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MICKEY D’S FLIPS LOGO FOR WOMEN

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s has temporarily flipped its famous golden arches to look like a “W” — a move it says it made to recognize International Women’s Day. The upside-down logo appeared yesterday on the fast-food giant’s website and social media accounts. It also flipped the arches at one restaurant in Lynwood, California. McDonald’s says that at about 100 of its 14,000 restaurants, packaging and worker uniforms had the flipped logo. McDonald’s says six out of 10 of its restaurant managers are women and it wanted to honor their accomplishments. The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, says it’s the first time it has flipped its golden arches logo since it first appeared at a restaurant six decades ago.

WORKER URINATES IN CO-WORKER’S WATER BOTTLE

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota restaurant worker has been charged with urinating in a co-worker’s water bottle after the woman rejected his advances. Prosecutors have charged 47-year-old Conrrado Cruz Perez of Minneapolis with adulterating a substance with bodily fluids. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports deputies were called to the restaurant in Vadnais Heights in October after an employee reported a baker was harassing her. According to the complaint, the woman noticed several times that her water bottle she kept at work tasted like urine. Cruz Perez denied tampering with the water bottle, but later admitted doing so after investigators suggested they might conduct DNA tests on the fluid in the bottle. Cruz Perez then acknowledged peeing in the bottle — once — because the restaurant was too busy for him to use the bathroom.

TRANSGENDER INMATE – ILLINOIS

CHICAGO (AP) — A transgender inmate who Illinois authorities agreed to move from one male prison after her claims of abuse says the mistreatment has continued at her new location in another male prison, causing her such despair that she’s tried to kill herself. The accusations are in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday for 27-year-old Deon Hampton against Illinois’ Department of Corrections. Hampton, who goes by the name “Strawberry,” is serving a 10-year burglary sentence. She seeks to become one of the state’s first transgender women to be granted a transfer to an all-female prison. It’s unclear whether there has been a decision made on the request.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENT HAS GUN IN BACKPACK

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A loaded handgun fell out of a kindergartner’s backpack in a Florida charter school classroom, but it didn’t fire and it is unclear how it got there. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman says the 6-year-old child’s teacher at Somerset Academy Lakes Elementary School immediately picked up the gun after it fell yesterday — and escorted the children out of the classroom. She said no students were endangered at the West Palm Beach School. The principal says the child didn’t know how the gun got into the backpack and had no intention of bringing it to school. The investigation continues.

“FEARLESS GIRL” FATE

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Fearless Girl” statue that’s been a New York City tourist attraction for the last year is staying put for now. A spokesman for the mayor’s office says a decision is pending on where the statute — and its message of female empowerment — will find a permanent home. The statue was bedecked with a cape of blue flowers on Thursday, courtesy of retailer Old Navy, for International Women’s Day. Also yesterday, a replica of the statue was installed in Oslo.

BAD BEETLE

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says it has intercepted one of the world’s most destructive pests of stored grains, cereals and seeds at two Washington-area airports this year. An agency release says agriculture specialists at Dulles International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport recently encountered the Khapra beetle, the only insect it takes regulatory action against. The statement describes the insect as having the potential to economically cripple exporters. Dulles specialists found four live adult beetles, 12 live larvae and some dead larvae in rice brought in by a traveler from Saudi Arabia. And at BWI, specialist found two live adults and a dead larva in cow peas carried in from Nigeria. The food was incinerated.

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