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‘McVegan’ burger makes debut in Finland

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 1:40 AM

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You can get a "McVegan" burger at the golden arches -- but only at the McDonald's in Tampere, Finland.(NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

McDonald’s introduced its “McVegan” burger on Wednesday, but vegan lovers will have to travel a long way to find it for now.

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The fast-food giant said its newest menu item will only be available at one restaurant — Tampere, Finland — and for a limited time, Elite Daily reported. The burger will be available through Oct. 21, Fox News reported.

The burger consists of mustard, pickles, onion, lettuce, tomato and a soy-based patty on a sesame seed bun. Food & Wine reported the McDonald's Finland also serves vegan fries, but that's just because their fry recipe is vegan by default (McDonald's fries in the U.S. are made with a hydrolyzed milk, and therefore not technically vegan), Fox News reported.

A McDonald’s spokesman told Today that the company was not planning to offer the burger anywhere else — for now.

Alabama Senate race live updates: Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 7:59 AM

MIDLAND CITY, AL -   People wait for the arrival of Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore to speak during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Mr. Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in tomorrow's special election for the U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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MIDLAND CITY, AL - People wait for the arrival of Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore to speak during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Mr. Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in tomorrow's special election for the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MOBILE, Alabama – Twice booted from his position as state supreme court chief justice and dogged by allegations he pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s, Roy Moore will find out Tuesday if the people of Alabama are willing to look past the scandals and send him to Washington as their next senator.

As Alabama’s special election neared the finish line on Monday, Moore, with the help of former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, renewed his call for voters to help him “clean the swamp.” 

Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, on Monday campaigned with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Barkley told supporters that Alabama has, “got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.” 

The race, a special election being held to fill the Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has garnered national attention as allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore surfaced. 

Eight women have come forward to say Moore acted inappropriately toward them when they were in their teens and he in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.

Before his run for the Senate seat, Moore gained national attention when he was twice removed from his position as Alabama’s chief justice for violating judicial orders. 

If Jones wins Tuesday, he will be the first Democrat to do so in 20 years when the state’s last Democratic Senator, Howell Heflin, retired. 

Look for live updates here throughout the day and full coverage of election returns beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

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Baby formula recalled over salmonella contamination

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

International Baby Formula Recall Issued Over Salmonella Contamination

One of the world’s largest dairy groups has ordered a global recall of millions of baby milk products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.

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Lactalis is pulling millions of products made since mid-February and shipped to markets including China, Greece, Pakistan and Britain, according to a company list

Products in the United States are not affected. 

French health officials said 26 infants have gotten sick since Dec. 1. Those cases were linked to products branded Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz.

“(Lactalis is) sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill,” the company said in a statement.

Salmonella can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Most people are able to recover without treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hitler-themed homework assigned to middle-schoolers angers parents

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

Student's binder on desk. (Photo credit: arker via Morguefile.com)
arker via Morguefile.com
Student's binder on desk. (Photo credit: arker via Morguefile.com)(arker via Morguefile.com)

Parents in a Chicago suburb are furious after their kids brought home a homework assignment called “If You Give Hitler a Country.” The assignment reportedly told the students to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler.”

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At Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, eighth-grader Michael Masterton told WGN that “everyone in the class was given the paper and it tells you all the requirements.” His mother, Kelly, was a bit more taken aback by the homework, telling the Chicago station, “I asked him, ‘Did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’ and he said yes. … I’m not sure what the appropriate manner is to use a swastika.” The concerned mother posted the image to her Facebook page and said, “[I] don’t think [the teacher] did it to be anti-Semitic. I think she was trying to teach that there was propaganda. ... It did not come through that way.”

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On the handout, a cartoon character is shown wearing a Nazi uniform and sporting an Adolf Hitler mustache while giving a Nazi salute. Michael told NBC Chicago that he asked for an alternative assignment, saying, "Some kids were being a bit immature and trying to make this assignment a little bit funny, and it’s disgusting.”

School board president Carla Little apologized in a statement and said the assignment was aimed at teaching students about the appeasement negotiations between the Nazis and opposing countries and the events leading up to World War II. Kelly said she’s not satisfied with the school's explanation and wants to know “that they’re not going to go ahead and give more assignments and make light of it.”

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:22 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, shares a laugh with fellow mayors Mayor Ed Lee, of San Francisco, left, and Mayor Anne Hidalgo, of Paris, during a summit on climate change involving more than 50 mayors from around the globe Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Chicago. Lee died Dec. 12 at age 65. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, shares a laugh with fellow mayors Mayor Ed Lee, of San Francisco, left, and Mayor Anne Hidalgo, of Paris, during a summit on climate change involving more than 50 mayors from around the globe Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Chicago. Lee died Dec. 12 at age 65. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)(Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is dead at age 65, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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