Spice imports carry risk

The Food and Drug Administration says that almost 7 percent of imported spices over a three-year period were contaminated with salmonella. In a report released Wednesday, the FDA says testing of imported spices between 2007 and 2010 showed that spices were twice as likely as other inspected foods to be contaminated with the pathogen. More than 80 different types of salmonella were detected. The agency decided to study the issue as several spice-related outbreaks have caused illnesses around the globe. The FDA says there have been 14 known outbreaks around the world since 1973, causing almost 2,000 illnesses, many of which were in children.


Fugitive rapist captured

A fugitive paroled rapist was back in custody Wednesday after authorities said he cut off his ankle monitor and made dozens of threatening and obscene phone calls to the family of his 80-year-old victim. San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Dennis Michael McKenzie, 58, was arrested by a SWAT team at 4:30 p.m. in Palm Springs. She said a citizen recognized him from photos in the media and tipped off deputies. McKenzie was living in a Long Beach halfway house when he disappeared and will be transported back to San Bernardino. He’s being held on a felony no-bail warrant. McKenzie’s parole agent received a tamper alert Oct. 1 and officials amplified the push to locate him after he made more than 50 harassing phone calls to his victim’s family.


Emergency stop for jet

A San Francisco-bound Delta Air Lines plane departed from a remote Alaska community near the Aleutian Islands Wednesday afternoon, 10 hours after its passengers’ original jet made an emergency landing there. Delta sent the replacement plane to Cold Bay after a Boeing 767 landed safely at about 6 a.m. Wednesday with 167 passengers and 11 crew members on board. The unscheduled landing came after crew members received an engine warning message in the cockpit, a Delta spokesman said. No injuries were reported aboard the plane that had departed from Tokyo.

Compiled from wire reports.