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Things to know about the E. coli outbreak tied to Chipotle

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP Associated Press (SEATTLE, AP) — Chipotle closed 43 of its Pacific Northwest locations in response to an E. coli outbreak that health officials have connected to the Mexican…

Survey gives yet another sign of Midwest economic slowdown

(OMAHA, Neb., AP) — Figures plunged in an October survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, the third straight month of declines that suggest a regional economic…

China’s easing of birth limit a boon to couples, companies

BY JOE McDONALD Associated Press (BEIJING, AP) — China’s decision to abolish its one-child policy is a boon not only to couples but to sellers of goods from formula to diapers to…

GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires

By TOM KRISHER Associated Press (DETROIT, AP) — For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, in some instances damaging garages…

WHO: Processed meat linked to cancer; red meat is risky, too

By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press (PARIS, AP) — Hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts and other processed meats raise the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers, and red meat probably contributes to…

Virtual currency groups form alliance with law enforcement

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration is joining with private companies to train law enforcement officials about the virtual currency Bitcoin and how to fight crime arising…

$11 million conference center planned in Cape Girardeau

(CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., AP) — Cape Girardeau is expected to have a new $11 million conference center by mid-2017, following action by the city council. The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/1MBbrmZ) reports…

Pens resembling hypodermic needles stir ire amid drug crisis

By RIK STEVENS Associated Press (CONCORD, N.H., AP) — Pens that look like hypodermic needles are being sold as Halloween novelty toys, stirring concerns among parents and drug abuse prevention advocates as…

New mental health triage center planned in Kansas City

By MARGARET STAFFORD (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A new assessment and triage center is expected to open in eastern Kansas City next year to alleviate a shortage of treatment…

Union: Chronic shortage of air traffic controllers a crisis

By JOAN LOWY Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that…