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Listeria fears spark recall of over 9,000 cases of frozen corn

More than 9,000 cases of frozen corn are being recalled by Bonduelle USA Inc., due to potential Listeria contamination, the Food and Drug Administration announced in a press release on Monday.

Can Clinton candidacy unravel over her emails?

Washington - She remains Democrats' best hope -- for now -- to retain the White House, but Hillary Clinton has failed to shake an unremitting email scandal that has dragged down her perceived trustworthiness and upended her campaign.

U.S. calls for release of Chinese rights activists

Washington - The United States urged China to release a dozen human rights activists and religious figures it said were detained before a planned meeting with a visiting US diplomat.

Will talk of the 'Big One' shake the U.S. into quake prep?

Portland - The "Portland Mamas" listserv was on fire this summer. But the heated debates were not about schools and strollers in Oregon’s largest city.

Chicago sues red-light camera firm for bribery scheme

Chicago - The City of Chicago has filed suit against former red light camera operator, Redflex Traffic Systems, for more than $300 million on grounds the entire program was built on a $2 million bribery scheme.

Bail withheld for Christian rocker held on child porn possession

Chicopee - A Christian rock musician from Massachusetts will remain behind bars pending trial because the FBI contends thousands of downloaded images of child pornography were allegedly found on his computer.

Thousands of Steelworkers rally in Pittsburgh after lockout Special

Pittsburgh - Close to 3,000 members of the United Steelworkers Union rallied in Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon seeking an end to a lockout at one steel mill and fairer contracts in several others.

Wildfires continue to rage — Atlantic coast is blanketed in smoke

As of September 1, according to the National Interagency Fire center, wildfires have burned over eight million acres, an area larger than the state of Maryland. And no, we are not seeing the end of the wildfire season, not by a long shot.

Obama tours glacier to highlight march of climate change

Clear - US President Barack Obama viewed Alaska's monumental Exit Glacier, in a bid to drive home the impact climate change is already having on America.

U.S. calls for freedom for 20 women political prisoners

Washington - The United States launched a drive Tuesday to highlight the plight of 20 women around the world it says have been unfairly imprisoned for their views or political activism.

Chipotle being sued over 'false' GMO-free claims

A California woman is taking Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. to court because she claims the restaurant's "G-M-Over it" advertising is false and misleading. The woman's lawsuit is seeking class-action status and unspecified damages.

Cracking down on fungal meningitis

The brain disease meningitis is caused by different microorganisms. One of the most difficult forms to detect and treat is fungal meningitis. Researchers have a new approach to treat the disease.

Tweaking fungi to boost biofuel enzyme production

Researchers have used mutant variants of a fungus to double the production of endoxylanase enzymes. These enzymes are used to bleach wood in chlorine free processes and for biofuels.

Half of Guantanamo inmates need indefinite lockup: Pentagon chief

Washington - About half the detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba need to be locked up "indefinitely," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday.

El Nino cause of rare occurrence — Three hurricanes at once

It has never happened before, at least since weather records have been kept, but this past weekend, the world saw three very powerful category 4 tropical cyclones swirling in the central and eastern basins of the Pacific Ocean.

Op-Ed: U.S. sanctions ban Russian parliamentarian from global conference

New York - Valentina Matvienko is speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council. She is one of seven Russian officials targeted by U.S. sanctions including a travel ban.

Frozen corn under four labels recalled because of health risks

Brockport - A large French company that produces processed vegetables has recalled over 9,000 cases of frozen corn due to the possible contamination of the product with Listeria monocytogenes.

Obama urges more ice breakers in Arctic Circle amid global race

The Obama administration is proposing an increase in the number of American Coast Guard icebreakers to be used in the Arctic Circle. The move comes as the region becomes an important global hotspot for resource exploitation and other activities.

White House officials still plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Existing prison facilities at Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C., are possible locations for where overseas terror suspects may be imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when that prison closes sometime next year.

Ex-US special agent pleads guilty to taking $800k in Bitcoin

Washington - A former US Secret Service special agent pleaded guilty to taking more than $800,000 of electronic Bitcoin currency while investigating the "Silk Road" online black market, the Justice Department said.
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