| Jan 11, 2014
| 8:00 AM
NEW YORK — It's hard to break from the past. Even under the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which sought to smash the "Four Olds" of customs, culture, habits and ideas, the tradition of calligraphy was held in reverence, as it had been for centuries....
| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The board of the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2013 awards Monday. There are five finalists each in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The NBCC announced the recipients...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 1:24 PM
Early Monday morning, citing “serious health issues” in her family, Liz Cheney gave up her bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Wyoming.
"My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and they will always...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Journalists and liberal Roman Catholics are making much — perhaps too much — of Pope Francis’ decision to remove a conservative American cardinal from the congregation that helps choose bishops. The New York Times said that the pope...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:49 PM
LAS VEGAS — Advocates for so-called plural marriages are applauding a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that struck down key segments of Utah's anti-polygamy law, saying they violated constitutional rights to privacy and religious freedom....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 6:36 PM
Looking for restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Have a cocktail and roasted chestnuts before finishing all your last-minute gift wrapping. Or celebrate Christmas Eve with La Vigilia, also known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes,...
| 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...
| Dec 22, 2013
Much of California's foster care system is private, a result in part of a prevailing political philosophy in the 1980s that the private nonprofit sector could provide better service with better results at a lower cost than government. Over the years,...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 9:54 AM
Where will you be ringing in 2014? Here's our guide to what's happening around town New Year's Eve and where you can recover the day after.
Allumette is having a retro redux New Year's with a menu inspired by 60s grand continental cuisine. Dishes...