Buying a home is now more affordable than it has been in the last twenty years.
Santa Ana winds were strong enough to tear apart homes and trucks in Southern California, Colorado, and Utah.
Powerful Santa Ana winds will sweep across Southern California once again, bringing gusts of over 60 mph in the mountains on Monday, the National Weather Service predicted.
A fire alert was in effect in Southern California until Sunday morning following warnings that the powerful winds pounding the region could ignite fast-moving blazes.
Southern California residents and recovery crews continued their cleanup efforts Saturday, two days after powerful winds downed power lines, damaged structures and caused other devastation.
Powerful winds continued to batter Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other southwestern U.S. locales Thursday -- downing trees, delaying flights and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Gale-force winds are forecast to reach Southern California again Friday night, but are expected to be much weaker than previous hurricane-force Santa Ana winds that uprooted trees, smashed cars and houses, and knocked out electricity there Wednesday night and Thursday morning, CNN Meteorologist Rob Marciano said.
A typhoon that left at least 18 people dead and thousands displaced in the Philippines was expected to move offshore Wednesday afternoon, the state-run Philippines News Agency reported early Wednesday.
A California man was sentenced to six years in prison for hacking into dozens of computers, stealing personal information and demanding naked images from female victims in exchange for not releasing the stolen information.
Amid the market turmoil, sales of security safes and vaults have spiked. While some shoppers sought to protect whatever valuables they had left, others needed a place to stash their newly-acquired safe haven assets such as gold and cash.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Saturday that "dark political interests" were responsible for the recent deadly outbreak of violence in the southern department of Puno.
Home prices continued to plummet during the first three months of 2011, falling 4.6% from a year earlier.
A suspicious white substance in an airplane bathroom?
Brazilian day care for elderly helps seniors get back a joy for living. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports
His face is crinkled and his health is fading, but Jose Pereira has a teenager's lust for life.
A small passenger plane crashed Monday into a hill outside the capital of Honduras, killing all 14 people aboard, officials said.
California authorities were investigating graffiti Friday that threatened the life of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Northern California is hit with a barrage of bad weather in many forms. KXTV reports.
It's prime time for house hunters. Nearly anyone with a decent job and a good credit score can afford to buy in their home towns.
An amazing turnabout in the U.S. housing market over the past four years has pushed home prices to near record levels of affordability.
HLN Money Expert Clark Howard explains how whining could get you a better deal.
Homes continue to be more affordable than they have been in nearly two decades.
A California jury Wednesday recommended the death penalty after convicting a man on murder and arson charges in the deaths of five U.S. Forest Service firefighters who died in a 2006 blaze outside Los Angeles.
A bus with 32 people on board plunged off a cliff in Colombia on Monday night, killing at least 20 people, a top government official said Tuesday.
Thanks to a vibrant design culture and growing tourism industry, Spain now has some of the best boutique hotels on the continent -- including a recent wave of hotel chains that's making chic accommodations affordable.
About 300 firefighters were battling a wildfire in posh sections of Los Angeles early Thursday.
Mandatory evacuations were lifted Wednesday for many parts of the Los Angeles area threatened by wildfires as diminishing winds made firefighters' jobs easier.
A Los Angeles wildfire destroyed the homes of residents of a moblile home park. KCAL's Stacey Butler reports.
Fire officials prepared late Sunday for rapid growth of a wildfire blazing 20 miles north of downtown with the expected arrival of strong, dry wind gusts overnight.
Up to 750 acres have burned in Little Tujunga Canyon, about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. KABC reports.
Improperly maintained utility lines were to blame for three wildfires that swept through San Diego County last fall, killing two people and destroying 1,347 homes, state regulators said
The sheriff's department in southern California's Orange County said the 911 emergency call system shut down for 90 minutes
A pilot program allowing illegal immigrants to surrender to authorities and have more control over their deportation has been dubbed a failure
Eighteen hospitals in California were fined for state health code violations in which patients died from various mishaps
Federal prosecutors may have charged Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III with stock-option backdating, but the drug charges against him were what made headlines
While California enjoyed a full slate of top competition at the Nike Extravaganza in Santa Ana last weekend, the nation turns its eyes to New Jersey this weekend for the Primetime Shootout.
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Five men are accused of starting a massive Malibu wildfire at that destroyed more than 50 homes and forced about 15,000 people to evacuate.
Arrest warrants have been issued for five men accused of starting a massive wildfire at Malibu State Park that destroyed more than 50 homes in November, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said.
Favorable weather and an aerial assault early helped firefighters nearly contain a blaze Monday that destroyed dozens of homes along winding canyon roads
Could the wildfire destruction have been limited by earlier help from the air? CNN's Randi Kaye reports
Huge wildfires, such as the ones that have charred more than 460,000 acres this week in Southern California, are becoming more common in the Western United States, and scientists say warming trends and other climate factors may be responsible.
What fuels the fires? CNN's Rob Marciano looks at native plants primed to ignite, the drought and the record heat.
Vast swaths of California are burning; a million people have been displaced. How did we get here? And what can we do?
CNN meteorologist Chad Myers looks at the weather conditions in southern California.
CNN's Sean Callebs has an update on the tragedy in California from inside San Diego's Qualcomm stadium.
The hot, dry Santa Ana winds were waning Wednesday, a boon for firefighters and Southern Californians who hope the lull in "devil winds" is more than a respite.
Local television stations' coverage of the wildfires that are ravaging much of Southern California.
From a back window that overlooks San Diego, the thick layer of smog that blankets the city is overwhelming.
Relentless wildfires roared through Southern California for a third day Tuesday, sending more than half a million residents fleeing with family members, pets and whatever prize possessions they could fit in their vehicles.
A San Diego fire battalion chief tells CNN's Dan Simon that this is the worst fire he's seen in 36 years.
Firefighters battling the Southern California wildfires also are having to deal with the hot, dry Santa Ana winds that fanned the blazes into a firestorm.
Several months ago Silvia Cuevas took stock of her life, and it was a profoundly unsettling experience. At 40 she had a solid job with a modest salary at the public library in Santa Ana, Calif. She'd carefully squirreled away some savings and bought herself a little house. She was financially secure - and utterly dissatisfied. All around her, Santa Ana throbbed with the feverish energy of recent immigrants eager to cash in on the promises of America. A short drive from Disneyland, Santa Ana boasts one of the highest concentrations of Latinos of any city in the U.S., and these days it is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. Cuevas, though, felt as conservative, meek, and, well, dull as a church mouse in Vegas. "I was going nowhere," she recalls. "How was I going to find my fortune?" Then a girlfriend introduced her to Nouveau Riche University.
There is a unique nervousness that comes with hopping over the black gate surrounding the massive Big Bear estate of Tito Ortiz. The feelings come at you in waves, pounding against your chest almost as quickly as your heart. It's no doubt the same range of emotions his opponents must feel when they step into the Octagon with "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy."
Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that that his son, Al Gore III, is getting treatment a day after being arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs in California.
Al Gore's son was pulled over for speeding on a California freeway early Wednesday and arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs
WHEN JOHN AND MARY OWEN went house hunting in Santa Ana, Calif. eight years ago, they looked for a home with enough extra space to accommodate at least one of their elderly parents. That choice proved fortuitous. Shortly after they moved in, Mary's mother, Gerry Cooley, came to live with them for good. In 2000, John's mother, Fern, helped finance a $100,000 renovation to transform half of the Owens' 3,200-square-foot basement into a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, complete with a kitchen and laundry room. Eighteen months ago it became a permanent home for both Cooley and Fern Owen, now 83 and 92. "It's been an adjustment, " says John, "but now I couldn't imagine living any other way."
Two California court cases are raising questions about whether prisoners in the nation's toughest prison, SuperMax, are continuing to commit crimes by smuggling coded messages out of the high-security institution.
Thousands of people attended a California memorial service Sunday for five men who died fighting the Esperanza Fire, which investigators blame on arson.
On an overcast day in June, employees at Chiarini Marble & Stone are working on a limestone staircase, which they will hand-carve and fit to connect the three levels of a large San Diego home. The ...
When it comes to affordable housing, no region can top the Midwest: Nine of the top ten of the nation's most affordable housing markets are there, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.
Indianapolis was the leader among all major U.S. cities for housing affordability during the first quarter of 2006, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.
Firefighters expect to have a massive wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles under control by Monday evening.
Firefighters in Simi Valley made slow headway Friday as they began to gain control of a raging wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that has scorched nearly 24,000 acres. By late Friday, the blaze was 40 percent contained.
A fire in Southern California has more than quadrupled in size in 24 hours, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate Thursday, officials said.
Lesson learned from Mo Hayder's dazzling "The Devil of Nanking": Never, ever steal from a yakuza kingpin, especially if he employs a she-male bodyguard called Nurse.
CNN.com asked its users how President Bush and Sen. John Kerry should best use star power during the final days of campaigning.
Orange County is nothing if not suburban, but don't call it a suburb of Los Angeles. Two of its cities -- Anaheim and Santa Ana -- are bigger than either Pittsburgh or St. Louis, and both are growing fast enough to rank ahead of L.A. on the MONEY Popularity index.
Outside Philadelphia, Miss., a wrinkled man drops coins into a slot machine. He's wearing overalls and a Marine Corps cap festooned with pins, and tendrils of smoke rise from the pipe clamped in hi...
There's nothing like a fat purchasing agreement to bring on a nasty case of writer's cramp. But someday soon your John Hancock may well consist of bits and bytes on electronic documents. Just as a ...
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Hey, it really is tool time! Americans will spend a projected $117 billion on home improvement this year, a whopping 20% more than in 1991. While kitchen and bath overhauls remain perennial favorit...
Flashback: Heads turn, necks snap, and traffic respectfully slows when two- seater sports cars zoom by. Small, fast, and sexy, they are the quintessential car-toy. Dealers can't stock them fast eno...
If you're looking to buy a home, give the housing market a cheer. If you're selling, give it two cheers. Home prices have been rising modestly, about 3% to 4% during the past year, and they're like...
The July article "How to Size Up a Doctor Network" overlooked a critical measure of the quality of a health-care institution. Yes, the equipment and medical staff are very important, but the ancill...
With prices virtually flat for the past 10 years, rental cars have been the last great travel bargain. But hang on to your steering wheel: Big changes in the industry mean you're going to pay about...
Sport-utility vehicles like Chrysler's Jeep Cherokee and Ford Motor's Explorer are becoming increasingly popular among younger parents who don't want the dowdy image of a station wagon or the respe...
At Sonic Industries Inc., an Oklahoma-based chain of 1,043 fast-food drive- ins, hunting for a superior location used to be about as scientific as using a divining rod to find water. ''Some of the ...
Until now, cars with pricetags over $100,000 have had the aura of collector's items. Superluxury automakers -- Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and their ilk -- count annual production in the hun...
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A convict said Saturday he hitchhiked across the United States to California and stole a credit card so he could be arrested and sent to one of the state's ''country club'' pri...