| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
The crazy wing of the Republican Party finally got what it wanted. The federal government has been shut down for the first time in nearly 18 years because the GOP refused to approve further government funding unless the Patient Protection and Affordable...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:20 PM
It's been said that more has been written about Richard Wagner than anybody who's ever lived, except for Jesus Christ. Wagner no doubt would have been flattered by the comparison.
Despite the manifold glories of the German Romantic composer's music, his...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Ever since the first homework was assigned at the University of Oxford in 1167, the stellar graduates of British universities have influenced Western civilization. But that doesn't mean that Britain's three oldest college towns are stodgy. Although you...
| Sep 27, 2013
So the German people have spoken, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected. That means the European Union will continue to be a tortoise. Next May, following the European Parliament elections, we will discover just how slow and unhappy a creature...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:29 PM
Oscar Espinosa Chepe
Cuban economist fell out with Castro
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Women who live in states with the greatest income gaps are at bigger risk of depression, according to a recent study.
Living in states with a vast divide between the wealthy and poor makes people, especially women, more aware of their own financial...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Thomas Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics, will become the new president of the California Institute of Technology, officials announced Thursday.
Rosenbaum, 58, currently serves as provost at the University of Chicago, where he also...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:41 PM
The Himalayan yeti — or some version of that mythical creature — may be a relative of an ancient polar bear, according to new research by a University of Oxford geneticist.
Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford, analyzed the hairs from...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:05 PM
Lawrence Klein, the University of Pennsylvania economist who won the 1980 Nobel Prize for his computer-based models that help governments forecast the future and act accordingly, died Sunday at his home in Gladwyne, Pa. He was 93.
His family announced...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 4:53 PM
As the students enter Bill Lively's AP Euro class at La Cañada High School, they take a moment to rub a sign hanging on the wall in room 305. “Play like a Champion Today,” it says. I wanted to understand the essence of a teacher who would have...
| Oct 14, 2013
The Republicans' obsession with Obamacare has been variously described as a tactical ploy to preserve the semblance of unity in a divided party or as a fundraising magnet to raise money from the sort of folks who think President Obama is a reincarnation...