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January 6, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Citing environmental considerations and inclement weather, Caltrans officials said Monday that replacement of the Ventura Freeway's Santa Clara River bridge is expected to be delayed until 2007. Work on the massive $112-million bridge and road-widening project, which includes a redesign of the Ventura Freeway and Oxnard Boulevard interchange, was to be completed in 2006. Officials also said the interchange portion of the project could be finished ahead of schedule.
December 17, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into steering problems with the Saturn Ion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 633 complaints alleging sudden loss of power assist to the steering in Saturn Ion vehicles from the 2004-2007 model years. About a third of the complaints to NHTSA were filed in the last six months. The cars were manufactured and sold by General Motors Co. but the automaker scuttled the brand and closed its operations last year as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.
August 4, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man who escaped a Florida prison in 1977 only to be recaptured three decades later in the Inland Empire is now suspected of killing at least four women in Southern California during his years on the run. Larry D. Hubbard was arrested by Ontario police on an outstanding Florida escape warrant in May 2007, and died following an attempted suicide after he was returned to Florida. But Los Angeles cold case homicide detectives say they have now linked Hubbard through DNA testing and other evidence to the slayings of four women, each found strangled and abandoned in open fields.
June 4, 2007 | Valerie Ulene, Our Health
"T HE threat of an influenza pandemic is, at present, one of the most significant public health issues our nation and world faces. " — Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenback, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 2007 "We know that a pandemic will eventually occur. We always say it's not a question of if; it's a question of when. " — Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2007 A year ago, concerns about pandemic flu were running high, with the threat of an outbreak making newspaper headlines and television newscasts.
February 14, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian
In the nearly five months since it launched a string of recalls to stop its cars from accelerating out of control, Toyota Motor Corp. has been adamant about one thing: It's not the electronics. Company officials first put the blame on floor mats that could entrap the accelerator, later amending that to include gas pedals themselves that could stick. But they have vigorously asserted that there is no evidence of a glitch in the electronics or software that could cause cars to malfunction, a "ghost in the machine."
December 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Brad Pitt's film company, Plan B Entertainment, has signed a production deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment -- an arrangement that precipitates his company's departure from Paramount Pictures at the end of the year. The pact takes one of Hollywood's hottest and best-known production banners away from the Viacom Inc.-owned studio and aligns it with crosstown rival 20th Century Fox. Plan B's first-look deal with Paramount expires Dec. 31. The production company has been based at the studio since 2005.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll New Regency and RatPac will finance future projects from Plan B as part of a multi-year, overall deal, New Regency said in a statement Tuesday night. The company is based on the 20th Century Fox lot and has a long-term distribution arrangement with the studio.
April 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Amgen Inc. Chief Executive Kevin Sharer's compensation fell sharply to $13.2 million in 2007, a year when shares in the world's largest biotechnology company plunged amid government warnings about its leading drugs. Sharer's pay dropped nearly 29% from his total 2006 compensation of $18.6 million, according to figures in an Amgen filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
January 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Toyota Motor Corp. said it would recall almost 1.3 million vehicles worldwide because of a defect that could cause a foam pad near the seat belt to ignite during collisions. The Japanese automaker said the recall included 134,900 2006 and 2007 model-year Yaris subcompacts sold in the U.S. Toyota Motor Sales USA said it was working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall the vehicles.
March 16, 2007 | From Reuters
General Motors Corp. said it would offer no-interest loans for a period of three years and $1,000 cash rebates on many 2006 and 2007 model-year vehicles. The automaker's new Silverado pickup trucks are included in the incentive program, which runs through April 3. GM, which swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, saw U.S. sales increase nearly 4% in February. The automaker said it had reduced incentives too much in January, leading to a 20% decline in U.S. sales.
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