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Mrs. Liu could have had three daughters by now. But the shame and legal costs would have been unbearable, so she gave her second daughter away at birth and aborted a third when an ultrasound scan showed that fetus, too, was female. In 1949, the Communist Party took power promising to end centuries of degradation for China's women. Yet hundreds of thousands of unwanted baby girls are abandoned, aborted and even killed each year. For poor, rural families, the choice is as stark as it is cruel.
March 29, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Gisele Bundchen , supermodel and actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady , have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 million. The country French chateau is reached by a winding driveway that ends at a cobblestone motor court. Adding to the Old World ambience created by architect Richard Landry is a moat-like koi pond that meanders alongside the mansion. The limestone-clad house incorporates reclaimed ceiling beams, salvaged tile, antique doors and marble fireplace surrounds.
Pop diva Janet Jackson is expected to sign a four-album contract today with Virgin Records worth an estimated $80 million--an unprecedented fee that analysts say could set the stage for another round of music industry mega-deals. The pact is the biggest ever awarded, surpassing the $60-million mark shared by such superstars as Michael Jackson and Madonna, whose six-album deals included film and joint-venture record label components.
March 19, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and sometimes actress, and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, have put their mega-estate in Brentwood on the market at $50 million. The country French chateau is reached by a winding driveway that ends at a cobblestone motor court. Adding to the old world ambience created by architect Richard Landry is a moat-like water feature that meanders alongside the mansion. The four acres of grounds contain waterfalls, ponds, an infinity pool, lawns, gardens and pathways.
August 17, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to choosing broadband Internet providers, you can't always get what you want. But with certain limitations, you can get what you need. If you use the Internet regularly, chances are you already have broadband -- that is, a high-speed hookup, usually through your cable television provider or phone company. But are you getting it at the right speed and right price? There are more choices than ever, even though you typically have to go with a provider that serves your neighborhood.
The fashion news in fish bait this season is color. Living, wiggling color. When it comes to worms, brown is out. Day-Glo chartreuse, red and blue are in. Designer squirmers, created in Canada, made their debut in Ventura County last week. Anglers have tried them at Lake Piru and Lake Casitas, and although fish in Lake Piru don't seem impressed, some bait shops on the road to Lake Casitas are doing a brisk business.
July 9, 1987 | Associated Press
Quest for Peace, a group opposed to the Reagan Administration's policy in Nicaragua, said today that it has reached half its goal of sending $100 million in aid to the people there. The Rev. William R. Callahan, a Jesuit priest serving as the group's coordinator, said a cargo container loaded at a news conference put the group over the $50-million mark. He said the container's contents are being called "the Ollie North Reparations Shipment."
October 16, 1996
ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it privately sold $50 million in preferred stock to fund acquisitions in the U.S., Eastern Europe and Asia. The drug company said the purchases could eventually add more than $150 million in annual sales. Last year, the company posted sales of about $500 million. The new issue of preferred stock pays a 6% annual dividend in cash or stock, and is convertible into common shares.
August 28, 1997 | Dow Jones
Data Processing Resources Corp. said it has obtained a commitment from Wells Fargo Bank N.A. to provide the company with a $50-million credit line. Data Processing, a provider of information technology staffing services, said it expects to use borrowings to finance its acquisition program, new branch expansion, investments in its management information systems, and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
September 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
It's too late. It was a lottery ticket worth $50 million and somebody had it and didn't claim it and now it's too late. Florida lottery officials say the person who bought a ticket at a Miami-area food market for the March 12 draw let the 180-day deadline pass. It was the largest of 19 unclaimed jackpots in the 15-year history of the Florida Lottery. The winning numbers were 22-23-35-45-50-53. But they're just numbers now.
February 20, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
Many federal programs aimed at preventing psychological problems in military service members and their families have not been evaluated correctly to determine if they are working and are not supported by science, a new report commissioned by the Defense Department says. "A lot of their programs don't have any good data behind them," said Kenneth Warner, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan who led the Institute of Medicine committee that produced the report.
January 29, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced a $50-million plan Wednesday to hire more experienced faculty and advisors, create more flexible class schedules and provide students more internships and other opportunities to help them graduate more quickly. The measures are part of an ambitious project over the next decade to increase graduation rates for first-time undergraduates by 10% and for community college transfers by 5%, as well as to improve the overall learning environment for students, White said.
January 13, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
USC will be constructing a new building for bioscience research, thanks in part to a $50-million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopedic surgeon and inventor of spinal implants and other medical devices, the university is announcing Monday. The new, 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience will house up to 30 labs investigating a range of biomedical topics. With groundbreaking expected later this year and completion in three years, it will be located at the southwest quadrant of the main campus south of downtown Los Angeles.
January 8, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A 1970s-era office building in the Westlake neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles that houses a branch of the L.A. Superior Court has sold for $50 million to prominent local real estate investor Jamison Services Inc. Jamison, one of the largest office landlords in Southern California, bought the building at 600 S. Commonwealth Ave. from a family trust managed by Comerica Bank. The 19-story building overlooking Lafayette Park in the Westlake neighborhood was completed in 1971 to house the Los Angeles offices of CNA Financial Corp., a Chicago insurance firm.
December 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
When you're spending a reported $51 billion to host the most costly Olympics ever, what's another $50 million added to the pile? With six weeks to go before competition begins at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Russian Cabinet has allocated $50 million in extra subsidies for organizers. That brings the total amount of subsidies to $420 million, according to the RIA Novosti news service . Lawmakers gave no reason for approving the 1.6 billion rubles, but said the money will go toward the cost of hosting the Games, as opposed to the far greater amount that is being spent on infrastructure as organizers scramble to finish constructing venues, accommodations, roads and railways.
December 19, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Thursday that he will seek to restore a state program that funded county services for mentally ill people who run afoul of the law. After a decade of state funding, the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants ceased in 2008 due to budget cuts. Steinberg wants to restore funding, starting with $50 million in the next budget year. But that money is contingent on whether Gov. Jerry Brown receives a delay in a federal court order to reduce state prison crowding.
December 11, 2005 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
A house is clearly on the high end when its purchase requires a minimum bid of $50 million and Bill Gates lives in the neighborhood. Villa Del Mar -- in Del Mar, San Diego County's answer to Santa Barbara's Montecito -- is actually a compound. It has five one-story buildings, including one of 10,000 square feet with 120 feet of ocean frontage. Four Pacific Rim-style bungalows, as real estate agents refer to them, have walls that slide into pockets to open up the home to sea breezes.
December 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Snapchat, the Venice start-up that recently turned down a $3-billion acquisition offer from Facebook, has raised $50 million in a Series C round. The funding was provided by investment firm Coatue Management, which has offices in New York and Menlo Park, Calif. A Snapchat spokeswoman confirmed the funding by Coatue on Wednesday but didn't provide additional details. PHOTOS: Top 10 most talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel signed off on the funding in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
December 6, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Los Angeles philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist have donated $50 million to Torrance Memorial Medical Center to help finish construction on a new main patient tower. The gift was revealed at the community hospital's annual Holiday Festival Gala on Friday evening.  Melanie Lundquist said that she and her husband, who are co-chairs of a capital campaign to raise money for the tower, had been "toying with the idea" of making the donation for some time.  The couple has given about $18 million to the hospital previously, said Lundquist, who volunteered for many years at the medical center's front desk.
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