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Beef recall expanded


Beef recall expanded

Authorities expanded a nationwide recall of raw beef products on Tuesday after hundreds of people fell ill from salmonella. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service believes that an additional 5 million pounds of raw meat is contaminated, bringing the total recalled amount to more than 12 million pounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases have been reported in at least 25 states. The recall now includes a list of brands that includes Kroger, Laura’s Lean, and JBS generic. According to a statement released by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, ‘‘the raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018.’’ — WASHINGTON POST



Woman who claims a hidden camera was in her shower sues

A woman who claims hidden-camera footage of her in a hotel shower was posted on a dozen pornographic websites has filed a $100 million lawsuit. The Chicago resident, identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, claims the nude video was taken at a downtown Albany Hampton Inn and Suites in July 2015. She is suing the hotel’s owners and the Hilton Worldwide chain. She said she discovered the secret taping in September after the video started to be posted to pornographic websites with her name. The lawsuit claims an unidentified e-mailer at first demanded more images and later thousands of dollars. A hotel spokesman says they were shocked at the allegation and will work with authorities. A Hilton spokeswoman said they will support the independent owners during any investigations. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Uber launches a minibus service in Cairo

Uber launched a new minibus service on Tuesday in traffic-mad Cairo, Egypt’s capital and one of the US ride-sharing giant’s fastest-growing markets. A part of an aggressive push into emerging countries, the company hopes to draw millions of Egyptians into ride-sharing from chronically congested, pollution-filled urban landscapes and replace personal automobiles. It is already investing $100 million into a Mideast and North Africa customer support center in Cairo. — ASSOCIATED PRESS



Thomson Reuters to cut 3,200 jobs by 2020

Thomson Reuters said it plans to cut its workforce by 12 percent, or 3,200 positions, by 2020 as part of a push to reduce spending. Capital outlays as a share of revenue will be down about 30 percent by 2020, Thomson Reuters said Tuesday in a presentation for investors. By that year, Thomson Reuters expects to have about 11 percent fewer products and pare its number of locations by 30 percent. Thomson Reuters provides financial news, data, and analytics. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


BNP executive says she was discriminated against because of gender, health

A BNP Paribas SA executive who described herself as an “outspoken woman” is suing the bank’s London branch, saying she faced discrimination because of her gender and a health condition. Angelina Georgievska, head of the bank’s corporate derivatives group for central and eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said in her witness statement at the start of a nine-day hearing on Monday that a “culture of presenteeism” had put her at a disadvantage. She also believes she was “treated less favorably because I was not quiet — I was an outspoken woman,” who’d complained about pay. Staff were encouraged to spend long hours at their desk, to cope with demanding travel schedules, and to be contactable around the clock, she said. This was difficult because she suffered from uterine tumors that could cause “extreme pain” and leave her bedridden. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


American Airlines disputes claim that woman was abandoned for hours

American Airlines says closed-circuit television footage at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shows a 67-year-old woman in a wheelchair wasn’t left alone nearly as long as her family claims. American released a timeline that shows Olimpia Warsaw was alone 1¼ hours after her flight was canceled late Friday — during which time Warsaw twice used a walker to go outside to smoke. Relatives have said they didn’t know Warsaw was stranded until she failed to arrive in Detroit. American says the porter assigned to stay with her made a six-minute telephone call to Warsaw’s son less than an hour after the flight was canceled. Warsaw’s son, Claude Coltea, says American can ‘‘condense the timeline all they want,’’ but that there’s no disputing the porter left Warsaw alone. — ASSOCIATED PRESS



Watch how you toss away that Christmas wrapping

Americans generate 25 percent more trash during the holiday season and, historically, that’s been a gift to the companies that haul it away and sell it to recycling processors overseas. But ever since China banned imports of what’s called contaminated recycling — paper mixed with plastic, for example, or a greasy pizza box — the waste haulers have had to accept much lower prices for their material or send it to landfills. The largest US waste haulers, including Republic Services, Waste Management, and Waste Connections, forecast a decline of at least $500 million combined in recycling profits this year. When foil wrapping, tape, ribbons, and bows get combined with recyclable paper, it can all end up in the landfill. Dirty plastic utensils and plastic trash bags full of paper can also contaminate a recycling bin, jeopardizing thousands of tons of otherwise recyclable content. — BLOOMBERG NEWS



Coal use at a nearly 40-year low

A federal report says Americans are using less coal this year than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. That’s despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the country’s coal industry. The US Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that the country will end 2018 having used less coal than at any time since 1979. The report cites ongoing competition from cheap and cleaner-burning forms of energy, especially natural gas. Tighter pollution rules also have shut some older, dirtier coal plants. The electrical grid is the main user of coal. With U.S. demand falling since 2007, federal officials said, this year will be the second-biggest on record for mothballing of US coal plants. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Pet food has elevated vitamin D

Elm Pet Foods is the latest maker of dog food to issue a recall over elevated levels of vitamin D, which can cause kidney failure at high enough levels. Similar recalls have been issued by ANF Inc., Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Life Pet Products, and Nutrisca over the last month. Elm and others urge consumers to either dispose of or return several types of chicken and chickpea recipe dog food. They also urge dog owners to contact their veterinarian if the food was eaten. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity include vomiting, weight loss, increased urination, and excessive thirst. Specific details on individual brands can be found at — ASSOCIATED PRESS