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Gov't forces changes for Four Loko labels

WASHINGTON - The makers of a popular carbonated alcoholic drink guzzled on college campuses are going to be changing the look of Four Loko cans to settle the government's charges of deceptive marketing.

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Chicago-based Phusion Projects will be required to put an "alcohol facts panel" on the back of flavored malt beverage cans containing more than two servings of alcohol.

The panel would disclose the alcohol by volume and the number of servings in the container.

Phusion also will have to redesign cans of drinks containing more than 2 1/2 servings of alcohol so they can be resealed so that drink wouldn't have to be consumed in one sitting.

The FTC had accused Phusion of implying in ads that its supersized 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko was equal to one or two regular 12-ounce beers.

In fact, the agency says, the can - which contains up to 12 percent alcohol - is more like four to five beers.

Four Loko gained national attention in 2010 after the hospitalization of college students in New Jersey and Washington state. Some states banned the drink.


Disabled ship said to have running water

MIAMI - The head of Carnival Cruise Lines says his company is working hard to ensure passengers stranded on a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico are as comfortable as possible while the vessel is towed to port.

Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said at a news conference Tuesday in Miami that most public restrooms on the ship are working, as are some bathrooms in guest cabins.

He also said there's running water on the ship.

The ship was stranded after a weekend engine fire.

It's being towed to Mobile, Ala., and is expected to arrive Thursday.


Moderate quake strikes rural area

TONOPAH - A moderate earthquake struck Tuesday in rural Nevada near the California state line.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit at 4:10 p.m. local time.

It was centered 45 miles west of Tonopah, and followed by two smaller earthquakes recorded at magnitude 3.1 and magnitude 3.3.

The Nevada Seismological Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno said three aftershocks followed of magnitudes 3.1, 3.3 and 3.7. The last came at 4:49 p.m. 25 miles south of Mina.

A Nye County sheriff's dispatcher said there were no immediate reports of damage.


Hackers post alert warning of zombies

MARQUETTE - No, zombies aren't attacking northern Michigan.

Two local television stations said hackers broke into their Emergency Alert System with messages Monday warning of zombies. Along with a crawl strip, an audio message said "dead bodies are rising from their graves" and "attacking the living."

The messages ran on public station WNMU and WBUP. Two Montana stations also were hit.

WNMU General Manger Eric Smith said police determined the source wasn't local and may be from another country.

He wasn't aware of any arrests and said equipment changes have been made to prevent future incidents.

The Associated Press