Updated Nov 26, 2019

CDC: Avoid romaine lettuce from California's Salinas Valley

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned consumers that romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley, a major agricultural region in California, may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Why it matters: Maryland health officials tested the strain of E. coli that is "closely related genetically" to the type found in sick people in the latest outbreak, per the CDC. As of Tuesday, 67 people in 19 states have been infected

Be smart: The CDC has urged restaurants and retailers not to serve or sell romaine lettuce from the region and for people to throw it away, as the investigation remains ongoing.

  • Most romaine packaging has a label indicating where it was grown. The CDC urges people to dispose of any packages that aren't labeled.
  • Officials haven't figured out the cause of the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria, but "[c]ontaminated agricultural water is a prime suspect in these outbreaks," per the Washington Post.

Go deeper: Study: How the E. coli bacteria becomes antibiotic resistant

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Zuckerberg says Trump’s “shooting” tweet didn’t violate Facebook’s rules

Mark Zuckerberg at the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on February 15. Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Facebook did not remove President Trump's threat to send the National Guard to Minneapolis because the company's policy on inciting violence allows discussion on state use of force, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in a post on Friday.

The big picture: Zuckerberg's statement comes on the heels of leaked internal criticism from Facebook employees over how the company handled Trump's posts about the Minneapolis protests and his unsubstantiated claims on mail-in ballots — both of which Twitter has now taken action on.

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Trump says he spoke with George Floyd's family

President Trump in the Rose Garden on May 29. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Friday that he had spoken with the family of George Floyd, a black resident of Minneapolis who died after a police officer knelt on his neck on Monday.

Driving the news: Former Vice President Joe Biden said via livestream a few hours earlier that he, too, had spoken with Floyd's family. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee implored white Americans to consider systemic injustices against African Americans more broadly, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.