February 17, 2012 Authorities in California are excavating the gruesome remains of murder victims who were buried many years ago by a pair of convicted murderers dubbed the "Speed Freak Killers." The case raises some thorny ethical and legal issues: Should convicted criminals be able to benefit from their wrongdoing?
January 19, 2012 The U.S. housing industry has yet to recover from the last recession, but you wouldn't know that by looking at rising home prices in California's still-prosperous Silicon Valley. By being conservative with his ventures, James Witt has made a successful business out of rebuilding Palo Alto homes.
December 12, 2011 Gerald Brady's neighborhood in Arabi, La., was devastated by Katrina. His house — a log cabin built on eight-foot-high concrete piers — stands out so much that tourists come around to take pictures. He fought hard to build the unlikely house of his dreams in a most unusual place.
December 10, 2011 Workers who helped reconstruct New Orleans after Katrina are putting down roots in the city. The construction jobs aren't as easy to get as they once were, and many immigrants report that employers sometimes don't pay them for their work.
November 13, 2011 Billings, Mont., has its share of natural resources. But residents attribute their ability to weather the economic storm to a diversification of services beyond oil — like agriculture, financial services and health care. "It's just a great day here in Billings," says a leader of a new library project.
November 1, 2011 Solano County, Calif., between San Francisco and Sacramento, has a great climate, diversity and until recently, stable neighborhoods. But now it has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country. Residents here long for different economic times, like when they were growing up.