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Indiana dad warns parents about mold in Capri Sun pouches

An Indiana father posted photos and a video on social media, warning parents to inspect their child’s juice pouches.

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Cameron Hardwick, of Columbus, said he found mold in a Capri Sun juice pouch he was about to give one of his children “as a treat” on Sept. 24. In a video he posted on Facebook, Hardwick said he noticed “something odd” about the Capri Sun pouch.

“It seems low in content, I take a closer look at the packaging and don't notice a hole or anything. So I shake it up some, only to find an unknown substance floating around in the package,” Hardwick says in the video. “To say we are irate would be an understatement.”

Capri Sun addresses the issue of mold on the frequently asked questions section of its website. Seven questions address the possibility of mold.

Addressing the question, “Will the mold make my child sick?” Capri Sun website reads, “The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand your concerns. That’s why we created our clear bottom pouches so you can check for mold before enjoying your Capri Sun, while still remaining committed to keeping our drinks free of artificial preservatives.”

“We care deeply about this issue and about the well-being of our moms, dads and kids,” reads the Capri Sun response to the question, “What are you doing to prevent mold in Capri Sun pouches?”“That's why we have invested millions of dollars in our packaging, quality and manufacturing processes to make our pouches even stronger and more resistant to air leaks. We recommend that parents gently squeeze each pouch to check for leaks before serving Capri Sun to their kids. Any leaky or punctured pouches should be discarded,” the site reported.

Hardwick used a Facebook post Monday to note that officials with Kraft, the parent company of Capri Sun, had reached out and sent a third party to visit him and collect the pouch for testing.

The results, he said, revealed a “micro-puncture" in the package, which allowed oxygen to enter the pouch and create the mold.

Capri Sun officials also answered Hardwick’s post:

“Thanks again, Cameron, for bringing this to our attention and sharing more information with others. Although it's rare, it is possible for mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your home. We understand it’s unpleasant, but the mold is naturally-occurring, just like if you left an apple on your counter for too long and mold begins to grow.”

Hurricane Michael: Delta caps some airfares due to storm

Delta Air Lines says it is capping airfares for travel to and from certain cities in Florida and Alabama later this week due to Hurricane Michael.

>> Hurricane Michael: Live updates

Atlanta-based Delta said it is capping fares at $299 each way Oct. 9-11 for coach class to and from Pensacola, Panama City, Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama.

>> On AJC.com: Delta, Southwest warn Hurricane Michael could disrupt flights

First-class fares are capped at $499 each way for those cities during that Tuesday-Thursday time period.

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Delta is also waiving certain change fees for passengers flying to, from or through those cities Tuesday or Wednesday who want to change their plans to avoid the storm. 

Hurricane Michael: Delta, Southwest warn storm could disrupt flights

Delta Air Lines is warning flights in Florida and Alabama could be disrupted by Hurricane Michael.

>> Hurricane Michael: Live updates

Atlanta-based Delta said flights to, from or through Florida's Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Pensacola and Tallahassee, as well as Mobile, Alabama, could be affected by the hurricane.

Delta passengers with flights booked to, from or through those cities on Tuesday or Wednesday can change their itineraries to avoid the storm without paying certain change fees.

>> On AJC.com: Delta caps some air fares due to Hurricane Michael

The airline said it is monitoring the storm, which is predicted to move through south Georgia and the Carolinas “by mid-week into Friday as the storm weakens,” according to the carrier.

Meanwhile, Dallas-based Southwest warned that flights could be disrupted in Atlanta through Friday. Flights also could be disrupted through Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico, and Havana, Cuba; and from Tuesday through Thursday in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Panama City and Pensacola, Florida, according to Southwest. 

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Flights may be delayed, diverted or canceled, the airline said.

Southwest said customers who have flights booked to, from or through those cities on those dates can rebook without paying an additional charge, under certain restrictions.

T-Pain calls out Delta Air Lines for its music; Delta claps back

When rapper T-Pain was boarding a Delta flight last month, he was anything but thrilled to be hearing the same songs the airline often plays.

So he did what most people do these days: He tweeted about it.

>> On AJC.com: Rap star questioned after gun was found in his bag at Atlanta airport

“@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day," he wrote. "I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I’m crying. Thanx.”

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The person running Delta’s Twitter account responded in a good-natured way.

“Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played ‘buy u a drank’ (a personal fave), with everyone snappin’ their fingers and what not? We’d never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain. *HBN”

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>> On AJC.com: T-Pain sues label, saying he wasn’t paid royalties for fifth album ‘Oblivion’

“Mr. Pain” (his real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Delta exchanged a few more tweets before takeoff. But Delta had a surprise in store for the rapper.

When T-Pain arrived back in Atlanta this weekend after a trip to Los Angeles, he removed his headphones to hear “Buy U a Drank” playing over the the speakers on the plane.

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“We just landing back in Atlanta from LAX and @delta decided they wanna show out and starts blastin 'Buy u a drank' over the speakers in the plane. Not gon lie it felt pretty (expletive) cool. Made me chuckle like a lil girl,” he wrote on a video post on Instagram

“Delta lit,” he said in the video.

Mysterious illness that partially paralyzes children on the rise

There is an uptick in a mysterious illness impacting children.

It is raising some serious red flags with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.

The rare disease is called acute flaccid myelitis or "AFM" and is similar to polio. 

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Minnesota's health department has reported six cases of the illness since last month.

The CDC says it starts as a common cold, but later partially paralyzes children.

"Weakness in your arms and in your legs, slurred speech, and facial drooping," Janette Nesheiwat said,

She said anyone with symptoms should see a doctor right away.

Right now, there is no cure for the illness.

Nationwide EpiPen shortage keeping some kids out of school

The nationwide EpiPen shortage is now forcing some children to stay home from school until their medication can be filled, KIRO-TV in Seattle is reporting.

Chiquita Morris said her 5-year-old son, Eden, had just started kindergarten at Spanaway Elementary School in Spanaway, Washington, when she was told by school officials that Eden couldn’t come back until he has an EpiPen.

>> FDA extends expiration date on some EpiPens due to national drug shortage

“Yes, I understand I need to get one, but there’s nothing I can do,” Morris said.

During a nationwide EpiPen shortage, Morris is among those scrambling to find these epinephrine auto-injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions.

Morris said she's been calling multiple pharmacies every day but has had no luck while her son is missing school.

>> FDA approves first generic EpiPen competitor

KIRO looked up the Bethel School District website, and under the health services page, it said: "State law requires children with life-threatening conditions to have a medication and/or treatment order on file prior to the start of school."

Morris said in light of the EpiPen shortage, the school can do more to accommodate parents and help kids stay in school.

“I understand the health concern but I believe the school should have backup EpiPen as well, and not just parents,” said Morris.

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The EpiPen shortage is so bad that in August, the FDA extended the expiration date for some lots of EpiPens by four months.

But the extension does not apply for EpiPen Junior, which is meant for kids weighing 66 pounds or less.

Doctors are advising people who need EpiPens to renew their prescriptions early or get on a waiting list as soon as possible.

Woman says she failed drug test after taking CBD oil

Cannabidiol is legal in Georgia, but Atlanta's WSB-TV has learned that if you're taking it, you could fail a drug screening.

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“It is one thing we warn our customers about, there's a possibility. It does have a small amount of THC in there; there is a possibility you could fail it," said Anthony Laborde of Discount Nutrition.

Laborde told WSB-TV’s Tom Regan that he is a big fan of CBD oil and how it can help people with all sort of ailments.

“Anything from inflammation, to pain, seizures,” Laborde said.

Several varieties of the oil have only a trace amount of THC, the compound in marijuana that causes a high. 

CBD oil can't get you high but can potentially be troublesome in a drug screening.

“Some people will fail. Some won't. So we do warn police officers, firefighters, those types of people who are routinely tested for drugs,” Laborde said.

One woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told Regan she would have liked such warning. 

Her doctor suggested she take CBD oil for pain and anxiety. She used it for just two weeks. 

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Following a drug screening for a new job, the results left her numb. 

“They expressed that I have a positive THC test,” the woman told Regan. “I have never consumed marijuana in my life.”

The ingredient label on the CBD oil showed no THC. But on the company website, a disclaimer said full spectrum CBD can cause positive results in screenings. 

The woman told Regan that she didn't get the job.

Consumerlab.com, a web-based company that tests nutritional supplements, including CBD, said up to 10 percent of users test positive for THC when using the oil.

"It can happen, and it also depends not just on the product, but some people metabolize CBD differently," said Consumerlab.com President Tod Cooperman.

There are some CBD products that are THC-free, but Regan said those oils are not nearly as effective as ones containing THC.

Delta hoping to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi, CEO says

Delta Air Lines hopes to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi to all of its passengers, the company’s chairman said Friday.

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Chief Operating Officer Ed Bastian told an audience at the Skift Global Forum that while there was no specific timeline for the free connectivity, it would happen soon, Forbes reported.

“I don’t know of anywhere else, besides in an airplane, that you can’t get free Wi-Fi,” Bastian said. “We’re going to make it free.”

The Atlanta-based airline launched Wi-Fi service for international flights in 2014 five years after beginning Wi-Fi service on domestic flights. Customers desiring Wi-Fi had to pay a fee.

Working remotely can be advantageous for those in business flying on international flights or for those who fly regularly, Forbes reported.

Some companies, like Philippine Airlines and Qatar Airways, offer free Wi-Fi for a limited time, the magazine reported. Other companies, like Scandinavian Airlines and Turkish Airlines, offer free Wi-Fi to frequent flyers while charging other passengers, Forbes reported.

Delta leads in global rankings of Wi-Fi accessible total available seat miles, the magazine reported. United is second; JetBlue has been offering free in-flight Wi-Fi since early 2017.

Starbucks baristas say they were poked by discarded drug needles

Image after image provided to Seattle's KIRO-TV reveal what three baristas claim they dispose of nearly every day while on the job at Starbucks: hypodermic needles they say were left behind by drug users.

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All three employees also produced hospital, pharmacy and insurance receipts that show they took anti-viral medications to protect them from AIDS and hepatitis – after all three were poked by needles while on the job.

"(Needle users) put them in the tampon disposal boxes in the bathrooms, and we have to dig them out,” one barista recently said.

The three baristas all spoke with KIRO

Only one was willing to be interviewed on camera, as long as her identity was hidden. 

“I don’t want to lose my job for being the only one willing to say, 'Someone listen to me. Do something about this. My friends are at risk,'" she said.

At the employees' north Seattle-area Starbucks, co-workers document when needles are found, leaving notes asking, "How many more baristas have to get poked before we get disposals in bathrooms?"

For a while, they even shared medication to avoid illness if pricked because in the past 12 months, three baristas have been, according to medical documents provided to KIRO

That practice was abandoned as soon as the employees learned sharing medication could get their manager in trouble.

However, the frustration remains. 

“That’s three of us now, in one location,” the barista who spoke on camera said. 

She and the two other baristas would like Starbucks to install locked needle disposal boxes in all restrooms, especially in cafes, where drug use is more common. 

“I’m pretty sure it looks worse to have your baristas continuously exposed to HIV and hep C and hep B” than to have locked boxes for needle disposal in areas open to the public, the barista said. 

Starbucks spokesman Reggie Borges confirmed to KIRO that at least two Seattle-area baristas have been poked by hypodermic needles while on the job, but Borges claims that since early 2017, all employees have been retrained on what steps to take when hypodermic needles are found.

He also disputed baristas’ claims they must “dig” needles out of trash bins. If an employee is "ever in a position where they don't feel comfortable completing a task, they are empowered to remove themselves from the situation and alert a manager," according to Borges, who would not agree to an on-camera interview.

KIRO confirmed that Starbucks made the training changes after a 2016 investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries fined the company and determined it was not ensuring "that regulated waste, such as contaminated hypodermic syringes, are handled properly and safely” at Starbucks’ 6th and Pine location in downtown Seattle.

There are “requirements for employers to make sure they’re protecting their employees and not let this happen to them, if at all possible,” according to L&I spokesperson Tim Church.

>> Starbucks to phase out plastic straws at all locations

When asked if L&I is satisfied with how Starbucks is protecting its employees now, Church said, “In the situation we cited and fined them for, clearly they understood the issues and told us they were moving ahead with the things we pointed out to them.”

Safe needle disposal is certainly not just a challenge for Starbucks. 

With intravenous drug use on the rise, locked needle disposal boxes are widely sold online. 

Many Seattle parks now have them to protect parkgoers. 

The Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, in Seattle, installed locked needle disposal boxes in its restrooms earlier this year to provide a safe disposal option for sharps. 

Employee Jeff Coyne told KIRO in February that the locked boxes “encourage the safe practice of disposing” of needles.

However, L&I’s Church admits, even when the public has access to locked needle boxes inside bathrooms, employee safety is not guaranteed. 

Such boxes “deal with some of the issue, but I don’t think they deal with the entire issue,” Church told KIRO. “You’re still going to have a certain number of folks who are going to take that needle and throw it in the trash, so you can’t take a sharps box and assume the problem has been solved and not teach your employees to handle garbage safely,” Church said.

According to Borges, all Starbucks cafes already have sharps boxes in employee-only areas so baristas can safely dispose of any needles using gloves and tongs.

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After KIRO started asking questions about the three baristas poked while on the job this past year, Borges confirmed there have been "ongoing conversations about adding additional protections and procedures to further ensure the safety" of employees, including "exploring installing sharps boxes in the bathrooms of our stores where it would help address the issue."

That development is welcome news to the baristas KIRO interviewed, who all said the needle problem has grown since Starbucks opened its restrooms to everyone – even nonpaying customers – this past May.

“Because you don’t have to bother with purchasing anything, needles have definitely increased,” one said.

In response, Borges told KIRO that Starbucks’ Third Place Policy – which opened its restrooms to all – still has rules that must be followed.

The baristas, however, claim it’s difficult to enforce those rules behind a locked door.

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