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April 11, 1998 | Associated Press
Long-distance company Brittan Communications International Corp. has been banned from California for two years and must refund $702,000 to thousands of customers to settle allegations that it improperly transferred their telephone service. The state Public Utilities Commission said Brittan was the subject of about 35,000 complaints from consumers charging they had been involuntarily transferred to the company's service--or slammed--between September 1995 and October 1997.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A school bus with 11 students aboard ran off the road and slammed into a tree Thursday afternoon in Anaheim Hills, leaving the driver and two students critically injured. The yellow school bus from El Rancho Charter School in the Orange Unified School District appeared to swerve and pick up speed before coming to a stop amid trees on a grassy hill along East Nohl Ranch Road by the Anaheim Hills Golf Course, according to witnesses. Officials said the bus had left an after-school function.
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BUSINESS
April 24, 1998 | Associated Press
The General Accounting Office, the investigative branch of Congress, concludes in a report on the illegal practice of "slamming"--the unauthorized switching of a person's long-distance telephone company--that neither federal anti-slamming regulations administered by the Federal Communications Commission nor state rules are effective. Sen.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings by officers, according to a damning report released Thursday by U.S. Justice Department officials. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Jocelyn Samuels said the Albuquerque Police Department needs a “systematic change” to address a long-ingrained culture of using deadly force. “This is no longer an acceptable way to proceed,” Samuels said. Speaking to a crowded room of reporters and community leaders in a televised news conference from Albuquerque, Samuel listed a number of recommended reforms , such as stronger oversight of the department and better police training.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Legislation introduced in the Senate on Wednesday would provide for fines of up to $1 million on long-distance companies that switch consumers' phone service without their permission. The bill comes a day after a U.S. appeals court suspended tough new federal rules aimed at cracking down on the growing problem, known as "slamming." MCI WorldCom Inc. and other long-distance carriers had opposed the agency's new rules, and had come up with their own proposal for resolving such disputes.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1999 | Jube Shiver Jr.
Federal regulators are calling for fines of more than $2 million against two Midwest companies, alleging that the two switched the long-distance carriers of more than a dozen people without their permission. The proposed $1.12-million fine against St. Paul, Minn.-based Coleman Enterprises, which does business as Local Long Distance Inc., and the proposed $1-million fine against Westlake, Ohio-based Vista Group International Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2007
IN her zeal to be part of the new, young set, Ann Powers snickers that Paul McCartney will add "baby-boomer glamour" to Starbucks' Hear Music endeavor ["Label Starbucks' Music Taste Bland," April 1]. If I'm not mistaken, Powers was born before 1964, making her -- gulp -- part of that generation. Perhaps in the future she will insert that fact into any article sneering at that -- her -- group. She signs off by slamming Starbucks for not signing her favorite bands, saying Starbucks' current music is "duller than last week's beans."
BUSINESS
October 13, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moving to combat new forms of theft in the Information Age, Congress on Monday approved new penalties for the electronic theft of copyrighted works. It also passed a bill to shield consumers from having their long-distance carrier switched without permission. Both measures approved Monday are expected to be sent to the White House in a matter of days and signed into law by President Clinton.
BUSINESS
September 25, 1998 | From Associated Press
Telephone customers would be better protected from having their long-distance companies switched without their permission under a bill sent to the House on Thursday. The House Commerce Committee approved the bill on a voice vote without dissent. The Senate has passed a different version of the bill, but it is uncertain whether Congress will act this year on a final bill to combat "slamming."
BUSINESS
April 9, 2003
AT&T Corp. won a reversal of $80,000 in regulatory fines it was ordered to pay for switching two customers' long-distance service accounts without their permission. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., said the Federal Communications Commission exceeded the intent of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 by requiring phone companies to verify that the person who gave permission for the switch had authorization over the account.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican legislative leaders and a rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Tuesday slammed newly discovered remarks by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly comparing illegal immigration to war and urging citizens to rise up and join him in patrolling the border. “Mr. Donnelly's opinions are his and his alone and are not representative of the Republicans" in the state Capitol, said Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway of Tulare. The Republican leader in the Senate, Bob Huff of Diamond Bar, said he was not surprised by what Donnelly said in a 2006 speech, noting that the San Bernardino County lawmaker was the sole member of the Legislature to vote against a bipartisan resolution urging Congress to pass immigration reform.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Boy meets Samuel L. Jackson! "The Avengers" star, who appears in Friday's "Avengers" flick "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," recited a slam poem Monday on "The Tonight Show" about the '90s sitcom "Boy Meets World," recapping the show's seven seasons in the beatnik style of poetry. Jackson's three-minute oratory, performed with all the gravitas of "Pulp Fiction's" Jules Winnfield, introduced the show's star, a teenage boy named Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), and his friends, family and love interest.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A first inning grand slam by Jake Taylor powered Chino Hills past Great Oak, 5-2, on Saturday in an opening game of the Boras Classic. Aaron Dominguez got the win for Chino Hills (10-1). Mitch Kemp had three hits and three RBIs in Temecula Valley's 9-5 win over Cypress. Vista Murrieta defeated Bishop Amat, 9-5. J.T. McLellan had three hits and three RBIs. Benny Blackwell had two hits and three RBIs. Glendora scored five runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Granite Hills, 5-1. Caleb Watkins had a double and triple and Eric Flores allowed one run in six innings.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
March is supposed to come in like a lion and exit like a lamb. But like so many things in 2014's winter of our discontent, that exit thing just ain't working out like it was supposed to. A spring storm on Wednesday brought fierce and challenging winds and snow across portions of Massachusetts and eastern Maine on Wednesday, hitting Cape Cod especially hard. Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard also were targeted by the storm, which forecasters said could drop as much as 10 inches of snow.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Senior first basmean Vincent Fitzgerald of Canyon Country Canyon had a day to remember on Wednesday, going four for four with two grand slams in the Cowboys' 17-0 Foothill League win over Golden Valley. "I've never seen two grand slams in a game before," Coach Adam Schulhofer said. "He had been struggling, so this is huge for him. " Blake Leidholdt threw a four-hit shutout for the Cowboys. There's only one team left in Southern Section Division 1 that hasn't lost a game, and that's Newhall Hart (9-0-1, 3-0)
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce
ARLINGTON, Wash. - First, there was a roar. Then the trees began to twist. The last thought Gary "Mac" McPherson had before blacking out was that a tornado had struck the Stillaguamish Valley. The 81-year-old McPherson and his wife, Linda, 69, had been spending the sun-filled Saturday morning side by side, reading the Everett Herald and sipping caffeine - Diet Coke for her, coffee for him - when the landslide slammed into the home they had shared for most of their 46-year marriage.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1999 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday suspended tough new federal rules aimed at cracking down on the unauthorized switching of consumers' long-distance phone service. The suspension of the Federal Communications Commission's regulations means consumers must continue to pursue administrative remedies to resolve complaints about unauthorized phone service switching--or so-called slamming.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - As indications mounted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will seek reelection, the government lashed out Friday at a United Nations mediator who said an election could doom U.N.-sponsored peace talks meant to end the 3-year-old civil war. Syria's top official spokesman charged that Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. and Arab League peace envoy, had "overstepped" his duties by saying that Syria's apparent plans to forge ahead with an election despite...
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Metro-North Railroad, where at least five passengers and employees have been killed in less than a year, is plagued by shortfalls in safety operation, a stinging federal report said on Friday. The report, released by the Federal Railroad Administration after its 60-day review of procedures, castigated the commuter line for ineffective training, poor supervision of tracks and a dangerous emphasis on on-time performance over safety and maintenance. The line primarily serves suburbs north of New York City, including in Connecticut.
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