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October 22, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration and heart device maker Medtronic told doctors to stop using a particular component -- the wire lead -- of Medtronic's latest generation of implanted heart defibrillators. Cardiologist Dr. William Maisel, a consultant to the FDA, explains what these devices do and what went wrong. What are these implantable heart devices? Implantable heart devices come in two types. The more common device, a pacemaker, is designed for hearts that beat too slowly.
October 11, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
As many as 10,000 Metrolink commuter rail passengers endured delays of up to about 90 minutes Wednesday night because of a breakdown of a train-switching system at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, officials said. The mechanical problems also delayed four Amtrak trains, carrying about 950 passengers to and from Los Angeles, for more than an hour each. Denise Tyrrell, a spokeswoman for Metrolink, said the switching system breakdown occurred at 4:50 p.m.
September 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Communications equipment failed at a regional air-traffic control center, shutting down all airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis and causing a ripple effect across the country that grounded dozens of passenger and cargo flights. The problem started when a major telephone line to the Memphis center went out. The Federal Aviation Administration said air-traffic control operations were back to normal about three hours later.
August 21, 2007 | From Times wire services
General Motors Corp. minivans are being investigated by U.S. safety regulators because of reports that power sliding doors on 2005 and 2006 models opened while the vans were in motion. The inquiry covers as many as 175,000 Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay minivans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The agency said it received nine complaints of doors that opened.
August 15, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Customs officials said Tuesday that they had traced the source of last weekend's system outage that left 17,000 international passengers stranded in airplanes to a malfunctioning network interface card on a single desktop computer in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. The card, which allows computers to connect to a local area network, experienced a partial failure that started about 12:50 p.m.
August 14, 2007 | Ted Rohrlich and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
Aviation officials criticized U.S. Customs on Monday for being unprepared and taking too long to fix the weekend computer failure at LAX that left more than 17,000 international passengers stranded for hours in airplanes. Accustomed to frequent, short-lived outages, customs officials said they mistakenly believed their computers would be up and running within an hour Saturday. Then they made another mistake, aviation officials said.
August 13, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Ted Rohrlich and Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. Customs computer outage that stranded more than 17,000 passengers at LAX was blamed Sunday on faulty hardware and an insufficient backup system that left frustrated travelers sitting on planes or standing in long lines. Saturday night's delays in screening people arriving on international flights were unprecedented, said Kevin Weeks, director of Los Angeles field operations for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The computer malfunction, which began at 2 p.m.
August 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA workers at Cape Canaveral traced a cabin leak on the shuttle Endeavour to one of two pressure-relief valves located behind the toilet but separate from the bathroom plumbing. NASA decided to replace the bad valve with one taken from space shuttle Atlantis. The newly installed component will be tested today.
August 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A week before Endeavour's planned liftoff, NASA was searching for the source of an air leak on the space shuttle. The leak was detected over the weekend at Cape Canaveral. NASA thought it fixed the problem by tightening a loose bolt, but new tests showed that air was still escaping from the crew cabin, a spokeswoman said.
July 31, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
BlackBerry customers on T-Mobile USA's network west of the Mississippi River lost e-mail service for nearly two hours Monday afternoon when a component in a router failed. The component handled only BlackBerry e-mails, so other T-Mobile services such as phone calls were unaffected. The e-mail service went out about 4 p.m. Pacific time and was restored by 5:45 p.m., T-Mobile spokesman Peter Dobrow said.
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