The competitive urge doesn’t just compel athletes and rival companies to try harder. New research suggests that, when it comes to home improvement, homeowners are driven by the need to compete with the folks next door.

Disasters always happen at the most inopportune moments; a pipe bursts while you’re on vacation or the heat goes out in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, many of us wait until something goes wrong to start looking for a contractor, which means we’re stuck with whoever is available at that moment — no matter their price, reputation or workmanship.

The long procession of cars snaking through the Bohemian Cemetery isn't to mark the passing of a loved one. It’s the start of a new life for millions of bees, and a big day for Omaha beekeepers.

Who knew pigs can pout. Or be there when you need them. When Sam Trummer feels sad or sick, she can always count on Forest, her 160-pound pot belly-Juliana cross.

Eating like America’s favorite homesteader, Laura Ingalls Wilder, may not be for the faint of heart. Few would find fault with the cured hams hickory-smoked in a hollow log. And tucking into some fire-warm bread, fruit preserves and cheese cut right from the wheel would not bother many souls.