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July 1, 2007 | David Willman, Times Staff Writer
In the fall of 1992, Kanatjan Alibekov defected from Russia to the United States, bringing detailed, and chilling, descriptions of his role in making biological weapons for the former Soviet Union. As a doctor of microbiology, a physician and a colonel in the Red Army, he helped lead the Soviet effort. He told U.S. intelligence agencies that the Soviets had devoted at least 30,000 scientists, working at dozens of sites, to develop bioweapons, despite a 1972 international ban on such work.
November 15, 1985 | Benjamin Epstein
Brigitte Starczewski-Deval makes dolls. Exquisite dolls. Dolls that wouldn't look out of place in a painting by one of the old masters who inspire her. In a craft demeaned by Barbies and Kens and countless other rubberized, plasticized, babbling, gurgling junk, Starczewski-Deval makes dolls for museums and collectors, for people who consider doll-making an art form. For people who won't wince at a price range of $2,400 to $14,000.
Seeking to resolve a tortuous and costly legal battle, Dow Corning Corp. reached a tentative agreement with negotiators for women with silicone breast implants Wednesday to pay $3.2 billion to settle claims by more than 170,000 women that the implants harmed their health. The settlement would compensate women based on the seriousness of injury they claim, providing up to $300,000 for those who have a severely debilitating illness.
November 17, 2002 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
PEOPLE sometimes take trips for deep reasons. They're turning 50 and feel compelled to see Florence; they've just recovered from an illness and want to trek in the Himalayas; they're divorcing and need to escape the anguish. Psychologically motivated trips like these are, in a sense, gambles with life. The transition or crisis makes people more willing to free themselves from routine, feel in a heightened way or make life changes based on events on the road. They are my favorite kinds of trips.
For Hong Kong residents desperate to flee before China takes over in 1997, the Federal Republic of Corterra sounded perfect. The tiny Pacific island nation was described as lying between Tahiti and Hawaii, with 80,000 citizens who enjoy democratic government, a British-style legal system and no income tax. Best of all, a newspaper ad here boasted, passports are bargain-priced at only $16,000. Three local businessmen quickly paid the $5,000 application fee. Then they discovered the catch.
April 12, 1987 | DAVID DEVOSS, David DeVoss is a Los Angeles Times Magazine staff writer.
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.
August 19, 2009 | Dylan hernandez
On a day when Manager Joe Torre conceded that Hiroki Kuroda probably would go on the disabled list in the near future, Clayton Kershaw walked into the Dodgers' clubhouse with flu-like symptoms. Nice timing, huh? Kershaw's illness translated into uncertainty for the Band-Aid of the ailing pitching staff, Jeff Weaver . Weaver was named as Kuroda's replacement to start the series opener against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday -- that is, if Kershaw is healthy enough to face the St. Louis Cardinals today.
June 27, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Uncertainty has been the buzz word in the struggling economy, as business leaders say they don't want to hire until a few national policy decisions are resolved -- President Obama's Affordable Care Act being one of them. So does that mean Thursday's expected Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law could boost hiring, and possibly Obama's reelection chances, by removing that uncertainty? Economists are not certain. "The idea that having a clearer outlook on policy at all levels will produce certainty -- that's true," said Gregory Daco, an economist with IHS Global Insight.
May 6, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Britain looked set for a period of political uncertainty as voters appeared to usher in a stalemated Parliament, with the opposition Conservatives on track to capture the most seats in a volatile national election Thursday but not enough to form a majority government. Exit polls projected a harsh blow to the ruling Labor Party, whose dominance after 13 years of government has apparently come to an end. Voters denied the party of Prime Minister Gordon Brown an uncontestable and unprecedented fourth term, pushing it into second place.
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