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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…

Barber trades free haircuts in exchange of stories

As part of a free event earlier this month, Courtney Holmes, 45, traded "trims for tales" in Dubuque, Iowa. Holmes told local journal: "I just want to support kids reading." Free books were also given on the day by a charity some of which were read to Holmes. Caitlin Daniels, grade-level reading coordinator at a community foundation said she enjoyed watching Holmes help children read. "All the kids, they want to have a good haircut to go back to school," she said. "They're paying through reading." Holmes spent four…