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August 23rd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Protesters rally against, for planned Islamic center in New York

CNN Wire Staff

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With chants and banners, opponents of the planned construction of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero faced off Sunday with demonstrators in favor of the facility.

Hundreds of critics and supporters of the proposed center in New York showed up despite an overcast and drizzly sky to express their views amid the national debate over the facility.

Police estimated that supporters of the center numbered up to 250, and critics numbered about 450 during the demonstration.

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Filed under: Islam
August 23rd, 2010
10:42 AM ET

More egg recalls could be ahead, FDA chief says

CNN Wire Staff

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The recall of more than half a billion eggs over the past two weeks is the "largest such egg recall in recent history" and the Food and Drug Administration "may need to continue with smaller sub-recalls," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told CNN's "American Morning" on Monday.

"We have a very complicated network of food distribution in this country," Hamburg said. "You start with a couple of farms in Iowa and you can get nationwide exposure."

Hillandale Farms of Iowa announced Friday it was recalling more than 170 million eggs. Another 380 million have been recalled by another Iowa producer, Wright County Egg, after the FDA linked the eggs to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide.

The FDA was talking with the two egg producers to gain access to their premises to look around and examine their records. "We're continuing to investigate to make sure that we fully understand the source of the contamination," Hamburg said.

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Filed under: Food Safety
August 23rd, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Letter to the President #581: 'Make time for one more beach'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: President Obama is on vacation and seems to like seeing the shore. In my letter today, however, I'm pointing out that there is one shore which would like to see him, too.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, I'm back in New Orleans following my fast round trip to Atlanta for convocation at Georgia Tech. It was nice, thanks for asking, but also hot as blazes. I had a chat with the University President Bud Peterson and his wife, Val, some other university officials, and a lot of the other parents. (including a fellow who was dropping his son off from Malaysia! And I thought our drive was bad!) They were all very friendly but I was sweating so much from walking around outside they must think I have malaria. Best part: After the ceremony my daughter and I went for ice cream.

Speaking of heat, I know you are taking some over your vacation. Some folks are complaining that you have no right to a break with unemployment so high, and even if you need a few days off they'd like to see you hanging out in some less tony digs. I get their point and in a knee jerk kind of way I'm tempted to agree. I have always thought if presidents are so tired, Democrat or Republican, they should cancel all the fund-raising speeches they make for their parties and use that time for some R&R.

On the other hand, I suspect the only people who really know how stressful your job can be are you and previous presidents, all of whom took vacations so my choices are to assume it really is as tough as it looks or you are all terrible slackers, and since I won't do the latter, I'll just say enjoy it. You haven't been smiling much lately and sometimes a good recharging can do much to reinvigorate both the soul and the judgment, both of which I am sure you need in abundance in these trying times.

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August 23rd, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Police: 12-year-old drives minivan

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An Iowa woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly having a 12-year-old girl drive her and her three young children on a road trip, police said.

Melissa Garcia, of West Liberty, Iowa, was charged with operating a vehicle without owner’s consent and child endangerment, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office told CNN.

According to the Iowa City police department, officers were called to a report of a fight in progress in a parking lot Saturday night. During the course of the investigation, the officers learned that Garcia allegedly allowed a 12-year-old child to drive her and her children, ages 3, 2, and 1, from Nichols, Iowa to Iowa City, in a minivan, police said. The distance between the two locations is about 21 miles.

In addition, police said the 3 toddlers were unrestrained in the vehicle and apparently were not in car seats.

Garcia is currently being held at the Johnson County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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