| Feb 16, 2011
David F. Friedman, the godfather of B-movie gore who produced 1963's "Blood Feast," which paved a bloody path that led to increasingly graphic horror movies, has died. He was 87.
Friedman died Monday of heart failure at a nursing home in Anniston, Ala.,...
| Mar 6, 2011
Can anything new be said about the American Civil War?
Though the causes and campaigns have all been examined by ranks of historians, many books are coming this spring for the 150th anniversary of the war's start on April 12, 1861, when Confederate...
| Apr 5, 2011
Edwin Gaustad, a retired UC Riverside history and religious studies professor who was a preeminent scholar on the separation of church and state, and who did groundbreaking work mapping the nation's religious landscape, has died. He was 87.
| Apr 18, 2011
| 2:40 PM
President Obama takes his budget message on the road this week, with town hall meetings in Virginia, Nevada and California this week.
But first he's reaching out to voters in a set of likely 2012 swing states by again inviting local television...
| Sep 21, 2011
Born on a mountain farm near Weaverville, N.C., in 1907, Wade Mainer soaked up old songs ringing in the far hills and hollers.
As a professional singer and banjo player, he would introduce that music to audiences throughout the nation and also pass it on...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 2:46 PM
The mood in camp Obama is picking up these days, with the president’s poll numbers inching northward and Republicans mired in what could turn out to be a prolonged, expensive battle for the GOP nomination.
When Obama campaign officials look at a...
| Aug 12, 2011
Award-winning British actor
John Wood, 81, a British actor who won a Tony Award in 1976 for his role in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "Travesties," died Saturday in his sleep inEngland, his agent announced.
Best known for his...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 4:12 PM
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been selected chairman of this summer's Democratic National Convention, elevating his role as a surrogate in the Latino community and raising his national profile at a time Villaraigosa considers his political...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 10:19 AM
In a surprise move, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Thursday afternoon that she will not seek a second term this November.
The Democrat said in a statement that she decided against a reelection bid so she could avoid further politicizing her...
| Jan 29, 2012
New Mexico: This year, New Mexicans mark 100 years of statehood. But much of the state's appeal stems from its human history that goes back much further. (In 2010, Santa Fe celebrated 400 years of cityhood.) Explore here: the adobe architecture and art...
| Dec 27, 2008
I have flown from Charlotte to Amsterdam and stayed just long enough to visit a coffee shop and see some Van Goghs before flying back across the Atlantic.
I have flown from Los Angeles to New York and wandered 5th Avenue and Central Park for an...