CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 |
Vietnam veteran John Otte did his best to forget the war. He got married, raised two sons and made a career working at credit unions. But as Otte neared retirement, memories of combat flooded back. Starting in 2005, he filed a series of claims with Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, contending that many of his health problems stemmed from the war. The VA agreed, and now the 65-year-old with two Purple Hearts receives $1,900 a month for post-traumatic stress disorder and diabetes - and for having shrapnel scars on his arms.
November 20, 2010 |
In these troubled economic times, it's not hard to understand why people might want to protect their life savings by purchasing a hard asset like gold or silver. At least, that's the pitch of Monex, the big Newport Beach investment firm, which bills itself as "America's trusted name in precious metals investments" and assures clients that it's "committed to customer service. " So let's take a look at the experiences of some customers who say their trust in Monex was misplaced.
November 23, 1998 |
You're at the gym working out, confident that you can lift more weight today than yesterday. You bend down to pick up the barbell and, as you come up, you feel a pop in the groin area. Next comes a dull pain and a queasy feeling. Even though the pain continues after you finish your workout, you figure it's just muscle strain. But the bad news is it may be a hernia. A hernia occurs when part of an organ within the body slips through an abnormal opening in the wall that normally contains it.
January 31, 2008 |
More than 50 federal lawmakers are demanding that Mattel Inc. stop selling toys that contain any lead, saying the toy maker is not going far enough to address safety concerns. The demand was in a letter released by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.). El Segundo-based Mattel recalled millions of Chinese-made toys last year because of concerns that lead paint exceeded U.S. standards.
April 19, 2009 |
Dozens of vinyl and faux leather women's products from major retailers were found to contain high levels of lead, according to the Center for Environmental Health. Testing by the group found lead in handbags, purses and wallets from Bay Area outlets of chains including Target, Macy's, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Sears, JCPenney and Ross. Brands with lead traces included Nine West, Xhilaration and Rosetti. Some items had lead levels up to 90 times higher than the federal limit, the group said.
April 8, 2013 |
Major baby-food makers such as Dole Food Co., Del Monte Foods Co. and Nestle's Gerber business are going to court Monday to determine whether they need to warn consumers of certain lead levels in their products. In a 2011 lawsuit, the Environmental Law Foundation alleged that some of the companies' foods and juices -- which included ingredients such as carrots, peaches, pears and sweet potatoes -- contained enough lead to warrant a consumer caution label under California's Proposition 65 toxins warning law. A non-jury trial in the case is set to begin Monday in state Superior Court in Oakland.