McDonald’s phasing out Hi-C Orange, to offer new drink instead

McDonald’s is phasing out a familiar drink and then will to add a new one to their menu beginning on Monday.

According to multiple reports the fast food chain has decided to stop serving familiar favorite Hi-C Orange.

The drink had been popular in both Happy Meals and with adults but by the end of July the drink option will be gone altogether.

Locations have been told to sell Hi-C until their supply is gone and then a new beverage called Sprite TropicBerry will be offered and served exclusively at McDonald’s.

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So McDonalds has announced that it will stop offering my favorite drink: Hi-C Orange Lavaburst! What are we going to do without it? Help! pic.twitter.com/3YhbFfu1Pw

— Evrod Cassimy (@EvrodCassimy) April 27, 2017

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Exclusive interview with Mariela Castro: Part 1

Mariela Castro, 55, spoke exclusively to Local 10 News in Havana as Cuba gets ready to celebrate month-long activities surrounding an anti-homophobia and transfobia campaign.

Since 2000, Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro, has been the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX). 

When it comes to gay rights, Mariela is a rock start. Her profile tends to climb around this time of year because of the festivities. 

“I was scared,” she said of walking the streets of Havana the first time she and some transexual friends celebrated the same eve.

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She clearly remember the inquisitive looks and the disapproval from people. That’s when she knew what it felt to be in their skin. 

It’s been 10 years since that day and now Mariela Castro looks back and feels good about the advances she and her group have made when it comes to gay life in Cuba. 

But she admits there she feels some sadness for the amount of work that there is left to do, like gay marriage. 

In 2014, Mariela was the only member of Cuba’s National Assembly to vote against a discrimination ban because it didn’t include protections based on gender identity. 

But critics said she hasn’t done enough the gay marriage movement. 

It’s a task they have been working on for a long time, she said. 

When she was criticized for not pushing legalized same-sex marriage on the island, Mariela Castro said it was because Cubans are still battling homophobia and transphobia, and legalizing same-sex marriage wouldn’t change that.  

In Cuba, legalizing same-sex marriage would require her father’s administration to change the country’s constitution. Mariela Castro said she is focused on making sure that Cubans get the type of education that would promote the uprooting of discrimination on the island. 

Mariela Castro is also a member of the Cuban parliament. Most recently, she hosted actress Jodie Foster and her wife, Alexandra Hedison. They were interested in learning more about CENESEX. She also made headlines after she insulted a reporter in Madrid.

She is married to Paolo Titolo, an Italian  executive for Corticeira Amorim, the world’s largest cork company. Titolo is also a photographer. His images of members of the Cuban transgender community have been on exhibit in Havana and Paris last year.

In part two of Local 10’s exclusive interview, Mariela Castro talks about her father, political ambitions and U.S.-Cuba relations. 

Local 10 News’ Andrea Torres contributed to this report. 

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Woman accused of stealing watches, cash from men in South Florida

A woman was arrested Saturday after a man she’d robbed spotted her outside a Miami Beach nightclub, authorities said.

She appeared in court Monday, where she was ordered held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

According to an arrest warrant, the victim saw Yomna Fouad, 21, outside the Rockwell nightclub about 3 a.m. Saturday and approached her.

Police were called and Fouad was arrested on charges of grand theft and using fraudulent identification.

According to police, Fouad met the man outside Dream nightclub on Miami Beach and went home with him.

“She said we should go back to my place and I said, ‘OK, sure,'” the man, who did not want to be identified, said about the March encounter. 

The man told detectives that Fouad, who told him her name was Amina, massaged his back and said that it appeared that she was trying to make him fall asleep.

The man told her to stop massaging him and they had sex before falling asleep, an arrest report said.

Police said the man woke up to find Fouad gone, along with his clothing, cash and jewelry, including a Rolex watch. The total loss was about $32,000.

“I woke up drugged, not knowing what happened, and all my stuff was gone,” the man told Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon.

The victim said Fouad was captured on surveillance video leaving his home, wearing his shirt and carrying out his belongings.

He said he recognized her outside of Rockwell by the tattoos on her hands.

“It’s like a henna-type tattoo,” he said. “I told the security and they held her until police arrived.”

Detectives tied Fouad to another robbery in May 2016.

According to an arrest report, Fouad and a friend met the victim at LIV nightclub inside the Fontainebleau hotel.

Fouad told the man her name was Rebecca “Becca” Arias, police said.

Police said the women stayed with the victim at his table until the club closed and the man offered to get a hotel room for the three of them.

The women followed the victim to the room and one of them saw him place his $46,000 Rolex watch and $8,000 in cash inside the hotel room safe, the report said.

Police said the victim left the women in the room while he went to his car to get his overnight bag.

When he returned, the women were gone.

Fouad is also accused of stealing an $87,000 Audemars Piguet watch in September 2016 from a man who she had met at the Matador restaurant on Miami Beach.

Authorities said Fouad is from Columbia, South Carolina, and identified her job title in the arrest reports as “prostitute.”

She is also accused of similar robberies throughout the East Coast.

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1 dead, 3 injured in University of Texas stabbing

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One person was in custody, Austin police said.

The stabbings occurred near Gregory Gym, and one person was in custody, according to a tweet from the Austin Police Department. University police also were responding.

School officials tweeted that there is “no additional immediate threat to campus,” KPRC-TV reported.

However, police were warning people to avoid the area.

 

 

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1 dead, multiple people stabbed on University of Texas campus

Emergency responders say one person is dead and three others have been taken to a hospital with “potentially serious injuries” after a stabbing attack on the University of Texas campus.

Police say a 21-year-old student was taken into custody for the stabbings. University Police Chief David Carter identified the suspect as Kendrex J. White, who was armed with a hunting knife.

Cater says the attacker did not resist when officers ordered him to the ground at gunpoint.

Police say all the stabbings occurred within a one-block area. There was no immediate word about a possible motive.

Student Rachel Prichett says she was standing in line at a food truck outside a gym when she saw a man with a large knife stab the person standing behind her.

Another student, Ray Arredondo, says he was walking to his car when a mass of students near the gym started running.

The University of Texas is blocks from downtown Austin and the Texas capitol building and is one of the nation’s largest universities.

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Trump’s pick for SEC head may be confirmed this week

Jay Clayton, President Trump’s pick to be the next top cop of Wall Street, could be approved by the Senate as early as this week.

Senators will cast their initial vote on whether to advance Clayton’s nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday evening. Tonight’s vote, which requires at least a 60-vote majority, will set the stage for a final vote on his confirmation Wednesday.

Clayton, a partner at law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, has extensive ties to Wall Street. He defended the big banks for misbehavior during the financial crisis and advised Goldman Sachs on its government bailout. His wife Gretchen currently works at the bank as a private wealth advisor.

Trump’s nominee has argued for scaling back financial regulations to encourage more companies to go public. At his March confirmation hearing, he said he has “no specific plans” to undo the the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have said they want to roll back rules they say are hindering growth, including many that are required by Dodd-Frank.

If confirmed this week, Clayton would fill one of three vacancies at the SEC, which is charged with protecting investors, rooting out financial crime and ensuring markets are fair to all.

Clayton will be replacing former SEC chief Mary Jo White, who stepped down in January. One of the chief criticisms of her tenure as chair was that she didn’t do enough to prevent businesses from pouring cash into politics.

Democrats have expressed serious concern that Clayton’s client history will force him to recuse himself from so many matters that he won’t be able to crack down on bad behavior.

Should he be confirmed, ethics rules will require Clayton to sit out enforcement votes during his first two years in office on matters involving former clients like Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Clayton would also need to recuse himself from matters where Sullivan & Cromwell, his elite law firm, represents a party.

He’s also represented Volkswagen, which pled guilty to criminal charges over cheating on emissions tests; Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a drug maker accused by Citron, a short-selling research firm, of being the “Enron” of the pharma world for fraud; and Deutsche Bank, which has been charged in a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme.

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