October 27, 1995
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EDT
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Financially troubled Los Angeles County spent $8.8 million on the O.J. Simpson double murder trial, County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said.
The largest single component of the county's Simpson case was the $3,988,163 for prosecutorial and investigative expenses by the District Attorney's office. Next on the list was the Sheriff's Department's $3,034,369 for courtroom and jury security, and jailing and transporting Simpson between the Men's Central Jail and the Criminal Courts Building.
The Simpson case is the costliest murder case in county history for which figures are available. The previous record was $1,811,260 spent on the multiple murder case against Richard Ramirez, dubbed the Night Stalker, in the late 1980's.
Simpson was acquitted October 3 of the June 12, 1994 murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Federal regulators are issuing a warning about air bags. The National Traffic Safety Administration says the bags can kill children who aren't wearing seat belts.
Six children who were not wearing seat belts have been killed by air bags in crashes over the past three years. By law, all new cars and trucks must have dual air bags by the 1999 model year.
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CNN) -- A Yale researcher is trying to dispel the unrealistic body images created by Ken and Barbie dolls.
An article in the "International Journal of Eating Disorders" says a life-sized Barbie would be 7 feet tall with a waist six inches smaller than the average woman's.
To measure up to Ken's dimensions, the average man would have to stretch to 7 feet 8 inches tall and add seven inches to his chest.
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