Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FDA is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers.

The cucumbers, supplied by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce are grown in Baja, Mexico and are sometimes referred to as “slicer” or “American” cucumbers.

The CDC says at least 285 people in 27 states have been infected by the strain.

The San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson say the cucumbers are often sold in in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.”

Several state health and agriculture departments are collecting leftover cucumbers from grocery stores and restaurants where illnesses were reported.

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Columbia Records(NEW YORK) — Friday, September 4, marks Beyonce’s 34th birthday. But what do her loved ones get for a woman that has everything? A touching song dedication, of course.

“In honor of her birthday, Beyoncé’s loved ones dedicate the songs that narrate their most cherished moments with her,” the post reads on Bey’s official website.

First up on the list is Bey’s mother, Tina Knowles, who selected Stephanie Mills’ “Home.”

“One of both our favorite songs. I remember you singing at the Peoples’ Workshop when you were just nine years old. You brought the house down and got a standing ovation and all,” Tina recalls. “You did a spin and would up backwards and then — in what became ‘True Beyonce Fashion’ — you made it part of your act. The show must always go on!”

Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, picked “Here I Go Again” by Smokey Robinson since it was the song he used to sing when Beyonce was still in her mother’s stomach. “After you were born, you would stop crying immediately when I sang it to you and your eyes would light up,” he says.

Bey’s sister, Solange, decided on Kim Burrell’s “Holy Ghost,” since it represents “one of the best moments in my life.” Solo comments, “My sister, humming this with me softly, being the calming beautiful spirit she is, making everything that resided in that moment filled with love.”

Beyonce’s husband, Jay Z, picked “Yellow” by Coldplay, saying it reminds him of their vacations. “So many legendary nights. It represents vulnerability; its us in our own world, away from work and totally lost in love. ‘For you, I’ll bleed myself dry.'”

Even Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy, picked out a song: “Party of Your World” by Jodi Benson from theLittle Mermaid. “Mommy you sung this to me all the time,” baby Blue commented. “Happy Birthday, Mommy!”

Others who selected tribute songs include Beyonce’s Destiny Child band mates Kelly Rowland andMichelle Williams; her mother-in-law, Gloria Carter; her cousin, Angie Beyince; her nephew, Juelz Smith; brother-in-law Alan Ferguson; and Kelly’s husband, Tim Witherspoon.

Beyonce will celebrate her 34th birthday Saturday by headlining at her husband’s Made In America Festival on Saturday in Philadelphia.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The good news is, employers are hiring, but why did the week close with a drop in the market?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 272.38 to finish the session at 16102.38.

The Nasdaq fell 49.58, ending at 4683.92, while the S&P 500 lost 29.91 to close at 1921.22.

A report out from the Labor Department on Friday revealed 220,000 jobs were created last month, but it’s not as much as economists had predicted. However, unemployment nationally has hit a seven-year low after falling to 5.1 percent.

Experts say the reason for the drop in the markets on Friday was because of worries over the potential interest rate hike. The Federal Reserve is still toying with the idea and we may have an answer after the Fed’s mid-September meetings.

If the Fed decides on an interest rate hike, it would be the first interest rate increase in nearly a decade.

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Jessica McConnell Burt/GW(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — The body of the American college student who went missing after going swimming off the coast of South Africa during a semester abroad has been found, authorities said Friday.

Nicholas Upton was studying in Cape Town through a program affiliated with George Washington University when he and friends traveled to a surf lodge on the opposite coast of the country. He was last seen swimming with his friends on Sunday, Aug. 30, authorities said.

The discovery of his body was confirmed by the United States Consulate General of Cape Town via the George Washington University Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski.

“Our hearts go out to Nick’s family and friends. He touched many during his time at GW, and he will be missed,” Konwerski said in the statement.

The 19-year-old was a junior at George Washington and was originally from Connecticut.

Upton’s father, Jim, spoke to ABC News the day after his son disappeared. He said that he felt a slow emergency response hindered his son’s rescue.

Jim Upton said that the other students who were swimming with his son ran into the lodge to get help but were not treated with urgency.

At the time, he said that even though South African authorities said that they have downgraded the search from a rescue to a recovery and authorities no longer believe Nicholas is alive, his parents were holding out hope.

“We’re trying to keep our chin up and be as hopeful as possible. It’s not over until it’s over,” Jim Upton said at the time.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PEACEHAVEN, England) — Garbage bins in East Sussex, U.K., recently turned into Minions, and residents have been abuzz trying to figure who painted them, according to the local newspaper.

The cheeky, yellow cartoon characters appeared overnight this past Monday in the small southern U.K. towns of Peacehaven, Newhaven and Rottingdean, the Sussex Express reported. The bins were numbered one to 10, and it remains a mystery as to who painted them.

“We have no idea who is responsible or why they’ve done it, but it’s quite amusing,” resident Daniel Moon told the paper. “People have been going around trying to find all ten.”

The Peacehaven Town Council reportedly said it didn’t know who was responsible for the “binions,” as they’ve been called on social media, but said it “admired their creativity.”

A spokesperson for the Lewes District Council said it doesn’t have a clue as to who painted the mysterious Minions, but that council members are happy they are bringing positive comments and “smiles from people passing by.”

“Anything that encourages people to use the litter bins provided is a good thing as we want to keep the district clean and tidy for all to enjoy,” the spokesperson added.

The painted “minion” bins of Peacehaven, East Sussex.

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Brian Bowen Smith/E!(LOS ANGELES) — Melissa Rivers paid tribute to her iconic mother, Joan, in the best way possible Thursday night, remembering her best jokes over the years.

During the special titled Celebrating Joan, E! highlighted Joan’s best interviews and segments on Fashion Police, featuring with the likes of Miss Piggy, Martha Stewart, Kris Jenner and others.

“Not only did I never know what was going to come out of my mother’s mouth, neither did the stars who were brave enough to sit in the hot seat,” Melissa noted before a montage of celebrity guests was shown.

The tribute also featured beautiful words from Melissa. “We are remembering her the only way she would have wanted, and that’s through laughter,” she said.

Then, came the jokes about Joan. “Some parents never talked to their kids about sex. My mother, on the other hand, never stopped,” Melissa continued. “Outrageous was normal for Joan Rivers.”

Joan never held back, poking fun at celebrities, so neither did Melissa, who showed a clip of Joan’s innocent bloopers over the years.

Joan died last Sept. 4 at the age of 81.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A second top aide to Hillary Clinton is testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi Friday, following news that a former Clinton aide who worked on Clinton’s private email server plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment before the committee.

Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff and policy adviser at State, is expected to answer questions about the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi as well as Clinton’s use of private email at the State Department.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said that Sullivan, now a foreign policy adviser to Clinton’s presidential campaign, is in a “unique position” to discuss U.S. policy and the American footprint in Libya in 2012.

Sullivan’s appearance before members of the committee comes a day after Clinton confidante Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff at State, spent most of the day answering the committee’s questions.

Mills thanked committee leaders Thursday for their professionalism and respect after her interview, and did not comment on the ongoing email controversy.

In an op-ed published Friday in the New York Times titled “Disband the Benghazi Committee,” committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, criticized the investigation’s focus on Hillary Clinton’s use of private email ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Gowdy said Mills was not asked any questions about private email use until the end of the nine-and-a-half hour interview.

“Our committee is the committee on Benghazi, not the committee on emails,” he said.

The committee’s hearings with Clinton’s top aides follow news that a former Clinton aide who worked on her email server plans to plead the fifth to any questions from the Benghazi Committee and other congressional inquiries.

Bryan Pagliano, a former Clinton 2008 campaign aide and State Department staffer, has decided invoke the Fifth Amendment in light of the ongoing FBI investigation into the security of Clinton’s email server, according to a letter from his attorneys to the committee earlier this week. The letter was a response to a subpoena from Gowdy compelling him to testify on September 10 and provide documents related to his work on Clinton’s server.

Pagliano also asked Gowdy to excuse him from appearing before the committee next week, though the chairman has not said whether he will still compel the former Clinton aide to do so.

The committee plans to next interview former CIA deputy director Mike Morrell, Gowdy said Friday. Huma Abedin, Clinton’s closest aide, is also expected to testify in the near future.

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Courtesy Amy Nicholls(MEDINA, Ohio) — An eBay seller who sued two customers over their negative feedback online has been ordered to pay $19,250 to cover their legal fees.

This week, a judge ordered Med Express Inc., a refurbished medical equipment seller who sued back in 2013, to pay for the two Ohio lawyers who defended the case pro bono.

Med Express filed a lawsuit for libel in Medina County’s Court of Common Pleas in Ohio in 2013, claiming that their feedback on eBay hurt the company’s reputation and a lower overall rating increased seller costs to eBay.

One of those customers was Amy Nicholls, an office administrator for a manufacturer in Greenville, South Carolina. She bought a microscope light for her employer in February 2013 from Med Express. After paying $175 plus $12 in shipping for the item, Med Express said in the court filing that it “took the equipment to the Valley City post office, where it was weighed and shipped to Nicholls.”

Though Med Express claimed that it paid the full shipping cost, “for some reason unknown to Med Express, the equipment was received by Nicholls with $1.44 postage due,” according to the court record. Med Express apologized immediately and offered to reimburse Nicholls for the postage due, but she went ahead and posted a “negative” comment about the charge on eBay’s website: “Order arrived with postage due with no communication from seller beforehand,” she wrote.

Med Express filed a nearly identical suit on the same day against another customer, Dennis Rogan. He left a “neutral” review.

After receiving negative publicity over their suit, Med Express apologized and said it was withdrawing the lawsuit.

“Please understand that our customer was never the target of this lawsuit. We had instructed our attorneys to ask for $1 in damages. Her feedback was also never an issue. We fully support her right and all of our customers’ right to leave any feedback they desire — true or otherwise!” Med Express President Richard Radey wrote in a statement back in 2013. “The issue involved Detailed Seller Ratings or DSRs. The low ratings caused us to lose our Top Rated Seller Plus standing.”

But in April 2013, Nicholls, with the help of Jeffrey Nye and Thomas Haren, two lawyers in Ohio who offered to take the case for free, filed a counterclaim against Med Express and its attorney, claiming frivolous conduct and “malice or aggravated or egregious fraud.” They cited seven different times Med Express sued out-of-state eBay customers who would have difficulty defending themselves in court. Nicholls’ attorneys said they had seen Radey’s comments and were aware he had dropped the lawsuit against Nicholls, but they continued with their countersuit all the same.

Med Express did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News about this week’s ruling by the court, which heard the cases for Rogan and Nicholls together and issued the sanctions in favor of them jointly.

After the ruling, Nye and Haren said in a joint statement, “We were obviously happy to see that the Magistrate recognized the frivolous nature of the claims.”

“Should the Magistrate’s Decision be adopted by the Court, and we certainly expect that it will, this long and frustrating battle will finally be concluded. Thankfully Amy and Dennis stood up for what they believed in, and in doing so they struck a blow in favor of the First Amendment rights of all online commenters,” the attorneys said in the statement.

They said the case highlights the need for Ohio to join more than twenty other states in enacting an anti-SLAPP statute, which stands for strategic lawsuit against public participation, “so that Ohio citizens will be protected from bully tactics.”

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Isa Terli/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KOBANI, Syria) — The heartbroken Syrian father whose wife and two young sons drowned off a Turkish beach as they fled toward Europe on their way to Canada laid his relatives to rest Friday.

Abdullah Kurdi returned to his hometown of Kobani for the burials and now has no plans to leave.

The Kurdi family’s plight gained international attention after a haunting photo was shared showing Abdullah’s 3-year-old son Aylan lying face down in the sand and being carried off by a police officer.

Dozens of friends, relatives and members of the media attended the burial ceremony.

Abdullah Kurdi was pictured holding the wrapped bodies of his sons.

At a later moment, he addressed the crowd, telling the story of the fatal journey.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For many people Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer. But what exactly does the holiday commemorate?

As the name suggests, the holiday celebrates those of us in the workforce.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, there are approximately 157 million men and women in the U.S. workforce. Of those workers, the average employed American works 7.8 hours a day.

Sept. 5, 1882, marked the first Labor Day parade, which was held in New York City. However, Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday five years later in 1887.

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made the day a national holiday.

Today, Labor Day has become one of the busiest weekends for travel before the end of summer.

For those that stay home, it’s likely many will fire up their grill. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association found that along with the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, Labor Day is one of the top three holidays for grilling.

The holiday is also associated with the beginning of the school year. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, some 55 million students will be boarding their buses in 2015 — which means a whole lot of parents with a little more quiet time.

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