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A traveler looks at the duty-free caviar case in Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Iran sees U.S. market for its prized caviar

TEHRAN, Iran — Nasser Meshkin Azarian took a careful nibble, letting the salty, grainy texture roll across his tongue. He smiled and washed it down with a sip of cool water. "I give it an 82 or 83" out of 100, Azarian said. At the retail price of $80 an ounce in Iran, it was an expensive bite. But beluga caviar is  …

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  1. Iran sees U.S. market for its prized caviar

    World

    TEHRAN, Iran — Nasser Meshkin Azarian took a careful nibble, letting the salty, grainy texture roll across his tongue. He smiled and washed it down with a sip of cool water.

    A traveler looks at the duty-free caviar case in Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.
  2. Underwater sanctuary plan aims to preserve Lake Michigan shipwrecks off Wisconsin

    Nation

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — After a year of scouring the depths of Lake Michigan with a sonar-equipped fishing boat, Steve Radovan finally got a hit on the gray-scale monitor in the captain's cabin in May 2016.

    The hull of the Lottie Cooper, sunk off Sheboygan, Wis., in 1894, is preserved in a park in Sheboygan. Submerged shipwrecks would be protected under a proposed national marine sanctuary.
  3. 'Pills are everywhere:' Opioid crisis and its youngest victims

    Nation

    When Penny Mae Cormani died in Utah, her family sang Mormon hymns — Be Still My Soul — and lowered her small coffin into the earth. The latest victim of a drug epidemic that is now taking 60,000 lives a year, Penny was just 1.

  4. A Tuscan village bares its soul on stage, again and again

    World

    MONTICCHIELLO, Italy — This walled village of just 200 residents perched in the hills south of Siena has always been a little isolated and, perhaps, a little conflicted about it.

    A curtain separates the wings from the stage in the theater set up in the piazza in Monticchiello, Italy. For 50 years, residents here have acted out the story of their lives.
  5. As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection falls to families

    Nation

    Angela Cooper arrived home from work to discover her daughter's temperature had spiked to 102 degrees — a sign that the teenager, who has cancer, had a potentially deadly bloodstream infection. As Cooper rushed her daughter to the hospital, her mind raced: Had she done something to cause the infection?

    Cancer patient Jaycee Gray, 18, of Iowa spent four days in the hospital with a bloodstream infection from her central line.