CAMPBELL SOUP SUED OVER HEART-HEALTHY LABEL: NEW YORK (AP) — A new lawsuit is contesting the validity of the heart-healthy claims on some cans of Campbell's soups.
At the center of the federal lawsuit is the "Heart-Check" certification by the American Heart Association, and whether it rightfully conveys that a product carries particular health benefits.
The lawsuit says the nonprofit group lets Campbell and other companies use the "Heart-Check" label on products that run counter to its stated mission, in exchange for fees. The American Heart Association says its goal is to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
To earn its "Heart-Check" certification, the group's website states that products must have no more than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving. But the website also notes elsewhere that "low sodium" is defined as having 140 milligrams or less per serving, the lawsuit notes.
"The AHA, for a fee, abandons its general, non-commercial dietary and nutritional guidelines," the lawsuit states.
A can of Campbell's "Healthy Request" condensed Chicken Noodle Soup, which bears the certification mark in question, is listed as having 410 milligrams of sodium per half-cup serving. The lawsuit notes that there are two or more servings per can, meaning there would be at least 820 milligrams of sodium in a can.
A representative for the American Heart Association, Amit Chitre, said in an email that the group doesn't make recommendations on what qualifies as an appropriate level of sodium for an individual serving. The group simply states on its website that people should aim to eat 1,500 mg of sodium or less per day.
GIRL CHALLENGES BAN FROM OHIO SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM: BALTIMORE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district is refusing to let a seventh-grade girl play football, prompting requests that the board change its policies on female athletes.
Makhaela Jenkins has played youth football around Baltimore, southeast of Columbus, but isn't allowed on the active roster for her school team because the district doesn't allow girls to participate in games and contact drills.
Liberty Union-Thurston District superintendent Paul Mathews said the longstanding policy doesn't violate any gender-related regulations, because the district offers girls other, non-contact athletic options.
"We are not violating Title IX," Mathews told WTTE-TV in Columbus, referring to the federal law that bans gender discrimination in federally funded school programs, including sports. "We have opportunities for girls, but those opportunities do not include contact sports."
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in a letter to Matthews on Thursday said the district's decision is "unacceptable and unlawful." The organization added that the district cannot say it has a "legitimate basis" for denying female students from participating on the football team.
Makhaela said gender shouldn't be a barrier to participation in school sports.
"Some people have different goals and dreams they want to follow, and if they want to play a sport, (they) should be able to play a sport no matter what gender you are," she told WTTE.
NTSB: NO ENGINE FAILURE IN FATAL UPS PLANE CRASH: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal investigators found no initial evidence that a UPS cargo jet suffered engine failure or was burning before it clipped trees at the end of a runway and slammed into a hillside, killing the two crew members onboard, officials said Thursday.
UPS on Thursday night identified the victims as Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn. In an email, the company said the Jefferson County, Ala., medical examiner had confirmed their identities.
BERT LANCE, GA. BANKER AND CARTER ALLY, DIES AT 82: CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Bert Lance, a Georgia banker and close ally of former President Jimmy Carter who served as his first budget director before departing amid an investigation of his bank's lending practices, has died. He was 82.
Gordon County, Ga., deputy coroner Heath Derryberry said Lance died Thursday night in northwest Georgia. He said Lance had struggled recently with unspecified health problems, though authorities were unsure of his cause of death.
In a statement, Carter said Lance was one of his closest personal friends and that he was a dependable source of advice on intricate state and national issues.
Lance, a former president of the National Bank of Georgia and state highway director, followed Carter to Washington and became OMB director before his career was derailed by what became known as "Lancegate."
IA ACKNOWLEDGES AREA 51 IN DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS: LAS VEGAS (AP) — The CIA is acknowledging the existence of Area 51 in newly declassified documents.
George Washington University's National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program through a public records request and released it Thursday.
National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson reviewed the history in 2002, but all mentions of Area 51 had been redacted.
Richelson says he requested the history again in 2005 and received a version a few weeks ago with mentions of Area 51 restored.
Officials have already acknowledged in passing the existence of the facility in central Nevada where the government is believed to test intelligence tools and weapons.
SHERIFF SAYS CROSSES TO BE PUT WHERE BODIES FOUND: PHOENIX (AP) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Thursday that his deputies will begin placing white crosses near the sites where authorities find bodies of immigrants who are dying in the desert after crossing the border from Mexico.
The sheriff stood amid about a dozen crosses to announce an effort that he said would serve as a reminder of just how dangerous the journey is from Mexico through the rugged desert of southern Arizona.
He said four bodies have been found in the last four days near Gila Bend after succumbing to the scorching desert heat. Two others were rescued this week.
Each cross also will be numbered and assigned GPS coordinates to aid his deputies in rescuing people who find themselves in distress in the area and can call for help, the sheriff said.
Arpaio's county does not run along the border, but some areas of his jurisdiction are heavily trafficked smuggling routes.