| Jun 21, 2013
| 12:45 PM
The NSA's claim about how surveillance programs have thwarted terrorists ("Programs disrupted 50 plots, NSA says," June 19) warrants further scrutiny as does the claim by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger that the leaker did "tremendous damage."
On the matter of...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:11 PM
A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list after he was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, FBI officials said.
Walter Lee Williams became the 500th person to make the FBI's top list, officials said....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 3:06 PM
USC is "fully cooperating" with federal authorities investigating an ex-professor accused of child sex crimes who was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list, university officials said.
In a statement issued Tuesday, USC confirmed that Walter Lee Williams,...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Absent from the discussion about whether former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president.
As I was grousing about this, my...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 12:39 PM
HANOI, Vietnam -- It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country's unification under Communism.
| May 11, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Linda Beuret and her husband, Peter, traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia in January to sail on the Mekong River, which had been a dream of theirs.
"We were amazed at the Mekong River and all the people who live on the river without stepping on land," she...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 5:23 PM
There's a new bug in town, and it's a bad one. The Bagrada bug, a.k.a. harlequin or painted bug, is an alien invasive insect that is spreading like wildfire throughout Southern California. It's a rather pretty creature with a black, shield-shaped body...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Shaped like a teardrop and carved out of the eastern bank of the Bush River, the UNDEX Test Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground has earned the nickname "Super Pond" for its unusual properties.
Viewed from above, the man-made pond looks much darker...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 6:28 PM
When his son turned 14 a year ago, Jonathan Hardy bought the teen a gift that was both a coming-of-age badge and a hot item: an AR-15 rifle.
To Hardy, the matte-black weapon is not a dangerous assault rifle. His son's model shoots the same small, low-...
| Jan 29, 2012
Think of what follows as a travel tapas buffet — tidbits that just might whet your appetite for more. Here are a dozen pieces of information for the 2012 traveler.
1. You will know how much you'll pay to check your bags when you're flying. The...
| Dec 9, 2011
Robert Lawrence Balzer, a wine critic and educator who wrote an influential column in The Times for three decades during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed, has died....