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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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  • A California man is accused of shooting and killing his mother after becoming upset over a video game he was playing, police officials said.  Matthew Douglas Nicholson, 28, of Ceres, is charged with murder and making a criminal threat, according to records from the Stanislaus County Jail. He is being held without bail.  Officials with the Ceres Police Department reported that officers were called to Nicholson’s parents’ home shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday after his father called 911 to report the shooting. Nicholson’s mother, Lydia Susanne Nicholson, had been shot in the head. The 68-year-old woman died of her injuries at a hospital.  >> Read more trending news Detectives determined that Matthew Nicholson was in his bedroom, playing video games, when he became enraged over the game he was playing and started yelling, police officials said. His mother went into his room to check on him, and the pair began arguing.  Nicholson broke his game headset during the argument and blamed his mother, officials said. Threatening to kill his mother and father, he retrieved a handgun, police officials said. After firing two shots into a wall, Nicholson turned the gun on his mother, according to investigators.  He also tried to shoot his father, Loren Nicholson, who wrestled the gun away from him, a Ceres Police Department news release said. The 81-year-old was not injured in the scuffle.  “I understand that he would’ve killed the father, too, but the gun jammed,” a family friend told Fox 40 in Sacramento. “The father grabbed the gun (and) emptied it.” Matthew Nicholson fled and headed to his sister’s home, in nearby Riverbank, police officials said. Officers there located the vehicle he was driving and conducted a high-risk traffic stop. Nicholson was taken into custody without incident, the news release said.    His sister described their mother as a wonderful person who loved her children and husband of 32 years. Lydia Nicholson worked in the local school system, Autumn Nicholson told Fox 40.  “(She) had so much compassion for people and just wanted to see the best in people at all times,” she said. 
  • A teenager who was diagnosed last month with strep throat is recovering after family members said the bacteria behind the illness got into the girl’s bloodstream, causing septic shock. >> Read more trending news Jennifer Phillips, the mother of 16-year-old Alexis Patton, told WAND that her daughter started to feel sick on Dec. 21. “I took her (to the hospital) that next day, Friday, and then by Monday evening, she was intubated on life support,” Phillips said. She told the news station that doctors determined that the bacteria that causes strep throat, streptococcus, got into Alexis’s bloodstream and settled in her legs. In a GoFundMe account started to help support the family through Alexis’s illness, family friends said Alexis went into septic shock because of the bacteria and had to be put on a ventilator. “It’s been really hard — the traveling back and forth, the sleepless nights at the hospital over and over. It’s been really rough,” Phillips told WAND last week. “She’s going to have to have a lot of surgeries, a lot of skin grafts and (she will have to) learn how to walk again.” Family members said on a Facebook page dedicated to updating people on Alexis’s condition that the 16-year-old underwent multiple surgeries. Doctors told her family on Friday that her infection was resolved just over three weeks after she was first hospitalized. Family members on Sunday posted a video of Alexis as she continued her recovery. Phillips warned parents to take their children in to the doctor’s office as soon as they feel ill in light of her daughter’s illness. “Don’t wait to take your kids in,” she told WAND. “Even if they just have common cold/flu symptoms, make sure they’re getting checked.”
  • Update 1:20 p.m. Jan. 16: Officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents for an undisclosed period of time are recovering. The siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were in stable condition Tuesday. “They’re very friendly, they’re very cooperative and I believe that they’re hopeful that life will get better for them after this event,” said Mark Uffer, CEO of the Corona Regional Medical Center. Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness. Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. >> Read more trending news In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release. Early Sunday, a 17-year-old called 911 and said she had escaped from her residence in Perris, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The teenager claimed that her 12 brothers and sisters were “being held captive” in the residence by her parents.  When deputies met with the teen, she “appeared to be only 10 years old and slightly emaciated.” Deputies went to the residence and said they were “shocked” to find the teen’s 12 siblings, seven of whom were adults ranging in age from 18 to 29. All of them appeared to be “malnourished and very dirty,” according to the release. The parents were subsequently arrested, deputies said. The six children, including the teen who escaped, were taken to a hospital in Moreno Valley for treatment, deputies said. The adults were being treated at a hospital in Corona. David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were surprised and shocked at the allegations, KABC reported. According to the California Department of Education website, David Turpin is listed as principal of the Sandcastle Day School, which was operated out of his home. The address listed for the school is the same residence where the 13 victims were discovered, CNN reported. The school opened March 21, 2011, according to the website, and was categorized as a private school for students in grades one through 12.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday. >> Read more trending news >> Related: Steve Bannon to testify before House Intel Committee in Russia probe
  • A Texas girl suffered hallucinations and tried to jump out a second-floor window after she took Tamiflu to fight off a flu diagnosis, family members told KTVT Friday. >> Read more trending news The family, who was not identified, told KTVT the girl also ran away from school and might have tried to hurt herself after taking Tamiflu. “The second-story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” the girl’s father told KTVT. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through.” Members of the family, from Allen, told KTVT they took the girl to the hospital, where they were told that Tamiflu carries the rare risk of nervous system problems. Dr. Glenn Hardesty, who works in the emergency room at Texas Health Prosper, told the news station that the side effects are seen in less than 1 percent of patients. “I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication,” he said. According to the U.S. Food Drug Administration, children and teenagers who take Tamiflu have a higher risk of suffering from seizures, confusion or unusual behavior during their illness. “These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient,” according to the FDA. “People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a health care provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.” Family members told KTVT that they would not have given their child Tamiflu if they were aware of the possible side effects and urged other parents to be aware. “Know that side effects are there for a reason,” the child’s father told KTVT. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.”