September 8, 2001 |
The Bush administration has decided not to invoke against Israel a U.S. law that bars military aid to countries that use American arms for purposes other than self-defense, despite controversy over dozens of "targeted killings" of Palestinian militants. Under the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, countries that obtain weapons from the United States are allowed to use them only for defense. Parallel language is written into sales contracts. The law requires the State Department to assess compliance.
July 17, 2001 |
President Bush said Monday that he is extending for six months a provision suspending the opportunity for U.S. citizens and corporations to sue foreign firms using property in Cuba that was seized from Americans after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. The law allowing such lawsuits was passed in 1996, after an attack in which Cuban MIG fighters shot down two small airplanes flown by anti-Castro exiles operating out of Miami.
July 15, 2001 |
Robert D. McConnell, a Manhattan Beach retiree, has spent hours trying to protect his personal financial privacy--and little good it's done him. After plowing through dozens of pages of fine print, he sent a so-called opt-out notice to Bank of America, saying he didn't want the bank sharing or selling his account information. It was returned by the post office, with no forwarding address. "I'm left with no place to send my opt-out notice," he fumes.
July 13, 2001 |
Hundreds of hospitals around the country have violated a 15-year-old federal law that requires them to provide emergency care to anyone, regardless of ability to pay, according to a federal survey of emergency room workers and a consumer group's report released Thursday. Government investigative files reviewed by the group, Public Citizen, showed that more than 500 hospitals, including 77 in California, were cited by the federal government from 1997 through 1999.
July 2, 2001 |
New U.S. financial privacy rules that took effect Sunday mark a milestone for the financial industry and consumers, but they are by no means the final word in the heated privacy debate. Sunday was the deadline for U.S. banks, brokers, insurers and a host of other companies providing financial services to be in compliance with new privacy protections included in a landmark 1999 banking law.
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June 28, 2001 |
Sara, a South-Central Los Angeles teenager who recently won acceptance to UC Berkeley, lives with her parents and four younger sisters in a one-bedroom apartment the size of some bathrooms. Many evenings in the past several years, she has had to study through the cries of babies, her parents' arguments over money, and noise from police searching neighbors' homes for illegal drugs. Through it all, she has maintained a 3.9 grade-point average at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.