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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 man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on. >> Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who 'tried to intervene,' KAIT reported. The armed man eventually surrendered to police and was arrested. Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident, but officers said the slain man was likely connected to the woman and armed man. >> Read more trending news  Dozens of shoppers were nearby when the man was shot, police said. 'A lot of people witnessed something tonight that they should have never seen,' Trumann police Chief Chad Henson told KAIT. 'We're going to have to go through a lot of healing from here on out. It was just a terrible day.' Read more here.
  • Faced with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against a crowd of neo-Nazis in Newnan, Georgia, authorities turned to a little-known Georgia law adopted in 1951 to combat the Ku Klux Klan. >> Tension, arrests at neo-Nazi rally in metro Atlanta The law, which makes it illegal to wear a mask at most public events, was cited in several of the arrests of counterdemonstrators who joined a protest Saturday against white supremacists. And the irony was not lost upon the organizers of the counterdemonstration, who were fuming Sunday that a law aimed at weakening white supremacists was used to arrest protesters who opposed a neo-Nazi rally. “They were trying to stop us, and we were trying to dial down the racist stuff,” said Jeremy Ortega, a 19-year-old who was among the counterprotesters charged with a misdemeanor for wearing a mask. He said many of the demonstrators wore masks to avoid being identified and threatened by white power groups. “We were peacefully protesting, yet they put guns in our faces and told us to take our masks off,” said Ortega, who added that he is considering filing a civil lawsuit. “It made no sense.” State and local authorities did not comment on specific allegations of abuse on Sunday. But Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said the overwhelming security – nearly 700 law enforcement officers were on hand – helped prevent the clashes from escalating. “Making arrests in a volatile situation is never going to be pretty,” Keenan said. No one from the white supremacist group was arrested on Saturday, and they largely avoided confrontations with police or the counterdemonstration group. The two dozen white supremacists who attended the rally were separated from the group by an 8-foot fence – and hundreds of armed officers. ‘Remove your mask’ On Sunday, a coalition of counterprotest groups planned a vigil at the Coweta County Jail to criticize what they said was excessive violence by police. The Huffington Post reported that a contingent of officers approached a group of 50 counterdemonstrators before the rally and demanded they remove their masks or face arrests. The news outlet wrote that officers then “grabbed those who were still masked, tossing them to the ground and handcuffing them.” A video posted on social media by freelance journalist Daniel Shular appeared to show authorities scuffling with counterdemonstrators. Authorities demanded that the counterprotesters remove their masks, and the footage showed an officer raising his rifle at demonstrators. “Remove your mask, or you will be arrested,” said an officer in the video, which shows a ring of demonstrators standing with their hands raised aloft. Several are chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.” An Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter who attempted to report on the confrontation during the rally was obstructed by authorities. Several other counterdemonstrators faced violations that have nothing to do with the anti-mask law. Daniel Hanley was charged with obstruction of a pedestrian roadway after he said he nonviolently resisted a police officer who confronted him. He said he believes he was arrested because he was wielding a megaphone and leading chants against the white supremacists. “They were trying to find any pretext to shut us down,” Hanley, 36, said of the authorities. “The moment we stepped foot there, they intimated us and strategically tried to target people.” ‘Absolutely satisfied’ State law bans the wearing of masks, hoods or other devices that conceal a person’s identity if they’re on public property or on private property where the owner has not consented. It includes exceptions for holidays, theatrical productions, civil emergencies and sporting events. The laws have been adopted by about a dozen states, most aimed at weakening the KKK in the middle of the 20th century. The Georgia Supreme Court in 1990 upheld the state’s ban after a Klansman donned a hood on the Lawrenceville Square, citing his First Amendment rights. The law has mostly been used to target KKK demonstrations, though it has also been employed before to arrest demonstrators who are objecting to white power groups. At a 2016 rally, the law was used to arrest eight demonstrators protesting a white supremacist rally at Stone Mountain Park. In a strange turn, it also was invoked ahead of a press conference last year at the Gold Dome, when supporters of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle threatened to hire performers in circus masks to interrupt a rival’s event. The clowns never showed up. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said they were intent on enforcing that law and others as they studied how law enforcement officials handled white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 to prepare for the Newnan event. In Charlottesville, officers remained largely passive as bloody clashes raged around them, and the event soon spiraled out of control. One person was killed and dozens more were injured in the violence. “You have to have adequate resources and the intent to enforce the law,” Keenan said. “We had both.” He said officers made clear to both groups that masks and some weapons were not allowed. He said authorities found an abandoned backpack with smoke bombs at one checkpoint. State law allows demonstrators to carry firearms if they are licensed; on Saturday, several were spotted sporting firearms. “We maintained security. We would not let there be disorder. We didn’t have civil disorder, property damage. And we had just a few arrests,” Keenan said. “We are absolutely satisfied.” MORE COVERAGE FROM AJC.COM:  >> Reports from Newnan as the rally and counterprotest were underway >> How social media reacted >> In-depth look at how protest was contained 
  • UPDATE, 10 a.m. April 22: The two brothers who went missing Friday have been found, police said.  Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, have been located. Pittsburgh police thanked all involved for their assistance in finding the boys.  ORIGINAL STORY: Pittsburgh police are seeking assistance in finding two brothers.  >> Watch the news report here Police said Amier Windsor, 12, and Robert Windsor Jr., 11, went missing about 5 p.m. Friday. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the two brothers are known to frequent the Brookline area.  Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call police at 412-323-7800. 
  • A massive hunt to capture the man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, outside Nashville, continues. >> Watch the news report here >> Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified Travis Reinking, 29, is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List, and law enforcement said he is armed, dangerous and hiding, WHBQ's Greg Coy reports.  >> Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting? Police said Reinking returned to his apartment after opening fire at the Waffle House. Reinking, who reportedly was nude at the time of the shooting, put on pants and then ran into the woods, police said. >> Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter Neighbor Johnny Green said another neighbor noticed Reinking and called police.  >> Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter? 'My mom saw him,' Green added. Coy asked, 'What did she say about him?' 'He just seemed weird,' Green replied.  >> Read more trending news  Police said they hope the rain and cooler temperatures will draw Reinking out of hiding. Police said Reinking's options are limited because the crime and social media attention have made him an international fugitive. >> Please visit Fox13Memphis.com for the latest on this developing story