NFL commissioner defends handling of Kareem Hunt allegations

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday defended the league’s handling of misconduct allegations involving players off the field, including recent assault allegations against former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Speaking to the media after the league’s annual winter meetings in Irving, Texas, Goodell said the league is doing an “extraordinary” job.…MORE

87 more cases of salmonella linked to recalled beef

Eighty-seven more people have been sickened with salmonella linked to recalled beef products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. A total of 333 have become ill and 91 have been hospitalized since illnesses began in August. No deaths have been reported.Illnesses have been reported in 28 states; Michigan, Mississippi and West…MORE

Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. This will be the last — and strongest — meteor shower of the year, according to NASA. This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show…MORE

Kotex tampons recalled after reports of pieces left in bodies

Kimberly-Clark is recalling regular absorbency U by Kotex Sleek tampons in the United States and Canada after reports of the tampons unraveling or coming apart upon removal. In some cases, users sought “medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body,” the recall announcement said. There have also been a small number of reports…MORE

FDA sends warning to company at center of heart medication recall

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to the Chinese maker of an ingredient in popular heart drugs and said it continues to test the ingredient for cancer-causing chemicals. The letter, sent in late November, details manufacturing violations at the facility of Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., pointing out cross-contamination from one…MORE

McDonald’s has a plan to reduce antibiotics in beef

McDonald’s says it will reduce the use of antibiotics in its beef around the world. Like many others, the restaurant chain uses antibiotics to treat sick animals in its supply chain. According to the World Health Organization, the overuse and misuse of certain antibiotics make them less effective at treating human diseases. With a policy…MORE

Your favorite restaurant is more calorific than fast food, global study finds

Fast food often gets the blame for calorific meals, but new research has found that your favorite chain restaurants are dishing up meals with even more excessive calories, worsening the global obesity epidemic. Overly large portions and food laden with sugar and fats are regularly being served in sit-down eateries, as well as fast food…MORE

Procter & Gamble builds a strategy to win African-American consumers

Procter & Gamble is turning to a startup to help reach African-American consumers who are frustrated with a lack of shaving and shampoo choices. On Wednesday, the consumer products conglomerate announced that it bought Walker & Co. for an undisclosed sum. Walker & Co. is a health and beauty startup founded in 2013 by entrepreneur…MORE