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February 25, 1992
Freed of the influence of the Soviet bear and mired in its deepest recession since the 1930s, Finland is expected this week to join the parade of countries seeking entry into the European Community. Following Austria and Sweden, Finland would be the third member of the European Free Trade Assn. to seek entry into the much larger, 12-nation EC.
March 13, 2011 | By Anthony Mostrom, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was during the peak of another punishing cold and flu season of years past ? this one in January 1929 ? when one of the most recognizable heroes in comics was born in a Santa Monica artist's studio. The flash of inspiration responsible for this American pop icon almost perished in the epidemic. As the artist's assistant would later tell it, cartoonist E.C. Segar was suffering a bad cold that day and considered staying in bed. Impelled by an austere work ethic that had served him well in life, Segar instead drove to his office at 4th and Broadway (the building is long gone)
April 12, 1989 | From Reuters
The European Court of Justice, in a landmark judgment that could help cut air fares, ruled Tuesday that nearly all pricing pacts between airlines could violate European Community free competition policy. The ruling is expected to help the EC's executive commission push member states and national airlines to agree to new steps toward liberalizing air transport. At present national airlines tend to fix air fares on international routes either through multilateral or bilateral agreements, a procedure attacked by critics as restricting competition and keeping air fares artificially high.
August 26, 2010 | Amy Scattergood
Go back, through a universe of chalk dust and repeating bells, to a classroom outfitted with a line of squat stoves, a long table stacked with dry goods, a row of teenage girls mixing dough in dented bowls, writing down the equation of a good pie in notebooks tracked by ink and flour. It was 1980, and my freshman high school class was taking home economics, learning how to make a pot of stew, set a proper dinner table, bake and frost a cake, as the last months of the Carter administration clicked down.
September 22, 1986
European Communities central bankers agreed on joint intervention in currency markets starting today in a bid to halt the slide of the dollar against the mark, a senior EC official said. The bankers met during informal discussions in Gleneagles, Scotland, where EC finance ministers agreed over the weekend to urge the United States to cooperate in efforts to stabilize the dollar.
July 28, 1991 | TONY AUSTIN, REUTERS
Swedish women are up in arms over their government's plans to join the European Community, contending that it threatens their freedom and equality. While Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson was delivering Sweden's membership application July 1, women's groups were making unflattering comparisons between sexual equality in Sweden and the EC. "Women in EC countries are housewives far more than in Sweden," a group called Nordic Women Against the EC said in an article in the Stockholm daily Aftonbladet.
August 31, 1999 | Reuters
The European Commission began a full probe into the proposed merger between AlliedSignal Inc. and Honeywell Inc., citing concerns about its impact on the avionics sector in Europe. The companies shrugged off the commission's move in a joint statement, saying they are confident about final regulatory approval from the 15-nation bloc. "The companies . . . are continuing to work with the commission and expect to complete the review in time to close the merger in the fall of this year," the statement said.
The big day is approaching. On Jan. 1, 1993, the 12 nations of the European Community will become an enormous single market, an industrialized area of 350 million people in which goods, services, money and people will be able to cross national borders as easily as between California and Nevada. Or will they? In fact, despite the EC's much-vaunted single-market program, national borders are not going to disappear in the new year.
June 18, 1987
Are the American flags on Kuwaiti oil tankers to be flown at half mast? E.C. BRESSLER Los Angeles
September 25, 1996
The xenophobes are right. Here are two more aliens taking jobs from Americans: Hideo Nomo and Fernando Valenzuela! E.C. BRESSLER Los Angeles
December 31, 2006 | Ed Park, Ed Park is a founding editor of the Believer.
"BE adequite," wrote Lindsay Lohan, signing off on her heartfelt missive reflecting on the death of Robert Altman, her director in "A Prairie Home Companion." The misspelling caused titters in the usual gossip venues, but for a reader of the new collection of E.C. Segar's original Popeye comics, Lohan's variant has its charms. From the start (1929), Popeye has entertained us as much by creatively mangling the language as by drubbing a wide variety of his opponents.
November 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
European Union regulators said Microsoft Corp. met a Thursday deadline for turning over information about its Windows operating software that should help other software companies. The data will be tested to confirm that the company has finally complied with a 2004 antitrust ruling. The European Commission, which fined Microsoft 280.
June 9, 2004 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
Seeking to head off tough antitrust sanctions, Microsoft Corp. has asked Europe's second-highest court to overturn a multimillion-dollar fine and broad restrictions on the way the company develops and markets software. The appeal, filed Monday but not disclosed until Tuesday, urges the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to cancel a fine of more than $600 million levied against the company by the European Commission.
April 3, 2004 | Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
Philip Morris International and the European Commission are discussing a possible deal in which the tobacco giant would pay $1 billion to avoid lawsuits over the smuggling of its brands into EC member countries, sources said Friday.
January 16, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
The European Commission said Thursday it would press ahead with a U.S. lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. on money-laundering charges after a U.S. court threw out a separate cigarette-smuggling claim. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York on Wednesday upheld a lower-court decision to dismiss the European smuggling suit against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris Cos. The European Union's central regulator is moving ahead with a suit against R.J.
November 14, 2003 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
Microsoft Corp. wrapped up its defense Thursday against charges that it abused its market power in Europe and urged regulators not to order changes in its flagship Windows operating system. But the software giant said it remained open to finding ways to avert sanctions and billions of dollars in fines.
June 18, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
European Community bureaucrats, among the most handsomely paid of their kind in the world, began a two-day strike to retain that status. Many of the 25,000 "Eurocrats" stayed away from their jobs and sharply curtailed EC activities in Brussels. In Luxembourg, pickets demonstrated outside but did not disrupt a meeting of EC foreign ministers discussing ways to establish a common foreign and defense policy for the 12 countries.
June 9, 1989 | From Times wire service s
The European Community agreed today to impose tough U.S. pollution controls on all new small cars sold in the 12-nation trading bloc from 1993. An EC spokesman said the controls, which involve fitting three-way catalytic converters and electronic fuel injection systems, will apply to all new models from July 1, 1992, and to all new small cars from Dec. 31, 1992. The controls are expected to add around 7% to the price of the cars, which make up two-thirds of those driven in the EC and are defined as having engines smaller than 1.4 liters.
February 12, 2003 | Jube Shiver, Times Staff Writer
Claiming that the latest version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software hinders competition, several major high-tech firms have asked European regulators to place tough antitrust restraints on the software giant. The Computer and Communications Industry Assn., a Washington-based trade group, said this week that it filed a confidential complaint with the European Commission on Jan. 31 on behalf of cell phone giant Nokia Corp., computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc.
As it moves to settle antitrust lawsuits on several fronts, Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday that it canceled a government hearing that was to take place in Europe next month and faces another one back home in the U.S. The Redmond, Wash.-based software company said it withdrew a request for a hearing in Brussels to respond to allegations from the European Commission that the company illegally attempted to monopolize the markets for server operating systems and media players.
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