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91,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled in Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.


Official List of Carcinogens Now Four Substances Longer

Four new substances have been added to the official federal list of carcinogens, which is updated each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Carcinogens are substances -- chemical, biological, and physical agents -- implicated in the direct causation of cancer, either by damaging the body's genome or altering cellular metabolism.


Charlie Sheen Sued for Sexual Battery After Dentist Visit

A dental technician in Los Angeles has filed suit against actor Charlie Sheen.


Unemployment Is Down, So Why Isn't Pay Going Up?

The September jobs report released Friday contained a puzzling fact: Paychecks still aren't growing despite brisk hiring and encouraging unemployment numbers.


Shark Attack Closes California Beaches

Three California beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed because of a shark attack.


Hispanics Picked up 72,000 Jobs in September

Hispanics enjoyed the same surge in hiring and drop in joblessness as the rest of the nation in September, picking up 72,000 jobs and seeing unemployment dip to 6.9 percent.


US Service Firms Grew at Healthy Clip in September

U.S. service firms expanded at a healthy pace in September although it was slightly below the record pace set in August.


U.S. Hospitals Not Ready for Ebola, Nurses Say

The possible TB exposure by an infected patient care technician in El Paso and the first confirmed Ebola case in the U.S. at a hospital in Dallas underscore the need for hospitals to upgrade procedures, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee said.


U.S. Exports Rose to All-time High in August

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.


U.S. Unemployment Rate Dips Under 6 Percent

U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008.


Hector Beltran Leyva, Alleged Cartel Kingpin, Arrested in Mexico

Mexican authorities on Wednesday arrested Héctor Beltrán Leyva, who allegedly ran a drug network that for years smuggled vast amounts of cocaine from South America to the U.S. and Europe.


Ebola Patient May Have Had Contact With 100 Americans

The number of people potentially exposed to U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has grown to 100, and his family has been issued a court-ordered quarantine.


Dalai Lama Plans Return to Tibet

The Dalai Lama said Thursday that plans are being made for a return pilgrimage to Tibet after more than 50 years in exile.


Teens Arrested in Chicken Attack

Four teenagers were arrested Thursday for the slaughter of 920 chickens with a golf club at a Foster Farms plant near Fresno, Calif.


Liberia to Prosecute Dallas Ebola Carrier

The man who brought Ebola to the U.S. will be prosecuted when he returns home for lying on his airport screening questionnaire, Liberian authorities said Thursday.


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