| Dec 19, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Islamic State: An offshoot of al-Qaida — first known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and finally, the Islamic State — strung together military victories against Syrian government forces, Syrian rebel groups and Iraqi government...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Before heading off to Hawaii for a brief Christmas vacation, President Obama held a press conference in which he used a football analogy to characterize his upcoming final two years in office. "My presidency is entering its fourth quarter," he said....
| Dec 20, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Adherents of Tibetan Buddhism believe the Dalai Lama, the religion’s highest spiritual authority, has been reincarnated in an unbroken line for centuries. But the current Dalai Lama says he may be the last.
In an interview with the BBC this week,...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:00 AM
All told, the writers who left us in 2014 penned hundreds of children's books, poetry collections, novels and true stories.
We lost a National Book Award winner, a revealing Hollywood memoirist, two Nobel Prize winners, beloved children's book authors,...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 5:27 AM
In American pop culture, the year 2015 is kind of a big deal. It's the one Marty McFly visits in "Back to the Future II," replete with flying cars, hoverboards, rehydrated pizza and the Cubs winning the World Series — all cinematic prophesies we...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 4:33 PM
Satellite images showing the catastrophic devastation of two Nigerian towns by Boko Haram put the Islamist militant group back in the news Thursday. “One town, Doron Baga, has been almost wiped off the map, with about 3,100 houses burned down, while...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 4:40 PM
UC Irvine professor Norman Rostoker, a nuclear fusion pioneer who sought practical applications for clean energy, died on Christmas Day in Irvine. He was 89.
Considered the father of breakthrough nuclear fusion techniques, Rostoker pursued the use of...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 7:05 PM
When Jeff Kriezelman, 67, learned he had an incurable cancer, he had no idea he would one day meet the two Israeli Nobel laureates who he says saved his life.
Now the Winnetka resident has met both of them, including one who, along with Kriezelman, was...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 3:12 PM
Three children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have gone to court over control of their father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize. A judge failed to issue a ruling on the dispute Tuesday.
Last year, brothers Dexter King and Martin Luther King III compelled...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 12:30 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama, the premature Nobel Peace Prize winner, appears to have finally pried himself away from the gaming console and gone outside for some fresh air. Hopefully he'll stay there so Europe can recover from its hangover -- and from...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 8:25 PM
When I was a little kid, it was a time-honored tradition in my church — Chapman Quarries United Methodist Church — that all the children of the Sunday school classes would "Say Pieces" at Christmastime and Easter.
Such were the agonizing...