| Oct 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Closed-door negotiations to determine the American military mission in Afghanistan after 2014 have stalled over U.S. demands to conduct lethal counter-terrorism operations and Afghan insistence that Washington guarantee support in event...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:59 PM
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation.
With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 10:36 AM
Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings had a long career ahead of him -- a career that was cut short when he died in a car crash in June at age 33. But there's one more installment on the way: He left a final book behind.
Publisher Blue Rider Press...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The first person in the Bible to take a life, Cain, was cursed by the Lord. Was he turned into a pillar of salt, like Lot's wife, or sent plagues like the Pharaoh? No. "You will be a restless wanderer on the earth," God decreed.
| Oct 2, 2013
| 11:40 AM
WASHINGTON -- Democrats used both diplomacy and trash talk to urge House Speaker John A. Boehner to abandon his tea party flank Wednesday and pass a no-strings-attached bill to reopen the federal government, as attention turned to the broader fight...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:10 PM
After 34 years of hostility between the United States and Iran, President Obama and his newly inaugurated Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani are poised to cross paths next week and possibly signal a mutual desire to defrost their countries' troubled...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 1:08 PM
BAGHDAD — Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 6:31 PM
The ghost of "Curveball" is haunting the Obama administration and undermining its efforts to marshal strong foreign and domestic support for military strikes on Syria.
Curveball was the code name given Iraqi defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who claimed in...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 7:06 PM
FT. MEADE, Md. — Military prosecutors in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning asked the judge Monday to sentence him to at least 60 years in prison, arguing that his leaks of classified documents severely damaged U.S. intelligence...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:15 AM
SAN DIEGO -- The resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner becomes effective at 5 p.m. Friday, ending a tumultuous nine months that began with promises of a "progressive agenda" and better services for neighborhoods but ended in scandal and litigation...
| Aug 18, 2013
Re "Nation-building at gunpoint," Opinion, Aug. 13
Army Col. Gian Gentile makes more sense than our national leaders, past and present, who believed that we could remake nations in our image.
After a Democratic administration failed in its nation-...