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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2012, file photo, Alexes Garcia makes cinnamon rolls for student's lunch in the kitchen at Kepner Middle School in Denver. The rolls are made using apple sauce instead of trans fats. Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade as nutritionists have criticized them and local governments have banned them. The Food and Drug Administration is now finishing the job as they announce Nov. 7, 2013, that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, saying they are a threat to the health of Americans.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Chain restaurants keeping doors open for Christmas

More and more people are ditching the traditional Christmas meal at home, which means more restaurants are opening their doors for the holiday. Here's a list of places open for business: - Applebee's - Boston Market - Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants will open at 11 am Christmas Eve and ...

Released prisoner Alan Gross: "It's good to be home!"

American Alan Gross is back on U.S. soil, after spending the past five years imprisoned in Cuba. "It's good to be home!" he said while speaking in Washington. He was arrested while working to set up internet access on the island, but defended Cuban people during a press conference, Wednesday ...

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was born in Miami to Cuban immigrants.  He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives at the age of 28.  In 2009, Rubio announced he was running for U.S. Senate. In 2010, he won the seat.

Republicans slam President's Cuba announcement

Lawmakers are now responding to President Obama's historic move to reestablish diplomatic relations and loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Senator Marco Rubio, who's the son of Cuban immigrants, quickly vowed to block any nominee the administration would suggest as ambassador to Cuba, calling the move "truly outrageous and counterproductive." ...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the third annual Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington, Thursday Oct. 6, 2011. The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum presented the third Annual Washington Ideas Forum, which drew together more than 60 policy makers, business leaders, and top journalists for a series of conversations and in-depth interviews about the direction of the country. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Dick Cheney says CIA report is "full of crap"

The CIA has some big names coming to its defense. Former Vice President Dick Cheney defends the agency on Fox News, blasting a scathing report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on torture tactics released earlier this week. Cheney calls the report “deeply flawed,” “a terrible piece of work,” and “full ...

Jury awards $100 million to teen for Pine Hills shooting

A jury has awarded a massive penalty to an Orange County teen, two years after she was shot in Pine Hills. 22-year-old Tyrone Mosby, who's convicted of shooting and paralyzing Danielle Sampson in 2012, was found negligent in the crime. As a result, Sampson was awarded $100 million, but legal ...

Bite-sized Halloween candy will cost you at the gym

Halloween is tomorrow and you may already be stocked up on candy. But before you binge on some of those bite-sized treats, beware: they're not easy to burn off! A recent survey from 'My Fitness Pal' shows just how much exercise you'll have to put in to work off fun-sized ...

Antares rocket explosion in Wallops Island, Virginia.

NASA Antares rocket explodes on launch

NASA's Antares rocket exploded seconds after launching from the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia, Tuesday night.  The rocket held a cargo craft containing more than 5,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station, lifting off just before 6:30pm. NASA documented the launch: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> ...

Fox's Guilfoyle to young women voters: 'Go back on Tinder'

Comments on voting from a Fox News co-host are going viral. Kimberly Guilfoyle was on a panel on Fox's 'The Five' earlier this week, discussing the Democrats' "War on Women" strategy. While some panelists said a woman's vote correlates with age, Guilfoyle took it a step further, saying young women ...

Former Oviedo teaching assistant making big bucks twerking

Miley Cyrus may have started the twerking trend, but Jessica Vanessa is banking on it. The former Oviedo kindergarten teaching assistant quit her job to twerk full-time. She tells Barcroft TV-- she's making SIX figures a year doing it! "What I make in six seconds would take me four months ...

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested for driving while under the influence, early Tuesday morning. Police say they stopped the 29-year-old for speeding and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore, Maryland. Phelps was reportedly driving his Land Rover 84 mph in a 45-mph ...




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