Trader Joe’s organic fresh basil recalled in 29 states after salmonella outbreak

Trader Joe’s has pulled Infinite Herbs-branded basil from its shelves in 29 states after a salmonella outbreak has left 12 people sickened. The grocery store announced the recall April 17 on its website, stating that Infinite Herbs organic basil may have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. On their website, Trader Joe’s advised customers who purchased Infinite Herbs organic basil during the Feb. 1–April 6 date range to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s store for a full refund.  According to a food safety alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ‘Infinite Herbs’ brand organic basil was sold in 2.5-ounce clamshell-style plastic containers in 29 states due to the risk of salmonella. The CDC reported that the outbreak had sickened at least 12 people in seven states, including one hospitalization, with zero deaths reported so far.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the people who have fallen ill are spread across seven states: Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. The FDA shared on its website that “seven of eight cases with information available reported exposure to fresh organic basil purchased from Trader Joe’s before becoming ill,” adding that Trader Joe’s has already pulled all Infinite Herbs brand organic basil from their store shelves and the product should no longer be available for sale to customers in any stores.  The supplier of the basil is cooperating with the FDA investigation and has agreed to initiate a voluntary recall, the CDC stated.

In a statement posted to its website, Infinite Herbs CEO Grego Berliavsky said the company has voluntarily recalled some 2.5-ounce packages of fresh organic basil sold between February 1 through April 6 with UPC 8 18042 02147 7 because of the potential it could be contaminated with salmonella. Berliavsky wrote: “I am heartbroken at the thought that any item we sold may have caused illness or discomfort. We simply will not rest until we can once again be confident in the safety of this product .. Fresh basil naturally wilts and expires after five to seven days, so we are confident that the recalled basil is no longer available for sale. However, if you have food in your freezer that includes Infinite Herbs organic basil purchased between February 1 and April 6, do not consume it.”  In addition, Berliavsky said that the basil had been sourced from a single farm, which is no longer in production: “We are working with the farmer to conduct an internal investigation of the food safety practices. Through this investigation, our goal is to determine the cause of this recall and apply measures to prevent it from happening again.”

Trader Joe’s said that people who purchased the basil may return it to the store for a refund. Customers can also call Trader Joe’s at (626) 599-3817 or email customer service: here.

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Suspect in University of Idaho murders says cellphone data will prove his innocence

Attorneys for Bryan Kohberger, the suspect charged in the murders of four University of Idaho students in November 2022, said in a new court filing that Kohberger has an alibi that will exonerate him in the case.

Kohberger was indicted on charges of murder by a grand jury last May; according to the court filing (reviewed by CNN), Kohberger, 29, claims he was driving in Pullman, Wash., on the night of the murders; and that cellphone tower data will prove he was miles away when the four students were killed. All four victims — Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Ethan Chapin, 20 — were stabbed to death in the early hours of Nov. 13, 2022, at their off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho.  Kohberger’s lawyers plan to use cellphone tower data analysis in an effort to prove he was not at the home where the murders happened on Nov. 13, 2022.

Lead defense attorney Anne Taylor said in the filing: “Mr. Kohberger was out driving in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2022, as he often did to hike and run and/or see the moon and stars. He drove throughout the area south of Pullman, Wash., west of Moscow, Idaho,” adding that the alibi is supported by data from Kohberger’s phone, with numerous photos showing him late at night or in early morning hours out in the countryside. In addition, Kohberger’s defense will put a cell phone tower and radio frequency expert on the stand to support the alibi, with the spot where he allegedly was out driving the night of the murders being located about 10 miles from the murder scene.

Kohberger, who lived in the town of Pullman, Washington, 9½ miles away from Moscow, was arrested in Pennsylvania nearly seven weeks after the killings on Dec. 30 while in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains visiting family.  Investigators allege they tied Kohberger to the killings by using DNA evidence found on a knife sheath left at the scene in the bed where Mogen and Goncalves were found deceased.  Moscow police had been looking for a white Elantra as possible evidence, and Kohberger’s Hyundai Elantra was seized from his Pennsylvania home.

Prosecutors claim that Kohberger broke into an off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2022, and stabbed the four students to death at a King Road residence in the small city of Moscow on the Washington-Idaho border. The victims likely were asleep when the brutal attacks began.

Kohberger, who was a doctoral student studying criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic moving to Philly, featuring Bob Dylan

Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic is moving to Philadelphia for the first time this year. The concert event, which began in 1973, will be held at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, N.J., just outside Philadelphia — the birthplace of America.

In addition to Nelson, the lineup will include Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and Celisse. Nelson, 91, said in a statement: “I am thrilled to bring the 4th of July Picnic to Philadelphia for the first time in our storied history. It’s an honor to host such an extraordinary lineup of talent in the birthplace of our country. We can’t wait to celebrate Independence Day with you.”

Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic originated more than 50 years ago in 1973 at Hurlbut Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas; the picnic has been held outside Texas before, including at The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, in 2007 and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1978.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

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Dan + Shay releasing 10th anniversary ‘Where It All Began’ LP on vinyl

Dan + Shay released their debut LP, Where It All Began on April 1, 2014, and in honor of the duo’s success over the past decade, the album will be released on vinyl for the first time.

Autographed limited edition blue splatter 140-gram vinyl can be purchased through their online merch store, with a standard physical vinyl version arriving at retail stores everywhere April 26.

Dan + Shay also recently added 30 new dates to their headlining 2024 The Heartbreak On The Map Tour this summer beginning July 18th, featuring support from Jake Owen and Dylan Marlowe. The previous leg of the The Heartbreak On The Map Tour featured support from acclaimed singer-songwriters Ben Rector and Hailey Whitters, which wrapped up on April 13th in Boston’s famed TD Garden.

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Julia Garner cast as Shalla-Bal version of Silver Surfer in Marvel’s ‘The Fantastic Four’

Variety reports that Julia Garner will joining Marvel’s “The Fantastic Four” as Shalla-Bal, a version of Silver Surfer from the Marvel comics.

Garner, a 3x Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her role as Ruth Langmore on the Netflix series Ozark, joins previously announced cast members: Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch) and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm, aka the Thing).

‘The Fantastic Four’ is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team; it was previously adapted as Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis, and Fantastic Four (2015), featuring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. The Silver Surfer character was previously portrayed by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne in 2007’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”.

Matt Shakman (‘WandaVision’, ‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’) is set to direct ‘The Fantastic Four,’ with production on the film is set to begin this summer, with a planned release on July 25, 2025.

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Owen Wilson cast in golf comedy series for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ announced it will produce and stream an untitled golf-themed comedy series starring Owen Wilson, created by ‘Ford v Ferrari’ producer Jason Keller. The still-untitled series will consist of 10 episodes, with no further casting announced.

According to Variety, the 55-year-old actor, who is a big golf fan in real life, will executive produce and portray the role of an ex-pro golfer named Pryce Cahill whose career prematurely came to an end two decades prior. The former athlete’s life hits a new low after he loses his job at a sporting goods store in Indiana and is left by his wife, and decides to go all-in on a problematic 17-year-old golf prodigy.

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Tesla asks shareholders to vote again on $56 billion payout to Elon Musk

Tesla said that they are asking shareholders to vote again on Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package after a Delaware judge voided it earlier this year after ruling that the record-setting compensation deal was “deeply flawed.” In a proxy filing published Wednesday, Tesla said it would hold a vote on moving its state of incorporation to Texas from Delaware; Musk had suggested the move after his pay package was ruled illegal. Tesla is set to hold its annual shareholders meeting on June 13 (per CBS News).

A Delaware judge in late January threw out the share-based payout, calling it an “unfathomable sum” and unfair to shareholders. In her ruling, the judge accepted the shareholder lawyers’ argument that Musk personally dictated the landmark pay package in sham negotiations with directors who were not independent. The ruling had some investors anticipating that Tesla might revamp its governance, as the board had long faced criticism with Musk as CEO.

In looking to re-ratify Musk’s 2018 pay package, Tesla argued that “corporate democracy and stockholder rights” are at stake, telling shareholders the court had “rescinded the pay package that an overwhelming majority of you voted to grant.” n a letter to stockholders, Tesla cited the need to carefully manage its resources for its decision. The announcement came days after news that the electric-car manufacturer would reduce its workforce by 10% globally, or about 14,000 people.

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White House says the U.S. will impose new sanctions on Iran over Israel attack

The White House said in a statement that the United States will impose new sanctions targeting Tehran in response to Iran’s attack on Israel over the weekend (per CNN). Iran directly attacked Israel on Saturday with hundreds of missiles and drones, the vast majority of which were intercepted. Iran has described its attack as retaliatory for a strike on its diplomatic complex in Damascus early this month that killed several Iranian military leaders. Israel has said that Iran would “face the consequences” for the attack, while the United States and other allies have called for restraint.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan made the announcement in a statement issued by the White House, stating the punitive measures will be imposed shortly: “following Iran’s unprecedented air attack against Israel, President Biden is coordinating with allies and partners, including the G7, and with bipartisan leaders in Congress, on a comprehensive response. In the coming days, the United States will impose new sanctions targeting Iran, including its missile and drone program as well as new sanctions against entities supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran’s Defense Ministry. We anticipate that our allies and partners will soon be following with their own sanctions.”

Sullivan said that the designations will target Iran’s missile and drone programs as well as entities supporting its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Defense,  adding they expect allies and partners to soon follow with their own blacklistings: “these new sanctions and other measures will continue a steady drumbeat of pressure to contain and degrade Iran’s military capacity and effectiveness and confront the full range of its problematic behaviors.”

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said earlier in the week that the Biden administration would use sanctions “to continue disrupting the Iranian regime’s malign and destabilizing activity …from this weekend’s attack to the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, Iran’s actions threaten the region’s stability and could cause economic spillovers.”

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Alabama on the road with the ‘Roll On II North America Tour’

Alabama kicked-off their 2024 “Roll On II North America Tour” last month, which will make stops at arenas, amphitheaters and festivals across the U.S. through Nov. 9.

Says Alabama’s Randy Owen: “I look forward to singing ‘Mountain Music,’ ‘Tennessee River,’ ‘Feels So Right’ and so many more. It’s just a matter of just getting up on stage and enjoying it. We can’t wait to see the fans who made it all possible.”

The group also announced earlier this year that that June Jam XVIII will take place June 1 at the VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne, Alabama. Last year’s event drew nearly 11,000 fans and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity efforts throughout the state.

The Roll On II North America Tour will feature special guests at select shows including The Marshall Tucker Band, Diamond Rio, Jamey Johnson, Bellamy Brothers, Lee Greenwood and more. For more information, click here.

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See Anya Taylor-Joy in the trailer for ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’

Anya Taylor-Joy is featured in the second trailer for George Miller’s “Furiosa”, the post-apocalyptic prequel to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Taylor -Joy stars as Imperator Furiosa, a role originally played by Charlize Theron in the 2015 series reboot. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke star alongside Taylor-Joy.

‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ follows the origin story of the young Furiosa as she is ripped from her refuge in the Green Place of Many Mothers and, forced to face the insanity of the desolate world beyond for the first time. After being snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers as a child, Furiosa falls into the hands of a Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus (Hemsworth).

An official film synopsis reads: “Sweeping through the wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.”

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga opens in theaters May 24; check out the trailer: here.

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