Subway to rid its bread of chemical
Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove azodicarbonamide. The ingredient is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in food as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. It can be found in a wide variety of products, including those served at McDonald's, Burger King and Starbucks and breads sold in supermarkets.
Woman gets life in stiletto heel death
A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head. Ana Trujillo was convicted of murder Tuesday by the same jury for killing 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson during an argument last June at his Houston condominium. Defense attorneys argued that Trujillo, 45, was defending herself from an attack by Andersson, who was a University of Houston professor and researcher.
American jailed in Cuba ends his fast
An American imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally working to set up Internet access on the island suspended his hunger strike Friday after more than a week. Alan Gross, 64, had eaten his last solid meal April 2 and said in a statement he was fasting to protest his treatment by the U.S. and Cuban governments. In a statement released through his lawyer, Gross said he suspended his fast because his 91-year-old mother asked him to stop. But he said "there will be further protests to come." Gross, who lived in Maryland before his arrest, was working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development when he was arrested in Cuba in 2009. Cuba considers USAID's programs illegal attempts by the United States to undermine its government. Gross was tried and sentenced to 15 years in prison.