CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1999 |
More young children in Los Angeles County were killed by firearms in 1998 than the year before, and one-fourth of them were slain by a parent who then committed suicide, according to a report being issued today by gun-control advocates. The alarming figures cut against the grain of a sharp, overall decline in gun-related deaths in the county and nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999 |
Orange County's population rose modestly in 1998, with the strongest growth shown in unincorporated areas, a state Department of Finance report said. The county gained 41,100 new residents last year, a 1.5% increase, according to estimates in the annual report. With an estimated population of 2.8 million on Jan. 1, the county remains third in the state behind Los Angeles and San Diego. The state's population rose 1.6% from a year earlier to about 33.8 million.
May 4, 1999 |
The number of roles going to Latino, African American and Native American actors declined in 1998 for the first time in the six years, a Screen Actors Guild study released Monday found. The analysis of casting in film and television indicates that minorities are vastly underrepresented. But Latinos, who constitute 10.7% of the U.S. population, continue to be the most underrepresented ethnic group in both mediums, garnering only 3.5% of the available roles.
February 10, 1999 |
A surge in productivity during the final three months of 1998 helped produce a healthy 2.2% increase in Americans' output per hour of work last year, the government said Tuesday, in another sign of the economy's exceptional performance. The advance in productivity at nonfarm businesses, reported by the Labor Department, marked a significant improvement over the 1.2% gain of 1997 and came close to 1996's 2.4% rise.
January 30, 1999 |
Capping a year of sizzling economic growth that defied the financial turmoil overseas, the U.S. economy expanded by a surprisingly robust annual rate of 5.6% in the last three months of 1998, the government said Friday. That quarterly gain in the gross domestic product, a comprehensive measure of the nation's output of goods and services, was the best performance for any three-month period in 2 1/2 years. It also closed out a year in which the GDP climbed 3.
January 19, 1999 |
American Express Co. said U.S. consumers spent 15% more this holiday season compared with last year, though they spent 14% less than they had planned. Shoppers polled by the financial services company said they spent an average of $1,148 on holiday expenses, including gifts and travel. More than half of retailers said the season was stronger than 1997's, with a third saying sales rose 10% or more. The survey was conducted Dec. 28-30 and involved 500 consumers and 275 retailers.