Colleen Bordelon's family was the first to return to their block in Saint Bernard Parish, outside New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, all the men in the immediate family have died.
Turmoil in global stock markets have grabbed headlines, in large part due to China's shaky economy. For months, commodities worldwide have also been plunging, and much of that can be linked to China.
While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set an all-time record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.
More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.
One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.
For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.
The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.
The Virginia shooter who murdered two TV journalists allegedly recorded the attack himself. Experts say wearable cameras will become a regular part of the toolkit for killers who want attention.
Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
Wild swans — which all belong by law to the Queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.
Big Ben is the name for the giant bell inside Elizabeth Tower. The chimes are slow by as many as six seconds. Mechanics are placing or removing pennies from the pendulum to alter its speed.
Patrick is a celebrity at Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia. He's got 30,000 Facebook followers. For his 30th birthday, he got a wheelbarrow. So like any good millennial, Patrick is now on Tinder.
High school English teacher Jennifer McQuillan spent the summer collecting clippings from the gardens of American authors. She's using them to plant a "literary garden" in her school's courtyard.
Louisiana has become the first state to track nearly all of its government vehicles. It's hoped to cut down on fuel use and prevent accidents. And, the project is working.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues his brawl with the news media. During a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday night, Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., thrown out. He was ultimately let back in.
Wildfires can have some awfully strange names. Most of the time, they're named for where they started.
Although Ireland was once called "the most Catholic Country in the World," the scandals of recent years have destroyed popular support for the church there, with many Irish people ignoring the hierarchy's guidance on social issues.
The Okanogan (OH-kah-NAH-gun) fire in central Washington state has burned more than a quarter million acres. That makes it the largest wildfire in the state's history. But it has only destroyed a small number of homes because the location of the fire is so sparely populated.
The topsy-turvy stock market lately is giving indigestion to some people who told their financial adviser or online asset allocation interface that they're okay with moderate risk. But others are just trying to tune out the roller coaster market news.
When it comes to economic management, China's leadership has been among the world's most competent. But this month, the government appears to have bungled a currency devaluation, the country's stock market collapse and the response to a chemical explosion. Is the party losing its touch?