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December 12, 1985 | Associated Press
Leftist rebels who kidnaped two American engineers from a remote oil camp earlier this week are demanding a $6-million ransom for their release, the Defense Ministry reported today. The ministry's press office identified the hostages only as Edward Scholl and Jack Gilles. The U.S. Embassy did not immediately comment on the situation, nor did Occidental Petroleum and Bechtel International Co., the companies which the Defense Ministry said the two men work for.
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January 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi spend their days in Santa Monica, sitting side by side at a shared desk in identical chairs in their backyard office, wearing headphones, working at their laptops. Across a cool green expanse sits their Spanish-style house, hidden behind a vine-covered wall. "I really loved books about secret worlds, like 'The Secret Garden' and the 'Bridge to Terabithia,' " says Riggs, whose young adult novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" was a bestseller in 2011.
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NEWS
April 3, 1993 | Reuters
Grave robbers have demanded a ransom for the bones of one of Japan's best-loved cartoonists, a police spokesmen said Friday. Family members told police last week that robbers had taken the remains of Machiko Hasegawa from her grave in a Tokyo suburb and sent a letter with a picture of the urn containing her bones and demanding money. On police instructions, the family followed the extortionists' demands and placed an advertisement in a newspaper to indicate that they were ready to pay.
SPORTS
December 14, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Question for wannabe NBA general managers: If you had a chance to add an inefficient scorer who plays passable defense while possessing one of the league's worst contracts, you'd pass, right? Pete D'Alessandro wouldn't. The new Sacramento Kings general manager couldn't resist the allure of Rudy Gay, who scores points galore but needs a lot of shots to do so. His player efficiency rating was 116th in the NBA at the time of the seven-player trade between the Kings and Toronto Raptors, which cost the Kings a lot more than starting point guard Greivis Vasquez and a passel of nobodies.
NEWS
October 29, 1985 | Associated Press
Culture Minister Jack Lang said Monday that France will not yield to any ransom demand to recover nine uninsured Impressionist paintings worth more than $12.5 million that were stolen by gunmen from a Paris museum. "There will be no question of acceding to any sort of extortion," said Lang. "I know the French police are active and remarkably organized to do the impossible to find the (culprits) and, above all, the artwork."
SPORTS
November 22, 2005 | Helene Elliott
Jerry Buss couldn't do it. Bruce McNall couldn't either, and he's sure Jack Kent Cooke failed, too. Joe Cohen and Jeffrey Sudikoff certainly didn't: they plunged the Kings into bankruptcy. No King owner has had a profitable season, but that streak may soon end.
NEWS
July 14, 1987
The kidnapers of two West Germans abducted in Lebanon in January have raised their ransom demands from $1.1 million to $16.5 million, according to a source believed to be close to the negotiations. The source, confirming a report in the Lebanese daily An Nahar, also said the captors had earlier asked an additional $1 million in return for two letters written by Rudolf Cordes and Alfred Schmidt to their families. The offer was refused, the source said.
SPORTS
December 16, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE
At 2-1, A Ransom is favored to win Sunday night's Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, just as his sire, First Down Dash, did in 1987. First Down Dash was later voted quarter horse world champion, and A Ransom, who's undefeated in four starts this year, could add to the family's title reputation. A Ransom, who'll be ridden by Carlos Bautista for trainer Connie Hall in the $400,000, 440-yard race, won two of six starts in 1998 as a 2-year-old.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The archive of photographer Arnold Newman, whose "environmental portraits" included Pablo Picasso, Lyndon B. Johnson and Truman Capote, has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Newman, who died June 6 at the age of 88, was renowned for his portraits of artists and politicians in which he posed his subjects to reveal them in their own environments.
REAL ESTATE
December 16, 2001 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a town where prices rarely surpass the $10-million mark, this newly built Long Beach home on Treasure Island is on the market at $12 million. About this home: Designed for indoor-outdoor living, architect Gary Houston of Houston & Tyner in Marina del Rey blended exteriors with interiors using an old tool: the pocket door. There are no visible thresholds for the 15-foot-tall pocket doors, Houston said, and slate flooring extends inside and outside the family room and kitchen.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By David Ng
The archives of Ed Ruscha will reside at the University of Texas at Austin, whose Harry Ransom Center has acquired the artist's personal collection of documents, photographs and sketches. Officials said on Wednesday that the materials would eventually be accessible to the public at the Ransom Center after the items were cataloged and processed. A small selection of materials from the archive will be on display in the Ransom Center's lobby through Dec. 1. The archives contain Ruscha's five personal journals containing preliminary sketches and notes, correspondence and photographs, as well as materials related to the making of his artist's book of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - When is a pirate not a pirate? A federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington this week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $1.7 million ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days. U.S. courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
WORLD
October 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Dominik Neubauer stared into the camera, the steel barrel of an assault rifle pointed at his head. A Yemeni "tribe" had taken him hostage, the 26-year-old Austrian student said in English, a tear rolling down his left cheek. If they aren't paid a ransom, he continued, "they will kill me seven days after this video is published. " In May, three months after the video appeared on YouTube, Neubauer was freed along with a Finnish couple who had also been kidnapped near an Arabic language school in Sana, Yemen's capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
At the prestigious Ransom Center, between the works of Don Delillo and Ezra Pound, you'll soon be able to find "Conan the Barbarian" by pulp author Robert E. Howard. Best known for the noble barbarian brought to life on screen by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howard was a prolific fantasy writer in the early part of the 20th century. He published more than 100 stories in magazines before his death at age 30 in 1936. Howard was 18 when he published his first story, "Spear and Fang," in the magazine Weird Tales.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
For 15 years, Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing enterprise has helped readers discover all things cool and quirky. On Wednesday, the Harry Ransom Center, the humanities library at the University of Texas, announced that it has acquired the archive of McSweeney's publishing company, which includes McSweeney's books, DVD journal Wholphin, the Believer, the food magazine Lucky Peach and the center's flagship literary journal first published in 1998, Timothy...
WORLD
May 20, 2013 | By Don Lee and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
DALIAN, China - Among fishermen in this historic seaport city, the danger of steering their boats near North Korean waters is well known. North Koreans took three Chinese ships and their crews hostage a year ago, and Chinese maritime officials have repeatedly warned fishing operators over the last several years that they would be slapped with heavy fines if they got too close. Still, the Korean waters were highly attractive for their abundance of fish. And so it came as little surprise to fishermen like Cao Zhanyuan when he and many others in China learned Monday that a boat off the coast here had been seized by North Koreans this month.
SPORTS
December 16, 2000 | BILL CHRISTINE
At 2-1, A Ransom is favored to win Sunday night's Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos, just as his sire, First Down Dash, did in 1987. First Down Dash was later voted quarter horse world champion, and A Ransom, who's undefeated in four starts this year, could add to the family's title reputation. A Ransom, who'll be ridden by Carlos Bautista for trainer Connie Hall in the $400,000, 440-yard race, won two of six starts in 1998 as a 2-year-old.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1996 | ELAINE DUTKA
Exceeding expectations, "Ransom" rode roughshod over the competition, turning in the year's second-biggest three-day weekend, after "Twister's" $41-million take in May. (Both "Independence Day" and "Mission: Impossible" exceeded this total during the Friday-through-Sunday portion of their lengthier opening stretches, with $50.2 million and $45.4 million, respectively.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
As a kidnapped 5-year-old boy cried for his mother from an underground bunker in Alabama last week, Larry Park, Jodi Heffington Medrano and others relived a decades-old California drama with uncanny similarities: Chowchilla, when gunmen snatched a school bus full of children and buried them alive in a ransom attempt. Park, now 43, hadn't forgotten the hell that started on a hot school bus ride when he was 6, nor the men who buried him, the bus driver and 25 other children in a moving van. But he was finally in a good place.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Painting a grim picture of the economic fallout from such a move, President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill not to use the federal debt limit as leverage to win budget cuts and accused them of threatening to "blow up the economy. " "They can act responsibly and pay America's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis," Obama said at a news conference Monday. "But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.
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