Breaking news out of Cleveland on a cold case missing child investigation. It appears police are acting on new details in the case of Amanda Berry. Crews are searching an area at West 30th between Wade and Seymour. They are preparing to dig in a now empty lot - a home that once stood on the property was torn down years ago. The FBI confirms they received a tip that led them to the area. Reporter Ed Gallek has learned a man who went to prison for murdering a homeless person wrote letters to law enforcement telling them he knows where Amanda's body is. This tipster was driven up from Lucasville on Wednesday.
It's fantasy football for political watchers: Who is presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney going to choose for his vice presidential candidate? Each week, a new name works its way to the top - Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. And after Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, said a woman might be considered, Condoleezza Rice's name was bandied about with fury, and some people made whispers about South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.And, of course, they all deny wanting the job. Who Romney will choose will have to bring the votes, the wisdom, and some Capitol Hill clout - especially since Romney is, in a way, a Beltway outsider because he never served in Congress. Click here are the top five choices - until someone else throws his or her name into the ring.
The controversial plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is now banned for use in baby bottles and sippy cups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. The move was prompted by a request in October from the American Chemistry Council, which represents industry, as a way to clarify for consumers that BPA will not be found in these items. BPA has a checkered history, with many consumer advocate groups pointing to studies suggesting the chemical might disrupt hormones and trigger a host of unhealthy changes in children and adults, including cancer, obesity and developmental/reproductive problems. In its ruling, the FDA said that, effective Tuesday, it is now banning BPA-containing resins in "infant feeding bottles [baby bottles] and spill-proof cups, including their closures and lids, designed to help train babies and toddlers to drink from cups [sippy cups]." In a news release, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) applauded the move but said it still offers consumers only "limited protections." Because BPA is found elsewhere in plastics, the FDA move "still leaves the public exposed to the hormone-disrupting chemical in food packaging," the NRDC said.