Planes could give tobacco the thumbs up

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Don’t expected to see the “smoking permitted” light to flash the next time you fly.

But Boeing does hope to make tobacco part of regular flights.

The aircraft manufacturer is working on biofuel experiments. A new type of tobacco seeds may provide the jet fuel of the future, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

The plant, which is being grown in South Africa, produces oily, nicotine-less seeds that can be converted into aviation biofuel,  according to SkyNRG, the company that’s working with Boeing and several airlines, including Air Canada, Qantas and KLM.

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Stores near you may have gotten recalled hamburger

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Some of the nearly 2 million pounds of hamburger  in the latest E. coli O157:H7 scare may have been distributed to GFS stores in Pennsylvania, the USDA has said.

The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a list of stores that includes GFS, which has three locations in our region — in Monroeville, Pleasant Hills and Robinson. Continue reading

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