KFC says found recipe isn't the Colonel's
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A handwritten recipe found in the former home of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders was returned Friday to the couple who found it after the company concluded it was not his secret recipe.
The recipe was the subject of a short legal fight that ended last week when the company said the recipe wasn't even close to Sanders' original recipe of 11 herbs and spices.
The couple, restaurateurs Tommy and Cherry Settle, found it in a 1964 book in the basement of the home they bought from Sanders in the 1970s.
Cherry Settle would not divulge any of the recipe's ingredients, except salt and pepper. She said the recipe, like the Colonel's secret, includes 11 herbs and spices.
A judge had kept the book while the fast-food giant determined whether it was the secret recipe.
KFC spokesman Rick Weber said that the company would like to display the book at its Louisville headquarters, but that the couple has no obligations to the company.
"They are free to do with the ingredients what they like, and we wish them well," he said.
Former prosecutor misused expertise, goes to prison
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A former federal prosecutor was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for using his legal expertise to help unscrupulous telemarketers avoid federal scrutiny and bilk investors.
John A. Field III faced a possible four-year sentence after pleading guilty in 1998 to charges of racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering. But Field was ordered Friday to serve less time because he helped investigators net 20 guilty pleas or convictions since his arrest in 1996, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney John Carney.
Field, 62, was West Virginia's U.S. attorney from 1972 to 1977 and director of enforcement for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1977 to 1980.
He admitted that during the 1990s, while in private practice in McLean, Va., he used his knowledge of the law to draw phony documents and shift profits for fraudulent wireless communications schemes in a half-dozen states.
Field's lawyer, Robert Fettweis, said alcoholism had affected his client's judgment and contributed to "an incremental shifting of the line of propriety on a day-to-day basis."
Clear cranberry juice seen as way to save Ocean Spray
LAKEVILLE, Mass. (AP) -- It worked for grapes but not for Pepsi, and now Ocean Spray is looking for success with something similar -- white cranberry juice.
Officials of the giant cranberry cooperative hope their "Project Big Gulp," a clear, slightly less tangy juice, will reduce a nationwide cranberry glut that has sent prices crashing.
Growers are being offered taste tests at the cooperative's regional meetings.
"It's good," said grower Mark Weston. "It's different than regular cranberry juice. It's less tart."
Ocean Spray is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy because of an oversupply of fruit and a stagnant market. Prices have plummeted from a high of $80 a barrel four years ago to less than $10 a barrel last year.
The new juice is made from cranberries picked early, before the skin reddens, but has all the nutritional benefits of regular cranberry juice, said Ocean Spray spokesman Christopher Phillips. And unlike regular cranberry juice, it won't stain if youngsters spill it, he said.
He said it should be on store shelves by Aug. 31.
Four killed as car hits train despite flashing lights
CHATFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- Four people in a car were killed Saturday when it plowed into the side of a moving train at a crossing marked by flashing lights and was dragged and then struck by a second train traveling in the opposite direction.
Crawford County sheriff's officials said the car driven by John W. Moore, 26, of Putnam, W.Va., struck a northbound Norfolk Southern coal train near Chatfield, about 65 miles north of Columbus.
The automobile hit the 100-car train about three-quarters of the way back from the locomotives and was dragged about a quarter-mile.
The train's two crew members were unaware of the accident as they stopped to allow a southbound train to pass. That second train, loaded with grain, struck the car pinned by the first train.
The crossing is marked by flashing lights but no gates. Authorities said the lights were working at the time of the crash.
The sheriff's office identified the other victims as Moore's wife, Shona Marie, 24; his twin brother, Jim Moore, 26, of Chatfield; and Jim Moore's fiancee, Denise Salyer, 25, of Willard.
Fraternity's alleged racism results in 5-year suspension
DALLAS (AP) -- The University of North Texas has suspended a fraternity chapter for five years after members allegedly used racial slurs and waved a Confederate battle flag at a group of mostly black football recruits.
Kappa Alpha's suspension, issued Friday, is the longest ban the school has ever handed out. The fraternity must vacate the house and withdraw from activity at the university until the suspension ends, officials said.
"Five years is the most we've given anybody," said university spokesman Roddy Wolper. "Five years of no activity ensures a whole different group."
Kappa Alpha violated the student code, and members gave misleading information about the incident, said Wolper.