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Listeria triggers major recall of veggies across US and Canada

(CNN) — A leading vegetable supplier in California, Mann Packing, voluntarily recalled products that might have been contaminated with a harmful bacteria called listeria, the company announced last week.

The recall affects packaged produce at multiple supermarkets across the United States and Canada including Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Meijer.

“Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution,” the company said in a statement, adding that it is cooperating with US and Canadian health officials to recall the products.

No illnesses have been linked to the products, the company said. The contamination risk was picked up by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency through random sampling.

The affected items were listed as “best if used by” October 11 to October 20. Customers should not consume these items but should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

In response, Meijer has recalled several dozen products, including broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus, that were sold in six states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

About 1,600 people become infected with listeria each year, and about 260 die, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the bacteria may cause fever and diarrhea, just like other foodborne bugs, certain people are at greatly increased risk: the elderly, people with a weak immune system, pregnant women and their newborns.

Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to become infected, and the bacteria can be passed on to the developing fetus, the CDC says. The infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and premature labor.

Amazon received 238 proposals for second headquarters

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(CNN Money) — Amazon has confirmed the obvious: It’s received a lot of interest from cities vying to host it’s second headquarters.

The tech giant said on Monday that 238 cities and regions put in a bid for the opportunity. The proposals span across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America.

Amazon announced plans for a second headquarters in September, sending cities into a frenzy. The company expects to invest more than $5 billion to build the facility and will create as many as 50,000 “high-paying” jobs.

Amazon says the new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, will be a “full equal” to its Seattle campus.

Related: 8 cities fit for Amazon’s second headquarters

Cities have made elaborate and creative gestures in an effort to woo Amazon. Kansas City Mayor Sly James wrote five-star reviews for 1,000 random items on Amazon’s website; Tucson sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a giant cactus; and New York City lit up landmarks like the Empire State Building in “Amazon orange.”

Amazon estimates that its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy.

Proposals for HQ2 were due last week.

‘Don’t let strippers in your house’ warns Indiana man after having 16 guns stolen

KOKOMO, Ind.-- Indiana gun owner Billy Swaggerty learned a bitter lesson after his back door was kicked in last spring and more than a dozen firearms - some of them assault-style rifles - and the safes they were kept in were stolen.

“Be careful who you tell, keep it to yourself, don’t be bragging about how many guns you got, be careful who you let into your house and make sure you buy a quality safe,” he said. “And that’s another thing…don’t let strippers in your house.”“And that’s another thing…don’t let strippers in your house.”

Swaggerty told WXIN that last winter a woman he knew in passing showed up at his front door in Kokomo, shivering without a coat, and asking if he still had a spare bedroom.

Over his wife’s objections, Swaggerty let the woman move in.

“And I put her in the bedroom with the safes and it came back and bit me,” he said. “The fact is she was a stripper is what we found out. We didn’t know that she was a stripper.”

A stripper with a husband who was in prison on a drug charge with a substance abuse problem herself, he said. Swaggerty came home for lunch on May 3rd and realized someone had kicked in his backdoor and stolen all his guns and the safes in which they were stored.

“I had probably three .22 rifles, two shotguns, numerous pistols, I had an SKS which is .762 millimeter, I had an AK 74 which is a .554 millimeter and I had an AR 15 which I just got for Christmas which is a .556 millimeter,” said Swaggerty, who estimated his guns were worth $10,000.

While the guns were locked in safes, the cabinets were constructed of thin steel and were not secured to the floor meaning two people would be able to move them.

“It wasn’t just her and they better brought a truck because they didn’t put them in a car,” said Haggerty, who found tire tracks in his side yard after the theft.

According to recent statistics released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 13.2 million new guns, both manufactured domestically and imported, were added to America’s existing arsenal in 2015.

Swaggerty is worried any one of his 16 stolen guns could end up in the wrong hands, and already have.

“Word is is that she went to her drug dealer and sold my guns for $450,” said Swaggerty, who has the name of the suspected purchaser.  “My worst fear is one of my guns is gonna kill a child.”

Swaggerty considers himself a responsible legal gun owner who has been victimized by his good nature and firearms security that wasn’t tough enough.

“Why do I collect them? Why do people collect bottle caps? I like guns,” he said. “Make sure you buy a big enough safe and make sure you bolt it to the floor and you make sure you bolt it to your wall.”

Mazoloa and Hy-Vee: Sesame soy seared cauliflower

MOLINE- Mazola Corn Oil and Hy-Vee are teaming up to bring you some healthy recipes during WQAD News 8 at 11.

Hy-Vee dietician Heather Kearney joined Angie on Monday, Oct. 23 to put together a tasty sesame soy seared cauliflower side dish.

To see the ingredients and cooking instructions, see the info below or visit Mazola's website.

Sesame Soy Seared Cauliflower

Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 to 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Mazola® Corn Oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 large head cauliflower, cored and broken into 2-inch florets
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Optional: chopped parsley, cilantro or green onions

Instructions:

Heat oils in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until lightly browned, stirring occasionally to coat with oil mixture.

Add soy sauce, quickly stir to coat and cover with a tight fitting lid. Remove pan from heat and allow to stand for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with parsley if desired and serve immediately.

Multiple bodies pulled from the Missouri River

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Four bodies were recovered from the Missouri River near Sioux City over the weekend in two separate incidences.

One of the incidences involves a family of three reported missing on Monday, Oct. 16. Police divers recovered a car that witnesses said had been driven off a road into the water near Larsen Park on Oct. 16.

Dangerous water conditions hampered the search. On Saturday a diver battling a current in 20 feet of water found the car several hundred feet downstream from where it had gone in. The diver hooked the car to a winch so it could be brought to shore.

Police have not identified the bodies, but they are believed to be those of the missing family.

On Sunday,  officials recovered the body of a man believed to have drowned at the Sioux City Marina.

Police say the man had been acting bizarre at the marina early Sunday morning, but officers sent there couldn’t find him.

Around 10 a.m. a person working on a boat heard a splash and soon found the man in the marina’s Missouri River water. The person unsuccessfully tried to help the man, who slipped beneath the surface.

A dive team member eventually found the body. Police say the body was that of 34-year-old Allen Clay, who lived in Sioux City.

‘He couldn’t remember my husband’s name’: Soldier’s widow breaks silence on Trump’s condolence call

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a widow’s account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger earlier this month.

Trump tweeted shortly after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, discussed her disappointment with the call on “Good Morning America” Monday morning, saying the President stumbled on her husband’s name and suggesting the only reason he knew it was because the report was right in front of him.

“I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!” Trump tweeted.

"Whatever [@RepWilson] said was not fabricated. What she said was 100% correct." – widow of Sgt. La David Johnson on Pres. Trump's call pic.twitter.com/fOAmT7c0Bk

— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017

Johnson said she was distraught over Trump’s alleged oversights during the call, which came as the Johnson family and Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, who is a friend of the family, rode in a limo to receive Johnson’s body from Dover Air Force Base.

“(The call) made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice,” she said.

When host George Stephanopoulos asked if she had anything to say to the President, Johnson was direct.

“No. I don’t have nothing to say to him,” she said.

I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017

Wilson and Trump have traded barbs for nearly a week on the controversy stemming from the President’s condolence call to Johnson.

Wilson claimed that the President said Johnson “knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.” The family member who raised Johnson has called Wilson’s account of the call “very accurate” and the White House has not refuted that Trump spoke those words.

Myeshia Johnson told “Good Morning America” Wilson’s account of the call was “100% correct.”

Johnson’s GMA appearance comes during a swirling political debate over the circumstances of the death of her husband and three other US soldiers in Niger.

Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017

Sgt. Johnson was found nearly a mile away from the central scene of the ambush in Niger, four administration officials familiar with the early assessment of what happened told CNN on Friday. The Pentagon is still looking at the exact circumstances of how and when Johnson became separated from the 12-member team as they were ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters. The FBI is assisting in the investigation of the ambush.

Johnson, who is expecting a daughter this January, said she’s still waiting for answers regarding the circumstances of her husband’s death.

"[Pres. Trump] couldn't remember my husband's name. … That's what hurt me the most." – Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt. La David Johnson pic.twitter.com/px5io2RbJB

— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2017

“The questions that I have that I need answered is I want to know why it took them 48 hours to find my husband,” she told Stephanopoulos. “Why couldn’t I see my husband? Every time I asked to see my husband, they wouldn’t let me.”

She says she’s gotten no answers from the government about how or where her husband died and says they refused to let her view his body.

“They won’t show me a finger, a hand. … I don’t know what’s in that box,” she said.

She added, “They won’t tell me. They won’t tell me anything. I don’t know anything.”

When Stephanopoulos asked if she believed she would get the answers to questions surrounding her husband’s death, Johnson said: “If I keep pushing for them, I will.”

Midwest’s first sticking snow happens this week

Good morning!

Temperatures will be up and down and up and down this week. The first shot of cold air will mean widespread 40s for high temperatures Tuesday afternoon, along with a few flakes of snow possible across Northeastern Iowa and Southwestern Minnesota. Even though there could be some slushy raindrops here, nothing will stick.

By Thursday evening, a more potent cold front arrives in the Upper Midwest…the coldest we’ve seen since April!

It will even be cold enough for snow to accumulate from Northern Minnesota, through Northern Wisconsin, and into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There’s a small chance we could even get a dusting of snow into Northeastern Iowa and South-Central Wisconsin.

It’s that time of year, I suppose! -Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Trump expects Congress to pass a new tax plan before Thanksgiving; how it could impact your retirement savings

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President Donald Trump raised expectations today about Republicans' timetable for passing tax reform, saying he expects the currently unwritten overhaul of the tax code on his desk by Thanksgiving.

In an op-ed in the USA Today published Sunday, the President said the economy can't "take off" unless "we transform the outdated, complex tax code."

The tax plan Trump and Republican leaders are pushing for reduces tax rates on corporations from 35% to 20% and consolidates individual tax rates to 12%, 25%, and 35%, possibly leaving room for one higher bracket for the wealthy. Income brackets for those rates haven't been set.

Some members of Congress worry tax cuts will increase the deficit even more. Democrats say they won't support a plan that benefits the rich and doesn't help the middle class.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) says Americans are getting ahead of themselves with all this speculation. "It's way too early to predict the various details," he says. "But I can tell you, the goal here, the goal here is to get middle class taxes down, to prevent job exportation, which our current business taxes really encourage people to go offshore, and to produce more jobs and opportunities for the American people."

House Republicans are also looking into sharply reducing the amount of money American workers can put in their 401(k)s. Right now, workers can save up to $18,000/year in their retirement accounts without paying taxes upfront on that money. Americans over the age of 50 can save up to $24,000.

Under the new proposal, all workers would be limited to putting $2,400 in their 401(k)s.

It's unclear if this proposal will pass through Congress, as it's already getting major push back from Wall Street.

Illinois family throws a one of a kind birthday party for son battling a rare disease

BUDA, Illinois--It's the little things that make Joey Bauer smile, so imagine his surprise when a crowd of people showed up to his 13th birthday party.

"I’ve got friends here that drove two and a half hours just to be with him... that speaks a lot to the good hearts in people," says Joey's mom, Bonnie Bauer.

Dozens of people packed the Taylor Memorial in Buda, Illinois, with gifts and kind words for the birthday boy.

"(13 years old) is a special age on its own and to know his birthdays are numbered... That’s the hard part," says Bonnie.

Joey has CLN3 Battens disease, a rare genetic mutation in the blood that will eventually cause blindness, lack of motion and juvenile Alzheimer’s.

With a life expectancy anywhere from age 16 to 30, the Bauer family says they want to make each special occasion count for Joey.

Related: Illinois mom asks for birthday cards to surprise her son battling a rare disease.

That’s why his family and friends threw him a party the weekend before his birthday.

A party filled with some of his favorite things, like Star Wars themed gifts and more than three thousand birthday cards sent to him from people all over the world.

Related:Birthday wish come true fpr Illinois boy battling a rare disease

“He’s just shocked. He keeps looking at them going wow, he’s enjoying it though,” says Bonnie.

Finding strength in kind words from complete strangers and his loving family that knows him best.

Bonnie plans to wallpaper Joey’s room with all his new cards, so he can see them every day.

Students at Bureau Valley Junior High are planning another birthday party for Joey Wednesday, October 25, in the Bureau Valley High School gymnasium in Manlius, Illinois.

 

 

Halloween takes over Bettendorf Family Museum

BETTENDORF-- Princesses, Harry Potter's, Iron Man's, and Ghosts took over the Bettendorf Family Museum for some ghoulish fun.

The Annual Scarecrow Shenanigans event brought dozens out on October 22nd.

Kids and their families came in costumes and participated in a variety of Halloween themed activities.

The activities included a Haunted bounce house, glow in the dark Jack-o-Latern craft room, and making your own witch's brew.

This spooky family friendly event is a tradition going on almost 30 years now.

Dozens braved rainy chilly weather for Trunk or Treat event

ROCK ISLAND-- The light drizzle and chilly weather didn't stop kids from getting some halloween treats ahead of schedule.

The 3rd annual Trunk or Treat event brought out all kinds of ghoulish fun.

People parked in the Two Rivers Church in Rock Island to give out candy from the trunks of their cars.
Organizers say it provides a safe alternative to trick or treating.

Kids got a chance to play pumpkin games like pumpkin bowling and pumpkin ring toss.

Man in critical condition after his car collides with a train in West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa-- A man is in critical condition in Iowa City after his car was hit by a train in West Liberty, Iowa.

Police say the accident happened just before 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. That's when police responded to a car versus an Iowa Interstate train on the 200 block of North Calhoun.

The car was pushed along by the train for about two blocks coming to rest on the north side of Prairie Street.

The driver of the car, an adult man, was the only one in the car.

Police say he was extricated by the West Liberty Fire department and ambulance service using the JAWS of life. The man was then flown by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals in critical condition.

The West Liberty Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, West Liberty Fire and Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

The crash is still under investigation. The crash happened at an intersection with working flashing red crossing lights.

Ready for a nice chill? Two rounds of cool air arrive this week

Our cool Sunday afternoon will give way to a chilly Sunday night. Cloud cover will gradually clear out, and lows will drop into the low 40s. Patchy fog is also possible.

Some sunshine will kick off our Monday morning, but some cloud cover will return in the afternoon. A few showers are possible as well as a cold front passes through during the day. Highs will top out near 60. After the front passes, get ready for a blast of cool air! A northwest wind will really pick up Monday night into Tuesday, and highs will likely only be in the upper 40s. On top of that, it will be cloudy with a few showers.

We’ll briefly warm up on Wednesday and Thursday with more sunshine in the picture. Expect the upper 50s on Wednesday and the mid 60s by Thursday.

However, another blast of chilly air moves in by Friday and the upcoming weekend! Highs will struggle to reach the mid to upper 40s, and overnight lows are likely to be around freezing. We’ll be keeping a close eye for our frost and freeze potential… stay tuned!

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

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Moline Volleyball claims share of Western Big 6 Title

Moline needed to beat Quincy in order to have a share of the Western Big 6 Title.  The Maroons would win game 1, 25-23, then fall in game 2 by that same score.  Moline then won game 3, 25-18 to finish 9-1 the conference sharing the championship with Quincy.

Trump plans to release 3,000 classified Kennedy documents: what will they tell us about his assassination?

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- We may soon have new information about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

President Donald Trump tweeted today that he will allow thousands of classified government documents to be released that could reveal new details on the assassination of Kennedy.

The documents were kept secret... until now. A 1992 law known as "The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act" required more than 3,000 previously-classified documents be made public by the law's 25th anniversary. That's this coming Thursday, October 26th, 2017.

The only person who can prevent the release of the documents is President Trump, who still has the power to withhold any or all documents he believes could endanger U.S. Intelligence, law enforcement, or the military.

Scholars and historians who have studied the assassination do not think the documents will lead to any bombshell discoveries, but the anticipated release still has them buzzing.

"I applaud the fact that President Trump is releasing these documents," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says. "Historians have wanted the release done for a while. What happened with the assassination of John F. Kennedy is still, parts of it, a mystery."

One of those mysteries is assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City weeks before the killing, during which he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies.

Oswald said he went to get visas to enter Cuba and the Soviet Union, but historians think there may be more to that story. They believe the new documents may hold the answers.

In all, the National Archives will release 3,000 never-before-seen documents Thursday, and 30,000 documents that were previously released, but only in part.

St. Ambrose hosts music and art gala to highlight Korean culture

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- St. Ambrose is teaming up with Korean musicians from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and artists to celebrate Korean culture.

It's a part of the school's annual cultural globalization events.

Political Science professor, Duk Kim, Ph.D, says the platform of art and music is key to start a bigger conversation about rising tensions between the United States and Korea.

Last Thursday North Korea issued another threat against the United States pushing the two nations closer towards a declaration of nuclear war.
Kim talked about the direct impact this has towards the small but growing Korean community in the Quad Cities.

"This is one of the most intensified moments... A lot of people have relatives in South Korea and if anything goes wrong lives are at risk so we have to be concerned about their safety," says Kim.

Kim says there are at least 300 Korean people living in the Quad Cities.

 

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