| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:00 AM
KABUL, Afghanistan — Before serving as an interpreter for the U.S. military, Shafiq Nazari passed exhaustive background checks by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.
The military trusted him enough to issue him an automatic rifle. He has...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 10:41 AM
State health officials reported Friday that flu deaths in California have reached 147 this flu season, with an additional 44 deaths under investigation as likely flu-related. Four of the confirmed deaths were of children.
Seventeen deaths occurred in...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:33 PM
Influenza-related illness has killed 147 Californians under age 65 this season, including 17 people in Los Angeles County and one in Long Beach, state health officials have confirmed.
The toll is unusually high: At the same point last year, only 14...
| Oct 21, 2013
After the mortifying revelation that something awful is in the air — or the water, or somewhere — in last week‘s Season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead, we open episode 2 in the dead of night, at the fence, where a flashlight-toting...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 9:26 AM
For six years, Mexico has been fighting a bloody war against drug cartels, and a bloodless virtual war for public opinion of U.S. travelers.
Every time a piece of good news comes out about Mexico, it gets drowned out by an avalanche of bad news. At the...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 12:45 PM
In June 2009, my husband Sam and I slammed down the hatchback of our Honda CRV, the interior bulging with containers of Legos and books, school supplies and board games, and a box of shoes, a tin of Old Bay in the glove compartment. On the roof was a...
| Jan 19, 2013
The worst may be over.
As of Jan. 12, leading indicators of flu activity in Chicago had dropped to early December levels, according to the latest data from the city Health Department, released Friday. However, the numbers remain significantly higher...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 2:47 PM
How prepared is Virginia for a bioterrorism attack or a new disease outbreak? In last year's annual report, "Ready or Not?" by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the state scored a nine out of 10 on indicators for...
| Dec 7, 2011
As the influenza season heads in, Carol Baker, who chairs the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition, answers some common questions about the flu vaccine. Baker is a professor of pediatrics, molecular...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 4:31 PM
New Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has three preset buttons on his car radio: sports talk, news talk and country.
But none of those options appealed to Davin Meggett, the fourth-year captain who Edsall says will be his "workhorse" running back this...
| Jan 8, 2012
| 6:17 PM
When you're being considered for your first major role and it's to play a sex-addicted teen, you might have to do embarrassing things while auditioning.
Laura Slade Wiggins, who plays Karen Jackson on Showtime's "Shameless," learned that first hand....