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Frozen food recall covers hundreds of items from many store

CRF frozen food recallAmid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it'll be difficult to get consumers to dig through their freezers and check for products they may have bought as far back as 2014.

It's one of the largest food recalls in recent memory, with well over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Washington, sold under more than 40 different brand names at major retailers like Costco, Target, Trader Joe's and Safeway. So far, eight people have been sickened by listeria that's genetically similar to that found in CRF vegetables, and two have died, though listeria was not the primary cause of death.

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Israel defense minister quits, warns of "extremist" takeover

Moshe Ya'alonIsrael's defense minister announced his resignation on Friday, saying the governing party had been taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" and that he no longer trusted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following reports that he was to be replaced.

Moshe Yaalon's departure removes a strong voice of moderation in the Cabinet and deepens the rift between the security establishment and the hardline politicians.

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Egyptian navy finds EgyptAir wreckage

Egyptian navy finds wreckageA sweep by Egypt's navy off the coast of Alexandria has recovered debris, a body part, and passenger belongings from the missing EgyptAir flight MS804.

Wreckage was found about 290km north of the Egyptian city on Friday, Egyptian state TV quoted the Egyptian military as saying.

The plane disappeared over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board early on Thursday.

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17 arrested in Rikers Island smuggling bust

Rikers Island workers arrestedSeventeen corrections officers, inmates and their associates were indicted Thursday in a crackdown on smuggling at New York's infamous Rikers Island jail.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said two corrections officers, a cook and six inmates were among those accused of conspiring to smuggle scalpels, narcotics and other contraband in return for thousands of dollars in bribes.

"These alleged schemes fed the climate of danger and fear that makes Rikers Island notorious for brutality, and they reveal the true scope of corruption that goes far beyond its shoreline," Clark said.

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Could superbugs become deadlier than cancer?

superbugsDrug-resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.

That number could soar to as many as 10 million a year by 2050 unless the world acts now.   That is the warning from British researchers about drug-resistant bacteria.

For the first time, the researchers have set out what needs to be done to tackle the rise of so-called superbugs.

Overuse of antibiotics is raising the prospect of a future where routine operations will become too dangerous for doctors to perform. And a simple infection could leave you fighting for your life.

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Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s — But Did Nothing

Bid oil could have cut emissions in '70sResearch into this innovative technology, the company said at the time, “has been greatly accelerated.”

But, as Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law, likes to say, “Did you start driving a Prius in 1968?”

Muffett’s point, which he supports with dozens more documents his group released Thursday, is that American oil companies were well aware of the risks their industry posed to the environment by the 1960s. And they could have taken actions to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

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Itzhak Perlman Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Transgender Bathroom Ban

Itzhak PerlmanItzhak Perlman, the famed Israeli-American violinist who performed at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, has become the latest musician to cancel an appearance in North Carolina over the state’s recent bill curtailing antidiscrimination policies for people identifying as LGBT.

“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” Perlman wrote on his Facebook page. “As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2.”

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VA Docs Can Now Recommend Medical Marijuana to Vets in Some States

VA doctors can recomment marijuana for vetsCongress on Thursday gave veterans the right to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with their Veterans Affairs doctors in states where it is legal.

The House approved a bill and the Senate is expected to approve one later Thursday that include amendments forcing VA to lift restrictions that prohibit doctors from talking about medical marijuana or recommending it to their veteran patients.

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Oklahoma’s Legislature Passed A Law Making It A Felony To Perform An Abortion

Gov. Mary FallinOklahoma’s legislature passed a first-in-the-nation law Thursday that would make it a felony for abortion providers to perform or induce the procedure.

Senate Bill 1552 now heads to the desk of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R). It contains no exceptions for cases of rape and incest or to protect the health of a pregnant person. (Abortions necessary to save the mother’s life are acceptable under the law.) Doctors would be barred from obtaining a license to practice medicine in the state if they violated the law, which refers to performing an abortion as “unprofessional conduct.” The minimum punishment for the law would be one year in jail.

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