Nut firm: Kraft found salmonella in '08
FRESNO, Calif. - A company at the heart of a nationwide pistachio recall said Kraft Foods Inc. detected salmonella in its pistachios more than six months ago but didn't report it until last week.
Setton International Foods Inc. production manager Lee Cohen said Friday that pistachios from California sister company Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. tested positive for salmonella in a Kraft snack mix in September.
Setton Pistachio recalled more than 2 million pounds of the nuts on Monday after a Kraft manufacturer found salmonella in another batch of its roasted pistachios on March 20.
Cohen said Kraft didn't tell Setton Pistachio of the September test until last week.
Mother charged with stabbing 2-year-old
GARDNER, Mass. - A woman who believes she was being stalked by a cult has been charged with stabbing her 2-year-old daughter 100 times with scissors, her lawyer and police have said, and can be heard yelling 'Die! Die!' on a 911 call.
Susan Johnson's screams can be heard on the 911 call made by a security guard who helped to subdue her in a laundry room at a Gardner apartment building Wednesday night.
Johnson, 38, also used an electrical cord from a dryer to try to strangle the toddler, police said, but the security guard and two residents separated mother and child just before police arrived.
Boy, 10, leads police on high-speed car chase
AURORA, Ind. - Police say a 10-year-old Indiana boy led officers on a high-speed chase before crashing his parents' minivan.
Aurora Police said the boy was treated for minor injuries at a hospital after the Thursday morning three-mile chase and then taken to a juvenile detention center in Lawrenceburg.
The van hit several vehicles before police set out 'stop sticks' to try to stop it. The boy swerved around the spikes but struck a utility pole and then stopped.
Police Chief Dana Cotton said the boy could face felony charges of auto theft and evading police.
Coroner: Santa shooter used coke before killings
COVINA, Calif. - A California coroner said a man who dressed as Santa Claus and murdered his ex-wife and eight of her family members at a party Christmas Eve used cocaine before the rampage.
An autopsy report detailed Friday in the Pasadena Star-News said Bruce Pardo had low levels of the drug in his blood and urine.
Laboratory director Joe Motto said it's unclear how much influence the cocaine had on Pardo's behavior, but that it's unlikely it prompted the attacks.
He said Pardo could have taken cocaine up to 12 hours before the attack.
Doctor in hepatitis B case fights for license
NEWARK, N.J. - Medical regulators in New Jersey heard from health inspectors on Friday about unsanitary conditions in a doctor's office they suspect is the source of a hepatitis B outbreak, in which nearly 3,000 patients are being warned to get tested.
Five cancer patients of Dr. Parvez Dara have tested positive for hepatitis B, a disease that is transmitted through exposure to infected blood.
According to state health inspectors, some of the health code violations found in Dara's office include blood on the floor of a room where chemotherapy was administered, blood in a bin where blood vials were stored, open medication vials, and unsterile saline and gauze.
Search for missing family moves to Neb.
OMAHA, Neb. - A search for a family of four in the rugged Black Hills area of South Dakota ended Friday after authorities found a stolen truck that they believe the family used to return to their home state of Nebraska.
Matthew and Rowena Schade and their children, ages 8 and 11, have not been seen since March 20, when a Knox County deputy sheriff interviewed them in their Creighton home about allegations of abuse. Matthew Schade, 26, has attended a survival camp in Black Hills for several years through his church.
Knox County Sheriff Jim Janecek declined to comment Friday on whether he believed Rowena Schade and the children were with Matthew Schade willingly. He also declined to discuss the search strategy in Nebraska.