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Mehmet Oz responds to crudités shopping video

PITTSBURGH — No one expected the discourse in one of the country's most important U.S. Senate races to be hijacked by talk of crudités and grocery stores, but that's the reality of a race between a self-proclaimed internet troll and a longtime TV celebrity.

Republican Mehmet Oz, facing a barrage of playful scrutiny over a viral clip of his grocery store pursuits to assemble crudités for his wife, finally got the chance to respond Wednesday when a host on the conservative site Newsmax asked about it — and whether he's "relatable to the everyday hardworking American there in Pennsylvania."

In response, Oz said his whole life, he's rolled up his sleeves, saved lives as a cardiothoracic surgeon and tried to help people however he could. He said the crudités video was meant to poke at how "ridiculous it is that you can't even put vegetables on a plate," referring to the rising costs of food and high inflation.

"We'll do whatever we need to do to make sure the people of Pennsylvania respect what we're about, and we're going to work as hard as we can to fix their problems," Oz said. "It's what I've done my whole life. It's what I'll continue to do."

—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


First-quarter traffic deaths highest in 20 years, regulators say

WASHINGTON — Traffic deaths rose 7% in the first quarter of 2022 over last year, federal regulators announced in preliminary estimates Wednesday.

More than 9,500 people died on U.S. roads between January and March this year — the highest number of deaths since 2002. "The overall numbers are still moving in the wrong direction," said Steven Cliff, the outgoing administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Traffic deaths skyrocketed in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic hit, rising 7.2% over 2019. Deaths rose again in 2021 by 10.5%. "We'd hoped these trends were limited to 2020, but sadly they aren't," he said. Wednesday's release is the first set of publicly available 2022 traffic death data.


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