February 4, 2014 |
Two decades ago, Congress overwhelmingly approved and President Clinton enthusiastically signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But now that the 1993 law is being used to challenge the Obama administration's requirement that employer health plans include contraceptive services, some supporters of the law are having second thoughts, and several organizations want the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional. That would be a mistake. The law was a response to a 1990 Supreme Court decision involving two Oregon men who had been denied unemployment benefits after they were fired for using the hallucinogenic drug peyote during a Native American religious rite.
January 8, 2014 |
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn't the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It was that one day he would die. "You know how people say that young people feel immortal? I don't know what they're talking about," he said. "I was planning for how I would deal with my death in good conscience well before I even hit puberty. " The moment captures Pizzolatto, one of the more colorful creative types to emerge in Hollywood in recent years and the force behind HBO's "True Detective," the Louisiana-set, time-jumping Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson noir series that premieres Sunday.
January 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Higher mortgage rates for 2014? Count on it. Could this be the year to check out hybrid mortgages, which haven't been popular lately? Maybe. You can count on interest rates going higher because: •The Federal Reserve intends to continue reducing its monthly purchases of mortgage bonds and Treasury securities, which will have the side effect of raising rates. •The national economy finally appears to be picking up steam, based on the latest quarterly data. Higher growth rates in turn will increase demand for available credit and probably nudge rates higher.
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December 12, 2013 |
After Delbert Tibbs dropped out of a Chicago seminary in 1972, he went on the road, walking, hopping freight trains and taking odd jobs across the U.S. One day in early 1974, police stopped him near Ocala, Fla., and questioned him about a crime 220 miles to the south. The officers took some Polaroid snapshots of Tibbs and then, satisfied he wasn't involved, sent him on his way. About a month later, in Lee County, Miss., a highway patrolman stopped him again and arrested him for rape and murder.
November 30, 2013 |
As balmy late afternoon quickly turned to chilly darkness, the coronation of USC's new football coach devolved from a crisp exclamation to a harsh declaration. "Coach O!" had become "Coach Whoa. " In the biggest game of his interim tenure Saturday night, Ed Orgeron's USC football team was passionate and disciplined. It was also a 35-14 loser to UCLA, the Bruins' first victory at the Coliseum in 16 years. In his final regular-season audition for a permanent position, Orgeron shook fists and patted helmets and commanded the sidelines with his giant positive presence.
November 26, 2013 |
President Obama praised the entertainment industry for shaping world culture and playing a key role in the international view of America during a speech Tuesday to about 2,000 employees at DreamWorks Animation. "Entertainment is part of our American diplomacy," Obama told the crowd gathered in a sunny courtyard at the animation studio's Glendale headquarters. "It's part of what makes us exceptional, part of what makes us such a world power. You can go anywhere on the planet and you'll see a kid wearing a 'Madagascar' T-shirt.