FDA requirements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering several changes to nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. The proposed rules would put a greater emphasis on total calories and added sugars, as well as on certain nutrients like Vitamin D and potassium. The FDA is also suggesting changes to serving size requirements that would reflect more what people usually eat or drink. For example, the changes would require that the entire soda bottle be considered as one serving size, making calorie counting simpler.
Academy Awards. Ellen Degeneres hosted the 86th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday. Jared Leto won early in the night, taking home the award for Best Supporting Actor. Disney’s animated film, “Frozen,” won the Oscar for the Best Animated film. “Gravity” received seven awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett took home Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role respectively. To wrap of the night, Steve McQueen made history by becoming the first black director to win Best Picture for his drama, “12 Years a Slave.”
Disney to cut Boy Scouts funding. The Walt Disney Company announced that it would cut funding to the Boys Scouts of America due to the policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization. Starting in 2015, Disney will stop donating money to troops in exchange for volunteer hours completed by Disney employees. The decision became public when the president of a local Boy Scout council sent a memo alerting local troops to the decision. The Boy Scouts organization is “disappointed” by the decision, according to Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman.
Arizona governor vetoes controversial bill. On Wednesday, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have given Arizona business owners the right to refuse service to gay individuals and other people on religious grounds. Controversy surrounding the bill arose after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill last Thursday. Many Arizona business leaders warned of the potential financial problems that the bill could cause the state. Other top Republican politicians sided with the opponents, saying the measure gave people the right to use religion as a basis of prejudice.