| Apr 2, 2015
| 3:30 AM
Every time she looks up at California's Capitol dome and walks into the grand old building, says freshman state Sen. Janet Nguyen, "I think to myself, 'Wow!'
"I'm one of 40 state senators in California. Never in my entire life did I think I would become...
| Mar 30, 2015
| 4:00 AM
The Los Angeles Philharmonic arrived Friday needing its spirits lifted. The flight from Seoul, the last leg of an Asia tour that began in Hong Kong a week earlier, was delayed. The bus ride from Narita airport to the Tokyo hotel meant a couple of more...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 9:27 AM
If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress on Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, President Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 8:30 PM
Sometimes it is the aggregate of the news, more than a particular story, that ushers in a shock, a realization that things are perhaps worse than they seem.
The headlines in the fourth week of March reminded us we are a nation still at war. It's easy...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 6:30 AM
YOLA has touched down in Soma. And it is not, as might have been expected, the far side of the moon.
When 15 student musicians in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles arrived here Thursday, the expectation was to find...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 12:21 PM
"The reason 'The Interview' is not very good," my colleague Michael Phillips wrote last year about the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, "has nothing to do with its decision, which Sony surely regrets, to name names and kill off the North Korean leader on...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Jet lag can do strange things to a person. But it wasn't just a mixed-up body clock that had me awake at 3 a.m. during a trip to Japan a few years ago, madly scrolling through online ferry schedules and trying to plot a route by train, boat and taxi to...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON -- In high-stakes politics, sometimes the action of a little-known player drastically alters the chessboard with significant results. Such was the case of Curtis Gans, a serious game-changer who, as a University of North Carolina graduate,...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 10:04 AM
Thomas Jones methodically felt his new hand-carved wooden cane, inch by inch, from its eagle-head handle to its red, white and blue shaft.
"It feels real nice," said Jones, 82, who lives in the Glen Park section of Gary.
State Rep. Vernon Smith...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 6:30 PM
PARIS -- The most devastating reproach historians are likely to make to Barack Obama's record in the White House is his devastating failure in foreign policy -- a failure that stems from his willingness to leave the warrior ideologues of the State and...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 4:24 PM
Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations, even one'...