US existing home sales plunge 17.8% in April

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that last month's decline pushed sales down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.33 million units, the slowest pace since September 2011.

California governor: Shrink prisons to help cut budget

The proposals drew support from reformers, condemnation from crime victims’ advocates, and resistance from county officials who said they can’t take in the serious juvenile offenders who now go to state-run lockups.