By Lisa Baertlein and Suzannah Gonzales LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The number of confirmed E. Coli food poisoning cases linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc in Oregon and Washington state rose to 35 on Tuesday, as the company announced steps to improve food safety. Chipotle, which is grappling with its third food safety incident this year, has closed all its 43 restaurants located in and around Seattle and Portland because of the E. coli O26 outbreak. Eight Chipotle restaurants have been tied to the outbreak.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The cargo ship El Faro broke up partially when it sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last month and its bridge and voyage data recorder are missing, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. The data recorder, similar to an airplane's black box and affixed to the bridge, could provide investigators from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board with vital clues as to what caused the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades. It should contain the last 12 hours of engine orders aboard El Faro and other communications from the bridge.
Lawyers offered a jury two starkly different portrayals of former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - one as a symbol of greed and corruption in Albany, the other as a respected politician who had a right to make millions of dollars in outside income.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution.