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September 16, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
At a glance, it is clear this is no run-of-the-mill farm: A 6-foot spiked fence hems the meticulously planted vegetables and security guards control a cantilevered gate that glides open only to select cars. "It is for officials only. They produce organic vegetables, peppers, onions, beans, cauliflowers, but they don't sell to the public," said Li Xiuqin, 68, a lifelong Shunyi village resident who lives directly across the street from the farm but has never been inside. "Ordinary people can't go in there.
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NATIONAL
October 5, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau
The insurance industry is pouring money into Republican campaign coffers in hopes of scaling back wide-ranging regulations in the new healthcare law but preserving the mandate that Americans buy coverage. Since January, the nation's five largest insurers and the industry's Washington-based lobbying arm have given three times more money to Republican lawmakers and political action committees than to Democratic politicians and organizations. That is a marked change from 2009, when the industry largely split its political donations between the parties, according to federal election filings.
WORLD
July 18, 2010 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A standoff between Iranian merchants and tax collectors ended Saturday as the two sides reached a compromise in a weeks-long on-and-off strike that had cast a spotlight on the economic troubles of a nation now facing tightened sanctions. For weeks, Tehran's normally bustling Grand Bazaar had been eerily quiet and palpably tense as security forces stalked its dim galleries, the stalls of gold, jewelry, shoes and clothing that were shuttered under the pretense of painting their storefronts.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2004 | Walter F. Roche Jr. and Ken Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
In the months and years leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, they marched together in the vanguard of those who advocated war. As lobbyists, public relations counselors and confidential advisors to senior federal officials, they warned against Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, praised exiled leader Ahmad Chalabi, and argued that toppling Saddam Hussein was a matter of national security and moral duty.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1986
Steve Penn has been named project manager for Home Capital Development Group.
BUSINESS
January 23, 1985
Don R. Conlan has been elected president and a director of Capital Group Research Inc., a newly created investment research company within Capital Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based group of investment management companies. He remains Capital Group's chief economist and president and a director of Capital Strategy Research Inc., a subsidiary involved in international economic, government and political research. Conlan is the current chairman of the Conference of Business Economists.
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