AVIATION: Victory for Hughes

Even to one of the richest men in the world another $100 million or so is a welcome windfall. And that was just the sort of present Howard Hughes received last week when the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 6-2 that a series of lower courts were wrong when they ruled that the eccentric billionaire owed Trans World Airlines $170 million in damages plus interest. "Hughes didn't stomp his feet or say, 'Hell, it's about time,' " said one of his London entourage. "But he was happy. He was absolutely ecstatic."

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