom line: Teach your kids to use screens in a smart way.

Reading articles online, watching interesting videos, sharing pictures and memories with friends and family on social media can feed their curiosity, enrich their understanding of the world, and allow them to connect with others.

So before you store away the very screen you're using to read this article, talk to your kids about how their screen can be a tool for good.

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KeithBinns/iStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran claims it has seized a "foreign vessel" carrying oil with 12 crew members aboard in the Persian Gulf, according to a statement from the country's Republican Guard carried by the state media agency Fars.

The statement says the tanker was carrying 1 million liters of smuggled oil that it had picked up from small Iranian ships and was sailing towards foreign ships with it. The ship was seized south of Lark Island in the Strait of Hormuz, the IRGC statement quoted by Fars says.

“During the patrolling mission in the Persian Gulf aiming at the discovery and confrontation with organized smuggling on Sunday, 14th of July2019, the IRGC’s first region navy patrol made the seizure of a foreign vessel in surprise after it made sure the vessel was carrying one million liters smuggled fuel. The seizure was coordinated with the judiciary and happened in the south of Lark Island," the IRGC statement says.

"This ship which has the capacity of carrying 2 million liter of oil, had 12 crew members on board and was sailing towards foreign ships farther away to take the smuggled oil it had got from Iranian dhows. But the mission was failed with IRGC fighters’ smart move,” the statement adds.

According to Fars, the IRGC’s Navy First Region statement denied western media’s claims about the seizure of any other ships over the past few days. It adds that the ship's smuggling case is on the judiciary process.

The statement also says the patrolling units of the IRGC Navy keeps confronting organized smuggling and will defend the interests of the Iranian nation.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 200 damaging storms were reported on Wednesday, with most of those in the Midwest or along the Interstate 95 corridor.

In Connecticut, lightning struck a tree, knocking a branch onto a car and killing a 21-year-old man inside. Six tornadoes were reported across Minnesota, Wyoming and Nebraska, while flash flooding was seen from South Dakota all the way into New York City.

The Upper Midwest could see severe storms on Thursday that include damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes.

More than 30 states, from New Mexico to New Hampshire, are under heat alerts Thursday morning, with the heat index in some parts of the Plains reaching 112.

The core of the hottest air is expected to spread from the Plains into Chicago and Detroit, where it should feel like more than 110 degrees.

By Saturday, the highest heat indices will hit the Northeast, where Philadelphia and New York City will feel about 110.

More heat is expected on Sunday as well.

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liveslow/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee announced Wednesday which of the 25 Democratic presidential candidates will be participating in the second Democratic primary debates set for July 30 and 31 in Detroit.

Only 20 candidates in the large primary field will debate on stage over the two nights, a cap previously set by the DNC. CNN, the network hosting the debates, will announce the lineups for each night on Thursday in the 8 p.m. ET hour during a live drawing on the network, according to a network spokesperson.

The candidates who are participating, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke
  • Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

This will be Bullock's debut on the Democratic debate stages, after failing to qualify for the first debates in Miami at the end of June. California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who dropped out of the race on July 8, was the 20th candidate on stage for the first debates.

The candidates who will not be debating on either night are former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak and Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist who entered the race just over a week ago.

CNN also announced on Wednesday the randomization of their live drawing on Thursday at 8 p.m.

The candidates will be split into tiers before the live drawing, with the first draw including 10 candidates (Bennet, Bullock, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Ryan and Williamson), the second including six candidates (Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar, O'Rourke and Yang) and the final draw including the four polling frontrunners (Biden, Harris, Sanders and Warren).

CNN and the DNC decided on this methodology, based on polling, "to ensure support for the candidates is evenly spread across both nights," according to CNN and DNC officials.

CNN also reported that to determine the lineups for both nights, each candidate's name will appear on a card and will be placed into one box, and another box will hold cards with the date of each night. A CNN anchor will pick a card from both the first and second boxes for each drawing. Once every candidate is matched with one of the two nights of debates, the network will announce the podium positions for each night, according to public polling.

The DNC announced in February that candidates could qualify by either meeting a grassroots fundraising threshold or polling threshold. The only candidate who met one threshold but will not be on stage is Gravel, who met the grassroots fundraising threshold by achieving more than 65,000 unique donors. In announcing the ways to qualify, however, the DNC explicitly said the polling threshold would take primacy over the grassroots fundraising threshold.

The debates aren't just an opportunity for candidates to pitch their campaigns to voters as they try to break out among the crowded field, but a chance to make a splash on stage that leads to an increase in donations, which some of the lower tier candidates need after spending more money than they raised in the second quarter of 2019, according to reports filed to the Federal Election Commission Monday.

On the heels of last month's debates, some candidates touted strong fundraising hauls, and a couple saw a bump in polls.

In two recently published polls conducted after the debates, Warren had 19% support among Democratic voters, one of her best showings in polls in the early months of the campaign.

During the second night of debates on June 27, Harris saw a breakout moment when she took on Biden over his comments on working with segregationists, which he has since apologized for, and his stance against busing to integrate schools decades ago, telling a personal story of being bused.

Her campaign said the California senator raised $2 million in the 24 hours following the debate, the most in a single day since her campaign launch. She also saw some of her highest poll numbers since the start of the cycle, with 20% support in a Quinnipiac national poll conducted right after the debates and 23% support in a Quinnipiac California poll released Monday.

Another candidate who sparred with a competitor on stage was Castro, during a heated exchange with fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke, in which he called out the former congressman's stance on decriminalizing border crossings.

In a press release Monday, Castro's campaign said he raised $1.1 million of his $2.8 million haul between April and June in the four days following the debates.

Candidates won't debate again until September, when ABC News, in partnership with Univision, hosts the third primary debates in Houston on Sept. 12 and 13. These debates, and the debates in October, which the DNC hasn't announced a date for yet, have more stringent qualifying guidelines. Candidates must meet both the polling and the individual donor threshold, requiring candidates get at least 2% support in four DNC-approved polls and at least 130,000 individual donors over the course of the election cycle, with a minimum of 400 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:



NY Mets 14, Minnesota 4
Baltimore 9, Washington 2
Arizona 19, Texas 4

Oakland 10, Seattle 2
Boston 5, Toronto 4
Cleveland 7, Detroit 2
Kansas City 7, Chi White Sox 5
Houston 11, LA Angels 2
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees -- postponed


St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5
Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4
Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2
San Francisco 11, Colorado 8
San Diego 3, Miami 2
LA Dodgers 7, Philadelphia 2

Chicago 77, Atlanta 76
Phoenix 69, Dallas 64
Seattle 90, Minnesota 79


Atlanta 5, Houston 0

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LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for playing the relentless psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh in 2007's No Country for Old Men, is lightening up quite a bit for his next role.

The actor's reportedly in talks to play King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, according to Variety.

Bardem would join a cast that, so far, includes grown-ish actress and Chloe x Halle singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as her evil aunt, Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.

Harry Styles is also reportedly in early talks to play Prince Eric.

Bardem, who also played the villainous Raoul Silva in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall, will next be seen as Stilgar in writer/director Denis Villeneuve's forthcoming film adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, Dune, opposite Timothee Chalamet and Josh Brolin.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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