By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2013 6 a.m.
Giving Santa Claus and his reindeer a military fighter jet escort on Christmas Eve amounts to manipulative military marketing aimed at defenseless young minds, a Berkeley, Calif., child psychologist says.
By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 12:46 p.m.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport made his first court appearance Wednesday with bruises on his face and a bandage on his neck.
By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Grant Smith and Nayla Razzouk, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 12:27 p.m.
NEW YORK — Iran's announcement this week that it expects to increase oil exports and discuss new deals with energy companies is the latest salvo in a debate over easing economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
By RAY FAURE, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:31 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed," members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.
By RODRIGO SOBERANES, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:26 a.m.
VERACRUZ, Mexico — A cargo truck hauling used medical equipment with extremely dangerous radioactive material was stolen from a gas station in central Mexico, and authorities have put out an alert in six central states and the capital to find it, Mexican and U.N. nuclear officials said Wednesday.
By The Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:23 a.m.
Senior Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis was assassinated outside his home in southern Beirut late Tuesday — a sharp blow to the Iranian-backed Shiite group. Hezbollah has no shortage of rivals eager to strike at its strongholds and leadership:
By By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
December 4, 2013 10:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama turned his focus Wednesday to the pocketbook issues that Americans consistently rank as a top concern, arguing that the dream of upward economic mobility is breaking down and the growing income gap is a "defining challenge of our time."
By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
December 4, 2013 10:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Trying to align lawmakers with the people they represent, Congress three years ago decided that when the new health care plan took effect, members would give up their platinum health benefits and enroll in the online marketplaces created for millions of other Americans.
By MICHAEL MELIA and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 11:22 a.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Recordings released Wednesday of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover, mobilized help and asked about the welfare of the children as the boom of gunfire could be heard at times in the background.
By Matt Volz, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 9:56 a.m.
HELENA, Mont. — A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California.
By Andrew Zajac and Andrew Harris, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 9:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Hours after the University of Notre Dame filed a religious challenge to the U.S. health-care overhaul in Indiana federal court, a judge in Washington heard arguments in a lawsuit assailing tax provisions of the statute.
By James Nash, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 9:38 a.m.
IRWINDALE, Calif. — On days when thousands of jalapeno peppers are ground to make the hot, tangy sauce favored by chefs nationwide, a fine red powder coats Dena Zepeda's silver Nissan and, when she's outside, collects in her ears.