December 12th, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Kendrick Johnson Family Holds Rally After Filing Complaint About Missing Organs

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, whose death this year created a mystery that has gripped a South Georgia town, held a rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday, a day after filing a complaint with the state about the handling of their son's body.

The "Who Killed K.J." rally had several scheduled speakers, according to a news release from the Johnson family, but the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Joseph Lowery - both of whom were slated to address the demonstrators, the family said - never spoke. That didn't stop more than 100 protesters from assembling at the Capitol before noon.

Johnson was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat at his high school in Valdosta, Georgia, on January 11. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted an autopsy and ruled the death accidental, but his family questioned the ruling and had his body exhumed for a second autopsy.

At the second autopsy, it was discovered that his organs were missing and his body cavity was filled with newspapers, contrary to industry practice.

The family's complaint, filed Tuesday with the Georgia Board of Funeral Service, a division of the secretary of state's office, alleges that Harrington Funeral Home mishandled Johnson's body and specifically accuses director Antonio Harrington of helping obscure the teen's cause of death.

However, the funeral home's attorney, Roy Copeland, said in an October letter to CNN that coroner Bill Watson has already stated that "the accusations and innuendo regarding Mr. Harrington's involvement in the disposition of young Mr. Johnson's internal organs are baseless."

According to "The Principles and Practices of Embalming," a sentence of which was included in an October letter Copeland sent to CNN, when the organs have been removed in an autopsy, the person handling the body should dry the cavity, "dusting it with hardening compound or embalming powder and then filling it with dry, clean sawdust or cotton mixed with a small quantity of hardening compound or embalming powder."

Copeland conceded at a November interview that newspaper was not listed, but he added, "nor is it precluded as one type of foreign substance that may be introduced into a body for purposes of building it up for public display."

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Montana Husband Found at Bottom of Cliff Without Wedding Ring On
December 12th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Montana Husband Found at Bottom of Cliff Without Wedding Ring On

Jordan Graham is accused of killing her husband just eight days into their marriage by shoving him off a cliff.

As the trial continues, a coroner says the young man was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found and a parade of witnesses have said Graham told her husband she had a surprise in store for him that day. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

The defense and prosecution agree on this much: Graham pushed her husband and he fell off a cliff to his death in Glacier National Park in Montana.

The question for jurors will be whether Graham's act was murder or a case of self-defense that ended tragically.

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December 12th, 2013
11:14 AM ET

Single Father Finds $50k In Christmas Tree Box

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a down-on-his-luck single father finds $50,000 worth of bonds in an old Christmas box and seeks out the rightful owner.

About three years ago, Anthony Garfalo came across an artificial Christmas tree in a box.

He held on to it all of this time because his son was too young.

Well, this year he opened it and $50,000 dollars in bonds were inside.  Anthony could really use that money, but he's decided to return it.

Anthony was able to determine the rightful owner was the beneficiary of Donald H. Tran in Ohio, Theodore Tran.  But all numbers have been disconnected and the listed address is wrong. So, Mr. Tran, if you're listening... Anthony Garofalo has something for you.

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December 12th, 2013
11:11 AM ET

FDA Hopes to Curb Antibiotic Use on Farms

Farmers' frequent use of antibiotics to help their livestock grow is contributing to the rise of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

On Wednesday, the government agency announced a new plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in the food production industry, CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports.

"It is important to use these drugs only when medically necessary," the FDA said on its website. "Governments around the world consider antimicrobial-resistant bacteria a major threat to public health."

Many of the antibiotics used in animals are also used to treat humans when they get sick. Illnesses caused by bacteria are more likely to be fatal if overuse has made the germs resistant to medication, the FDA says.

An FDA report released in April showed that 81% of all the raw ground turkey the agency tested was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. And turkey wasn't the only problem - antibiotic-resistant bacteria were found in about 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken.

Antibiotics are used in livestock to prevent disease, but they are also used as a protectant and to aid growth. About 29.9 million pounds of antibiotics were sold in 2011 for meat and poultry production, compared with the 7.7 million pounds sold for human use, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.

"Antibiotic use in animals is out of hand," said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, a project aimed at phasing out overuse of antibiotics in food production.

"We feed antibiotics to sick animals, which is completely appropriate, but we also put antibiotics in their feed and in their water to help them grow faster and to compensate for unhygienic conditions. If you have to keep the animals healthy with drugs, I would argue you need to re-examine the system. You don't take antibiotics preventively when you go out into the world."

The FDA will now begin working to address how farmers are using these drugs to enhance animals' growth or reduce the amount of feed they have to use.

Its plan also explains how animal pharmaceutical companies can voluntarily revise their drug labels to remove animal production as an approved use, effectively making it illegal to use the drugs for growth enhancement.

Under the plan, therapeutic uses of animal antibiotics would require veterinary oversight, meaning antibiotics could be used in food-producing animals only under a veterinarian's orders to treat, prevent or control disease.

"With these changes, there will be fewer approved uses, and the remaining uses will be under tighter control," said Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the FDA.

Companies have 90 days to let the FDA know if they intend to participate and three years to make the changes.

In a statement, the Animal Health Institute said it and its member companies support the policy and will continue to work with the FDA to implement it.

"We are in favor of maintaining the important therapeutic uses of disease treatment, disease control and disease prevention, and believe that phasing out sub-therapeutic uses will increase consumer confidence that antibiotics are being used wisely to protect animal health and thereby human health," the organization said.

The American Meat Institute also said it welcomed the move.

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