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October 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Pharmaceutical company Roche Holding said Thursday that it temporarily suspended shipments of Tamiflu to nongovernment recipients in the United States to ensure that enough of the antiviral drug will be available for the influenza season. U.S. companies and large organizations apparently have been hoarding the drug -- which experts believe is most effective in treating bird flu -- amid the spread of the virus and fears it could mutate into a strain transmittable among people.
January 7, 2010 | Meghan Daum
Just when we thought we knew everything there was to know about Nadya Suleman, there's suddenly another Octo-news flash. In an accusation of gross negligence filed by the Medical Board of California against Michael Kamrava, the Beverly Hills doctor who performed the in vitro fertilization procedures that led to the births of Suleman's 14 children, it's been revealed that the Octomom demanded the creation of fresh embryos despite having a stockpile of...
November 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Major drug companies are boosting their year-end stockpiles in case of hoarding by people afraid Y2K trouble will cut off their supply of life-sustaining medication. Drug manufacturers and pharmacies say they have fixed their computers to read the date correctly in the new year. Their main fear instead is overreaction by consumers. "There is a huge supply of prescription medicines, but there isn't an unlimited supply," said Robert Grupp, spokesman for Eli Lilly & Co.
May 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Radical reformer Boris N. Yeltsin failed Saturday to win a majority in balloting for president of Russia, the largest Soviet republic, but said he will start a new campaign Monday for another election. The Congress of the Russian Federation will take new nominations then, and Yeltsin said he will stick to his platform of transferring economic and political decision-making power from central authorities to the republic--despite opposition from Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
December 4, 2003 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
By the time Dorothy Breininger dropped -- miraculously, it seemed -- into his life, Lloyd Drum, at 75, had pretty much resigned himself to going to jail. The reasons lay in the odiferous piles of moldering, rodent-infested clothing, furniture, books, expired coupons, bikes and bike parts -- thousands of bike parts -- that crammed his two-bedroom house and flowed over the yards, porches and garage.
August 26, 1990 | From Associated Press
Reports filtering out of Baghdad tell of panic buying, rationing and house-to-house sweeps by militiamen hunting food hoarders as Iraq begins to feel the bite of the U.N. trade embargo. On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council approved military action to enforce the embargo imposed Aug. 6 to punish Saddam Hussein for invading and annexing Kuwait. It could be weeks before Iraqis really have to tighten their belts.
February 8, 1991 | TOM PETRUNO
If you have any doubt that people are deeply troubled over the economy and the war, consider this: The public has suddenly begun stashing cash--literally hoarding hard currency. Currency in circulation had leveled off at about $245 billion in the fall. Then, in late December, the total began surging. By Jan. 28, the latest figures available, cash held had jumped to $254.3 billion, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis data show.
August 14, 1997 | Associated Press
North Korea's military and government elite may have siphoned off some of the foreign food aid intended for its starving citizens, a U.S. congressional delegation said in South Korea on Wednesday. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Torrance) and six other members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence visited Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, over the weekend and met North Korean officials.
Vladimir I. Sorokoletov is a self-styled detective who tracks not missing persons but missing chicken legs and cans of sprats, and he claims to have solved the mystery of why there is so little food on the shelves of Soviet stores. He has seen what is in their basements.
In America today, people can become millionaires from selling little more than empty space. But the phenomenal rise of the self-storage industry is more than a tale of fantastic profits and a booming investment trend. It speaks to changing living patterns since the 1970s, and the ambivalent relationship some people have with their stuff--the growing mountain of possessions they've accumulated even as personal attachments come and go.
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