Some Republicans say gun control should be debated

Some Republicans now say they’re willing to discuss the politically treacherous issue of gun control, along with mental health issues and violent video games…

Christmas travel forecast

AAA predicts an estimated 11.7 million Californians will travel during the end-of-the-year holiday season, representing an overall increase of 1.8 percent compared to 2011…

School victims: Lively youngsters, dedicated adults

At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn’t get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner…

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

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With security stepped up and families still on edge in Newtown, students began returning to school Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre…

Classes resuming in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

With security stepped up and families still on edge in Newtown, students began returning to school Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre…

Stances softening in search of US fiscal deal

Both President Barack Obama and Congress’ most powerful Republican are making significant concessions just two weeks before the economy-threatening “fiscal cliff” is due to kick in…

Bay Area shoppers plan last-minute shopping

Many Bay Area residents appear to have much of their holiday shopping left to do just more than a week until Christmas, according to a survey released today by Visa Inc…

Busiest mailing day of the season

Of the 18 billion letters, cards and packages mailed using the United States Postal Service during the holiday season, Monday will be the busiest mailing day…

Hollywood hacker: 10 years in prison

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a man who hacked into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other women to 10 years in prison…

Gun control debate follows massacre

Democrats say the “meaningful action” President Barack Obama has spoken of must include a ban on the military-style assault weapons…