- - Friday, June 26, 2009

COLORADO

41,000 pounds of beef recalled

GREELEY — JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley has recalled about 41,000 of its beef products because of possible E. coli contamination.

JBS Swift spokesman Chandler Keys said Thursday the recall is voluntary and no illnesses have been reported.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the products were produced on April 21-22 and shipped to distributors and retailers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

All the recalled beef is in boxes bearing “EST. 969” and packaging date codes of 042109 or 042209. They have case codes of 21852, 21853, 31852, 31853, 33852, 33853, 41853, 41853, 79852, 79853 or 90853.

GEORGIA

U.S. swine flu cases may hit 1 million

ATLANTA — Health officials estimate that as many as 1 million Americans now have the new swine flu.

Lyn Finelli, a flu surveillance official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave the estimate at a vaccine advisory meeting Thursday in Atlanta.

The estimate is based on mathematical modeling. Nearly 28,000 U.S. cases have been reported to the CDC, accounting for roughly half the world’s cases. The U.S. count includes 3,065 hospitalizations and 127 deaths.

An estimated 15 million to 60 million Americans catch seasonal flu each year.

ILLINOIS

Blagojevich’s time in jungle ‘welcome’

CHICAGO — Former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich said Thursday that her time on NBC’s reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” was a much-appreciated diversion from her family’s troubles that await her back home.

“It was a really welcome break that I didn’t know that I needed, but it turned out to be the right thing at the right time for me,” Mrs. Blagojevich said during a telephone interview from Costa Rica on WLS Radio’s “Don Wade and Roma Morning Show.”

When Mrs. Blagojevich returns to real life in Chicago, she’ll resume dealing with the ongoing legal problems of her husband, ousted former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Bounced out of office by lawmakers, he faces federal corruption charges for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. Mr. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty.

Mrs. Blagojevich was tapped to appear on the reality show as his replacement after a judge barred him from leaving the country.

Mrs. Blagojevich spent 23 days in the jungle on the show before getting voted off during Tuesday night’s episode. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips went on to win.

KANSAS

Man charged in killings at home

KANSAS CITY — A 37-year-old man was charged Thursday with killing four people, including a 3-year-old girl whose lifeless body was found in the front yard of a Kansas City home.

Adrian Burks, of Kansas City, Kan., is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of James Warren, 66; Amanda Remmers, 21; Peggy Castleberry, 41; and her daughter, Juanita Castleberry-Bess. They all died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victims’ bodies were found Monday at Mr. Warren’s home. The three adults’ bodies were found inside the house, and Juanita’s body was found in the yard.

Mr. Burks was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery in the beating of another man hours before the slayings. He was being held at the Wyandotte County jail on $2 million bond.

NEW JERSEY

No bail for blogger accused of threats

NEWARK — A judge in New Jersey has denied bail to a blogger charged with threatening to assault or kill three Chicago-based federal judges.

Hal Turner, 47, appeared in federal court Thursday. He is charged with threatening three appeals judges who refused to overturn handgun bans. Mr. Turner was arrested Wednesday at his northern New Jersey home.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Attorneys offered to release Mr. Turner if he agreed to be confined to his North Bergen home and not use the Internet. But U.S. Magistrate Michael Shipp said he considered Mr. Turner a danger to the community and ordered him transferred to Illinois.

NEW YORK

Ex-congressman to run for governor

ALBANY — Republican Rick Lazio, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000, is planning to run for governor of New York next year, his spokesman said Thursday.

“He fully intends to,” said Barney Keller when asked whether Mr. Lazio was running.

Mr. Lazio has made no public announcement, and Mr. Keller said the former congressman from Long Island is still deciding when to make the decision formal. Mr. Lazio has formed a campaign committee and his Web site is soliciting contributions.

“This campaign will be about the future of New York and what kind of New York we want our children and grandchildren to inherit,” Mr. Lazio said on the Web site.

Mr. Lazio lost to Mrs. Clinton in the historic race that made her the only first lady to ever be elected to the Senate.

 

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