Headlines from around the world: 9/16/12

An attack on a U.S. embassy killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Angry crowds also attacked British and German embassies in Sudan, a KFC restaurant in Lebanon, and the UN multinational peacekeeping observer mission in the Sinai Peninsula. US and other Western interests were targeted due to anger over an anti-Islamic video produced in California and uploaded to YouTube.

The Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it will begin a third round of bond-buying. The Fed said it would buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities per month and promised that “if the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially,” it would not stop buying and could increase its spending. “They’ve clearly committed to do what it takes to get unemployment down where they want it,” said Pierre Ellis, an economist at New York-based Decision Economics. “There’s no limit.”

Two strains of salmonella tied to cantaloupes sickened 270 people in 26 states since July 6, 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 101 people were hospitalized, and three deaths were reported in Kentucky. Contaminated cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana caused the outbreak. The Indiana grower recalled its entire crop of cantaloupes and watermelon as Indiana state health officials collected and tested samples of the farm’s watermelon and cantaloupe. The tests revealed strains of Salmonella typhimurium and strains of Salmonella newport similar to those found in eight states being investigated by state and federal officials.

A postal employee was arrested in Orlando, Florida on charges that he was delivering cocaine on his mail route. Robert Hunt Jr., 24, was arrested following an investigation by the US Postal Inspection Service. A narcotics K-9 unit alerted inspectors at an Orlando processing and distribution center of four parcels suspected of containing drugs.

A four-year-old’s backyard playhouse in Georgia is subject to a lawsuit for being too pink. The woman who built the playhouse is being sued by the homeowners association of Mill Haven, Georgia, due to the playhouse’s color. She believes the lawsuit is frivolous and said “The general reaction is, ‘Are you kidding me? They’re suing you over a pink playhouse?'”

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