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More than half the cases have been in Illinois. There have been no deaths.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised the public not to eat alfalfa sprouts produced by the Tiny Greens Organic Farm in Urbana, Ill., because of possible salmonella contamination. The warning issued Monday evening also includes a mix called spicy sprouts, which contains radish and clover sprouts.


Eight homeless killed in warehouse fire

NEW ORLEANS | A blaze in a small, abandoned warehouse in New Orleans killed eight homeless people who were burning wood in a barrel to stay warm, the fire department said Tuesday.

A man who lives nearby said the homeless often seek refuge from the cold in the neighborhood’s many boarded-up buildings. Temperatures were unusually low — just below freezing — when the fire was reported around 2 a.m.

The building was fully ablaze when the first firetruck arrived, said New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Greg Davis. Firefighters could not tell the ages or genders of the bodies pulled from the rubble. The fire also killed two dogs.

Two survivors told firefighters that at least some of the people inside were unconscious when the building went up in flames. Mr. Davis said they might have been knocked out by carbon monoxide. “When you burn something in a closed area, you’re going to build up carbon monoxide,” he said.

The average low for New Orleans in late December is around 44 degrees, but freezing temperatures aren’t unheard of, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Destri.


NFL’s Bengals sued over drunken fans

CINCINNATI | A woman says two intoxicated fans at a Cincinnati Bengals game fell on her, breaking her nose and finger and causing other injuries.

Rebecca Dunn and husband Curtis Dunn of Owensboro, Ky., are suing the Bengals, the beer vendor and the county-owned football stadium for negligence, alleging they continued to serve alcohol to “noticeably intoxicated” fans at a 2009 NFL game.

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said Tuesday the team wouldn’t comment on pending litigation. Neither would the stadium vendor, Philadelphia-based Aramark Corp., company spokeswoman said. Hamilton County officials didn’t immediately return an after-hours phone call Tuesday seeking comment.

The Dunns say the two men sitting behind them were served several drinks at Paul Brown Stadium before they fell on her, breaking and gashing her nose, breaking her finger, and causing bruises, sprains and other injuries. Their lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages for past and future pain and suffering and medical treatment that they say has cost $20,000 so far.

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