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Meningitis toll rises to seven

ATLANTA -- The death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

In updated figures posted to its website Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states. Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Pro-Israel ad OK'd

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ordered the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to begin displaying controversial advertisements on Monday, even though the agency has worried the ads might incite violence.

The decision came Friday in a one-page order granting an injunction to a pro-Israel group that sought to force Metro to display provocative posters in four stations. The posters, purchased by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, will say: "In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

Phone firm called a 'risk'

WASHINGTON -- Huawei Technologies Co., China's largest phone-equipment maker, poses a security threat to the United States, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said as the panel prepares to issue a report on its probe of the company.

U.S. companies considering purchases from Huawei should "find another vendor if you care about your intellectual property, if you care about your consumers' privacy, and you care about the national security of the United States of America," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the panel's chairman, told CBS News' "60 Minutes," according to a CBS release about an interview set to air tonight.

The intelligence committee is scheduled to release a report Monday.

Honda recalls crossovers

DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co. is recalling CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver's side door could melt and cause a fire.

Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall Saturday.

The problem involves 268,000 vehicles. Honda said rain or other liquids could enter through a driver's open window and damage the master power switch on the door. If that happens, the switch could overheat and melt, causing a fire.

Plea for justice in shooting

NEW YORK -- The mother of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a police detective after being pulled over on a highway in Queens made a tearful plea Saturday for a full and thorough inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of her son, Noel Polanco.

"I'm not going to give up until I get justice," Cecilia Reyes told a crowd of a few hundred at the offices of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem.

Mr. Polanco, 22, was driving on the Grand Central Parkway just after 5 a.m. Friday when he was pulled over by uniformed officers, members of the Emergency Service Unit, riding in unmarked vans, who said that he had twice cut them off.

Also in the nation . . .

The price of gasoline hit a record average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. ... Rocket maker SpaceX is poised today to return to the International Space Station with its Dragon spacecraft to carry out the first contracted cargo resupply flight in NASA's history.

-- Compiled from news services

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