| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:40 PM
The argument for increasing oil production in the U.S. to decrease gas prices at the pump has sparked passionate debate, but it undervalues the influence of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
In recent years, OPEC has shown an...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 8:05 AM
If you’ve ever lusted after unused items in a friend’s closet, here’s your chance.
Threadflip, a San Francisco start-up that launched this week, aims to give users a new way to discover, buy and sell fashion. The site's users can upload...
| Aug 10, 2008
High-powered automatic weapons and ammunition are flowing virtually unchecked from border states into Mexico, fueling a war among drug traffickers, the army and police that has left thousands dead, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.
| Jun 4, 2009
Twice before, the anti-drug agents had gotten a tip about a load of cocaine at the hulking industrial park on this dreary stretch of highway half an hour outside Guatemala City. Twice before, a U.S. official said, they had found nothing.
On their third...
| Oct 28, 2009
Words can hardly convey how vicious, how over the top, Mexico's drug war has become. So they invented some.
The Mexican media now have a special expression for being lined up and shot, and another for being dumped in the trunk of a car (we'll get to...
| Oct 12, 2009
Reporting from Culiacan, Mexico, and Monterrey, Mexico -- Silvia Raquenel Villanueva, once hailed here as "the Bulletproof Lawyer," could outrun the bullets no longer.
Villanueva, one of Mexico's most controversial attorneys, was shopping in Monterrey in...
| Sep 4, 2009
The deed was stomach-turning: Hooded gunmen burst into a Ciudad Juarez drug treatment center, gathered together those inside and lined them up before opening fire with semiautomatic weapons. When the shooting was over, 18 people were dead.
| Jan 6, 2010
If the murderers of the gifted young El Monte educator and public official Bobby Salcedo ever are brought to justice, we're likely to find that the weapons used to kill him and five other men kidnapped from a bar in the drug-ravaged Mexican city of...
| Jul 3, 2009
The shooting last December was as mysterious as it was brazen: On a downtown stretch of the 101 Freeway, a storm of bullets riddled a $100,000 Bentley, showering the lanes with shell casings and glass, and leaving the driver mortally wounded.
| Nov 24, 2009
| 9:19 PM
Driving into Mexico has been a largely hassle-free experience for decades: There were few customs inspectors, even fewer gates, and for most border crossers, no questions asked.
That's about to change.
The Mexican government is modernizing its ports...
| Sep 5, 2007
The looming start of the pro football season makes me yearn for a new TV set, one that will display the exploits of Michael Vick Joey Harrington in lush detail and vivid color. But I'm going to hold onto my 10-year-old Toshiba for a while longer -- not...