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The recalls affect products sold mainly in the Deep South, but the meat was sent to several distributors and could have been repackaged for consumers and sold nationwide.

USDA announced Friday that National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria during routine testing.

MICHIGAN

Dog back with family a year after fatal crash

VIENNA TOWNSHIP — A Maltese dog that disappeared more than a year ago after a fatal car crash in New Mexico has been returned to surviving family members in Michigan.

The crash in June last year killed Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily. Afterward, his wife and four surviving children searched unsuccessfully for the family pet, named Caesar.

Monica Benson told New Mexico’s Quay County Sun she posted pictures of Caesar and her son Benjamin in the hospital room where the then-18-month-old recovered and he kept asking where the dog was.

A volunteer at a shelter in Tucumcari, N.M., contacted Mrs. Benson after scanning a microchip in Caesar earlier this month. He was returned to his family Saturday. Mrs. Benson told the Detroit News the dog remembered her family and “it was an amazing evening.”

NORTH CAROLINA

War widow accidentally sells suitcase with mementos

JACKSONVILLE — A North Carolina woman is frantically trying to find mementos she mistakenly sold that had belonged to her husband, a Marine killed while serving in Iraq.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that Lindsay Whitehouse said she sold a suitcase Aug. 6 at a yard sale. The couple who bought it said they planned to resell the suitcase at an in-state flea market.

After they left, Mrs. Whitehouse realized the suitcase contained awards, memorial items and photographs belonging to her husband, 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Jason Whitehouse. He was killed in action in 2007.

The suitcase also contained family photos, including irreplaceable ones of the couple’s children with their father.

OHIO

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