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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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April 21, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Turns out the Dodgers have found a nifty solution to a worn-down bullpen. More relievers! Before Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Dodgers optioned utilityman Chone Figgins to triple-A Albuquerque and called up right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez. Despite the Dodgers' 12-7 record, their bullpen has thrown 70 1/3 innings this season, second only to the Arizona Diamondbacks' bullpen. “It's been a little bit of a storm,” said Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly.
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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
April 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
In balmy Southern California this week, the polar vortex is putting a chill on Simon Baitler's Passover meals. On Monday night, 21 people dined at his Santa Monica house to celebrate the Jewish holiday. Another 10 were scheduled to be there Tuesday evening. To feed them all, Baitler had to get creative because a winter of historically frigid proportions has caused a shortage of whitefish, a key ingredient in the Seder feast's traditional gefilte fish. Most of the country gets its whitefish from the Great Lakes, which this winter were so thickly caked in ice that they are just now starting to thaw.
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
April 16, 2014 | By Shan Li
The vast majority of Californians believe, unsurprisingly, that the state is in the throes of a serious water crisis. But many disagree about what can be done about it. About 54% of Golden State voters believe farmers could cut down on their water with no real hardship by changing crops and being more efficient, according to the latest Field Poll. Separately, two-thirds said they support voluntary water rationing, while only 27% favored mandatory cuts in water use. Opinions also were divided when people assigned blame for the drought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The news that Irwindale has declared Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance has set the Internet aflame, but a shortage is unlikely. Irwindale is expected to adopt a resolution labeling the smell of Sriracha production a public nuisance and declaring the company in violation of its development agreement. The resolution is expected to give Huy Fong Foods 90 days to fix the problem, according to city officials. But the company says it can fix the smell problem by June 1, which is well before that deadline.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Gillian Anderson did the unthinkable when she achieved pop culture fame as skeptical FBI agent Dana Scully in the landmark "The X-Files. " When the series ended in 2002 after nine seasons, she walked away from American television, moved to London and began taking on a variety of smaller-scale theater and film projects. Now, a year after the 20th anniversary of the start of "The X-Files," Anderson is more visible than ever in three TV series. She stars in BBC Two's "The Fall" as a senior police detective investigating serial murders, and NBC's "Crisis," in which she plays the chief executive of an international IT conglomerate whose daughter is kidnapped.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. President Nicolas Maduro described it as a means of “safeguarding food sovereignty.” The system will employ electronic fingerprint IDs similar to those used to identify Venezuelan voters to register shoppers who purchase goods at the state-run grocery chains Mercal, Bicentenario and PDVAL.
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.
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
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.
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.
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