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Whole Foods recalls cheese because of listeria risk

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Whole Foods is doing a voluntary recall of Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese due to a possible listeria contamination, FDA officials said Monday.No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall, officials said, although the potential contamination was discovered after testing in Iowa. Customers who have bought the cheese are encouraged to throw it away and bring their receipt into a Whole Foods store for a full refund, officials said.

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The listeria monocytogenes organism can cause serious infections in young children, elderly people and others with low immune systems.

Super Tuesday highlights

A look at who won and who lost on Super Tuesday. Staff video by Anthony Shoemaker.

Steelers’ Harrison on board cruise that rescues stranded rafters in Gulf of Mexico

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison has spent the past few days on social media sharing images from the Legends of Pittsburgh cruise. 

However, the images he took Saturday went viral when the cruise ship he and other Pittsburgh athletes are aboard stopped to help rescue 16 people stranded on a raft in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now,” Harrison wrote in one post.

We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now.Posted by James Harrison on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Carnival Cruise Line spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the Carnival Sensation found the migrants, 15 men and one woman, about 50 miles north of Cuba and brought them aboard.

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Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said they would be turned over to Mexican immigration officials at the ship's next stop, Cozumel.

16ppl, wild!!!Posted by James Harrison on Saturday, February 27, 2016

According to the cruise’s website, the ship set sail Thursday and is to have guests including current and former Steelers Harrison, Antonio Brown and Rocky Bleier, as well as former Pirates player Manny Sanguillen and several former Penguins.

Charity presents surprise gift to student with cerebral palsy seen in video being kicked

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A Penn Hills teen with cerebral palsy, who was seen in a video posted to social media being kicked to the ground at school by a student, has had a lot of people show him support.

On Friday, another person stepped forward, wanting to help Isaiah Wooding.

Sherry Croney, the owner of True Image Tattoos in New Kensington, asked the teen to stop by her shop Friday for a surprise.

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“I spoke to his mother and found out what his favorite thing to do was. I thought he maybe had a favorite sports team or something like that, and she told us he really loves to watch wrestling,” Croney said.

She went and bought Isaiah, 16, a package of tickets to see the WWE wrestlers when they come to Pittsburgh in March. She obtained the tickets through a charity she runs in the name of her husband, Kevin Croney, who was killed in March 2015.

It was a welcomes gift for Isaiah, who was recently the target of bullying. 

A student recorded video of another student kicking Isaiah, knocking the 16-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, to the ground earlier this month in the hallways of Penn Hills high School. The footage was posted to Facebook and went viral.

None of that though was on his mind Friday as he accepted the generous gift.

“It's pretty amazing. I'm speechless. Truthfully told, I'm speechless,” Isaiah said.

Penn Hills police charged the 17-year-old seen in the video kicking Isaiah with simple assault. 

Air Force unveils image of top secret stealth bomber

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The Air Force has revealed an image of the B-21, a highly secretive, next-generation stealth bomber designed to replace an aging fleet of older planes flying missions around the world.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James unveiled the illustration Friday for the first time at an Air Force Association convention in Orlando, Florida.

“We have an image. We have a designation, but here’s what we don’t have,” she told the audience. “We don’t yet have a name.”

James called on airmen and others to suggest names for the stealthy aircraft under development it had previously been known simply as the Long Range Strike-Bomber, or LRS-B.

“The main reason for releasing this picture is to make the program real for legislators, who, up to now, have seen it as kind of an abstraction or concept rather than a concrete item,” said Loren B. Thompson, a senior defense analyst with the Virginia-based Lexington Institute and a defense industry consultant.

The Air Force could buy between 80 to 100 of the Northrop Grumman bombers, which resemble the bat-winged B-2 Spirit.

Costs are not finalized, but the program could reach up to $80 billion by one estimate when research and development and procurement are factored in.

Designated as the first “21st century bomber,” the B-21 eventually would replace the workhorse B-52 Stratofortress, first flown in the 1950s, and the swing-wing B-1 Lancer, launched in the 1980s. The new bomber jet would join the fleet in the mid-2020s.

Congressional legislators will scrutinize the secretive bomber, because the Air Force cannot afford all the new weapons programs targeted in future years, Thompson said.

“The Air Force is trying to bolster the case for its new bomber in a Washington political culture that is suspicious of anything secret,” he said. “Sen. John McCain’s statement this week that he would oppose open-ended funding of the bomber’s development underscores the political challenge the Air Force faces.”

McCain, R-Ariz., is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The new design corrects issues with the B-2 that rendered it more detectable in some situations, Thompson added.

“The only thing an adversary can learn from looking at this picture (of the B-21) is that most of their existing radars are going to be useless in being able to detect it,” he said.

The B-21 design was chosen over a rival Boeing and Lockheed Martin team to build the next generation jet. Boeing filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office last year over losing the contract, but the GAO this month upheld the Air Force selection of Northrop Grumman.

The Air Force also bypassed the Fighters and Bombers Directorate, headquartered at Wright-Patterson, and gave oversight of the secretive plane’s research and development to the Rapid Capabilities Office in Washington, D.C.

The new stealth bomber would be built to fly from the continental United States and penetrate increasingly sophisticated air defenses of potential adversaries, Air Force officials have said.

“What you see in the artist’s rendering released by the Air Force is all the electronic items that will help make the plane lethal and survivable — items like an agile radar, passive sensors and a jamming system,” Thompson said.

Why students don't have to stand for Pledge of Allegiance in Florida

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Students excused from having to daily recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Florida public schools would no longer have to stand and hold their hands over their heart either, under a bill that is headed to the House floor.

The House Education Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 1403) that would change how students are notified of their right to skip the daily pledge and what the excused student must do during the pledge.

Current law requires schools to conspicuously post a notice, telling students they don’t have to recite the pledge if a parent asks in writing for a student to be excused. The law also requires excused students to still stand and hold their hands over their hearts while the pledge is recited.

The bill would allow the notice to instead be placed in a student handbook, and excused students would no longer be required to stand or hold their hands over their hearts.

The bill was filed after a parent of a child at a Panhandle school told the school district it was not following notice requirements. A Senate companion bill has not yet been heard in the first of its three required committees.

Are your contacts putting you at risk for infection by parasite?

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that more than one million people who wear contact lenses are likely putting themselves at greater risk for infection by a parasite that feeds on eyeballs.

"I'm 57 years old, you know, and I never thought I'd end up at a point where I would have to lose an eye," Oze McCallum told WSB.

McCallum’s right eye was frosted and deformed, even after three previous surgeries.

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His infected eye will be surgically removed in a matter of days.

He’s a victim of a tiny organism seen only with a powerful microscope. It's called an acanthameoba.

"Is it feeding?" asked Strickland.

"Oh yeah. It's alive. It's a parasite that's actually feeding on my eye," he replied. "I've cried over it and I've been angry over it. I've shaken my fist and said, 'Why is this happening to me?'"

McCallum is suffering from an infection called acanthamoeba keratitis. Doctors are convinced his contact lens was the parasite's welcome mat.

"Do a lot of contact lens wearers know this risk is out there?" Strickland asked eye surgeon Barry Lee.

"Absolutely not," said Lee.

Lee reports an alarming increase is the number of acanthamoeba infections. He suspects too many patients are spending too much time wearing their lenses.

"Eyes were not made to have foreign bodies in them all the time,” Lee said.

CDC researcher Dr. Jennifer Cope published a stunning report in August which documents contact lens wearers' risky behavior.

Fifty percent of those surveyed said they'd slept overnight in their contacts. In addition, 85 percent have showered in them and 35 percent actually rinsed their lenses in common tap water.

"Even household tap water, although treated to be safe for drinking, is not sterile and contains microorganisms that can contaminate lens cases and contact lenses and cause eye infections," reads the report.

"Maybe my story can help somebody else not have to go through what I'm going through," said McCallum.

The CDC recommends proper contact lens handling practices, including "keeping all water away from contact lenses, discarding used disinfecting solution from the case and cleaning with fresh solution each day, and replacing their contact lens case every three months."

Mom thanks Delta staff for helping her breastfeed her baby

Fiza Pirani contributed to this story, which has been updated

A breastfeeding mom's Facebook post is drawing lots of attention for how an airline handled her pumping needs.

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A woman identifying herself as Jenna Mde posted a message on Delta Airline's Facebook page, thanking two flight attendants for the extra care they provided on a flight from Atlanta to Dallas-Love Field. 

"Yesterday, two flight attendants, Kaitlin K and Loretta, on my flight from Atlanta to Dallas-Love Field, allowed me to sit in an empty first class seat for more space and privacy while I pumped in flight. They offered me snacks and provided TONS of water during my pumping session. "Additionally, on my return flight this afternoon, the Dallas-Love Field gate attendant, Talesa, offered me an empty first-class seat so I could do the same," wrote Mde, who is a mom to triplets, according to her post.

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>As a breastfeeding mother to triplets, it's important that I not miss a breast-pumping session, especially when...Posted by Jenna Mde on Saturday, February 13, 2016

Her story is in contrast to some earlier headlines about Delta and breastfeeding. For example, the company apologized to a passenger in January 2015 after requiring she check her breast pump. And in February 2014 the company was forced to apologize after an employee mistakenly told a passenger she could not breastfeed on the plane without a covering.

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Delta isn't alone: Multiple women nationwide say they have encountered push-back and negative reaction while breastfeeding in public.

"I am incredibly grateful for the lengths these individuals took to make my role as momma much easier and impressed by the advocacy this company has provided for breast-feeding and pumping," Mde wrote in her post.

Her story has been shared more than 2,700 times, and liked more than 43,000 times, attracting many positive comments. Mde told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she wanted to share her story so that Delta and the employees could get their deserved recognition. 

"I had no idea how fast and how far it would reach and the impact it would have on other mothers," she said. "Many have reached out to me saying that they were afraid to travel, not knowing how easy it would be to pump or feed their children."

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But after reading her story, Mde said, the women say they now feel comfortable doing so.

She knew there were some stories about women not being able to breastfeed freely in public, but said in the many years she's been flying Delta, Made has had no issue or interference, she said.

"This post wasn't about my surprise for being allowed to pump, but about how these women went out of their way to make it easier for me," she said.

A Delta spokesman did not immediately have a comment for the AJC on Mde's post, but on Monday morning, the company replied to her directly in a Facebook comment:

"We are very happy to hear that Kaitlin and Loretta were able to be there for you when needed," Delta wrote. "We would love to recognize them and pass your kinds words along as we know they would be very touched and happy to know this."

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