| Sep 12, 2013
In all the long history of American presidential addresses, has there been an odder one than this? With the solemn grandeur appropriate to a declaration of war, President Obama informed the American people Tuesday night that a congressional vote on...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:59 PM
Author Frederik Pohl, who over decades gained a reputation of being a literate and sophisticated writer of science fiction, has died. He was 93.
Pohl died Monday at a hospital after experiencing respiratory problems at his home in the Chicago suburb...
| Oct 8, 2013
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.
The term was coined by the libertarian...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 7:18 PM
HOPE MILLS, N.C. — Alberta Currie, the great-granddaughter of slaves, was born in a farmhouse surrounded by tobacco and cotton fields. Her mother, Willie Pearl, gave birth with the assistance of a midwife.
No birth certificate was issued; a...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 4:38 PM
Fred Katz, a musician, composer and educator who helped introduce the cello to jazz, died Sept. 7 in Santa Monica from complications of kidney failure and liver cancer. He was 94.
His death was confirmed by his son, Hyman Katz.
A child prodigy on...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Forget that stereotype about the dumb jock. A new study reveals that kids who are more physically fit score higher on geography tests, too.
Previous research has found that out-of-shape kids get lower grades in school and perform worse on tasks...
| Sep 17, 2013
Gregory Watson's college essay received a C — and changed America.
The next time someone goes on about how one citizen can't make a difference in this country or how the political system cannot be changed, tell them the story of Watson and the...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 3:35 AM
LONDON — Germans began heading to the polls Sunday morning in an election that will probably see their popular chancellor, Angela Merkel, voted in for a third term but forced to share power in government with one of the runner-up parties.
| Sep 22, 2013
| 11:12 AM
BERLIN — Angela Merkel appeared to have won a third term as chancellor in Germany’s elections Sunday, according to the first exit poll, but she faces tricky negotiations to form a coalition with the left-wing opposition after a surge in...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:12 AM
A trade association for the adult entertainment industry says there's no indication that a porn performer who tested positive for HIV was infected on set.
The Free Speech Coalition, a national trade association for the adult entertainment industry,...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 11:07 AM
SAN DIEGO — Ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment of women, Tuesday pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.
Under the plea agreement,...