Ronald McDonald keeping a lower profile

NEW YORK — McDonald's says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise.

McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that it is being "thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events" as a result of the "current climate around clown sightings in communities." The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances and how that will change.

The burger chain's decision comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings. The reports have forced police in some areas to respond.

Bakery accused of racism for Oreo pastry

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland bakery is being accused of racism for selling an Oreo cupcake they named "Mr. President."

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that customers have been leaving Yelp reviews criticizing Fat Cupcake for its "Mr. President" pastry. The cupcake is described as an Oreo Cookie baked inside white cake with cookies n' cream buttercream.

Owner Anjelica Hayes says she is black, so the cupcake cannot be racist. She said they originally named the cupcake because it was so good they wanted it to hold public office. She later found out President Barack Obama's favorite cookie was the Oreo.

For now to avoid the controversy, Hayes has renamed the cupcake "the Professional." She said the cupcake is still the most popular item at the store despite its name.


Associated Press