FDA issues salmonella warning

SUNDAY, OCT. 5, 2008

The government is urging consumers to thoroughly cook frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning.

The health warning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited frozen dishes in which the chicken is raw, but breaded or pre-browned, giving the appearance of being cooked. They include “chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev,” or chicken breasts stuffed with cheese, vegetables or other items.

USDA said many of the people who became ill apparently did not follow the package’s cooking instructions. Las Vegas

5 Simpson jurors cite 1995 verdict

Jurors in O.J. Simpson’s robbery trial in Las Vegas have said they disagreed with his murder acquittal 13 years ago.

Jury questionnaires released Saturday show that five of the 12 jurors disagreed with the 1995 verdict that cleared Simpson of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.

Most others claimed to be uncertain or did not answer the question. All jurors said they could set aside their feelings.

The judge in the robbery case released edited versions of the questionnaires. Simpson was convicted late Friday of all counts in a botched hotel-room heist a year ago.


Massachusetts would like a loan

The treasurer of Massachusetts has asked the federal government about lending Massachusetts money under the same favorable terms it has given banks and firms during the financial crisis.

Treasurer Timothy Cahill’s requests to the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston this week were prompted by the state’s inability to borrow from the short-term debt markets, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. The financial turmoil has caused credit markets to stop lending or to charge prohibitive rates.

California has made a similar request, saying it would run out of money by the end of the month if the short-term debt markets do not ease. The state asked whether it could not obtain loans from the Fed.


Ike death toll increases to 70

A Texas sheriff’s official says the national death toll from Hurricane Ike has hit 70 after two bodies were found near where the storm came ashore.

A search team made the discovery Saturday on an island off the devastated resort area of Bolivar Peninsula.

The bodies were taken to the Galveston County medical examiner’s office. Ike forced more than a million people to flee the Texas coast before it hit Sept. 13. It caused flooding and deaths as far away as Pennsylvania.

From wire reports


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