| Jan 15, 2014
| 4:13 PM
The teenage girl Sepideh only wants to look at the stars.
A student of astronomy and worshipful devotee of Albert Einstein, she dreams of joining the young men who trek out nightly in the desert south of Tehran to gaze at constellations. But such...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:13 PM
Don Engel had only a small law firm in Los Angeles — just two or three attorneys in addition to him and his wife. But a phone call from Engel could strike fear among the loftiest executives in the music business.
Engel, who represented some of the...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 7:38 PM
USC President C. L. Max Nikias was the 13th-highest compensated private university president in 2011, making nearly $1.4 million in total pay, while former UC President Mark G. Yudof was the eighth-best paid public education executive, according to an...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:34 PM
Amasa Delano, a New England sea captain sailing off the Chilean coast in February 1805, thought he was helping a ship in distress when he boarded the Tryal with an offer of food, water and assistance. Adrift in dangerous waters, its worn hull covered with...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Media and entertainment industry attorney Donald Engel died Wednesday in Redwood City, Calif. following a long battle with leukemia. He was 84 years old.
Engel's famous clients include Olivia Newton John and Donna Summer, for whom he won major victories,...
| Jan 16, 2014
Marlise Munoz is dead. Yet her body is in a hospital intensive care unit, maintained on a ventilator. Why?
The 33-year-old paramedic and mother of one from Fort Worth, Texas, apparently suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in her home Nov. 26. She was...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Public libraries in Illinois want to be just like Oprah — at least in one way.
They want to replicate the talk show host's success in turning some relatively unknown writers into best-selling authors through her book club.
The Soon to be...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Former Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse has thoughtfully addressed the naked pictures of him that leaked online over the weekend.
And here we thought it was mainly the girls who had problems with these kinds of photos. (We're looking at you, Vanessa...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:46 PM
Not even a frigid winter storm could deter some New Yorkers from their beloved Cronuts on Friday morning.
Over 100 people braved below-freezing temperatures to line up outside Dominique Ansel Bakery, home to the popular pastry, as early as 6:30 a.m....
| Dec 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
PASO ROBLES, Calif. — The host was a good cook, famous for his mashed potatoes. No — not potatoes. Beans. Baked beans. That was it. Brooke Mayo held a finger to her cheek. "Old age is getting to me," she said at last.
The images of that...
| Jan 6, 2014
Brain death needs a new name, some doctors and bioethicists say. Perhaps it should be called "death via cessation of brain function." Then, perhaps, the public might better understand that it's not just a serious coma or a severe brain injury or a...