WASHINGTON

Salmonella outbreak continues

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken producer continues to sicken people more than a year after it started. Despite the illnesses, producer Foster Farms has not initiated a recall, and the government has no apparent plans to shut it down. The federal Centers for Disease Control says there were 50 new reported illnesses in the last two months, bringing to 574 the total number of cases in the outbreak. Most of the illnesses are in California.

PAYSON, Ariz.

Toddler shot by 3-year-old brother

A 3-year-old Payson boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor’s apartment and took it to another room, the eastern Arizona town’s police chief said Wednesday. Police Chief Don Engler said his department’s investigation of the Tuesday shooting will take about a week. Results will be forwarded to the Gila County Attorney’s Office for a decision on whether to prosecute anybody, he said.

SPOKANE, Wash.

Wildfire survivor dead at 82

Robert Sallee, the last survivor of the Mann Gulch wildfire in Montana that killed 13 firefighters, has died. Sallee, 82, died Monday from complications following open heart surgery. His death was confirmed by the Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Sallee was a 17-year-old smoke jumper, youngest on the crew that parachuted to the 1949 wildfire in Montana’s Helena National Forest. They were caught on a mountainside when the fire suddenly blew up, cutting off their escape route.

SALT LAKE CITY

Senator predicts gay marriage law

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn’t think that’s the right way to go. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show. “Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch.

NEW YORK

Actress joining Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel has gone Hollywood for its latest hire. The news network is bringing on actress Stacey Dash as a paid contributor. Dash is known for her roles in the Clueless movie and television series. The black actress landed on the political radar for endorsing Republican Mitt Romney over Democrat Barack Obama in the last presidential election. She was heavily criticized in the black community for supporting the white candidate.

Compiled from wire reports.