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More than 160,000 pounds of beef recalled in E. coli scare

e-coli scare in beefA meat company based out of Omaha, Neb., is recalling 167,427 pounds of beef after a sample tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Sunday, saying the items were produced on Oct. 16 by All American Meats, Inc. with a sell-by date of Nov. 3.


Cop accused of shooting man in back goes on trial for murder

Pa/ police officer charged with murderVideo played Tuesday at a police officer's murder trial shows the 15-year veteran shocking a fleeing suspect with a stun gun, then shooting him twice in the back as he lay face down in the snow.

Officer Lisa Mearkle is on trial for shooting 59-year-old David Kassick after he fled from a Feb. 2 traffic stop in Hummelstown, a Harrisburg suburb. The shooting was captured by a camera attached to the officer's stun gun.


Iraq's Ahmad Chalabi, leading voice behind 2003 war, dies

ChalabiAhmad Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician who became a Pentagon favorite when he helped convince the Bush administration to overthrow Saddam Hussein in 2003 by pushing false allegations of weapons of mass destruction and links to al-Qaida, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 71.

Iraqi state TV said he died in Baghdad but did not provide further details.

Chalabi, a secular Shiite politician who lived in exile for decades, was a leading proponent of the invasion and had close ties to many in the Bush administration, who viewed him as a favorite to lead Iraq.


China to end decades-old one-child policy, in bow to demographic strain

China ends one child policyChina will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children, ending the country’s decades-long one-child policy in a move to alleviate the looming demographic strain on the labor market.

The decision, announced by the ruling Communist Party, is a major liberalization of the country's family planning restrictions, but follows months of rumors of a policy change. It also comes after the one-child rule was eased in late 2013, with Beijing saying then that it would allow more families to have two children providing that at least one parent was an only child.


Feds Investigate Hobby Lobby Boss for Illicit Artifacts

Hobby Lobby investigated for illicit artifactsOne of America’s most famously Christian businesses is amassing a vast collection of Biblical antiquities. The problem is some of them may have been looted from the Middle East.

In 2011, a shipment of somewhere between 200 to 300 small clay tablets on their way to Oklahoma City from Israel was seized by U.S. Customs agents in Memphis. The tablets were inscribed in cuneiform—the script of ancient Assyria and Babylonia, present-day Iraq—and were thousands of years old.

Their destination was the compound of the Hobby Lobby corporation, which became famous last year for winning a landmark Supreme Court case on religious freedom and government mandates.


Another recall for GM cars with fire risksr recall for GM cars with fire risks

GM car recallGeneral Motors has issued a recall for 1.41 million vehicles, some dating to 1997, to fix a defect that has caused more than 1,300 engine fires.

The recall will be the third attempt to correct a problem in which motor oil leaks onto hot exhaust manifolds during what GM terms "hard braking." The problem can cause fires to break out after the engine ignition is shut off.


Toyota recalls 6.5M vehicles due to power window switch flaw

Toyota recalls Toyota has recalled 6.5 million vehicles, including 2 million in the U.S., because of a faulty power window switch.

The company announced on Wednesday the recall of vehicles released between the 2006 and 2011 model years that were found to have an insufficient amount of lubrication on power window switches.

The faulty switches were found to short circuit and overheat in certain cases, according to the company.


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