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BUSINESS
November 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The popular but dangerous toy Aqua Dots was recalled but the fliers advertising it apparently were not. A Toys R Us flier distributed in some Sunday newspapers contains an ad for Aqua Dots, the popular toy beads yanked from U.S. store shelves nearly three weeks ago because they are coated in a chemical that can turn into the "date-rape" drug when swallowed. The circular advertises the Aqua Dots Super Studio for $19.99 -- a $5 savings.
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NATIONAL
October 20, 2007 | Jordy Yager, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of rising safety concerns, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday that children under the age of 6 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines such as Children's Tylenol Plus Cold and Johnson & Johnson's PediaCare. The panel also recommended that such medications not be sold for use by infants.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is recalling 277,000 Graco ComfortSport baby car seats because the lower anchor belt may have been improperly laced through the car seats during production. This could cause a seat, when in a rear-facing position, to tip forward too far in the event of a collision. The seats were manufactured from January through July, Exton, Pa.-based Graco said. Information on how to correct the problem can be found at www.gracobaby.com or by calling (800) 345-4109.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2007 | SCOTT COLLINS
Other TV executives must be envious. In the midst of an August notably devoid of buzz for new fall shows, CBS is already getting a huge burst of PR for one of its efforts. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the show in question is "Kid Nation," the reality series that dumped 40 children at a New Mexico ranch for six weeks without any contact with parents or tutors.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2007 | Abigail Goldman and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
First it was tens of millions of containers of pet food recalled because of tainted ingredients from China; then it was 1.5 million of the popular Thomas & Friends wood trains, made in China, recalled for lead paint. Two weeks ago, El Segundo-based Mattel Inc., one of the most trusted names in playthings, jolted consumers with warnings that 1.5 million of its Chinese-made Fisher-Price toys also could contain lead paint.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
* About 112,000 Rainforest Open Top Take-Along baby swings, imported by Fisher-Price, were recalled because a baby can shift to one side of the swing and get caught between the frame and seat. The company has received 60 reports of babies getting trapped, resulting in cuts, bumps, bruises and red marks. For more information, call (888) 303-5631 or go to www.service.mattel.com or www.cpsc.gov. * About 103,000 pieces of metal children's jewelry, distributed by Tween Brands Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
The head of Los Angeles County's foster care agency vowed on Tuesday to comply by June 30 with federal rules on monitoring the homes of foster children living with relatives, to solve a problem that has cost the county an estimated $6 million over the last year. Social workers are behind in conducting assessments and annual reassessments of about 3,200 homes to ensure that they meet health and safety requirements, said Patricia S.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Consultants hired by Consumer Reports to investigate how it botched a story about infant car seats concluded Tuesday that a major misunderstanding between the magazine and the lab that conducted the test resulted in the error. The findings of the test -- that most seats "failed disastrously" -- were withdrawn two weeks after their Jan. 4 publication when the magazine learned its side-impact tests had simulated speeds twice as fast as it reported.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2007 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the congressional page scandal rocked Capitol Hill and helped dash Republican hopes for holding their majorities in Congress, the House voted unanimously Friday to expand the board that oversees the teenage interns and require that it meet regularly. The House voted 416 to 0 to reorganize the House Page Board so that it has two congressional members from each party, the House clerk, the sergeant at arms, one parent of a page and one former page.
BUSINESS
December 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A government regulatory agency has taken steps toward banning children's jewelry containing small amounts of lead, which was responsible for more than a dozen product recalls in the last two years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Wednesday to move forward in a process that could result in a ban on children's jewelry containing more than 0.06% lead by weight. "Our goal is not to continue to do recall after recall," commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said.
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