Officials Pinpoint 1 Source of Contaminated Romaine, But Investigation Remains ‘Active’

Jamie Ducharme Investigators with the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found one probable source of the E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce, and said romaine from more growing regions is now considered safe to eat. A sediment sample taken from an agricultural water reservoir at Adam Brothers Farming in Santa Barbara County, Calif. tested positive for the strain of E. coli involved in the outbreak, officials said during a call with reporters Thursday. It’s not immediately clear how the reservoir became contaminated, officials said, but the investigation is ongoing with cooperation from the … Continue reading Officials Pinpoint 1 Source of Contaminated Romaine, But Investigation Remains ‘Active’

Here’s Why People Kiss Under the Mistletoe at Christmastime

Kat Moon From Harry Potter’s first kiss to Justin Bieber’s holiday tune, kissing under the mistletoe is everywhere in pop culture. But this Christmas tradition — that if you’re standing under the leafy plant, it’s time for a smooch — existed long before it ever appeared in movies and pop songs. While historians are uncertain about why kissing under the mistletoe started, there is a general consensus regarding when and where the custom began, and how it became popular during Christmastime. The origins of kissing under the mistletoe, a plant that often bears white berries, are often traced to a … Continue reading Here’s Why People Kiss Under the Mistletoe at Christmastime

Oprah Sheds Illuminating Light on That Video of Her Displeased Reaction to Chicken

Cady Lang A video of Oprah tasting a chicken dish on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 recently went viral, thanks to a hilarious tweet by writer Spencer Althouse. In the clip, Oprah tastes a chicken recipe that won $1 million, but soon realizes that the chicken lacks any seasoning — not even salt and pepper. As might be expected, the Internet wholeheartedly enjoyed this vintage Oprah footage — so much so that Oprah herself took to Instagram to set the record straight on her reaction to the unseasoned chicken. In a post to the Oprah Magazine account, she revealed … Continue reading Oprah Sheds Illuminating Light on That Video of Her Displeased Reaction to Chicken

Vermont Man Debuts Middle Finger Sculpture in Unsubtle Message to Town Officials

LISA RATHKE / AP (WESTFORD, Vt.) — A Vermont man who is in an ongoing dispute with his town has let officials know exactly how he feels by erecting a large wooden sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised on his front lawn. Ted Pelkey said Thursday that he has been trying for about 10 years to move his truck repair and recycling business to his property but has been unable to get a permit. He paid about $3,000 to have the roughly 7-foot-tall (2-meter-tall) sculpture carved with a chain saw. In November, he put it on a … Continue reading Vermont Man Debuts Middle Finger Sculpture in Unsubtle Message to Town Officials

6th ‘Yellow Vest’ Protester Dies in France After Getting Hit by Truck

SAMUEL PETREQUIN / AP (PARIS) — A sixth “yellow vest” protester In France has been killed, this one hit by a truck at a protest roadblock, authorities said Thursday as the movement rocking the country showed no signs of abating. Officials in the Vaucluse department said the driver was arrested and taken into custody after he tried to flee the scene near the southern city of Avignon. The Vaucluse prefect’s office said the injured protester received emergency treatment but died from his wounds overnight. The prefect urged the protesters — who wear the fluorescent safety vests that France requires drivers … Continue reading 6th ‘Yellow Vest’ Protester Dies in France After Getting Hit by Truck

Why Wannabe Astronauts Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Virgin Galactic’s Flight to ‘Space’

Jeffrey Kluger For the first time in a very long time, Sir Richard Branson has some good news to report from the spaceport he built in the Mojave desert: at 7:11 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, his Virgin Galactic company at last succeeded in launching honest-to-goodness astronauts into honest-to-goodness space. Sort of. Maybe. If you’re grading on a really, really generous curve. But that’s not the breathless way the news is being framed. The bare facts of the flight are not in dispute—and indeed amount to a nifty bit of engineering and flying. Virgin Galactic’s eight-seat VSS Unity spacecraft, with pilots … Continue reading Why Wannabe Astronauts Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Virgin Galactic’s Flight to ‘Space’

Police Are Investigating Multiple Bomb Threats Sent to Cities Across the Country

Katie Reilly Authorities are investigating numerous bomb threats sent electronically to businesses, universities and government buildings in cities around the country on Thursday. “We are aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the country & remain in touch w/ our law enforcement partners to provide assistance,” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted Thursday afternoon. “As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant & to report suspicious activities that could represent a threat to public safety.” The New York Police Department said it was monitoring multiple bomb threats around the city that are not yet … Continue reading Police Are Investigating Multiple Bomb Threats Sent to Cities Across the Country