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December 11, 1997 | Reuters
Barbie, who made news last month when Mattel Inc. announced plans to give the doll a more youthful face and a body make-over, is going brunet for the holidays. Barbie has been a brunet before, but this is the first time the 10-year-old Happy Holidays Barbie line will have darker hair. The company said collectors have embraced the holiday doll, pushing up prices for the 1988 version to as much as $795, up from its original price tag of $24.99.
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January 1, 1988
Robert N. Miller, 59, president of Getty Oil Co. until 1984 when Texaco Inc. took over the company. An engineer with Getty since 1950, Miller left the company to join Skelly Oil Co. in Tulsa but rejoined his old Los Angeles-based employer when it absorbed the Oklahoma firm in 1977. After his retirement he moved to Texas and established his own businesses. In Bastrop, Tex., on Wednesday after what was described only as a "short illness."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena businessman Ming Hsieh learned the value of education through some very tough lessons. As a child in China, he missed school for 10 years during the Cultural Revolution, when his family was sent to a remote village to work on a rice farm. His parents, both college graduates, improvised with scavenged textbooks, teaching Ming and his brother by candlelight in their one-room shanty.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn and David Pierson
Tensions ran high again Tuesday when Google Inc. blamed Chinese government censors for a temporary outage of its search engine in mainland China. Even as access to Google was restored, the public outcry over the interruption underscored the heightened sensitivity of Chinese Internet users who fear Beijing regulators will permanently block Google as retaliation for the company's recent defiant public stand against censorship in China. China's powerful filtering system, dubbed "the Great Firewall," has blocked other U.S. sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that ran afoul of government watchdogs.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Time-Warner Stockholders' Lawsuit Revived: A federal appeals court in New York reinstated a shareholder lawsuit over Time Warner Inc.'s method of reducing the $10-billion debt it assumed when Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. merged in 1989. A lower court had dismissed the suit as baseless in June, 1992.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The jockeying to bring the most popular names from TV and the Web to cellphones produced another exclusive deal Thursday with Verizon Wireless nabbing a multiyear agreement to offer ESPN's flashy feed of sports scores, newscasts and video highlights on the tiny screen. The plan to revive Mobile ESPN -- initially born as a full-blown cellphone company that would compete with big players such as Verizon before Burbank-based Walt Disney Co.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Stater Bros. Inc., which is nearly doubling its presence in Orange County by acquiring 14 Albertson's and Lucky supermarkets, will reopen three of them Saturday. They will be the first to reopen in Orange County under the Stater Bros. name since the Colton-based chain announced the deal in June. The stores were put on the block when Albertson's Inc. sought to gain regulatory approval to acquire Lucky's parent, American Stores Co., in a $9.8-billion deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Plans to sell groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert to Southern California suburbs are likely to pick up another approval Monday when Cadiz Inc.'s proposal goes before the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. But the company's highest hurdles lie ahead. The project faces mounting legal challenges, difficult negotiations with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California over use of the Colorado River Aqueduct, opposition from California's senior U.S. senator and the possibility that it may yet be forced to undergo an exhaustive review under federal environmental law. "I think the biggest obstacle Cadiz is going to have is sitting in Washington, D.C., named Dianne Feinstein," water district board member Brett Barbre said.
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