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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman at a Wendy's restaurant bit into a part of a human finger while eating chili Tuesday night, Santa Clara County health officials said. She spit it out and warned other diners to stop eating, witnesses said. Officials said the fingertip was about 1 3/8 inches long. They believe that it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail. Health investigators seized all of the ingredients at the restaurant and were tracing them back to their manufacturers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2005
The Orange County Health Care Agency can close food facilities for as long as the owners fail to correct conditions that pose a danger to public health. Here are the restaurants closed last month: *--* Name/Address Date closed- reopened Reason for closure *--* *--* China-West Restaurant 1/3-1/4 Rodent infestation 17585-A Harvard Ave., Irvine *--* *--* Magic Wok 1/3-1/5 Cockroach infestation 6731, #114 Westminster Blvd., Westminster *--* *--* Rain 1/4-1/5 Rodent infestation 1700 Placentia Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's chief air pollution regulator filed a $184- million lawsuit Thursday against BP, alleging that the company had continually failed to fully inspect its Carson refinery for leaks of smog-forming chemicals. It is the second such legal action by the South Coast Air Quality Management District against BP in two years. Together, the suits seek $597 million in penalties from the company, formerly known as BP-Arco.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
W.R. Grace & Co., which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001 amid thousands of asbestos-related claims, said it might be indicted in a probe of alleged environmental violations and obstruction of government proceedings in connection with a Montana mine. "The government is asserting that it has substantial evidence linking the company to the commission of a crime," Columbia, Md.-based W.R. Grace said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it fined two Ontario firms more than $58,000 for breaking federal pesticide rules. Cardenas Markets Inc. was fined $56,100 for the sale and distribution of two pesticides -- Cardenas Pine Cleaner and Pinol -- that were not registered with the government. Everkleen Enterprises was fined $2,381 for making Cardenas Pine Cleaner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
City officials Thursday announced the filing of 99 criminal counts against five Wilshire district landlords accused of being slumlords. The counts involve four apartment complexes with a total of 172 units, according to City Atty. Rock Delgadillo. The buildings were infested with vermin, lacked hot water and had leaky plumbing, officials said. The owners had been ordered to repair the problems, officials said.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2004 | From Reuters
A New York City hospital was fined $20,000 on Friday in the deaths of two patients, and sources familiar with the matter said Olivia Goldsmith, author of "The First Wives Club," was one of them. Goldsmith, 54, died after suffering a heart attack during cosmetic surgery on Jan. 15. Goldsmith, whose legal name was Justine Rendal, had gone in for an operation to remove loose skin under her chin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors opened their case Monday against self-proclaimed "Sausage King" Stuart Alexander by outlining the months the sausage factory owner allegedly spent flouting the law and threatening government health inspectors before he shot and killed three of them. Alexander, 43, faces three counts of murder in the June 2000 deaths of U.S.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two pieces of a highly radioactive fuel rod are missing from a Vermont nuclear plant, and engineers planned to search onsite for the material, officials said. The fuel rod was removed in 1979 from the Vermont Yankee reactor, which is shut down for refueling and maintenance. Remote-control cameras will be used to search a spent-fuel pool on the property, officials said. "We do not think there is a threat to the public at this point.
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