| Nov 28, 2013
| 10:26 AM
A panel discussion on a late-night TV program happened to catch my eye a few nights ago.
A 30-year-old journalist, who still lived at home, and her TV counterpart, who was much older and had left home at 18, were arguing about the merits — or lack...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 8:52 AM
U.S. construction spending rose 0.8% in October from the month before, the fastest pace in more than four years, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.
Overall construction spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $908.4 billion,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Fast-food workers in hundreds of U.S. cities staged a day of strikes and rallies on Thursday to demand higher wages, saying the pay was too low to feed a family and forced most to accept public assistance.
The protests escalated a series of actions at...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:05 PM
Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among California counties, according to a new analysis announced Monday that upends traditional views of rural and urban hardship by adding factors such as the soaring price of city housing.
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:40 PM
WASHINGTON -- The partial shutdown of the government threatens self-inflicted harm to an anemic U.S. economy.
How much harm depends on how long the shutdown lasts and whether the bruising political battle extends to the government’s debt ceiling,...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:00 PM
An alternative way of measuring poverty shows that nearly 2.8 million more people are struggling across the country than officially calculated, the U.S. Census Bureau reports – and California has by far the biggest share of people in poverty,...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:35 PM
For the sake of ideological balance — and for entertainment purposes — you have to hand it to Andy Harris. He's the lone Maryland Republican in Congress, an extreme conservative counterweight to the moderate-to-liberal Democrats who hold the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Based on various quality-of-life factors, Livability.com this week has dubbed Costa Mesa one of its Top 100 Best Places to Live.
The city clinched the No. 99 spot based on eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics,...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 4:26 PM
The term "sandwich generation" has been around for a few decades, but the issue of caring for geriatric parents is gaining urgency as our population steadily ages.
Increasingly, baby boomers and Gen-Xers find themselves caught between their...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:05 AM
The makeup of the workforce has changed over the past few decades. The impact of recessions, along with technological advancements, offshoring and other factors, have caused some industries and job types to strengthen while others have declined. In fact,...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 7:59 AM
Retailers had a shaky September, as lukewarm back-to-school shopping and a plunge in car purchases caused sales to slide from August, according to the government.
Retail sales last month amounted to $425.9 billion, down 0.1% from August, the U.S. Census...