| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:10 AM
MOSCOW -- In the run-up to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, President Vladimir Putin on Friday again insisted that there is no discrimination against gays in Russia -- but then urged gays to "please leave children in peace."
Putin defended Russia's...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 6:55 PM
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission has voted unanimously to designate a Brentwood house designed by famed architect Paul Revere Williams as a historic-cultural monument.
Among those who testified in favor of preserving the house at 7 Oakmont...
| Jan 19, 2014
Do genes make us do it? The idea that human behavior is driven by genes makes many people uncomfortable, and nowhere is the dispute more bitter than when discussing the biological underpinnings of violence.
The war of ideas over violence and human...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 4:13 PM
The teenage girl Sepideh only wants to look at the stars.
A student of astronomy and worshipful devotee of Albert Einstein, she dreams of joining the young men who trek out nightly in the desert south of Tehran to gaze at constellations. But such...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:18 PM
People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts —...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 6:00 AM
For generations, a holy trinity of painter-muralists has loomed over Mexican modern art. Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, known as los tres grandes, or "the big three," generally have set the terms for any discussion about...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:23 PM
PARK CITY, Utah — When Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, newly arrived in the United States to continue his education, wrote to his father in Ethiopia that he'd decided to study film, the reaction was not exactly positive.
"He wrote back a two-page letter...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Who knew that what was on the mind of Adam Sternbergh, the acute and witty observer of pop culture, was an assassin-for-hire in a forsaken New York? In his first novel, “Shovel Ready,” Sternbergh envisions a New York that’s largely...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:39 PM
Santa Claus never came to our home in Boyle Heights. Not even in a half-baked disguise.
But if he had shown up on Christmas Day, I probably would have wondered why, because Christmas Eve was the day our family got together — our Super Bowl of...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:37 PM
The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda, a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness.
Feasting on fresh fruits from the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge of Salt Lake City didn't know they were going to get married on Friday.
They didn’t even have the time to tell anyone. Wood was so frazzled she almost forgot to grab her driver’s license before heading to...