| Apr 2, 2014
| 2:56 PM
SAO PAULO, Brazil — Brazil’s military has agreed to open investigations of use torture at bases it operated during two decades of dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.
The announcement Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the coup that toppled...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 12:52 PM
CAIRO -- The Egyptian army announced Tuesday it had shot and killed an Islamist militant suspected of a key role in attacks on security forces in the restive Sinai Peninsula, while a reported vigilante killing elsewhere in Egypt heightened tensions...
| Apr 27, 2014
The first time I met Gabriel García Márquez, then an unknown writer in Mexico, was on July 6, 1962, in the office of the producer of Luis Buñuel's movie "Viridiana." I remember the date well because after noticing the headline, Gabo asked to borrow the...
| Jun 4, 2011
Indigo is something of a mystery. It sits between the more familiar purple and blue of rainbows. And it's the elusive center of Catherine E. McKinley's "Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World" which like its eponymous shade, falls somewhere...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 10:27 AM
AITUTAKI, Cook Islands — "Where is that?"
I must've heard the question a hundred times before arriving in the Cooks. Some friends placed the islands in the Caribbean. Several guessed "around Australia." No one nailed it until I spoke with a...
| May 13, 2011
| 1:19 PM
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln went to Cooper Union in New York to deliver the speech that would launch his national political career and help him secure the Republican presidential nomination.
But before the speech, Lincoln marked the occasion by stopping...
| May 16, 2011
1925: Saloth Sar, alias Pol Pot, born in central Cambodia.
1949: Pol Pot goes to Paris where he joins a group of young Cambodian revolutionaries, most of them Marxists.
1953: France grants independence to Cambodia under King Norodom Sihanouk; Pol Pot...
| May 14, 2011
| 7:59 PM
Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan, known as Hafiz Khan, 76, of Miami
An imam or spiritual leader at the Miami Masjid, also known as the Flagler Mosque, since at least 1999. A U.S. citizen, he is from Pakistan's Swat Valley. Accused of financing and...
| May 19, 2011
| 11:15 AM
Universal Studios Orlando on Thursday announced plans to retheme its Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast attraction with a new "Despicable Me" story line, and to digitally refresh the Amazing Adventures ofSpider-Man motion-simulator ride for 2012.
With no new...
| May 20, 2011
| 2:29 PM
Nobody was ever delusional enough to think Arnold Schwarzenegger was some kind of saint, but the disclosure of his love child with his housekeeper and how she remained part of the family household for a decade shatters what little was left of his public...
| May 21, 2011
Nathaniel Davis, a longtime diplomat who was the American ambassador to Chile when President Salvador Allende was deposed in a bloody coup, died of cancer Monday in Claremont. He was 86.
His death was announced by Claremont's Harvey Mudd College, where...