| Dec 16, 2012
In 2009, when I was trying to figure out why gun sales were so brisk, I visited a couple of gun shops in Riverside and Corona.
Back then, part of the reason people were arming themselves, they told me, was that President Obama had recently taken office,...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 4:35 PM
The works of the authors at the Sunday afternoon Festival of Books session "American Breakdown" had little in common except for one thing: failure. Failure of institutions, failures of a family, failures of a society. The session moderated by L.A.......
| Jan 2, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords came to Newtown last week for a private meeting with family members of the victims of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Giffords was a victim of a mass shooting, too, on Jan. 8, 2011....
| Aug 21, 2012
If it hasn't completely vanished down the memory hole, you might recall that last week a man walked into the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council with a backpack of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and bullets, said something like "I don't...
| Apr 3, 2013
President Obama pleaded with Congress last week to remember the victims of December's schoolhouse shootings in Connecticut and tighten the nation's gun laws. "Shame on us if we've forgotten," he said. "Don't get squishy."
But four months after the...
| Dec 19, 2012
If you're thinking that last week's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., makes it likely that Congress will soon pass stricter federal gun laws, remember this: People thought the same thing in 2011, after a gunman shot into a Tucson crowd, killing six and...
| May 24, 2012
What spreads almost as fast as necrotizing fasciitis, a.k.a. flesh-eating infection? News stories about it.
Surely by now you've heard about the horrifying case of Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia graduate student who cut her leg on May 1 and...
| Jul 24, 2012
If ABC News does fire Brian Ross, he could always find a job working for Aaron Sorkin.
Ross, a veteran investigative reporter for ABC News, blew it Friday morning when he suggested that the Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect, Jim Holmes, might be...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 10:44 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four years after riding a wave of optimism into the White House, President Obama offered a sobering message as he asked Americans for another term to help complete the country’s recovery from the worst economic crisis since...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 8:52 AM
Space shuttle Endeavour is generating excitement Thursday as it flies from Texas to Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. People took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media (see below) as the shuttle departed Houston and made a......
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:52 PM
Space shuttle Endeavour, carried atop a modified 747, has landed in California at Edwards Air Force Base, the latest stop in its cross-country trek from Kennedy Space Center in Florida....
| Sep 20, 2012
| 5:42 AM
California, here it comes....