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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 woman accused Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, of groping her during a photo-op in Minnesota in 2010, two years after the former comedian and radio show host was voted into the U.S. Senate, CNN reported on Monday. >> Read more trending news Lindsay Menz, now 33, told CNN that she was posing for a photo with Franken at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair when the senator “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, (Franken) put his hand full-fledged on my rear.” She said the “uncomfortable” incident left her feeling “gross.” 'It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,' she told CNN. 'I was like, ‘Oh my God, what's happening?’' In a statement to CNN, Franken said that he felt “badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected,” but he said he didn’t remember taking the photo with her. Menz came forward in the wake of allegations against Franken made by Los Angeles news anchor Leeann Tweeden. In a blog post for KABC, Tweeden wrote that Franken, who was a radio host for Air America at the time, forced himself on her as they were practicing a skit he wrote for the tour. Franken has since apologized for the incident. >> Related: Sen. Al Franken accused of kissing, groping news anchor without consent “I felt disgusted and violated,” Tweeden wrote. “No one saw what happened backstage. I didn’t tell the sergeant major of the Army, who was the sponsor of the tour. I didn’t tell our USO rep what happened.” She said she focused on entertaining the troops and didn’t speak up because she “didn’t want to cause trouble.” “We were in the middle of a war zone, it was the first show of our holiday tour, I was a professional and I could take care of myself,” she wrote. “I told a few of the others on the tour what Franken had done, and they knew how I felt about it.” >> Related: 'SNL' slams former cast member Al Franken on 'Weekend Update' Franken called for an investigation into the 2006 incident after apologizing to Tweeden in a statement last week. 'The truth is, what people think of me in light of this is far less important than what people think of women who continue to come forward to tell their stories,' Franken said. 'They deserve to be heard, and believed. And they deserve to know that I am their ally and supporter. I have let them down and am committed to making it up to them.”
  • A DNA expert is testifying Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of raping and killing a 27-year-old woman at her downtown Orlando apartment. Police said Stephen Duxbury strangled Sasha Samsudean in October 2015 at the Uptown Place apartments after she returned from a night out. Duxbury worked as a security guard at the apartment building at the time. Read: Investigators testify in downtown Orlando security guard's murder trial On Friday, jurors were shown physical evidence in the case, including a pair of Skechers sneakers prosecutors said Duxbury was wearing when he killed Samsudean. Police said Duxbury tried to pass off a different pair of shoes as the ones he had worn that night, but they said the sneakers match shoe prints found in her apartment. Prosecutors on Friday had a cellphone expert testify that Duxbury googled how to open Samsudean's unique front door lock before she died. The expert said Duxbury tried erasing his phone afterward. Read: Testimony continues in downtown Orlando security guard's murder trial Photos: Sasha Samsudean Duxbury told police he never went into Samsudean's apartment. Investigators said DNA evidence was discovered on Samsudean's body and her bedsheets, and Duxury's fingerprints were found on her toilet and her nightstand. Investigators said surveillance footage shows Duxbury walking with an intoxicated Samsudean. Read: Video shows murder suspect, victim at downtown Orlando apartment His attorneys claim that investigators botched the case and that the true killer remains at large. Duxbury faces life in prison if convicted in Samsudean’s death. Click here to watch the trial live. Read: New report outlines how suspect broke into woman's downtown apartment
  • Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened at Barcelona Wine Bar. According to Atlanta police, officers responded to the restaurant in the 1000 block of Howell Mill Road just before 2 a.m. Sunday on a report that a person had been shot. Police said they found 29-year-old Chelsea Beller, of Atlanta. Police told WSBTV, Beller had been shot once in the shoulder during an apparent robbery. >> Read more trending news As the restaurant was closing, three men entered the location and tied up employees with electrical tape, according to police. They said the victim was forced upstairs to open the safe and then shot. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died. 'She was just a positive person, fun loving. She didn't have an enemy to speak of,' said her cousin, Brandi Borgwat. 'Everybody that knew her, loved her.' Friends left flowers and candles outside the restaurant Sunday afternoon. While the investigation continues, Beller's family hopes that her killers are not on the streets for much longer. 'She deserves justice for this,' said Borgwat.
  • Dashcam footage from two different vehicles captured a plane crash Sunday on a busy Clearwater road. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office shared the video on YouTube Sunday, within hours of the crash. Two deputies were driving on North Keene Road as the plane tried to make an emergency landing.  The plane’s wing clipped a wing, sending the plane crashing into a wooded area. A resident in the area quickly recorded video of the response. According to reports, the pilot and passenger were able to escape the wreckage uninjured. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the incident.
  • Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a phallus and the U.S. Navy says it’s responsible for the obscene sky drawing. Maverick and Ice have nothing on this pilot. Navy officials were forced to apologize after residents of Okanogan County, Washington noticed a sky drawing many said looked like male genitalia on Thursday. In a statement to KREM-TV, officials at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said, 'The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable.' So just to be clear, the Navy says, there is ‘zero training value’ in drawing a giant penis in the sky.