The bacon shortage, explained graphically

You thought you were in the clear after last month's global bacon scare, but you're wrong. Here's the bacon shortage explained in one simple graphic.

More boomers looking to retire to cities

A new Urban Land Institute report says older Americans are increasingly choosing to live in cities over traditional retirement communities.

Peanut recall expands, horrifies lovers of organic peanutty snacks

Three weeks in, the peanut recall is still expanding -- and its hitting organic foods the hardest.

Fracking banned in Connecticut — the word, not the deed

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group has banned readers from using the word "frack" in comments on their news sites. Well, shale.

How deadly are the mosquitoes near you? Come find out

2012 has been a bad year for West Nile cases in the U.S. Which states are hardest hit? Let's just say you might want to avoid Texas.

More Americans are biking to work — but not enough of them are women

More than 770,000 Americans now bike to work, new Census data shows -- but women still make up a small minority of the bike commuters.

Court kicks anti-phone-book laws to the curb where you’re totally going to stub your toe on them

A federal court tosses Seattle's anti-phone-book ordinance in the recycling bin, citing the First Amendment. That's bad news for San Francisco too.

A tropical disease takes hold in a warming Alaska

Scientists found that 7.2 percent of Alaskan birds they tested were infected with avian malaria.

San Francisco artist mends clothes and builds community — just by giving a darn

Artist Michael Swaine fixes clothes for free on San Francisco streets. But he envisions going beyond fighting throwaway culture to start helping others build community.