Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country’s team at the World Cup some unsettling moments.

Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk.

“The psychological impact is something I’m slightly worried about at this point,” Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon’s training session. “As staff members, we are consulting with them and I’d like them to be settled down as soon as possible.”

Osaka is Japan’s second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people — including a 9-year-old girl — and injured hundreds.

Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto, speaking before his team’s Monday afternoon practice in Saransk, said that on behalf of the team, he “would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who’ve been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible.”

Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area “might have been negatively impacted” emotionally.

“The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that,” he said.

Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area.

Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck.

“The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning,” Nishino said. “So I assume there was some negative impact.”

On the pitch, Japan welcomed Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki back to training after he missed the past four days to rest a nagging calf injury.

“We conducted a check yesterday and today, and he is actually listed up as part of our team, so I’d like you to be reassured,” Nishino said.


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Brooks Koepka, U.S. Open champ, could use more wins, but his trophies are big

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka now has as many majors as Greg Norman and as many PGA Tour victories as Pat Perez.

Koepka belongs in the conversation of elite players in his generation by winning his second U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, a test that asked an entirely different set of questions than the U.S. Open he won last year at Erin Hills.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are the only players in their 20s to have won multiple majors, at least for now.

And while the 28-year-old Koepka is only in his fourth full year on the PGA Tour, to see his supreme performance at Shinnecock Hills makes it hard to believe he has only one other PGA Tour title. That was three years ago at the Phoenix Open.

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Eurozone braces for row with Greece over bailout exit terms | Business

Eurozone finance ministers are braced for a row this week with the Greek government over the terms of a “golden goodbye” as the country prepares to exit its third bailout programme.

Concerns that Greece will suffer a fourth financial collapse unless an agreement is signed with the EU to write off some of its debt mountain are likely to surface before a showdown in Brussels on Thursday.

The International Monetary Fund, which has lent Greece several billion euros and has taken part in a tripartite monitoring of reforms with the European commission and European Central Bank (ECB), is expected to pull out of the arrangement unless Brussels reduces Greece’s debt burden.

Without the IMF on board, Germany and other hardline countries such as Finland and Austria could demand stricter clauses in the reform programme due to be imposed on Greece as the price of its final bailout payoff.

“Everyone has an interest to alleviating the burden, for Greece and the rest of the creditors,” said Olivier Bailly, the chief adviser to the EU’s finance commissioner, Pierre Moscovici. “If we leave too much burden, this will slow down Greece’s recovery.”

He played down the impact of the IMF pulling out of the first stage of surveillance that will last until at least 2022. “What is important is that the IMF give its view on debt measures. What the markets expect is that it says they are credible enough,” he said, admitting that the lack of involvement by the Washington-based lender of last resort puts pressure on Germany.

Finance ministers from the 19-member currency bloc will meet on Thursday to agree a package of measures that will include a final loan payment of between €10bn and €12bn (£8.7bn and £10.5bn) and a cash buffer of up to €20bn. The payments are due to be the last of the €86bn bailout agreed in 2015.

The Greek parliament last week adopted the 88 so-called “prior actions” that paved the way for a deal with eurozone finance ministers. Athens must continue to cut pensions and implementy a wide range of public-sector reforms to satisfy its exit conditions.

The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is expected to agree to a tougher surveillance regime than that imposed on Ireland or Portugal, which both exited their bailout programmes early.

The Eurogroup will demand it visit Athens every quarter instead of the usual six months. Thereafter, visits from the European commission will continue until Greece has paid back 75% of the €230bn it owes its eurozone creditors.

Tsipras, however, has rebuffed calls by the ECB president, Mario Draghi, and the head of the Greek central bank that he should request a precautionary credit line that would allow the government to access further funds should it encounter unexpected expenses or be locked out of financial markets when it needs to refinance loans.

Tsipras said Greece would have a clean break with Brussels, which would be undermined by entering what would be considered by the Eurogroup as another bailout programme, with further strict conditions attached.

Hans Vijlbrief, the top EU official advising eurogroup ministers, said: “It’s very important that Greece can stand on its own feet. If it’s not credible, we won’t come out. This is the first condition.”

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The Eurogroup is seeking to reduce Greek debt payments by extending loans until beyond 2040 and reducing the interest rate to near 1%, well below the rate Greece would need to pay international investors.

The IMF, however, has insisted that reducing the overall debt mountain from the outset is the only way to stabilise Athens’ public finances.

Vijlbrief said the EU charter prevented the Eurogroup from offering debt write-offs, but this assertion has never been tested and is still the basis for IMF involvement in the next stage of Greece’s recovery.

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“Incredibles 2,” Reviewed: A Sequel in the Shadow of a Masterwork

As a rule, any marriage in which one partner can willingly cry out to the other, “Trampoline me!,” inspires only envy and awe. In the heat of the action, that is what Mr. Incredible says to Mrs. Incredible, in “Incredibles 2,” and I’m disappointed to report that the action in question is merely the manic pursuit of a gigantic drill that is whirring through a crowded city and demolishing everything in its path, rather than a lazy afternoon in the marital boudoir with the door discreetly shut.

The reason that Mrs. Incredible—Helen to her friends—can love, cherish, and trampoline her husband, the brawny Bob, is because she is also, praise the Lord, Elastigirl. He is strong and she is stretchy; he is no more vexed by being pummelled by rocks than he would be by stubbing his toe, and she can flatten herself into a human pancake or, though normally waspish of waist, spread her torso into a handy parachute. In short, the perfect couple. It is fourteen years, would you believe, since we first made their acquaintance, in “The Incredibles,” one of the high spots in the history of Pixar, and now the writer and director of that delectable movie, Brad Bird, has returned with a second helping.

It begins pretty much where the previous one left off, as if the characters had merely been staying put and holding their breath. Their voices, too, are mostly unchanged: Holly Hunter is still the shrewd and resourceful Helen, Craig T. Nelson is still Bob, with his lumbering sigh, and Sarah Vowell, as their daughter Violet, still provides the pitch and yaw of adolescent speech—now tetchy, now timid, but touched here and there with a determination that might just save the day. (Her specialty is to vanish at will, or to shield herself inside an invincible bubble: every teen-ager’s dream.) Only the sound of the elder son, the high-speed Dash, has been updated; his lines are now spoken, I rejoice to say, by a young actor named Huckleberry Milner. It’s ideal for Dash, whose permanent aim is to race around the river bend, as it were, and see what adventures await.

There is also Jack-Jack, the baby, about whom, (and this is a typically smart piece of narrative engineering from Bird), we already know more than his family does. That’s because they weren’t watching when, at the end of “The Incredibles,” he burst into flames—all too much for the baddie who was trying to abduct him at the time, and who found him too hot to handle. It takes the rest of the Incredibles more than half the film to discover that their youngest member is super-powered, too, although whether Jack-Jack is possessed of or by his powers is open to debate. These appear to be endless. He can, when irate, become an empurpled and diabolical troll; his sneezes rocket him vertically through the ceiling; his eyes fire lasers, either in a steady beam or, if required, in pulsing jets; and he can go forth and multiply, producing an instant brood of himself, with an audible pop, not unlike Olaf, the auto-dismantling snowman, in Disney’s “Frozen.” There’s even a scene in which Jack-Jack swells into a bulbous mega-baby, for no perceptible reason. At this point, to my horror, I began to have doubts about the film.

These did not come easily. My attitude to “The Incredibles,” upon its release, resembled that of an ancient Egyptian toward the sun god, Ra, and it has barely dimmed in the interim. It was with fear and trembling, therefore, that I looked ahead to the second coming. Would Bird be able to sustain the fast, angular moves of the first—the near-geometric nicety with which Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), Bob’s skating super-pal, charted his ice-cool vectors across the screen? And would he still sport his clinging turtleneck? In terms of design, would the new movie maintain the dazzling concatenation of the first, in which the space-age made beautiful music with the retro? Would the sequel, like the original, so bewitch us with its levity, its easeful spin, and the snap of its colors that we might begin to imagine, for a couple of hours, what it would feel like to live inside an Alexander Calder mobile?

You bet. Once Michael Giacchino’s score—his best and most excitable—was up and running, I was happy and hooked. (Make sure you stick around for the whole of the final credits, in the course of which he spoils us with riff after riff, including one that gets deep, and deeper still, into the Frozone groove.) And, once Helen was called upon to halt a runaway monorail, I was able to relax, in the confidence that “Incredibles 2,” like all the best Pixar projects, had been constructed with the customary flair and care. Let’s face it: life without a monorail, in movies like these, would be frankly unendurable. The vision that they project, bright with kinetic wit, is also shaded, here and there, with historical regret. They show us what the past hoped the future might be.

That is why the old-style telephones, with receivers, or the shop window filled with boxy brown televisions can coexist with the scarlet electric motorbike that Helen mounts, or the airplane that unlocks from the body of a hydrofoil and takes wing. And that is why the Incredibles start the film in a motel room, eating Chinese takeout, and are soon transplanted into a cavernous lair that juts out from a sylvan hillside. It is graced by the ghosts not only of Frank Lloyd Wright but of Cary Grant, too, who clung to a similar structure, in “North by Northwest,” and listened to Martin Landau and James Mason enjoy a quiet word. What Bird has managed to do, with a couple of kids’ cartoons, is to revive the modernist thrill.

Second time around, we get the sexual politics to match. Things are tough for the Incredibles, as the story kicks off, with superheroes fallen from public favor. (They make too much mess, apparently, leaving the city with an unpopular repair bill. Was the same sort of argument not aired in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” last year?) The corollary, as Bob and Helen agree, is that, “One of us has to get a job.” Guess who. Smarter, smaller, more rubbery, and guaranteed to cause less collateral damage, Helen is the obvious choice. She is picked by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a gratingly upbeat tech magnate, and his more languid sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) to battle crime, and, no less crucial, to be seen to battle crime. Innumerable cameras, at his command, will insure that Helen’s exploits become common knowledge of the most gratifying type. So that’s what superheroes were lacking: good P.R.

Bob, in the meantime, stays home with the kids. You can predict what’s going to happen, but it’s fun, nonetheless, to witness the curve of his learning, as he finds out, to his exhausting cost, that childcare is not the breeze that he and many other men presume. So multifarious are its demands, indeed, that only by being as flexible as his wife could he fulfill them all. He must master afresh the delights of math. He must read supposedly soporific books to an infant who gives every sign of eternal wakefulness. He must try not to implode when his grouchy daughter instructs him to go away. He must become, in short, Elastiboy. Fat chance.

Helen has larger troubles to contend with, namely the presence of a darksome being called the Screenslaver, whose plan is to transform upstanding citizens into staring zombies by hypnosis, and who seems, from his vocabulary, to have swallowed his regulation dose of Noam Chomsky, Jean Baudrillard, and other prophets of our alienated gloom. (“You don’t talk, you watch talk shows,” and so on.) Also on hand is a bunch of other superheroes, whom Winston wants to beckon out of semi-retirement, but who lack the charm—and the forthrightness—of Helen, Bob, and the gang. Thus, we are introduced to figures such as Void, Screech, and the indelicate Reflux, whose party trick is to disgorge what can only be construed as a lava barf. What’s the deal here? Observing these dorky mutants, I wondered whether Bird, the most mischievous of Pixar’s directors, has taken the opportunity both to match and to mock the “X-Men” saga, with its frowning array of the strangely gifted. Not before time. In the same vein, the merry havoc on the secret island in “The Incredibles” made it more difficult than ever to take seriously those eruptive scenes in which James Bond confronts his latest nemesis and, for good measure, blows shit up.

Not that “Incredibles 2” is solemnity-free. There are quite a few discussions of what it means to be heroic, to be married, to share responsibilities, and so forth, and we are asked to recall an era in which people “would do something good just because it’s right.” That tint of ethical nostalgia is reminiscent of Spielberg, in his “Bridge of Spies” mode, and it consorts neatly with the decor of the new film. Yet I was reminded, in the process, of the cultural events that have intervened between “The Incredibles” and its equally zippy successor. First came “Mad Men,” which boasted its own range of period accoutrements, but which choked our yearning for the suits, the smokes, the frocks, the whiskey tumblers, the Sinatra albums, and the rest of the gear by reminding us of the society that they once adorned, with its oppressions both casual and institutional, and its half-concealed despairs. “Incredibles 2” can scarcely own up to those, not with young children in the audience, but what it can do, even without stating the dilemma, is to offer a solution. Hence the sight of Helen, accelerating off to work, away from her justly abandoned man, in her black mask, her long tall boots, and her empowering outfit, as tight as a second skin.

Which bring us to the other event. Take your seat at any early-evening screening of “Incredibles 2” in the coming days, listen carefully, and you may just hear a shifty sound, as of parents squirming awkwardly beside their enraptured offspring. And why, kids? Because Mommy just leaned over to Daddy and whispered, “Is it just me, or does Mrs. Incredible kind of look like Anastasia in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey?’ You know, the girl in the Red Room, with the whips and all?” And Daddy just rested his cooling soda firmly in his lap and, like Mr. Incredible, tried very hard to think of algebra. As for how Daddy will react later on, during the scene in which Helen and the husky-voiced Evelyn unwind and simply talk, woman to woman, I hate to think, but watch out for flying popcorn.

So, with all these joys in attendance, how come “Incredibles 2” delivers less of a punch than we received fourteen years ago? Maybe that was bound to be the case. The second punch may be thrown with equal panache, but it can never, by definition, recapture the sheer visual shock of the first. The gags that surprised us, initially, now seem to slot into place, and most of the major laughs, when I saw the movie, were sprung by Jack-Jack. Some of them are fairly basic, as when he tips his bowl of food over his head, and others are more sophisticated, as when Edna, the tiny and ferocious couturière from “The Incredibles,” (voiced again by Bird), is invited to be his babysitter. I would say that they get along like a house on fire, but, in Jack-Jack’s case, the simile may be unwise.

There remains, however, the question of those multiple talents that he sprouts in the course of the film. Once they are revealed to his proud mother, of course, she pronounces him “polymorphous,” but is that a virtue that we seek, or need, in this gorgeously animated world? Does it not smack of trying a little too hard? In principle, limitless comedy sounds like a blast, but in practice we need a clear and flint-like sense of the limits, physical or otherwise, against which the characters strike if the jokes are to be sparked. If Buzz Lightyear really could fly as well as he claimed to do, there would be no pathos to his bluster; as it is, he goes to finity, but not beyond. Likewise, if Helen were as polymorphous as her youngest son, and capable of existing in two places at once, her whole work-life balance would have been settled from the start, and we would have no movie. And that would be a disaster.

Helen is the undoubted star of “Incredibles 2,” precisely because she is forever torn in her obligations, and because not even she, Elastigirl, can mend the tear. “To help my family I gotta leave it, to fix the law I gotta break it,” she says, summing up the super-paradox of her life. To that end, she is content, of her own free will, to undergo what Wile E. Coyote, or the Tom of “Tom and Jerry,” suffered as constant punishment. She is painlessly pulled, thinned out, compressed, billowed, and yes, deployed as a trampoline. The things we do for love.

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Brexit dividend? New reports show UK will suffer for years

Brexit dividend? New reports show UK will suffer for years

How Brexit could end flights in and out of the UK

Two new reports show just how much economic pain Britain’s exit from the European Union is causing.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on Monday slashed its growth forecast for the UK economy this year to 1.3%, which would be its weakest performance since the financial crisis.

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And the consultancy Oliver Wyman published a report that shows households will be worse off and businesses less profitable no matter what kind of exit deal the UK government negotiates.

The double shot of bad news comes as UK politicians debate whether or not Brexit will produce a so-called dividend that can be used to fund public services.

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May, which this weekend proposed billions in new funding for the National Health Service, said that money saved as a result of Brexit would be used to finance some of the increased spending.

Critics have pounced, questioning whether the funds would be enough to put the health service on solid footing, and how the spending would be paid for.

Related: The CNNMoney Brexit jobs tracker

The economic assessments released Monday suggest Brexit will hardly be a boon for public finances.

In addition to the downgrade for 2018, the BCC slashed its growth projection for 2019 to just 1.4%. The business lobby said that that investment will slow and household finances will remain stretched.

The decision to leave the European Union was one of the main reasons for the downgrade, it said.

“A decade on from the start of the financial crisis, the United Kingdom now faces another extended period of weak growth amidst a backdrop of both domestic and global uncertainty,” said Adam Marshall, the group’s director general.

Related: Brexit could make UK car industry ‘extinct’

The report from Oliver Wyman drove home the risk of Britain crashing out of the European Union in March 2019.

It said a “no deal” Brexit would cost each British household £961 ($1,273) a year, with poorer households families hit hardest.

According to experts, the lack of progress over Brexit and ever tighter deadlines are worrying investors and business executives.

Britain has already fallen out of the world’s top five economies, and growth stalled to just 0.1% in the first quarter. Economists forecast only marginal improvement in the second quarter.

The value of the pound against other currencies slumped 14% in the aftermath of the referendum, causing inflation to spike. Higher prices have squeezed consumers, while real wages have stagnated.

Many businesses have postponed investment decisions because of the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future relationship with the European Union, its biggest export market.

“The high upfront cost of doing business in the UK and the ongoing uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU are expected to continue to stifle business investment,” BCC said Monday.

CNNMoney (London) First published June 18, 2018: 9:31 AM ET



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Is boxing dying? Two mega-fights on tap beg to differ.


As I rode home in a rideshare on Friday night, my driver and I got on the topic of professional boxing. He asked me if I thought the days of the sport’s mega-fights were gone.

Well, while boxing’s popularity may have diminished over the years, when the sport’s biggest names come together, the allure is still there. A couple weeks ago, it looked as though the biggest fight in boxing was dead in the water. But now, it’s risen from the dead. And there’s another bout that could bring back the attraction of the once-vaunted heavyweight.

The long-awaited rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is finally set. The two middleweights came to terms for a Sept. 15 fight.

And the top two heavyweights in the world — England’s Anthony Joshua and American Deontay Wilder — look like they’re finally going to meet in the ring. As for when, it could be a while. Due to the Canelo-GGG rematch, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said in an interview with iFLTV that it may be pushed back to December or February.

Let’s hope this happens sooner rather than later (Re: “Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Or How Two Elite Boxers Faced Off Five Years Too Late”). Here’s why this fight could be exciting: Both are undefeated, both are in the prime of their careers and both are knockout artists — each has just one match apiece that went to decision.

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What is DACA and what does the Trump administration want to do with it?

The Trump administration announced last year its plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants, many of whom came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for recipients. 

It had initially set a March 5 deadline for the program and called on Congress to pass legislation pertaining to the young immigrants. However, the deadline came and went, with no congressional action but several lawsuits challenging the administration’s decision to end program. President Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for inaction. 

The House is currently looking at two immigration bills that would include protections for DACA recipients. A more conservative bill would extend protections for renewable six-year periods with an option to later apply for permanent residency and citizenship. 

Here’s a look at the DACA program and why the Trump administration wants to dismantle it.  

What is the DACA program?

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Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth fell under the DACA program’s umbrella.

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The DACA program was formed through executive action by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allowed certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation. Recipients, called Dreamers, were able to request “consideration of deferred action” for a period of two years, which was subject to renewal.

“Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stated. “Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”

Individuals were able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007.

Individuals also had to have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients could not have a criminal record.

It did not provide “legal status.”

How many people are affected by DACA?

Nearly 800,000 youth, called Dreamers, are under the program’s umbrella.

Daniel Garza, president of the conservative immigration nonprofit Libre Initiative, told Fox News that DACA offers a “reprieve from a life of uncertainty for innocent kids who didn’t break the law.”

“It’s rather disappointing to think they could return to a state of anxiety and fear,” he said.

What did the Trump administration do?

The Trump administration announced in September 2017 that it planned to phase out DACA for current recipients, and no new requests would be granted. But a lower court order required the administration to continue accepting renewal applications for those under the DACA program, and the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request to intervene.

Since the announcement, Trump had offered to work with lawmakers on a solution for the hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who fell under DACA’s umbrella of protections. But at the same time, he has repeatedly blamed Democrats on social media for lack of a solution. 

Earlier this year, Trump released his “four pillars” of immigration reform, which included a provision for legal status for DACA recipients and others who would be eligible for DACA status. The White House estimated that total to be 1.8 million people. The Senate rejected the plan.

Republicans – and some Democrats – opposed Obama’s directive establishing DACA from the start as a perceived overreach of executive power.

Obama spoke out on social media after the Trump administration announced a plan to dismantle the program, stating that it’s “self-defeating … and it is cruel” to end DACA and questioned the motive behind the decision. 

Do any DACA recipients serve in the military?

Despite some rumors circulating online to the contrary, Dreamers were eligible to serve in the U.S. military since 2014 when the Pentagon adopted a policy to allow a certain amount of illegal immigrants to join.

In fiscal year 2016, 359 DACA recipients had enlisted in the Army – which is the only branch to accept immigrants of this category.

Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, CDC says

Kellogg Co. is recalling packages of Honey Smacks cereal for potential salmonella concerns.

At least 31 states have been affected by a salmonella outbreak linked to the cereal, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. 

The company announced the recall on Thursday, June 14. No other Kellogg products are impacted by the recall.

The packages in question are 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. boxes of Honey Smacks cereal with best-if-used-by dates from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019.

How to check which products are recalled

The recalled products also can be identified by the UPC code on the bottom of the boxes. The 15.3 oz. package’s UPC code is 3800039103 and the 23 oz. package’s UPC code is 3800014810.

People who purchased those products should discard them and contact Kellogg Co. for a full refund. For more information, visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1(800) 962 1413.

Where the products in question were distributed

After being informed about the reported illnesses by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Food & Drug Administration, Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks. 

The Honey Smacks in question were distributed across the United States with limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with salmonella can result in serious illness, including fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail or elderly people, according to the CDC.

Healthy individuals typically recover in four to seven days with treatment.

Follow Natasha Blakely on Twitter at @blakelynat. 


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Trump blasts migration in Europe as causing ‘culture’ change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed migrants in Europe for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany and for violently changing the culture, adding that what was happening with immigration there presented a similar threats to the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again rally at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!” Trump, said in a tweet.

Trump’s administration is facing strong criticism from rights activists, Democrats and some in his own Republican Party for separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border, a policy aimed at deterring illegal immigration.

Crime has fallen off dramatically in Germany, with the country’s internal ministry reporting last month that criminal offenses in Germany totaled 5.76 million in 2017, the lowest number since 1992, leading to the lowest crime rate for the country in more than 30 years.

Merkel’s open-door migrant policy is widely blamed for the rise of the right-wing AfD, now the main opposition party in Germany’s federal parliament. More than 1.6 million migrants, mostly Muslims fleeing wars in the Middle East, have arrived in Germany since 2014.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Frances Kerry

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