| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:56 PM
FRESNO — On bad-air days here in the Central Valley, school officials hoist red flags to warn parents and pupils that being outside is officially deemed “unhealthful for all groups.”
This winter, though, the most polluted on record,...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 6:37 PM
The 17-year-old high school senior lives in a neighborhood south of downtown where crime is still high, police sirens are ever-present, and fast-food joints line the block. She rarely leaves the area, never once having been to the beach with her family....
| Jan 11, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Maria de la Cruz is doing something these days she says she hasn't done in years. She lets her grandchildren play in the living room — and even opens the windows to let air circulate.
Ever since Allenco Energy Inc. shut down its oil field across...
| Jan 10, 2014
The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking — the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills — was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:42 PM
The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Allenco Energy Inc. from reopening in South Los Angeles, accusing the company of ignoring years of evidence that fumes from its oil fields were sickening residents of the surrounding...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 7:16 PM
Paperwork and computer glitches are still tripping up some eager consumers who are seeking coverage through California's insurance exchange and its 11 health plans.
On Monday, the Covered California exchange said that all the applications it received...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 6:00 AM
RIO BRANCO, Brazil — Dr. Alberto Asael Reyes speaks Portuguese carefully when talking to his patients. He arrived in the Amazon region only recently from Cuba, and his accent remains strong. But in an area where there has long been no available...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Injuries and ailments from Southern California amusement park rides are rare. But when they do occur, the most common are fainting, nausea and dizziness.
People are more likely to get sick or hurt on older attractions than on newer rides. And about 1 in...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
This was the year that millions of Americans learned that health insurance is complicated. The landscape they discovered is ugly.
Paying a premium doesn't mean your costs are over. Lower premiums mean higher deductibles, higher fees at the doctor's...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 10:41 AM
An American contractor kidnapped by Al Qaeda in Pakistan two years ago appears in a video that surfaced Thursday pleading with President Obama to negotiate for his release and saying he feels "totally abandoned."
Warren Weinstein, who was snatched...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 1:28 PM
The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday warned that pregnant women and children should not drink raw milk and said it supports a nationwide ban on the sale of raw milk because of the danger of bacterial illnesses.
The group's statement said it...