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Here's a new workplace wrinkle. Fluor Corp. has added a hot line that allows employees to access personal benefit information--things such as vacation time and pension benefits accrued--24 hours a day. While providing employees with greater access to data, the program is saving the company money too. Fluor says it expects to save $30,000 this year in its personnel department, which has been freed from answering a barrage of worker inquiries.
August 25, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON - Sarah Tuttle led her bowling team to a fourth-place finish in a nationwide tournament this April that raised $553,133 to help low-income women seeking abortions. "Some people fundraise to fight breast cancer; I fundraise for abortion access," said Tuttle, a hot line operator and board member for the Lilith Fund, a Texas nonprofit that helps women pay for abortions. "It's about having access to abortion and that not being about economics. " Representatives from such abortion rights organizations say new restrictions are disproportionately affecting women whose income is below the poverty line, about 42% of those who have abortions.
November 18, 1993 | KATHIE JENKINS
In the next few days, Americans will gobble up millions of pounds of turkey and mashed potatoes. With all that cooking going on, there are bound to be a few questions. Whether you're wondering about thawing and stuffing a turkey or why your homemade rolls are as heavy as rocks, there's someone to help. Keep in mind that most of the hot lines operate weekdays during normal business hours, Eastern Standard Time. * Meat and Poultry Hotline, operated by the U.S.
December 23, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Transportation Security Administration has launched a toll-free help line to get travelers with medical needs through security checkpoints. The agency recommends that passengers call 72 hours ahead so that customer service managers can coordinate checkpoint support. The number is (855) 787-2227, and is  active from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday. ... The new online travel site reminds travelers that children younger than 12 no longer have to remove their shoes at TSA checkpoints . Occasional, random shoe checks still will be performed on youngsters.
August 7, 1990 | Associated Press
The State Department has set up a hot line for those seeking information about the safety of American relatives and friends in Kuwait and Iraq. The number for the 24-hour hot line is (202) 647-7310.
June 7, 1988 | Associated Press
The government's Hurricane Hotline will be reactivated when tropical storms threaten the nation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday. The hot line will provide a timely recorded message whenever a named tropical storm develops, with information provided by the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The number is 1-900-410-NOAA.
Tuesday was the busiest day yet for the Orange County Medfly Hot Line, as calls poured in from residents seeking information in advance of the county's first-ever malathion spraying for the destructive Mediterranean fruit fly. "We've had calls from as far south as Laguna Niguel," said Theresa Knitter, an agricultural technician for the county's Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures who has been working since Nov.
August 6, 1992
A toll-free hot line started operating Wednesday to quell rumors about California earthquakes and provide safety tips on how people can protect themselves during temblors. "The earthquake safety hot line will provide a central place, a clearinghouse, for rumor control," said Richard Andrews, director of the state Office of Emergency Services. The hot line may be called from anywhere in California by dialing (800) 286-SAFE. It will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 1, 1992
Orange County officials have established a hot line to help provide up-to-date information and dispel rumors about what is happening in the county. Orange County Fire Capt. Dan Young said the hot line is being handled by the county's Emergency Operations Center, which was activated early Thursday and will continue to be manned during the next few days. The phone number to the center is (714) 834-2331.
John James could barely hear the caller on the other end of the line. "I don't want my son and daughter-in-law to hear me," the woman whispered. She explained that her husband died last Dec. 22. They had been married 55 years. And although her son and daughter-in-law had just arrived to spend the holidays with her in Whittier, she was not happy. In fact, she wanted to cry because she missed her husband, especially now.
December 25, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Miriam Mesa knows what kind of day she'll have by the number of phone messages on the immigrant hotline answering machine. At 9:15 one morning, there were 37. Easy day. She took a deep breath, opened a message pad and punched in her password. But as soon as she began jotting down names and phone numbers, a call interrupted her. The caller was a high school teacher. Two of her students are here illegally, she said. They and their parents live in Huntington Park and were ordered deported.
December 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
A hotline for a program that aims to help about 1.2 million sub-prime borrowers received 45,000 calls in the three days after President Bush announced the program, the Hope Now alliance said. Call volume surged after Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. cited the counseling center Thursday in detailing a program to help curb foreclosures.
April 17, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Amid much fanfare, 48-year-old Barbie this month will get a new attitude. For nearly a decade, the pressure has been on Mattel Inc. to revise, redesign and re-engineer the ol' girl and the rest of the company built around those tiny, made-for-high-heels feet. Over the years, the company has tried dozens of small changes and a few big ones.
November 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
More than 20,000 voters called a nationwide hot line staffed by legal experts this week, organizers said Wednesday. Ohio, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and Maryland produced the most callers, said the organizers, the Election Protection Coalition. The group is made up of legal and civil-rights organizations.
March 16, 2006 | Valli Herman
AS veterans of the tough, trendy and fast-moving juniors fashion business, Stacia Diamond and Joe Pham became quick studies on what works and what doesn't. And what doesn't is style that costs a fortune and has a short expiration date. What does are pieces that add just enough edge to look different from everything else in the closet.
March 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
A former finance chief at HealthSouth Corp. testified Wednesday that Richard Scrushy was an intimidating boss at the medical services chain and that reporting a huge accounting fraud to its hot line would have done no good. The employees taking the calls reported to Scrushy and the hot line was "a joke," said ex-Chief Financial Officer Weston Smith. Smith, a government witness at Scrushy's corporate fraud trial in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala.
June 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
India and Pakistan will establish a nuclear hot line to reduce the risk of war. The longtime South Asian rivals also reaffirmed their commitments to an atomic testing moratorium -- steps forward in their effort to normalize relations. Pakistan said it hoped the nuclear talks and other avenues of dialogue would lead to a summit between Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and India's new prime minister, Manmohan Singh.
April 26, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Propelled by strong sales in the U.S., Honda Motor Co. said Friday that its fourth-quarter profit jumped 9% despite a slowdown in its home market in Japan. Honda's U.S. sales rose 3% in the fiscal year that ended March 31, during a time when most other major automakers were suffering sales declines. Even Toyota Motor Corp., long the biggest seller of imported cars in the U.S., could muster only 1% growth in sales in the last year.
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