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  • California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said yesterday that Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $14.5 million in fines and other costs to settle a state lawsuit related to almost 3,000 gun sales violations at the chain’s California stores between 2000 and 2003.

    A portion of the money will go to assuring that the company is in compliance with state and federal gun laws, according to Lockyer.

    The violations cited by the state included selling guns to people not allowed to own them, not conducting required background checks, and not doing proper documentation.

    Wal-Mart stopped selling guns in California when the accusations first came to light. The company has not resumed the sale of guns there, though it says that it can if it wishes to. Wal-Mart currently sells guns in every state in which it operates except for California, Hawaii and New Jersey.


  • A Florida jury yesterday found a woman guilty of trying to kill her boss by dropping rat poison into his soda can.

    Both worked at a Wal-Mart in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

    The woman’s defense was that she wasn’t trying to kill him, just send him home sick because she knew that he had discovered that she was writing checks from his checking account.

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