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October 20, 2011

Experts Skeptical of 'Anti-Concussion' Sports Equipment

Dirty Packing Plant Blamed for Killer Cantaloupes

Citigroup to Pay Millions to Close Fraud Complaint



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Experts Skeptical of 'Anti-Concussion' Sports Equipment

As scientists confirm that football and other high-impact sports can leave lasting brain damage, companies are marketing "anti-concussion" equipment to coaches, parents and children that, neurologists say, probably does not work. "I wish there was such a product on the market," Jeffrey Kutcher, chairman of the American Academy of Neurology's sports section, said at a Senate hearing Wednesday. "The simple truth is that no current helmet, mouth guard, headband or other piece of equipment can significantly prevent concussions from occurring."  Alexa Vaughn, LA Times  10/20/2011

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Dirty Packing Plant Blamed for Killer Cantaloupes

A dirty packing facility at a Colorado farm was the likely source of an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupes that killed 25 people in the US since August, health authorities said Wednesday. The foodborne outbreak was the deadliest in a quarter century in the United States, and also sickened 123 people and caused one pregnant woman to miscarry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.  Kerry Sheridan, AFP, Yahoo News  10/20/2011

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Citigroup to Pay Millions to Close Fraud Complaint

Citigroup on Wednesday agreed to pay $285 million to settle a civil complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it had defrauded investors who bought just such a deal. The transaction involved a $1 billion portfolio of mortgage-related investments, many of which were handpicked for the portfolio by Citigroup without telling investors of its role or that it had made bets that the investments would fall in value.  Edward Wyatt, The New York Times  10/20/2011

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