| Oct 18, 2012
| 3:53 PM
The paparazzi shots have been seen all around the world –- a dead-eyed, make-up smeared Britney Spears shaving her head in a Tarzana hair salon and attacking an SUV with an umbrella -– but when they appeared pieces of evidence Thursday in a...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Cocaine dependence is a devilishly difficult addiction to break, owing to the drug's unique chemical ability both to reward users and to disrupt their impulse-control mechanisms. But a surprising drug combination may offer an equally clever way to...
| Jun 17, 2012
Stephen Downing speaks fondly of his 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, saying he misses the camaraderie and the integrity of the people he worked with in a career that took him from street cop to deputy chief. Along the way, as commander of...
| Nov 11, 2012
Terry Smith collapsed face-down in a pool of his own vomit.
Lynn Blunt snored loudly as her lungs slowly filled with fluid.
Summer Ann Burdette was midway through a pear when she stopped breathing.
Larry Carmichael knocked over a lamp as he fell...
| Aug 5, 2012
Dr. James W. West stood on the cutting edge of medicine in the middle of the 20th century and recognized "it sounded bizarre to remove an organ from a dead person and expect it to work."
He was part of a team of surgeons who helped change that perception...
| Aug 12, 2012
Boom and Bust in the New "New West"
Metropolitan Books: 337 pp., $28
In his new book "Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New 'New West,'" Los Angeles writer Rubén Martínez...
| Aug 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO — If there is a more profound and costly failure than the war on drugs, it hasn't come to my attention.
In Mexico, an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since 2006, as drug cartels wage bloody battles...
| Jun 3, 2012
Illegal drugs by the tons are smuggled into California each year by sea, by land and by air. Cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin are either produced in or pass through Mexico, where 50,000 people have been killed in the last six years in an...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:27 AM
Once a week for the last several years, I've driven to skid row to visit a friend. I get depressed about the area at times because it's such a depository of the unfortunate and the forgotten. But then I'll catch a warm greeting, or see a sign of hope in...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 9:35 PM
Jane's Addiction is a parody of itself, while Black Keys and Mumford & Sons wipe out pretenses; Florence + the Machine and Foster the People are embraced. Guys with guitars roamed freely Sunday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre, where bands......
| Dec 14, 2011
| 9:36 PM
Biggest Loser winner: John Rhode says he's at risk for gaining back all 220 pounds that he lost -- unless he works hard each day to use what he learned at The Biggest Loser Ranch....