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McMahon at event with bomb threat

MADISON | A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a political fundraiser in Connecticut attended by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon.

Mrs. McMahon was among more than 60 people at the home of Madison Republican Town Committee Chairman Tom Banisch on Sunday afternoon during a fundraiser for the local GOP.

Police say someone called them shortly after 4:30 p.m. to report a bomb at Mr. Banisch’s home. State police searched the house for about an hour and determined the threat was bogus. No one was injured.

Authorities are trying to determine who made the threat.

WHITE HOUSE

First lady asks eateries for help

First lady Michelle Obama is prodding the nation’s restaurants to add more healthy options to menus, label those items more prominently and market nutritious foods to children.

Speaking to the National Restaurant Association on Monday, Mrs. Obama pleaded with restaurants small and large to take a little butter or cream out of their dishes, use low-fat milk and provide apple slices or carrots as a default side dish on the children’s menu.

Mrs. Obama said that Americans are spending half their food dollars outside the home and eating a third of all meals in restaurants. She asked the restaurants to rethink the food they offer and reformulate their menus to help combat childhood obesity.

“We have to do more, we have to go farther, and we need your help to lead this effort,” she told the restaurateurs and executives.

The first lady has delivered similar messages to schools and the nation’s largest food companies as part of her effort to boost childhood nutrition. She told the restaurant industry that parents’ choices at restaurants need to be easier and said that healthy options shouldn’t be buried on the menu.

She appealed to the industry’s creativeness to get the job done.

“You know what gets them to drive their poor parents crazy because they just have to have something,” she said.