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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- OK Foods Inc. is recalling about 933,272 pounds of its breaded chicken products over fears that they may have been contaminated with metal and other materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.The recall was initiated after five consumer complaints were issued over metal objects found in the chicken producer's "ready-to-eat" chicken products, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday."After an internal investigation, the firm identified the affected product and determined that the objects in all the complaints came from metal conveyor belting," a USDA statement said of the Oklahoma City establishment.The statement added, "There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products” and that the products “should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”The recall affects products dated from Dec. 19, 2016, to March 7, 2017.The company did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(STROUDSBURG, Pa.) -- What would it take to get you to put down your phone during a meal?Sarah’s Corner Café in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, is offering a deal for people who want to enjoy a meal, and each other, unplugged.They’ve set up so-called “family recharging stations” at tables where you drop your phone into a basket.“They let the server know and the server will bring over a basket with old fashioned Hangman and Tic Tac Toe and pencils because those games are interactive instead of coloring, which is solitary,” owner Barry Lynch told ABC News of how the restaurant's phone-free meals discount works.If families make it through the meal without looking at their phones, they’re rewarded 10 percent off their bill.“A lot of people are starting to do it and it’s taken on a life of its own,” said Lynch. “I get huge feedback. Massive feedback.”The idea for the “family recharging time” came to Lynch after observing many of his customers.“There’s one particular family I knew used to come in on Sunday for breakfast after church. I knew the dad and the mom and two kids and we’d always say ‘hi,’” he recalled. “Every time I went over, one or two of the kids and sometimes the parents would be on the phone. I also knew the dad would commute to New York for work every day, which takes a lot of time. I asked him about that and he said, ‘Yeah, I still do it. It’s so nice to be together and these breakfasts are rare.’ And when he said that, I thought, ‘Oh wow. Something is going on here. I need to do something.’”Lynch is thrilled by the positive response his phone-free meals have gotten and hopes they continue to enrich his customers’ family time.“I just thought it was such a shame not to have more time together just to talk,” he said. “Look at my eyes. I’m here with you. How was your day?”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Popcorn sales are skyrocketing, with Americans eating three billion gallons a year. And now, there are new gourmet flavors ranging from the simple to exotic.But as the variety goes up so does the price tag. In fact, some premade brands cost eight times what you would pay if you made it yourself at home.So do you have to spend a lot to get a great bag of popcorn? ABC News got to the bottom of it. You can watch the full investigation below:
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  • iStock/ThinkstockEducation is a good investment but it isn't cheap. Thankfully, there are ways you can cash in on your kids' higher learning when you file your taxes.
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  • Courtesy of Andrew Richardson(NEW YORK) -- One California Starbucks barista got a surprise on March 21 when a customer returned to apologize for her behavior from the day before.Andrew Richardson, 20, was floored when he received a handwritten card and $50 bill from his customer named Debbie, whom he admits he didn’t even think was that rude.“On the 20th, this woman, Debbie, came through the drive through while I was working. She was extremely pleasant, and we had some friendly conversation while her drinks were being made,” Richardson, of Bishop, California, told ABC News. “She had multiple drinks, and we didn't have drink carriers. I informed her and she was a touch frustrated like anyone would be.”In addition to being out of drink carriers, he also couldn’t take her trash she was hoping to throw away.“I cannot do this because it would be a California health code violation,” he explained. “She then became a bit more frustrated, but nothing that I would perceive as rudeness. At worst, she was playfully sassy. I really didn't think too much of it.”Richardson carried on with his day and didn’t give it a second thought.“It was not a big deal at all in my eyes,” he said. “Being in customer service you can experience a lot of negativity and frustration. I try and counter it with positivity and patience. This was an extremely mild interaction compared to other incidents.”But Debbie apparently felt otherwise.“The next day, she came back. I happened to walk by the window when she was there,” Richardson recalled. “She asked me if I was working the window yesterday. I said ‘yes.’ She then became extremely apologetic. She felt genuinely terrible about our interaction the day before. I was so heart warmed to even get a verbal apology. It doesn't happen much.”The two chatted for a few minutes and Richardson said her in-person “genuine apology” alone was enough to lift his spirits, without even knowing what was going to happen next.“She then handed me the card, [and] I was even more grateful and uplifted,” he said. “I thanked her for another minute and she left.”He hadn’t yet opened the card before Debbie drove away.“I returned to it later, opened it, and I was completely shocked,” he said of discovering the money. “Without the money, this was one of the most beautiful and heartfelt things I have ever read. It absolutely made my day when I read it. The money was unnecessary. The card alone was the best part. I would have turned the money down had I opened it when she was there. It's hard to take things like that.”Richardson’s supervisor told him he could keep the money.“She handed it to him in a personal card so of course he was able to keep it,” one of the location’s supervisors, Angie Harris, told ABC News.“I think it was great. It’s always good to see those customer connections,” she added. “We’re really proud of him.”“Nothing like this has ever happened, it's unprecedented,” said the humbled barista. “This was easily one of the kindest things I've ever received. I'm very happy to know that there are still good, caring people in this world. I'm still smiling about it.”
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