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Flags Lowered to Honor Senator John McCain

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. President Donald J. Trump have ordered flags lowered to half-staff at public buildings until sunset Sunday, September 2 to honor Arizona Senator John McCain.

Senator McCain died Saturday.

"John McCain dedicated his life to serving this country," said Governor Hickenlooper. "We (and the world) lost an incredible leader. He could never have imagined how much he'll be missed."

Obituary - John McCain, who survived torture and ran for the US presidency

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Senator John Sidney McCain III, who has died of brain cancer aged 81, was in many ways in a class of his own. A storied war veteran and 36-year fixture in the US Congress, he forged a career unlike any other in recent American political history.

Nationwide Recall for 18 Tons of Potentially Contaminated Beef Products

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Over 18 tons of beef products have been recalled due to possible contamination with staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Pinnacle Foods, Inc, of Fort Madison, Iowa, is making the recall of the heat-treated, shelf stable products due to a potential "processing deviation" that may have led to contamination. There are no confirmed reports of illness.

Deadline to Return Census of Agriculture is Monday

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The deadline to return the US Department of Agriculture's 2017 Census of Agriculture is February 5. The questionnaire was mailed to every producer in the country by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of a regular five-year data collection cycle.

While the form can be returned by mailed by the deadline, ag producers have the option to complete the survey online at https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cawi. A code from the mailed survey is required in order to submit survey information electronically.

US Marshal Killed Serving Warrant on Fugitive

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A Deputy United States Marshall was killed Friday while serving an arrest warrant on a fugitive in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Marshals Service, Deputy US Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, and two other officers were shot while attempting to arrest Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce at a home in Harrisburg. An unidentified man at the home began shooting at officers, who returned fire and killed the man.

Deputy Hill was taken to a local hospital where he died. The other officers had non-life-threatening injuries and were treated.