| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A $1-trillion spending bill was headed for swift approval in the House by Wednesday, but legislation to extend unemployment insurance stalled in the Senate amid partisan bickering, dashing hopes for a quick deal to resume jobless...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:24 PM
Archaeologists in China have unearthed the first clear evidence of cats living among humans as semi-domesticated mousers about 5,300 years ago, a heretofore missing link in the history of the world's most popular pet, experts say.
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:55 PM
A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 6:57 PM
Guillermina Villa is famous for the seafood she prepares at El Pescadito Tacos y Mariscos, a lunch truck that has been serving customers for more than 25 years near the intersection of Compton Avenue and 62nd Street in South L.A.'s Florence-Firestone...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture fined Harvard Medical School $24,036 on Wednesday for 11 Animal Welfare Act violations, including four animal deaths, from February 2011 through July 2012.
The government’s decision to fine the university wraps...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 12:16 PM
Fewer adolescents think smoking pot is risky than a decade ago, but the use of other drugs, including “bath salts,” Ecstasy and tobacco, dropped in the same period, according to an annual nationwide survey.
The Monitoring the Future survey,...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:30 PM
In an interview with The Times, U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden called valley fever "a big and growing problem" that presents "substantial" economic and health costs for Californians.
The CDC chief -- along with...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 2:26 PM
Much of what happens in Congress isn't about governing or setting policy, it's about creating campaign issues for the next election. That's because the No. 1 item on the legislative agenda is determining who'll get to set the legislative agenda.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:22 PM
The search for an HIV vaccine has taken an important step forward after researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla managed to capture molecular images of a protein spike that allows the deadly virus to invade human immune cells to hack...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Kitty, a female chimpanzee that gave birth to many offspring used in laboratory experiments, has died in a Texas animal sanctuary, the Humane Society of the United States announced Friday.
Believed to have been born some 51 years ago, Kitty had been...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:28 PM
1. Catch up on "Breaking Bad": 43 episodes to go. (No spoilers, please.)
2. Make it to page 39 of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” (My record so far: page 38.)*
3. Find out what a “Kardashian” is....