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Woman outraged after homeless squatters set up tent in her backyard, claim to own house

A Seattle woman says she came home to find homeless squatters setting up a tent in her backyard.

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The home is for sale. Lisa, the owner, who asked KIRO-TV not to use her full name or identify the house so it would not interfere with her sale, said one man expressed interest in buying the house Friday. She told him to come back with an agent.

>> On KIRO7.com: Seattle's illegal homeless encampments: Q-and-A on the city's response

When she came home Monday, she said she found that man and another one in her backyard setting up a tent and drinking out of the hose. She said they'd spread items out on the patio and the stairs, too. She said they'd even brought religious statues to put on the steps.

Lisa said she screamed and told them they were trespassing and to leave. She said one man walked up to her and told her that she was the one trespassing, claiming he owns the house. 

"The delusion is what scares me. You never know what somebody's capable of when they don't have rational thought," Lisa said.

Neighbors rushed over and scared the men off while Lisa called 911. While an officer was taking a report, the men came back. Lisa thinks they came to get their belongings. 

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"I feel completely violated," Lisa said. "I've spent my last seven years putting my hard work and money into this house, and I feel fiercely protective. But at the same time, I don't want to threaten my own safety by protecting this property."

She said the men have been back five times. Lisa had a friend stay at the house Tuesday night, and he was armed. 

Lisa worries they’ll be back.

"Who is to say it might not happen again?" she said.

Lisa also spoke to KIRO Radio's Dori Monson, who reported this story Wednesday afternoon. Listen to that interview from the Dori Monson Show below.

Seattle police took the items from the backyard and are investigating the pair for trespassing and prowling, according to the police report. Officers have been called out to the house several times. 

>> Listen to the KIRO Radio interview here

Chipotle illnesses: More than 400 report sickness after eating at Ohio restaurant

An Ohio Chipotle Mexican Grill has reopened after reports of illness caused the restaurant to voluntarily shut its doors Monday.

>> Wraps, salads sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's recalled over possible parasite

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Delaware County Health District had received 413 inquiries from customers who believed the Powell restaurant’s food made them sick, said the district’s public information officer, Traci Whittaker.

“Our staff has been fielding calls all day long yesterday, so what happens when we get calls is we have to follow up and investigate,” Whittaker said.

>> On DaytonDailyNews.com: Chipotle website crashes for some customers ordering free guacamole

The cause of the illnesses is still unknown, as Whittaker said that investigation takes a significant amount of time. If everything went by the books, the health district would know the potential pathogen by Friday, but it never goes by the books, she said.

First the health district employees have to follow up and interview all of the customers who called, and if they’re willing to provide a stool sample, the health district will send them a kit, pick it up and send it to a lab for testing. More than 30 stool kits have been delivered to those who reported illness.

>> On DaytonDailyNews.com: MoviePass frustrates customers with higher cost, fewer movies

The Delaware County Health District will also test leftover food samples some of the customers provided.

The restaurant at 9733 Sawmill Parkway reopened Tuesday after correcting one critical and one noncritical violation related to pinto beans and lettuce being kept at the correct temperature. The restaurant threw all of its food away as well, Whittaker said.

“Our inspection saw no reason for them not to reopen,” she said.

The investigation will continue into next week, she said.

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“We want to look at the whole big picture of what the potential pathogen is, where it came from, what is making these customers sick,” she said

Whittaker said if others were affected and have not yet called the health district, they should do so immediately.

Ron Simon and Associates, along with co-counsel DiCello Levitt and Casey, has filed the first lawsuit in the case against the restaurant.

Wraps, salads sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's recalled over possible parasite

Have you recently picked up a salad or wrap from the grocery store? It could make you sick, according to a new health alert.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday that "beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products" recently distributed by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods may be contaminated with a parasite called cyclospora.

>> On USDA.gov: See the full list of recalled products

The products, produced July 15-18, have "sell by" dates of July 18-23 and were sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walgreens and other retailers across the country, WRTV reported. The recalled items also have an establishment number of EST. 39985 or P-39985, the FSIS said.

>> On USDA. gov: See the labels here

Health officials issued the alert after Caito Foods' lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, said "the chopped romaine that is used to manufacture some of their salads and wraps was being recalled," according to the FSIS.

>> RELATED STORY: Listeria concerns prompt recall of grab-and-go sandwiches in 11 states

Symptoms of cyclospora infection include watery diarrhea with frequent bowel movements, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its incubation period could last up to 14 days, officials said.

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If you have any of the recalled products, you should throw them away or return them to the store, officials said. If you think you are sick, visit your health care provider.

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How to get a McDonald's MacCoin, free Big Mac in honor of iconic burger's 50th anniversary

McDonald's is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Mac in a big way.

Starting at lunchtime Thursday, customers at 14,000 participating restaurants across the country will receive a MacCoin with the purchase of a Big Mac while supplies last, the company announced in a news release.

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From Friday through the end of the year, customers can redeem a MacCoin for a free Big Mac at participating restaurants.

The coins have the following five designs, each paying tribute to a different decade:

  • The '70s MacCoin's theme is flower power.
  • The '80s MacCoin pays tribute to pop art. 
  • The '90s MacCoin has bold, abstract shapes.
  • The '00s MacCoin focuses on technology.
  • The '10s MacCoin honors "the evolution of communication." 

According to WPXI, the iconic burger was created in the Pittsburgh area by franchisee Jim Delligatti.

“When my great-grandfather Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mac at his grill in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, he just wanted to make his local customers happy,” said Nick Delligatti, fourth-generation McDonald’s owner-operator and great-grandson of Delligatti. “August 2 would have been my great-grandfather’s 100th birthday, and I believe he would be very proud knowing his humble sandwich has made such a lasting impression that people all around the world can enjoy it wherever they find a McDonald’s.” 

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Bank of America freezes account of Kansas man who did not confirm citizenship

A Kansas man who ignored a letter from his bank asking if he was an American citizen had his family’s account temporarily frozen, The Kansas City Star reported.

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Josh Collins and his wife, Jessica Salazar Collins, of Roeland Park, said they received a letter from Bank of America last month. One of the questions asked if Josh Collins was a citizen or could claim dual citizenship, the newspaper reported.

Jessica Collins said she threw out the letter, telling the Star that she and her husband “thought it was a scam,” since her husband was born in Wichita.

The couple was surprised to learn July 24 that the bank had frozen their account.

In a statement Friday, Bank of America said asking about the citizenship status was not unusual. Spokeswoman Diane Wagner said Collins was not singled out for any particular reason, the Star reported.

“Like all financial institutions, we’re required by law to maintain complete and accurate records for all of our customers and may periodically request information, such as country of citizenship and proof of U.S. residency. This type of outreach is nothing new,” Bank of America said in a statement. “This information must be up to date and therefore we periodically reach out to customers, which is what we did in this case.”

When the Collinses went to a Bank of America branch in Mission, a bank worker’s computer screen showed that a red flag had been placed next to Josh Collins’ name, along with the notation “citizenship,” the Star reported.

The bank worker asked Josh Collins for his driver’s license and unfroze the account the next day, the newspaper reported.

Wagner said it was unfortunate that the Collinses ignored the bank’s request for updated information.

“If we don’t hear from a customer in response to our outreach, as a last resort, we may restrict the account until we can confirm it is in compliance with regulatory requirements” she told the Star.

Jessica Collins said it was fortunate the family canceled a planned vacation to Minnesota.

“We would’ve found ourselves up there without money,” she told the Star. “No money for gas. No money to feed our kids. For a hotel. No money!”

The Collinses are planning to change banks, the newspaper reported.

Mark Wahlberg launches Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet dealership in Ohio

Actor Mark Wahlberg is partnering with longtime Chevy dealer Jay Feldman to launch his first car dealership in Ohio.

Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet will open in Columbus, Ohio. The dealership was formerly known as Bobby Layman Chevrolet. Feldman and Wahlberg have been friends for several years, and became partners in a Wahlburgers restaurant in Cleveland.

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According to a Thursday news release, Feldman and Wahlberg started searching for their first dealership in 2017. Before then, they had been discussing the idea for several months.

Owning a Chevy dealership is the latest in Wahlberg’s business interests, which include a movie production company called Closest to the Hole Productions, a non-scripted content production company called Unrealistic Ideas, health and wellness company Performance Inspired Nutrition, a water line with mogul and musician Diddy and personal trainer Jillian Michaels called AQUAhydrate and a Wahlburgers restaurant chain that is currently franchised throughout 14 U.S. states and Canada.

Wahlburger also has a Wahlburgers restaurant in Cincinnati and in the Battery/Sun Trust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.

“I am continuously looking for ways to innovate my brand and engage in businesses I am passionate about,” Wahlberg said in a statement. “I love cars and the chance to work with an experienced, proven dealer-operator like Jay and represent an iconic brand like Chevrolet inspired me to get involved.”

The two plan to open additional dealerships together in the future. For now, Mark Wahlberg Chevy is hiring for sales and service positions. More information can be found at MarkWahlbergChevy.com.

Blockbuster video to close in Alaska, only 1 store still open in U.S.

Alaska’s last two Blockbuster video rental stores are closing this weekend -- leaving only one Blockbuster store open in the United States.

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Alaska Blockbuster posted a video on its Facebook page of employees mourning the closure by leaving candles outside the store.

The closures come just two months after John Oliver, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” sent the Anchorage store a special gift to ramp up business -- the jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie, “Cinderella Man.”

“You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone,” Kevin Daymude, the Anchorage store’s general manager told The Associated Press. “I can’t thank John Oliver or his show enough.”

It wasn’t enough to counter the planned lease increase at both locations in Alaska, 

The Associated Press reports that the jockstrap will probably go to Alan Payne, the franchise owner who lies outside Austin, Texas.

The stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night.

The stores will reopen Tuesday for a liquidation sale.

After the closures, the final Blockbusters location will be in Bend, Oregon.

“How exciting,” Sandi Harding, the Bend store’s general manager told the Associated Press. “It might end up being a little chaotic for a couple of weeks.”

Harding said business is good.

“We have no plans on closing anytime soon,” Harding said.

McDonald’s pulls salads from some restaurants after more than 100 people infected by parasite

Departments of public health in Illinois and Iowa are investigating some McDonald’s locations after people became ill after eating their salads.

CNN reported that Illinois has reported 90 cases of a parasite outbreak since mid-May. Iowa reported 15 cases since late June.

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The Iowa Department of Public Health said there has been an increase in Cyclospora infections that were connected to salads at the fast-food chain. 

“This summer there have been several clusters of Cyclospora illness associated with various foods that are commercially available. This week IDPH has identified 15 Iowans who ate McDonald’s salads in late June to early July prior to getting ill,” Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said in a statement. “Anyone who ate these salads since the middle of June and who developed diarrhea, especially watery diarrhea and fatigue, should see their health care provider and get tested for Cyclospora to ensure an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”

According to an initial investigation from the Illinois Department of Public Health, about one-fourth of cases in the state reported eating salads from McDonald’s before getting ill.

“Although a link has been made to salads sold in McDonald’s restaurants in some Illinois cases, public health officials continue to investigate other sources,” IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, said in a statement. “If you ate a salad from McDonald’s since mid-May and developed diarrhea and fatigue, contact a health care provider about testing and treatment.”

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include loss of weight and appetite, frequent watery diarrhea, cramping, bloating and increased gas, a low-grade fever, fatigue and nausea. Vomiting is less common, but could still be a symptom of infection.

Cyclospora is not spread directly from person to person, but people get infected by consuming food or water contaminated with feces that contain the parasite, according to the IDPH. It is the same parasite that has been linked to Del Monte vegetables, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to voluntarily stop selling salads at impacted restaurants until we can switch to another lettuce blend supplier,” McDonald’s told People in a statement. “We are in the process of removing existing salad blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers – which includes approximately 3,000 of our U.S. restaurants primarily located in the Midwest.

“McDonald’s is committed to the highest standards of food safety and quality control,” the burger chain added. “We are closely monitoring this situation and cooperating with state and federal public health authorities as they further investigate.”

Kroger launches fashion apparel brand

Kroger is getting into the fashion game.

Officials with Kroger Co. on Monday announced its new apparel brand Dip, developed by fashion designer Joe Mimran. Dip will launch with men’s, women’s, juniors, kids and baby collections.

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“We’ve worked closely with Joe and his team to develop a line of clothing that works for today’s times – easy to buy, easy to wear and easy to love. Effortless style, every day of the week,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Dip will transform our apparel business, further redefining the customer experience through Restock Kroger.”

With an overhauled and streamlined approach to apparel, Dip will replace more than a dozen of the company’s private-label clothing brands. The fashion line will launch this fall across America in more than 300 Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores.

Walmart facing calls for boycott after 'Impeach 45' shirts appear online

Retail giant Walmart is facing criticism and calls for a boycott after shirts appeared for sale on the company’s website emblazoned with the phrase “Impeach 45,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump.

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Ryan Fournier, chairman of the group Students for Trump, first brought the issue to the public’s attention when he questioned the company’s decision to sell the clothing Monday in a tweet, according to the “Today” show.

“What kind of message are you trying to send?” Fournier asked.

The hashtag #BoycottWalmart started trending on Twitter as users questioned the decision to sell the shirts.

The T-shirts were no longer available on Walmart’s website by Tuesday afternoon.

Bloomberg noted that the shirts were not sold by Walmart itself. The company allows third-party sellers to advertise on Walmart.com in exchange for a commission on each sale, Bloomberg reported. The “Impeach 45” shirts were sold by retailer Old Glory, according to the “Today” show.

>> Walmart pulls controversial 'suicide scar' costume makeup amid complaints

It’s not the first time that Walmart has come under fire for items sold through its website. In November 2017, the company pulled a shirt that read “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED,” according to USA Today. The retailer pulled a shirt in December 2016 that said “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter” on it after receiving complaints from the national Fraternal Order of Police, The Huffington Post reported.

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