NEW ORLEANS — Sales of Gulf of Mexico seafood are getting a boost from the military after being hammered by last year's BP oil spill, which left consumers fearing the water's bounty had been tainted.
Ten products including fish, shrimp and packaged dishes such as jambalaya are being promoted at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast, said Milt Ackerman, president of Military Solutions Inc., which is supplying the seafood.
Gulf seafood sales fell sharply after BP PLC's Gulf well blew out in April. Extensive testing has indicated the food is safe.
Truck hits, kills N.Y. cop during traffic stop
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. —A police officer sitting in his cruiser with lights flashing during a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway died Saturday after being hit by a flatbed truck.
Nassau County Officer Michael Califano had pulled a vehicle over for having insufficient lights and was sitting in his car when it was struck from behind shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, authorities said.
The impact propelled the cruiser under a stopped box truck, while the flatbed ended up on the police vehicle's roof.
Millions in cash send club owner to prison
CHICAGO — A prominent Chicago-area strip club owner found with $12 million in cash has been sentenced to a year in prison for tax crimes.
Michael Wellek of Libertyville told a federal judge Friday that he took full responsibility for his actions.
Internal Revenue Service agents raided a warehouse in 2003 and confiscated $12 million in cash stuffed in bags and boxes. Wellek argued in a 2004 lawsuit that he was holding the cash until he could count it.