| Dec 13, 2013
| 9:28 PM
Barbara Branden, who wrote a definitive biography of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand after a close association that ended in a disastrous tangle of relationships, died Wednesday in a rehabilitation center near her home in West Hollywood. She was 84....
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:29 PM
More than five decades ago, Arthur Rankin Jr., a producer-director working in stop-motion animation, had an idea to develop a family-oriented TV special around a popular Christmas song. He hoped a network would like it enough to run it two or three times....
| Sep 24, 2013
| 7:42 PM
If proof was needed that opposites attract, the loves of Carolyn Cassady's life would more than make the case.
The daughter of a biochemistry professor and an English teacher with strict, Victorian values, she grew up in the 1940s envisioning a...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 6:40 PM
In 1980, Tom Clancy was making a decent living as an insurance agent. But underwriting fire, casualty and car policies wasn't the stuff of his dreams.
In his spare time he began to plot a novel — about an ex-Marine who worked for the CIA and a...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:46 PM
Manfred Rommel, the former mayor of the German city of Stuttgart and the son of the World War II field marshal dubbed the "Desert Fox," has died. He was 84.
Rommel died Thursday, local authorities said in a statement on Stuttgart's official website....
| Nov 16, 2013
| 9:39 PM
Award-winning investigative journalist
Raul Ramirez, 67, an investigative newspaper journalist who went on to help build a prominent Northern California public radio news operation, died Friday at home in Berkeley, said San Francisco...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 2:10 PM
For extraordinary acts of courage during the D-day invasion of World War II, Walter Ehlers received the nation's highest military award — the Medal of Honor. And it changed his life.
"I didn't have a life before the medal," Ehlers said in a 2004...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:57 PM
Larry Speakes, who strained to mediate between a hungry press corps and a media-distrustful White House during six years as President Reagan's press secretary, has died. He was 74.
Speakes died in his sleep Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He...
| Dec 17, 2013
When will the insurers revolt?
It's a question that's popping up more and more. On the surface, the question answers itself. We're talking about pinstriped insurance company executives, not Hell's Angels. One doesn't want to paint with too broad a...
| Oct 22, 2013
Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP's 'Civil War.'"
That diagnosis largely hangs on the judgment of 1970s New Right direct-mail impresario Richard...
| Dec 3, 2013
Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov.
Of course, there were caveats. The site will still probably get buggy when there's a lot of traffic, which is why Health and Human...