PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Black pepper used to coat salami is the possible cause of a salmonella outbreak that sickened people in 40 states, including Kansas, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Thursday.
Tests showed the same strain of salmonella that has sickened at least 189 people since July was also found in two open containers of pepper at meat company Daniele International Inc.' s facility in Burrillville. Thirty-seven people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Gray wolf population in Rockies steady
BILLINGS, Mont. —A new tally of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies shows the population held steady across the region in 2009, ending more than a decade of expansion for the predators.
Biologists say preliminary results show the population will be similar to last year's minimum of 1,650 wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
The steady numbers come despite the killing of more than 500 wolves in 2009, primarily by hunters and government wildlife agents responding to livestock attacks.
Samurai sword killing called justified
BALTIMORE — Prosecutors say a Johns Hopkins University student feared for his life when he used a samurai sword to kill an unarmed intruder and they have decided not to file any charges.
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy said Thursday that John Pontolillo will not be charged in the death of career criminal Donald D. Rice.
Jessamy says a review of the evidence and witness interviews shows Pontolillo was justified in striking Rice.