July 9, 1998 |
Seeking to resolve a tortuous and costly legal battle, Dow Corning Corp. reached a tentative agreement with negotiators for women with silicone breast implants Wednesday to pay $3.2 billion to settle claims by more than 170,000 women that the implants harmed their health. The settlement would compensate women based on the seriousness of injury they claim, providing up to $300,000 for those who have a severely debilitating illness.
November 17, 2002 |
PEOPLE sometimes take trips for deep reasons. They're turning 50 and feel compelled to see Florence; they've just recovered from an illness and want to trek in the Himalayas; they're divorcing and need to escape the anguish. Psychologically motivated trips like these are, in a sense, gambles with life. The transition or crisis makes people more willing to free themselves from routine, feel in a heightened way or make life changes based on events on the road. They are my favorite kinds of trips.
July 26, 1990 |
For Hong Kong residents desperate to flee before China takes over in 1997, the Federal Republic of Corterra sounded perfect. The tiny Pacific island nation was described as lying between Tahiti and Hawaii, with 80,000 citizens who enjoy democratic government, a British-style legal system and no income tax. Best of all, a newspaper ad here boasted, passports are bargain-priced at only $16,000. Three local businessmen quickly paid the $5,000 application fee. Then they discovered the catch.
April 12, 1987 |
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.
August 19, 2009 |
On a day when Manager Joe Torre conceded that Hiroki Kuroda probably would go on the disabled list in the near future, Clayton Kershaw walked into the Dodgers' clubhouse with flu-like symptoms. Nice timing, huh? Kershaw's illness translated into uncertainty for the Band-Aid of the ailing pitching staff, Jeff Weaver . Weaver was named as Kuroda's replacement to start the series opener against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday -- that is, if Kershaw is healthy enough to face the St. Louis Cardinals today.
April 17, 2008 |
Forty feet underground, secured in a temperature- and humidity-controlled vault here, lies Kilogram No. 20. It's an espresso-shot-sized, platinum-iridium cylinder that is the perfect embodiment of the kilogram -- almost perfect. In the more than a century since No. 20 and dozens of other exact copies were crafted in France to serve as the world's standards of the kilogram, their masses have been mysteriously drifting apart.
June 27, 2012 |
Uncertainty has been the buzz word in the struggling economy, as business leaders say they don't want to hire until a few national policy decisions are resolved -- President Obama's Affordable Care Act being one of them. So does that mean Thursday's expected Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law could boost hiring, and possibly Obama's reelection chances, by removing that uncertainty? Economists are not certain. "The idea that having a clearer outlook on policy at all levels will produce certainty -- that's true," said Gregory Daco, an economist with IHS Global Insight.
August 14, 1985 |
The dollar was mixed against other major currencies amid continuing uncertainty about the direction of the U.S. economy Tuesday. Gold prices also were mixed. "There were no logical moves that had any impact," said Robert Ryan, senior trader at Irving Trust. "The key question is which way the economy is going." In Europe, traders pondered conflicting signals about the strength of the U.S. economy from Washington. The government announced that retail sales rose 0.4% in July.
December 9, 1997 |
USC's coaching staff is working through the uncertainty surrounding Coach John Robinson's future, continuing to recruit while Athletic Director Mike Garrett completes an evaluation that could take a week or more. "That's the first question: Are you going to be there? Is Coach Robinson going to be there?" defensive coordinator Keith Burns said. Garrett said Monday he's "not going to say much during the process," and people around Heritage Hall are more uncertain than ever what to expect.