| Oct 24, 2013
| 11:36 AM
In the world of criminals and the law, it is every felon’s last plea: It’s not my fault that I’m in jail, my lawyer messed up.
Sometimes, the courts even agree.
In Connecticut, a judge ruled in a famous murder case that celebrity...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Detroit went into federal bankruptcy court on Monday hoping to prove what most people already know: It is poor and $18 billion in debt, its residents aren’t getting adequate municipal services and there is no real way to rebound without some sort of...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 12:13 PM
The City Council of Richmond, Calif., rejected a challenge to the city's proposal to seize and write down troubled mortgages, instead voting 4 to 3 to invite other local governments to join its radical approach to slowing a wave of foreclosures. ...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:25 PM
In a city that had fallen into bankruptcy, where confidence had plummeted as crime rose, the election was cast as a decisive moment for San Bernardino.
And Tuesday the voters spoke up, pushing out the longtime city attorney — a prominent figure...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 7:10 PM
DETROIT — Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension.
But the city's recent plunge into bankruptcy...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 4:33 PM
And the last movie ever rented in a Blockbuster goes to "This Is the End," a 2013 apocalyptic comedy featuring James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan.
Quite fitting, no?
It was 11 p.m. in Hawaii, Saturday night. A man picked up the film "This Is...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:44 AM
He’s not an expert, but he’s played one on television, and that’s part of the reason that Kevin Trudeau could soon be headed for federal prison.
There, as one blog comment sardonically says, he could peddle a book called “The...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 3:40 PM
Early on in the excellent new indie drama "Sunlight Jr.," a thunderstorm turns the Florida sky a low-hanging gray. A car runs out of gas. A couple on their last dime are stranded — on the roadside and in lives as empty of promise as that tank.
| Nov 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Dear Liz: I currently have a 401(k) and an IRA, but want something more. A longtime CPA, who is very close to our family, recommended that I buy some stocks, but I'm unsure how to go about this.
Answer: When you're investing, it's important to be...
| Nov 17, 2013
Re "Obama puts the brakes on cancellations," Nov. 15
Though it is understandable that people would want to keep their current health insurance plans, their outrage is shortsighted.
They should read the fine print of those insurance plans, which...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:07 PM
A bankruptcy judge in New York has endorsed a plan to merge American Airlines and US Airways, pending the outcome of a legal challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Judge Sean Lane approved the merger plan Thursday at a hearing in U.S. bankruptcy...