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NATIONAL
March 12, 2008 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen black and Latino airport workers in Dallas who alleged that white co-workers intimidated them with swastikas, nooses and other racist symbols have settled a lawsuit for nearly $1.9 million, their lawyer and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Tuesday. In addition, Allied Aviation Services -- a New York-based firm that employs about 3,000 workers to fuel airplanes at more than 20 airports -- will institute tough guidelines against racial discrimination and take steps to fire workers who taunt colleagues in the future, officials said.
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NATIONAL
February 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The missile that took down a disabled spy satellite last week almost certainly destroyed a tank filled with potentially harmful hydrazine fuel, the Pentagon said. "By all accounts this was a successful mission," Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The military's analysis of the missile strike on a dead U.S. spy satellite has revealed no sign of danger from debris, including no hazard from the satellite's fuel tank, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. "As we continue to do the post-strike analysis, [it] continues to give us confidence that the hydrazine tank was ruptured. However, the analysis is still ongoing," spokesman Bryan Whitman said. U.S.
WORLD
August 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Aviation officials investigating this week's tarmac fire that destroyed a China Airlines jet in southern Japan found that a bolt had pierced a fuel tank. Investigators believe that fuel leaked through the small hole and caused the fire. The Boeing 737 exploded in a fireball Monday seconds after all 157 passengers and eight crew had evacuated at Okinawa's Naha Airport.
SCIENCE
June 9, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
The shuttle Atlantis roared into space Friday on an 11-day mission to add solar power arrays and a new truss segment to the International Space Station. The nearly 10-minute jump to space from Cape Canaveral in Florida began at 4:38 p.m. PDT and appeared to be trouble-free. No serious problems were noted by the crew or ground control operators. "We had a very good countdown and launch," said NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden. "It was a really good day for NASA."
AUTOS
May 30, 2007 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
I'D been riding for years before I learned motorcycles' dirty little secret. Mile per mile, some bikes actually spew more gunk into the air than cars, pickup trucks or SUVs, even if they do use less gas. It was a sickening realization, since I'd spent so much time believing the opposite was true. That's why the prospect of a performance-oriented electric bike is so appealing. Of course, an electric motorcycle isn't the same as a zero-emissions motorcycle.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
A decade after a Paris-bound jumbo jet exploded in the night sky and plummeted into waters off Long Island's south shore, killing all 230 aboard, the airline industry and federal officials still are strikingly at odds over measures that safety experts say would have prevented the accident. Trans World Airlines Flight 800 crashed minutes after takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after a spark ignited vapors in a fuel tank in the center of the Boeing 747's wing.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA approved a major design change in the space shuttle's fuel tank, clearing the last major hurdle before shuttle flights can resume as early as July 1, officials said. "There were no surprises. Everything went smoothly," NASA spokeswoman June Malone said after managers and engineers approved the new tank design at a meeting at NASA's fuel tank manufacturing plant near New Orleans. Officials will choose a firm launch date for Discovery at the completion of a formal flight review next week.
SCIENCE
June 1, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA said Wednesday that recent changes to the shuttle's external fuel tank should prevent large chunks of insulating foam from falling off and hitting the craft, keeping the next mission on schedule for a possible July 1 launch. "Based on what we know today, there is no reason not to launch on July 1," said N. Wayne Hale Jr., manager of the shuttle program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
State and local prosecutors announced Tuesday that AT&T California was paying up to $25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the telecommunications company repeatedly failed to test and repair hundreds of underground fuel tanks in California. State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said at a news conference that the settlement was the nation's second largest related to violations of underground storage tank laws.
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