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Skittles destined for cattle feed spills on highway

Skittles manufacturer Mars Inc. is investigating the intended destination of a load of the candy after a spill left a Wisconsin roadway “tasting the rainbow” instead of its potential consumers -- cattle.

Hundreds of thousands of red Skittles spilled out onto a Dodge County highway the night of Jan. 18, according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, investigators were unclear on how the massive amount of candy ended up on the road, but further investigation found that a cardboard box being trucked from a northern Illinois Mars factory was soaked by rain and broke open.

“It is reported that the Skittles were intended to be feed for cattle, as they did not make the cut for packaging at the company,” the Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page. “In the end, these Skittles are actually for the birds!”

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*****UPDATE:  The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck.  The truck was a flatbed pickup and...Posted by Dodge County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The intended use of the candy had some people who visited the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page upset.

“As a dairy farmer, I find this appalling, (farmers) feeding their animals Skittles,” wrote Janeen Hall Cole, of Bancroft, Michigan. “It is giving decent farmers a bad name.”

Josh Albrecht, of Scotts Valley, California, pointed out that liquid feed manufacturers get the sugar and corn syrup they use in their feed from sources including candy.

“Of course, they don’t direct feed them Skittles, but they take the waste or non-sellable products (including candy) and process them into feed,” Albrecht wrote.

Mars confirmed to the Wisconsin State Journal that some of its unused product does get sold for use in feed, but said that the factory that made the candy spilled last week does not usually sell its unused inventory for that purpose. The Skittles in question were supposed to be destroyed after a power outage at the plant resulted in the candy’s signature “S” imprint being left off of the individual pieces.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told the newspaper, however, that he had spoken to the farmer the shipment of candy was intended for.

A Mars spokeswoman said that the company planned to contact both law enforcement and the farmer to learn more about what happened.

“We don’t know how it ended up as it did, and we are investigating,” the company said

What is an executive order, and is Donald Trump signing one today?

President Donald Trump will spend his first week in office signing executive orders on immigration and trade, according to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

Priebus, in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," said the president would undo some of former President Barack Obama's directives and begin work on re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement – or NAFTA.

While both the Senate and the House enjoy Republican majorities, Trump will not need the Congress to carry out some of the changes he has promised. Those changes can be done with a signature on a document called an executive order.

Trump signed an executive order on Saturday pushing the secretary of Health and Human Services to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” portions of the Affordable Care Act that would place a fiscal burden on individuals as well as states and health-care providers.

What is an executive order and how do presidents use them?

Here’s a look at how they work.

What is an executive order?

Executive orders are legally binding directives issued by the president to federal administrative agencies.

How can a president just issue an order?

Article II of the Constitution contains a praise that allows presidents a "grant of executive power.” Presidents use that term, along with other powers enumerated in the Constitution, to issue the orders. Many of the orders have to do with the military. For instance, an executive order can be used to send troops to war. The president is commander and chief of the armed forces.

Have many presidents issued executive orders?

Every president with the exception of William Henry Harrison have issued executive orders. Since 1789, according to the American Presidency Project, 13,766 executive orders have been issued.

Why do they do that?

An executive order is generally issued when the president cannot get the help of the Congress to do something he wants done. For instance, in 1948, President Harry Truman issued an executive order to integrate the armed forces. In 1942, Franklin Roosevelt issued one that led to the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

What if the next president doesn’t like an executive order, can he or she get rid of it?

Yes, future presidents can get rid of executive orders they don’t favor. A future president simply has to sign an order rescinding it.

Can any other branch of government get rid of them?

Yes, the Judicial branch can.

Only two executive orders – out of more than 13,000 – have been overturned by the Supreme CourtBoth concerned striking workers. The first was an order from Truman that placed all the country’s steel mills under federal law. The order was meant to prevent strikes for higher wages during the Korean War. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the order invalid because it said the order was an attempt to make law.

The second order overturned by the Supreme Court was one signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995 that prevented federal contracts with organizations that hire replacements for striking workers. The court ruled that it preempted the National Labor Relations Act, a law that says employers have the right to hire permanent replacements for striking workers. 

Congress cannot revoke an executive order. They can try to curtail an executive order by cutting funding for it.

Which president has issued the most executive orders?

Franklin Roosevelt issued 3,728 executive orders.

What are some examples of executive orders?

The most famous executive order belongs to Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued on Jan. 1, 1863, changed the federal legal status of more than 3 million people from "slave" to "free” in areas of the South.

Franklin Roosevelt declared a “bank holiday” on March 6, 1933. It forbade banks from releasing gold coin or bullion.

Dwight Eisenhower used an executive order to send troops to Little Rock, Ark., in 1957 to enforce the integration of Central High School.

Obama issued an executive order in 2012 that stopped the deportation of thousands of undocumented aliens who were brought to the United States as children.

Cookie dough shop to open in NYC

A new cafe is opening this week in the Big Apple, and it is the stuff that dreams are made of.

It's called DO and it's being billed as New York City's first cookie dough scoop shop, Gothamist reported.

It is the brainchild of Kristen Tomlan, who is credited for coming up with a way to make cookie dough safe to eat without baking.

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Two years ago, Tomlan said that if you use a "pasteurized egg product and heat-treated flour," the dough is safe.

Tomlan' shop will be located in Greenwich Village, Grubstreet reported and will feature customizable cookie dough scooped into cups, frozen in a cookie form (but not baked) for ice cream sandwiches, and folded into ice cream.

DO isn't the only place you can get safe-to consume unbaked cookie dough. There are a handful of shops online that will ship the product to your home or for purchase at grocery stores.

Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump: He deserves 'to be a kid'

Their parents may have clashed on the campaign trail, but that didn't stop former first daughter Chelsea Clinton from coming to the defense of Barron Trump.

"Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does – to be a kid," Clinton tweeted Sunday of President Donald Trump's 10-year-old son, who was mocked on social media during Friday's inauguration. In one now-deleted tweet, "Saturday Night Live" writer Katie Rich joked that Barron "will be this country's first homeschool shooter," drawing ire and making headlines. 

>> 'SNL' writer under fire for Barron Trump tweet

Clinton – a friend of Trump's daughter, Ivanka – also had a message for the president.

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"Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids," she wrote.

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Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Custom wraps bring a rainbow of colors to new cars

If the standard paint palette isn't custom enough for your car, a dealership in Houston may have the answer for your custom dreams.

Tire and Wheel Master has covered a 2017 Ford Super Duty Pickup in a holographic rainbow wrap, complete with purple rims and 40-inch tires, KTRK reported.

#WERUNHTX | TWMHTX ______________________________________#twmhtx #paintisdead #f250 #specialtyforgedwheels #3rdcoastsuspension #holochrome #truckwrap #liftedtrucks#vinyl #chrome #rainbowPosted by TIRE AND WHEEL MASTER on Thursday, January 12, 2017

It is a one-of-a-kind job by Tire and Wheel Master.

The custom job comes with a hefty price tag - $100,000 for the truck that will turn heads.

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The shop's owner said that custom wraps can take about a week and are made out of vinyl that is molded to each vehicle with a heat gun.

Owners don't have to worry about damage to their cars. Henry Valasquez said that it can protect the vehicle's original paint from scratches, chips and normal use and can be taken off without much effort, KTRK reported.

Valasquez and his shop have also wrapped a Bentley in Tiffany blue, a GMC in gold and an SUV in hot pink for breast cancer awareness.

Tiffany Blue wrap with Gloss black accents and @forgiato CONCAVO wheels with custom center caps and...Posted by TIRE AND WHEEL MASTER on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

TWMHTX | #kingtutPosted by TIRE AND WHEEL MASTER on Monday, October 24, 2016

Posted by TIRE AND WHEEL MASTER on Monday, October 3, 2016

7 things to know now: 18 killed in storms; Tillerson confirmation; MLB star killed

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Tillerson vote: A vote on the nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is set for Monday afternoon in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillerson picked up endorsements from Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C.), over the weekend. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s vote remains in question, though, after he and Tillerson had a pointed exchange during Tillerson’s confirmation hearings.

2. Super Bowl matchup: It will be the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 31-17 win over the Steelers, while Matt Ryan and the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21. The two will meet in Houston on Feb. 5 for the championship game.

3. Southern storms: At least 18 people died over the weekend in an outbreak of tornadoes across the South. Fourteen people in south Georgia were killed amid reports of 30 tornadoes across the state. Four people were killed in Mississippi Saturday when storms struck there.

4. Galaxy Note 7: Samsung says it has no doubts that faulty batteries caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to burst into flames. The company said Monday that defects were found in two sets of batteries and that two different manufacturers were to blame. Samsung stopped selling the phone only two months after it was launched in August.

5. Suit against Trump: A watchdog group says it will file a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, claiming he is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments at businesses run by his family. The group says that despite Trump’s claims that he is turning over the running of his business to his sons, he still owns the company and would still benefit from payments made by foreign governments.

And one more

Yordan Ventura, the Kansas City Royals pitcher who led the team to two pennants and a World Series, was killed Saturday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Ventura was 25. Former MLB player Andy Marte, also from the Dominican Republic, was killed Sunday in a separate wreck. Marte was 33.

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Falcons, Patriots to face off in Super Bowl LI

Get ready, football fans: The Atlanta Falcons will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. 

The Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 on Sunday to win the NFC championship, earning their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1998.

>> Lady Gaga teases Super Bowl performance with behind-the-scenes video

"We played great," said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns. "We did exactly what we've been doing all year, and it feels really good."

Meanwhile, the Patriots earned their NFL-record ninth berth in the Super Bowl by slamming the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 in the AFC championship game.

>> NFL dismisses report Lady Gaga can't talk Trump at Super Bowl Halftime Show

"There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them," said quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns.

The teams will face off Feb. 5 at Houston's NRG Stadium.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Watchdog group plans to sue Trump over foreign payments

A watchdog group said it will file a federal lawsuit Monday that accuses President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution.

In a statement Sunday, the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause "prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress."

"Since Trump refused to divest from his businesses, he is now getting cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real-estate deals abroad," the statement said.

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Trump's attorney, Sheri A. Dillon, told reporters earlier this month that Trump's businesses do not violate the emoluments clause.

"No one would have thought when the Constitution was written that paying your hotel bill was an emolument," she said at the time.

CREW's legal team reportedly includes two former White House ethics lawyers – one from President George W. Bush's administration and one from President Barack Obama's.

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President Trump wouldn't end his business deals with foreign governments, so we're suing him to stop them— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

#AlternativeFacts: Twitter trolls Trump team over Conway, Spicer comments

President Donald Trump's administration has sparked a new Twitter trend – one that the White House probably isn't too thrilled with.

Hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump drew "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period" – a claim that was quickly debunked by several media outlets – Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway sparred with Chuck Todd on Sunday's episode of "Meet the Press."

>> 'Saturday Night Live' takes swipe at Trump inauguration attendance – minus Alec Baldwin

"Why put (Spicer) out there for the very first time, in front of the podium, to utter a provable falsehood?" Todd asked. 

After the pair argued for a bit, Conway replied, "You're saying it's a falsehood, and ... Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that."

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Todd wasn't buying it. 

"Wait a minute – alternative facts? Alternative facts? . ... Alternative facts are not facts; they're falsehoods," he fired back.

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"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH:— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

The exchange quickly spread on social media, inspiring the snarky hashtag #AlternativeFacts.

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