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- Letter to mom from missing NH teen Abigail Hernandez a rare ray of hope: Is she a runaway?
A letter from missing New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez has given new hope for resolution to the now two-month-long disappearance of the 15-year-old, who disappeared into thin air on her walk home from school in the ski resort town of North Conway. While the letter has given the agency – and volunteers who have scoured northern New Hampshire valleys for signs of Abigail – a degree of hope and reassurance, agents say they remain concerned for her safety. "Though she could have left willingly, someone now could be coercing her," said FBI special agent Kieran Ramsey at a press conference. Up to 2.8 million American teenagers run away from home each year, primarily because of problems at home, according to the National Runaway Safeline.
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- Cops: NH teen missing 2 months wrote letter to mom
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- 'Cannibal sandwiches' sicken residents in Midwest
Residents in the upper Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating "cannibal sandwiches" made of raw ground beef, health officials warned, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s and cases last year. Gobbling up raw ground beef spread on sandwich bread or crackers with onions and other seasoning led to more than 50 cases of foodborne illness in 1972, 1978 and 1994 in Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a report released this week. Raw beef "cannibal sandwiches" have also been linked to at least four cases, and possibly more than a dozen, of sickness tied to E. Coli bacteria in the central region of Wisconsin over the 2012 winter holiday season, the CDC said.
- Federal judge criticized by Supreme Court Justice fires back
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge this week defended his custom of urging lead law firms in class actions to staff the lawsuits with women and minority lawyers, two weeks after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito took the unusual step of criticizing the practice. The judicial dustup stems from the Supreme Court's decision on November 18 not to review a challenge to a class action settlement that resolved antitrust claims against Sirius XM Radio Inc. Though it declined to hear the case, Alito wrote a six-page statement criticizing the practice of Judge Harold Baer, of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, of encouraging firms that represent plaintiffs in class actions to assign lawyers that reflect the gender and racial makeup of the class. In court orders, Baer has written that the practice is warranted under a federal rule governing the certification of class action lawsuits.
- Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin statue in challenge to Yanukovich
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Crowds toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the Ukrainian capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in the latest mass protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia. The statue's felling - a symbolic rejection of Moscow's power - came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government. A Reuters reporter at the scene saw the protesters breaking up the statue with hammers after using ropes and metal bars to bring it crashing down. The demonstrators are furious with the Yanukovich government for its decision to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord.
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