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A sample of raw pork products from supermarkets around the United States found that yersinia enterocolitica, a lesser-known food-borne pathogen, was present in 69 percent of the products tested, according to a study released today by Consumer Reports.
The bacteria infects more than 100,000 Americans a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but for every case that is confirmed with a laboratory test, about 120 more cases escape diagnosis. Symptoms can include fever, cramps and bloody diarrhea.
For its sample, Consumer Reports included the same pork products millions of Americans buy every day at their supermarkets. The study included 148 pork chops and 50 ground pork samples from around the United States.
In the samples tested, 69 percent tested positive for yersinia and 11 percent for enterococcus, which can indicate fecal contamination that can lead to urinary-tract infections. Salmonella and listeria, the more well-known bacterium, registered at 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
The Powerball jackpot has swelled to $425 million, the largest in the lottery's history, after no tickets matched the winning numbers in a drawing Saturday night. The Powerball numbers for Saturday were 22-32-37-44-50, and the Powerball was 34.
Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said the jackpot could get even bigger before Wednesday, because sales tend to increase in the run-up to a big drawing.
The previous top windfall was $365 million. The jackpot was claimed by eight co-workers in Lincoln, Neb., in 2006.
While millions of Americans can have fun dreaming about how they'd spend the jackpot, the odds of winning are 1 in 175,000,000, according to lottery officials.
To put that in perspective, a ticket holder is 25 times less likely to win the jackpot than they are to win an Academy Award.
Even still, the old saying holds true: "You've got to be in it to win it."
A Florida woman who was caught on camera two months ago riding a manatee has been arrested Saturday on a charge of violating the state's Manatee Sanctuary Act.
A witness snapped photos of Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, now 53, mounting a manatee on Sept. 30 and alerted authorities.
Gutierrez turned herself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida shortly after authorities released pictures of her riding the marine mammal, which is protected under The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.
"[Gutierrez explained] she is new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees," the sheriff's office said in a statement at the time.
She was not arrested since the offense did not take place in front of a deputy; however a second-degree misdemeanor charge had been forwarded to the state attorney's office, officials said.
An arrest warrant was issued for Gutierrez Saturday. She was taken into custody while working at a Sears store in St. Petersburg, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Marsha Hunt, the young Rolling Stone's apparent muse, is now 66 and living in France, broke and unable to pay her bills.
The letters, which were penned during the summer of 1969, are said to show a sensitive side of Jagger, who was then in his mid-20s.
"The letters speak for Mick at an incredible juncture in our lives," Hunt said. "The summer of '69 was the end of a whole era of revolutionary spirit. We didn't know it was about to die."
The couple's relationship, which produced a daughter, Karis, was kept under wraps until 1972.
A 56-year-old hiker was trapped in the Tennessee mountains for three days by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy. The storm, having come inland, pounded the Appalachian Trail with record levels of snow.
Steve Ainsworth set out Monday for the final leg of a planned two-thousand-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail, just as Superstorm Sandy approached the Northeast.
On Friday, his rescue was captured on video after he got a strong enough signal on his cellphone to call 911.
"I was absolutely stunned. I had no idea there was going to be that much snow," said Ainsworth, who was blocked by snow drifts up to five feet high.
With food and water running low and hypothermia setting in, Ainsworth waited for help to arrive.
On Friday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Brad Lund and a team took to the skies by helicopter and were able to trace footprints in the snow for a mile and a half. They led to the general area where Ainsworth had taken shelter.
Braving howling winds and freezing temperatures, trooper Jeff Buchanan was lowered from the helicopter to find the trapped hiker.
In September 2011, Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood bar and restaurant by a man who called her mom, 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a "whore" and made a crude reference about Bristol's former relationship with Levi Johnston, the father of her 3-year-old son, Tripp .
Stephen Hanks' lawsuit noted that Palin suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment for her Lifetime series, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp." Hanks claims he's been featured in ads for the show despite the fact that he never signed a waiver.
Hanks also states that Palin falsely claimed to a magazine that the incident was the reason why she moved from Los Angeles back to her native Alaska. He argues that Palin bought a home in Alaska two months before the incident.
Hanks has been ordered to pay Palin's attorney's fees.
The decision to allow a transgender 45-year-old college student who identifies as a woman but has male genitalia to use the women's locker room has raised a fracas among parents and faith-based organizations, who say children as young as 6 years old use the locker room. The locker room at Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash., is shared with the Capital High School swim club and a children's swim academy, along with the students at Evergreen.
"The college has to follow state law," Evergreen spokesman Jason Wettstein told ABC News affiliate KOMO. "The college cannot discriminate based on the basis of gender identity. Gender identity is one of the protected things in discrimination law in this state."
But according to parents, the fact that the student has exposed her male genitalia, in one instance in the sauna, is cause for concern.
"[A mother] reported her daughter was upset because she observed a person at the women's locker room naked and displaying male genitalia," said a police report filed in September by a mother on behalf of her 17-year-old daughter.
Among the chaos of boarding up windows and stocking up on food and supplies, pet owners are being encouraged to make sure their furry friends are prepared to weather Hurricane Sandy.
"We want to encourage everybody if they are evacuating to take your pets with you," said Tim Rickey, senior director of field investigations and response with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
"If your home is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pet," he said.
New York City shelters are pet friendly, something Rickey said many people did not realize during Hurricane Irene. He encouraged people in the path of Sandy but outside of New York City to check with their local shelters to see if pets are allowed.
"It's really sporadic. A lot of areas are [pet friendly] but some still aren't," he said. "We're actively working on that front, trying to get supplies into the northeast."
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a rare appearance at his trial in Milan, claiming movie star George Clooney can help him prove he did not have sex with an underage showgirl.
Berlusconi, a 76-year-old media mogul known for hosting infamous "bunga bunga" parties that are allegedly lavish orgies, is accused of paying a Moroccan showgirl, known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer" for sex more than a dozen times when she was underage.
Ruby claims she saw Clooney and and his ex-girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, at one of the bashes however Clooney has denied ever partying with the former prime minister.
"I spoke to their people and said, 'I will come and testify if you'd like,' because I wasn't at the party that I was said to have been at. I wasn't at his 'bunga bunga' party," Clooney told Time Magazine last year.
John Reed, a self-described Bigfoot tracker since the age of 10, said he was camping with his girlfriend when he saw the creature walk past his motor home window. Reed said the Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, reportedly threw rocks at his mobile home's outside light to escape discovery.
Reed, who is the founder of the Lykens Valley Sasquatch Hunters, and his girlfriend, jumped into their truck and gave chase, making special 'Bigfoot calls' to locate the creature.
"As soon as I did it, something stood up on her side of the truck," he said. "She seen the eyes glaring in the light of the truck, stood up and walked this way into the woods."
This alleged sighting is the third time Reed said he has come into contact with the creature.
"Do I believe in Bigfoot? Yes I do," he said. "Have I had sightings of what I believe to be Big Foot? Yes."
While police believe the damage may have been caused by vandals, for Reed it was a warning from Sasquatch to get off his territory.