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February 12, 1989
A court ruling apparently closed the door on a class-action suit against New York's Long Island Lighting Co. that would have left the utility liable for more than $4 billion. A federal judge threw out a $22.8-million fine against the utility, ruling that the civil racketeering charges under which a jury awarded the fine do not apply in the case. A Brooklyn jury had agreed with a Suffolk County suit that the utility systematically lied about construction of the Shoreham nuclear plant.
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NEWS
February 12, 1989
A court ruling apparently closed the door on a class-action suit against New York's Long Island Lighting Co. that would have left the utility liable for more than $4 billion. A federal judge threw out a $22.8-million fine against the utility, ruling that the civil racketeering charges under which a jury awarded the fine do not apply in the case. A Brooklyn jury had agreed with a Suffolk County suit that the utility systematically lied about construction of the Shoreham nuclear plant.
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BUSINESS
March 15, 1993 | Reuters
The phrase "it's murder at the office" has taken on new meaning in New York City, where homicide is the leading cause of death at work, according to a federal study. The research, by the regional office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that of 177 workers who died at work in 1991, 69% were victims of homicide, most by handguns. Nationally, the main cause of death is transportation accidents, but those accounted for just 7% of the New York City deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stymied in attempts to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted to spend another $1.6 million to bring to commercial markets battery-operated blowers as an alternative to noisier, exhaust-spewing models. The city Department of Water and Power has worked for a year with AeroVironment Inc., which developed the prototype of a zero-emission electric blower that runs on batteries. The city has spent about $300,000 on the program to date.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is difficult to imagine a more confusing label than the one affixed to the bottles of the Koala Springs beverages that were the subject of a nationwide recall late last year after health officials in Florida detected traces of benzene in random samples. Start with the name, invented to evoke the beverage's Australian corporate parentage. "To the best of my knowledge, there is no such place as Koala Springs.
NEWS
August 22, 1997 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In California, welfare mothers can be required to get a job 12 weeks after the birth of a baby. But in Illinois, they are allowed to stay home for as long as a year. In California, poor mothers can receive aid for five years before they reach the lifetime limit. But in Florida and Georgia, they can expect to be cut off after four.
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