Construction of new homes rose more than expected last month. But with the glut of foreclosures and other houses already on the market, home prices in many places continue to fall. For homebuilders it remains a very tough market, and many are struggling to survive.
Martha Rose has been building houses for nearly four decades, and despite the hard times, she still loves it. The Seattle-area homebuilder refers to herself as a building nerd and worries about every detail, from the overall plan and energy efficiency of a project to how a particular corner will be built.
When you think of animals that sing, birds will certainly come to mind. Whales might, too. But mice? Or fish?
It turns out mice and fish do sing, although "vocalizations" might be a more technically correct way of describing the sounds they make.
Bret Pasch, a graduate student at the University of Florida, says there are plenty of mouse species that sing. "The more we search, the more we find that rodents and other small mammals produce vocalizations," he says.
Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. He became an author, writing young adult fiction that's especially popular with teenage readers. But as he tells his son, Christopher, there was one person Myers always wanted his writing to impress: his dad.
"He bought you a typewriter at one point," Christopher says. "Why do you think he knew that that was important to you?"
The U.S. Supreme Court has broadened use of the Miranda warning for suspects, extending it to children questioned by police in school. By a 5-to-4 vote, the court said for the first time on Thursday that age must be considered in determining whether a suspect is aware of his or her rights.
Demonstrating just how much concern over the nation's fiscal problems has changed the political climate, ethanol has lost its mojo and now appears vulnerable, with the Senate voting Thursday 73-27 to cut tax subsidies to the industry.
We've all heard the litany: Newsprint is expensive, circulation is down, ad revenues are declining, and bloggers can do everything faster and cheaper. Dead-tree journalism, in short, is on its last legs. Except somehow it staggers on, inspiring the likes of young New York Times reporter Tim Arango to do what generations of reporters have done before him: grab a notebook and fly into a war zone. (In this case, Iraq.)
Today would have marked the rapper Tupac Shakur's 40 birthday. But beyond all the tributes of his music on radio and on the web, there's one story making the rounds that puts into question the events that led to his shooting death in September of 1996.
In a letter written from jail to AllHipHop.com, Dexter Isaac, who is serving a life sentence, confessed that he shot Tupac outside Quad Studio in Manhattan in 1994.