Posted On: 3:52 p.m. | December 25, 2012
As American troops shift from combat to advising, the ominous specter of "insider attacks" by Afghan troops has strained the relationship between the two armies.
Sixty-two Western coalition troops have been killed this year in 46 such attacks, leaving many American soldiers deeply suspicious of their erstwhile allies. At the same time, some Afghan officers and soldiers say they feel abandoned... View Post»
Posted On: 12:50 a.m. | December 25, 2012
After 225 From the Archive posts in 2012, here's the reader's and my favorites from the last year. View Post»
Posted On: 3:00 p.m. | December 24, 2012
Christmas light from around the world View Post»
Posted On: 12:13 a.m. | December 24, 2012
Elaborate figures create a dramatic Nativity display at Old City Plaza adjacent to Olvera St. in Los Angeles. View Post»
Posted On: 8:15 a.m. | December 23, 2012
Our weekly roundup of our favorite photos gathered by the wire services and our photographers. View Post»
Posted On: 7:24 p.m. | December 22, 2012
Brazil is dealing with what officials call a crack epidemic, affecting Brazilians of all ages and confounding government efforts to deal with it. Almost a year after a high-profile police effort to clean up Sao Paulo’s cracolandia as part of a revitalization program for the historic center, the outposts remain, but in a number of shifting locations rather than one large one.
Crack is cheap... View Post»
Posted On: 6:32 p.m. | December 22, 2012
State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana-growing in the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish.
In the remote, 37-square-mile patch of forest, they counted 281 outdoor pot farms and 286 greenhouses, containing an estimated 20,000 plants — mostly fed by water... View Post»
Posted On: 8:05 p.m. | December 21, 2012
This is a sovereign land of otherworldly beauty. Mist spills down a valley that winds from the Giant Sequoias to the elderberry and oak of the Sierra foothills. Stars in a black night sky seem as close as the candles that have been lighted in vigil during this tribe's darkest moment
For nearly two weeks, Yokut tribal members have been coming to the Church on the Hill, lighting candles. The... View Post»