| Jan 21, 2015
| 2:22 AM
A second consecutive day of violence in Yemen's capital raised fear of deepening instability in a nation regarded as pivotal to Washington’s counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.
Assaults by Houthi rebels on Tuesday had sparked speculation...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 4:00 AM
As a three-term Colorado governor, Roy Romer, a Democrat, had to deal with a combative Republican majority in his state Legislature. He later headed his party's fractious national committee.
But nothing was as difficult, he said, as running the Los...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Though income inequality has worsened in the past 40 years, most impoverished Americans would not be terribly concerned, provided their children had an even chance of moving from the bottom to the top of the income ladder.
The bad news is that they don'...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 7:10 PM
The United States has seen a remarkable turnaround in manufacturing employment since the economy bottomed out five years ago — but California hasn't.
The state has been among the slowest to recover jobs in an industry long viewed as a bastion of...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 5:50 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate reached a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 5:00 AM
California's high cost of living has pushed hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income workers to other states, federal data show.
The trend points to a challenge for the state's economy: how to attract workers of moderate means to some of the...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 4:57 PM
Niccolo Machiavelli, perhaps the shrewdest political philosopher in history, believed that great events were shaped by luck — or "fortuna" as he called this unpredictable force of life. The same actions might produce success or failure, depending on...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 11:55 AM
Last month I went back to the Naval Academy, my alma mater of 27 years, to attend ship selection night, an annual institution at the academy. Seniors pick from a list of ships, choosing how their careers as naval officers will commence. My son was picking...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 4:00 PM
There are lots of complex proposals floating around for how to end partisan gridlock in Congress. But here's a simple start: Bring back earmarked spending.
Earmarks — those legislative provisions that direct funding to specific projects —...
| Jan 12, 2015
As many high school seniors decide in the next couple of months what college they will attend, most will be flying blind about what their decision will cost them next year or 10 years later.
Despite all the hand wringing about runaway college costs, and...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 3:15 PM
California has one of the nation's largest concentrations of "advanced industry" workers, but a new study points out that the state still faces big challenges in Stockton, Fresno, the Inland Empire and elsewhere.
The study from the Brookings Institution...