| Oct 3, 2013
| 6:32 PM
In his church office, pastor Chuck Smith kept a crown made of thorns and a jar full of candy. The thorns were from the Holy Land. The candy was for his grandkids. The image suggested his special appeal as a preacher: A harsh, old-school Christianity...
| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Aug 1, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Long before scientists began to study global warming, author Raymond Chandler described the violent effects of dry, "oven-hot" Santa Ana winds gusting through the city of Los Angeles.
"Every booze party ends in a fight," he wrote in his 1938 story...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:51 PM
AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” about a high school chemistry teacher who starts manufacturing crystal meth to pad his family’s savings after learning he has terminal lung cancer, closes its final chapter beginning Sunday.
| Aug 9, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Sean Sasser, who became an unlikely pioneer of gay marriage during the 1994 telecast of MTV's "Real World: San Francisco," has died.
Sasser, who was 44, suffered from a rare form of lung cancer, according to UPI.
"We will miss u so much," Judd Winick,...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:58 PM
Budget director under President Carter
Bert Lance, 82, a Georgia banker and ally of former President Carter who served as his first budget director before departing amid a high-profile investigation of his banking activities, died...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 4:37 PM
Ronald L. Motley, a crusading plaintiff's lawyer who took on the asbestos industry before targeting tobacco companies in a landmark victory for the anti-smoking movement that brought the biggest civil settlement in U.S. history, died Thursday in...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:39 AM
Jared Remy, the son of former Angels and Boston Red Sox second baseman Jerry Remy, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of stabbing his girlfriend Jennifer Martel to death in Waltham, Mass.
Jared Remy is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on murder...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 2:27 PM
Jerry Remy, a former major league player and Boston Red Sox broadcaster, issued a statement detailing his "disgust and remorse" a day after his son pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered his girlfriend.
Remy's son Jared allegedly stabbed to death...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Valerie Harper, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January and given three to six months to live, has defied the odds and as of June was close to remission, the actress and her doctor revealed Thursday morning on the "Today" show.
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence.
In stories often set in Detroit...