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    As Tropical Storm Erika churns toward U.S., Florida declares state of emergency

    Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Erika has caused devastation on the Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving at least four people dead and more than 20 missing as Florida declared a statement of emergency while the storm churns toward the peninsula, authorities said. Erika’s center was headed toward the Dominican Republic on Friday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Rain from the storm also affected the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the center said. Erika is expected to remain […]

  • General Mills is recalling a "limited quantity" of frozen green beans after a package of them tested positive for listeria. The voluntary recall involves 10-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with the "Better If Used By" dates of April 10 and April 11, 2016, General Mills said.

    General Mills recalls frozen green beans over listeria scare

    General Mills is recalling a “limited quantity” of frozen green beans after a package of them tested positive for listeria. The voluntary recall involves 10-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with the “Better If Used By” dates of April 10 and April 11, 2016, General Mills said. No other varieties or production dates of Cascadian Farm products are involved in the recall. “No related illnesses have been reported in connection with this product,” General Mills said in a […]

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    Police reveal bizarre list of items found in WDBJ shooter’s car

    ROANOKE, Va. — Police have revealed a bizarre list of items found in the vehicle belonging to the man who shot and killed a Virginia reporter and photojournalist before taking his own life Wednesday. The items included a wig, six magazines of ammo, a to-do list, 17 stamped letters and three license plates. Police found Vester Flanagan’s car at a local airport four hours after the shooting. He drove off the road and shot himself after a police chase. Flanagan’s […]

  • Purple-colored Yersinia pestis bacteria, the bacteria that causes the plague, seen on the spines of a flea.

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    CDC reports 12 cases of human plague this year; 4 patients have died

    UTAH — An elderly person died from plague this month, Utah health officials said Thursday. There have been 12 cases of plague diagnosed this year in seven states. Four of the 12 patients have died. An investigation into how, where and when the person was infected with the flea-borne infection is ongoing. The person did not travel to an area where plague is common. No other information about the patient is known at this time. People are usually infected after […]

  • People who bought StarKist tuna have that choice due to a class action lawsuit settlement. The customers claimed that StarKist put less tuna in their cans than advertised. The suit, filed in federal court in Oakland more than two years ago, in 2013, charged that StarKist under-filled certain 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna and solid white albacore tuna. (StarKist Tuna)

    $25 of cash or $50 of tuna. Your choice.

    NEW YORK — Would you rather take home $25 in cash or $50 of tuna? People who bought StarKist tuna have that choice due to a class action lawsuit settlement. The customers claimed that StarKist put less tuna in their cans than advertised. The suit, filed in federal court in Oakland more than two years ago, charged that StarKist under-filled certain 5-ounce cans of chunk light tuna and solid white albacore tuna. Federal law requires 5 ounce cans to contain between 2.84-ounces […]

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    SEE IT: Trump invites woman to touch his hair during campaign rally

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Donald Trump says he doesn’t wear a toupee. Now, he has independent confirmation. The real estate mogul called a woman onto stage — “And have I ever met you before? No,” he said — to give his hair a quick tug during a campaign rally Thursday in South Carolina. So is it real? “Yes, I believe it is,” the woman, who wasn’t named, said into Trump’s microphone. “I don’t wear a toupee. It’s my hair, I swear,” […]

  • A refrigerated truck is towed along a highway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on August 27, 2015. The bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants have been found in the truck on the A 4 highway in Austria, police said Thursday, the latest tragedy involving people desperately trying to reach Europe. (Photo credit: DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Truck full of bodies found on Austrian highway

    VIENNA — At least 20 migrants were found dead Thursday in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. Police official Hans Peter Doskozil said the truck, with Hungarian license plates, was found on the shoulder of the highway. He suggested the victims had been dead for some time, telling state broadcaster ORF that the bodies appeared partially decomposed. He said the truck was apparently abandoned Wednesday and its back door […]

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    Young girl ripped from her bed, sexually assaulted in Conn.: police

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Police in Connecticut are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a young girl who earlier this month was ripped from her bed in the middle of the night then returned home after the attack, WFSB reports. The assailant pulled the girl, whose age was not released, through an unlocked bedroom window at her Broad Street home in New Britain, police told the station Wednesday. It happened during the early hours of Aug. 16. Police said the young victim was […]

  • Rosie O'Donnell issued a plea for help Tuesday in finding her daughter Chelsea O'Donnell, whom the comedian said was last seen on August 11.

    Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted daughter goes to live with birth mom

    Well, she wasn’t home very long. Less than three weeks after she ran away, Rosie O’Donnell’s adopted daughter Chelsea has bolted again. “Chelsea made a decision when she turned 18 that she wanted to go to her birth mother,” said O’Donnell spokeswoman Cindi Berger. “This was her choice.” As a 17-year-old, Chelsea ran away from her home in Nyack, New York, on August 11. She was found a week later and 100 miles away in Barnegat, New Jersey. Chelsea was […]

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    Poor taste? 10th Anniversary Katrina snow globe features flooded homes

    NEW ORLEANS — Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a company has released snow globes that have many who see the trinkets wondering if the globes are in poor taste, WGNO reports. The snow globe in question features a small house partially submerged in water, detailed with tarps, a red “X” on the roof and “FEMA” written on the side of it. Even though the website states that the snow globe is paying tribute to the “hard work, incredible strength, growth and […]

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