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February 21, 2011 | By Bruce Japsen
Hospitals across the country are running out of key drugs used in surgeries and to treat some diseases, including cancer, causing doctors to turn to older treatments. In some cases, hospitals are paying higher prices to get their patients necessary care because wholesalers are hoarding needed medicines. Part of the shortage is being caused by manufacturing issues and quality-control problems at a number of companies that include Lake Forest, Ill.-based Hospira Inc., one of the primary makers of generic injectable prescription medicines, as they respond to the federal government's crackdown on drug safety.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of people shared only three showers in the building that Patricia McDowell called home for the last 2 1/2 years. Roaches skittered across the floor, she said, and lights went out and stayed out. In recent months, McDowell said she had to run an extension cord to another room to keep electricity going. But when the Los Angeles Fire Department told McDowell and dozens of other tenants that they had to clear out of the building at 5700 S. Hoover St., citing dangerous conditions, she panicked.
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WORLD
September 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters waited for hours to take part in the first election in 16 years as shortages of ballots and voting officials caused havoc at the polls. The voting follows one of Africa's longest civil wars, including a resurgence of fighting set off by the last balloting in 1992. But the run-up to the election was relatively peaceful. More than 8 million people in this southern African nation were registered to vote for members of the 220-seat parliament. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' party is expected to retain control of parliament.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A shortage of "Fantasia"? A more expensive "Fantasia"? These were considered possibilities when Disney announced last week that it was no longer taking orders for the 1940 feature, which combines animation and classical music. But industry executives said this week that neither scenario seems likely. So far, Disney has shipped 9.25 million tapes--both the basic $24.99 version and the deluxe $99.99 edition--to retail outlets.
NEWS
April 16, 1989 | From Reuters
More than 700,000 people in the southern rice bowl provinces of Laos face severe food shortages because of late rains and a poor harvest, a western aid official said last week.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state's hopes of eradicating the Mediterranean fruit fly with the release of millions of sterile Medflies has been shaken by a temporary but severe shortage of sterile flies. The situation has agricultural workers scrambling to shore up the beleaguered program and may open what one scientific adviser called a "window of opportunity" for the prolific pest to breed.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
Two big U.S. tobacco firms announced Thursday that they will supply billions of cigarettes to the Soviet Union, capitalizing on a shortage causing political turmoil in that country. Financial details were not disclosed, but the deals represent significant new business for suppliers Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds Tobacco. The companies have been emphasizing sales to foreign countries as the U.S. tobacco market has given ground to anti-smoking campaigns.
WORLD
March 17, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The Japanese economy is showing increasing signs of disarray, with the world's third-largest economy struggling with shortages of fuel, questions of food safety, and scarce electricity supplies that are forcing stores and restaurants in Tokyo to close early. The problems come as the toll of the missing and dead rose above 15,000, the National Police Agency said, according to Kyodo News Agency. The toll included nearly 5,700 deaths and 9,500 missing. Quoting police, the news agency said 380,000 people had been dislocated, and were staying in 2,000 shelters.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. - The residents of Sea Bright returned home Friday, some for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, and attempted to salvage what they could from apartments and houses still inundated with sand and salty water. Eleven days after the storm struck, seaside residents across New Jersey and New York continued their recovery-mode struggle, bedeviled with frustrating power outages, temporary housing and severe gasoline shortages that prompted New York rationing Friday. In Sea Bright, about 50 miles south of New York City, the main thoroughfare through town, Ocean Avenue, had been cleared of about 5 feet of sand, and earth movers were still slogging away Friday clearing debris.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Hundreds of airline pilots are set to retire soon and new federal rules require existing pilots to get more rest between flights. Does that signal a pilot shortage for the airline industry? It depends on who you talk to. The effect of a pilot shortage would hit travelers hard, as airlines would have to cancel flights and raise fares for those remaining flights that are fully staffed. Airline executives have recently blamed a pilot shortage for cuts to air service. Bryan Bedford, chief executive of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., said last month that the regional carrier would be removing 27 of its 243 aircraft from service because of a lack of qualified pilots.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Hundreds of airline pilots are set to retire soon and new federal rules require existing pilots to get more rest between flights. Does that signal a pilot shortage for the airline industry? It depends on who you talk to. The impact of a pilot shortage would hit travelers hard, as airlines would have to cancel flights and raise fares for those remaining flights that are fully staffed. Airline executives have recently blamed a pilot shortage for cuts to air service. Bryan Bedford, chief executive of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., said last month that the regional carrier would be removing 27 of its 243 aircraft from service because of a lack of qualified pilots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
In the midst of what is expected to be Southern California's wettest storms in two years , Long Beach officials took steps to restrict water usage citywide. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared an imminent water shortage. Residents will now beĀ  barred from watering their lawns except on Mondays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, and restaurants cannot serve water to customers unless they request it. In addition, Long Beach has ongoing prohibitions on watering between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and hosing down sidewalks and driveways without specialized hoses.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers have three former All-Star closers and none of them is likely to start the season as the team's primary ninth-inning option. That job belongs to Kenley Jansen. As crowded as the Dodgers are in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp vying for three starting spots, they might be even more talented in the bullpen. The Dodgers have so many experienced relief pitchers, they might not have a place on the major league roster for Paco Rodriguez, who posted a 2.32 earned-run average in 76 games as a rookie last season.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KNOB NOSTER, Mo. - From a bay window in her home on the prairie, Angela Hostetler stares out at the six huge chicken barns out back. They hold 156,000 chickens, and when she and her husband, Mardy, purchased the farm two years ago, it seemed like a good investment. But this year, the Hostetlers are struggling. That's because their barns, which must be kept at 85 degrees to keep young chickens warm, are heated by 12 1,000-gallon tanks of propane, which are now covered in icy snow.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Shan Li
California hasn't completely escaped the effects of the polar vortex. Although the Golden State avoided the freezing snowfalls that affected regions farther east, power plants in the Southland are now grappling with low supplies of natural gas brought on by cold weather that won't quit. That has prompted the state's electric power grid operator, known as the California Independent System Operator, to issue a Flex Alert asking for voluntary energy conservation on Thursday until 10 p.m. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The operator, which normally issues such alerts during the hot days of summer when air conditioners are on full blast, is working closely with California gas companies to ensure "the reliability of the electric and gas systems in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1988
Parker assumes the strangest reason for the shortages of schools, jobs and homes during his lifetime when he blames the no-growth movement. In fact the reason is the opposite. It was growth that caused the shortages. He forgot to check the population figures. From 1950 to 1980 California's population more than doubled, from 10.5 million to 23.6 million. WENDELL W. NORRIS Del Mar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2001
Talk about ostentatious waste of electricity; take a look at the Trinity Broadcasting Network (our local Taj Mahal) building in Costa Mesa. It is lit up with thousands of lights as if it was Christmas. What a terrible message our religious leaders are displaying during this period of electricity shortages. MELVIN J. BEITSCHER Newport Beach
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Alana Semuels and Paresh Dave
SEDALIA, Mo. - The dirty rocks of salt are packed into a storage shed on a snowy lot, where a nearby bulldozer, its engine on, stands at the ready. Pettis County Commissioner Brent Hampy trudges across the frozen ground to assess the stockpiles for this county, which just received 8 inches of snow in a nasty storm that closed schools for two days. There are about 200 tons of salt left piled here, and it may not be enough. The county started out the winter with 600 tons, and last winter used only 50. "If we don't have more ice storms we'll be fine," Hampy said, as the wind whipped his cheeks in the 11-degree chill.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
In the middle of a brutal winter, states throughout the country are grappling with a new crisis, a shortage of rock salt to melt ice on roadways. Here's a look at what's being done to combat limited supplies. What's the big deal about salt? Although many Southern California residents are oblivious to winter this year, most of the country is in the grips of another bad storm. When 2 inches of snow is piling on roads every hour, like on Wednesday in the Northeast, highways need help.
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