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    Nationwide fruit recall affects numerous grocery chains

    CUTLER, Calif. — If you’ve picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe’s, King Soopers, City Market or Walmart stores recently, keep reading. Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Costco, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and the Walmart Corp. — which operates Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, have all posted notices about the fruit […]

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    Ear-biting forgiven? Mike Tyson to present Holyfield at Hall of Fame

    LAS VEGAS — Back when Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997, it seemed unlikely the two boxers could ever reconcile. But apparently, time heals all wounds. In a reunion that was once unthinkable, Tyson will be Holyfield’s presenter for his induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame made the announcement on its website. Tyson will deliver the presenting speech for the former heavyweight champion. The ceremony will […]

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    FAA bans all U.S. airlines flying to and from Tel Aviv for 24 hours

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours. “The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile” from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said. The suspension comes amid a conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 41 rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory toward Israel on […]

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    Customer leaves waiter $1,000 tip, writes ‘Pay it forward’

    ALBANY, N.Y. — A waiter at the Ginger Man restaurant in Albany, N.Y., was stunned recently when a patron left him a $1,000 tip. The man left a note on the bill saying it was his birthday and he wanted the waiter to pay it forward. “Between everybody who was working that evening, I gave about half away to the staff,” the waiter said. “I made sure it was OK with him. I thanked him. I hugged him. I hugged […]

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    Obama set to rake in millions despite criticism of fundraising during tumult

    SEATTLE — Republicans and some political pundits have taken sharp aim at President Barack Obama for maintaining his fundraising schedule amid a period of global unrest. Not among those complaining? Democrats who stand to benefit from the millions of dollars in campaign cash Obama will help pull in this week during a three-day West Coast swing, bringing him into the homes of entertainment and real estate bigwigs in Seattle, the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Based on descriptions of Obama’s […]

  • Ukraine says Russian officer pushed the button to shoot down Malaysia Airlines plane

    KIEV, Ukraine — As bodies from Thursday’s air disaster reached a facility Tuesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian government ratcheted up its accusations against Moscow, saying a Russian officer shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine’s director of informational security, made the accusation in an interview. It was a “Russian-trained, well-equipped, well-educated officer” who “pushed that button deliberately,” he said. Ukrainian intelligence backs up the assertion, Nayda said. Moscow has denied claims that it pulled the trigger. And […]

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    Oklahoma teen accused of raping young children on African mission trip

    EDMOND, Okla. — An Oklahoma teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip. The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children. According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch. “This is a […]

  • Pro-Russian rebels hand over black box data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) to a Malaysian delegation in Donetsk, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

    Rebels hand over black boxes from crash of MH-17 to Malaysian officials

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebels gave Malaysian officials the data recorders from downed Flight 17 on Monday, days after the passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine. “We believe these are the black boxes and these boxes will reveal the truth,” said Alexander Borodai, the self-declared rebel Prime Minister in Donetsk. It was a significant step forward in an investigation that’s been stalled for days, but key questions remained unanswered: Will the black boxes give investigators the clues they need? What will […]

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    Three teens charged with beating homeless men to death

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three teens admitted to police they attacked two homeless men who were found dead in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, police said. The boys — 15, 16 and 18 — used bricks and a metal pole to kill the men, according to a criminal complaint accusing each of them of two counts of murder. A judge set bond at $5 million each during a hearing Monday. All three are being prosecuted as adults, although the two youngest […]

  • Chipotle admitted that it faked a Twitter hack on July 21, 2013, as part of a promotion, and to gain followers. (Photo: Facebook / Chipotle)

    Chipotle stock soars after Denver company hikes prices

    DENVER – Forget buying burritos and tacos at Chipotle — purchase the company’s stock. Chipotle shares soared in extended trading Monday after the restaurant chain released a blockbuster quarterly report. Despite raising prices, customers are still lining up for more. The Denver-based burrito maker said it earned $3.50 per share in the second quarter. It was expected to have made $3.09 per share, according to estimates from FactSet. That’s “hot, hot, hot” on Wall Street. Chipotle shares jumped over 8% in […]

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    $190 million settlement for women secretly recorded by gynecologist

    BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed to pay $190 million to settle the case of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and recorded his patients. The doctor committed suicide after confessing to the clandestine photos and recordings. “We have come to an agreement that the plaintiffs’ attorneys and Johns Hopkins Health System believe is fair and properly balances the concerns of thousands of plaintiffs with obligations the Health System has to provide ongoing and superior care to the community. […]

  • Staff Sgt. Ryan J. Pitts receives the Medal of Honor from President Obama at a White House ceremony on Monday, July 21, 2014.

    Medal of Honor recipient says award is for his slain brothers

    WASHINGTON — In the predawn hours of July 13, 2008, a wounded Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts dragged himself from one position to another, lobbed grenades overhead and fired a machine gun at insurgents in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. He launched grenade after grenade under a hail of enemy gunfire as comrades at other nearby posts fell. He also asked other soldiers to fire at his position to prevent the enemy from gaining ground, according to the Army’s account of events. […]