| Mar 17, 2011
California has failed to identify and retrofit thousands of brittle concrete buildings despite years of warnings from scientists that the structures are highly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake.
Officials have known as far back as the 1971...
| Mar 15, 2011
| 9:33 AM
Re "Japan crisis may derail 'nuclear renaissance,' " March 14
If anything good can be said to have come from the terrible disaster in Japan, it is the realization that nuclear power plants can, at any time, be subjected to unexpected...
| Apr 10, 2011
In 1983, art historian Jose Arguelles was driving down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles to return a rental car when a vision bloomed: On Aug. 16, 1987, a critical mass of humanity would congregate at sacred spots around the world to bond with the...
| Nov 29, 2010
Leslie Nielsen, a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" comedies, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
Nielson died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home,...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 9:05 PM
Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79.
Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor...
| May 9, 2010
Walter J. Hickel, a former governor of Alaska who served as Interior secretary under President Nixon until he was dismissed for objecting to the treatment of Vietnam War protesters, has died. He was 90.
Hickel died Friday of natural causes at an assisted...
| Jun 15, 2010
Now is the time to make sure your home is as hurricane-proof as possible. Once the weather reporters don their yellow slickers, it's usually too late to effectively protect against hurricane-force winds and deluging rains, said Scott McCurdy of Coastal...
| Aug 16, 2010
Herman Leonard, a photographer best known for his iconic images of such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, has died. He was 87.
Leonard died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family spokeswoman said. No...
| Jul 29, 2010
Eric Malnic, a former longtime Los Angeles Times staff writer who was part of the team that won The Times a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riots and later specialized in aviation stories, has died. He was 73.
Malnic, who underwent...
| Jul 27, 2010
Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, a two-time world champion of the billiards sport known as snooker who galvanized the game with his wild antics and quick play, was found dead Saturday at his home in Belfast, Ireland. He was 61.
Despite being diagnosed with...
| Sep 30, 2010
Arthur Penn, the three-time Oscar-nominated director best known for "Bonnie and Clyde," the landmark 1967 film that stirred critical passions over its graphic violence and became a harbinger of a new era of American filmmaking, died Tuesday. He was 88....