United to Limit Some Portable Electronics

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CHICAGO _ United Airlines said Tuesday it will prohibit the use of laptop computers, compact disc players and other portable electronic devices aboard its aircraft during takeoffs and landings, beginning July 1. The policy is to prevent such devices from causing electromagnetic interference with cockpit navigation or communications systems during the most critical phase of aircraft operation, said United, the nation's second-largest airline after American. "We have not experienced any safety problems with these devices, but enough questions have been raised in the industry to prompt us to implement this policy as a precautionary measure until further study determines if any safety hazard exists," Ed Soliday, director of corporate safety and security, said in a statement. Electronic watches and medical devices such as hearing aids and heart pacemakers are excluded from the policy, United said. Northwest and Delta have implemented similar bans. American Stores to Cut Costs, Focus on Metro Areas

CHICAGO _ One of the nation's largest food and drug retailers said Tuesday it plans to cut costs and focus operations on metropolitan areas where the company already holds leading market positions. American Stores Co., based in Salt Lake City, plans to build 60 new stores and remodel another 200 in 1993, said Victor L. Lund, president and chief executive. Lund told shareholders in Chicago that the company is on a "crash course to control costs." He did not specify whether the company will shut down stores or lay off employees.

American Stores runs 1,676 stores in 27 states. It operates Jewel Food Stores in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan; Lucky Stores and Sav-On in California and Nevada; Acme Markets in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley; Star Market in Massachusetts, and Osco Drug in various parts of the country. Sports Illustrated Plans Special Editions

NEW YORK _ Sports Illustrated magazine plans to begin publishing special editions next year giving extra coverage of golf for readers who want it, the magazine announced Tuesday. …

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