Today’s headlines

L.A. moves ahead with plan to increase sales tax

The Los Angeles City Council’s vote to put a half-cent sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot draws criticism from those in and outside city government.

FHA gives those who defaulted on homes another chance

The FHA is a major source of cash for so-called rebound buyers, but the bankrolling of borrowers who contributed to the last housing bubble is raising concerns.

David Petraeus scandal hits White House at awkward time

Emails to a socialite link Gen. John Allen to the mess, causing his nomination to a key post to be put on hold.

If soldier killed Afghan civilians in rampage, did he act alone?

Shots reportedly heard long after the suspect’s return to an Afghanistan base are among the questions raised at a hearing for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Aboard the Bill of Rights, an amended life

A renovated tall ship becomes a learning lab for students and for crew members seeking a new perspective.

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