BY JUAN A. LOZANO, ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015
HOUSTON (AP) — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the contamination. Amid those efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the number of illnesses linked to the company's products has increased to 10.
"As each day passes, we are getting closer and closer to figuring out how this listeria was introduced into our facilities. ... It's a matter of doing the work and not making
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.
The company "can't say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line, Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement.
"We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe," Kruse said.
The first recall in the family-owned creamery's 108-year history was issued last month after the U.S.
By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, AP | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014
CAIRO — An Egyptian militant organization allied with the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an American oil worker.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which now refers to itself as the Sinai Province, said on its official Twitter account late Sunday that it killed William Henderson. It published pictures of his passport and two identification cards. It did not say when or how it killed him.
The passport said he was a 58-year-old from Texas and his identification cards said he worked for Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. and Qarun Petroleum Co., a joint venture with Egypt.
Apache said in August that one of its supervisors had been killed in an apparent carjacking in Egypt’s Western Desert.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Nov 28, 2014
NEW YORK — A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.
Many energy experts had expected the group of oil producing countries, which met in Vienna this week, to act to halt a free fall in the price of crude oil since this summer.
A barrel of benchmark U.S. crude, which cost well above $100 as recently as June, had fallen to about $73 as of this week. OPEC announced Thursday that it would not cut production in hopes of hurting producers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have been flooding the market with crude and natural gas.
The effect was immediate.
BY DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.
The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week.
President Barack Obama did not support the bill, but the White House has been mum on whether or not he will veto it.
Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed for the vote in an effort to save her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff election in Louisiana. She faces an uphill battle against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who authored the House bill.
All Republicans said publicly they supported the Senate bill, as did several moderate Democrats.