Florida city plans condo with car elevator

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., has approved plans to build a condominium complex with elevators that take residents, and their cars, right to their doors.
McDonald's dumps egg-supplier Sparboe

McDonald's dumps egg-supplier Sparboe

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. food giant McDonald's said Friday it was cutting ties with egg supplier Sparboe Farms in the wake of a video showing workers abusing hens.
Police: McDonald's menu change inspired attack

Police: McDonald's menu change inspired attack

JANESVILLE, Wis., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman who allegedly attacked her boyfriend and stood on the hood of his car said she was upset about McDonald's switching to breakfast.
McD's chief: Cut taxes, curb fed spending

McD's chief: Cut taxes, curb fed spending

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Washington must cut taxes and government spending to kick-start a U.S. economic recovery, McDonald's Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner says.

Louisville loses frosh star for the season

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- University of Louisville athletic officials said Friday highly touted freshman Wayne Blackshear would miss the entire basketball season with a shoulder injury.

McDonald's franchisee bans crusading mom

PHOENIX, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Phoenix-area woman who publicized bacteria she found in play areas at local McDonald's has been banned from some of the restaurants.
Clinton: Good works ruining his golf game

Clinton: Good works ruining his golf game

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Bill Clinton says his travels around the world for his charitable foundation have been bad for his golf game.

Convict says he couldn't handle being free

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A convicted killer freed from a Texas prison after 26 years said he burned a house down so he could be jailed because he couldn't cope with the outside world.

New Heinz packets headed for Wendy's

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. announced its redesigned "Dip and Squeeze" Heinz Ketchup packets will replace the old style packets at Wendy's restaurants.

Woman gets five years for transgender beating at McDonald's

BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old woman caught on videotape beating a transgender woman at a McDonald's in suburban Baltimore has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Toxic fumes at Ga. McDonald's kill woman

Toxic fumes at Ga. McDonald's kill woman

POOLER, Ga., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Investigators are blaming toxic fumes in the bathroom at a Pooler, Ga., McDonald's for the death of an 80-year-old woman.
9 hospitalized after inhaling toxic fumes in a McDonalds

9 hospitalized after inhaling toxic fumes in a McDonalds

POOLER, Ga., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Nine people were hospitalized after breathing in toxic fumes at a Pooler, Ga., McDonald's, rescuers said.
Mom charged after kids found home alone

Mom charged after kids found home alone

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Police say they arrested a Boynton Beach, Fla., mother after finding her two daughters, ages 5 and 7, home alone, playing with condoms.

Swedish man fined $380 for Nazi salute

VAXSJO, Sweden, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Swedish man reportedly under the influence of alcohol was fined $380 for making a Nazi salute and shouting "Heil Hitler," officials said.

Police arrest McDonald's pimple popper

CAPE CORAL, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said complaints about a man popping his back pimples outside of a McDonald's resulted in the man's arrest.
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A sign advertises the double filet-o-fish in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago on March 31, 2010. The demonstrators, organized by Corporate Accountability International, claim McDonald's uses Ronald McDonald to market unhealthy, fatty foods to children and are calling for his retirement. UPI/Brian Kersey

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 64 million customers daily in 119 countries.[3][4] Headquartered in the United States, the company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by the eponymous Richard and Maurice McDonald; in 1948 they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles. Businessman Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955. He subsequently purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.[5] A McDonald's restaurant is operated by either a franchisee, an affiliate, or the corporation itself. The corporation's revenues come from the rent, royalties and fees paid by the franchisees, as well as sales in company-operated restaurants. McDonald's revenues grew 27 percent over the three years ending in 2007 to $22.8 billion, and 9 percent growth in operating income to $3.9 billion.[6] McDonald's primarily sells hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken, french fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, shakes and desserts. In response to changing consumer tastes, the company has expanded its menu to include salads, wraps, smoothies and fruit.[7] Main article: History of McDonald's The business began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California. Their introduction of the "Speedee Service System" in 1948 furthered the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant that the White Castle hamburger chain had already put into practice more than two decades earlier. The original mascot of McDonald's was a man with a chef's hat on top of a hamburger shaped head whose name was "Speedee." Speedee was eventually replaced with Ronald McDonald by 1967 when the company first filed a U.S. trademark on a clown shaped man having puffed out costume legs. McDonald's first filed for a U.S. trademark on the name "McDonald's" on May 4, 1961, with the description "Drive-In Restaurant Services," which continues to be renewed through the end of December 2009. In the same year, on September 13, 1961, the company filed a logo trademark on an overlapping, double arched "M" symbol. The overlapping double arched "M" symbol logo was temporarily disfavored by September 6, 1962, when a trademark was filed for a single arch, shaped over many of the early McDonald's restaurants in the early years. Although the "Golden Arches" appeared in various forms, the present form as a letter "M" did not appear until November 18, 1968, when the company applied for a U.S. trademark. History McDonald's corporate logo used from 1968 to 2006. It still exists at some restaurants. The present corporation dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 15, 1955,[8] the ninth McDonald's restaurant overall. Kroc later purchased the McDonald brothers' equity in the company and led its worldwide expansion, and the company became listed on the public stock markets in 1965.[9] Kroc was also noted for aggressive business practices, compelling the McDonald brothers to leave the fast food industry. The McDonald brothers and Kroc feuded over control of the business, as documented in both Kroc's autobiography and in the McDonald brothers' autobiography. The site of the McDonald brothers' original restaurant is now a monument.[10] With the expansion of McDonald's into many international markets, the company has become a symbol of globalization and the spread of the American way of life. Its prominence has also made it a frequent topic of public debates about obesity, corporate ethics and consumer responsibility.

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