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    What do Wheaties and Hefeweizen beer have in common? They are both made of wheat! Minnesota based companies General Mills (creator of Wheaties), and craft brewery, Fulton, are collaborating to create 'HefeWheaties.' Everything from the recipe to the can design was an equal effort between the two companies. On August 28th, the beer will be available in four-pack cans of 16-ounce tallboys, but only in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The president and co-founder of Fulton, Ryan Petz, said if the beer is a hit, it may be available in more locations in the future.
  • For those feeling extra chatty, you can now privately chat on and on, and may even have characters left over! According to the blog of Twitter's Product Manager, Sachin Agarwal, '[The change] is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.' The 140 character limit will remain the same for public tweets.  The DM change began Wednesday on Android and iOS apps, Twitter dot com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac.  The full rollout will be over the next few weeks.
  • Linda Parr, of Miami, was traveling down the Florida Turnpike Sunday when she got into an accident and her vehicle overturned; trapping her, and her dogs Leia and Stella, inside.  Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the scene after several people stopped to call 911.  One good samaritan was able to free Parr’s puppy Leia. Another family cared for the dog until Parr’s husband arrived on the scene. Chief Otto Drozd said it took then more than 30 minutes to remove Parr from her vehicle, and she was transported to the hospital. Par called Fire Rescue Tuesday to find out the crew who helped her. “Those firefighters saved my life,” said Parr.  Though she said she felt “blessed,” Parr is still missing her dog Stella. “I miss my baby. I am hoping someone has seen her or has her. My husband and I can’t wait bring her home.” Parr is asking the public’s help to find Stella.  Stella is adult Belgian Malinois Shepherd, weighing 65 lbs. She has a collar with identification tag and is microchipped. According to Parr, Stella knows how to sit, come, and stay and down. If you have seen Stella, or know her whereabouts, please email Hockey305@icloud.com.
  • Friday starts the 2015 Tax Free Holiday where shoppers do not have to pay sales taxes for certain items. No state and local taxes on clothing worth $100 or less, sales taxes are also waived for school supplies worth $15 or less, and you'll get a tax break on the first $750 on a computer purchase. Exciting news for parents---this year the event runs for 10 days instead of one weekend! 'It gives us more time to do what we need to do,' said one Wal-Mart shopper.  Wal-Mart on Princeton Street at John Young Parkway spoke to News 96.5 about the deals the retailer is offering. Rick Tomb Market Manager for Orlando Wal-Marts, 'You're going to see some great values.'    'We also have a rollback on the TI-84 Plus. You're going to save $26.00.' Valerie Davis, kindergarten teacher in Orange County, says she will be taking advantage of the deals during the Tax Free Holiday. 'Pencil pockets, I like to get those. Also, I get to buy uniforms for myself. It's nice to go and get the colored uniforms that the children wear at a discounted price for me.'  The holiday ends August 16th.  The down side The Tax Foundation did a 2014 study on tax free holidays and concluded that they really don't lead to a significant boost to affected businesses' sales. 'Sales-tax holidays do not promote economic growth or significantly increase consumer purchases,' the report says. 'The evidence shows that they simply shift the timing of purchases. Some retailers raise prices during the holiday, reducing consumer savings,' according to an article on paychex.com. Instead, the Tax Foundation report says that tax holidays create complications for small retailers that must reprogram their cash registers to not charge sales tax on the specific days and products covered by the tax holiday.
  • For those who grew up in the 1980s, this is for you. A POP-ular ride at Disney's Epcot is getting revitalized. That's right, Captain EO is back and going to be better than ever! The 17 minute 3-D show of futuristic 80s music starring the King of Pop---Michael Jackson---will keep you entertained. You will even hear your favorite songs, 'We are here to Change the World' and 'Another Part of Me.' The ride first debuted in 1986 then shut down in 1994. It was resurrected in 2010 following Jackson's death. In recent years, the ride was taken down to make room for movie previews.
  • Florida's former Lieutenant Governor agrees to pay a $1,000 fine for not accurately reporting income before joining Gov. Rick Scott's administration. Jennifer Carroll settled with the Florida Commission on ethics Friday. She was not present at the hearing. The commission unanimously agreed the former Lt. Governor broke the law for failing to disclose her full income. Carroll reported she only received less than $1,000 from consulting a company, Allied Veterans of the World. The company is accused of running a $300 million dollar racketeering and money laundering scheme. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement probe found she actually earned more than $16,000. In 2013, Carroll was forced to resign after state investigators questioned her work with Allied.
  • Three women who claim that Edgar Collazo, 25, sexually assaulted them are facing him in court in a trial that has brought out emotions more than once. At times, testimony was halted because of tears shed on the witness stand. The roommate of a woman attacked in 2012 testified, 'I said please stop hurting her...'   She went on to say that although she could slip her bonds and run for safety, she didn't. 'I could not leave my roommate there helpless.' One victim said Collazo held a knife to her throat and held her in a choke hold during the attack. The accused was given the name of the 'Hello Kitty' rapist because of a cartoon tattoo on his arm. Prosecutors said Collazo is one of the worst kind of criminals, 'lurking in the dark to attack innocent women.' He faces eight charges related to two felony cases.
  • More and more shark attacks are happening along the ast coast, but a Stuart man purposely lured one in. Ben Chancey was fishing in a kayak when he snagged the shark, but the beast wasn't happy to get hooked. Video shows the shark thrashing so violently, it knocks Chancey into the water. The fisherman was forced to swim for his life, jumping on a nearby boat until he could get the kayak upright. Chancey then jumps back into the kayak and reels his catch in! No word what kind of shark he caught, or exactly how big it was.
  • Not all incidents with sharks are unprovoked. In this instance, a Florida fisherman was capsized in his kayak while trying to lure in one. A video posted on YouTube shows Ben Chancey fishing in a kayak when he snagged the shark, which did not give in without a fight. In the video, which was posted Wednesday, the shark thrashes so violently, it knocks Chancey into the water. >> Read more trending stories The fisherman is seen swimming for his life and jumps onto a nearby boat. Then he gets the kayak upright, jumps back into it and reels in the shark. No word on what kind of shark he caught, or its size.
  • Frustrated is the word 21-year-old Jessica McCreery repeated after her hearing at the Juvenile Justice Center in Sanford Tuesday. Her 8-month-old baby, Penelope “Penny,” is in the state’s custody. She has since been placed with a foster family. McCreery said she has not visited her daughter in eight days; only seen a picture. The mother said her baby looks, “good and happy.” She also stated Penny has gained weight. Jessica said she has not spoken to the foster family and they have yet to set up a time to visit Penny. She was granted visitation, but the foster family wants outside supervision, according to family attorney Mark O’Mara. The baby will indefinitely remain in foster care as McCreery and the baby’s father, 46-year-old David Hogarth, work to complete requirements deemed by a judge. The attorney said he believes Florida's Department of Children and Families is not doing enough for the family to get visitation time. O’Mara reported Jessica has gotten a job and is working toward finding an apartment. Once McCreery and Hogarth find a new dwelling, they will be a step closer to regaining custody of their daughter. The attorney also told the media the shortest he can hope the family can be reunited is several weeks. Monday, McCreery posted a lengthy letter on Craigslist, pouring out emotions about her relationship with Hogarth. The letter also gives reason to why she disappeared with the baby last month. Jessica said she wrote the letter out of frustration. She wrote, “There is and never was ANYTHING wrong with [Penelope].”
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  • The National Women's March continued over the weekend, and people started showing up at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando as early as 8 a.m. on Sunday to join the cause.   Some of those in attendance include people from the Time's Up and Me Too Movements. Demonstrators held up signs about women's rights and say they're fed up with sexual harassment and assault. They also are calling for racial equality and environmental reform.      Hundreds of women and women also attended a Women's March in Melbourne Saturday afternoon. Demonstrators of all ages marched along the Eau Gallie Causeway, across the Indian River Lagoon.    Many carried signs with quotes of empowerment, along with some obscenities.    This is the second year for the march, which also lands on the one year mark that President Trump has been in office.
  • At least 48 people have been displaced after a fire occurred at the Windsor Cove apartments Saturday morning.   Firefighters say the fire broke out at 1470 Mercy Drive around 10am. Investigators say it started on accident when a child was using a space heater to light a paper on fire. 30 of the 48 displaced residents were children. One of those children were treated for smoke inhilation, but no one was injured.      The American Red Cross was notified and deployed an emergency response vehicle and supplied 11 families with personal hygiene kits, support to replace medication and money to find a hotel to stay in temporarily.    The Fire Department says all 12 units in the building were evacuated because the power was turned off due to fire damage to the electrical system.    Some residents will be able to return home once the system is fixed, but for others, it may take longer.
  • Two people were shot, leaving one dead and another in the hospital in Southwest Orlando on Saturday night.    At 8:47 p.m., deputies responded to the 1000 block of 23rd Street in reference to a report of gunshots. Upon arrival, deputies located two victims, a white female and a black male, who were suffering from gunshot wounds.    Both victims were transported by Orange County Fire Rescue to ORMC, but the female, identified as 51 year old Kelly Lee Foley, died from her injuries. Detectives are seeking information on a vehicle that looks like this. It is reference to an older model red or maroon Dodge Ram van with a camper top and possible damage to the right tail light area. The suspect is described as a black or Hispanice male, bald with light complexion, between the ages of 45 to 50, and is 5’9’’ weighing 180 pounds with black plastic framed glasses. If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477). There is a reward up to 5,000 dollars.
  • A new ad released by President Donald Trump's campaign is claiming that Democrats are “complicit” in killings by undocumented immigrants. The ad was released after Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. >> Click here to watch “President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now,” the ad said, showing clips of top Democrats. “Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants.” >> Trump cancels Florida trip as government shutdown looms “President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe,” the ad concluded. The ad was released on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. >> Government shutdown: What closes; will you get your Social Security check; what happens to SNAP, WIC On Friday, Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to fund the government and keep it from shutting down after Republicans refused to include a provision to protect thousands of immigrants brought here as children. >> Read more trending news  President Trump bashed Democrats after the failed vote, saying that they wanted “unchecked illegal immigration.” “Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!” he tweeted Saturday morning. Earlier on Saturday, he again bashed Democrats, tweeting that they were more “concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border.” (H/t: The Hill)
  • David and Louise Turpin are facing a string of charges, including torture, after police say the couple kept their 13 children locked away in subhuman conditions in their Perris, California, home. On Thursday, the Turpins made their first court appearance. >> Watch the video here >> On Rare.us: Here’s what the children in the California torture house did to cope with the alleged abuse David Turpin appeared in chains, wearing a lavender shirt and black jacket while his wife sat nearby, also in chains and a black jacket. The Turpins entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges, some of which date back to 2010. The district attorney says the couple is facing 94 years to life in prison if convicted on all counts. >> Dogs found in perfect condition in home where 13 siblings held captive During the arraignment, the Turpins were quiet and spoke only to say they acknowledged their right to a speedy preliminary hearing, CBS reports. They will appear in court again on Feb. 23, and their bail was set at $13 million. District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in a press conference, “As a prosecutor, there are cases that stick with you, that will haunt you. Sometimes, in this business, we’re faced with looking at human depravity, and that’s what we’re looking at here.” Authorities said the parents were able to keep their children hidden away by listing their home as a private school. Some of the kids, who ranged in ages from 2 to 29, reportedly didn’t know what a police officer was. The children were only allowed to eat once a day and shower twice a year, authorities said. However, the parents reportedly did allow them to keep journals, and authorities said the kids filled hundreds of notebooks. Those have not been released and are still being reviewed by law enforcement. The children are currently being cared for in the hospital, authorities said. The Riverside University Health System has set up a fund for the children that will go to their long-term needs, according to a press release. The hospital said the children have already seen a tremendous outpouring of support. >> Read more trending news  Brian Rokos of the Press-Enterprise was present at the hearing and reported that David Turpin is being represented by a public defender, while Louise Turpin has outside counsel. During Thursday’s arraignment, the public defender requested that media be banned from the trial, but the judge shot that down. Rokos said reporters from around the world were in the courtroom. The Turpins' lawyers have not announced whether they will try to have the case moved out of Riverside County.