| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:53 AM
BAGHDAD — A suicide attacker and twin bomb blast Thursday targeted Shiites marking a somber religious ritual in Iraq, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.
The ritual, known as Ashoura, is observed every year...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Getting sucked into the virtual world is a common problem these days. You can spend so much time on Twitter and Facebook that you miss what's going on around you.
Stacy Dacheux, a writer and artist, had gotten in the habit of starting each day by...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 9:38 PM
Editor hired 'Sex and the City' columnist
Peter Kaplan, 59, the former editor of the New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:21 PM
The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual.
The action was taken after animal...
| Sep 17, 2013
Re "Age-old rituals, TV-age church," Column One, Sept. 13
The Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy has chosen to spend millions ($57.5 million on the purchase alone) to convert the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove to the Christ Cathedral. It's...
| Jul 13, 2013
Spa fans want more than sloughing off dead skin or soothing aching muscles from those pampering places of eucalyptus-scented bliss. And businesses are transforming into mind, body and soul temples of wellness to meet the demands of people increasingly...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:37 AM
A Maywood man whom prosecutors described as a Satan worshiper was sentenced Wednesday for strangling and killing his mother, then dismembering her body.
Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 21, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Feb. 2, 2011, slaying...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 11:55 AM
Years ago, desperate for a subject for a short “light and bright” editorial, I came across a news story about a telephone company that offered a “Dial-an-Atheist” service. The seeming absurdity of the idea appealed to me, and a...
| Aug 31, 2013
Pomegranates and dates, signature Rosh Hashanah fruits in many households, have been associated with the culture of the Holy Land since biblical times.
Both fruits made the Torah's list of the Seven Species; the honey in that list is believed to have...
| Jun 22, 2013
Exodus International: In the June 21 Section A, an article about the closing of Exodus International, a ministry in the "gay cure" movement, mistakenly attributed a quote, "In more and more communities, churches are grappling with homosexuality in more...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In traditional Native American belief, spirits can inhabit seemingly inanimate things.
Can paintings, sculptures, decorative objects and handicrafts also be infused with the spirits of their subjects, and of the people who made them?
If so, the new...