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Wannabe suicide bomber inspired by ISIS: Weeks ago, pro-Islamic State media published a chilling photo of a Santa Claus standing in Times Square next to a crate of dynamite. Today, wanna-be suicide bomber Akayed Ullah, 27, reportedly was inspired by the terror cell to build a pipe bomb and target the New York City Port Authority bus terminal. The bomb exploded prematurely as he walked through a subway passage near the bus terminal, authorities said. The incident is a reminder that “lone wolf” terrorists—inspired by ISIS but not necessarily affiliated with the group—are attracted to venues with crowds of people. In addition to bus depots and airports, that includes restaurants and hotels. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Baby formula recall now global: Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of Salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the world’s largest dairy groups, said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since Dec. 1. According to a list published on the French health ministry’s website, the recall affects customers in countries around the world, including: Britain and Greece in Europe, Morocco and Sudan in Africa, Peru and Colombia in South America and Pakistan, Bangladesh and China in Asia. The United States, a major market for Lactalis, is not affected. READ MORE

Norovirus causes most cruise ship outbreaks: The holiday cruise season is steaming toward the New Year, and so far in 2017 cruise illness having logged less than one foodborne illness outbreak a month meeting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria for public posting. Most of the outbreaks have been caused by norovirus. As of Dec. 8, there had been 10 such outbreaks involving nine ships from five cruise lines, according to the CDC. The percentage of passengers sickened on the cruises ranges from 3.3 percent on a Holland America ship to 22.8 percent on a Lindbald Expeditions ship. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

Brazilian police target bribe recipients: Brazil’s Police conducted 14 search and seizure warrants Monday as part of its investigation into JBS SA’s alleged payment of BRL 160 million ($48.6 million) in bribes to expedite the release of tax credits, according to the Federal Prosecutors’ Office in Brazil. JBS and its parent company J&F are not targets of this search and seizure operation; the targets are the bribe recipients. READ MORE