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Wednesday
May042016

Company Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products

iStock/Thinkstock(PASCO, Wash.) — CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington, has expanded a voluntary recall for some of its products, which included organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables because of the risk of Listeria, according to the company's statement.

The voluntary recall is being made in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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"CDC has informed CRF Frozen Foods that the government has identified seven people from three states who became ill and were hospitalized due to Listeria, " the company statement said. "Some of these illnesses have been linked to consuming CRF-manufactured or processed products."

Products being recalled may have been purchased in all fifty U.S. states and the following Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the company said.

Scientifically named Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria was found during a routine testing of the food by Ohio health officials. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal harm to infants, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, according to the statement.

The recall includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. The Pasco factory was the only one found with the bacteria risks.

The FDA said consumers who purchased the products in question can return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or discard them.

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Wednesday
May042016

Puma Unveils Runner Racing Robot

CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “Everyone runs faster when there's something to beat." That's the idea behind athletic company Puma's new Beat Bot -- a tiny, shoebox-sized rolling robot that's designed to do for runners what that little electric rabbit does for racing dogs.

The 'bot has a simple job -- it makes runners chase it -- but it's packed with technology that not only enables it to perfectly follow a track's lines, but also lets an athlete use a smartphone to customize it.

As a promotional video claims, you can race your own best time, your rivals' best time, or even Usain Bolt's record-shattering, gold medal-winning best.

The Beat Bot can also be programmed to jog alongside you for long-distance runs, like a jogging buddy -- minus the chit-chat.

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Tuesday
May032016

Takata Airbag Recall More Than Doubling in Size, Source Says

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Takata's airbag recall could more than double in size.

A source familiar with the planned expansion confirms to ABC News that on Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will announce an expansion of the Takata airbag recall, adding 35 to 40 million passengers and driver side inflators to the recall.

The expanded recall for the Japanese automotive parts company would more than double the current recall of 28.8 million, which is already the largest auto recall in history.

The source told ABC News the recall would not happen immediately, but would be phased in through 2019.

News of the expanded recall comes as NHTSA will announce they are confirming a root cause for the airbag problem-- the combination of time, temperature, and humidity causing the ammonium nitrate propellant to explode with shrapnel.

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Tuesday
May032016

Stocks Tumble After Weak China Growth Data

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street lost its gains from the day before as oil prices tumbled and investors worried about China's slow growth.

The Dow dropped 140.25 (0.78 percent) to close at 17,750.91.

The Nasdaq fell 54.37 (1.13 percent) to finish at 4,763.22, while the S&P gave up 18.06 (0.87 percent) to close at 2,063.37.

Crude oil tumbled over 2 percent with prices hitting about $43 a barrel.

China: A private gauge of China's manufacturing industry fell in April, despite a government stimulus, reviving fears that the world's second-largest economy is not rebounding. According to Caixin Media Co., factory activity levels in China fell to 49.4 for the month from 49.7 in March. Anything above 50 would indicate growth and anything below the 50 level means contraction. According to the China National Bureau of Statistics, China's official purchasing manager’s index (PMI) reading released Sunday said the PMI in April fell to 50.1 compared to 50.2 in March.

Google: Google and Fiat Chrysler have signed a deal to make 100 self-driving minivans. According to a statement, Google hopes the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be on the road by the end of the year.

"This collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the first time we’ve worked directly with an automaker to create our vehicles," Google said. "FCA will design the minivans so it’s easy for us to install our self-driving systems, including the computers that hold our self-driving software, and the sensors that enable our software to see what’s on the road around the vehicle."

The statement said the self-driving car could "take you from A to B with the touch of a button."

Martin Shkreli: "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli could face additional fraud charges, prosecutors said Tuesday in a New York court. Shkreli first came under fire as "The Most Hated Man in America" when he significantly raised the price of a drug called Daraprim. The drug treats a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis, which most often occurs in those with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatments or HIV infection. The former pharmaceutical CEO was arrested in December on multiple charges of securities and wire fraud related to a different company he founded.

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Tuesday
May032016

Google Chrome Named Top Internet Browser 

Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google Chrome has become the top browser in the world, beating out rival Internet Explorer, according to new data.

Net Market Share, an analytics firm, said Google's browser had 41.71 percent of the market share in April compared to Microsoft Internet Explorer's 41.33 percent. In third place was Firefox at 10.06 percent, followed by Apple's Safari at 4.47 percent.

Chrome was already crowned the winner back in 2012 according to another measure by the tracking group StatCounter. At the time, Firefox came in second and Internet Explorer was third.

The reason for the different results is that the two companies measure web traffic differently. Net Market Share counts unique visitors, instead of page views, per day. Another huge difference is that Net Market Share analyzes more than 40,000 websites, according to a description of its methodology. StatCounter says that it tracks more than 3 million sites around the world.

While the war of the browsers has been competitive over the years, it hasn't been cutthroat.

Internet Explorer and Mozilla teams have sent cakes to one another to celebrate various achievements.

"We started this tradition when we sent them a cake for Firefox 2. It was probably the best damn cake I've eaten," Internet Explorer engineer Jacob Rossi said of one marble chocolate vanilla confection, according to a Reddit AMA forum in 2014.

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Tuesday
May032016

Powerball Jackpot Swells to $348 Million for Wednesday's Drawing

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Some lotto players are scrambling to get tickets ahead of Wednesday's Powerball drawing now that the jackpot has swelled to an estimated $348 million.

It's the biggest Powerball jackpot since the record $1.586 billion jackpot in January was split three ways. Never mind that the chances of winning the grand prize are 1 in 292,201,338, according to the New York Lottery.

If there's no winner for Wednesday's pot, the prize will grow for the next drawing this Saturday. Powerball drawings take place on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m. ET.

The last winning numbers on April 30 were: 3, 12, 16, 32, 34 plus the Powerball of 14. The cash value of Wednesday's prize is $226.1 million.

The jackpot has grown over the last 17 drawings since the last Powerball winner claimed the prize on March 2.

January's winners included a couple in Florida and a couple in Tennessee. There was a winner in California, but that ticket holder has not yet been identified. Each winning ticket was allotted roughly $528 million.

If you buy a ticket, there are a few things you should remember to do, including making sure you keep it in a safe place and sign the back.

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Tuesday
May032016

Pizza Shop Loses Name, Offers Free Pizza for New One

WFAA-TV(DALLAS) -- A pizza chain in Texas is turning lemons into lemonade after it was forced to change its name.

Black Jack Pizza in South Dallas and Pleasant Grove has been serving pies and burgers for more than 30 years. But the family that owns the small business said they received a cease-and-desist letter from an unrelated chain in Colorado that trademarked the name. That larger business demanded that the Texas restaurant change its name and logo.

“They say we cannot have anything saying 'Black Jack Pizza,'” the Texas business owner Terry Jones told ABC's Dallas affiliate WFAA-TV.

Jones told WFAA that he has known about the other business’ name for years. “It just came to a head," he said.

Though Jones said he might lose a few customers over the name change, they don't plan to fight the issue in court. Instead, they are sponsoring a contest that invites customers to submit suggestions for a new name. The winner will receive a free large pizza and a sweet tea every month for a year, from this coming August to July of next year. The contest ends on May 23.

"It's a bump in the road,” Jones told WFAA. “You've got to go over the road. You've got to go over that bump and keep on rolling."

Contest forms are at Black Jack locations around the Dallas area.

Blackjack Pizza in Colorado did not respond to a request for comment.

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Tuesday
May032016

Inside Candy Crush Kingdom as It Prepares to Create 2,000th Level

iStock/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- When it comes to mobile gaming, the Candy Crush games have proven to be sweetly addictive for hundreds of millions of active users around the world.

Sebastian Knutsson, co-founder and chief creative officer of King, the company behind Candy Crush, took ABC News on a tour of the company's Stockholm office Tuesday and offered an inside look at what life is like at one of the world's most popular gaming companies.

King became an independent unit of Activision Blizzard in February after a $5.9 billion acquisition. However, it seemed to be business as usual at the company's Stockholm office.

Before starting the tour of the office, Knutsson met ABC News in the pavilion area of the King office in Stockholm, a cartoonish open meeting area that evokes the same whimsy as King's portfolio of 200 games.

One item on Tuesday's agenda: Closing in on creating the 2,000th level of Candy Crush.

"We are getting close to producing level 2,000 on the original Candy Crush and the other games are still producing levels as well," Knutsson said. "There are some [players] at the end waiting for more content."

Surprisingly, Knutsson said about half of those power players who have made it to the end never made a single in-app purchase.

Many Candy Crush players know the feeling of getting hooked -- and then frustrated after being stuck on a certain level for too long. It's something Knutsson said the King team listens to feedback about and evaluates whether they need to make some tweaks at a certain level.

"It really comes down to making a game people can enjoy and not turning them off," Knutsson said. "Keep trying. That's the secret. I think in some cases you find that really hard level and if sometimes players complain about a level too much, we will sometimes tweak it and make sure it's still fun to play."


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Tuesday
May032016

NY Grocery Chain Fairway Files for Bankruptcy

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York-based grocery chain Fairway announced on Monday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The company said it reached an agreement with its senior lenders on a reorganization plan that will eliminate roughly $140 million in debt and help restructure its balance sheet.

"We believe that implementing this Prepackaged Plan is the best opportunity for Fairway to restructure its balance sheet on an expedited basis, strengthen its operations, retain jobs and create long-term value, while continuing to provide customers with the best food experience in the greater New York area," Fairway CEO Jack Murphy said in a statement.

Fairway says it does not expect customer service to be interrupted during its reorganization process.

"Consumers can continue to purchase Fairway's products at one of their 15 stores, 4 Wine and Spirits stores or Manhattan residents can shop online," the company said.

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Tuesday
May032016

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli May Face Additional Fraud Charges

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli may face additional fraud charges, prosecutors said Tuesday in a New York court.

Shkreli initially came under fire for significantly raising the price of a drug called Daraprim that treats a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis, which most often occurs in those with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatments or HIV infection. He was arrested last December on multiple charges of securities and wire fraud related to a different company he founded.

Shkreli appeared in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn Tuesday alongside his attorneys. He sat in the court with his arms folded as prosecutors said they would decide within a month whether or not to issue a superseding indictment, which would lead to additional charges.

Shkreli will be back in court on June 6.

Shkreli's lawyer, Ben Brafman, told reporters he thought the hearing was a "good day" for his client.

"We do not believe this indictment will...affect Martin Shkreli in a negative fashion and we still believe the charges in this case are very defensible," said Brafman. "We plead not guilty and we intend to proceed to trial."

The former CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals took to Twitter in recent weeks to thank supporters and proclaim his innocence.

Robert Capers, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told reporters in December that Shkreli allegedly defrauded investors in two hedge funds, MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare, and also plundered Retrophin, the biopharmaceutical company he ran as its CEO, in an effort to pay back debts related to the now-defunct hedge funds.

Prosecutors allege that Shkreli lost all of the investments in MSMB Capital but continued to provide inflated and false performance updates to its investors.

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