| Dec 11, 2012
| 11:05 AM
A state auditor's report sheds additional light on an unfolding scandal at a California prison in Soledad. The report, an annual compilation of state employee misconduct, notes that a nursing supervisor at the California Training Facility falsely...
| Dec 8, 2012
| 6:07 AM
The night rapper Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in one of L.A.'s most brazen unsolved homicides he had no drugs or alcohol in his system, according to a Los Angeles County Coroner report unsealed Friday....
| Apr 23, 2012
| 4:35 AM
Nurse Jackie is out. Free from rehab. Sure it’s supposed to take 28 days, but this is Jackie we’re talking about....
| Aug 26, 2012
James Fogle, a career criminal and writer who blew every chance he had to go straight, including the brief period after his manuscript about a band of outlaw junkies, "Drugstore Cowboy," was made into a well-regarded 1989 movie, died in prison Thursday in...
| Sep 21, 2012
NORBERTVILLE, Canada — Madeleine Robitaille could have requested anything from her Hockey Hall of Fame son Luc and he would have moved mountains to give it to her, but that isn't her way. She and her husband, Claude, worked hard for all they had...
| 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
"My husband has repeatedly asked me to give him a gun, he has asked me to shoot him, and he repeatedly begs to die."
This came to me Wednesday afternoon in an email from a Northern California woman.
"All I can do is give him the prescribed doses of...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:09 PM
What fun, this national signing day, colleges' version of the NFL draft. Story I'm following most closely is of the Florida mom who reportedly ran off with her kid's signing papers so he wouldn't leave home.
As Dave Barry used to say, I'm not making...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 5:48 PM
The bullet that Larry Robert Broman used to kill himself went clean through his head and into the wall.
No one had expected him to do it. Not his ex-wife, who had remained close to him. And not their two grown daughters.
It happened early on the...
| Nov 11, 2012
Fourteen of Doanh Nguyen's patients have died of prescription drug overdoses since 2005, coroner's records show.
But he's not to blame for any of them, he said.
His practice in Orange County's Little Saigon caters to pain sufferers of all kinds....
| Sep 17, 2011
Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Times analysis of government data has found.
Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing...