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Meat processor Tyson Foods to close 3 plants, cut 950 jobs

Friday, 25 July 2014 20:42
Tyson Foods Inc said it will discontinue operations at three of its factories which make processed meat products such as sausages and hot dogs, affecting about 950 people. The largest U.S. meat processor, which won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co in June, said the closures were not related to the acquisition. "The decision to close these plants was underway long before the (Hillshire) discussions began", Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told Reuters.
Court voids death sentences for brothers in Wichita Massacre
Friday, 25 July 2014 20:42
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field. The court also struck down three of the four capital murder convictions each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr, citing procedural problems at the brothers' joint trial for its decisions. It upheld one capital murder conviction…
Three children dead after Philly carjacking
Friday, 25 July 2014 16:39
Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand on Friday, police said. Three children, all siblings, were killed, and at least two other people were critically injured. The woman was carjacked about a mile away from the scene of the accident in the Tioga section of north Philadelphia,…
Two childen dead after Philly carjacking
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:38
BREAKING: Carjacked vehicle hits crowd in Philadelphia, 2 kids killed http://t.co/gbn1xGgspn#10Newspic.twitter.com/JiZ4srLKnj— 10 News (@WTSP10News) July 25, 2014PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand in Philadelphia on Friday, police said. Two children were killed, and three other people were critically injured. The woman was carjacked in the…
Vatican staff gets surprise lunch guest
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:36
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Do you make the pope pay for lunch? Pope Francis popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers' cafeteria Friday and lined up, tray in hand, along with stunned diners. Cashier Claudia Di Giacomo told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that when Francis presented his tray with a plate of cod, a bowl of fusilli pasta without sauce, a side of grilled tomatoes and "just a few" french fries, she "didn't have the…
Frantic search for 32-year-old Ebola patient zero
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:35
By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease. Radio stations in Freetown, a city of around 1 million inhabitants, broadcast the appeal on Friday to locate a woman who tested positive for the disease that has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia…
Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash: French officials
Friday, 25 July 2014 02:33
PARIS (Reuters) - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday. Investigators at the scene of the crash had concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.
Crunch time for Gaza talks as death toll soars
Friday, 25 July 2014 02:33
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as…
Islamic State blows up 'Jonah's tomb' in Mosul
Thursday, 24 July 2014 21:29
The new jihadist rulers of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely levelled one its most well-known shrines, an official and witnesses told AFP. The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunus and in the Bible as Jonah. "Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of…
Ohio woman gets 32 years for enslaving mentally disabled woman
Thursday, 24 July 2014 20:27
An Ohio woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their home for nearly two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said. Jessica Hunt, 33, was convicted in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to illegally obtain prescription drugs. Her attorneys and the federal prosecutor's office didn't immediately respond to messages seeking…
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