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For Listeria victims, sudden turns for the worse

Denver ? Charles Palmer is a hardy 71-year-old former Marine and Vietnam veteran who trains cockatiels to say “Semper Fi” and “Whatcha doin’, man?”He also loves fruit — and especially melon for lunch.“He’s never one to get sick,” said his wife, Tammie.The Colorado Springs man ...

Colo. town at heart of listeria outbreak in fear

Holly, Colo. ? Eric Jensen surveys his dusty cantaloupe field and seems equally stunned and puzzled at the fate that has befallen his crop: row upon row of melons rotting on the vine.Jensen is the co-owner of the Colorado farm where health officials say a national listeria outbreak originated, ...

California man found alive by his children 6 days after wreck

Santa Clarita, Calif. ? David Lavau’s children drove slowly along the perilously curved mountain road, stopping to peer over the treacherous drop-offs and call out for their father, missing for six days.Then, finally, a faint cry: “Help, help.” The voice from the wilderness not only let ...

Navy explores longer sub deployments

Gronton, Conn. ? The Navy is considering lengthening the standard deployment of attack submarines beyond six months as it faces rising demands with a fleet that has been shrinking since the end of the Cold War, the commander of American submarine forces told The Associated Press in an ...

Killing Americans: U.S. reaches uncharted ground with attack

Washington ? President Barack Obama steered the nation’s war machine into uncharted territory Friday when a U.S. drone attacked a convoy in Yemen and killed two American citizens who had become central figures in al-Qaida.It was believed to be the first instance in which a U.S. citizen was ...

Are model airplanes a terrorist weapon?

Model airplanes are suddenly on the public’s radar as potential terrorist weapons.A 26-year-old man from a Boston suburb was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives.These are not ...

Bank of America to start charging debit card fees

New York ? Will a monthly debit card fee soon be the norm?Ban of America said Thursday that it plans to start charging a $5 monthly fee when customers make debit card purchases. The fee will be rolled out starting early next year.Paying to use a debit card was unheard of before this year and is ...

Killer cantaloupe, scary sprouts: What to do?

Milwaukee ? Avoid foreign produce. Wash and peel your fruit. Keep it refrigerated. None of these common tips would have guaranteed your safety from the deadliest food outbreak in a decade, the one involving cantaloupes from Colorado.Whether it’s sprouts or spinach, turkey or hamburger; ...

Andy Rooney exiting ‘60 Minutes’ Sunday

With 1,096 essays for “60 Minutes” under his belt, Andy Rooney will deliver his 1,097th on Sunday’s broadcast. And it will be his last as a regular contributor.The 92-year-old Rooney will announce his departure at the end of the program, where he has been featured since 1978, CBS News ...

Cantaloupe illnesses, deaths expected to rise

Washington ? Federal health officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe in coming weeks.So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses — including up to 16 deaths — in 18 states, making it the deadliest food ...

Obama appeals health care setback to high court

Washington ? Raising prospects for a major election-year ruling, the Obama administration launched its Supreme Court defense of its landmark health care overhaul Wednesday, appealing what it called a “fundamentally flawed” appeals court decision that declared the law’s central provision ...

Violent incidents in Afghanistan up 39 percent

Kabul, Afghanistan ? The monthly average of armed clashes, roadside bombings and other violence in Afghanistan is running 39 percent ahead of last year’s figure, U.N. reported Wednesday, with more complex suicide operations involving multiple bombers and gunmen.The statistics show that the ...

17 state attorneys general favor watershed divide

Chicago ? Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he and his counterparts in 16 other states want to demand quicker federal action on preventing invasive species such as Asian carp from migrating between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.Schuette told The Associated Press ...

American hikers say nationality, not actions, led to detention in Iran

New York ? Declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not their actions, two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, ending a diplomatic and personal ordeal with a sharp rebuke of the country that accused them of crossing the ...

Ford CEO Alan Mulally: Recovery is slow but ‘on right track’

At his first press conference as CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally was asked how he could run such a complex company with no experience in the car business.The former Boeing executive responded that cars, which have around 10,000 parts, are indeed very sophisticated. Then he smiled and noted that a ...

Obama to blacks: ‘Stop complainin,’ fight

Washington ? In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.And though he didn’t say it directly, for a second term, ...

Small dent in jobless rate seen from president’s plan

Washington ? Even if Congress heeds President Barack Obama’s demands to “pass this bill right away” and enacts his jobs and tax plan in its entirety, the unemployment rate probably still would hover in nosebleed territory for at least three more years.Why? Because the 1.9 million new jobs ...

World powers attempt to contain debt crisis

Washington ? Global finance officials pledged on Saturday to take bolder moves to confront a European debt crisis that threatens to plunge the world into another deep recession. But sharp disagreements about exactly what to do can’t offer much reassurance to markets rocked by uncertainly in ...