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Iowa, Illinois investigating infections linked to McDonald’s salad

US: The Iowa and Illinois health departments said on Thursday that they were investigating cyclospora infections linked to salads at McDonald Corp’s restaurants. McDonald’s shares fell 1.4 percent after-hours on Thursday. The Illinois Department of Public Health said it had seen about 90 cases, and the Iowa Department of Public Health said it had recorded 15 cases. In about one-fourth of the Illinois cases, people reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill. McDonald’s, the…

Barack Obama called for jury duty in Illinois

CHICAGO: Former US president Barack Obama has been summoned for jury duty in the state of Illinois and is planning to serve. Details have not been released but he is expected to appear in Cook County next month. Obama, 56, owns a home in Washington DC and also in Chicago and could be called for civil or criminal cases. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also appeared for jury selection after leaving the White House. Barack Obama went to Harvard Law School and lectured at the University of Chicago's…

Four charged with hate crimes over Chicago beating shown live on Facebook

CHICAGO: Four African-Americans accused of attacking an 18-year-old man with special needs while making anti-white racial taunts and broadcasting the assault on Facebook were charged with hate crimes in Illinois on Thursday. Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, and sisters Brittany and Tanishia Covington were each charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Tanisha Covington was the eldest at 24, while her sister and the two men were 18 years old.…