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April 10, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
It's vasectomy day at the Planned Parenthood health center on 30th Street in Los Angeles, near USC. The lobby is bursting with men, women and children. In the adjacent administrative offices that used to be part of a garment factory, Monday morning is always hectic, vasectomy day or not. In one of two call centers, about a dozen employees are hunched over telephones, scheduling appointments and providing information. They handle an average of 2,000 calls a day. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story reported that Planned Parenthood spokesman Tait Sye said the government shutdown would have affected Medicare clients the most.
April 23, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 100 chanting and placard-waving union members marched to a downtown Sacramento office tower in a staged and futile attempt to serve a $240 million bill on the California Chamber of Commerce. The "invoice," union officials said, represented the amount of unpaid wages awarded by the state labor commissioner's office to workers that went uncollected from 2008 to 2011. The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing so-called wage theft.
October 5, 2010
The history of organ transplantation in the United States began in 1954 with a successful kidney transplant performed in Boston. Since then, demand has grown to the point that 108,893 people in the U.S. are now awaiting organ transplants -- the majority of them kidneys. About 74 organ transplants are performed in the U.S. each day, but 17 people die daily because of a shortage of donors. tracks the wait list (by organ) and provides basic information about how to become a donor.
April 21, 2014 | By Anh Do
Along with its manicured greenbelts and meticulously neat neighborhoods, Irvine suddenly has something else on its hands: an international incident. Members of its vast Chinese American community are fighting a city decision to bow to the demands of Vietnamese Americans, who arrived by the hundreds this month to demand that Irvine abandon its plans to formalize a relationship with a tourist town in coastal Vietnam. A parade of speakers spent hours pleading with council members to reject the proposal, saying it would be insulting for the city to forge a "friendship" with a country they'd fled to escape a brutal communist regime.
July 10, 2012
Re "Job creation slows amid uncertainty," July 7 U.S. firms are hesitating to hire new employees because of reduced demand, not because of uncertainty. Demand for goods and services creates jobs. Why would a company hire when no one is buying its product? Put money in the pockets of consumers and they will spend it. Companies will then have to produce more by hiring more people to satisfy the demand. The transportation bill that Congress passed last week will put money in the pockets of consumers.
March 11, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Growing demand from creative businesses such as post-production, new media, advertising and technology firms resulted in the greatest net absorption of creative office space on Los Angeles County's Westside in 2011 since the start of the recession, a report said. Last year, more than 500,000 square feet of offices were taken off the market, the highest annual net absorption since 2006 and a 32% increase over 2010, real estate brokerage Industry Partners said. The firm describes creative space as an adaptive reuse of an existing commercial or industrial building predating 1970 or new construction meant to convey a similar look and feel.
December 12, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- There may not be enough bonds to satisfy demand in coming years as the private sector trims debt and workers retire. Rick Rieder, chief investment officer for fixed income at BlackRock, said central banks will likely keep interest rates low in coming years as countries continue reducing their debt loads, or leverage. "Central banks have to keep real rates low to deal with this burden of leverage,” Rieder said at an event in New York on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the percentage of the working-age population in the United States, Italy, Germany, Japan and China is projected to decrease in coming years, Rieder said.
September 9, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Companies in creative businesses that scorn traditional glass-and-steel office towers continued to rule the Westside real estate market in the second quarter as landlords scrambled to meet their demands. While large spaces in some of downtown Los Angeles' signature skyscrapers such as 72-story US Bank Tower lay fallow, homely old industrial buildings tricked out on the inside were in short supply, according to a report by real estate brokerage Industry Partners. Direct vacancy in the 17.7-million-square-foot Westside creative office market was 9.2%, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009.
November 23, 2012 | By Georgina Gustin
Jeremy Parker is a rancher who raises his cattle the old-fashioned way. His herd feeds on grass. "There's definitely growing demand" for grass-fed beef, he said. "There's more demand than there is availability. " Although still only about 3% of the beef consumed in the U.S., grass-fed beef will keep rising in popularity, advocates, consumers and producers predict. One study put demand growth at 20% a year. "It's expanded dramatically," said Alan Williams, a grass-fed beef producer and member of the Pasture Project, an effort to get more conventional producers in the Midwest switching to pasture-based systems.
September 10, 2012 | By Michael Hiltzik
State Sen. Michael Rubio (D-East Bakersfield) and 22 of his legislative colleagues are demanding a congressional investigation of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. USADA is the quasi-governmental body known for stripping American athletes of their right to compete based on doping charges that it doesn't have to prove in a court of law. USADA's most recent target was Lance Armstrong. The legislators' demand, in a letter last week to U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, is a response to  my column about USADA's Armstrong ruling , which declared him a doper and purportedly stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles.
April 15, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you're going to Brazil for the World Cup, you'd better start looking for a sports bar where you can watch the games on TV. Because for all the problems with stadium construction, transportation infrastructure and political protests, this World Cup has proved to be one of the bestselling ever. Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the tournament's matches were snatched up just hours into the final online sales phase Tuesday, and 44 of the 64 games have already sold out. FIFA, organizer of the World Cup, put 200,000 tickets on sale Tuesday on a first-come, first-serve basis.
April 14, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
A historic slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending in recent years may be drawing to a close. An industry report published Tuesday and healthcare experts point to a steady rise in medical care being sought by consumers seeing specialists, getting more prescriptions filled and visiting the hospital. Other factors such as millions of newly insured Americans seeking treatment for the first time and higher prices from healthcare consolidation could also help drive up costs. Experts aren't predicting an immediate return to double-digit increases in medical spending.
April 11, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - Protesters at a boisterous rally after Friday prayers demanded that Iran retain its nuclear “rights,” as the public voiced its displeasure with the lack of concrete results from ongoing negotiations with world powers. Echoing earlier comments from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, the protesters vowed that Iran would not shut down its nuclear program or relinquish its uranium enrichment capabilities. “Full nuclear cycle is our inalienable right!” chanted the protesters, who expressed fear that Iran's leadership would cave in to demands from the six world powers to dismantle the nation's nuclear program.
April 11, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela's slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted 11 opposition leaders Thursday night at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the capital, and the political foes leveled bitter accusations. Each blamed the other for the violence that has left 41 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since February.
April 11, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
A top leader of a vigilante "self-defense" group in the western state of Michoacan on Friday gave the Mexican government an ultimatum: free captured members of the movement by May 10 or expect all hell to break loose. Jose Manuel Mireles said if members are not freed by the deadline, his organization will block towns and roads throughout the state just west of Mexico City. He also reiterated his refusal to obey government orders to lay down weapons. There may be as many as 100 members in detention, as the government has sought to slowly dismantle the disparate organizations, Mireles said.
April 3, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Picking up the story from the first film with little more than a title card - no "previously on" recap here - Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier jumps right back into it with "Nymphomaniac: Volume II" as Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) continues to recount her life as a sex addict to the man (Stellan Skarsgård) who found her slumped in the street and took her in. In "Volume II," Von Trier reveals that his "Nymphomaniac" project could also be called "The Hunger Games" for the way in which it explores the boundaries of need and want and the play between desire and demand.
April 14, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Intel Corp. forecast second-quarter sales that topped analysts' predictions, indicating that demand for personal computers remains strong. Sales will be $10.2 billion, plus or minus $400 million, the company said Tuesday in its quarterly earnings statement. Analysts in a Bloomberg survey had estimated $9.72 billion on average. The forecast follows record first-quarter sales, fueled by consumers ordering laptops. Demand is expected to increase further in the second half as more businesses upgrade their computer networks -- something they were slow to do during the recession.
March 17, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Striding purposefully, his smile lighting up a rainy afternoon, Barack Obama appears to have arrived here early to tour an elementary school he attended as a boy. But wait. It's not him. The U.S. president is still back in Washington shepherding his healthcare bill toward passage. He's not due to arrive in Indonesia until next week. So who is this guy? He's Ilham Anas, a 34-year-old teen-magazine photographer who has parlayed a striking resemblance to the American president into his own brand of celebrity.
April 1, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Despite General Motors' recent recall of millions of its cars - and several investigations into the issue - buyers are still streaming into GM dealerships. The beleaguered automaker announced Tuesday that sales in March rose 4% compared with the same month a year earlier. Nearly the entire industry saw a similar jump in the U.S., with sales up 5.7% to 1.54 million vehicles, according to Autodata. Pent-up consumer demand and healthy sales incentives helped companies rebound from a slow February, when bad weather throughout much of the country kept buyers away, according to Mark Wakefield, managing director at AlixPartners and head of its automotive practice in North America.
March 31, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Dave wants to know: Can an employer require a background check as a condition for getting a job? Dave might also want to ask about drug tests. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Employers certainly aren't shy when it comes to getting into the lives of job applicants. They want to make sure they're not hiring someone with a spotty past. So what rights do job seekers have? What rights do companies have? For the answers, check out today's Ask Laz video.
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