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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
An explosion fueled by several cans of bug-killing fogger injured a 2-year-old girl and damaged three apartments Monday, fire officials said. The family, living in a complex in the 900 block of South Loara Street, set off six cans of the insecticide at 8:30 p.m. and left the apartment for an hour, said Robyn Butler, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1992
Aerosol bug spray ignited by a stove pilot light caused a minor explosion Saturday that blew out windows and a sliding glass door in a local apartment. Fire Battalion Chief Tim Graber said no one was injured in the incident in the 1300 block of N. French St. Graber said a woman living in the apartment uncorked seven canisters of the flea spray to rid the apartment of an infestation of cockroaches. The woman placed the canisters throughout the apartment before leaving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1991 | JUDY BERLFEIN, Berlfein is a free-lance science and medicine writer living in Encinitas
Gary Reed has been spying on his potato plants. What he sees comes as a welcome surprise. In one 50-row section of his 1.6-acre plot, a number of beetles have become transfixed. "They're afraid to move, afraid to fly and afraid to eat," the Oregon State University entomologist said. Adjoining this thriving growth, Reed has cultivated another area. Here the beetles have engaged in their normal activity--munching the green leaves and leaving behind only spindly stalks.
BUSINESS
January 6, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. tobacco industry, which has fended off a barrage of wrongful death and other product liability lawsuits without losing a case, put its perfect record on the line Tuesday in this rural Mississippi town. In a case that could be the industry's stiffest liability challenge ever, a state court jury began hearing a suit filed against American Tobacco Co. by survivors of a lung cancer victim who smoked its Pall Mall brand. The cancer victim was Nathan H.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
American Tobacco Co. continued spraying a suspected cancer-causing insecticide near cigarettes and cigarette filters for at least a year after learning that its products were being contaminated by excessive levels of the chemical, according to internal company memos disclosed in a trial here Wednesday. The memos were introduced as evidence in a wrongful death suit against the company by survivors of the late Nathan H. Horton, who died from lung cancer last January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
A backyard peach rotted through with larvae of the pesky Mediterranean fruit fly provided further proof Wednesday of an infestation by the crop-destroying insect in neighborhoods north of downtown Los Angeles, county and state officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
A team of scientists at the University of Stockholm said last week that they have discovered that pine needles may be a valuable tool in measuring certain pollutants, including the insecticide DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. In a study published in the journal Nature, the Swedish researchers said pollutants like DDT that tend to accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals are also concentrated in the waxy coverings of pine needles.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Bayer said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Aventis CropScience for about $4.9 billion in cash to become the biggest maker of insecticides and help replace lost income from the withdrawn cholesterol treatment Baycol. The purchase from Aventis and Schering will yield annual savings of about 500 million euros with an elimination of 4,000 jobs, Bayer Chief Executive Manfred Schneider said at a news conference. The company also will assume $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Developers of a biological product that would enable corn to grow its own pesticide say they will seek permission from federal authorities to test the product in four states. The bioinsecticide was developed by Crop Genetics International Corp. of Hanover, Md., and is aimed at controlling the European corn borer, a pest estimated to cause more than $400 million damage to the nation's corn crop, said John Henry, the company's president and chief executive.
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