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Romaine lettuce likely safe to eat again, per CDC report

The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the deadly multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region brought a bit of positive news.

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While the CDC reported 23 more cases of illness from 13 states since the agency's May 9 update, the affected produce should no longer be available for sale.

The latest news release from the CDC posted on Wednesday said that the "last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018 and the harvest season is over. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life."

The CDC reports that, as of May 15, 172 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 32 states. 

Bread truck driver convicted of killing unarmed black teen over stolen lunchbox

An Alabama man was convicted Wednesday of gunning down an unarmed 16-year-old as he ran away with a lunchbox stolen from the man’s bread truck. 

Jonathan Wayne Scott, 52, of Madison, wept as he was led away from the courtroom where a jury took less than two hours to convict him of manslaughter, reported. Scott faces up to 20 years in prison in the June 21, 2016, slaying of Mustafa Bearfield Jr., who was black. 

Bearfield’s mother, Shameka Williams, posted on Facebook following the verdict that her son got justice. The trial of his killer began the day after Mother’s Day. 

Scott, who is white, testified at trial that he was making a bread delivery to a Huntsville convenience store the morning of the shooting when he saw Bearfield walking away from his work truck with his lunchbox.

He testified that he yelled for the teen to drop the lunchbox, but said that Bearfield gave him a “screw you” look, reported. That’s when Scott threatened the teen with his gun. 

“I told him, ‘Drop it or I’ll shoot,’” Scott testified.

Bearfield ran and Scott chased him, firing six shots in his direction. The final shot struck Bearfield in the back of the head, killing him. 

According to, audio from 911 calls and video from police officers’ body cameras showed that Scott attempted to perform CPR on the teen, who died about a block from the convenience store. Scott’s lunchbox was found near the boy’s body.

Scott testified that he fired his gun to scare the teen into dropping the lunchbox, which he said he often used to carry a gun and thousands of dollars in cash. Police photos taken at the scene, however, show only food and drinks in the container. 

The delivery driver said he aimed his shots over Bearfield’s head, but claimed that the final shot struck the teen because he was running up a hill. 

At one point in the defense case, Scott’s attorney asked a police witness whether Bearfield had a criminal history, reported. As prosecutors objected to the question, the teen’s mother spoke up from the gallery.

“He’s not here,” Williams shouted. “He’s dead.”

Jurors also saw video of Scott’s interview with police investigators, in which he cried as he admitted killing the teen.

“It was just a cooler,” Scott told detectives, according to “It was not worth a kid's life. He was just a boy. Why did I even try to scare him?”

Scott is being held in the Madison County Jail without bond while awaiting sentencing, jail records show

Williams posted a Mother’s Day photo of her son’s grave on a Facebook page titled Justice for Mustafa

“(I) miss my baby saying, ‘Happy Mother's Day, mommy,’ and a hug (and) kiss (and) card. My baby said (I) am a blessing to him as a mother. I cherish all the memories we have,” she wrote. 

Others mourned Bearfield on social media after his death, including staff members at his neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. 

“You were loved, will be missed and in our prayers,” a post on the club’s Facebook page read. “Right, wrong or indifferent and no matter how often a child comes to the club, they will always be considered ‘our child.’ He was taken too soon, he didn't get a chance to grow into the adult we all knew he could be or wanted to be. 

“I pray that we will never have to experience a pain like this again and justice will be served.”

Lincoln Tunnel bus crash: Dozens of injuries reported

Two buses crashed into each other in the Lincoln Tunnel Friday morning, authorities said.

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Dozens of injuries have been reported. FDNY told PIX11 that there are 25 minor injuries and seven serious injuries. None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening.

Port Authority officials told WNBC that the incident involved two NJ Transit buses that rear-ended each other in the center tube.

Man who claimed to be passenger in fatal crash was driver, prosecutors say

A man who claimed to be a passenger in a fatal 2016 crash was driving the vehicle that killed his friend, prosecutors said Wednesday. 

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Jack Henry Kaplan, 22, told police officers responding to an October 2016 crash that he was too intoxicated to drive, so his friend James Dupler took the wheel instead, Boone County Sheriff’s officials said

However, after nearly two years of investigating, prosecutors believe Kaplan, who was found outside the vehicle near the driver’s door, lied about being the passenger. 

Kaplan, of Zionsville, called his father before dialing 911, leaving him at the scene for nearly an hour before emergency responders arrived. 

“These evidentiary facts were found through time and diligent work then presented to the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office,” Sheriff Mike Nielsen said in a statement. “They reviewed the facts and the overwhelming evidence in the probable cause affidavit, and believed there is enough to charge Mr. Kaplan with this crime.”

Kaplan was arrested and charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident, reckless homicide, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, obstruction of justice, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more and public intoxication.

“Our family would like to sincerely thank the tireless efforts of the Boone County Investigative Team in finding the truth and honoring James' memory,” the Dupler family said in a statement. “There is hope in Jesus, and a measure of peace in knowing the truth.”

Boy describes Hilton Head shark attack: 'I'm dreaming, wake me up!'

10-year-old boy is recovering after a shark bit him over the weekend in the waters of Hilton Head.

Jei Turrell was bitten while splashing in waist-deep water along the South Carolina coast, according to the boy's mother.

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Tonya and Paul Turrell said their son showed nothing but faith and courage despite suffering such a horrific injury. Tonya said Jei was bitten in the right forearm while he and his brother were playing Sunday on Hilton Head Island.

"He is a trooper," Tonya said. "He is so brave."

Experts at the Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed the shark bite from photos of the wound but were not sure what kind of shark it was.

"I was underwater and I see a shark's mouth, and just, it was so quick. It just got me and bolted off the other way,” Jei said.

Jei said he screamed “shark!” and that's when his family rushed over and saw blood running down one of his arms.

"All he kept on saying, and I'll never forget it, is, 'I'm dreaming, I’m dreaming! Wake me up! This is a dream.' And we kept on saying, 'No, no, no, you've been bit,’" said the boy's father, Paul Turrell.

The shark's teeth cut all the way to the bone of Jei's forearm, but amazingly, his parents said he didn't cry.

He was airlifted to a hospital for surgery, and as he recovers, is keeping a positive attitude.

He said he's alive and now has the memory of the shark encounter on his arm, showing how tough he is.

Turrell said she wouldn't have let her children go into the water if she'd known about recent, frequent water evacuations in the Hilton Head Island area. According to Mike Wagner, operations manager for Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Service, those evacuations happen almost daily during the summer season. Some of them are for shark sightings or lightning strikes, but most are to bring in swimmers venturing too far out, Wagner said.

Several days before Jei was bitten, there were evacuations in the late morning and early afternoon after a shark was spotted swimming back and forth in shallow water in the area.

Sunday afternoon's incident was the first reported shark bite of 2018 on Hilton Head Island, according to Wagner. In 2017, there were 10 confirmed shark attacks in South Carolina. Of those, eight were on Hilton Head Island.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Santa Fe High School Shooting: What to know about Santa Fe Independent School District

Police have a suspect in custody after a shooting at a Texas high school. There are reports that at least eight people were killed in the shooting, KHOU reported.

Santa Fe High School includes grades 9-12, according to the Santa Fe Independent School District website

There are about 5,000 students enrolled in the district and 600 staff members. 

The district has a dedicated police force, including resource officers, crossing guards and a dispatcher, according to the district website

“The Santa Fe I.S.D. Police Department is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our children to learn and grow,” according to a statement. 

Santa Fe, Texas, is southeast of Houston and about an hour outside Galveston.

The district encompasses about 72 square miles of Galveston County, encompassing multiple communities.

The teacher-student ratio is 15:1, according to a welcome video on the district site.

Santa Fe High School includes the Indian Success Academy, which is described as an alternative learning center program for at-risk students.  

Special programs includes technical programs including cosmetology and welding, according to the district welcome video.

Santa Fe High School graduation is scheduled for June 1. 

Neighboring Dickinson Independent School District is also currently in “protect mode” because of the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Disney brings alcohol to all Magic Kingdom table service restaurants

A big change is on tap for park goers at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

For the first time in its 47-year history, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has alcohol on the menu at all of its sit-down table-service restaurants.

>>Read: SeaWorld Orlando will pour free beers on Fridays this summer

The theme park is introducing beer and wine to three sit-down restaurants that previously did not serve alcohol

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In 2012, Magic Kingdom opened its “Beauty and the Beast” themed restaurant Be Our Guest in the expanded area of Fantasyland. It was the first restaurant in the park to serve alcohol, and since then the park has been slowly adding adult beverages to more of its menus. Wine and beer will now be served at The Plaza Restaurant, The Crystal Palace and The Diamond Horseshoe, Disney announced via its blog.

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Alcohol has already been available throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom theme parks.

Alcoholic beverages remain off-limits at Magic Kingdom’s “quick service” counter eateries.

For a complete list of Disney property restaurants and menus, click here

SeaWorld Orlando will pour free beers on Fridays this summer

Sea water won’t be the only thing flowing at SeaWorld Orlando this summer.

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The theme park will offer free beer for guests on Fridays this summer, starting Friday.

Guests aged 21 and older can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio to get up to two free seven-ounce beers per visit. The free beer will flow from 10:30 a.m. until one hour before the park closes.

The beer selection will include popular brands like Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Light, as well as SeaWorld’s own Mako Red Ale.

The last Friday for free beer this season will be Sept. 2, which is the Friday before Labor Day.

In addition to the Friday free beer, park officials said guests can also enjoy happy hour daily starting at 4 p.m., which will include food and drink deals.

Flames ravage bar, but spare American flag

Firefighters were called Friday morning to battle an intense fire at a bar in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, that destroyed everything but an American flag, officials said.

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The fire was reported shortly before 2 a.m. at Chubboy's, formerly Phil's Nite Club, in Dawson.

Flames ravaged the building as thick smoke billowed into the air.

“It was through the roof. It was a complete loss from the get-go. There was nothing we could do to save it. The only thing we managed to save was an American flag,” firefighter Steve Swiger said.

No injuries have been reported.

Burglar ransacks dead man's Manhattan apartment

A burglar broke into a dead man’s apartment in Manhattan and stole more than $13,000 in valuables, the New York Post reported.

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Marcus McHugh died in his apartment May 11. The theft was discovered Wednesday when McHugh’s 71-year-old mother went to his apartment with a police escort to retrieve his belongings, the Post reported.

The police seal that was put on the door of McHugh’s apartment was broken, and the lock placed at the dwelling by the New York Police Department had been removed, the Post reported. Police put a seal and lock on the door when a person who is living alone is found dead, an NYPD spokesman said.

Among the items stolen were a bracelet, a necklace, a fur and a leather case, police said.

McHugh’s cause of death has not been revealed, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not responded to an email, the Post reported.

Wine kegs are real; find out where they’re sold

Boxed wine is so 1960s. Now wine in a keg is a thing, at least in New York City.

Bridge Lane Wine out of New York has invented a wine keg for those aficionados who have a large social circle who also love vino.

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The keg holds about 26 bottles of white merlot, sauvignon blanc, a red blend, chardonnay or rosé, Delish reported.

It uses a standard beer keg tap, or you can add one of the company’s taps when checking out.

After you tap the keg, which looks like a supersized plastic bucket, the wine inside will stay fresh for up to two days, according the winery, and 4 weeks in a kegerator. If you leave it sealed, it’s good for up to 6 months, Delish reported.

The keg is only available for those living in Long Island or New York, but wine lovers outside the Empire State, don’t fret. The same volume of wine is available to you, but the bladder filled with alcohol will be shipped, provided that you’re old enough to consume, in a heavy-duty cardboard case, and not the plastic keg, Delish reported.

The keg costs $240. Bridge Lane Wine also offers its vintages in more traditional forms like a bottle for $20, a box of wine for about $38 and a four-pack of cans, with each can equal to about a half a bottle, for around $34.

For more information, visit Bridge Lane Wine’s website.

Former Russian spy released from British hospital after poisoning

Sergei Skripal, the ex-Russian spy who was poisoned with a nerve agent in the United Kingdom in March, was released from a hospital on Friday, the BBC reported.

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Skripal was found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4 along with his daughter, Yulia Skripal, after being exposed to Novichok, a nerve agent, CNN reported.

>> Daughter of ex-Russian spy released from hospital

Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital on April 9, the BBC reported.

A police officer was also exposed to Novichok and hospitalized, although officials with Salisbury District Hospital said he was released March 22.

Russian officials have denied playing any role in the attack.

Director of nursing Lorna Wilkinson told the BBC that "This is an important stage in (Sergei Skripal’s) recovery, which will now take place away from the hospital."

In 2006, Skripal, a former colonel, was jailed in Russia for 13 years for revealing the identities of Russian spies in Europe to British intelligence officers. In 2010 he was part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and the United States, the BBC reported.

Man who fired shots at Trump golf course in Miami wounded by police

A man who fired shots at a Miami-area golf course owned by President Donald Trump was shot and wounded early Friday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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The man, identified as Jonathan Oddi, 42, of Doral, was not a guest at the resort, The Miami Herald reported. The suspect was waving an American flag and “yelling and spewing some information” about Trump at Trump National Doral, the golf and spa resort owned by the president.

Trump was at the White House when the shooting occurred, the Herald reported.

“Subject is in custody. No known victims at this point,” the Doral Police Department tweeted

The incident occurred about 1:30 a.m., Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said at a news conference.

“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of a shooting that took place early this morning at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Doral, Florida. Special agents from the Miami Field Office are on the scene and working closely with our law enforcement partners," the Secret Service said in a statement. "No Secret Service protectees or security operations were impacted as a result of the shooting. As a matter of policy the Secret Service does not comment on Protective Intelligence investigations.”

The president’s son, Eric Trump, praised the Doral and Miami-Dade police departments in a tweet.

Doral police responded after receiving 911 calls, and Perez said a fire alarm was also pulled.

“This was a definite attempt to lure officers into the lobby of that hotel,” Perez said.

Perez added that the officers, “Did not hesitate for one second to engage this individual who was actively shooting in the lobby of the hotel.”

“He had an American flag that he did drape over the counter — that all will be part of the investigation, we’re going to take it from there and see what his real motives are,” Perez said.

The alleged shooter was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower extremities, WPLG reported. A Doral police officer suffered a possible broken wrist and was taken to Baptist Hospital, according to WPLG.

The Trump National Doral Golf Club is the former host of a PGA Tour event, and until last year was the venue of the World Golf Championship tournament for more than four decades, CNN reported.

Meghan Markle to walk alone down aisle, except for short stroll with Prince Charles

In a break with tradition, Meghan Markle will walk unescorted for part of her trip down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported Friday.

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Markle will enter St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and walk with her bridesmaids until she meets Prince Charles at the Quire, where the royal family sits, CNN reported. The Prince -- Harry’s father -- will walk Markle to the foot of the altar but will not give her away. 

Prince Charles will then stand back as Markle approaches Prince Harry. CNN reported.

Earlier, Kensington Palace wrote in a tweet Friday that Charles would walk Markle down the aisle.

“Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle,” the palace wrote in its tweet.

Charles will take the place of Markle’s father, who was unable to attend Saturday’s ceremony.  Thomas Markle originally was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle, but underwent heart surgery on Wednesday.

>> Meghan Markle’s father has heart surgery

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, landed in England on Wednesday and met with several members of the royal family. She is scheduled to have tea Friday with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Daily Mail reported.

Ragland, 61, was introduced to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on Wednesday, as she was invited for tea at their London home, People reported. Ragland also met Prince William; Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Windsor; and their three children.

Wrong directions: Alabama interstate signs contain incorrect information

Drivers on an Alabama interstate did double takes Wednesday after viewing a new sign in the Birmingham area that displayed incorrect highway directions, reported.

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The sign at the I-65 junction with I-59 and I-20 that is called “Malfunction Junction” by local residents, instructed drivers to stay in the middle lane for “I-65 West and I-59 South,” toward Tuscaloosa, while using the right lane to take “I-20 North” toward Huntsville.

The interstate numbering system in the United States designates odd-numbered highways as north-south roads, while even-numbered roads are east-west thoroughfares.

"I know 65 South and I know 65 North. I have never heard of West. That must go to some magical place," Latonya Jones told WBMA.

The new sign will be covered and replaced, Alabama Department of Transportation officials said.

ALDOT spokeswoman Linda Crockett said the wrong directions on the sign were the result of a fabrication error, reported.

Ohio woman catches man recording her in restaurant bathroom

An Ohio woman using a restroom at a Cleveland restaurant Tuesday knew something was wrong when she noticed a pair of men’s bowling shoes in the next stall.

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Her fears intensified when she saw a black iPhone being held over the stall wall at the Punch Bowl Social restaurant, recording her from behind.

She swatted at the cellphone and knocked it to the floor, WJW reported. Then, the 24-year-old woman ran out of the stall and grabbed the suspect by his neck and tried to drag him to the bar to report him, WJW reported.

Police said the man was able to escape from the woman’s grasp and ran out of the restaurant.

The manager at Punch Bowl Social told police that the suspect used his credit card for his tab and gave the officer the man's name, reported.

No arrests have been made, WJW reported. Restaurant officials have not commented.

Teen girl hospitalized after being choked, punched by male student

15-year-old Tennessee girl spent hours in the hospital Thursday after she said she was punched and choked by a male student while riding a school bus home.

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The Craigmont Middle School student told Memphis police that she felt like at one point she could not breathe. The girl's mother took her to the hospital after they filed a formal complaint with the school. The family also filed a report with the Memphis Police Department in the emergency room.

“She got home, she was crying. She didn't want to say anything at first. She went straight to a restroom,” Diana Angel said.

Eventually, Angel saw her daughter’s face.

“She came home with bruises on her neck, a swollen jaw, [and] scratches,” she said. “This little boy got on top of her and started choking her. It's very messed up.

The family went to the hospital where police officers took a report, and pictures of the teen’s neck and swollen jaw.

“We are going to press charges,” said Angel. “We are going to do everything we can to keep her safe, because she is scared now.”

Representatives from Shelby County Schools have not commented.

Angel believes the adult driver should have broken up the fight before the choking began.

“The students are in the bus driver’s care at that moment. So, yes, I definitely think he should've been involved,” she said.

Memphis police are now working to determine who the attacker is, and the school is also looking into the matter, according to Angel.

“I just wish his parents would've taught him better,” she said.

As her daughter recovers from her injuries, Angel said she will be the one driving her to school.

“I'm scared for her. I don't even think I want to put her on the bus anymore,” she said.

All buses for Shelby County Schools have video cameras, school officials said.

Photo of Texas teen shading woman with umbrella goes viral

A photo of a Texas teen who shaded a woman in a wheelchair with an umbrella has gone viral, KTRK reported.

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Louis Jordan was picking his mother up from work in downtown Houston when he saw a stranger sitting in the heat.

"It was unbearably hot. I wouldn't want to be out there in the sun," Jordan told KTRK.

Jordan went back to his car and grabbed an umbrella, then returned to offer shade to the woman, Michelle.

"It was going to be a little longer for (the) Metro Lift to come and get her, so we ended up waiting out there for an hour and 45 minutes," Louis said.

It has become a ritual. Now, anytime Jordan sees her waiting for a ride, he grabs his umbrella and goes to enjoy some time with her.

"We laugh, joke. She's in a book club,” Jordan told KTRK. “Come to find out, she likes pork chops." Jordan said.

Jordan’s mother, Bernette Botts, took the photo. She said her son’s act of kindness was nothing new.

Botts said Jordan rescued his grandmother, who was trapped during Hurricane Harvey last year.

"She was trapped inside, four feet of water, no power," Botts said. "He called me back from my mom's and said, 'I got her.'"

Special education teacher in Georgia arrested on drug charges

A special education teacher in Georgia was arrested in Henry County on drug trafficking charges, police said.

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Alma Nichole Jones, 33, teaches pre-kindergarten at Livingston Elementary in Newton County. She is on administrative leave pending a Newton County Schools investigation, a school spokeswoman said.

On May 10, Jones was arrested along with Adrian Vernay Barlow, 35, at a home in McDonough. Drug Task Force officers said they confiscated about two pounds of powder and suspected crack cocaine, a felony amount of suspected marijuana and a rifle.

Drug Task Force commander Maj. Chad Rosborough said his team executed a search warrant after a month-long investigation into activities at the home.

The powder and suspected cocaine was packaged for resale, Rosborough said in a news release.

Jones and Barlow were arrested on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana. Barlow also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Neither Jones nor Barlow were granted bond. Both are being held in the Henry County Jail.

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