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October 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
International Rectifier Corp. said shareholders rejected a slate of directors proposed by spurned suitor Vishay Intertechnology Inc. Investors at International Rectifier's annual meeting elected three incumbents to the board, the El Segundo-based company said, citing preliminary results. International Rectifier has rejected two unsolicited bids by Vishay since August, the latest for $23 a share, or $1.7 billion. Vishay is based in Malvern, Pa.
April 15, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the rule regulating power plants "was substantively and procedurally valid," turning aside challenges brought by Republican-led states that had argued it was onerous and environmental groups that had contended it did not go far enough.
May 16, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
The state Senate on Thursday narrowly rejected a proposal to sell the state's interest in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with Southern California lawmakers uniting to fight the idea of putting the historic structure up for auction. Sen. Jeff Denham (R-Atwater) proposed the sale, saying that the 84-year-old Coliseum has "outlived its usefulness" and the land, which includes the Sports Arena, could fetch up to $400 million for California's coffers. "We are debating the budget over the next month or so," Denham told his colleagues.
April 14, 2014 | By Jonathan Turley
In the late 1960s, a charismatic vice president at Ford Motor Co. decided to bring out a low-priced car that could be produced for little money while bringing in huge profits. The executive's name was Lee Iacocca, and the Ford Pinto he championed became one of the most infamous models in U.S. automotive history. Why? Because to save money, Ford released a car that could explode in even low-speed rear-end collisions. I still teach the Pinto case to my law students as an example of how profits sometimes overwhelm principle.
August 19, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The University of Pittsburgh says it will not accept an estimated $225,000 bequest from the gunman who committed suicide after killing three women and wounding nine others at a Pittsburgh-area health club. Court papers of the intended estate gift were filed by the brother and executor for 48-year-old George Sodini. University spokesman Robert Hill rejected the offer. Sodini graduated from the school in 1992 and named it as his beneficiary in a 2007 will.
Pilots at Southwest Airlines Co. voted down a new contract that would have given them pay raises during a slump in the airline industry. The vote was close, with less than 51% against the five-year contract, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Assn. said. It was the first time the union rejected a contract at Southwest. Union President Carl Kuwitzky said the proposed contract -- which the union board had recommended -- "contained too many other negative aspects to ratify it."
October 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A court ruled against Josef Stalin's grandson in a libel suit over a newspaper article that said the Soviet dictator sent thousands of people to their deaths. A judge at a Moscow district court rejected Yevgeny Dzhugashvili's claim that Novaya Gazeta damaged Stalin's honor and dignity in an April article that referred to him as a "bloodthirsty cannibal." A ruling against the newspaper would have been regarded as an exoneration of Stalin and a blow to Russians who accuse the Kremlin of whitewashing history.
May 4, 1989
President Augusto Pinochet's military government withdrew an offer to reform Chile's constitution after opposition parties rejected the proposals as insufficient. "In the face of this rejection . . . there is no room for any reform. The opposition has closed all possibility of achieving the necessary consensus," Interior Minister Carlos Caceres said in a statement. Saying he was "disappointed" with the opposition response, Caceres ruled out any further negotiations and said the government will concentrate on preparing for December's elections.
May 13, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
David Reimer, the Canadian man raised as a girl for most of the first 14 years of his life in a highly touted medical experiment that seemed to resolve the debate over the cultural and biological determinants of gender, has died at 38. He committed suicide May 4 in his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. At 8 months of age, Reimer became the unwitting subject of "sex reassignment," a treatment method embraced by his parents after his penis was all but obliterated during a botched circumcision.
January 3, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.
April 10, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Video evidence submitted Thursday by Egyptian prosecutors at the trial for Al Jazeera journalists on terrorism-related charges left the defendants and their lawyers baffled and was rejected by the judge. Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed are accused of “fabricating news” regarding the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has branded a terrorist organization. The videos proffered as evidence against them included a documentary about Somalia made by Greste for the BBC, a recording of a news conference by a Kenyan official and a report produced by Mohamed's brother for another network about the effects of Egypt's political crisis on the tourism trade.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. He told him that he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, the 29-year-old allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire at two officers. One was wounded before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
April 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In the seventh inning of the Dodgers' home opener Friday, Hanley Ramirez was called safe as he tried to steal second base. After a replay review, Ramirez was called out. Here is what happened in the interim: San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy sauntered out of the visiting dugout, shuffling toward second base. Managers no longer rush onto the field to challenge an umpire, because they need to buy some time for their video staff to determine whether a play should be challenged.
April 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Architect Frank Gehry's design for the long-in-the-works Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington was dealt a serious setback on Thursday when a federal commission voted to reject the controversial design. The National Capital Planning Commission said that it disapproves of the current design by Gehry, singling out the design's call for large, metal tapestries and the effect that those tapestries would have on the view to and from Capitol Hill.  The commission, which voted 7-3 to reject the design, also requested that the memorial's backers revise the design to better accommodate pedestrian traffic, public lighting and other factors.
April 4, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Joe Mozingo
When Army Spc. Ivan Lopez went on the shooting rampage Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Texas, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, he had just learned that superiors in Washington had rejected his request to take a temporary leave to deal with family matters related to his mother's death, a federal law enforcement official said. The incident marked the second time Lopez had clashed with military supervisors over the issue of leave - he had been granted less than two days when his mother died in November - and the latest such denial left him furious, the official said.
April 4, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jon Hamm, floppy-haired dating-show contestant. It's not an upcoming role but rather one the "Mad Men" star already played, back in 1996. And hoo-boy, the hair! Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle" has nothing on this guy, if you trade the '70s for the '90s. Footage of a 25-year-old Hamm on "The Big Date" was recently posted online, showing the struggling actor (billing himself as a waiter) as one of three men competing for the attention of 25-year-old Mary Carter, who told host Mark L. Walberg (now of "Antiques Roadshow")
March 28, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Raise your hand if you're going to miss Majesty Rose. Yeah, my hand is up too. The sparkly-eyed singer with the infectious gap-toothed smile was sent home by "American Idol" voters Thursday night, as the top 9 shrank to the top 8 in a lean half-hour show. Though they seemed tempted, the judges ultimately decided not to save her. "This has without doubt been the hardest deliberation from us tonight. ... But we've got to agree, and by a narrow, narrow margin, we are not going to use our save tonight," Keith Urban solemnly informed Rose after she'd sung her save-me song, a vocally shaky, physically upbeat take on Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which she'd finished with an open-armed spin across the stage.
March 26, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators rejected plans by Citigroup Inc. and four other large U.S. banks for dividend payments and stock buybacks after the latest round of stress tests. The results raised concerns about weaknesses in the risk-planning processes of Citi and three of the banks, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. It was the second time in three years that Citi failed a federal stress test. Citi's chief executive, Michael Corbat, said he was "deeply disappointed" by the Fed's findings, asserting that the nation's third-largest bank by assets was "one of the best-capitalized financial institutions in the world.
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