| Oct 22, 2012
SACRAMENTO — One guy stole a loaf of bread. Another was caught with a speck of meth. Somebody grabbed $1 in change from a parked car.
These men all had one thing in common besides being losers. They were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 8:06 PM
Dear Liz: I just turned 70. Must I draw now from my IRA? I still work full time. I heard from one investment company representative that since I work, there is an exemption that I may not have to start withdrawals. Is this true?
Answer: You can postpone...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 6:55 AM
You may have heard last week about a couple of big lawsuits brought by federal and state governments, alleging that the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's concocted a fraudulent scheme that contributed to trillions of dollars in investment losses...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 10:18 AM
If you're concerned about corporate crime, 2012 looked like a pretty successful year for the good guys.
The Thousand Oaks biotech giant Amgen paid $762 million in fines and penalties and pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to illegal marketing of...
| May 15, 2013
| 8:00 PM
San Jose winger Raffi Torres' jarring hit of Kings center Jarret Stoll on Tuesday triggered a sizable ripple effect that could alter the tone and course of the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The ripples could spread far enough for the...
| May 17, 2013
| 7:20 PM
As if you didn't know this already, we're coddling criminals in America.
By that I don't mean the petty drug dealers, three-strikes necklace-snatchers and other mooks filling up our state prisons; many of them are doing hard time. I'm talking about...
| Dec 30, 2012
This was the year of the healthcare mandate. No other consumer story of 2012 comes close.
In a split decision, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. casting the deciding vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the cornerstone of President Obama's...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 3:55 PM
HONOLULU — The first thing you notice about 1st Circuit Judge Steven Alm is how excited he is about what he's doing. The buzz-cut, fast-talking judge was waiting for me in the lobby of the courthouse early on a recent morning and led me up to his...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 4:15 PM
An initial response to Ed Reed's one-game suspension this week was a shrug. It didn't really matter, anyway. His Baltimore Ravens are playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
It got sillier as other reactions poured in.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike...
| Nov 27, 2012
State and federal authorities may have cracked down on unscrupulous mortgage lenders to avoid a repeat of the housing market meltdown, but there are still plenty of companies that are eager to dupe people into taking out bad loans.
| Apr 26, 2013
| 7:00 PM
The Olympics have come and gone for Bryshon Nellum. So has the pain in his legs that made his success in London last summer so amazing.
His story was seized upon, correctly so, by much of the media in London, even non-U.S. outlets. After all, even in...