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DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - A 14-year-old Massachusetts high school student charged with killing a teacher has been ordered held without bail.

Philip Chism was ordered held Wednesday at his arraignment in adult court on a murder charge in Salem.

His defense attorney, Denise Regan, argued for the proceedings to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden because of his age. The judge denied the request. Regan declined to comment outside court.

Officials haven't released a cause of death, but prosecutors say the teen beat well-liked Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer. Her body was found in the woods behind the school early Wednesday.

The boy also was reported missing Tuesday. He was spotted walking along a road early Wednesday.

He is due back in court Nov. 22.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who confessed in an online video to killing a man in a drunken driving crash has been sentenced to six and a-half years in prison.

The sentence came at a hearing today in Columbus, Ohio, where Matthew Cordle apologized to the family of his victim, Vincent Canzani. Cordle said, "It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man."

Canzani's daughter asked the judge to sentence Cordle to the maximum -- eight and a-half years -- saying, "My father got a death sentence and did nothing wrong." But the judge also read a letter from Canzani's ex-wife who said she believed he would not have wanted a maximum sentence. She said she thinks Cordle will keep his promise never to drink and drive again.

In the three and a-half-minute video posted in early September, Cordle admitted he killed a man and said he "made a mistake" when he decided to drive that night. At the hearing last month where he pleaded guilty, he told the judge that he drank so much, he was "blacked out" -- and that he had no recollection of the crash.

 

Tons of meat products recalled by USDA

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:32 Published in Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reser's Fine Foods in Topeka, Kan., is recalling about 22,800 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted chicken, ham and beef products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday that the meat products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The meat was shipped to retailers and distributors in 27 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service listed various "sell by" dates for the recalled products.

There have been no reports of illness. Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon and potentially fatal disease. Symptoms can include high fever and severe headache.

 

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