Tainted beef sold in 16 states

WASHINGTON — Nineteen people in 16 states, including Kansas, have been infected in recent days with a potentially lethal strain of E. coli bacteria, after consuming beef in restaurants supplied by the same Oklahoma meat company, federal officials said.

The outbreak spurred the company, National Steak and Poultry, to voluntarily recall 248,000 pounds of beef on Dec. 24. The products, which range from steaks to sirloin tips, were packaged in October and shipped to restaurants, hotels and institutions nationwide, according to the company.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has only a partial list of restaurants that received the potentially tainted beef, including the two chains Moe's and Carino's Italian Grill restaurants, primarily in the West and Midwest.

Fired man blamed for slaying at Calif. casino

LAKESIDE, Calif. —A man who was fired from his job at a Southern California casino shot and killed a man in his former manager's office Tuesday, then fatally turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

Donnell Roberts, 38, walked into the Barona Gaming Commission building around 10 a.m. with a shotgun slung over his shoulder, ordered three secretaries to leave, then opened fire in the manager's office, said San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. Fifteen people fled through a back door, Gore said. Witnesses heard three shots.