| Mar 31, 2014
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections.
| Mar 27, 2014
| 5:50 PM
For the first time in months, most Californians are shelling out more than $4 for a gallon of regular gasoline. And with the busy summer driving season ahead, prices are likely to move even higher, fuel analysts said.
It's a rite of spring as...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 9:15 AM
LAS VEGAS -- So the Burning Man festival, that summertime celebration of counterculture debauchery and rock 'n' roll music, is getting a full-time event czar to oversee the zaniness that takes place each August in the middle of Nevada’s nowhere....
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Not long after Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August, a friend cautioned the British director that his movie was "more important than you."
It turned out to be far truer than anyone, including McQueen,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:40 PM
NEW YORK — When the U.S. Olympic Team's opening ceremony sweaters were unveiled last month, the social media reaction to the star-spangled red, white and blue patchwork knit cardigans was overwhelmingly negative.
It seemed as if every armchair...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 10:11 PM
A section of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge sprung hundreds of leaks after a winter storm soaked Northern California, state transportation officials said Monday.
The leaks were in a supposedly watertight steel chamber...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 6:44 PM
SACRAMENTO — California has announced a sweeping overhaul of its troubled Employment Development Department, following months of turmoil that left thousands of Californians struggling to get their unemployment benefits.
A top aide to Gov. Jerry...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Dinner and a movie.
Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — Four months after a botched computer upgrade delayed unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of Californians, jobless workers are still finding it nearly impossible to reach state employees for help.
On any given day in recent...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 1:54 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — A report aimed at determining how delays, cost overruns and engineering problems that plagued the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge might be avoided in the future describes “an institutionalized, if not...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 10:26 PM
SAN FRANCISCO Two engineers who say their safety concerns about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were suppressed by Caltrans higher-ups told a state Senate committee Friday that they nevertheless believe the new eastern span of the structure is safe....