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La Brea Tar Pits
Fossil field in Hancock Park (formerly Rancho La Brea), Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.
La Bruyère, Jean de
French satiric moralist.
La Follette, Robert M(arion)
U.S. politician.
La Fontaine, Jean de
French poet.
La Galissonnière, Roland-Michel Barrin, marquis de
French naval officer.
La Guajira Peninsula
Peninsula, northwestern coast of South America.
La Guardia, Fiorello H(enry)
U.S. politician, mayor of New York City (1933–45).
La Harpe, Frédéric-César de
Swiss political leader.
La Hontan, Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce, baron de
French army officer and explorer.
La Niña
Cyclic counterpart to El Niño, consisting of a cooling of surface waters of the Pacific Ocean along the western coast of South America.
La Paz
City (pop., 2000: 162,954), capital of Baja California Sur state, northwestern Mexico.
La Paz
City (pop., 2001: city, 789,558; 2003 metro. area est., 1,477,000), administrative capital of Bolivia.
La Perouse Strait
International waterway between the Russian island of Sakhalin and the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
La Plata
City (pop., 1999 est.: 556,308), eastern Argentina.
La Plata River
River, eastern central Puerto Rico.
La Rioja
Autonomous community (pop., 2001: 276,702), province, and historical region, north-central Spain.
La Rochefoucauld, François VI, duke de
French writer.
La Salle, René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de
French explorer.
La Scala
Opera house in Milan, Italy.
La Tène
Archaeological site at the eastern end of Lake Neuchâtel, Switz.
La Tour, Georges de
French painter.
La Vérendrye, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de
French-Canadian explorer.
Laayoune
City (pop., 1998 est.: 164,000), North Africa.
Laban, Rudolf (von)
Hungarian modern-dance teacher, inventor of the Labanotation system of dance notation.
Labor Day
Annual holiday devoted to the recognition of working people's contribution to society.
laboratory
Place where scientific research and development is conducted and analyses performed, in contrast with the field or factory.
labour
In economics, the general body of wage earners.
labour economics
Study of how workers are allocated among jobs, how their rates of pay are determined, and how their efficiency is affected by various factors.
labour law
Body of law that applies to matters such as employment, wages, conditions of work, labour unions, and labour-management relations.
Labour Party
British political party whose historic links with trade unions have led it to promote an active role for the state in the creation of economic prosperity and the provision of social services.
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