| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Prince William is bidding adieu to the Royal Air Force and active military duty.
The Duke of Cambridge, 31, second in line to the British throne and father of Prince George, will conclude active duty to focus on his royal responsibilities instead....
| Oct 8, 2013
| 11:43 AM
The Turkish government decreed Tuesday an end to a nearly 90-year-old ban on wearing Islamic head scarves and veils in civil service jobs, threatening to rekindle the secular vs. religious showdown that ignited weeks of unrest in late spring.
| Sep 4, 2013
| 8:57 PM
For Barbara Coe, everything changed the day she accompanied an elderly friend to an Orange County social services center in 1991.
"I walked into this monstrous room full of people, babies and little children all over the place, and I realized nobody was...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Director Werner Herzog's sobering new documentary short, "From One Second to the Next," is a hit on the Internet.
The 35-minute film, a cautionary look at the dangers of texting while driving, has racked up nearly 1.75 million views on YouTube since...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
When Detroit filed for bankruptcy last month, it wasn’t much of a surprise. With its boarded-up houses, abandoned schools, declining public services and shrinking population, it had become the country’s most depressing city. At least, that&...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:20 AM
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Amid the news coverage of Detroit's recent bankruptcy filing, Michael thought he heard something about public-sector workers there not paying Social Security taxes.
What's up with that? Aren't all...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
There's a scene in the movie version of "The Grapes of Wrath" that's stuck in my head. It's where a guy in a suit drives out to tell Muley the sharecropper that he and his family have to get off the land they've been farming for three generations....
| Jul 24, 2013
A dozen years after he left the Los Angeles City Council, Mike Feuer is back in L.A.'s civic life, this time in City Hall East, as the newly elected city attorney. His several careers are all of a piece: running the low-income legal service group Bet...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 7:37 PM
San Francisco dodged a bullet with Gov. Jerry Brown's deadline maneuver to block a strike by BART employees that would have left hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters and tourists stranded and scrambling.
But the temporary delay won't resolve an...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 4:48 PM
Good news for city dwellers. According to a study published this week, we are 20% less likely to die from serious injury than our counterparts in rural America. Sure, homicide rates are higher in cities. But in rural areas, access to trauma and...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 3:25 PM
The twin plagues of economic hardship and low academic attainment turn out to be an inflammatory problem, not just for society but for the human bodies beset by them. And for many, including those in minority groups who disproportionately experience...