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Tropical storm Cristobal, the first tropical storm to menace the Southeast seaboard this hurricane season, headed northeast parallel to the North Carolina coast early Sunday, the National Hurricane Center reported. Slow strengthening is forecast, along with several inches of rain.

Federal investigators on Saturday began trying to figure out why one of the world's largest mobile cranes toppled over at a Houston refinery, killing four contract workers and injuring seven others. Officials at the LyondellBasell refinery hope that video cameras mounted around the plant can shed light on what led the 30-story-tall crane to collapse (above). Crane-related deaths have also occurred in New York, Miami, and Las Vegas in recent months.

The US tomato industry estimates it has lost more than $100 million because of a public scare that had implicated tomatoes in a national salmonella outbreak. The government lifted its salmonella warning about tomatoes late last week after tests failed to find tomatoes that contained the salmonella strain that reportedly sickened 1,220 people.

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