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Quick update: One person from California has died from the virulent E. coli outbreak, which has now spread to 25 states. It's infected 121 people with 52 needing hospitalization, and 14 of whom now have kidney failure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

Searching for the source: The Food and Drug Administration identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Ariz., as the source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several Alaskans but has not yet determined where in the supply chain the contamination occurred. FDA says it's continuing to investigate since "most of the illnesses ... are not linked to romaine lettuce from this farm, and are associated with chopped romaine lettuce."

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Ina Fried, author of Login
16 mins ago - Technology

Amazon wants to flood America with Alexa cameras and microphones

Photo: Amazon

In a Thursday event unveiling a slew of new home devices ahead of the holidays, Amazon made clearer than ever its determination to flood America with cameras, microphones and the voice of Alexa, its AI assistant.

The big picture: Updating popular products and expanding its range to car alarms and in-home drones, Amazon extended its lead in smart home devices and moved into new areas including cloud gaming and car security. The new offerings will also fuel criticism that the tech giant is helping equip a society built around surveillance.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Oil's turbulent long-term future

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The oil sector is facing risks from all sides.

Why it matters: Risk in the industry is nothing new. But these are especially turbulent and uncertain times. The industry's market clout has waned, the future of demand is kind of a mystery, and future U.S. policy is too, just to name three.

Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: "He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI"

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Friday.

Why it matters: Meadows' statement highlights the Trump administration's strategy to sow doubt in November's election results by challenging the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which are expected to skew heavily in Democrats' favor.

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