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HOME & GARDEN
May 19, 2001 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fluorescent light fixtures are more efficient and cheaper to run than incandescent. But some fluorescent fixtures buzz or hum, and they take a long time to start when temperatures fall much below balmy. If your fixtures have these problems, a failing ballast--the component that gives the lamps the power boost they need to start--might be the cause. If the light flickers or won't work at all, the ballast is probably shot.
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NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
About 400,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from 18 rail cars after after a Dec. 30 derailment near Casselton, N.D., the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary investigation report Monday. An ensuing explosion sent a massive mushroom cloud of fire above the prairie and forced the evacuation of 1,400 residents. Damage was estimated at $6.1 million, the NTSB said. The accident occurred when a BNSF Railway grain train derailed on the  westbound tracks, obstructing the eastbound tracks less than a minute before the 106-car oil train arrived.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2003 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
It's lunchtime aboard the nuclear attack submarine Jefferson City and the tired crew -- some bearing fresh grease stains on their work overalls -- fills the tiny dining room, clearly ready to chow down. On cue, mess specialist Richard Youhan begins slicing a 25-pound prime rib roast into half-inch-thick pieces, before gingerly transferring the second entree, baked lobster tails with spicy Old Bay Seasoning, onto a serving tray.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2011 | By Dan Egan
It's mid-April, and the gray-haired fisherman and his gray-haired son are not headed out for just another day of hoisting nets from the depths of Lake Michigan. For decades their workday has always started before dawn. But today the men don't climb aboard their battered commercial fishing boat until noon, because they aren't hustling to get to their normal fishing grounds three hours out in the middle of the lake — a place that, from the view out the little round windows of the wheel house, is still as wild and lonely as any on the globe.
NEWS
August 26, 1987 | Associated Press
Three workers apparently overcome by fumes died today inside a ballast tank aboard an inactive offshore oil rig, Coast Guard officials said. The three died after they went into a saltwater ballast tank, and their bodies were discovered by two other workers who apparently were not injured, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Robert Diaz said in Port Arthur. "They were cleaning a tank when they got overcome by some type of fumes," said Don Merwin, Coast Guard duty officer in Galveston.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1996
Camera Platforms International Inc. has sold its Lightmaker division to LTC Corp. of America for $110,000 in cash. Lightmaker designs and sells electronic ballast used with high-intensity lights used in film and TV production. Camera Platforms, based in Valencia, is a supplier of equipment to the film and television industries.
WORLD
November 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A British nuclear submarine ran aground off Scotland's Isle of Skye, suffering considerable damage to its sonar and a ballast tank, a navy spokeswoman said. The Trafalgar, which will need several months of repairs, limped into the Clyde naval base Thursday, one day after hitting rocks during a two-week training exercise with other British and NATO vessels. The submarine was not carrying nuclear weapons and its reactor suffered no damage.
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