DENVER – The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm were arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a 2011 listeria epidemic that killed 33 people in one of the nation’s deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Federal prosecutors said brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested on misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
Prosecutors said the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control determined the Jensens didn’t adequately clean the cantaloupe.
Criminal charges in food poisoning cases are rare, said attorney William Marler, who represents many of the listeria victims in civil cases.
Fireball reportedly seen in morning sky
Hundreds of people, many of them Hoosiers, reported seeing a large fireball streaking across the morning sky Thursday, according to the American Meteor Society.
The 102-year-old society received more than 400 reports from residents of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin who saw the fireball shortly after 7 a.m.
One of those reports came from a woman driving on North Clinton Street in Fort Wayne, according to the society’s website.
At first, I thought what the heck (is) that! All the cars ahead of (me) braked and watched it, bright green with a fire tail, the woman reported.
Agreement reached in Iran nuclear talks
Iran’s foreign minister says his country and key world powers have agreed to try to fast-track negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear program to within a year.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke at the Asia Society after meeting foreign ministers from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
We agreed to jump-start the process so that we could move forward with a view to agreeing first on the parameters of the end game ... and move toward finalizing it hopefully within a year’s time. Zarif said.
Wendy Davis makes bid for governor
Democrat Wendy Davis, a state senator who catapulted to national prominence this summer with a filibuster over access to abortion, is running for Texas governor.
Two Democrats with knowledge of her decision told the Associated Press on Thursday that Davis would announce her candidacy next week.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt her official campaign launch on Oct. 3, which will take place in her home district of Fort Worth.
Ex-teacher accused of rape released
A former Montana high school teacher was released from prison Thursday after completing a 30-day sentence for raping a 14-year-old student, a term that is under review by the state’s high court and has critics calling for the removal of the judge who handled the case.
Stacey Rambold, 54, left the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge after serving the sentence handed down by District Judge G. Todd Baugh for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez.
The judge drew outrage last month over the sentence’s leniency and comments he made that appeared to pin some of the blame on Moralez.
The teen committed suicide in 2010 before Rambold went to trial.