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JUSTICE PREVAILS : No jail for 2 cantaloupe farmers guilty in deadly listeria outbreak


Eric Jensen, 37, leaves the federal courthouse in Denver with attorney Forrest Lewis after he and his brother Ryan were sentenced to five years of probation and six months of home detention. The two Colorado cantaloupe farmers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly listeria outbreak in 2011.


January 28, 2014, 5:01 p.m.

DENVER -- Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers linked to the nation's deadliest outbreak of food-borne illness in a quarter-century were sentenced Tuesday to probation and home detention, but the judge said he wasn't sending them to prison so that they could work to pay off $150,000 each in restitution.

Before they were sentenced, Eric and Ryan Jensen read statements apologizing to the victims of the 2011 listeria outbreak, which killed 33 people and sickened 147 in 28 states, according to federal health authorities.

Both brothers pleaded guilty to federal charges of introducing adulterated food into…

MANGO MAFIA : Mexico Just Legalized Vigilantism And Then Captured A Huge Cartel Leader


JAN. 27, 2014, 8:29 PM

AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik

Mexican "vigilantes," who had been fighting the Knights Templar for the last year, according to the AP.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico essentially legalized the country's growing "self-defense" groups Monday, while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which the vigilante groups have been fighting for the last year.

The government said it had reached an agreement with vigilante leaders to incorporate the armed civilian groups into old and largely forgotten quasi-military units called the Rural Defense Corps. Vigilante groups estimate their numbers at 20,000 men under arms.

The twin announcements may help the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto find a way out of an embarrassing situation in the western state of Michoacan, where vigilantes began rising up last February against th…

MAP: The Best And Worst Countries For Healthy Eating


JAN. 28, 2014, 3:20 PM

Economic inequality was a major theme at last week's World Economic Forum. 

A fundamental form of inequality is in access to quality food.

Oxfam International, as part of their ongoing efforts to inform and fight global hunger, has assembled a "Good Enough to Eat" food index

The index combines measures of undernourishment, food affordability, diversity and quality of food, and diet-related health outcomes.

Here is a map of Oxfam's results. The darker red a country is, the worse it scored on the combined index:

Oxfam International/ Business Insider

The highest scoring countries were all in Europe, except for Australia

The United States came in 21st, dragged down by high rates of diabetes and obesity.

The lowest ranked countries were predominantly in Africa. Chad was the lowest ranked of the 125 countries for which full data were available, followed closely by Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Yemen.

The index is made up of eight total compo…