| Apr 8, 2012
| 6:17 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — A homeless man plagued by schizophrenia is beaten to death by police in Fullerton. A man from Fort Bragg fixates on aliens for years while denying he is ill, then kills two men before dying in a gunfight with law enforcement. A...
| Sep 13, 2012
Inside the human skull lies a 3-pound mystery. The brain — a command center composed of tens of billions of branching neurons — controls who we are, what we do and how we feel.
"It's the most amazing information structure anybody has ever...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 3:16 PM
In a part homecoming and part farewell, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to return to the House chamber for President Obama's State of the Union speech as she bows out of public life to focus on her recovery.
The Arizona Democrat has left an indelible...
| Jan 30, 2012
If you don't believe in horoscopes, you're in step with science. But that's not the same as saying the season of your birth cannot affect your fate. Hundreds of studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, have suggested that the month a person is born...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 3:46 PM
MODESTO —Topamax. Depakote. Phenobarbital. The list goes on. Before Jayden David turned 5, he had tried a dozen powerful medications to tame a rare form of epilepsy. The side effects were devastating.
There were grand mal seizures that lasted...
| Feb 20, 2012
If you ask Emma Anders about the number five, she'll tell you that it's red. She'll also tell you that five is a mischievous, self-centered brat — like a kid throwing a temper tantrum at a party.
"Two is yellow, three is purple, four is 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...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 9:45 AM
NEW YORK — Oliver Sacks never meant to be part of the story. Indeed, much of his new book, "Hallucinations," (Alfred A. Knopf: 326 pp., $26.95), which mixes case studies, analysis and personal observation, had already been written when, in March...
| Oct 12, 2010
| 4:34 PM
âWe cannot think of any art of our time as latter-day cave paintings,â wrote the art historian Paul Arnett in a recent essay about African American vernacular art. Confronting the work of âprimitivesâ like Royal Robertson â whose magic-marker...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 9:37 PM
IHOP shooting: The man who shot to death four people at a Nevada IHOP before killing himself said he heard voices and saw demons, police said....
| Nov 11, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Blogger Paul Winkler snapped this photo of the marquee at "Funny Girl's" would-be New York home, the Imperial Theatre....