Obama, Romney kick off races
President Barack Obama begins his re-election campaign defending traditionally Republican territory that he carried when he won the White House four years ago. Republican Mitt Romney is looking to reclaim any combination of these GOP strongholds now in flux.
In the months leading to the Nov. 6 election, both men will talk about how they will galvanize the nation. But in reality, they will lavish travel, advertising and staff on only a dozen states, and even fewer as the vote nears.
The political spotlight will shine again on Florida and the Upper Midwest, especially Ohio. But changes in the nations demographics will mean heavy attention paid to the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest.
Bagged salads recalled for salmonella risk
MONTEREY, Calif. Dole Food Co.s fresh vegetables division is recalling 756 cases of bagged salad because they could be contaminated with salmonella.
The bags of Seven Lettuces salads were distributed mainly in the South and the Midwest.
The company said the bags are being recalled because a random sample tested by the state of New York came back positive for salmonella. No other Dole salads are included in the recall.
The recalled salads are stamped with a use-by date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and product codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B, the company said.
Met Live in HD sells 10 million tickets
NEW YORK The Metropolitan Opera in New York has reached a landmark in its movie-theater broadcasts from the stage to the world: 10 million tickets sold since the series started.
Live in HD ended its sixth season this weekend, beaming Verdis La Traviata by satellite to 1,500 movie screens in North America and more than 40 countries.
Almost a quarter of a million people saw Saturdays live performance directed for screens by the man who leads Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, Gary Halvorson. The simulcast grossed $2.4 million in North America.