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Japanese Company Warns That Defective Toilets May Catch Fire

Toto Ltd., Japan’s leading toilet manufacturer, announced today that it was offering free repairs for a defect that had been identified in its popular "Z Series" toilets.  The company said that the defect, related to the toilets’ electrical systems, may…


New LAPD Flashlights Feared Less Effective in Beatings

On Friday, LAPD Chief William Bratton unveiled new police flashlights powered by LEDs rather than standard bulbs.  The new flashlights are brighter, use less power, need fewer batteries, and so can be made smaller than the two-pound, two-foot model that…


Driver Arrested For Helping While Intoxicated

A good Samaritan in Germany got arrested this morning after he saw what he thought was a broken-down vehicle by the side of the road and stopped to help.  The vehicle was not only in good working order but was…



“At First Blush, It’s a Lot of Money”

"At first blush, it’s a lot of money, but at second blush, it wasn’t a huge fee case for the efforts involved." — Thomas Girardi, of Girardi & Keese, a plaintiffs’ firm that shared in a $170 million award of…


Robert Blake Sought to Enlist 70s Stars in His Legal Defense

The L.A. Times reports that Robert Blake, the former star of "Baretta" who was accused of killing his wife, was very involved in his legal defense strategy, according to transcripts of conversations he had while in prison awaiting trial. In…


Headline of the Week

Sumo World Says “No Thanks” to Pants The report notes that Japan’s professional sumo association has rejected a request that children be allowed to compete in “sumo pants,” something like bike shorts, rather than the traditional butt-exposing “mawashi,” so that…