U.N. tries to halt Israeli defense

by -NO AUTHOR- -- By Delia M Arias De Leon UNITED NATIONS – Amid Israel's efforts to demilitarize the Hamas stronghold in Gaza and protect its citizens from an ongoing barrage of more…

San Fran: No. 2 in elephant-killing ivory imports

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) Two elaborately carved elephant tusks stand inside a display case at the Canton Bazaar in San Francisco's Chinatown, elegant reminders of a tragic, escalating world crisis. more…

Sierra Nevada, Yosemite fires grow

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) A wildfire burning since Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento destroyed 13 homes and 38 other buildings as firefighters continued to attack more…

3 kids killed in hit-and-run carjacking

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said detectives were still questioning "two persons of interest" Monday and no charges have been filed yet. Philadelphia police were questioning two more…

Plane crash kills man walking on beach

by -NO AUTHOR- -- SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on more…

Freak lightning strike injures 13

by -NO AUTHOR- -- VENICE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A 20-year-old man was killed and another critically injured after lightning struck Venice Beach on Sunday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Firefighters more…

2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (NEW YORK POST) More than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have come down with cancer, and a growing number are seeking compensation for their illnesses, The Post more…

Did 'Hercules' just hurl his club at Christ?

by Drew Zahn -- Walking out of the theater after watching the new "Hercules" movie, I felt suddenly deflated, disheartened even – as though I had just gleefully eaten a delicious and more…