October 9th, 2013
08:24 AM ET

Woman Found Dead In Hospital Stairwell Believed To Be Missing Patient

She checked herself into a hospital 17 days ago for a bladder infection. But nobody could've predicted it would end like this.

When Lynne Spalding went missing from San Francisco General Hospital, her friends frantically searched and left messages on a Facebook page to keep each other hopeful.

On Tuesday, the messages on the "Find Lynne" Facebook pageturned from hope to anger. A body was found in an exterior stairwell of the hospital, and a law enforcement source says it is believed to be Spalding, CNN's Dan Simon reports.

How could this be? Spalding's friends had searched throughout San Francisco, in alleys and shelters, handing out hundreds of fliers.They wondered whether the woman, dazed by powerful medication, was wandering around somewhere.

"So we have a lot of questions as her family and friends," said David Perry, a Spalding family spokesman. "Did anyone see her leave the room? Did she leave alone? Is there videotape of Lynne leaving the hospital or wandering the halls?"

All who looked for Spalding, 57, who has two adult children, assumed the hospital had been searched thoroughly.

"Dumbfounded that they didn't find her for two weeks?! Where the hell were they looking?!" Liz Kennedy wrote on the "Find Lynne" website.

"I honestly believe there should be an investigation into how the hospital areas were not thoroughly checked by the staff," another poster named Sunil Raj wrote.

Hospital officials and police say they are investigating. The hospital says it has no idea how the body ended up in the rarely-used staircase.


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October 9th, 2013
08:20 AM ET

Disney Tightens Up Resort Disability Program

Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort will no longer allow visitors with disabilities instant access to rides, starting next month, in an attempt to reduce abuse of the policy, CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Under the current policy, Disney visitors can get a guest assistance card that grants quicker access to rides, often entering through exit doors to bypass the main lines.

There were widespread reports of able-bodied people abusing the policy.

Some wealthy park visitors were hiring disabled people to pretend to be family members so they could skip lines, the New York Post reported in May. Social researcher Wednesday Martin learned about the practice while researching a book about New York's Park Avenue elite, the Post reported. "It really is happening," Martin told CNN's "Starting Point" in May.

Starting October 9, guests with a new disability access card will be issued a ticket with a time to enter an attraction, based on the current wait time, so they don't have to stay in line. Disney fan site Miceage.com broke the news of the policy change last week.


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October 9th, 2013
07:32 AM ET

Shutdown Complicates Probe into Widespread Salmonella Outbreak

A California poultry producer announced Monday that it is working with the federal health officials after an estimated 278 illnesses were reported in 18 states.

Raw chicken products from Foster Farms plants have been identified as the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg. Illnesses were linked to the facility through investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials. The outbreak is continuing and no recall has been issued.

“Complicating the investigation into this outbreak is the government shutdown,” reports CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen. “The CDC has furloughed many of its scientists who track food-borne pathogens. Some have since been brought back in but there was a delay in the exchange of information about the outbreak.”

But as there has been no recall, the poultry in question doesn't have to be thrown away.

"The USDA says you just need to prepare it properly, making sure you cook it thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, which should be checked with a food thermometer."

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been unable so far to identify the specific product or production period, but raw products from the potentially affected facilities bear one of the following numbers on the packaging: P6137, P6137A, P7632 and mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state.


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October 9th, 2013
07:30 AM ET

CEOs Say Default Would Be Disaster for Economy

The effects of the shutdown and potential default are now really starting to hit the financial markets.

With no solution in sight, small businesses are some of the first to feel the pinch of this shutdown. Now big businesses are speaking up, urging Congress to get it together.

“They’re certainly speaking very loudly and meeting with Republican leaders trying to get this message across that they lived through the financial crisis of 2008 and they do not want to see markets in disarray. They do not want to see consumer's panicking,” CNN Business Correspondent Christine Romans reports.

Familiar with the tell-tale signs of what could become another “great recession,” America’s top CEO’s say the message is clear.

Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein says, "We're the most important economy in the world.  We're the reserve currency in the world.  Payments have to go out to people.  If money doesn't flow in, then money doesn't flow out."

Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent says, "The way forward is not easy. It requires a lot of sacrifice. It requires a lot of flexibility. It requires a lot of compromise. We expect the same will happen with the political architecture."

With stocks tumbling four of the last five days, the threat of default is now threatening your investments— 401-K, your mutual funds, your portfolio.

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett believes the debt ceiling “doesn't really make sense” for this reason.

“It ought to be banned as a weapon,” Buffett says. “It should be like nuclear bombs. I mean basically, too horrible to use."

“The result of the government's inaction could be catastrophic,” Romans says. “While the world waits for a solution– your money hangs in the balance.”

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