The iconic mac and cheese in a blue box will start showing its true colors. Northfield, Illinois-based, Kraft Foods announced Monday it will remove artificial preservatives and synthetic colors from its “Original Kraft Macaroni and Cheese” in the U.S. starting Jan. 2016. Kraft will replace the synthetic colors currently used with natural sources such as paprika, annatto and turmeric, the company said. The company hopes the move will “delight consumers with on-trend updates to meet consumers’ changing lifestyles and needs.”
A Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty on Monday in connection with an alleged beating and kicking of a man in South Los Angeles in October 2014.
Officer Richard Garcia, 34, was charged with one count of assault under the color of authority in connection with the arrest of Clinton Alford Jr., the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Alford Jr. said he was riding his bike home when the LAPD officer tried to stop him at 55th Street and Avalon Boulevard.
Alford, who filed suit against the LAPD in federal court in November, ran away and then alleges he was chased down by officers, who used a Taser on him before punching and kicking him.
A man was injured after shots were fired at an MTA bus Monday afternoon, according to the FDNY. Authorities say an unknown suspect fired at the bus from the street at about 5:15 p.m. near Madison Avenue and East 105th Street in East Harlem. Two bullets struck the bus, shattering the right side windows, according to the MTA. The FDNY says a man who was on the street was shot in the foot and was treated on the scene. No bus passengers were injured.
Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See" has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The award, announced Monday, went to Doerr's best-selling World War II novel that tells the parallel stories of a blind French girl and a young German soldier. Click through for a list of the 2015 Pulitzers in journalism and the arts.
Rescuers combed the waters off Italy Monday for survivors of what could be the deadliest migrant boat disaster in the Mediterranean, just as rescuers rushed to the aid of at least another two distressed ships carrying migrants to Europe. One boat carrying migrants crashed Monday off a Greek island, killing at least three people and leading to the rescue of another 80, officials there confirmed. Italy's prime minister, meanwhile, said his country was working with Malta to rescue two more migrant boats in distress, and that military intervention in Libya — which many migrants have fled for Europe — was not on the table. The new tragedies came as officials kept grappling with a catastrophe in the Mediterranean over the weekend, when a vessel reportedly carrying close to 1,000 migrants capsized, in an accident that may have left hundreds dead. The disaster is the latest in a long line of tragedies that have claimed the lives of thousands of migrants trying to make it to Europe.
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Republican Jeb Bush is planning a policy trip to Europe in June, to speak on the global economy and meet with business, economic and defense leaders. Aides to the former Florida governor say the likely presidential candidate is planning to visit Germany, Poland and Estonia.
Road tripping for her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a dark assessment of a "stalled out" U.S. economy Monday, a judgment at odds with President Barack Obama's brighter view of what the nation has achieved on his watch.
Clinton toured a wood furniture factory in Keene in her first visit to the early primary state since she launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As in Iowa last week, Clinton was highlighting the struggles of "everyday Americans," even if her remarks undercut the message of fellow Democrat Obama.
Two Minnesota residents arrested in San Diego accused of trying to get fake travel documents to join ISIS appeared in federal court Monday. They are among six Minnesota men charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. The six, whom authorities described as friends who met secretly to plan their travels, are accused of conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The complaint says the men planned to reach Syria by flying to nearby countries from Minneapolis, San Diego or New York City, and lied to federal investigators when they were stopped.
A woman was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week after customs agents say she tried to smuggle 4 pounds of cocaine into the country in her underpants.
Students and alumni at hundreds of colleges nationwide are urging their administrations to stop investing millions in endowment funds in coal, oil and gas. But after months of demonstrations, sit-ins and talk with school officials, the movement's results are mixed, and the answer many activists keep getting is still no. The issue, activists say, is a moral one. Taking their cue from the successful push in the 1970s for universities to divest from apartheid South Africa, now students from Maine to California say fossil-fuel divestment would help curb climate change because of the moral authority their schools' voices carry.
Five years after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and pumping millions of gallons of the oil into the waters, fishermen are still struggling but slowly recovering from the pollution that had poisoned their catch. "It's been a decade of a lot of struggle and resiliency," said Sandy Nguyen, who runs a group that advocates on behalf of the shrimpers, many of whom are Asian-American immigrants. "But we're not going anywhere." In 2010, the oil spill was capped after close to three months, and the season for the shrimpers was lost. Nguyen said shrimpers, who could pull in $80,000 or more in a decent year, were "freaking out." Some fishermen have moved on and found different occupations, while others moved to other locations with hopes that things will get better.
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A lawyer says a Washington Post reporter jailed in Iran faces four charges, including an espionage charge. Lawyer Leilah Ahsan, who represents reporter Jason Rezaian, told the Post on Monday that the correspondent also faces charges of "conducting propaganda against the establishment," ''collaborating with hostile governments" and "collecting information about internal and foreign policy and providing them to individuals with malicious intent."
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A North Carolina man's obituary asked two things of friends and family: instead of sending flowers for the funeral, give the money to charity. And don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.
The family of 81-year-old Larry Upright added the political message to the obituary announcing the Kannapolis man's death and burial this week.
Hillary Clinton is just nine days into her official run for president — and already, predictably, the 2016 conversation revolves around her. She's heading Monday to New Hampshire just after GOP rivals aimed all their ire at her over the weekend at a confab in that first-in-the-nation primary state. There's also a new anti-Clinton book hitting shelves next month that's already creating buzz. There are a few reasons all the focus now is on her. One, she's the 2016 front-runner at the moment. Two, there's unlikely to be a very competitive Democratic primary, meaning that now is Republicans' best chance to make their attacks before they have to start aiming their criticism at each other in earnest. And three, well, she's a Clinton.
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A 1,000-pound Rhode Island man who has spoken openly about his struggle with his weight was moved to a new living facility Monday, an effort that took weeks of planning, seven hours of transportation and the help of a crane and a flatbed truck. A coalition consisting of the Providence and Cranston Fire Departments, Lifespan, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island and Bay Crane Northeast helped move Providence resident Robert Butler from his closing nursing home room to a new facility in Cranston on Sunday.